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TanjaTizianas Buzzing Lights captures the glow of neon an art form thats

first_img Facebook Tanja-Tiziana, in her new coffee table photo book, Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape of North America, finds this Yonge Street landmark in a rather less dazzling state. Colossal it still looms in Tiziana’s photo, hardly less the marvel against a gunmetal overcast sky. But it’s burnt-out, shut down, fried and decommissioned — as it was officially, lamentably, in 2008, just one year shy of its half-centenary. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape of North America Tanja-Tiziana176 pp; $150For nearly 50 years, the great gleaming neon sign that crowned the Sam the Record Man storefront on Yonge Street had a strong claim on being the most distinctive landmark in Toronto.What a sign! 1,500 feet of neon tubing, more than a quarter-mile of the stuff, looped into a pair of huge resplendent circles, like luminous vinyl records, their electric-blue light set to flicker on and off round-the-clock, to simulate the spinning of a turntable. In the centre of those azure LPs, in blazing scarlet: “THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT,” like the Band Wagon song. The sign stood 36 feet high and 49 feet wide. It could be seen twenty blocks away, at all hours – a dazzling beacon, a cultural guiding light.last_img read more

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After 2 decades of lobbying northern Metis finally recognized

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter a two decade long fight for recognition, Metis in the Northwest Territories are now tasting the fruit of their labour, which in this case, is caribou.The group was formally recognized by the government in January.APTN’s Iman Kassam reports.last_img

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UN adviser warns of potential sectarian split in Syria

14 February 2012The deadly violence in Syria threatens to permanently divide the country along sectarian and ethnic lines, a senior United Nations official warns, urging community and religious leaders and civil society groups to lead the way in reducing communal tensions. Edward Luck, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, told the UN News Centre yesterday that he was deeply concerned that the situation in Syria – where thousands of people have died in the Government’s crackdown against a pro-democracy uprising – was becoming “more of a sectarian conflict,” with targeted attacks against certain groups.“There are signs that the nature of the conflict has changed, and that is very worrisome,” he said, citing reports of fresh attacks in recent days, particularly in the city of Homs.Yesterday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay briefed the General Assembly on the latest developments in Syria, and urged the world to take action to protect the civilian population.“The longer the international community fails to take action, the more the civilian population will suffer from countless atrocities committed against them,” she said.Mr. Luck said the mixed composition of Syria’s population increased the potential risk of divisions.“If you look at the demographic breakdown of the population in Syria, it’s a demographic minefield. And we’ve seen in this region of the world some terrible examples of what can happen when a country is divided along sectarian lines.”Mr. Luck called on the international community, including the UN and regional organizations such as the League of Arab States, to speak with one consistent and strong voice on the need to reduce sectarian tensions.“There needs to be a clear voice for tolerance… this is the message that must be sent.”The Special Adviser also underscored the importance of the role played by “thought leaders, religious leaders, civil society leaders” in steering the public debate away from sectarian attacks and towards co-existence.Media reports indicate that the Arab League has called for a joint UN-Arab peacekeeping mission to resolve the crisis in Syria. Mr. Luck said that if this plan is implemented, it is critical to ensure that any mandate explicitly refers to reducing sectarian and ethnic tensions and improving community relations. read more

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Canadians net worth surges almost 15 in four years but our biggest

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the median net worth of Canadian families totalled $295,100 in 2016, up 14.7 per cent from 2012 the last time the survey was conducted.Housing was both the largest asset and the largest debt for Canadians.The total value of assets held by Canadians in 2016 was $12 trillion, up from $9.9 trillion in 2012. The median value of total assets owned by families amounted to $440,200, up from $391,700 in 2012.Meanwhile, total debt reached $1.76 trillion in 2016, up from $1.41 trillion in 2012. The median value of total debt owed by families was $80,600 in 2016, up from $63,400 in 2012.The report also found that 29.6 per cent of Canadian families were debt-free in 2016.Statistics Canada says the share was highest among senior-led families with 58.0 per cent debt-free. read more

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Learning for the fun of it with continuing education at Brock

This winter and spring, Continuing Education at Brock University is offering 30 general interest courses for the community to enjoy.* Learn a new language, such as Chinese Mandarin or French* Explore analog photography and learn darkroom fundamentals* Learn to play the ukulele, or spin records while experiencing the art of turntablism* Experience cultural and culinary delights with a Taste of France at Terroir La Cachette* And more.It’s not too late to surprise someone with the gift of learning. Gift certificates are available.For more details and to register, visit Continuing Education.Continuing Education offers a variety of non-credit, special interest courses to residents of Niagara. They make every effort to match the needs of the surrounding community with courses ranging from languages and computers to health and wellness.Online registration is now open. read more

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Annan says Macalester College is a true ally of United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the engagement of his former school, Macalester College, with the international community debunks the myth that Americans are insular and have no interest or understanding of other peoples and cultures.”Macalester’s global outlook shows us a very different reality. It gave those of us who studied there in my day a head-start in a world that has since become more closely integrated than any of us then imagined,” the Secretary-General remarked at a United Nations dinner with the College’s President and Board of Trustees, who visited him at UN headquarters.Mr. Annan said a sense of solidarity ran through the school’s international engagement. “Macalester welcomed Japanese-American students who had been interned during World War II; German Jewish faculty members who had survived the horrors of the Holocaust and young people fleeing the communist repression in Eastern Europe.”He said the College’s celebration of diversity and its understanding of shared humanity made the institution “a true ally of the United Nations and an inspiration in the challenging times we live in.”The Secretary-General recalled various programmes that fostered the international spirit of Macalester. “There was the Ambassadors for Friendship Program which took me – along with an Iranian, an Indian and a Japanese – on a caravan journey to discover America beyond Minnesota,” he said.He also looked back on the “Span Club,” which sold sandwiches in order to raise funds for students to study abroad, as well as the school’s soccer team, at the time made up of players from 11 different countries.Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester College was founded in 1874 and currently has students from 78 countries. The Secretary-General completed his undergraduate work in economics there in 1961. read more

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Internet governance system working but needs to be more inclusive UN forum

The two-day Global Forum on Internet Governance concluded today after examining different areas of Internet governance, including infrastructure, electronic commerce, intellectual property, privacy issues, spam and consumer protection.While participants stressed the need to facilitate dialogue, build capacity in developing countries and overcome technical aspects that prevent universal access – such as language barriers in the mostly English-speaking Internet – representatives from the private sector expressed the view that “If it works, don’t fix it” and that “the best governance is the least governance.”In contrast, developing countries felt that the current system did not involve them enough and reflected a crisis of legitimacy not just in Internet governance but also in global governance.The outcome of the Forum will be submitted to Secretary-General Kofi Annan “as a platform and a helping tool,” said Jose-Maria Figueres Olsen, Chairman of the UN Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Task Force, which organized the Forum.The Forum’s results will be used by Mr. Annan to help establish a Working Group on Internet Governance called for last December by the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Yesterday Mr. Annan appointed Swiss diplomat Markus Kummer as the head of a secretariat to assist him in setting up the Working Group. read more

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Smoke em if ya got em as legalized marijuana takes hold

by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2017 7:34 am MDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PORTLAND, Maine – It’s a green Monday in Maine.The first tangible results of state voters’ decision to legalize marijuana are being felt as possession and home growth of marijuana becomes legal. Voters narrowly passed the ballot question in November, and the waiting period between the vote and legalization has expired.Contentious aspects linger, including what rules should govern businesses that will sell marijuana, such as retail stores and social clubs. The Legislature has been hammering out those details, and they will take months to fully craft, meaning it will be months before marijuana businesses open in the state.But it’s legal to smoke it as of Monday. It’s also legal to gift it, grow it and possess up to 2.5 ounces of it.“It’s huge. No longer will we be punishing adults for using a safer substance than alcohol,” said David Boyer, campaign manager for the ballot question. “We’re not making criminals out of thousands of Mainers who choose to use marijuana.”The marijuana legalization vote was close, passing by only about 4,000 votes, and opponents of the spread of marijuana have vowed to continue to push for restrictions in the state.Legalization also sparked a row between legislators and Republican Gov. Paul LePage. Lawmakers on Jan. 26 unanimously approved legislation delaying the retail sale of marijuana until February 2018.But LePage at first declined to sign off on such a delay because of concerns he has about funding and oversight. He ended up signing it on Jan. 27. LePage’s signing of the bill also closed a loophole that could have allowed Mainers under 21 to possess pot.Cities and towns have also considered moratoriums on the establishment of marijuana businesses, and some have already approved such temporary bans. Many local officials have said they don’t want to get into the business of issuing marijuana licenses until the state rules are firmly in place.Scott Gagnon, chairman of Mainers Protecting Our Youth and Communities, has said that legalization will bring a “huge cultural change for Maine” and that cities and towns are right to be cautious about whether they will allow sales within their borders.Massachusetts, California and Nevada also legalized recreational marijuana with a referendum last year.Maine also has a long-standing medical marijuana program, and supporters of recreational pot have vowed that broader legalization will not interfere with it. FILE – This this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo shows medical marijuana, a pipe, rolling papers and two joints in Belfast, Maine. The first tangible results of state voters’ decision to legalize marijuana are being felt as possession and home growth of marijuana becomes legal Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Voters narrowly passed the ballot question in November, and the waiting period between the vote and legalization has expired. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) Smoke ’em if ya got ’em, as legalized marijuana takes hold read more

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INTERVIEW Preparing for Tripoli new UN envoy in Libya seeks to work

Set to arrive in Libya next week, the new United Nations Special Representative said that he was coming to Tripoli to work with the Libyans, in an attempt to help find a solution out of the political crisis that led to the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and pushed the country into a crisis that sees thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing to Europe and other countries in Africa. “I am coming to work with them and for them,” Ghassan Salamé told UN News about his message to the people of Libya. “I am not going to work in their place because there are things that they need to decide. [If] they’re happy to remain in that political vicious circle, I can do nothing for them. But if their decision is to get out of it, they will find in me an energetic and creative mind at their service.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres in June appointed Mr. Salamé lame as his Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). During their first official meeting today, described as “long” and “fruitful” by Mr. Salamé, the Secretary-General gave his new envoy two key cards to use in Libya. “The Secretary-General had the opportunity to express the great attention he is devoting to Libya as a high level issue,” Mr. Salamé said, and “his confidence in the leadership [that] I will need to demonstrate with dealing with this sensitive issue.” In the month since being appointed, Mr. Salamé said he received hundreds of emails and tens of thousands of tweets offering advice on how to assist Libya – sometimes contradictory. “Some people wanted me to be extremely interventionist in their own affairs, some people wanted me to be very, very prudent in their own affairs,” he said. “Some people wanted me to deal; some people wanted me to never talk to other people.” “I learned a lot from all this,” Mr. Salamé said, adding that he was particularly moved by the “incredible warmth” the Libyans have shown him so far. VIDEO: Special Representative Ghassan Salamé says that he ready to support political process in Libya. During the next few days, the new UN envoy plans to meet with permanent representatives to the UN of various stakeholders to refine his own view of how Libya is seen. These will include meetings with the so-called ‘P 5,’ or five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – as well as countries with a direct interest in the evolution of Libyan affairs, such as Algeria, Egypt, Italy and Tunisia, as well as the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU). Mr. Salamé is due to arrive in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, by Wednesday. He said his first few days will be devoted to listening to Libyans: “I have reached an age where I am looking for neither a big career, money nor glory. I have reached a point in my life where my first priority is legacy. And therefore, I want this mission to be a successful one so that I can speak of my diplomatic career as much as of my academic career. “And what is success at this case? It is to work with the Libyans for the Libyans in order for them to find a common ground that takes them out of the political quagmire they have painted themselves into,” he continued. The comments come just days after Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and the country’s eastern commander General Khalifa Haftar met and agreed on a joint declaration that calls for a negotiated political solution, national reconciliation and an immediate ceasefire. The most positive result of the meeting, the UN envoy said, is that both sides agreed the solution in Libya can only be political and not military. “They also agreed on having the elections sometime next year. Something that needs to be prepared very well,” he said, noting that the UN will support Libyan efforts to plan for free and fair elections. UN efforts in Libya are guided by the Security Council, which established a political mission in the country in 2011. As the head of UNSMIL, Mr. Salamé will be responsible for supporting mediation and good offices to assist implementation of Libyan political agreements; consolidate governance, security and economic arrangements of the Government of National Accord; and support human rights and transitional justice efforts in the country, among others. read more

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Catholic child abuse 164 allegations against 85 priests have led to zero

first_imgTHE DIOCESES OF Elphin, Killala and Waterford join the infamous group of six Catholic Church authorities, including Derry, Dramore and Limerick, where not one priest has been convicted for having committed an offence or offences against a child or young person despite numerous allegations since 1 January 1975.From the 16 dioceses reviewed to date by the National Board for Safeguarding Children, there have been 164 allegations made in relation to 85 priests where there have been no convictions. This represents a third of the church authorities examined where not one priest was held to account. Following the publication of the third tranche of audits, today is yet another difficult day to bear for any survivor from these Catholic Church authorities.It is hard to take in the sense of pain and suffering inflicted upon those brave enough to bring their case forward, to seek justice. Seven of the 16 dioceses sent their complainants away with nothing for their pain and suffering save an empty apology having re-traumatised them all over again.The totals for the 20 authorities (including four religious orders) make for very distressing reading – 340 priests have had 789 allegations raised against them. And only 27 priests were convicted and held accountable by the Irish justice system.The Church’s record in holding members of missionary orders to account is equally abysmal as only one member of the Society of African Missions was convicted out of the 21 priests against whom allegations were raised by 32 complainants.Abuse in AfricaThe former head of the Irish Missionary Union, Fr Eamon Aylward, when asked the morning after the infamous “Mission to Prey” programme shown on RTÉ on 23 May 2011, if he would like to see a Murphy style investigation into abuse of children by some missionaries, he said it would be difficult to investigate crimes in 83 different countries, but that in Ireland 99.9 per cent cooperation with state authorities is in place.I am glad that the NBSCCCI have conducted reviews of four missionary congregations which have apparently gotten over some of the “difficulties” alluded to by Fr Eamon Aylward back on 24 May 2011.To date there have been four reviews of missionary orders where a total of 113 priests have had 287 allegations raised against them but only seven priests have ever been convicted. The sad reality is that only 6.2 per cent of accused Irish missionaries are ever convicted. I am one of the fortunate survivors to have succeeded in securing a criminal conviction against one of two Spiritan priests who sexually abused me from the ages of nine to 12 and then tried to cover it all up.Forty-seven Spiritans had 142 allegations made against them in the second tranche of audits, and only three were convicted.Little is known of the extent of missionary abuse abroad by Irish missionaries save the Mission to Prey programme (excluding the incorrect Fr Reynolds segment), an Irish Times report on 29 October 2012 and investigations by Dutch Radio Netherlands Worldwide into the former Dutch Bishop of Ngong, Corneilius Schilder MHM.The only known case to come to Ireland by an African survivor of missionary child sexual abuse was lodged with the Irish courts earlier this year and received coverage in the United States, Ireland and Sierra Leone. It might be considered brave to come forward in Ireland but this African is extremely brave in coming forward and seeking justice in Ireland.Lifelong sufferingThe reports from this third tranche show that there is a consistent picture in the manner in which clerical child sexual abuse has been dealt with in Ireland. Whilst it is felt that child protection is improving the failure to rescue and gather up those who have to live with the lifelong suffering of clerical child sexual abuse, these reports do little to bring them any comfort.The reports from this third tranche show that there is a consistent picture in the manner in which clerical child sexual abuse has been dealt with in Ireland. Whilst it is felt that child protection is improving, the failure to rescue and gather up those who have to live with the lifelong suffering of clerical child sexual abuse mean these reports do little to bring them any comfort.As with the previous tranches it is important that one recognises that those brave enough to come forward are but the tip of the iceberg.Victims left behind?Fr Andrew Greely, a professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago believes there could be up to 50 victims per priest. Meanwhile, Richard Sipe a psychotherapist in Maryland, has said 250 victims may suffer over the lifetime of a paedophile. Shockingly, the 106 priests accused in the third tranche could possibly have abused between 5,300 to 26,500 potential victims. Just 271 came forward.I work to raise awareness about this under-reporting and advocate for the establishment of ‘Rescue Services’ and ‘Safe Space Provisioning’. Who would leave a crash site without finding and caring for all the victims? I am engaged with the Minister for Children in order to establish these services for survivors of clerical child sexual abuse and to ensure they are 100 per cent confidential, 100 per cent non-threatening, 100 per cent non-confrontational, 100 per cent non-judgemental and 100 per cent caring. They should be built on the statutory provisions created for survivors who came forward to the Commission to Inquiry into Child Abuse Confidentiality Committee.Mark Vincent Healy was abused while he was a student at St. Mary’s College, a Dublin school run by the Congregation of Spiritans (formerly the Holy Ghost Fathers). He has been campaigning for years for the Catholic Church to actively seek out more victims of abuse so the correct rescue response can be administered. Read his full report and response to the NSBCCCI audit into the Holy Ghost Fathers here.Clarification: the original publication of this piece noted there were no convictions in Clogher. In fact, there were two. This has now been rectified. ‘Unacceptable delays and unsatisfactory responses’ to abuse concerns in ClogherColumn: If clerical abuse was a car crash, we’d still be looking for the victimslast_img read more

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Flying Pasties May Upset the TSA

first_imgAs things like yesterday’s leak of 100 blurry naked imagesfrom a Florida courthouse hit the Web, public scrutiny of the TSA’s full-bodyimaging scanners will likely only increase–especially as we push closer to thetravel-heavy holiday season.So, what are the options? Well, there’s the groptastic patdown, which may be equally embarrassing, but has less potential to give youcancer later in life. And then there are things like the Flying Pasties, whichare meant to slip over your…private bits.The pasties provide “maximum protection” from peepingscanners “while not interfering with airline security.” The pasties clip ontoclothing or slip between the sking and undergarments. They also feature sucht-shirt-ready slogans as “Just Hidin’ My Junk,” “No Money, No Funny,” “Only MyGirlfriend Sees Me Naked,” and “Objects are Larger Than They Appear.”You can see more on the Flying Pasties site–though it’sarguably questionable for work.A TSA spokeswoman spoke to ABC about the product, “Forsecurity reasons we cannot provide specifics on the detection capability of ourtechnologies; however, any item that appears to be an anomaly during advancedimaging technology screening will require additional screening.”A scan and a pat down, perhaps. These are the prices we payfor freedom.last_img read more

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Facebook to Be Granted Face Trademark

first_imgFacebook owns you. Well, part of you, anyway. The face part. According to new court documents, the company is going be awarded the trademark for the word “face.” Yep. Face. The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office let the social network know via a Notice of Allowance. The Patent and Trademark Office will grant the site the trademark to the word for,Telecommunication services, namely, providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter. Says CNN,The type of application Facebook filed requires the company to provide a sworn statement that it intends to use the trademark on products. The company will have to file that “Statement of Use,” and then it will have to use the “in commerce” before it has actual legal claim to the word “face.” The site is, perhaps unsurprisingly, also actively going after sites that use the suffix “book,” having sued the educational start-up Teachbook.last_img read more

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Be our eyes and ears Appeal to public to report suspicious activity

first_img 09.04.19 Gardaí probe dissident links to spate of ATM robberies Short URL Apr 11th 2019, 5:27 PM The scene in Dungiven, Co Londonderry, after a cash machine was ripped from a wall and stolen 27 Comments By Hayley Halpin 04.04.19 ‘This is a symptom of organised crime’: What can be done to stop the recent spate of ATM thefts? AHEAD OF THE weekend, the PSNI is appealing to people to report any suspicious activity in wake of a spate of ATM thefts across the border region. Late last Sunday, a cash machine was ripped from a filling station on the Feeny Road in Derry.It was the eighth ATM theft in Northern Ireland this year, while similar incidents have also taken place south of the border in Cavan and Monaghan.Detective Chief Inspector David Henderson has asked the public to “remain vigilant and alert and any activity that is unusual, out of the ordinary or suspicious”. Henderson noted that the recent ATM attacks have impacted communities on multiple levels. The livelihoods of local businesses are being jeopardised by the thefts and they are being forced to face additional costs involved in repairing their premises, Henderson said. He added that the populations served by the ATMs, which are oftentimes rural, are being denied access to cash facilities. Farmers and constructions firms are also suffering the loss of equipment and machinery. Gardaí are investigating a number of different theories into the incidents. However, both officers here and those across the border are probing if dissident republicans are behind the seizures. One avenue of investigation is that dissident republicans are stockpiling money in the event of a hard Brexit.Appeal“It is not possible for our officers to be everywhere at once and to predict where these criminals may target next. We need communities to help be our eyes and ears,” Henderson said.“If you see activity overnight in or around building sites, report it immediately. Owners of plant machinery, please secure and lock up your equipment, and please consider installing immobilisers – at least one digger theft has recently been prevented because of one,” he said. ‘Be our eyes and ears’: Appeal to public to report suspicious activity in wake of ATM thefts Multiple ATMs have been stolen across the border in a matter of weeks. Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 5:27 PM Image: David Young via PA Images Business owners, please review your security. Consider installing alarm-linked motion sensor cameras if you don’t already have them. Related Reads Share87 Tweet Email The scene in Dungiven, Co Londonderry, after a cash machine was ripped from a wall and stolen Image: David Young via PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4588001 7,261 Views “If you know who is responsible for these crimes, please search your conscience and contact us. These criminals are trying to rip the heart out of local communities and we need you to help us stop them,” he said. Anyone who has any information in relation to the incidents are being asked to call the PSNI on the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency or if a suspected crime is in progress, people can call 999.Alternatively, people can contact UK Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.With reporting by Garreth Mac Namee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Stournaras Athens has Plan B for banks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras stressed on Wednesday that Greece was “fortified” against the repercussions of a possible failure by Cyprus to find the necessary funds to protect its banks, adding that Athens had an alternative plan for Cypriot banks based in Greece.“There is a Plan B for Greece which I cannot reveal you to now,” Stournaras told Parliament’s European Affairs Committee. He said it was important that Cyprus find a solution “within the next few hours,” noting however that “Greece will do what it has to do” for Cypriot banks in Greece if it has to.There was no official statement on the situation in Cyprus by conservative New Democracy, which leads the fragile coalition and has been cautious in its response to the burgeoning crisis in the neighboring country, expressing support for Nicosia but avoiding criticism of the contentious eurozone proposal for a tax on Cypriot bank deposits.Evangelos Venizelos, who leads PASOK, the second party in the coalition, focused on the situation in Cyprus in a speech to the Socialists’ political council on Wednesday, referring to “political unity” in the Cypriot Parliament which, he said, was lacking in Greece. The PASOK chief also touched on Greece’s pledges to its foreign creditors, noting that any divergence would have to be “absorbed” by 2016. The government is bracing for the return of troika envoys early next month for talks that are expected to focus on a delayed overhaul of the civil service, one of several pledges made by Greece in a bid to clinch a 2.8-billion-euro tranche of rescue funding for March. The government has already sent troika officials a revised version of plans for streamlining the Greek civil service, Kathimerini understands.last_img read more

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Missing elderly man found dead in Cumilla

first_imgMap of CumillaPolice on Saturday recovered the body of an elderly man, 24 hours after he went missing, from a pond beside Hasnabad bazar in Keari village of Monoharganj upazila in Cumilla, reports UNB.The deceased is Mortuza Mia, 70, of Keari village in the upazila.Locals said Mortuza went missing on Friday morning. Later on Saturday afternoon, his body was found floating in the pond.Officer-in-charge of Monoharganj police station Md Anwar Hossain said the body had injury marks in the head and was sent to Cumilla Medical College Hospital for an autopsy.last_img

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After Parkland Parents Push For School Security Upgrades

first_img Share Twitter via @ajplusStudents who survived the Florida school shooting met survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting before boarding buses to head to the state capitol to demand action on gun reform.In Kentucky, parents have pooled money to pay an armed officer to begin patrolling schools. A mayor outside Cleveland, Ohio, is urging a security levy to pay for guards. And a town in New Jersey has begun assigning off-duty police to stand vigil inside all its school buildings.In the jittery aftermath of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, novel efforts to ramp up school security are flying fast as districts across the United States respond to heightened fears as well as threats and rumors of violence that have only seemed to multiply since the latest tragedy.American schools have been stepping up investment in security for years, and many districts have offered assurances about procedures already in place since the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead. But some parents are saying it’s just not enough.In Monroe Township, New Jersey, 400 people crowded a meeting last week on school security, some rattled by rumors about an unsubstantiated threat online. The school system already has unarmed guards, but the mayor and police chief agreed to immediately assign armed, off-duty police officers to patrol each of the town’s eight schools. It’s expected to cost the town $200,000 for the first two months.“As wonderful as our security team is, unarmed, you’re not going to fight an assault rifle,” Monroe parent Chrissy Skurbe said. “If somebody wants to get in with a gun, they’re going to get in. You need somebody there to be able to react.”Officials and parents have also come ahead with plans to introduce security cameras, metal detectors, door locks and other defenses. President Donald Trump has endorsed fortifying schools, to make them less appealing targets, and he repeatedly suggested arming teachers.In Kentucky, many were already on edge following a January shooting rampage that killed two students and injured 21 others at Marshall County High School. Since the Florida shooting, parents have been leading the way on fundraising efforts to boost security in local schools.A week ago, an armed resource officer took up duty at a 670-student campus in Barbourville, paid by parent donations for at least the rest of the year. Barbourville Police Chief Winston Tye said it was a couple of parents who approached him with the idea and they’re working on raising money for next year.“They said that would make their kids feel better, all the kids feel better, and make them feel better,” Tye said.Shane Romines, a Kentucky father of two 6-year-olds in kindergarten, announced two days after the Parkland shooting that his law office would donate $25,000 toward metal detectors in Knox County schools. When he reached out to school officials, they said they were also in need of funding to replace a grant so they could keep school resource officers. The effort, which has drawn support from other businesses and parents, has so far has raised more than $50,000.In Laurel County, Kentucky, where school officials decided against installing metal detectors, parents and students picketed a Board of Education building last week holding signs that said “Protect our Children.”State legislatures are considering new measures. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said on a radio interview Thursday that he expects to push for changes in state law and is leaning toward solutions that allow more guns in schools with beefed-up training. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order Thursday forming a commission that will look at school designs, security policies and mental health. Its initial report is due by July 1.Many of the proposals for immediate action have come from parents, elected officials or police, and not education leaders, who have seen security costs take up an ever larger amount of their budgets. With most school districts strapped financially, security expenses threaten to take money away from instructional programs, according to Dan Domenech, executive director of the School Superintendents Association, who said policy makers have failed to make enough resources available.There is also debate over the effectiveness of investments in hardware and additional security staff.In reviews of shootings, school security expert Kenneth Trump said, fault-finding generally focuses on allegations of failures of people and procedures, and not hardware or products. While many have emphasized fortifying schools, especially since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, he said districts often would be better served by investing in prevention strategies and school counselors.“What I’m hearing today is parents, educators and students want to know what are we doing to keep and make my school safety today and tomorrow,” said Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services. “The mantra since Sandy Hook has been, ‘Do something, do anything, do it now.’”While some have proposed that states do more for school security, as Florida’s governor has done with a request for an officer inside every school, others are turning to local taxpayers.The mayor of Streetsboro, Ohio, Glenn Broska, said he would support asking voters to approve a “security levy” to generate $500,000 or more to fund two armed security guards at each of his town’s four schools. The proposal received some support while other parents questioned whether the benefits would outweigh the risks, such as an accidental discharge of a firearm.“Everybody is concerned for our children, and we all want the best solution. And I am absolutely for acting quickly if we can find a solution that works,” Streetsboro parent Bethany Kulka said. “But my concern is we have to also look at potential risks of these solutions.”last_img read more

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first_img Financial Misstatements Ocwen U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission 2016-01-20 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News January 20, 2016 559 Views The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved a settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp. for $2 million to resolve claims that the mortgage servicer misstated its financial results, according to an announcement from the SEC.An investigation by the SEC revealed that Ocwen misstated its income for the last three quarters of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 as a result of the servicer’s use of a flawed, undisclosed methodology to determine the value of certain complex mortgage assets. According to the SEC, Ocwen inaccurately disclosed to investors that it independently valued the mortgage assets in question under U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) when in fact it was using valuations provided by a related party to which it sold certain mortgage servicing rights that were a liability. The related party’s valuations deviated from the fair value measures, and Ocwen’s auditing team failed to review the methodology with company management or the outside auditor, according to the SEC.“Ocwen’s filings led investors to believe the company was valuing complex mortgage assets using GAAP rather than relying on a related company’s accounting methodology that later proved to be flawed,” said Michael J. Osnato, Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Complex Financial Instruments Unit. “Ocwen released inaccurate financial statements because its internal controls were inadequate and its audit committee failed to scrutinize whether the methodology was an appropriate way to measure fair value.”The SEC also found that Ocwen’s internal controls failed to prevent conflicts of interest involving the servicer’s since-departed chairman and founder, William Erbey. Ocwen disclosed to investors to that Erbey was required to recuse himself on transactions involving companies where he also served in leadership positions, when in fact Ocwen had no written policies or procedures for recusal; hence, Erbey approved a $75 million bridge loan to company for which he also served as chairman of the board.Erbey was forced to step down as chairman and CEO of Ocwen in January 2015 after 30 years with the company he founded. His departure was part of a $150 million settlement Ocwen reached with the New York Department of Financial Services in December 2014. A two-year investigation by the New York DFS revealed that Ocwen had sent backdated foreclosure notices to thousands of borrowers.“We are pleased with the resolution of this U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) investigation,” Ocwen spokesman John Lovallo said. “As previously disclosed in our October 2015 SEC 10-Q filing, funds have already been reserved to address this settlement. Ocwen remains committed to full compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements and will continue to fully cooperate with regulators on any matter brought to its attention.”center_img Share SEC Approves Ocwen Settlement Over Financial Misstatementslast_img read more

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