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Sprott Inc to take control of rival gold holder Central Fund of

first_imgTORONTO – Sprott Inc. (TSX:SII) says it has struck a deal to take control of rival gold-holding firm Central Fund of Canada Ltd. (TSX:CEF.A) after a protracted takeover effort.Toronto-based Sprott said Monday it will pay $120 million in cash and stock for Central Fund of Canada Ltd.’s common shares and for the right to administer and manage the fund’s assets.The deal, which requires approval from Central Fund shareholders, would see its class A shareholders transferred to a new Sprott Physical Gold and Silver Trust.Sprott says the deal would add $4.3 billion to its assets under management, which are focused largely on holding physical precious metals on behalf of clients, and 90,000 investors to its client base.In March, Sprott tried to go through the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta to allow Central Fund’s class A shareholders to swap their shares to Sprott after the family that controls Central Fund rebuffed their attempt to make a deal.Last year Sprott took over Central GoldTrust, a similar fund controlled by the same family, after securing support from more than 96 per cent of shareholder votes cast.last_img read more

HNZ Group chief executive and PHI to acquire company and split up

MONTREAL — HNZ Group Inc. (TSX:HNZ) is proposing a $242.4-million deal for its CEO acquire the international helicopter company and then sell its offshore operations in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and Papua New Guinea to PHI Inc.Under the agreement announced Tuesday, HNZ shareholders will receive $18.70 per share — 43 per cent above Monday’s closing price at the Toronto Stock Exchange.HNZ, which provides helicopter and related services, says its operations in Canada, the United States and Antarctica would remain with the company under the leadership of chief executive Don Wall.The deal requires approval by a two-thirds majority vote by shareholders and a simple majority vote by shareholders excluding Wall.It is also subject to court approval and other customary closing conditions.HNZ shares closed up 15 cents at $13.05 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday. read more

Five customs officers injured after being assaulted by Kuwaiti couple

Five customs officers were injured after being assaulted by a Kuwaiti couple at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today.The five officers have been admitted to hospital for treatment following the incident. The incident took place when the customs officers had requested that a pet dog with the couple be quarantined.The couple were later arrested over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

Arriving in Lesotho Annan urges action to combat AIDS and food shortages

Earlier Wednesday, prior to leaving Botswana, the Secretary-General held a meeting with President Festus Mogae in which he raised his concerns about food shortages and AIDS in the country, according to a UN spokesman. Mr. Annan appealed to Botswana to join the UN standby arrangements for peacekeeping and raised the issue of the country’s indigenous people. The two also exchanged views on the New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development and on the newly created African Union.When asked afterwards by reporters about his views on possible military action against Iraq, the Secretary-General said: “The UN is not agitating for military action.”After his arrival in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, the Secretary-General took a short helicopter tour of the Mohale Dam. He then met in Mohale with Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili and discussed the country’s recent elections, as well as the two crises – food shortages and AIDS – that are facing the nation.The Secretary-General noted that Lesotho was spending 2 per cent of its national budget to treat victims of the AIDS epidemic, and pledged the UN’s help in tackling the scourge.Later, in an address to a joint session of the nation’s Parliament, Mr. Annan returned to the theme of the AIDS crisis, noting that 30 per cent of all people in the country between the ages of 15 and 49 were estimated to be HIV-positive. He also congratulated the people of Lesotho for the elections held last May, and underscored the importance of education and the empowerment of women.The Secretary-General’s speech before the country’s lawmakers echoed his remarks made last night in Gaborone at a dinner held in his honour by President Mogae. Mr. Annan praised the people of Botswana for achieving a stable, multi-party democracy with a consistent track record of high economic growth and improvements in health, water, sanitation and education. “That only makes the tragedy of HIV/AIDS all the more poignant, since it is snatching away the precious development gains you had made,” he observed.Among his other activities in Lesotho today, Mr. Annan planted an olive tree at a ceremony to launch the International Year of the Mountain and met with His Majesty King Letsie III, while his wife, Nane, met with the Queen. Later, the Secretary-General witnessed the re-naming of a road in the capital from Maseru Bypass to Kofi Annan Road. He asked anyone using that road from now on to drive carefully. read more

UNICEF stresses need for humanitarian access in Lebanon aid airlifted into Beirut

With more than a thousand people killed in the worsening conflict between Hizbollah and Israel and around a quarter of Lebanon’s entire population forced to flee their homes, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today stressed the urgent need to allow humanitarian aid to get through, as the world body said it was airlifting more emergency supplies into Beirut but that land convoys were still facing problems.Listing the growing humanitarian cost of the conflict, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman highlighted its impact on children, noting that along with those killed and injured “countless others are living in extremely precarious conditions which are worsening daily, with limited access to clean water, food, medicine and hygiene supplies.”She pointed out that thousands of families and children critically need support. “At present we are unable to reach the majority of them,” she said. “We call upon the parties to urgently agree to a cessation of hostilities to allow humanitarian agencies to deliver needed supplies.”UNICEF, which is involved in various aspects of emergency work including supporting an immunization campaign to protect Lebanese children against measles and polio, is also working to help young people deal with the deaths, injury and other terrifying events they and their families have experienced.“By keeping families together and organising structured activities we can go some way towards putting normality back into the lives of these children and their parents,” says UNICEF regional child protection adviser Trish Hiddleston. “Children do have an inner resilience in times of crisis – we have to build on this.” Implementing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call for an immediate cessation of hostilities will be the most effective way to protect these children from further distress and provide an opportunity for their healing and recovery, the agency said in a press release.Also on the humanitarian front, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started an airlift from Jordan and Denmark to help rush tonnes of urgently needed supplies to Lebanon, including medicines from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), it said in a press release, adding that the first flight got through on Thursday and a second flight landed in Beirut this morning.UNHCR said more flights are being planned and sea routes are also being used to bring in supplies because the severely damaged roads between the border with Syria – where the agency has a major supply base – have slowed up the convoys and made it increasingly difficult to move emergency aid in bulk.Israeli warnings and air strikes in the densely populated southern suburbs of Beirut are also creating havoc as people flee to overcrowded areas for safety and the aid agencies scramble to help, according to UNHCR.“It is really impossible for thousands of civilians to leave their homes in a matter of hours and find safety nearby, particularly when the public centres are already bursting with displaced people,” said UNHCR’s representative in Lebanon, Stephane Jaquemet. “For those who have already been displaced once and fled to find safety in Beirut, only to be displaced a second time, is exceptionally tough and frightening,” he added.The UN refugee agency has also started setting up tented camps in Syria to help deal with around 160,000 Lebanese who have fled to safety there, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York.Permission for UN convoys to southern Lebanon continues to be denied by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today, while noting also that there’s been no improvement in the countrywide fuel shortage.OCHA says that according to the Lebanese Higher Relief Council, 1,056 Lebanese have been killed and 3,600 wounded in the past month of conflict, while Israel’s Government reports that 41 Israeli civilians have been killed.Adding his weight to broader UN calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the Middle East, was the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today who also warned of the conflict’s longer-term impact on the young people of the region.“Moreover, what does the future hold for the youth of the Middle East – whatever their nationality, affiliation or religion – when their minds risk being so deeply troubled that they will never be able to learn to talk to one another or live side by side?” Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura asked. read more

Oregon races to finalize rules for marijuana issue licenses

Oregon races to finalize rules for marijuana, issue licenses by Andrew Selsky, The Associated Press Posted Jun 8, 2016 2:35 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 8, 2016 at 3:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PORTLAND, Ore. – After months of public hearings with pot growers, lawmen, public health officials and others, an Oregon commission is racing to finalize recreational marijuana regulations and issue licenses to hundreds of businesses within a few months.But those who aim to produce souped-up coffee and other niche products might have to wait a bit longer.“It’s like the circus around here,” Oregon Liquor Control Commission Chair Rob Patridge said after a hearing in which a pot advocate and a panel member argued about whether marijuana is safer than alcohol, and an entrepreneur discussed selling marijuana-infused java, eliciting blank looks from commissioners.The commission has been grappling with its massive task, issues that Colorado and Washington state previously dealt with, including the number of licenses initially offered. Besides Oregon, Alaska also legalized pot in 2014.Oregon decided to do some things differently, including:— Setting a lower tax rate than Washington’s 37 per cent and Colorado’s rate of upward of 29 per cent. A pot advocate who helped write Oregon’s legalization measure said this allows for the regulated businesses to effectively compete with the illegal market by not driving their prices too high.— Avoiding caps on the number of licenses, so “we can let capitalism work it out, like we do with bars and breweries with no cap,” Anthony Johnson said.The OLCC has had to deal with changes mandated by the legislature and requests from numerous interests as it establishes the regulations.“We’re trying to accommodate everybody, but you’ve got to realize that people are throwing a new business model at us every day … like coffee, like ice cream, like yogurt, like marijuana tasting bars,” Patridge said. At some point, “we have to stop, get the rules in place” and then assess it again.Patridge is an unlikely champion of making marijuana go mainstream, a trade whose outlaw status used to evoke images of marijuana-laden burros being led down the Sierra Madres and of pilots contour-flying across borders to avoid radar.A district attorney from a conservative southern Oregon county, Patridge voted against legal pot, and is still against it.“I’m not going to stand on the air hose of what Oregonians wish to do,” he said. “My side lost, and so now we’re going to put in the best system that we can put in, to allow these marijuana entrepreneurs to move forward, and allow the public the access that they voted for.”Johnson, a lawyer working fulltime on marijuana political reform, was at first wary of Patridge, but the two have formed a bond. Patridge keeps Johnson’s mobile number on his own cellphone and calls him “the Godfather of Measure 91.”“I will admit that I had some misgivings that a Republican district attorney was going to be a good steward for the marijuana industry,” Johnson said. “But I have been very surprised and pleased with how Rob has handled the job.”Business people have been coming from around the country — lawmakers recently tossed out a residents-only requirement — to try to get a piece of Oregon’s cannabis industry that already existed for 18 years with medical marijuana.The commission said it wants at least part of the supply chain ready by year’s end. When complete, it will cover production from seed to store and will allow the tracking of the marijuana with a computer dashboard using data from radio-frequency identification scanners and tags.“Each plant has a serial number, just like a VIN number on a car,” said Scott Denholm, executive director of metrc, which has partnered with the commission to build the tracking system.The commission issued its first recreational marijuana licenses on May 2 to eight businesses, including one called Far Out Farms. It is dealing with more than 1,500 license applications as of Wednesday, and approved about 50 others.Each applicant must undergo a criminal background check and receive land use approval from local authorities. The commission’s staff was increased by about 44 staff to around 260 to handle the extra work, Patridge said.Steve Marks, the commission’s executive director, said he spends 70 per cent of his time on marijuana issues, which is turning out to be a big business.Medical marijuana dispensaries, which can sell recreational marijuana until Dec. 31, started collecting a 25 per cent tax on those sales in January. Recreational outlets will charge a 17 per cent tax. The state says it processed a whopping $10.5 million in marijuana tax payments through April 29.The Legislative Revenue Office in May quadrupled its estimate of net tax revenues, from $8.4 million to $35 million, that the state is expected to receive from recreational marijuana through June 30, 2017, according to Malik Mazen, senior economist with the Legislature.A company named Avitas, which is awaiting a license, began refitting a former cabinet factory in March located less than a mile from the state capitol in Salem into a 12,000-square-foot “cannabis production facility” and expects to be done by mid-June.The facility is expected to produce 160 pounds of pot per month, plus a powerful cannabis oil produced with compressed carbon dioxide.Avitas General Manager Joe Bergen predicted that the industry will have an enormous effect on the economy, and predicted other states will legalize.“We believe that the Pacific Northwest will be the epicenter for high-quality cannabis because of the climate and culture here, much like the craft brewery movement,” he said.__Follow Andrew Selsky on Twitter @andrewselsky read more

2013 Terry OMalley Lecture From fresh food to fresh fashion

Lindsay Cook, director of marketing for Joe FreshLindsay Cook, the dynamic young director of marketing for the popular Joe Fresh fashion brand, will deliver the 12th annual Terry O’Malley Lecture in Advertising and Marketing at Brock University.Cook will share her unique perspectives in a talk, entitled “My Journey to all things Orange,” which takes place Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the David S. Howes Theatre at the University.Listed among Marketing magazine’s prestigious list of Top 30 Under 30 in 2012, Cook will share the remarkable story of her rise from in-store signage specialist at Loblaw to her current role as marketing director of the widely admired Joe Fresh brand.Cook recently led a conceptual redesign of more than 100 Loblaw grocery stores, re-thinking every inch of retail space to freshen up home, leisure and entertainment merchandise. At the same time she oversaw the enormously successful launch of Joe Fresh in the United States, including the opening of the first flagship store outside of Canada on Manhattan’s famous Fifth Avenue.Cook is currently overseeing the roll out of dedicated Joe Fresh shops in more than 680 jcpenney stores next month, bringing Joe Fresh’s chic, modern and brightly affordable style to people all over the U.S.This year marks the 12th anniversary of the lecture series that honors advertising legend Terry O’Malley, a native of St. Catharines and one of the most highly acclaimed creative talents in modern Canadian advertising.Advertising legend Terry O’MalleyO’Malley is the former creative director and partner in the highly influential Toronto-based agency Vickers and Benson Advertising.In more than 30 years at V&B, O’Malley helped build the agency into one of the leading brands in the Canadian advertising industry. O’Malley’s creative contributions spanned a wide spectrum of businesses and public service categories, from quick service restaurants (McDonald’s) to breweries (Carling Red Cap Ale) to a role as key strategist on the federal Liberal Party’s Red Leaf Communications team that helped win electoral victories for former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.The Terry O’Malley Lecture in Marketing and Advertising is hosted by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film at Brock University.This public event is free, but tickets are required. To reserve your tickets, please contact the Brock Centre for the Arts Box Office by calling 905-688-5550 x3257. read more

Mens Basketball Keita BatesDiop questionable for Ohio States game against Penn State

Ohio State redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a three pointer in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State could be without its best player in its quest to win its first 10 Big Ten games of the season.Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is dealing with an illness and is questionable for the Buckeyes’ game Thursday against Penn State, an Ohio State spokesperson tweeted. He will be a game-time decision. Bates-Diop is averaging 19.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season in a team-high 32 minutes per game. If he is unable to play, sophomore forward Andre Wesson would likely be his replacement in the starting lineup.Without Bates-Diop, Wesson would be tasked with covering Penn State power forward Lamar Stevens. The 6-foot-8, 226-pound forward averages 15.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game and has been the Nittany Lions’ second-most productive player this season. Bates-Diop has been the go-to player for the Buckeyes all season. In nearly every game the star forward has gotten off to a slow start, Ohio State’s offense seems to follow suit. Offensively, the team would need to rely on forward Jae’Sean Tate and center Kaleb Wesson to help step up the interior production for the team. Junior Keita Bates-Diop is questionable (illness) for the @OhioStateHoops home game vs. Penn State tonight. His availability will be determined at game time (8 p.m./BTN)..— Dan Wallenberg (@OSUADAthComm) January 25, 2018 read more

Charitable offseason keeps mens lacrosse team busy

In just two weekends of preseason action, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team has done more than most teams do all season.Coach Nick Meyers has jump started preseason play with a “Thumbs Up,” two weekends full of fundraising for athletic scholarship funds near and dear to the Buckeyes’ hearts.The Buckeyes scrimmaged Johns Hopkins in a friendly rivalry game on Oct. 10 at Upper Arlington High School. Johns Hopkins is the top team in the country, and the game served as a reminder that the Buckeyes have a lot of work ahead of them.     More than $5,000 was raised for The Michael Robert Breschi Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is the largest memorial scholarship endowment in the Ohio State Department of Athletics. The scholarship commemorates the life of Michael Breschi, the son of former Ohio State lacrosse coach Joe Breschi.Michael passed away in an accident in March 2004 when he was just three years old. In the ten years Breschi coached men’s lacrosse, he shattered the record for most career wins with 81.    The 2009 recipient, defenseman Scott Foreman, accepted this honor at the team banquet. Foreman was second team All-Conference in 2008.        The Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship golf outing took place last weekend. The scholarship was created in honor of former Buckeye lacrosse player Dan Lindner’s wife, two young sons, and mother-in-law, who died in a car accident in 2006. “Every decade of our lacrosse program was represented at the outing. It was great for the team to see the tradition our program has created,” Meyers said.The Lindner Memorial Scholarship honor was given to junior midfielder Michael Pires. A British Columbia native, Pires has stepped into the leadership role the team has needed. On Saturday, the Buckeyes hosted an alumni lacrosse game in the Horseshoe. The team played with recent graduates for about an hour, while older alumni surrounded the field. The weekend concluded with the annual team banquet. In addition to the Michael Breschi and Linder Memorial honors, awards were announced for the most valuable players, unsung heroes, most improved and players who performed exemplary service for OSU.The banquet recognized the accomplishments of the 2009 team and solidified the goals of the 2010 season. The focus of the offseason will be strength training and teaching the team the fundamentals.“The guys have been hammering away and the energy level at this point is great,” Meyers said. “We are going to work on an individual level and focus on studying game films.” The Buckeyes have a close-knit team, but Meyers would like to see the group get tighter. “We are working on our core values and maintaining what makes our program so special,” Meyers said. Regular practice will begin in January, giving the team just six weeks before they face Duke in the first game of regular season play. read more

Berbice schools reconnected after bills partially paid – GWI

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) reconnected water supply to all schools in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), according to Public Relations Officer, Leana Bradshaw.Several schools were disconnected after the Utility Company failed in its efforts to get to Regional Administration to pay its multimillion dollar bill, which was racked up over three years.Though regional officials said the bill amounted to $61M, Bradshaw said the outstanding payment was actually $136M.She explained that it was only after GWI disconnected the schools, the Regional Administration made efforts to clear the bill.GWI and the Regional Administration are expected to work out a payment plan to settle the debt. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGWI disconnects Berbice schools after $61M water bill owedFebruary 20, 2019In “Business”High percentage of Georgetown customers illegally reconnect service- GWINovember 1, 2018In “Business”GWI advises customers to only make payments at its officesJuly 8, 2016In “latest news” read more

FactCheck Has the government actually cut the mental health budget by €20

first_img This is not true, we are spending €74.7million more on mental health next year than this year. Please get facts right— Helen McEntee TD (@HMcEntee) October 21, 2016 Source: Rubber Bandits/Twitter Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 8:00 PM Find more FactChecks here 35 Comments Share259 Tweet Email2 The Irish government just cut €20 million from the mental health budget.The FactsThe claim that the government had cut €20 million from the mental health budget emerged last week, after Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee stated in the Dáil: While the €35 million that was promised towards mental health was indeed cut by €20 million, it’s still an increase from last year. There’s also funding behind a new forensic mental health hospital in Portrane. Things are improving, but not as much as they should. 20,442 Views In line with my commitment to achieve a full-year allocation of €35 million in additional funding for mental health, I am initiating €35 million in new services for 2017… OVER THE WEEKEND, a claim spread online that the government has cut the budget for mental health services by €20 million.It was much tweeted, the subject of a widely-shared column on (“It’s absolutely despicable to see the government cut mental health funding by €20 million”), and articulated by comedians and activists the Rubberbandits. As has been widely acknowledged, and as I acknowledged last week, the time lag in new staff taking up posts, and the completion of other preparations for the introduction of these services, it is estimated that the revenue spend in the calendar year for 2017, associated with this increased allocation will be some €15 million.In other words, €35 million worth of additional mental health services are being started in 2017, but because those services aren’t entirely ready to come on stream yet, only €15 million will be spent on them next year.Note that these are additional services, and the amounts involved relate to increased spending on mental health.This reality is in contrast to the impression brought about in many cases, that the total mental health budget itself amounts to only €35 million, and that it will be €20 million lower in 2017 than it is now. Campaigners oppose the diversion of €12 million in mental health funding in April 2016. The move was reversed after a public outcry. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieFor example, this sentence from a column in By Dan MacGuillcenter_img Short URL In 2016 it really does beggar belief that, if the Dáil rumours are true, and Simon Harris cuts the mental health budget for 2017 by €20 million from €35 million to €15 million, that the entire country doesn’t take to the streets over it.This is wrong by a massive margin.According to figures in this year’s HSE National Service Plan, the total budget for mental health services in Ireland is €826.6 million.This is composed of €791.6 million in the HSE budget, and €35 million that came from the Department of Health.In April, it emerged that €12 million of that €35 million was to be diverted elsewhere in the health services, but after a public outcry, it was reinstated.The Department of Health told FactCheck that in 2017, there would be additional spending of €15 million on mental health services, as well as a further €9.7 million in extra staff costs – meaning the total increased spending on mental health services next year is expected to be €24.7 million.As well as this, the government has budgeted €50 million to begin work on the National Forensic Mental Health Hospital at Portrane in North Co Dublin.However, this is capital spending, and is counted separately, but it accounts for Helen McEntee’s tweet in response to the Rubberbandits, in which she claimed the government is “spending €74.7 million more on mental health next year than this year”. FactCheck: Has the government actually cut the mental health budget by €20 million? FactCheck looks into a major claim that took hold online over the weekend. Oct 25th 2016, 8:00 PM This isn’t quite right, because she is comparing current and capital spending in 2017, with only current spending in 2016.Figures in the 2016 HSE National Service Plan suggest that a total of €5.33 million was budgeted for capital infrastructure spending on mental health this year (pg 131, 132).So if you include capital infrastructure in both years, next year’s spending will be at least €901.3 million, which is €69.37 million higher than the €831.93 million in 2016, not €74.7 million higher.In any case, the gross, non-capital budget for mental health in 2017 is €851.3 million – a 3% increase over 2016.And in addition to this, €50 million in new capital spending will go on starting the construction of the National Forensic Mental Health Hospital.The claim that the mental health budget has been cut is therefore FALSE.“Reversal” Minister of State Helen McEntee, speaking in the Dáil last week. Source: Oireachtas.ieWhat is true, is that this increase in current spending is not as high as had been expected.In his Budget speech, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe gave no details on mental health spending, but Minister of State Helen McEntee did, in a press conference later that evening (starts 3:19): The Irish Government just cut €20 million from the mental health budget. 10 people die a week in Ireland by suicide— Rubber Bandits (@Rubberbandits) October 21, 2016 Alison Ring from Sligo asked us to look into it, and another reader pointed specifically to the Rubberbandits’ tweet.(Send your FactCheck requests to, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).Claim: The government has cut €20 million from the mental health budgetVerdict: FALSEThe total non-capital budget for mental health services in 2017 is €851.3 million, some €24.7 million higher than this year€50 million in capital spending has also been committed to starting construction on the National Forensic Mental Health HospitalAdditional spending on mental health services is €20 million lower than had been expected, based on somewhat ambiguous comments made by Minister of State Helen McEntee on Budget DayWhat was said Source: can watch a video of Helen McEntee’s comments, and a breakdown of the facts, above.Although the claim of a €20 million cut has been widespread, we are focusing on the Rubberbandits’ tweet, due to the specific request of a FactCheck reader.They claimed: Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter Source: Helen McEntee TD/Twitter’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here.  I’m happy to say that I will be able to initiate €35 million in new developments next year. As has been the case with previous years, funding initiated will not always be completed in the same year…Despite the somewhat ambiguous disclaimer contained in the second half of this, McEntee did not state the full reality – that only €15 million would be spent in 2017.The only figure mentioned was €35 million, which gave rise to the mistaken impression that this was the amount that would be spent on new services in 2017.So when McEntee clarified the situation in the Dáil a week later – explaining that only €15 million would in fact be spent on new services next year – it led to a wave of criticism from opposition politicians and activists, and accusations of a “reversal” in the Budget commitment.But there was no “cut” to the budget. Spending on mental health in 2017 will be higher than spending on mental health in 2016.The Rubberbandits did not respond to FactCheck’s request for evidence in support of their widely-shared claim on Twitter.However, they did later post on Facebook: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man who defrauded 82yearold woman over roofing job gets suspended sentence

first_imgMan who defrauded 82-year-old woman over ‘roofing job’ gets suspended sentence John Connors apologised and repaid the woman the €2,250 she paid him. Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 4:44 PM 23 Comments A DUBLIN FATHER of six who “hoodwinked” an 82-year-old woman with early onset dementia by taking €2,250 for roofing work he never carried out has avoided a jail term.John Connors (36) of Wyckham Avenue, Dundrum pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft of €2,250 at the woman’s home in Carpenterstown, Dublin on 19 February, 2016.He has three previous convictions for assault and public order.Judge Martin Nolan sentenced Connors to three years in prison which he suspended in full on strict conditions. He said it was a serious crime as Connors had “hoodwinked and defrauded an elderly lady”.Judge Nolan accepted that Connors had paid the woman back, had expressed sincere remorse and didn’t have serious previous convictions before he said he didn’t deserve an immediate custodial sentence.Garda Alan Reddy told Anne-Marie Lawlor BL, prosecuting, that in March 2016 the woman’s son, who attended her home three to four times a week to check on her and carry out any necessary work around the house or gardens, noticed that she had written a cheque for €2,250.He asked her about it and she said a man had called to the house claiming that she needed to have her roof repaired. She said she handed over the cheque to the “roofing service”.The son checked the roof and was satisfied that, at most, 10 minutes worth of work had been done to it. He also checked the gardens and other areas to make sure that no other repairs had been carried out.Gardaí were contacted and Connors was easily identified as he had cashed the cheque in his own bank account.He was arrested last May and claimed that he had carried out three days of work, repairing the roof, a patio and trimming hedges in the garden. He said the woman had acknowledged that the work needed to be done.Reddy told the court that he was satisfied that Connors could not have done more than two hours of work on the roof and the other work he had claimed to have done was not done at all.He confirmed that Connors had since paid the woman back in full.AngerReddy agreed with Kitty Perle BL, defending, that her client met with the victim’s son in the garda station who “rightfully expressed his anger” about what he had done to his mother.She said Connors paid the money back and assured the man that nothing like that would ever happen again.Perle said the meeting was a “wake-up” call for her client who now fully understood the seriousness of the offence.She said he was a married father of six and was the sole breadwinner for the family as his wife was unable to work because of health difficulties.Counsel asked the court to accept that it was “a serious error in judgement” and handed in references which described Connors as a “trustworthy and reliable man”.Read: Youth who kicked his mother in the head during assaults spared jail >Read: No extra jail time for double murderer who stabbed fellow inmate with stainless steel spoon > By Sonya McClean Share9 Tweet Email108379 24,784 Views center_img The judge said Connors had “hoodwinked and defrauded an elderly lady”. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 29th 2017, 4:44 PM Image: PA Archive/PA Images The judge said Connors had “hoodwinked and defrauded an elderly lady”. last_img read more

TCI completes first National Risk Assessment on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

first_img Related Items:#NationalRiskAssessment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 22, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands is to complete its first Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing National Risk Assessment this June in line with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations against which each country assesses its own money laundering and terrorist financing risks.The TCI National Risk Assessment aims at creating a comprehensive and evidence-based understanding of the money laundering and terrorist financing risks faced by the jurisdiction. The initial phase commenced in October 2014, with a workshop which identified the approach to gathering supporting data.Around fifty stakeholders and representatives from both the public and private sectors will convene for a two day workshop at the Blue Haven Resort in Providenciales on 26th to 27th of June 2017 with a closed half day workshop for policy makers on 28th June 2017.  The workshop is to facilitate the making of comprehensive action plans to allow for a consistent approach to decrease the levels of risks, and strengthen controls and supervisory oversight in each sector.Announcing the launch completion of the National Risk Assessment, chair of the national Anti-Money Laundering Committee, the Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles OBE said; “This is a major initiative here in the Turks and Caicos Islands which will enable us to develop an effective framework to prevent money laundering and combat terrorist financing.”World Bank experts Mrs. Emily Adeleke and Mr. Roberto Biel will lead the various workshop sessions.For more information on the National Risk Assessment, please contact Khalila Astwood, Principal Crown Counsel, International at the TCI Attorney General Chambers at or Paul Coleman, Head of the Compliance Unit at the Turks and Caicos Financial Services Commission at: pcoleman@tcifsc.tcPress Release: TCIG#NationalRiskAssessmentlast_img read more

Puel Arsenal are not Premier League title challengers yet

first_imgLeicester City boss Claude Puel believes that it’s too early to tell whether Arsenal can really compete for the Premier League title ahead of tonight’s gameUnder new manager Unai Emery, Arsenal are chasing 10 successive wins in all competitions for the first time since 2007.Victory at the Emirates Stadium over Leicester tonight will put the Gunners within two points of league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.But Puel believes it’s too soon to judge Arsenal’s title credentials, despite the upturn in form following a difficult start to the season.“We will see,” said Puel, according to the Daily Mail.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He started with some difficulties and lost [the] first two games but after they have worked and played well to win games in the cup, Europa League and Premier League.“They have nine wins at this moment which is incredible. They are confident in their play. They are more direct and clinical at the moment, with a clinical player like [Alexandre] Lacazette for example.“They can have good confidence for the future, but for the title, I don’t know. It is just the beginning of the season and the Premier League has a lot of possibilities.”Emery himself also warned the Arsenal supporters against getting carried away with their form at this stage of the campaign.last_img read more

Congressman Seth Moulton To Hold Town Hall In Wilmington On February 9

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton, who represents Wilmington and the rest of the the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts, has scheduled a Town Hall event on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1pm in Wilmington Town Hall’s Auditorium (121 Glen Road).Moulton will be on hand to answer questions from and listen to the concerns of his constituents from Wilmington and beyond.Wilmington Apple intends on covering the event. If you can’t attend, but would like a question asked, please email learn more about Moulton, visit or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCongressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Community”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Bring Afghan Allies, Translators To SafetyIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Congressman Moulton’s Office Recognized As National Example For Next-Generation Constituent ServiceIn “Government”last_img read more

Feds charge Palmer man in heroin death

first_imgDownload AudioA 26-year-old Palmer man is facing federal charges on distribution of heroin resulting in a death.Heroin powder. (Photo courtesy Drug Enforcement Administration)Acting US Attorney Kevin Feldis announced the charges today in Anchorage.Hiram Luis Ducasse, Jr.  is the only defendant named in the three – count indictment. Ducasse is being charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin resulting in a death and possession with intent to distribute. Feldis told reporters at a press conference at the US Attorney’s office that heroin has a devastating effect on communities.“It’s a tragedy in so many ways. It’s a tragedy that we have a 26-year-old individual charged today with these federal felonies who thought he could profit by selling heroin to others. And of course it’s mostly a tragedy because we have a 22-year-old victim who died as a result of using this heroin.”The deceased man is only referred to by the initials MC in the charging documents. He died in December after using drugs sold to him, prosecutors say, by Ducasse on November 30.Feldis says the Ducasse indictment is the fourth time that federal charges have been brought against an Alaska dealer in a case resulting in death.Federal and state drug enforcement officials worked with Alaska State Troopers on the case. Trooper Colonel James Cockrell says the heroin epidemic is hitting rural Alaska hard.“And there’s not a village out there that is not affected by heroin, alcohol or meth. And not only that,it spawns all kinds of other crimes. Most of our property crimes in our urban areas, Mat Su Valley and Kenai Peninsula, it’s all drug fed. No different in the villages where they have very little cash. They gotta get that money from somewhere, so what do they do? They sell bootleg alcohol to get money to support their habits. ”Assistant US Attorney Stephanie Courter , who is prosecuting the case against Ducasse, says toxicology reports contribute to tracing the drug back to it’s source.“That’s the work of law enforcement. That’s what street level investigations are all about, are about gathering that evidence and putting a case together to ultimately meet our burden in court.”Attorney Feldis says Ducasse could face a twenty year sentence. He will be arraigned in federal court in a few days.The indictment is related to two other indictments being issued today [Thursday] against individuals in Wasilla, Palmer and in California.last_img read more

2 Bananimurder suspects killed in gunfight

first_imgAftab NagarTwo suspects in Banani recruiting agency owner murder case were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of Detective Branch of police in Aftab Nagar area of Dhaka early Friday.Police recovered the bullet-hit bodies of two youths from the Purbamatha area of Aftab Nagar. The victims of the extrajudicial killing are Alamin and Saddam.Badda police station officer-in- charge Kazi Wajed Ali said earlier in the morning, they came to know that two youths were seriously injured in a gunfight with a team of DB police (Detective Branch, south) last night.They rescued the injured from there and rushed them to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared them dead.There were several marks of bullet injuries on their bodies.On Wednesday, Monirul Islam, the head of CTTC (Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime) unit of DMP (Dhaka Metropolitan police) at a press conference at the DMP media centre, said two persons – Pichchi Alamin and Saddam – were allegedly involved in the killing of recruiting agency owner Siddique Hossain Munsi.He said several teams of DB police were working to arrest these two suspects and three others.Monirul claimed that a leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, who is now staying in a European country, ordered the murder.The police official said the JCD leader is an accused in several cases in connection with incidents of vandalism and arson attack in the country in 2014.Police, however, did not disclose the accused leader’s name for the sake of investigation.Around 7:00pm on 15 November, miscreants stormed Siddique Munsis office at Banani and shot dead him.last_img read more

2 months later massacre haunts Syrian town

first_imgThe army has not returned since the April raid. Local activists still organize protests, though many fewer people attend, and rumors of impending military incursions often terrify residents.Most of the dead rest in a long mass grave on the village’s east side, their names scrawled in marker on cinder block headstones. Preceding most names is the honorific “hero martyr.” One inscription for the unidentified bodies reads simply “four people.”“Most of them were my friends,” said Abdullah Ghazzal, the English student, walking among the graves. He pointed out the grave of his 44-year-old brother, shot dead that day.“They also burned down his house,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Two months later, the destruction remains, but most residents are gone. Locals estimate that about two-thirds of the town’s 15,000 people have left. Most don’t expect them to return.“There is nothing for people to come back to, and they worry that if they rebuild, the army will destroy it again,” said resident Bassam Ghazzal, who lost more than 20 members of his extended family in the attack. “People don’t want to become refugees twice.”The destruction in Taftanaz, seen by an Associated Press reporter, provides an on-the-ground example of the huge price paid by Syrian communities that have chosen to defy one of the Middle East’s most brutal autocracies.Since the start of the anti-Assad uprising in March 2011, the regime has responded to unrest with brute force, dispatching snipers, troops and tanks to quash dissent. Activists say more than 14,000 people have been killed since, many of them civilians.In general, the violence has not stopped the uprising, emboldening protesters, galvanizing international condemnation and leading many in the opposition to take up arms.Taftanaz tells a different story. It is a place where overwhelming force appears to have not only crushed a burgeoning protest movement but struck a blow against a community that may never recover. In many ways, Taftanaz, a jumble of simple concrete homes surrounded by golden wheat fields some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the northern city of Idlib, tells the story of Syria’s uprising, writ small.Residents had long complained of state neglect and corruption that left many living in poverty, Ghazzal said. So when protesters inspired by the successful uprisings against autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt took to the streets in Syria, they followed along, first demonstrating for change in April 2011.Local security officers quickly ended the protest, but the town organized more, sparking further crackdowns and arrest campaigns by regime authorities, Ghazzal said.The Syrian army raided the village three times in the next four months, Ghazzal said. During a June raid, Ghazzal’s cousin was shot dead at a regime checkpoint while trying to flee, making him the first of the town’s “martyrs.”Others followed. Some in the town took up arms, and an October clash between the army and local rebels killed five residents. Other residents buried them and held another protest the same day, Ghazzal said.Then all was quiet until April 3, when tanks shelled the town from four sides before armored cars brought in dozens of soldiers who dragged civilians from their homes and gunned them down in the streets, witnesses said. The soldiers also looted, destroyed and torched hundreds of homes, bringing some down on their owners’ heads. 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Comments   Share   Videos shot at the time show tanks posted near the town’s entrance and huge columns of smoke rising throughout the area. Photos of the dead show bodies torn apart by shrapnel, charred by fire, crushed under rubble or with bullet holes in their chests, foreheads and temples.Local activist Abdullah Ghazzal, a university student in English, says 62 people were killed during the attack, four of them burned beyond recognition. Two others have never been found.Residents are unsure what sparked the assault. The town had only a small rebel presence, though fighters from the area had killed soldiers at nearby checkpoints or destroyed regime tanks, said local fighter Sahir Schaib. Rebels also blew up nine regime tanks as they left the town, mostly with homemade bombs planted along the roads.He suspects the regime sought to stop the town from emerging as a protest center, especially since it is near a military base.“There were lots of villages around that had just started protesting and they wanted to say, `This is what we can do to you,’” Schaib said. “They committed the massacre to teach the whole region a lesson.”The Syrian government rarely comments on its military actions and blames the uprising on armed terrorists acting out a foreign conspiracy. It bars most reporters from working in the country, and the AP was able to visit Taftanaz only after entering from a neighboring country. Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The price of Taftanaz’s defiance is obvious around town. Homes have been reduced to rubble. Most shops along the town’s main street are shuttered, their thick metal doors scarred by shrapnel and gunfire. Black soot lines the windows of others. Yet others lie collapsed in piles of bricks and mortar.“They took what they took and burned what they burned,” said Abu Eissa Ghazzal, 75, another member of the extended Ghazzal family. Standing near his torched grocery store on the ground floor of a three-story building, he despaired for the future.“They didn’t leave me a single nail,” he said.His younger brother had built the building after working for two decades in Saudi Arabia and lived with his family in the top two floors, Ghazzal said. Now all had been torched, and his brother and family had fled to a refugee camp in Turkey.His older brother lived across the alley and refused to leave his home when the army came. When the attack was over, rescue teams found the 81-year-old man’s body still in his home, burned to a crisp.“Now there is nobody left,” he said. “Who is going to rebuild all of this, now that all of those with children have left?” Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img