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Freedom 35 Trailer Park Boys Lager Launch

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Freedom 35 Trailer Park Boys Lager is now available in Ontario at the LCBO.  The Queens Quay location at 2 Cooper Street in downtown Toronto will hold the official launch on Thursday April 27th at 12pm with The Boys signing cans and tasting the beer with fans.  The event will run until 3pm and the public are invited. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: DARTMOUTH, NS, April 25, 2017 – The Trailer Park Boys and North American Craft have announced the release of a new collaborative beer, appropriately titled “Freedom 35” Trailer Park Boys Lager. Ricky, Julian and Bubbles may finally be able to see their dream of early retirement with this new venture.  Following the success of Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky last Fall, The Boys have returned with another reason to say “Cheers”.Described as a crisp, refreshing lager, Freedom 35 is hitting the shelves just in time for the warm weather. Canadians can enjoy a taste of Sunnyvale on a patio, around a fire pit or in a shed next to their buddy’s trailer.The last time the Boys hit Toronto, the launch of Liquormen’s made national news, drawing thousands of fans to the Queens Quay LCBO and earning the East Coasters a nomination for “Best New Product Launch.”  Fans and beer lovers alike are encouraged to arrive early, for their chance to meet Ricky, Julian and Bubbles.last_img read more

CaFFE suspects delaying tactic

CaFFE is concerned that the government is attempting to repeat history by delaying sending invitations to foreign monitors. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) suspects the government is engaged in a delaying tactic by not inviting international election monitors for the provincial council elections in September.CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said that deploying foreign observers at the last moment, where they do not understand the context in which the elections are held, often leads to confusion and embarrassment. Tennakoon said there is still a possibility of the Commonwealth Secretariat sending a team of monitors/experts. However the elections commissioner or the Government needs to send a formal invitation in the coming week if the Commonwealth Secretariat is to prepare monitors and make the necessary logistical arrangements.“If they are not invited immediately they will not be here for an adequate time necessary to understand the ground realities. In addition the most reputed and experienced election monitor of all, the UN needs an invitation 3 months prior to the election. Therefore that avenue closed sometime back,” he said. For example he recalled that Asian election monitors who were deployed at the last minuet for the 2008 Eastern Provincial Council elections arrived at the conclusion of the polls and completely contradicted the observations made by local election monitors, media and political parties. CaFFE believes that the presence of international election monitors will contribute to a free and fair elections. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Woman suspected of illgotten wealth wins extradition claim

LONDON — A British court has ruled that a woman suspected by British authorities of having ill-gotten wealth will not be extradited to Azerbaijan to face fraud and embezzlement charges.Judge Emma Arbuthnot at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London ruled that Zamira Hajiyeva would not get a fair trial if she returned. Lawyers for the Azerbaijani government suggested they would appeal.Hajiyeva is the first person subject to an Unexplained Wealth Order, which allows British authorities to seize assets from people suspected of corruption or links to organized crime until the owners account for how they were acquired.Britain’s National Crime Agency wants to know where Hajiyeva, whose banker husband is in jail in Azerbaijan, got the money to buy two U.K. properties worth 22 million pounds ($28 million).Hajiyeva, 55, who denies wrongdoing, once spent 600,000 pounds ($760,000) in just one day at the posh department store Harrods.The Associated Press read more

UN refugee chief joins call for end to fighting in Liberia

Rudd Lubbers, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has echoed the sentiments of the Secretary-General, who yesterday warned that Liberia is “poised between hope and disaster” and stressed that the prompt and urgent deployment of troops is needed to salvage the situation.Amid reports of shelling and heavy loss of life, UNHCR is gravely concerned over the horrific situation and the fate of tens of thousands of displaced people and refugees now jamming the streets of Monrovia, a spokesman for the agency said during a press briefing in Geneva. Many terrified people are again seeking refuge in the UNHCR compound in the capital’s Mamba Point district, including hundreds of Sierra Leonean refugees who have been awaiting emergency evacuation.The agency has returned some 1,250 Sierra Leonean refugees home on the ship MV Overbeck since 4 July. But as serious fighting raged in the city’s port area over the weekend, the ship was unable to dock safely and had to return empty to Freetown. Some 300 would-be returnees had been scheduled to make that trip. UNHCR estimated that there might be close to 15,000 Sierra Leonean refugees sill in Monrovia.Meanwhile, a day after a thunderous barrage of shells rained down on the city in the bloodiest fighting during the rebels’ latest attempt to seize the capital that began two months ago, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that hundreds of thousands of people have sought refuge in makeshift shelters across the city, leaving them without access to adequate food supplies and in urgent need of assistance.The agency said it feared the situation is rapidly developing into a humanitarian catastrophe. “Thousands of people are crowded into churches, schools and other temporary shelters without running water or food. Many of them need help now, but as long as the fighting continues, there is no way that we can get supplies to them,” said Gregory Blamoh, WFP’s Officer-in-Charge in Monrovia.The previous attacks on Monrovia have displaced around 200,000 people, many of who were too afraid to go home when the clashes subsided. WFP said that the latest battles have forced even more people to flee, with many heading east towards the airport. While it is extremely difficult to get an accurate idea of the number of people who have now been displaced, some estimates put the figure at over 300,000.In the Sierra Leonean capital Freetown, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Liberia, Marc Destanne de Bernis, voiced his deep concern regarding the desperate humanitarian situation in Liberia. Speaking at a press briefing, he said intense shelling and gunfire is causing widespread displacement within and outside Monrovia, in areas where there is inadequate shelter or means of survival, and that the Government has already reported over 600 deaths. “If fighting does not cease the death toll will continue to rise,” he warned.Relief agencies have not been able to access food supplies at the port and warehouses behind rebel lines to provide much needed assistance to the population, he noted. In addition, the extremely poor health and sanitation situation in Monrovia has lead to recent outbreaks of cholera, measles and malaria, which could be further intensified if not addressed and contained immediately.Mr. Destanne de Bernis called on all the parties to the conflict to stop the fighting and observe the ceasefire, to respect international humanitarian law and ensure the protection of civilians and humanitarian workers. He also urged the international community to provide additional funding in order to strengthen the response to the humanitarian crisis. read more

Somalia UN relief official condemns murders of women and children

“This is a very disturbing trend and one that has shocked the communities themselves, for both the unusual brutality of the killings and the intentional targeting of women and children,” said Maxwell Gaylard, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.Several incidents were confirmed to Mr. Gaylard during a visit last week to Xudur and Waajid villages in the Bakool region of southwestern Somalia, including the horrific killing in December of 10 women in the vicinity of Bay region.The atrocity was reportedly committed by a militia group of one of the two major sub-clans of the area, apparently in revenge for earlier killings. Other incidents of the abduction and rape of women and children have also been reported to the UN and local human rights organizations, Mr. Gaylard’s Nairobi-based office said.At a Waajid assembly of elders pursuing peace negotiations, Mr. Gaylard called on Somali leaders to take all possible steps to end the cycle of violence, in particular to safeguard the security and welfare of unarmed civilians, including women and children, and to bring to justice those who have committed crimes against unarmed civilians.He also welcomed a ceasefire negotiated by elders in the region, and expressed his hope that this would lead to more sustained peace and security. read more

Scotiabank defends practices to verify incomes before granting mortgages

Scotiabank defends practices to verify incomes before granting mortgages TORONTO – Scotiabank is defending its income verification practices in light of a report that says Canadian banks allow foreign borrowers to qualify for mortgages without having to prove the source of their income.A Globe and Mail report Wednesday said that Scotiabank’s (TSX:BNS) internal guidelines don’t require its loan officers to verify foreign clients’ income sources if the down payment on a property is at least 50 per cent.Scotiabank spokeswoman Diane Flanagan said the bank regularly makes exceptions to accommodate clients who can’t provide standard documentation, such as Canadian tax returns and pay stubs, to verify their income.Certain types of borrowers — such as non-residents, self-employed people and new Canadians — simply don’t have those documents, Flanagan said.“We look at exceptions on a regular basis, because there aren’t one-size-fits-all policies for everybody,” Flanagan said.The bank still verifies the source of the money being used to fund the purchase and that the borrower is able to service the mortgage, she said.In many cases, the due diligence required for those who can’t provide standard documentation is even more rigorous, she added.“It is entirely inaccurate to suggest there is preferential treatment” for foreign borrowers, Flanagan said.The Globe and Mail said the exceptions to the regular rules for domestic borrowers were outlined in internal documents it reviewed from Scotiabank and the Bank of Montreal.It reported that at the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), foreign clients need a 35 per cent down payment to qualify for mortgages of up to $2 million to avoid having to verify their income.The bank told The Canadian Press that the types of mortgage applications for foreign clients or newcomers being referred to in the Globe story are for loans of up to $1 million, not $2 million.It is unclear whether the bank gives preferential treatment to foreign investors when it comes to granting mortgages.“We assess every customer circumstance individually and consider multiple factors which include income and employment, credit bureau score where available, loan-to-value, value of the property and ties to Canada,” a BMO spokesman said in an email.The federal banking regulator said banks must always attempt to confirm income sources for mortgages, regardless of where the borrower is based.“Whether the borrower is foreign or domestic, OSFI expects that institutions will take reasonable steps to verify income, and where income verification is inadequate, compensating controls need to be in place,” the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said in a statement.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) said in an email that the lender requires non-residents to provide proof of their income, either from an employer or a business, as well as a list of assets.TD Bank (TSX:TD) said it reviews all applicants on a case-by-case basis and has “robust” processes in place to ensure customers are able to service their debt.CIBC (TSX:CM) did not respond to questions.David Eby, B.C.’s NDP Opposition housing critic, said that if banks don’t require foreign borrowers to verify their income, that would make it very easy for those borrowers to purchase multiple homes.“It invites the kind of speculation that leads to empty homes,” Eby said during a news conference Wednesday.“It was a revelation to me to learn about this banking policy because it really explained a lot of things. It explained how people could potentially buy two or three homes, leaving two or three homes vacant … because they weren’t subject to the same pressures … that a typical borrower would have to demonstrate.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2016 4:22 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Sierra Leones President optimistic about countrys new direction as key reforms enacted

Acknowledging the role that multilateralism and sustainability play in the establishment of a democratic Sierra Leone, he told world leaders gathered for the General Assembly’s annual general debate that “we are a successful model of a stable democracy.”Mr. Maada Bio said that with this role established, “we should now endeavor to demonstrate the political will to particularly redress the historical injustice done to the African continent.”“Africa is the only region without representation in the permanent category of the Security Council,” he told the assembled leaders. Pointing out that 70 per cent of the 15-member Council’s resolutions affect some 1.2 billion Africans, he said “people simply want their voices to be fully represented [ in that body].”Spotlighting the necessity of democracy, Mr. Maada Bio stated that “guided by both our specific situation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our governance initiative and policy actions involve strengthening our democratic institutions, opening up democratic spaces, promoting democratic dialogues, and creating a more just and equal society. We see these as precursors for the sustainable growth of our economy and our development as a nation.”By example, Mr. Maada Bio expressed Sierra Leone’s “commitment to building a more secure world, as espoused in the United Nations Charter, as well as, our commitment to the implementation of Agenda 2030, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and ongoing reform processes of the United Nations.”Sierra Leone has undertaken reforms to increase healthcare, create resilient criminal justice institutions (in line with SDG 16), empower women, explore science, technology, and innovation, as well as “resolve mankind’s common challenges from trade to climate change.”Full statement available here. read more

Kentucky candidates focus on abortion gambling

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger Andy Beshear have returned to familiar themes – abortion and gambling – as they compete to set the tone of their campaign.Beshear on Thursday doubled down on his support for expanded gambling as neighboring Indiana starts allowing sports betting – a venture that could siphon more money from the bluegrass state. Beshear, the state’s attorney general, supports legalizing casino gambling and using the tax revenue to help support the state’s public pension systems.- Advertisement – Meanwhile, Bevin’s campaign released a radio ad touting the governor’s opposition to abortion. The radio ad notes that Bevin signed a series of bills passed by the GOP-led legislature that put new restrictions or conditions on abortion. read more

University students told essays will be marked down if they fail to

first_imgMany universities advise students not to use “he” or “him” as a default pronoun, suggesting instead using “he or she” or “they”. Cardiff Metropolitan University’s “Guide to Inclusive Language” gives gender-neutral alternatives for 34 words or phrases. The six-page document says that the terms “forefathers”, “best man for the job” and “man-hour” should be avoided in order to “promote an atmosphere in which all students feel valued”.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The university said in a statement that the document “makes no demands, bans nothing and carries no sanctions​.”center_img Students at Hull University are being told to use gender neutral language in their essays – or risk losing marks. According to documents obtained by the Sunday Times, students are told to “be aware of the powerful and symbolic nature of language and use gender-sensitive formulations. Failure to use gender-sensitive language will impact your mark.”The document, which was released following a Freedom of Information request, was part of a course on religious activism being taught at the university. A senior lecturer in religion at the university said: “Should any student use language which is not deemed gender-neutral, they will be offered feedback as to why. Deduction of marks is taken on a case-by-case basis.”Academics criticised the move, calling it “linguistic policing”.Frank Furedi, emeritus professor of sociology at Kent University, told the Sunday Times: “Usually such threats are implicit rather than spelt out as in the case of Hull.”This linguistic policing is used as a coercive tool to impose a conformist outlook. The alternative is to pay a penalty of being marked down.”It has become increasingly common for universities to advise their students to use gender-neutral language, but this is the first time a university has said not doing so will affect a student’s mark. last_img read more

Tate Modern Teenager charged for throwing French boy from 10th floor may

A teenager who has been charged of throwing a six-year-old French boy from the viewing platform at Tate Modern may have spent up to two hours selecting his victim, Scotland Yard has said.The 17-year-old, who has been charged on suspicion of attempted murder, is thought to have been hanging around the gallery acting suspiciously from around midday on Sunday.At some point he ascended to the 10th floor viewing level and just after 2.30pm allegedly grabbed a six-year-old boy, who was with his mother, and hurled him over the balcony.The youngster, a French national, who was visiting London with his family, remained in a critical but stable condition in hospital.The boy fell five storeys, around 100ft, before landing on a fifth floor roof of the gallery.Witnesses described hearing a loud bang before seeing a woman screaming: “Where’s my son, where’s my son?.”The little boy was airlifted to hospital, where it was initially feared that he might not survive. The Tate Modern is one of London’s most popular attractions The viewing platform has been closed since the incident But in a statement issued on Monday, the Metropolitan Police said, while he remained in a critical condition, he was no longer in a “life threatening situation”.Detectives said they had not been able to establish a motive for the “truly shocking” incident, but eyewitnesses at the scene, claimed the suspect had shouted that social services were to blame for his actions. The viewing platform has been closed since the incident The boy was described as being in a stable condition “We are grateful for the support of the public, some of whom detained the male arrested in the immediate aftermath of the incident. He was arrested by officers very quickly afterward.”This was a truly shocking incident, and people will understandably be searching for answers.”At the moment, this is being treated as an isolated event with no distinct or apparent motive. There is no link between the victim and male arrested.”It would have been incredibly distressing to watch, and it may be that you left Tate Modern very quickly after. If you have not yet spoken to us about what you saw, please contact us without delay.”My team is also very keen to talk to you if you witnessed a male whose behaviour seemed out of place, suspicious or worrying, in the hour or two before the incident in or near the gallery. It may be that this is something which has only just come back to you. If so, please still make that call to the investigation team.” The boy was described as being in a stable condition Police are appealing for witnesses for the incident to come forward The Tate Modern is one of London's most popular attractions The teenager was spotted standing calmly near the scene surrounded by a group of people, who looked to be in complete shock.Security guards at the south bank gallery then took the suspect into the cafe, apparently mistaking him for a member of the boys family. It was only when eyewitnesses pointed out that he was the alleged culprit that the boy was seized by members of the public.Witnesses said an angry bystander attacked the youth and punched him in the face, before members of the public locked him in a lavatory for his own protection.Thousands of people were at the attraction on Sunday afternoon and detectives have asked for anyone who was spotted a young man acting in a “suspicious or worrying” manner  in the two hours running up to the incident to contact them.One witness also told the Telegraph that she and her family had been followed in the gallery by an unkempt man who had been taking photographs of the children.She described the suspect as white, with scraggly hair and a beard. Sunday’s incident did not appear to deter guests, with a steady flow of people entering the art gallery throughout the day. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. On Monday the Tate remained open to the public but notices alerted the public to the fact the viewing gallery was closed.The restaurant on the ninth storey also remained closed and the stairway leading up to the floor above was cordoned off and manned by security staff.  Police are appealing for witnesses for the incident to come forward Detective Chief Inspector John Massey said: “We are providing around the clock support to the little boy’s family as they wait for more news on his condition and our priority remains to determine what led to [Sunday’s] events. read more

ANOTHER FAIL Brazilian giant Fereira to RK Vardar Skopje

← Previous Story WISLA TV: Tarabochia rescuer against Vardar… Next Story → Diego Simonet out of Rio 2016 RK Vardar SkopjeRogerio Moraes FereiraTHW Kiel Rasmus Lauge Schmidt and Wael Jallouz are two players who didn’t get a right chance to show their full potential in THW Kiel in the recent period, afterwards they exploded in Flensburg and Barcelona. The third one who also was just a “visitor” of the most popular German team, Brazilian giant Rogerio Moraes Fereira. signed three years contract with Macedonian TOP team – RK Vardar Skopje.The 22-years old Brazilian line-player (204 cm) didn’t get enough space to show his potential, which was the reason why Alfred Gislason took him on his first international handball station in proffessional carreer. Nothing really changed even after serious injuries of Toft Hansen and Wiencek, when “Zebras” signed Croatian star from HSV Handball – Ilija Brozović.It will be interesting to see, whether Fereira will show his full potential in other t-shirts like Lauge and Jallouz… read more

Sony launches Music Unlimited streaming music service in the US

first_img2011 seems like it’ll be the year that music streaming really hits it big. Spotify is seemingly only months from launching in the United States; services like MOG, Rhapsody and Rdio are on the rise in popularity; and even iTunes is suspected of leaping into the cloud sooner rather than later. You can add another streaming music service to the list of options Americans will have available to them: Sony’s terribly branded service “Music Unlimited powered by Qricocity” (or Music Unlimited for short). Like the competition, it will offer users the ability to pay a $10 a month fee and listen to as much music as they want.Unlike the competition though? Don’t expect to listen to Music Unlimited on your smartphone or to load it up on a PMP. You’re tethered to your computer or PlayStation 3.If that seems like a crummy deal to you, it is. All of the competition allows you to bring your music on the road with you in one way or another. But Music Unlimited doesn’t do that. Instead, Sony expects people to listen to Music Unlimited either on their computers, or on their PS3s or Sony-brand televisions.Madness, of course. Music is becoming increasingly portable and increasingly private. In all likelihood, then, the issue is a technical one… so it doesn’t surprise me that Sony is already telling Peter Kafka over at All Things D that it should eventually make its way to mobile through an Android app eventually.Read more at All Things Dlast_img read more

Met Éireann updates Status Yellow snowice warning as temperatures to drop to

first_img Share216 Tweet Email3 Updated Apr 2nd 2019, 5:50 PM MET ÉIREANN HAS updated its Status Yellow snow-ice warning, following its introduction from midnight last night. The forecaster first issued an alert yesterday, when it warned that hail, sleet and some snow would fall overnight and this morning.This afternoon, Met Éireann issued a further Status Yellow snow-ice warning for Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Wicklow, valid from 10pm tonight until 11am on Wednesday.Temperatures are expected to drop to as low as -1 degree tonight. Apr 2nd 2019, 10:33 AM Short URL Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 5:50 PM Status Yellow Snow – Ice warning issued for Wicklow, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.Valid from 22:00 hours Tue, 02-Apr-2019 until 11:00 hours Wed, 03-Apr-2019— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) April 2, 2019 Scattered showers and long clear spells are forecast overnight. However, Met Éireann warned that some wintry falls are possible with the ongoing risk of hail and thunder. Frost and ice stretches are also expected to develop, especially in sheltered areas, but is due to clear tomorrow morning for a bright and blustery day with sunshine and scattered showers of rail or hail. Cloudier conditions with heavy showery rain and sleet are due to move in across Ulster and east Leinster later in the day. Temperatures will drop again to as low as -1 degree tomorrow night.Thursday looks like it will be another very cold day, with temperatures of just 5 to 8 degrees. It will be a mix of clear spells and showers overnight and persistent rain edging in across southern areas later. Met Éireann said current guidance for Friday suggest that it will be cloudy and wet across southern counties with outbreaks of rain. However, it will be drier further north with some sunshine.With additional reporting from Stephen McDermott. 14 Comments center_img By Hayley Halpin 77,942 Views Image: Shutterstock/Kichigin Source: Met Éireann/Twitter Met Éireann updates Status Yellow snow-ice warning as temperatures to drop to -1 degree tonight A Status Yellow snow-ice warning remains in place for western and northern counties. Image: Shutterstock/Kichigin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Golden Dawn leader in court

first_imgA man held for the stabbing told police he was a Golden Dawn supporter, though the party strongly denies any link.Mr Mihaloliakos faces charges including murder, assault and money-laundering.Greek media reports suggested Mr Mihaloliakos was set to accuse the prosecution of mounting a politically motivated case, while denying any Nazi sympathies.He was expected to deplore the killing of Pavlos Fyssas, and violence as a whole, the reports suggested.According to Greek law, he is required to set out a preliminary defence argument during his appearance before an investigative judge.The judge is due to decide – on the basis of the charges and the defence statement – whether to grant bail or remand Mr Mihaloliakos in custody pending his full trial, which the authorities are keen to conclude swiftly.Prosecutors found there was insufficient evidence to keep three of the MPs in detention. MP and party spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris was freed on Wednesday on bail of 50,000 euros (£42,000; $68,000) and banned from leaving the country. On leaving the court, Kasidiaris was filmed punching a video camera as he and his co-defendants barged journalists aside.Fellow MPs Ilias Panagiotaros and Nikos Michos were freed under travel bans but with no bail set. They too left court in a belligerent mood, insulting reporters as “losers” and “little slaves”.A fourth MP, Yannis Lagos, was remanded in custody. The plea session lasted 18 hours, Reuters news agency reports.Mr Mihaloliakos’s deputy, Christos Pappas, is set to appear in court in the coming days. The head of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party, Nikos Mihaloliakos, arrived in court to answer charges of organising a criminal group.He was one of six MPs arrested at the weekend amid outrage over the recent murder of an anti-racist musician.Three of the detained MPs have been freed pending trial while a fourth was remanded in custody.All four denied the charges against them during an earlier, lengthy court hearing in Athens.The fact that three were freed pending trial will raise questions over how watertight the government’s case against them actually is, the BBC’s Mark Lowen reports from the Greek capital.In all, 22 people were detained following the 18 September murder of Pavlos Fyssas. Any MPs finally convicted would lose their seats in parliament, prompting by-elections and – the government hopes – leading to the destruction of Greece’s neo-Nazi party, our correspondent says.During Tuesday’s court appearances, there was a heavy presence of riot police – a reminder that despite falling popularity in the opinion polls, the party still commands significant support, our correspondent says.Supporters outside court chanted slogans, including: “You are heroes!”center_img Details from witness testimony have been emerging about the way in which the party operatedSource: BBC  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Always sit in the front seat of a car

first_img Cooley On Cars 0 More From Roadshow IIHS/Brian Cooley/Roadshow Don’t sit in the back! You may think the back seat of a car is a safe cocoon, away from the windshield and dashboard, but that was decades ago. Today, the back seat is a relative backwater when it comes to safety tech — and you might want to think twice before sitting back there. Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2:09 Ride in the back seat at your own risk Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags What’s the problem?The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety declared back seats a danger zone, according to a new study that catalogs how back seats have lagged in safety, with several specific deficiency areas:A lack of rear belts that use force limiters to create some give, even while they are cinching up to hold you in place.vlcsnap-2019-07-24-06h43m16s689TRW is among the companies developing supplemental restraint systems for back-seat passengers, like a rear frontal airbag. But can carmakers rationalize the cost of installing it? TRW/Brian Cooley/Roadshow A lack of the forward airbags that front seat passengers enjoy, though they are in development. Fewer side curtain airbags to protect you from bouncing off hard surfaces. And then there’s the front seat passenger problem: Audi recently had a $125 million judgement entered against it for front seat backs that collapse in a rear end collision, which can send a front passenger backwards and head first into a rear seat passenger. And such a risk is not unique to Audi.vlcsnap-2019-07-24-06h47m16s798Guess who’s coming to visit? The front seat passenger, into your face and chest in a rear-end collision. Front seat backs don’t typically hold up in those scenarios. CBS News/Brian Cooley/Roadshow What about kids in the back seat?Kids in rear car seats are a different matter. Car seats are designed to mitigate some of the risks in the back and are typically safer than a kid facing a front airbag that deploys with far too much force to protect them. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends use of rear-facing child seat up to the maximum size of child the seat is designed for, not to an arbitrary age.Unlike most other car safety tech, child seats laws vary by state, an odd patchwork compared to most other car safety standards that are dictated by federal law. That can give parents pause to wonder if their state dictates best practices, but you should know and follow the laws in your state as a minimum. Auto Techlast_img read more

Drug peddler killed during police chase

first_img-An alleged drug peddler was killed allegedly during police chase at Konyadoho Bazar in Sharsha upazila in Jessore early Friday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Abdul Mannan, 50, son of Ahar Ali member, a resident of Konyadoho village.Moniruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Sharsha police station, said tipped off that a group of drug peddlers was taking drug, a team of police conducted a drive in the area early in the morning and cordoned off a two-storey building.Sensing the presence of police, Mannan along with another drug trader Milon jumped through a window on the 1st floor in a bid to flee that left him injured, according to the police.The police claimed that Mannan died on his way to hospital.The version of event was not, however, verified independently immediately.Police arrested another drug trader Zoddin from the spot.last_img read more

Myanmar verifies only 374 Rohingyas for repatriation

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar.File photo ReutersMyanmar has only been able to verify 374 Rohingya Muslim refugees for possible repatriation from Bangladesh, officials said on Wednesday, blaming their neighbour for not providing the correct information about the refugees.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar after militant attacks on 25 August sparked a crackdown led by security forces in the western Rakhine state that the United Nations and United States have said constituted ethnic cleansing.The administration of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has sought to counter the allegations by forging ahead with development in Rakhine and by readying reception centres and a camp for returnees.The two countries reached a deal in November to begin repatriation within two months, but repatriation has not begun, with stateless Rohingya, who face restrictions on their movements in Myanmar, still crossing the border.Myint Thu, permanent secretary at Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said officials had checked documents handed over by Bangladesh in February relating to 8,032 refugees.“Out of 8,032, we verified 374. These 374 will be the first batch of the repatriation,” Myint Thu said at a news conference in the capital, Naypyitaw.“They can come back when it’s convenient for them.”It was unclear whether the 374 people had agreed to return to Myanmar.Myanmar was unable to confirm whether the rest of the refugees had previously lived in the country, he said, because some documents did not include fingerprints and individual photographs.The documents were “not in line with our agreement”, police Brigadier-General Win Tun said at the same news conference.Myanmar had found three “terrorists” among the people Bangladesh was proposing for repatriation, Win Tun added.Bangladesh officials have expressed doubts about Myanmar’s willingness to take back Rohingya refugees.Abul Kalam, Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner, said he could not comment in detail because he had not yet received Myanmar’s response. But he questioned how more than 300 people could have been verified if the documents were in the wrong format.At the Naypyitaw news conference, Myanmar officials sought to counter accusations heard at the U.N. Human Rights Council this week.The head of an U.N. fact-finding mission denied visas by Myanmar and a special envoy on human rights in Myanmar who has been blocked from visiting the country, both spoke in Geneva on Monday. Yanghee Lee, the envoy, said atrocities against the Rohingya in Myanmar “bear the hallmarks of genocide”.“We have a clear conscience,” said Aung Tun Thet, coordinator of a public-private partnership set up by Suu Kyi to rehabilitate Rakhine.“There is no such thing in our country, in our society, as ethnic cleansing, and no genocide.”last_img

Faridpur road crash claims 6 lives on Eid day morning

first_imgAt least six people are killed after a passenger bus hit a roadside tree in the Sadar upazila on Wednesday, 5 June 2019. Photo: UNBAt least six people were killed after a passenger bus hit a roadside tree in the Sadar upazila of Faridpur on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.The identities of the victims could not be known immediately.Police said the accident took place on the Dhaka-Khulna highway’s Dhudli area around 6:30am.Several passengers were killed on the spot after a Khulna-bound bus of AK Travel from Dhaka rammed into a roadside tree, said Kotwali police’s in-charge SM Nasim.Some of the victims succumbed to their injuries while being taken to hospital.last_img

FHFAOIG Urges Legal Action on ForcePlaced Insurance

first_imgFHFAOIG Urges Legal Action on Force-Placed Insurance In 2012, lender-placed insurance (LPI) issues cost Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a combined $360 million, and now the federal government may take legal action against servicers for charging excessive LPI rates, according to a report released Wednesday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Office of the Inspector General.The report comes on the heels of several lawsuits—most of which have been settled out of court and for substantial amounts of money—that borrowers have filed against the nation’s top lenders in the past few years. Wells Fargo and QBE, for example, settled a class action suit in Florida last spring for $19 million and agreed to reimburse or credit affected borrowers 25 percent of any LPI premiums they assessed.Last September, JPMorgan Chase and Assurant settled with a nationwide class of borrowers for $300 million and agreed to reimburse or credit affected borrowers 12.5 percent of any LPI premiums they assessed. And  in February, Citibank and a class of borrowers agreed to a $95 million settlement in which the lender also agreed to reimburse or credit affected borrowers 12.5 percent.The trouble itself stems from GSE-serviced mortgage holders defaulting on Fannie/Freddie-required coverage. Fannie and Freddie’s servicers are required to ensure that their client homeowners maintain hazard insurance for the life of the mortgage. These servicers often outsource the tracking of this insurance and the payments to specialty insurers.When an insurer identifies a payment lapse it initiates LPI coverage, which homeowners are expected to keep up with. However, not all do, and in the event of a foreclosure Fannie and Freddie get stuck with the bill.In 2012 and 2013, insurance regulators in several states determined that LPI rates in their respective states were excessive and may have been driven up by profit-sharing arrangements under which servicers were paid to steer business toward LPI providers in the form of commission structures and reinsurance deals.This, of course, led to the class-action suits that have so far amounted to $674 million in settlement payments. Last November, FHFA sought to mitigate financial harm to Fannie and Freddie by directing them to prohibit their servicers from receiving LPI-related commissions and entering into reinsurance arrangements with LPI providers. But those new rules did not take effect until June 1 and the grand total for how much the GSEs are out due to LPI-related issues is not yet clear.FHFA is still considering whether Fannie and Freddie should pursue litigation against servicers and LPI providers to recover potential damages that the enterprises have lost cleaning up LPI-related messes. June 26, 2014 442 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Fannie Mae FHFA Force-Placed Insurance Freddie Mac OIG 2014-06-26 Scott_Morgan Sharelast_img read more

Get cheap flights to Dublin 1 Generator Hostel Wh

first_imgGet cheap flights to Dublin1. Generator HostelWhere: SmithfieldRooms: From £10* a night per bedCrash pads don’t get cooler than this. Check into Dublin’s most popular youth hostel and you’ll find plenty of space, colourful decor, a hot tub and a cinema room. Staff are incredibly friendly and will go out of their way to point out Dublin’s top attractions. There aren’t any kitchen facilities but the hostel’s location, in up-and-coming Smithfield, means you’re just a short walk away from some of Ireland’s best restaurants, whether you’re simply craving some cheap eats or fancy splashing out on a spot of fine dining. Nearby Smiths of Smithfield should be at the top of your list – this huge pub has a long list of craft ales and a beautiful rooftop terrace. Book a bed 8. Buswells HotelWhere: Dublin City CentreRooms: From £113 a night per double roomGetting to Buswells is easy, especially if you’re arriving by air – the Airlink service stops right outside the hotel. But getting to everywhere else is a cinch too, because Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green and Temple Bar are just around the corner. The hotel feels incredibly cosy, thanks to roaring log fires, gleaming chandeliers and beautiful wooden floors. If you’re offered a choice of room, opt for the first floor – these Georgian-style rooms have high ceilings and are incredibly spacious. Although there’s no garden, Buswells’ close proximity to St Stephen’s Green makes it a great choice for families, and staff will happily provide younger guests with leftover bread to feed to the park’s ducks.Book a room 2. Abbey Court HostelWhere: Dublin city centreRooms: From £12 a night per bedThis flower-adorned hostel has a fantastic central location and – unusually for a hostel – breakfasts are included. Find out more about Ireland’s capital with one of the free guided tours offered to guests, catch up with loved ones back home in the computer room, or get to know your fellow travellers in the hammock room. There are a range of room options, ranging from four-bed rooms to 24-bed rooms. If you’re in need of extra space, the hostel also runs a number of budget apartments which start from just £51 per night.Book a bed Search Dublin hotelsExploring the world on a shoestring? Read on and find out how to get the most out of your money:20 money-saving tips and secretsFrom booking flights to fine dining: find out how to save cash on holiday. Why pay more than you need to on travel? Cut costs and travel cheaper with Skyscanner’s 20 top tips for slashing the price of your holiday.Europe’s 10 best budget stag and hen do destinationsPlanning a hen or stag do? Here’s how to do it without making everyone stump up a small fortune.How much does it cost to go to Ireland?Planning a trip to Ireland? Here’s how much a one week trip will cost you.10 ways to make economy feel like first classGive yourself an in-flight upgrade without spending a fortune on first class seats.*Published February 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only, for flights in February, and are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 7. The Morgan HotelWhere: Temple BarRooms: From £111 a night per double roomBook early and you’ll pay just over £100 for a room at The Morgan, regarded as one of the city’s best boutique hotels. This property is proof that you don’t have to settle for second best if you’re looking for cheap accommodation in Dublin. Admired for its colourful, contemporary décor and beautiful roof terrace, its location, in the heart of Temple Bar, means that Dublin’s best pubs and clubs are within walking (or should that be staggering) distance, but Grafton Street is also close by, as is the National Museum of Ireland and the Guinness Storehouse. Our tip? Start the evening with a drink in the hotel’s bar, which is also the setting for regular cocktail nights and bongo sessions.Book a room 6. The Dean DublinWhere: St Stephen’s GreenRooms: From £92 a night per double roomThere are 52 rooms in this Georgian townhouse hotel, and the majority are kitted out with Nespresso machines, SMEG fridges and turntables – just in case you fancy channeling your inner Judge Jules. It’s a great option for health nuts, who can sip the freshly-pressed juices on offer in the lobby bar or snack on paleo-based treats. For those of you confronting carbs head-on, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant is where you’ll find a wood-fired pizza oven and breathtaking views over Dublin.Book a room 4. Crowne Plaza Dublin AirportWhere: NorthwoodRooms: From £90 a night per double roomThis is one of Dublin’s best airport hotels. It feels a million miles away from your typically soulless airport accommodation, thanks partly to its location, nestled in the woodland of Northwood Park. There’s a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and you’ll be able to grab a bite before or after your flight at one of two restaurants – try Touzai for delicious Asian cuisine. Jet-lagged? Sweat it out at the hotel gym. Dublin city centre is easily accessible and the Croke Park and 02 stadiums are even closer, making this hotel the logical choice if you’re attending a gig or sports event.Book a room 10. Holiday Inn Express Dublin City CentreWhere: Dublin city centreRooms: From £83 a night per double roomThis hotel is the perfect option if you’re arriving by car – there’s a large car park and it takes just 15 minutes to get to the M50 motorway, although Heuston train station and Dublin airport are also nearby. Temple Bar, Grafton Street and the National Gallery of Ireland are all just a short walk away, and a taxi will whisk you to the enormous Aviva Stadium or 3Arena in under 15 minutes. It also ticks all the boxes if you’re in town on business – there are three large meeting rooms and it takes just 15 minutes to walk to the Convention Centre Dublin. Book a room 3. Best Western Plus Academy PlazaWhere: Dublin city centreRooms: From £67 a night per double roomThis city centre property can be found just off Upper O’Connell Street and it’s ideal if you’re searching for a cheap hotel in Dublin that’s right in the middle of all of the action. There are two restaurants and some of Dublin’s most popular landmarks, including the Guinness Storehouse, just a short walk from the hotel. It’s a great base if you’re in the city on business too, because the hotel has great conference facilities, including a 120-person meeting room. And if you’re planning on explorations further afield, you’re also in luck: the LUAS light rail network station is just a few metres from the hotel, and both the Airlink airport shuttle service and Dublin City Bus Tours stop right outside.Book a room 9. Kingfisher TownhouseWhere: Parnell StreetRooms: From £98 a night per double roomThe Kingfisher Townhouse is a brilliant choice if you’re looking for a quieter base in this beautiful city. It’s a family-run hotel just a few metres from historic O’Connell Street, and although it dates back to 1976, the property was completely refurbished in 2016. Bedrooms are spacious and airy (each one has its own decor) and the triple-glazed windows will ensure you sleep like a baby. Parnell Street is just across the river from the centre of Dublin, although Temple Bar and Grafton Street are still easily accessible.Book a room RelatedThe best hotels in Dublin for every budgetPlanning a city break to Dublin but haven’t booked your accommodation? Don’t panic, because we’ve rounded up the best options, whether you’re a backpacker on a budget or a fan of five-star luxury.Budget travel: 12 of the best hostels in EuropeOn a backpacking trip through Europe? Maybe you just fancy a cheap city break? These are some of the best hostels for partying, sightseeing and getting to know London, Paris or Berlin – whether you’re a new solo traveller or seasoned in the art of hostel stays.Dublin: budget mini-guideDublin: budget mini-guide ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 5. Jury’s Inn Christchurch PlaceWhere: Christchurch PlaceRooms: From £97 a night per double roomChoose this 182-room hotel and you’ll be surrounded by some of Dublin’s finest sights and attractions, including the eleventh-century Christ Church cathedral. It’s a stone’s throw away from Temple Bar, home to Dublin’s best clubs and bars, and the shopping mecca of Grafton Street is a ten-minute walk. Opt for the executive floor and you’ll enjoy plenty of perks such as complimentary drinks, luxurious pillows and enormous 32-inch televisions. Food-wise, head to The Grill for steaks and seafood, or to the bar for delicious burgers.Book a roomlast_img read more