Failed fraud prosecution raises alarm bells calls for clearer rules

first_imgHALIFAX – A legal regulator says clear rules are needed for police who speak to lawyers involved with alleged frauds, after a decade-long case was recently thrown out because Mounties spoke to an accused’s solicitor.The Crown is seeking leave to appeal the Dec. 20 ruling by Justice Denise Boudreau, in a Nova Scotia Supreme Court case that has set off alarm bells among criminal-law experts who fear the decision may lead to more quashed prosecutions.Boudreau stayed multiple fraud allegations against businessmen Douglas Rudolph and Peter Mill on the basis that two RCMP officers took a five-hour statement from disbarred lawyer Mark David.The judge criticized the officers as “grossly careless” for interviewing David. The corporate lawyer was dropped from the profession and fined in 2009 after the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society found he was involved with the CanGlobe Group of Companies and Mill in an alleged Ponzi scheme.Darrel Pink, the director of the barristers’ society, says Boudreau’s decision is a reminder Parliament hasn’t laid out clear rules on how police should talk to lawyers in such cases.Pink, who retires from his post on Friday after 27 years, said the right of clients to expect confidentiality is important, but there are exemptions if the communication is for the purpose of furthering criminal activity.“I perceive that it (the court decision) creates a mechanism for lawyers to be used as dupes for criminal activity and those criminal elements can then hide behind … the assertion of lawyer-client privilege even though there isn’t any,” he said.The regulator acknowledged that Boudreau had suggested that two RCMP officers could have brought in a third party to do the interview with the lawyer about the alleged frauds between 2004 and 2008, and then have had the transcript vetted by a judge.But Pink said this solution “is pretty imprecise and brings a stranger into the investigation.”In 2002 the Supreme Court of Canada set out 10 principles for law-office searches in its Lavallee decision.Pink says the Mill and Rudolph case illustrates the lack of similar methods for cases where police need to interview lawyers.“We don’t have a mechanism in Canada for judicial oversight in police interviews,” he said.The Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the national co-ordinating body for Canada’s 14 law societies, has called on Parliament to legislate guidelines for solicitor-client privilege, in a letter to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould last June.It says guidelines created by the Supreme Court of Canada for searches and seizures of lawyers’ material were always intended as a stop gap measure until Parliament provided fresh law.“In the view of the federation, a legislative change would bring important clarity to this issue,” says the document, adding the change could be made as part of the federal Justice Department’s ongoing review of the criminal code.Jula Hughes, a professor of criminal law at the University of New Brunswick, also says Parliament should create a procedure for police to follow in cases like the Mill and Rudolph case.She said in an interview that clear standards that can be consistently applied may avoid more white-collar crime cases being thrown out of court.“Does this decision invite a possibility where clients’ can use their lawyer as a front, dump information and immunize themselves from criminal prosecution? It’s a pretty significant concern,” she said.Hughes said police need a clear set of legal guidelines, and a process where they can have interviews conducted by third parties, possibly drawing from a list created by barristers’ societies.“Whatever scheme is ultimately developed needs to take into account the constitutional concern and to take into account the practicality of law enforcement, and frankly courts aren’t in a good position to do that balancing,” she said.The professor said the federal Justice Department should consult with legal regulators and other interested groups “rather than wait for failed prosecutions to pile up.”“It’s overdue.”Ian Gray, one of the defence lawyers for Mill, said that while consultation on legal reform for client-solicitor privilege may be needed, he believes that Boudreau’s decision was solidly based on existing case law.He said the judge took note that David repeatedly told police he was worried about the issue of client-solicitor privilege, and yet the officers still proceeded with the interview despite obvious concerns over a basic legal principle.“If somebody’s talking to you, you can’t unhear things they are saying to you. It’s crucially important to solicitor-client privilege that police take proper steps,” he said in an interview.Gray said in interviewing a disbarred lawyer about the activities of his client, “the facts on their face call out for some caution and the police didn’t show that.”The RCMP declined to provide a comment, saying the matter is still before the courts.In its application to appeal the case, the Crown said Boudreau erred in how she interpreted the Lavallee case, and added that there were solutions other than a complete stay of the case.The prosecution service says if they’re successful in appeal court, they’ll seek a new trial in the case.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

General Assembly President meets senior Austrian officials in Vienna

26 June 2008Human trafficking, climate change and the global food crisis dominated the agenda of talks today in Vienna between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and senior Austrian officials. Mr. Kerim held meetings with Federal Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer, Minister for European and Foreign Affairs Ursula Plassnik and State Secretary Hans Winkler at the start of the third leg of a five-country official tour.The Assembly President and Ms. Plassnik discussed the global food crisis and the priority issues of the current annual session of the 192-member Assembly, including climate change, according to a spokesperson for Mr. Kerim.Ms. Plassnik also bestowed the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to Austria, First Class, to Mr. Kerim during their meeting.During his talks with Mr. Gusenbauer the main focus was on human security issues, such as human trafficking and international crime. Mr. Kerim also praised Vienna, which is home to many UN facilities and agencies, as an important site for the Organization.Tomorrow he is scheduled to meet with President Heinz Fischer and senior UN officials based in the Austrian capital. Mr. Kerim has already visited Switzerland and Liechtenstein and will travel next to Italy and then the United Arab Emirates. read more

Rural women around the world deprived of their human rights say UN

15 October 2009Women living in rural areas in many parts of the world face severe deprivations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message on the International Day of Rural Women calling for greater support of their rights. Women living in rural areas in many parts of the world face severe deprivations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message on the International Day of Rural Women calling for greater support of their rights.Noting that the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) – the only international human rights treaty that specifically addresses rural women – falls this year, Mr. Ban said that women frequently do not benefit from its provisions.“They are among those hit hardest by the inadequate rate of progress in improving maternal health,” said Mr. Ban.“They have limited access to life-saving resources such as drinking water, electricity and roads,” he said, stressing that too “many rural women and girls are not in school, and they lack equitable access to decision-making processes, meaning that their voices are not heard.”Mr. Ban said that the Convention calls on all States parties to ensure that women fully participate in rural development; have access to health care, social security programmes, training, education, credit and loans; and benefit equally from infrastructure investments such as sanitation, water, transport and communications.“Let us commit to increasing investments in the resources, infrastructure and services which would ease rural women’s workloads and release their time and energy for engagement in the labour market and public life,” he said.“On this International Day, let us pledge to do our utmost to put the rights, needs and aspirations of rural women much higher on the global agenda.” read more

UN welcomes Somali insurgents decision to drop ban on humanitarian aid

“I welcome the suspension of restrictions on aid agencies and I am happy to cooperate with anybody who can help to alleviate the current crisis and save hundreds of Somali lives,” Mark Bowden, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, said in a news release.“We stand ready to scale up assistance in southern Somalia but need guarantees that humanitarian workers can operate safely in the area and will not be targeted or agencies taxed,” he said. The Al-Shabaab militant group, which has been battling the forces of the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG), announced on Wednesday that it was lifting its two-year-old ban. Millions of Somalis, particularly in the south, are facing acute levels of hunger and need, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).“The suspension of some humanitarian activities in southern areas has affected millions of people in southern Somalia for the last two years,” OCHA said. “Now, the situation has become unbearable because of the drought and a catastrophic rise in food prices meaning that many families can no longer afford a daily meal.”At least one in three Somali children is malnourished in parts of the south and it is feared that localized starvation exists in certain southern areas currently inaccessible to humanitarians, OCHA said. The number of malnourished children in Somalia has increased from 376,000 to 476,000 in the first half of 2011 and is expected to increase further in the coming months. Southern areas under Al-Shabaab control are hosting almost 80 per cent of the malnourished children.“The current situation in southern Somalia is the worst it has been in the last decade and if humanitarian interventions do not occur immediately, thousands of people will die,” OCHA said.The number of people facing crisis and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance increased in the first half of 2011 by almost 850,000 to some 2.85 million people or one third of the population. OCHA said this rapid deterioration is due to severe drought, drastically increasing food prices and continuing conflict. The failure of the rains this year resulted in very low food production. As a result, the price of cereals increased by 270 per cent in parts of southern Somalia compared to a year ago. The annual increase in the cost of the overall food basket increased by 50 per cent in the southern region, putting the minimal adequate food intake out of the reach of hundreds of already needy Somali families. “As a result, many more families will face migration and other hardships which will only add to their already desperate and critical situation,” OCHA said. Somalia has had no fully functioning national government and has been wracked by factional warfare since the collapse in 1991 of the administration led by the late Muhammad Siad Barre. 7 July 2011The top United Nations relief official for Somalia today welcomed an announcement by Al-Shabaab insurgents that they would lift their ban on international aid, but asked for guarantees against workers being targeted or taxed. read more

US stocks claw back lost ground as China stabilizes currency

NEW YORK — Stocks bounced back in early trading Tuesday on Wall Street, a day after their worst loss of the year, as China eased some of the pressure in its trade war with the U.S. by stabilizing its currency.Technology stocks led the market higher in a reversal of Monday’s slump, when they bore the brunt of the market sell-off that pushed U.S. indexes 3% lower. That plunge was triggered when China allowed its currency to depreciate against the dollar to its lowest level in 11 years.Apple rose 2% and Microsoft rose 1.6%. Both companies get significant revenue from China and are highly sensitive to swings in the ongoing trade dispute.Investors were more willing to take on risk. They shed safe-play holdings like utility stocks and U.S. government bonds. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.76% from 1.73% a day earlier.Industrial stocks rose. Aircraft components maker TransDigm did some of the heavy lifting with a 18% surge after giving investors a raised profit forecast and solid quarterly earnings.Solid earnings results helped lift other sectors. Animal health company Zoetis rose 6.5% and led health care stocks higher.Energy stocks were the biggest losers in the early going.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose 0.4% as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 66 points, or 0.3%, to 25,787. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.6%.OVERSEAS: European indexes edged mostly higher. Asian indexes were broadly lower. The Shanghai composite index fell 1.6% and South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.5%.TOO BLAND: International Flavours & Fragrance fell 10.5% after the company trimmed its forecast following a disappointing earnings report. Profit and revenue came in below Wall Street forecasts during the second quarter. Its key food ingredients unit recorded a sales decline.DRIVING GROWTH: Take-Two Interactive Software rose 7.9% on a surge in sales of “Grand Theft Auto” and other popular video games. The company, which also makes the “Red Dead Redemption” games, beat Wall Street’s fiscal first quarter profit forecasts and gave investors a surprisingly good sales forecast for the current quarter.ABOVE WATER: SeaWorld Entertainment jumped 4.3% after reporting surprisingly good profit growth as more people went to its theme parks and spent more money on food and merchandise. The company, which is best known for its namesake parks, also cut costs during the quarter.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Football Urban Meyer sees unity amid election cycle

OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) embraces redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) after Weber’s touchdown in the first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith today’s presidential election being arguably one of the largest ever, even the sports world is talking about politics — even Ohio State’s football team.On Monday, after a 62-3 drubbing of then No. 10 Nebraska, the questions asked by the media should have been all-encompassing of the way the Buckeyes systematically picked apart the Cornhuskers. Instead, OSU coach Urban Meyer fielded a few political questions near the end of the media availability session.When asked about the election, Meyer cracked a grin and gave one of his patented short replies.“What election?” Meyer said.Granted, it seems fair to assume he knows exactly what election he was asked about. Most of Meyer’s day entails dissecting opposing defenses and analyzing how to attack the offense of other Big Ten teams. Still, it would be hard to ignore the current political undertakings. With some coaxing, Meyer finally addressed the subject. Refraining from speaking any of his own political standpoints, he said the team has had discussions towards the process, and even set aside time during the offseason to further educate the team on how important voting is.“We had Patriot Week where I wanted to educate because it’s such a big and such an important day, in all seriousness, for all of us,” he said. “And so we had zero discussion about it now. Beat Maryland. I’m sure the families will have their conversations. I hope our guys vote, and we move forward. That’s why we did that, because I wanted to make sure when they go they educate themselves — not themselves. We educate them on the process, the job responsibility and how to.”Players have been discussing how important the brotherhood they share is for team success this season. An election that has driven a divide through the country could be grounds for ripping apart even the most tight-knit teams and locker rooms. This would seem bizarre for a team that has spoken so strongly towards the criticism of the media when a player has a down game. Redshirt junior Billy Price is a prime example of standing up for his fellow Buckeyes. When asked about the performance of sophomore Isaiah Prince following a loss to Penn State, Price did not hold anything back.“I’ll go to war for him right now,” Price said. “I have no problem (with that). I will not sit here and allow someone to nit-pick at him.”Price was not angered by the criticism, but said he felt the issues after Penn State were team issues, and should not fall on one player. That kind of camaraderie has been a vocal desire of Meyer since his arrival in Columbus.It seems unlikely every member of the Scarlet and Gray leans towards one side of the aisle. A team of over 100 total members on both the active roster and the practice squad is bound to have political feelings that differ from other teammates.But OSU has made a point of keeping feelings towards presidential candidates from dividing the team, while ensuring all members fully comprehend the gravity of a vote. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said he, along with the rest of the team, accepts the choices all team members make today at the polls.“I think we have a team that understands that that’s part of what makes our country great is that people are … they have that opinion and that’s perfectly okay,” Barrett said. “I think that’s something great that we have as Americans and I understand that has something to do with your personal life and personal opinions but I don’t think that’s going to interfere with the way we play.”Some players have taken to social media with politically charged tweets and links to articles, but that has not stopped the team progress and production so far. Against Nebraska, the team blew away all expectations and showed how well OSU plays together.Meyer fully understands how easily a group can be separated by opposing viewpoints, especially in a time when the entire country seems to be two-sided. But, through the maturity and character of his players paired with the effort of his staff to keep things together, OSU is standing tall in a time of national turmoil.“Yeah, this is a pretty mature team in that regard. That’s something I always watch. I have guys around this program that’s their job, to monitor,” Meyer said. “When I talk about good guys, now, I have some guys that are like family in this team that they would tell me if something is going on. And I listen and I hear, and the heartbeat of our team is very solid right now. It’s not always perfect, but it’s very solid, but that’s a great question. And am I concerned about it, you’re damn right. That’s when you start having issues, but I also have great trust in the people that I’m listening to.” read more

James Anderson breaks through to turn first Test for England

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHolder dents England as West Indies remain on topAugust 27, 2017In “latest news”Holder saves WI on Anderson’s record dayApril 18, 2015In “Sports”Anderson seven-for leads England to seriesSeptember 9, 2017In “Sports” West Indies 264 for 8 (Hetmyer 56*) v EnglandJames Anderson claims the scalp of Roston Chase Getty ImagesESPNcricinfo– James Anderson broke through with the second new ball to turn the first Test against West Indies in England’s favour on a tough opening day of toil for the fast bowler in Barbados.In the absence of fellow quick Stuart Broad, overlooked as the tourists opted to play two spinners, Anderson’s four scalps took the pair past the 1000-wicket mark between them.Anderson laboured long and hard for his first wicket, and it was a crucial one, breaking a 46-run partnership between Shai Hope and Roston Chase. Bowling his 17th over, he found an inside edge from Hope with a ball that jagged back for a neat caught behind by Ben Foakes.Anderson should have had a second one a short time later when Shimron Hetmyer drove to Jos Buttler, diving to his right and getting his hands to the ball at short cover but failing to hold on to it. It could have proved costly had Anderson not struck late in the day, with Hetmyer going on to reach an unbeaten 56.West Indies captain Jason Holder had repeatedly called on his batsmen to stand up in this match. The issue for the home side could well prove to be that too many faltered after initially heeding his instructions. Three of his batsmen reached half centuries without going on with the job, while two more – debutant John Campbell (44) and Kraigg Brathwaite (40) – fell just short.England took the new ball after 80 overs and Anderson struck almost immediately, tempting Chase (54) with an outside edge collected neatly by Joe Root at slip. Shane Dowrich followed a short time later for a duck but Anderson saved his best for last with a one-handed caught-and-bowled to dispatch Holder cheaply and claim figures of 4 for 33 off 24 overs, half of them maidens.For all the early talk of England’s two spinners versus West Indies’ one and what next for a snubbed Broad, it was allrounder Ben Stokes who ensured England went to tea in better shape than at lunch.Stokes snared the wickets of experienced duo Brathwaite and Darren Bravo shortly before rain forced an early tea with the home side still looking to be in a solid position, thanks to a resilient Hope.Brathwaite, who had played the unlikely role of extra for the first hour as Campbell carved out an eye-catching start, began to look threatening as he picked up his scoring rate immediately after his opening partner’s dismissal. But he managed to add only nine runs after lunch before Stokes struck, enticing an edge which carried to Root at slip.Bravo’s return – he was playing his first Test in two years after the resolution of a dispute with the West Indies board – was short lived. He managed just two runs before Stokes trapped him lbw.Stokes chimed in with the last wicket of the day when he had Kemar Roach caught by Root for no score.England’s selection of a twin spin attack with Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, in contrast to the home side’s decision to opt for four fast bowlers, bore fruit with Moeen claiming the only wicket of the morning session – that of Campbell, whose rush of blood brought him undone when he attempted to sweep and was hit flush on the back leg for lbw.Moeen and Rashid were selected for a pitch Root admitted he would have batted first on too, had he won the toss, and Broad was edged out by Curran whose batting strength turned the decision. The spinners were expensive though, Moeen conceeding 59 runs from 12 overs while Rashid’s 17 overs cost 56 runs. Curran finished the day with none for 54 from 12 overs.West Indies opted for just one spinner, Chase, in addition to four quick bowlers, which included a recall for Alzarri Joseph after a long-standing back problem. read more

XPS develops new fluid bed roasting circuit for sulphides

first_imgXPS has built and commissioned a new 300 mm (12 in) internal diameter, 3 m-high pilot scale fluid bed roasting circuit. The roaster can be configured for various processes with the current configuration for sulphide roasting. The flow sheet includes oxygen enrichment, dry or slurry feed, fluid bed roasting and sulphur dioxide gas capture via two-stage SO2 scrubbing.The roaster was designed and built for Royal Nickel Corporation (RNC) to conduct a roasting pilot plant on nickel sulphide concentrate from their Dumont Ni project. The roaster is capable of operating from ~50 to 200 kg/h with a maximum operating temperature of 1,200°C. A modern process control system has been installed to safely control and operate the roaster with a HMI located at a nearby operator’s station. The process control system continuously measures and records operating parameters such as feed rate, temperature at various locations, off-gas concentration including oxygen and SO2, and pH in the scrubbing system.The off gas passes through a cyclone at the top of the roaster, the underflow is fed back to the roaster (in this configuration) and the overflow gas is cleaned in the scrubber. Feed is fed into the bottom of the roaster using a venture eductor. The bed is manually discharged at the bottom into sealed stainless steel drums. Isolation valves are in place to allow safe and secure emptying while the roaster is operating. Although designed for nickel sulphide testing the roaster is capable of handling various sulphide feeds such as copper concentrate, pyrite, or nickel sulphide matte.XPS also operates and performs roasting evaluations using 50 mm and 100 mm diameter continuous roasters wheresample quantities are limited. The roasters along with extensive operations and academic experience, Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and FactSage modelling can result in efficient, stream-lined roasting studies for most materials. XPS says it together with its partners “are the premier facility to perform roasting studies, process design and techno-economic analysis in the world.”last_img read more

Filip Jicha got red card after brawl with Bojan Beljanski

The size of Czech Republic disaster in the first match of the World Champioship 2015 Play-Off against Serbia 23:15 (13:6) becoming even bigger after the biggest star of the team, Filip Jicha got red card after short brawl with Serbian line-player Bojan Beljanski in 52nd minute of the match in “Cair” hall, where 3.000 fans celebrated Serbian victory. Players remained to clinch after duel in which Beljanski made foul on Jicha.The World Best Player 2011 (IHF) and 2012 (Handball-Planet), who spent only few minutes in the attacking formation of his NT due injury, was more useful in defensive line as the first in 5-1 system.Both players will be probably sanctioned by one match ban, so Jicha won’t be able to help his compatriots in the second match in Brno next Saturday. Czech Republic is close to lost the third Play-Off clash against Serbia in a row…FOTO: Foto Alex WIpf, Next Story → Come to the 6th Sarius Cup 2014 in Presov, Slovakia! Bojan BeljanskiCzech RepublicFilip Jichaqatar 2014Qatar 2015Qatar handball ← Previous Story EHF RANKING: Denmark is leading handball force! read more

CTran seeks input on proposed bus route changes

first_imgC-Tran will hold the first of several public meetings Tuesday to gather public feedback on proposed bus route changes, slated to take effect in September, including closing Route 39 and adding a route directly to Portland International Airport from east Vancouver.The route changes are all conceptual, and the agency is soliciting public comment and scheduling meetings for rider questions and comments before finalizing any proposal. C-Tran’s Board of Directors will vote on the changes in May.The first gathering is the 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the C-Tran Citizens Advisory Committee, at the agency’s administrative offices, 2425 N.E. 65th Ave.Community members can also comment, and learn more about the changes, online at They can also email comments to spokeswoman Christine Selk said the agency is proposing removing Route 39 — which goes through downtown, the Vancouver VA campus, Clark College, Rose Village and the Bagley Downs neighborhood around Fourth Plain Boulevard — due to low ridership.last_img read more

Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

Fires Limited to Charcoal Propane Stoves

first_imgGease: “Unusually dry weather conditions resulting in high fire indices have resulted in extremely high fire danger throughout the state, and fire managers are expecting high fire conditions to continue into the near future. While we will lift this order when we believe conditions allow it.” That means campfires, even in state-provided and designated fire rings, are prohibited, including fires in public use cabins, Alaska State Parks Director Ricky Gease said today. Burn Suspensions are currently in place for the Kenai-Kodiak Area, Anchorage Mat-Su Area, and the Fairbanks Area. These suspensions are evaluated on a daily basis; check with your local Division of Forestry Area Office. Remember that State laws and regulations pertaining to burning practices apply statewide year-round. In units of the Alaska State Parks, fires are restricted to fire rings in designated camping areas. Outside of the camping areas, NO fires are currently allowed. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Extreme dry weather and wildland fire hazards have led state park managers to issue an order limiting all fires in Chugach State Park, except for propane stoves and charcoal cooking grills. According to a release from the State Parks, campers should expect it to remain in effect until September 30. Charcoal grills, cooking stoves and gas grills are allowed, with the expectation that users will be vigilant and cautious. State of Alaska restrictionsTemporary burn suspensions are in place in several areas of Alaska. This means no open debris burning or use of burn barrels (fires that already require burn permits). Burn suspensions do NOT restrict the use of fires on private or State of Alaska land for cooking, warming, and signaling fires as long as the fires are less than 3 feet in diameter. Website for burn suspension info: read more

Force Friday II is Here With BoxLunch Exclusives

first_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… It feels like yesterday that we were clamoring to get our first looks at the new upcoming Force Awakens figures. Well, today is Force Friday II (September 1st) and it is going to be one to remember. At least for fans that want a larger look into The Last Jedi. For those who do not, recently TLJ director Rian Johnson took to Twitter to remind certain fans…With that in mind, to try and help you stay on the right track, we here at Geek want to show off some of the best Force Friday goodies and exclusives for all you Star Wars fans. Luckily BoxLunch is offering some wonderful exclusives this year’s Force Friday, including a selection of Funko Pops, new Sphero’s and more just in time for Force Friday II! Plus everything you buy helps feed folks who need it the most. Check out what Box Lunch has to offer for this year’s event below!AdChoices广告The BB-93 Loungefly Bag from BoxLunch is an exclusive that you can grab for $69.90.There’s a EP8 BB-9E Funko Pop! you can only get at BoxLunch. Being an exclusive this will cost you $14.90.Full range of characters from The Last Jedi from the new Funko Pop! Collection. THe Best is the flying Porg in our opinion. You can get this guy for $29.89. But BoxLunch has a ton of the Pop!s from this line.New Sphero App-Enabled Droids including BB-8 ($114.99), R2-D2 ($179.99), and BB-93 ($149.99).We are getting some real interesting looks at new characters from The Last Jedi with a few of these releases. Take Snoke’s golden robe for instance. We have not seen him outside of his hologram scene from The Force Awakens. Does the supreme leader lead a more glamorous life compared to his predecessors?We’re also seeing the Praetorian Guards for the first time. Like the red cloaked Imperial Guards of Darth Sidious, these intimidating crimson guards are ready to throw down to help defend Snoke at all costs. I’m also interested to see how BB-9E and BB-93 work out in the upcoming film. The droids looks to be imperial, but could BB-8 be disguised with a new top? Oh and of course, PORGS!Easily one of the best things about buying from BoxLunch is that you help feed the homeless with every purchase. For every $10 Star Wars fans spend online or in-store, the retailer donates a healthy meal to a person in need with Feeding America.How fantastic is that? You can grab all The Last Jedi exclusives you want, all while doing it for a great cause! This may just be your first steps at becoming a true Jedi.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Oculus wants to build a one billion person MMO on Facebooks network

first_imgWhen Facebook acquired Oculus VR back in March for $2 billion, a lot of people were left scratching their heads — or flat out fuming. It seemed like an odd marriage at the time, but consider this: Oculus really wants to build a 1 billion person MMO.That’s according to CEO Brendan Iribe. He knows that it’s going to take a massive global network to support, and there aren’t many bigger than Facebook’s in 2014. Facebook has already built a computing behemoth capable of supporting nearly 1.3 billion users, endlessly processing their status updates, photo uploads, surveys, and Candy Crush achievements with nary a hiccup.It’s quite possible that Facebook’s infrastructure was what really got the crew at Oculus excited about the acquisition. Obviously, direct access to Facebook’s entire population of 1.3 billion users is an exciting prospect, too. Particularly when Oculus knows that the 1 billion user MMO isn’t going to happen overnight and that simple conversations are the first step on the road to get there.Iribe told the audience at Techcrunch Disrupt in New York that Oculus wants to give people a way to engage in “real” conversations with each other online, saying “that’s the Holy Grail we’re trying to get to.” Presumably that means much more immersive than merely using Facebook’s Skype-assisted video chat feature with an Oculus Rift over your faceDon’t panic. Iribe wasn’t saying that the Rift is going to be drifting away from gaming now that they’re plugged in to the Facebook network. Gaming remains a top priority, but the company wants developers to know that their aspirations go far beyond that.As Iribe pointed out to the Disrupt crowd, there’s a whole lot more profit potential with a billion users on a VR/AR platform than there would be on one that’s focused solely on gaming and has 20 or 50 millions users as the ultimate goal.What do you think, Geek readers? Are you ready to pick up an Oculus Rift and become one of the billion?last_img read more

Sphoon and Phork Are Eating Meets Tweeting

first_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 I hate Twitter. It’s lowering my quality of life with bad knee-jerk arguments stripped of all nuance. And given the number of Nazis on there it’s also helping to destroy the world. But I can’t stop myself from scrolling through it constantly. It’s not even because I’m a journalist and verified. It’s just too addictive.If you’re like me, and an unfortunate number of you are, you use your phone an unreal amount trolling apps like Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and Snapchat. It’s become like a biological need, and it’s getting in the way of your actual biological needs. Before, you would need to put your phone away to eat most meals the require you pick up a fork or spoon instead. But not anymore. The Sphoon and Phork are a new iPhone accessory that let you eat and tweet at the same time and never stop, which is terrific or terrifying depending on your point of view. Stay on targetcenter_img This Kickstarter project, this mirror held up to modern society, comes from designer Sergey Mast and engineer Thaechawat Treevitchukorn. And it is what it looks like, a set of forks and spoons designed to attach to the bottom of a custom phone case. Right now the case fits current, smaller iPhones like the 7, 8, and Xs but ideally it would expand to other models as well.Stick the stubby little utensils to the bottom of your phone and you can use the Sphoon and Phork to seamlessly transition between biting and browsing. It’s disturbing how natural the motion actually looks. When you’re done, both tools slot neatly into the back of the case until they are needed again. And since you always have them with you wherever you have your phone, the goal is to reduce your use of disposable utensils and help the environment a little bit. You’ll want to wash them though, and probably invest in multiple sets.The Sphoon and Phork creators are looking for about $11,000 in Kickstarter funding. And they are… far from that goal. But if you’re interested you have three weeks left to pledge for June shipments. For more on new utensil innovations check out the HAPI smart fork along with this Bitcoin fork, and gaze in terror at Toy Story 4’s new Forky character.last_img read more

When Midsummer Nights Dream got a campus call

first_imgFor those who seek to have a key to hearts of the country’s youth can rest assured that the ages-old Shakespeareana is alive and well. Yesterday evening, we saw that in evidence at the Sri Ram Kala Kendra when the girls of Janki Devi Memorial College staged A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.  While the full house at the auditorium must have been composed of mostly the casts doting parents or even the girls’ boy-friends, the rendition of Shakespeare’s comedy did not reflect any amateurishness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Instead, it reflected the sheer dedication and commitment of the cast and the crew with the director, a young Kuljit Singh, showing his prowess in elements of a successful drama like characterization, dialogue and stagecraft.Considering that this was an all-girls troupe, Lysander and Demetrius, had to develop the macho body-language of young Athenian suitors who formed a love triangle with Hermia, only to later expand it into a quadrilateral, with the inclusion of Helena, over a night of dreams. Of course, the lovable villain, Puck had to create some confusion amongst the lovers with a magic potion given by Oberon. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe drama after this Puckish mischief becomes fairly intense with emotions boiling up to the surface, only to be later settled in favour of the well-matched couples.Of particular note is the cameo played by the group of Plebeians who were asked to perform for the amusement of the Aristocrats, played by Joyce Sebastian with the usual elan of a free soul.The music was handled entirely by students and was  greatly appreciated.  Janki Devi College has a Shakespeare Society that is led by the English Literature department of the college.last_img read more

DoubleTree by Hilton opens oceanfront property on Hilo Bay

first_img Tuesday, December 6, 2016 DoubleTree by Hilton opens oceanfront property on Hilo Bay Posted by Tags: Hilton Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group The Island of Hawaii now has its first DoubleTree By Hilton property. After a US$30 million renovation, The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton, opened its doors earlier last month. The property is located on 70 acres of lush oceanfront property, with views of Hilo Bay and the Mauna Kea Volcano.The hotel’s 320 fully-refurbished guest rooms and suites provide upscale, contemporary lodging for travellers exploring Hilo and nearby attractions – such as waterfalls, the lava flows of Kalapana and snorkelling or surfing off bay and ocean coasts.Just two miles from Hilo International Airport, The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton blends traditional Hawaiian culture with modern conveniences. Its extensive, property-wide renovations have added a local design experience centered around respecting the cultural tradition of hula, and the spirit of Hilo’s famed Merrie Monarch Festival. Kim Taylor Reece, one of the most famous hula photographers in the world, is the artistic curator for the hotel and has provided $4 million worth of his own hula art which is displayed in the guest rooms and common areas. The hotel lobby also features curated, rotating exhibits that highlight aspects of Hilo’s history and Hawaiian culture.“Hilo Bay is filled with scenic destinations and is home to some of the most exciting, natural geology in the world,” said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “As our first hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii, this stunning property is sure to deliver the ‘wow’ its guests are travelling to find, while also providing the warm Chocolate Chip Cookie welcome and award-winning service that our guests expect when staying at any DoubleTree by Hilton around the world.”Beginning with that DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie welcome, The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton offers an array of comforts, whether guests seek adventure or relaxation. Golfers can enjoy Hilo’s only nine-hole golf course, while swimmers and sunbathers bask in an outdoor swimming pool and its surrounding decks. While some of Hawaii’s finest landmarks are close by, guests need not leave the grounds to take a brisk run along Banyan Drive under the shade of towering banyan trees or to exercise in the state-of-the-art fitness centre.Each inviting guest room comes with complimentary WiFi, a generously-sized work desk, a microwave, refrigerator, in-room safe and DoubleTree Sweet Dreams Sleep Experience beds. Guests who upgrade to a spacious suite may also relax in a separate living area and enjoy ocean views from the balcony.In the Lobby Lounge guests can admire sweeping vistas of Hilo Bay while sipping cocktails, wine and locally brewed beer from the large outdoor deck. Those who are eager for entertainment may visit the hotel’s vast showroom, a stylish venue providing nightlife and a space to showcase talented local musicians.The longtime host to activities surrounding the annual Merrie Monarch international hula competition, The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton is also an ideal venue for meetings, conferences and weddings. Its 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including a wedding gazebo, can accommodate gatherings of up to 400 people. An updated sound system and A/V equipment are also available, as is a 24-hour complimentary business centre. Plus, the hotel provides the most extensive catering facility on the east side of the Island of Hawaii.“For years our property has been a marquee destination for guests traveling to the volcanoes or for business,” said Phyllis Branco, general manager, The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo – a DoubleTree by Hilton. “Now, thanks to our extensive renovations and inclusion under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand banner, we are undoubtedly the finest upscale hotel option anywhere on this side of the Island of Hawaii.”To celebrate the hotel joining the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio, Hilton HHonors members will earn an additional 5,000 Points for a three-night minimum stay from now until March 15, when booking directly with Hilton. Gold and Diamond members will also enjoy free premium WiFi and space-available upgrades to the hotel’s exclusive Hilton HHonors floor and complimentary Wake Up DoubleTree Breakfast.last_img read more

Date Expect AbilitytoRepay Rule in 2012

first_img Treasury special adviser Raj Date made headlines again after announcing Tuesday that the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””: (CFPB) plans to finalize the ability-to-repay rule early next year. His remarks follow a series of other barnstorming speeches in the ramp-up for several rules.[IMAGE]””Speaking””: at the American Bankers Regulatory Symposium, Date billed the ability-to-repay rule as one that would help make the $10.4-trillion mortgage-servicing market fairer, more competitive, and transparent.””We’re in the process of carefully reviewing the comments that have been received on the proposal,”” he said before an audience in Washington, D.C. “”And we plan to issue a final rule early next year in order to provide clarity to the market as quickly as we can, without sacrificing the quality of our analysis.”” The rule, “”proposed””: by the “”Federal Reserve””: earlier this year, parted ways with the agency along with rule-making authority for 18 other consumer financial protection laws that transferred to the CFPB in July.[COLUMN_BREAK]If it goes on the books, the new rule expand a ban on loans to consumers without the financial wherewithal to pay for the loans, implementing a provision under the Dodd-Frank Act and broadening the scope of Regulation Z under the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA).Lenders could exempt their loans from the new rule by meeting any one of four criteria. These include qualifying actual assets and income, expanding the ability to refinance the loan, or signing off on loans with balloon payments in rural areas. A fourth way to exemption includes making a so-called “”qualified mortgage,”” the definition for which is still underway for federal regulators.Pending revisions by the CFPB, lenders would need to keep record of their transactions on file for a minimum of three years. The rule would put in place prepayment penalties codified under Dodd-Frank.Date also touched on the controversial risk-retention rule and uniform form for mortgage disclosures, which continue to move forward despite a flurry of largely critical commentary from trade groups and industries.””Free markets need rules,”” he added. “”If those rules aren’t sensible or if they go unenforced, then markets don’t work well.””””Mark Calabria””:, director of financial regulation studies with the “”Cato Institute””:, calls “”a hard ability-to-pay rule… a mistake”” since “”asset-based lending has [its] place.””Speaking to _MReport_ for a past story, Calabria said he expected that the CFPB plans to “”revisit everything,”” including a swath of rules and proposals under TILA and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. Fraud,Date: Expect Ability-to-Repay Rule in 2012 September 20, 2011 420 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Disclosures Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers TILA Treasury Department 2011-09-20 Ryan Schuettecenter_img in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

November 26 2007 At Arcosanti the traditional

first_imgNovember 26, 2007 At Arcosanti, the traditional Thanksgiving meal is a pot-luck. Everyone either cooks something, or helps with setting up the dining area in the cafe, or helps with the enormous amount of dishes at the end of the meal. And as in past years, people created a fantastic and very tasty array of dishes … [Photo & text: sa] … and a very delicious collection of desserts. [Photo & text: sa] Many toasts were proposed and dinner was a lively occasion. A new tradition from last year, the progressive party, started at 7 pm. Participants moved through several locations, each with special beverage and music . Beautiful weather, wonderful food, a great bunch of people, it was a good Thanksgiving! [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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