National Police Week

first_imgJustice Minister Michael Baker invites Nova Scotians to take partin events to mark Police Week, held this year from May 9 to May16. “Each year, events put on by various police agencies help forgestronger partnerships with the communities they serve,” said Mr.Baker. “We all share responsibility for the safety of ourcommunities. It’s important to acknowledge the many contributionsof the dedicated men and women of law enforcement.” During Police Week, community groups join police forces toarrange special activities and displays that promote enhancedpublic safety and security. “Building relationships is effective community policing,” addedMr. Baker. “Strong community ties help prevent crime. I want tothank our peace officers for all they do throughout the year tomake Nova Scotia one of the safest places to live in NorthAmerica.” Staff from sheriff services and the Central Nova ScotiaCorrectional Facility will take part in the Police Week 2004event at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Correctional workers will display a model of the Burnsidefacility. They will also conduct mock exercises showing how aprisoner is safely removed from a cell and how qualified staffwould use a Taser gun to manage a difficult prisoner. The mock exercises are open to the public at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. onThursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14, and again at 1 p.m. onSaturday, May 15.last_img read more

Pot producers look past retail focus on medical IP for longterm revenues

first_imgTORONTO – Canadians are counting down to the legalization of recreational marijuana this summer, but industry players are already racing to get ahead in a potentially more lucrative market segment for the plant in the years to come: cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.Companies are researching and developing marijuana-based medicines that, they hope, will not only have broader appeal to doctors and patients, but will create lucrative intellectual property that will provide revenues far into the future.This is the next level of the “green rush,” said Har Grover, the chief executive officer of Toronto-based Scientus Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company focused on cannabis.“The potential down the road is far greater than what the recreational market sizes are… What you need to do is deliver medicine in a form that patients and physicians are used to using,” said Grover.Marijuana companies are eyeing the higher margins these value-added products can command compared to dried bud. Licensed medical marijuana producers also see the associated intellectual property as key to their future profitability, providing a competitive edge and a resilient profit stream as cannabis moves towards commoditization like every agricultural crop.While cannabis itself cannot be patented, licensed producers can apply for plant breeders rights protections for marijuana strains if they can sufficiently prove it is new. But innovations such as formulations, delivery mechanisms, and scientific techniques for testing have the potential to qualify for intellectual property protection.“There is certainly a desire by companies to develop cannabis products that can have defensibility from a business standpoint, from an IP standpoint,” said Neil Closner, chief executive of licensed producer MedReleaf.Scientus Pharma and MedReleaf are just two of a slew of Canadian of companies researching and conducting clinical trials examining medical applications for cannabinoids, which are a family of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.MedReleaf has been looking at the efficacy of cannabis for a range of conditions, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientus Pharma has been researching various conditions as well, but is focused on pain management, particularly neuropathic pain for cancer patients.Canopy Growth, Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer, launched its own biopharmaceutical company called Canopy Health Innovations two years ago.Bruce Linton, Canopy’s chief executive, said its subsidiary has been “running hard” and just last quarter filed 27 patents for combinations of cannabinoids and delivery mechanisms for sleep.Canopy and other Canadian licensed producers have been exporting cannabis to countries such as Germany as they open up their medical marijuana markets and require supply.As Linton expects most of these countries to eventually develop their own cannabis industries, Canopy’s proprietary products and methods can be still be sold or licensed there, generating revenue for the long term, he said.“Your real advantage is your methods and intellectual property, as well as your unique proven products,” he said.Canopy and Scientus Pharma are among the 32 firms with a dealers’ license from Health Canada, which gives them more latitude than a licensed producer to conduct activities with cannabis, such as testing. That number is up from just 22 in February last year.There is relatively little scientific research into the therapeutic effects of cannabis, in large part due to its long-held illegal status, and there is still much to learn about the plant, said Grover.“The cannabinoid plant is a gold mine of drug discovery and development for the next 10, 20, 50 years,” he said. “Much like stem cells were 30 years ago, and we’re getting to that stage now.”And Canada’s relatively progressive cannabis policy gives domestic scientists studying the plant a competitive edge on the global stage.In the U.S., marijuana use is legal in several states but remains illegal on a federal level, creating legal obstacles for research in the U.S., said Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the U.S.“If you work in a system that has any federal source of support (funding), there may be concerns… It’s really a conundrum, and that impedes science in some important ways,” he told a conference in Hamilton, Ont., last month.Meanwhile, the federal government said last week in its budget that it won’t apply a new excise tax to cannabis-based pharmaceutical products that can be obtained with a prescription. That would put it on par with other drugs, such as opioids, which do not get taxed while medical cannabis in its dried form will be subject to the excise tax.However, to qualify, the cannabis-based product must have a drug-identification number – a classification number from the government obtained after going through a stringent, approval process which allows manufacturers to market and sell the drug in Canada.Medical marijuana itself does not have a drug identification number (DIN), which has been a deterrent for doctors asked to prescribe it and a barrier for insurance coverage.Obtaining a DIN typically involves rigorous clinical research, generally including 10-year double blind studies.The clinical research being conducted by cannabis companies could also get them closer to getting a DIN.“Having a DIN would be a complete game changer,” said Vahan Ajamian, an analyst with Beacon Securities. “You’ll have no tax on medical, you’ll probably have better insurance coverage… and you’ll get doctors that will see this as real medicine.”last_img read more

UNbacked 41 million emergency appeal launched for floodravaged Ugandans

21 September 2007A United Nations-backed flash appeal was launched today for $41 million to provide urgently-needed assistance some 300,000 flood-beleaguered Ugandans, including more than 100,000 already vulnerable internally displaced persons (IDPs). Since July, downpours have resulted in severe flooding across many parts of the country’s east, centre and north.“We are here as one humanitarian community comprising United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations [NGOs], the donor community and, most importantly, the Government and people of Uganda, to call for support in addressing the devastation left behind by he rising tide of water,” said Theophane Nikyema, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, in Soroti, the largest town in the hardest-hit Teso sub-region.Areas where a majority of households depend on subsistence agriculture and where basic services are operating beyond capacity were severely impacted. This was especially true of Teso, where neither the Government nor humanitarian organizations have the capacity to meet needs. In response, today’s appeal focuses primarily on delivering aid to this sub-region.The $41 million appeal will provide assistance to some 50,000 households which have suffered damaged homes and are at risk for waterborne disease outbreaks due to severely damaged water and sanitation facilities. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the incidence of malaria, diarrhoeal diseases and acute respiratory infections has already surged by as much as 30 per cent.Among the priorities set by the humanitarian community in Uganda for this appeal are stabilizing the initial food security situation, preventing disease outbreaks, bolstering capacity to respond to health emergencies, re-opening schools and ensuring access to primary education and providing urgently needed shelter and supplies.While a two-month “hunger gap” is considered the norm, according to OCHA, this year it is expected to stretch into ten months, given the loss by many of their first season harvest and the delay in planting for the second season.Heavy rains are forecast through November, which is likely to extend the scope of the flooding and further impact the already-affected population.In a related development, the Uganda country team of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), an OCHA-convened body, today called for the continued commitment by the Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to the peace process to end their bloody two-decade-long conflict.The Committee – comprising UN agencies, NGO consortia, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross/International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent and the International Organization for Migration – appealed to both sides to return to the negotiating table.“The humanitarian, security and human rights situation in northern Uganda has visibly improved since the end of aggressive activities heralded by the Cessation of Hostilities agreement of 26 August 2006,” the IASC said in a statement issued on the International Day of Peace.Thousands of civilians have been killed or abducted since the LRA began its rebellion in 1986, and more than 1.5 million people have become refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs).Many of the people driven from their homes by the conflict have started returning to their villages of origin, with over half a million people already having returned while almost 400,000 have begun moving to transit nearer their homes. IASC noted that fewer than 1 million IDPs remain in the main camps.“However,” the group said, “the linchpin in securing a peaceful, just and durable – and therefore more prosperous – future for all Ugandans is the conclusion of a final and lasting agreement between the Government and the LRA.”The IASC also pledged its support in northern Uganda’s transition to a post-conflict environment where people can resume their normal lives and their livelihoods. read more

Bank of Canada daily avg for the Cdn dollar 7759 cents US

The average value for the Canadian dollar on Monday was 77.59 cents US, down 0.01 of a cent from Friday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2888, up 0.01 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6598, down 0.05 of a cent, and US$1.2879, down 0.05 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4688, down 0.04 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,033.64, down 48.57 points):Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up five cents, or 0.14 per cent, to $37.00 on 10.5 million shares.Primero Mining Corp. (TSX:P). Miner. Up 2.5 cents, or 22.73 per cent, to 13.5 cents on 6.7 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Down eight cents, or 5.44 per cent, to $1.39 on 6.3 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Up five cents, or 0.56 per cent, to $9.05 on 4.7 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.64 per cent, to $3.15 on 3.5 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Down 51 cents, or 1.71 per cent, to $29.25 on 3.4 million shares.

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Students thrive in joint program with Yukon College

Kyle Horvath has been braving the harsh Arctic winds this winter, and he doesn’t mind a bit.A photo in the Yukon by Kyle Horvath.The second-year Psychology student is happy to be one of three current participants in a joint program between Brock and Yukon College.Horvath, 20, is spending the school year in Whitehorse, where he has hiked the scenic terrain, joined the student union and gotten invaluable life experience as part of a program that takes Brock students to the northern territory for a year.He is doing so well, he was even hired by Yukon College to return to St. Catharines earlier this month to promote the program to Psychology and Women’s Studies students for a week.“I’ve never thought of the Yukon as a destination before,” he said. “Now I have a real sense of community there.”Kyle Horvath climbs the rocky terrain.The program is like “an exchange program without the passport,” said Jo Stewart, program co-ordinator. Brock students spend their second year studying Psychology or Women’s Studies at Yukon College, and years one, three and four at Brock. Yukon students spend years one and two in their home school, followed by years three and four at Brock. The program is open to Psychology or Women’s Studies majors. It is designed to give them academic as well as life experience.Yukon College has about 1,200 students, making its classes “like a seminar at all times,” said Horvath, who loves it so much that he plans to spend the summer there too.The program has also given him leadership abilities and confidence, he said, citing his campaign and successful election to the student union.“I’ve been able to go forward in a leadership role, and to see a part of Canada where the connection to nature is imminent,” said Horvath, a Welland native.For more information, visit the Yukon College program.Quick links:– Yukon College program– Yukon College– Sharing a love of the Yukon – Welland Tribune read more

Eagles RB Sproles makes return from hamstring injury

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is active and set to play against Washington for the first time since he suffered a hamstring injury in the first game of the season.Sproles was active Monday night in a must-win game for the Super Bowl champions. Sproles said last week that “more than a simple hamstring injury” has kept him sidelined for almost the entire season. The 35-year-old Sproles has played in only four games since the start of the 2017 season and missed most of the championship run with a torn ACL.Undrafted rookie Josh Adams has emerged as Philadelphia’s lead running back.Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks, cornerback Avonte Maddox, tackle Jordan Mailata, cornerback Jalen Mills, guard Matt Pryor, quarterback Nate Sudfeld and guard Chance Warmack are inactive.Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster remains on the commissioner’s exempt list. Last month, the Redskins claimed Foster off waivers after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers following a domestic violence arrest in Tampa, Florida, and he is facing league suspension.Wide receiver Trey Quinn, cornerback Quinton Dunbar, running back Samaje Perine, running back Byron Marshall, tackle Austin Howard and lineman Matt Ioannidis are inactive for the Redskins.___More AP NFL coverage: and Associated Press read more

Seven suspected illegal immigrants from Ukraine discovered on a yacht in Suffolk

first_imgThis area has been used for smuggling for hundreds of years. Now you have got the same situation with immigrants.Stuart Bacon The five men and a woman were detained by UK Border Force staff who were lying in wait after tracking the yacht across the North Sea. They were all later deportedCCTV which covers the quay and the riverside at Orford was upgraded in 2015 with a grant of £2,660 from Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore.He said that the grant was aimed at reducing petty crime and discouraging the use of the quay as “a drop-off point for illegal immigrants”.Mr Passmore added: “Suffolk’s coastline is vulnerable to people-trafficking, as is the whole of the south and east coast, so we made sure the CCTV system was suitable for the UK Border Force, which is responsible for the security of our coastline, to obtain evidence if required.”Whilst Suffolk Constabulary is not responsible for border control, it is clear we need to work together to protect our coastline.”Orford Quay is an isolated area so it is important we do all we can to reassure local residents that their community is safe particularly during the hours of darkness.”Last September six suspected illegal immigrants were smuggled on a yacht which landed them at nearby Bawdsey.The group of men and women were seen getting into a Range Rover and then dropped off in a pub car park at Bromeswell near Woodbridge.CCTV images of the car park showed them fleeing out of the car as soon as it stopped.Stuart Bacon, 84, who owns a craft shop in Orford said last year: “This area has been used for smuggling for hundreds of years. UK Border Force staff foiled another smuggling attempt in July 2014 when a 35ft yacht arrived at Orford with six Ukranians on board. “Now you have got the same situation with immigrants. I am sure that it is still going on all the time.”This part of the coast is has got to be one of the most favourable spots for bringing in people.”You can just turn up at the quay in a boat, and off you go. It is wide open all along the coast. After midnight, there is nobody around and no security at all.”I sometimes see Customs and Excise staff coming by in their 4 X 4 but I never see Border Force people around.”A Home Office spokeswoman said: “Border Force and Suffolk police were contacted at 11.45am today regarding a boat stuck in the River Ore. The coastguard intercepted and towed the vessel to safety.”Border Force officers were deployed in conjunction with Suffolk Police and 7 individuals were arrested in relation to immigration offences.”All have now been taken to local police stations and will be subject to interview.” Seven suspected illegal immigrants from Ukraine were discovered on a yacht on Sunday after it got into difficulties near the Suffolk coast. The alarm was raised by the coastguard after a 28ft yacht was reported to have run aground on mud at the mouth of the Rover Ore near Orford, Suffolk.It follows warnings that the east coast of England is particularly vulnerable to small boats of immigrants trying to enter the country illegally.A whisteblower who worked for the Border Force told ITV News last year that staff cuts had let to cuts in security checks, with people arriving by small vessesl often only being discovered “by accident”.  All weather and inshore lifeboats were sent to the scene and seven Ukranians were reportedly found on the boat.The yacht was towed to Orford where the group were detained by UK Border Force officials.The seven were being held in custody on Sunday night on suspicion  of immigration offences.A spokesman for the RNLI said: “On arrival at scene, the ILB (inshore lifeboat) crew discovered that the yacht was inside the river mouth and was in danger of running aground again, after it had initially managed to refloat.”Communication was difficult due to language barriers, but a tow was eventually secured and it was taken to Orford Quay.”The yacht was handed into the care of HM Coastguard Shingle Street, in addition to the Border Agency.” 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.last_img read more

Wife hits out at bigamist husband who called her every day for

Rattue, of York, admitted bigamy at a a hearing at Salisbury Magistrates’ Court last month.Susan had paid off £30,000 of debt, from credit cards and loans taken out with Rattue, but still had a ‘staggering’ £37,500 to be paid.She said: “Why did he not ask me years ago for a divorce or when he met his new wife? Instead he was leading a double life.”I have spent the last 19 years living with my mum as he left me with no other option. I am paying for this both mentally and emotionally. He has stolen my life from me.”I could have remarried and moved on. I could have had children. It hurt me to learn he has gone on to have children of his own.”We were still married but I did not see my husband. I was having to work a lot of overtime in the hospital to pay off my debts.”Rattue was sentenced to eight months in prison. He has stolen my life from me. I could have remarried and moved on. I could have had children. It hurt me to learn he has gone on to have children of his own.Susan Rattue Neil Rattue (left) was jailed for 18 monthsCredit:Solent News & Photo Agency A furious wife says “her life has been stolen” after her bigamist husband who called her everyday for 17 years following their split was jailed.Neil Rattue, 60, set himself up with a new wife and children but continued to call first wife Susan, who he was married to for 15 years.Mr Rattue had bought a home with Susan, which he said they had to sell and she must move in with her mother because they were in debt.He then forged a divorce certificate using a friend’s as a template so he could marry his second wife Rebecca, with whom he had two children and lived 256 miles away.Though he stopped seeing his first wife in 2001, he dutifully continued to call her daily for 17 years to ask how she was and discuss their debts, which she was paying off.When Rebecca’s sister discovered what he had been up to, she wrote to Susan and informed her of Rattue’s actions – and she contacted the police, the court heard. The bigamist, who often worked away, then met his second wife Rebecca while in Stratford-upon-Avon. The pair, who married on October 3, 1998, lived together in York, North Yorks, having two children together. 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. Judge Richard Parkes QC said Rattue had been ‘cowardly’ and ‘deceitful’ in maintaining his marriage to Susan despite having started a new life without her.Salisbury Crown Court, Wilts, heard today Rattue had met his first wife Susan in Wiltshire in 1980 and they were married three years later. Neil Rattue (left) was jailed for 18 months read more

Heres what happens when you are the millionth American to come to

first_imgLeonie and her husband Jim Higgins with Brian Desmond of Aer Lingus, left, and Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland. Pic: James Higgins.A WOMAN SPENDING her first Christmas in Ireland became the one millionth American to arrive in Ireland this year.To mark the occasion, Tourism Ireland and Aer Lingus met Leonie Higgins and her husband Jim and presented them with a pair of return tickets for their next trip here.Leonie and Jim, from Montgomery, New York state, flew in from JFK – they are regular visitors to Ireland but it’s the first time they’ll spend Christmas Day here.This year has seen a rise in visitor figures to Ireland, in part sparked by the marketing campaign around The Gathering and other promotions. And the one million Americans who came here? They spent one billion dollars (€730m) in the Irish economy.Around eight million people visited Ireland from overseas this year – it is estimated they will have spent around €3.64 billion here by the end of 2013.Y’all come back now, you hear?Bumper year for overseas visitors to Ireland this year>You know we had a ‘Gathering’ 60 years ago, right?>last_img read more

Athens skills expo to follow London model

first_imgAs the calendar counts down to the skills expo that will take place in Athens on October 8 and 9, some idea of how the event will run, and who will be taking part, is becoming clearer. The sessions will provide an opportunity for skilled workers in Greece, who have suitable qualifications, experience and English language ability to meet Australia’s skilled visa requirements, to hear about skilled visa options and sponsorship and employment opportunities in Australia.The Athens event will follow a similar approach to an identical event organised by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) which took place in London three months ago. As will be the case in Athens, the London sessions provided Australian employers and government an opportunity to talk directly to skilled professionals interested in migrating. Feedback given by the 570 individuals who attended the London event, showed that over 80 per cent found it useful, a third of those who attended had 5 to 10 years of experience in their field, and 40 per cent believed the event influenced their decision to apply for an Australian visa. 31 per cent had already made up their mind to migrate to Australia before going to the sessions The most popular visa category was permanent employer sponsored (35.9 per cent ) followed by temporary employer sponsored, or subclass 457 (23.2 per cent). The London event, run over three days in June, featured twenty exhibitors including five Australian state and territory governments, employers and recruitment companies acting on employers’ behalfs. Mr Sandy Logan the National Communications Manager for DIAC, told Neos Kosmos that the department had seen strong interest in the Athens event. “There will be five sessions over the two days, and it will be run conference-style, with addresses from the key agencies involved. Those attending will be able to visit various booths, depending on their skills and where they might want to go,” “A number of state government departments will be taking part,” said Mr Logan. A spokeswoman for Victorian Government’s Department of Business and Innovation said that, “Victoria will be targeting prospective skilled migrants who could potentially meet labour shortages in the state’s engineering and healthcare industries.” She also confirmed that Mr Nathan Cox, a senior London-based representative of the department’s Skilled and Business Migration Program would be attending on behalf of the state government. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Washougal gunman Stanbary was accused of raping girl 9

first_imgSchizophrenia possible factor in Stanbary’s spiralMany questions, few answers in murder-suicideSteven D. Stanbary allegedly molested and raped a girl who lived in his home over several years, starting when she was 9, according to police reports reviewed Wednesday.The alleged abuse wasn’t uncovered until December 2010, when the girl, now a teenager, disclosed it to several people and later, a Washougal police detective. Her name and relationship to Stanbary were redacted in the report.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Dustin Richardson, who heads the Children’s Justice Center, received police reports in January. Having concerns over certain aspects of the case, he didn’t believe he had strong enough evidence to charge Stanbary until late November. Finally, he gave Washougal police the OK to allow Stanbary to turn himself in through his attorney on Dec. 8 on suspicion of first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation.“He obviously had different plans,” Richardson said Wednesday.The day before, officials say, Stanbary set his Washougal house on fire, killed his wife, Leona Stanbary, and her twin sister, Mona Daugherty, and fired from numerous guns, keeping firefighters away, before killing himself.last_img read more

96 are confident they are fully compliant with their autoenrolment duties

first_imgMore than nine in 10 (96%) employer respondents are confident they are fully compliant with their ongoing auto-enrolment duties, according to research by The Pensions Regulator (TPR).Its Ongoing duties survey: July 2017 report, which surveyed 290 micro employers with 1-4 members of staff, 305 small employers with 5-49 employees, and 205 medium-sized employers with between 50 and 249 employees, also found that 45% of small employer respondents, 42% of micro employer respondents, and 53% of medium-sized employer respondents think that future contribution rate increases are likely to lead to more employees opting out of their pension.The research also found:24% of micro employer respondents, 31% of small employer respondents, and 30% of medium-sized employer respondents are currently paying more than the minimum 1% employer contribution for all their employees.49% of medium-sized employer respondents, 39% of small employer respondents, and 31% of micro employer respondents feel that staff would find it difficult to afford increased pension contributions.27% of medium-sized employer respondents, 22% of small employer respondents, and 31% of micro employer respondents believe they would find it difficult to meet the increased minimum employer contributions.6% of medium-sized employer respondents, 10% of small employer respondents, and 16% of micro employer respondents find it difficult to keep up with their ongoing auto-enrolment duties.21% of those respondents that find it difficult to keep up with their auto-enrolment duties cite keeping up with regulations as a key difficulty. Other difficulties include finding the time (19%), a lack of support or information (15%), and assessing or monitoring staff (11%).52% of micro employer respondents are aware of their auto-re-enrolment duties, compared to 72% of small employer respondents, and 79% of medium-sized employer respondents.26% of medium-sized employer respondents have no plans to prepare in advance of their re-enrolment date, and 33% expect to use some form of external support for re-enrolment.59% of micro employer respondents, 68% of small employer respondents, and 58% of medium-sized employer respondents find their auto-enrolment duties less onerous than they expected.Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment at TPR, said: “These new figures show automatic-enrolment is now simply part of running a business and that most employers have found meeting their duties less complicated than they expected.“The vast majority of employers comply on time and it is encouraging that so many employers are confident they are doing the right thing for their staff.“Employers can find the information they need to meet their ongoing duties on our website so they can ensure they are carrying out their duties correctly.”last_img read more

Five Cancun properties seized from exVeracruz governor Duarte

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Federal authorities have seized another eight properties belonging to the detained ex-governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte. Five of them were located in the city of Cancun.The Attorney General’s Office of Veracruz says they have secured an additional eight properties belonging to the former governor of Veracruz, Javier Duarte. Five of them are reported to be luxury apartments in Cancun and three in Bosques de Santa Fe.The attorney general says these latest eight are added to the 21 plots of land and 20 other apartments, buildings, condominiums and ranches that federal authorities have already seized from Durate.The apartments in Santa Fe were bought by José Juan Janeiro Rodríguez, the alleged financial brain of the former governor during 2012 and 2013, with a cost of 38.1 million peso. Officials say Durate purchased his properties by prestanombres, a prodess where one person asks another, for a specified amount of time, to act as owner of their property.Historically, prestanombres have been used to hide acts of corruption such as money laundering and tax fraud.Duarte was arrested in a small colonial town in Guatemala in October of 2017. He fled Mexico after being accused of organized crime and operations with resources of illegal origin, including a charge by the Attorney General’s Office for plundering 253 million peso ($13 million USD) of public funds from the secretaries of health and education.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rayence Introduces New Image Acquisition and Viewer Software

first_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more May 10, 2016 — Rayence announced the availability of the new XmaruView Image Acquisition Software, Version 4.0, with a host of new features.Most notable is its newly developed Rayence engine. XmaruView 4.0 is Microsoft Windows 10-compatible and, unlike previous software versions, it does not require a dongle. It also includes such new features as Auto JPEG Exporter, legacy picture archiving and communication system (PACS) compatibility, electronic medical record (EMR) integration readiness, auto-stitching and a faster interface.Along with the introduction of their new image acquisition software, Rayence upgraded its viewer software XmaruView mini-Archive Viewer to Version 3.02. Similar to XmaruView 4.0, the new viewer software is Microsoft Windows 10-capable and includes new features such as cine tools and the ability to work in landscape and portrait mode.Shipments of the both new software products began in early May.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Isla del Coco gets a new radar station to fight drug traffickers

first_imgSecond in a three-part series. Read the first story here.ISLA DEL COCO, Puntarenas –Guards at Isla del Coco National Park tell stories about the boats they’ve spotted during night patrols that transport fuel throughout the area. There likely is only one use for the fuel: to support drug traffickers.Their stories are confirmed by Costa Rican Coast Guard officials, who say that the famous island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 365 miles off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, sits right in the middle of what is known as the “corredor narco,” or narco-corridor.The drug-trafficking route begins at the Colombian port of Buenaventura, winds through Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands, passes Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco and then continues on to Mexico’s Pacific coast.“[Cocos] Island and the area around it could easily be used by drug and fuel traffickers. One reason is because it’s not hard to spot fishing boats that are frequently allowed to leave port with extra fuel,” Miguel Chaves, captain of the coast guard ship Santamaría, told The Tico Times during a recent patrol. A Colombian Navy boat patrols the Cajambre River, near the port of Buenaventura, Colombia, on May 29, 2012. The port is the beginning of a marine corridor for narcotics trafficking that passes Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco before continuing north to Mexico. Felipe Caicedo/AFPJorge Alvarado, one of Isla del Coco’s most experienced park guards, said that a few years ago, guards found a go-fast boat, which is frequently used to haul this type of cargo, but it was empty and adrift.A few months ago, during a patrol at one of the highest points on the island, park guards photographed a go-fast boat maneuvering in broad daylight close to land. On other occasions, they’ve found fuel containers close to the beach.“Here we don’t have real weapons. If illegal fishermen ignore us, do you think we can do anything to stop the drug traffickers?” Alvardo asked. “We can only follow protocol and alert the coast guard, which in the best-case scenario couldn’t reach us for 24 hours.”Hydroelectric plantIn January, the National Power and Light Company (CNFL) began building a hydroelectric plant at the island’s Chatham Bay, on the river of the same name.The plant will generate energy to power a new radar station and surveillance center that the Public Security Ministry will use to counter drug trafficking and illegal fishing in Isla del Coco, and several kilometers around it.In Chatham Bay, a large quantity of building material arrived last week that would be hauled by foot for nearly a kilometer from the coast to the site of the hydroelectric plant.Alejandro Araya, a CNFL project supervisor, said that 36 workers are building the dam according to strict protocols to minimize environmental impact, because the area is protected by a Ramsar wetlands convention and by UNESCO. Workers carry construction material more than one kilometer to the site of a new hydroelectric dam on Isla del Coco’s Chatham River. The Tico TimesImmediate detection Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said the new radar on Isla del Coca is part of a larger system that will be installed along Costa Rica’s Pacific coast to fight drug trafficking. The island’s radar station was made possible through funding assistance from nongovernmental groups like Conservation International and Forever Costa Rica.Getting the radar up and running has been a three-year process, and the project has faced several setbacks and delays. Nevertheless, conservation groups and law enforcement are excited to finally have tools in place to fight illegal activity in the region.For Zamora, Isla del Coco is a strategic point, as many drug-trafficking boats in the area usually operate undetected. Currently, the only way to spot them, he said, is during joint patrols with the United States.“This is a very important investment, because the Pacific Ocean is one of the most popular routes for drug traffickers,” Zamora said.The Isla del Coco radar will be up and running by early May and will join a system of 16 radars along the coast.Next in the series, how protecting Isla del Coco from illegal fishing can help draw tourism dollars. Facebook Comments Related posts:Drug traffickers lure Costa Rica’s struggling coastal fishermen with offers of easy money Protecting indigenous land rights could help deter drug trafficking in Central America, says new report Dutch seize huge cocaine shipment hidden in cassava roots from Costa Rica US seizes $12 million of drugs in Caribbeanlast_img read more

MetLife Lauds RecordBreaking 11B in Commercial Loans

first_img in Origination, Servicing “”MetLife””: originated $11 billion in commercial mortgages in 2011, making last year the largest on record for the life insurer.[IMAGE]The company said in a statement Monday that it achieved the results by signing off on a number of real estate transactions with mortgages roughly equal to $200 million and above.It said that these include $350 million on a loan for commercial real estate in Manhattan; $255[COLUMN_BREAK]million on a mortgage for an office building in Chicago; and super-regional malls based in Denver and Tampa, each worth $360 million and $325 million, respectively.””Capitalizing on the strength of the MetLife lending platform, we were able to originate a significant number of larger loans on trophy office buildings and dominant regional malls in the U.S.,”” Mark Wilsmann, managing director and head of MetLife’s mortgage lending group, said in a statement.Robert Merck, senior managing director and global head of real estate investments for the company, chalked up the results in a statement to “”key guiding principles, which enabled us to strategically navigate through the economic downturn during the past few years and remain an active lender in the market.””The record-breaking loans from last year come on the heels of a pullout by MetLife from the forward mortgage origination business, which the company announced last fall and completed in January.MetLife more recently axed 804 originators in Irving, Texas, where it filed a notice of layoff with state authorities in February. February 27, 2012 490 Views Agents & Brokers Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers MetLife Processing Service Providers 2012-02-27 Ryan Schuettecenter_img MetLife Lauds Record-Breaking $11B in Commercial Loans Sharelast_img read more

Capital Economics Lower Rental Yields Undermining Investment Case

first_imgCapital Economics: Lower Rental Yields Undermining Investment Case Lower rental yields in today’s market may threaten to drive out investor interest, but “”Capital Economics””: sees no reason to start worrying just yet.[IMAGE]In its latest US Housing Market Update, the analytics firm addresses the uneven gains seen between home purchase prices and rent costs over the last year. (The report cites January data from CoreLogic, which shows prices rising 9.8 percent year-over-year with rents rising only 2.7 percent in the same period.)The disparity is weighing on rental yields. By Capital Economics’ measure, average gross rental yields–annual rent payable on a property divided by its current value–fell from a peak of 5.5 percent in early 2012 to 5.31 percent by the fourth quarter.””In a US Housing Market Focus from last year we highlighted that the house price gains that investor interest in housing are driving would eventually price many of those selfsame investors out of the market,”” writes Paul Diggle, property economist for the company. “”The mechanism will be via a reduction in rental yields and less potential for capital appreciation, to a level that doesn’t compensate investors for the high set-up and management costs of residential investment.””For a housing market still reliant on investor purchases, the phase-out may represent a serious problem.Diggle offers as evidence the case of Phoenix, Arizona, a hard-hit market that has largely been revived as a result of investor activity. There, prices have risen by 23 percent over the past year, rendering the city a “”no-go area”” for many institutional investors interested in cheaper prospects.However, Diggle notes lower yields are unlikely to dampen investor interest in housing, at least in the short term.””First, the decline in rental yields is still very gradual and will see yields remain high relative to Treasuries for a while yet. While we expect the 10-year Treasury yield to end the year below 2 percent, our forecasts for house prices and rents imply gross rental yields averaging 5.1 percent during 2013.””Second, even as the typical rental yield slides backwards, our expectations for an 8 percent gain in house prices this year implies a healthy total return for investors. Indeed, at 12.7 percent in Q4 2012, the total return from housing–rental yield plus capital appreciation–was already at its highest level since early-2006,”” he writes.For the time being, at least, Capital Economics expects investor demand to continue to act as a major support for the recovery. However, with fewer distressed assets for sale and price gains leaving less potential for capital appreciation, that increased interest has an expiration date.””In that context, the 14 percent increase in mortgage applications for home purchases over the past year has been an encouraging sign that mortgage-dependent buyers may be beginning to play more of a role in the housing comeback,”” Diggle remarks. “”But there’s no doubt that demand from this group will have to strengthen by a lot more to keep the recovery going.”” March 29, 2013 441 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Home Prices Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Rental Properties Service Providers 2013-03-29 Tory Barringercenter_img in Data Sharelast_img read more