WilsonRaybould raises criminalization of HIV nondisclosure with counterparts

first_imgOTTAWA – The issue of whether criminal charges are the right way to deal with people who fail to disclose their HIV-positive status to sexual partners is on the table as Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould meets her provincial and territorial colleagues in Vancouver.Last year, the federal justice minister promised to examine how the criminal justice system responds to the non-disclosure of HIV status, which could include reviewing current practices on laying charges and going ahead with prosecutions, as well as developing prosecutorial guidelines.“The over-criminalization of HIV non-disclosure discourages many individuals from being tested and seeking treatment and further stigmatizes those living with HIV or AIDS,” Wilson-Raybould said in a statement published Dec. 1, 2016, which was World AIDS Day.The results of that promised review are not expected to be shared publicly till this fall, but Wilson-Raybould will update her fellow justice ministers at their two-day meeting in Vancouver and encourage them to consider what they could do to address the issue.The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that consent to sexual activity can be considered null and void if the accused person failed to disclose, or lied about, his or her HIV status. The Crown must also prove the person would not have consented to sex if he or she had been aware of the HIV status.That can lead to a charge of aggravated sexual assault — the most commonly applied, although there have been others — so long as the sexual contact has either transmitted the virus to the complainant, or put them at significant risk of contracting it.The high court clarified in 2012 that this would not apply if someone uses a condom and also has a “low viral load,” but advocates argue the law has fallen far behind the science on the level of risk.The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has counted at least 184 people — involving 200 cases — who faced charges for offences related to HIV non-disclosure in Canada between 1989 and 2016, with the majority of them occurring since 2004.Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a source familiar with the file said the discussion in Vancouver will be about making sure everyone has a clear understanding of the impact of how things are being done now.Since provinces are responsible for the administration of justice when it comes to the Criminal Code, many of the potential solutions — such as issuing prosecutorial guidelines on how to handle allegations of HIV non-disclosure — would be within their jurisdiction.Ontario Justice Minister Yasir Naqvi said he is glad to see the issue on the agenda, but wants to see the results of the federal review before making any commitment to prosecutorial guidelines or other measures.“We have said since the federal government will be reviewing the Criminal Code and the over-criminalization of people with HIV, that it’s important for us to wait and see what the review is,” Naqvi said in Vancouver.“Because if there is information that comes out, I think it’s important that we have all that information,” he said.Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, said he is encouraged the issue has been put on the agenda as a problem that needs to be solved.“That’s the first step — we’ve got to recognize that there is a problem,” said Elliott.“I hope that we can get at least a critical mass of provincial attorneys general also recognizing that there is a problem,” he said.“I think that is still a work in progress.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter— With files from Geordon Omand in Vancouverlast_img read more

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LA Art Show To Benefit St Jude Childrens Research Hospital

first_imgThe LA Art Show is pleased to announce its selection of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as benefiting charity of its opening night premiere party, 8-11 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.A Patron Reception will begin at 7 p.m., and the LA Art Show will be open to the public in the same location from Jan. 15-18.Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo will host the benefit.St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to support from events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.“We are excited to partner with St. Jude at the 20th Anniversary LA Art Show,” said Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “By sharing their knowledge freely and exchanging ideas openly, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital inspires more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments for children everywhere.”More than 7,000 art patrons attended in 2014. Guests included: Leonard Di Caprio, Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, Tim Robbins, James Franco, Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, Shepard Fairey, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Lily Collins, Michelle Monaghan, Debra Wilson, Princess Anita Theodora of Orange-Nassau, Gabrielle, Duchess of Schoeneberg, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Kevan Hall, Hill Harper, Robert LaSardo, Bria Murphy, Willem van Gogh, James DuMont, Alex Lombard, Sue Wong, Michael Peer, Toni Garrn and Abdulla Ali Saboosi, Consul General for the U.A.E., among others.Patron tickets are $250, Vanguard tickets are $200 and Friend tickets are $125. The show is open to the public from Jan. 15-18, 2014. General admission is $20.For additional information, visit LAArtShow.com.last_img read more

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RioCan REIT eyes US expansion with opening of new regional office

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust is looking to have a new regional office open in the U.S. and staff on the ground by January as it works to grow its business south of the border.Chief executive Edward Sonshine says the office, which will operate like the trust’s other regional locations across Canada, will help RioCan improve operations.“Not only do we expect that leasing and operations will be done at least as well, and hopefully better, there will be at a cost that will probably be less on Day 1 than we are currently paying out,” Sonshine told a conference call with financial analysts.He said the savings wil become more apparent “as we scale up” in the U.S. Northeast.The shopping mall trust reported Tuesday a third-quarter profit of $125-million or 42 cents per unit for the quarter ended Sept. 30, down from $168-million or 63 cents per unit a year ago. Total revenue for the quarter totalled $283 million, up from $246 million.The trust attributed the drop in earnings to a smaller increase in the fair value of its investment properties. RioCan said the fair value of its properties in the quarter was up $7-million, compared with a gain of $73-million in the third quarter of 2011.[np-related]Adjusting to exclude the fair-value gains in both years, RioCan had $120-million of net income — up from $97 million a year earlier. Operating funds from operations for the quarter amounted to $115 million or 40 cents per unit, up from $97 million or 37 cents per unit in the third quarter of 2011.RioCan has been growing its operations in the U.S. in recent years.Sonshine reiterated Tuesday the trust’s plan to grow its U.S. operations to as much as 20% of its overall business from its current level about 15%.Last month, the trust signed a deal to end its joint venture agreement with Cedar Realty Trust Inc. and split up a portfolio of 22 properties in the U.S. owned by the partnership.Sonshine said the new U.S. office will give the RioCan a platform for growth without the need for a large acquisition.“It gives us the ability to be patient and wait for the perfect opportunity,” Sonshine said.“If it never comes along we’re perfectly set up, if it does come along, having our own operation will certainly not be a bar to taking advantage of such an opportunity.”In Canada, RioCan has been ramping up operations in preparations for the arrival of U.S. retailer Target in Canada and releasing Zellers locations that Target is not taking over.The trust has also been developing several outlet malls in Canada in a joint venture with U.S.-based Tanger Factory Outlets.Last month, RioCan and Tanger signed a deal to buy two outlet centres in the Montreal area for $94.7-million.The deal followed a deal for the Cookstown Outlet Mall north of Toronto and another for 20 hectares in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata to develop into a Tanger Outlet Center.RioCan owns a portfolio of 338 retail properties containing more than 80 million square feet in Canada and the United States.Units in the trust were up four cents at $26.91 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Canadian Press read more

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UN disaster assessment and aid team goes to floodstricken Guyana

Responding to last week’s appeal by the Guyanese Government for food, boats, power generators and water pumps, OCHA had given an emergency cash grant of $50,000 to buy inflatable motor boats, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) had donated $75,000 and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) $100,000. OCHA said that logistics was also still a major problem.A significant amount of water from four weeks of very heavy rain had drained from higher ground in central Georgetown, but then had caused the water level on the east coast to rise, forcing more people to evacuate their homes and seek shelter, OCHA quoted the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) – the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional office for the Americas – as saying.The OCHA Regional Disaster Response Adviser (RDRA), based in Panama, was leading the four-member UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team and the other members were scheduled to arrive tomorrow, it said. read more

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Best rating week since June for ABC as college football season starts

NEW YORK, N.Y. – ABC’s best week in the television ratings since mid-June has much to do with the start of college football season.The Nielsen company said ABC finished second behind CBS in the weekly ratings last week. The most female-friendly broadcast network largely has southern football fans to thank. The Georgia-Clemson game had the biggest audience of any opening-week game in ABC’s Saturday night college football series since 2006.Nielsen said the game was seen by an average of 8.1 million people.CBS’ summertime hit “Under the Dome” was again the nation’s most popular TV show last week, the week before Labor Day. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Sep 4, 2013 1:26 pm MDT Best rating week since June for ABC as college football season starts read more

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UN chief discusses universal development targets with Bulgarian President

Mr. Ban and President Rossen Plevneliev met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where they discussed achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight anti-poverty targets agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, setting specific goals on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a global partnership for development. The two officials also noted the importance of a framework on sustainable agenda for the years after 2015, the deadline for achieving the MDGs. According to a readout of the meeting, Mr. Ban briefed Mr. Plevneliev on the latest international efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis. “The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for Bulgaria’s generosity towards Syrian asylum-seekers,” according to the readout. So far this year, Bulgaria has received about 3,000 asylum applications, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported. This is three times the yearly average of the past decade. August saw a sharp rise to some 50 new arrivals – mainly Syrian families – per day. More than 100,000 people have died, 4.25 million people have been displaced within the country, and at least another two million are refugees since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad. Mr. Ban and the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, have repeatedly urged a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012. The Syria conflict will be among the main topics of discussion at the annual high-level General Assembly debate, which starts on Tuesday. read more

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Big buses hold firm but changes now signalled

* Positive trend for big buses holds but economic climate is difficult* Large coaches slipping from record levels as key September month approaches* Double deck buses’ robust growth continues; should extend to September “August’s figures are level after the best start to bus and coach registrations for years,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “But business response to higher costs and lower consumer spending will cut future volumes.  From June to August we also saw a slowdown in coach and midi bus figures.  Increased bus use may stabilize demand but coach travel may drop.”DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Mens soccer plays to scoreless draw with Northwestern

Junior forward Kenny Cunningham (17) fires a shot in a game against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The two teams tied, 0-0. Credit: Eric Seger / Sport editorThree of the last four matches for the Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-6-5, 0-2-2) have been against ranked opponents, and after a scoreless draw with the No. 16 Northwestern Wildcats, all three resulted in ties.OSU played to a 0-0 tie with then-No. 17 Louisville Oct. 2, and tied then-No. 18 Michigan State 1-1 Oct. 13.Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov recorded seven saves in Sunday’s match and earned his fifth shutout of the season. He is now tied with Penn State keeper Andrew Wolverton for third place in the Big Ten Conference for shutouts.Ivanov said the shutout was a good confidence booster moving into the last four games of the regular season.“Trying to keep the team in the game at all times is my job,” he said. “It’s good when we get a clean sheet for the defense, we’ll just have to keep moving forward and building on it.”Ivanov now has 80 saves in 12 games, keeping him in first place in the conference.Both teams were successful in creating scoring opportunities throughout the match, but neither was able to capitalize or find a way to get the ball in the net. The Wildcats outshot the Buckeyes by a total of 20-14 and led the OSU in corner kicks, 7-5.Despite the tie, Buckeye coach John Bluem said the team will walk away feeling like this game was a loss because it played well and had a lot of scoring opportunities throughout the game.“You just keep waiting for (a shot) to go in, somehow, for us and we felt like we deserved to win a game like this because we’ve been in so many of them, and it’s been kind of a rough stretch,” he said. “The guys’ attitudes are great and we are grinding away at it. If we can find a way to produce some goals we might make something happen this year.”Missed opportunities have been a continued trend this year for the Buckeyes. The trend continued on OSU’s second attempt of the second overtime when sophomore midfielder Zach Mason blasted a shot wide of the goal from outside the box with just more than five minutes left in play.Mason said after the game that despite the missed opportunities, the results of the last few games proves to the team that it can compete with anybody.“We’ve known (we can compete) all along, but these are results that are showing it on paper, so I think this is only going to boost our confidence and maybe get some wins in the next few games,” he said. “I think we will try and push each other in training and try and have some fun with it too. It can’t all be serious because it’s a game and we want to enjoy it. I think the last two games have shown that we’ve kept our spirits up and are still fighting to the end.”The Buckeyes have a break from in-conference action as they prepare to take on Oakland Wednesday and Cleveland State Sunday, before finishing off the season with games against Penn State and Wisconsin. read more

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Tara Street fire station to be renamed after ALONE founder Willie Bermingham

first_imgWillie died two years later in 1990. He became ill with cancer in late February and died just six weeks later.“Dad left school early, he was educated in the university of life and he fitted more into his 47 years and one month than most people could fit in three lifetimes.”When Willie was asked how he would describe his Dad, he used a quote by Steve Jobs to sum up his father, describing him as “mad”.The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.When asked how he thinks his Dad would react to the renaming, he said:‘He’d be tickled pink’ but seriously he would just put it back on everyone else and say that it wasn’t him and that he couldn’t have done it without everybody around him.“To a point that’s true, he couldn’t have done it without my mam and he couldn’t have done it without the help of the firemen he worked with, but also they wouldn’t have done it without him.“My mam is still alive and she was the backbone of everything Dad did, she is simply elated with this news.Dad would be so overjoyed that his own city is honouring him. I’ll put it this way, his family was his first love and his firefighter colleagues were his second. As a fire-fighter I can tell you there’s no stronger bond than that between fire-fighters.“We’re so immensely proud and to think that the place where he worked everyday for 26 years of his life will now remember him forever, is just incredible.“The lads here all remember him and now his name will be on the paper of this station forever more, his name will live on forever in the job he loved so much.”Firefighter survives six-storey fall>Working as a firefighter over the festive period can be hard – but it’s worth it> “I’M THE PROUDEST fireman in the country right now”: the words of Willie Bermingham after hearing the news that Tara Street Fire Station will be renamed after his late father, also Willie Bermingham.Willie spoke to TheJournal.ie after Dublin City Council voted to bestow the great honour on his father, a well-known firefighter in the capital.Willie Bermingham worked in Tara Street and he also set up the ALONE charity in the 1970s.He set up the charity after making a number of grim discoveries. He would find people who had passed away in their homes and see the appalling conditions that people were living in, through his work as a fire-fighter.ALONE stands for A Little Offering Never Ends and provides support for older people.In 1988, he was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Law by Trinity College, however his son said that when he was applauded at the ceremony, he put out his hands to give it back.‘That was Dad, he would say, ‘It wasn’t me, I just did my bit. I was helped by so many others.’last_img read more

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Two teenagers arrested after fire at house in Limerick overnight

first_imgTWO TEENAGERS HAVE been arrested by Gardaí after an extensive fire at a house in Limerick in the early hours of this morning.Emergency services were called to the scene on the South Circular Road at approximately 2am this morning.  No-one was in the house at the time, which was seriously damaged by the blaze.The fire was brought under control by the fire services.The men, both in their late teens, were arrested close to the scene a short time later. Both are being held at Roxoboro Road Garda Station where they are being questioned about the incident.The scene at the house has been preserved ahead of a technical and forensic examination which will take place later today. Gardaí said the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Touchcode aims to kill the QR code with invisible printed multitouch commands

first_imgIn a world where mobile technology permeates almost every corner of our culture, there have been many attempts to create novel interaction with our devices and to add value to the experience they offer. Armed with smartphones and tablet devices, consumers are always looking for a new way to interact with technology but have been almost jaded when the latest fad turns out to be nothing but a smokescreen.Come and gone are things like trying to “beam” your personal information from your Palm Pilot to a friend’s PDA and the tiresome QR codes that seem to be printed on everything, yet never want to be scanned no matter how still you hold your phone’s camera. As a chronic early adopter, it has gotten the point that I have thrown up my hands and decided to sit back and wait until something truly exciting comes down the chain for me to get excited about. Which, as you may have guessed, has happened. Last week I had the opportunity to my hands on a new printing technology is a fresh take on creating meaningful interactivity for both consumers and retailers alike. Called Touchcode, it’s the brainchild of Sascha Voigt and his company, Printechnologics.With the tagline “paper goes digital,” Printechnologics has a vision of reinventing the printed page. As you saw in the video, instead of looking to do away with paper altogether, the company has created a fusion between the print and digital mediums we are so accustomed to, and has brought some harmony to the dueling methods of information dissemination. While Amazon is proving that consumers are ready to make the move to a digital lifestyle, the sales of magazines and other print publications show that people still value actually having something in their hands to bring value to a purchase. Voigt and his team fully grasp this, a fact that’s apparent when you experience how symbiotic the two mediums can be.Touchcode can be created on everyday printers without having to retool and reconfigure production chains, and is backward compatible with any device that has a capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch capability.While Voigt wouldn’t go into the exact details on how his company accomplished this, he did explain that the only thing that is “special” about the Touchcode process is the ink that is used for the printing. Calling it a “reflective” ink, Voigt stated that his team had developed a way to store information in a print that would mimic a complex multi-touch gesture to a capacitive touchscreen. This allows companies to hire developers to create triggers that bring a whole new layer of experience to mobile computing.One of the things you really pick up from Voigt when talking with him is the excitement he has about the possibilities the Touchcode presents to the world. While I can’t state everything he talked about (he tends to get excited and talk about deals that have yet to be cemented), I can get you thinking in the right direction. Touchcode is a mature technology, this isn’t some pie-in-the-sky idea that is being proposed. Printechnologics is in talks with many large companies about products using the new process. Think baseball cards, very popular card games, and large label print publications and you will get an idea of the pace of adoption of Touchcode.While this technology certainly won’t replace burgeoning communications protocols like NFC, I think it’s safe to say that it’s compelling enough to become a standard for consumers the world over. In fact, in Israel Printechnologics teamed up with a soccer league to create a “fantasy football” game for fans using trading cards. Each pack of cards was printed using Touchcode technology and would interact with a free application for fans to download. Each week, armchair soccer managers would scan in a team of players into their tablet devices and build a team that they thought would garner the most points. To say this campaign was wildly popular would be an understatement as the company that produced the trading cards sold 3 million packs in a short period of time.If a campaign of this nature can be so successful overseas, imagine the adoption it would enjoy in America during the football season! By now you should be understanding the excitement you heard in my video demo at the top of the post. The sky is the limit when it comes to Touchcode and the bridge that it offers to retailers and consumers alike.last_img read more

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Irish gamblers are the third biggest losers in the world

first_img 39 Comments By Rónán Duffy 22,235 Views Deregulation is good for the gambling industry’s pockets, if not punters’ wallets https://t.co/uTpKEUc8GF pic.twitter.com/cTKaW4plPi— The Economist (@TheEconomist) February 10, 2017 Image: PA Wire http://jrnl.ie/3233357 The Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown Racecourse last month. Image: PA Wire Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 10 Feb 2017, 4:51 PM The Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown Racecourse last month. Short URL Share481 Tweet Email2 IRELAND HAS THE third highest per capita rate of gambling losses in the world.That’s according to research which shows that as a nation we lose about €470 per adult on different forms of gambling.The stats are from last year when gambling losses in Ireland totalled €2.1 billion.The research by industry experts H2 Gambling Capital was published in The Economist this week and showed Ireland behind only Australia and Singapore in gambling terms.About half of the gambling losses in Ireland comes from online with traditional betting the second most popular method.Other gaming outlets such as casinos are less popular in Ireland relative to other markets, like the Unites States which was fifth overall in gambling losses.In the US losses totalled €110 billion with casinos taking the vast majority of that but, as The Economist points out, the country is estimated to have an illegal sports betting market worth €140 billion. Feb 10th 2017, 4:51 PM On average, Australians had the most severe losses and were down about €930 per person for the year. Most of Australia’s losses comes from gaming machines.The Economist notes that Ireland has only recently passed the US in the gambling stakes after the online market was opened up.Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan says she believes problem gambling is going unreported in Irish society.“While issues around problem drinking and drug abuse have been tackled in a more head on fashion in recent years, the issue of problem gambling has been relatively ignored by politicians,” Boylan says.“Because it is not as visible as other problems, politicians and certain sections of the media seem to think that it is not a pressing matter. However, I think it is one of the gravest issues facing Irish society.”Read: ‘They can be in bed next to their partner, gambling away the rent’ >Read: Self exclusion and age checks – new legislation to curb gambling habits in Irish children > Irish gamblers are the third biggest losers in the world Online gambling is the biggest source of the losses. Source: The Economist/Twitterlast_img read more

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Labors Brimbank quagmire deepens

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The row between Theo Theophanous and his former electoral officer Costas Socratous took a new turn last week with Mr Theophanous lashing out against Mr Socratous in the Victorian Parliament. The Victorian MP accused Mr Socratous of being an “opportunist” who wished to profit from the Brimbank debacle. Mr Theophanous said that he did not ‘sack’ his electoral officer but, “stood him down on full pay and he was subsequently transferred to another State MP, Telmo Languiller’s office.” The parliamentary outburst by Mr Theophanous followed the Neos Kosmos English Edition report last Monday and an interview of Mr Socratous aired on the ABC. Last month Mr Socratous was told by the former Victorian Minister that he no longer commanded his trust after the release of the damning Ombudsman’s report in the dealings of the Brimbank Council. Amongst other findings the Ombudsman talked about improper interference in the council from Labor MPs Theo Theophanous and George Seitz. Mr Socratous was quoted in the Ombudsman’s report giving evidence to the fact of Mr Theophanous interference. Mr Theophanous made reference in Parliament on Tuesday about Mr Socratous’ contact with the Ombudsman: “I believe that Socratous misled the Ombudsman and is now trying to make money from it as well.The Ombudsman should have another look at the injustice done to me by this man who claimed he felt pressured by me but all the while when he worked for me it was he was threatening me with publicly attacking the Labor Party and the Government and voting against me in internal ALP ballots.” When contacted by Neos Kosmos, Mr Socratous vehemently denied these accusations and said that he demands an apology from Mr Theophanous, otherwise he is poised as he said, “to exhaust all legal means at my disposal.” Members of the Greek Cypriot community at Sunshine suggested to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) that the spillover from the Brimbank scandal has serious ramifications for the community, particularly as Mr Theophanous is of Greek Cypriot background. “The situation is at a boiling point,” one member who wished to remain anonymous said. “And most probably we haven’t seen the worst of it yet,” this member added with emphasis, referring to additional damaging revelations that could emerge regarding Brimbank.Last week the Ombudsman released another report revolving a former building inspector of Brimbank Council. According to a report in The Age, Peter Anastasi “misused his power for personal gain in a property deal”. Mr Anastasi allegedly bought a property that he was investigating for building code violations. The Ombudsman referred the matter to the police pending the pressing of criminal charges against Mr Anastasi.last_img read more

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Victorian store founder cheats customs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A founder of high-end Melbourne men’s clothing store Harrolds has admitted falsifying customs documents for luxury suits imported from France and Italy to save money.John Poulakis, 57, of Coburg, systematically undervalued goods imported from Europe between March 2002 and February 2006 to reduce the amount of duty owed to customs.He pleaded guilty to two charges of dishonestly causing a risk of loss to an Australian Commonwealth entity in the Victorian County Court on Thursday.County Court Judge Carolyn Douglas today said the offending was serious and sentenced him to five years’ jail.But she ordered he be immediately released on a five-year, $40,000 good behaviour bond.Judge Douglas said Poulakis had repaid the money to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and had the prosecution hanging over his head for nine years because of its complex nature.Source: Herald Sunlast_img read more

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NATL TOURISM STRATEGY TOWN MEETINGS MOVE TO MC NC AND SALT CAY

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 – The Natl Tourism Strategy Public Meetings go to North and Middle Caicos and Salt Cay this week…. looking forward to your input, attendance and coverage of these events as the nation marks NATIONAL TOURISM MONTH in November.Middle CaicosThursday, October 30th at 11am,Conch Bar Community CentreNorth CaicosThursday, October 30th at 2pm,The Horse Stable Beach Building Salt CayFriday, October 31st at 11am,The Salt ShedProvidencialesMonday, November 3rd at 6pm,The Gustavus Lightbourne Sports Complex Related Items:middle caicos, national tourism strategy, North caicos, providenciales, salt cay TCI Govt Estate needs $20M injection, Minister announces rent-cutting plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicoslast_img read more

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1 hospitalized following rollover wreck in Oakland Park

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – One person was transported to the hospital following a rollover wreck in Oakland Park.Surveillance cameras were rolling when a black coupe clipped the back of another vehicle along Oakland Park Boulevard near Andrews Avenue, around 1 p.m., Thursday.The impact of the collision caused the black coupe to flip over onto its roof.Witnesses in the area helped the driver get out of the vehicle.Oakland Park Fire Rescue transported one person to Holy Cross Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Education Minister Jagadish Reddy rescues two youths trapped in

first_imgHyderabad: Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy on Friday was hailed by the villagers for his presence of mind and organising a rescue of two youngsters trapped in a car which turned turtle. According to the reports reaching here on Friday, the Minister was on a visit to the districts to participate in party membership drive and the Telangana Ku Haritha Haram (TKHH), besides other programmes. The Minister’s convoy had come to a grinding halt when it reached Ginjaluru village under Chivvelam mandal on national highway 65. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Amidst the heavy downpour, a car travelling from Vijayawada to Hyderabad ahead of the Minister’s vehicle turned turtle as its tyres got punctured. The Minister ran to the car in which two youngsters were struggling to come out of the car but in vain, as the doors were not opening. The security staff accompanying the Minister and others joined the rescue and helped the youngsters trapped inside the car come out safely. The Minister said that fortunately no one was injured and even those two trapped inside the car miraculously escaped unhurt.last_img read more

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Minister directs officials to fill vacant posts in PR

first_imgHyderabad: Panchayat Raj Minister E Dayakar Rao on Sunday said that action plan has been prepared to strengthen his department which holds the key in progress of villages. He directed the officials to prepare the details of post wise vacancies in the department and submit the same to him by Monday. He also told them to be prepared for the implementation of 60 Days Plan as instructed by the Chief Minister. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us The minister said that the Chief Minister is planning to bring a policy for the development of villages. He instructed the higher ups to give promotions to officers and fill the vacant posts. The district panchayat officers should be appointed to all the districts, he said and added that the Mandal Parishad Development Officer and other posts should also be filled. Each village must have a secretary. Enough sanitary staff should be appointed and honorarium provided.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews LA LA LAND

first_img Oh hey, look! An agreeable, well-meaning, perfectly adequate, decent but also lightweight and mostly forgettable movie being wildly overpraised presumably because it’s a pleasant distraction grounded in cinephile nostalgia and romanticism of Old Hollywood. Oscar Season comes earlier every year…Let me preface this by saying: The moment I originally got done watching La La Land I was over the moon about it – in large part because it finishes really strong. Whatever else you take away from me or anyone else about this movie, let it be said that it has an absolutely killer, elevating, devastating, knock-out home run of an ending. Bold, imaginative, clever… it feels like the kind of ending you’d make a whole preceding movie to justify – and I wouldn’t dream of giving it away. It’s as strong and transporting a moment as any sequence in any other film released this year; and since it only truly works in the context of payoff for the story that led up to it, it’s honestly worth seeing the film just to get said payoff.So yes. I walked out of that screening high on life and in love with the feeling the film left me in. I won’t deny that. And if I’d run a review right at that moment, it probably would’ve been an outright rave. But instead I’ve had time to think about it, and where I’ve arrived instead is that La La Land… just didn’t really leave me with all that much to think about.Not in the sense that it’s a simple movie – it is, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. Simple is fine – often very powerful, as a matter of fact. But while the film is lovingly made, has a big heart that’s consistently in the right place and does eventually manage to actually “go somewhere” thematically; there’s just not much about it that digs in or even just sticks once it’s landed. That kind of lightweight fluffiness is absolutely intentional and clearly not the result of lack of commitment, but it’s ultimately so lightweight that no amount of commitment can really make most of it linger in the mind for very long. The most telling illustration of this? It’s a musical… but I couldn’t hum more than three notes of one song or repeat more than a handful of lyrics if you put a gun to my head.The central gimmick, at least, is clever enough: It’s an old-fashioned “making it big in showbiz” musical right out of the Golden Age but set in the present and applying the retro-gloss of genuine romanticism for Old Hollywood to an ironic romanticism of Los Angeles in 2016; illustrated by a bouncy opening number that imagines a sunny, joyful “spontaneous dance” sequence as breaking out in the middle of… a bumper-to-bumper L.A. freeway traffic jam. In terms of target audience, if you can get aroused by magic hour shots of Randy’s Donuts and Griffith Observatory, La La Land has your number.But whereas classic musicals of this type tended to focus on earnest young go-getters, our designated couple for this modern take turns out to be a pair of starry-eyed hipsters played by Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. She’s a studio-lot barista with dreams of Hollywood stardom; he’s an insufferable piano prodigy who wants to lead a revival in old-school Jazz. The sparks fly, and they’ve got chemistry to spare, but their love becomes tangled up in her attempts to stage a one-woman show and his temptations to “sell out” as part of a pop act to support her and… well, to be plain about it: Assuming you’ve seen one other movie about relationships in the entertainment and/or music industries you already know where this is going.To be certain: While it’s playing, out it’s a lot of fun. The leads are well cast; the half-old/half-new aesthetic is handsomely realized and it never quite dips below “watchable.” I’ve seen people compare it to The Artist in that they’re both a case of the movie industry writing love-letters to itself so that the increasingly L.A.-centric film criticism and awards scene will fawn over it, but The Artist was actually kinda crummy. La La Land, at least, is a solid watch and a gorgeous looking movie. Director Damian Chazelle absolutely knows what he’s doing and while the music from Justin Hurwitz just isn’t very memorable and that’s kind of a fatal flaw in a musical… if it had been especially “bad” I might actually have recalled more of it. And like I said: Holy shit, it’s building to a HELL of an ending.Like I also said: I genuinely enjoyed the act of watching this movie and I imagine a lot of people will feel the same way. It’s fun. Immensely likable… but also kind of disposable unless you really like Ryan Gosling modeling strategically out-of-date men’s fashion that much. It’s a good enough movie, and it wouldn’t be fair to hold all the undeserved accolades it’s probably about to pile up against it, but still only just good enough. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

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