first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. has struck a deal to merge its German department stores with its biggest rival in the European market.The Toronto-based retailer, which owns Galeria Kaufhof, announced Tuesday an agreement with Signa Retail Holdings, the Austrian-based brand behind Karstadt, a competitor department store in the market.HBC chief executive Helena Foulkes said the deal will earn HBC $616 million that will be funnelled into reducing debt.“It has been a tough German market and that has been true for every player in the market, so this deal allows both of us to be stronger together,” she told The Canadian Press.“We have an opportunity to create a much better retail business.”The deal, she added, will set the stage for the company to turn its attention to North America.“It really allows us to focus on North America, where I see a tremendous amount of opportunity to create real operational improvements,” she said.Beyond the merger of Karstadt and Galeria Kaufhof, the deal will also involve the European arm of HBC’s Saks Off Fifth brand, Hudson’s Bay in the Netherlands, Karstadt sports stores, Signa’s Galeria INNO stores and both companies’ food and catering businesses.The agreement will also include the creation of a 50-50 real estate venture with 3.25 billion euros in assets.HBC will nab a 49.99 per cent interest in the combined businesses, while the new company will be led by Stephan Fanderl, Karstadt’s chief executive.HBC’s operations in North America have come under fire in recent months, in part because of outspoken stakeholder Jonathan Litt.The chief investment officer and founder of activist investor Land & Buildings Investment Management has complained that HBC is really a real estate company, not a retailer.Foulkes said at the company’s annual general meeting in June that the company was looking at selling certain properties, but was not in a hurry to sell everything quickly.On Tuesday, she said “everything is always on the table,” but that now she is focusing on “driving the banners that we do have…I do see a lot of opportunity to get more value out of them.”Following news of the European deal, Litt said in a statement the $8.71 cash and implied asset value Foulkes expected confirms his feelings that HBC’s real estate value is “likely more than double that of its current share price of $10.78.”“We urge the HBC board to remain vigilant in monetizing assets as long as the company’s shares continue to trade at a material discount to net asset value — as the shares do today — including selling HBC’s remaining interest in the European business, after synergies are realized, in the near future,” he said.HBC bought Kaufhof from German retailer Metro AG in 2015, years before Foulkes joined the company with ambitious plans to turn around weak sales and sizable losses.Signa made an unsolicited offer late last year to buy HBC’s German operations, but withdrew it earlier this year after it was rejected by the HBC board because it undervalued the business.Then, in July, HBC confirmed it was in talks again with the company.HBC said the deal it has struck is still subject to regulator approval in Europe and is expected to close within the next 90 days.The company’s shares closed down nearly two per cent to $10.58 in Tuesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC)last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has more work to do to sell Canadians on his vision for more action to fight climate change.Speaking at the annual meeting of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation in Ottawa Thursday, Trudeau says it’s clear most Canadians deeply care about the environment and want measures to protect it.But this desire hasn’t always translated to voting in governments that will take strong action on climate change, he said.He pointed to the election of “climate-denying” governments across the country over the past few years.Trudeau said his government will do much more on the environment, but emphasized the importance of “bringing Canadians along.”The prime minister said progress had been made on many fronts during his mandate, including the environment, but that the election of a Conservative government this fall would turn the country in the opposite direction.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says it has confirmed strong commercial support for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline.The company says it has concluded an open season for the pipeline project with roughly 500,000 barrels per day of firm, 20-year commitments.TransCanada says interest in the project remains strong and it will look to continue to secure additional long-term contracted volumes.In November, Nebraska regulators approved a route for the pipeline though the state, but not the company’s preferred choice, instead shifting the path away from sensitive ecological areas.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) says it’s working with landowners to obtain the necessary agreements for the approved route.It says construction preparation has started and will increase as the permitting process advances throughout this year, with primary construction expected to begin in 2019.last_img read more

15 October 2008The United Nations food agency partnered with the European Professional Football Leagues today to kick off a campaign aimed at raising funds and awareness of the global fight against hunger and malnutrition at a ceremony in Rome. With the number of undernourished now at almost a billion people globally, increasing the understanding among youth and Europeans in general may help bring pressure on governments to end hunger, according to a statement released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “The proceeds from the campaign will be used to finance micro-projects in developing countries. Currently some 2600 such projects are under way in 130 countries,” said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf at the campaign’s launch.The campaign, known as Professional Football Against Hunger, will include the 28 member leagues and associate members of EPFL, representing more than 960 football clubs across Europe.During the ceremony the EPFL announced a football weekend against hunger to take place in March next year, involving all its members, as well as visits by well-known football players to FAO field projects, aimed at alerting the public of the struggle against hunger.FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Roberto Baggio, former World Footballer of the Year, and Justine Pasek, Ms. Universe 2002, attended the ceremony at FAO headquarters, along with other dignitaries from the world of football, including representatives from seven of EPFL’s member leagues. read more

“It would be a grave mistake, in the Secretary-General’s view, for any party to turn to military means in an attempt to resolve political issues that can and must be addressed by peaceful means,” UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters in New York.“The Secretary-General is deeply troubled by the escalation in rhetoric and hardening of positions. The stakes are extremely high, with potentially negative implications for international peace and security that extend far beyond eastern Ukrainian cities,” Mr. Dujarric added. Despite an agreement reached last week in Geneva during a meeting between the United States, the European Union, Ukraine, and Russia on a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, the crisis shows no sign of abating. “The Secretary-General cautions all Ukrainians and their partners that the situation could spin out of control quickly, with grave and unpredictable consequences,” said Mr. Dujarric. “He expects all sides to understand that time is of the essence and that they therefore must cease any unhelpful actions and, instead, re-engage diplomatically to ensure full implementation now.”Meanwhile, the Government of Ukraine, which is not a party to the ICC, has accepted the Court’s jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed on its territory from 21 November 2013 to 22 February 2014.As a result, the Office of the ICC Prosecutor, as a matter of policy, has decided to open a preliminary examination of the situation in Ukraine to establish whether a full investigation is warranted.Located in The Hague, in the Netherlands, the ICC is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern – namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. read more

“As the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations family in Iraq congratulate Mr. Abdel-Mahdi on his appointment, we recognise the enormous challenges he faces,” said Mr. Kubiš, adding that “we stand side by side with him, as he leads the country in its steady march towards a future of stability, economic growth and prosperity.”In a statement issued later, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, also congratulated Iraq’s new President, Barham Salih, after his swearing-in on Tuesday, saying that he was looking forward to “working closely” with him, “on all issues of mutual concern, in accordance with the mandate of the United Nations in Iraq.”Since the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein was toppled following the 2003 invasion, the country’s three largest ethnic-sectarian groups have shared the country’s highest positions, with the Prime Minister position held by a Shia politician, the Speaker of Parliament post by a Sunni, and the Presidency by a Kurd.Ending months of deadlock following inconclusive national elections in May, the new Prime Minister – a former Vice- President, Oil Minister and Finance Minister – has one month to form a cabinet that will be presented to parliament for approval.In this regard, Mr. Kubiš urged political leaders to live up to their pledges on women’s meaningful representation in politics.“Iraq needs a stable, national government that brings Iraqis together and restores hope in their country as they move forward in the post-Da’esh period,” said Mr. Kubiš. “This government should be formed well within the constitutional timeline, should be professional, competent, truly representative and inclusive of women in cabinet posts”. read more

tyre insurance guarantees and extended warranties Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty ProductsThe Motor Industry Code of Practice for Vehicle Warranty Products commits subscribers to: a free consumer advice line 0800 692 0825 “Although the survey findings are surprising, they do show that motorists are still unsure of where to go to for advice. Motor Codes aims to fix this and with a single website and freephone number now available, motorists can be confident that they’re getting the right advice from industry experts,” said Motor Codes director, Chris Mason. “Motor Codes is working to build and maintain standards in the motor industry so motorists should look for the logo when booking their car in and ask if the garage subscribes to the right code. It’s the safest way to guarantee good work at an honest price.” Notes:The car maintainance survey was conducted by Marketiers4DC on behalf of Motor Codes Ltd between 22 May and 1 June 2009 and consulted 1,425 UK car owners. peace of mind warranty cover warranties written in clear English no high pressure selling Thousands of car owners across Britain believe they have been ripped off when getting their car serviced or MOT’d in the last five years, according to new research released today. The study commissioned by Motor Codes Ltd, the motor industry’s self-regulatory body, reveals that: Now motorists have a freephone advice line and a central point of contact for all their motoring issues at www.motorcodes.co.uk. Whether you’re buying a new car or warranty product or getting your existing car serviced or repaired, Motor Codes Ltd has developed a code of practice to protect the motorist. roadside assistance honest and fair promotion providing written summaries of the key contract terms Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and RepairResponding to consumer concerns over pricing, quality of work and customer service, the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair commits around 5,000 subscribing garages to: mechanical breakdown insurance competent and conscientious staff MOT insurance cars manufactured to high quality standards The Code covers the following products: open and transparent pricing Over a third of motorists have been dissatisfied with their garage experience free conciliation and low cost, legally binding arbitration completing work as agreed simple, straightforward claims procedures And offers motorists: Motorists can call the freephone consumer advice line on 0800 692 0825 for information or advice about any of these Codes, or visit the website at www.motorcodes.co.uk. a straightforward, swift complaint procedure 12% of motorists think they’ve been overcharged by a garage invoices that match quoted prices For more information on Motor Codes Ltd or the Motor Industry Codes of Practice for Service and Repair, New Cars or Vehicle Warranty Products, visit www.motorcodes.co.uk. products written in clear English Motor Industry Code of Practice for New CarsCovering sales practices, warranties, availability of replacement parts, advertising and complaints handling, the Motor Industry Code of Practice for New Cars gives reassurance to motorists when they’re making what is likely to be one of their biggest lifetime purchases. With all mass volume vehicle manufacturers on the UK market subscribing to the Code, its terms apply to over 99% of all cars sold each year and commits subscribers to: 94% of car owners want a recognised garage code with minimum standards competent and conscientious staff 70% of people don’t know who to speak to if an issue arises with a garage honest and fair services According to Consumer Focus, this overpricing and inconsistent repair work is believed to cost Britain’s motorists £4 billion a year. Despite this, if motorists had a problem with a garage or repair centre, over two-thirds of them admit they would not know where to go in order to get the issue resolved. One in five car owners have been charged more than the garage’s quote an online search facility allowing consumers to locate their nearest subscribing garage peace of mind cover spare parts availability Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgThe ideal is to prevent the need for “healthy euthanasiaVets – and anyone who cares about animals – would prefer that healthy animals were never euthanased. When releasing the statistics, the BVA made the point that “healthy euthanasia” for behavioural reasons could be minimised by wider appreciation of the importance of adequate socialisation of animals at an early age. Young animals should be introduced to a variety of people, animals and everyday household sights and sounds in their first few weeks and months of age, beginning at the place where they are born. Many veterinary practices – and dog training centres- now offer puppy socialisation classes to help with this, but the steady stream of poorly socialised puppies from illegal puppy farmers is a serious problem. A new campaign, launched today, stresses the need to choose puppies carefully to avoid buying a puppy farmed dog. As Sean Wensley, the President of the BVA, points out: “Euthanasing an animal who could have been a loving pet is the hidden, tragic cost of poor socialisation.”Euthanasia can be the least worst option for some animalsVets are not obliged to euthanase healthy animals when asked to do so, but most feel ethically obliged to help the owner deal with what is often a pressing problem. And the sad truth is that for some animals, for a variety of reasons, euthanasia may be the least worst option. A cat at the vetsCredit:Alamy Dog at the vet Shocking figures released by the British Veterinary Association (BVA) from their “Voice of the Veterinary Profession” survey show that 98 per cent of vets have been asked to euthanase healthy pets, with 53 per cent saying that this is not a rare occurrence. And in nearly every case (98 per cent), “bad behaviour” on the part of the pet was the reason for the euthanasia request. Other reasons cited for “healthy euthanasia” (vets could choose more than one reason given by owners in the BVA survey)  included the poor health of the owner (48 per cent), owners moving to accommodation that is unsuitable for their pet (39 per cent), and legal enforcement reasons (32 per cent).As a vet in practice, I’m not surprised by these figures: one of the most challenging aspects of my job is the consultation when an owner asks me to euthanase a healthy pet, and it does happen regularly.Vets try every other option before considering euthanasiaLike most vets, I do my utmost to avoid carrying out euthanasia in such cases, including referral to a behaviourist for help with resolving behavioural issues, as well as offering to rehome the animal on behalf of the owner. Sometimes this is successful, but there are other occasions where, after due investigations, discussions and reflections, it does seem that the best option for the animal, as well as for the owners, is gentle, painless euthanasia. Human safety has to come first with aggressive dogsThere are some types of aggression that are almost impossible to treat, and the risk of injuries to humans needs to be taken into account. It would be irresponsible to rehome a dog in the knowledge that there was a high risk that somebody would be bitten in the future. Some dogs also have deeply ingrained, violent aggression to other animals, which again can make them impossible to rehome. The risk of other animals being savaged to death needs to be considered when searching for a good answer for such animals.Other problem behaviours can be difficult for owners to tolerateOther problem behaviours vets see that can lead to the call for euthanasia include persistent barking and howling, destructive chewing and inappropriate toileting. Such cases are easier to rehome, with the help of animal rescue groups, but they still can present a serious challenge. What if a home isn’t available, and an owner has just “had enough”? Challenging behaviours like this can impact seriously on the psychological welfare of owners, and while vets do their best to be advocates for the animals, the mental health of beleaguered owners does have to be considered. Such cases are not easy, and a “real life” solution is not always the answer that anyone would like.Some situations present real ethical dilemmasThere are many other challenging occasions for vets: for example, if an elderly person dies, and they request in their will that their healthy pets are to be euthanased. There are no fixed rules for such situations, and each vet has to derive the best possible answer according to their own conscience, often after extensive discussions with colleagues. center_img A vet examines a dogCredit:Gabriel Blaj / Alamy Cat at vet  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

first_imgTHE ONLY MALE member of Irish band The Corrs has told the High Court he was under a huge amount of “stress” when he sold a house in Dublin in a bid to “protect his finances for his son”.Jim Corr appeared before the Commercial Court yesterday where he was accused by ACC Bank of putting assets beyond their reach as he was questioned about an outstanding loan of €778,000 from the bank.Bernard Dunleavy, barrister for ACC, questioned Corr about the circumstances regarding the sale of a property he owned in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, and accused the songwriter of coming up with a “scheme to divest of the property” and keep it from the bank.Musician Jim Corr leaving the Commercial Court in Dublin yesterday. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)Corr said that the apartment had been on sale since 2008 but Dunleavy said it was too “coincidental” that it was sold to a Maltese company within a couple of weeks of ACC securing a court judgment of €1.44 million against Corr in February 2011.Corr denied that it was his aim to keep the property from the bank, at which Mr Justice Peter Kelly intervened and told the songwriter to reconsider his answer.“Did all of that just happen by a stroke of good luck? Do you really expect me to believe that? Seriously?” he asked.Judge Kelly also reminded him that he was under oath when giving his reconsidered answer.After a sip of water and a long pause, Corr told Courtroom One that he was trying “to protect what he could” for his son. “I was doing what anyone else would do in my position,” he added.Corr was also questioned at length about a property he used to own in Co. Down, which was later bought by a German friend of his shortly after he and Corr first met at a dinner party that The Corr sisters also attended in Palma, Majorca in 2010.Florian Karrer has “no ties to Ireland” Corr said but he invests in distressed properties and became interested in the apartment after Corr told Karrer he was selling it to relieve some of his debts.Judge Kelly said he found it unusual that Corr has lived in the property rent-free for three years, but the musician explained that Karrer “likes to have someone living there”.A connection between the properties was revealed in court when Dunleavy explained the Maltese-based company that bought the Donnybrook apartment in March 2011 was fronted by an Irishman who worked with Karrer.Corr also told the courtroom that he was musician and “not good at figures” which could be the reason why his finances were so “chaotic”.He said he never believed that as a minority shareholder with a 25 per cent stake in a loan that he would have to front all of the money. He had entered into the €1.4 million loan advance with two other businessmen, Liam and Philip Marks.Since mid-2008 Corr told the court he had “people knocking at his door looking for payments” which resulted in him trying to sell “everything” he owned. “ Everything was for sale basically,” he said.Jim of the Corrs performs on stage at Wembley Arena on November 8, 2004 in London. ©suzan/allactiondigital.comAdjournmentEarlier in the day, Corr’s barrister Ross Aylward made an application for the case to be adjourned to a later date because his client wasn’t fully aware of all the relevant documentation which was needed for the day.Dunleavy accepted that Corr had short notice of the planned cross examination, and said they would agree to an adjournment if Corr would swear not to declare bankruptcy in any country.When Corr’s barrister declined, Mr Justice Peter Kelly decided to proceed with the examination by ACC Bank, telling the court that although Corr may not have all the documents needed, some of the information would be factual which he should know.The cross-examination of Corr will reconvene on Wednesday 3 July at 11am.Read: Court hears Jim Corr’s financial affairs are ‘chaotic’>More: THAT Jim Corr appearance on the Late Late Show>last_img read more

first_img 80,671 Views I live here. I see people outside clinics or begging outside shops, drinking in public, causing trouble in parks. It’s unworkable – families have been calling me saying there is nowhere to bring their young family because the parks are just too dangerous. Garda problemsGardaí based on Dublin’s northside have been trying to combat the rise of the drug with the resources they have. Cuts to overtime as well as staffing changes with drug units have led to what has been described by informed sources as a ‘slowdown’.Intelligence gathering has stalled in certain stations such as Store Street, meaning that areas which would have previously had active undercover units now don’t.Contact me in confidence by downloading the Threema app. My ID is 3UTJ6TTE. See more details here. Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM Six drug deals and a fistfight at a Dublin shopping centre: One hour at a crack cocaine hotspot There have been reports of open dealing of the drug in other areas of the city and in some suburbs. By Garreth MacNamee https://jrnl.ie/4545322 Share149 Tweet Email5 center_img Mar 24th 2019, 8:01 AM Short URL 59 Comments The alleged dealer holding a number of deals of suspected crack cocaine. Source: TheJournal.ieLOCALS IN PHIBSBOROUGH say they’re shocked and frustrated at the level of street crime, as drug dealers openly trade in crack cocaine at the North Dublin area’s main shopping centre. There are concerns the worsening situation may be linked to cutbacks to garda drug units that normally patrol the area. Use of the drug – which provides users with a short, intense high much stronger than powder cocaine – has been on the increase in Dublin city centre since the summer of 2017. More recently, there have been reports of open dealing of the drug in other areas of the city and in some suburbs. On a recent weekday morning at Phibsborough shopping centre TheJournal.ie witnessed half a dozen suspected drug deals and a fist fight where one man punched another several times from above in what gardaí suspect was a row over drugs.At one point, a woman apparently dealing drugs crossed the road holding cash and several small packets of suspected crack cocaine. The fight broke out shortly afterwards as shoppers continued to carry groceries out to their cars from the bustling supermarket. The centre, which is soon to be redeveloped, is housed beneath a landmark building which also happens to house the headquarters of Garda representative organisations the GRA and AGSI.   All incidents we witnessed occurred from around 11am.Informed sources described to this website how the woman selling suspected crack-cocaine and her partner were the main dealers of the drug in the Phibsborough and Cabra areas of Dublin. Lithuanian gangs are also back dealing in the area and control most of the heroin supply, sources say.A large number of street drug users have also made their way back to areas such as Phibsborough and the North Circular Road (NCR).There are concerns that this is because there is a lower police presence in the area.  Both the NCR and Phibsborough were previously the target of a Divisional Drugs Unit which carried out undercover operations across the area. Dealers, users and other petty criminals were routinely searched and had drugs confiscated.Due to the high garda presence, many users and dealers who were frequenting the area moved back to locations closer to the city centre.However, patrols of the northside area by the drug unit have reduced after a shake-up within a north Dublin drugs unit.Five members of one drugs unit were removed and sent to new stations. New and relatively inexperienced officers replaced them.A spokesman for the Garda Press Office said that the Divisional Drugs Unit was still fully operational and that a number of new officers had recently been added to it. There is still a garda presence by those attached to uniform divisions but the frequency of patrols as a whole has reduced. Crack cocaine. Source: Shutterstock/Kevin L ChessonThere are still armed support patrols in the area, but their main focus is to prevent serious violent crime.Sinn Féin councillor Janice Boylan, who lives in the affected area, said she witnessed drug crime and anti-social behaviour every day. “What we’ve seen now is an increase in crime in the area. The numbers have increased because there’s no visibility out there.“Not as many gardaí are being able to stop and search people they suspect of being involved in criminal activity.“There are children who are afraid to use public spaces because of rampant drug use and it’s not good enough.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgStay on target We have a two for one today as we look at last month’s Loot Crate goodness. Two crates for the post of one, with the ENCHANTED Loot Crate and the GOURMET Loot Anime box. One’s delicious; the other is sacrilicious!We’ll start with the ENCHANTED Loot Crate. Doctor Strange was predictably huge, and the big item in the crate is a neat Q-Fig figurine of the Sorcerer Supreme looking vaguely Cumberb-ish. There’s also a t-shirt from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Disappoint Them, a Game of Thrones day planner with spooky Night Watch stuff on it, and a copy of Boom! Comics’ Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1 comic. That’s two Kurt Russells, fighting each other. Or working together. Probably both, because it’s a crossover comic.Here’s the complete list, for the tl;dr crowd:Doctor Strange Q-FigFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them t-shirtGame of Thrones day plannerBoom! Comics’ Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York #1 comicMonthly pin: The Elder Scrolls Online logoThat brings us to the tastiness of the GOURMET Loot Anime crate. It’s food-themed, and one of the big items in the box is a Naruto ramen bowl. That has multiple meaning, because Naruto loves ramen (and it’s a replica of the bowl use uses), and because naruto is that swirly fish cake you find in some traditional ramen. It’s nice-looking, but plastic, and not microwave-safe.The box also comes with a Kuma Bear Putit-House costume apron from Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma. I say costume apron because it’s thin, and the tag warns you not to use it for cooking. Loot Crate learned its lesson with the Infinity Gauntlet oven mitt from a few months ago that could potentially catch fire if you used it as an oven mitt.Sugar’s delicious, so the box also comes with some sickeningly sweet things: a figurine of a little girl in a bear costume who apparently loves cola, a copy of the manga Swetness and Lightning (about a single father trying to give his daughter the food she wants), and a small plushie of Gudetama. Gudetama is an adorable little egg mascot in Japan who looks stoned all the time and just wants to sleep.To summarize, in this month’s Loot Anime box:Naruto ramen bowlFood Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma costume apron (don’t use as a cooking apron)Himouto! Umaru-chan I Love Cola! figureSweetness and Lightning mangaGudetama plushieMonthly phone charm: Parfait with little spoonAs always, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service that sends nerdy collectibles to your door. The standard Loot Crate will get you cool stuff from all over the geek spectrum, but you can also get specific product- and theme-focused crates like Look Anime, Loot Pets, and Loot Gaming, plus licensed boxes for properties and publishers like Harry Potter and Marvel. The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat last_img read more

first_imgThree of five suspects allegedly involved in a Camas home-invasion robbery made initial appearances in Clark County Superior Court on Friday, including a 16-year-old girl accused of driving the getaway car.Amanda Louise Seekins was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree assault, robbery and burglary. She was automatically remanded to Superior Court based on her age and the nature of the allegations.Co-defendants Keonte D. Scott and Evan B. Barajas, both 20, also appeared before Judge John Fairgrieve on identical allegations. The two other co-defendants, 15-year-old Raelyn G. Domingo and 19-year-old Jamil R. Timpke Rhoades, appeared in court Thursday.The group stands accused of robbing two men at gunpoint May 12 at a residence in the 3900 block of Northeast Tacoma Court, according to probable cause affidavits.One of the victims told police he’d been talking to Domingo over social media for a few weeks, and he invited her over early Saturday morning. When he opened the door to welcome her, three men armed with handguns pushed their way inside, the affidavits say.last_img read more

first_imgA fire in the attic of a VanMall neighborhood duplex displaced two people Wednesday night.Firefighters responded to 9104 N.E. 54th St. at about 11 p.m. to find a fully involved fire in the attic of the duplex, said Vancouver Fire Department EMS Officer Jay Getsfrid.Crews knocked down the blaze in 20 minutes, but stayed on scene for about three hours to put out hot spots.“(Attic fires) are notoriously difficult to put out,” Getsfrid said. “They’re in a concealed space … and the fire hides up in there in the insulation.”The fire started on the outside of a unit that was unoccupied, but two people who lived in the adjacent unit were displaced, fire officials said.Vancouver Lead Deputy Fire Marshal Chris Drone said that the damage to the structure and contents is an estimated $45,000. The cause is still under investigation.last_img read more

first_imgFairbanks North Star Borough’s administrative center remains shut down due to what officials describe as threatening communications. The Juanita Helms Administrative Center was closed Thursday night, just as the assembly was to begin meeting. No threat suspect has been publicly identified, but a local man suspects the situation is the result of his questioning borough authority.Listen nowChris Ripple claims he’s never threatened the borough. Ripple subscribes to sovereign citizen ideology, a perspective that does not acknowledge laws established after the U.S. Constitution. He considers borough taxes illegal, and is fighting to keep the local government from selling off his foreclosed-upon property.Chris Ripple (Free the People AK)”Some of the emails that I have been sending to them has been pointing out the law. All it is is trying to educate them to the law that they should have to abide by. Their law. And they take that as harassment. I mean, this whole thing, where they’re trying to build a case against me as I’m some kind of vigilante or something. They shut down the borough yesterday for the meeting the same time I’m sitting there with two troopers watching my house burn and they knew it.”Ripple says the home he built himself, in a rural subdivision north of town, was found burning Thursday afternoon, two days before it was scheduled to be auctioned off by the borough. Ripple says he was in town when the fire started, delivering copies of a newspaper he co-publishes. “Free the People AK” questions institutional authority.“How they’ve been stealing from our communities, stealing our wealth, stealing our lives away, stealing our human capital, our human energy away from us,” Ripple said. “What’re you gonna do? Either we need to stand up and try to educate people and hopefully call enough of our community members to come alive, come awake to what’s happening.”    Ripple says that kind of talk generates backlash, and he suspects his house was set on fire by someone who doesn’t agree with the paper’s message.The North Star Borough called police to its Juanita Helms Administrative Center Thursday evening, and closed the building just as an assembly meeting was supposed to start.  Mayoral Chief of Staff Jim Williams says the actions were prompted by what he characterizes as escalating threats.”I cannot comment as to who the threats are coming from. I will tell you that they are targeted to certain individuals in our organization and because of that, we are taking appropriate responses,” Williams said.Williams says the borough briefly re-opened the administrative center midday Friday but closed it again after becoming aware of additional threats.“We’re not sure what the scope and depth of it is,” Williams said. “All we know is I have employees that have threats made against them, both overt and covertly. And I need to ensure the safety of my staff. And I also need to ensure the safety of the public.”Williams says the borough is developing a security plan so that the building can re-open soon.“We have to operate, so we may need to change our security,” Williams said.Williams says the borough has postponed Saturday’s auction of foreclosed upon properties until a yet to be determined date. No one had been arrested or charged related to the alleged threats as of early Friday afternoon. State Troopers are investigating the fire that destroyed Chris Ripple’s home.last_img read more

first_imgIn this image made from video provided by Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), South Korean president Moon Jae-in, second from left, and his wife Kim Jung-sook, left, are welcomed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju upon their arrival in Pyongyang, North Korea on 18 September, 2018. Photo: APSouth Korean president Moon Jae-in arrived in North Korea on Tuesday for his third and possibly most challenging summit yet with leader Kim Jong Un in which he hopes to break an impasse in talks with the United States over the North’s denuclearisation and breathe energy into his own efforts to expand and improve relations between the Koreas.In what are by now familiar images of the two Korean leaders hugging and exchanging warm smiles, Kim greeted Moon at Pyongyang’s airport. They walked together past cheering crowds and a military honour guard, and then drove into the city, where security was higher than usual.Travelling with Moon are business tycoons including Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong, underscoring Moon’s hopes to expand cross-border business projects. Currently, all major joint projects between the Koreas are stalled because of US-led sanctions.Moon was expected to have talks with Kim on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Moon’s chief of staff. Moon and Kim were also expected to jointly announce the results of their talks on Wednesday if things go smoothly. Moon is to return to Seoul on Thursday.North Korea’s state-run media reported early Tuesday that Moon was to begin a visit, but said little else. It said the two will reaffirm their previous commitments to “peace, prosperity and the reunification of the Korean Peninsula.”Security was tight. Requests by The Associated Press to go to the airport or to drive around the city were denied.This is Moon’s first trip to the North Korean capital, though he has met Kim twice at the border village of Panmunjom.He is under intense pressure from Washington to advance the denuclearization process. Before his departure he said he intends to push for “irreversible, permanent peace” and for better dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.”This summit would be very meaningful if it yielded a resumption of North Korea-US talks,” Moon said Tuesday morning just before his departure. “It’s very important for South and North Korea to meet frequently, and we are turning to a phase where we can meet anytime we want.”But his chief of staff tried to lower expectations of major progress on the future of Kim’s nuclear arsenal.Kim, meanwhile, is seemingly riding a wave of success.The North just completed an elaborate celebration replete with a military parade and huge rallies across the country to mark North Korea’s 70th anniversary. China, signalling its support for Kim’s recent diplomatic moves, sent its third-highest party official to those festivities. That’s important because China is the North’s biggest economic partner and is an important political counterbalance to the United States.North Korea maintains that it has developed its nuclear weapons to the point that it can now defend itself against a potential US attack, and can now shift its focus to economic development and improved ties with the South. While signaling his willingness to talk with Washington, Kim’s strategy has been to try to elbow the US away from Seoul so that the two Koreas can take the lead in deciding how to bring peace and stability to their peninsula.Talks between the United States and North Korea, which Moon brokered through his April and May summits with Kim, have stalled since Kim’s meeting with President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.North Korea has taken some steps, like dismantling its nuclear and rocket-engine testing sites, but U.S. officials have said it must take more serious disarmament steps before receiving outside concessions. Trump has indicated he may be open to holding another summit to resuscitate the talks, however.To keep expectations from getting too high, Moon’s chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, said it’s “difficult to have any optimistic outlook” for progress on denuclearization during the summit.But he said he still expects the summit to produce meaningful agreements that “fundamentally remove the danger of armed clashes and ease fears of war” between the two Koreas.South Korea last week opened a liaison office in the North’s city of Kaesong, near the Demilitarized Zone. Another possible area of progress could be on a formal agreement ending the Korean War, which was halted in 1953 by what was intended to be a temporary armistice. Military officials have discussed possibly disarming a jointly controlled area at the Koreas’ shared border village, removing front-line guard posts and halting hostile acts along their sea boundary.Moon is the third South Korean leader to visit North Korea’s capital for summits. Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun went to Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007 respectively to meet Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il. Those trips produced a slew of inter-Korean rapprochement projects, which were suspended after conservatives took power in Seoul.last_img read more

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future Even though Christie will not be wearing Brienne of Tarth’s “beautifully designed but excruciating armor” anymore, she said playing the fierce character changed her perspective on being a leader and a strong-willed female.  She told Variety that the end of her character’s piece in the Game of Thrones equation felt like a “natural conclusion.”“Brienne really made me examine the parts of myself that I thought needed to be concealed, that I felt that society was telling me weren’t good enough,” Christie explained. “I was embarrassed to confront my androgyny, or my strength, or my masculinity, and what I felt about female empowerment and gender politics and the inconsistencies in my body and face. I was forced to confront all of those things to get into the character and that has been a great gift.”More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Recap: The Violence Continues AnywayWatch: Tormund Flirts With Brienne of Tarth for 3 Minutes Straight‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 5 Trailer: ‘Time to Strike Back’ With only two more Game of Thrones episodes to go, fans have a lot of questions about the fate of certain Iron Throne contenders, and Season 8, Episode 4 was tough with many departures and deaths, including Jaime Lannister’s harsh goodbye scene with Brienne of Tarth. Gwendoline Christie, the actress who plays Brienne of Tarth on the show, discussed her character’s complicated relationship with Jaime Lannister and what she has loved the most about playing a badass Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.Christie spoke with Variety about Brienne of Tarth’s strengths and weaknesses, including why viewers get to see another side of her character, one that’s not stiff, fearsome, and ready to battle. In “The Last of the Starks,” Brienne of Tarth lost her virginity and let her feelings of love for Jaime Lannister shine through. Despite being vulnerable, Brienne of Tarth had a moment of happiness, which sadly ceased after Jaime Lannister decided to head back to King’s Landing.“She has let her armor down. It was essential for the character to evolve beyond what we’d seen so far, which was her strength and ability at fighting and physical combat,” Christie told Variety. “We get to see something else of this woman’s emotional world and how she’s developed over the years.”Stay with me.@lovegwendoline discusses the final season of #GameofThrones for #BrienneofTarth: https://t.co/upTXG65oPE pic.twitter.com/m11jspkdtg— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) May 6, 2019Christie said filming the Winterfell farewell scene with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was incredibly emotional, and how she will miss playing her strong character on Game of Thrones.“I remember I went to do my stunt training and horse-riding training and that’s where the character was first born. It’s where the relationship with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau first developed,” Christie added. “That day it meant such a great deal because I’m looking around at the crew — some of whom I will not work with again on Game of Thrones — I’m looking at that set which I will not film on again, and it’s been an experience that has changed my life beyond all comprehension and afforded me an acting career.”center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgWith file from The Associated Press Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Eiffel Tower, Paris Travelweek Group Thursday, June 14, 2018 Eiffel Tower to look even better with new surrounding glass walls Posted by PARIS – The Eiffel Tower, once considered an eyesore upon its construction, is getting a new ‘do.Paris authorities have started replacing the metal security fencing around the famed landmark with more visually appealing glass walls.The company operating the monument says see-through panels are being set up to replace the fences at the north and south ends. Each panel, composed of over 6-centimetre thick armoured glass, measures three metres high and weighs 1.5 tons.The glass walls will give visitors unobstructed views of the tower, the nearby Champ-de-Mars Gardens and the other side of the Seine River that cuts through Paris.In addition to the walls, the gardens beneath the tower will also be enhanced, all of which is being done as part of a US$350 million project announced last year to modernize the 129-year-old iconic structure.last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization Costa Rican plaintiffs disappointed, but not surprised, by president’s IVF proposal Costa Rica IVF decree loses support of public health care system Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVF Contributed by: Jill Louise Replogle, The Tico Times http://ticotimes.net/73887 Full Spanish language decree regulating in vitro fertilization in Costa Rica on Sept. 10, 2015. Zoom Loading Loading After years of court battles, legislative wrangling and consultations with medical organizations, in vitro fertilization is once again legal in Costa Rica.President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree Thursday to regulate IVF in Costa Rica, opening the possibility for people to pursue the fertility treatment here for the first time in 15 years. Solís signed the decree despite hesitation from the Costa Rican Social Security System, which runs the country’s socialized healthcare system.Solís signed the decree Thursday afternoon at his desk in Casa Presidencial, without fanfare, after he received comments on the decree’s language from the Doctors and Surgeons Association and the Costa Rican Social Security System, also known as the Caja.The Caja estimated that an IVF treatment would cost roughly ₡20 million ($40,000) per patient, but ₡18 million of that price tag is for prenatal care, birth, postpartum and neonatal care. According to the Caja’s breakdown, the actual IVF treatment, for three cycles, would cost just ₡2.4 million (roughly $4,400) per patient.Costa Rica became the only country in the Western Hemisphere to ban the fertility procedure after the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court decided in 2000 that IVF violated the right to life. Several families sued the government in a case that eventually reached the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which ruled that Costa Rica must regulate IVF by 2012.The country missed that deadline. The Legislative Assembly has struggled to pass a bill that complies with the court’s decision, resulting in the threat of sanctions from the human rights court. Solís said last month that if he did not take action unilaterally the country’s international standing as a defender of human rights would be at risk.IVF decree prohibits destruction of fertilized eggsThe decree from Casa Presidencial would limit the number of fertilized eggs that could be used per cycle to two and would prevent any experimentation on fertilized eggs, including cloning or selecting children for desired traits. The decree also prohibits the destruction of fertilized eggs.The procedure would be made available to the public through the Caja or in private practices.The Doctors Association said in a statement Wednesday that its recommendations were “minimal” and that it didn’t oppose the medical or legal foundation of the decree. The Doctors Association recommended adding a line that would allow couples to donate their unused fertilized eggs to other infertile couples. There are 16 doctors in Costa Rica with a specialization in reproductive health, according to the statement.“We’ve studied this for many months and we’re quite confident that its regulation by decree is possible,” Solís told reporters Thursday.María del Rocío Sáenz Madrigal, executive president of the Caja, isn’t so sure. In a post on the Caja’s Facebook page, Sáenz said that the Caja’s Board of Directors believed that as a matter of fundamental rights, regulation of IVF should be left to the legislature. Sáenz insisted that the Caja was not opposed to IVF, just the president’s decision to regulate it via decree.Advocates for IVF have said that the procedure is not regulated by specific laws in many countries and that there is no reason to believe the Doctors Association and the Health Ministry would not be able to effectively police any potential problems.Plaintiffs in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights case celebrated the president’s executive action after expressing their initial dismay last week when he only released draft language to regulate IVF.“I’m very happy,” Ana Castillo, one of the plaintiffs, told The Tico Times. “We know that there is still a ways to go, there will be opposition, but it appears that after 15 years we can finally see the light and hope for these families who truly want a child.”The decree goes into effect as soon as it is published in the official government newspaper, La Gaceta, which could be as early as Friday.Read the IVF decree (in Spanish) CLOSE Loading Loading Costa Rica In Vitro Fertilization Decree p. 3 Related Article » for “” Next p. 1 p. 2 Facebook Comments Previous Original Document (PDF) » Document Pages Notes Text
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first_imgThe head of the veterinary services assured on Tuesday inspections carried out by his department in farms and slaughterhouses were adequate despite personnel shortages.Christodoulos Pipis said there might be staff shortages but that did not automatically mean the inspections were substandard or deficient.“The products on the market are duly inspected and certified by our service,” he said after a House agricultural committee meeting. “Rest assured that whenever there is a need to discard part of the animal or even the whole animal, this is done without reservation.”Committee chairman, Akel MP Andreas Kafkalias said the country had ample laws and regulations on the matter but there was a need to bolster infrastructures and inspection mechanisms.Earlier this month, authorities arrested the 65-year-old owner of a farm in the Nicosia district after they found a number of illegally slaughtered sheep, which carried forged veterinary services stamps.The authorities seized 33 slaughtered sheep.In Paphos meanwhile, the authorities have placed two sheep farms in quarantine after the animals were diagnosed with bluetongue disease.State radio said the veterinary services have imposed a three-kilometre quarantine area around the farms.Pipis said the ailment in question does not affect humans and there was no other health issue for which the public should be concerned.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more