Crown drops sex assault charge against cabbie saying conviction not realistic

first_imgHALIFAX – A sexual assault charge against a Halifax taxi driver has been dropped, after the Crown said there was no realistic prospect of conviction.Farset Mohammad’s judge-alone trial, in relation to an alleged sexual assault in a cab in downtown Halifax in 2015, was scheduled to begin in Nova Scotia Supreme Court Monday.But Crown lawyer Kim McOnie told Justice Timothy Gabriel they would not be calling evidence in the case.The judge then told Mohammad, who was sitting in the public gallery, that the sexual assault charge against him had been dismissed.“You’re free to go, sir,” he told him.Outside of court, McOnie said the Crown determined there was no realistic prospect of conviction.“I’m not going to talk about the evidence. It was a combination of factors,” said McOnie. “The Crown’s mandate is not to proceed if there’s no realistic prospect of conviction.”The Halifax Regional Municipality said Mohammad’s taxi licence was suspended in July 2015.A number of Halifax taxi drivers have faced allegations of sexual assault in recent years.In January, a taxi driver acquitted of sexually assaulting a drunk and unconscious woman was ordered to again stand trial in a case that sparked a national debate over intoxication and the capacity to consent to sex.The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal had concluded the judge that presided over Bassam Al-Rawi’s trial erred in law by finding there was no evidence of lack of consent.A decision is expected Friday in the case of Seyed Mirsaeid-Ghazi, accused of groping a female passenger in October 2015.The Crown in that case alleges Mirsaeid-Ghazi rubbed the woman’s thigh and slid his hand down the top of her dress and touched her bare breast as she sat in the front seat of his cab.last_img read more

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Families who sheltered fugitive Snowden looking for fasttrack asylum to Canada

first_imgMONTREAL – The families who sheltered U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden in Hong Kong need to be brought to Canada immediately while the country processes their asylum claims, their lawyers said Monday.Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Tibbo said Canada needs to take this “exceptional” step and allow the seven people to enter the country after the Hong Kong government rejected their asylum applications last Friday.The seven people — four adults and their three children — allegedly helped hide Snowden when the fugitive was in the region in 2013 after he leaked documents revealing extensive U.S. government surveillance.They were put in contact with Snowden because they share Tibbo as a lawyer.Speaking from Hong Kong through a video conference, surrounded by the seven refugee applicants, Tibbo told reporters they have two weeks to appeal the decision or risk deportation to their countries of origin, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where they fear for their safety.A non-profit group is attempting to raise the estimated $15,000 to cover the appeals.There is little chance their appeals will be successful, however, Tibbo said.“The solution is Canada,” he said, adding the country is one of a handful of jurisdictions that permit a review of refugee applications from people who haven’t been screened by the United Nations.Tibbo said the Hong Kong government doesn’t allow the UN to screen refugee applicants into the country.Michael Simkin, part of the families’ legal team, said in Montreal his clients’ file could be handled “within days” in Canada if the government wanted to.“More importantly, if they were willing they could bring the families to Canada as an exceptional measure” while their claims are processed, he said. “It has been done before and can be done again.”The families’ lawyers say the Hong Kong government rejected their applications because it believes the Philippines and Sri Lanka are able to protect them.One of the refugee applicants, Ajith, said he is convinced he will be killed if he returns to Sri Lanka.Tibbo said he has “no regrets” about his decision to introduce the families to Snowden.“They made fully informed decisions but at the same time I feel a moral responsibility,” he said. “With Mr. Snowden moving on from Hong Kong it is my view my clients shouldn’t be left behind.”All four adults told reporters via video conference that they had no regrets sheltering Snowden.Snowden remains in exile in Russia. He has been charged with espionage in the United States and could face up to 30 years in prison.— With files from The Associated PressNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said lawyer Robert Tibbo was seeking to raise $15,000, not a non-profit group.last_img read more

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Tangier Authorities Launch Campaign against Beggars

Taroudant – The police commissioner of Tangier, Mouloud Oukhouya, has recently launched a campaign for the detainment of beggars, according to Le360.In an attempt to rid the city of this undesirable social phenomenon, the police commissioner has given the order to arrest people caught in the act of begging.The same source said that some arrests have already taken place; mainly in M’sala, a neighborhood within the old medina of Tangier. Now that the city has emerged as one of the biggest metropolises in Morocco, Commissioner Oukhouya said that beggars can be seen on every street, and are harming the image and reputation of the northern city.It is in this regard that the Commissioner, in partnership with various authorities, has decided to push back against beggars, who can be found in large groups at the doors of mosques, along Boulevard Mohammed V and throughout the M’sala neighborhood.The act of asking people for money is, probably for all nations, a despised deed which reduces the sympathy felt toward people engaging in such a debased occupation. The act becomes worse when the person in question has everything it takes to carry out the necessary activities to afford a decent living.While some people are in fact impoverished to such an extent that they are in need of other’s money or have a physical disability which forces them out of work, others practice deception as an uncontrollable habit because they have grown up with it or simply because it pays better than other jobs available to them. read more

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UN experts spotlight growing tragedy of enforced disappearances

30 August 2009A group of United Nations independent experts have highlighted the growing number of enforced disappearances worldwide, a terrible practice that it says remains underreported and has a particular impact on women and children. In a statement to mark the International Day of the Disappeared, observed on 30 August, the UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances noted that it has dealt with over 50,000 cases since it was established in 1980. But the practice “still remains severely underreported, particularly in certain regions of the world,” said the Group’s Chairperson, Jeremy Sarkin. In addition, while enforced disappearance affects many people worldwide, it has a particular impact on women and children, according to the five-member Group, which noted that women often bear the brunt of the economic hardships that accompany a disappearance. It added that when women are victims of disappearance themselves, they are particularly vulnerable to sexual and other forms of violence. Also, the disappearance of a child, or the loss of a parent as a consequence of enforced disappearance, is a serious violation of the rights of the child. The Group voiced its concern at the measures being taken by Governments while countering terrorism and the implications for enforced disappearances, and stressed that arrests committed during military operations, arbitrary detentions and extraordinary renditions “can amount to enforced disappearances.” It also called once again on States that have not signed and/or ratified the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance to do so as soon as possible. “Its entry into force will help strengthen Governments’ capacities to reduce the number of disappearances and it will bolster the hopes and the demands for justice and truth by victims and their families,” stated the Group. In addition to helping relatives ascertain the fate of their loved ones, the Working Group also acts as a conduit between the families and Governments concerned. read more

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UN marks World Refugee Day with message of hope and events around

From remote camps to big cities, from the steaming lowlands of Liberia to the high plateaux of Afghanistan, from floodlit fountains to fashion shows and soccer matches, the United Nations today celebrated World Refugee Day with a message of “Hope” broadcast around the globe by leaders, film stars and refugees themselves. “Let this Day serve as a reminder of our responsibility to help keep hope alive among those who need it most – the millions of refugees and displaced who are still far from home,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message, underlining this year’s theme.“For the thousands of people forced to flee their homes each year, escaping with their lives and a few belongings, is often just the start of a long struggle. Once they have found safety from persecution or war, they still face enormous challenges just trying to obtain things most of us take for granted – schooling, a job, decent housing or health care.”The theme of hope was chosen to highlight the continuing efforts of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners to find lasting solutions for millions of refugees and displaced people worldwide.“If there is one common trait among the tens of millions of refugees that we at the UN refugee agency have helped over the past 55 years, it’s the fact that despite losing everything, they never give up hope,” said High Commissioner António Guterres, who marked the Day on the ground at the Bo Waterside area near the Liberia-Sierra Leone border, meeting returning refugees and displaced people.“Despite the enormity of their suffering, refugees never give up their dream of home and all it entails … the fact they maintain that hope, sometimes against all odds, should be an inspiration to us all,” he added.There are currently 20.8 million people of concern toUNHCR, including 8.4 million refugees, more than 5 million of whom have been in exile for five years or longer.In a message picked up by TV stations around the world, United States actress Angelina Jolie, a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, urged people to remember those forced to flee their homes. “I’m Angelina Jolie. For the millions of displaced persons around the world, please help keep their hope alive and remember World Refugee Day,” she said in the message, recently recorded in Namibia where she gave birth to a daughter.In Buta in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a simple man who had not seen his homeland in four decades since he was taken by his fleeing family to Sudan as a four-month old infant, symbolized UNHCR’s work and the Day’s theme.“I am now 41 and ready to start a new life,” Alberto Imangilikuwa said on arrival at Buta airport. “I am now middle-aged and ready to start new ventures in life,” he added in Juba Arabic, a language he speaks more fluently than his native Lingala. He is one of 648 long-time refugees brought home in an airlift that ended on Sunday.“Mbira, mbira” (palm tree) Mr. Imangilikuwa and his companions shouted on arrival, overjoyed at the sight of the thick forest surrounding Buta airport. For their entire exile in Sudan, they had never seen the beloved palm trees from which their favourite cooking oil is extracted. UNHCR agreed to repatriate the group although it does not consider the conditions in the areas of return to be favourable and conducive to sustainable return because the refugees demanded to leave Sudan.A world away in Afghanistan, UNHCR marked the Day with a documentary film and visits to aid centres in a country that has produced the largest group among the Agency’s total global populations of concern. Since the ouster of the Taliban regime more than four years ago, some 4.6 million Afghans have returned from Iran and Pakistan. Across the Hindu Kush mountains in Pakistan, where 2.6 million Afghans still remain after 3 million returned home, one of the highlights of the Day was a fashion show of costumes from Afghanistan’s myriad of ethnic groups. Other activities showcased refugee cuisine, music, dances, arts and crafts.In Geneva, UNHCR’s home base, the city’s iconic 140-metre-high jet d’eau fountain and public buildings around the country were set to be bathed in blue, the UN colour, and World Refugee Day banners were to line the Mont Blanc bridge. Australia was illuminating the old parliament building and other landmarks in Canberra, the capital.Other countries were hosting a wide range of activities, including film festivals, photo exhibitions, food bazaars, fashion shows, concerts and sports, including lots of soccer in a nod to the World Cup in Germany, with games being played from Côte d’Ivoire to Nepal and from Ecuador to Turkmenistan. There will also be quizzes, drawing and essay-writing competitions, tree planting, seminars and workshops.Across the Atlantic in the Americas, refugees were set to paint a mural on a wall in the Ecuadorean city of Ibarra, just one of many celebrations in the hemisphere, while in Asia a free Refugee Film Week is under way in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and refugee art is on auction in Bangkok, Thailand, again just two of many continent-wide events. “The international community owes returning refugees more than just a cooking pot and a handshake when they cross the border,” High Commissioner Guterres said, summing up the day. “We must continue to nurture their return and reintegration and to support the communities to which they are returning.” read more

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Report reveals tablet trends in Canada 1 in 4 own one the

by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 1:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report reveals tablet trends in Canada: 1 in 4 own one, the iPad is still king TORONTO – The iPad is still king, those addicted to their tablets read more news and watch more streaming video, and the popular gadgets are mostly used at home, even though they’re often called “mobile” devices, says a new report that details how Canadians are adopting and using tablets.According to the report by the Media Technology Monitor, a research product of the CBC, an estimated 26 per cent of the population had a tablet as of last fall. Tablet ownership had more than doubled in a year and was up from just five per cent in the spring of 2011.Of the tablet owners, almost two-thirds had an iPad, while about 15 per cent each had purchased either a BlackBerry PlayBook or a Google Android device.Owners of iPads were found to be the most enthusiastic about their purchase. While a vast majority of all tablet owners said they would definitely or probably recommend their device to family and friends (86 per cent), the numbers were even higher for those with an iPad, at 91 per cent. About 61 per cent of iPad owners said they would definitely recommend their tablet, compared to 44 per cent of other tablet owners.IPad users were also more active on their devices, with 38 per cent saying they picked it up several times a day versus 25 per cent of other tablet owners. About 35 per cent of iPad owners and 34 per cent of other tablet owners said they used it at least once a day.The most frequently cited reasons to use their tablets were accessing the Internet (86 per cent), playing games (59 per cent), reading news (51 per cent), social media (49 per cent), watching video (39 per cent), reading ebooks (35 per cent), listening to audio (31 per cent) and streaming Netflix (11 per cent).Usage habits were very different for frequent tablet users, who were more likely to seek out news and multimedia content.More than 75 per cent of those who use their tablet many times daily said they read news on it, compared to 44 per cent of other users. And about 69 per cent of frequent tablet users watched video, versus 43 per cent of other users.But for some, the novelty of having a tablet might be wearing off a bit.According to a survey conducted in the spring of 2012, 32 per cent of tablet owners said they were using it several times a day. That figure was 49 per cent a year earlier.Although tablets are often classified as mobile devices along with smartphones, the majority said they used the device at home most often. About 82 per cent used it most around the house, compared to just eight per cent at work, two per cent at school or while travelling, and one per cent either in a coffee shop or restaurant, in the car, or on public transit.The Media Technology Monitor conducts regular surveys with thousands of Canadians to follow tech trends and changes in consumer behaviours. read more

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Brock student wins Peoples Choice Award at Canadian 3MT finals

Carly Cameron has found her comfort zone when standing in front of audiences and talking about her research.In April, Cameron, a master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, gave a flawless presentation at Brock’s Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) Contest to place first. She was on her game again at the Ontario competition where she was one of five presenters to advance to the 3MT® Canadian finals and was also selected as the winner of the Participant’s Choice Award.She wrapped up her 3MT® streak with this week’s announcement that she was the winner of the national People’s Choice Award.“I wasn’t always comfortable speaking in public. This has been a challenge for me in the past,” she says. “My master’s studies allowed me to work on these skills through conferences and presentations, helping me to feel more comfortable and confident in front of a crowd.”Cameron, who is from Caledon, Ont., will receive her degree this week during Brock’s Spring Convocation ceremonies. After defending her thesis last fall, she accepted a position as a Research Ethics Officer in Brock’s Office of Research Services.“I realized that once I had defended my thesis, I wouldn’t have as many opportunities to participate in conferences and present my research,” she says. “The contest gave me a chance to keep telling people my story.”Cameron’s research investigates ways to make the gym setting a more comfortable and less critical place for women. In her presentation, ““Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…,” Cameron explains that societal pressures to appear slim and beautiful may initially cause many women to be anxious when they view their reflection during workouts. But when those women use the mirror to develop correct techniques and form during exercise, that anxiety disappears.As part of her 3MT® preparations, Cameron attended several communications and presentation workshops offered by Research Services and the Faculty of Graduate Studies through its VITAE Essential Skills program.“The communications workshops were extremely helpful,” she says. “It gave me a chance to brainstorm my ideas for the presentation with students who were not from my discipline. It helped me to break down more complex terminology that we use in our field.“After one of the workshops I went home really motivated and spent the evening writing my script. I thought very carefully about the unique aspects of my research that make it current and that people would relate to — that’s when I came up with the references, for example, to Kim Kardashian and taking selfies.”“I really benefited from the Performing the Text Workshop that was held in ahead of Brock’s 3MT® preliminary round in February. There was lots of advice and tips on the writing structure and how to approach the 3MT® from a performance lens versus our usual academic presentations.”Cameron also found it helpful to orient herself with the presentation venues.“Before the final round at Brock I went to the mezzanine at Plaza 400 and spent a few minutes in the environment,” she says. “When I arrived at the venue for the Ontario finals in Waterloo, I made a point of going up on the stage for a minute or two to become familiar with the room.”Cameron says 3MT® has been a fantastic experience on both a personal and academic level.“It was wonderful to meet other students who were involved in the contest,” she says. “As a graduate student you find yourself becoming absorbed in your work and your field. By being part of 3MT®, you get a chance to talk with students from other programs and to realize the range of research under way here at Brock and at universities across the province.“I encourage people to seize opportunities such as this, which push you outside your comfort zone — you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.”Videos of Brock’s 3MT® finals, held at the 2016 Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference, are now posted online. read more

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Commentary Keep potential Big Ten name changes simple

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference is considering changing the names of its Leaders and Legends divisions beginning in 2014, according to ESPN.com. For the majority of Big Ten fans, including myself, this comes as a relief, and we collectively say, “Thank goodness.” According to a Monday ESPN article, the decision to change the division names could be made as early as June, a little more than a year before Maryland and Rutgers leave the ACC and Big East, respectively, to increase the total number of schools the Big Ten houses to 14. It seems college football will soon be comprised of four super conferences, which I am not a fan of. With that being the case, I hope Delany and his colleagues see this expansion as a second chance to get this naming thing right. Two years ago ­- when the conference added Nebraska – they introduced a new logo and split the teams into the Leaders and Legends divisions. After I initially heard this news, I could not help but scratch my head. Originally I thought maybe the conference was just trying to promote how its members mold its student athletes to be leaders in whatever they choose to do after they leave school. Maybe their intentions were to honor such legends as Archie Griffin, Bo Schembechler and Bob Knight, who each helped make the history of the conference excellent. Then I thought about it again and found the new names to be too different to be likable for the common fan like myself. It is no secret that there are plenty of fans across the Midwest who do not care for how the divisions are named. It seems like Delany understands that, even though he said in the ESPN article that he was a “little surprised” about the responses that came when the names were released in 2010. “I’m not sure it was a national survey (of people who didn’t like the names),” Delany told ESPN. “I don’t take umbrage to negative reaction.” To me that means he knows fans currently are not supportive of how the divisions are named, but he knows no matter what is ultimately decided upon, not everyone is going to be happy. For that, I agree with the conference’s commissioner, but offer this bit of advice: Just keep it simple. Conferences like the SEC, MAC and even Conference USA call their divisions East and West. The Pac-12 has a North Division and a South Division, and the ACC dubs its divisions Atlantic and Coastal. I understand that the names mentioned above are easy to select due to geographic location within the boundaries of the conference, but I wonder why something similar in the Big Te cannot be done. Theoretically, all schools that lie west of the Indiana and Illinois border could become members of a West Division. With the addition of Purdue to that side, this would leave seven members (Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers) to create an East Division, and keep many of the traditional rivalries within the conference. Keep in mind the Big Ten could be looking to expand even more, with the potential of adding two more teams to bring the conference’s total to 16. If that does happen, having the names of East and West atop the divisions should have little to no impact on which division the new members join. As long as Delany is seriously considering the change, then even if it fails, Big Ten supporters can be happy. It appears he knows how the bulk of them feel and understands what is right in front of him. “We have the opportunity to look at divisional structure, branding, rivalries and geography all again,” he said. “Depending on what we do will probably influence exactly how we brand it.” Geography makes the most sense in my mind, but that is why guys like Jim Delany get paid the big bucks and students like me do not. read more

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Sajid Javid reveals his phone was stolen by moped muggers

“Our streets should be safe at all times, you shouldn’t have to worry about things like knife or other crime,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Home Secretary has revealed he was mugged by moped thieves who stole his mobile phone.Sajid Javid, who is in charge of the nation’s policing and security, said he was targeted by criminals outside Euston station in north London.The incident happened during his previous role as Communities Secretary, he told The Sun.”It happened in a flash. I was walking out of Euston station and reached for my phone to call a taxi,” the minister said.”It was brand new. Before I knew what was happening, it had gone. They just rode up, grabbed it and zoomed off.”I was angry and upset but thought myself lucky not to have been stabbed or beaten up like many other victims who fall prey to these vicious criminals.” Mr Javid spoke about the incident after Michael McIntyre was robbed of his watch by moped-riding thieves in a violent incident.The comedian was on the school run in his Range Rover in north London when thugs smashed the windows before stealing the Rolex.The incident came amid concerns of a wave of violent crime in some parts of the country, particularly in London and other big cities.Mr Javid, who has four children, admitted he worries about them if they are out late and his parental concern drives him to tackle the problem. Theresa May has acknowledged concerns about moped gangs, but insisted police were being given the powers they need to crack down on crime.Earlier this month the Prime Minister was challenged about the Government’s response to criminals using mopeds to carry out robberies and other crimes.She said former home secretary Amber Rudd held talks with police to make sure they had the powers they needed to be able to chase moped-riding criminals.”This issue of moped crime is one that is of concern for people,” the PM said. read more

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Extinction Rebellion Shell HQ windows smashed as climate protest blocks London roads

London’s protests are part of a wider campaign which will see people in at least 80 cities in more than 33 countriesCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Extinction Rebellion said protests in London could last a couple of weeks Glass has been shattered at Shell’s headquarters near Waterloo stationCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA The movement has received support from actress and activist Dame Emma Thompson and former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams 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. By midnight, there had been a total of 52 arrests, the majority for public order offences and obstruction of the highway, Scotland Yard said.The XR group are targeting Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Waterloo Bridge, and Parliament Square with plans to block the routes “for as long as it takes”, making it inevitable that they will be arrested for obstruction.Waterloo Bridge was blocked in both directions this morning as dozens of activists gathered. A tweet on the campaign group’s Twitter page read: “We have taken Waterloo bridge!” Activists blocked Oxford Street and other busy parts of London to highlight the threat of global warming The group warned the protests could take place in the middle of roads for weeks, meaning protesters may face arrest for obstructionCredit:Henry Nicholls/Reuters A boat is placed in the centre of the traffic junction as Environmental campaigners block Oxford Circus Skateboarders replaced cars and lorries on Waterloo Bridge as the Thames crossing was closed to traffic and decorated with pot plants and trees.Organisers say thousands of people will also converge on Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament Square in non-violent action which could last for weeks.In Oxford Street, a huge pink boat was unveiled in the middle of the road, which was also shut as part of the protests. Extinction Rebellion said protests in London could last a couple of weeksCredit:Henry Nicholls/Reuters Activists blocked Oxford Street and other busy parts of London to highlight the threat of global warmingCredit:Amer Ghazzal/REX The Metropolitan Police said officers would be used from across the service to provide a “proportionate” response to the protests, which balanced the right to a peaceful protest while ensuring disruption to communities was kept to a minimum.A spokesman urged travellers to allow extra journey time as road closures and disruptions to the travel network were expected.A Transport for London spokesman said: “The safety of our customers and staff is our number one priority and we’re working closely with the police to manage the impact on London’s transport network. The movement has received support from actress and activist Dame Emma Thompson and former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan WilliamsCredit:Jeff Gilbert Demonstrators arrived at London’s Hyde Park on Sunday, some having journeyed to the city on foot in recent weeks from various parts of the UK for what is described as an “International Rebellion”.Today will see people in at least 80 cities in more than 33 countries hold similar demonstrations on the same environmental issues, campaigners said.While organisers encouraged people to set up camp in Hyde Park overnight into Monday, they were warned they could be breaking the law by doing so under Royal Parks legislation.A spokeswoman for The Royal Parks said Extinction Rebellion had not asked for permission to begin the protest in the park and that camping is not allowed.But police said no arrests were made overnight after earlier explaining their operational response to camping “would be dependent on what if any other issues might be ongoing at the time”. “We would encourage people to check their journeys before they travel.”Monday’s demonstration comes as part of attempts to force the Government to declare a climate emergency. Earlier this month, several Extinction Rebellion activists stripped semi-naked in the House of Commons during a Brexit debate.The movement has received support from actress and activist Dame Emma Thompson and former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. The group warned the protests could take place in the middle of roads for weeks, meaning protesters may face arrest Protesters outside the Shell headquarters in London The movement demands the Government takes urgent action on climate change and wildlife declines London's protests are part of a wider campaign which will see people in at least 80 cities in more than 33 countries Organisers said: “The International Rebellion begins and Extinction Rebellion will be bringing London to a standstill for up to two weeks.”They will be blocking five of the city’s busiest and most iconic locations in a non-violent, peaceful act of rebellion where they invite people to join them for several days of creative, artist-led resistance.”Protester Olivia Evershed, 23, said: “I hope that it’s really going to bring awareness about the emergency crisis that we are in, and encourage the Government to act. Glass has been shattered at Shell's headquarters near Waterloo station A boat is placed in the centre of the traffic junction as Environmental campaigners block Oxford CircusCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Speaking at a meditation on the eve of the protests Dr Williams said humans had declared war on nature.He said: “We are here tonight to declare that we do not wish to be at war. We wish to make peace with ourselves by making peace with our neighbour Earth and with our God.”Thompson has previously said of the demonstrations: “It is time to stand up and save our home.” The movement demands the Government takes urgent action on climate change and wildlife declinesCredit:Henry Nicholls/Reuters Marble Arch was also blocked, while demonstrators caused further disruption as they made their way from Hyde Park Corner to Piccadilly Circus.On Monday evening the Metropolitan Police imposed conditions on the protesters, restricting them to gathering in the area around Marble Arch.At Parliament Square, people unfurled banners, held up placards and waved flags as speakers took to the stage.XR, whose prime goal is to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025, claims between 3,000 and 6,000 supporters could take part in the protests. Last November, they blocked bridges across London to bring chaos to the capital.Sophie Cowen, an Oxford French graduate who joined the group in November and now acts as media co-ordinator, pledged non-violent civil disobedience: “It’s 100 per cent about obstructing traffic and making sure we bring it to a standstill. People are willing to be arrested.” “They can change a few of the laws along with the Paris agreement so that we can really work towards achieving a practical target.”We’ve got 12 years to act before there is irreversible damage to the environment and we start to see catastrophic changes. If we don’t do anything to change this, our children will die.”Laura Jordan, 52, said: “This protest stands a good chance of working because we have a vast amount of ordinary people all saying the same thing.”We need to change the way we do everything, the way we use fossil fuels. But this starts with the Government.” Protesters outside the Shell headquarters in LondonCredit:Andy Rain/REX More than 50 people were arrested as climate protesters staged Extinction Rebellion (XR) demonstrations across the capital on Monday.Police were called to the Shell Centre, the London headquarters of the major oil firm near Waterloo station, to reports of a disturbance after the building’s revolving doors were shattered and graffiti was daubed on to the building. Messages such as “Shell kills” were sprayed on to the property, while a female climate change activist glued herself to the door of the building.A Shell spokeswoman said: “We respect the right of everyone to express their point of view, we only ask that they do so with their safety and the safety of others in mind.”The building was one of five locations targeted by protesters across the capital. Radical environmental protesters blocked major London roads in an attempt to bring the capital to a standstill. read more

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How accurate is Samsungs latest Apple attack commercial

first_imgIt should be no surprise to anyone by now that Samsung and Apple are not exactly best friends. Their lawsuits against each other have been heard in court rooms all over the world, and at the end of the day they are each other’s biggest competition in the smartphone market. There’s plenty reason to hold a grudge, but only one of the companies involved in these fights have felt the need to attack the other in advertisements.We’ve seen the print ads where Samsung slams the iPhone 5 C$269.63 at Amazon , and now the company has refreshed their television and web commercials to include some new jabs at the iPhone. How accurate are these attack ads though?“I heard the connector is all digital. What does that even mean?!”Apple wasn’t exactly forthcoming when explaining what it meant for their new Lightning connector to be digital, or how their digital connector was better than others. Teardowns of the cable after the release of the iPhone 5 revealed it contained specific controllers to detect what it was connected to on both ends and how to behave in certain situations. The cable able to dedicate all 8 pins for just sending power, just sending data, or split the two as efficiently as possible. The end result, in theory, is a much more efficient cable for your iPhone.A side affect of this digital cable is that it can’t currently be copied by third party manufacturers, unless approved by Apple, due to the control chip inside.“I heard you have to have an adapter to use the dock on the new one”Since practically everyone that has owned an iPhone owns at least one accessory for it that uses the 30-pin connector, users will need to shell out an extra $30 or $40 to get an adapter in order to use their iPhone 5 with those devices. Since Apple must approve all new accessories that are planning to use the Lightning port, there aren’t a ton of iPhone 5 accessories on the market yet. Plus, I would imagine that the price of existing iOS accessories will drop significantly to encourage customers to help deplete stock, so there are plenty of people who will need Apple’s proprietary adapter soon.It is worth mentioning that, of the few Samsung accessories in the world that use the 30-pin connector, most of them are incapable of charging the device via USB due to a restriction put in place by Samsung.“True 4G”There’s no way to spin this one, but in a way Samsung is just a guilty as Apple here. Apple released an update for their AT&T iPhone 4S models that changed the network icon from 3G to 4G. The only reason for this is that AT&T started referring to their 3G network as a 4G network. Apple released the update to appear competitive and AT&T used this to promote a 4G iPhone 4S on their network to help drive customer sales, though the Verizon Wireless model still read 3G.This was not Apple’s brightest hour, but there were tons of Android devices that had been released with the 4G branding incorrectly by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Many of those devices were manufactured by Samsung. The only thing Apple did differently here was release a software update so users would stop looking at the iPhone 4S as though it were somehow less.NFC and S-BeamIn this, and several other commercials, Samsung demonstrates the ability to send content from one device to another using S-Beam. The NFC-powered technology basically creates a small point-to-point network that allows for the transmission of larger files from one device to another. S-Beam only works on Samsung devices with NFC and running Android 4.0 or higher, and it is unclear how Samsung will function with Android 4.1 devices that use the similar technology called Android Beam.There are no iOS devices that have NFC built in, however, there are several apps that allow for both point-to-point networks and the transmission of data by bumping phones together. They are not nearly as efficient as S-Beam or Android Beam, but they work on every single iPhone.“You can share videos instantly, you can watch a video while you are sending an email…”This bit is referring to two different features. Sharing instantly is a feature of Android. The share function is built in to everything, and provides you with multiple ways you can share. Apple’s walled garden approach makes this process slower, but sharing is still completely functional on all iOS devices. It’s just not instant.As for watching a video while you are sending an email, that’s referring to the Picture in Picture feature of the Samsung Galaxy S3 %displayPrice% at %seller% . You can take a video and hover it over whatever it is you are doing, and re-size the video to fit your task. Unfortunately, neither Android nor iOS is really built for this kind of functionality, so the hovering video really just gets in the way more than anything else.“Well we’re going to get that for sure, maybe not this time but the next time”The whole premise of this commercial is that, compared to the Galaxy S3, the iPhone 5 is already out of date. Despite the increase in screen size, processor speed, and RAM, the Galaxy S3 looks more impressive on paper than the iPhone 5. It has a larger screen, a more powerful processor, and twice the RAM. Samsung is in the power seat here, because they are correct — on paper, the Galaxy S3 does look more impressive than the iPhone 5. In much the same way, benchmarks have demonstrated that the iPhone 5 is more powerful than the Galaxy S3, though by a fairly small margin.In the end, Apple probably won’t release ads to counter this. They won’t go on television or on the sides of buses and claim superiority over one device. Apple’s goals are much loftier than that. They want to be seen as superior to all devices, and recognizing the attacks of Samsung would only give credence to the notion that these two devices are comparable.Samsung has a single advantage over Apple, and that is the ability to release multiple devices that claim superiority over the iPhone before the next Apple smartphone is even thought of. Samsung has the ability to continue campaigns like this throughout the next year as they release devices like the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S4.Right now, fans of the Galaxy S3 seem to love the commercials, so I don’t think they are going anywhere anytime soon.last_img read more

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Pressure on Ross to appoint Dublin Airport noise regulator despite conflict of

first_img Mar 25th 2019, 6:06 AM Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie Monday 25 Mar 2019, 6:05 AM Pressure on Ross to appoint Dublin Airport noise regulator despite conflict of interest concerns Fingal County Council was chosen as the noise regulator. 13,088 Views That is not an insignificant amount, of course, but simple math tells us that it gets 92% of its income from other sources. Many other large and small businesses pay rates, and homeowners pay property tax.Another line put forward suggested that asking if Fingal was “unduly beholden” to airport income was no different to questioning the independence of all local government powers and funding.A later briefing added: “Many regulated bodies are funded by the regulated entity in the form of a levy or charge on that entity.”Other records explain how Fingal came to be chosen with other agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Commission for Aviation Regulation ruled out.According to one document, the EPA did not have the “organisational capacity” to get the noise regulation up and running quickly.The Irish Aviation Authority could not be used because it “benefits directly, and on a commercial basis, from increased aircraft activity”.The Minister of Transport himself was also ruled out because his department receives dividend payments from the DAA while creating an entirely new agency would involve “considerable set-up costs” and an “extended timeline” to build from scratch.In a statement, the Department of Transport said Minister Shane Ross was satisfied Fingal County Council was “the most appropriate body” for the role.They said: “Officials were aware that there may be a perception of … a conflict and that this would need to be responded to – which the minister has done.”The Department said a speedy decision was needed because clarity on airport hours of operation would be needed before the new runway opens at Dublin Airport in 2021. 11 Comments By Ken Foxe Short URL THERE WAS INTENSE pressure on Transport Minister Shane Ross to appoint a noise regulator for Dublin Airport even though officials knew accusations of a conflict of interest were certain to arise.Ross chose Fingal County Council as noise regulator despite the fact 8% of its total budgeted income each year comes from the Dublin Airport Authority.Internal records show how the Department of Transport knew there would be suggestions the council was conflicted, describing it as a “likely angle of attack”.The plan had to be rushed through after plans to appoint the Irish Aviation Authority as the regulator were ruled out on the advice of the Attorney General.The Attorney General had warned that the Aviation Authority was too dependent on funding from Dublin Airport to be considered independent.A briefing prepared for Minister Shane Ross explained how the Department was “acutely aware of the time pressures” to find a replacement.In a warning to the minister, they said: “It is imperative, however, another misstep is avoided. Therefore we are making sure that whatever you are advised of next and whatever you decide upon as a course of action, that it is deliverable.”Fingal County Council was chosen with a promise of extra resources for them to deal with the extra workload and An Bord Pleanála as an appeals body.However, the Department was already conscious their choice would be criticised because of a perceived financial conflict of interest and also the possibility that they were not “sufficiently competent”.In an internal memorandum for the minister and officials, they were given five bullet points to counter this “likely angle of attack”.They said Fingal already dealt with noise issues for roads and railways, would be open and transparent, and was used to dealing with planning issues and public consultations.They said another point of attack would be the considerable delays there had been in making the appointment of a regulator.The briefing said: “The ruling out of the Irish Aviation Authority … represented a very late-in-the-day setback. That resulted in a delay to the delivery of the legislation and the development of a revised course of action.”Dependency Internal briefings also describe how the minister could play down how dependent Fingal County Council was on income from Dublin Airport.A speaking note for him said: “It is my understanding that DAA [Dublin Airport Authority] rates represent approximately 8% of Fingal County Council’s overall budget income. Share17 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Dublin Airport runway Image: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4558219 Dublin Airport runwaylast_img read more

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Vineyard worker tops the list of most desirable jobs in the UK

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Despite having a salary well below the national average, the role of vineyard worker has proven most popular among prospective UK employees, according to job listing website Adzuna.The research, which measured the most viewed job titles across the approximately 1.1 million listings that were live on Adzuna’s site between January and May 2019, also found that the average salary for vineyard employees was £15,360. Adzuna’s monthly Job market report, most recently published in May 2019, found that the average salary in the UK is £35,773.Relatively few of the 20 most popular jobs surpassed the average UK salary; however, at the top end in terms of wages are crane crew supervisor (£37,972) and private chauffeur (£37,500).Working with animals has proven pup-ular among UK job-seekers, with animal handler (£16,222) and kennel supervisor (£17,280) taking the third and fourth places. This may reflect the same trend that has seen a number of employers open their offices to staff members’ furry friends in a bid to improve wellbeing.The list also seems to show the appeal of working outdoors, with jobs such as fruit and vegetable picker and forest worker making the top 20. This suggests that the appeal of working on a vineyard might not just be to do with having easy access to wine, but also reaping the benefits of an active, outdoor lifestyle.This is arguably a move away from the priorities shown in May 2018, when the top jobs included fashion model, ambulance driver and non-executive director.Andrew Hunter, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “Workers are rejecting the traditional nine-to-five office job to search for something more fulfilling. The list of the most clicked-on roles in the UK reveals three key trends that make a job desirable: working with animals, active outdoors positions, and practical craftsmanship. The nation is nostalgic for the good life, and workers are prioritising wellbeing over cold hard cash.“Not everybody can work on a vineyard or as an animal handler, but employers can sprinkle some mood-boosting magic into more commonplace roles. Pet-friendly offices, bring-your-dog-to-work days and flexible working arrangements are three tried-and-tested examples.“With wellbeing in the spotlight, offering top perks will become an even more important part of the recruitment process.”Here at Employee Benefits, we can see the appeal of working outdoors, gaining the advantage of being close to nature, and indeed, close to wine. However, if we were to swap our current roles for jobs as vineyard workers in the UK, we would need the weather to improve quite a bit…last_img read more

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Surveillance released of children left in hot car outside Davie junkyard

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A newly released video appears to contradict a story told to police by a Davie father accused of leaving his children in a hot car.According to Davie Police, Alan Aneuris Luna left his 6- and 7-year-old sons alone in a car parked outside a junkyard in December.The car was not running, and the windows were partially rolled up.Luna told police that he ran inside for just a moment, but surveillance cameras seemed to indicate that nearly an hour had passed before he finally returned to the vehicle.Police arrested the father after officers found the children unattended.Luna has been charged with two felony counts of child abuse without great bodily harm.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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Doubledown Files for Bankruptcy

first_imgLate last year, Dunning gave Doubledown a $300,000 short-term loan to cover operating expenses—on top of $3.575 million he invested in the second half of 2008. Dunning’s total investment in the company is said to be roughly $8 million. Legal TroublesAccording to court documents, an arbitrator on December 3 awarded Deedee Morrison, the founder of Private Air, $450,000 in salary, as well as payments contingent on “net annual sales revenues.” Doubledown filed a countersuit, alleging Morrison defrauded the company over the value of the magazine’s advertising contracts, which was dismissed.Morrison did not return multiple requests for comment from FOLIO: this week seeking comment.Earlier this month, Doubledown asked for—and was granted—an extension for the award to be entered into judgment by the court. Doubledown Media, the former publisher of magazines aimed at the Wall Street elite, has filed for bankruptcy protection.According to a petition filed in a Manhattan court, Doubledown has between $10 million and $50 million in assets and liabilities, Reuters reported Wednesday. Earlier this month, the New York-based company—which published Trader Monthly, Dealmaker, Private Air, Corporate Leader and the Cigar Report—said it was ceasing operations.Before that, president Randall Lane [pictured] and chairman Jim Dunning—Doublesdown’s primary investor—had been searching desperately for a buyer. According to a letter sent by Lane to investors in December, the company lost $3 million in 2008.last_img read more

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Huawei open to selling its 5G chips to Apple says report

first_img $999 Best Buy Boost Mobile Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Huawei’s foldable Mate X phone uses the company’s in-house Balong 5000 5G modem chip. Andrew Hoyle/CNET The future of 5G on the iPhone is getting messy.Starting in 2016, Apple used chips from both Intel and Qualcomm to power its iPhone’s modem, connecting it to 4G cellular networks. But in 2018, the company switched entirely to Intel’s wireless chips for its $999 iPhone XS, $1,099 iPhone XS Max and $749 iPhone XR. And it’s believed the next iPhone will also use only Intel chips as well.That’s led to speculation the iPhone won’t be able to offer new 5G wireless technology until at least 2020. In the meantime, Apple and Qualcomm are battling in court over patent licensing, with the latest trial scheduled for next week in San Diego. While that court battle continues, it’s unlikely Qualcomm will supply 5G chips for iPhones anytime soon.While that drama plays out, the Chinese tech giant Huawei says it has a solution for Apple. The company said it’s “open” to selling its own 5G Balong 5000 chipsets to Apple, Engadget reported on Monday, citing an unnamed “source with knowledge of the situation.” Huawei declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. While Huawei may offer an alternative with its 5G modem, which is used in the Mate X phone, the company reportedly sells almost none of its wireless chips to other device makers because of national security concerns.Lawmakers in Washington consider Huawei a security threat, in part because of its close link with the Chinese government. As a result, federal agencies are banned from using the company’s products. The US has also encouraged other countries not to use Huawei tech with their 5G networks. As a result, Huawei devices are hard to come by in the US, despite it being one of the top phone makers in the world. For Apple, though, the lack of 5G wireless technology could be a liability. Every other major phone maker will have a 5G phone available by 2019.First published April 8, 1:13 p.m. PT.Update 2:30 p.m. PT: Adds details about Apple’s legal problems with Qualcomm, and Huawei national security concerns. Post a comment $999 Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS See it See It $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Apple Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XRcenter_img $999 Mobile Apple waiting on a 5G phone, Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint… reading • Huawei ‘open’ to selling its 5G chips to Apple, says report • Tags Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All Share your voice 0 5G Huawei Apple 1:08 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See Itlast_img read more

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The Falcons confirmed who they really are against the Patriots

first_imgNotre Dame has reached their ceilingNotre Dame dominated USC on Saturday, and many are announcing the return of the Irish as a playoff contender.Colin disagrees, and thinks a senior dominated Irish offensive line has been able to physically dominate weaker opponents by running the ball down their throat, which gives the appearance of dominance, but they’ve already reached their ceiling. He believes other top teams are still improving, and still have another gear to reach down the stretch.Notre Dame is better than they have been, but this is as good as they’ll get.Guests:Michael Vick – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to talk Cam Newton’s inconsistency, and what he saw out of Brett Hundley.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the show to discuss the Falcons lackluster performance in New England; if the Cowboys are finally hitting their stride; why Derek Carr’s game winning drive against the Chiefs is a huge step for his career; and why Chuck Pagano could be fired at any time.Rob Ryan – FS1 NFL analyst is in-studio to break down the improved Dallas pass rush; and why NFL coaches don’t care about a draft pick’s college record.Alex Rodriguez – FS1 MLB Analyst is in-studio to explain why sabermetrics doesn’t work in the postseason; his unique connection to The U; and what it’s like working with former rival Big Papi.Bucky Brooks –  NFL Analyst and former scout is in-studio discussing the Colts future; why they should trade Andrew Luck; and what characteristics he looks for in a college pass rusher. The Falcons showed who they really are against the PatriotsThe Falcons gave a lackluster performance in their Super Bowl rematch against the Patriots, and Colin thinks it represents who the Falcons are as a franchise more than their incredible Super Bowl run from last season.Matt Ryan has regressed to the mean after an MVP season a year ago under Kyle Shanahan. Shanhan is now gone, and what’s left is an average team that’s never own their division in back-to-back years.The truth is, the Falcons having a 28-3 lead against the Patriots in the first place was a bigger shocker than the fact they coughed it up.Separation Sunday in the NFLThe Patriots started the year slowly, and have been gashed on defense, but in a Super Bowl matchup with Atlanta, they looked like they’re starting to hit their stride after re-tooling much of their roster in the offseason.While the first third of the season has seen several surprise teams, Sunday was the day when powers like New England, Seattle, Dallas, and Pittsburgh, showed they will still have to be dealt with come playoff time.This is the part of the NFL season when the pretenders are separated from the contenders, and the list of the contenders always features the usual suspects.last_img read more

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Bomb squad rushes to remove grenades

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Partially-buried grenades were found yesterday (Wednesday) at a business premises in Centenary Road.A member of the community alerted Ladysmith police about a suspicious-looking item spotted on the premises.On arrival, police found three partially-buried grenades.The Newcastle Bomb Disposal Squad was called in to safely remove them. Despite their worn condition, they may still be active and could date back to anywhere between 1915 and 1970.The grenades will be safely disposed of by SAPS bomb disposal experts. It is unknown how or when the grenades found their way onto the property. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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Did you inherit a property in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:The truth about real estate appraisals in Costa Rica The Tico Times announces 1st English-language media alliance with Costa Rican Chamber of Realtors The Tico Times launches new real estate section Mel Gibson in real estate row over Guanacaste beach property Did you inherit a property in Costa Rica and you don’t know what to do?First, you should check whether the deceased left a will in Costa Rica. If you not, you have to go through the probate process first. This will take time. If there is a will in Costa Rica, a short probate process will still be necessary.I am not getting into the legal part of wills, probate and inheritance in this article. For that, I suggest you check out this video by attorney Roger Petersen as a starting place.Your lawyerIf you inherit a property in Costa Rica, you should start by hiring a lawyer here. This lawyer should take you through the probate process before you list the property for sale. You might not even have the power of attorney to sell. Any action to sell before the probate process is finalized is a waste of time, money and effort.Ask around for a recommended lawyer or search on the Internet for one. Always choose a lawyer you can communicate with easily in a common language.The property documentsIf you know where the property title documents are, put them in safekeeping. Don’t hand out any original documents to anyone, unless your attorney requests them. When you do, request a set of copies to be authenticated by a Notary Public as a true copy of the original.If the property is owned by a corporation, look for the legal corporate books and the shares of the corporation.Check the title and see if there are any liens or mortgages that need to be taken care of.The executorDiscuss with your attorney who will be the executor of the estate. The executor is in charge of finding the property (you might not know where it is), maintaining it, and selling or renting it. The executor should also take care of property tax, corporation tax and luxury home tax payments if this applies.Owned by a corporationFor many years, attorneys would sell property buyers the idea of purchasing the property in a corporation. The new owner could then just endorse the shares on the back and hand them to the heirs. Nowadays, to be able to sell any asset owned by a corporation, an agreement to sell must be issued by the board of the corporation. Contact your attorney for more information on this.TimingKeep in mind that the probate process will take a while. You need to make sure that the possessions of the deceased are protected, so it is important you move fast and avoid delays on your end.Take possessionInheriting a property in Costa Rica may sound like a great deal. However, if you are the executor, you’ll now be in charge of what can be a puzzle. We often get calls from heirs who don’t even know where the property is located.If you know where the property is located, take possession as soon as possible. If you don’t, but you have the title documents, the lawyer of the deceased might know where the property is. Or you can ask a real estate agent, who needs a survey map to find it.Squatter rights give a person the rights to a property if the property owner allows that person to use or maintain possession of the property for more than a year. This is the reason you want to move fast in taking possession when you inherit a property in Costa Rica.EmployeesIf the deceased had any employees, such as a caretaker, a housekeeper or a gardener, make sure these employees do not acquire squatter rights. Ask your lawyer how to legally start the employee termination process and pay them what’s due.Property types: LandIf the property you inherit is raw land, you first want to secure the property. Make sure the property is clean and not overgrown. Put a fence around it if it doesn’t have one; you might need a surveyor to find out where the fence should go. Do make sure that if the neighbors find out that the owner passed away, they see someone is taking charge of the property.A houseWhen you inherit a property in Costa Rica that is a house, you have three options: First, rent it out until the probate is solved. Understand that lease agreements in Costa Rica are for 3 years.The second option is to get a caretaker or someone to take care of the maintenance if you cannot do it yourself.Finally, talk to a real estate agent, maybe there is a possibility for a rent-to-own of the property.A condoIf the property you inherit is a condo, this is possibly the best scenario. The advantage of a condo is that it can be left unoccupied until you can sell it. Nonetheless, the executor of the estate will need to keep paying the HOA fees.Real estate agentIf you inherit a property in Costa Rica, you might think you do not need the assistance of a real estate agent. If you know your way around the ways things are done in Costa Rica, you’re lucky: then you can do an For Sale By Owner that can save some money. Do keep in mind that having a reliable agent, who knows the area where the property is located, can be of great assistance.Ivo Henfling, a Dutch expat who has lived in Costa Rica since 1980, founded the American-European Real Estate Group back in 1999 which was the first functioning MLS with affiliate agents from coast to coast. You can contact Ivo at (506) 2289-5125 / 8834-4515 or at ivo@american-european.net Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Mile High sightings moving outside the lavatories

first_imgTravellers are seeing more than just clouds at 35,000 feet, according to a new study, which found 15 percent of respondents from Asia Pacific claiming to have witnessed some form of sexual conduct on board an aircraft.Research conducted by travel search site, Wego, highlighted that while most report the ‘usual’ exclusive audio production coming from inside the bathroom, under the blanket action and blatant straddling in business class, were becoming frequent sightings.The legality of the acts depends on the individual country laws and the visibility of it all, which is perhaps why most respondents were more amused and surprised, with only a few admitting to being part of the statistic.From the tame to the tigers, here are the top ten entries into the mile high club: To join the Mile High Club, a little more effort is required. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.Ncenter_img An unsuspecting flyer was asked to join the mile high club by a stranger whilst waiting in line at the toiletA suggestive lipstick message on a toilet mirror unexpectedly viewed by an elderly lady when the young man ahead of her (for whom it was intended), allowed her to use the bathroom firstPassengers were left very distracted after two girls emerged quite ruffled from a toiletAn ex-cabin crew member discovered two men in a wheelchair closetA man said his girlfriend was so upset by the turbulence on a flight to New Zealand that she demanded he accompany her to the bathroom and ‘distract’ herA couple were flat out under the blankets stretched across three seatsA couple hadn’t locked the door properly only to fall out on the floor half naked to the amusement and applause of the entire aircraftIn-flight lap dances on a buck’s party tripAn older man carrying a life size female inflatable doll that he purchased a seat forFrightened passengers reported a strange noise in the overhead locker, only to discover it to be an operating vibrator in a woman’s handbaglast_img read more

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