Maximum Reward to be Paid Under the Major Unsolved Crime Program

first_imgA serious crime has been solved and a man is behind bars with the help of information received through Nova Scotia’s Reward for Major Unsolved Crime Program. This week, the program paid its second maximum reward of $150,000. In July 2013, a tip received through the program helped police arrest and charge Kale Gabriel with the murder of Ryan White. Mr. White was shot on July 22, 2010, in Halifax and later died in hospital. The case was added to Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program in July 2012. A year later, the program received a call from an individual with information that helped police convict Mr. Gabriel of second degree murder. On Feb. 18, 2016, Mr. Gabriel was given a life sentence. “My heart goes out to Mr. White’s family and loved ones, and I hope this conviction has given them some closure,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “The information we received through the rewards program was critical in solving this case, and I thank the individual who came forward for their bravery. “I urge members of the public who may have information on any of our unsolved cases to take advantage of the incentives and please come forward.” The Major Unsolved Crime Program has been in place since 2006. Information provided through the program must lead to an arrest and a conviction before a reward can be issued. A reward of up to $150,000 will be paid from the Department of Justice to the person who provided the information. The amount of the award is determined by the importance of the information received. “Solving the most serious crimes in our community remains a priority for investigators. The Rewards program encourages those with information to come forward and assist in solving a crime,” said Halifax Regional Police Superintendent Jim Perrin, officer-in-charge of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. “The valuable information received has helped to solve a number of investigations, eased community concerns and, most importantly, provided victims’ families with some measure of comfort. “In the majority of unsolved homicides, we know there are people in our community who have information that could assist in putting those responsible before the courts. We hope that the success of the Rewards program to date will encourage more people with information in unsolved homicides to do the right thing and come forward.” In 2014, the program paid the maximum reward of $150,000 to an informant who came forward with information that was critical in solving the 2011 murder of Melissa Peacock. Information received through the program led to the arrests of brothers Dustin and Joshua Preeper, who are currently serving life sentences. The program has also helped solve other cases in the past including the homicide of Kevin Bowser and the homicide of Narico Danfue Downey. Those who come forward must provide their name and contact information. They may be called to testify in court. All calls will be recorded. Anyone with information should call the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program at 1-888-710-9090.last_img read more

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Gary Sinise Foundation Announces New Chief Executive Officer

first_imgGary Sinise Foundation announced today that USAF General Robin Rand (RET) has been named as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer.Established in 2011 by actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise, the Foundation is devoted to serving our nations defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.Sinise has been leading the Foundation since its inception, growing it exponentially and consistently exceeding its annual goals. As the Foundation’s Chairman, Sinise enlisted General Rand given his deep understanding of the needs of the military and veterans community and his passionate desire to give back, which Sinise felt was crucial to elevate the Foundation further in its mission. Rand, a four-star General, retired from the United States Air Force this past September, will report directly to Sinise and the Board of Directors.Executive Director Judith Otter, who has been instrumental in forming and growing the Foundation since 2011, will remain in a leadership position, stepping into the role of Chief Operating Officer.“I am thrilled to welcome my good friend General Robin Rand to our foundation,” said Sinise. “With Judith Otter as our great Executive Director, a wonderfully supportive board of directors, and our hardworking team, the Gary Sinise Foundation has grown quickly these past seven and a half years, expanding our programs, staff, and outreach. Robin is a tremendous leader and, after 40 years of service to our country, we are honored by his passionate commitment to continue to serve by bringing his leadership skills to support the next stages of our growth, and helping us to carry on the Gary Sinise Foundation’s mission to honor the needs of our defenders and their families well into the future.”Rand will oversee the day-to-day operations with Otter as he supports the growth of the Foundation, bringing an intimate understanding of both the military and veteran community, and Gary Sinise’s long history of serving this community.“It has been my honor and privilege to work alongside Gary since 2009 to help him achieve his mission to build the Gary Sinise Foundation into a resource for our nation’s defenders and their families,” said Otter. “I’m now honored to work alongside two great Americans, Gary Sinise and General Robin Rand, to ensure that in the years ahead we continue to build the foundation into a long-term sustainable veteran service organization, available to support even more of our nation’s heroes.”Sinise has spent the last four decades supporting those who serve and sacrifice for our country – a commitment he’s carried with him throughout his career since his early days as an actor in Chicago. Following the events on September 11, 2001, he created the Lt Dan Band, named after his iconic character in Forrest Gump, to tour military bases, performing concerts and lifting spirits. It was during his first USO band tour in 2004 to Kunsan Air Force Base in South Korea that he met Rand who was a Colonel at the time. Their friendship grew over the years, and whenever Rand was assigned to a new base, he made sure to ask Sinise and his band to perform for the troops stationed there. Over the years, Rand continued to rise through the ranks moving from a one star General to four, a distinction held by less than a few dozen in the armed forces at any given time. He was deployed for a year to Iraq where he flew over 100 combat missions in the F-16, and throughout Sinise and Rand’s friendship continued. With General Rand’s recent retirement, he wanted to continue helping the men and women who serve our country. Joining the Gary Sinise Foundation will allow him to do that in a multitude of ways.“It is a distinct honor, and with a tremendous sense of humility, that I join the Gary Sinise Foundation team,” said Rand. “My wife, Kim, and I look forward serving in this new capacity and I am deeply committed to doing all I can to help carry out the Foundation mission of honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.”In addition to Rand, the Foundation has also named Linda Bammann and John Heubusch as its newest members of the Board of Directors. Bammann is currently on the Board of Directors for JPMorgan Chase and is the Chair of the Directors Risk Policy Committee; Heubusch is currently the Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Both have been long time supporters of the Foundation’s mission.last_img read more

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Masked Man Throws Acid on the Face of SpanishMoroccan Boy

Rabat – A young Spanish-Moroccan boy sustained injuries after a masked man assaulted him and threw acid on his face on Friday, May 3, 2019, while he was walking down the street towards his home in the town of Casp, in Zaragoza, Spain.The 17-year-old boy was initially hospitalized at Alcaniz hospital in the city of Teruel, a mountainous area eastern Spain, just before being transferred by helicopter to a hospital called Miguel Servet in Zaragoza due to the severity of the injuries, according to Spanish newspaper ABC.The victim has lived with his family in the Casp area of Spain for years and is “fully integrated into the Caspolina society,” according to Jesus Senante who is the mayor of the municipality in Zaragoza. Mayor Senante described the boy as a good student.The organic unit of the Judicial Police of the Civil Guard of Zaragoza has taken over the investigation, saying: “No line of investigation is ruled out.” read more

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Zimbabwes lifting of aid agency restrictions positive development says Ban

29 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed Zimbabwe’s announcement on lifting the suspension of field operations of aid agencies, which have a vital role in the delivery of humanitarian assistance in the southern African nation. “This positive development will help ensure that neutral and impartial humanitarian assistance is provided to the people of Zimbabwe,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. The Secretary-General also welcomed the Government’s invitation to all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private voluntary organizations (PVOs) as well as UN agencies to discuss the operational modalities following the lifting of the suspension, which has been in place since June.“He would like to emphasize the importance of ensuring that people in need have full access to humanitarian assistance essential to their health and well-being and that humanitarian organizations have full and unhindered access to vulnerable populations in order to carry out vital relief operations,” the statement added.Prior to the ban, many Zimbabweans were already suffering from food shortages and rampant inflation, a situation made worse by the violence that plagued the country ahead of the June presidential run-off election. Earlier this month Mr. Ban had warned that not lifting the suspension could worsen the already dire humanitarian situation. With these organizations unable to operate, only 280,000 people of the 1.5 million in need of food assistance were being reached with distributions.“The United Nations stands ready to work together with the Government and NGO/PVO partners to continue provision of humanitarian assistance in Zimbabwe,” today’s statement noted. read more

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UN faces race against time and weather to obtain hazardproof shelters for

8 February 2010The United Nations said today it is racing against time to bring in hazard-resistant tents for Haiti’s earthquake victims before the rainy season starts, provide sufficient agricultural input to save the next planting season, and raise greatly increased funding to support the effort. “We have more or less two months, and in fact time is getting very short because rains could come earlier,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti Kim Bolduc told a news briefing in New York by video link from Port-au-Prince, the capital, in the latest update on the 12 January quake, which killed up to 200,000 people, injured many others and left 2 million in need of aid,“In terms of key challenges, we are left obviously with the joint capacity of the Government and the international community to scale up the operation fast enough so that we reduce the level of vulnerability, we reach the people who are outside of Port-au-Prince,” she said, mentioning not only the towns of Jacmel and Léogâne but also other places in the hinterland where hundreds of thousands of people have sought refuge.The ‘surge’ feeding operation launched by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is “going very well,” already covering some 95 per cent of those targeted by the end of its first week and on track to reach 2 million people with a 15-day supply of rice by the end of its second week, Ms. Bolduc noted. In the early weeks after the quake food supply fell behind its declared goals. WFP has sufficient food to carry on for a few months.Water has been delivered to 800,000 people, a situation she called “reasonable, but obviously not sufficient,” while sanitation remains “critical,” with only 5 per cent of latrine needs covered, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) plans to launch an urgent appeal.Some 250,000 of the 1 million people in need of shelter have received tents or plastic sheets, but the main concern now is to bring in sufficient hazard-resistant, hurricane-proof shelter, a task made all the more difficult because the port was severely damaged by the quake and air transportation would be enormously costly.Moreover the road lifeline from the neighbouring Dominican Republic is becoming flooded because of rains and rising level of a nearby lake and the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) is in talks with the United States military on finding an alternative route to allow for the influx of trucks bringing the “very necessary” equipment.“It is now getting urgent to get agricultural input into the country and start preparing for the planting season in May, otherwise if that season is missed it would mean that humanitarian distribution of food would remain needed and on a very large scale for a very long time,” Ms. Bolduc added. “It is therefore very important that agriculture be supported immediately to allow for an early recovery to be initiated without any delay.”With assessments coming in from outlying areas affected by the quake, the UN will launch a revised flash appeal on 17 February beyond the initial $562 million sought on 15 January. “Figures of requirements are going up and this appeal is expected to present now an updated requirement with much higher figures,” Ms. Bolduc said.She noted that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had so far only received about 30 per cent of the $27 million it had sought to provide the necessary input to save the upcoming planting season. She returned again and again to the need for adequate shelter, with the Government appealing for 200,000 tents. “I don’t think we have enough at all to be able to help them during this transition,” she said, stressing urgent need to bring in “as soon as we can” hazard-resistant shelter where people can be evacuated to “because many of them are living right now or camping under very dangerous slopes in the city that in the past have been affected by mudslides.”Meanwhile UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman wrapped up a visit to younger quake survivors, many of whom have been seriously injured, traumatized or lost limbs, both in Haiti itself and in hospitals and care centres in the Dominican Republic.“I met many children who were recovering from severe injuries, including a five-year-old girl whose leg had been amputated,” she said after one visit in Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital. “She has been seriously traumatized and barely speaks. It is difficult for her to understand the tragedy that happened and the loss of her leg…“With an estimated 38 per cent of the population of Haiti under the age of 15, this is a children’s emergency,” she added, noting she had heard countless stories of heartbreak but also of heroic compassion and bravery that saved lives. “I met a boy who survived for three days under the rubble. The boy’s family has not been located but he is being comforted by other survivors, many of whom lost everything in the earthquake.” read more

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Bombardier CSeries could fly again in a few weeks says engine maker

MONTREAL — Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft could resume flight testing in a few weeks after the plane’s engine manufacturer says it believes it has found the cause of an incident last week that grounded the four test aircraft.A senior executive of Pratt & Whitney parent company United Technologies says a preliminary investigation suggests the problem can be quickly fixed and will not have a “significant impact” on the testing schedule.Chief financial officer Grey Hayes told an investors conference that the problem doesn’t appear to be related to the engine’s design, which gives the company confidence that it won’t take a big financial hit.“We think it was something much more simple than that,” Hayes said.“We believe we have an understanding of what occurred and if we’re correct, we think it can be rapidly fixed,” he added, noting the investigation was still ongoing.One of the aircraft’s two engines that malfunctioned has been sent to the United States for a detailed investigation.A Bombardier official said it hopes to have more information about the incident and impact on the flight test program in the coming days.Chief executive Pierre Beaudoin said earlier this week that he believes the new passenger jet will be ready for service as planned next year, despite the engine incident.Compiled with files from Reuters and the Canadian Press read more

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Metro Inc hikes dividend as first quarter profit jumps 134

MONTREAL — Metro Inc. said Tuesday its quarterly dividend will be going up 16.7% amid expectations that the grocery company is well-positioned to continue strong growth in the coming quarters.The Montreal-based company says its net income in the first quarter ended Dec. 20 was up 13.4% from a year ago, rising to $112.5 million from $99.2 million a year earlier.Metro’s adjusted earnings were up 21.6% to $1.35 per share, four cents above analyst estimates from Thomson Reuters.Sales totalled $2.84 billion, up 5.2% from $2.7 billion or 5.2% from a year earlier.The company’s chief executive says he’s confident Metro is well-positioned to continue growth over the coming quarters.Sobeys owner Empire’s profit rises as Safeway buy helps boost same-store salesHow Canadian consumer stocks are benefiting from oil prices“Building on the momentum of the fourth quarter of 2014, our sales growth was strong and we are pleased with our first quarter results,” Metro CEO and president Eric  La Fleche said in a statement.“Our merchandising strategies and investments in our retail network are well received by our customers and we are confident that we are well-positioned to continue to grow over the coming quarters.”The financial report was released before Metro’s annual shareholders meeting in Montreal.Metro also announced a three-for-one stock split, which will result in shareholders of record getting two additional shares for each share they own at Feb. 6. The split is expected to take effect Feb. 11.Metro says it wiill increase its dividend with the March 16 payout to shareholders of record as of Feb. 6. Prior to the split, the quarterly dividend will rise by five cents to 35 cents per share. On a split-adjusted basis, the dividend will got to 11.7 cents per share after Feb. 18. read more

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NewsAlert Canadian inflation dips 110th of a point in August to 12

NewsAlert: Canadian inflation dips 1-10th of a point in August to 1.2 per cent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada’s annual inflation rate slipped one-tenth of a percentage point in August, falling to 1.2 per cent from 1.3 per cent the previous month. by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 21, 2012 8:33 am MDT

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Lessons the tooth fairy cant teach Allowances can help kids learn financial

by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Robin Taub is pictured in her Toronto home on Monday, February 20, 2017. Taub paid her two kids a weekly sum when they were younger in an effort to help teach them basic money skills. Now, they’re living away from home at university, managing a budget, and friends tease them for being money-smart kids, she says — a riff on the title of her book, “A Parent’s Guide to Raising Money-Smart Kids.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young TORONTO – Robin Taub paid her two kids a weekly sum when they were younger in an effort to help teach them basic money skills.Now, they’re living away from home at university, managing a budget, and friends tease them for being money-smart kids, she says — a riff on the title of her book, “A Parent’s Guide to Raising Money-Smart Kids.”Giving children an allowance can help instill positive money habits, financial experts say. At a time when Canadians are carrying record loads of debt, that can be invaluable.“Kids do need the opportunity to manage the money starting at a young age, where they can make little mistakes when the stakes are low and learn from them,” says Taub, a chartered accountant.She recommends doling out one dollar a week for every year of the child’s age.One of the biggest debates for parents around allowances is whether to tie them to chores.Taub believes chores should be done because kids are contributing household members, not because of financial incentive.But that’s not reflective of reality, says Teresa Cascioli, author of the children’s book series, “M is for Money.”“I don’t think in the real world people get money just for doing nothing,” she says.Instead, parents can award kids for doing work beyond regular chores, like washing a vehicle, making the allowance a fluctuating sum based on a child’s willingness to earn it.Both women say five years of age is a good point to start granting allowances.When kids are young, it’s important to give them cash as it helps them distinguish the value of bills and coins, Taub says. Once they’re older, parents can introduce kids to debit cards and online banking by opening up a children’s bank account, which most of the major banks provide, usually without a monthly fee.But handing them cash or transferring money into their savings account doesn’t mean it’s a spending free-for-all.Taub says she gave her kids guidelines on how much money they should put towards immediate spending, saving for a bigger purchase, donating or investing for the long-term. That allowed her to talk to her children about what toys, clothes or other wants topped their shopping lists, how much they cost and how long it would take to save for them.As many kids are spendthrifts, they may try to negotiate an advance in lieu of waiting to accumulate enough funds for that purchase.Cascioli says parents should resist and hold firm to the payment schedule to avoid reinforcing bad habits that could create troubles later in life when the lender is a bank and potentially less forgiving than family.Lending a child money can, however, present a good lesson on credit and interest, Taub says.For parents who can’t spare any income towards an allowance, Taub stresses it’s the conversations and teachable moments that come from permitting a child to manage money that are important. She suggests allowing a kid to help take charge of some of the family’s spending, such as on groceries, to create those opportunities.Of course, not every family is comfortable discussing money.It’s OK to tell kids it’s a confidential matter, not to be discussed in the school yard where children may compare allowances, says Taub.Parents also don’t need to go into minute detail, she says, but rather can speak generally when teaching kids about costs like mortgages.The most important part is finding age-appropriate lessons about money in daily life, she says.“Sometimes you just have to get out of your comfort zone,” she says.“It’s no different than talking to your kids about sex. Having the sex talk is a little awkward and it’s not something you do once.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. Lessons the tooth fairy can’t teach: Allowances can help kids learn financial savvy read more

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EHF EURO 2014 ALL STAR TEAM Nikola Karabatic MVP

EHF EURO 2014 MVPHandball MVPNikola Karabatic MVP ← Previous Story ROAD TO QATAR 2015: Poland VS Germany – Hungary against Slovenia! Next Story → Spain celebrates the bronze medal! EHF have announced EHF EURO 2014 “ALL STAR” TEAM. Nikola Karabatic is voted for the EURO 2014 MVP. In the best 7 two Danes, Niklas Landin and Mikkel Hansen and other world class stars…EHF EURO 2014 “ALL STAR” TEAMGoalkeeper: Niklas Landin Jacobsen (Denmark)Left wing: Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (Iceland)Left back: Mikkel Hansen (Denmark)Playmaker: Domagoj Duvnjak (Croatia)Line player: Julen Aguinagalde (Spain)Right back: Krzysztof Lijewski (Poland)Right wing: Luc Abalo (France)Deefnsive player: Tobias Karlsson (Sweden)MVP: Nikola Karabatic (France)PHOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com read more

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Over 30 injured as Chicago train derails and travels up airport escalator

first_imgMORE THAN 30 people are believed to have been injured when a train derailed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport early this morning and continued up an escalator.None of those injured are thought to be seriously hurt with the Chicago Transit Authority confirming that the derailment took place at about 2.50am local time and advising that the station remained closed.The eight-car commuter train derailed early this morning injuring 32 people on board after it failed to stop at an underground station at one of the nation’s busiest airports.Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago says the train “climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator.”Chicago Transit Authority spokesman Brian Steele says authorities are trying to piece together what happened, but says the train was likely traveling too fast.Investigators aren’t sure how many people were on board, but say none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. The injured were taken to four hospitals.The CTA is busing passengers to and from O’Hare to the next station.-Additional reporting by Associated PressRead: New York train crash driver “may have nodded off” >Read: Over 30 injured as two trains collide in Chicago >last_img read more

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Police in Belfast issue appeal after assault with baseball bats during burglary

first_imgDETECTIVES IN BELFAST are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in the Green Walk area of Newtownabbey last night.Shortly before midnight it was reported that three masked males carrying baseball bats forced their way into a house in the area.They assaulted a male and female occupant who both required hospital treatment. However their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact CID in Newtownabbey Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Two charged over attacks on homes in Antrim>last_img read more

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Greek Orthodox Church accounts seized in Jerusalem

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Israeli bank account of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem has been seized because of unpaid water bills, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported. The church has traditionally not been charged for water, but Hagihon (an independent corporation established by the municipality of Jerusalem) says it is owed money for the past 15 years. It imposed the seizure two weeks ago over a $2.5 million debt accumulated at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is under the church’s management. The municipality of Jerusalem has traditionally waived payment on water by the church out of recognition of its immense significance to countless Christians all over the world and the tourist traffic it brings. The first demand for payment came in 2004 and was ignored by the church authorities. Negotiations reached a deadlock, and Hagihon filed for repossession of the church’s assets. The Patriarchate reportedly believed it was a mistake because Hagihon did not press it to pay. The Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, which is headquartered at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, has been unable to pay salaries to its clergymen and utilities because of the freeze. A Hagihon spokesman said Israeli law did not permit any exemptions. The company had not taken other enforcement steps, such as shutting off the water supply, in order not to disrupt activities at the site, he added. Father Isidoros Fakitsas, Superior of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, told the Associated Press that an agreement had been reached with Hagihon a few weeks ago. Under the deal, various denominations of the church would pay their monthly bill and the $2.5 million debt was to be forgotten, he said. But to his surprise the Patriarchate’s bank account was blocked, making it impossible to pay salaries to some 500 priests and monks, 2,000 teachers and the running costs of more than 30 schools. Patriarch Theophilos III wrote a letter to Israel’s prime minister and president warning that the “enforcement of this unjustified step undermines the sanctity and offends the sensitivity of the site”. He told Maariv: “If nothing changes we intend to announce… for the first time in centuries that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is closed.” Theophilos III is also planning to write to President Obama and other world leaders to protest the seizure. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is said to contain the place where Jesus was buried. Source: Maariv and BBClast_img read more

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Allegations fly over OKANA rehab centers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis has demanded the resignation of the head of the state-run Organization Against Drugs (OKANA), which runs Greece’s biggest rehabilitation program for drug users, over an alleged gap in finances.Allegations of mismanagement were hurled late Monday by Georgiadis’s deputy, Zeta Makri, who claimed that an investigation into OKANA revealed an 8.4-million-euro shortfall. According to the deputy minister, 3.5 million euros was provided for the financing of prevention centers and another 5 million was given to OKANA by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) for the creation of new rehabilitation units.Makri also accused OKANA of violating safety procedures in administering substitute drugs to addicts.OKANA President Meni Malliori on Tuesday denied reports that she had been asked by the ministry to step down, saying that she had in fact tendered her resignation 40 days earlier, after Makri issued an order for OKANA to make a purchase of drugs directly from a pharmaceutical supplier without holding a competition first.The OKANA chief also rejected allegations of financial mismanagement and noted that when she took over the helm of the organization there was a 37.5-million-euro deficit due to the previous administration’s mismanagement.Responding to allegations of safety violations, Malliori said drugs were administered in line with international guidelines.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Clark County’s levees holding up despite flaws

first_imgStanding in the lobby at the headquarters of the Port of Camas-Washougal, David Ripp pointed to a map of about 1,500 acres of land near the Columbia River that the port uses to support jobs and industry. He said what keeps this land dry and suitable for economic activity is a levee, 5 miles of rock, dirt and sand that keep the river from flooding. “The reason for this levee is all this property would flood,” he said. “This would all be underwater.” In Clark County, there are nearly 46 miles of levees, embankments along rivers that protect 16,170 acres of urban, rural and agricultural land. Some of them are periodically inspected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that pumps are working and that the structure isn’t being unsettled by tree roots and animal burrows, among other issues. Ripp said the Corps has taken a different approach to how it inspects levees since the August 2005 flooding of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. A federal judge ruled in 2009 that the Corps neglected the levees that broke and led to the flooding. Congress later directed the Corps to inventory and inspect federally overseen levees. According to Corps spokesman Karim Delgado, levees are categorized as “urban” if they protect 20 or more buildings. There are three levees in Clark County, including the one owned by the Port of Camas-Washougal, that meet this designation.last_img read more

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Ikea US enhances paid parental leave to up to four months

first_imgIkea US has enhanced its paid parental leave policy to offer both salaried and hourly staff up to four months of paid leave.Effective from 1 January 2017, employees who have been with the retail organisation for over a year will be able to take up to three months of paid parental leave, receiving 100% of their base pay for the first six weeks and 50% of their base pay for an additional six weeks.Staff who have worked at Ikea US for three or more years can take up to four months of paid parental leave, receiving 100% of base pay for the first eight weeks and 50% of base pay for a further eight weeks.The enhanced paid parental leave policy is applicable for mothers, fathers, adoptive and foster parents. It will be offered in addition to the six to eight weeks of short-term disability leave, which is available to all employees.Ikea US is implementing the new parental leave policy to ensure that employees have the opportunity to bond with their new child and spend time together as a family.The organisation is also introducing a sabbatical programme for US staff, which aims to enable employees to take time out to refresh and engage in personal and professional growth and development.Lars Petersson, president at Ikea US, said: “We believe time with family and friends is so important for a healthy work-life balance and a happy and productive workforce. This benefit, which applies to all parents, will give our [employees] the opportunity to spend more time with their families when welcoming a child. Our [employees] are our most important resource, which is why we continue to invest in helping them reach their dream.”last_img read more

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Shell rig back on grind after storminduced hiatus

first_imgThe president of Shell Oil Co. says exploratory drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast is going well despite stormy weather last week that caused the company to halt operations for a few days.Download AudioMarvin Odum told The Associated Press safety will be the overriding determinant of whether Shell completes exploratory wells this year in the Chukchi Sea.Federal regulators have given Shell permission to drill up to six exploratory wells in the Chukchi over two years.Drilling is strongly opposed by environmental groups.Shell in 2008 spent $2.1 billion on Chukchi leases and is attempting to confirm a massive oil field that could provide a 50-year supply of petroleum.The U.S. Geological Survey estimates Arctic waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas hold up to 26 billion barrels of recoverable oil.last_img read more

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Tribes in Alaska can now take lands into trust

first_imgTribes in Alaska can move forward with petitioning the federal government to take lands into trust. A federal appeals court today dismissed the state of Alaska’s challenge in the trust litigation.Indian Country status in Alaska would afford the same protections as reservation lands in the lower 48.In 2007, Alaska tribes sued the Interior Department for the right to take land into trust. Even after a legal opinion from the Interior Department said it was discriminatory to treat tribes in Alaska differently from tribes in the lower 48, the state continued its challenge in the case.Attorney Heather Kendall Miller brought the case for the tribes. She said today’s decision is a big deal.Download AudioKendall Miller said now that the stay against Alaska tribal petitions has been lifted, the BIA will publish notice of those trust land applications within 30 days.State Law Department Spokesperson Cori Mills sent this email response to a request for comment:“We will review the decision as we do all appellate decisions and determine next steps after a thorough evaluation.”last_img read more

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Lawmakers agree on capital budget funding for oil and gas tax credits

first_imgKivalina, Alaska, in August 2009. Legislative leaders agreed to a capital budget that adds funding to build a new school for the community. (Creative Commons photo by Lt. Cmdr. Micheal McNeil/U.S. Coast Guard)State lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a capital budget that will include $20 million in oil and gas tax credits. It would also add $8 million to assist municipalities and $7 million to complete a school in Kivalina.Listen nowThose are among the details released Wednesday on Senate Bill 23, the capital budget for the fiscal year that started at the beginning of July.Lawmakers plan to spend as little as one day in Juneau, as they meet for their third special session this year. The Legislature is scheduled to gavel in at 11 a.m. A conference committee plans to meet on the capital budget early in the afternoon. And both the Senate and House could pass it later in the day.Associated General Contractors of Alaska Executive Director John MacKinnon said it’s important for the Legislature to act.“All in all, I’m very pleased we’re going to get a capital budget,” MacKinnon said.The state would forgo $1.18 billion in federal funding if it didn’t pass the $1.43 billion capital budget.John MacKinnon’s wife is state Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River. She’s been negotiating the capital budget with Nome Democratic Rep. Neal Foster.The capital budget would be the smallest since 2000.This capital budget could affect a long-proposed megaproject in Juneau by moving money out of a major road extension toward other projects. Juneau Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Craig Dahl opposed the changes.“Taking any money away from that, that would jeopardize it moving forward is not a good thing, in the state’s best interest,” Dahl said.Gov. Bill Walker decided against pursuing the Juneau Access road last year, but project supporters continue to push for it.The capital budget agreement doesn’t include $700 million that the House had passed to restore Permanent Fund dividends to the full amount set by state law. Instead of a projected $2,300, dividends would be $1,100 per Alaskan.The capital budget agreement also includes $7 million for the Arctic Strategic Transportation and Resources project. It’s intended to improve transportation in nine North Slope Borough communities.The $20 million for oil and gas tax credits would be added to $57 million for credits in the operating budget enacted in June. That brings the total to the minimum suggested by state law. But it’s a small fraction of $288 million passed by the Senate.It’s not clear whether there will be a fourth special session later this year to pass a plan Walker proposed to balance the state’s budget in the long term.last_img read more

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Plea to curb illegal water business

first_imgKukatpally: The Gopalnagar Residents’ Welfare Association on Friday represented to Kukatpally MRO Nirmala on the hardships facing people in the constituency, particularly in Gopalnagar, following illegal water business being done there using unauthorised borewells.The representation stated that water traders were supplying 150 to 200 tankers daily and earning lakhs. As a result of the exploitation of the bores by the traders the groundwater levels in adjoining areas was falling. Consequently owners in the adjoining bores were forced to purchase water. Also Read – Governor felicitates Sai Praneeth Advertise With Us The association members told The Hans India that the MRO responded positively with a promise to take immediate action. She assured the association to deploy the department staff to the spots where illegal bores are located and seize them. Nirmala also stated that the issue would be discussed with Transco AE to disconnect power supply to the illegal borewells.last_img read more

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