OTTAWA – A woman who provided RCMP in British Columbia with information that she says helped thwart a murder attempt is suing the government alleging her identity was revealed to the suspects or their lawyers.A statement of claim filed with the Federal Court in Ontario earlier this month alleges the woman was assured that her identity would never become known and there was no risk of co-operating with RCMP in 2014.The information she provided allowed the RCMP to prevent a murder or attempted murder by effecting no less than three arrests and she was paid $10,000 as a reward, the statement says.The woman, only identified as Jane Doe, and her partner are suing the attorney general of Canada for $2 million in damages and hundreds of thousands more for pain and suffering, mental distress and costs of future care.The allegations have not been proven in court and the attorney general has not filed a statement of defence.“The RCMP respects that this matter is before the courts and we will therefore restrict our comments accordingly and only through the judicial process,” the B.C. RCMP said in a statement.The statement says in August 2016, an officer contacted Doe and told her she was in danger.“As it was explained to Jane Doe, information that effectively identified Jane Doe as a confidential human source … was included in materials disclosed to one or more of the suspects who had been the subjects of the arrests,” the statement of claim says.One or more of the suspects were free on bail at the time and were themselves part of or connected with organized criminal groups, it says.“Immediately thereafter representatives of the RCMP advised Jane Doe there was a risk to her safety, and the safety of her immediate family, and that it was therefore necessary for her to enter ‘protective custody,’ ” the document says.From August 2016 to March 2018, the statement says the couple moved from place to place, away from their home and in protective custody.They discussed entering the witness protection program but allege that while RCMP recommended the program based on the level of danger facing them, it concluded they were not suitable candidates, in part because they had close ties to extended family in or near the so-called “threat area,” the document says.In March, the couple agreed to an “alternative arrangement” with the RCMP and accepted relocation funding for themselves and family members. The alternative arrangement did not include any release by the plaintiffs of any claim or claims for damages arising from the circumstances that led to their need for protection, the court document says.It says Doe was in a vulnerable position and relied on the police for advice and guidance, but the RCMP’s assurances that she faced no risk were “false, reckless and misleading in all the circumstances and amounted to breaches of duty on the part of the RCMP and its members.”The couple has moved to a community with fewer economic opportunities and has suffered a loss of income and income earning capacity, the lawsuit says. They have already or will likely suffer from chronic mood disorders and/or post-traumatic stress disorder and mental distress from constantly moving, the statement says.— By Amy Smart in Vancouver.
29 November 2011Fiscal austerity during the current straitened economic times is no excuse for countries not delivering on their aid commitments, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for a united front from the international community to help the poor. Speaking to journalists in Busan, Republic of Korea, where he will address the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness tomorrow, Mr. Ban said it was vital that the meeting send an “unequivocal message” that the world remains committed to making the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) a reality.The forum, which began today and runs until Thursday, brings together representatives of governments, the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world to discuss how to make aid more effective and helpful to those in need.Mr. Ban described the forum as important to shaping how aid will be delivered through 2015, the target year for achieving the MDGs, which range from slashing maternal mortality and extreme poverty to halting environmental degradation.Noting that the forum is taking place at a time when the world is experiencing a severe economic crisis, he said that austerity must not be used as an excuse for not delivering on existing aid commitments.The Secretary-General also told reporters that the results of the Busan forum will help inform discussions at the global summit on sustainable development, known as Rio+20, which will be held in Brazil next June.
“There has undoubtedly been progress on many of the indicators targeted by the MDGs,” the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, told participants at the 2013 global conference “Making the MDGs work” in Bogotá, Colombia. Miss Clark warned, however, that “there are also the goals and targets where too little progress has been made – for example on maternal mortality reduction, universal access to reproductive health, and improved sanitation. We must learn from these shortcomings too.”The eight MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’Miss Clark said that the proportion of people living in extreme poverty – on less than $1.25 per day – is now half of what it was in 1990. Progress has also been registered in increasing access to improved water sources and meeting the goal of providing universal primary school access for all children.In addition, low-income countries have made great strides since countries began to focus on the MDGs, and in particular, considerable progress has been made on goal six, which seeks to stop the spread and reverse diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.In spite of these achievements, Miss Clark underlined that countries should focus on ways to address the remaining challenges, as well as the disparities within and across countries in the achievement of the MDGs.“Previous assessments of MDG progress have shown that national ownership and local champions are indispensable for MDG success,” Miss Clark said, adding that the post-2015 development agenda will need to incorporate the lessons from the MDGs.“Overall the next global development agenda needs to address the significant problem of inequality which has stood in the way of reaching the MDG targets,” she said.Miss Clark noted that to accelerate progress in the last 1,000 days before the 2015 deadline, 45 countries are now using the MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) developed by UNDP. The framework identifies pragmatic solutions to speed up progress on lagging MDGs, and to reduce disparities in progress to date. The MAF works by bringing a wide range of stakeholders together to tackle the obstacles to progress. It draws on existing evidence, policies, and strategies to devise concrete and prioritized country action plans.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAfter an 84-75 loss to No. 19 Michigan Tuesday night, the No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) will head on the road for a Monday night game against No. 14 Maryland (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten). In the last matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes upset the No. 2 Terrapins 98-87 at the end of the regular season last year. In recent years, Maryland has been the Big Ten’s powerhouse, winning the conference the past two years. Though this year’s Terrapin team lacks the star-power of recent years, Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff stressed his team’s need to be prepared for another top-25 team.“They’re good, they’re talented, they’re well coached, they’re used to winning,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “They have an expectation to win. They’re gonna be ready. We’ll have to be really good on Monday.”The Terrapins have won 14 of their last 15 games with the lone loss coming Jan. 11 against the Michigan State Spartans.Redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper said the team will need to come in with the same level of intensity if it hopes to come away with a win against the Terrapins, like it did last year.“The amount of focus that we had, the amount of intensity and effort we brought, all of us that played that game we just brought it,” Harper said. “We played together, our chemistry was great and we really wanted to win. We have to approach this upcoming game the same way we approached it last year and make sure that we’re doing everything we have to do to get the win.”Maryland sophomore guard Kaila Charles, who leads her team in scoring with 17.1 points per game, must pick up the workload offensively. The Terrapins’ second-leading scorer, sophomore guard Blair Watson, suffered a torn ACL in a January practice that will force her to miss the remainder of the season. Watson was averaging 13.8 points per game prior to the injury.The Terrapins’ depth has helped them absorb the loss of Watson this season. Maryland has six active players who put up at least 10.5 points per game, and would have been seven had Watson not suffered a season-ending injury.This game will have major implications on which team takes the edge in the Big Ten. Ohio State and Maryland are tied for first atop the conference and both are the only teams with one loss. Conference control is not McGuff’s main focus, though.“I just think it’s about us being prepared for this game and putting our best foot forward here, as we saw Tuesday anything can happen,” McGuff said. In the Big Ten there’s a lot of parity this year. We need to take this game first and go from there.”The Buckeyes will need to find a way to put up points on a night when the 3-pointer does not fall. While they were aggressive and hit 17-of-22 free throws the previous game, they shot 36 percent from the field, which hindered their second-half productivity. McGuff said he would like to see his team stay patient, even when shots aren’t dropping for the team. “One, continue to take good shots no matter what,” McGuff said. “Two, just continue to work [on it]. I think we’ve, knock on wood, done a better job recently getting some balance in our offense, scoring a little bit more around the basket and I think we need to continue to do that.”
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Kristina Antoniades, a family lawyer, blasted Qantas airline earlier this week on Facebook for “blatant homophobic” behaviour.“We had just as much right to be seated together as the married couple”The woman, who was travelling business class with her female partner Merrin Hicks and their daughter, was asked to switch places with a married couple not once, but twice.Ms Antoniades had booked three seats for the flight from Brisbane to Melbourne online, on the same row, separated by an aisle. Ms Hicks, however, was paged to customer service during boarding time, only to be told she was being moved to a different row.She refused and the company reissued the initial boarding pass. Once they were in the air, they were again approached by another member of the staff. “I thought that would be the end of it but once the plane took off the flight manager asked why Merrin was seated next to the man and his wife seated behind them,” Antoniades wrote.“I again advised the flight manager that we were a family and wanted to be seated together. She asked me why I had taken it upon myself to move the wife away from her husband.“I advised her that we were in our designated seats, equally as entitled to sit together.”The cabin manager asked to see their boarding passes, she wrote, and questioned why they hadn’t allowed the other couple, aged in their 70s, to sit next to each other.“I have never experienced such blatant discrimination,” the woman continued.A Qantas spokesman said staff had contacted the passengers to explain there were two requests from other passengers, stating that the airline which “celebrates diversity of staff and passengers was disappointed to read of the experience”.“We completely understand that it can be frustrating to be asked to change seats when you have already chosen where to sit,” he said. “In this case, Kristina, her partner and their daughter travelled in the seats originally assigned to them while the other couple were sat separately.”Meanwhile, in a gesture of goodwill, the customer service manager contacted Ms Antoniades offering her extra frequent flyer points.Source: ABC, Herald Sun
The stuff of nightmares? A team of biologists has documented 15 rare and disturbing images of spiders in the Amazon rainforest preying on vertebrates such as frogs and tadpoles, lizards, snakes, and even a small opossum.These photos of predator-prey interactions are part of a new article published on Feb. 28 in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, which details these rarely-seen instances of arthropod predators — mostly large spiders along with a few centipedes and a giant water bug — devouring vertebrate prey.“This is an underappreciated source of mortality among vertebrates,” University of Michigan evolutionary biologist Daniel Rabosky said in a press release. “A surprising amount of death of small vertebrates in the Amazon is likely due to arthropods such as big spiders and centipedes.”Rabosky’s team of researchers made their observations in the Los Amigos Biological Station in the remote Madre de Dios region of southeastern Peru. The study site, in lowland Amazon rainforest near the Andes foothills, is in the heart of one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.The team’s original main focus of research was the ecology of reptiles and amphibians. But over the years, the scientists have witnessed and documented numerous interactions between arthropod predators and vertebrate prey, according to the University of Michigan.Spiders are among the most diverse arthropod predators in the tropics, and previous reports of spider predation in the Amazon include prey from all major vertebrate taxonomic groups: fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. But knowledge of these interactions remains limited.A tarantula preying on a Bolivian bleating frog. (Photo Credit: Emanuele Biggi/Amphibian & Reptile Conservation – amphibian-reptile-conservation.org)Documenting these rarely-seen events offer a glimpse into the many connections that shape food webs, said the study’s first author, Rudolf von May, a postdoctoral researcher in Rabosky’s lab. “[These events] provide insights into an important source of vertebrate mortality that appears to be less common outside the tropics,” he said.According to von May, there are about 85 species of amphibians, mostly frogs and toads, and about 90 species of reptiles in the study site. “And considering that there are hundreds of invertebrates that potentially prey upon vertebrates, the number of possible interactions between species is huge, and we are highlighting that fact in this paper.Aside from the Los Amigos Biological Station, the researchers also made observations at the Villa Carmen Biological Station, also located in Peru’s Madre de Dios region, and at the Madre Selva Research Station in the Loreto region of northern Peru.A fishing spider (genus Thaumasia) preying on a tadpole in a pond. (Photo Credit: Emanuele Biggi / Amphibian & Reptile Conservation – amphibian-reptile-conservation.org)Most of the sightings were made at night, when the arthropod predators are most active, the researchers said. During their night surveys, team members would walk slowly through the forest with flashlights and headlamps, in single file, scanning the forest and listening intently.During one of those nighttime surveys, doctoral candidate Michael Grundler and two other students “heard some scrabbling in the leaf litter.”“We looked over and we saw a large tarantula on top of an opossum,” said Grundler, a co-author of the paper. “The opossum had already been grasped by the tarantula and was still struggling weakly at that point, but after about 30 seconds it stopped kicking.”The tarantula was the size of a dinner plate, and the young mouse opossum was about the size of a softball.A tarantula preying on a mouse opossum. (Photo Credit: Maggie Grundler / Amphibian & Reptile Conservation – amphibian-reptile-conservation.org)An opossum expert at the American Museum of Natural History later confirmed the researchers had captured the first documentation of a large mygalomorph (a group of mostly heavy-bodied, stout-legged spiders that includes tarantula) spider preying on an opossum.“We were pretty ecstatic and shocked, and we couldn’t really believe what we were seeing,” Grundler said. “We knew we were witnessing something pretty special, but we weren’t aware that it was the first observation until after the fact.”More on Geek.com:How Do Spiders Survive the Winter?‘Astonishing’ New Tarantula With Bizarre Horn on Its Back Discovered in AngolaWatch: Spiders ‘Rain’ Down on Brazilian Town Stay on target Watch: Doctors Find Brown Recluse Spider in Woman’s EarHands-On: ‘Greedfall’ Brings New Life to Western RPGs
WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook WWE has confirmed matches and segments for TV this Monday and Tuesday.Set for Monday night is RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and Natalya taking on the team of Sasha Banks and Bayley in a tag team match.Announced for Smackdown Live on Tuesday night is Vince McMahon moderating a face-to-face segment between WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles. Plus, a rematch from last week featuring Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade in a Best 2 out of 3 Falls match.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of RAW and Smackdown this week. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte
One of the singles off his 2017 album Everybody, “1-800-273-8255,” leapt onto the music scene and brought the Maryland native to a whole new audience. Not just any phone number, 1-800-273-8255 happens to be the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which offers services to those experiencing a mental health crisis, including suicidality.The song, which also features Alessia Cara and Khalid, poignantly captures a dialog between a suicidal hotline caller, the counselor on the other end of the phone and the resulting journey from feeling hopeless and alone to finding a little hope.Though suicide is the leading cause of death among 15–24 year olds, and it claims more than 38,000 lives each year, few artists tackle the subject head on in the way Logic did. He revealed during a visit to the Recording Academy’s Santa Monica, Calif., headquarters that he was inspired to write the song after he went on a tour around the country to meet his fans. Many told them his music had saved their lives.This got him thinking about not only the power of music to heal, but also how, as a society, we often don’t talk openly about mental health. Though he said it was hard to talk about topics such as suicide and anxiety, which is featured on another track on Everybody, “Anziety,” he knew it was vitally important.”I was so scared for so long to say that because society has lead me to believe that my anxiety is stupid and shouldn’t be talked about, or that suicide, ‘Who cares, who’s weak enough to kill themselves?’ Which is the most terrible, disgusting, ugly thing somebody can say,” Logic said. “That’s why I decided to write about these topics because I was scared to write about them. And since I was scared, I was like, ‘Well damn, it must mean it’s good.'”And it was good. “1-800-273-8255″ earned Logic his first two career GRAMMY nominations at the 60th GRAMMY Awards for Song Of The Year and Best Music Video. Logic, Cara and Khalid also gave a stunning performance during the 60th GRAMMYs telecast alongside real suicide attempt survivors, which had an even more profound impact: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received triple their normal volume of calls following the performance.For Logic, opening a dialog was also personally important because he has faced his own challenges with mental health.”I wrote these things from a selfless place in my heart because there’s so many people out there struggling, and I was struggling,” Logic shared. “My highest grossing year was my most unhappy year of my life because I was working myself to death.”Nowadays, Logic has been working to find a way to balance a high-pressure career with the things that matter in life. The advice that works best for him?”Balance yourself,” he says. “That’s what you have to do, and that’s what these songs are about.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 18, 2018 – 4:40 pm Logic’s Suicide Prevention With “1-800-273-8255” News The GRAMMY-nominated rapper shares why he overcame his fear about making music on difficult topicsRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 18, 2018 – 4:42 pm It’s been a big year for rapper Logic, and perhaps surprisingly, a lot of that comes down to his willingness to tackle the difficult subjects of mental health and suicide head on. Logic Tackles Mental Health, Suicide Prevention inside-logics-1-800-273-8255-suicide-prevention-song-mental-health-awareness-month Email Inside Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” Suicide Prevention Song | Mental Health Awareness Month Twitter Facebook
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, December 10, 2018 at Town Hall (Room 9). An Executive Session begins at 6:30pm. The public portion of the meeting begins at 7pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:DPW Director Michael Woods, Town Engineer Paul Alunni and Planning Director Valerie Gingrich will discuss the Woburn Street/Lowell Street intersection.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the North Wilmington MBTA Commuter Rail Station.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the Butters Row Bridge Replacement.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide the results of the recent Annual Town Meeting Survey.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share good news about a recent award won by the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the FY2020 budget process.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on Russell Disposal’s performance bond.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on placing AEDs at all town parks.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the Fire Department’s fire pumper situation.Town Manager Jeff Hull will announce the appointment of Laura T. deWahl to the Wilmington Conservation Commission.Selectmen will consider the approvals of various licenses for town businesses.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-G — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon. The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple sometimes live-tweets the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center, Palmer Park, WHS Gym Floor At September 9 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Childhood Cancer Study, Olin, Cook Ave., Recreation Dept. Update On Agenda For Tonight’s MeetingIn “Government”
Two oil companies say they are shifting their ownership split on an oil field development project in Alaska and will delay work planned for this winter.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that putting off drilling this winter means delaying 500 jobs for Slope contractors.The agreement between Spanish energy company Repsol and Denver-based Armstrong Oil and Gas Inc. gives Armstrong the majority ownership in the project, which they say will involve a big new oil field in the Colville River Delta area.Armstrong said in a statement that it will take majority shares of both the development area and the exploration area, where the companies have drilled 16 wildcat and appraisal wells over the past four years.Armstrong and Repsol announced promising results from two exploration wells in June.
Lawyer-turned-politician Arun Jaitley also had triple bypass heart surgery when he was 52.ReutersAs former finance minister Arun Jaitley continues to be on a life support system, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani visited him at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi on Monday (August 19) afternoon.A bevy of politicians, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union minister Smriti Irani and Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, also visited AIIMS on Sunday to enquire about Jaitley’s health condition.The 66-year-old leader was taken to the AIIMS on August 9 after he complained of breathlessness and restlessness. Since August 10, AIIMS has not issued any bulletin on Jaitley’s health condition.According to reports, Jaitley is on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) support. A multidisciplinary team of doctors is consistently monitoring his condition.Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Doctors at AIIMS are doing the best they can.” The lawyer-turned-politician had been an important part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet in the BJP government’s first term. He held the finance and defence portfolios, and often acted as the chief troubleshooter of the government. However, Jaitley did not contest the Lok Sabha 2019 election presumably because of his ill-health.It is said that Jaitley’s health condition deteriorated after he underwent a kidney transplant on May 14 last year.
Friday, October 21, 2016 National strike brings Italy to a halt for 24 hours Posted by Tags: Italy, Strike Share Travelweek Group ROME — Italy is dealing with a 24-hour general strike today, impacting not just flights but public transport and the public sector as well.Anyone flying to or from Italy is advised to check with their airline. Airports in Pisa (where there is an addition 24-hour industrial action) and Venice are expected to be hit hard by the strike action. Major airlines including British Airways are attempting to operate a normal schedule today but warn of baggage delays.Rome is also seeing major disruptions on its public transport routes, with two Metro lines stopped completely, and bus routes and commuter rail lines facing delays and stoppages as well.pics from today of strikes, demos and blockades as part of the #generalstrike across #Italy #scioperogenerale pic.twitter.com/ksTnDm2kPh— bethan bowett (@BethanBowett) October 21, 2016 @Ryanair do strikes in italy affect international flights (flying into Rome and out of it) ?#oct21 #strike in #italy pic.twitter.com/TMcSQh8qQo— Edrea20 (@edrea20) October 19, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>
However, the organization’s website was shut down by its internet provider in 2004.Kuno Soerensen of the Danish chapter of Save the Children said some DanPedo members attempted to create new websites, but that these, too, were later shut down.“Every time we find one of these, we contact the Internet provider to tell them what kind of people are running these sites and they usually shut them down right away,” Soerensen said.Soerensen said a similar site also exists in Norway.____Associated Press writer Jan Olsen in Copenhagen contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Its chairman, Marthijn Uittenbogaard, called the decision “an attack on the freedom of expression.”“We are not happy and we are considering whether to appeal,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.The organization says on its website it was established in 1982 in the traditionally tolerant Netherlands as a “platform for discussion of pedophilia.” It was largely ignored for years, but has been under attack more recently from lawmakers and prosecutors who wanted it banned. Such groups are almost unknown elsewhere in Europe, despite many countries’ history of safeguarding freedom of expression.Martijn’s former chairman, Ad van den Berg, was convicted last year of child pornography possession and sentenced to three years in prison. Van den Berg claimed the images and films were for scientific research.The group said in a statement last month that the court should not honor the public prosecutor’s request for a ban, saying it had never committed a crime.“It is naive to think that banning Martijn will make pedophiles disappear,” the group, which claimed to have 60 Dutch members, said.Prosecutors who sought the ban said they were satisfied with the court’s decision, adding that it helps the Netherlands meet its international commitments to protect children from sexual predators. Associated PressTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A Dutch court outlawed a pedophile association Wednesday, saying its promotion of sexual contact between adults and children breaches the country’s generally accepted moral values.The civil court in Assen ordered the association, called Martijn, to immediately be dissolved.The court said in a statement that Martijn is a threat to public order because it “glorifies sexual contact (between adults and children) and presents it as something that should be normal and acceptable.” Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Martijn also made headlines in 2007 when a member posted on the group’s website photos of the then 3-year-old Princess Amalia, daughter of the heir to the Dutch throne.The royal house went to court and won an injunction barring Martijn from publishing such photos on its site and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander harshly criticized the group for using the pictures.“I have no words for this kind of child abuse,” he said at the time. “Luckily, I didn’t see it, because if I had, I’d have gone crazy and probably would not have been able to react reasonably.”Members of Martijn also were involved in a 2006 move to create a political group called the Party for Brotherly Love, Freedom and Diversity to take part in national elections with a platform that included lowering the age of sexual consent to 12 and legalizing child pornography.The party failed to collect enough signatures from supporters to allow it to nominate candidates under Dutch electoral rules.The group would have needed around 60,000 votes to win a single seat in the 150-member Dutch parliament, and pollsters estimated it would have gotten fewer than 1,000 votes.In 2004, Denmark’s top prosecutor investigated whether a Danish group that openly supported pedophilia could be banned. The investigation concluded that the DanPedo organization, which existed under the constitution’s provision for freedom of speech and association, didn’t break any laws. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 0 Comments Share The vital role family plays in society More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements
Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Local authorities on the Greek island of Hydra have denounced an attack by a local crowd on tax police after they detained a restaurant owner who did not provide receipts to clients.The Friday incident happened after the inspectors wanted to transport the restaurant owner to Athens, an hour’s ride away by fast boat. They were set upon by a local crowd, which also attacked the boat’s crew. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments Share The police, along with the restaurant owner, had to retreat to the island’s police station, which was besieged until riot police arrived Saturday morning. Locals cut off the station’s electricity and water supplies. The owner was transported to Athens by coast guard ship Saturday.Debt-crippled Greece is attempting to crack down on endemic tax evasion, as it tries to put its finances in order.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist
Message from the Tourism Authority of ThailandThe Thai people are now in a period of remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and reminiscing the many things he achieved and worked for his people and the development of the nation throughout his 70-year-reign. By following in the footsteps of the King, the guidance of his Sufficiency Economy has been applied to the individual’s way of life.We assure you that the Thai people remain as warm and hospitable as ever, with cultural attractions and facilities for tourists all in place. Furthermore, most cultural, traditional and MICE events will still go on with some adjustments for appropriateness. Otherwise, it is business as usual.As a visitor to Thailand at this time, you can experience the diverse variety of the Kingdom’s attractions and destinations. You can also learn about His Majesty King’s achievements, and visit his Royal Initiative Projects which have helped the people to thrive and preserve the richness of the country; such as, the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai; Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang, Chiang Mai, and Chang Hua Man Royal Initiative Project, Phetchaburi.We would like to thank our friends from all over the world for standing by us during this period of time.For more information, please visit:Updated visitor information during the mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.Thailand’s tourism events and activities updates as of 22 October 2016. Tourism Authority of Thailandfor more information, visit Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tom Rice Joins OpenClose as VP Enterprise Account Executive Lenders Loan Origination loans LOS mortgage OpenClose technology Tom Rice 2018-03-25 Radhika Ojha Florida-based OpenClose, a multi-channel loan origination system (LOS) and mortgage fintech provider, has announced the appointment of long-time industry veteran Tom Rice as VP, Enterprise Account Executive. Rice has experience with multiple LOS platforms as well as other enterprise-class mortgage technology solutions. He will be responsible for covering the West Coast territory the company said in a statement.In his role as VP enterprise account executive, Mr. Rice will work with lending entities of various types and sizes to utilize OpenClose’s end-to-end LOS and additional software solutions including the OpenClose LenderAssist LOS, DecisionAssist PPE, ConsumerAssist borrower direct websites, OC Correspondent lending module, OC Optics data and analytics reporting solution, mobile technology and also new innovative, disruptive products that OpenClose will be launching in 2018.“Tom has an outstanding reputation for developing and maintaining rapport-based, long-term business relationships with all types mortgage professionals from different functional areas at lending entities,” said Vince Furey, SVP of Lending Solutions at OpenClose. “He is an experienced sales executive who is solution-oriented and accustomed to operating in fast-paced, dynamic software environments. He fits well with our corporate culture and we are pleased to welcome him to the OpenClose family.”Rice has experience working with an array of different mortgage software applications. He has held senior sales positions at LOS vendor PCLender; PPE and secondary marketing software vendor Optimal Blue; enterprise risk management and data analytics provider Veros; Bank of America; and other mortgage software providers.“I’ve worked with many different types of mortgage banking applications over the course of my career and OpenClose is the most comprehensive, advanced, completely web-based end-to-end LOS platforms that I’ve seen,” remarked Rice. “In addition, I have heard a common theme from lenders lauding OpenClose’s boutique-style, highly responsive approach to customer service, which is tough to find in today’s consolidated market where most of the big guys fall short in this area. I am excited about the immense opportunity to help lenders operate more efficiently by leveraging OpenClose’s software solutions.”Rice holds a B.S. in Accounting from San Diego State University and an MBA in International Management from the University of Denver. in News, Origination March 25, 2018 588 Views Share
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