The long-range Unha-3 rocket was reportedly launched from a site on DPRK’s west coast just before 10:00 a.m. local time. According to media reports, it soared over Okinawa, Japan, dropping debris into the sea off the Korean Peninsula, the East China Sea and waters near the Philippines.The launch was “all the more regrettable because it defies the unified and strong call from the international community,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. “It is a clear violation of Security Council resolution 1874 (2009), in which the Council demanded that the DPRK not conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology.” That resolution imposed additional sanctions on DPRK after previous demands that the country not conduct any further nuclear or missile tests went unheeded. The 15-member Council is scheduled to meet this morning to discuss the latest developments. “The Secretary-General has been urging the leadership in Pyongyang not to carry out such a launch and instead to build confidence with its neighbours while taking steps to improve the lives of its people,” said the statement, adding that he is concerned about the negative consequences that this “provocative” act may have on peace and stability in the region. Mr. Ban is in close touch with the governments concerned. “He takes this opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to working for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” the statement added.The 15-member Council, which met behind closed doors to discuss the latest developments, also condemned the launch. Ambassador Mohammed Loulichki of Morocco, which holds the Council’s presidency for December, told reporters after the session that Council members will continue consultations on “an appropriate response in accordance with its responsibilities given the urgency of the matter.”
“Their implementation in prisons around the world would significantly improve the treatment of millions of detainees,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez in an open statement along with Med Kaggwa, the Special Rapporteur on prisons, conditions of detention and policing in Africa; the Rapporteur on the rights of persons deprived of liberty of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, James Cavallaro; and the Council of Europe Commissioner for human rights, Nils Muižnieks. The Rules are seen as the primary – and often the only – source of standards relating to the treatment of prisoners, and are part of a key framework to monitor and assess prisons. In the statement, the international human rights experts call the revisions an “historic step and one of the most significant human rights achievements in recent years.” Their applications would also aid prison staff to carry out “their important and difficult task in a professional and effective way, benefiting society at large,” according to the open statement. The Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners were adopted in 1957 and revised in 2015. The UN General Assembly “> unanimously adopted the revision on 17 December 2015, dubbing them the Nelson Mandela Rules in honour of the late President of South Africa, “who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for global human rights, equality, democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace.” In the resolution, the Member States decided also to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day, observed annually on 18 July, to be also utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service. “The revised Rules are premised on the recognition of prisoners’ inherent dignity and value as human beings,” said Mr. Méndez. The revised rules have more specific provisions on solitary confinement, defining it as the confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without meaningful human contact; restricting the scope for application of solitary confinement; and defining prolonged solitary confinement as solitary confinement in excess of 15 days. Also included – for the first time – is guidance on intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches, as well as recognition that independent healthcare professionals have a duty to refrain from participating in torture or other ill-treatment.
Centrex Metals Ltd has paid a 30% deposit of A$1.2 million to CDE Global for fabrication to commence on a turnkey start-up modular wet process plant for its Ardmore Phosphate Rock Project in North West Queensland. The start-up plant for the project will be a 70 t/h circuit and will produce premium grade phosphate rock concentrate to deliver large scale trial shipmentsto customers, in order to secure long-term off-take contracts for the project.The plant is expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2019 followed by customer deliveries.The 70 t/h modular start-up wet processing plant has been designed as an oversized module able to be readily upgraded to a 140 t/h circuit for the proposed full-scale 800,000 t/y of concentrateproduction.Optima Consulting has completed feasibility level mine designs and associated studies for Ardmore and is now preparing maiden Ore Reserve Statements for the project. GR Engineering Services have completed engineering design for the mine and processing operations, with WSP Global completing engineering design for associated off-site infrastructure. Cost estimations from the mining studies along with those from the engineering designs are now being compiled by GRES and are expected to be completed once some outstanding quotations have been received from vendors. Integer Research have completed a phosphate rock market review and pricing feasibility study for Ardmore to feed into revenue forecasts for the overall Feasibility Study. Write up of the Feasibility Study report has commenced and the results of the study are now expected to be announced to market in September once this is complete. Centrex will visit a customer’s single superphosphate plant in the local region next week to over see the second of the two 400 t paid trials of run of mine ore from the project. Centrex observed the first trial some weeks ago at another customers plant with positive feedback gained.
A MAN ACCUSED of the manslaughter of father-of-one James Humphries in Tallaght has been remanded in custody until 1 October, but granted bail.Trevor Corr of 16 Kiltatown Way appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with the manslaughter of James Humphries at the same address on Sunday.37-year-old Corr had applied for bail this morning, but Judge Anthony Halpin asked for time to consider the application. This afternoon, he granted bail with 13 conditions attached.This include the surrender of his passport, a curfew, two independent sureties and him staying with his brother.Corr was remanded in custody until a further hearing on 1 October. He was granted consent to bail.
La pierre ponce : un creuset pour l’apparition de la vie ?Dans un article publié récemment dans Astrobiology, des chercheurs britanniques et australiens suggèrent que la pierre ponce, issue des éruptions volcaniques et possédant de nombreuses particularités physiques et chimiques, aurait pu être le support de la vie il y a quelques milliards d’années.Selon Martin Brasier, de l’université d’Oxford, et David Wacey, de l’University of Western Australia, la pierre ponce possède des caractéristiques et des propriétés uniques qui pourraient bien avoir joué un rôle crucial dans l’apparition de la vie sur Terre, il y a environ 4 milliards d’années.À lire aussiLes abeilles seraient capables de compter avec seulement quatre cellules cérébralesD’origine volcanique, elle flotte sur l’eau grâce à sa faible densité, adsorbe (fixe à sa surface) facilement les métaux et les composés organiques et phosphatés, et accueille volontiers les biocatalyseurs (molécules organiques qui favorisent les réactions chimiques). Autant d’ingrédients des briques de la vie, ingrédients qui auraient alors pu réagir entre eux, bénéficiant de l’effet conjugué de l’eau environnante et des éclairs des ciels d’orage, stimulant encore les mécanismes moléculaires.”Une pierre ponce est potentiellement exposée à (…) la foudre associée à des éruptions volcaniques, aux hydrocarbures et aux métaux produits par les sources hydrothermales et aux rayons ultraviolets du Soleil. Toutes ces conditions ont le potentiel d’accueillir, ou même de générer, les genres de processus chimiques que nous pensons avoir créé les premières cellules vivantes”, résume Martin Brasier.Le 11 septembre 2011 à 10:28 • Maxime Lambert
KUSI Newsroom, 9-1-1 dispatchers serving as first line of defense for public safety December 13, 2018 Updated: 7:32 PM Posted: December 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)-Every hour of the day deputies are working to keep us safe and secure but they can’t do that without the help of some of the unsung heroes of public safety, 9-1-1 dispatchers.Here to tell us more is Jeff Hebert, a Communications Director for the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center of the Sheriff’s Department.For more information http://joinsdsheriff.net/ Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Adilene Miranda planned to drop out of high school when she got pregnant at 16. The whispers and stares in the hallway made school unbearable. But she wanted to do what her parents never did: graduate from high school.“My parents never finished high school,” Miranda said. “I want to change that for my family. I want my son to see that I graduated.”Desiree Barrera-Poulsen knew when she got pregnant nine months ago that she wouldn’t be happy with a General Education Development credential. She wanted a diploma, and she wanted it from Evergreen High School, where her dad received his diploma.Miranda and Barrera-Poulsen, along with a handful of other pregnant and parenting teens at Evergreen High School, will achieve those goals next week when they walk across the stage and accept their high school diplomas.As the teens wrap up their senior year, they’re also marking the end of their participation in the GRADS (Graduation, Reality and Dual-Role Skills) program at Evergreen, the magnet school for Evergreen Public Schools. The GRADS program not only keeps pregnant and parenting teens (male and female) in school, it teaches them about healthy pregnancies and babies, parenting skills, avoiding repeat pregnancies and providing for their families.
Snowboarder Flo Orley competing in Haines in 2015. (Photographer: David Carlier/Freeride World Tour)Download AudioAn international big mountain ski and snowboard competition is back in Haines. The Freeride World Tour tests the skills of alpine athletes from around the world, with stops in five countries. The athletes say the slopes in France, Austria and Andorra don’t compare with the mountains in Haines.Residents in Haines might be surprised to find out, the peaks that make up our daily backdrop have a towering reputation across the globe.“I don’t know if people from Haines know how famous their village is,” Austrian skier Eva Walkner said. “All over the world, skier and snowboarder, it’s probably the most famous place in the world. And it’s the big goal for each skier to come to Haines once in a lifetime.”Walkner took first place in the 2015 Freeride World Tour women’s ski category. She is leading her category again this year. She says the experience of skiing in Haines is different than the more crowded, built up, European stops that precede it.“Here it’s so open, it’s so wide, you just need the [helicopter.] It’s so much bigger. It’s amazing to stand at the top and it’s just mountains. Crazy.”What is it about the mountains here that make them so special? Swiss snowboarder Anne-Flore Marxer says, because the mountains are so close to the water, the snow sticks on very steep faces.“And the way it builds up to those beautiful, ice creamy spines makes it so playful. Especially maybe for us snowboarders. Just perfect shaped terrain, and exciting and really technical and impressive and a bit scary but so perfect. For us, the one place you find it, you know it’s in Haines. That’s why we’re so excited to come here.”“The mountains in Alaska are famous, especially the ones around Haines,” said Austrian snowboarder Florian Orley.Orley might be the athlete who has competed in the Freeride the longest – 16 years.“Before Haines was on the schedule, everybody talked about qualifying for the finals [in Verbier, Switzerland],” Orley said. “And now everybody’s talking about qualifying for Alaska. Because this is a dream for every freerider in the world, to ride these spectacular mountains where the snowpack is so safe you can ride the steepest faces of the planet.”The pool of athletes is cut by about half before coming to Haines. Only the 30 or so with the top rankings compete here. Orley says this will be his last time competing in the Freeride. He says he’s looking forward to that moment where he’s standing at the top of the mountain, about to descend.“The moment you leave the start gate and you do the first turn, you’re so caught up in the moment you don’t even hear the helicopter above your head anymore. You’re so focused on the riding, sticking your jumps, finding your line. It’s like you’re caught in a dream and only when you are at the very bottom you’re waking up again.”It’s not easy for the Freeride to include Haines in its roster of competition spots. It’s the most expensive destination for the tour because of the remoteness and lack of infrastructure in the mountains. All the athletes and crew need to be flown in, in helicopters.Snowboarder Marxer says it’s a tough spot, but it needs to be kept in the line-up.“For a competition tour being called the Freeride World Tour…For freeriding, it needs to stop here in Alaska, especially in Haines, for the terrain. I think it would make no sense to have a whole tour around the world competing in freeriding without stopping by in this amazing place.”Now, the organizers will wait for the perfect weather and snow conditions for the competition to take place. Last year, they had to hold off until the very last minute before taking on the mountains. But the athletes say the wait is worth it.For updates on when the competition will take place, go to the Freeride’s Facebook page or website. It will be livestreamed at freerideworldtour.com. The Haines library and restaurants and bars plan to carry the live stream.
Private sector lender ICICI Bank on Thursday has reduced its base rate by 5 basis points (bps) to 9.7 percent with effect from 26 June, 2015. The bank’s new rate is equal to that of State Bank of India (SBI).ICICI Bank, which is India’s second largest bank in terms of market capitalization, had cut its base rate by 25 bps to 9.75 percent in April this year. Many banks had announced similar cuts in base rates in response to 25 bps cut in repo rate by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at its 2 June meeting.The first was SBI, which announced a 15 bps cut in base rate to 9.7 percent.Overall, the RBI has reduced the key rate by 75 bps since the beginning of the year.On 12 June, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with chiefs of various banks, asking them to pass on the benefits of the recent rate cuts by RBI to end users.Bank credit growth, a major indicator of economic growth, slowed to a two-decade low in the fiscal year ending March 2015. In 2014-15, credit growth was up 9.52 per cent, down from the 13.83 per cent increase in 2013-14.Bankers cite continued tight liquidity conditions and poor uptake in credit growth as reasons for the absence of higher cuts in lending rates.”With effect from July 1, 2010, interest rates on new loans and advances, including consumer loans, are determined with reference to I-Base (ICICI Bank Base Rate),” ICICI Bank said in a statement.
Infosys campus in Bengaluru.Reuters FileInfosys said on Tuesday that it will be stepping up its local hiring in the US and set-up four technological hubs in the country in line with the comments company made after the declaration of Q4 and FY2017 results recently. The recruitment will be staggered over two years.”Infosys is committed to hiring 10,000 American technology workers over the next two years to help invent and deliver the digital futures for our clients in the United States,” Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, said in a statement.The four hubs will focus on technology and innovation, apart from serving clients in key industries such as financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and energy and more. The first such hub will open in Indiana in August 2017.”In helping our clients improve their businesses and pursue new kinds of opportunities, we are really excited to bring innovation and education in a fundamental and massive way to American workers. New advances in technology – artificial intelligence, in particular – are radically transforming our world, and it is within our reach to learn these new technologies and to be the innovators and entrepreneurs who bring solutions based on these technologies to our clients in all industries,” Sikka added.Eric J Holcomb, Indiana governor, said the move will benefit the state in a big way.”It’s so good to welcome Infosys to Indiana, and to expand our growing tech ecosystem with the addition of their estimated 2,000 Hoosier jobs. I look forward to working with Infosys to elevate Indiana to the next level,” he said.Infosys had over 2 lakh employees as of March 31, 2017; the nationality-wise break-up was not available.The announcment is significant in the context of the ongoing developments in the US that has tightened the norms for issuing H-1 B visas. Infosys shares were trading 0.18 percent down at Rs 918 apiece on the BSE on Tuesday.
Stay on target Let me just start off by saying that there is nothing affordable about my website. BrokeAssStuart.com is huge and expensive, as ironic as that is. There are over 10k posts, a main site, and two subsites. Between hosting fees, writers, editors, and everything else, I spend about $3k a month on the motherfucker. But the work I do is important; I’ve been a champion of underground art and culture while giving a voice freaks and weirdos for over a decade. I cover San Francisco, New York, and beyond. Check out what I do and if you dig it, please consider helping out.That said, unless you’ve been running a media company for a gazillion years, there’s no need for you to spend a ton of money on a website. Here’s how you can build one that’s both affordable and efficient.Get a Domain NameThis whole thing is pretty important. It’s the address where your site will live! So go to GoDaddy.com and see if the domain you want is open. To be honest, it’s not all the likely that your first choice will be, but fuck around with spellings for awhile and you’ll find something you want to stick with. Also, I still think Go Daddy is a stupid name.Find a HostIf you didn’t register your domain name with Go Daddy most web hosts will allow you to do so when you sign up. That way you can do everything in one place. Your host is the server where all your magical internet things actually live, so it’s important to pick a good one. I personally use Blue Host because they have actual people you can call 24/7 if something goes wrong. There’s nothing worse than your site going down and not being able to get someone on the phone. And Blue Host’s basic plan starts at $3.95!Squarespace & WixDepending on what your site is gonna be you need to decide whether you’re going to go the WordPress route or the Squarespace/Wix route. Squarespace and Wix are both really simple ways to create a site by basically uploading images and dragging and dropping things into the place you’d like them within a template. So it’s great for say, having a place to show off your Manga art, building a site for your alchemist inspired bar, or having a LARPing lifestyle blog.WordPressWhile WordPress works well for simple sites, it’s versatile and is what you should use if creating a complicated site like an online community for fans of World of Warcraft. There are thousands of themes you can choose from that fit all kinds of functionalities. Chances are you’re going to want to customize the theme a bit though and unless you know how to code you’ll have to hire someone to do that for you. More on that below.Connecting to Your HostOnce you’ve decided on what kind of site you’re going to build and once you have a host you are going to have connect your WordPress or Squarespace/Wix site. There are lots of online tutorials around the web that will show you how to do that, but if you don’t trust yourself not to screw it up you can hire someone cheaply. More on that below.Hiring HelpLet’s face it, if you were super tech savvy you wouldn’t be reading this article. Chances are you might need help with customizing the way your WordPress template works or connecting WordPress or Squarespace/Wix. Luckily you can hire affordable and talented tech geeks for specific tasks. Sites like Fiverr and Upwork allow you to be in contact with contractors and you can offer a job and have someone bid on it. It’s a good way to get affordable help if you don’t already have someone in your life who can assist.Set up an Email ListHaving an email list is super important. It’s the best way to stay in touch with your customers whether you’re sending them cool content or info about your products. I use Mailchimp because it’s easy to use and super powerful. You can build lots of custom forms and have them on your site so people can sign up for your list.SumoYou should also install Sumo on your site. It’s is a great way to grow your list or show off features you want to highlight. It allows you to easily build custom popups that can direct your visitors to do anything from take part in a specific sale to following you on Facebook to signing up for your email list.Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, TV host and poet. Follow him at BrokeAssStuart.com. The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read Register Now » February 7, 2018 There is a difference between building a business that has purpose, and building a business to just make money. And while technology has made us all smarter, and just a click away from being connected to a person or information no matter where we are, something seems to be missing.Related: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs Raised Their Kids Tech-Free — and It Should’ve Been a Red FlagMaybe it’s what author Ross Baird has described in his takedown of Silicon Valley — the focus on solving “my world problems” instead of real-world problems. Or maybe, more simply, it’s rediscovering a sense of purpose.It is no longer enough to build new technologies just because we can. We’re living in an attention economy that is being driven, almost entirely, by technology. We have access today to more information than we can possibly absorb, and all of those sources are competing to try to get top of mind with us. If they can get us addicted, then they’ve got a business model.But, we’re also seeing the downside of this tech explosion, and it isn’t pretty. We are more isolated, more segmented and unhappier than ever before as tech has moved away from solving real problems.Related: Amazon Patents Wristband to Precisely Track Its Warehouse WorkersWe need the tech industry to refocus some of that effort on solving real world problems again.The dark side of techMore than 30 years ago, Georgia Tech professor Melvin Kranzberg compiled a list of what he called the “Six Laws of Technology,” which were intended to address potential social unrest related to the growing reach, even then, of technologies. His first law, that technology is not good or bad, but it is also not neutral, has become a measuring stick for tech policy in the era of Big Data, social media and always-on connectivity.That was in the 1980s, and since then technology has only become more pervasive.As of 2017, the average person spent more than two hours per day on various social media platforms, according to influencer marketing agency Mediakix.There will soon be more than 5,000 GB of data on every single person on the planet stored somewhere on the cloud where advertisers, corporations, governments and others can leverage it, a Digital Universe study found.And, incredibly, Facebook recently introduced a version of its Messenger app intended for kids aged six to 12.All this despite knowing that this increasing reliance on technology can be bad for our health. In a recent, ground-breaking piece in The Atlantic, Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State, shared research showing that since the advent of the smartphone the rates of depression and suicide have skyrocketed among teenagers.Related: The ‘Father of the iPod’ Says Tech Addiction Would Worry Steve Jobs if he Were Alive TodayThere are two different forces at play here. One is the addictive, dopamine-driving behavioral design of applications that tether us to our technologies. This is what makes you keep that phone right next to you all day long and look at everything that pops up. The second thing is this ability for users to post content online, potentially anonymously or in ways that abuse other people, with little constraint. Too often, this allows people to say things they wouldn’t normally say in front of actual people, leading to more bullying behavior.How tech can helpThe technology industry certainly deserves some blame for this cultural conundrum but it also deserves some credit for not turning a blind eye to this issue. For example, Facebook recently rolled out an artificial intelligence feature that claims to be able to spot suicidal tendencies in users’ social media activity before even their doctors do. The company hopes the technology will help prevent suicides by getting people help before they even know they need it.It’s a good first step, but there’s more the industry can do.Create guidelines: It may be time for the industry to create behavioral health guidelines for their products, in order to both police its own practices and encourage the creation of apps that are built in a way to reinforce and encourage wellness, versus to try to take advantage of more negative behaviors. These would be voluntary guidelines that would police what the industry is doing, to prevent abusive technologies.Related: Study: Constantly Texting and Checking Social Media Makes You ‘Morally Shallow’Promote distance: Two hours of social media usage per day is a lot, but it still pales in comparison to the seven-plus hours that the average person spends watching television. Yet, there are proven mental health benefits to disconnecting from time to time. The industry should be supportive of this practice, encouraging users to take digital sabbaticals on a regular basis in order to maintain a happy and engaged user base. It doesn’t even need to be a full break, as having access to so-called “safe spaces” has been proven to make people happier in today’s increasingly hostile internet.Provide tools: How can users protect themselves against the negative effects of technology? How do they put up barriers against it? The industry can’t stand silent as this issue spirals out of control. Smart tech companies should step up now, acknowledge the problem and offer tools to help their users become healthy customers of their products.We still have a long way to go, but there are tech companies that are working to solve this very real-world problem. One example is Spry Labs, a Cincinnati-based development firm that leads specialized workshops and innovation sessions dedicated to solving society’s big problems. (Spry is a project of Cintrifuse, where I am a founding member.) This past summer, it hosted a hackathon focused on solving the opioid crisis, and on March 10 it is leading a session to help the tech industry deal with suicides.Technology certainly didn’t create the problem of suicide, and it won’t be the last time that we as a society have to deal with it. But, by taking small steps to help address the problem, the tech industry can turn its market power into a force for good, helping to make all of us happier and healthier in the process. 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#JairoMora graffiti outside of the Limón court where seven men were absolved for the environmentalist’s murder pic.twitter.com/nCfx6uDbHf— Lindsay Fendt (@LEFendt) January 26, 2015 A timeline of failure:Oct. 27, 2014, DELAY: The criminal court in the coastal city of Limón – not far from where Jairo Mora was murdered in May 2013 – convenes for trial, but defendant Ernesto Centeno does not appear, citing an illness. However, no one in the court seems to know what illness he has, or how severe it is. After two days, the court establishes that Centeno has chicken pox and delays the trial’s opening by one week.Nov. 3, 2014: The trial begins with prosecutors’ opening arguments.Nov. 7, 2014, EXCLUDED EVIDENCE: The court hears testimony from a protected witness as well as recorded testimony from the four foreign volunteers – three from the U.S., one from Spain – who were kidnapped along with Mora on the night of his murder. Judges block one of the victims, a Spanish veterinarian, from testifying in court because they already had a recorded statement from the witness taken shortly after the murder. However, there is confusion over exactly why this action was taken, and defense attorneys would later use it to claim the witnesses were unable to identify the suspects in court.Nov. 24, 2014: Defendants allegedly attack a courthouse guard in what is portrayed as a possible escape attempt.Nov. 25, 2014, DELAY: A scheduling conflict with defense attorneys causes a week-long delay of testimony by Mora’s mother, Fernanda Sandoval. Sandoval and Mora’s father, Rafael Mora, eventually became so disheartened by continuous delays that they petitioned the court to speed up the process. The couple, who are of limited financial means, had been required to be present in court almost every day since the trial’s start, entailing a three-hour trip each way from their small plot of land in Gandoca to the courthouse in Limón. By the end of the trial, the two were visibly exhausted, both emotionally and physically. Now, they will face a lengthy appeals process. A court worker unloads evidence before judges during a trial for seven men accused of murdering 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora in 2013. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesDec. 3, 2014, MISPLACED EVIDENCE: A master disc containing recordings of telephone conversations between the defendants allegedly discussing Mora’s murder – which we reported on in our September 2013 investigation – are “misplaced” and can’t be presented at trial. The disc was never found, but backups of the recordings were burned to a new disk. Locating the files delayed the trial by two days.Dec. 5, 2014, MISSED DEADLINE: The trial was originally scheduled to end by Dec. 5, but judges are forced to extend proceedings because of the delays. They set a new deadline for Jan. 16.Dec. 8, 2014, DELAY: Landslides along the Route 32 restrict travel to Limón from San José, further delaying the trial.Dec. 16-17, 2014, DELAY: Rodrigo Araya, the attorney representing Jairo Mora’s family who argued the family’s civil case, misses court due to an illness and a pre-scheduled vacation.Jan. 8, 2015, DELAY: Trial resumes following holiday recess. Mora’s family petitions the court to speed up the trial, but their complaint is denied, and Araya is dismissed from the proceedings due to several absences. The court postpones arguments for one day.Jan. 9, 2015, LOST EVIDENCE: Prosecutors present physical evidence to the court, but a bag supposedly containing three bottles of cologne comes out of the evidence room with only one bottle. The cologne was used during the investigation to identify one of the suspects, Donald Salmón. Without the rest of the cologne confiscated and logged during the investigation, judges rule the evidence as inadmissible.Jan. 13, 2015, EXCLUDED EVIDENCE: The court tosses a disc containing audio of telephone conversations because prosecutors failed to officially enter it as evidence at the beginning of the trial. Judges also rule inadmissible another disc and transcripts of the conversations because a preliminary court judge failed to filter out impertinent conversations, which violates the right to privacy of the defendants and others with whom they had conversations.Jan. 16, 2015, MISSED DEADLINE: Judges extend the trial indefinitely until a verdict is reached. A crime scene photo obtained by The Tico Times in September 2013 shows marks in the sand where conservationist Jairo Mora was dragged behind a car, suffocating him. The Tico TimesJan. 19, 2015, EXCLUDED EVIDENCE: Judges throw out the Judicial Investigation Police’s (OIJ) telecommunications investigation. The telephone evidence used cellphone towers to geolocate the suspects at the crime scene at the time of Mora’s murder and was seen as the crux of the investigation. Judges said that aspect of the investigation was never submitted for judicial review, and the OIJ failed to prove the suspects were physically in possession of the phones at the time of the crime. “How many of us have cellphones that we loan out to one, two, three people?” one of the judges asked.Jan. 22, 2015: The defense team delivers closing arguments and points out that prosecutors failed to identify the defendants as the perpetrators of the crime. The defense also calls the testimony of several of the prosecutors’ witnesses “unreliable,” and again argues that they were unable to recognize the suspects before the court. As an example, one OIJ agent testified that Mora had been dragged up to a kilometer behind the perpetrators’ car on the beach, but crime scene photos showed he was dragged only 20 meters.Jan. 26, 2015: Judges deliver a not-guilty verdict for all seven defendants (although four were convicted in a separate crime on the same beach), stating that too much reasonable doubt existed to convict. In her closing explanation, a visibly angry Judge Yolanda Alvarado admonished prosecutors and the OIJ, citing fundamental and troubling problems with the investigation and the prosecution’s presentation as the key reasons they could not reach a guilty verdict. Related posts:NOT GUILTY: 7 men acquitted of murder of Costa Rica sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Faced with delays and the mishandling of evidence, prosecutors deliver closing arguments in Jairo Mora murder trial Prosecutors ask for maximum sentences for defendants in Jairo Mora murder trial United Nations, environmental groups condemn verdict in Jairo Mora murder case Monday morning, a court in the Caribbean coastal city of Limónacquitted seven men accused of the murder of 26-year-old Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora. The trial’s three-judge panel said there was too much reasonable doubt in the case to convict, and in their post-trial explanation, judges blasted the Prosecutor’s Office and Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) for shamefully botching the investigation and trial proceedings.From its outset, the Jairo Mora murder trial – perhaps one of the most globally monitored Costa Rican trials in recent history – was fraught with egregious delays and mistakes. Here is a timeline of the errors and mishaps that – in the judges’ own words – left no other choice but a not-guilty verdict for all seven defendants.Keep in mind the case is far from over, and a lengthy appeals process is expected. The defendants could be retried, although given warnings by the judges in this case, that could be a long shot. Costa Rican lawmakers and environmentalists say they plan to take action to hold both directors of the Prosecutor’s Office and the OIJ accountable for the mess-up, which already has stained Costa Rica’s carefully crafted eco-friendly reputation. The case also has done nothing but harm to the public perception of the country’s judicial system, which already had been criticized as weak and incompetent.For an in-depth look at the investigation, see our story, “Why Jairo died,” published in September 2013. There you can read for yourself whether or not the cops caught the right men. Facebook Comments
The radio station will also present a variety of podcasts, from literary to culinary to shows featuring musician Santos and the Costa Rica Space Program.“We will be having the first Radio Hit music Festival in March with an international artist, as well as giras outside of San José and in high schools to bring music to other parts of the country where we’ve never been before,” Fúster stated.The station’s Fiesta de la Alegría and fifth anniversary bash, which took place Dec. 3 at the Hoxton Pub in Los Yoses, San José, showcased Costa Rican bands Bird & Fish, Síndrome de Estocolmo, Magpie Jay, and Funka. Organizers gathered donations of clothing during the event for people in need in San José this Christmas, and local clothing store Chub&Riv sold T-shirts.For more, tune in to Radio Hit, 104.7 FM, or follow the station’s Facebook page. Síndrome de Estocolmo was another performer at the celebration. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Radio Hit (104.7 FM) celebrated its successful 2015 with a year-end bash – and announced plans for what could be an even bigger 2016.The radio station is relaunching its image and taking its programming in a number of new directions.“In January we will be releasing our new web platform,” Radio Hit broadcaster Michelle Fúster told The Tico Times in a phone interview. “The new platform will include various things such as weekly Spotify playlists created by us, guests and other thematic playlists. In February we’ll feature new programs including Costa Rican music and Spanish music.” Radio Hit celebrated its fifth anniversary on Dec. 3. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:Costa Rican band 424 caps off year with new single, video and concert PHOTOS: Sights and sounds of Costa Rica’s first Nrmal Festival PHOTOS: Zópilot! blows everyone away with farewell show at San José’s Cine Magaly US panel forces online radio services like Pandora to pay more to stream songs
Citi, Fannie Mae Announce $968M Repurchase Agreement Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Citigroup Fannie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan Repurchases Service Providers 2013-07-01 Tory Barringer July 1, 2013 455 Views Share in Origination, Secondary Market “”Citigroup””:https://online.citibank.com/US/Welcome.c#_tab2 and “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html announced Monday an agreement to resolve future repurchase claims for breaches of representations of warranties on millions of loans originated between 2000 and 2012.[IMAGE]According to release from Citi, the agreement covers 3.7 million residential first mortgage loans sold to Fannie Mae. Citi is not released from liability regarding servicing or other ongoing contractual obligations on those loans; the bank is also still responsible for a population of less than 12,000 loans originated in the same time frame with certain characteristics such as those sold with a performance guaranty or under special credit enhancement programs.As part of the agreement, Citi will pay Fannie Mae $968 million, “”substantially all of which was covered”” by the bank’s existing mortgage repurchase reserves as of the end of the first quarter. Citi estimates it will record a residential mortgage repurchase reserve build of $245 million in its next quarterly earnings report and believes “”it is adequately reserved for the loans not covered by the agreement.””””We have a strong and productive relationship with Fannie Mae. … As we work to deepen and enhance financial relationships with our clients, we will continue to focus on the production of high-quality mortgage loans,”” said CitiMortgage CEO Jane Fraser.Citi also said in its release it will continue to work with Fannie Mae on the timely repurchase of any mortgages sold to the GSE that do not meet its requirements.””This resolution is an example of our desire to work together with our business partners to find common ground. Today’s agreement resolves legacy repurchase issues, compensates taxpayers for losses, and allows Fannie Mae and Citi to move forward and strengthen our business relationship,”” said Bradley Lerman, EVP and general counsel at Fannie Mae. “”We continue to focus on making strong progress in resolving repurchase requests with other lenders, and remain committed to helping people to buy, refinance or rent a home.””
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Over the years, the amazing views from its elegant rooms have astounded legendary stars such as Mata Hari and Josephine Baker. The Hotel Des Indes now offers modern amenities such as a health club with a heated pool, sauna, steam room and solarium, while the elegant historic feel continues through its restaurants, bars and lounges. Upgrade to an executive room to get a view of the city. RelatedHolidays in Holland: 10 things to see and do in UtrechtThe beautiful city of Utrecht lies in the heart of Holland. Thanks the students to for Utrecht’s buzzing café and bar scene – and low prices. 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