REGINA – Catherine McKay’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when she drove into a car carrying the Van de Vorst family in January 2016, killing a couple and their two young children.Now, Saskatchewan’s Crown-owned insurance company is suing two Saskatoon bars that served McKay alcohol.“She was three times over the limit and no one prevented her from driving. Someone has to be responsible, and as a result of no one doing that, there was a family of four that was killed,” Earl Cameron, executive vice-president of Saskatchewan Government Insurance, said Thursday.“There’s a legal obligation to make sure your patrons are safe and they don’t harm themselves or someone else.”McKay was driving an SUV that struck the Van de Vorst family’s car as it crossed a highway just north of Saskatoon on Jan. 3, 2016.Jordan Van de Vorst, who was 34, and his 33-year-old wife, Chanda Van de Vorst, died at the scene. Their five-year-old daughter, Kamryn, and her two-year-old brother, Miguire, died in hospital.McKay was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death.Saskatchewan Government Insurance, known as SGI, has filed a statement of claim against the bars, Industrial Kitchen & Bar and Crackers Licensed Cocktail & Dining Room.The claim alleges that each tavern overserved McKay and knew or ought to have known she was impaired. The lawsuit alleges the taverns allowed McKay to drive away without taking action.It also states that the Industrial Kitchen and Lounge Corporation was aware that McKay frequently consumed alcohol at the business to the point of becoming impaired.“I’m not going to say what the bars should have done. I’m going to say the bars, in this case, could have prevented this had someone intervened,” said Cameron.“Three times over the legal limit, I think you can tell. Let’s not sugar-coat this. Three times.”Cameron said bars have training and rules to follow when it comes to serving alcohol and “this is a case where this person left the bar clearly intoxicated.”The phone number for Industrial Kitchen & Bar was no longer in service and a link to the restaurant’s website redirected to a different restaurant.Sean Cunningham, the owner of Crackers restaurant, said Thursday that he and partners bought the business in August 2016 — months after McKay was served and the fatal crash occurred.Cunningham said he’s contacted SGI about the lawsuit.“I believe it should be under the previous owner. At this time right now, I’m not sure if it is,” he said.Cameron said SGI also plans to file a suit against McKay.This is the first time SGI has filed such a claim, but similar suits have been filed in other parts of the country.Earlier this year, a British Columbia court found that a man convicted of drunk driving and the pub that served him were jointly responsible for a crash that left pedestrian with brain damage.The SGI suit seeks $95,000.When asked what he hoped the suit would accomplish, Cameron choked back tears and said: “Ultimately, no more accidents like this one.”Lou Van de Vorst, Jordan’s father, said he hopes this lawsuit sends a message that bars need to be more accountable for their actions.“It’s just a very good thing,” Van de Vorst told radio station CKRM.“I think it will make liquor or establishments that serve alcohol take a second look at what they’re doing, if they’re overserving or if they’re serving people who are obviously impaired.”Saskatchewan has some of the highest rates of impaired driving in Canada. Statistics Canada says there were 683 police-reported impaired driving incidents per 100,000 population in Saskatchewan in 2011. The Canadian average was 262.SGI says alcohol is a factor in nearly half of all fatal traffic collisions in the province.
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman was last week awarded by Variety magazine for her engagement to advance women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment.Nicole Kidman greets a young activist and fan following the awards ceremony Credit/Copyright: UN WomenThe Academy Award winner received the honour at Variety’s 5th Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills, which aims at “shining a spotlight on the high-profile women in Hollywood who have used their platforms to make a difference”.“The honourees we celebrate share an understanding of the power of giving back,” said Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino-Stearns in announcing the honourees, which also include actresses Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Hudson, Elizabeth Banks and Kerry Washington as well as Sony Co-Chair Amy Pascal. “The goal of Variety’s Power of Women is to galvanize the influence of the entertainment industry to inspire their peers and fans alike to get involved and give back.”At the event, Nicole Kidman urged the audience of Hollywood executives to join efforts towards ensuring a world where ‘women can live free from discrimination and violence’ and spoke passionately about her work to amplify the voices of women she has met through her travels as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.“UN Women is a smart organization and I have seen with my own eyes what they can do: they go and work directly with women in countries around the world. They support women to get elected into office and help them to have viable options to earn a living for themselves and their children”, said Nicole Kidman, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and Academy Award winner. “Right now, in conflict zones like Syria, where women and children are particularly affected, UN Women is rendering much-needed assistance to respond to women’s humanitarian needs. UN Women supports women in Syria and elsewhere to make their voices heard,” she added.Nicole Kidman was appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to promote women’s rights worldwide. A strong focus of her efforts has been on ending violence against women, a pandemic which is likely to affect one-in-three women in their lifetimes. Ms. Kidman has also served as the international spokesperson for UN Women’s Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women initiative, and has travelled to meet with survivors of sexual violence and raise attention to this pervasive human rights violation worldwide.Source:UNWomen.org
Rabat – The Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) has launched the Fulbright Program for Moroccan English Teachers to teach Arabic in the United States.This scholarship covers transportation and living expenses, making it one of the most important scholarships that Moroccan English teachers can apply for to teach Arabic in the US.Fulbright Morocco announced the competition for the FY 2016 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) Program. This competition targets public and private school English teachers and those who are in training to become English teachers.The program is a great opportunity for English teachers to teach Arabic at an American university and benefit from the FLTA’s advantages, such as the improvement of English language and teaching skills and exposure to American society and culture.Furthermore, the participants will facilitate cultural events and language clubs, and will be involved in extracurricular activities and community outreach projects.FLTA aims to reinforce Arabic foreign language instruction by establishing a native speaker presence at US educational institutions.The scholarship’s application deadline is August 7, 2015.
Persian Gold’s interim results for the six month period to June 30, 2009 show good exploration success has been achieved in Iran. The Chah-e-Zard gold discovery is believed to be commercial and Dalli could potentially be a small copper/gold mine. However, further progress and development has been frustrated by inaction on behalf of the authorities. As a result, Persian Gold is looking to examine other opportunities and strategic directions.John Teeling Chairman of Persian Gold commented: “The geology of Iran remains very attractive. Accessing the opportunity in Iran was the strategy behind setting up Persian Gold. Despite some considerable success on the ground, we have found it difficult to progress projects due to bureaucratic delays. Persian Gold is committed to Iran. We are examining other opportunities available to best serve the Company and shareholders, while continuing to address the problems of operating in Iran.“Iran is a beautiful country with outstanding geological potential. The logic in establishing Persian Gold in 2004 was to take advantage of the opportunities. The geopolitical situation facing Iran – sanctions, Middle East politics, and lack of understanding – meant that few, if any, Western mining companies would venture into the country. The founders of Persian Gold, Irish and Iranian, were experienced international operators and had no political baggage. This gave us a major early-move advantage. “The strategy worked very well in the early years. Persian Gold got every help from the Iranian Embassy in Dublin and from the geological and mining organisations in Iran. Persian Gold established a top class technical team in Iran. We had two quick discoveries, both joint ventures with local Iranians; Chah-e-Zard, a gold oxide resource, and Dalli, a copper/gold porphyry. Grass roots gold exploration at Takestan obtained good first phase exploration results and then ran into opposition when we wanted to move to the trenching/drilling phase. “But, our experience in the past 18 months has been frustrating. A detailed application to the Ministry of Mines for a Discovery Certificate on the Chah-e-Zard gold/silver discovery has lain dormant, although it has passed through various committees for technical and economic review. No explanation has come from the authorities. Under the relevant Mining Law, the authorities must rule on our application. Persian Gold staff have completed the necessary technical work prior to lodging a Discovery Certificate application for the Dalli copper/gold resource, but under the current circumstances, there is little point in submitting the application. Compounding the problem is the fact that visas are no longer available from the Iranian Embassy in Dublin. Again, no explanations are forthcoming.”He went on to explain the company’s logic in selecting Iran. “The country is very big, stretching over 2,000 km. It is seriously underexplored but thought to contain significant percentages of the world’s gold, copper, zinc and other metals. By bringing new thinking and new technology to the country, and by recruiting top quality internal staff, we hoped to make discoveries. In looking for gold, we applied the knowledge gained from discovering and developing gold mines in clay/alunite/silica minerals in the Andes. We employed satellite imagery in seeking exploration sites and used new interpretation techniques to evaluate findings. It worked. Our experience of gold mining in Africa enabled us to model and evaluate the Chah-e-Zard deposit, where we drilled over 40 holes to outline an oxide resource of at least 160,000 oz of gold and 1 Moz of silver. We know how to build and operate tank leach gold mines. We believe Chah-e-Zard is commercial. “Our initial focus was on early stage gold exploration but we soon realised that Iran could and should contain very large copper gold porphyry deposits. Our first target was Dalli. This is a good and valuable deposit, but it is not the goal, it is not big enough. We looked at others, including Shadan in the East, but we have not found a big resource. Applying state of the art analytical/evaluation techniques added value to both resources. Dalli could be viable as a small gold/copper mine. “We had excellent cooperation in Iran at local and national level. Individuals, state organisations, and even a bank, brought particular projects. We signed Memoranda of Understanding with a bank, a state mining company and with some local mining groups. “For the past 18 months, we persevered in our chosen strategy in Iran, though unable to make any progress with the authorities. We kept our top quality geological team together, we continued to examine new projects, and we pushed for answers to our application. It is unsatisfactory to report that we have made no progress and have received no explanations.” Facing reality, Persian Gold’s board will continue to monitor opportunities in Iran but is cutting costs as far as possible. Unfortunately, some staff have lost their jobs. In recent months, the company has conducted preliminary investigations into the mineral potential in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan and is now focusing on grass roots gold opportunities. These countries have large Persian/Azari-Turkic speaking populations. Its Iranian staff can work in these places.“We have identified two specific minerals which we believe have strong long term fundamentals.The board is examining exploration opportunities in these minerals. Early developments are expected.The skills, expertise and contacts of directors and staff extend into hydrocarbons.For some time, we have been looking at opportunities to partner with local Iranian groups who have obtained exploration concessions. Iranian oil operates on a different regime to minerals so foreign investment is taking place.To date, the returns offered make financing difficult.Outside of Iran, we have been offered and are examining exploration projects in both gas and oil. If we remain stalled in Iranian minerals, then such projects provide alternatives.“The geology of Iran remains as attractive as ever. We are striving to find out why Persian Gold is not making progress with the authorities. If we can identify the problems, we will fix them.”
← Previous Story Egypt beat Qatar in Arabic derby Next Story → STRONG DANES: Sorry Argentina, but not surprise this time Germany began campaign at IHF World Championship 2017 with a win over Hungary 27:23 (16:11). In match of two strong rivals, European champions had more players on higher level than Hungarians, starting from fantastic Uwe Gensheimer. DHB captain netted 13 goals only few days after tragic loss in his family.Germans had 16:9, but Xavi Sabate team managed to come back in the match with 6:0 series afterwards winner question was open until the end…Germany – Hungary 27:23 (16:11) Germany: Heinevetter, Wolff – Gensheimer (13/8), Häfner (7), Groetzki (4), Fäth (1), Pieczkowski (1), Kühn (1), Wiencek, Drux, Ernst, Kohlbacher, Lemke, Reichmann, DahmkeHungary: Fazekas, Mikler – Csaszar (3/1), Balogh (3), Juhasz (3), Bodo (3), Jamali (3), Lekai (3), Zubai (2), Harsanyi (1), Ancsin (1), Nagy (1), Ligetvari , Banhidi, Szollosi, SchuchPHOTO: IHF German handball teamHungarian handball teamUwe Gensheimer
Spain 1The Netherlands 5ALL GOOD THINGS must come to an end and it seems a rampant Netherlands tonight called time on the red reign of Las Roja. This was not a frustrating 1-0 opening round defeat to Switzerland, like the one Spain suffered four years ago before recovering to lift the World Cup, this was a brutal changing of the guard.The era of possession-based “tiki-taka” football is dead. It has been dead at club level for two years, but on a sticky, humid afternoon in Salvador, Louis Van Gaal’s young Dutch team counter-attacked Spain’s system into international extinction.As sad as it was to see greats such as Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas fade before our eyes, it was impossible not to be heartened watching Netherlands’ vicious brand of football prosper. Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben, with two goals each, look like club leaders who are ready to go global in Brazil.Robben’s Bayern Munich, a team that Van Gaal laid the foundations for (as he did their antithesis Barcelona), showed the way in the 2013 Champions League final and his former club Real Madrid followed this year. The dominance of Barcelona has been broken in Spain by the counter-attacking efficiency of Real and Atletico Madrid.Now Vicente del Bosque’s team, who have won their last three international tournaments, look as instantly, bizarrely, outdated as the Catalan club from whom they drew their inspiration.It started promisingly, when one newcomer Diego Costa earned a penalty with a judiciously placed trailing leg, which was duly converted by veteran Alonso.At that stage, with Spain dominating possession as always, few could foresee a side who conceded two goals in winning the title four years ago leaking five goals. In fact, they should have been 2-0 up on 42 minutes when David Silva, criminally neglected by Daryl Janmaat, was sent through by the irrepressible Andres Iniesta, but the Manchester City man’s chipped effort was clawed away for a corner by Jasper Cillessen. Source: EMPICS Sport(Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas looks dejected after Netherlands’ Robin van Persie scores their fourth goal)So far, so Spain, but then the wheels came off as Van Persie took flight. Daley Blind had been combining well with Robben on the right flank and it was his crossfield ball that found Van Persie, played onside by the sleepy Gerard Pique, and the Manchester United striker took flight to send a diving header looping over the stranded Casillas.Game on, but not in the way anyone expected. As the rain began to fall at the start of the second half, Iniesta tested Cillessen with a shot that skimmed across the greasy surface. On 52 minutes, Robben put the Netherlands in front — delightfully collecting a Blind pass in mid-air with his trusty left peg, the Bayern man cut inside Pique with his right before shooting past Casillas with the aid of a slight deflection off Sergio Ramos.Costa’s frustration boiled over quickly and he was lucky to escape without censure for a gentle butt in the direction of Bruno Martins Idi. Wisely, Del Bosque replaced the striker with Fernando Torres soon after.Van Persie slammed a right-foot volley off the crossbar before the third and decisive goal came courtesy of the unlikely source of Stefan De Vrij, who bundled the ball over the line after Casillas failed to come out and claim a Sneijder free.Things were unravelling for the Spain captain, who was booked before handing Van Persie his second goal on a plate, horribly miscontrolling a Jordi Alba backpass. It went from bad to worse when Robben left the poor Pique for dead, left Casillas stranded with a neat turn before firing the ball into an unguarded net.There could have been more goals for the Dutch, but a combination of profligacy and a couple of fine Casillas saves spared them any further indignity. Until Torres hesitated with an open goal begging for him to shoot.As expected, Van Gaal set his team up with a five-man defence in the hope of repelling the reigning world champions and number one ranked team. Their respective formations gave no hint of their qualifying campaigns — the Netherlands were second top scorers in Europe behind Germany with 34 goals, while Spain managed just 14, albeit in a more difficult group featuring one team less.Del Bosque’s team selection, after six years at the helm of one of the most talented groups of players ever assembled, was more predictable. The only slight surprise the inclusion of Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Atletico Madrid’s Juanfran. On the other flank, Jordi Alba was playing through the pain of a toothache.Up front Diego Costa, playing less than 300 kilometres from the town of his birth Lagarto, was selected ahead of David Villa, who scored two goals in Spain’s final warm-up game against Costa Rica.Both teams in their alternative strips — Spain in all white, the Netherlands dark blue — Spain kicked off, playing into the southern end of the Arena Fonte Nova, with its temporary seating.From the get-go, Van Gaal’s front five worked tirelessly to press the Spanish but Xavi, Iniesta and Alonso were immediately into their groove, with Silva providing a menacing link to Costa, who was drawing a lot of abuse from the Brazilian contingent in the crowd, before he had even earned Spain’s penalty.Despite Spain’s predictable domination of possession early on, it was the Dutch who had the opening chance — Arjen Robben pounced on an error by Alba to send Wesley Sneijder through on goal in the eighth minute, but the Galatasaray man’s tame shot straight at Iker Casillas was as easily saved as Robben’s similar miss in the final four years ago.Other than an effort from distance by the influential Iniesta, Spain took time to threaten the Dutch goal — Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar did brilliantly to block a left footed effort from Costa, who has turned leading the line alone into a muscular art form.The Atletico man’s role as Panto villain in chief was assumed briefly by Netherlands enforcer Nigel De Jong, who was penalised for a barging block on Sergio Busquets, of which the Barcelona midfielder undoubtedly made a meal. It was no kung-fu kick to the chest.The Netherlands could have taken an unlikely lead had full-back Daryl Janmaat had the courage to shoot following a cross from his increasingly influential fellow full-back, Daley Blind. However, with Silva and Iniesta combining wonderfully and Costa forging opportunities, even if his finishing lacked refinement, a Spanish goal was on the cards.When it came it arrived with controversy. Costa falling theatrically after De Vrij foolishly attempted a sliding tackle. However the drama was only beginning, and the second act was epoch-changing.Next for the punch drunk champs is Chile in the Maracana. It looks likely to be their only trip to the final venue.Dutch gold as Van Persie and the Netherlands rout Spain>Eamon Dunphy won’t be happy as David Luiz completes £50million move to PSG>
Intel stopped shipping its long awaited Sandy Bridge processor, due to a defect. That threw in a wrench for computer manufactures, like Apple. While other companies have made do with what they have, Apple had to cancel all MacBook Air upgrade plans and manufacturing due to this issue. That doesn’t include other Apple computers that had been canceled on manufacturing or shipments.Apple and Intel have issued releases stating that they won’t get the new Sandy Bridge processor until June. This comes as a surprise, since Intel stated that it will begin to ship the new ones out as early as next week. Apple hopes by the time summer rolls around, it will be able to upgrade the processor.Via ZDNet
What will China’s ZTE be bringing to Mobile World Congress 2013? So far the company has teased the 5.7-inch Grand Memo and an unnamed device running Mozilla’s Firefox OS. In the case of the Grand Memo, ZTE is so excited about the upcoming launch that it couldn’t even wait for the Barcelona expo to show it off to members of the tech press.The Grand Memo (that’s it above next to the Grand S) is part of a new push for ZTE. With a solid presence already established in lower-end devices, the company now wants to move in on the high-end device market. The Grand Memo looks like a good way to kickstart the effort. It’s got a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor to go along with that 5.7-inch display. There’s also a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, and ZTE has included a micro SD expansion slot.Full specs won’t be revealed until MWC, but there are two more details worth knowing. First, that mammoth display is a 720p number. ZTE has decided not to match its competitors with a 1080p panel, and it’s likely a cost-cutting decision. Shaving a few bucks by going with a lower-resolution display will allow ZTE to price its high-end phablet aggressively, and that won’t go unnoticed by consumers. And since you won’t have to hold the 5.7-inch screen right up next to your face to see things, chances are the drop in PPI won’t make a huge difference.Second, the Grand Memo measures just 8mm thick. That’s hard enough to do with a device this size when you don’t offer any expandability, and ZTE has still managed to squeeze in that micro SD slot.As for its first phone running Firefox OS, everything’s a mystery at this point. ZTE has been working with Mozilla for quite some time, and it’s had a couple codenamed devices circulating among the Foundation’s developers. The only thing that’s certain so far is that this device will sit at the opposite end of the price spectrum when it launches. Firefox OS phones — at least the initial round — are headed for emerging markets and will sport entry-level price tags.More at Engadget
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,315 Views Protests have been held outside the homes of Leo Varadkar, Simon Harris, Richard Bruton and Paul Kehoe in recent weeks. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4598953 Taoiseach has no plans to beef up security for ministers after protests at their homes Leo Varadkar says he has not added any extra security after protests at his home. Apr 21st 2019, 8:00 AM Share Tweet Email Protests have been held outside the homes of Leo Varadkar, Simon Harris, Richard Bruton and Paul Kehoe in recent weeks. Image: Niall Carson 69 Comments By Christina Finn THE TAOISEACH HAS said no extra security detail has been added after a series of protests at his home in recent weeks. In an interview with TheJournal.ie this week, the Taoiseach said:“I haven’t added any extra security. It is the Garda Commissioner that makes those calls.”He added that he is not proposing any changes to security operations. Two protests have taken place outside the apartment complex where Leo Varadkar lives in Castleknock. On one of the occasions, the Taoiseach was abroad, attending the EU-Arab League summit. Concerns about Cabinet members’ security was first raised after a group of protesters gathered outside Health Minister Simon Harris’ home in Co Wicklow.Harris, his wife Caoimhe and newborn daughter Saoirse were inside the house in Greystones at the time.The protesters, from Fingal Battalion Direct Action Group, Wicklow Says No and the Anti-Eviction Flying Column, left the scene peacefully after gardaí arrived. Since then, protests have also taken place outside Communications Minister Richard Bruton’s home, as well as the home of Junior Minister Paul Kehoe. It was reported that a review of Cabinet members’ security was to take place after the protests. No changes to security However, Varadkar told TheJournal.ie that he will not be proposing any changes to security operations. “I have security as Taoiseach, as does the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice. But the vast majority of ministers don’t have security – that was taken away during the financial crisis to save money. We are not proposing to change that,” he said.“My general view for protests outside anyone’s home is that they are inappropriate,” he said, adding that they are “inappropriate”. “For me it is really that my neighbours shouldn’t have to be disturbed,” he said, adding that it is not fair on politicians’ friends and family to be bothered by such protests. Speaking about his own neighbours, he said “it is not their fault I live in the same apartment block as them, and I regret any inconvenience caused to the people who live in the same apartment complex as me”.In his view, the numbers that protest outside politicians’ homes are small, and they should not be given any attention, by the media or others. “They are probably getting more attention than they should,” he concluded. Image: Niall Carson Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM
Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, FileThis file photo distributed by the North Korean government shows what was said to be the launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, ICBM, in North Korea’s northwest, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. The strongest U.N. sanctions in a generation may still prove no match for North Korea’s relentless nuclear weapons ambitions. Even in diplomatic triumph, the Trump administration is gambling that it has enough time to test if economic pressure can get Kim Jong Un’s totalitarian government to end its missile advances and atomic weapons testsNorth Korea may have successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, passing a key threshold in becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, according to a Japanese defense paper and a U.S. media report. The U.N. Security Council this weekend slapped its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea over its latest test of a ballistic missile that could be used to deliver a nuclear weapon. Despite the rapid tempo of these tests, uncertainty has lingered over the isolated nation’s ability to couple such a missile with a nuclear device. Those uncertainties appear to be receding. Japan’s Defense Ministry concluded in an annual white paper released Tuesday that “it is possible that North Korea has achieved the miniaturization of nuclear weapons and has developed nuclear warheads.” Japan, a key U.S. ally, is also a potential target of North Korean aggression. And The Washington Post reported Tuesday that U.S. intelligence officials assess that a decade after North Korea’s first nuclear test explosion, Pyongyang has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, including by intercontinental missiles — the type capable of reaching the continental U.S. The Post story, citing unnamed U.S. intelligence officials, said the confidential analysis was completed last month by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. The U.S. also calculated last month that North Korea has up to 60 nuclear weapons, the Post said, more than double most assessments by independent experts. Officials at the agency would not comment Tuesday on the report. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence could not immediately be reached for comment. Alarm in Washington over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s pursuit of a nuclear capability has intensified in the past month after the North conducted two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles for the first time last month. Share
Share Michael Wyke/APIn this Wednesday July 10, 2019 photo, Abdul Aziz, left, and his wife Farah Naz, the parents of Santa Fe High School shooting victim Sabika Aziz Sheikh, 17, talk about the impact of Sabika’s death during an interview at their home in Houston.The family of a Pakistani exchange student who was one of 10 people killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last year traveled to the U.S. and visited the school and community this week, wanting to learn more about the nine months she had spent there, including her final moments.Sabika Aziz Sheikh’s father, three siblings and cousin entered the Santa Fe High School art classroom where the 17-year-old was shot as she hid with other students in a storage closet. Her mother, Farah Naz, couldn’t bring herself to take the final steps into the room, explaining in Urdu through an interpreter that the image “would stay with me … throughout my whole life.”Although the family knew their two-week visit to the Houston area would be difficult, they felt Sabika would have wanted them to make the trip from Karachi, which also allowed them to personally thank people for their support, particularly residents of Santa Fe.“We’re still trying to grapple with the puzzle pieces, what her final moments were for her. The thought of it is so traumatizing,” said Sabika’s cousin Shaheera Jalil Albasit, who served as the family’s interpreter during an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. Although Albasit came to Santa Fe right after the shooting, it is the first visit for the rest of the family.In addition to visiting the school, they met with Sabika’s Santa Fe host family and with the prosecutors handling the case against the student charged with carrying out the attack. They also plan to meet with family members of other shooting victims.“I knew this was going to be hard, but I had to do it,” Sania Aziz Sheikh, Sabika’s 15-year-old sister, said about visiting Santa Fe. Also on the trip were her 11-year-old sister, Soha, and her 14-year old brother, Ali.Sabika, seven other students and two teachers were killed in the May 18, 2018, attack at the school, which is about 55 miles (88 kilometers) southeast of Houston. Thirteen other people were wounded. The student accused in the attack, 18-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is scheduled to stand trial in January on state murder charges. He also faces federal charges.Sabika came to Santa Fe, a city of about 13,000 residents, through a federal program in which high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations study in the U.S.While Sabika fully embraced living in America — going trick-or-treating on Halloween and attending prom with friends — she also worked to educate Santa Fe residents about Pakistan and Islam.Her parents said Sabika was committed to being a cultural ambassador for Pakistan and representing her religion and country in a positive light.Her father, Abdul Aziz, said it was important to tour Sabika’s school and learn about her life there. On Tuesday, the family was given a tour of the campus, which was empty because of the summer break.With Sabika’s schedule in hand, they went from classroom to classroom and sat where she once did. They eventually went to the art room, where the family members who ventured inside sat on the floor where Sabika died and were able to more or less envision what her final moments looked like, Albasit said.Sabika was less than three weeks from returning home when she was killed.Sania said she took comfort in learning from one of Sabika’s friends that she had been “very happy” the night before the shooting.Abdul Aziz, 52, who works as a distributor of cosmetics and plastic products in Pakistan, said despite what happened, he “feels very positively” about the U.S. and Santa Fe. But he and his wife said they had been unaware of the prevalence of gun violence in the U.S.Sabika’s parents are part of a group of family members of shooting victims who sued Pagourtzis’ parents, claiming they had been negligent in entrusting him with guns.Albasit said that although Sabika’s parents are confident Pagourtzis will be convicted, finding justice for Sabika would require more of a systemic change in U.S. gun violence.“No matter what happens, it’s not going to bring back my daughter. But that will give me some sense of peace,” said Naz, 45.Albasit, 27, who recently finished graduate school in Washington, D.C., became active in the gun control movement following her cousin’s death.Abdul Aziz, who visits his daughter’s grave in Karachi every day, said her presence in their lives remains as real as it was before, but that it’s not something that can be seen.“She’s here in everything we do. That is not going to change,” he said.___Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter: https://twitter.com/juanlozano70
Dan Fowlie, the one-time “King of Pavones” who is currently involved in a major land dispute in the town he helped build, has again been blocked from entering Costa Rica after a recent ruling from immigration authorities concluded he could “compromise public security.” The decision to declare Fowlie as a persona non grata for a second time came as a surprise to the 83-year-old U.S. citizen, who apparently was never given any direct notification.In a phone call with The Tico Times Monday morning, Fowlie said he left the country the previous Thursday, Feb. 9, after a three-week stay in Costa Rica, and was never notified that he would not be allowed reentry to the country. He added he didn’t find out about the decision until the daily La Nación published an article quoting Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata as saying Fowlie would be barred from Costa Rica if he ever tried to come back.In 2005, when Fowlie was released from U.S. prison after doing 18 years of a 30-year sentence on numerous drug-trafficking charges, Costa Rica declared Fowlie a persona non grata and barred him from re-entry. However, after the ruling was overturned in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights more than a decade later, Fowlie was able to return to the country last year.“My attorneys will be fighting it,” Fowlie, who is in Mexico, said during the phone call. “The same people made the call to kick me out last time and it worked. My persona non-grata was based on a newspaper article.”Fowlie has often argued that La Nación has given him unfair coverage, and claims it has used its leverage to help local investors and land owners who don’t want to see him in the country. Last year, when Fowlie legally entered Costa Rica on a new passport, La Nación published and then retracted a story stating he had entered the country illegally.According to immigration records, Fowlie entered the country seven times during the last year. Usually spending two or three weeks at a time, Fowlie said he never had any problems or confrontation with authorities during those visits.The man who helped build the infrastructure in Pavones, the idyllic coastal hamlet on Costa Rica’s southwest corner, previously owned an estimated 80 percent of the town’s property before being jailed in the 1980s. After his arrest, his properties were immediately squatted on and divided into separate titles under other people’s names.Fowlie has always claimed he has the original titles to most of his former properties, though he has yet to present them.Fowlie told The Tico Times that Costa Rican officials zoned in on him after he purchased a house from infamous fraudster Robert Vesco, who paid the government here a stipend to obtain a haven from U.S. authorities.Still, the glaring question remains: is an 83-year-old man truly going to make Costa Rica less safe? When the Tico Times tried to reach the Public Security Ministry through phone and email to get an answer to that question, spokespeople said any requests would have to be made through Immigration officials. When The Tico Times contacted an Immigration spokeswoman Monday afternoon, she said a comment would have to be made by someone from the Public Security Ministry.Mata told La Nación that Fowlie has struck fear into the Pavones community because drug traffickers in the area could see him as a rival, though he cited no evidence in the article to back that claim.“We have to avoid having undesirable people coming into the country,” Mata said to La Nación. “We can’t allow the country to be seen by foreigners as a place to hide out or commit crimes.”The legal foundation for banning Fowlie from the country is located in a section of Article 61 of the Immigration Law, which gives authorities the right to bar a foreigner from entry if “it’s considered that his entry compromises public security.” The small section of the article has been used in other polemic cases, such as the time last year that Mata ordered border authorities to deny entry to Nicaraguan comedian Reynaldo Ruíz, who’s famous for making fun of Costa Rican dialect and attitudes.Fowlie, however, claims there’s an ulterior motive to the reason for denying his reentry: “They know they are stealing my land.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Locals in Manuel Antonio prevent robbery of U.S. tourist with citizen’s arrest On eve of historic sex tourism trial, Cuba Dave is optimistic he’ll be acquitted Israeli investor accuses U.S. man of heading medical marijuana fraud Men caught with one ton of drugs in Costa Rica allowed to walk free, police say
<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a55c/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Five rival U.S carriers have sought permission from regulators to fly to Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport, which is being opened to limited international flights. American Airlines, Continental Airlines and its Continental Micronesia subsidiary, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have all requested U.S DoT approval for nonstop services to Haneda International Airport.Last December, a treaty was made between the United States and Japan to liberalize transpacific service. Mainly a domestic airport, the treaty has allowed Haneda to extend its services to U.S carriers. The Airport has recently expanded to permit more flights and its fourth runway is due to open in October.Delta and United already fly to Japan through Narita airport. Delta wants to launch Haneda services from Detroit, Los Angeles, Seattle and Honolulu.AMR Corp.’s American Airlines is seeking approval to serve the Tokyo airport from New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport and Los Angeles.If they gained approval, Continental and its subsidiary, Continental Micronesia, would fly from Newark, New Jersey, and Guam. United would fly from San Francisco.Hawaiian Airlines, a unit of Hawaiian Holdings Inc., said it asked the DoT for permission to fly twice a day between Honolulu and Haneda.
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Pending home sales in January dipped to their lowest level in a year, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). This is deemed to be the result of limited inventory.In January, prospective homeowners faced numerous obstacles in their quest to buy a home, Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist said. “The significant shortage of listings last month along with deteriorating affordability as the result of higher home prices and mortgage rates kept many would-be buyers at bay,” he said.This month, available homes are selling at a much faster rate than a year ago, he said. “Buyer traffic is easily outpacing seller traffic in several metro areas, In the West, it’s not uncommon to see a home come off the market within a month.”Yun’s comments are based on the Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings. A sale is listed as pending when the contract has been signed, but the transaction has not closed, though the sale usually is finalized within one or two months of signing.This index shows that signings decreased 2.8 percent to 106.4 in January from an upwardly revised 109.5 in December 2016. Although last month’s index reading is 0.4 percent above last January, it is the lowest since then.Although interest in buying a home is the highest it has been since the Great Recession and home shoppers are feeling more confident about their financial situation, they are dealing with challenging supply shortages in many areas, resulting in higher prices. However, Yun pointed out that since job growth is strong in most of the country and the stock market has seen record gains in recent months, he thinks that these factors bode favorably for increased sales in coming months,”January’s accelerated price appreciation is concerning because it’s more than double the pace of income growth, and mortgage rates are up considerably from six months ago,” Yun said. “Especially in the most expensive markets, prospective buyers will feel this squeeze to their budget and will likely have to come up with additional savings or compromise on home size or location.”Existing-home sales are forecast to be around 5.57 million this year, an increase of 2.2 percent from 2016 (5.45 million). The national median existing-home price this year is expected to increase around 4 percent. In 2016, existing sales increased 3.8 percent and prices rose 5.1 percent.”Sales got off to a fantastic start in January, but last month’s retreat in contract signings indicates that activity will likely be choppy in coming months as buyers compete for the meager number of listings in their price range,” Yun added.The PHSI in the Northeast rose 2.3 percent to 98.7 in January, and is now 3.6 percent above a year ago. In the Midwest, the index fell 5.0 percent to 99.5 in January and is now 3.8 percent lower than in January 2016.Pending home sales in the South inched higher (0.4 percent) to an index of 122.5 in January and are now 2.0 percent above last January. The index in the West dropped 9.8 percent in January to 94.6 and is now 0.4 percent lower than a year ago. February 27, 2017 530 Views in Headlines, Media, News Limited Inventory Causes Pending Home Sales to Drop Share Lawrence Yun National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index themreport 2017-02-27 Staff Writer
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