Omagh civil trial hears mobile phone evidence

first_img Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Omagh civil trial hears mobile phone evidence WhatsApp Twitter Google+ By News Highland – January 18, 2013 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers A phone registered to a builder accused of involvement in the Omagh bomb can be traced to within 5km of the town an hour before the explosion, the High Court has heard.The claim was made at the civil retrial of two men being sued over the bombing.Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly are defending the action taken by some of the relatives of the victims.A retrial was ordered after their appeals against being held liable for the bombing were upheld last year.An investigating detective said Mr Murphy’s mobile could be connected to the area by analysis of mast coverage but also confirmed the County Louth man is not suspected of being in Omagh on the day of the Real IRA attack in August 1998.Mr Murphy, a Dundalk-based contractor and publican, is being sued along with former employee Seamus Daly, from County Monaghan, over the atrocity that killed 29 people and injured hundreds more.Both men deny the claim against them. Pinterest Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrycenter_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter News Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Previous articlePringle, Doherty and Mac Lochlainn raise Donegal burglaries in DailNext articleBig names kick off Derry’s year as City of Culture with huge concert News Highland Facebooklast_img read more

Bar sections take legislative positions

first_img Bar sections take legislative positions Bar sections take legislative positions February 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Three sections have received authorization from the Bar Board of Governors to lobby the Florida Legislature on six different legislative positions.The board acted at its December meeting on issues ranging from international contract disputes to appointing and paying guardians and attorneys for indigents in civil commitment proceedings.Under Bar policies, sections are given a wide latitude on issues they wish to lobby, as long as the matter falls in their subject area, does not conflict with a Bar-wide position, and does not cause deep emotional divisions among Bar members.A complete list of Bar, section, and committee legislative positions can be found on the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org.Following are the sections and their positions reviewed by the board: International Law Section: Supports amending F.S. §685.101 and F.S. §685.102 to give Florida courts jurisdiction to hear contractual disputes involving parties choosing Florida as governing law as a forum for dispute resolution, even where no other contacts may exist with Florida. Public Interest Law Section: Supports the repeal or amendment of F.S. §775.0837 Habitual Misdemeanor offenders to the extent that it Affects Florida’s homeless population. Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section: • Supports amending F.S. §744.107 to expand the court’s power to appoint a court monitor in guardianships of minors or other incapacitated persons and creates F.S. §744.1075 allowing an emergency court monitor to investigate allegations of financial or physical abuse or neglect of wards under the jurisdiction of the court.• Supports technical corrections to sections F.S. §§655.935, 655.936, 655.937, and 73.6065 to clarify access to safe deposit boxes following the death of the lessee and creating a procedure allowing for an optional inventory by someone other than the personal representative if a safe deposit box is co-leased.• Supports amending F.S. §718.117 to provide owners of parcels within a community a practical method to terminate outdated condominium concepts.• Supports amending F.S. §29.007 to provide authority to appoint and compensate attorneys and professional guardians to serve as guardian advocates and guardians ad litem for indigents in civil commitment and treatment proceedings in proceedings under the mental retardation statutes (ch. 393), Baker Act (ch. 394) and Marchman Act (ch. 397).last_img read more

Errata

first_img March 1, 2005 Errata Errata Errata Reading Florida’s state budget has never been easy and the Bar News missed an item on the statewide Guardian Ad Litem office expenditures proposed by Gov. Jeb Bush in its February 15 story on the budget. That story reported that the governor’s budget had no increase for GAL operations next year, which was shown in GAL’s section of the budget. But according to GAL Deputy General Counsel Deborah Lacombe, another section of the budget on administered funds actually had the extra $4.3 million the office had been requesting. That request, and the rest of the budget, must still be approved by the legislature, but Lacombe said GAL officials are pleased that the governor has backed their request to expand their services to reach more children.Due to an oversight, Rep. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, was omitted from the list of lawyers who are serving in the Florida Legislature for 2004-06 which appeared in the November 15, 2004 News. Her inclusion means there are 33 lawyers serving in the House, or two more than the 2002-04 biennium.last_img read more

7 tricks advertisers use to make you spend money

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You are bombarded by advertisements every day. Just how many ads you see is up for debate. One oft-quoted number released by market research firm Yankelovich estimated that a person living in a city 30 years ago saw as many as 2,000 ad messages a day (on everything from billboards to TV), versus the present rate of 5,000 a day. That doesn’t mean, of course, that we actually notice all of those ads.While most of us recognize that advertisers are trying hard to entice us to spend money, it’s easy to forget how they do this. By increasing our awareness of their tactics, perhaps we can better resist impulse buying.With that in mind, here’s a roundup of methods advertisers use to prompt consumers to open their hearts and wallets.1. Appealing to our greed and other vices. You probably like to think of yourself as having unimpeachable character. That said, Robert Barrows of R.M. Barrows, Inc., an advertising and public relations company in San Mateo, California, points out that some advertisers will write ad copy that appeals to all or any of the seven deadly sins – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.Think about car companies that suggest your neighbors will drool over your new wheels (envy); the restaurants that promise you lots of food for your dollar (gluttony); or perfume and aftershave commercials promising irresistibility, and you start to see what he means. continue reading »last_img read more

Virginia turkeys show signs of H5 avian flu exposure

first_imgJul 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A Virginia agriculture official announced today that a turkey flock in Shenandoah County has tested positive for antibodies to a nonlethal H5 avian influenza virus, indicating possible past exposure.Richard Wilkes, state veterinarian for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), said routine tests conducted 3 days ago, before the apparently healthy birds were scheduled to be slaughtered, were suspicious for antibodies to low-pathogenic avian flu, according to a VDACS press release.Tests conducted over the weekend at the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the presence of the H5 avian flu antibodies, Wilkes said in the press release.The unidentified farm is west of Mount Jackson, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. Shenandoah County is in northern Virginia on the West Virginia border.”So far USDA testing has not identified the actual virus that caused the birds to produce the antibodies,” he said, adding that the Ames lab hopes not only to identify the virus, but also to determine its source.No sick birdsThe turkeys did not show any signs of illness before they were tested, and the presence of avian flu antibodies does not pose a health risk to humans, Wilkes said. None of the birds entered or will enter the food chain, he added.The 54,000-bird flock will be culled as soon as possible and composted on site, Wilkes reported. He said federal and state policies dictate eradication of H5 and H7 viruses because, even when mild, they can mutate into more dangerous forms.The agriculture department is closely monitoring poultry operations within a 6-mile radius of the affected farm, Wilkes said.Hobey Bauhan, president of the Virginia Poultry Federation, said a similar strain struck poultry in the Shenandoah Valley in 2002, the AP reported. According to an overview of that outbreak, published in a 2003 issue of Avian Diseases, a low-pathogenic H7N2 virus was implicated. The outbreak affected 197 farms, mostly turkey operations, and led to the culling of more than 4.7 million birds, costing the poultry industry $130 million.Though no source was definitively established, genetic sequencing determined that the virus was nearly identical to isolates that had been circulating in live bird markets in New York and New Jersey for the previous 8 years.Germany culls poultryIn other developments, officials in Germany culled 1,200 farm and pet birds after a pet goose tested positive for deadly H5N1 avian flu, Reuters reported today. The goose was on a farm in Thueringen, one of four German states that recently reported finding the virus in swans and other wild birds.All farm and pet birds were culled within a 3-kilometer radius of the home where the infected pet goose was found, a Thueringen state government spokesman told Reuters. He said the goose had been allowed to wander freely and probably had contact with wild birds.The number of infected birds in Germany has risen to 43, plus the pet goose, a spokeswoman for the Friedrich-Loeffler animal diseases institute told Reuters. So far the disease has not been found in any farm birds, she said.Meanwhile, the Jul 5 issue of Eurosurveillance Weekly reported on a genetic analysis of the recent H5N1 findings in European birds. The analysis showed that the viruses identified recently in the Czech Republic and Germany are highly similar, but they differ from those found in the United Kingdom and Hungary.The strains isolated from domestic birds in the Czech Republic and wild birds in Germany are more closely related to strains found in the Middle East—including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Azerbaijan—and Russia, the Eurosurveillance report says.The source of the infection in the Czech Republic birds is still under investigation, the report says. No wild birds in the vicinity have tested positive for the H5N1 virus.”However, the fact that the outbreaks in domestic poultry coincided with the first reports of cases in wild birds in the EU [European Union] in 2007 is probably more than a coincidence,” the report states. “It may indicate that the virus remains present intermittently in wild bird populations within some member states.”The reemergence of H5N1 in European bird populations is a concern, but it is not unexpected, the authors say. Active surveillance so far suggests that H5N1 infection in wild birds is not as widespread or intense as it was in the early spring of 2006. However, the cases are a reminder of the importance of surveillance.”This provides an essential early warning of the presence of the virus,” the report states. “If it is found in birds, it is vital that containment measures are rapidly deployed to control infection to prevent the virus from becoming established in domestic poultry.”See also:Akey BL. Low-pathogenicity H7N2 avian flu outbreak in Virginia during 2002. Avian Dis 2003;47(3s):1099-103 [Abstract]Eurosurveillance Weekly report on European H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

Brighton’s Guggenheim

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Coronavirus bringing record $1t of new global corporate debt in 2020: Report

first_imgCompanies around the world will take on as much as US$1 trillion of new debt in 2020, as they try to shore up their finances against the coronavirus, a new study of 900 top firms has estimated.The unprecedented increase will see total global corporate debt jump by 12 percent to around $9.3 trillion, adding to years of accumulation that has left the world’s most indebted firms owing as much as many medium-sized countries.Last year also saw a sharp 8 percent rise, driven by mergers and acquisitions, and by firms borrowing to fund share buybacks and dividends. But this year’s jump will be for an entirely different reason – preservation as the virus saps profits. “COVID has changed everything,” said Seth Meyer, a portfolio manager at Janus Henderson, the firm that compiled the analysis for a new corporate debt index. “Now it is about conserving capital and building a fortified balance sheet”.Companies tapped bond markets for $384 billion between January and May, and Meyer estimates that recent weeks have set a new record for debt issuance from riskier “high yield” firms with lower credit ratings.Lending markets had slammed shut for all but the most trusted firms in March, but have been opened up wide again by emergency corporate debt buying programmes from central banks like the United States Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan.Companies included in the new debt index already owe almost 40 percent more than they did in 2014, and growth in debt has comfortably outstripped growth in profits. Pre-tax profits for the same group of 900 companies have risen a collective 9.1 percent to $2.3 trillion. Gearing, a measure of debt relative to shareholder finance, hit a record 59 percent in 2019, while the proportion of profit devoted to servicing interest payments also rose to a new high.US companies owe almost half of the world’s corporate debt at $3.9 trillion and have seen the fastest increase in the last five years of any major economy with the exception of Switzerland where there has been a wave of major M&A deals.Germany comes in at number two at $762 billion. It also has three of the world’s most indebted firms including the most indebted, Volkswagen, which with $192 billion of debt is not far behind countries like South Africa or Hungary, though it is inflated by its car finance arm.In contrast, a quarter of the companies in the new index have no debt at all, and some have vast cash reserves. The biggest of these stands at $104 billion and belongs to Google’s owner Alphabet.Meyer said credit markets still had some way to go to get back to pre-COVID conditions and the ongoing threat of the virus, especially the recent surge in US cases, remained investors’ central concern.“It is all a recipe for a more challenged outlook than we thought two months ago,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Huge Indonesia mine resumes operations after lockdown protest

first_imgIn May, Freeport said it would reduce the number of staff at the mine, which employed about 25,000 people, after infections rose in the area. Operations have resumed at the world’s biggest gold mine in Indonesia, the company that runs it said Saturday, after workers blocked access to the site in protest at being stopped from visiting their families over virus concerns.The miners at the Grasberg complex in the country’s easternmost Papua region reached an agreement with the US-based operator Freeport, which said it would resume bus services for workers to return home.This week more than 1,000 employees demonstrated at the mine’s main entrance over the decision to cancel bus services to the city of Timika in response to fears about the spread of coronavirus infections. Topics :center_img Many workers had been unable to leave the site — a high-altitude open pit that is also a major copper mine — for six months.Freeport spokesman Riza Pratama told AFP Saturday that the roadblock had been removed after a long negotiation period.Several buses departed from the mine late Friday, carrying some workers who had been granted a leave of absence, said local company spokesman Kerry Yarangga.These bus services will be run with stringent health protocols including Covid-19 testing, Yarangga said.last_img read more

PGGM calls for integration of ESG ‘veto’ for all asset classes

first_imgDutch pension fund manager PGGM is to develop its ESG integration by expanding its expert “veto” policy into all asset class investments.The €178bn asset manager currently operates a policy where ESG-dedicated investment staff sit on investment committees with the right to veto transactions that do not meet set standards.Eloy Lindeijer, CIO at PGGM, said this policy allowed the manager to incorporate ESG and responsible investment decisions at the core of its business.However, the manager is now looking to expand this policy and have responsible investment staff sitting in all asset class departments. Speaking at the World Pension Summit in The Hague, Lindeijer described the policy as a “powerful change”.“[ESG staff] have strong representation on investment committees with the ability to veto transactions if they do not meet the standards we have set on perhaps remuneration,” he said.“We are now thinking about integrating this group further.”He said the team had been kept separate for many years but added that, as the fund moved from “responsible investing 2.0 to 3.0”, it needed more integration.“We are thinking about integrating the staff into the [asset class] departments,” he said.“We have not quite figured out we might do this, but, ultimately, we want to have [responsible investing] fully integrated into the whole process.”He also called on other investors wanting to increase or develop their approach to responsible investing to copy the system.“[The team] are a powerful force,” he said. “If you’re starting to think about setting up ESG practices, you should give this power to someone in your organisation who can work on develop policies and has a veto.”Lindeijer also praised the support of client PFZW, adding that its goal to be ESG-focused had given the asset manager a strong foundation to incorporate these policies.PFZW, the pension scheme for healthcare workers, recently committed to quadrupling its sustainable investments and halving its carbon footprint in six years.Peter Borgdorff, managing director of the €152bn fund, earlier told delegates a scheme’s responsibility was not only to provide income in retirement but also to help build a world members want to retire in.PGGM also reaffirmed its commitment to the Dutch housing market, as Lindeijer said the manager was now very much on the buy-side, after reducing exposure in recent years.“It is a good example of what a long-term investor should be doing,” he said.“When the market was overheating and overvalued, we were pulling back. It has dropped 20% in value, and rental incomes are good value, so we are on the buy-side.”Other Dutch pension funds have also delved into real estate and mortgages, with growing demand for the asset class, replacing government bond holdings.last_img read more

Wenger never gave up on Bendtner

first_img Bendtner, however, is now set for a spell on the sidelines having sprained his ankle in scoring the goal which Wenger believes was reward for his positive attitude since returning to the first-team picture this season. “Nicklas is a player who has gone through some difficult periods, so I just want to give him great credit,” said Wenger, who was already without lead striker Olivier Giroud because of his own ankle problem. “I told him already today that he is back to the level I want him to be at, and if he continues to develop like that he will come back into the team. “Unfortunately he got injured today. He was a bit unlucky, he said he landed on the foot of a Cardiff player and sprained his ankle. It looks like it is not a question of days, but weeks. “I am very sad for us, but for him as well.” Bendtner, 25, has endured a testing spell of his career, with unsuccesful loans at the likes of Sunderland and Juventus before seeing hopes of a move to Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day fail to materialise, often becoming a focal point for fans’ frustrations. Wenger continued: “I never give up on people because you always have to give them credit. “I know the expression of the fans is only the diagnosis of the day – they are always ready to change their mind if you put the effort and the performance in.” Bendtner is out of contract at the end of the season, and so could now sign an agreement to move abroad as a free agent. Wenger said: “It is January 1 so we cannot stop him [talking to clubs abroad], but he says he wants to stay here. “If he is focused on staying with us and his job, he is a great striker.” The Gunners boss maintains he will wait to decide how he tackles the January sales, with the squad in need of some attacking reinforcements. “I don’t know, it doesn’t mean we go straight from Nicklas’ ankle straight to the transfer market,” Wenger said. Wenger felt his side showed great character to finally break Cardiff’s determined resistance. He said: “It looked like in the last 25 minutes like the goal was coming, but sometimes it doesn’t – and not only does it not come but you are then caught on the counter-attack. “We needed resilience and intelligence not to make a mistake at the back and continue to go forward. In the end, Nicklas got us great relief.” Wenger revealed scans on Mesut Ozil’s shoulder problem showed “no big damage”. He said: “I believe Ozil will be short for Saturday (against Tottenham in the FA Cup) and should be ready for Aston Villa (on January 13).” Arsenal are now a point ahead of Manchester City once again, with Chelsea also having won on New Year’s Day, as did Liverpool. Wenger said: “We have a good togetherness in the side, the players come on with the right attitude and that makes the difference. “You know that if you do not have that in the championship, then you have no chance to do it. “We have that in the squad, we have to take care of that spirit and show it in every game.” For Cardiff, all the uncertainty off the pitch has not helped produce results, with the defeat at Arsenal making it just one victory from 10 league matches. Caretaker manager David Kerslake said: “We knew coming here, they have got wonderful talented players and that we would be put under the kosh, but you saw the discipline of the side, the way they defended for each other I thought we were going to hang on.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintained he had never given up on Nicklas Bendtner after the Denmark striker netted a late goal to help beat managerless Cardiff 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, but is now set to be sidelined for few weeks with an ankle injury. Press Association It had looked like the Bluebirds, with potential new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watching from the stands, would hold out for a much-needed point in the wake of relentless Arsenal pressure. However, with just two minutes left, substitute Bendtner crashed the ball in from close range after David Marshall had saved Bacary Sagna’s header before, in stoppage time, Theo Walcott sealed the victory which took the Gunners back to the top of the Barclays Premier League table. last_img read more