Police say it appears that more than 60 percent of these thefts are occurring in the North West quadrant of the city.According to RCMP, in most of these cases, it appears there are no signs of entry to the vehicles so it could be possible that vehicles are being left unlocked.The RCMP is reminding owners to lock up and remove all valuables before leaving your vehicle and is encouraging everyone to take part in the #9PMRoutine campaign. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is reporting an increase in the theft of valuables from vehicles.According to the RCMP, the amount of theft from vehicles has almost doubled within the past year from 27 reported thefts in 2018 to 49 in 2019.Out of the 49 thefts, the RCMP report that 11 have occurred within the first four days of October.
New Delhi: Filmmaker Karan Johar is set to unveil his wax figure, as well as a new experience zone, at Madame Tussauds, Singapore, on April 4. The unveiling will be live streamed from Sentosa. It will utilise interactive technology like AR, Kinect, Hologram and physical special effects giving visitors the chance to dance and act their way into the hall of fame alongside noted Indian celebrities. The official Instagram account of Madame Tussauds, Singapore, shared an update about the event, along with a photograph of Karan showcasing his hand imprints and more. “Not a fan of coffee? But not with Karan Johar’s Koffee because he will definitely brew to perfection! Join us at the opening of Ultimate Film Star experience on April 4,” the post read.
Rabat – Morocco adopts a “mature and balanced” approach regarding the Sahara issue, the US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon said.“Morocco’s autonomy proposal is realistic, serious and credible,” Shannon noted in an interview published on Friday by the daily “Akhbar Al Yaoum”, stressing that the Kingdom “adopts a mature and balanced approach on the Sahara issue”.Shannon, who reaffirmed his country’s support to the UN efforts on this issue, said that Morocco “is a partner for the US”, adding that the Sahara issue is a priority for Morocco as well as for the United States. “This is why we support efforts made by the UN and we believe in the possibility of reaching a solution through the UN,” he said.Shannon, who is on his first visit to Morocco since his appointment as Under Secretary of State, said that if he chose Morocco to start a tour in the region, it is because the Kingdom is “a key ally of the United States”, highlighting “long-standing diplomatic relations between both countries”.The US official said his country wants to further develop its strategic relations with Morocco, adding that both countries make efforts in this context to promote dialogue and consultation, in particular the strategic dialogue.Shannon noted that the Sahel region faces serious and complex security challenges.“We have, on the other hand, a partnership with Maghreb countries such as Morocco and with Sahelian countries like Mali, and we will continue to work alongside our partners to address these challenges,” he said.Shannon held talks Wednesday in Rabat with Delegate Minister to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Mbarka Bouaida, which focused on the strategic dialogue between Morocco and the United States.With MAP
Rabat – Calcio Mercato reported on Saturday that Benatia might move to AC Milan. However, the Old Lady is not ready yet to deprive itself of the key Moroccan footballer.Benatia was also linked with a move to Spain’s FC Barcelona. In October, Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona is interested in recruiting several international footballers, including Mehdi Benatia, to strengthen its defensive line.Benatia, 31, has spent most of his football career in Italy, where he has played for Udinese, AS Roma, and Juventus. Read Also: Morocco’s Mehdi Benatia Linked with a Move to FC BarcelonaJuventus recruited Benatia on loan from German giant Bayern Munich in 2016. After one year with Juventus, the Italian football club converted Benatia’s loan agreement to a permanent deal.In 2017 Juventus signed the Moroccan player with a three-year deal worth €17 million.Benatia also plays on Morocco’s national team, the Atlas Lions, and led them as team captain in the 2018 World Cup. On Friday, Benatia and the Lions took on Cameroon for a Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2019 qualifier, winning 2-0.
Police property is not immune when it comes to vandalism.An OPP radar trailer on James Street in Delhi suffered damage after the tires were intentionally set on fire in the early morning hours of April 22. A secondary fire was located on the fender but did not spread to the rest of the trailer.Police were contacted around 5:50 p.m. by a concerned citizen reporting the burns.The Norfolk County OPP is continuing to investigate and will be reviewing the trailer’s security surveillance footage in an attempt to identify those responsible.Anyone with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.
In a recent Mining Sector Report by Investec’s Global Natural Resources team, a apparent disparity in West African iron ore company values is observed. There are a range of methods that can be applied to value the companies, such as the risked NPV model, however, according to Investec, looking at current market valuations, it appears that a more simplistic Enterprise Value per tonne (EV/t) method is being used and when examined, these multiples show that there is a “value abyss” between the undeveloped companies and the developed ones.The aspiring producers Affero Mining, Bellzone and Zanaga are equally valued by the market at $0.04/t whilst current producers are valued 30-40 times higher, with African Minerals at $1.59/t and London Mining $1.26/t. The ASX-listed companies sit between the two AIM-listed groups, at $0.72/t. The majority of the resources underpinning AFF, BZM and ZIOC are derived from relatively low grade, magnetite ore bodies. Comparing this to the magnetite-specific resources within AMI and LOND which are valued between $3.23 – $7.31/t (average $5.27/t) and includes AMI’s Tonkolili DSO and saprolite ore and all of LOND’s Marampa ore. The ASX-listed companies that are neither producers of magnetite dominant sit between the magnetite plays and LOND-AMI, at $1.71-2.61/t (average$2.16/t). This offers the aspirants the potential for quantum upgrades in valuation should they succeed in achieving even moderate components of their planned production.If the value of all ore that is not reliant on a subsequent phase of funding at the previously mentioned average of $0.04/t, then the remaining material trades in a range of $17.74-28.25/t which approximates the planned operating margins at current iron ore prices, after taking into account product grades.Previous research by Investec on the West African iron ore sector (Valuing what the market doesn’t want to value, 10 July 2012) indicated that the market was reluctant to fully value the initial phases of iron ore production, as well as the subsequent more substantial phases of development and the longer-date, unfinanced and undeveloped assets. Circumstances since have done little to justify why this shouldn’t be the case with significant volatility in iron ore prices due to a weaker outlook for Chinese steel demand growth and the threat of oversupply from the majors. There has also been disappointing levels of progress made by all of the AIM-listed development plays relative to earlier expectations. This questions whether risked NPV-based valuations are still an appropriate means of deriving target prices. Attributing any project value is dependent on the respective company’s ability to secure significant amounts of capital, in a market where access to this capital is no longer assured.There is a possibility that value can still be delivered through asset sale or strategic investments, particularly given that negligible value is currently being attributed by the market. In contrast there is also a risk that those who are able to access capital do not realise any value and as there is no means of determining which projects will eventually attract strategic investor interest, Investec intend to maintain a risked NPV weighting methodology.Investec’s report concludes: “The market appears to be valuing the West African iron ore companies with a simple EV/t basis. Materials that feed a fully-financed production base are currently being valued at an average $23/t of attributable, recovered Fe units, while those that are unfinanced and show limited DSO potential are being valued more conservatively at $0.04/t. This therefore offers the potential for quantum upgrades in all company valuations, should the respective companies be successful in bringing components of their planned production into fruition.”
Photovoltaïque : les professionnels du secteur saisissent le Conseil d’Etat Pour les professionnels du secteur, le moratoire de trois mois sur les aides publiques à l’énergie solaire les a plongés dans “un coma artificiel”. C’est pourquoi ils ont l’intention de déposer un recours devant le Conseil d’Etat, afin de dénoncer une décision qui menace selon eux des milliers d’emplois.”Nous allons déposer mardi un recours devant le Conseil d’Etat demandant l’annulation du décret du 9 décembre”, a annoncé l’avocat représentant l’association de professionnels de la filière solaire Enerplan, Arnaud Gossement. Pour les acteurs du secteur de l’énergie photovoltaïque, ce moratoire constitue “unepurge de la filière et impose des conditions drastiques pour obtenir des dérogations”. Enerplan a été rejoint par d’autres associations telles que l’Apesi qui regroupe les producteurs d’électricité solaire indépendants, mais aussi celle des producteurs-exploitants agricoles.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéLorsque le 2 décembre, le Premier ministre proposait ce moratoire, il expliquait vouloir “définir un nouvel équilibre pour mettre fin à la création d’une véritable bulle spéculative”. Le texte suspend en attendant, et pour trois mois, l’obligation pour EDF de racheter l’énergie solaire aux conditions tarifaires attractives jusqu’alors imposées. Ce moratoire s’applique aux installations produisant plus de 3kW, et les particuliers dotés de panneaux solaires ne sont pas concernés. Mais le décret a eu pour effet de geler tous les projets en cours de lancement. Me Gossement précise alors que les professionnels réclament “bien une annulation et pas une suspension de ce texte, car le décret précise qu’au bout de trois mois il faudra refaire tous les dossiers” des projets déposés avant le mois de décembre. Et l’avocat d’ajouter que des demandes d’indemnisations pourraient être envisagées si le décret devait être annulé.En réaction à l’annonce de ce recours devant le Conseil d’Etat, le gouvernement vient d’annoncer travailler sur un nouveau cadre de régulation pour la filière photovoltaïque, qui devrait être présenté vers la mi-février. Dans ce but, une consultation réunissant des acteurs industriels, syndicats professionnels, organismes publics, financiers, élus, collectivités locales, et associations, a été lancée hier.Le 21 décembre 2010 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
Hormone de croissance : les deux scientifiques ont été relaxésLes deux scientifiques qui comparaissaient aujourd’hui devant la cour d’appel de Paris pour l’affaire de l’hormone de croissance ont été relaxés. Ils étaient accusés d’avoir involontairement provoqué la mort de 120 jeunes en commettant de “graves fautes d’imprudence et de négligence”. Près de vingt ans se sont écoulés depuis les décès des premières victimes de l’hormone de croissance en 1991. Une longue affaire judiciaire qui s’achève aujourd’hui par la décision de la cour d’appel. L’ancien biochimiste Fernand Dray, et la pédiatre Elisabeth Mugnier, ont été relaxés pour n’avoir commis “aucune faute”. Les deux scientifiques avaient déjà comparu en première instance en 2008 aux côtés de cinq autres prévenus intervenant dans la chaîne de production de l’hormone mise en cause par la justice. Parmi eux, deux sont morts depuis le procès en correctionnelle et les trois autres ont été relaxés. M. Dray et Mme Mugnier étaient donc seuls aujourd’hui devant la cour d’appel, accusés pour l’un de “tromperie aggravée” et l’autre de complicité. Ils encouraient notamment une peine de prison avec sursis.Selon les accusations, les deux scientifiques auraient commis de “graves fautes d’imprudence et de négligence” dans le traitement de 1.698 enfants à l’hormone de croissance. La substance prélevée à l’époque sur l’hypophyse des cadavres était infectée et aurait entraîné la mort de 120 jeunes par la maladie de Creutzfeldt-Jakob.Un manque de connaissances scientifiques à l’époqueÀ lire aussiMucoviscidose : espérance de vie, symptômes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-t-il ?Selon la cour, Fernand Dray, ancien directeur du laboratoire de l’Institut Pasteur chargé d’extraire l’hormone, ne peut assumer la responsabilité “de ne pas avoir eu l’intuition d’un risque de contamination qu’aucun professionnel évoluant dans ce secteur d’activité n’avait prévu à l’époque”. L’arrêt note également qu’Elisabeth Mugnier, chargée de la collecte des hypophyses dans les morgues des hôpitaux, “n’avait aucun pouvoir pour s’immiscer dans la gestion et l’organisation des établissements” et que la “responsabilité de s’assurer que les prélèvements étaient effectués conformément aux règles sanitaires” ne lui incombait pas.La justice a toutefois concédé une faute commise par “le souci d’accroître le nombre d’hypophyses collectées pour produire plus”. Cette surproduction aurait selon la cour “eu pour effet pervers d’occulter les risques d’une collecte insuffisamment sélective, les impératifs de rendement étant clairement privilégiés par rapport à ceux de sécurité sanitaire”.Le 5 mai 2011 à 16:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
Volunteers are needed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to maintain hunter access this fall to 250,000 acres of private forest near Mount St. Helens.Weyerhaeuser Co. is prepared to give hunters with special elk permits additional vehicle access to large portions of the St. Helens Tree Farm if enough volunteers can be found to ensure an orderly hunt.Sandra Jonker, regional wildlife manager, said volunteers are needed to staff access points, orient hunters and maintain safety buffers between hunters and active Weyerhaeuser operations.The program has attracted 50 to 60 volunteers per year since 2007. Jonker said the amount of land that is opened is directly proportional to the number of volunteers.To participate, volunteers can enroll at the department office at 2108 Grand Blvd., Vancouver or online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/sainthelens.
o Uncage the Soul Video Productiono Watch “Requiem of Ice.”o Watch Uncage the Soul’s latest production, about a World War II veteran who returned to Normandy, France, to fly-fish after 69 years.Cole Hansell learned it pays to be persistent.That persistence opened doors for him to work with mentors he admired, strap expensive video equipment onto his back, carry it up Mount Hood in Oregon and help shoot a stunning short film about an ice cave on the mountain.Hansell referred to the project as “the most wild and complex video I’ve ever been a part of. Getting all of the video equipment from an office in Portland inside of a dripping wet and frozen cave on the side of a mountain is just about as hard as it sounds, but the adventures had and the footage compiled are pretty spectacular.”Four years ago, determined to learn to shoot time-lapse photography, the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics student had figured out what equipment and knowledge he needed to make it happen.During his junior year, Hansell and his dad built a camera dolly for a school project. Then, because he admired the time-lapse photography work of Uncage the Soul Video Production, a creative company in Portland, he started emailing the company’s representatives in his senior year. Could he hang out with them to learn time-lapse photography techniques?
A de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter flies over Beaufort Sea ice in support of Arctic Submarine Laboratory exercises. (Photo courtesy Arctic Submarine Laboratory Facebook page)A man survived being struck by a plane that was taking off from sea ice 140 miles north of Deadhorse on the Beaufort Sea, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.Listen nowThe man, whose name has not been released, worked at the Arctic Submarine Laboratory supporting exercises during which U.S. and British navy submarines surface through the sea ice north of Alaska. That’s according to a preliminary report from the NTSB, which continues to investigate the March 20 plane strike.NTSB investigator Clint Johnson said the man was trying to snap a photo for his kids and was standing behind a snow berm next to an ice runway as the de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter took off.“He was going to be leaving the ice within the next couple of days,” Johnson said. “He did want to get a picture of these small Lego figurines with the airplane in the background.”The man told Johnson he talked to the pilot about taking the photo beforehand, though Johnson said the pilot, in a separate interview, did not recall the conversation.Johnson described what the man says he saw as the plane started taking off:“The airplane accelerated toward him. It didn’t climb as he anticipated,” Johnson said. “The airplane started a turn to the left, which means the left wing got closer to the ground. The next thing he knew is he saw the wing, and that’s all that he remembers. He remembered waking up in the medivac helicopter on the way to Deadhorse.”According to the NTSB report, the pilot and co-pilot heard a loud thump, and they had trouble with the plane’s controls. They made an emergency landing back on the airstrip and found the man with serious head and neck injuries.While the rest of the camp has since been removed from the ice, Johnson said the plane was not flyable and was left behind. He said the Twin Otter was still there as of Tuesday morning, a week later, with substantial damage to its left wing, and there were plans to use a heavy-lift helicopter to retrieve it from the drifting and deteriorating sea ice.The plane’s owner, Homer-based Bald Mountain Air Service, released a written statement about the incident Tuesday but did not answer questions about the plane’s status.
Vijayawada: Minister for Endowments Vellampalli Sinivas visited the low-lying areas of one-town area which were flooded with rain water on Tuesday. The minister visited Urmilanagar, Rotarynagar, Gollapalamgattu and other places which were flooded with rain water due to heavy rains in the morning hours. With the heavy downpour, rain water entered the houses in those areas creating trouble for residents. The residents appealed to the minister that many representations were given to the earlier TDP government leaders, but there was no change in the situation. The minister ordered the concerned municipal officers to look into the matter and resolve the problem on a war footing. He also assured the locals that their problem would be solved.
Notorious antibiotic resistant superbug MRSA has been filmed actively moving, despite previous understanding that it was a static organism. Staphylococcus aureus is a common type of bacteria that can cause skin infections, and turns deadly when entering a skin lesion, causing blood poisoning or endocarditis.Scientists from the universities of Nottingham and Sheffield showed that the methicillin antibiotic resistant MRSA bacteria is actually mobile, even though it has no propulsive tail or appendages. This is the first time scientists have seen this movement, and it means experts can begin targeting the mobility of the bacteria in their search for a vaccine.Using high powered microscopy, we saw that the bacteria can spread across the surface of an agar plate in structures that we have called comets, said Steve Diggle, researcher from the University of Nottingham. After 8 hours of colony growth, the comet heads are the main source of movement. Cells in the tail follow the comet heads for a while, while bacteria further away no longer move. Our time-lapse video shows the whole remarkable process.The study published in Nature, found that the comets are made of a mixture of MRSA proteins and slime. It was also found that tracks were left behind in the agar â€“ an algae-based jelly substance â€“ in certain conditions. These tracks are visible in the time-lapse video recorded by the researchers. Close
Self defence forces search for missing people in the devastated city of Atsuma on 9 September, 2018 after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a powerful earthquake that triggered massive landslides in northern Japan rose to 44 on Monday with tens of thousands of police and troops still on the ground to support survivors.Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said no one was left on a missing list, which suggested the figure could be the final death toll.Around 40,000 police, fire fighters, troops and maritime safety officials were providing assistance, with more than 2,700 people still forced to stay in shelters after the killer quake struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last week.The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed from the force of the 6.6-magnitude quake, causing deep brown scars in the landscape.“The government will strive to get hold of what is needed on the ground and take every possible measure so that people can return to a normal, safe life as soon as possible,” Suga told a news conference.He also warned that islanders should remain on alert as rainfall was forecast in the region, which could trigger fresh landslides.The quake was the latest in a string of natural disasters to batter the island nation.Western parts of the country are still recovering from the most powerful typhoon to strike Japan in a quarter of a century, which claimed 11 lives and shut down the main regional airport.Launching a campaign for another term as head of his ruling party, prime minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his government will “do its best” to restore the disasters-hit regions.
By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROIn 2020, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel will celebrate its 125th year of serving as a spiritual, historical and cultural center on Howard University’s campus. Built between the years of 1894 and 1895, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel has served as a pillar of truth, service and a spiritual oasis for students, faculty, staff, alumni, the greater Washington D.C. community and visitors from across the nation and throughout the world for almost 125 years. The chapel was constructed under the leadership of former Howard University President Jeremiah Rankin. In 1896 the chapel was dedicated and named after Andrew Rankin, President Rankin’s late brother. Rankin’s widow had donated $5,000 to the construction of the chapel.Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel is celebrating its 125th year serving the Howard University spiritual community. (Courtesy Photo)Throughout its existence, the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel has had four Deans of the Chapel including Dr. Howard Thurman, Dr. Daniel Hill, Dr. Evans Crawford and Dr. Bernard Richardson who currently serves as the Dean of the Chapel. The Chapel is serviced and supported by the Chaplains, Chapel Assistants, the Chapel Ushers, Interfaith Fellows and “Friends of Rankin Chapel.” In a newsletter to the Howard University community, President Wayne A.I. Frederick shared that an architectural assessment of Rankin chapel took place. Frederick explained that major monetary contributions are necessary, in order to renovate and repair the historic chapel to the extent that the university wants and needs. “A significant fundraising effort will be needed to complete this project,” Frederick wrote. “Our desire is to move forward with the renovation and expansion of this national landmark given its central place in Howard University history and those chapters yet to be written.”Rankin Chapel is a non-denominational chapel that has welcomed prolific people throughout history to the pulpit including Howard’s very first Black President Dr. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Eleanor Roosevelt, Desmond Tutu, Vernon Johns and Mary McLeod Bethune. For over a century, many people have been able to find a spiritual haven in the 90-foot long building that offers an array of worship, ranging from their Jummah Prayer Series to their Sunday Chapel Service. “As a member of the Howard Gospel Choir, the chapel became my second home,” Samiyah Muhammad, a current student at Howard University shared. “Rehearsals in the Chapel became my place of refuge and release from the stressors of college life, and I am grateful to know I always had a place where I could find peace of mind.” Their Sunday Speaker Series is one of a kind. Every Sunday a new sermon is delivered by a different speaker, who range from clergy, to civil leaders, ambassadors and the president of the Howard University himself. “Andrew Rankin Chapel is the easiest way for me to stay connected not only spiritually, but also politically. Being that every Sunday there is a new speaker and it’s situated in the capital, Rankin creates somewhat of a breeding ground of different forms of Christianity, while bringing in notable speakers with different sets of social beliefs,” said Howard student, Kennedy Jennings. “The chapel itself feels like nothing short of home, and seeing the families within the community that come out allows for it to be a pivotal part of history by linking us all by experience and spirituality.”President Frederick also emphasized the importance of Rankin to Howard history and the community at large. “For more than a century, Rankin Chapel has served as the locus of spirituality for generations of Howard students, faculty and staff and has been a consistent haven for all marking different seasons of life,” he said. “Within its walls, students have been inspired and provoked to manifest heavenly values here on earth. Sacred vows have been exchanged at the altar to celebrate love and marriage. Generations of families have been comforted in its pews even as they grieved loss.”Frederick is hopeful for Rankin’s future.“We look to the future of Rankin Chapel with great anticipation, knowing that a thriving chapel advances a dynamic University and strong community,” the 17th Howard University said. “In the words of Dr. Howard Thurman, ‘community cannot feed for long on itself; it can only flourish where always the boundaries are giving way to the coming of others from beyond them — unknown and undiscovered brothers.’ With open hands and open hearts, we begin to press beyond old boundaries to build an even stronger community in our time with Rankin Chapel leading the way.”
Today marks the first time we get to see Street Fighter V gameplay live, and it’s all thanks to the Capcom Cup kicking off at 2:30pm EST. We’ve included the live feed below so you can tune in and watch the whole event, which is expected to last around 8 hours.The Capcom Cup marks the end of a year of tournaments for the Street Fighter IV Pro Tour, with 16 players left for the final competition. Whoever places first today will receive a $30,000 pot, and there’s a further $20,000 up for grabs during the tournament.Although the Cup gets underway at 2:30pm, the tournament doesn’t begin until 3:30pm. However, if you are only interested in seeing Street Fighter V played live, then I believe Capcom is keeping that back until the Special Announcement section of the broadcast right at the end of the day. It begins at 10:15pm.Capcom confirmed that Street Fighter V was in development last weekend, a day after the teaser video leaked on YouTube. You can watch it below:We don’t have a release date yet, but Capcom has also announced that Ultra Street Fighter IV is being updated for re-release on the PS4. It seems likely that game is going to be used as a stop-gap release while we wait for Street Fighter V development to be finished. The other big news is the game will only be heading to PS4 and PC, and there will be cross-play between the platforms.
The Patriots are getting ready to take on Jaguars with uncertainty of the Tom Brady’s hand injury looming over the team. If Brady is unable to play, or goes down during the game, New England will have to turn to backup Brian Hoyer because Bill Belichick agreed to trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the Niners during the season.During this morning’s press conference, Belichick was asked if he regretted the decision to trade Garoppolo, given the current circumstance with Brady. Belichick gave a template, “We’re getting ready for Jacksonville,” but then engaged in an extended, uncomfortable stare down with the reporter who dared ask.A Belichick stare is worth a thousand words. This one says “displeased.”
Etihad Airways’ newest member of the fleet, an A330-200 freighter aircraft, made its maiden flight from Airbus in Toulouse to the airline’s Abu Dhabi base last week.According to Etihad Airways Chief Executive, James Hogan, the new aircraft, the first for the airline, will add revenue to Etihad Airways which “will offer us better connectivity in our flight network, with greater transfer flows”.Able to carry up to 64 metric tonnes of cargo while flying up to 7,400 kilometres non-stop, the A330-200 will allow Etihad Crystal Cargo to increase frequencies and its presence in the European and Asian freight markets.“The arrival of our new A330-200 freighter marks a new era in Etihad’s cargo services and will support Etihad’s goal to expand that side of the business further,” Mr Hogan said. In July Etihad Airways’ cargo division, Etihad Crystal Cargo, carried a record 23,000 tonnes, or 30,000 shipments. Driven by increased volumes from Pakistan, Australia, China and Bangladesh, Etihad Crystal Cargo experienced a 21 per cent growth in tonnage and a 30 per cent growth in yield in the year to date as overall cargo revenue grew by 57 per cent.Etihad Crystal Cargo expects delivery of a second A330-200 freighter in October 2010, bringing the cargo fleet to six craft. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Etihad Airways’ first A330-200 freighter aircraft on the runway at Airbus in Toulouse before departing for Abu Dhabi
California Mortgage Fraud Case Nets 11 Indictments Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Fraud Processing Service Providers 2012-09-14 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing September 14, 2012 422 Views Share Federal agents arrested 10 defendants who worked at a Rancho Cucamonga, California-based business accused of offering false loan modification programs to homeowners, “”SIGTARP””:http://www.sigtarp.gov/Pages/home.aspx announced Wednesday.[IMAGE]Those taken into custody are among 11 defendants named in a federal indictment following a joint investigation by SIGTARP, the FBI, IRS’ Criminal Investigations division, the United States Postal Inspection Service, and FHFA.According to the indictment, defendant Andrea Ramirez and several of her employees operated a loan mod scheme out of 21st Century Real Estate Investment Corp. and several other businesses.[COLUMN_BREAK]Those businesses targeted distressed homeowners and made false promises and guarantees about their abilities to negotiate loan modifications. The indictment also alleges that 21st Century falsely represented that it was operating a government-sponsored loan mod program and instructed homeowners to cease communicating with or paying their mortgage lenders.The defendants are also charged with taking money from homeowners and falsely saying it would be used to help make mortgage payments. They then simply kept the money, the indictment alleges.As a result of the alleged scheme, more than 4,000 financially distressed homeowners lost at least $7 million in fees paid to the company. In addition, many homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure.All 11 defendants are charged with nine felony counts-five counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy. Each count carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.””The housing crisis provided fraud artists a new avenue to exploit people in financial distress,”” said United States Attorney Andr├âãÆ├é┬® Birotte Jr. “”Many of the victims in this alleged scheme were in desperate financial straits, and shameless financial predators promised relief they could not deliver. As a result, many homeowners went into foreclosure and now have to deal with the ramifications of losing their homes.””