Longtime USO supporter and tour veteran Trace Adkins will set out to once again lift the spirits of deployed troops and their families as he arrives in Japan this week for a four-show tour.The multi-platinum selling country music artist will be visiting servicemen and women at Yokota Air Base, Misawa Air Base, Camp Hansen and Kadena Air Base among other stops in Japan.“There is nothing more important to me than family, they are what matters most in my life,” Adkins said. “That’s why I always look forward to doing these USO tours. In many ways, this organization has become family to me. Of course, we can never forget who we’re doing this for, the brave individuals in uniform and those who support them around the world.”This USO tour will be Adkins’ seventh in 11 years and over his previous six tours, Adkins has entertained more than 29,000 troops.
Trace Adkins Hits Japan For USO Shows
UN and Haiti to investigate prison riot deaths in the wake of
25 May 2010The United Nations and Haiti will look into a deadly prison riot in the southern city of Les Cayes shortly after January’s deadly earthquake, it was announced today, amid allegations that unarmed inmates were shot by local police officers. The independent commission will be a joint UN-Haiti effort, a UN spokesperson told reporters. The commission is being set up under an agreement reached between Haitian President René Préval and Edmund Mulet, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN peacekeeping mission, which is known as MINUSTAH.Media reports say that more than one dozen people were killed and dozens of others were wounded during an attempted prison escape in Les Cayes on 19 January, with questions raised about the role played by the Haitian National Police (HNP).
UN wants Lanka to probe murder of journalists
Dujarric was also asked about incidents of torture said to have taken place last year after President Maithripala Sirisena took office, and made public by two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO).“On the reports of torture, I know our human rights colleagues are aware of the reports put forward by the NGOs that you’d mentioned,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) “You know, obviously, unsolved cases of harassment and killings of journalists need to be solved and the perpetrators need to be brought to justice,” he said. The United Nations (UN) yesterday called on the Sri Lankan Government to investigate killings of journalists.UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said cases of harassment also needs to be looked into. He was responding to a question raised on the murder of The Sunday Leader founding Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga seven years ago.
Action to be taken on violation of local laws at Chinese sites
Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs, Mano Ganesan says action is to be taken on the violation of local laws at Chinese sites in Sri Lanka.“We can’t tolerate violations of local language laws at Chinese sites in Sri Lanka. We wish to provide assistance, if any required and plan to engage with all including the Chinese Embassy,” Ganesan tweeted. He said that Chinese in Sri Lanka should respect local laws. The sign board has the name in Sinhalese, Mandarin and English and not Tamil.“We are receiving complains on sign boards at Chinese projects using Mandarin & English scripts only ignoring both or one of the official languages, IE., Sinhala & Tamil,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Ganesan said that his Ministry has initiated action on a sign board at the Metro Colombo Solid Waste Management Project.
Toronto stock market falls Canadian dollar rises to 7642 cents US
Toronto stock market falls, Canadian dollar rises to 76.42 cents US TORONTO – The Toronto Stock Exchange closed slightly lower Monday as energy stocks were pulled down by the continuing slump in the price of oil.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 26.35 points at 14,251.53 as mining stocks buoyed by higher gold prices weren’t enough to offset energy’s drag on the market.The energy subsector declined by 1.78 per cent on the day, while the gold subsector was the biggest gainer, adding 3.68 per cent.Luciano Orengo, portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management, said there will be more headwinds for the Toronto market as the supply of oil shows no signs of dropping even as soft global growth tamps down demand.“It’s a commodity economy as far as the market is concerned,” he said.On commodity markets, the September crude contract ended the day down 63 cents at US$41.87 a barrel, while the December gold contract rose $5.70 to US$1,118.40 an ounce.September copper shed 3.05 cents to US$2.32 a pound, and the September contract for natural gas fell 7.3 cents to US$2.728 per thousand cubic feet.Orengo said he expects low oil prices to stick around until the end of 2016. The recently signed deal on Iran’s nuclear program loosened sanctions on that country’s oil shipments, which will help keep prices low, Orengo said.The price of a barrel of oil has more than halved in year, falling from highs above $110 in July 2014.Overseas, Japan reported its recovery stalled in the April-June quarter, with gross domestic product contracting at a 1.6 per cent annual pace as a result of weaker domestic demand and slowing exports, which fell 16.5 per cent from a year earlier.In addition to being the world’s third-largest economy behind the United States and China, Japan is also the world’s third-largest consumer of oil.Orengo said China’s growth could also fall below expectations as the country grapples with stock market volatility.“The U.S. seems to be the only area of positivity when it comes to global GDP,” he said.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 67.78 points at 17,545.18, while the S&P 500 advanced 10.90 points to 2,102.44 and the Nasdaq ended the day up 43.46 points at 5,091.70.Yet Orengo said the United States’ performance is unreliable if investors are looking for it to be an engine of global growth.“It’s not a clear-cut story of this is good and getting better, it’s a lot of stop and go,” he said.The loonie rose four tenths of a U.S. cent to close at 76.42 cents US.Orengo said Canada’s dollar has fallen because of the country’s perceived dependence on oil and the relative strength of the U.S. economy.“Unless oil rebounds it’s hard to make a compelling case for the Canadian dollar,” he said. by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2015 6:48 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
US home sales fell in July amid inventory shortage
US home sales fell in July amid inventory shortage by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Aug 24, 2016 8:10 am MDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2016 at 11:04 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Wednesday, May 18, 2016, file photo shows a “Sold” sign in front of a house in Walpole, Mass. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, the National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in July. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) WASHINGTON – US homebuyers pulled back in July, as sales declined amid a shortage of available properties and steadily rising prices.Sales of existing homes fell 3.2 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The decline marks a reversal from rising demand that pushed sales in June to their highest level since February 2007.Fewer homes are coming onto the market, putting a cap on the sales growth enjoyed earlier this year thanks in part to a low mortgage rate and brightening job market. Rising demand for homes is a positive. But the dwindling supply of listings has pushed up prices, which suggests a market not yet at full health.This mismatch between supply and demand creates an environment of limited sales growth and escalating home values.“Sales are not rising as much as they are capable of, but prices are rising at a faster than sustainable clip,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities.The number of listings has tumbled 5.8 per cent from a year ago to 2.13 million, meaning that would-be homebuyers are struggling to find attractive properties in their price range and may be delaying their purchases.Inventories have fallen on an annual basis for the past 14 months, an indication that many homeowners are still recovering financially from the housing bust that triggered the Great Recession almost a decade ago. Without sufficient equity in their current homes, many of these owners would be unable to generate a down payment for another home with the proceeds from a sale.The decrease in listings has corresponded with home values rising at more than double the pace of average hourly earnings, making many homes less affordable for potential buyers.The median home sales price was $244,100 in July, up 5.3 per cent from a year ago.Sales last month fell 13.2 per cent in the Northeast, with declines in the Midwest and South as well. Purchases rose 2.5 per cent in the West in July.Builders are attempting get more homes on the market. Sales of new homes climbed 12.4 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 654,000 annual units, the strongest level since October 2007, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.Yet demand has eclipsed even that surge. Just 4.3 months’ supply of new homes is available on the market, down from 5.2 months a year ago.“Homebuilders continue to thrive on healthy demand while homebuyers remain stifled by anemic inventory,” said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at Trulia.One thing that would-be buyers have in their favour, in addition to the improved landscape for jobs, is near record-low mortgage rates.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.43 per cent last week from 3.98 per cent a year ago. The average rate has historically been closer to 6 per cent.
Political solution for Syria crisis still possible says UNArab League envoy
The meeting in Geneva between Mr. Brahimi, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns was “constructive and held in a spirit of cooperation,” said a statement issued by the Joint Special Representative. “It explored avenues to move forward a peaceful process and mobilize greater international action in favour of a political solution to the Syrian crisis,” it added. “All three parties reaffirmed their common assessment that the situation in Syria was bad and getting worse. They stressed that a political process to end the crisis in Syria was necessary and still possible.”Today’s meeting follows talks held last week in the Irish capital, Dublin, between Mr. Brahimi, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at which the three officials agreed on the urgent need to initiate a political process to help resolve the conflict in Syria.The Middle Eastern country has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 21 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 465,000 refugees, while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates.Participants at today’s meeting agreed that a political solution would be based on the core elements of the communiqué issued by the Action Group that met in Geneva on 30 June, and agreed to meet again in the near future.The communiqué called for the establishment of a transitional governing body, with full executive powers and made up by members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups, as part of important agreed principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led political transition.The Action Group is made up of the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Arab League; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the US – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League.
Arthurs Day axed Guinness confirms celebration will not be returning
It was only ever intended to be a one-year event, but it captured the hearts and minds of consumers, and publicans, and even the media – so we rolled it out. We’ve had five now and we decided we needed to refresh.Asked whether the event’s detractors had played a part in its demise, Fitzsimons said:Being honest, no. We were obviously very very aware of it. And we are a drink company, and we are very passionate and committed to the responsible enjoyment of our products.She said alcohol was an “important debate” in Ireland, and that some of those speaking out against the event had “openly admitted that they were using Arthur’s Day as a platform” to raise issues around it.Last year the debate around Arthur’s Day claimed international attention, with the Guardian noting its “dark side” and the Associated Press quoting a critic who said it should be called “vomit day”.Christy Moore released a single called Arthur’s Day: Source: ChristyMooreOfficial/YouTubeHowever, Guinness maintained today that market research after each event had showed that consumers still “absolutely loved it”. Fitzsimons said:Literally hundreds of thousands of people celebrated it. We’re conscious that there are some Guinness fans out there who might be disappointed when they hear it isn’t going on any more. But we’re trying to incorporate some of the magic of Arthur’s Day into Guinness Amplify.Kodaline, Ellie Goulding and Walking on Cars are among the big-name acts that will perform in secret gigs as part of Guinness Amplify – in which the company says it will invest €1million. The event takes place over five weekends beginning on September 11.More major acts will be announced in August and September, the company said.First published 2.46pmMore: Guinness announce €1 million fund for emerging Irish musicians> GUINNESS HAS CONFIRMED that there will be no Arthur’s Day event this year, saying that its new Guinness Amplify project will take its place.The company’s marketing manager Lisa Fitzsimons told DailyEdge.ie that the new project, which promises to help emerging artists in Ireland, ”effectively replaces Arthur’s Day as our music programme.”However, the company said that the decision to end Arthur’s Day was not related to the backlash against it which gathered pace last year.“Arthur’s Day was hugely successful,” Fitzsimons said.
Libs line up for Dunkley minus Zographos
With nominations open for the Victorian seat of Dunkley, to be vacated by former Liberal minister Bruce Billson at the next election, City of Monash councillor Theo Zographos, who initially considered running for the Liberal Party, has pulled out.Speaking to Neos Kosmos Mr Zographos said that due to family commitments he had withdrawn from the contest.“I was very grateful for the many words of encouragement that I received, however, on this occasion I wasn’t in a position where I could pursue it,” he said.“As a councillor I remain fully committed to serving the people of Oakleigh and the Monash community.”Zographos added that his priorities at City of Monash included ensuring the council’s $31 million capital works program was on track to deliver benefits for the local community, and push forward with construction of a 195-place multi-level car park in Oakleigh.He leaves the hotly-contested battle for Dunkley to a field which includes former Kingston mayor Paul Peulich, local party figure Peter Angelico, Nathan Hersey, a member of Bruce Billson’s staff, and former Carrum MP Donna Bauer, who is the frontrunner.Others contenders include Matt Berry, a former staffer to Frankston MP Geoff Shaw, and Chris Crewther, the unsuccessful 2013 candidate for the rural seat of Mallee.Dunkley is currently held by the Liberals with a margin of 5.6 per cent. A major proportion of that margin is believed to be attributable to Mr Billson’s strong personal following. Preselection will be finalised later this month.The ALP’s Dunkley candidate is a former criminal defence lawyer and legal aid public advocate, Peta Murphy.Meanwhile another Greek Australian preselection candidate has missed out in Victoria after running for the ALP in the seat of Wills.Moreland City councillor Lambros Tapinos lost in the local ballot to Peter Khalil, a former adviser to Kevin Rudd. Mr Khalil was expected to take the seat ahead of former Senator Mehmet Tillem, and adviser to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Anna-Maria Arabia. Mr Khalil’s victory has seen local Labor members angry at what is seen as a deal between factional heavies to secure Mr Khalil the seat. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Boston to host SummerSlam 2020 week at the TD Garden from August
Now Playing Up Next Twitter Ronda Rousey Is Postponing Family For A WWE Career Ronda Rousey Describes What Its Like In The WWE Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Videos Articles WWE issued a press release on Thursday morning announcing that the 2020 SummerSlam week will take place in Boston, Massachusetts with four live shows taking place in the TD Garden.STAMFORD, Conn., August 8, 2019 – WWE®(NYSE: WWE) today announced that Boston will host SummerSlamWeek in August 2020 with SummerSlam, SmackDown® Live, Monday Night Raw® and NXT® taking place at TD Garden over four consecutive nights.2020 Key Dates:Friday, August 21 – SmackDown LiveSaturday, August 22 – NXT TakeOverSunday, August 23 – SummerSlamMonday, August 24 – Monday Night RawSummerSlam is more than just a one-day event, it’s a multi-day celebration, as WWE will host a series of activities including autograph signings and community outreach programs designed to leave a lasting impact throughout the New England region.“We are thrilled to bring WWE’s biggest event of the summer to Boston in 2020,” said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events. “We are grateful to Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker and our partners at TD Garden and look forward to working with them to welcome the world to one of America’s great sports and entertainment cities.”“On behalf of the City of Boston, we are excited to once again host WWE SummerSlam at TD Garden,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “SummerSlam attracts fans from all across the world, and we are excited to welcome them all to our city for this hallmark WWE event.”“We have an incredible history with WWE and are honored that they have once again selected TD Garden as the home of SummerSlam”, said Amy Latimer, president of TD Garden. “We’ve dramatically enhanced the arena experience with the addition of The Hub on Causeway and recent arena expansion, and we are thrilled to showcase these tremendous upgrades with fans for one of WWE’s biggest marquee events.”Additional details, including ticket availability and travel packages, will be announced in the near future.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 11.93%0:02Remaining Time -0:46 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Spooked By Bat During Raw’s Opening Segment WhatsApp Jerry Lawler Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Facebook 8/23 WWE Live Results: Bogota, Colombia (Kingston vs. Bryan for the WWE Championship) WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Now Playing Up Next 8/23 NXT Live Results: Sanford, Florida (Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish, Keith Lee in action)
Burglar caught on video entering occupied SW MiamiDade home
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a burglar caught on camera in Southwest Miami-Dade.Newly released surveillance video captured the crook entering a home near Southwest 40th Street and 98th Avenue through an unlocked back door on Feb. 5.Police said the crook spent several minutes inside the home while the family slept and took off with a laptop.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
AL BNP at war of words over Khaleda trial in jail
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. File PhotoMain opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday said party chief, former premier Khaleda Zia was taken to a makeshift court inside abandoned jail house in Old Dhaka ‘by force’. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the complaint after Khaleda was taken to a ‘small and dark room’ of the court. A legal notice has been served upon the government challenging the shifting of the special court to jail that is trying Khaleda Zia. Ruling Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader, however, claimed that the makeshift court was set up in jail for the sake of convenience of appearance of Khaleda Zia. At the courtroom, the BNP chief told the judge to ‘punish her as he likes’ for her absence but she was not in a position to appear for her illness. In a report titled ‘Infamous Dhaka jail used for trial of Bangladesh ex-PM Zia’ news agency AFP said the government of Bangladesh on Wednesday turned a notorious jail into a courtroom to try ailing opposition leader Khaleda Zia on corruption charges. Khaleda Zia’s lawyers have condemned the decision to use the jail, where she is the only inmate, into a court, AFP added. “Our leader (Khaleda Zia) was taken there (court) in a wheelchair by force. She told the court to hold the trial keeping her in the jail room as she won’t get justice,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul told a discussion on ‘EVM Boycott, National Election and Political Alliance’ organised by Nagorik Oikya at the Jatiya Press Club. As reported, he alleged, that most of her lawyers did not go inside the court in the jail on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the government issued a gazette notification about shifting the makeshift court at Bakshibazar Alia Madrasah premises to Old Dhaka Central Jail to hold the trial of Zia Charitable Trust graft case. The jail authorities reportedly brought Khaleda Zia to the court in a wheelchair around 12:15pm. Fakhrul said it is unbelievable that the trial of Khaleda Zia’s case is being held in a small room of an abandoned jail.”It’s violation of the constitution and the existing law. We strongly condemn it.” Law minister Anisul Huq was quoted by AFP as saying that the decision to use the Central Prison as the venue for Khaleda Zia’s trial “has been done lawfully” Arguing in favour of such makeshift court, Obaidul Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, alleged that attempts were being made to delay Khaleda Zia’s trial. “Khaleda Zia didn’t go to the court, on the plea of illness. There is no problem in going to the court inside the jail,” he said during a briefing at the Awami League president’s political office in the city. He also pointed out that it might not be possible for Khaleda Zia to appear in court due to her age, so arrangement is made for her appearance in court in jail. The BNP chief’s lawyer Nawshad Jamir sent a legal notice to the law secretary by post on Wednesday noon seeking revocation of the gazette notification shifting the special court to old Central Jail for the trial of Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Jamir sent the legal notice seeking cancellation of the gazette notification on the shifting of the court within 8 September, the lawyer told UNB. Khaleda Zia has been kept in this jail since he was convicted by a special court in Zia Orphanage Trust case in February.
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Houston Bail Bonds Industry Worried About Reform Effort
Listen 00:00 /01:11 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian MartinAl Rucker, owner of Midtown Bail Bonds, says reform would hurt his business and threaten the existence of smaller firms.More than three-fourths of inmates in the Harris County Jail have not been convicted of a crime and are awaiting adjudication.That’s what a bipartisan bail reform bill and a lawsuit currently pending in federal court aim to change by effectively eliminating cash bonds for many low-level offenders.It’s a concern for Al Rucker, owner of Midtown Bail Bonds.He said he wouldn’t go out of business because his is one of the larger firms in Houston.“We’ll lose a little business when it comes to the misdemeanors,” he said. “But the smaller guys who don’t have multiple locations, who don’t have as many employees and who (do) not have the marketing power that we have, those guys are going to be hurt. And then you’re going to have more people unemployed and stuff like that.”The bail reform bill was authored by state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston. He is unfazed.“It’s not my job to look out for the bail bond industry,” he said. “My job is to advance public safety.”He said it’s unfair low-level offenders who can’t afford bail have to spend time in jail, while wealthy felons manage to stay out.The bill would require judges to use data to assess an offender’s flight risk before setting bail.Whitmire has also proposed a constitutional amendment that would give judges the authority to refuse bail for offenders accused of crimes short of capital murder.Rucker agrees the system needs reform, but he doesn’t believe it should come at the expense of the bail industry.He said it would help low-income offenders more to change the common practice that prevents them from having a public defender if they choose to bail out.Rucker also said bail bondsmen are actually saving the counties money because they are the ones tracking down offenders who don’t show up in court.“We do a bond on a person, we’re going to make sure that person goes to court,” Rucker said. “If that person does not go to court, then we have to pay that bond if we can’t get that person back in jail.”Whitmire said authorities don’t need help rounding up low-level offenders, “because truth known is if they think somebody is really high-risk, they don’t even post the bond for them. They really like the low-level, non-violent offender – and that’s exactly who I’m primarily trying to help.”He said being able to keep out people who don’t need to be in jail would save lots of taxpayer money.Editor’s Note: This article has been corrected from an earlier version. There is no written rule in Harris County that prevents a defendant who has posted bail from receiving a court appointed attorney. Instead, experts consider it a common practice by judges. We regret the error. Share
The Government Took 41000 From This Texan At A Houston Airport Six
Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneAnthonia Nwaorie, a 59-year-old nurse who lives in Katy, is suing Customs and Border Protection after the agency took $41,000 from her and never charged her with a crime. Nwaorie planned to use the money to build a medical clinic in her home country of Nigeria.For nearly a decade, Anthonia Nwaorie dreamed of starting a medical clinic in her hometown in Southern Nigeria.Last October, the 59-year-old nurse was boarding a plane in Houston with medical equipment, supplies, and about $41,000 in cash — which had taken her years to save — when Customs and Border Protection officials stopped her.“The officer started asking me questions: How much money do you have? How long have you been in the United States?” she remembered. “I felt like a criminal that had just run the red light.”Nwaorie said she was detained for hours. She missed her flight to Nigeria and the customs officers seized all her money. Lawyers at the Institute for Justice, an Arlington, Virginia-based public interest law firm, say her case demonstrates just how abusive the practice of civil forfeiture — which allows the government to take property that is believed to be tied to a crime — can be.CBP took the money because Nwaorie, a U.S. citizen since 1994 who lives in Katy, had not declared that she was taking more than $10,000 out of the country — a technical requirement that her lawyers say is not well-publicized or easy to comply with.But six months after her money was taken, Nwaorie has not been charged with a crime, and federal prosecutors decided not to bother with trying to seize her property through the courts. Yet Customs and Border Protection is still refusing to return the money unless she signs a so-called “hold harmless” agreement, promising never to sue the agency over the incident and agreeing to reimburse the government for “costs incurred in the enforcement of any part of this agreement,” the document says.On Thursday, the Institute for Justice filed a class-action lawsuit against the agency on Nwaorie’s behalf, demanding that CBP return her money without forcing her to sign any written agreement. They’re also asking a federal court in Houston to void all such agreements that might have been signed by others trying to get seized property back.“We’re representing hundreds or thousands of people all over the country who have had this sort of thing happen to them,” said Dan Alban, one of the attorneys litigating the case. “They were entitled to get their property back … and instead, CBP sent them this letter demanding that they waive all rights to sue and hold [the government] harmless, and if they violate the agreement, pay all the attorney’s fees. And that’s just egregious.”Customs and Border Protection spokesman Carlos Diaz declined to comment “due to pending litigation.”The lawsuit comes at a time when more voices across the political spectrum are speaking out against civil forfeiture, especially in Texas. Law enforcement officials say the ability to seize property before charging someone with a crime is crucial for carrying out investigations; critics say it strips people of basic constitutional rights and that it helps police departments and prosecutors pad their budgets.Some of the state’s most conservative lawmakers sought to forbid the practice during the 2017 legislative session, but they’ve so far been unsuccessful.President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are more supportive of forfeiture. Last summer, Trump reinstated a controversial federal program that lets local police hand over an asset forfeiture case to a federal agency and then split the proceeds. Local police like to do this because it’s a lot easier to seize property under federal law than it is under many state laws.It’s hard to know how often people end up in Nwaorie’s situation. According to data the Institute for Justice obtained from the federal government, CBP conducted at least 125,583 seizures across the country in 2016, including 278 at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, where Nwaorie was detained. In many cases, no one fights the seizure — which advocates say happens because it’s hard to figure out the process and expensive to hire a lawyer — and the agency can automatically keep the property through what’s known as “administrative forfeiture.”If someone does decide to fight, as Nwaorie did, CBP has to ask federal prosecutors to initiate civil forfeiture proceedings against the property — which results in comical court case names like “United States vs. Ten Thousand Seven Hundred Dollars” or “United States vs. 2005 Cadillac Escalade.”The government ultimately decided not to sue Nwaorie’s $41,377. And David Smith, a Virginia-based attorney and former federal prosecutor who specializes in asset forfeiture, says that’s common. Citing the government’s own data, Smith says prosecutors decline to pursue half of civil asset forfeiture cases that federal agencies refer to them.“So what that shows is that if you contest these forfeitures, which most people don’t because they can’t afford to, in 50 percent of the cases, the U.S. attorney’s office is going to return your money,” Smith said.The problem is, as Nwaorie’s case shows, that doesn’t happen right away. “We believe that in every case like this, they send out this crazy letter saying, you have to sign a hold harmless agreement or else,” Smith said.In a similar case in 2012, Smith represented a Pentecostal church secretary from El Salvador who was stopped in Virginia with $28,500 in cash — he planned to buy some land in El Salvador from an Atlanta resident and build a church on it. The church later produced receipts to show that all of the cash had come from congregation members. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials seized the money, and even though prosecutors declined to go after it through civil forfeiture, the man was asked to sign a “hold harmless” agreement before getting it back.Smith was able to convince the agency to back down and return the money without the need for an agreement. “But the average lawyer, not to mention people who are representing themselves, would have signed it,” he said.That’s why the Institute for Justice is asking the courts to declare that demanding people sign such agreements to get their property back is unconstitutional.Meanwhile, Nwaorie’s plans to build a clinic in Nigeria are on hold.“This is a horrible nightmare which I would not wish on anybody at all,” she said. “This is the money that I have worked hard to earn. I have the right to do whatever I please with it. So for someone to stop me and treat me like a common criminal for my money that I have paid taxes on already … it’s not right.” Share
Whitlock The Cowboys are the best fit for Colin Kaepernick
LeBron James has faded in the fourth quarter of The FinalsThe Cavs are attempting to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Warriors, and even though they trail 3-0, LeBron James is having a better statistical Finals than he did last year.It’s impossible to detect inefficiencies in LeBron’s performance from his stat line, but Whitlock thinks it’s clear that James hasn’t been able to close out games in the fourth because he’s completely gassed. In Game 3, James made several questionable decisions down the stretch and was stripped by Andre Iguodala as karmic repayment for his chasedown block in Game 7 last year.Even though the Cavs need LeBron to carry an unreasonably disproportionate burden of the offensive load, Whitlock thinks James needs to figure out how to pace himself, especially as he ages, so he isn’t shot when the game is on the line.Critics are terrified to criticize LeBron, but Whitlock thinks it’s obvious he hasn’t had it in crunch time in these FinalsGuests:Stephen Jackson – 17-year NBA veteran and NBA Champion joins the show from the Finals to explain why LeBron is doing all he can do and doesn’t deserve blame for the Cavs losing. He also discusses how the Cavs can upgrade their roster next year to compete for the Warriors.Clay Travis – Founder of Outkick the Coverage and host of Outkick the Show joins the show to discuss Bob Stoops stepping down at Oklahoma; why history says the program will regress after he leaves; and his take on the LeBron James graffiti incident.Rashad McCants – NBA Veteran and Big 3 league player is in-studio to talk NBA Finals; what he expects from the Big 3 Basketball League; and if his NBA career was negatively affected by dating Khloe Kardashian. Jason Whitlock is in for Colin:The Cowboys are the best fit for Colin KaepernickLast week it appeared that Colin Kaepernick was closing in on a deal with the Seahawks, but Pete Carroll decided to pass on Kaepernick in favor of back up Austin Davis. Many thought Seattle would be the perfect landing spot for Kaepernick. It’s a socially progressive city that largely embraces his social causes, and the Seattle locker room would absorb any extra attention Kaepernick might bring without much of an issue.Whitlock disagrees. He thinks Kaepernick would be a bad fit for the Seahawks that could unnecessarily undermine starter Russell Wilson. He also thinks that Kaepernick living in another socially progressive bubble would continue to draw Kaepernick’s focus away from football.The answer according to Jason? Jerry’s World and the Dallas Cowboys. Even though Jerry is cast the hard-right southern owner, controversy and attention are what he does best. Extra microphones at the Cowboys facility has never been viewed as a bad thing. Also, from a football perspective, Kaepernick would be the perfect quarterback to keep the Cowboys offense running if Prescott were to go down. He’s also no threat to undermine Dak Presccott, who has the entire locker room firmly behind him.
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Go back to the enewsletterViking Cruises‘ new 2020–2021 World Cruise has been unveiled, with passengers set to cruise 161 days visiting six continents and 75 ports, with overnight stays in 13 cities. Setting sail on 14 December 2020 from Miami, the voyage will include six new ports of call for Viking, including Honolulu, Moorea and Hue.Sailing on Viking’s 930-guest all-verandah Viking Sun, the Viking World Cruise will enable guests to explore islands of the Caribbean and the South Pacific; call upon ports in Asia, from Hong Kong to Bangkok; explore countries of the Middle East including Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Israel; and sail through the Mediterranean before concluding in London.Guests can also choose a shorter, 140-day segment of the sailing, 2021 Viking World Discoveries, which departs from Los Angeles on 4 January 2021, and visits 27 countries and 66 ports.2020–2021 Viking World Cruise highlights:The newest World Cruise itinerary visits dozens of the world’s preeminent cities in one seamless itinerary. Viking’s Culture Curriculum offers additional enrichment through onboard lectures and entertainment such as the Resident Historian program, which provides guests with a high-level historical and cultural education specific to their journey.Guests will immerse themselves in the world’s rich cultures during included excursions that provide unmatched insight into daily life, as well as Privileged Access visits to cultural institutions. Highlights of the new 2020–2021 Viking World Cruise itinerary include:Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii (NEW): The Heart of Hawaii Guests can enjoy everything from historic landmarks to world-class shopping on the island of Oahu. Soak up the sun along Waikiki Beach’s pristine beaches or visit Pearl Harbor to see where the tragic events of December 7 1941 unfolded.Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii (NEW): The Garden Island Nicknamed Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” guests will explore the lush vegetation and wildflowers of tropical Kauai while in port. Visit the Na Āina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park, an infusion of beautiful flora and art and home to one of the largest collections of bronze sculptures in the US, or follow the footsteps of Captain James Cook, the British explorer credited with the first recorded European contact with the Hawaiian Islands.Moorea (Opunohu Bay), French Polynesia (NEW): Paradise in the Tropics This tropical island is famed for its unprecedented beauty and its cuisine is as colourful as its landscape, drawing on influences from both European and Chinese settlers. Guests can take in this idyllic paradise from the water on board a catamaran or immerse themselves in Polynesian traditions and customs by engaging with locals.Hue (Chan May), Vietnam (NEW): Palaces and Temples Discover the ancient Imperial City of Hue, a rich repository of palaces and temples and seat of the Nguyen Dynasty for 150 years. Guests can experience the locals’ morning trading activities during a visit to a traditional food market or explore the crumbling stone walls of the citadel, which holds stories of long-fought battles.Sydney, Australia: Iconic Harbour Guests will sail into Sydney’s magnificent harbour – the world’s largest – and enjoy an overnight stay allowing ample time to explore this culture-rich city. Guests can enjoy an insider’s view of Australia’s world-class Sydney Opera House or experience the natural wonders of the nearby Blue Mountains.Mumbai, India: A City of Old and New Formerly Bombay, the bustling city of Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. While in port, guests can learn about the iconic activist Gandhi or enjoy the Hanging Gardens, one of the prized few parks found in the city.Istanbul, Turkey: Where East Meets West An overnight stay in Istanbul gives guests more time to experience this historic city that straddles two continents across the Bosporus Strait. Explore a wealth of religious sites such as the spectacular Blue Mosque or the legendary Hagia Sophia, or sample delicious fusion cuisine, combining fresh Mediterranean fare with spices from the Far East and Asia.London (Greenwich), England: The Royal Borough Guests will end their sailing in the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, London on the Thames River, allowing easy access to the regal capital’s iconic sights including the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. Booking DetailsPricing for the 2020–2021 Viking World Cruise starts at $85,995 per person and 2021 Viking World Discoveries starts at $75,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Both of Viking’s new World Cruise itineraries include business class international airfares, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, complimentary visa services, the Silver Spirits Beverage Package and free luggage shipping services for embarkation.Guests who book between now and 28 February 2019 will receive an additional US$2,000 per person in shore-excursion credit for any optional land programs and US$1,000 per person in shipboard credit, which can be used toward optional tours, spa services, onboard shops and beverages. 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