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Police ‘unlawfully’ raid house party

first_imgPolice officers who entered a student house during a party last Saturday have been accused of acting unlawfully by a leading expert on drugs law. A team of eight officers was patrolling in Cowley at around midnight when their drugs sniffer dog indicated that it could smell a substance in the house. The officers then entered the house searching for drugs and formally searched one student. No drugs were found on guests or in any of the rooms. The sergeant in charge of the team said on Tuesday that “the team were given permission to enter the house along with the drugs dog.” However, the host of the party, a second-year student at St Hilda’s, said that she told the officers that they were not welcome to come in. She also said that she felt “victimized.” “He asked if he had permission to enter the house and I said no,” she said, “that’s pretty clear.” She says that police entered despite being asked not to. “I said no, but they came forward anyway,” she added. By law, police officers can only enter a home without a search warrant in very specific cases, such as if the property is controlled by an arrested person, or if somebody they wish to arrest is inside. In all other cases, the police are bound by Code B of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984, which requires consent to be gained in writing from the occupier of a residence “if practicable.” The student who held the party claims that she was not asked to provide any kind of written consent. She also says that she was not informed of the proposed extent of the search or warned that anything seized may be produced in evidence. These are both requirements under PACE Code B. The sergeant leading the search said that the dog indicated one of the party guests “was either carrying or had recently been carrying drugs”. However, when he was searched, nothing was found. The guest, an English student, denied that he had been near any substances. “I wasn’t carrying any drugs and I hadn’t been in contact with any that night or for a long time. I’m not quite sure why the dog made that suggestion,” he said. An expert on drug detection with dogs said that the search “appears to have been unlawful.” Amber Marks, a lecturer in law at King’s College London and expert in olfactory surveillance, said, “The fact that no cannabis was found shows how unreasonable it is for the police to rely on canine intelligence.” She continued, “The matter should be investigated and it sounds as if the occupier of the premises should make a formal complaint against the police. It is important to ensure that the police keep within the limits imposed upon them by the law. “This is one of the worst cases I’ve heard of.” The party’s host also questioned the efficacy of the drugs dog. “The dog jumped on [the guest who was searched] and he doesn’t even smoke at all. The dog clearly doesn’t have a clue,” she said. She also accused the police of heavy-handedness. “There were four to six of them. The ones at the back were trooping in but didn’t seem to know what they were doing. “It was ridiculous. One of the female officers said that they had so many people because they had to protect themselves. Do we look like junkies? They didn’t apologise for coming in.” The sergeant who led the search said he was satisfied that the premises were entered “lawfully and with consent.” A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said that “Police officers do have powers to further search and detain once in a property if they have reason to believe drugs are on the premises. In this case they did as the drugs dog made an indication that a person was, or had recently, been in possession of drugs. “We do take complaints about our service seriously and do have a proper process for dealing with them. If anyone was not satisfied with the police action on this evening they should contact Thames Valley Police Quality of Service Unit.” House searches: Your rights The rights of police to enter a private residence are governed by Code B of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Police can enter your house: – If they have a search warrant – If they wish to make an arrest – If you or another occupier has been arrested Otherwise, police may only enter with your consent. In this case, officers should, if practicable: – Inform you that you are not obliged to consent – Specify the proposed purpose and extent of the search, such as which parts of your house they intend to enter – Warn you that anything seized may be produced in evidence – Obtain your consent in writing Police are excepted from these rules in certain circumstances. If in doubt, you should comply with police and register a complaint at a later stage.last_img read more

Pork Bargains

first_img HOG OVERSUPPLY for farmers means pork bargains for consumers. University of Georgia economists expect retail pork prices to remain low through late 1999. Dennis McDaniel, a meat cutter at Food Depot in Griffin, Ga., stocks the counter with fresh pork products. Request the high-res image. SHARON OMAHEN/ UGA CAES Georgia consumers, though, will soon reap the benefits of the farmers’ woes. “Pork products are going to cost considerably less this holiday season,” McKissick said. “There will be some excellent deals on holiday hams and other pork products. “Overall retail pork prices are expected to drop about 9 percent.” McKissick said shoppers should be prepared to stock their freezers with pork products as prices drop in this “once-in-five-years deal.” Holiday prices for higher-value products such as spiral cut hams will be excellent values, he said. The low market prices have some Georgia farmers pulling out of the hog business. Tift County hog farmer Milton Thompson is one of them. “We’ve decided to liquidate our herd and more or less sell out of the hog business,” Thompson said. “After working the past four or five years for nothing, I don’t think I’ll miss it at all.” This year’s prices forced Thompson to sell his 250-pound hogs for $57 each. That’s far below his cost of production. Last year, Thompson sold the same size hogs for $135 each. Reactions like Thompson’s put shoppers at the mercy of the market, too. Good deals don’t last forever. The rules of supply and demand will soon come back to haunt pork lovers. “As with all meat products, we go through cycles that bring good news to consumers and bad news to producers,” McKissick said. “As a result, farmers are going to cut back on production. That will lead to higher prices in the grocery stores in about nine months.” It will take at least nine months, or until late 1999 for farmers’ cutbacks to result in higher prices, McKissick said. “The consumer has a long time to benefit from relatively low pork prices,” he said. “You won’t find many better deals on pork than you’re going to find right now.” The law of supply and demand will soon work in favor of pork lovers. A University of Georgia expert says an oversupply of hogs is bringing supermarket prices down and forcing Georgia farmers to sell their hogs at a loss. has been disastrous for hog farmers as prices for hogs are much weaker than has been expected,” said John McKissick, an Extension Service agricultural economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The hog numbers are so high that farmers are having to sell at prices considerably lower than their production costs,” McKissick said. “Needless to say, hog producers are in a losing position. And the end of 1998 will be the worst.”last_img read more

Tradewinds 2012 to Focus on Caribbean Security

first_img During a press conference held at the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) headquarters in Bridgetown on April 5, Lieutenant Colonel Ricardo Vickers, co-director of Tradewinds 2012 exercise announced that the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored event will focus on developing participants’ capacity to conduct maritime interdiction and counter transnational organized crime. Barbados is hosting the 2012 edition of the annual exercise –to be held from June 15-24, for the third time (1992, 2003)–, and expects to include participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. By Dialogo April 18, 2012 At the close of Tradewinds 2011, Major General John M. Croley, commander, Marine Forces South, said, “Over 27 years of Tradewinds, we really like the progress we’ve made to an interagency, joint and combined type training venue providing law enforcement, maritime and ground training.” Tradewinds is one of SOUTHCOM’s multinational joint combined interagency exercises focused on strengthening regional partnerships and collective capabilities that are integral to the security and stability of the Western Hemisphere and to U.S. national security. Recent exercises have been designed to train Caribbean nations for the security requirements needed for major events, according to SOUTHCOM information. center_img “At the end of Exercise Tradewinds 2012, the over 300 military and law enforcement officers from throughout the region who are to participate in the training initiative will be better trained in several areas, including combating transnational organized crime,” said Lt. Col Vickers of the BDF. The exercise falls under SOUTHCOM’s umbrella of security, illegal migration and illicit trafficking exercises designed to improve cooperation, interoperability and operational responses between participating nations to common threats against national, regional and hemispheric security. This year’s participants at the event, “Exercise Tradewinds 2012: Enhancing Regional and Hemispheric Security and Stability” can also expect to learn about conducting security operations from other agencies and external militaries, including the FBI, the U.S. Naval Investigative Service and the Canadian Army Land Force, as both will take part in the Ground Force Tactical Training/Law Enforcement part of the program, reported local Caribbean news portal last_img read more

Fidelity bond legal dispute reveals credit union fraud

first_imgAnother fidelity bond legal dispute between the NCUA and an insurance company revealed that a former manager and assistant manager were running a check-kiting scheme that led to a loss of nearly $700,000 and contributed to the involuntary liquidation of an Indiana credit union.According to court documents filed last week by the NCUA and Southwest Marine and General Insurance Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., Sandra Santay, manager of the $7.5 million Lakeside Federal Credit Union in Hammond, Ind., and the credit union’s assistant manager, Paula Awe,  allegedly operated a check-kiting scheme through their Lakeside checking accounts from January 2012 to April 2015.The fraud was uncovered during an NCUA examination in April 2015. When examiners confronted Santay, she verbally admitted that she and Awe were kiting checks that amounted to $690,120. Soon after the NCUA determined Lakeside was insolvent and closed its operations in July, the $3 billion, South Bend, Ind.-based Teachers Credit Union purchased Lakeside’s loan portfolio and assumed its 2,280 members. 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

In Midwest Battlegrounds, the Virus Met Another Concern: the Economy

first_img“I’m not as afraid of Covid as I am of a bad economy,” said Ish Soltay, 51, of Avon Lake, a suburb west of Cleveland. His county, Lorain, which was once reliably Democratic, went for Hillary Clinton by 131 votes in 2016. On Tuesday, it appeared to surge further right, flipping to Mr. Trump, according to preliminary vote tallies.Mr. Soltay, a retired critical care nurse who now sells portable oxygen machines, said he had been personally affected by the coronavirus, which infected his son and chipped away at his paychecks in medical sales. But his support for the president was stronger now than it was four years ago, he said, and on the day before the election, Mr. Soltay took a day off work to make his views known near an appearance by Mr. Biden in Cleveland, two Trump flags waving from the roof of his car.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “In the beginning, March, April, May time frame, I would say corona was a bigger issue for me,” said Mr. Soltay, who said he locked down inside his house in the spring, leaving to go to the grocery store and changing his clothes afterward. “By the time I was voting, if I had to rank them, economy was one to me.”In the Midwest, coronavirus cases have surged dangerously and hospitals have neared capacity in recent days, leaving voters with even more reason to send a message about the pandemic. Even as coronavirus cases rose in states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, closely related issues — the economy and shutdowns — were top of mind.Twelve states around the Midwest added more cases in the seven-day period ending Tuesday than in any other week of the pandemic, a sign of the rapidly devolving situation in the center of the country as infections and hospitalizations continue to spike.- Advertisement –center_img The situation is especially volatile in Wisconsin, which has for weeks been adding cases at one of the highest rates in the country. More than 35,000 infections have been identified over the last week, the most in any seven-day stretch of the pandemic. As of Wednesday morning, seven of the 20 American metropolitan areas with the most cases per capita in recent days were in Wisconsin.last_img read more

CNTB announces new edition of “Market Profiles” for 2017

first_imgIn order to provide support in the decision-making process and strategic planning of public and private sector entities in the Croatian tourism industry, the CNTB published new information related to market trends and trends, analysis of achieved receptive results, as well as results of targeted market research programs related to various segments of tourism. business, ie promotional activities of the national tourism organization.The Croatian National Tourist Board has published a new “Market Profiles” for 2017, which includes information from the markets: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, while additional market profiles will be published.Study the market profiles in order to get to know tourists from the mentioned countries as well as possible and to plan and advertise tourist packages for a certain target group of tourists in the best possible way.Side dish: Market profiles 2017last_img read more

The Golden Penka Grand Prix for the best reports about Croatia went to the USA, Russia and Italy

first_imgPhoto: HTZ By the way, by awarding the “Golden Pen” award, the Croatian National Tourist Board emphasizes the importance and value of professional journalistic coverage of Croatia in foreign media. In previous years, the hosts of the award were Zagreb, Split, Rovinj, Opatija, Dubrovnik, Čakovec, Osijek, Otočac, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Opatija, Mali Lošinj and Osijek. Photo: HTZ Winner Grand prix for the best electronic media report je Vasiliy Andreev iz Russia. He is a well-known producer of the Russian national television Rossiya 1. Andreev won the award as the author of a 20-minute report on Zagreb and Croatia entitled “Advent in Croatia”. In addition to the sights of Zagreb, the report also shows the traditional production of flour, fritters and crostuli in Slunj. The host of this episode was a popular Russian actress Olga Kuzmina which brought the Russian spirit closer to the Christmas spirit of Zagreb and Croatia during the popular Advent. The most significant award of the “Golden Pen” is Grand Prize which is awarded in three categories: for the best reportage of the print media (magazines, newspapers), for the best electronic media report (TV, radio) and for the best blog post (bloggers, social networks). Nominations for the material from 2018 were received from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, the USA, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Denmark, Spain and Slovenia.   “We purposefully nurture and maintain the tradition of awarding this prize because foreign tourist journalists, bloggers, and today influencers are an extremely important part of the mosaic of the tourist world. Every written word, photo or tone contributes to the promotion of Croatian tourism and building the image of Croatia as a desirable tourist destination.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the rich tourist program that is taking place these days in Zadar and Zadar County is an excellent overture to the main part of the tourist year ahead. Award for the best blog post she won Chiara Marchi iz Italy. Since 2015, Marchi from Trieste has been editing his extremely well-read and popular blog called “Missclarie”. The winning blog post “Cherso le 7 cose da sapere” talks about the untouched nature of the island of Cres, secluded beaches, a relaxing holiday by the sea, and seven reasons to visit the island of Cres.center_img He made unique statues for the laureates, especially for this occasion Museum of Ancient Glass from Zadar. The awards ceremony was held in Petrčane in Zadar, and the entire program included a three-day study trip for all journalists and bloggers, which included a tour of Zadar, Starigrad Paklenica, the islands of Ugljan and Kali, Nin, and many other tourist attractions. Along with the Croatian National Tourist Board, as the holder and main organizer of the 15th Grand Prix “Golden Pen”, this year’s partners and hosts, who hosted 24 journalists and professionals from 16 countries, are the Zadar County Tourist Board and the Zadar Tourist Board. This year’s winner Grand prix for the best reportage of the print media je David Farley iz Now. Farley is a journalist whose reports are published in the AFAR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, etc. His main topics are travel and gastronomy. He won the CNTB award for a report on Dubrovnik published in the National Geographic Traveler magazine under the title “Sun Sea Savor”. Dubrovnik’s Stradun graced the very cover of the magazine, and the famous Croatian city was presented on 14 pages.  The Croatian National Tourist Board organized an award ceremony for foreign journalists and bloggers for the best media coverage of Croatia as a tourist destination.  “Zlatna penkala is a praiseworthy project of the Croatian National Tourist Board which awards some of the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism, and foreign media representatives certainly do, because about 90 percent of tourist traffic in Croatia is realized from foreign markets.”, said State Secretary Glavina, adding that he was sure that the journalists’ stay in Zadar County would remain in their fond memories. last_img read more

Arsenal fans convinced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is staying after hint on Instagram

first_imgThat can’t be a coincidence man that blink was so bait— ‏ً (@afczak_) July 6, 2020 Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 6 Jul 2020 7:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Arsenal fans convinced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is staying after hint on Instagram Advertisement He definitely saw the comment judging by his reaction. 😂— ™️ (@AfcNas) July 5, 2020— AlexPastoortje (@AlexPastoortje) July 6, 2020MORE: ‘He’s something special’ – Jermaine Jenas compares Manchester United star Mason Greenwood to Gareth Bale Man, if #Aubameyang leaves #Arsenal after just blinking like that, I swear…— mo koenaite (@iMoshele) July 5, 2020— Lachlan Langrish-Smith (@Lachlan93_) July 5, 2020 Video: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘blinking’ because he’s signing a new contract at Arsenal on Instagram Live. 😉 [@oscarmallett] #afc— afcstuff (@afcstuff) July 5, 2020Aubameyang went on an Instagram Live with his half-brother Willy and an opportunistic supporter asked the Gabon ace to ‘Blink if you’re gonna sign’. As the comment pops up on Aubameyang’s feed, the Gunners captain makes a series of exaggerated blinks to indicated that he had seen the comment.While hardly the final confirmation that Arsenal supporters were looking for, many fans were adamant that Aubameyang was hinting that he will sign a new deal. Did you see how many times he’s blinked? It’s basically confirmed— Vlad (@afc_vlad) July 5, 2020 Aubameyang just announced his contract extension by blinking on Insta live because a fan told him to. Only at Arsenal Football Club 😂— ‏ً (@Euhzil) July 5, 2020 Advertisement Done deal 🤙🏻— Beasts Of No Nation (@supernova4ever1) July 5, 2020 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has dropped another hint over his Arsenal future (Picture: Getty)Arsenal fans are adamant that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new deal at the club after the Gabon ace once again teased supporters over his future.The 31-year-old has entered the last year of his deal at the Emirates and despite a lack of progress in talks over the last 12 months, Aubameyang’s representatives remain in negotiations with the Gunners.Aubameyang is said to be demanding in excess of £250,000-a-week to stay at the club, as well as a three-year deal that would take him to his 34th birthday.Arsenal are unsure if they can finance the deal given the uncertainty over the remainder of their league campaign. A place in the top-four remains an outside possibility but a Champions League spot would help to convince Aubameyang to stay, while it would also go someway to funding it.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli both signed new deals at the club last week, which gave supporters renewed hope that their captain will do the same.last_img read more

This Brisbane suburb tipped to be a property hot spot in 2018

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoInside the property at 23 Minore St, Chermside.“I’ve done pretty well,” he said.“The year I bought, schools in the area jumped in ranks which drove up prices and then Westfield was upgraded.“I think that helped a lot.” WHEN WILL INTEREST RATES RISE? This house at 23 Minore St, Chermside is now for sale.Ray White marketing agent Graham Carter, who has been selling real estate in Chermside for the past six years, said Mr Cottle was representative of the changing demographic in the suburb.“A lot of units are being built in the area, which attracts a younger population and professionals, and Westfield keeps expanding, which brings job opportunities,” Mr Carter said.“The suburb certainly is rejuvenating and has had a lot of investment.”Mr Carter said most buyers he dealt with were aged in their 20s to 40s. He expects 2018 to be a strong year for the suburb, given he had his biggest month of sales ever in December.“Based on what I’ve seen in December and this month so far; the inquiries I’m getting already shows it’s setting up to be a big year,” he said. Andrew Cottle at his home in Chermside that he spent two years renovating and has just put back on the market. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.ANDREW Cottle knew he was on to a winner when he picked up a bargain in one of Brisbane’s next boom suburbs nearly four years ago.The 29-year-old saw the potential in Chermside back in 2014 when he paid less than $500,000 for a rundown house in need of a lot of love.He moved in straight away and started “ripping it apart”.“It was liveable, but it was old and croaky,” Mr Cottle said.“I was looking for something within 10km of the CBD, with good access to the city and airport, and Westfield shopping centre was another big drawcard.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Mr Cottle spent about $100,000 completely renovating the three-bedroom property at 23 Minore Street — reconfiguring the layout, adding a second bathroom and building a big deck.He is looking for offers around $690,000. last_img read more

Pension freedom policy was rushed, says FCA chair

first_imgCharles Randell, FCA“We don’t know exactly how many people have been scammed into transferring their pension pots to fraudsters or skimmed by bad advice to switch to inappropriate high risk or poor value investments, but it’s clear that it could be a large number.”More than 5m pension savers were at risk of falling victim of tactics used by fraudsters, Randell added.Although Randell declined to express an opinion on the pension freedoms policy, he highlighted questions raised by MPs in the parliament’s work and pensions select committee.The cross-party group of MPs raised concerns about the implementation of the policy during an enquiry last year into the restructuring of the British Steel Pension Scheme.On the policy, Randell said: “It was implemented in 2015, relatively soon after it was announced in 2014, but responses to the risk of skimming and scamming are continuing to be developed.“For example, a ban on cold calling became effective at the beginning of 2019 and the FCA proposes to ban contingent charging for pension transfer advice from next year.“All policy makers, including the FCA, need to learn lessons for the future from this experience. One of which is that a very major change of policy like this needs a substantial period of planning and testing so that all the necessary safeguards against skimming and scamming are integrated before it is launched.”Pensions minister Guy Opperman said last month that an fraud awareness campaign launched by the FCA and the Pensions Regulator had prevented savers from losing £34m (€38m) to financial criminals. Keith Richards, CEO of the Personal Finance Society, said the ban on cold calling in relation to pensions should have been in place “from the beginning”.Richards added: “Equally, the FCA is now making commitments to police the regulatory perimeter, but in the past this area fell between many stools – the police were responsible for investigating fraud, the Treasury and Department for Work & Pensions were in charge of authorising occupational pension funds from a tax and regulatory perspective and the FCA policed conduct of regulated activity.“Scammers managed to get enough authorisations to look respectable, without having their activities properly monitored. It took a long time for all the organisations involved to develop a co-ordinated approach.” The UK may have rushed the implementation of its ‘pension freedoms’ policy in 2015, according to the chair of the country’s financial regulator.In a speech this week, Charles Randell, chair of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), noted that the regulator and policy makers were still developing responses to the rise in fraud activity since the government relaxed at-retirement rules four years ago.The UK government removed the requirement for people in defined contribution (DC) approaching retirement to buy an annuity in a policy decision made in 2014 and effective from 2015.It has meant a significant increase in people withdrawing their pension savings as cash from DC schemes or transferring out of guaranteed defined benefit (DB) schemes. Randell said: “A number of the victims of [fraud] are pension scheme members who have been persuaded to make poor decisions when exercising their new-found freedoms to transfer out of a defined benefit scheme. Exercising this freedom is unlikely to be in the interests of the majority of pension scheme members.last_img read more