Brazil Asks for Information on Violent Fans

first_imgBy Dialogo December 05, 2011 Brazil has requested a list of violent fans from seven countries, including Argentina and the United States, in order to bar them from entering the country during the 2014 soccer World Cup. The request was submitted by the Special Secretariat for Major Events to the police authorities of Argentina, Germany, the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Poland, according to the daily Folha de São Paulo. “Fans identified as difficult by their country’s police will not get an entry visa for Brazil,” the newspaper said. The security agencies will also monitor the borders for the entry of troublemakers from countries for which a visa is not required to enter the World Cup host country, it added. The authorities are preparing a strategic plan for security for the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, which Rio de Janeiro will host. The São Paulo Federal Police expressed concern recently about possible terrorist attacks during the World Cup and said that preparations are underway for “a scenario with a quite elevated level of risk.” At the same time, the authorities are racing to get the stadiums ready, improve the transportation system, and welcome hundreds of thousands of tourists in the 12 cities that will host the World Cup.last_img read more

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CFPB orders debt collection firms to pay $18M in penalties, $61M in refunds

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The nation’s two largest debt buyers and collectors must refund millions of dollars to consumers and overhaul their practices under actions taken by CFPB Wednesday.Encore Capital Group and Portfolio Recovery Associates allegedly bought debts that were possibly inaccurate, lacked documentation or were unenforceable, yet they collected payments from consumers by pressuring them with false statements and lawsuits using robo-signed court documents.Encore must pay up to $42 million in consumer refunds and a $10 million penalty, and it must stop collecting on more than $125 million worth of debts. Portfolio Recovery Associates must pay $19 million in refunds and an $8 million penalty, plus stop collecting on more than $3 million worth of debts. Both companies must also overhaul their practices and stop reselling debt to third parties. continue reading »last_img read more

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Bigger, brighter, mind…ier?

first_imgI just spent the past two days at Harvard for the ‪#‎bigbrightminds‬ conference, and 24 hours later my mind is still recuperating from being totally blown. I’m back in the office today reflecting on the experience and content, and it’s starting to sink in that I was just exposed to the ideas and leaders who will not only define the credit union movement in the coming years, but in some cases actually shake the broader financial industry to its core, drastically change how millions of Americans will view personal finance and put a spotlight on the interconnectedness of economics, culture and social movements.We heard from Nondini Naqui from the Society of Grownups in Boston who is less than two years into their Millennial-focused financial literacy campaign and has already helped thousands of young people better understand finances, all while growing their staff to 40 full-time employees (in 22 months) and securing an additional $100 million in funding to expand their much needed services to 10 of the nation’s biggest cities. Like their page and get ready for Naqui’s TED Talk in February because once the world hears her message (delivered with eloquence most presidents would envy), everything is going to change.We heard Hope Jensen Schau, professor of marketing at the University of Arizona, discuss research showing how Millennials view large institutions with deep skepticism, but place enormous value in peer-to-peer institutions making a social impact. While Millennials are still poorly informed on the subject, her studies have so far shown an enormous interest in credit unions and how they can weave into the “pro-social” mindset of Millennials, who are largely uninterested in supporting institutions that don’t provide a clear social benefit along with their business model. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Valley Stream Woman Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old Valley Stream woman died after the car she was riding in crashed in Queens early Tuesday morning.New York City police said Patina Deygoo was riding in the backseat of a Nissan that crashed into a tree while heading eastbound on Nassau Expressway near the exit for John F. Kennedy International Airport at 3:19 a.m. Tuesday.The driver and two passengers in the car were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where Deygoo died, the driver is listed in critical condition and the other passenger is in stable condition.No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The other two victims were only identified as 26-year-old women.The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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Planning: is there an opening for another factory outlet centre?

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Aussie teenager sets two world records for football skills

first_imgSydney, July 9: Jeb Hockin, an 18-year-old from rural Australia, has become a double world record holder, demonstrating some truly incredible talents with a football.Hockin set two Guinness world records for a “rabona” style kick, first for hitting the crossbar seven times in a minute, and then scoring a goal from 60 metres on Sunday. The “rabona” kick is “where you put your strong leg, behind your weak leg and kick the ball,” Hockin explained. The teen also became internet famous last week with his “trick shot” videos being shared on the fans’ pages of Manchester United and Real Madrid that have millions of followers.Australia’s lead goal scorer and former English Premier League and Chinese Super League player, Tim Cahill shared his admiration for Hockin in a video, saying “I’ve supported you from the start and it’s great to see you flourish.”Hockin will keep kicking and attempting more records, but for now he is proud of what he has accomplished after a decade of practice.“You start from basically nothing and you build up to all these crazy things,” Hockin said. “It just goes to show anything is possible,” he added. IANSlast_img read more

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Skating rink in Winfield closes due to not paying sales tax; but owner says it will reopen

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Melinda · 286 weeks ago you are blaming this on ONE DAY that the bank was closed??? What about every day before then??? Good Grief. Sounds like a lousy excuse if you ask me. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 286 weeks ago You don’t rack up $44,000 in sales tax payments over the weekend. Obviously a problem for quite some time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Guest · 286 weeks ago It can be very difficult to keep a small business afloat in this economy. I hope they are able to get everything squared away and reopen. Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down beenthere · 286 weeks ago Small business owners just don’t stand a chance these days. Taxed to death!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Shane Farley, Newscow.net — Interskate 77 in Winfield will resolve its sales tax issues with the state of Kansas and reopen soon, rink owner Keith Anglemyer said Monday.“If the banks were open, we’d have it settled today,” he said.On Sunday, the state seized the business, located at 515 Main, for failure to pay $44,000 in sales tax. The rink will remained closed until the matter is settled and assets could be auctioned off to pay taxes owed if a settlement is not reached.Officers seized all known bank accounts, on-site cash, inventory and personal property assets belonging to Anglemyer.In a brief interview with KSOK News, Anglemyer said the average number of skates had dropped in the past couple years. That in turn caused income flow problems.“We are starting to see increases in skate activity,” he said. “Especially birthday parties. We hope this doesn’t become an issue in the future.”Anglemyer said he has been working with state tax officials since the seizure and hopes to have the skating rink open this week.“It’s never been about making money,” he said. “But obviously we didn’t want the business to get into this shape. We’re working to have it resolved but the banking holiday has complicated matters.”Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Texas Man Could Be Innocent After a Computer Algorithm Links DNA to a New Suspect

first_imgNearly a decade into his life sentence for murder, Lydell Grant was released from a Texas prison on bond thanks to a new computer software program that identified the real source of a mixture of DNA.Thanks to the computer analysis, Grant, 42, the judge recommended in December that Texas’ highest criminal court vacate his conviction. His attorneys are hopeful a ruling is made in the coming weeks.For Grant’s exoneration hinged on the DNA evidence being sorted out by a new computer algorithm, which reanalyzed the unidentified DNA which led to the discovery of a new suspect, who has been charged after police said he confessed.At Grant’s trial in 2012, prosecutors centered their case on the eyewitness testimony — a practice that the Innocence Project argues plays a major role in defendants’ being wrongfully accused. In addition, jurors heard about DNA collected from fingernail scrapings from the victim’s right hand. The DNA was actually a mixture of two people: the victim and a second male profile.Houston’s police crime lab could not conclude that the other DNA was Grant’s, but the state’s expert’s testimony suggested to the jury that it “could not be excluded.”Jurors also heard from Grant’s alibi witness, who said he was with Grant on the night of the murder, but his testimony failed to sway them, court documents show.Grant was found guilty of first-degree felony murder. From his jail cell in Harris County, he began writing to anyone he thought could help including the Innocence Project who contacted DNA expert Angie Ambers, an associate professor of forensic science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.Ambers was familiar with a type of DNA technology known as “probabilistic genotyping.”Ambers learned of one such software program created by Cybergenetics, a small company in Pittsburgh that had analyzed DNA samples from unidentified victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.It was worth a shot: Ware requested the raw DNA data from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and then it was shared with Cybergenetics and run through its program, TrueAllele. (The name is a play on the word that signifies the different forms a person’s genes can take.)The company offered a free preliminary screening, and the software did what a human could not do: determine that Grant’s DNA did not match that of the unknown male profile.Ambers had a hunch that something was off when she first reviewed the case because a large number of alleles present in the DNA mixture were inconsistent with Scheerhoorn’s or Grant’s profiles. But she said TrueAllele’s discovery alone wouldn’t guarantee that Grant would be cleared of a crime because he was convicted by a jury.Typically, federal, state and local law enforcement and government crime labs can upload an unknown profile into the database and compare it for a possible match against that of one of the more than 14 million convicted criminals and those arrested already in the system. The process, for instance, can help authorities link crimes from several scenes to a single person.The South Carolina crime lab’s search resulted in a hit. The DNA profile belonged to a man in Atlanta named Jermarico Carter, who police say left Houston shortly after the murder. Carter also has a lengthy criminal record, and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement in December that he confessed to the killing.Acevedo at the time also issued a rare apology to Grant and his family, “as they have waited for justice all these years.”last_img read more

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The patience of Job

first_imgWell, well, well the Pittsburgh Steelers smacked around the Titans almost as if it was the Titans offensive line that was on life support as opposed to the Black and Gold. But wait, in regards to getting it, I suggest that the Black and Gold use the first four rounds of the 2012 draft to “get it” and draft, O-line, O-line, O-line and if anyone worth his salt is available, D-line. Draft a young group that can learn the system together and learn to depend upon themselves, together. Toss the entire group into the furnace so that their mettle can be tried and tested collectively.This was supposed to be a very close game that was leaning toward the Titans in spite of what the odds makers were saying as opposed to what the “men from Vegas” were really thinking. The truth of the matter is at this point in time the Steelers could barely even field an offensive line to even break the huddle to face the Titans. Hell the Steelers might as well not have even shown up; att, wrong answer. The Titans held the ball until 8:21 of the first quarter. At that point I was thinking hey; here we go again as soon as Big Ben gets the ball just go deep baby, just go deep. However, Steelers wide receiver/kick returner Antonio Brown made short work of the Titans special teams unit returning the ensuing kick-off back to the 50 yard line. I’m sure that was not the way that the special teams coach drew it up because if it was; it was trash.All of the yelling and screaming that Steelers Head “Honcho” Mike Tomlin allegedly did behind closed doors may have brutalized a few eardrums and tenderized several souls because against the Titans, the offensive line looked like a group of All-Pros that had been together for several years. When things get rough, sometimes we want to rely on self as opposed to those around us. Divide and conquer. See boys and girls the Holy Scriptures tell us that: “The first test Satan gave to Job was to take away all of Job’s animals even killing the servants that were with the animals but Job did not curse God like Satan wanted Job to do.” Job was not trying to get all that he had lost back at once; he remained diligent and was totally focused on survival, just plain making it. There are times, especially in the world of sports and particularly in the brutal realm of professional football, that injuries will destroy a variety of personnel groupings and who your teammates are will vary from minute to minute but they should not be called out even indirectly because their worth and value should not be minimized. They cannot and should not be publicly reprimanded when the “team” falters but allowing the spotlight to shine on one or two individuals when the “team” realizes success. There is an old saying in sports that goes something like this: “you cannot bench the money.” The Steelers are but a year or two away from rebuilding and lo and behold that are not even remotely prepared to face the challenge.There is a trend developing in the NFL. Draft good young players, throw them into the “Serpentine fire” and let them become hardened by battle. First year quarterbacks Andy Dalton of the Cincy Bengals and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers have individually taken more snaps than Steelers second or third string quarterback Dennis Dixon has taken in three plus years. There have been several occasions that Big Ben has been “allegedly” injured and instead of taking that week off to recuperate he went out threw two or three picks, lost the game and attributed the poor performance to his injury, the defense, the offensive line or his food stamps not arriving in time but in all fairness to Mr. Roethlisberger, “against the Titans ya done good.” Not let’s see. Coming up to face the Steelers “unleaded” offensive machine are Jacksonville, Arizona, New England and Baltimore. Hmm, will the “O” stutter or soar? Who knows, the Shadow knows.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741. He can also be heard on the “Odd Couple” sports show as the NFL/AFC North analyst Wednesdays from 11-11:30AM on WCWA 1230AM, Fox Sports Toledo, Ohio.) Prior to the Steelers/Titans clash at Heinz Field in which the men of Steel gave the fellows from Tennessee their comeuppance by the score of 38-17 there was loads of talk about how much better off Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was since he signed with the Titans. In a recent AP article on Washington Post.com, Hasselbeck himself even said that “You can draw up all the fancy plays that you want and mismatches and personnel groups. But if you can’t block for it, then that stuff’s no good. It’s trash. We’ve got a great group of guys up front playing the offensive line. They’re well-coached, and they just work together as a unit. I mean talk about teamwork. Here [with the Titans] they give it the first priority, and it’s not the case in most places.” last_img read more

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