By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
segunda-feira, 24 de maio de 2010
By QMI Agency
BARRIE, Ont. - The countryside has long been a place where people tend to get rid of things they don't want - including bodies.
This weekend's discovery of human remains in Sugar Bush and Lake of Bays Township adds to the list of bodies found in Oro-Medonte Township.
In May 2002, a man and woman, both 44 years old, were found shot and beaten to death in their car in a field off the 4th Line of Oro- Medonte, near Highway 11. The murders of Dung That Ton and his wife Bong Thi Bui were linked to a marijuana grow operation. Their bodies were discovered by a driving instructor.
Other recent discoveries made in local rural areas:
Trooper Larry Rudd is the latest Canadian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan.
Rudd, 26, died Monday while on a resupply patrol to deliver supplies and equipment to Canadian soldiers near the village of Salavat, about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. He was killed by an improvised explosive device.
A native of Brantford, Ont., Rudd was with the Royal Canadian Dragoons based at CFB Petawawa in Ontario.
Rudd was "a go-to soldier who always put the needs of his family, friends and fellow soldiers before his own," said Col. Simon Hetherington, Deputy Commander of Task Force Kandahar.
Rudd never complained, regardless of the hardships he and his crew endured, and was mature well beyond his rank and experience, demonstrating enormous potential, Hetherington added.
"He was dynamic and motivated; generous and outgoing," Hetherington said. "And despite his intimidating size, he was considered the Gentle Giant within his squadron, within the armoured corps and certainly within his regiment".
He is the 146th member of the Canadian Forces to die in Afghanistan since the current mission began in 2002. Link
The Bulgarian state still owes about EUR 600 M to construction firms for completed public procurement projects.
Even though the mechanism for paying money by the state to private contractors through the Bulgarian Development Bank has been set up and is operational, few of them have seek to activate the mechanism in order to get their money, Bulgaria’s Regional Development Minister, Rosen Plevneliev, said as cited by bTV.
Of the total of EUR 600 M owed to construction companies by the state, EUR 240 M are owed by the Regional Development Ministry and its subordinate, the Road Agency.
The Ministry and the Agency have already paid BGN 150 M since the BDB mechanism was set up in April to about 130. About 200 firms, 144 of which are dealing with road infrastructure, have not asked for their money yet. They are supposed to file an application to the Bulgarian Development Bank, and to receive the respective payments after the government confirms their claims.
“However, there are projects such as the notorious “Water Mirror” cascade in Kardzhali where we have not the slightest intention of paying any money to their executers until the Prosecutor’s Office say that everything is legal. The contractors claim BGN 35 M,” explained the Regional Development Minister saying that the state is disputing a total of BGN 60 M claimed by construction companies over suspicions of illegal dealings.
Plevneliev pointed out that under the mechanism established by the Bulgarian government the private companies get paid only 93% of the money they are owed because the Development Bank retains 7% for administrative expenses. He believes that some of the firms might file legal suits against the state because of this arrangement.
According to the Bulgarian Construction Chamber, many of the construction firms are wary of the state procedures and do not trust the mechanism established by the government which is why they are not rushing to making their claims.
At the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, the Bulgarian government of the GERB party delayed about BGN 2 B in payments owed to private companies for public procurement projects they executed. The arguments for that were to keep Bulgaria’s budget deficit lower in order to meet the requirements for applying to join the euro zone waiting room, the ERM II, in 2010 – an aspiration which failed to materialize in the spring of 2010; and the claims of the government that they predecessors awarded illegally some of the public procurement projects. Link
A man shot by gardaí on Friday evening for failing to drop a loaded weapon he brought into a pub Cork city pub is still being treated in hospital.
Anthony “Pedro” O’Leary was shot in the stomach by members of the Garda Regional Support Unit at the Mo Chuisle pub on Blarney Street at about 6.40pm on Friday.
He is understood to have entered the pub brandishing a sawn-off shotgun and threatened staff and customers before demanding to see the pub owner, Niall Burns.
Mr O’Leary shot when he failed to release the weapon. He was rushed by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He was today said to be in a comfortable condition.
An investigation team from the Garda Ombudsman Commission, which investigates incidents involving gardaí, visited the scene of the shooting on Friday night and local Garda technical experts carried out a forensic examination of the scene under their direction.
Officers from the Garda Ombudsman Commission have also taken possession of CCTV footage from a camera in the pub which is understood to have captured the entire incident including the shooting of Mr O’Leary.
It is understood that the member of the RSU who shot Mr O’Leary has taken some days’ leave and that he has surrendered his weapon to investigators from Garda Ombudsman Commission for examination as is standard practice in such investigations.
Meanwhile, gardaí under Supt Con Cadogan of Gurranebraher Garda station have begun a separate investigation into Mr O’Leary’s brandishing of the illegally held sawn-off shotgun in the crowded pub and his threatening of staff and members of the public.
A team of around 20 gardaí have begun interviewing the customers who were in the pub at the time while gardaí have also begun an investigation into how Mr O’Leary made his way to the pub.
Mr O’Leary, who had been granted temporary release on May 13th from Cork Prison having served just over a year of a two-year sentence for burglary, is a nephew of Anthony “Farmer” Hennessy who died after being ejected from Mo Chuisle in March 2008.
The owner of the pub, Niall Burns from Glen Springs, Blackstone Bridge, Cork, was later charged with two other men of endangerment in relation to Mr Hennessy’s death and Mr Burns was acquitted of the charge by a jury while his co-accused were acquitted by direction.
Mr Burns had been accused of endangerment on March 13th and 14th, 2008, at Blarney Street, Cork, where it was alleged that he had intentionally or recklessly engaged in the forceful restraint of Anthony Hennessy, which created a substantial risk of death or serious injury.
The pub was previously attacked in October 2008 when a lone gunman pulled up on a motorbike outside the pub and fired a shot in through a window.
No one was injured but gardaí, despite an extensive investigation, were unable to identify the gunman. Link
NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's military-led rulers said on Monday that mining contracts signed under ousted President Mamadou Tandja passed through the appropriate procedures but some companies may not be able to fulfil their obligations.
The comments come amid speculation that the military junta that removed Tandja in a February coup, and has since vowed to clean up business and politics, may cancel a ream of contracts signed while Tandja ran the West African the uranium producer.
"There is lots of speculation over this question of the mining permits. The 159 licenses were issued by decree ... they were handed out legally," Souleymane Mamadou Abba, minister of mines and energy in the government put in place after the coup, said on state radio on Monday.
"There were no contracts handed out under the table."
Under Tandja foreign companies secured a flurry of exploration permits to work in Niger, which is rich in uranium and oil but better known for hunger and poverty.
The lack of transparency linked to many of the deals fuelled speculation over the conditions they were signed under. And many in Niger welcomed the soldiers' vows to clean up business and politics, as well as restore democracy after they ousted Tandja.
Elections are due by February 2011.
Despite apparently ending speculation over a far-reaching review of the contracts, Mamadou Abba raised other issues:
"Behind the legality of the distribution (of the contracts), there could be other problems. There could be companies that are simply not able to operate the number of operate the number of permits they have been allocated. But that is another thing".
The minister did not give any further details, but the government has said that it will examine the country's mining contracts and invalidate those that do not benefit Niger.
The country's biggest mining contracts are with nuclear energy group Areva, though the French firm is unlikely to be targeted by the interim government, whose prime minister is currently touring Europe to seek the resumption of donor aid. Link
(Reuters) - From Barack Obama's simple "Yes We Can" presidential campaign slogan to countless Chinese people sending text messages using English letters, "Globish" is fast becoming the dominant language of this century.
So says British author Robert McCrum in his new book "Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language," which expounds on the mishmash of English and other tongues that connects people from Beijing to New York.
McCrum takes the term Globish from Jean-Paul Nerriere, who coined the word in 1995 and has written books on the blunt new form of English that uses about 1,500 words, employs short sentences with simple syntax devoid of idioms and uses lots of gesticulations to make up for the lack of nuanced language.
"In the 19th century you had British English, which was international, in the 20th century, American English became the lingua franca," McCrum told Reuters in an interview. "Now there is a third phase in the 21st century -- the Globish century".
In Globish you say "strange," not eerie, and avoid all jokes, humor and colorful expressions likely to be misunderstood. It is a constantly evolving patois that develops from practical use and includes words and sounds from other languages.
McCrum says business people looking for opportunities in places like China and India should learn Globish because even native English speakers will be at a disadvantage without it.
People who seek an understanding of Globish need look no further than President Barack Obama, how he was raised and how the language he uses transcends borders, McCrum said.
"He is a classic case; raised (by a mother from) Kansas, lives in Hawaii and Indonesia and of Kenyan stock. And when he speaks ... it requires very little adaptation to make it universally intelligible," he said. "His slogan 'Yes We Can' works anywhere in the world". Link
The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India on Monday said its premium compact car Swift has crossed the 4.5 lakh unit sales mark since its launch five years ago in 2005.
"The Swift was launched in India on May 25, 2005. Nearly 16,000 customers had placed advance orders for the Swift even before it was unveiled and its price made public. In these five years, more than 4.5 lakh Swift cars have been sold in India," the company said in a statement.
To meet the increased demand, the company has increased the production of the car, including the diesel variant, to over 12,000 units every month at present, from about 5,000 units during the initial period.
Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) manufactures one of its very successful car with a 'sporty' look from both Gurgaon and Manesar facilities.
However, the company is finding it difficult to produce adequate volume of the cars and a steep demand-supply mis-match persists in the market.
While the current waiting period for the petrol variant is 2-3 months, customers have to wait up to 4 months to get the delivery of a diesel Swift.
The company offers the petrol variant with a 1.2 litre K-series engine, while the diesel car comes with a 1.3 litre DDiS engine. Link