first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday said it will go to the root of the alleged conspiracy and sensational claims made by a lawyer that there was a larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in the sexual harassment allegations against him. A three-judge special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said if fixers continue to work and manipulate the judiciary as claimed, neither this institution nor any of “us” will not survive. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The bench, also comprising justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, asked lawyer Utsav Singh Bains, who has made claims of a larger conspiracy, to file another affidavit by Thursday morning after he claimed that he has some more “incriminating evidence”. The bench said it will take up the matter for hearing on Thursday. “We will inquire and go to the root of alleged claims of fixers at work and manipulating the judiciary. If they continue to work then none of us will survive… Fixing has no role to play in the system. We will inquire and take it to the logical end” it said. The bench also clarified that there is no connection in the hearing of Bains’ claims of larger conspiracy and the in-house inquiry ordered into the sexual harassment allegations against CJI. Earlier in the day, the apex court directed chiefs of the CBI, IB and Delhi Police to appear and meet in chambers the three judges who are hearing his claim that there was a larger conspiracy to frame CJI.last_img read more

OTTAWA — Just as one federal cabinet minister is urging a more sophisticated tone to the climate-change debate, a second cabinet minister has found himself trying to prove he is not a climate-change denier.Environment Minister Peter Kent this week said the federal government would never opt for a carbon pricing scheme itself, but would be open minded about pricing arrangements set up by the provinces.“We need to add a bit of subtle differentiation when we talk about carbon pricing,” Kent said in an interview on Wednesday, adding that he and Alberta were on the same wavelength in taking action to significantly cut emissions.But a day later, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver appeared to play down the urgency of fighting climate change.In an editorial board meeting with La Presse in Montreal, Oliver cited scientists who say that fear of climate change has been exaggerated. His comments were confirmed through a transcription of that part of the meeting, provided to The Canadian Press on Friday by Oliver’s spokesman.“I did not say that there is no problem, and I do not say that others (scientists) have said that there is no problem. Instead, they say there is a big problem. But now they say that the problem is not so urgent that they previously thought. Maybe it will take more time,” Oliver said, according to his spokesman.“But … I do not deny the problem, which is a fundamental problem.”Oliver was not able to cite any scientists at the time, but the minister’s staff pointed to an article by climate-change skeptic Lawrence Solomon as well as quotes in The Economist and other publications from academics questioning whether the pace of global warming was slowing.Oliver’s comments took on a life of their own amongst environmentalists, who bombarded social media with comments questioning the Harper government’s dedication to slowing global warming.The minister is getting briefed by distorted media reports about climate change, said Keith Stewart, climate and energy campaign co-ordinator for Greenpeace Canada. He called Oliver’s views “appalling” and “shocking.”They are a contrast in tone to that of Kent and Alberta Premier Alison Redford in Washington earlier this week. In separate appearances and meetings, Kent and Redford both stressed that Canada was taking climate change very seriously and that strong measures were in the works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector.They need to persuade the American public that Canada is serious about emissions, in the hopes of winning U.S. regulatory approval to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would carry Alberta bitumen through the United States down to the Gulf coast.Gone was the federal talk about any form of carbon pricing being akin to a carbon tax that would raise the price of everything. Indeed, Kent took pains to stress that while Ottawa likes its regulatory approach to emissions, he was open to provinces setting up their own plans — as long as such arrangements lead to actual reductions in emissions.“There hasn’t been a great deal of subtlety in talking about carbon pricing. There are those carbon taxes where the revenues go into general revenue and do not guarantee the reduction of a single ton of greenhouse gases. (But) Alberta has a tech fund wherein their revenues are focused only, and in isolation, on technology to achieve further ghg reductions than the emitters in that province are already able to achieve.”Over the past six months, Conservative MPs have been relentless in their attack on any kind of carbon pricing regime, equating all such efforts to a “tax on everything.”But the pending new regulations on oil and gas emissions are pushing the federal government to recognize that provincial carbon pricing schemes are legitimate ways of fighting climate change, said Alex Wood, a senior director at the Sustainable Prosperity think tank in Ottawa.“There’s a certain theatre being played out in the House of Commons around these kinds of issues, and then there’s the reality across the country. What you’re getting is the (environment) minister saying carbon pricing is actually a reality in large parts of the country, and therefore as a national government we’re not going to say it’s a bad thing,” Wood said.“That’s a welcome development, that the government is creating the space for that kind of policy to be developed at the provincial level.”He did not comment on Oliver’s interview, but tweeted earlier: “Min. Kent throws US consideration of #kxl (Keystone) a bone yesterday (not against carbon pricing). Min.Oliver takes it back today (no #climate change).”Later Friday, Oliver issued a release clarifying his earlier remarks: “As I said yesterday to La Presse, climate change is a severe problem. That is why our government is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent by 2020, and we are already halfway towards achieving that goal.”As the Harper government heads into the latter half of its mandate, there is growing recognition among Conservatives that their rhetoric on the environment may need to shift.Canada has committed to cutting its emissions to 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020, but so far only has measures to take the country half way there. Most of those measures are provincial. In order to make up the other half, oil and gas regulations due to be published in coming months need to be quite stringent.Federal officials have been negotiating with industry and Alberta officials for months, and have a general agreement on the framework but are still haggling over numbers. Provinces will have the leeway to design their own emissions regimes as long they meet the targets. And the federal government will not take any of the revenue collected by provinces through carbon pricing regimes. read more

TORONTO — Royal Bank’s decision to close 25 branches over the past year, mainly in city centres across Canada, is having a minimal impact on clients who increasingly favour an array of digital banking options, the company said Wednesday.Neil McLaughlin, head of Canadian personal and commercial banking, says the decision to shutter an overabundance of locations in some areas was aimed at redirecting costs of its operations.“The core focus is thinning out (our) dense urban branch footprint where we’re not really impacting the convenience for customers,” he told analysts during the bank’s third-quarter conference call.“You may go from a two-minute drive to your branch to a three-minute drive.”It’s part of a broader plan by the Toronto-based bank that included announcing 450 job cuts in June, mainly at its headquarters, and reinvesting in areas like data analytics and artificial intelligence.RBC (TSX:RY) has rolled out new technologies designed to make it easier for customers to handle daily banking on their smartphones. It recently launched an option to pay bills using Siri, the voice assistant of Apple’s iPhone.Those efforts helped the bank reach a milestone in the quarter where the total number of mobile banking sessions eclipsed online banking visits. Mobile transactions rose 40 per cent over the past year, it said.The bank boosted its quarterly dividend by five per cent to 91 cents per share, but reported net income of $2.8 billion — a decrease of three per cent from last year when its bottom line was boosted by the sale of an insurance business.Total revenue for the three months ended July 31 was $9.99 billion, down 2.6 per cent from a year ago.Excluding one-time items, net income grew five per cent from the third quarter of fiscal 2016.RBC is the first of Canada’s six biggest banks to report third-quarter financial results this year. CIBC (TSX:CM) reports on Thursday with the others reporting next week.Banking analyst John Aiken of Barclays Capital said in a note to clients that the dividend increase was twice as big as expected.“Although we and the Street had been expecting a drop in (RBC’s) earnings after a strong second quarter, (they) managed to exceed expectations on the back of impressive performances in its retail bank and wealth management platforms,” Aiken wrote.The profit amounted to $1.85 per share of net income under generally accepted reporting, or $1.89 per share on an adjusted cash basis.RBC booked $120 million in severance charges during the period, which CEO David McKay said was essential to reshaping the bank.“We found ourselves a need to accelerate our transformation,” he said. “We moved kind of two years of work into two quarters.”RBC’s wealth management division reported a 25 per cent increase in profits to $486 million, driven by stronger results from Los Angeles-based City National Bank, which it acquired nearly two years ago.Better results from the U.S. operations led the bank to hire more than 450 employees stateside, particularly in New York, Washington and Minneapolis.“New York’s a huge market and we’re just getting a small toe-hold in there,” McKay said.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. read more

“I met him more often than any other foreigner did in the world because basically he just met Tamils, only once met a Muslim delegation in Sri Lanka, met with a few Sinhalese but nearly always just met with Tamils. If we had spent more time with him, we would probably be able to influence him more. We did try to establish a more personal relationship with him by speaking about issues he really cared about, he was interested in films for sure, in food, he was known to be a good cook himself, he took some interest in nature. But it was hard to build a personal relationship because we had limited time and were not allowed to go up to the warring North by the Sri Lankan Government too often,” he said. Solheim says the intention of the LTTE leaders to surrender was communicated by the Norwegians to Basil Rajapaksa, the advisor to then President Mahinda Rajapaksa.“We were not alone, the Tigers did the same through some key Tamil and also, I think with some Indian interlocutors to send a message to the Sri Lankan leadership. The day after, we were informed that Nadesan and Puleedevan were killed. The exact circumstances of the killing are still not known. I don’t think they were with Prabhakaran at the time but I don’t know this exactly. How Prabhakaran himself was killed, I do not know either. But we have a very very strong suspicion that the 12-year-old son of Prabhakaran was captured by the Sri Lankan army and later executed by them, a completely irresponsible and evil act. And unfortunately for the Sri Lankan armed forces and to put it very, very nicely, there’s a big question mark on these killings, why they did not accept surrender and bring these people into court, rather than killing them,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Solheim also spoke on the “white flag” incident. “I received a call from Puleedevan, he was one of the nicest members of the Tigers. He was the chief of the LTTE’s political wing. He told us they wanted to surrender to the Sri Lankan army and whether we could assist him. I did not speak to him directly but a Norwegian colleague told him that it was too late for us to intervene because the end of the war was very close. We pointed out that we had offered them opportunities in the past to give up the struggle at a time when it was still possible for us to intervene. But that it was too late now. But what we can ask you, we told him, is to hoist a big white flag, that ‘s why it’s called the White Flag incident, and through loudspeakers and whatever means you have, make your intentions known to the Sri Lankan armed forces. We, on our part, will inform Sri Lankan leaders of your intention to surrender.” Former Norwegian peace mediator Erik Solheim says he cannot understand how LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran got an enormous standing among Tamils and how he could be seen as their god, creator, and saviour at the time.Solheim told WION he regrets that the he could not spend more time with Prabhakaran to influence him. read more

Voluntary contributions are particularly important for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as they account for over two thirds of its total budget, the agency said in a news release in Geneva. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has requested more regular budget funding from the General Assembly for the 2004-2005 period and the OHCHR will also get $27.1 million from the UN budget next year.Introducing Annual Appeal 2004, to be launched officially on Monday at a meeting of UN Member States in Geneva, acting OHCHR head Bertrand Ramcharan, said it comes during one of the most difficult periods in the agency’s short history.”Our challenge, has been to maintain momentum in a time of crisis and to honour Sergio’s memory by sustaining progress in a time of transition,” Mr. Ramcharan said in reference to former Human Rights High Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in a terrorist attack in Baghdad in August.The agency must continue “his efforts to strengthen the institution, to give it a sharper focus and clearer priorities, to streamline and rationalize its structures, to improve its field policies, and to improve its internal management,” he added. “These reforms serve our overall goal of promoting an integrated human rights programme that brings together several critical components into a coherent whole.”The appeal covers the areas of support to UN human rights organs, including the Commission on Human Rights and the bodies that monitor how human rights treaties are implemented, programmes at the regional and country levels, response to new human rights challenges and the strengthening of OHCHR’s capacity, including information technology and staff security. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Diplomats: EU agrees to introduce new economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine situation BRUSSELS – The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said Thursday.The sanctions will further curb access to European capital markets for Russian firms and banks, limit exports of certain high-technology goods and target several officials with travel bans and asset freezes, diplomats told The Associated Press in Brussels.The sanctions will take effect Friday following their publication in the EU’s official journal but will be reversible if the situation in eastern Ukraine improves, four diplomats said independently. They spoke on condition of anonymity pending the official announcement.A summit of EU leaders almost two weeks ago called for the new sanctions to be finalized, but they were then twice postponed to assess the impact of a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. The United States previously said it was also considering new sanctions once the EU moves forward, and could now take that step as early as Thursday.The new sanctions are expected to deepen earlier penalties targeting Russia’s oil and arms sectors, including a further tightening of access to international capital markets. The current ban on credits and loans to Russian entities with a maturity of more than 90 days will be reduced to 30 days, two diplomats said. Curbing access to western capital markets could weigh down Russia’s already-flagging economic growth.More individuals, including Russian government officials and people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, are also expected to be sanctioned.Russia’s benchmark MICEX, which was rising on Thursday morning and early afternoon, declined 0.7 per cent on the news. The Russian ruble fell to an all-time low of 37.51 rubles against the U.S. dollar.Brussels has been more reluctant than Washington to sanction Russia because of its broad economic ties. Moscow is an important gas supplier for many EU nations and it is the bloc’s third-largest trading partner overall. The EU’s sanctions, however, have more impact than those imposed by the U.S. since the EU is Russia’s largest trading partner by far.___Nataliya Vasilyeva in Moscow contributed reporting.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jbaetz by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2014 5:30 am MDT read more

Clashes of varying intensity have been ongoing for three days now, and follow sweeping restrictions on entry into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound which Israel applied beginning on 26 August. Since then, the Government has decreed an entry ban to the compound and the Temple Mount area to members of Muslim and Jewish groups considered to be extremist. “As the Middle East faces a vicious tide of terror and extremism, such serious provocations have the potential to ignite violence well beyond the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem,” Nickolay Mladenov told the Council, speaking via video conference from Jerusalem.“I urge all political, community and religious leaders to ensure that visitors and worshippers demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the area,” he continued, stressing that all sides have a responsibility to refrain from provocative actions and rhetoric.“Against this backdrop, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has left an indelible scar on the people and landscape of this region,” the envoy underlined. “Frustration, fear and violence have continued to spiral, undermining belief in finding a way out of the impasse.”He informed the 15-member body that over the last three months, the Middle East Quartet [comprising the European Union, Russia, the United States and the UN] has actively consulted with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and key international partners on how to preserve the two-State solution and establish conditions for the parties to return to meaningful negotiations. “All of our discussions have highlighted the region’s determination to play a constructive role in resolving the conflict,” Mr. Mladenov noted. “But the message from all could not be more clear: patience is running out.”“A comprehensive approach must be advanced, consisting of bold, concrete actions on the ground, in the region and internationally. It will necessitate significant policy shifts by Israel as well as an unflinching commitment on the Palestinian side to achieving genuine national unity,” he added.However, despite efforts by Israel in recent months to ease some restrictions in the West Bank and Gaza, Mr. Mladenov described the situation on the ground as “precarious.” This past month, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank continued, injuring one Palestinian and four Israelis. The UN reported that 115 Palestinians were injured by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) while six members of the Israeli security forces were injured by Palestinians. In the West Bank, Israeli security forces arrested 282 Palestinians. “Also deeply troubling is the continuing Israeli policy of settlement construction and demolishing of Palestinian-owned structures in Area C of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” Mr. Mladenov continued. “I call upon Israel to freeze demolitions, to reverse ‘relocation’ plans and – critically – to expedite approval of outstanding planning submissions and enable community-led planning processes.”He recalled that since his last briefing, some 50 Palestinian structures have been demolished. “I am alarmed that the calendar month of August saw the highest number of demolitions since June 2010, with 142 Palestinian-owned structures demolished and over 200 Palestinians displaced.”Meanwhile, in Gaza, power outages have reportedly been averaging 12 to 16 hours per day, and 40,000 public sector employees have not received full salaries for one year.On a more positive note, Mr. Mladenov said the reconstruction of Gaza following last year’s conflict in the enclave is picking up speed, with some 94,000 homeowners having procured construction material to repair their homes. The envoy said the UN will continue to support the efforts of the legitimate Palestinian institutions and to reach out to all factions in order to ensure that the humanitarian, social and economic challenges of Gaza are addressed. read more

Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s decision to go forward with the New York Marathon on Sunday despite the fact that the city is still reeling from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy has stirred up another storm of intense reaction in the city.While a third of the city is still without power and parts of Staten Island, where the race begins, are still under water and thousands are homeless, Bloomberg said the city needs to restart the economic engine to keep the city afloat. But many residents and politicians think holding the race is an awful idea.The controversy comes as the death toll from Sandy increased to 95, as emergency workers continue to slosh their way through flooded homes looking for survivors and millions of people remain without power in the Northeast. Of the 39 people the storm has killed in New York City, almost half of whom were in Staten Island, the borough hardest hit. In Staten Island, rescue workers yesterday found the bodies of two boys, ages 2 and 4, who were swept away from their mother’s arms Monday night after the car they were driving was swamped by flood waters.“There’s an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy,” Bloomberg said at a news conference on Wednesday—the day before he endorsed Obama for president.The mayor promised that the marathon will not divert any resources from storm victims—though it normally takes at least 1,000 city police officers to pull off the mammoth event.“It’s a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you know, you’ve got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind.”But New York City Councilman James Oddo said on Twitter, “If they take one first responder from Staten Island to cover this marathon, I will scream. We have people with no homes and no hope right now.”“The prudent course of action here — postpone the marathon, come back a different day,” Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. “Our first priority, let’s help people who lost their homes, who are missing loved ones.” According to Stringer, downtown Manhattan “looks like a wasteland” and is nowhere close to being ready for the race, which goes through each of New York’s five boroughs. Lisa Tobin, 35, a pastry cook from the Bronx who will be running in the ING New York City Marathon for the first time, said, “If the city is able to put on the marathon safely and it doesn’t divert resources away from rescue, then runners should take to the street.”Dave Jaffares, who tends bar at Mullanes Bar & Grill, concurred, saying his bar, which is along the marathon route in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, usually makes $2,000 to $3,000 more on marathon day.“It needs to happen. The marathon is coming at a great time. It gets people back into the idea that we are New York,” said Jaffares. “This is what we do, we do a marathon every year. Nothing stops us.”According to the New York Road Runners, which organizes the marathon, the event will bring $340 million to the city. The club also said yesterday that it will donate at least $1 million, or $26.20 for each of the more than 40,000 runners expected to participate, to aid New Yorkers affected by Sandy. In addition, the Rudin Family, one of the founding members of the marathon, said it would donate $1.1 million and the ING Foundation said it would give $500,000.“We’re not looking to be a drain on any of the city resources,” NYRR spokesman Richard Finn told Reuters. NYRR had hiked the race fee this year, in part to pay police overtime.Though more than 47,000 people signed up for this years race, organizers now think that about 8,000 of the 30,000 out-of-towers once expected won’t make it. Hotels in Midtown are already struggling to accommodate stranded commuters, guests moved from electricity-starved Lower Manhattan and tourists unable to get a flight out of town, according to reports in USA TODAY.“Things are everything but normal for so many people,” said Patricia Profita, a teacher who lives in the Great Kills neighbourhood of Staten Island. “People should not be running through the boroughs, but instead running to aid those people.”The storm has killed at least 39 people in New York City, almost half of whom were in Staten Island.The NYRR club announced on its Facebook page last night that this year’s marathon is dedicated to the City of New York, the victims of the hurricane and their families.But the majority of the more than 270 comments on the page were critical of the decision. Dana Donadio wrote, “As a former Staten Island resident, current Manhattan resident and runner of 2 NYC Marathons I have to say this is an extremely bad idea. The city’s resources could be put to much better use at this time.”Scott Cohen, 52, who is running his 18th New York City Marathon in a row, admitted it “seems frivolous in light of the death, disruption and despair in parts of the city.”Still, the fitness trainer expects that by Sunday most New Yorkers will be supportive. “The race has always been a 26.2 mile block party and the city feels the love.” read more

“The penalty for the crime of murder is fixed by law. There is only one sentence I can impose in these circumstances and that must be custody, you will be detained for life. I will fix the punishment part for the offence at 16 years.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She was sentenced after being convicted last month at the High Court in Glasgow. Conner Cowper was at a party with his killerCredit:Universal News and Sport conner He said earlier that Mr Cowper was in the wrong place at the wrong time, adding “that is to say, in your company when you were high on drugs and alcohol and had access to a bladed weapon”.Lord Arthurson described him as “to all intents and purposes a stranger” who had met her on the same night she plunged a kitchen knife into his neck.The teenager was said to have “exploded” following his remark at the party in a flat in Holytown, Lanarkshire, last April.The court heard earlier that Mr Cowper was interested in the teenager, but she had kissed another youth. Prosecutors claimed she “loved being centre of attention” and was trying to “play the two men off against each other”.The young killer, who was expelled from school at the age of 11, was heard shouting: “I want him f****** dead.” She fled the scene after the attack and was said to have been found by police “laughing” nearby.She claimed she attacked him because she was afraid he was about to hit her, but prosecutors described her evidence as “utter nonsense”.The court heard that she has since given birth while on remand at Cornton Vale prison, and that social workers had come to the conclusion there was no suitable place for her child with her immediate family. A teenager who is thought to be one of Scotland’s youngest female killers was pregnant and high on alcohol and cocaine when she stabbed a boy she had just met.The 17-year-old launched a “deliberate, brutal and murderous” attack on 18-year-old Conner Cowper after he called her a “stupid wee girl” during a party.The teen killer, who cannot be named because of her age, was ordered to be detained for life, and given a minimum sentence of 16 years, at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday.The judge Lord Arthurson was told by her lawyer that she “acknowledged” that her actions had caused “devastation”, but said he doubted whether that was correct.He added: “I have been told that not only do you feel regret but you also expressed empathy towards the victim.”However, as the presiding judge at your trial I saw nothing of that. Your demeanour was flat and disinterested and you didn’t give out any significant appearance of empathy.”You are a highly dangerous and unstable individual. The attack on Connor was deliberate, brutal, entirely unprovoked and entirely murderous. read more

first_imgWhat: Couvapalooza, a rock festival to support music programs in Clark County schools.When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.Where: Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver.Cost: $18 at the gate, $30 for VIP access.Info: Couvapalooza.com.Post-Palooza Parties:When: After 10 p.m. Saturday.What: The Q Nightclub, 704 Main St., will host Varlet, Lunic, Melvoy and Liftoff; Malibu’s, 115 E. Seventh St., will host The Gallery, LA Velvet and New Liberty.Cost: $5 cover.Lovebomb Go-GoAnthony John/Vinyl DJVarletThe GalleryPeter ChungOne From ManyOiseau BleuLunicLA VelvetBattle Ground High School Jazz BandNew LibertyMelvoyLiftoffHeidi Hahn-Troxler and her husband, Michael Troxler, really wanted to bring something special home to Vancouver after their second trip to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.But a “Keep Austin Weird” T-shirt and cowboy-hat-wearing stuffed armadillo just didn’t seem to cut it.So, they got a better idea — why not bring some of the bands back? Not just a recording of the bands, but the actual musicians.And that’s how, just a few months ago, the concept of Couvapalooza was born.“As soon as we got home from the festival, we thought: ‘How can we pull these bands together here?’” Hahn-Troxler said. “That was late March, and we’ve been going like gangbusters ever since.”Troxler is a financial planner who works with musicians and other clients across the country. This is the second year he’s had a booth with his wife at South by Southwest.last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – A Chinese man who sold his kidney when he was a teenager so he could buy an iPhone is now bedridden for lifeafter his other kidney failed.According to Australian Media, Wang Shangkun was 17 years old when he sold his kidney on the black market to earn enough money to buy an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 back in 2011.“Why do I need a second kidney? One is enough,” he allegedly said in reports at the time.Wang earned about the equivalent to $2,500 USD for his kidney.However, shortly after the procedure, Wang began suffering from a decreased level of kidney function. Now, at age 25, he is bedridden after his other kidney failed and he has been placed on dialysis.Doctors believe Wang developed an infection from the unsafe conditions in which the procedure was performed.Nine people involved in the harvesting of the organ were reportedly arrested and five people were sent to jail. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNxtbook Media already has a handful of publishers using its Liberty mobile product, which has been available for a little over a year, but there’s not much opportunity right now, admits Marcus Grimm, marketing director. “Usage is low,” he says. “It’s more about planting your flag in the ground and letting your readers know that you care about the mobile space.”While no one can predict whether people will prefer or even choose to read magazines on mobile devices in the next few years, readers are already being fractured into many different categories. Grimm believes “100 percent” in figuring out how to take the PDF supplied by publishers and crack it affordably into as many different formats as possible. “In today’s world,” he says, “there are so many different ways to render your content. You really have to step back, look at the content, and consider where a particular piece will be best received. Longer-format content plays well in a digital magazine, for example, while shorter formats play well on a Web site.”Until that answer is clear, suppliers and publishers alike must make sure they don’t fall back too many steps. Popular Science is working on mobile initiatives to get its content onto the iPhone and other devices but is holding back on making its entire magazine or its just-announced PopSci Genius Guide quarterly supplements available on the mobile platform. “We want the publication to be seen at regular size,” says editor-in-chief Mark Jannot. “But we don’t want to wait until the right mobile device is available and then have to put something together. We’re in the midst of a transition period.”BACK TO MAIN PAGE Mobile is clearly where digital publishing is heading, according to Zinio’s Rich Maggiotto. Experimentation will continue, though, because no one has yet figured out the right business model for making money in mobile. “I do know one thing for certain,” he says. “Giving it away for free is not a business model.”The market saturation of mobile devices is huge, with more than three billion units currently in use worldwide. Given the capabilities of those devices, including e-readers, that are on the market today, suppliers and publishers alike recognize that they’re not yet a good fit even for flat print magazine replicas let alone for the rich layout of multimedia digital versions. Magazines publishers use a two-page spread layout to communicate information visually. If you can’t view that layout on the mobile device due to the screen size (and, in the case of Amazon’s Kindle, it lacks color), the reading experience is not particularly satisfying.But a surge in mobile delivery of magazines is clearly going to happen. Maggiotto expects some “pretty phenomenal things” to happen over the next 24 months. A lot of companies will be following up with new and different display technologies to compete for market share. And what publisher won’t want to tap into such an enormous, involved audience?last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town board, committee and commission meetings scheduled for the week of Sunday, September 8, 2019.Sunday, September 8, 2019No MeetingsMonday, September 9, 2019The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. (An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm.) Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Harnden Tavern/Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, September 10, 2019The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, September 11, 2019The Wilmington School Committee meets at 6:30pm (EARLY START TIME) in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. The agenda will be posted HERE.Thursday, September 12, 2019No MeetingsFriday, September 13 2019No MeetingsSaturday, September 14, 2019No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

first_imgAs the name suggests, GamesCom is usually all about the next wave of games arriving before Christmas or early in the new year. This is the best opportunity for publishers to show off things they announced at E3, and console manufacturers typically use the time to announce some sort of holiday bundle. Microsoft’s GamesCom presentation this year is all about exclusive games, progress on the ID@Xbox program, and some interesting updates to both hardware and features for the Xbox One.Microsoft has decided to take advantage of the hardware that makes their console unique, as well as offer a little extra incentive for those who have not yet adopted a next-gen console. First up is a big Dashboard update, which places additional focus on the ability to watch just about anything.Microsoft’s next Dashboard update will include a boot to TV function with a new mini-guide, as well as the ability to watch TV remotely on a tablet. The Xbox One will also gain DLNA support, allowing it to play just about every kind of locally stored content. Additionally, there will be a Digital TV Tuner available to European Xbox One owners soon to ensure they can take advantage of the HDMI pass-through features.Alongside the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare demonstration, Microsoft has announced a special bundle that adds both a unique skin to the console and a 1TB hard drive. It’s unclear whether or not this is going to be a standard upgrade moving forward. The $499 1TB update was not announced as part of the white Xbox One/Sunset Overdrive bundle, which is sad, but with any luck we’ll see 1TB as the standard for the Xbox One soon.Indie developers are finally getting the kind of attention they deserve on the Xbox One. Microsoft’s ID@Xbox program for these developers finally got a spot in the Xbox Dashboard last month, and now at GamesCom we see how they plan to fill that section of the store. Microsoft has managed to find dozens of developers willing to publish their games on the console, ranging from Goat Simulator and Plague Inc to Capybara’s Below as a timed exclusive. Microsoft is planning to release an official launch schedule for most of these games soon, but the sheer volume of them is enough to get excited about.Naturally, Microsoft showed off all of their exclusives for the next couple of months as well. Games like Fable Heroes, Ori and the Blind Forest, and updates to Forza are just a couple of the games that were shown off. They seem to also be finally experimenting with pre-loading titles prior to release, as they announced with the upcoming FIFA for Xbox One.Microsoft really made sure every popular genre on the console was covered, which meant more time with the upcoming Tomb Raider, Sunset Overdrive, and Quantum Break as well. There’s no shortage of good things coming, and Microsoft couldn’t repeat the word exclusive enough during the presentation.It wouldn’t be a Microsoft presentation without Halo, and instead of showing off more teasers about the new game plot or revealing some of the upcoming television series we got the Halo Channel. This is a new section of the Xbox Dashboard that combines recorded or streamed content from other players through Twitch, interviews, behind the scenes, and interactive Smart Glass content.Currently the plan is to have everything focus on the Master Chief Collection, which is going to be what Microsoft uses to launch the channel in November. This should be more than enough to keep everyone busy, but if not we also get the Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta with the Master Chief Collection.Microsoft’s presentation was exactly what it needed to be. They came to the stage with lots of good news for both their existing users and potential future users. For the first time since it was announced, the Xbox One feels like a finished product with plenty of content for everyone.last_img read more

first_imgSource = Tourism Fiji Fiji Trade and Tourism Minister Mr Faiyaz S. KoyaMinister Koya commends the Fijian tourism industryA special session for representatives of the various associations within the tourism infantry, called by the Honorable Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism in Fiji, Mr Faiyaz S. Koya, was held on Saturday (27 February) at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi.In his opening address, Mr Koya commended the entire tourism industry for their swift responsiveness to the recent natural disaster.“I am very proud of the resilience of the tourism stakeholders, as they have come together once again in a time of need and strategized on how to ensure that the visitor numbers do not decline,” Mr Koya said.The Honourable Minister also acknowledged the activation of the Tourism Action Group (TAG), saying that the best way to enable all Fijians to rebuild their lives after a disaster is to provide them a continued stream of income and improving tourism can bring those benefits to the people in the form of employment.“We need the visitors to come to Fiji,” he added.The Tourism Advisory Group (TAG), which is made up of key representatives from each sector within the tourism industry will focus on immediate actions to reduce booking cancellations due to the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston to parts of Fiji.And most importantly, focus on educating travellers that tourism in Fiji is very much active and ready to receive all our guests with the usual “Bula” smile.“We as the Fijian Government also are standing ready to address any concerns and provide the necessary policy support that will enable faster recovery,” Mr Koya said. Tourism Fijilast_img read more

first_imgIn order to re-ignite interest in Ghana’s tourism sector, the country’s Minister-Designate of Tourism, Culture, and Creative Arts, Catherine Abelema Afeku told the Parliament that she will aggressively promote a unique Ghanaian brand of tourism both locally and internationally.Afeku said that if approved, she would ensure that the Ministry would collaborate with other Ministries and the private sector to rehabilitate tourism infrastructure in the country, including road networks to tourist sites to boost domestic and foreign patronage.This will increase the country’s tourism revenues which currently ranked as the fourth largest source of foreign exchange earnings for the country, she stated recently while addressing the Parliamentary Appointments Committee during the vetting of her appointment.Afeku, who is the Member of Parliament for Evalue/Gwira/Ajomoro in Ghana’s Western Region (Province), said that the Ministry would collaborate with the National Commission for Civic Education to re-orient citizens on the unique Ghanaian cultural values so that Ghanaians would continue to exhibit their hospitable nature to foreign tourists.last_img read more

first_img October 5, 2017 668 Views Crowdfunding 2017-10-05 Brianna Gilpin Share Crowdfunding for a Mortgagecenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Soon-to-be newlyweds regularly compile their wedding registries at locations like Target or Bed Bath and Beyond, but what about for a mortgage down payment?Mortgage Lender CMG Financial recently revealed their new platform HomeFundMe, which is essentially a crowdfunding website like GoFundMe that goes toward a down payment on a home without fees, but with the backing from the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.According to an article by CNBC, prior to HomeFundMe, down payment assistance could only come from family members, employers, community nonprofits, and churches as long as they had significant documentation. Lenders needed to be sure buyers weren’t borrowing for the down payment because that would mean they were adding debt on top of their mortgage payment, making them less likely to be able to make their mortgage.This unique idea is another way to assist millennials, who have openly said they are interested in homeownership, be able to put action to thought. Student loan debt is at an all-time high, and with high rent costs and low savings, the down payment on a house has kept homeownership seemingly out of reach for the generation.”You’re going to spend $250 on a coffee making machine? If that $250 goes to a down payment of your home, at the very least, I improve your quality of life and the second thing I do is I give you, today, some tax deductibility,” said Christopher George, CEO of CMG Financial to CNBC.Additionally, prospective homeowners can attend free credit education classes and apply for grants of up to $2,500. Once they have done that, the platform will match donations at $2 for every $1 raised, up to $2,500.”Folks that go to counseling tend to be more informed, and they also tend to be better borrowers,” George said.CMG has looked into the program regarding advertising dollars and believes that it’s something they would otherwise spend either through the internet or social media, so they’ve put their money where they think it has its best use.“Our tagline is, ‘Fund your way home,’” George said. “We think homeownership still is very sensible and, done correctly, is a good idea to step forward toward wealth, stability, and quality of life.”To read the full report, click here.last_img read more

first_imgMortgage Loan Defaults: A Lesson Learned for Servicers in Commentary, Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Share In April 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a 60-page opinion which addressed claims brought by borrowers Johnnie and Adrian Marchisio against servicer Mortgage Services, LLC, for various statutory and contractual violations committed by the servicer while servicing the Marchisios’ first and second mortgages. (Marchisio v. Servicer Mortgage Services, LLC.)The borrowers took out two mortgage loans to purchase property and defaulted on both loans in 2008. The servicer filed an action seeking to foreclose both mortgages, and the lawsuit was later resolved through a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure entered in December 2009.Pursuant to the parties’ agreement, the borrowers surrendered the property and the servicer “agreed to report to the credit reporting agencies … that the mortgage was discharged with a zero balance owed.” However, more than two years later, the bank still had not reported the discharge. Instead, it “resumed its debt collections efforts” reporting the borrowers’ debt as delinquent. As a result, in July 2012, the Marchisios filed a federal action (first action) alleging Mortgage Services’ failure to timely report the pertinent settlement terms violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Florida Collections Act (FCA).The filing of the first action prompted the servicer to partially correct its misreporting. The lender sent an automated universal dataform (AUD) to the reporting agencies requesting they “update the first loan to reflect that it had a zero balance.” However, the servicer continued to misreport a delinquent balance due on the second mortgage.Ultimately, in January 2013, the parties reached a settlement agreement with regard to the second mortgage wherein the servicer paid the borrowers $125,000 and agreed to “report the second loan as having a zero balance as of December 9, 2009 … as soon as reasonably possible, but in any case within 90 days.” In exchange, the borrowers dismissed the first action. The settlement noted that time was of the essence, which has the legal effect of a hard default on the 91st day.Despite the parties’ settlement agreement and the borrowers’ dismissal of the first action, the servicer continued to send inaccurate reports to credit agencies in February, March, and April 2013. The reports reflected the borrowers’ second mortgage was not paid off and had a past due balance exceeding 120 days. Only after the borrowers complained to the servicer about these inaccurate reports did the company submit an AUD to the credit agencies requesting “they update the second loan to show a zero balance.” Notably, the servicer did not send this AUD until April 25, 2013—two days after the deadline for doing so under the settlement agreement. Additionally, according to the borrowers, the servicer continued to make collection calls wherein they threatened to foreclose due to an allegedly unpaid “balloon balance” on the second mortgage.In August 2013, the borrowers moved to enforce the settlement agreement which resulted from the first action, but the district court declined to exercise jurisdiction. In November 2013, they disputed the servicer debt with the credit agencies. In their written dispute they described the litigation history between them and the servicer, the resulting settlement, and the final agreement, which indicated the borrowers owed nothing on the first or second mortgages.Pursuant to the requirements of the FCRA (codified at 15 U.S.C. § 1681i(a)(1) and (2)), the credit agency notified the servicer about the dispute and the servicer conducted an investigation. As part of its investigation, an employee of the servicer consulted the “Fiserv database” which was supposed to house all relevant information regarding the loans serviced by the company. Notwithstanding, the Fiserv database did not have any information regarding the 2013 settlement agreement. The servicer’s representative reported back to the credit agencies that its prior reports were accurate and confirmed the borrowers owed a balloon payment on the second loan.To further complicate matters, near the end of 2013, the servicer’s insurance vendor (Southwest) sent the borrowers letters on the servicer’s letterhead informing them that force-placed fire insurance would be placed on their property if they did not obtain their own insurance. When the borrowers failed to purchase fire insurance for a property they no longer owned, Southwest purchased it for them, billed them, and then tried to collect payment by sending notices on the servicer’s letterhead.Ostensibly left with no other options for resolving the dispute, the borrowers filed a second federal action (second action) against the servicer in January 2014, “alleging breach of the settlement agreement entered in the first action and violations of the FCRA and the Florida Collections Act.” Regarding the FCRA claim, the borrowers alleged that the servicer violated the act by failing to conduct a reasonable investigation upon learning that the borrowers disputed the credit reports, which included the balloon balance on the second mortgage. As to the FCRA claim, the borrowers argued the collection calls and notices regarding force-placed insurance constituted violations of the FCRA because the servicer attempted to enforce a debt that they knew did not exist.The second action finally prompted the servicer to issue an AUD to the credit agencies requesting they “delete from [the borrowers’] credit reports any reference to a balloon-payment obligation.” The servicer also canceled the force-placed fire insurance. Despite this corrective action, litigation ensued and both parties moved for summary judgment. The district court entered summary judgment in the borrowers’ favor on their FCRA claim finding the servicer “failed to conduct a reasonable investigation” of the dispute filed with the credit agency and that such failure was willful. The court awarded statutory damages of $3,000 but “ruled that Plaintiffs were not entitled to any damages for emotional distress or as punitive damages” as a matter of law. As to both the FCA claim and the breach of contract claim the district court entered summary judgment in the servicer’s favor. The district court awarded $94,000 in attorneys’ fees to the borrowers. Both parties appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.On appeal, the Eleventh Circuit made the following rulings:Firstly, it affirmed “the district court’s finding of a willful FCRA violation,” surmising it was “obvious that [Servicer] failed to conduct a reasonable investigation of [the Borrowers’] report.” The court disagreed with the servicer’s argument that the “erroneous verification” that a balloon payment was owed on the second loan “constituted a mere isolated human error that was promptly corrected.” The court clarified it was not the employee that made the mistake because he “accurately reported what he found in the databases.” The court explained it was the servicer which “failed to create a reliable system for inputting information regarding the settlement of litigation that might impact the data found on the relevant databases.”The Circuit Court concluded the servicer’s system was “unreliable” and that “it was incumbent” on the servicer “to take steps to ensure that news of the terms of the settlement agreement be communicated to those who generate reports to reporting agencies.”  The court surmised “there was a large ‘disconnect’ between [servicer’s] system for debt verification and its ad hoc handling of settlement-related changes to debt obligations” rendering the servicer’s investigation unreasonable for purposes of the FCRA. The court also concluded the servicer’s conduct was willful because even if unintentional, the servicer “acted in reckless disregard” of its obligations under the FCRA, given its failure to take corrective action despite “the number of times that [Servicer] was put on notice of the false information being reported.” It concluded the servicer’s FCRA violations could support an award for emotional distress and punitive damages and reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment on those issues “to allow factual development” of those issues at trial.Secondly, the Circuit Court reversed the summary judgment for the servicer on the FCA claim finding there to be genuine issues of material fact as to whether the servicer made the debt collection calls and whether the servicer could prove its “bona fide error defense.” The court concluded the borrowers’ testimony regarding the collection calls, viewed in a light most favorable to the non-movants, was sufficient to withstand summary judgment. The court also found that the question of whether Servicer “maintained procedures reasonably adapted” to avoid violations of the FCRA was a question for the jury and not properly disposed of on summary judgment.Thirdly, the Circuit Court reversed the grant of summary judgment for the servicer on the breach of contract claim. Although the Circuit Court agreed with the district court that “emotional distress damages [were] not cognizable as to the breach of contract claim,” the court explained the servicer’s failure to timely correct the misreporting on the second mortgage could have resulted in other damages such as “adverse financing terms” in connection with the borrowers’ purchase of two automobiles prior to the servicer correcting its misreporting. The court surmised the merit of the borrowers’ breach of contract claim and whether the borrowers could establish damages from that breach was to be determined by the jury and not properly disposed of on summary judgment.Lastly, the Circuit Court vacated “the award of attorney’s fees to [the borrowers] so that the district court [could] recalculate those fees at the conclusion of the litigation.” The court remanded the matter for trial and set the floor for a fee award at $94,000 reasoning that the district court had calculated that number, “in part, on the fact the borrowers’ prevailed on only one claim” but they may prevail on additional claims at trial thereby entitling them to additional fees.This detailed holding provides helpful insights into best practices for servicing a loan in default where the default is resolved through settlement. While this article is not intended to be giving legal advise, below is a list of suggested practices extrapolated from the Circuit Court’s holding:SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS: Ensure those responsible for complying with a settlement agreement understand the terms of the agreement and know what is required for full compliance. Where possible, incorporate clear requirements into an agreement and avoid terms such as “as soon as reasonably possible.” Phrases such as these are subject to interpretation and create confusion and/or conflicting expectations of the various parties. Where deadlines are clearly articulated in an agreement, do not delay in complying and understand that courts will consider “the spirit of the agreement” when evaluating whether a party complied with a particular provision.SYSTEM ENTRIES: When settlement is reached, make redundant entries into multiple systems clearly indicating the parties reached a settlement. Create and implement a procedure that details the various steps required when settlement is reached and make the procedure known and understood to the appropriate staff. Include the primary aspects of the settlement agreement in system entries and reference where additional information about the settlement can be obtained. Provide information about the department involved in the settlement negotiations, and the name of at least one point of contact. Have a policy in place to ensure this information is updated in the event of staffing changes. If the specifics of the settlement are to remain confidential, note “CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT REACHED” in all systems. Again, reference a point of contact and where additional information can be obtained.CREDIT DISPUTES: Upon receiving notice of a credit reporting dispute, conduct a thorough investigation. This should include the review of system notes and documents, but also a thorough review of the information submitted by the borrower. If there is a discrepancy between the system notes and information from the borrower, especially significant facts that were omitted such as a reference to a lawsuit or settlement, investigate further. Seek assistance from or refer the matter to a litigation specialist within your company. Importantly, you should not reach out to the borrower for clarification until there is confirmation he or she is not represented by counsel.center_img borrower court Default Foreclosure Lender loan property Servicer Settlement 2019-05-15 Radhika Ojha May 15, 2019 731 Views last_img read more

first_imgThe youngest victim of the bombing attack at the Manchester Arena Stadium eight-year-old British Cypriot Saffie Rose Roussos was laid to rest on Wednesday almost two months after the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 21 other people.Saffie’s wicker casket, adorned with red roses, arrived in a silver hearse at Manchester Cathedral followed by the funeral cortege from Wythenshawe Hospital, where her mother, Lisa Roussos is still receiving treatment for her injuries suffered at the bombing attack.Eight-year-old Saffie died from multiple injuries when a suicide bomber detonated his home-made bomb packed with nuts and bolts on May 22 at the exit of Manchester Arena following a concert of American singer Ariana Grande concert.Saffie had gone at the concert to see her idol, along with her mother and older sister. Tickets to the concert was her Christmas present from her parents.According to the Press Association, Lisa Roussos, 48, who was gravely injured herself, left hospital on Wednesday “to perform the hardest task of any parent, saying goodbye to her child and in the most horrific circumstances”. Saffie’s older sister Ashlee Bromwich, 26, was also injured.Lisa and Andrew Roussos comfort each other at their daughter’s funeralThe Press Association described how Lisa Roussos emerged from the lead car, refusing the offer of a wheelchair, instead pausing, limping, but determined to walk into the cathedral for her daughter’s service. Her right arm in a sling and hand bandaged up, she carried a red rose in her other hand.Present were also Saffie’s father, Andrew, 43, her brother, Xander, 10, and older sister Ashlee. Andrew Roussos was among the pall bearers who carried Saffie’s coffin inside the church, the PA said, “just a few hundred yards from the scene of her death”.Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral service carrying a single rose in memory of Saffie, a request from the family who invited anyone who had been touched by her to come to celebrate her short life.According to the Daily Mirror, as the family entered the church behind the coffin, the song ‘Faith’ by Stevie Wonder and featuring Ariana Grande could be heard playing.At the funeral, Ashlee, paid a tribute to her sister. A letter she wrote to Saffie said: “Everything I do from this day forward will be all for you. Saffie Rose, I love you.”At the service, recorded messages of Saffie’s classmates were heard, while in his farewell message, Cyprus-born Andrew Roussos said that his daughter had a special charisma that would have made her a superstar.A montage of photos, set to the music of Grande’s hit ‘One Last Time’, forming part of the funeral ceremony, was released by her family and friends, the PA said.Saffie’s friends made a YouTube video clip showing a series of family snaps, with the eight-year-old happily playing with her brother Xander, smiling alongside her parents on family holidays, wearing make-up and dressing up. The aim is for the video, which was shown at her funeral, to be liked and shared using the hashtag #Saffiethesuperstar to fulfil her dream of becoming a YouTube star.Ariana Grande, tweeted on July 4, the day when Saffie would have celebrated her ninth birthday, “Saffie, we’re (thinking) of you baby.”Andrew Roussos, who decided to publicly speak out on his family’s loss on the same day, described his daughter as “a stunning young girl”, who loved dancing, music and gymnastics.“She was a joker. She was a huge character. She was just everything you could wish for in a little girl,” Roussos said. He added that Saffie would love her pictures to be on, and to be spoken about on TV, as she loved fame and stardom.Roussos also said that his wife, Lisa, was placed in an induced coma due to her injuries, but when she woke, she knew her daughter had died.He said that when he met with Ariana Grande before her One Love Manchester concert in June, to help raise funds for those who were injured and the relatives of those who died in the attack, he told her he was thankful that Saffie had managed to enjoy her entire concert before she died and that the attack had not taken place before the singer had finished her performance.“All she could say to me was, ‘I’m sorry’, and I said, ‘You’ve got nothing to be sorry for. You made Saffie so happy with what you do’.   You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more