Housing crisis reminder for Fianna Fáil councillors

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp NewsHousingHousing crisis reminder for Fianna Fáil councillorsBy Cian Reinhardt – September 20, 2018 1465 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Linkedin City north councillor, John Gilligan (Ind)LIMERICK’S six Fianna Fáil Metropolitan area councillors were reminded this week that the city is in the middle of a housing crisis after they rejected plans to build 43 homes for families in Clonmacken.Independent councillor John Gilligan asked if he was in a “parallel universe” at Monday’s Metropolitan District meeting when he took aim at the Fianna Fáil councillors after they backed a proposal from Cllr Vivienne Crowley to reject plans for 43 social housing units on the Condell Road.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “You either vote for it or vote against it,” Cllr Gilligan pointed out.“Part of our duty is to provide housing, that’s what we are here for. All Fianna Fáil is doing is what Willie O’Dea tells them to do. This is not an apartheid – you can have houses, but you can’t have them here!“The people I am dealing with are practically suicidal as a result of the housing crisis; people are couch-surfing and living in bathtubs”.Cllr Gilligan then went on to propose amendments to the plan which included removing 4-bedroom houses from the development and replacing them with 3-beds to reduce density, reviewing the entrance and preparing a traffic plan.When Mayor Collins asked the logic of removing 4-bedroom houses to replace them with 3-bed houses, Cllr Gilligan replied: “I already explained that. Why don’t you ask Willie to explain it to you.”Mayor Collins argued that the Clonmacken site was isolated with no services and felt residents would be more open to a mixed development including social and affordable housing.Fianna Fail councillor and former Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon said he was in favour of “social integration, not social segregation”.He claimed the Clonmacken development was an example of bad planning which came as a result of a “knee-jerk reaction” to the housing crisis.The proposal was passed by 14 votes to 6 in with all six Fianna Fail councillors, Cllr James Collins, Cllr Jerry O’Dea, Cllr Sean Lynch, Cllr James Pond, Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon and Cllr Vivienne Crowley, voting against.Following the meeting, chairman of the Clonmacken Residents Association, Patrick O’Neill said he was disappointed with the decision.“From the outset we told all the councillors that we’re for addiotional housing but as a mixed development with the proper amenities in place,” Mr O’Neill told the Limerick Post.“Both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael and one Independent agreed with us and indicated their support. They said they would ask council officials to meet with the local residents and agree to an application that would suit all the stakeholders. It was very disappointing to hear all the Fine Gael councillors present along with the Independent councillor voted for this proposal.“They turned their backs on the people when they needed them most but will pay the price for this on the doorstep. Fianna Fail to their credit held their position and voted against this proposal as they indicated to the people they would do all along,” Mr O’Neill added. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Previous articleYoung Social Innovators award for St Munchin’sNext articleBeyond the neon runes Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSClonmackenHousinglimerickpolitics Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

The Industry Pulse: Updates on Ellie Mae, Optimal Blue, and More

first_img Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Ellie Mae Optimal Blue 2019-05-27 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Technology The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago From new technologies to new partnerships, catch the latest happenings in the industry in this update.Ellie Mae recently announced the expansion of Encompass Investor Connect with partnerships that now include 7 of the 10 largest correspondent investors and representing more than half of all closed loan delivery volume.Ellie Mae has established partnerships with correspondent investors AmeriHome, Flagstar Bank, Franklin American Mortgage, Mr. Cooper, NewRez (formerly New Penn Financial), TMS and Wells Fargo, as well as other top ten banks, with more partnerships to be announced in the coming quarters.Encompass Investor Connect is the secure system-to-system workflow between lenders and correspondent investors that ensures delivery of accurate and compliant loan packages as part of the Encompass Digital Lending Platform. It supports the needs of lenders and investors, removing the manual loan package delivery process by automating directly from the Encompass LOS to the investor. Ellie Mae states that this improves pricing tiers and purchase times while enhancing efficiency, accuracy and compliance.“We continue to see significant momentum with Encompass Investor Connect as we further our mission to help originators and purchasers achieve a true digital mortgage,” said Parvesh Sahi, SVP of Business Development for Ellie Mae. “With the majority of the largest correspondent investors as our partners, we represent more than half of closed loan delivery volume. Many providers only look at digitizing the front-end of the mortgage transaction. However, as we continue to look at digitizing the entire mortgage process, Encompass & Encompass Investor Connect is helping lenders and purchasers reduce costs and increase efficiencies that benefits all players in the mortgage ecosystem.”___________________________________________________________________________Optimal Blue, a provider of secondary marketing automation and services in the mortgage industry, recently the completion of a “lights-out” integration between its comprehensive hedge advisory and loan trading platforms. The announcement exemplifies Optimal Blue’s ongoing commitment to provide enterprise, end-to-end automation through superior technology with functional depth.This real-time integration uses a library of proprietary APIs to automate vital functions within the secondary marketing process that to date, have been increasingly complex and resource intensive. Further, the two-way integration builds on the workflow automation that is already established within the Optimal Blue platform.“We are thrilled to deliver this next generation of automation to our clients,” said John Ardy, VP of Resitrader by Optimal Blue. “More than half of our clients have already transitioned to the integrated platform and those that remain will be migrated over the next several months.” Optimal___________________________________________________________________________Anaheim, California-based mortgage services provider, Consolidated Analytics has been accepted to the Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) list of approved third-party review (TPR) firms. The company said that the approval validated that Consolidated Analytics met S&P’s criteria for quality and independence of third-party reviews for U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).The company will now appear in S&P’s Ratings Direct publication alongside other selected firms that meet S&P’s stringent assessment factors.“We never sacrifice quality,” said Arvin Wijay, CEO, Consolidated Analytics. “The S&P acceptance is a validation of the standards and best practices we have created across our entire organization. Standards that we’ve intentionally designed to exceed agency, market and client expectations for quality, independence, and transparency.”Prior to approval, S&P reviews and scrutinizes a range of processes, infrastructure, and business best practices such as compliance with underwriting guidelines, data integrity for loans, property valuation accuracy, regulatory compliance, and supporting technology capabilities. Once every 18 months, S&P updates its approved list of approved TPRs. Previous: Ellie Mae Expands Encompass Investor Connect Next: General Population Trails Servicemembers in Financial Well Being Tagged with: Ellie Mae Optimal Blue About Author: Seth Welborncenter_img May 27, 2019 1,369 Views Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Industry Pulse: Updates on Ellie Mae, Optimal Blue, and More Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on Ellie Mae, Optimal Blue, and More Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Postlast_img read more

Hall of Fame track coach resigns after admitting affair with athlete

first_imgby Joe Sterling and Steve Almasy, CNN(CNN) — University of Texas Hall of Fame women’s track and field coach Bev Kearney, who resigned under fire after the disclosure of an affair with a female student a decade ago doesn’t understand why she was targeted for punishment and questions whether she’s being treated fairly.“Is it because I have a disability? Is it because I’m Black? Is it because I’m female? Is it because I’m successful? Is it now because of my sexual preference?” Coach Bev Kearney asked on CNN’s “Starting Point” Tuesday. “I had to finally come to embrace not knowing why, and I had to embrace it because the more you try to figure out why, the harder it is to forgive.”A head coach at Texas since 1993, Kearney is held in great esteem in the track world. She led the Longhorns to six national titles and was inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007.She is widely admired for her gritty resolve to walk again after she was partially paralyzed in an auto accident.But things turned south for Kearney last year when the university learned of an affair in 2002 with a female student. The revelation came at just about the same time Kearney was discussing a pay raise and a contract extension.Told the university was going to fire her, Kearney — the first African-American to serve as a head coach at Texas — resigned Saturday.When asked by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien whether people around her and maybe even her former lover, a one-time student, now age 30, “ratted her out,” Kearney said, “that’s fair.”The affair began in August 2002, which is not long after the university put a policy into its handbook about consensual relationships between staff members and students. Kearney said she never really thought about the relationship from a legal perspective.“You know, you get caught up in the emotional and the physical components of a relationship, and the last thing you’re doing is thinking rationally,” she said.The relationship dissolved after Kearney was paralyzed in an SUV accident in December 2002, and the coach spent many months in recovery.“As the accident occurred, you know, there was a transformation that went on within me that really changed my perspective on life.”The policy said that employees in positions of authority must report such relations to “eliminate conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety” or be subject to discipline.“I didn’t know that there was even a rule on the book, and I think the rule had come into play maybe a year prior to the relationship, and I don’t ever even remember reading such a rule, but you know, it talked about disclosure,” Kearney said.“Throughout the whole process, the disclosure part was never brought to me as to why I was being terminated. I was being terminated as a result of the relationship, and at that point, I said then, ‘Has everyone else been terminated as a point of reference of having had a relationship?’ and the answer was… we don’t view those the same as yours.”Derek Howard, Kearney’s attorney, said Monday that he and the coach were discussing her legal options, including a gender and race bias lawsuit. He planned to file open-records requests with the school this week, he said. He claimed that male coaches and professors at the school had similar relationships and weren’t punished.“I don’t see how you distinguish between the value of one student over another because of what they do, whether it’s a musician, a musical student, a business student or an athlete,” Kearney told CNN.“I think the one thing that I hired an attorney for is not to deny, because the moment it was brought to my attention, I openly admitted to its existence, and so it was never to deny, it was just to guarantee I was given equal treatment because I had grown to not trust the university that I served in terms of equal treatment.”Kearney said she never denied she was wrong and agrees she made a mistake. She just wants fairness.“I feel like I’ve been a casualty within this whole process, not because I was innocent but all I’ve asked for was fair due process and equal treatment as opposed to how everyone else that had been under similar circumstances have had,” she said.She said she’s “never stepped outside the lines” in her career.“Even in this situation, I self-corrected the situation myself. I admitted to it when brought to me and even after I admitted it, they sent me through an eight-week investigation for something, for other things and ended up firing me for something that I admitted to from the beginning. Why does someone have to suffer through all of that and they even called me in on December 26, the 10th anniversary of the accident, to fire me.”A CNN story in August profiled the coach, who learned to walk again after she was injured in the accident that killed two of her friends. Thrown more than 50 feet from an SUV, she suffered extensive spinal injuries that left her partially paralyzed. Kearney said she never doubted her ability to walk again and continued to lead her team from her hospital bed.“When they told me I was paralyzed, it went in one ear and out the next … because I had to get up and coach,” she said.Track practices were recorded and then played for Kearney on a VCR in her hospital room.“Because I was an intuitive coach … whatever it is you need to do, I can describe it in a way that you internalize it and you feel it without me having to demonstrate it,” she said in the August story.Now, she may face an uphill trek in court.“I don’t want anybody to lose their job. I don’t want to create harm to anyone but I do want to bring to light that you don’t get to arbitrarily administer your rules and decide who is punished at what levels because of something that you don’t like, because you never know if it’s because of that particular situation or is it because of the fact that you may be harboring some type of ill will towards that individual.”In an e-mail to CNN on Sunday, Patti Ohlendorf, head of the university’s legal affairs department, said: “In Intercollegiate Athletics and the coaching profession, it is unprofessional and unacceptable for a head coach to carry on an intimate relationship with a student-athlete that he or she is coaching. We told Coach Kearney and Mr. Howard that such a relationship crosses the line of trust placed in the head coach for all aspects of the athletic program and the best interests of the student-athletes in the program.”Ohlendorf denied Sunday that gender played a role in the university’s review and said she knows of no other “UT head coach who has entered into such a relationship with a student-athlete on his or her team.”Kearney said “everyone should deserve an opportunity to have fair treatment based upon your policies, whether something is morally acceptable to an individual or not, our law says it’s about the application of the law, and then at some point, there ought to be some form of consideration for that person’s past history, they didn’t find a prior relationship or a subsequent relationship.” Bev Kearney (CNN Photo)last_img read more

A New Tribute to the Military at Former Fort Monmouth

first_img The new Veterans Memorial and park at the East Gate residential development in the fort’s Oceanport section.Photo by Laura D.C. Kolnoski Guests eagerly toured the commander general’s house, situated at the end of East Gate on Parker’s Creek, recently placed on the market for $799,999. While RPM rehabilitated the exterior, improved landscaping, and installed new water and sewer, the interior of the two-story structure with a full attic is largely original, including the wood floors, doors and trim, stucco walls and steam heat radiators. The kitchen is devoid of cabinetry and there is no air conditioning. Fully enclosed porches on the main and second floors overlook the scenic creek. “We wanted to pay homage to the for t’s rich history,” said RPM’s Assistant Vice President Michael Hong in his opening remarks. “We worked with Executive Director Bruce Steadman of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), who connected us to a trio of retired veterans. Collaborating brought the veterans’ vision to life.” Two of those retired veterans were in attendance – Lt. Col. John Edward Occhipinti and Col. John L. Booth. The third, Col. Michael T. Ruane, was unable to attend. The tribute to the military is located amid former officer housing, which is now a renovated residential development known as East Gate. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski “This monument is a tribute to our military,” Martoglio said in his closing remarks. The memorial is a solid granite cap on a brick pier. The applied cast metal plaque honors the men and women who served at Fort Monmouth. There are cast metal seals representing the major military branches that performed at the post. “The FMERA team made this a very professional and wonderful relationship,” said Occhipinti of the veterans’ continued active participation in directing its future as a mixed-use community combining high-tech, education, residential, retail, entertainment, office, dining, recreation, and more. “In this crowd are folks who lived and worked here. With their families, they created a bridge from the past to the future. It’s a higher magnitude than most people realize.” Also making comments prior to the ribbon cutting were Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone and founder and president of RPM Development Edward Martoglio. Occhipinti retired from active duty with more than 22 years of enlisted and commissioned service. His final duty position was deputy commandant for the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth from 1999 to 2003. He then became a Department of Defense civilian and was the garrison director for plans, training, mobilization and security until the fort closed in 2011. He continued to serve as the fort’s site manager and Army liaison until June 2018. center_img Col. John L. Booth, also retired, served at the fort and consulted in its operations as a public works director, Occhipinti said. He remains active with a close-knit group of former fort personnel and families, writing a newsletter still circulating among them. Noting that the base closure was “devastating” for the area and its economy, Arnone thanked RPM for creating the memorial and park, adding, “History is what Monmouth County is about. We do not forget our vets.” In addition to Arnone’s fellow freeholders, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and members of the FMERA staff were also in attendance. The monument pays homage to 1917 through 2011 – veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Cold War and conflicts in Southeast Asia – and sits in the center of a professionally landscaped park with walkways and benches. It was constructed by RPM Development of Montclair, the firm that bought and renovated Officers Row in the fort’s historic district inside the gates off Oceanport Avenue. Fort Monmouth veterans, members of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, representatives of RPM Development, and other dignitaries attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial and park at East Gate in the Oceanport section of the fort Nov. 4.Photo by Laura D.C. Kolnoski Attendees were invited to tour a model of the 68 modernized townhomes, duplexes and single-family residences in the century-old Officers Housing opposite the fort’s parade grounds, nearing completion by RPM. New homeowners began moving in earlier this year, the first to reside on the fort since its closure. Thousands of new inhabitants are expected once redevelopment is completed in several years. OCEANPORT – Veterans who lived and/or served at Fort Monmouth when it was a U.S. Army base gathered with others under a sunny skies last week to witness the dedication of a new monument. “As we brought folks in, everyone had different ideas on how to realign the main floor, take down walls and reshape or move the kitchen to suit their particular needs,” Martoglio said of his decision not to fully renovate the structure. He added that several offers are pending on the stately home, considered a jewel of the fort’s historic district.last_img read more

Weekly NFL power rankings: Rams move up to No. 1

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.WEEK 71. L.A. Rams (6-0)Rams show why they’re weather proof and can slug it out as well as air it out — MVP candidate Todd Gurley rushes for 208 yards in DenverLast week: 2 Next: at 49ers2. New England (4-2)Bill Belichick will talk up Khalil Mack big time this week. But be advised — Belichick would never pay that kind of money to a defensive player, no matter how good he is. Last week: 7 Next: at Chicago3. Kansas …last_img

ANSI Approves NAHB’s Green Building Standard

first_imgNew Standard Competes With NAHB Guidelines and LEED for HomesNEW YORK, N.Y. — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) have successfully shepherded a residential green building standard through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval process. Known as the National Green Building Standard, or ICC-700, the document establishes, for the first time, a national definition for green residential building.To comply with ANSI requirements, NAHB and ICC assembled a committee consisting mostly of builders, manufacturers’ representatives, and code officials. Using the 2005 NAHB Green Guidelines as a starting point, the committee solicited public comments and conducted four public hearings over two years. They broadened the standard to include site development, multifamily housing projects, and remodeling in addition to single-family homes. The fruit of the committee’s labors was approved as Standard ICC-700 in late January 2009.Like LEED for Homes, the residential green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), ICC-700 has four compliance levels. While LEED for Homes calls its levels certified, silver, gold, and platinum, ICC-700 uses the terms bronze, silver, gold, and emerald.The new standard includes a list of mandatory measures, most of which correspond to minimum code requirements. In addition, builders must accrue points by incorporating features in six areas: site development, water conservation, energy conservation, resource conservation, indoor air quality, and homeowner education. Houses over 4,000 square feet will need more points for a given certification level than smaller houses.For bronze certification, a home must be designed to use 15% less energy than a home that minimally complies with the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). To reach the emerald level, a home must achieve a 65% reduction in projected energy use. All houses must include a mechanical ventilation system complying with ASHRAE Standard 62.2.Although energy compliance depends strongly on climate zone, most ICC-700 checklist points (including water-saving measures) apply nationwide. There are a few exceptions, however; as Don Carr, NAHB’s national green building certification program manager, pointed out, “The standard includes a termite zone map, a radon map, and rainfall map.”Online Scoring ToolThe NAHB will continue to support builders who choose to rate homes using the less stringent 2005 Guidelines rather than the new ICC-700 standard. “There will always be two paths until one path disappears,” said Carr.For builders seeking certification to a higher standard than the Guidelines, the NAHB Research Center has established a process to certify whether projects meet the new ICC-700. The first step is for builders to use NAHB’s free online scoring tool (www.nahbgreen.org/ScoringTool.aspx). “The scoring tool sets us apart from our competition,” explained NAHB division director Vladimir Kochkin. “It simplifies implementation. When you get a score, so you can see what level you qualify for. Then you can make changes; you can play around with it. If you decide to go for certification, you fill out an application, which is submitted to an outside NAHB-accredited verifier. The verifier will look at the information submitted. Then, to make sure that that the construction is consistent with the information in the application, the verifier will conduct two on-site inspections: a rough-in inspection and a final inspection.”NAHB charges builders $500 per project for certification; the fee drops to $200 for NAHB members. In addition to the certification fee, builders will need to pay several hundred dollars for third-party verification.Comparing StringencySince the ICC-700 standard is brand new, it will take a while for energy consultants to determine whether the standard is more or less stringent than LEED for Homes. “My opinion right now, subject to confirmation from additional study, is that the basic ICC-700 standard house will be very close to a LEED for Homes certified house,” said Bion Howard, an energy consultant from Valley Center, California. LEED takes a tougher line on certain divisive issues, however, such as certification of tropical woods.According to Carr, “Compared to LEED for Homes, I think builders will find that NAHB’s green building standard is more flexible and usually less expensive to meet in terms of hard costs. And it is definitely less expensive to meet in terms of soft costs.”When comparing the new standard with the old NAHB Guidelines, NAHB representatives are unequivocal. “The Standard is more stringent than the Guidelines,” said Carr. “The bar has been raised.” Kochkin agrees. “At the end of the day they ratcheted up the Standard compared to the Guidelines quite a bit,” said Kochkin. “The new Bronze corresponds more or less to the silver level in the Guidelines.”Three Available PathsOpinions differ on whether having three rating systems for new single-family homes — the 2005 NAHB Guidelines, the ICC-700 standard, and LEED for Homes — is confusing to builders. “I call it the Trifecta question,” said Howard. “I think the standard provides an agreed-upon floor upon which guidelines with a higher environmental purpose can be based. But now there are arrows pointing in three or four directions. That is a concern — what will happen in terms of harmonizing all this stuff?”Brendan Owen, the vice president of LEED technical development at USGBC, sees no urgent need for harmonization. “I think that what NAHB has done and what LEED for Homes does are two different things,” said Owen. “We try to create rating systems that are leadership standards. We are working to create a mechanism that recognizes high-performance green building.”The way forward, Howard suggests, involves dialog. “The time is right for USGBC to have a series of meetings with NAHB about harmonization,” said Howard. “If the purpose of these guidelines is to provide better information to consumers, then it behooves everyone to get on the same page.”Prodded to consider the possibility of harmonization, Owen suggested a parallel between ICC-700 and ASHRAE 189. “One of the things we have done on the commercial construction side is to partner with ASHRAE to create standard 189, which is another type of minimum green building standard that seeks to establish a floor, that sets a new minimum,” said Owen. “If ASHRAE 189 evolves the way we hope it does, it could serve on the commercial side as a prerequisite for LEED. There is still a lot of work to do on 189 to see if the resultant document can serve that purpose, though. And we haven’t entered into any type of discussion with NAHB around that topic.”NAHB EvolvesHoward points out that by definition, a standard differs from a description of best practice. “A standard like this describes the worst you can do and still build a building that people can agree is green,” said Howard. “Maybe you could say it’s light green.”Howard has been encouraged by a shift in NAHB’s approach to standard development. “Five years ago, I was seeing some disturbing patterns,” said Howard. “Whenever there was any talk of developing a new standard, NAHB tended to be the 800-pound gorilla that dragged its feet all the time. But this doesn’t seem to have been happened with the development of this standard. NAHB appears to have made a decision to put together a reasonable standard and push it through the ANSI process.”last_img read more

Convicted murderer Sandeson granted copy of hard drive as he seeks laptop

first_imgHALIFAX – A former medical student serving a life sentence for murder has been granted a copy of his laptop hard drive, as he represents himself in a court bid to obtain the computer itself.William Sandeson is in the process of appealing a first-degree murder conviction in the death of 22-year-old Taylor Samson during a drug deal, though Sandeson said Thursday he doesn’t have a lawyer for that case yet.Samson’s body has never been found.In written submissions requesting the return of his computer, which was seized by police during their investigation, Sandeson said it contained personal information of a sentimental value to him and his family. The specific items were not revealed.Sandeson, who is in his mid-20s, appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax via video conference on Thursday in an attempt to set a court date to get the computer back.Sandeson, sitting in a white room with his arms crossed, could be seen behind a small round table with documents spread out before him.During the brief court hearing, Justice Patrick Duncan read a portion of a letter from the Crown opposing the return of the computer while Sandeson’s conviction is under appeal.“Pending the disposition of any further proceedings in this matter, the Crown maintains its authorization to retain the computer,” the letter said, alluding to Criminal Code provisions on the detention of property during appeals.Duncan asked if Sandeson would like to reconsider his application given the Crown’s position.“I anticipated as much from the Crown,” Sandeson replied, and confirmed he would like to proceed.When asked if he had the chance to read over that section of the code, Sandeson said he looked at the section itself but didn’t recall the specific subsection where the relevant information was mentioned.On Thursday, Crown attorney Susan MacKay said while she opposed the return of the computer itself, the police were willing to give him a copy of the hard drive.Duncan asked Sandeson if he wanted it.“I would still like to proceed in trying to obtain the laptop in full,” said Sandeson.“It’s not an ‘or’ proposition,” the judge replied. “You can have the hard drive and you can continue your application anyway.”“Yes, absolutely, I would appreciate it very much if I could get the hard drive as well,” said Sandeson.MacKay said arrangements will be made to send a copy of the hard drive to Sandeson’s father.The judge was also unsure about if he had the jurisdiction to hear Sandeson’s request, noting that matters like this usually go where the case is being heard: in this case, the province’s Court of Appeal.MacKay said she would consult with appeals lawyers, and the matter will be back before Duncan on August 9.At the time of his arrest, Sandeson had completed one year of medical school in the Caribbean, was a track and field athlete, worked two jobs and had a girlfriend. He was due to start medical school at Dalhousie University within a week of the slaying of Samson, a physics student at Dalhousie.Samson went to Sandeson’s Halifax apartment on Aug. 15, 2015, to sell nine kilograms of marijuana as part of a prearranged deal. Sandeson, who did not have the $40,000 cash to pay for the drugs, shot him while he was sitting at a kitchen table.Crown lawyers had argued Sandeson devised a scheme to kill Samson and steal the marijuana to pay off his debts.Sandeson took a paralegal course while in prison so he could better understand his case.In May, Sandeson was awarded nearly $700 after accusing a former roommate of stealing $2,500 worth of sneakers and homemade wine from their Halifax apartment.Sandeson was living with Dylan Zinck-Selig when he was arrested.Zinck-Selig had been given limited access to the apartment to retrieve essential items during the police forensic investigation. Zinck-Selig admitted to taking some sneakers and four bottles of wine, but not all the items claimed by Sandeson.Sandeson also made headlines in January after he made a profile on Canadian Inmates Connects, a site that matches federal inmates to pen pals.last_img read more

Coleman denies trying to barter husband Boyle to get chocolate in captivity

first_imgOTTAWA — Caitlan Coleman denies trying to use her husband Joshua Boyle as a bargaining chip to get chocolate while the pair were held captive by extremists.Coleman told Boyle’s assault trial in Ontario court today there is no truth to his claim she attempted to get the treat in exchange for Boyle’s participation in a mock execution by their Taliban-affiliated captors.Coleman testified via video link from the United States as lawyers wrapped up their re-examination of witnesses in the case.Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017.The incidents are alleged to have taken place after he and Coleman returned to Canada five years after being taken prisoner in Afghanistan during a 2012 backpacking trip through central Asia.Coleman said today she was hoping the couple would be denied permission to enter Afghanistan, contradicting Boyle’s testimony earlier in the trial they were both keen to visit the strife-torn country.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

DOD Opens New Intelligence Campus at Maryland BRAC Site

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) held a ribbon cutting last week at a Bethesda, Md., campus that will house about 3,000 intelligence community employees.The Bethesda site had been the home of offices for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency until 2011 when the agency moved to what is now NGA Campus East at Fort Belvoir, Va. The 2005 round of BRAC called for the agency to consolidate multiple sites, primarily in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs of Washington, to Fort Belvoir.By preserving existing structures, the new intelligence facility in Bethesda was built for about 60 percent of the cost of new construction, reported Government Executive. The new building is a “sleek glass façade that wraps around the three pre-existing buildings to create a unified modern structure that centralizes and efficiently distributes mission services,” according to ODNI. A six-story parking garage also was built on the campus, which houses ODNI’s National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the National Intelligence University and the Defense Intelligence Agency.“This facility is — in so many ways — the physical manifestation of ‘intelligence integration,’” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said at the ribbon cutting.last_img read more