Alleged tax-haven scheme linked to Canada’s largest brokerage firm

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

In a continuing crackdown on tax evasion, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has alleged that brokers with a branch of RBC Dominion Securities, Canada’s largest brokerage company, helped clients set up accounts in the small European principality of Liechtenstein in order to avoid taxation on their wealth.

In affadavits submitted by the CRA, brokers with an RBC Dominion Securities office in Victoria, British Columbia, allegedly helped clients set up 16 offshore entities with a division of the LGT Group in Liechtenstein. While that is not a crime under Canadian law, auditors allege that the entities were used to help Canadians hide worldwide income. Thirteen individuals are either being audited or have made voluntary disclosures, admitting to tax evasion. The agency is presently investigating to see if there are any other individuals participating in this scheme. Regarding the inquiry, dubbed “Project Jade”, the CRA will only say that it was launched on information from a “confidential informant”.

RBC issued a written statement, saying “As a firm, we have never encouraged Canadians — not 25 years ago and not today — to set up entities in Liechtenstein, and we have never instructed our investment advisers to recommend that practice,” and “we comply with all CRA requirements. This means that we provide all our clients with the forms they need to meet their personal tax obligations, and also file reports with CRA that form the basis for reviews such as this.”

Three RBC employees are presently being investigated, with one remaining unidentified.

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Man killed in police shooting in Brooklyn, New York

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A man was shot and killed by police officers in East New York, Brooklyn, New York who were responding to a 9-1-1 call reporting a home invasion late Thursday night. The deceased, 26-year-old Duane Browne, was carrying a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver. Police believe he was responding to armed men who had entered his home.

According to police reconstruction of events, as Browne’s brother, 31-year-old Dale Ogarro, approached the home on 943 Schenck Ave., he was accosted by two armed men who demanded “where’s the money!” He was forced into the building’s basement. His girlfriend in a nearby car called 9-1-1 five times to report the invasion. The robbers escaped as police approached. When police arrived, Ogarro reported he was unharmed but did not say the robbers had left or his brother was carrying a gun. Browne exited the house through a back door holding the revolver and police ordered him to drop it. When he failed to do so, police shot him.

Police found 11 bags of cannabis and a scale in a basement closet. According to police, Ogarro has been arrested in the past on several drug charges, and the firearm he carried was unregistered.

On December 12, 2011, police officer Peter J. Figoski was killed while responding to a burglary at a nearby home.

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Stop Hair Loss? Could This Controversial Remedy Really Help?

By Elisabeth Kuhn

There are many reasons why people lose their hair, and a variety of remedies are sold to prevent it. A few of them work, at least for certain people and at least for a while, and most of them don’t.

In this article, I will tell you about a way to possibly slow down or stop hair loss that has worked for me and also for a good friend of mine. And, according to testimonials on the internet, it has also worked for at least some other people. While the method may be controversial, its possible advantages should probably outweigh its disadvantage which is primarily the fact it’s not exactly “proven.” After all, it is practically free and definitely harmless.

It all started when I saw my friend again after a really long time. He looked much as I remembered him – except for his hair! It was thinning all over, quite noticeably.

Fast-forward a year, when I saw him again. I immediately noticed that his hair looked much better. Heck, he had the nice thick head of hair he used to have, way back when he was years younger.

Of course I immediately wanted to know: what did he do? By then, my own hair had started thinning as well, giving me a rather personal interest in his success.

So he told me what he had done to stop his hair falling out. The key to the puzzle, he said, seemed to have been Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a harsh detergent generally used for cleaning garage floors.

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He had read somewhere that it had been found to cause hair to fall out. SLS, along with a related chemical, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, also happens to be a primary ingredient in just about any “normal” shampoo.

So he stopped using normal shampoos and found one without those ingredients instead. Miraculously, within weeks, his hair stopped falling out. After a few months, it actually started growing back.

That conversation marked the end of SLS-containing shampoos for me too. I figured, what did I have to lose?

I also went on the internet to investigate and discovered quite a bit of controversy over this theory, probably not surprisingly. I read about anecdotal evidence in favor of avoiding SLS, but there were no scientific studies that I could find. Some of the articles in favor of avoiding SLS also seemed traceable to vendors of non-SLS-containing shampoos, a fact that was pointed out in several counter-articles.

So what happened after I started using the new shampoo? My hair stopped falling out!

Seriously! It’s been about five months now, and my hair has noticeably thickened. And while there will always be a FEW hairs in the drain after I wash my hair – after all there’s the natural growth cycle of hair – the amount of hair I find there has gone down so much that it can’t possibly be just my imagination.

I used to have to pick thick “nests” of hair from the drain both during and after each shower. Now there is just one, and that one is pretty flimsy and sparse, nothing like the semi-hairballs I used to find.

This raises a question: If it should be true that SLS is behind all this, how come it doesn’t make everybody’s hair fall out?

Here’s my totally personal ad-hoc theory: SLS could be the metaphorical straw that broke the camel’s back.

What this means in plain language is this: most of us aren’t negatively affected by SLS because healthy unstressed hair can handle it just fine.

However, if there are enough stressors present that affect the health of someone’s hair – stress, fatigue, aging, nutrition, health issues, and so on, then adding SLS on top of all that may be just a little too much. And that’s when it triggers hair loss. Conversely, taking the SLS away in a situation like that may well make hair loss stop or slow it down. Or it may not – there may still be too many others stressors for any one particular head of hair to stop shedding.

Who knows. I have no idea if my theory is right, but it makes sense to me, it works for me, and so I will be using non-SLS shampoos from here on out.

And if your hair is thinning, you may want to consider experimenting as well. Health food store shampoos may cost a couple of dollars more per bottle, depending on what you’re using now, but it’s just a penny or two extra per wash at most. That’s certainly far cheaper than any other hair loss remedy I’ve ever come across.

Which one to get? I won’t recommend any particular brand. Just go to your trusty health food store and read the labels. You could pick the one that smells good, or the kind that seems right for your hair type. Or pick the volumizing shampoo – to make your hair look as full as possible while it grows back to be thick for real.

One last thing: Just like with Rogaine, where they warn you that you’ll have to use it for quite a few months before you see any results, patience is of the essence here too. While your hair loss may slow down within weeks, you may want to give it at least several months before you judge the overall thickness of your hair. Hair grows slowly enough even under ideal circumstances, so it may take a while until you can really see a difference.

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O.J. Simpson lawyer, Cochran, dead at 67

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Johnnie Cochran, U.S. lawyer famous for getting O.J. Simpson acquitted of murder charges in the 1990s, died Tuesday afternoon in his home in Los Angeles, California. He had been suffering from complications of an inoperable brain tumor.

“The family of Attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. and members of The Cochran Firm are deeply saddened by the passing,” his family said in a statement to the press. “The world has lost not only a legendary attorney, but an outstanding humanitarian.”

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Woman returns home with Christmas turkey, a month after setting out

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Scottish woman who set out before Christmas to purchase a turkey finally made it home on Monday, after being cut off by snow for a month. Kay Ure left the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage on Cape Wrath, at the very northwest tip of Great Britain, in December. She was heading to Inverness on a shopping trip.

However on her return journey heavy snow and ice prevented her husband, John, from travelling the last 11 miles to pick her up. She was forced to wait a month in a friend’s caravan, before the weather improved and the couple could finally be reunited.

They were separated not just for Christmas and New Year, but also for Mr Ure’s 58th birthday. With no fresh supplies, he was reduced to celebrating with a tin of baked beans. He also ran out of coal, and had to feed the couple’s six springer spaniels on emergency army rations.

“It’s the first time we’ve been separated”, said Mr Ure in December. “We’ve been snowed in here for three weeks before, so we are well used to it and it’s quite nice to get a bit of peace and quiet.”

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Doing Timber Sales Takes Skill

Submitted by: Samson Muric

Some companies grow their own timber for their products, other companies buy the trees completely cut from lumber mills, yet still others fit someplace in the middle. They try to make use of timber sales to get their timber without needing to grow them or pay the extra of having them processed by a timber mill. This is the type of deal we will be examining.

For any small time woods grower, timber sales may take place once or twice in their life times and so they must make the very best of it. How it works will be as follows:

The woods cultivator grows the trees and also will keep them growing with the appropriate shape and to the correct age.

Once the tree cultivator decides that the trees are old enough and abundant enough, he may either harvest them himself, or advertise timber sales.

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Potential purchasers can make a trip to the location and look at as well as assess the timber and then make a proposal.

The buyer and seller arrive at an agreement on selling price and a deal is signed.

The buyer is then free to be able to bring equipment on the property to harvest the trees. However, he has only bought the legal rights to the wood, not the land itself.

When the trees are removed, the seller can easily replant the region and then wait for the following harvest to develop fully.

In order for the vendor to get the most value out of the timber sales, this individual should know what he is looking at with regard to the wood on his property. In the event that he has only got a hazy idea of what the timber is worth, then he should definitely find a professional to help him assess the timber. There are usually poel around who make a living by brokering timber sales so they really would be the right individuals to ask for help in this area. It might not even be a bad idea to get them to broker the actual timber sales in any case, in order to be certain everything is done correctly.

The most vital suggestion, is to not accept the very first offer made. Leave the timber on the market long enough to obtain more than a single offer. Tyr and get as many as 4 or 5. This should help you get an idea of just what the timber is worth as well. There might be some negotiation involved, so be ready to be stubborn and get what you timber is worth.

Make sure the deal is watertight. It might be worth while getting it put together by a legal professional to ensure that neither party will be diddled in the signing of the deal. Also ensure there is a time limit clause within the contract for the buyer to get the timber out. Or else they are within their rights to stay on your property harvesting timber until the cows come home.

Making timber sales can be a tricky business as they can be multi-million dollar deals, depending on the type of tree on the land. Make sure you get what they are worth and request help from the professionals if you are unclear about anything.

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Adele and David Bowie each win five Grammys

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

On Sunday, British singer Adele won five Grammy Awards at the 59th Grammy Awards event in Los Angeles. David Bowie posthumously won five Grammys.

Adele won Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo and Record of the Year for her song Hello, and Album of the Year for her album 25, becoming the first singer to win the Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year twice.

David Bowie was nominated in five categories — three for his album Blackstar in Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, and Best Rock Performance; and two for his song Blackstar, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Days after releasing his 25th album, Blackstar, Bowie passed away in January 2016, due to cancer. Before Blackstar, Bowie won a Grammy for his music video Jazzin’ for Blue Jean, and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, never winning the award in a major category before.

In the event, singer Bruno Mars paid tribute to music icon Prince, replicating style, costumes, and guitar of Prince’s. Minneapolis-based funk band The Time, who had performed with Prince, paid tribute to the singer who passed away in April at the age of 57. Adele, in her performance, paid tribute to George Michael. While performing, Adele stopped, swore, and restarted. She later apologised, saying “I am sorry for swearing and I am sorry for starting again, I can’t mess this up for him[…] I am sorry, I can’t.” British pop singer George Michael died on Christmas Day of heart failure at the age of 53.

Adele was in tears while receiving Grammy for the Album of the Year. In her acceptance speech, she said, “But I can’t possibly accept this award. And I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious. But my artist of my life is Beyoncé. And this album to me, the ‘Lemonade’ album, is just so monumental. Beyoncé, it’s so monumental. And so well thought out, and so beautiful and soul-baring and we all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see. And we appreciate that. And all us artists here, we fucking adore you. You are our light. And the way that you make me and my friends feel, the way you make my black friends feel, is empowering. And you make them stand up for themselves. And I love you.” Other albums in the pool, besides 25 and Lemonade, were Justin Bieber’s Purpose, Drake’s Views, and A Sailor’s Guide To Earth by Sturgill Simpson.

Earlier, while receiving award for the Record of the Year, Adele said, “My dream and my idol is Queen Bee [Beyoncé], and I adore you and you move my soul every single day and you have done for nearly seventeen years”. Other songs nominated in the category were Beyoncé’s Formation, Work by Rihanna, 7 Years by Lukas Graham, and Stressed Out by TWENTY ØNE PILØTS.

Beyoncé received the largest number of nominations for the event — nine — but she won only two. Her album Lemonade won Best Urban Contemporary Album and her song Formation won Best Music Video.

Chance The Rapper won Best New Artist, and claimed Best Rap Performance for No Problem and Best Rap Album for Coloring Book. Chance’s songs were never sold, and were available for free on streaming services.

The new host James Corden took a pratfall on the stairs while entering. The duo TWENTY ØNE PILØTS won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their song Stressed Out. Upon announcement, they removed their pants to accept the award. Sharing an incident of watching Grammys before the duo was famous, Tyler Joseph said Josh Dun proposed if they were to receive a Grammy, they would receive it in their underpants as they were in underpants watching the award ceremony at the time. In his acceptance speech, he said, “I want everyone who’s watching at home to know that you could be next. So watch out, because anyone from anywhere can do anything.”

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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