A Queensland-based man who once worked at a New Zealand army museum has appeared in court charged over the theft of more than 800 war medals.
Former New Zealand soldier Keith Davies, 57, was charged on arrival at Wellington airport with theft, obtaining property by deception, false accounting and unlawfully exporting antiquities.
Police allege he stole the medals from the Waiouru National Army Museum and sold many of them to international collectors.
The missing military decorations were valued at $200,000.
They include two VCs awarded to Charles Upham - the only combat soldier to receive the Commonwealth’s highest gallantry honour twice - during World War II, medals belonging to seven other New Zealand VC winners and two George crosses.
At the time of the theft New Zealand authorities described it as a crime against the nation.
About 300 of the 843 medals have been recovered.
New Zealand police thanked their Australian counterparts for their assistance during a 14-month investigation.
Davies has been remanded on bail and is due to appear again next month.
GCIS ART PROTECTION ALERT: Art owner wins $3m civil award in theft case
Michael Bakwin, who was the victim of the largest residential theft in Massachusetts history when art was stolen from his house in the Berkshires in 1978, won a $3 million civil judgment yesterday against the man who possessed the artwork for more than two decades and tried to sell it, Bakwin’s lawyer said.
The case spanned four decades and two continents and involved a British stolen art expert, an illegal gun dealer in Pittsfield with a gambling problem, and a defense lawyer-turned artist with a penchant for stolen paintings.
VIRGINIA - The chief of a private intelcom agency says he believes events are not quite what they seem. The condition of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the mastermind of the Lockerbie bombing two decades ago, as well as the current location of Muammar Gaddafi is…
Hurricane Irene update: latest on N.J. & NYC power outages: GCIS COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND CENTER
NEW JERSEY REPORT: — As of 9 a.m., PSE&G said there were 250,000 customers without power due to the heavy winds and driving rain caused by Hurricane Irene.
About 70,000 customers already had power restored, PSE&G said. The company, the state’s largest electric and gas utility, provides service to 2.2 million customers.
Around 170,000 JCP&L customers in New Jersey have lost power, according to spokesman Ron Morano, mostly in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties.
The Oyster Creek nuclear plant, which is on the Atlantic Coast south of Toms River, shut down on Saturday before Irene’s arrival, while PSEG’s nuclear plants near Lower Alloways Creek were still running Sunday morning.
"All three units remain at full power no issues at all," said spokesman Joe Delmar at 8 a.m.
Delmar said wind speeds hadn’t come close to the site’s “unusual event” cutoff of 74 miles per hour that must be reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
"We’ll continue to monitor river levels as the storm settles down," Delmar said. "It’s at low tide right now." N.J. POWER OUTAGES
As of 9:00 a.m. Sunday:
• A.C. ELECTRIC: 89,600
• PSE&G: 250,000
• JCP&L: 170,000
Storm conditions will likely delay repair efforts, said one PSE&G official early this morning.
"Crews will begin to restore service once the heavy winds subside and it is safe to work on overhead electric lines," said Karen Johnson, spokeswoman for PSE&G. "Customers should be prepared for potentially lengthy outages."
More power outages may be in store as forecasters predict maximum sustained winds between 40 to 50 mph with gusts up to 70 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
As rainfall from Hurricane Irene ramps up, southern Jersey is getting hit the hardest with widespread outages. In northern Jersey, PSE&G reported outages due to heavy winds that knocked trees and limbs onto power lines.
In Atlantic City, widespread outages were also reported and casinos closed for only the third time since gambling was legalized in the state in 1978 due to the storm.
NEW YORK CITY REPORT: Hurricane Irene hit New York City, and thousands are without power. Over 70,000 Con Ed customers are without power—the most are in Queens (around 25,000)—and you can see Con Ed’s power outage map here, and it’ll show that none of the outages seem to be in Manhattan. On Long Island and in NJ, it’s much worse—320,322 are without power on Long Island—while over 412,000 have lost power in the Garden State (and utility PSE&G is threatening to make more cuts).
The NY Times reports, “Though the storm weakened as it moved up the Eastern Seaboard, it continued to funnel storm surge and flood water to the Jersey shore overnight, where the National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm crossed over land near Little Egg Inlet around 5:35 a.m., which is north of Atlantic City.” Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services deputy commissioner John Searing said, “Even though they are saying that the storm is quote-unquote weakening, hurricane winds are hurricane winds. Whether they say its 80 miles or 75 miles an hour, what’s the physical difference in that?”
Last night, Mayor Bloomberg implored all NYC resident to stay inside.
THE GCIS COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND CENTER IS POWERED BY ICON, A GriffithCorp System
C.A.T.S. ACTIVATED. Deputy Director of Cyber Security K. Cohen taking over operations with the Director
W. EDWARD GRIFFITH HAS AUTHORIZED ACTIVATION OF THE GCIS C.A.T.S. UNIT AND HAS PLACED KAYLA COHEN (LOS ANGELES) IN CHARGE OF ALL GCIS OPERATION WHILE THE DIRECTOR AND HIS FAMILY PREPARE FOR IRENE ON THE EAST COAST. Deputy Cohen is in constant contact with Director Griffith and has been given EMERGENCY AUTHORITY to run all GCIS operations in the event the Director’s communications capability is down due to the storm. Until then. every decision D.D. Cohen makes is in coordination with our Director.
GCIS ALERT: Hurricane Irene update: Airlines drop ticket change fees
IN COOPERATION WITH THE L.A. TIMES
Major airlines have dropped ticket change fees for passengers scheduled to fly to or from many cities along the East Coast this weekend after canceling hundreds of flights in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.
Some airlines have extended change-fee waivers into early next week.
Because the East Coast is home to the nation’s busiest airspace, the effect of the cancellations is expected to send ripples through the country’s air travel system. With Saturday being a light travel day, the real impact of the storm may not be felt until Sunday and Monday.
JetBlue, which operates major hubs at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Logan International Airport in Boston, announced the cancellation of 891 flights from its East Coast airports on Sunday and Monday. The airline also was evaluating its flight plans for Saturday, waiting to determine the storm’s path.
American Airlines officials said the air carrier had already canceled 32 flights from airports in North Carolina and Virginia and planned to consider further cancellations at airports farther up the coast.
Southwest Airlines announced plans to temporarily suspend service to and from Norfolk International Airport in Virginia on Saturday, with service resuming once conditions improve. The airline did not say how many flights it was suspending.
Meanwhile, the storm has already forced more than 20 cruise ships to change their itineraries.
“We monitor the storms closely and make strategic changes to the itineraries to keep them away from the storm,” said Jennifer de la Cruz, a Carnival spokeswoman.
Meanwhile, the Bahamas is assessing the impact from the storm.
Bill Lee, general manager of Bimini Bay Resort & Marina, said: After extensive preparation efforts … there was no damage to the resort. Cleanup has been minimal and all resort attractions, restaurants, beaches and the marina are open.”
Cruise ports in Nassau and Grand Bahama reopened Thursday evening, and ships are anticipated to resume calls Saturday.
Recently several natural disasters, including tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes, have devastated lives and property. In the wake of these events that have caused emotional distress and great monetary loss to numerous victims, individuals across the nation often feel a desire to help these victims, frequently through monetary donations.
These disasters prompt individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause. Therefore, before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, to include the following:
Do not respond to unsolicited (SPAM) e-mail.
Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials soliciting via e-mail for donations.
Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
To ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.
Validate the legitimacy of the organization by directly accessing the recognized charity or aid organization’s website rather than following an alleged link to the site.
Attempt to verify the legitimacy of the non-profit status of the organization by using various Internet-based resources, which also may assist in confirming the actual existence of the organization.
Do not provide personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
If you believe you have been a victim of a charity related scheme, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud by telephone at (866) 720-5721, or by fax at (225) 334-4707, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.
National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) was originally established by the Department of Justice to investigate, prosecute, and deter fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud from any natural or man-made disaster. More than 20 federal agencies, including the FBI, participate in the NCDF, allowing it to act as a centralized clearinghouse of information related to relief fraud.
EVACUATION ALERT: NYC Hurricane: How New Yorkers Can Prepare For Hurricane Irene
New Yorkers are on high-alert Friday as Hurricane Irene, now a Category 2 hurricane, barrels towards the Eastern Coast of the United States. The storm’s expected to make landfall in North Carolina on Saturday and hit New York sometime Sunday. The cone of the storm moved West yesterday, putting it on a path to pass directly over Queens and Brooklyn.
At 8AM Saturday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce whether he’s decided to issue a mandatory evacuation of Zone A, which includes areas by the water in all five boros and is home to about 270,000 residents (to see what zone you live in see the interactive map below or call 212-504-4115). New York City officials expect to shut down the city’s entire transit system at some point Saturday afternoon ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irene and not reopen it until sometime Monday, or perhaps later. That’s why officials say that if you wait to prepare once the storm hits it’ll be too late — transit and stores might already be closed.
WHAT NEW YORKERS CAN DO TO PREPARE
It appears many of the city’s nyc.gov websites have crashed due to traffic. The New York City Office of Emergency Management has a great preparation guide in the event of a natural disaster that hopefully will be back up and available soon. Heres what officials recommend.
1. In the event of a storm, secure outdoor objects, shuttering windows, and place valuables in waterproof containers.
2. Households should designate two places to reunite after a disaster. One place near your home, and another outside your immediate neighborhood, at a friend’s place or community center for example.
3. Please check on your neighbors, especially seniors, people with disabilities, children, and non-English speakers and help them to prepare.
4. Officials suggest a Go-Bag in case of evacuation. Each Go-Bag should be sturdy, lightweight and portable, such as a backpack and should contain:
Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, birth certificates, deeds, photo IDs, etc.) Extra sets of car and house keys Copies of credit and ATM cards and cash Bottled water and non-perishable food, like energy or granola bars Flashlight Battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries List of the medications members of your household take and their dosages, or copies of all your prescription slips, with doctors’ names and phone numbers First aid kit Lightweight raingear and Mylar blanket Contact and meeting place information for your household, and small regional map Child care, pet, or other special items
5. In the event of a massive power outage, city officials also put together this EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT CHECKLIST to keep in your home. You should enough supplies in your home so you can survive for three days. The suggested items are include non-perishable food items, a first aid kid, a flashlight, battery-powered radio and extra batteries, a whistle, iodine tablets and one quart of unscented bleach and a phone that doesn’t require electricity
GCIS EMERGENCY ALERT: VIRGINIA HIT BY ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE, 4.5
Thursday August 25 2011, 05:07:51 UTC 7 minutes ago Virginia
4.5 6.0 Detail Thursday August 25 2011, 05:07:50 UTC 7 minutes ago Virginia
~UPDATE~:Earthquake Reported In Louisa, Virginia
LOUISA CHRONICLE STAFF ARE REPORTING MINUTE BY MINUTE AS INFORMATION IS RELEASED. Refresh this page for continued updates…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Louisa Chronicle would like to express our gratitude and undying respect to The Louisa Police Department, our Fire Department, EMS, our professional friends in surrounding townships and counties who coordinate with local and state authorities, and all those who are there during times of need. You have our respect and sincerest appreciation for your hard work and dedication to our communities.
Because of you, our children are home safe…
An earthquake registering 5.8 - 5.9 on the Richter Scale hit Washington and Virginia at 1:55pm. The quake, with the epicenter between Charlottesville and Richmond, lasted up to 30 seconds, and shook houses on their foundations, and rolled through. Aftershocks are expected to continue through the first hour, with a second event possible.
Reports continue to come in that the effects were felt in New York, Ohio, North Carolina,Toronto and Martha’s Vineyard as well.
Office buildings across all states were evacuated until further notice. Major damage was reported in Louisa and Henrico Counties.
Flights from JFK and Newark airports have been halted until further notice.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Presidential Drive has reported structural damage, cracks along drive, porch collapse. Several incidents across Louisa Town have been reported, and The Louisa Police Department are currently being deployed to help local residents in the aftermath.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Moss-Nuchols Elementary School has been cleared.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Louisa Middle School - broken water pipes, and other damage. Officials will be on the scene as soon as the children are evacuated.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Structural damage is being reported within Louisa County at both residences and businesses. More to come…
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Rumblings continue to be felt over an hour after the initial event. There is no report of a major event as of 3:21pm.
UPDATE: MINERAL, USA: Possible collapse in Food Lion. County Fire is responding.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: First responders are attending to resident electrical concerns by turning off breakers and asking residents to contact insurance companies for evaluation of damage to structures.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Seven person crash near Jefferson Elementary. Respondents attending.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Aftershock at 3:38pm.
UPDATE: : LOUISA, VA: Dept of Social Services Building, Possible gas leak. Respondent attending.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Possible oil tanker overturned. HazMat Alerted.
UPDATE: Charlottesville, VA: Gas Leak near UVa between Cherry Ave to Roosevelt.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Jefferson HWY School bus crash reported. Medics are on scene. Several patients are being transported to hospitals.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: (From Louisa Chronicle Editor): All reports are beginning to show ALL-CLEAR for all departments. All incidents are being attended to, and any further reports are minimal and being attended to by local authorities.
UPDATE: Cel Phone Towers down in Virginia, Ohio, Canada, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Medics responding to incident at Farmers Market.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Structural damage to several residential properties. Local authorities responding. Minor injuries reported, no fatalities.
UPDATE: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA: Structural damage reported at Laurel Hill Baptist Church.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: All units being called to base or official staging area.
UPDATE: North Anna Power Station is reportedly shut down safely.
Mineral Volunteer Fire Station is currently available as a shelter for Mineral residents who have reported significant property damage.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: A strong aftershock measuring 4.2 on the Richter Scale hit the area at approximately 8:04pm.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: An aftershock measuring 3.4 occured just after 1:00am this morning.
UPDATE: LOUISA, VA: Aftershock measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale occured at 1:07am.
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As the world seems to be mourning the murder of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, I must ask myself why the media, (who, by the way, conspiracy theorists are always alleging is controlled by Jewish elitists), has been targeted as the…
Hurricane Irene has already prompted evacuations in sections of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. A key reason for the evacuations is concern about Irene’s potential storm surge.
A surfer rides a wave, before the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irene, at a beach on the Outer Banks of N.C., on Aug. 24. Mandatory evacuations for residents and visitors were expected to be announced for the following day.
Hamas’ rule in Gaza may face new difficulties, with reports emerging about the group’s potentially dire financial situation and domestic pressure on its sponsors, Iran and Syria.
"In a sign of a cash crunch, the Hamas government in Gaza has failed to pay the July salaries of its 40,000 employees in the civil service and security forces," Reuters reporter Nidal al-Mughrabi wrote in a recent story on the group’s financial woes. “Hamas leaders promised full payments in August, but not all employees received their wages as scheduled on Sunday.”
The financial crisis was sparked by Iran’s reduction - and then suspension - of aid, primarily because the group has not sponsored rallies in favor of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.
But Hamas finds itself caught between a rock and hard place, as Syria’s embarrassing and brutal crackdown on protesters extended to a Palestinian refugee camp near the city of Latakia. Assad’s naval gunships and armed forces pounded the camp, killing an unknown number of residents and forcing more than 10,000 Palestinian refugees to flee. Syria has since been accused of covering up the incident.
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NEW YORK (AP) — In New Brunswick, N.J., a building superintendent opened the door to apartment No. 1076 one balmy Tuesday and discovered an alarming scene: terrorist literature strewn about the table and computer and surveillance equipment set up in the…