Businessman accused of paying two men to murder cameraman 18 months ago

first_img Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo News Follow the news on Dominican Republic Organisation RSF_en News News Jaime Flete García, a businessman based in the northern city of Santiago de los Caballeros, was charged on 12 January with hiring two men to murder Normando García, a cameraman employed by Santiago-based TV station Teleunión, on 9 August 2008. The two alleged hit men, José Amauris Santiago and José Agustín Espinal, were also charged with his murder. “In a country where impunity has often been the rule in cases of violence against the press, the progress that has been made in the investigation into Normando García’s murder is a significant indication of a political and judicial will to enforce the rule of law,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We will follow the trial closely and we hope it will set an example, as Dominican journalists continue to be exposed to serious reprisals, especially when they tackle sensitive stories such as corruption and drug trafficking,” the press freedom organisation added.According to prosecutors, Flete’s motive for killing García stemmed from an incident at Flete’s car dealership in which Flete physically attacked a client in dispute over money and then forced one of his security guards to take responsibility for the assault.García, who worked for the very popular regional programme “Detrás de las Noticias” (Behind the News), produced video footage showing that it was Flete, not the security guard, who assaulted the client. García subsequently appeared in court to testify for the prosecution against Flete and, as a result, was himself attacked by Flete’s security guards at the dealership.After threatening García, Flete allegedly offered him 3 million pesos (55,000 euros) to stop using the videos as evidence against him. It was while he was in prison that he allegedly paid the two men to carry out the murder. Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 Dominican RepublicAmericas February 15, 2017 Find out more to go further January 14, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Businessman accused of paying two men to murder cameraman 18 months ago News Dominican RepublicAmericas June 25, 2015 Find out more (Photo: guasabaraeditor.blogspot.com) Help by sharing this information September 22, 2014 Find out more Receive email alerts Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcastlast_img read more

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How to Demolish History in Ocean City: New Debate on Rules

first_imgOcean City’s Historic District covers an area roughly between Third and Eighth streets, Central and Ocean avenues.When should an owner in Ocean City’s Historic District be allowed to demolish an old home and build new?That’s the subject of a questionnaire mailed to homeowners in the district, and the survey results will be discussed at a public meeting 10 a.m. Saturday (June 11) at the Recreation Center at Eighth Street and Haven Avenue.Ocean City’s first homes and buildings took shape around the prayer meeting area of the Christian resort founded in 1879 — the site now occupied by the Ocean City Tabernacle. The current Historic District surrounds the Tabernacle in an area from Third Street to Eighth Street between Central and Ocean avenues. The district is on both the state and federal Register of Historic Places. It includes a small number of the original Tabernacle Cottages and a larger number of Victorian homes built in the 19th century.But while Ocean City’s Historic Preservation Commission has some oversight of both what can be torn down and what can be designed (if visible from any numbered or named street), property owners do retain rights to rebuild under certain circumstances.. The Commission has proposed a couple of changes to help preserve more historic homes in a slowly dwindling inventory.  The proposed changes are designed to make sure owners make a good-faith effort to preserve or sell historic structures before demolishing them.City Council must approve any change to the ordinance governing the Historic District, and a Council subcommittee sent the questionnaire to homeowners to gauge opinion before taking any action. The questionnaire even asks if property owners believe they should have the right to “opt in” or “opt out” of district regulations — a suggestion seemingly contrary to the very notion of preserving a Historic District.At a meeting last week, Historic Preservation Commission members said they had no prior knowledge that the questionnaire was going out, and they debated sending a letter to homeowners explaining why they are suggesting changes. PRESERVATION COMMISSION CHANGESThe Historic Preservation Commission voted last week not to send a letter to homeowners explaining the suggested changes — partially because it would not reach homeowners in time to influence their input on the survey due June 11.Instead, they will wait for the results of the survey and ask Commission Attorney Mark Stein to address City Council directly with the commission’s questions and concerns.Commission Chairman John Ball said last week that the two changes noted in the questionnaire are part of a much larger revision that includes mechanical and fee changes that have been discussed for several years. The commission would like Stein to urge council to pass the bulk of the revisions, even if it wants to continue to discuss the two demolition issues.Ball had drafted a letter to district homeowners explaining the proposed changes.The letter explained that the intent of extending the notice period from six months to one year is to make sure historic properties are advertised through at least through one summer. Any property slated for potential demolition is required only to post a sign on the property to advertise a sale. A six-month notice period could run late fall through early spring, when signs would be less likely to be noticed.Commissioners said last week that they have always been willing to compromise on the length of the notice period as long as one summer cycle is included.If a property does not sell during the notice period, owners are allowed to request demolition and rebuild to conform to existing zoning code. Much of the Historic District is zoned for duplexes.Ball’s proposed letter also said that the proposed revisions seek to clarify a vague requirement that people applying to have a historic structure demolished must list the property at “fair market value.” He said the language suggested for obtaining two appraisals was derived from the city’s attorney and not from the commission, and he said he wants it to be clear that the requirement applies only to owners seeking demolition.The central premise in the lawsuit referenced in the questionnaire (“Pansini vs. Ocean City”) is that a property should be valued on the basis of its current use (historic home) as opposed to its “highest and best” use (a newly constructed duplex, for instance).The commission’s aim is to prevent owners from placing a property on the market at an artificially high price to prevent it from being sold.Commissioners questioned the inclusion of the “opt-in, opt-out” question on the survey and suggested it will serve only to “inflame” residents who might be led to believe it’s a possibility. (“I just put it in there to see how they felt,” Allegretto said of the question. “I’m not sure if legally we could even do that.”)Inclusion on the state and federal registers would prohibit such a policy. And commissioners compared the idea to allowing property owners to “opt out” of zoning requirements or adhering to other ordinances.Commissioner Jeff Frost said he sympathizes with homeowners faced with Historic District requirements and costs, but he said he doesn’t agree with the notion that owners should be allowed to opt out.“It’s been decided that these houses are special to the whole community,” he said.Commissioner John Loeper said part of living in a Historic District is making some sacrifices in exchange for the pleasure of “walking out your door and looking at a neighborhood that doesn’t change from year to year.”__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebook CITY COUNCIL QUESTIONNAIRECity Council subcommittee members sent out a questionnaire in May to homeowners in the Historic District.The mailing starts as follows:“The Historic Preservation Commission (“HPC”) is requesting City Council to consider two (2) changes to the district, which pertain to the demolition of structures in the Historic District.The subcommittee formed by City Council to review the proposed changes would like to have input from the homeowners in the Historic District regarding these changes.Please indicate if you are in favor of the change or against. If against, please state the reason for your opposition.”It goes on to list the two changes (followed by the “opt in” question):The first change proposed by the HPC is to revise Section 25-1800.10.1(c) to change the “Notice” period from 6 months to one year. This would change the amount of time notice of the proposed demolition must be posted on the property and published pursuant to Section 25-1800.10.1(b), as well as the amount of time a property for which a demolition permit has been denied must be marketed for sale from 6 months to one year.The second change proposed by the HPC is to revise Section 25-1800.10.1(d) to add the following language: “In addition, the owner of said property shall obtain two certified appraisals from a certified licensed appraiser indicating the fair market value of said property, as defined in ‘Pansini Custom Design Associates, LLC et al vs.  the City of Ocean City, 407 NJ Super 137 (App. Div. 2008),’ said appraisals to be filed with the administrative officer either prior to or contemporaneously to the notice period. The fair market value shall be the lower of two appraisals.” This language would require a seller to obtain two appraisals to illustrate market value, submit both reports to the city’s administrative officer, and list property for sale at a price dictated by the lower of two appraisals, before the property could be sold and torn down.Councilman Mike Allegretto — a member of the subcommittee with Council President Tony Wilson and Councilman Antwan McClellan — said that the questionnaire is a simple attempt to “vet the ideas to the public” before making any decisions.“It’s just a start in the process,” he said.But at a public meeting last week, the Historic Preservation Commission discussed three issues with the questionnaire:The correspondence includes no explanation why the Historic Preservation Commission is seeking the changes.The correspondence includes wording that could be perceived as misleading.As a legal impossibility, the “opt in, opt out” question serves no purpose.last_img read more

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Inside the southeast QLD trophy homes set to smash records in 2020

first_img Last sold for: Not disclosed Price guide: $12 million-plus More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago Last sold for: $13.5 million in 2006 HOMES THAT COULD SET A NEW SOUTHEAST QLD PRICE RECORD IN 2020 Price guide: $12.75 million This home at 101 Commodore Dr, Surfers Paradise, is on the market for $12.75m. 9. 46-48 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands Price guide: $20 million Price guide: $12.95 million Last sold for: Not disclosed Price guide: $11.5 millionLast sold for: $2.75 million in 2011 This house at 8 Noosa Pde, Noosa Heads, is on the market for $11.5m.12. 101 Welsby St, New FarmPrice guide: $10 million-plusLast sold for: Undisclosed This property at 101 Welsby Street features a stunning four-bedroom house in New Farm.13. 33B Harbour Rd, HamiltonPrice guide: Offers over $10 millionLast sold for: $11.8 million in 2015 This property at 33B Harbour Rd, Hamilton, is expected to fetch more than $10m.14. 14 Sutherland Ave, AscotPrice guide: $10 million-plusLast sold for: $10.2 million in 2014 This house at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, is expected to sell for more than $10m. Image: CoreLogic.15. 10 Morgan St, AscotPrice guide: $10 million-plusLast sold for: $1.85 million in 2003 (land only) This house at 10 Morgan St, Ascot, is for sale.16. 23 Killara Ave, HamiltonPrice guide: $10 million-plusLast sold for: $1.7 million in 1989 This house at 23 Killara Ave, Hamilton, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.17. 2/56 David Low Way, Sunrise BeachPrice guide: $10 millionLast sold for: $2.8 million in 2016 This house at 2/56 David Low Way, Sunrise Beach, is for sale. (Source: Realestate.com.au) This home at 26 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands, is on the market for $45m. 2. 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach This property at 7-13 King Arthurs Court, Sovereign Islands, is likely to sell for at least $15m. This mansion at 32-36 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters, is for sale. 4. 7-13 King Arthurs Court, Paradise Point Price guide: $15 million-plus This house at 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach, is on the market for $20m. 3. 32-36 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters 1. 26 Knightsbridge Pde East, Paradise Point Last sold for: $5.3 million in 2013 Price guide: $44 million ($30 million USD)center_img Last sold for: $18.48 million in 2017 The infinity edge pool at the house at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point.6. 121 King Arthur Tce, TennysonPrice guide: $15 million-plusLast sold for: Not disclosed Price guide: $15 million Last sold for: $2.25 million in 2013 (land only) Last sold for: $11 million in 2016 Last sold for: $1.976 million in 1996 5. 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point The view of Brisbane’s CBD from 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point.SOUTHEAST Queensland’s housing market could smash through the $30 million ceiling in 2020 with some jawdropping prestige properties set to test sale records. Hot on the heels of the $17.6 million sale of 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, industry sources say a deal is close to being finalised for Brisbane’s most expensive home.Property watchers are unsure whether the clifftop Kangaroo Point property at 1 Leopard St could fetch more than the record $18.48 million it sold for in 2017, but at least five other properties in the southeast have the potential to sell for $20 million or more.Another 10 homes are set to achieve $10 million-plus after agents at the top end of the market reported their best January in years. This cliffside home at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, is close to being sold.On the Gold Coast a newly completed mega mansion in Sovereign Islands is up for grabs, with an eyewatering $44 million price tag.If a buyer snaps it up for that, the sale will surpass the Gold Coast’s record house price, which stands at $27 million.In Sunshine Beach, the home of the founder of Betty’s Burgers is on the market for $20 million, after previously selling for $15.2 million in 2018. This house at 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach, is on the market for $20m.That too would set a new record for the Sunshine Coast region.“The three record sales in Sunshine Beach, from $15 million to $18 million, strongly underpin the market,” Tom Offermann Real Estate agent Eric Seetoo said. “We’re confident a new record will be achieved soon.”Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire said it was possible a new residential sale price record could be achieved in Brisbane this year. Ray White New Farm Principal Matt Lancashire. Photo: Claudia Baxter.“This has been my strongest start to a year,” Mr Lancashire said, referring to the $22 million in sales he racked up in 20 days.“I think $20 million is the new barrier (in Brisbane). That’s the one I’m going to be pushing hard to break and there are a number of properties that could do that.“I’ve literally got a list — my little black book — of 27 purchasers who, should the right property come along, would spend over $10 million.” This house at 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, is on the market and is expected to sell for more than $10m. Image: CoreLogic.Mr Lancashire has just secured the listing for 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, which is set to fetch more than $10 million when it sells.The heritage-listed, six-bedroom residence known as ‘Windermere’ dates from the 1880s and sits on a 4664 sqm block. It has a tennis court, pool and manicured gardens.Mr Lancashire has also been fielding “offers well in excess of $10 million” for a riverfront property at 101 Welsby St, New Farm. The view from the deck on the house at 101 Welsby Street, New Farm.The heritage-listed Queenslander was built in 1892 and occupies a 2127 sqm block over three titles.Owner Tony Dempsey, an architect who has lived in the home for 22 years, said “it needs to be seen to be believed”.“The fact you can have something so close to the city and yet so quiet and peaceful. “It’s really a green, inner-city hideaway. I’m sitting out here on the table looking at the river as we speak and it’s the best office in Brisbane.”Streamline Property Buyers principal Melinda Jennison said many buyers’ agents found last month to be the busiest January in a decade for the Brisbane property market.“Right from the first Saturday in January we have witnessed record numbers of people at open homes, most likely fuelled by the low interest rates, the limited volume of properties available for sale and rising market confidence,” Ms Jennison said.“The Brisbane market seems to be hot and the competition is fierce.” This property at 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, has sold for $17.6m.Alex Phillis of Alex Phillis Real Estate – Paradise Point said the prestige market on the Gold Coast was also heading for a big year.“There’s heaps more confidence around this year than this time last year,” Mr Phillis said.“There are a lot more buyers around from Sydney and Melbourne.“I think they’re getting offers that are too good to refuse, so they’re selling and coming here for the lifestyle change.“They’re all joking that with what they sold for in Sydney and Melbourne, they can buy a mansion here for half the price and use the rest of the money to fund their lifestyle.” The view from the property at 26 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands.Mr Phillis had been the marketing agent for the $44 million mansion at 26 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands.He said an international buyer had made a cash offer of $29 million for the property, but it had fallen through.The home is so luxurious it includes a 1500kg statue of Neptune from Florence, artesian windows worth $40,000 each and hallways lined with marble.Yet many in the industry believe the price tag is unrealistic. This property at 121 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, is expected to fetch at least $15m. 7. 255 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters This property at 255 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, is for sale with a price guide of $12.95m. 8. 101 Commodore Dr, Surfers Paradise This mansion at 46-48 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands, is for sale. 10. 1101/87 Mooloolaba Esp, Mooloolaba Price guide: $12 million Price guide: $15 million-plus This penthouse at 1101/87 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, is for sale for $12m. Check out the view from the bathtub in this penthouse at 1101/87 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba. 11 . 8 Noosa Pde, Noosa Heads Last sold for: $15.2 million in 2018last_img read more

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Brady Effect: Pats Ticket Prices Drop, as Bucs Tix Soar

first_img(New York, NY) — The Tom Brady’s exit from New England is having a big effect on NFL ticket prices. Data from ticket search engine site TicketIQ shows how much fans are willing to pay on the secondary market. The Brady-less New England Patriots saw a 39-percent drop in average cost from 2019, the biggest fall among teams. Conversely, Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw a 135% spike in ticket prices. However, the largest increase goes to the Las Vegas Raiders, who will play their first season in the new city and new stadium. They saw a 527% surge, with the average ticket costing nearly $1100.It is still unknown if there will even be an NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img

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$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf – Quotes and Recap – Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

first_imgWinning trainer Brian Lynch (Oscar Performance) – “Absolutely fantastic. You always hope that it’s in the stars and it’s lovely when they all line up. He’s always been a little bit above the other 2-year-olds and we’ve worked him with the older horses and he sat and waited lovely and kicked it in in his works, so it was nice to see it all come to play today. Jose (Ortiz) got him to cruise down the backside and kicked it in.” Third-place trainer Bill Mott (Good Samaritan) – He (jockey Joel Rosario) said whoever was on the seven nearly clipped heels and he had to take back. He was shuffled back to next to last after sitting mid-pack heading into the turn. It might have been a good effort to finish third. It’s hard to say. I’d like to watch the replay to try and put it all together.” Trained by Brian Lynch and ridden by Jose Ortiz, Oscar Performance covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:33.28. It was the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Lynch and Ortiz and the second for the Amerman Racing Stable, which won the 2003 Distaff with Adoration. BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF QUOTES ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2016) – The Amerman Racing Stables’ Oscar Performance ($15.20) took command at the head of the stretch and went on to win the 10th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) by 1 ¼ lengths over Lancaster Bomber to kick off the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday afternoon at Santa Anita Park.center_img Winning jockey Jose Ortiz (Oscar Performance) – “I had a perfect trip. He broke very alertly. I put myself where I wanted to be, right behind the speed. Approaching the half-mile pole I felt I had a lot horse underneath me, so I just kind of waited until I crossed the quarter pole to unleash him.”Second-place jockey Seamus Heffernan (Lancaster Bomber) – “He didn’t break quite as well as the American horses, but he ran a great race. I think he was as good as the winner, but the winner had a better trip.”Second-place trainer Aidan O’Brien – “I was very pleased with that. He ran a super race and stayed on well at the finish.”Third-place jockey Joel Rosario (Good Samaritan) – “On the first turn, it looked like the horse in front of me clipped heels so I had to take a hold of him and wait a little longer. After all of the (early trouble), he responded very nicely. He’s a good horse.” OSCAR PERFORMANCE WINS BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF Fourth-place jockey Rafael Bejarano (Ticonderoga) – “He was a little wide in the beginning so I took him to the inside to save ground. In the stretch, I took him back to the outside and he was flying.”last_img read more

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