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Euchre party for HIAFE »

The Head Injury Association of Fort Erie will host its 7th Annual Progressive Euchre Tournament at the Black Creek Community Centre on Saturday, April 30.

Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. sharp. Cost is $15 per player and includes cash prizes (first to worst), door prizes, raffles, draws and refreshments.

Everyone is welcome. All proceeds go to support people and families affected by traumatic brain injury. Register early by calling 905-871-7789.

Driver dies in fiery car crash »

A 46-year-old Fort Erie man is dead following a fiery crash on Ridge Road north of Garrison Road early Monday morning.

Police say the man was driving a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire and failed to negotiate a curve and lost control, crashed into a garage and caught fire around 1:30 a.m.

Fire fighters extinguished the flames within 20 minutes. The car and garage were destroyed in the fire.

Police and the Fire Marshal continue to investigate.

Niagara Regional Police will not release his name.

Berry recall prompts vaccination advisory »

n-NATURES-TOUCH-FROZEN-BERRY-RECALL-large570Anyone who ate a brand of frozen berries called “Nature’s Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend” from Costco in the last two weeks should get a hepatitis A vaccination as soon as possible.

The advisory was issued this afternoon by Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams.

This advisory applies to any of this product that was purchased from any Costco location in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador between December 11, 2015, and April 15, 2016. continued . . .

Possibly 14% of global wealth is hidden »

Financial data exposed in the leak of documents from a Panama law firm is only a glimpse of the scope of cash that is hoarded and hidden to avoid taxes and facilitate crime and political corruption.

Mossack Fonseca and Co., the firm at the heart of the Panama Papers revelations, was only the world’s fourth largest provider of offshore services handling the affairs of 214,000 shell companies.

Estimates for the total global amount stashed range from nearly $8 trillion to $32 trillion or up to 14% of the privately-held wealth of the world.

The World Bank in 2013 estimated the global world product — a measure of all the goods and services produced in one year — at $75 trillion.

More: Panama Papers only a glimpse into ‘astonishing’ wealth stashed offshore – World – CBC News

April Snowbelt »

April 5 modis

A white band shows the areas in the Great Lakes region most heavily hit by snow earlier this week in this satellite image taken around noon today. Picture is from NOAA.

Iceland’s PM first casualty of Panama Papers »

The prime minister of Iceland resigned after coming under increasing pressure over his use of an offshore company featured in the massive Panama Papers leaks.

Source: Panama Papers: Iceland PM Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson resigns – BBC News

Global cash-hiding exposed in Panama Papers »

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Millions of documents from a Panamanian law firm expose how politicians, criminals and others use shell companies to hide their cash.

From minimizing tax exposure to enabling global drug and weapons trade, if money needed to be hidden, the law firm of Mossack Fonseca was there.

A consortium of more than 300 journalists and 100 news organizations sifted through terrabytes of data to shine light on the dark world of global money laundering and shady financial dealings.

Follow the link to the website of The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to learn more.

Source: The Panama Papers · ICIJ

Province to allow ranked ballots in local elections »

05ff0b6f798b306682a8954c7ed0aa2dThe province has introduced legislation to give municipalities the option to use ranked ballots to determine election results in which candidates don’t get a majority of votes.

Under the system, if no candidate receives 50 per cent plus one of the vote, the last place candidate is dropped and ranked votes distributed among the rest, and so on until a a winner is declared.

Source: Newsroom : Ontario to Introduce Ranked Ballot Option for Municipal Elections

Prairie dogs murder baby squirrels »

Grass-eating prairie dogs have been found to stalk, capture and ruthlessly murder baby squirrels to eliminate competition for food for their offspring.

 

Source: Prairie Dogs Are Serial Killers That Murder Their Competition

Pakistan bomb kills 41 at park »

An explosion near children’s rides at a park in Pakistan city Sunday killed at least 41 people and injured nearly 100 more.

Source: Pakistan bomb blast kills at least 44, injures 91 at park | Toronto Star