Germany expected to deny asylum to thousands

first_imgGermany will send back more migrants in 2016 than in any year since 2003, according to Der Spiegel.The number of people whose requests for international protection in Germany will be rejected by the end of the year is expected to reach 26,500, up from nearly 21,000 the year before.According to a police report cited by the newspaper, three quarters of those who had been denied asylum and will be returned to their countries are from Balkan states. A total of 14, 529 people from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will be deported. Among those who failed to obtain asylum in Germany this year are also more than 400 Syrians, more than twice as many as in 2015, the report said.German authorities have also said they will expel more than 12,000 Afghans after they failed to obtain asylum, the Osnabrücker Neue Zeitung reported Thursday. Nearly 200 are expected to be resettled in other EU countries or third countries before the end of the year.last_img read more

Read More »

Mary Barbara Fallwell Huff

first_imgMary Barbara Fallwell Huff, 81, of Sour Lake, formerly of McCall Creek, Mississippi, and Nederland, Texas, died Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. She was born in Port Arthur, Texas, on June 28, 1935, to Ida Jander Fallwell and Frances Roland Fallwell.Barbara was a woman of many talents. She loved to dance, sing, and especially loved the outdoors. She was creative and adventurous, which made her a perfect Cub Scout Den Mother and Camp Fire Leader, but more importantly an excellent Mom to five stair-stepped children.  Her home was always “dressed” for the season and everyone was welcome. She was a natural leader that was always ready to lend a hand to any project.  She loved to paint, explore the beach, and shop for that “perfect deal”. She planned the most competitive scavenger hunts and served the most delicious meals. She was an author, publisher, poet, and philosopher that is leaving her family and friends with an immeasurable fortune. Survivors include her sons, Stephen R. Huff of McCall Creek, MS; Mark R. Huff and his wife, Nell, and David W. Huff, all of Beaumont; daughter, Margaret Huff Ronquille and her husband, David, of Sour Lake; son, John P. Huff and his wife, Shel, of Beaumont; fourteen grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.She is preceded in death by her adored husband of 45 years, Lynas A. Huff; her beloved sister, Julia Fallwell Robbins; and loving grandson, William A. Huff. A Rosary for Mrs. Huff will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 225 West Barkley, Sour Lake. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Friday, August 26, 2016, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Sour Lake. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Friday, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Palestine. Her cremation arrangements were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.center_img Complete and updated information may be found at: broussards1889.com.last_img read more

Read More »

Renters with a heart: Children with disabilities are offered free holidays throughout our beautiful country

first_imgA great tourist story that definitely restores faith in people. Namely, the group “Renters with a heart” was founded on Facebook, in which members give their accommodation free of charge to families of children with disabilities.The story began when Vjera Matulić from Postira on Brač founded a FB group with the aim of encouraging private accommodation renters across Croatia to offer their apartments for free to children with developmental problems for a few days, and in just a few days the group gathered over 2.000 members.The main goal of the group is to motivate the hosts in the family accommodation to set aside a few days to help children with developmental problems. “A few days in the summer we can all do it, no one will be impoverished, and we can afford a moment of peace and rest from worries for a needy family with sick children. The only rule is tolerance and a peaceful agreement, belittling anyone, will not be tolerated. Let’s show and prove that not everything is in sholds ” writes in the description of the group Renters with a heart.Each of the hosts in the family accommodation has a hole of a few days in the season, and we hereby invite you to join this commendable action to provide free accommodation to families with children with disabilities and provide them with free holidays.It costs you nothing, and you get a lot. Rather, not in money, but in love, and that is the most valuable thing. Good always comes back to good.You can join the Landlord Group with a heart herelast_img read more

Read More »

Judgment casts spotlight on ‘sale and rent back’

first_imgThe Supreme Court has expressed ‘great sympathy’ for former homeowners who may have been victims of ‘unprofessional and dishonest behaviour’ by solicitors appointed to act for them in sale-and-rent-back transactions.On Tuesday the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed an appeal in Scott (appellant) v Southern Pacific Mortgages Limited (respondents) [2014] UKSC 52. This was one of 10 test cases in which homeowners were persuaded to sell their properties to buyers who promised them the right to remain in their homes as tenants for an extended period after the sale.The buyers bought the homes with the assistance of mortgages from lenders who were not given notice of the promises made to the homeowners.Criminal charges are pending. The original owners and lenders, said Lord Collins, may have been victims of fraud. Some of the solicitors involved in the transactions, he noted, were subsequently the subject of disciplinary proceedings. He said: ‘[The former homeowners] may have claims against the Solicitors’ Compensation Fund, but the fact remains that they may lose their homes if they do not succeed on this appeal.’The purchasers/mortgagors were nominees for an entity called North East Property Buyers (NEPB). In each case the purchaser applied for a loan from one of the lenders. The application form disclosed that the property was being purchased on a ‘buy to let’ basis and that the tenancies granted would be assured shorthold tenancies of six months’ duration. Contract exchange and completion, and execution of the mortgage, took place on the same day.Neither the rights of occupation promised by the purchasers to the vendors, nor the tenancies granted by the purchasers were permitted by the lenders’ mortgages. When the purchasers defaulted on their mortgage payments, the lenders sought possession of the homes, which the tenants fought in the High Court in 2010 and in the Court of Appeal in 2012.The Supreme Court was asked to consider, in Scott, whether the appellant had interests whose priority was protected by virtue of section 29(2)(a)(ii) of, and schedule 3, paragraph 2 to, the Land Registration Act 2002.The five judges agreed that the purchaser was not in a position at the date of exchange, or any time up until completion, to confer equitable proprietary rights on the vendors, as opposed to personal rights only. The judges were divided over the secondary question of whether the contract should be seen as an indivisible transaction with the conveyance and the mortgage.  In addressing the second issue, Lord Collins said: ‘[It is important] to emphasise that the scheme in the present case could not have worked if the solicitors for the vendors and the solicitors for the purchasers/lenders had complied with their professional obligations and proper and normal conveyancing practice.’Paul Heeley, partner at TLT, which acted for lender Southern Pacific, warned solicitors involved in sale-and-rent-back schemes to be very careful when giving advice to lender clients.‘Solicitors are under pressure to get transactions through quickly…but they have to balance [competing interests] in a way that is upfront and honest,’ he said.The court noted that there are about 90 other cases in Newcastle involving NEPB and some 20 different lenders, ’but also many other cases in other parts of England involving similar schemes’.Said Heeley: ’Some of these cases will involve court proceedings that have been put on hold. Many other cases have arisen but proceedings have not started.’last_img read more

Read More »