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    R.I. AGs office: 19 contractors charged with failure to comply with orders involving substandard or unfinished construction work – newportri.com - February 26, 2020 by admin

    Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced today that seven contractors are facing felony charges and 10 more were arraigned on misdemeanor charges in Providence District Court for failing to comply with a final order from the Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board (CLRB). Two additional contractors reached agreements with CLRB as a result of this effort.

    The charges here are serious; were not talking about cases where folks are dissatisfied with their paint color. These are hardworking Rhode Islanders who paid a lot of money for contractors to make improvements to their homes and were left high and dry, said Neronha in a statement. The defendants were given multiple opportunities to resolve their situations. Some took advantage of that opportunity. Others didnt. Those who didnt will now be held accountable, and this Office will pursue restitution to the homeowners and any fines owed.

    All contractors in the state are required to register with the CLRB, a part of the Department of Business Regulation (DBR). When a complaint is filed against a contractor, the board determines whether the contractor is properly licensed with CLRB and whether the contractor performed work according to industry standards. Final orders are entered only after every effort is made to reach a resolution between the contractor and the complainant. Failure to comply can be prosecuted as a felony in Rhode Island if the amount of the money judgement combined with the CLRB fines is over $5,000, per the final order. Cases involving less than $5,000 constitute misdemeanors.

    The CRLB works hard to ensure that homeowners who have suffered damages as a result of negligent work performed by contractors receive some form of justice. I am confident that these recent prosecutionsa direct result of interagency cooperation between our department and the Attorney Generals Officewill serve as a powerful deterrent to any contractors who believe they will not be held accountable for wronging Rhode Island homeowners, said Liz Tanner, director, DBR, in a statement.

    The defendants charged yesterday with a felony violation are:

    Paul Arruda, Paul Arruda Corporation

    Defendant did not pay a sub-contractor, despite being paid himself in full by the homeowner. The homeowner has a lien on his home as a result.

    Kevin Chaisty, KSC Construction

    Homeowner contracted with KSC to remove and replace siding. Homeowner paid $8000 to the defendant, who failed to start the work on time. He still has not returned the deposit, despite his assurances that he would.

    Felony warrants have been issued for:

    Anthony Arena, Northwest Construction and Maintenance

    After entering into a contractual agreement to perform work on the homeowners basement, the defendant cashed the checks provided by the homeowner and did not perform any of the work. The amount totaled over $10,000.00.

    Robert Darling, Saintz Construction Co.

    Homeowner paid nearly $30,000 and the defendant did not complete the project or return any funds. The work performed was not up to industry standards.

    Rodolfo Hernandez, Statewide Construction Company

    Defendant failed to complete any of the contracted work. The homeowner suffered $40,000 in damages and became homeless as a result.

    Jose Jimenez, J&J Landscaping

    Homeowner and J&J entered into a contract to replace existing driveway. The work performed would not meet industry standards and the company willfully failed to complete the project.

    Richard Wilson, Custom Quality Home Services

    Homeowner contracted with defendants company to construct an exterior fence. After the homeowner paid $15,000, the defendant failed to perform any work.

    Eight contractors were arraigned on Feb. 19 on misdemeanor charges:

    Nicholas Chamberlain, CAS Drywall

    Ana Paulino Contreras, Paulino Construction

    John Cronin Cronin Construction

    Joshua Cruz, Eden Improvements

    Joshua Gomes Building Concepts

    Derek Penta Capital Home Improvements

    Jose Reis J Reis Painting

    Luis Rodrigues Lincoln Construction

    Two contractors were arrested yesterday on bench warrants for failing to appear in court on February 19 for misdemeanor violations:

    Zachary Brown, ZD Brown Construction

    Joseph Grilo, A Touch of Class

    Richard Bourque, Jr., Richard Bourque Enterprises, is scheduled to appear for arraignment on Feb. 26. There is a remaining warrant out for James Porter, J. Porter Concrete & Stone.

    Im thankful for the work of our investigative team and to DBR for their partnership in this enforcement effort, Neronha said in a statement. Like any business in our state, contractors need to play by the rules. When they dont, we will take action on behalf of Rhode Island consumers.

    Assistant Attorney General Meghan McDonough and Investigator John Rabbitt investigated and prosecuted these cases on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General. The cases were referred to the Office of the Attorney General by the Department of Business Regulation.

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    Get Inspired at the Home & Gourmet Expo on Feb. 22 & 23 in Paso Robles Paso Robles Press – Paso Robles Press - February 26, 2020 by admin

    The Inspired Home, Garden, and Gourmet Expo of Paso Robles will be gathering local businesses in SLO County for an inspirational two-day event Feb. 22 and 23.

    Over the last three years, the legislature has passed many housing measures including reforms designed to prioritize quality jobs, transportation and affordable housing to fight income inequality. The workers building our homes are essential in reducing income inequality and Inspired Expo aims to support these workers and their families. This year, hundreds of local home improvement businesses will exhibit at the show Feb. 22nd and 23 at the Paso Robles Event Center as they showcase the positive influence their industry has been making on SLO Countys economy these past few years.

    Local homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their home project budget without cutting corners or sacrificing quality. The Inspired Expo can help them do just that, by delivering more than 100 home improvement vendors to the Paso Robles Event Center over two days in February.

    Instead of driving from one end of town to another, hours of DIY research, and visits to showrooms, homeowners can visit the Inspired Expo to meet every professional on their list including general contractors, landscapers, painting contractors, landscape designers and experts in flooring, kitchen and bath, cabinets, counter tops, tile, granite, appliances, solar energy, synthetic turf, HVAC, garage doors, windows, furniture, mattresses, and much more all from around San Luis Obispo County.

    Local wineries will be hosting $5 wine tastings with all proceeds benefiting The Wellness Kitchen & Resource Center, a Templeton-based nonprofit that provides restorative nutrient-rich food, education, and resources to individuals with critical or chronic conditions.

    This two-day event also includes gourmet food tasting, SLO Countys Best Chef Showdown, and hundreds of home improvement exhibitors.

    EnjoySLO will be hosting the SLO County Best Chef Showdown at the Inspired Expos, which will gather four of SLO Countys best chefs in a head-to-head competition. Three industry professionals will be judging in a blind setting. The winner receives the title of Chef Showdown Champion and will claim a $1,000 cash prize!

    The Peoples Choice winner will receive a gorgeous hand-forged gyuto knife made by Bruno Medieros of Medieros Knives. The competition begins at 12 p.m. and the last two standing chefs will compete with a mystery box starting at 2 p.m. Winners will be announced Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

    The community is encouraged to visit this inspirational two-day event at the Paso Robles Event Center on Feb. 22nd and 23. Admission and parking are free.

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    Megan Boswell claims her mother took Evelyn to Mendota, Va., has since told authorities where to find missing toddler – 8News - February 26, 2020 by admin

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    Outer Banks icon getting an off-season face lift ahead of its 145th birthday – OBXToday.com - February 26, 2020 by admin

    A crew from ICC Commonwealth working on the roof and lens room exterior of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla in Feburary 2020. [photo courtesy Meghan Agresto]

    The iconic Currituck Beach Light Station, which celebrates the 145th anniversary of the beacons lighting on December 1, is in the process of receiving an off-season face lift.

    Part of the roof at the top of the 162-foot tall tower is currently being repaired by the same company that moved the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in 1999.

    International Chimney, which is now known as ICC Commonwealth, will have two people working here for about a month to disassemble the lighthouse roof cornice, said Light Station site manager Meghan Agresto.

    The cornice is the ornamental molding hanging along the bottom edge of the roof of the lens room, which houses the original first order Fresnel lens that shines a beam of light for three seconds that can be spotted up to 18 miles away.

    They are also working a bit on the lantern glass, making sure no disparate metal is touching in the frame around the lantern glass, Agresto said. And they will be sealing and painting the lower cast iron belt courses.

    The cornice pieces will then be recast and put back into place later this spring.

    Back at ground level, local contractors The Martin Boys are removing rotted wood from both the Keepers House and the Little Keepers House.

    They replaced part of the front decking of the Little Keepers House and all of the decking of the southwest porch on the Keepers House, along with some girders, Agresto said.

    The Martin Boys also have used some of the wood siding left over the renovations of the buildings in the 1980s that had been stored under the the porch of the Little Keepers House to replace siding and construct four new window sills.

    Interestingly enough, it turns out that the weight/rope sash system that existed in the Keepers House still exists, Agresto said.

    The Currituck Beach Light Station is owned by Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc., which began restoring the site in 1980 after it had been abandoned by the Coast Guard four decades earlier.

    The last brick-and-mortar lighthouse built in North Carolina, which contains one million bricks and weight 9 million pounds, will reopen to the public for the climbing season on March 14.

    More information can be found at the Currituck Beach Light Station official website and Facebook page.

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    Robotic hard hat: automation does the tedious survey work at construction sites – The Boston Globe - February 26, 2020 by admin

    Oliver can also handle another dull task: spray-painting lines on the ground as it rolls along, to indicate the exact placement of walls, water pipes or wiring. With its autonomous guidance system, the robot can independently scan or tag a construction site without human assistance, perhaps at night when itll have the place to itself.

    RCML designed Oliver in partnership with Beverly-based Windover Construction. Both companies were assisted by Autodesk, which makes 3-D design software for the construction industry and runs a technology center in the Seaport District where architects and construction companies can learn and develop new building techniques.

    At Autodesk, RCML chief executive Lana Graf encountered engineers from Windover working on new construction techniques. From them she learned of the need for a cheaper, more efficient way to run 3-D scans.

    "They would not have found each other if they hadnt both been here, said Rick Rundell, who runs Autodesks technology centers.

    These days, architects build virtual structures inside a computer long before construction workers break ground. Autodesk makes software that can simulate every detail of a building, down to the placement of light switches and sprinkler nozzles.

    But construction workers are only human; how to make sure that sprinkler nozzle is the right location, that corner angle is set to just the right degree? Since the 1990s, contractors have been using laser scanners to generate 3-D images of the building as they erect it. These images of the real building can be overlaid on the architects virtual building to identify discrepancies before they throw the whole thing out of whack.

    Its measureable and accurate up to one millimeter, said Scott Diaz, director of business development for the construction industry at FARO Technologies, a Florida company that makes the 3-D laser scanner used by Oliver. "Youre now able to bring the real world onto your desktop.

    Such scans must be done regularly, floor by floor, to catch errors before they get out of hand. Thats where Oliver comes in. Its named for MIT graduate Oliver Smoot, who in a famous stunt in 1958 laid his body end-over-end across the Massachusetts Avenue bridge to measure the length of the river crossing in "Smoots.

    Oliver features a laser scanner mounted about 5 feet high that can rotate 360 degrees. At the front and rear of the robot, LIDAR detectors use a separate laser system to detect landmarks and avoid obstacles, so Oliver can find its own way through the area. The robot stops and scans multiple locations, storing the captured data in the same kind of SD memory card used in digital cameras.

    Its scanner beams millions of laser dots and the reflected light builds out a 3-D map. It can also repeat the process using a digital camera that records the color of every object for additional realism. When loaded into a computer, the result is an almost photo-like image of the mapped area, that can be compared with the digital blueprints.

    Once programmed, Oliver can navigate the construction site on its own, running its scans at night when workers are off duty and having them ready for architects the next morning. With its large rubber tires, Oliver can climb stairs or a ramp, so it can scan multiple floors.

    In addition, Olivers chassis contains room for a can of paint, and a spray nozzle. Guided by its map of the area, the robot can show workers where to install walls, doorways, cables, and ducts. The prototype holds just one can of paint, but future versions could carry multiple colors - perhaps white for walls, black for doorways, red for electric wires, and blue for water pipes.

    Spawned by graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, RCML makes software that lets robots from different manufacturers work with each other. For instance, its software helps manage robots on the assembly lines of carmaker Tesla. But RCML also creates robotic hardware, such as a machine for stacking donut baskets that they designed for fast food chain Dunkin Donuts.

    Graf has come to believe that theres huge potential in putting robots to work in the building trades. I was literally seeing so many inefficiencies in the construction industry, she said. "We would like to reduce waste out of construction, and we would like to make it eco-friendly.

    Windover vice president Amr Raafat does not expect that Oliver will eliminate jobs. Instead the robot will free up highly-paid technical staff, who have plenty of other work to do.

    For now, Oliver is just a prototype thats been tested at three Windover construction sites. But Graf hopes to make such robots a common sight on building projects worldwide. Others have had the same idea. One of the Boston areas best known robot makers. Boston Dynamics, which has generated worldwide attention with its four-legged Spot robots, is working with FARO to develop a walking laser scanner that could scamper around a construction site like a Labrador retriever.

    Hiawatha Bray can be reached at hiawatha.bray@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeTechLab.

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    Recruiting Teens for Future Jobs in Construction – EC&M - February 26, 2020 by admin

    Fifty-three percent of skilled trade workers are over the age of 46, according to ConstructReach, a construction industry workforce development company. With the skilled labor shortage looming in the construction industry, the company is taking action.

    The problem hovers over the entire industry, and all within the industry are feeling the impact one way or another, says Paul Robinson, founder and chief executive officer of ConstructReach. The success of the industrys stability depends on those working within the industry to continue to raise awareness of the opportunities and re-posture the industry so that its attracting great candidates. This innovative approach introduces construction in a new light.

    For example, ConstructReach recently launched the new I Built This! initiative to expand awareness of employment opportunities in the construction industry. As part of the program, the company will embark on a four-city tour to engage high school students aged 16 to 18 years old in renovating and rebuilding projects.

    The teenagers are a part of the next generation, Robinson says. It provides us the opportunity to provide insight to the opportunities that exist so that they can be equipped to make informed decisions about whats next and how to integrate their unique innate gifts with their interests into a futurecareer.

    In the selected citiesLos Angeles, St. Louis, Miami, and Denvergeneral contractors will involve the teenagers in hands-on activities like painting, wall framing and helping with fixtures and flooring.

    These markets have growth within the cities that has created an increased demand for construction in addition to them also having emerging and/or developed CTE programsthat encompass construction curriculum, Robinson says.

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    ConstructReach selected major markets that coincided with Targets upcoming new store and remodel schedule. The company can then provide a behind-the-scenes view of the various components that work together within the construction of a store. During the program, the students will learn about various career pathways. While its an informative experience, it also offers culture and inspiration, which makes for a lasting impression, Robinson says.

    When fun is coupled with knowledge and those they can see themselves in in real-world successful positions, it makes for a powerful event, Robinson says.

    Through the I Built This! initiative, ConstructReach also aims to one day increase diversity in the construction workforce. Currently, only 9.1% ofconstructionworkers are women, only 5.8% are African American, and only 1.9% are Asian, according to ConstructReach.

    We can increase diversity through representation and examples, Robinson says. When students see themselves represented in construction professions through this event, they get a chance to envision themselves in the industry.

    The program also gives the teenage participants the opportunity to not only learn about construction, but also the ability to secure a possible future internship.

    One of the cool aspects is that our industry partners that participate in the event get a chance to engage with the students for future opportunities, Robinson says. Post-event, we maintain relationships with the schools that allows us to identify future talent for the industry.

    Fischbach is a freelance writer based in Overland Park, Kan. She can be reached atamyfischbach@gmail.com.

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    These Impressive Before-and-After Photos Will Make You Want to Buy a Fixer-Upper – BobVila.com - February 26, 2020 by admin

    Your house may still be rough around the edges, but with vision, willpower, and sweat equity, you can transform that fixer-upper into the house of your dreams. Fortunately, thanks to the internet, inspiration is always right at your fingertips, in the photos and narratives of bloggers and homeowners across the country who have taken drab or dated spaces and turned them into something truly special.

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    Why sustainable construction and architecture are good for business – CSO Magazine – The Global CSR & Sustainability Platform - February 26, 2020 by admin

    Global businesses are increasingly focusing on sustainability. Contributing 39% of global carbon emissions, there is particular pressure on the construction industry as well as those in architecture and design. Along with preserving our natural resources, the success of companies within these sectors will progressively rely on their continuing to search for more eco-friendly solutions in 2020 and throughout the decade ahead.

    New technology and production processes are improving the green credentials of materials used for a variety of design projects, and alternative approaches to sustainability such as offsite production, retrofitting and refurbishing are becoming more widely used in these sectors.

    Sustainable design and manufacturing are equally important for the companies who supply these services as well as those who employ them. Whether for office refurbishments or new buildings, businesses should seek out eco-conscious architects, designers, and contractors to help deliver workplaces which benefit their staff, their reputation and the environment.

    Here are three reasons why creating a sustainably-built environment is essential and why businesses should take a green approach to their design needs:

    Environmental protection

    The most important reason architecture, design and construction companies should become more sustainable is the benefits to the environment. 17% of Canadas greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) come from commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Therefore, changes in how these sectors operate can help make the country a cleaner and healthier place.

    New decoration technologies also contribute to a concerted effort to protect the environment. One such example comes from premium Sintered Stone brand Neoliths HYDRO-NDD 2.0, which uses water-based inks rather than solvent reliant variations to reduce CO2 emissions. Another is Neoliths partnership with PURETi, a leading manufacturer of water-based photocatalytic preventative maintenance solutions, which offers architects and designers a sustainable surface treatment for exterior faadesespecially useful for commercial buildings and skyscrapers in busy cities.

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    Additionally, materials made of natural components can be recycled, minimising the amount of waste going to landfills. Building a circular economy into construction projects from the design stage can maximise re-use of components and reduces embodied carbon through a buildings whole lifecycle.

    Offsite rather than onsite construction also reduces the amount of energy used, minimises waste and extends the lifespan of materials. Rather than demolishing existing building stock, retrofitting and refurbishing should always be considered first, as they create more energy efficient, high-performance buildings which cost less to operate, increase in value and are aesthetically pleasing.

    Industry leaders

    Designing and building sustainably benefits the companies who offer these services as well. Working towards protecting the environment helps build and maintain a good reputation, painting them as leaders in their respective industries and demonstrating their dedication to CSR.

    Being seen as a visionary is also likely to contribute to financial growth and lift morale internally among team members. Leadership comes from the top down, so when employees are part of a forward-thinking industry, they feel encouraged to do their best work.

    Good for business

    Becoming more sustainable benefits all, particularly the businesses employing construction and design companies for their projects.

    Ultimately, working with architectural practices and contractors with certified green credentials, as well as specifying eco-friendly materials, results in a healthier working environment for employees. It also helps create a positive brand image from the inside out.

    A sustainable approach doesnt necessarily require dramatic action. From the significant design aspects of a modest-sized office to large commercial construction, all actions a business takes are steps in the right direction.

    Mar Esteve Cortes is the director of Neolith, a market-leading brand of Sintered Stone headquartered in Castelln, Spain, and with offices around the world. The 100% natural, pioneering product can be specified for the most demanding interior and exterior building projects; combining high-definition detailed decoration with high-performance qualities, Neolith offers the triple reassurance of strength, beauty and longevity.

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    From Bad to Worse – Salt Lake City Weekly - February 26, 2020 by admin

    From Bad to WorseA well-meaning neighbor's attempt to save his friend from a dog attack went south on Feb. 5 in Adams, Mass. Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington told the Associated Press the neighbor heard yelling shortly after noon and discovered his friend being attacked by his own dog and his girlfriend's dog. The good Samaritan returned to his apartment, got the crossbow he used for hunting and fired it up a stairwell at one of the dogs. But the bolt glanced off the dog and went through the door into the apartment where it struck and killed the victim. Harrington said the dogs had a history of aggression and were usually kept in separate kennels. She described the man as "very distraught" and did not expect criminal charges to be filed. Officers responding to the scene shot both dogs.

    PrespectiveJuan Zamora, 63, of Kissimmee, Fla., needed directions on Feb. 8 and flashed his headlights at a Marion County Sheriff's squad car to ask for help, the Ocala Star-Banner reported. Deputy Calvin Batts obliged, but during the conversation, he noticed Zamora smelled like alcohol and was unsteady on his feet, according to the arrest report. Zamora then resisted Batts' request to take a breath test, saying, "You didn't pull me over. I pulled you over," and told the officer he is "legally disabled," which would account for his instability. However, it wouldn't explain the bag of white powder found in Zamora's shirt pocket, which field-tested positive for cocaine, according to the report. Batts also reported finding a two-thirds-full bottle of Canadian whiskey and a 15-year-old passenger in the vehicle. Zamora was arrested and charged with DUI and possession of cocaine.

    Police ReportShareeka Strawn, 28, must have panicked when the car she was riding in was pulled over by police in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Jan. 15 for a minor traffic violation. According to the probable cause affidavit, Strawn, who had several outstanding warrants, identified herself as Porshala Strawn, but was apparently unaware that a records check revealed Porshala also had an outstanding warrant. The Times Record News reported Shareeka was arrested and is facing a number of charges, including allegedly giving a false name.

    What's in a Name?A former employee of a finance firm is behind bars in Macon County, Tenn., after allegedly stealing $51,000 in customer loan payments, WATE reported. Serena Swindle, 41, was arrested on Feb. 5 after a yearlong investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. She was held on $3,500 bond at the Macon County Jail.

    Bright IdeaRyan Sentelle State, 37, has been arrested in Salt Lake City after police said he admitted using mice and hamsters to get free hotel rooms. KUTV Channel 2 reported on Jan. 30 that authorities allege State would release the rodents in a hotel room, then complain about them, prompting hotel workers to offer the room for free. State faces charges of theft by deception and criminal mischief.

    Chutzpah!On Dec. 19, five prisoners in Belgium's Turnhout Prison escaped by climbing over a wall and jumping into a getaway car waiting nearby, Newsweek reported. Four of the men were captured within a few weeks, but officials failed to track down Oualid Sekkaki, 26, who was serving time for drug possession. Sekkaki added insult to injury when a letter arrived at the prison on Jan. 20. Inside was Sekkaki's prison badge and a card saying "Greetings from Thailand." Sekkaki, who hails from an infamous Moroccan prison-escaping family, is still at large.

    Awesome!Residents of an apartment building in Kerala, India, were surprised on Feb. 3 when a pungent mixture of beer, brandy and rum began flowing from their faucets instead of water. Officials told the BBC that about 6,000 liters of alcohol confiscated on court orders had been buried in a pit nearby, but it seeped through the soil into the well used as a water source for the building. "The children couldn't go to school, and even their parents couldn't go to work," Joshy Malyiekkal, the building owner, said.

    Sweet RevengeHousepainter Dean Reeves of Bolsover, England, came to a slow realization that his client, Terry Taylor, was never going to pay him the rest of what he says he is owed for painting Taylor's building. So in January, Reeves took his complaint public and painted a graffiti message on the building's exterior: "Want your house painting? Don't be like Terry. Pay the bill! Now you will!" According to Oddity Central, Reeves said Taylor "changed the job, kept asking me to do extra work. ... He kept saying, 'I'll pay you tomorrow,' but tomorrow never came." For his part, Taylor denies Reeves' accusations and is threatening to press criminal charges.

    Government in ActionThe Washington, D.C., Metro has spent five years and $3.8 million building two still-unfinished bike racks at two of its stations, WJLA reported on Feb. 12. The original budget for the two covered racks, which each will house 92 bikes, was $600,000 apiece. "Quality control issues with contractors can take time to sort out," the Metro said in a statement, "but Metro determined it was important to get the project done right rather than get it done quickly." It hopes the projects, first set to be completed in December of 2015, will be finished in the next few months.

    Giovanni Palmiero, 101, has been living in the United Kingdom since 1966, so logically, he applied to remain there after Brexit. Alarmingly, the Home Office demanded that Palmiero's parents confirm his identity and accompany him to an office in north London to make his application. Dimitri Scarlato, a volunteer helping Palmiero, immediately realized the computer had read his birth year as 2019 instead of 1919. "I phoned the Home Office and it took two calls and a half an hour for them to understand," Scarlato told The Guardian. Palmiero has been married to his 92-year-old wife, Lucia, for 75 years. They will be able to remain in the U.K.

    CleverAn unnamed 47-year-old Italian woman convicted of fraud in 2017 in Sicily has been on the run since then, The Guardian reported, eluding authorities by hiding in convents. The woman moved to the northern regions of Italy and phoned convents pretending to be a sister "looking for help and claiming she was severely ill," investigators said. As she moved from convent to convent, she changed her identity, duping nuns who trusted her and thought her to be kind. Finally, a Benedictine nun grew suspicious and phoned police, telling them her stories were "full of contradictions." Authorities verified her identity and arrested her. She now faces further charges of claiming false identity.

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