Archiv für Juli 2011

Squat Wars

Squat Wars is new short documentary. At twenty-seven minutes is devoted to the history of squatting in Prague (Czech Republic). More in detail in the memories of people / ek and archive material presented Milada Zenklovku and Ladronka.

Language:Czech Subtitle:English,Russian

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Agencies partner to help Mill Bay squatter

Nervous neighbours asked Shawnigan Lake RCMP to visit a man believed to be squatting on the beach in Mill Bay recently.

The man had a carefully hidden lean-to in the bush off Mill Bay Road one kilometre south of the Malahat First Nation offices.

„We had received a couple of calls from folks advising this person made them feel uneasy,“ Shawnigan Lake RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rob Webb said.


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) yesterday dismantled illegal power connections at more than 300 homes in five squatter colonies.

“The occupants are stealing electricity,” SESB central zone manager Yuzrian Efren Yunus told reporters after leading a crackdown on power theft in Kg Lokub, Kg Gantisan, Kg Suang Parai, Kg Padas and Kg Ratau along Jalan Sulaman near here yesterday.

He said this was the 10th operation conducted at the same squatter colonies so far this year.

“We seized between 50kg and 100 kg of an assortment of cables used in the power theft in these squatter colonies,” said Yuzrian.

He said also SESB incurred losses amounting to RM4 million annually due to power theft, particularly in Kota Kinabalu and four other major districts namely Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Sandakan.

To a question, Yuzrian said SESB had conducted 144 operations to remove illegal power connections in the five districts from January until June this year.

And according to him, power theft by irresponsible individuals caused constant blackouts which affected businessses and caused inconvenience to other power users.

Yuzrian warned that the culprits are liable to be charged under Section 37 (3) Electricity Supply Act 1990 which carries a fine of up to RM100,000 or a jail term not exceeding three years or both in the event of a conviction.

Meanwhile, he said the crackdown on power theft had significantly reduced the impact on “distribution system loss” from 14.84 per cent in 2006 to 8.27 per cent to date.

Yuzrian also urged those with information on power theft to contact the nearest SESB office or call 15454 or 088-282455.

Enforcement officers from the Power Commission, Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission (MACC) were also involved in yesterday’s power theft crackdown.

How to Get a McMansion for $16

Kenneth Robinson lives on Waterford Drive in Flower Mound, Texas, but he doesn‘t own or rent the home he claims he has a right to live in.

The home was in foreclosure, and the owner abandoned the property. That’s when Robinson swooped in and, after submitting a $16 filing fee at the local courthouse, claimed the law of „adverse possession“ gave him the right to occupy the home.

Criminalising squatters could make more people homeless, says report

The government’s own impact assessment of plans to criminalise squatting has acknowledged that it could boost homelessness and rough sleeping, and target those who are already suffering from mental health and addiction problems.

The admission follows warnings from campaign groups that the squatting plan will end up „criminalising the homeless“ in the middle of a housing crisis.