The Department of Finance has posted an HST toolkit on its website to provide retailers with additional information on the HST restoration effective July 1st. “We are dedicated to getting our province back to balance,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. “I’d like to thank Nova Scotian retailers for their understanding and cooperation while we take on the hard work to start living within our means.” The toolkit features high-resolution PDF signage that retailers can print and post in their stores, a checklist explaining the tax restoration and background information on the HST. On July 1st, the HST will be restored to 15 per cent, when the provincial portion of the HST increases from eight per cent to 10 per cent. The HST is expected to generate an additional $214.8 million in 2010-11, and $307.5 million in 2011-12. For more information on the HST restoration and rebates, visit the Department of Finance website at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/finance/en/home/taxation/hstchanges/hstforbusiness.aspx
New Delhi: A military tribunal on Wednesday allowed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to take charge as the new Navy chief on Friday as it deferred hearing on a petition challenging his appointment by nearly seven weeks.Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Bimal Verma had approached the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) here challenging the appointment of Singh as the next Navy Chief, overlooking his seniority. “The AFT posted the matter for hearing on July 17 as government sought more time for placing records relating to Vice Admiral Singh’s appointment before the tribunal,” Verma’s lawyer Ankur Chhibber said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe said the AFT allowed Singh to take charge as the new Navy chief from incumbent Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 31 and that his continuation will depend on the final outcome of the case. Verma is the senior-most naval commander. On May 22, the tribunal had directed the government to produce before it on May 29 all records and documents relating to selection of the new Navy chief. However, the government could not produce the records and sought more time. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsEarlier this month, the defence ministry issued an order rejecting Verma’s petition before it. Following the defence ministry’s order, Verma filed a fresh petition at the AFT challenging Singh’s appointment as well seeking quashing of the order by the ministry rejecting his plea against the selection. In its order, the defence ministry said Verma’s statutory petition dated April 10 against the appointment of Singh to the top post is devoid of merit and has been rejected in exercise of powers under Section 23 of the Navy Act 1957. On April 25, the tribunal directed the defence ministry to decide Verma’s petition within three weeks. Rejecting Verma’s plea, the defence ministry said a thorough selection process was conducted under which overall service profile of all the contenders for the top post was examined. It said specific parameters for selection were applied uniformly to all the contenders and, based on the assessment, it was found that Verma, though being the senior most eligible officer, was unsuitable to hold the post of the chief of the Naval Staff. In his petition to the defence ministry, Verma wondered why he was overlooked for the top post despite being the senior-most in the line of command, terming “wrongful” the government’s decision to appoint Singh to the post. While appointing the Army chief in 2016, the government did not follow the long-held tradition of going by seniority. Bipin Rawat was appointed Army chief superseding then Eastern Command Chief Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi and Southern Command Chief P M Hariz. Besides Verma, the other contenders for the Navy chief’s post included Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) of Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar and FOC-in-C of Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla. Singh, who is at present serving as the FOC-in-C of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam, will be the first helicopter pilot to become chief of Naval Staff.
Prosecutors are asking Ontario’s highest court to overturn the acquittal of a former violin teacher who measured his teenage students’ bare breasts while fitting them for shoulder rests.The Crown is appealing a ruling that found Claude Trachy not guilty on dozens of charges related to the sexual violation of more than 20 students in the 1970s and 80s, saying the trial judge made several errors.Trachy, 73, of Chatham, Ont., was acquitted last year after a judge found the now-retired music teacher did not act with a sexual purpose but rather because he believed it was necessary to properly equip the students.The appeal is set to be heard Tuesday and prosecutors are asking the court to convict Trachy on some of the charges or order a new trial on all of them.Court documents filed ahead of the hearing say the complainants, who are now adults, testified they were asked to remove their shirt and bra on the left side so that Trachy could measure them from collarbone to nipple.They testified he touched their breast during this process and often would then have them play with their left breast exposed. Four complainants also alleged he took a plastic mould of their left breast.Trachy told his trial he had the complainants undo their blouse on the left side so he could measure them from collarbone to nipple but maintained he derived no sexual gratification from it. He also denied cupping or rubbing any of the complainants’ breasts, as some of them alleged.In its appeal documents, the Crown notes that “no boys, notwithstanding their growth, size or shape, were touched in this fashion.” Neither was Trachy’s daughter, who also played violin, it says.It also says Trachy didn’t have a formula for how the measurement translated into shoulder rest adjustment and had no rationale for how often the girls needed to be assessed.The Crown alleges the trial judge oversimplified the allegations to focus exclusively on whether Trachy acted with a sexual purpose.Prosecutors say sexual intention is only a necessary element of some of the charges against Trachy, such as sexual interference, but does not need to be proven for others, such as sexual assault, which only requires that the touching be of a sexual nature.“In an expedient rush towards simplicity the trial judge lost the full scope of relevance of the complainants’ evidence,” they allege in the documents.“The failure of the trial judge to assess the relevance of the evidence by assessing what the complainants actually said that they had suffered from and without reference to the specific elements of the various offences charged combined to form an erroneous central core which permeated the balance of the trial.”They argue the trial judge also failed to properly consider the evidence of an expert witness, who testified there was no justification for touching the students’ breasts as part of a fitting, nor was it a known or documented practice.The Crown further alleges the judge did not consider comments Trachy made to police in which he suggested he had stopped measuring in that way after a previous arrest and conviction in the 1990s related to the sexual violation of two sisters.Defence lawyers, meanwhile, argue the appeal has no legal basis and the Crown is simply seeking a “do-over” of the trial.“Though framed in terms of legal error, the Crown’s appeal amounts to a thinly disguised claim of ‘unreasonable acquittal,’ a ground of appeal that does not exist in Canadian law,” they say in written submissions.“Focusing primarily on the respondent’s purpose for the touching was in no way improper because, in these circumstances, this was going to be the crucial issue determining proof of guilt,” they say.Trachy testified that at the time, he didn’t think that his methods could make students uncomfortable, and his acknowledgment that he later dropped the practice “was not an admission of having committed sexual misconduct,” the defence says.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Vincent Rutaganira, who had been sentenced in March 2005 to six years’ jail, was released yesterday from the UN detention facility in Arusha, Tanzania, where the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is based. Mr. Rutaganira had been in custody since he was arrested in March 2002.A councillor from 1985 to 1994 in the Mubuga sector of Kibuye prefecture in western Rwanda, Mr. Rutaganira had pleaded guilty to one count of extermination as an accomplice by omission to a crime against humanity.In sentencing the councillor, the ICTR judges said that he had known about the planned massacre in which thousands of Tutsis were killed and yet he did not use his authority to prevent the attacks or to protect and assist the group as they sheltered in the local church.The Security Council set up the ICTR in 1994 in response to that year’s genocide in the small African country, where some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed – mostly by machete or club – in just 100 days starting in early April. 3 March 2008A former Rwandan local government official convicted and jailed by the United Nations genocide tribunal for failing to prevent the massacre of Tutsis seeking refuge in a church has been released from prison after completing his sentence.
The new estimates published today in the journal PLOS ONE also note that the herpes simplex virus type 1 is an important cause of genital herpes.Herpes simplex virus is categorized into two types: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both are “highly infectious and incurable,” and while HSV-1 is primarily transmitted by oral-oral contact and in most cases causes orolabial herpes or “cold sores” around the mouth, HSV-2 is almost entirely sexually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, causing genital herpes.“Access to education and information on both types of herpes and sexually transmitted infections is critical to protect young people’s health before they become sexually active,” according to Dr. Marleen Temmerman, Director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. “The new estimates highlight the crucial need for countries to improve data collection for both HSV types and sexually transmitted infections in general,” Dr. Temmerman said.Herpes is a lifelong infection, which often has mild or no symptoms but can be detected by the presence of antibodies for HSV-1 or HSV-2 in the blood, according to WHO.“It is difficult to determine the proportion of HSV-infected people worldwide who have symptomatic disease, as symptoms may be mild or simply not recognized as herpes,” it said.Estimates for HSV-1 prevalence by region among people aged 0-49 in 2012 Americas: 178 million women (49 per cent), 142 million men (39 per cent) Africa: 350 million women (87 per cent), 355 million men (87 per cent) Eastern Mediterranean: 188 million women (75 per cent), 202 million men (75 per cent) Europe: 207 million women (69 per cent), 187 million men (61 per cent) South-East Asia: 432 million women (59 per cent), 458 million men (58 per cent) Western Pacific: 488 million women (74 per cent), 521 million men (73 per cent) Estimates of new HSV-1 infections among people aged 0-49 in 2012 Americas: 6 million women, 5 million men Africa: 17 million women, 18 million men Eastern Mediterranean: 6 million women, 7 million men Europe: 5 million women, 5 million men South-East Asia: 13 million women, 14 million men Western Pacific: 11 million women, 12 million menWHO is currently working on the development of a global health sector strategy for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including for HSV-1 and HSV-2, to be finalized for consideration at the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016.
Local environmental groups worry that a recent order by President Donald Trump aimed at scaling back rules on clean water could threaten wetlands and small streams.Last month, Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle the 2015 “Waters of the United States” rule, a measure that brought a scientific approach controlling aquatic pollution and ultimately expanded federal authority over the county’s waters.The rule attempts to clarify which rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands are regulated by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.The 2015 rule was written in response to the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court case Rapanos v. United States, which challenged federal jurisdiction to regulate some wetlands under the 1972 Clean Water Act.Environmental groups mostly like the rule, said Janette Brimmer, staff attorney with the environmental group Earth Justice, because it used science to understand how waterways function.“On balance, overall, most of the rule is good and science-based,” she said. “EPA put an enormous amount of time and effort with hydrologists, geologists, biologists. … It was circulated to even larger group of scientists looking at connectivity.”
By Mamadou DemMomodou Nai Ceesay, a former Secretary of State (SoS) for Local Government and Lands, yesterday, 29th September, 2014 testified before Magistrate Lamin Mbaye Snr. as the seventh prosecution witness (PW7) in the ongoing criminal case involving Lamin Waa Juwara, Tamsir Onasis Konteh and Hamidou Jallow.The trio is standing trial at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court charged with various counts such as ‘Neglect of official duty’, ‘Making false documents’, ‘Uttering false documents, ‘Obtaining goods by false pretences’, ‘Abuse of Office’, ‘Disobedience of statutory’ and ‘Disobedience of lawful orders’. They all pleaded not guilty as charged.In his evidence in chief, PW7 testified that he did advise the first accused to go the “alkalo” of Tanji village and get the Alkalo Certificate and then forward his claim for compensation to the Land Administration Board.“If Mr. Tamsir Conteh was the bonafide owner of the said property, any person of a sound mind would have gone to the “alkalo” of Tanji and get the “alkalo” certificate rectified because for the compensation, a valid “alkalo” certificate and a sketch plan should be presented,” said the former Lands SoS.PW7 told the Court that the said documents were supposed to be presented to the Lands Office for the technical team to vet all of them and after certifying them, then they would forward them to the land administration board. He said if the board is satisfied with the claim, they would then make a recommendation to the SoS for Lands.Mr. Ceesay further told the court that the Land Administration Board is a body appointed by government to handle all land matters, including claims and compensations for lands. He said he is not aware whether the board still exists.Under cross examination by defence counsel, Sheriff Tambedou, the witness adduced that the first accused must have been informed by the Lands Department that his application was not approved. He added that he had not seen any letter emanating from Lands Office informing Mr. Konteh that his application was not approved.“Did you as Secretary of State write to the first accused informing him that his application was not approved?”“No I did not. It is the responsibility of the Lands department,” he responded.“Did you advised him to submit the Alkalo Certificate you declared as invalid to the Land Administration Board,” quizzed counsel?“I didn’t advise him to forward that. I just advised him to go back to the “alkalo” and get a valid certificate,” said the witness.Counsel added, “Did you receive any report from the technical department informing you that the certificate the first accused submitted was invalid?”Nai answered, “No. But as the minister in charge of approval, it is my responsibility to inspect all supporting documents to the claim and it was during the inspection that I observed this.”Counsel added, “Did you act on the recommendation of your technical team at the Lands department?”“I have to vet all recommendations that are coming to me. Recommendations that I believe have all the supporting documents will be approved. Others that are without supporting documents won’t be approved,” said the former Lands SoS.Further responding to the defence counsel’s questions, the witness told the Court that he cannot remember having a meeting together with the former Director of Lands, Mr. R.A.F. Thomas, and the first accused (Konteh). He added that he was relieved from the position of Secretary of State on the 20th January, 2002.At that juncture, the counsel for the accused put it to the witness that he met with Mr. Konteh on several occasions regarding compensation of the piece of land situated at Tanji Layout which ended with bitter exchanges of words, but the witness, in response, said “I have never had any bitter argument with the accused person.”The witness acknowledged knowing Mr. Pierre Tamba and Ismaila Sambou, two former ministers of Local Government and Lands, adding he does not know whether these ministers have approved compensation for the first accused.“I am putting it to you that you refused the application only because it was Tamsir Konteh and was personal to you,” said the defence counsel.“It was not personal to me,” responded Mr. Ceesay.The case was adjourned for continuation on 14 October, 2014.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The United Food and Commercial Workers Union took part in a rally at a Ralphs grocery store in Mission Valley today.Grocery workers say they’re looking for a pay increase to afford living in Southern California. However, they claim that local grocery stores are stalling on contract negotiations with the workers’ union.Last month, workers voted to authorize a strike, but union leaders haven’t ordered one yet.Negotiations pick back up again next week. Posted: August 16, 2019 Grocery workers hold rally at a Mission Valley Ralphs KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, August 16, 2019
The twenty-year-old digital brand, which features news, reviews, and analysis of the independent film industry, will join Penske’s existing entertainment brands Variety, Deadline Hollywood, TVLine.com, and Hollywood Life, among others. “We’ll be expanding our coverage even further, and our reach. We’ll be bigger and better,” writes Harris in a note on Indiewire.com. “But the most fundamental elements will remain unchanged: We remain committed to covering the best in film and television with voices that are fresh, strong, and unique.” “Indiewire has a rich history as one of the early innovators in digital media—and I’ve long admired the company and its team’s dedication to informing and breaking the most essential news in independent film,” said Penske Media chairman and CEO, Jay Penske, in a statement. Launched by Eugene Hernandez in 1996, Indiewire’s blog network now includes high-profile film industry commentators such as Anne Thompson, Leonard Maltin, and Peter Bogdanovich. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Penske has confirmed that Indiewire’s editor-in-chief, Dana Harris, will remain in her current position after Indiewire’s operations are transferred to Penske’s offices in Los Angeles and New York, reporting directly to Jay Penske. Publisher James Israel will also continue to lead sales and marketing, reporting to Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino and Penske Media’s EVP of strategy, George Grobar. The acquisition follows Penske’s $100 million purchase of Fairchild Media—owners of fashion media brands WWD, among others—from Condé Nast in August of 2014 and, more recently, its acquisition of entertainment awards prediction site GoldDerby.com last July. Penske Media Corp. has acquired independent film site Indiewire from SnagFilms, Inc., the company announced today.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Wilmington Recreation Announces A Johnny Mathis ChristmasIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Wilmington Recreation Announces St. Patrick’s Lucky Day TripIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department presents “Take A Chance On Me: MGM Springfield and ABBA Tribute Show” on Thursday, August 1, 2019.The motor coach will depart the Town Common Parking Lot (142 Middlesex Avenue) at 7:15am and return at 5:30pm.The trip includes Motor Coach Transportation; MGM Springfield Casino; $20 Slot Play; ABBA Tribute Show; Trip Leader; and all taxes & gratuities (except driver).The trip costs $75 for Wilmington residents and $80 for non-residents. A $25 deposit is due at registration. Final payment is due by June 17, 2019.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denali wolf(Photo by Kent Miller, Denali National Park)The State of Alaska has sued several federal land management agencies and top officials over a series of new predator hunting restrictions that went into effect over the past two years.Listen nowThe suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, claims that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service violated provisions of four federal laws when the agencies banned certain hunting practices on refuge and national preserve land, including the taking of brown bears over bait, the same-day airborne hunting of bears and the hunting of bear cubs in certain circumstances.At the heart of the dispute are differing interpretations of key terms such as “natural diversity,” which the federal agencies claim to be protecting via the predator hunting restrictions. But Alaska Assistant Attorney General Cheryl Brooking argued that federal wildlife managers are willing to take those protections too far. She cited a recent example involving caribou on Unimak Island, in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.“The wolves had moved in on the birthing grounds and the State wanted permission to go in and take out some of the wolves to preserve the caribou, because that is a very important subsistence resource for the people in that area,” Brooking said. “And the response from the federal government was, ‘well, we are just going to let the natural processes occur and it’s OK to let the caribou blink out.’ That was the term used – “blink out.” The State doesn’t manage that way. We manage for sustained yield of predators and prey, and we recognize the importance of hunting.”Brookings also noted that the State plans to take the federal agencies to task for failing to demonstrate a biological need for the increased predator hunting restrictions – which she argues violates the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.“ANILCA allows the federal government to institute closures for ‘periods when or areas where’ a closure is necessary for conservation of the resource, or for protection of subsistence,” Brookings said. “Without any scientific or biological reason for these closures, then that is a clear violation of ANILCA.“The suit asks the court to vacate both the Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service versions of the rule, to repay the state’s legal costs, and to instruct the federal agencies to improve their consultations with the State of Alaska regarding wildlife management in the future.Representatives from the Fish and Wildlife Service regional office in Anchorage declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing the need for more time to review the suit and coordinate with agency lawyers.But after a public meeting in Galena last March, when the Fish and Wildlife version of the rule was in draft form, Chief of Alaska Refuges Mitch Ellis said that the rule was more about formalizing the agency’s guiding principles rather than rejecting all forms of predator control outright. “I do want to make it clear: our agency is not against predator control. Our agency uses predator control for a number of things: restoring species, when it helps meet the purpose of the refuge, etc,” Ellis said. “What are doing here is clarifying when it is appropriate and when it is not.”The rule classifies the hunting practices in question as “highly efficient methods and means” of harvesting animals, and finds them out of line with federal wildlife management mandates.Federal officials named in the suit include Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe, and Acting Director of the National Park Service Michael Reynolds. These officials are likely to be leaving their posts soon as the new Trump Administration takes over, but the presidential transition had nothing to do with the decision to file the lawsuit last week, according to Assistant Attorney General Brooking.The federal government has 60 days to file a response to the suit.Aside from the lawsuit, Alaska’s congressional delegation has been trying to overturn or defund the new rules using legislation, but without success. Congressman Don Young’s office says that those legislative efforts will resume when the Trump Administration takes office.The predator hunting restrictions can also be overruled and replaced by the Federal Subsistence Board for federally-qualified subsistence users on federal land.
BNP on Wednesday announced a two-day countrywide programme demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail, reports UNB.The programme includes holding of an hour-long human chain on 10 September and a two-hour long token hunger strike on 12 September.Besides, the party will stage demonstrations across the country, including in capital, on 8 September protesting the shifting of the makeshift court on Bakshibazar Alia Madrasah premises to Old Dhaka Central Jail to hold the trial of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against Khaleda.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a press conference at the party’s Naya paltan central office.”We’ve brought some changes in our action programmes we announced at noon. We’re now announcing a three-day revised programme,” he said.The BNP leader said they shifted their human chain programme to 10 September from 8 September.As per the revised programmes, he said their party leaders and activists will form human chains in all metropolitan cities and district towns from 11:00am to 12:00pm on 10 September.In Dhaka, Rizvi said, the human chain programme will be held in front of the Jatiya Press Club on the same day and same time.Besides, he said, the party will observe a token hunger strike in all metropolitan cities and all district towns from 10:00am 12:00 noon on 12 September.The BNP leader also said they have sought permission from the authorities of Mohanagar Natya Mancha and the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh to get any of the venues to hold their token hunger strike programme.Earlier at a press conference at noon, Rizvi announced a two-day programme, including human chain on 8 September and the hunger strike on 12 September.On February 8 last, a special court sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Khaleda, a 73-year-old former prime minister, was taken to the old central jail minutes after the verdict was delivered.
Two people were killed and 11 others injured in a factional clash between two factions of Awami League over establishing supremacy at Bogargot village in Narsingdi’s Sadar upazila on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased were Anwar Ali, 45, a supporter of UP member and ward number-9 AL vice-president Bachchu Mia and Motalib Mia, 40, a supporter of ward president Kamal Sarkar.Officer-in-charge of Sadar model police station Md Syeduzzaman said as a sequel to previous enmity, supporters of Bachchu Mia and Kamal Sarkar attacked each other with sharp weapons, leaving Anwar dead on the spot.Among the injured, Motalib died on the way to a hospital.The injured were rushed to Sadar Hospital and among them, four were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, he added.Additional police force was deployed in the village to fend off further trouble.
In the wake of December’s FCC vote to kill net neutrality rules, Montana has become the first state to enact its own guidelines.Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday signed an executive order requiring successful recipients of state contracts adhere to certain principles.“For as long as you, or I, or anyone in this room has used the Internet, we’ve had certain expectations about how things work. We’ve had access to a free and open Internet,” Bullock said, surrounded by a crowd of high school computer science pupils.“But a free and open Internet is no longer guaranteed,” he continued. “The loss of Internet neutrality principles threatens the future of the students standing in this very room.”Net neutrality boils down to the concept that an Internet provider should not be allowed to value certain kinds of traffic over others. Amazon, for instance, can’t pay for its website to load faster than Newegg, Best Buy, or a mom-and-pop e-commerce site. At least, it couldn’t for a couple of years.After endless debate (and a touch of fraud), the FCC last month voted 3 to 2 to repeal the Obama-era standards, which reclassified broadband as a telecom service rather than an information service.“There has been a lot of talk around the country about how to respond to the recent decision,” Bullock said. “It’s time to actually do something about it.”In a bold move to unite other leaders in his fight, the northwestern governor promised to share his directive with anyone who wishes to follow suit.“To every governor and every legislator in every state house across the country, and to every small business and every Fortune 500 company that wants a free and open Internet when they buy services: I will personally email this to you,” he proclaimed.To receive a contract from the state government for providing telecommunications services providers must not block lawful content; throttle, impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of Internet content. They shouldn’t engage in paid prioritization, or unreasonably interfere or disadvantage the users’ ability to select, access, and use broadband Internet access service.“This is a simple step states can take to preserve and protect net neutrality,” Bullock insisted. “We can’t wait for folks in Washington, D.C., to come to their senses and reinstate these rules.”New York and Rhode Island are proceeding (albeit slowly) with similar bills, according to The New York Times, which reported multiple lawsuits filed recently by more than 20 state attorneys general and public interest groups. Democrats Won’t Stop Fighting for Net NeutralityBurger King Fries FCC in ‘Whopper Neutrality’ Ad Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The evening witnessed the glitterati meeting over cocktails and Turkish dinner with enchanting performances by whirling dervishes, sufi singers and a music troupe especially flown in from Turkey by Indialogue Foundation under a starlit sky. The festival was inaugurated by Aykut Renda, chargé d’affaires, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey.
Share this video Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to email@example.comA Met Office yellow weather warning has been issued as strong winds are set to batter Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow (Thursday November 29). All of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire is covered by the warning, with the latest weather forecast predicting winds of around 50mph hitting in the region over the course of Thursday as Storm Diana hits the UK. The warning is in force from 3am tomorrow (Thursday November 29) until 2pm – with a number of weather warnings already in force across other areas of the country. A Met Office spokesman said: “A weather system will move northeastwards across the UK on Thursday bringing widespread strong winds. Inland gusts of 50 mph are likely with gusts of 60-65 mph in exposed locations around Wales and western England. “There remains a small chance that this system will intensify as it moves northeastwards bringing even stronger winds to southwest England, Wales and on into northern England and southeast Scotland. Read MoreMan, 38, charged with robbery after pensioner mugged in Stoke-on-Trent street “If this occurs, gusts of 70-80 mph could be seen, mainly in exposed locations, bringing increased likelihood of more significant disruption. “In either case, winds will moderate by late morning across western England and Wales, then by mid afternoon across northern England and southeast Scotland. Heavy rain is also likely to affect southern and western England as well as Wales, and following on from recent wet weather this may lead to some very localised surface water flooding.” The warning added power cuts, disruption to transport and danger from flying debris were all possibilities. Read MoreHere are Royal Mail’s last posting dates for cards, letters and parcels for Christmas 2018 Staffordshire County Council said: “The Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning for wind, in place in Staffordshire from 3am Thursday morning until 2pm Thursday afternoon. Some wet and windy weather is also expected this evening, but nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year. “Gusts of up to 50 mph are being predicted for tomorrow, accompanied by some heavy rain for a time. We’re told that the worst of the wind and rain will happen during Thursday morning, so there is a chance that branches could be blown down, and surface water could build up. “Our crews will be monitoring the situation and clearing debris where needed, and we ask all motorists to take extra care on their journeys tomorrow.” What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Buxton Weather Watch, an online page that updates users on weather in Buxton and surrounding areas of the Peak District, including parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands, said strong winds were likely in the area. The page said: “A weather warning for strong winds has been issued for tomorrow. 55mph or more gusts possible.” On Tuesday Hanley’s Winter Wonderland opted to close for the day due to strong wind and rain. And Leek’s outdoor market was cancelled today (Wednesday) due to the risk of strong winds across the area. We’ll be bringing you the latest news as we get it on the live feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .03:54Latest from Cheshire PoliceA spokesman said:The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning lasting until 2pm today, with a small chance of very strong and disruptive winds affecting Cheshire. Please take care if you’re heading outside – you can contact us on 101 to report non-emergency incidents or on 999 in an emergency.” 03:52Weather warning now in forceThe weather warning is now in force.23:57Bad weather set to arrive around 3amA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:There is a yellow weather warning for the region. The wet and windy conditions are due to arrive around 03:00hrs.” 19:58259 homes without power in Stoke-on-Trent 259 properties are without power according Western Power Distribution. 18:33NATIONAL UPDATE: Lorries overturned on A66 in CumbriaA Highways England spokesman said:The A66 is CLOSED eastbound between Brough and Stainmore due to 2 HGV’s that have overturned. Traffic is being diverted locally, please take care on approach.”18:06105 homes without power in CrackleyA total of 105 homes are without power in Crackley17:07A51 now reported blockedSlow traffic due to fallen tree on A51 at A53.Near The Swan With Two Necks, the carriageway is blocked in both directions. Officers on scene are awaiting recovery. 17:04Environment Agency working to reduce flood risk in CheshireAn Environment Agency spokesman said:The Environment Agency is working hard today to clear debris to reduce flood risk across Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire ahead of forecasted weather .”16:55Railway disrupted by fallen treeA London Northwestern Railway spokesman said:Disruption caused by a tree blocking the railway between Stafford and Crewe has now ended. Services are no longer affected by this problem.” 16:53Fallen treesSlow traffic due to fallen tree on A51 at A53. Near The Swan With Two Necks. 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Moneydirect’s Peter de Maria withJTG’s Warwick Blacker Retail travel brands part of Jetset Travelworld Group (JTG) will now use Moneydirect as their preferred payment processing solution.Under a group-wide agreement, JTG will use Moneydirect across its whole retail network including its Jetset and Travelworld franchise groups and the affiliated National Association of Independent Travel Agents (NAITA).And while many of the group’s retail travel agents already use Moneydirect, the agreement pens in Moneydirect as JTG’s first ever preferred payment processing solution.“Our new group-wide agreement further strengthens our relationship and ensures all JTG agents have immediate access to the financial and operational benefits Moneydirect offers,” said JTG General Manager Retail Warwick Blacker.More than 600 travel agents will now use Moneydirect to pay every major wholesaler and supplier in Australia, including all of JTG’s preferred land supplier partners. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
Efforts of the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism are starting to pay off after years promoting the country’s beach destination of Sihanoukville as the next travel frontier in Cambodia.A premier beach resort in Cambodia was not what travellers think of when booking a trip to Cambodia, according to Bangkok-based Backyard Travel sales manager Sibylle Rotzler.Until recently, getting to the seaside getaway of Sihanoukville was only accessible by a treacherous four hour drive from Phnom Penh that sees so many accidents that Cambodians usually insist on praying en-route at a temple.Awareness of the destination is growing since accessibility was made easier with scheduled flights to Sihanoukville from Siem Reap that restarted at the end of last year. The area also saw its first ship to cruise the Gulf of Thailand in a decade drop anchor with 1,000 Chinese tourists onboard this year.Marriott is due to open a luxury resort in Sihanoukville next year, featuring an 18-hole golf course and a marina. Meanwhile, construction of a bridge connecting the mainland to an island off the coast was completed last year with the same developer building a luxurious resort complete with a casino in the area.According to official figures, foreign visitors to Cambodia’s beaches grew eight percent to 180,000 people. This growth is expected to increase further after the country’s coastline was admitted to the prestigious Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club last year.However efforts to put Sihanoukville on the map were hindered by attempts to diversify Cambodia’s tourist attractions beyond the Angkor temples and the French colonial capital Phnom Penh. This was furthered stalled when in late 2008; Cambodia became one of the few countries in the world without its own domestic airline.A refurbishment of Sihanoukville Airport was completed at the end of 2009; however scheduled flights into this airport were delayed by two years. Critics say this was a result of the country’s “so called” flag carrier, Cambodia Angkor Air (that is 49 percent owned by Vietnam Airlines) generating little interest in developing new domestic destinations, instead channelling tourists in and out of Vietnam.Cambodia Angkor Air marketing executive Kloung Sivly said the relaunch of the scheduled flights, that flew 5,741 passengers to Sihanoukville in the first half of this year, fitted well with the government’s plan to promote links to the seaside resort. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W
TruJet, a regional carrier, which was given 18 routes under Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, is planning to expand its fleet size to eight aircraft by March 2018. The airline is also looking to increase its number of flights to 50 later this year.The airline currently operates 31 flights, which includes four under UDAN scheme to eight destinations with a fleet of five ATR planes.“We currently have five aircraft in our fleet but only four of them are in operations. We are going to have some 7-8 planes in the fleet by this financial year,” said V Umesh, Founder & MD, Turbo Megha Airways. UDAN, which is a regional air connectivity scheme (RCS), seeks to connect new and underserved airports by providing affordable fares.Umesh also said that TruJet is expecting to operate close to 50 flights per day by December, adding, “We are looking to launch all 18 routes under the regional connectivity scheme by the end of next month.” The airline has already commenced services in Hyderabad-Kadapa, Hyderabad-Nanded and Nanded-Mumbai routes under the scheme.
Analyzing Shifts in Mortgage Rates and Refinances The average interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage fell to 4.37 percent in February from 4.46 percent in January, according to the February Refinance Report by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).The FHFA report added that although mortgage rates continue to decrease in recent months, they remained above the lows from 2018.The February FHFA report echoes the sentiment of the January report, which showed decreases from December 2018 to January 2019. Mortgage rates fell slightly in January, with the average interest rate on a 30‐year fixed rate mortgage falling to 4.46 percent from 4.64 percent in December.Borrowers, according to the February report, completed 323 refinances through the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), bringing total refinances from the beginning of the program to nearly 3.5 million. The total volume of refinances through HARP is 0.4 percent and 4 percent of the loans refinanced through HARP had a loan-to-value ratio greater than 125 percent.Since February 2018, borrowers with loan-to-value ratios greater than 105 percent accounted for 17 percent of HARP loans, and 35 percent of HARP refinances for underwater borrowers were for shorter-term mortgages.Refinances through HARP represented 2 percent of the total refinances in Illinois, compared to 1-percent nationwide over the last year. Nine states—Illinois, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama and Georgia—and one territory (Puerto Rico) accounted for more than 70 percent of the nation’s HARP-eligible loans, with a refinance incentive of June 30, 2018.The national total of HARP-eligible loans, as June 30, 2018, was 38,818. The above-mentioned states and territory accounted for 28,442 HARP-eligible loans. Approximately 2.9 million loans were refinanced through HARP for primary residences from April 2009 through December 2018.Overall, while the rates refinances and mortgages is falling, demand seems to be going up. According to Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, and the Q1 2019 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey from Fannie Mae, overall lender sentiment increased recently, and lenders seem to expect demand for both mortgages and refinances to rise in the next few quarters.”While the results seem to portray the gloomiest picture of purchase mortgage demand during the prior three months in the survey’s five-year history, the net share of lenders expecting rising demand over the next three months exceeded the level recorded in the same quarter last year,” said Duncan. “Lenders’ view of the refinance market was somewhat rosier, as both recent and expected demand improved to the best showing in two years, helping to support lenders’ improved profit margin outlook.” FHFA Mortgage Rates Refinance sales 2019-04-17 Mike Albanese in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News Share April 17, 2019 1,418 Views