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Senate sends oil tax credit overhaul back to the House

first_imgShare this story: Alaska’s Energy Desk | State GovernmentSenate sends oil tax credit overhaul back to the HouseMay 15, 2017 by Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, talks to reporters at a Senate Majority press availability, April 13, 2017. Sens. Peter Micciche, R- Soldotna and Anna Mackinnon, R-Anchorage, seated next to him also participated. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)With the end of session looming, Alaska’s Senate passed its version of an oil tax credit reform bill on Monday. But the Senate’s version of House Bill 111 doesn’t have much in common with the bill the House passed a month ago. Both bodies agree that the state needs to stop paying cash for oil credits — it’s a system that will leave the state owing nearly $700 million to oil companies by the end of the year. Now the bill will head back to the House to see if its members will accept the Senate’s changes. Technically, the session ends on Wednesday and while lawmakers could vote to extend it by 10 days, it will take two-thirds of the members from both bodies voting to do so. Gov. Bill Walker could call legislators into a special session to resolve this issue. Walker spokesperson Grace Jang says it’s too soon to say if he will. Editor’s note: This story has been edited to reflect the accurate percentage of legislative member votes required to extend the session. last_img read more

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3 Alaskans tested so far for coronavirus; state officials discuss precautions

first_imgCoronavirus | Federal Government | Health | Public Safety | Southcentral | State Government3 Alaskans tested so far for coronavirus; state officials discuss precautionsMarch 2, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:An artist’s rendering of the coronavirus. (Illustration courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)Alaska has begun testing for coronavirus within the state. And there have been no reported cases so far.Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced on Monday in Anchorage that he will ask the Legislature for at least $4 million for public health nurses focused on coronavirus, as well as for expenses related to testing for the virus. The administration also is seeking legislative approval to accept $9 million in federal money.“We want to make sure that we have protocols in place that once this virus arrives — and we think it probably will, just because of the way it’s spreading — that we’re prepared for it,” Dunleavy said.He added that, “from a 30,000-foot level, we’re feeling pretty good about where we’re at and how things are going.”Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink speaking at a press conference in Anchorage about the flight carrying 201 passengers from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus, that landed in Anchorage on Jan. 29. On Monday, she spoke at a press conference in Anchorage about the virus. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)The state began testing on Feb. 27. That’s also the day the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention broadened its definition of who should be tested.There have been three people tested in Alaska as of Monday morning, according to Dr. Anne Zink, the state’s chief medical officer. Two tested negative and one person’s case was still under investigation on Monday, since the state was waiting for the person’s sample to reach a testing facility. It takes approximately four hours to get the results from a test.Zink said Alaskans should be prepared to stay at home for two weeks — with enough food and medicine — if public health authorities determine they’re at risk of having been exposed to the virus. She emphasizes the importance of healthy practices, like washing your hands and staying home with any sickness.“What do you do if you get the sniffles?” she said. “You do the normal stuff that you should be doing, which is taking care of yourself. And that’s eating fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s getting outside and getting fresh air; that’s getting plenty of rest; that’s drinking plenty of water. That’s staying home if you’re sick; that’s not getting other people sick.”Zink also said it’s not too late to get a flu shot. She said preventing flu cases could reduce the strain on the health care system from coronavirus.The state has operated an emergency response center for coronavirus for five weeks. Dunleavy said the administration will begin giving legislators frequent coronavirus updates.Zink says the state Department of Health and Social Services and CDC websites are good sources for coronavirus updates. And state public health nurses will be visiting communities to help them prepare for the virus. No cases of COVID-19 in Juneau yet, but health officials are prepped to test people for coronavirusShare this story:last_img read more

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Demand fears hit materials – New York Report

first_imgWednesday 23 September 2015 8:17 pm Read This NextThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap whatsapp LOSSES in materials and energy shares as weak Chinese and US factory data added to growth worries led to US stocks ending down slightly yesterday.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 50.58 points, or 0.31 per cent, to 16,279.89, the S&P 500 lost 3.98 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,938.76 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 3.98 points, or 0.08 per cent, to 4,752.74.Data showed US manufacturing growth stayed at a two-year low in September, while Chinese factory activity shrank to a 6.5 year low in the month.Boeing said it had won orders and commitments from China for aircraft valued at about $38bn (£25bn) , but its shares fell 1.7 per cent to $131.67.“The market looks tired and flat, and there is some hesitation to commit with earnings coming out in two weeks and worries about China and the impact on companies that do a lot of business overseas,” said Daniel Morgan at Synovus Trust Company. Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyClever-Tricks.comYour House Will Always Smell Amazing With This TrickClever-Tricks.comNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyHome TricksMake Your Towels Soft with This Genius TrickHome TricksBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushTotal PastThis Woman’s Obituary Was So Harsh, Her Son Was Left ReelingTotal Past Demand fears hit materials – New York Report Share whatsapp Express KCS last_img read more

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Jang Sung Taek’s Return… What Does It Mean?

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]Jang Sung Taek had been called “the second leader-to-be” or “the actual influence” since the death of Kim Il Sung. Hwang Jang Yop, the former international secretary of the Worker’s Party, in the open debate at the National Assembly July 2003, said, “Although Kim Jong Nam is the heir of Kim Jong Il, the actual successor is to be Jang Sung Taek.” He also said, “(In case of a coup d´ tat) the leader-to-be after the transition would be Jang Sung Taek.” This does not mean that there is a high possibility of Jang causing a coup d´ tat, but it meant realistically, there was no other person in North Korea who had general influence over the party, politics, economy, military and foreign affairs. In case of a transition and the absence of Kim Jong Il, there needs to be a person who is experienced in managing the current North Korean regime, and there is no other person who has ability to do so than Jang Sung Taek. The Reason Why the One and Only “Kim Jong Il’s Man” DisappearedJang Sung Taek is Kim Jong Il’s brother-in-law. Jang married Kim Jong Il’s only sister. Kim Jong Il has a special love for his sister, Kim Kyung Hee. During the power struggle with his brother from a different mother, Kim’s love for his “blood relatives” grew even deeper. Jang stood in between for Kim Jong Il. After Jang Sung Taek and Kim Kyung Hee got married in 1972, Jang became “Kim Jong Il’s man” and played an important role in stabilizing Kim Jong Il’s absolute power. Jang did all the dirty work Kim Jong Il could not do with his own hands, and guarded him as his shadow. Starting from the early 1980s, Jang took charge of the “Party Young Adults Business and 3 Generation Revolution Small Group Business” and secured a younger generation support base for Kim Jong Il. However, Jang Sung Taek disappeared from all public scenes after July 2003. Rumors spread of him being ill or being purged. In the beginning of 2004, an internal source in North Korea sent news that, “Jang Sung Taek was ordered to stop all his activities and is under confinement,” which let us know of the change in his status. The reason was assumed to be his loss in the power struggle with Koh Young Hee (Kim Jong Il’s wife). The assumption was that the force supporting the sons of Koh (Jong Cheol, Jong Woon) attempted to drive Jang’s force out of the future competition. After Koh died in July 2004, the map of succession became an enigma and there was a temporary prediction that Jang would return. However, in September 2005, the government of North Korea called Jang and his force as a “side branch” getting in the way, and there had been reports that all those who had contacted Jang were being purged. Upon hearing the news that Kim Kyung Hee is undergoing treatment for alcoholism, many predicted Jang’s return as being impossible. Then for the first time in two years, Jang reappeared in the public scene. His presence beside Kim Jong Il watching a performance was caught on TV. Does that mean Jang has completely returned? Rumor of “Side Branch”, a Harm to Hereditary Succession The assumption that Jang was driven out of the political arena during the power struggle with Koh Young Hee regarding the succession problem is probable and valid. In fact, after the rumor spread that there had been a change in Jang’s status, high level officials who had close relations with Jang were all dismissed. About 40 persons, including Choi Ryong Soo, Minister of People’s Safety Agency, Lee Young Bok, Secretary of General in Nampo City Party, Lee Kwang Kun, Minister of Ministry of Foreign Trade, Choi Chun Hwang, Director of First Department in Propaganda and Agitation Department (KWP) and Jee Jae Ryong, Vice Director of International Department (KWP) were dismissed in chain. Jang Sung Taek being called a “side branch” during this process reminds us of how Kim Jong Il purged his brothers of different mothers, such as Kim Sung Ae (the son of Kim Il Sung’s second wife) and called them “side branches.” (“Side branches” means that they come from the same tree, Kim Il Sung, but the branches are different.) Possibly Only a Superficial Return Why did he not root out the tree, but instead made him reappear on the scene? There are several hypotheses.One, Jang Sung Taek’s confinement may not be related to his power struggle with Koh Young Hee, and may be just a punishment for his wrongdoing. However, the disposition of all Jang’s entourages in the central party makes us think twice about this presumption. Two, some presume that there is a possibility of Jang’s force winning the power struggle. Recently, it was reported that Kim Jong Il banned discussion of the successor issue. Some say Jang, who was harmed in the process, was returned. However, considering the precedence of the North Korean regime, possibility of someone’s return does not exist. Three, Jang’s return is a superficial one, and his power is actually handicapped, just like what Kim Jong Il did to his half brothers during the 1970s and 1980s. Kim prohibited all the power play of his brothers, but under extraordinary surveillance, Kim secured a “certain level” of their status. Kim Pyong Il, who was driven out of the power struggle with Kim Jong Il, wandered around Hungary, Bulgaria, Finland, and Poland as an ambassador, although he was originally in the military. Kim Young Il had also been away in Germany and Malta until his death in 2000. Kim Sung Ae was in charge of the Women’s Alliance Committee, but she was isolated so perfectly that none of the high officials would ever talk to her. For this reason, many predict that Jang Sung Taek, being the husband of Kim Kyung Hee, cannot be purged but is to be treated as a “side branch” forever. His reappearance on TV is further proof that he has now become a definite side branch. However, others counterargue that although simple gestures of apology may have been sufficient, sitting right next to Kim Jong Il may signify something more. Fourthly, some argue that Jang’s sudden return is considered an emergency occupation of vacancy. They say there is no other person who could possibly replace Yeon Hyung Muk’s (who died last year) absence, except Jang. After Kim Jong Il’s visit to China in the beginning of this year, Kim will make his policies for reform clearer, and they argue that Kim needs someone like Jang to support him. However, there is no possibility that Kim Jong Il, who puts power security above everything else, return Jang because he values his talents. Jang had long been known as the person who opposes to the reform policy. SHARE News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Jang Sung Taek’s Return… What Does It Mean? There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] center_img News By Daily NK – 2006.01.31 4:00pm Facebook Twitter News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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NBSC imposes $250,000 in penalties on Alberta couple

The New Brunswick Securities Commission has ordered an Alberta couple to pay more than $250,000 in penalties, disgorgement and costs for their role in a failed investment scheme. The NBSC announced Thursday that Steven Vincent Weeres, of Millet, Alta., was ordered to pay $200,000 in administrative penalties and permanently banned from New Brunswick’s capital markets after a commission panel found that he defrauded an investor, among other Securities Act violations. BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Rebekah Donszelmann, also of Millet, was ordered to pay $25,000 and she was banned from New Brunswick capital markets for 20 years for her role in a Fredericton-based investment scheme promoted under the name Shaker Management Group Inc. The panel also ordered the pair to return $22,600 to an investor who suffered losses through an investment in the scheme. And, they were ordered to pay investigation and hearing costs of $13,575. In November 2011, the panel found that Weeres and Donszelmann traded in securities without being registered and without having filed a prospectus with the commission. It also found that Weeres made prohibited representations, committed fraud, and made untrue and misleading representations. “It is critical that the commission sends a strong message that these are serious offences and that those who commit such offences should be sanctioned accordingly,” said Rick Hancox, executive director of the NBSC. In its decision, the panel said, “In the commission’s view, the respondents’ submissions on sanctions demonstrate that they do not recognize or appreciate the seriousness of their conduct and they have not accepted responsibility for their misconduct, as they continue to dispute the findings made against them in the merits decision and show no remorse for the harm caused to certain investors and the integrity of New Brunswick’s capital markets.” Back in January 2011, the NBSC reached a settlement with Shaker Management and another participant in the scheme, Trudy Hendry of Fredericton. According to the NBSC, Hendry claimed that she was misled by Weeres and Donszelmann, but she also acknowledged that, even though she was misled, her actions violated securities laws, causing damage to others. Under the settlement agreement, Hendry was banned from selling or promoting investments and from securities exemptions; she was also banned from serving as director or officer of an issuer for five years. Shaker Management was also banned from selling investments and relying on exemptions. Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Related news Keywords Investment scams,  EnforcementCompanies New Brunswick Securities Commission James Langton PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Fewer part-time jobs for teenagers: CIBC

Covid-19 misery shows in record Ontario job losses Instead, the number of people over the age of 25 working in the retail and food service sectors, jobs typically held by teenagers, has only increased in recent years. “Young adults, displaced older workers, or immigrants whose education and skills are not always fully rewarded in the job market have been pushed into low-wage work during what has been a fairly lacklustre economic recovery,” said Avery Shenfeld, chief economist, CIBC, in a news release. “The real story is that the job market has not been strong enough to generate higher quality employment for older workers.” Shenfeld expects the trend in older part-time workers to continue until wages start to increase significantly. Over the past 12 months wages have risen by 1.7%, said Shenfeld, which is not enough to bolster Canadian spending power. As such, until there are higher paying jobs, along with productive growth in existing jobs, younger Canadians will continue to struggle to find part-time work. IE Staff Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Waiting period temporarily waived for EI benefits The part-time job market is tougher than ever for teenagers as older Canadians are more and more likely to take on part-time work, according to a report released by Toronto-based CIBC World Markets Inc. on Thursday. The report found that over 20% of 15 to 18 year olds looking for work have been unsuccessful in their search. Furthermore, since 2007, this age group has seen a 22% drop in employment. Keywords Employment,  YouthCompanies CIBC World Markets Inc. Related news Extended job relief to cost Ottawa an extra $5 billion: PBO Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

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Hundreds of Students and Teachers Attend Heritage Week Lecture in Mandeville

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedHundreds of Students and Teachers Attend Heritage Week Lecture in Mandeville Hundreds of Students and Teachers Attend Heritage Week Lecture in Mandeville UncategorizedOctober 13, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Hundreds of students and teachers from schools in the parishes of St. Elizabeth and Manchester turned out yesterday (October 12), to hear the National Heritage Week Lecture given by President of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), Senator Dwight Nelson.His presentation was made at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville.The lecture entitled, ‘The Role of Trade Unions in Nation Building’, formed part of the Heritage Week celebrations, organized by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT).In his presentation, Senator Nelson told the gathering that, “nation building means economic development, social development, economic growth, employment, and most importantly, nation building means looking after our environment, because if we destroy our environment as a nation, we’re going to face serious consequences”.“Nation building means the creation of social processes, it means the promotion of higher standards of living . recognition of and reinforcing the dignity of the human being. It means social justice, remembering the rights of the child, elimination of all forms of inequality, reinforcing and developing our cultural rights, and strengthening the family as a basic unit of our society,” he added.The Senator also stressed that nation building meant reinforcing the right to work, the elimination of discrimination against women, as well as the reduction and elimination of poverty within an economy.However, he pointed out that before any of these could materialize, there has to be leadership, “somebody has to go in front and act on your behalf to create policies, mechanisms and movements to ensure that this process of nation building takes place”.He said this was the first contribution of the Trade Unions to nation building. “The trade unions have provided, since 1938, the basis for national leadership in Jamaica. Every national leader of Jamaica has either come out of the Trade Union Movement or have honed their skills as a consequence of the movement,” the Senator said.He explained that through its process of collective bargaining over the years, trade unionism has raised the standard of living and self esteem of the working class of Jamaica, which was a pre-requisite for nation building.“No nation can advance if its people are not proud and confident, and through collective bargaining in ensuring justice and fair play in the workplace, through collective bargaining in protecting the rights of the workers, the Trade Union Movement has contributed to stability and the improvement of the self esteem of the workers of Jamaica,” Mr. Nelson said.“Today, the trade unions continue to contribute to nation building. We continue to sit on every imaginable committee or Board, geared towards developing policies at the workplace and outside the workplace. We in the Trade Union Movement are proud to have contributed to stability in the building of Jamaica,” he further stated.center_img RelatedHundreds of Students and Teachers Attend Heritage Week Lecture in Mandeville RelatedHundreds of Students and Teachers Attend Heritage Week Lecture in Mandevillelast_img read more

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Passing along a car in the family isn’t just kid’s play

first_img advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The kids have named the “new” car Ravioli. Thinking of giving a vehicle to your niece? Maybe grandma has announced she’s hanging up the keys and is ready to let her adored grandson drive that Buick like it’s never been driven before. There’s an adage that says no good deed goes unpunished, and that holds true when it comes to transferring the ownership of cars.Having to pay tax on a used car has long stuck in many craws. Taxing used goods that have already been taxed once, at their original point of purchase, is irritating. I’m not here to argue politics, but to instead share what I’ve learned while doing the used car waltz recently within the family.My sister gave me her car. It’s a mint condition 2002 RAV4 that has been babied since it rolled off the line. With low mileage and having been scrupulously maintained, I’d told her for years that whenever she wanted to sell it, I wanted to know. With two kids still at home, one who commutes for school and one who works, we do a car juggle most days. Factor in one car that was becoming increasingly unreliable but not worth fixing and the juggle got more intense. When it comes to gas prices, drivers just can’t winI knew there were sales tax exemptions for vehicles that are gifted between family members, but I had no idea who qualified. And unless you’re someone who frequently registers cars, the process can be a little daunting. Each province has its own regulations (go to your provincial transportation ministry website for specifics) but here in Ontario there were a lot of hoops to jump through.Most provinces have a statute that allows you to avoid the provincial or harmonized tax on a car gifted to immediate family members, but there is a list of whom they consider “immediate”. Nieces and nephews are not immediate; spouses, children, grandparents, grandchildren and siblings are all in the family. The good news? Yes to step- and half-children; the bad? No to your brother-in-law. Most sites let you download a statement that you fill out declaring you’re not defrauding the government. Both parties go to a ministry office and swear the transfer is a gift before a commissioner, or you can get a notary to do it.My sister lives in another city, so we had to coordinate this. Be prepared to set aside some time. Even though no money was changing hands, to register the vehicle in my name, it had to have a safety standards test done. In Ontario, you will need a Drive Clean emissions test done, though they are good for one year, so ask the gifter to check their records. A safety certificate is not required when gifting a vehicle between spouses in Ontario.Because I couldn’t register or plate the vehicle in my name until these tests were done, my sister kept the vehicle insured and plated as we dropped it off at the mechanics. When you call your insurance, you will need the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), make, model, year, and mileage. It can take a week to ten days to get updated slips so request they email you a document you can print off as proof on insurance. If the car isn’t plated, you can also get a temporary trip permit (usually valid for 7-10 days, again, check where you live) and add another cost to the total. No, you can’t just slap a pair of plates onto the car. Well, you could, but you shouldn’t.On a side note: if you buy a used car and figure you’ll just dummy up a receipt save on the amount of tax you will be required to pay, be careful. I mean, don’t do it, of course, but if you do, know that they will look up the value of the vehicle you are purchasing and use their own number if they think yours is ludicrous. If you’re buying a heap that is legitimately worth less than the range outlined in whichever value listing (blue or black book) used in your province, you will need an appraisal done to convince them. Back at the Service Ontario counter, I laid out all the necessary documents for the transfer: safety certificate, emissions test, proof of insurance, driver’s licence, sworn gift declaration and signed ownership. In most cases, while you can sell or give a car to someone without a safety or insurance, they can’t register it without them, nor can someone without a driver’s licence register a car in their name. I also didn’t have to have a Used Vehicle Information package usually required when transferring a car, due to the gift status.Go to your provincial website to see if you can take advantage of ways to save money if you’re moving a car around within the family. There are a lot of required steps, but it’s worth it. Trending Videos Buy It! 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Spring Town Hall set for March 13

first_img Published: March 12, 2017 Join members of the campus community for the Chancellor’s Spring Town Hall, “Advancing Strategic Imperatives on Campus,” with Chancellor Philip DiStefano, followed by a panel moderated by Provost Russell Moore and Senior Vice Chancellor/Chief Financial Officer Kelly Fox with:Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research and InnovationLori Bergen, Dean of the College of Media, Communication and InformationBobby Braun, new Dean of the College of Engineering & Applied ScienceHosted from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 13, in the University Memorial Center. Light refreshments will be provided. Watch the LiveStreamCategories:Lectures & PresentationsEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Tourism Minister Welcomes State of the Art VIP Lounge at Sangster Int’l Airport

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedTourism Minister Welcomes State of the Art VIP Lounge at Sangster Int’l Airport Tourism Minister Welcomes State of the Art VIP Lounge at Sangster Int’l Airport TourismDecember 17, 2012 RelatedTourism Minister Welcomes State of the Art VIP Lounge at Sangster Int’l Airportcenter_img RelatedTourism Minister Welcomes State of the Art VIP Lounge at Sangster Int’l Airport FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill has said that the newly opened state of the art VIP Lounge, ‘Club MOBAY’ at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James, is expected to position Jamaica as an even more attractive choice for high end and returning tourists. He was speaking at a ceremony held at the airport on Saturday, December 15, to officially commemorate the start of the 2012 / 2013 Winter Tourist Season, as well as to celebrate the official opening of the VIP Lounge. “I am pleased that Jamaica is the destination chosen for this first class facility and that it is also a first for the Caribbean.  Club MOBAY is a welcomed addition to the Sangster International Airport and comes at a time when, despite recent challenges from Hurricane Sandy, the industry is robust and ready for business.  You would have to be very lucky to find a room in Montego Bay today.  Occupancy levels are high and projections for the winter tourist season are good.  In fact, year to date, the 2012 figures are ahead of 2011”, Minister McNeill pointed out. He reported that exciting times were expected for the tourism sector, as come January, the Russian airline Transaero would be taking visitors to the island, thereby opening up a new frontier for Jamaica. “I am also delighted to see not only the state of the art departure lounge here at Club MOBAY, but the new arrivals lounge that will offer top class service to our visitors.  It is important that the lounge pictorially showcases Jamaica but equally important that we acknowledge the fine work done here, the majority of which was undertaken by Jamaican companies.  Our global destination marketing efforts are strengthened by innovation and new ideas that keep the luxury traveler engaged and interesting in making Jamaica their preferred vacation spot,” Dr. McNeill added. The Minister later joined the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and other officials of the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Tourist Board, in welcoming the first visitor/visitors to the island for the start of the 2012/2013 Winter Tourist Season. Meanwhile, Dr. McNeill commended employees of the Sangster International Airports, Montego Bay and related agencies and departments, for their commitment and dedication to duty and their genuine love for the tourism sector.last_img read more

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Time right for permanent daylight saving in California?

first_imgHomeFeaturedTime right for permanent daylight saving in California? Oct. 11, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsTime right for permanent daylight saving in California?news3 years agoapNews It’s clockwork: Every fall and spring, Californians and most of the rest of the nation switch to daylight saving or standard time, often with gripes about losing an hour of sleep, the sun setting earlier in the day or the minor chore of changing clocks.This November, California voters will decide if it’s time for a change.If voters approve Proposition 7 on Nov. 6 — the day after most of the nation falls back an hour — that would pave the way for year-round daylight saving time in the state. The issue would still need a two-thirds vote from the California Legislature and a change in federal law.Democratic Rep. Kansen Chu of San Jose said he sponsored the measure after his dentist called him to complain about springing forward, when clocks move ahead March, taking away an hour’s sleep in the middle of the night and shifting an hour of sunlight from the morning to the evening.Chu looked into the issue further and learned that the original reason for implementing daylight saving — to save energy during WWI — no longer seems to apply to the modern world. In fact, some studies have found that daylight saving time actually increases electricity use during the summer.Chu also came across studies that show an increased risk of car accidents and heart attacks following the spring change, due to the loss of an hour’s sleep.“It’s a public safety measure,” Chu said. “And I don’t know anybody who really enjoys doing this adjustment of their schedule twice a year.”Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, who opposes the measure, argues that even if California voters and the Legislature approve of year-round daylight saving, the hurdle of getting the federal government to approve is too high, considering the state’s tense relationship with Washington.Plus, she said making the switch will cause its own headaches. If California goes to year-round daylight saving, the sun wouldn’t rise until 8 a.m. during some winter months, forcing children to walk to school or buses in darkness and likely leading to an increase in car and pedestrian accidents.“I just don’t share this belief that this is a major crisis,” said Jackson, who represents Ventura County. “It’s not something we should be tearing our hair out over.”Chu said he’s open to implementing year-round standard time and that the key to the issue is eliminating the need to change the clocks twice a year.Hawaii and Arizona, with the exception of the latter state’s Navajo Nation, do not recognize daylight saving time. In March, Florida became the first state in the nation to adopt year-round daylight saving time, but the shift can’t take effect unless Congress changes federal law.AMANDA LEE MYERSAssociated PressTags :apNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCrime WatchLock her up? Now it’s Dianne Feinstein instead of ClintonYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

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Pier organizers charting new direction for events

first_imgHomeLifeEntertainmentPier organizers charting new direction for events Jul. 08, 2019 at 7:30 amEntertainmentFeaturedNewsPier organizers charting new direction for eventsMadeleine Pauker2 years agofront porch cinemaHalloween celebrationMerry-Go-Round DeckNegin SinghpierproconSanta Monica Pier CorpSteam MachinesTwilight The Santa Monica Pier will be pulling funds from some programs this year to invest more money in its banner events, including a new Halloween celebration.The pier has launched or rebranded several events since Negin Singh became executive director of the Santa Monica Pier Corp. in January 2018. Since last summer, it hosted its first holiday celebration in more than a decade, served as one of the main hubs for Santa Monica’s inaugural Pride Month and doubled attendance for Pier 360, a sporty start-of-summer festival. Singh said she wants to continue the momentum over the next year with new and elevated programming. “I don’t want to throw free events, I want to throw “I can’t believe it’s free” events,” she said. “We’re a destination people from all over the world dream about coming to. If they come here, it needs to be amazing.”One new celebration this year will be dedicated to Halloween, Singh said. Depending on the amount of funding the event gets from partners and sponsors, it could range from an installation on and around the Merry-Go-Round Deck to a spooky multiweek occasion.“People go to other attractions in Los Angeles for Halloween and I think the pier deserves to have a piece of that Halloween action,” she said. The new offerings come with a tradeoff, however. To launch programming like Halloween and expand tentpole events such as Twilight on the Pier, the pier will say goodbye to smaller events like Front Porch Cinema, ProCon and Steam Machines. Singh said Front Porch Cinema, a series that started in 2012 and screened four movies on the pier each year, was very expensive and time-consuming to put on compared to the relatively small number of people it served. It cost two-thirds of what it costs to produce Pier 360, which drew 20 times more attendees earlier this month, she said.“The events we’re cutting were really loved by the people who came to them, but we have to make decisions about the best events we can make vs. the most events we can make,” Singh said.Singh said the pier is courting new events from outside producers so the pier team can focus on banner events. For example, other companies may want to screen movies at the pier after Front Porch Cinema is discontinued. The pier is also focusing on growing and diversifying its revenues so it doesn’t have to rely on income from events and funding from corporate partners or the city, Singh said. It will launch a pay-to-download app on its 110th anniversary this fall that visitors can use to tour the pier and learn about its history, which could radically impact the pier’s budgets in the next few years, she said. It has set a goal of growing its rental business by 25% and plans to capitalize on the advertising potential of its social media platforms.“For too long, the situation for the Pier Corp. was if Twilight on the Pier goes down, everything goes down,” she said. “We’re working really hard to not be that vulnerable.”Other plans for this year include making over the Merry-Go-Round Deck as construction on Ocean Front Walk concludes and Starbucks Coffee opens, creating branded content like “A Day at the Pier” or “Foodies Guide to the Pier,” and improving traffic flow at the top and bottom of the pier bridge.“Last year was spent fixing and building the ship. This year is about the direction the ship is going to go,” Singh said. “We’re looking at every single thing we do and thinking about how to make it the best it can be.”[email protected] :front porch cinemaHalloween celebrationMerry-Go-Round DeckNegin SinghpierproconSanta Monica Pier CorpSteam MachinesTwilightshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCouncil approves $450,000 to improve Council ChambersCouncil approves contracts for beach trail constructionYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews13 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agolast_img read more

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Montana Court Denies Climate Petition

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email BILLINGS – The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a petition filed by attorneys seeking new regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions.Siding with Attorney General Steve Bullock, justices wrote in Wednesday’s order that the case raised too many questions about Montana’s contribution to a global problem for a ruling on purely legal questions as sought by the plaintiffs.“The court is ill-equipped to resolve the factual assertions presented by the petitioners,” justices wrote.Justices also rejected the plaintiffs’ claim that the matter was too urgent to wait for action by a lower court that could then be subject to a lengthy appeal.The petition filed in May was part of a new legal strategy by activists trying to force government intervention on climate change by having the atmosphere designated as a “public trust” deserving special protection. Similar lawsuits and regulatory petitions were filed by attorneys representing youths nationwide.Advocates involved in the lawsuits filed around the country have said a victory in even one or two cases would give environmentalists leverage, leading to new regulations to rein in greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are driving global temperatures higher.The Montana suit was filed on behalf by a group of trial attorneys representing youths who wanted the court to compel state officials to come up with new regulations for greenhouse gases.One of those attorneys, Amy Eddy of Kalispell, said the group was disappointed in the order and was considering its next steps.“It is clear the Supreme Court simply wanted to avoid deciding this issue at all costs,” Eddy said in an email to The Associated Press. “Unfortunately, this exposes the state to protracted and costly litigation, which the court will have to rule on anyway at the end of the day.”Bullock last month asked the court to reject the petition. A group of conservative state legislators and other elected officials had sought to intervene in opposition, claiming a ruling that established an atmospheric trust would “sidestep” the legislature’s role in crafting public policy.last_img read more

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Inishowen bus issue must now be resolved – Mac Lochlainn

first_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – October 12, 2018 WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Facebook Google+ Inishowen bus issue must now be resolved – Mac Lochlainn Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Parents of second level students who have been denied school transport in South Inishowen will be expecting their issues to be addressed next week in the same way that a similar situation in the Milford catchment was resolved yesterday.A commitment was given to a parents’ delegation from Termon and Kilmacrennan in the Dail yesterday by Minister John Halligan that they would be accomodated.Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn has welcomed that breakthrough, saying they he and others knew that Milford would be sorted first.He says parents and students in Inishowen must now be given the same treatment………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/padraigbus.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleETB Chair confirms Buncrana site is soldNext articleGo ahead given to prescribe medicinal cannabis in NI News Highland last_img read more

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Georgia’s Job Market Looks Strong For New College Grads

first_img An audio version of this story.0:40Students graduating from college this month may have a good chance of finding employment within Georgia.Like us on Facebook“The unemployment rate is basically back to where it was before the Great Recession. And we’re not staring into another recession for another year or two,” said Dr. Jeff Humphreys, an economics professor at the University of Georgia.Something else giving the state a leg up: officials are aggressively fighting to boost Georgia’s overall economy.“We’ve had some good corporate relocations, we’ve had some announcements regarding the expansion of existing companies in Georgia, and all those translate into employment opportunities,” said Roger Tutterow, the director of  Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center. Georgia’s unemployment rate is 5.1 percent, according to the state Department of Labor. In metro Atlanta, it’s 4.6 percent.“We have 103,000 more jobs today than we had at this same time last year,” Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.The lowest area unemployment rate in Georgia is in metro Gainesville, the highest is in the River Valley. For Whom The Bell Rings 0:40 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more

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Riot employees threaten walkout over forced arbitration

first_imgRiot employees threaten walkout over forced arbitrationLeague of Legends developer’s attempt to keep workers’ gender discrimination claims out of court draws backlashBrendan SinclairManaging EditorMonday 29th April 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleRiot GamesRiot Games is dealing with unrest among its ranks. According to Waypoint, employee talk of a walkout at the company has grown loud enough to draw the attention of executives.The current discord at the studio was stoked by last week’s news that Riot wanted a number of employees’ gender discrimination lawsuits moved out of the courts and into private arbitration proceedings. Riot said the employees in question signed agreements waiving their right to sue the company when they first accepted jobs there.Waypoint reported that Riot’s chief diversity officer Angela Roseboro addressed the potential of a walkout over the weekend in an employee Slack channel, recognizing that the company was aware “some Rioters are not feeling heard.””I know yesterday’s article about Riot’s motion to compel arbitration feels like we’re not moving forward,” Roseboro said. “And I have to say for me, it demonstrates we still have work to do. There are pros, cons, and nuances to the discussion of arbitration, especially given the active litigation against Riot. It can be complex so these types of topics are best discussed live where it’s easier to have a conversation.”Roseboro asked employees to ask questions during the company’s regular town hall presentation this Thursday, and said Riot would hold “small group sessions where we can talk through your concerns,” asking those interested to add their names to a spreadsheet.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Waypoint also obtained an email Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent sent to employees today about the possibility of a walkout in which he reiterated Roseboro’s desire for discussion on the topic and said, “We’re proud of our colleagues for standing up for what they believe in.”A Riot employee told Waypoint the offer of small group sessions drew further backlash from people “frustrated at yet another example of closed-door discussions instead of transparency. Overall, I think Rioters are sick of feeling like they have no visibility into what leadership is actually doing to improve.”Last year, Riot promised significant culture change and improvements after a Kotaku report with dozens of then-current and former employees described a deeply discriminatory company culture. It has since hired Roseboro to be its first chief diversity officer and suspended COO Scott Gelb for two months for “inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour,” which reportedly included farting on employees, dry-humping them, and slapping or flicking testicles.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTencent in talks with US Committee to retain Epic and Riot stakesThe CFIUS is investigating whether user data handled by the two studios could constitute a “national security risk” because they are Chinese-ownedBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoRiot issues cease-and-desist to League of Legends fan projectDeveloper denies claims that it tried to “extort” code and assets from the Chronoshift teamBy Danielle Partis 13 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more