IDA promises to help Bausch Lomb as workers vote for massive cuts

first_imgIDA IRELAND HAS promised to help the Bausch and Lomb factory in Waterford after workers voted in favour of massive cuts in order to keep the plant open.The agency, which is responsible for industrial development in Ireland, said it will work with the contact lens company on plans to invest in new technology at the plant and secure jobs.Barry O’Leary, the head of the IDA, said that they recognised “the substantial efforts made by staff to safeguard the future of the plant”.The company last night thanked workers for approving the plan to dramatically cut spending at the plant following negotiations between unions and management.Staff at the contact lens manufacturer accepted the proposals that will see 200 staff lose their job along with a pay cut for the remaining workforce.The agreement will see a 7.5 per cent reduction in basic pay, the elimination of some bonuses, an extra hour in work per week, and a reduction in the sick pay scheme.Unions said that the proposals were very difficult for members to accept but management said they were necessary to secure the future of the plant.“Bausch & Lomb have committed to invest in Waterford and IDA Ireland will support the company and staff in those endeavours in order to safeguard substantial employment in the south-east region,” said Barry O’Leary.Read: Bausch and Lomb express gratitude to workers for voting in favour of cost cutting measures > Read: Bausch and Lomb staff vote in favour of cost cutting measures >last_img read more

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Bruton wants to stay in jobs portfolio

first_imgRICHARD BRUTON HAS indicated that he would like to remain on as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, but accepts that he may ultimately be moved on.Speaking at the half year results for inward investment agency IDA Ireland, Minister Bruton told reporters that he thinks the current balance on industrial policy is right, with his department to the forefront of jobs announcements. Clearly I have an ambition to go on building, but clearly that’s not a decision ultimately that I take.He said:“Enda Kenny gave me a job, which was to create 100,000 jobs by 2016. That’s the job that I have been given. We have made a very good start on that but I think there’s a long way to go.”“I think the policy underpinning that has to be right over the coming years, and I’m certainly very committed to the task in hand.”The Dublin North-Central TD has been heavily linked with a move to the health portfolio at the expense of his Fine Gael colleague James Reilly in the upcoming cabinet reshuffleBruton said he felt it wasn’t necessary to more closely align the Jobs portfolio with the Department of Social Protection, saying that “creating super departments of that nature doesn’t make sense”.TaxOutgoing IDA chief executive Barry O’Leary said that a “pathway” to lower personal tax “would be helpful in winning FDI”, adding that the issue of Ireland’s level of income tax often comes up when he is trying to entice companies to set up shop here.Bruton agreed saying: “We need to be conscious of the tax wedge and the direction that it has gone in recent years, and to be competitive in that area.”Michael Noonan has clearly signalled that the ambition now would be to see relief for hard-pressed families, which I think in turn is something that from an employment perspective, clearly that is a bonus.He said that recent economic figures indicate that the full €2 billion adjustment in Budget 2015 would not be needed.“The trends are indicating that there is some greater scope for flexibility there than might have been expected.”IDA resultsIn half year results published today, IDA Ireland said that it has managed to secure commitment from 100 companies to set up shop here, 30 more than at the same time last year.Around 8,000 jobs are linked to these announcements, up from 7,000 at the same time last year.Departing IDA president Barry O’Leary said that the EU investigation into Apple’s tax deal with the Irish authorities has not caused international interest in Ireland to drop off.He said that while discussions about corporate tax take place “in practically every meeting with IDA clients around the world”, “the evidence would show…that there’s no slowdown whatsoever in FDI, that it continues to increase.”TributeBruton also paid tribute to O’Leary, saying that he had led the IDA “at an extremely challenging time for the economy”, and that there had been demonstrable results under his tenure.“That doesn’t happen by accident…the leadership that Barry has provided to the IDA has been outstanding.”Read: Here are the nine things you need to know about the imminent Cabinet reshuffle>Read: This is the new guy who has to woo big companies (and their jobs) to Ireland>last_img read more

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Rivers of Buckfast bottles and human excrement in playgrounds How can Ireland

first_img 23,693 Views By Cliodhna Russell Yes NoI don’t knowVoteRead: ‘There is no deterrent’: Less than a third of Dublin litter fines actually get paid> Sasuga Japan <3 MT @faizanlakhani Japanese Football fans clean stadium after #JPN vs #COL match in #WorldCup. Respect pic.twitter.com/QoQE4yy8Yj— Logan Balestrino (@LoganPayge) June 25, 2014 Rivers of Buckfast bottles and human excrement in playgrounds: How can Ireland clean up its act? We look at international solutions to dirty litter habits – and whether they would be effective here. Image: Shutterstock/Concept Photo http://jrnl.ie/3255036 File Photo I don't know (65) Short URL 46 Comments Ireland is grappling with a series of challenges that are impacting our citizens’ quality of life. TheJournal.ie is examining solutions to these issues which have worked or are currently being trialled in other states and asking: Would It Work Here?LITTER LEVELS ACROSS Ireland are undoubtedly on the rise.Walking down a street in any city, town or village anywhere in the country will indicate this but hard data confirms it.The latest survey results from IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) found just 70% of the towns and cities surveyed were clean to European norms, compared to 85% two years ago.Three urban areas were deemed to be seriously littered – Galvone in Limerick, Farranree in Cork and Dublin’s North Inner City.Meanwhile in Galway, the latest IBAL survey described dumping across the city as a ‘critical environmental issue’ – just this week thousands of empty Buckfast bottles were found after the River Claddagh was drained as part of upgrade works.Dublin City Centre and Limerick both slipped to join Galway as ‘moderately littered’ in the IBAL research.And the problem doesn’t stop in cities or, indeed, at general litter such as food wrappers and cigarette butts.Human excrement was found in a playground in Clonakilty in Co Cork this week. Disgusting, yes; unusual, perhaps not.One mother told TheJournal.ie that this is something she has witnessed in her local playground in Dublin and at a rural area in Tipperary.So what can be done about this? The cleanest countries in the world tend to top leaderboards because of certain cultures and ways of life.Japanese football fans made headlines for cleaning up rubbish in a stadium during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.In Japanese culture, it’s considered appropriate to clean up after yourself at public events such as concerts, festivals and sports games.center_img However, there are exceptions and it is not always just the cultural values of a place which dictate how clean it can be.The island of Singapore has managed to transform itself from a swampy land mass to one of the cleanest places in the world.How did it do it? Strict fines. Really strict fines.A person can be fined, or even arrested, for littering, spitting or selling chewing gum.Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew introduced the severe anti-litter laws in the 1960s and they are still in force today.People can be fined up to $1,000 (€670) for dropping litter on their first conviction, going up to $5,000 (€3,355) for repeat offenders.If you’re caught a third time you could even be made to wear a sign reading, “I am a litter lout.”You can also be fined $100 (€67) for putting your chewed gum anywhere that’s not a bin and there’s a $100 fine for not flushing a public toilet. Yes, spot checks are carried out. Source: Shutterstock/joyfullWould it work here? We already have fines here so the problem isn’t a lack of laws. There is, however, a lack of implementation.Littering in a public place is an offence in Ireland that can be subject to an on-the-spot fine of €150, or a maximum fine of €3,000 if convicted in a District Court.If a person continues this after being convicted, they are guilty of a further offence and can be fined up to €600 for each day it continues.In serious incidents, there is a maximum fine of up to €130,000 and a fine of up to €10,000 per day for continuing offences.However, while we may have the legislation around littering, very few fines that are issued are actually paid.In the years 2014 and 2015 Dublin council paid €670,000 and €640,000 respectively to collect illegally dumped litter but those who are fined for the offence simply aren’t coughing up. Source: Shutterstock/Sean PavoneOf the 6,259 fines issued across Dublin city between 2013 and 2015 – only 2,042 were paid in full with a further 77 fines being partially paid.The issue is not limited to Dublin city, less than half of all fines issued in Cork city since 2012 have been paid.What’s our problem? So why do fines work in Singapore but not here? Ireland is not alone in this. Many countries struggle with litter, and our neighbours in the UK have similar issues.Britain has carried out extensive research on the effectiveness – or ineffectiveness – of fines which found that people who have seen or heard about fines being issued through media reports are more likely to think they are effective.A report on the Effectiveness of Enforcement on Behaviour Change stated:Attitudes to enforcement are greatly shaped by the degree to which an individual sees them as a threat – and many do not think it is likely they will be fined for environmental offences.It also stated that, “A fixed penalty notice should only be issued where there is enough evidence to support a prosecution, so in the event that it is not paid, an authority will be able to follow it up in court.”Dublin councillor Ciaran Perry echoed this describing how the current system means the chance an an illegal dumper getting prosecuted is slim but said “illegal dumpers should fear getting caught”.It doesn’t look like Ireland will clean up its act as long as people feel they are able to get away with it.So would you support stricter fines for littering?  File Photo Image: Shutterstock/Concept Photo Feb 26th 2017, 7:40 AM Source: Logan Balestrino/Twitter Share Tweet Email3 Poll Results: Yes  (4199) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No (209) Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 7:40 AMlast_img read more

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Grandmother with 31 previous convictions admits role in credit card fraud gang

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio A UK GRANDMOTHER is facing jail for her role in a gang of fraudsters who travelled to Ireland on weekends to buy high value items using fake credit cards.After her arrest Michelle Butterworth (56) readily admitted her part in the fraud and identified her accomplices after one of them nearly ran her over while trying to escape from gardaí.Butterworth has 31 previous convictions for similar types of fraud and theft offences in the UK.She also has a conviction for running a brothel. Her defence counsel Luigi Rea BL said she committed the latest offences to pay off a loan she took out to bury her husband who died in 2013.Judge Karen O’Connor remanded Butterworth in continuing custody until 10 March when she will impose a sentence.Butterworth of Stanley Street in Rochdale pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to 13 credit fraud offences over the course of three weekends in September and October 2016. The offences were committed in Galway, Kildare and Dublin.Garda James Codd told prosecuting counsel Seamus Clarke BL that Butterworth and her gang used fake cards to buy €8,875 worth of goods including Sony Playstations, Gucci watches worth over €600, Samsung and Apple smartphones and a Claddagh ring.During the incident in Field’s Jewellers on William Street in Galway city Butterworth signed up for the store’s loyalty scheme in her own name and was given a €100 discount on a €765 watch.The group also targeted Field’s Jewellers in Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge, Argos in Dundrum Town Centre and Gamestop in Donaghmeade Shopping Centre.High quality fake credit cardClarke said Butterworth would buy items in the stores using a high quality fake credit card. The card didn’t have a chip and pin mechanism which meant the cashier had to enter the card number manually, bypassing several security checks in the process.The gang were caught after staff in the jewellers became suspicious of Butterworth and alerted gardaí who set up a surveillance operation. Gardaí followed their car to a petrol station where they saw Butterworth get out.When officers went to arrest the driver of the car he reversed at gardaí. He narrowly avoided hitting officers and Butterworth who was standing beside Gda Codd at the time.The driver then crashed into a wall and was arrested along with three others. Over €4,000 worth of goods was found in the car.Defence counsel Luigi Rea BL said Butterworth was “very much dispensed with” when gardaí arrived and was “very nearly run over herself”.He submitted that she was very co-operative in interview and made full admissions.Rea said his client was trying to pay off a high interest “payday loan” she had taken out to bury her husband who died in 2013.He said she has two grandchildren who she helps care for as their mother is a wheelchair user.Counsel added that as a foreign national, Butterworth would find any prison sentence particularly difficult.Comments have been closed as this case remains before the courts.Read: Jury in Daniel McAnaspie murder trial hears how teenager begged for his lifeRead: Man pleads not guilty to murdering ex-partner and stabbing her brother No Comments By Conor Gallagher 20,395 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 5:28 PM Grandmother with 31 previous convictions admits role in credit card fraud gang Michelle Butterworth will be sentenced on 10 March. Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Mar 2nd 2017, 5:28 PM http://jrnl.ie/3267580 last_img read more

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Delaney and FAI critic Paul Cooke to become Associations next Treasurer

first_img A general view of the FAI AGM in 2014. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO A general view of the FAI AGM in 2014. Friday 3 May 2019, 4:28 PM 15 Comments By Gavin Cooney 25,193 Views https://the42.ie/4618930 Delaney and FAI critic Paul Cooke to become Association’s next Treasurer There is some considerable change coming to the beleaguered football body. center_img Share17 Tweet Email1 May 3rd 2019, 4:28 PM AN OUTSPOKEN CRITIC of John Delaney and the FAI will become the next Honorary Treasurer of the Association. The FAI today confirmed that Paul Cooke, an accountant former Managing Director of The Star and the Sunday Business Post newspapers, will run unopposed for the role at July’s AGM. His election to that position is subject to the recommendations returned by the governance review committee.Cooke worked with John Delaney at Waterford United during the 1990s, and in recent years became a vocal critic of the Association. He is among few members of the FAI Council to ask dissenting questions at the AGM, and in 2009 quizzed the Board in relation to an unexplained figure of €5.2 million included in those accounts, recorded as “exceptional costs” relating to the Aviva Stadium. In an interview in last week’s Sunday Times, Cooke said that John Delaney “was given too much power”, saying that “John did do some good things for Irish football, but there was no control over him.” He will now join the FAI Board, and will be elected to the role at the FAI AGM in Trim on  27 July. The role was vacated last month by long-serving Eddie Murray, who resigned from the Board along with Honorary Secretary Michael Cody. There are two nominees for the latter role: retired army commander Gerry McAnaney and Tony Dignam, a former financial director of the FAI who stepped down in 2014. All elections are subject to the recommendations returned by the FAI’s governance review group, which is currently meeting weekly to recommend changes to how the FAI is run. The football body have two representatives on the five-person group – Niamh O’Donoghue and interim CEO Rea Walshe – with the other three appointed by Sport Ireland. They will submit their reform proposals on 21 June, ahead of the FAI AGM at which the present Board have said they will resign.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Donall Farmer/INPHOlast_img read more

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Marseille un navire à propulsion pour mesurer la pollution de lair marin

first_imgMarseille : un navire à propulsion pour mesurer la pollution de l’air marinPierre Kermen, skipper et ingénieur a annoncé à l’AFP le départ de son nouveau voilier à propulsion mis en place par l’université de Grenoble. Le navire, baptisé “Zéro CO2″ parcourra les calanques entre Marseille et Cassis afin d’effectuer une série de mesures destinée à définir le niveau de pollution de l’air marin. Zéro CO2, le voilier à propulsion de l’université de Grenoble a entamé aujourd’hui une vaste campagne en mer destiné à définir le niveau de pollution de l’air au large de Marseille. Plus concrètement, le protocole, mis au point par un laboratoire du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA), consiste à récolter durant un mois une série de données sur les concentrations en oxyde d’azote (NO et NO2) et en ozone (O3).”Lors des épisodes de pollution (à Marseille) avec une situation anticyclonique, nous avons une alternance de vents entre la terre et la mer. Il y a une très faible dispersion et au contraire un phénomène de concentration en mer, la nuit, puis, sous l’action du soleil, ces polluants réagissent et la brise de mer les ramène vers la terre”, explique à l’AFP Dominique Robin, directeur d’AirPACA, organisme de surveillance de la qualité de l’air et partenaire du projet. C’est pourquoi, celui-ci estime que de telles mesures sont particulièrement “intéressantes”. Zéro CO2 est un navire de douze mètres avec en guise de moteur, une pile à combustible fonctionnant à partird’hydrogène et relâchant seulement de l’eau. Ce système, extrêmement propre permet ainsi de réaliser des mesures sans que celles-ci soient faussées par les gaz d’échappement de l’embarcation comme cela a pu être le cas “lors de précédentes expériences”, souligne le directeur.Des décès précoces causés par la pollution À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?L’objectif de la mission scientifique est “de valider ou corriger certains modèles prédictifs”, souligne Dominique Robin qui conclut encore : “On estime que 200 personnes décèdent de façon anticipée chaque année à Marseille à cause de la pollution de l’air”.Selon les plans dévoilés, Zéro CO2 a déjà réalisé une première série de mesures au début du mois, entre Fos-sur-Mer et Marseille et a commencé mercredi une seconde série dans les calanques entre Marseille et Cassis. Mais le voilier effectuera également des mesures sur les “rails maritimes”, dans le sillage des ferries, et “à 50 milles nautiques” au large des côtes. Pour en savoir plus, c’est par ici : http://zeroco2sailing.com/fr/ Le 19 juillet 2012 à 12:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Warner Bros May Tackle American Attack on Titan Remake

first_img The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Stay on target Our international popular culture is already inundated with Attack on Titan. There’s the manga, of course. Then there’s the anime, which is about to debut its second season, two live-action movies, a live-action TV spinoff, video games, and a high school manga AU. What’s another adaptation?According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is negotiating to get the feature rights for Attack on Titan, which could pave the way for a live-action, Western film based on the popular manga property.If the rights are secured, the plans will be handed over to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman.For the uninitiated, Attack on Titan, by Hajime Isayama, is a post-apocalyptic story of a group of humans who live behind walls in fear of titans–giant, humanoid beings that devour humans. The bulk of the story follows a boy named Eren as he comes to learn the secrets of the titans and learns to fight them. That’s the basic premise, anyway. The plot is dense and full of conspiracies, government corruption, deception, friendship, potatoes, and tragedy. It’s also incredibly violent, which you can imagine from the story of giant, misshapen cannibals.A film adaptation of Attack on Titan could be welcome just based on the action alone, which involves a lot of kinetic, fast-paced, acrobatic combat. A competent action director can do wonders with the material.Plus, it’s an anime adaptation that wouldn’t fall prey to Ghost in the Shell-style whitewashing, since only one of the main characters is supposed to be canonically Japanese.The problem here lies in how Attack on Titan is structured, which utilizes slow narrative pacing to drag itself out and extend its own story. This is common in serialized manga, but it doesn’t translate well to screen. The show didn’t tweak any of this, so whoever would work on the film would need to do some heavy lifting to fit any of the arcs into two hours. Who knows if it could be done at all? The first live-action film in Japan did well, but the second did not.Either way, it’s just a deal to secure the rights, which means that a movie could be a few years away. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.last_img read more

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Cosplay Gallery Ace Comic Con Arizona 2018

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ACE Comic Con Arizona debuted at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. As ACE Universe’s latest installment in their newly launched franchise of comic conventions, ACE Comic Con Arizona showcased a star-studded guest line-up (featuring Chris Evans, Stan Lee, and Tom Holland) and a circular artist alley (including Todd Macfarlane, John Cassaday, and John Romita Jr.).A notable distinction between ACE Comic Con and other comic conventions is that ACE Universe shows will exclusively take place in sports arenas, thus re-configuring the standard comic convention layout. At ACE Comic Con Arizona, the main show floor was located on the ice rink, where the larger exhibitors and vendors were selling comics, toys, apparel, and other nerdy wares. A portion of the arena was sectioned off for the featured programming, including a Captain America panel, a Spider-Man: Homecoming panel, and a panel with Stan Lee and Todd Macfarlane.Alongside the concession stands around the perimeter of the first level of the arena, artists were placed in a circular artist alley, which was a little disorientating at first, but seemed to regulate the crowd flow the entire weekend. Similarly, the perimeter of the top floor was reserved for autograph sessions, an impromptu pinball arcade, and vendors selling clothing and replicas of Captain America shields.With newer conventions like ACE Comic Con, it can be hard to gauge the cosplay turnout ahead of time, but enthusiastic attendees of all ages showed up in amazing costumes. Because of the celebrity guest list, there were many Spider-Men, Captains America, and Winter Soldiers in attendance. Since this was my first time in Arizona, it was really great meeting so many amazing costumers who were excited to show off their skill and talent this past weekend. Check out all of the great cosplay I spotted this weekend!View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Cosplayed by themeechofitall (https://www.instagram.com/themeechofitall/)7. Cosplayed by imjusta.bear (https://www.instagram.com/imjusta.bear/)8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. Cosplayed by Aaron Rivin (https://www.instagram.com/aaronrivin/) & Mina Kess (https://www.instagram.com/minakess/)17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. All photos by Betty Felon.last_img read more

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OBITUARY Deborah A Clark 66

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Deborah A. Clark, age 66, of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, died Thursday, September 5 at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston.Born in Melrose on December 2, 1952 she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Lorraine M. (Surette) Coombs.Deborah was raised in Melrose and was a graduate of Melrose High School, Class of 1970. She was recruited out of high school for the FBI and spent six years there, only leaving to start her family. She and her high school sweetheart, Kevin Clark, were married in 1972 and raised their family in Malden, where they resided for 38 years. Deborah had spent her entire working career in the non-profit field. She loved to travel with her husband, visiting National Parks among many other destinations. She also loved going to concerts and had met a tremendous amount of rock stars throughout her life, leading to many interesting stories, including once giving someone a ride home. She was also a very special gust of many casinos. Above all things, Deborah’s grandchildren were the light of her life.She was the beloved wife of Kevin P. Clark. She was the loving mother Amy Duffy and her husband William C. Duffy III of Tewksbury and Matthew O. Clark and his wife Samantha of Saugus. Deborah was the adoring grandmother of William C. Duffy IV, Clark Duffy and Olivia and Amelia Clark. She was the loving sister of Sandra Cass and her her husband Richard of Wakefield, Charles Coombs of Mashpee and the late Michael Coombs.Visitation for relatives and friends at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Monday from 3-6pm.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910.Deborah A. Clark(NOTE: The above obituary is from McDonald Funeral Home.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Anchorage Police Identify Man Killed At Busy Intersection

first_imgAnchorage police have released the name of the pedestrian struck and killed Wednesday by an SUV.Download AudioPolice say 51-year-old Russell Place was hit just after 1:30 p.m. at Benson Boulevard and New Seward Highway.The highway stretches across six lanes and turning lanes at the location.Police say the 49-year-old woman driving the SUV was northbound on the highway.Place was walking in the road when he was struck. Medics declared him dead at the scene.No citations had been issued as of Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

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Rains kill 10 people in Sri Lanka

first_imgSri Lankan navy personnel evacuate residents following flooding in the Malwana, just outside the capital Colombo, on 23 May 2018 as monsoon rains lashed large parts of the island. Flood related accidents have killed at least ten people and damaged nearly 1,000 homes this week, according the Disaster Management Centre. Photo: AFPThe death toll in Sri Lanka’s monsoon rains has climbed to 10 while 27,621 people have been evacuated, officials said on Wednesday.The number of evacuees rose from 6,090 to 27,621 on Tuesday, according to the latest figures released by the country’s Disaster Management Centre.Refuge has been sought in 194 shelters set up by the government. There are 84,943 people affected by the monsoon in the island country since last week, Efe news reported.The rains were expected to continue for at least another 24 hours. The southern and western parts of the country were worst-affected, where 29 houses had been destroyed and 2,527 were partially damaged.In June 2017, monsoon rains and cyclone Mora caused at least 212 deaths and 79 disappearances in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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RJ losses decline by JD1 million compared to 2015

first_img Royal Jordanianbook your RJ flights hereSource = Royal Jordanian Royal Jordanian DreamlinerRJ losses decline by JD1 million compared to 2015Royal Jordanian losses dropped by JD1 million in the first quarter of 2016, from JD8.3 million in the first quarter of 2015 to JD 7.3 million for the same period this year. The results improved by 13% despite the unfair competition the company faces.The decrease in losses happened even though revenues during the first quarter of the current year also went down 5% in the first three months of this year, to JD140.4 million from JD148.4 million in the first three months of 2015. The lower revenues are attributed to the reduced tickets prices resulting from lower oil prices.As RJ stressed on different occasions, air traffic is seasonal in nature. Normally airlines, RJ included, see a remarkable regression in the number of travellers in the first and last quarters of the year (the winter season), whereas they witness active traffic in the second quarter and reaching the peak season in the third quarter, during the summer and holidays, which means improved seat factor. Improved seat factor enables airlines to achieve better financial results at the end of the year, as was the case with RJ last year.RJ registered JD21 million net profits at the end of 2015, while the net profits for the first nine months of the same year were JD27 million. The lower traffic in the last three months of 2015 brought down the final financial figure.RJ looks forward to achieving net profits by improving its services and continuing the implementation of the five-year business plan it started in 2015.The plan is based on a number of pillars that involve controlling costs, increasing revenues, reassessing the route network by studying the profitability of the routes and considering new markets.The airline opened new destinations last year and this year; they are Tabuk, Najaf, Ankara, Jakarta and Guangzhou. It also shut down some routes for commercial reasons, including Delhi, Mumbai, Colombo, Lagos, Accra, Milano, Alexandria, Al Ain and Kiev.last_img read more

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Exciting new ecoexperience in the Whitsundays revealed

first_imgExciting new eco-experience in the Whitsundays revealed!Exciting new eco-experience in the Whitsundays revealed!An exciting new experience could be on the cards for the Whitsunday National Park after it was revealed that tenders have opened for a feasibility study into new eco-accommodation.Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch has announced that the tender process is now open for a feasibility study into building a premium ecotourism experience on Whitsunday Island, the largest in the 74-island group.Ms Enoch said the feasibility study would look at low-impact eco-accommodation, walking tracks throughout the island – to expand on the many existing tracks – and showcase iconic destinations such as Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.“Our Government is committed to delivering ecotourism experiences that are ecologically and environmentally sustainable, and that create employment for locals, and opportunities for traditional owners,” Ms Enoch said.Tourism Whitsundays General Manager Tash Wheeler said it was a very exciting time in the Whitsundays, with so much happening and a lot of projects unfolding or coming to fruition.“The announcement that the Queensland Government is putting an ecotourism experience out to tender for a feasibility study is very exciting news for the region and also for us as an organisation,” she said.“Whitsunday Island is one of our most iconic islands, being home to world famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, and to be able to share this with visitors in an eco-friendly and sustainable way is truly fantastic.“Add to this the new Langford Island walk that opened in January, and the two new walking tracks planned for Border and Haslewood Islands, and it is a very exciting time indeed for our island experiences.“We are also expecting construction on the upgrade and expansion of the Hill Inlet Lookout to start any day now, and we can also look forward to a new walking track opening quite soon on the southern end of Whitehaven Beach.“As well, Daydream Island Resort is due to reopen later this year following a $100 million redevelopment – which we cannot wait for! – and the much-loved Airlie Beach Hotel on the mainland is also due to reopen, in June, following an extensive refurbishment.“All in all, it’s a fantastic time to think about booking a holiday in the Whitsundays this winter!”For more information about the Whitsundays visit www.tourismwhitsundays.com.auSource = Tourism Whitsundayslast_img read more

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Travel Counsellors

first_imgTravel Counsellors It will be chilly, but that won’t deter the hundreds who will be braving Melbourne winter temps to take part in Travel Counsellors’ annual conference this weekend – expected to be the biggest yet in TC’s 10 years of operation in Australia.From 2-4 June, more than 120 Travel Counsellors from all over Australia will network with key members of the global management team, head office staff, media, sponsors, suppliers, AFTA representatives and partners. The event will be held at the iconic MCG, with a reception and gala dinner at the city’s InterContinental HotelThis year’s theme focuses on ‘what it means to be a Travel Counsellor’, and a range of guest speakers from the media, business and sport will share stories of their own successes. last_img read more

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Rep Nobles Monthly Legislative Update

first_img18May Rep. Noble’s Monthly Legislative Update Categories: Noble News Recently the Michigan Legislature passed a package of “brownfield” bills commonly referred to as the “Gilbert bills.” While these bills have passed, I was happy to vote in opposition to them. I feel that this package of bills is government’s attempt to pick economic winners and losers through the practice of “corporate welfare.” I do not believe we, as a state, should be in the business of giving tax dollars to corporations for the investment in brownfields. This can and should be handled at the local level.For example, the Northville property located at the corner of Beck and Five Mile is being developed without the use of state tax dollars. Since the negotiations have taken place locally, the state will be able to collect all of that tax revenue without having to subsidize a corporation’s choice to expand.Another important piece of legislation being discussed in the Legislature is House Bill 4466. This bill will prohibit holding or using a portable electronic device by the driver of a vehicle on any highway or street in this state. In addition, this prohibition will include while the vehicle is stopped at the light or intersection. This bill defines  “use” as conducting a search; viewing, taking, or transmitting an image or video; playing games; performing a command or request to access an internet page; and composing, sending, reading, viewing, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving, or retrieving an e-mail message, text message, instant message or other electronic data.I believe this is a very important piece of legislation because many people are paying more attention to their phones than to driving. Too often, as I am driving throughout the district and to and from Lansing, I look over to see someone operating their vehicle while using their mobile device. Common sense should tell us to focus on driving to ensure our safety as well as those with whom we share the roadways.If you have any ideas, comments or questions for me, please do not hesitate to call 517-373-3816 or send an email to jeffnoble@house.mi.gov. I am always happy to hear from you!Rep. Jeff Noblelast_img read more

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Rep Kelly votes for bill prohibiting local taxes on food

first_img Categories: Kelly News,News 05Oct Rep. Kelly votes for bill prohibiting local taxes on food House passes measure with bipartisan supportcenter_img State Rep. Tim Kelly today voted for legislation prohibiting local governments from placing taxes on the manufacture, distribution and sale of all food and beverages.Kelly, of Saginaw Township, said he signed on in support of the bill, introduced by state Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker, because some Michigan families are still facing economic challenges.“The Michigan Constitution promises that the state will never impose taxes on food and beverages, and we want to extend that ban on taxes to include local governments,” Kelly said. “We are being proactive in light of communities in Illinois and Pennsylvania that recently added a local tax to food purchases.”Kelly said once taxes in those communities were imposed, small grocery stores began cutting the hours of workers and even laying people off because people were doing their grocery shopping in neighboring towns where there is no local food tax.He said any local taxes would affect lower-income families the most.“Families who are still finding it difficult to make ends meet will feel the worst impact if local governments were to tax food,” Kelly said. “Low-income families dedicated about one-third of their total income to food. Any local tax could mean missed meals.”The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The Michigan Food Access and Affordability Act is House Bill 4999.last_img read more

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Rep Hoitengas unmanned aircraft bills fly through Michigan House

first_img22Mar Rep. Hoitenga’s unmanned aircraft bills fly through Michigan House The Michigan House today approved a pair of bills proposed by state Rep. Michele Hoitenga as part of a legislative package establishing needed state laws for drones.House Bill 5494 declares drone use as an extension of the person in instances of criminal activity. Illegal activity carried out with the use of a drone, such as dropping contraband, weapons, cell phones or other items onto correctional facility property for inmates, would be treated the same as an individual breaking the law without unmanned aircraft as an aid.HB 5496 aims to expand and centralize available information on a growing industry, tasking the existing Michigan Aeronautics Commission with providing education to various departments, the public, law enforcement and other entities.“There are Federal Aviation Administration guidelines that touch on drone use, but we have very little to go on at the state level,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “When a new industry takes off so rapidly, we must look at measures that ensure acceptable use to protect state and public safety interests.”The legislation advanced unanimously on March 14 through the House Communications and Technology Committee, chaired by Hoitenga, and now moves to the Senate for further consideration. Categories: Hoitenga News,Newslast_img read more

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Is NYs Atty General Underwood Just Picking on the Trump Foundation

first_imgShare16Tweet8ShareEmail24 Shares[Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsJune 15, 2018; NYN MediaThe sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won’t settle this case!…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2018Zach Williams, a staff reporter for New York Nonprofit Media, writes that on the face of it, it’s a bit absurd for Trump or his supporters to complain that he is being badgered by an attorney general’s office with a political bone to pick. The bone—or bones, of course—are from the picked-over carcass of a family foundation that was for years ridden with abuse of charity standards and law.Williams points out that the office has been anything but lax in pursuing other cases that are similar in many respects to the one brought against the Donald J. Trump Foundation. In fact, that office is known for its activism on behalf of the state and its nonprofit stakeholders. Below are six cases cited by Williams (as he wrote them) to support his contention that the Trump Foundation suit is actually very much business as usual for that office.Richenthal Foundation (about $11 million in assets)[New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood] announced a settlement on May 21 that resolved an investigation into how David Richenthal reportedly took about $500,000 from the foundation his father founded. The allegations were similar to those that now face Trump, who is also accused of using funds without the approval of his board—comprised primarily of his children. In the case of Richenthal this was done “without oversight or intervention.” In the case of Trump, the lack of oversight was in part because the board had not met in nearly two decades, according to Underwood’s lawsuit. Richenthal was also accused of having the foundation make a $250,000 grant to settle a legal matter involving a former romantic partner. Trump faces similar charges for using his foundation funds to pay for unrelated legal expenses on several occasions.Yisroel Schulman, former president of the New York Legal Assistance Group (about $15 million in assets)Schulman reached a settlement with then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman late last year over allegations that he diverted funds from NYLAG to other charities he controlled in order to raise his community profile. This is similar to how Underwood says that Trump Campaign officials reportedly directed the disbursements of funds to Iowa veterans’ charities to appear more generous as the 2016 Republican Iowa Caucus approached.National Children’s Leukemia Foundation (defunct)This Brooklyn-based organization was closed after settling with the Attorney General’s office in 2015. Former officers including its founder and leader Zvi Shor, its president Yehuda Gutwein, the founder’s son, Shlomo Shor, and its auditor, Shlomo Donn were also banned from serving as fiduciaries of any New York nonprofit. The nonprofit presented itself as a legitimate charity to donors but did not in fact operate the programs and facilities that it claimed, including a cancer research center and bone marrow registry. Trump is accused of misrepresenting the aims of his foundation by, among other things, using foundation money to purchase a portrait of himself.Victor E. Perley Fund (about $1.8 million in assets)An alleged breakdown in governance resulted in the board of the Perley Fund looking the other way as the foundation’s leader, Richard A. Basini, purchased a $1 million Southampton home as a private residence. A $1.025 million settlement in 2015 mandated that all of the board members be replaced with trustees approved by the attorney general’s office. The accusation that they failed to exercise reasonable care in overseeing the organization and its finances are similar to those faced by Trump’s board.The National Arts Club (about $4.6 million in assets)Aldon James and his brother John James mixed family and nonprofit business similar to the way the Trumps allegedly have. The James case involved accusations of fiduciary neglect, wasted assets and false statements—all allegations currently facing the Trumps. In the case of Aldon James that meant using club funds to go shopping. In the case of the Trumps, it involved using foundation funds to pay personal legal expenses and among other things, holding what was ostensibly a foundation fundraiser that was in reality a campaign event. The James brothers settled their case in 2013 for $950,000 and are permanently barred from running nonprofits in New York.Lower Esopus River Watch (defunct)Some of the allegations against President Trump also resemble those Schneiderman brought against Frederick Fritschler in 2013. The former chairman of the Ulster County Environmental Management Council used his position to direct donations to the Lower Esopus River Watch, where Fritschler once served as director. He then used some of those funds to pay for personal living expenses such as vacations, entertainment and meals at high-end restaurants. Fritschler chose to fight the allegations but found himself ultimately on the losing end of a $540,000 judgement, which resulted in the demise of the nonprofit, according to an April 10, 2013 press release. “Abuse of your official position for private gain is unacceptable no matter who you are,” Schneiderman said in the press release.Recent cases in other states also indicate suits like this one aren’t abnormal.The suit brought by Underwood against the Trump Foundation is 41 dense pages long and can be accessed here. It cites many individual instances where its stewardship of charitable dollars allegedly betrayed the public’s trust and is well worth reading.Williams points out that there are around 100,000 nonprofits in New York, with combined assets of $400 billion. The overwhelming majority of these nonprofits steward their revenues appropriately. These nonprofits benefit from state prosecutions that weed out those nonprofits who abuse their trust relationship for personal or political gain. After all, fundraising depends not only on the credibility of an individual group, but of the sector as a whole. So, while the Donald J. Trump Foundation is not the only nonprofit to be held to account by the attorney general, its activities would certainly appear to make it deserving of the state action taken.—Ruth McCambridgeShare16Tweet8ShareEmail24 Shareslast_img read more

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BSkyB has launched its multiscreen service Sky Go

first_imgBSkyB has launched its multiscreen service Sky Go on Android devices.Android smartphone users with a Sky subscription can from today use the devices to watch up to 22 live channels, including all four Sky Sports channels.Sky Go is available to Sky TV customers at no extra cost but what they are able to watch depends on the Sky TV subscription taken. Users can register two devices and watch on both at the same time.“We fully appreciate how much Android users have been looking forward to the launch of Sky Go, and we’ve done everything we can to make sure that our bespoke design for Android handsets is worth waiting for,” said Holly Knill, head of Sky Go, Sky Player and mobile TV at BSkyB, when the company announced it would expand onto Android.last_img read more

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The channel branding market which includes everyt

first_imgThe channel branding market, which includes everything from the basic inclusion of a channel logo in the top left of the screen to the complete control and customisation of content elements at playout, will grow by 17.6% from 2012 to 2016, reaching US$197.6 million (€153 million),  according to the latest Channel Branding Market Report from Futuresource Consulting.Growth is being driven by increasing demand in emerging markets such as China and Latin America. North America is expanding at a more modest rate of 4%, while the financial crisis causes the market to plateau in Europe.last_img read more

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