Furneaux Refutes Shipping Service Cancellations

first_imgzoom Despite reports to the contrary, Furneaux Freight remains committed to continuing shipping services to the communities of both Flinders and Cape Barren Island, Tasmania, said the company in a release.The press release was issued as a response to Tasmania Minister of Infrastructure Rene Hidding’s written statement saying that the Ministry had been advised by Flinders Island Council that Furneaux Shipping would cease its freight services to the Island from September 22, this year, stating as a reason  a commercial dispute between TasPorts, which operates the Port of Lady Barron, and Furneaux Freight, which is licensed to conduct stevedoring activity at the port, as well as operating the shipping service.In an update to the first statement, the Ministry of Infrastructure has disclosed that the Liberal Government of Tasmania on September 4 requested that TasPorts immediately develop short and medium term options to ensure continuity of shipping services to Flinders and Cape Barren Islands.However, Furneaux Freight has dislosed that the company had given Tasports notice that it would no longer conduct stevedoring activities at the Port of Lady Barron which is owned by Tasports, but it remains committed to providing shipping services to the communities on both Flinders and Cape Barren Islands. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 World Maritime News Staff, September 05, 2014last_img read more

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Asia-North Europe Carriers Need to Lift Spot Rates

first_imgzoom Lack of attention paid to lifting spot rates on the Asia-North Europe trade is threatening to send many carriers back to the red, according to UK-based shipping consultancy Drewry.At present, Drewry believes that carriers can make similar overall profit as last year (approximately USD 6 billion) as costs are being helped by lower bunker fuel and some network improvements through the mega-alliances.“However, this forecast could easily be derailed as freight rates in many Asia export trades are in a tailspin, and if this persists we will undoubtedly have to trim it back significantly,”Drewry said.The freight rate erosion is most damaging to carriers in the big Asia to North Europe route, with the Shanghai to Rotterdam assessment of the World Container Index falling for 11 consecutive weeks to slump to its lowest point since December 2011. As of 16 April the WCI benchmark put average rates at around USD 480 per teu although lower prices will have been available to the market.Despite lower bunker costs, with weakening load factors many ships will not be covering their unit costs, according to Drewry. Even if the ships were full (in which case rates would be heading in the opposite direction) Drewry calculates that around 85% of ships in the trade would be losing money on each voyage for their operators and certainly none would be contributing much to the bottom line. In that unlikely scenario all ships under 15,000 teu would be losing money.Assuming that at least nine-tenths of all ships deployed in the trade are currently losing money it is therefore no surprise that carriers have announced a raft of blank voyages for this month, while MSC has delayed the maiden voyage of the 19,200 teu newbuild MSC Oliver.According to Drewry, this is hardly a long-term solution as this tactic can only be expected to temporarily lift load factors by a few percentage points at best.“These are clearly very difficult times for carriers and while they have shown an ability to raise spot rates almost as fast as they have fallen they will need to repeat that trick pretty quickly.If they can’t, they risk the wrath of their BCO customers that have signed contracts at higher rates and who may well want to renegotiate to get closer to the spot market. A prolonged spot rate downturn will force carriers to consider the nuclear option of laying up ships,” Drewry added.last_img read more

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Living With the Fear of Cancer Recurrence

first_imgCancer Care Nova Scotia will host a public lecture Tuesday, April 10, in Halifax on, How to Live With the Fear of Cancer Recurrence. It is part of the Cancers Answers lecture series, designed to provide Nova Scotians with quality cancer information. It will be presented by Dr. Deborah McLeod, member of the Capital Health Cancer Care Program’s Psychosocial Oncology Team. “Our Cancer Answers public lecture series reaches out and responds to Nova Scotians by sharing expert information on cancer topics,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Considering that more than 28,000 Nova Scotians are living with, or are survivors, of cancer, the fear of recurrence is very real for them and their families.” The lecture will be held in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre,Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St. It will also be available by video conference at: St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish Strait Regional Hospital, Evanston Guysborough Memorial Hospital, Guysborough Eastern Memorial Hospital Canso; Western Kings Memorial Health Centre, Berwick Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow; Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater Queen’s General Hospital, Liverpool Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital, Inverness Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Yarmouth. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families and the health care system through prevention, screening, education and research.last_img read more

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Burning Permits Required Beginning April 1

first_imgNova Scotians who want to burn brush within 305 metres of woods will require a provincial burning permit. Residents of Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg, Annapolis, Kings and Digby counties will need the permits, effective Wednesday, April 1. Permits are required in all counties by Saturday, April 15. The fire season is expected to last until Oct. 15. “Some believe that burning grass is beneficial to re-growth in the spring, but that is a myth,” said Natural Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Far too often, small, seemingly controlled grass fires get out of control and put wildlife and habitat at risk. “As a rule, the department discourages people from lighting fires to clear grass. Anyone who decides to use fire should be absolutely certain that they have the appropriate permit and that they take all the necessary precautions.” Starting a fire without a provincial permit can result in a fine of up to $500, six months in jail, or both. Landowners should contact their local municipal government office to see if additional permits are required. For more information on burning permits and wildfire prevention, go to www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire or visit a Department of Natural Resources office. For common myths about grass burning, go to www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/firecentre/grass-burning.asp . Forest fires can be reported by calling 911 or toll-free at 1-800-565-2224.last_img read more

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Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu back under house arrest upon return from Delhi

first_imgSRINAGAR: Srinagar Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu was on Tuesday put back under house arrest upon his return from New Delhi, where he had gone for medical treatment, reports said. The centre had restricted his movements in the days following its decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5. Earlier, in an interview with a news channel, Mattu had criticised the ongoing clampdown on Kashmir and the detention of its political leaders. He claimed that while there may not be any bodies littering its streets, assuming that the region has returned to normal would be “highly unrealistic”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Mattu, who is also the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference (JKPCC) spokesperson, was particularly scathing in his condemnation of the centre’s decision to place mainstream politicians in Kashmir under arrest as a “precautionary” measure. “Over the years, political activists in Kashmir have braved threats and violence by terrorist elements to survive in the mainstream. But today, they are hunted and hounded,” he said. JKPCC chief Sajjad Lone is among those placed under arrest in Kashmir, besides National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe Srinagar Mayor had claimed that the centre was handling the Kashmir situation the wrong way. “Containing a sentiment in the aftermath of a radical decision by enforcing a clampdown doesn’t mean that the situation is normal. The BJP government’s policy of detainment seems to be a purely operational one,” he said, adding that many families in the Valley were still unable to communicate with their loved ones. According to Mattu, scrapping Jammu and Kashmir’s special status had caused an “existential crisis” because it formed the very basis of its identity. “We have always lived with a very palpable threat of violence, that’s not a new scenario. But to use that to justify the withdrawal of fundamental rights… that’s at the very core of alienation in Kashmir,” he said. The ruling BJP has justified the clampdown on Jammu and Kashmir, saying that such a step was “essential” to prevent terrorists from joining forces against the administration. “How do we cut off communications between terrorists and their masters on the one hand, but keep the Internet open for other people? I would be delighted to know,” EAM S Jaishankar had said.last_img read more

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Anchor store expected to help largely vacant mall attract merchants shoppers

Dan Healing, The Canadian Press CALGARY — Ten months after tenants started moving into the still mostly empty New Horizon Mall just north of Calgary, its first anchor tenant is being announced this week.That means the grand opening originally scheduled for October could take place — at last — this spring, says Eli Swirsky, president of The Torgan Group, which developed the Asian bazaar-style centre in conjunction with its partner, MPI Property Group.The Calgary anchor tenant is The Best Shop, which operates a store described as a “Chinese Walmart” in Toronto’s Pacific Mall, a similar shopping centre opened by The Torgan Group about 20 years ago.Negotiations are nearing completion for an unnamed second anchor store, which Swirsky said is in food merchandising but not a restaurant or grocery store.“It took two years with Pacific Mall to get to full occupancy and I think we’re going to match the same. I think those two anchors are going to provide a major momentum for other tenants to come in,” said Swirsky in an interview.Unlike most shopping centres in Canada, about 70 per cent of New Horizon Mall’s retail space has been sold to individual investors who have the option of leasing to others or operating their spaces themselves. The rest of the space — about 80,000 square feet — is being held by the developer for anchor tenants.The mall began allowing tenants to set up their shops in May of 2018 but only nine of its 517 spaces were occupied by last September. It says The Best Shop’s opening will take the total number of shops to 73.According to the mall, the store’s products will include mahjong tables and an extremely small washing machine that sells for around $100, plus brands such as Haier and Midea that are popular in China but relatively unknown in Canada. It will be the second outlet in Canada.Best Shop is getting about eight months of free rent and financial help with improvements on its 15,000-square-foot space, Swirsky said, adding the mall is also offering to help unit owners cover the costs of bringing in tenants to occupy spaces they own. “Everybody wants the traffic to be there so that when they open the business they have the customers outside the front door,” said Swirsky, asked to explain why it’s taking so long to fill the mall.“The reality is the more businesses open, the more traffic that will be generated.”Tenants at the mall welcomed the anchor signing, while pointing out that rents have been falling steadily since opening due to the lack of customers.“(My rent) is a good deal. I think there could be a better deal,” said Ryan Low-On, who said he’s negotiating a reduction in the $2,000 per month he pays for his 450-square-foot custom decal and imported products shop opened last summer.“A lot of unit holders here are giving out essentially free rent, just pay condo fees for 12 months.”Farther down the echoing hallway, David Chamberlain of Boardgames4Us said he intended to rent out the two 40 square-metre (436-square-foot) units he bought but couldn’t find a tenant willing to spend the $6,000 each per month he thinks the spaces should command.Instead, he decided to convert his online board game and puzzle marketing business into physical stores in December.“Right now, I’d say we’re still in the perception of the glass is half-empty,” he said. “So until we start to get more of the units occupied … we really won’t get the benefit of being near CrossIron Mills.”Alina Wu, who opened a clothing alternations shop on Monday, said she’s only paying $1,000 per month for her space.New Horizon Mall is located next to the highly successful CrossIron Mills outlet shopping centre but its location next to a highway in a rural/industrial area is a problem, said retail analyst Maureen Atkinson, a senior partner at J.C. Williams Group of Toronto.“It’s based on an Asian model that’s not necessarily applicable in Calgary … The challenge is it’s not in the middle of an Asian community,” she said.“CrossIron Mills has proven that people will go that distance to shop for something different. But whether this (mall) is strong enough to be able to do that is really very questionable.”She conceded that strong anchor tenants will help New Horizon Mall fill its many empty spaces. Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

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Angolan refugees in DR of Congo signup for UN repatriation initiative

In collaboration with the DRC Government, UNHCR said yesterday it is tallying the total refugee population, making lists of those who want to go home over the next two years, and issuing identity cards to those who wish to remain for now. “This is important not only for the Angolan refugees who want to go home, it is also for better protection for those who remain,” said UNHCR Registration Officer Yvan Serge Kragbe, who is leading the exercise. “If they have ID cards, the police and everyone know they are refugees, and sometimes the ID card allows them to work because it’s like a residence permit, it confirms their legal status.”UNHCR said the registration exercise, which kicked-off in two refugee camps – Nkondo and Kilueka – in the eastern province of Bas Congo, would extend to camps in the Katanga province, followed by the capital, Kinshasa, and other towns and villages.While the majority of the refugees are looking forward to the possibility of going back home after 27 years, some have qualms about being on the first convoy back to Angola.”If UNHCR is disposed to take us home in an orderly manner, we want to go home,” said Handa, adding, “I don’t know the reality of my village so I don’t know whether it will be easy or hard to go home. But I don’t think it will be easy.”Workers at Kilueka refugee camp are making preparations for the movement of large numbers of refugees, UNHCR said. The reception centre that welcomed the refugees when they arrived at this camp in 1999 is being rehabilitated to serve as a departure hall. Under a tripartite agreement signed between the DRC, Angola and UNHCR last December, the voluntary repatriation of some of the 170,000 Angolan refugees in the DRC is to begin on 20 June and run for two years. Up until last year, an estimated 450,000 Angolan refugees lived in countries bordering Angola, with another 50,000 scattered across the world. Some 130,000 of them have returned since the civil war ended in April last year. read more

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UN envoy says dialogue between Lebanon and Syria is crucial

Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council 1559, which focuses on an end to foreign interference in Lebanon, arrived in Beirut last night for talks with Lebanese officials ahead of Mr. Annan’s third semi-annual report on the issue expected next month.“I come at an important time in Lebanese history. For the first time, all Lebanese factions are sitting around one table, discussing subjects that had been taboo until only a few months ago, without any foreign participation or intervention,” he said on arrival, lauding the ongoing National Dialogue between Lebanese political forces.“What is of crucial importance now is that there is a dialogue between Lebanon and Syria on the relevant issues. The common border should be demarcated, in accordance with the agreement reached at the Dialogue, and embassies should be established as soon as possible.”Mr. Roed-Larsen praised Lebanese Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri for initiating the National Dialogue, which began on 2 March, adding that there had been “very positive results to date.”Positive developments include an agreement reached among all Lebanese parties that formal diplomatic relations should be established and the border be demarcated between Lebanon and Syria, and that Palestinian militias outside the refugee camps will be disarmed within a period of six months.“Two issues that are also of relevance to the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, the matter of presidential elections and that of the disarmament and disbanding of Lebanese militias, are still to be resolved,” he added.Mr. Roed-Larsen, who has been on a whirlwind tour of the capitals of the permanent members of the Security Council and of a number of Arab states, will continue his talks in Beirut in the coming days. read more

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Afghanistan UN mission has no plans to close offices in conflicttorn south

“In areas where there is conflict, it is clearly important that everything possible is done to ensure the safety of civilians, as well as ensuring safety for UN and other humanitarian workers,” UN Assistance Mission in Afganistan (UNAMA) Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Kabul, the capital.“Regarding the safety of UN staff here, we have heard rumors over the past few days that the UN is evacuating its offices in the south. This is incorrect. What is certainly true is that insecurity presents problems to our work, and realistically over the next three months or so insecurity seems likely to continue.“If staff can’t get out to do their work, we will assess staff levels and move people to places where they can be more effective and useful,” he added. On the question of Pakistani-Afghan relations, Mr. Edwards stressed the need for cooperation. Mr. Edwards was continually pressed about the possible closure of UN offices in the south as fighting between rebels and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) intensifies.“Let me be absolutely clear about this – there is no decision to close UN offices in the south. The option always remains for the UN to move staff to other places if they can be more effective there. But if that’s happening we’ll let you know,” he declared. read more

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RIM subscribers cash to be closely watched in Q3 ahead of BlackBerry

WATERLOO, Ont. – Research In Motion will report third-quarter results Thursday, the last time the market will get a peek into RIM’s financials before it releases its much anticipated new line of smartphones in the new year.Analysts will closely be watching the company’s cash volume and subscriber numbers after the BlackBerry-maker surprised in the last quarter with better-than-expected numbers on both fronts.“We want to see their cash balance more or less unchanged quarter over quarter. They’re going to need all that ammunition to promote the BlackBerry 10 globally when they launch it,” said National Bank analyst Kris Thompson.On Jan. 30, the company (TSX:RIM) will unveil a new line of smartphones running its latest operating system as it enters the most important months of its history, ones that will likely determine whether RIM survives in its existing form.RIM has already said it expects to report an operating loss in the third quarter as it works through the transition to its next generation of BlackBerry smartphones and completes its cost reduction plan.Thompson said he expects to see subscribers fall by about a million, but noted a surprise in that area could happen again.In the second quarter, RIM said it had 80 million subscribers at the end of the quarter, an increase of about 2 million from the previous three months.“I modelled down a million last quarter too and (I was) wrong. They’re discounting the units aggressively, they’re blowing out their inventory, so I wouldn’t be too surprised to actually see them grow that subscriber base again. If they can do that and maintain their cash, the stock is going higher,” Thompson said.With the company heading into uncertain territory in the new year, RIM’s stock price has traded erratically.Since falling to its lowest level in about a decade in September, the company’s shares have surged about 125 per cent, helped by a number of analyst upgrades.Some analysts have noted that even though RIM has added new customers, many of them have been in emerging markets where lower priced phones are the norm. Cheaper phones don’t add as much to the bottom line.Also in its second quarter results, RIM said its cash reserves grew by $100 million to $2.3 billion as of Sept. 1. Analysts had been concerned that the company would have to dip into its savings to survive during this period before its new product launch.Technology analyst Bill Kreher at Edward Jones said it’s hard to forecast quarterly results going forward because although the launch date for the phones is set, customers do not yet know when they will be available. He is hoping the company will shed some light on that question and also reveal a price point.“Any incremental information would be helpful,” he said.Richard Tse, an analyst at Cormark Securities, said the key thing he’ll be focusing on is the company’s outlook.“I’m sure a lot of questions will be around the timing of BB10 and the extent that they can talk about that and give specifics.”This year, RIM has watched its market share in North America dramatically fall to about four per cent as the BlackBerry became an afterthought in the face of Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3.And while other companies debuted new devices, RIM was forced to push the launch of its BlackBerry 10 operating system and new phones into next year, missing the crucial back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons.The company has also made significant reductions across its operations, closing facilities, severing ties with certain manufacturers and announcing plans to lay off 5,000 workers across its global operations in an effort to save $1 billion by the end of its fiscal year.Analysts are expecting a quarterly loss of 33 cents per share and an annual loss of $1.27 per share. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 4:00 am MDT RIM subscribers, cash to be closely watched in Q3 ahead of BlackBerry launch read more

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Valeant gets lenders approval to delay filing of 2015 annual report Q1

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 6:18 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Valeant gets lenders’ approval to delay filing of 2015 annual report, Q1 report LAVAL, Que. – Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (TSX:VRX) says its lenders have agreed to give the company more time to file its 2015 audited annual report with U.S. regulators.Failure to get approval for the deadline extension would have put Valeant in default of lending agreements affecting billions of dollars borrowed by the company to fund its rapid growth through acquisitions.The Quebec-based company says a majority of its lenders have agreed to give Valeant until May 31 to file its 10-K report for 2015 but the company still intends to have it done by April 29, as previously announced.The possibility of default has been one of the factors weighing on Valeant’s stock price this year.Valeant wasn’t able to file the 10-K report by the normal March 15 deadline because of a need to restate how it reported about US$58 million of revenue from Philidor Rx Services — an affiliated company that has now been shut down.Once one of Canada’s most valuable companies following years of growth through multiple acquisitions, Valeant’s stock has dropped dramatically since last summer amid controversy on several fronts — including its relationship with Philidor.Valeant’s shares have surged this week, closing at C$44.77 on Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange, after its board announced Monday that no additional information needs to be restated before the audited financial report is completed.That’s still down from Valeant’s peak closing stock price of $346.32 per share set in August.Valeant has also received lender approval to file its 2016 first quarter report as late as July 31, about six weeks after the normal deadline of June 14 under U.S. regulations.“While the company is working diligently to file its Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, these extensions provide relief under the credit facility in the event the Form 10-K is not filed by April 29, 2016, and the Form 10-Q is not filed by June 14, 2016,” the company said Thursday. read more

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There is a climate of intimidation at British universities we are afraid

Needless to say, the prospect… He also steered clear of Twitter, which has probably served him well over the past few months as he has been setting up the Journal of Controversial Ideas, a new, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to airing the kind of research on race and intelligence, genetics and gender identity that has recently seen academics no-platformed and drummed out of their jobs.  When Professor Jeff McMahan arrived in Oxford, a chance conversation turned him off social media. A fellow philosophy lecturer was rueing the day he had agreed to be his grandson’s “friend” on Facebook, then accepted requests from hordes of students. “I took that as a warning and never signed up,” says McMahan.  read more

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ADRIATIC Worlds Young Player 201516 – Sander Sagosen

Handball-Planet.com is pleased to announce the results of Voting Contest for the ADRIATIC World’s Young Handball Player 2015/2016 (generation 1994 and younger). Norwegian youngstar from the Danish Aalborg, Sander Sagosen (1995), has got the highest number of points based on cumulative votes of the international Jury members from 13 countries and Handball-Planet.com visitors for the second year in a row! Fantastic performance of the 21 years-old Sagosen at Men’s EHF EURO 2016, where he was undoubtely one of the biggest stars, gave him confident win in the race for the prestigious award.Sagosen won the award with 34 points in total, ahead of Croatian right back Luka Šebetić who ended with 24 points and Swedish left wing Jerry Tollbring with 22.In two weeks of voting period 27.252 votes for 28 nominated players have shown the outstanding interest for our project, who has the goal to present the future stars of our sport.COMPLETE RESULTS – BEST 7VOTING PROCESS – YOUR VOTESThe first winner of HP Contest in 2014 was Spanish right back Alex Dujshebaev.Members of the Jury:Patrick Andersen (Denmark, hbold.dk)Nicolas Chardon (Handnews.fr TEAM (France)Zika Bogdanovic (Serbia, Balkan-Handball.com)Lojze Grčman (SIOL, Slovenia)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Sergei Novikov (PRESSBALL, Belarus)Sergey Prigolovkin (Rushandball.ru, Russia)Handbollskanalen Team (Sweden)Luca Zadra (pallamanoitalia.it – Italy)Biljana Blagoeska (ekipa.mk,Macedonia)Konstantinos Chatzidimitriou (handball.gr, Greece)Jorge Dargel Amigo (Marca – Spain)Milan Krasić (dvoznak.com, Croatia)ADRIATIC – PREMIUM PARTNERThis year the official name of the Contest will be ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/2016 as we joined our forces with ambitious international youth handball tournament – ADRIATIC, which will be held on summer 2017 on beautiful Adriatic Coast in Croatia. Handball-Planet team want to thank all media, teams, TOP players, coaches and handball fans worlwide for making our project so big this year! ADRIATIC World’s Young Player 2015/16 – Sander SagosenSander Sagosen ← Previous Story Over 27.000 votes for ADRIATIC WORLD YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2015/16 Next Story → Spiler and Lorger sign at RK Nexe Nasice read more

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Property Tax Where do the political parties stand

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL1. Is your party in favour of the principle of a property tax? The introduction of a property tax has to be seen in the context of the current state of the economy. We will not be supporting the introduction of a property tax in 2013. This reflects a number of stark realities:10.9% of owner occupied properties are in arrears of 90 days or more. However when the data is examined in more detail it shows that by value 27% of residential mortgages are either in arrears or have been restructured.According to a recent report by Davy stockbrokers, over 50% of residential mortgages are in negative equity, including the majority of those taken out since 2000.This domestic economy is in a very weak state, retail sales continue to show a year on year decline.The introduction of a property tax is likely to delay any recovery in the housing market further damaging the domestic economy.Fianna Fáil has carefully considered the arguments about the appropriate design and implementation of a recurring residential property tax.Taking account of the point outlined it is out conclusion is that now is not the right time to introduce a property tax. It risks damaging an already weak domestic economy and would fall disproportionately hard on families already struggling to meet mortgage payments.2. Under the EU-IMF agreement, the government is committed to the introduction of a property tax. Does your party agree with this policy?If yes,Briefly (in 100 words or less) explain why…As noted the introduction of a property has to be considered in the context of the current state of the economy. The Troika have repeatedly pointed out that budgetary decisions are a matter for the Government and any one taxation or expenditure decision can be substituted for another of equal value so long as the overall adjustment is achieved.We believe a property tax would be disproportionately damaging to the economy and the Government have been negligent in failing to pursue the option of substituting it for other measures.What metric would you use to calculate the property tax – land value, property value, or another method?Theoretically a site value tax is preferable as it does not punish homeowners for improving their property. For example in the case of a market value based tax a homeowner would end up paying more if they make their home energy efficient.A site value tax would be levied on speculators who hoard land and in so doing broaden the potential base. The Government’s property tax as currently envisaged would appear to exempt up to 700,000 zoned sites which would be included under a site tax.What exemptions, if any, should there be for the payment of a property tax?We would re-emphasise our opposition to a property tax in 2013.Fianna Fáil opposed the Household Charge due to the government’s failure to provide sufficient exemptions for those struggling to make ends meet, such as those with high level of mortgage arrears, negative equity, welfare dependency and persons who paid large amounts of stamp duty.We will table similar amendment should the Government go ahead with its property tax.If no,Briefly (in 100 words or less) explain why… The property tax is being introduced as a measure aimed at raising €500m annually, can you offer an alternative measure to raise this amount if you are against the property tax?In our pre-budget submission Fianna Fáil will propose a range of fully costed alternative measures to achieve the necessary budget adjustment for 2013. This will be published prior to the budget on December 5th.SINN FÉIN1. Is your party in favour of the principle of a property tax?We are in favour of a wealth tax that would tax property above a certain value – all property, not just houses or other building assets but financial as well.2. Under the EU-IMF agreement, the government is committed to the introduction of a property tax. Does your party agree with this policy? NoIf yes,Briefly (in 100 words or less) explain why… What metric would you use to calculate the property tax – land value, property value, or another method?We don’t support a property tax. Our wealth tax looks at property over the market – value of €1 million, with the first 20% of Principle Private Residences written off. We’re currently drafting legislation for publication.What exemptions, if any, should there be for the payment of a property tax?We don’t support a property tax.If no,Briefly (in 100 words or less) explain why… The property tax is being introduced as a measure aimed at raising €500m annually, can you offer an alternative measure to raise this amount if you are against the property tax?The obvious answer is our wealth tax, but in each alternative budget we have published, and again in the one we publish this year, we list a range of taxation and public saving measures which would be eminently more fair than this notional tax. Our wealth tax has the capacity to bring in more than the €500 million. A third tax rate of 48% on income in excess of €100,000 would raise €365 million. Increasing CGT by 10% would raise €160 million.SOCIALIST PARTY1. Is your party in favour of the principle of a property tax? The Socialist Party opposes a property tax on the family home which is what this government is proposing. A property tax on earnings somebody receives on properties they rent out to others is a different matter2. Under the EU-IMF agreement, the government is committed to the introduction of a property tax. Does your party agree with this policy? NoIf no,Briefly (in 100 words or less) explain why… This is a bailout tax. No new services are being offered in return for the property tax so the often made comparison with continental Europe doesn’t apply. Many have paid stamp duty on their property. Many properties are in negative equity and in no sense can be considered an asset.The property tax is being introduced as a measure aimed at raising €500m annually, can you offer an alternative measure to raise this amount if you are against the property tax? As with the overall deficit the only way to resolve the problem lies in a combination of radical policy measures that can but summed up briefly as non payment of the bondholder debt, tax the unearned and underinvested wealth of the rich and the corporations and a publiclly (sic) funded programme of public works and an expansion of public enterprise to put hundreds of thousands back to work. The austerity approach is the polar opposite of this and is making the situation worse.PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT/UNITED LEFT ALLIANCEIn response to our questionnaire, People Before Profit/United Left Alliance TD for Dublin South Central, Joan Collins, sent this: 1.The United Left Alliance is opposed to the property tax and is actively involved in the campaign against the Household, Water and Septic tank tax campaign.The Troika want a billion euro from a property tax that would mean a tax of point 5 % of the value of your home. The Government want to introduce a point 25% as I believe they are playing a game here. If they bring it in in July next year and they base it on point 25% for a half a year it will appear to be quite low. Then in 2014 it will be the full whack and potentially in 2015 it will be up to point 5% to appease the Troika.This money will not be going to local Authorities it will be going to the exchequer. This is a family home tax not a tax on the wealthy. We believe an asset base wealth tax would bring in multiples of the Property tax. Over 21,000 people earning on average€ 470,000 per year only pay 23% of tax . Approx 10,000 earn €620,000 and only pay 29% tax. That should be increased. A financial asset tax and an increase in the corporation tax and close the loopholes that allow major corporations to pay practically no corporation tax should be closed off. These measures would go much further than €500 million or the 1 billion the Troika wants. Austerity is not working, it is breaking the backs of our society both physically and economically. Here is what they each said in response in order of the size of their Dáil numbers:FINE GAELFine Gael said that it would be “inappropriate” for it to answer the questionnaire given that the measure will not be properly announced until December’s Budget. It pointed out that:At this point in time, the only things we know for certain are that: There will definitely be one introduced; it will be introduced mid-way through next year – effective July 1, 2013; and it will be collected by the Revenue Commissioners.Adding:Beyond this, the criteria on which the tax will be based has not been finalised, and this is unlikely to be confirmed fully until Budget Day (December 5, 2012). Consequently, we have no wish to pre-empt the Minister for Finance in this.LABOUR PARTYIn response to our questionnaire, the Labour Party sent this statement: 1. Is your party in favour of the principle of a property tax? 2. Under the EU-IMF agreement, the government is committed to the introduction of a property tax. Does your party agree with this policy? If yes,Briefly (in 100 words or less) explain why…What metric would you use to calculate the property tax – land value, property value, or another method? What exemptions, if any, should there be for the payment of a property tax? If no,Briefly (in 100 words or less) explain why… The property tax is being introduced as a measure aimed at raising €500m annually, can you offer an alternative measure to raise this amount if you are against the property tax? SHANE ROSS1. Are you in favour of the principle of a property tax?NO.2. Under the EU-IMF agreement, the government is committed to the introduction of a property tax. Do you agree with this policy?If no,Briefly (in 100 words or less) explain why…Answer: The property tax is directed at many of the same people who will be paying increased mortgage rates ( scandalously raised by AIB last week) . Many of them will also be targeted by the December Budget’s cuts in child benefit. Middle Ireland is at the end of the line, unable to pay the financial demands of the government. Property tax will not ” broaden the tax base”, it will return to the emptying well of lower and middle income Ireland. The coping classes will no longer be able to cope.Whatever way the property tax is introduced it will be unfair. Those in negative equity must not be crucified, nor should those with lower incomes. Neighbours with identical houses will be paying different amounts. Some in an estate will pay heavy tax while others will pay nothing.The property tax is being introduced as a measure aimed at raising €500m annually, can you offer an alternative measure to raise this amount if you are against the property tax?Answer : Yes. Waste in the public service remains rampant. Whatever happened to the quango cull, promised in the Fine Gael manifesto? Where does the €300m subsidy to CIE go? Why do the semi states and government departments still employ an army of consultants and public relations spinners? The FAS budget remains bloated , making no dent in the unemployment spike. Top civil servants should take salary cuts. A scalpel should be taken to Enterprise Ireland, to the HSE and Udaras. Brendan Howlin should be sent back to his desk and told to make more determined cuts the €1.5billion public sector allowances.CATHERINE MURPHYIn response to our questionnaire we were sent this from the independent TD for Kildare North: The Labour Party supports the introduction of a fair and equitable property tax as a means to broaden our tax base.  The EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support, as negotiated by the previous FF led Government, committed Ireland to the introduction of a property tax.  This is a binding agreement that is funding our day to day State funding.The Programme for Government stated that we would consider various options for a site valuation tax.  A property tax is a progressive tax that will provide local government with a reliable (and much needed) stream of revenue.There are a number of options in the administration of a property tax. However, there has been no final decision on what type of tax will be administered or whether a system of deferrals or exemptions will be part of its introduction. Read: Report on property tax to be brought to Cabinet ‘shortly’ 1. Are you in favour of a Property Tax?As it is currently proposed, No I am not.2. Why?Until Local Government reform happens we cannot ask people to pay more for what is essentially a dysfunctional system. We don’t have a system of Local Government in this Country; we have a system of local administration.We are an extremely centralised country in terms of decision making. In other Countries where poll taxes are collected, local services are provided to match.  Essentially what it collected locally is utilised locally rather than going into one central melting pot to be used as central Government sees fit.Introducing a property tax before re-designing Local Government is akin to putting the cart before the horse.Another issue which needs to be addressed is the amount of negative equity mortgages in existence.  A vast number of people own a debt not a property. You cannot ask these people to pay a tax on this debt.There are many other factors to be considered before we can even consider its introduction, things like ability to pay; those who have paid stamp duty during the boom etc.Essentially it cannot be introduced in a fair and equitable way without first addressing all of the above factors.3. Alternative Measures:I believe we should be looking at introducing a third rate of income tax on those with incomes over €100,000 and I would also favour the introduction of a wealth tax. LAST MONTH WE asked all political parties for their exact position on the contentious and divisive Croke Park Agreement on public sector pay and reform.We put a series of specific questions to each of the parties and two independent TDs in an attempt to determine their exact views on the issue. The property tax is arguably an even more contentious issue given that it is likely to affect many more people in the coming months.So ahead of December’s Budget and with much debate about the tax already taking place we decided to ask the parties and a number of independents for their view on the tax.We wanted to know whether they agree with the principle of it, the specific policy on it that the government is pursuing and if not what alternative they would propose for raising revenue to close the deficit.We sent the following questions to all political parties represented in the Dáil and two independent deputies in a bid to ascertain their exact views:last_img read more

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A Little Empathy and Mudd Create Some Star Trek Magic on Discovery

first_img The serialized nature of Star Trek: Discovery has meant that the show doesn’t follow the classic Star Trek episode formula. Instead of having to introduce a concept, complicate it, and find a solution in the same episode, it can stretch those steps out and let them happen organically. That’s what happened with the Tardigrade. It began as an unstoppable alien horror two weeks ago. Then, Lorca had it captured, wanting to make a weapon out of it. Burnham discovered it was a navigator, not a killer. That was last week. Now, we got the conclusion to its arc. Spreading it out over a longform multi-episode story allowed each part to be given the full weight it needed to be effective. They could get granular with the story, exploring the mini-arcs and discoveries that came up along the way. Last night’s episode showed us exactly what serialized Star Trek could do.Following last week’s cluttered episode, the show returned this week with something much more focused. First of all, it only had two storylines, rather than trying to cram three into 48 minutes. What made it work though, was that both of them revolved around the same problem. The result was a focused and exciting episode of Star Trek. The story gets going when Captain Lorca is captured by Klingons. He’s taken to an unknown location and tortured for information about the Spore Drive. Right away, there’s a clear goal for both parts of the story. Lorca has to find a way to escape the Klingon station, and the Discovery has to rescue him. That’s the base of a pretty good story right there.Jason Isaacs, Rainn Wilson (Via CBS)Lorca meets another prisoner of the Klingons: Harcourt Fenton Mudd, Harry for short. Fans of the original series will certainly recognize that name. Mudd was a recurring con artist who had a couple of run-ins with the Enterprise. Once, he tried to sell women to a group of lithium miners, using a drug to make them appear more beautiful than they actually were. (It was the ’60s. Remember, not all of original Star Trek was perfect.) The Enterprise intervened and he spent some time in jail. Later, he tried to get revenge on the Enterprise by trapping its crew on a planet run by an android who wanted to take over the universe. (That episode was one of my favorites.) But that’s all in the future, at this point. Rainn Wilson’s younger Mudd is far less comic than Roger C. Carmel’s was. He’s no less devious, though.The Klingon’s come in and demand the prisoners “choose their pain.” Mudd points to a third cellmate, and the nature of Klingon torture becomes clear. They force the prisoners to either take a beating themselves or inflict it on someone else. Lorca soon meets Tyler, another Starfleet officer who’s been captured, but has managed to avoid torture by submitting to a… relationship with the Klingon spy and torturer, L’Rell. You know, the woman who sent Voq off to “give up everything” to win this war. Does anyone buy that this Tyler guy is who he says he is? No? Just Lorca? Fine.While I do miss the lighthearted comedy of the original Harry Mudd, Wilson’s scenery-chewing performance is pretty fantastic. He relishes taunting the Starfleet officers for finally getting their comeuppance. If you’re unfamiliar with the original series, it’s a good introduction to the character. If you are familiar, it’s a logical starting point for the man we met in “Mudd’s Women.” I really hope he’s right and this isn’t the last we’ll see of Harcourt Fenton Mudd. I love Rainn Wilson’s portrayal and can’t wait until he shows up again.Rainn Wilson (Via CBS)A lot of people had a problem with how Lorca escaped the Klingon ship. It’s important to remember that, unlike other Star Trek shows, Lorca isn’t our main character. He’s not the good guy. He’s warlike and vindictive, and the choices he makes will almost certainly come back to bite him. (Another advantage of Discovery being serialized.) Because Mudd was feeding information to the Klingons (and stealing food from their mouths), Lorca leaves him trapped in the Klingon prison. Yes, that’s a terrible, very un-Trek thing to do. Mudd sucks, but he doesn’t deserve that. This is the kind of guy Lorca is, and his actions will have consequences. Not only did he very probably bring a spy on board the Discovery, he created a permanent enemy of Starfleet in Harry Mudd. He may eventually become a comic relief villain, but he’ll cause a whole lot of trouble for Lorca when he gets out.The other storyline is where this episode really feels like Star Trek. With Lorca being captured, the command has fallen to Saru. Here, we get a classic story of a first officer so desperate to prove himself, he ignores the finer points of leadership. Meaning the whole “listening to your crew” part. Determined to find Lorca, he orders multiple jumps despite protests from both Burnham and the ship’s medic, Dr. Culber. You may have noticed in last week’s episode that using the Tardigrade to navigate the ship hurts it. A lot. Culber measures deteriorated brain activity in the creature and argues to Saru that they can’t continue to torture the creature. This is where we find the empathy and hope that’s always been central to Star Trek. After one last jump, the Tardigrade goes into a stress-induced hibernation. Forcing it to make another jump in its state could kill it. Saru decides that’s an acceptable cost if it means rescuing Captain Lorca. Towards the end of the episode, he expresses anger that Burnham deprived him of the opportunity to learn under Captain Georgiou. He may have a point. Now, he’s learning under Captain Lorca, and his decision-making here suffers for it.Wilson Cruz, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp (Via CBS)As in the best of Star Trek, it’s empathy and scientific curiosity that saves the day. Stamets spares the creature the pain and injects himself with the Tardigrade DNA sequence. That allows him to navigate the ship and get them to safety. Of course, he nearly kills himself doing it. Thankfully, he’s still alive. His speech to Culber as they get ready for bed (My Rent babies are a couple!) is one moment where the script nails the feel of Star Trek. His awe overseeing the full extent of his life’s work is the kind of feeling that keeps us coming back to Trek. There’s a ton of disagreement over whether Star Trek: Discovery truly understands what makes this series special. I think last night’s episode proved that it does. It’s just going about it differently. The optimism that’s central to the series isn’t coming from the Captain. It’s coming from the crew. They’re the ones who are going to get us to the original series. Lorca is an obstacle along the way. Along with whatever is going on with Stamets’ reflection at the end. It looks like his near-death experience wasn’t entirely consequence-free. Is he out of sync with the rest of the world, or is there something more sinister going on with his reflection? We’ll find out next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Ep 13 Recap: Tearful Preparations last_img read more

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SANDAG proposed four airport transportation projects for the near future

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:07 PM Posted: May 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Imagine travelers from all points of San Diego County and beyond arriving at a Grand Central Station, and transferring to the airport in a tunnel or an elevated high speed people mover.Not as big as Grand Central Station in New York, but more expansive than Union Station in Los Angeles.KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports, the Port and SANDAG are planning transportation projects for the future. Wednesday, we heard four concepts that will be evaluated by SANDAG’s subcommittee on airport connectivity.Bosh says the Spawar site seems to be the lead over the four sites under consideration, including the Santa Fe Depot, and Old Town.Spawar sits on 70 acres of prime real estate, just off I-5, near the airport. The Navy has no budget to replace the existing complex, and would give up the land to get a new facility for free or reduced cost in exchange for a long-term lease. SANDAG proposed four airport transportation projects for the near futurecenter_img KUSI Newsroom May 22, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Measures in place to protect Gandhi statue in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite With the recent spate of statues being defaced around the country, the Sanathan Dharma Sabha (SDS) in Forbes Street is putting measures in place to protect the Gandhi statue that stands in the grounds.A statue of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the victim of vandalism in Gandhi Square in Johannesburg, with white paint thrown over it on Sunday.According to SDS president Ramu Maharaj, the temple is already making plans to keep the Gandhi statue that stands tall at the front of the SDS Temple safe. Firstly, the temple will have armed security guards day and night to make sure the statue is protected. Secondly, the temple plans to have fencing erected around the yard so that anyone with vandalism in mind will find it incredibly difficult to enter the premises.The SDS Temple makes an appeal to anyone who sees somebody trying to vandalise the statue to contact the temple immediately on 036-637-7777 and report what is going on.If Ladysmith’s statue of Gandhi is defaced, it will deeply affect the Indian community, as the statue is part of history, having been erected on September 6, 1970. The statue has even greater significance, as the SDS was where Gandhi stayed (the temple also had a soup kitchen).The temple is also well-known as the place where the epic march started in 1914 for the 3 pound tax placed on Indian miners. This march was led by Gandhi and the railway workers.last_img read more

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Goat trapped between two wallsGoat trapped between two walls

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A goat was rescued after being found trapped between a house and a precast wall in Cleome Crescent on Wednesday last week.The fully-grown goat was stuck for over five hours in a 15-centimetre space between the two walls with no water or food. Neighbours heard the animal’s pitiful cries and phoned for help. Firefighters and Sharaj Ambulance Services responded and freed the goat from its claustrophobic prison. The space between the two walls was literally less than a ruler length. The firefighters and medics did an excellent job of helping the goat out.The uninjured animal was held down and given water so it could regain its strength and calm down after spending many hours struggling in vain.It turns out that the stray goat somehow managed to get itself stuck in the small space between the house and the boundary wall.The owners of the property did not know the goat was stuck there at the time.last_img read more

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Crooked Compass has launched a range of 10 small g

first_imgCrooked Compass has launched a range of 10 small group tours with no single supplements for the solo traveller. “Travel should be accessible for everyone and we take our travellers’ feedback seriously, resulting in us revising a range of our small group tours across Asia and Africa …”, said Crooked Compass Founder, Lisa Pagotto. Vietnam Unlocked, Soul of Nepal and Kenya Uncovered are some of the tours with no single supplement. Contact Crooked Compass on 1300 855 790 or visit crooked-compass.com for more information. asiaCrooked Compasssingle supplementsolo travellerslast_img read more

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