Arkansas ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Apportionment of Partnership Income Passes

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Arkansas State Legislature has passed a bill that would, if enacted, require multistate partnerships to apportion their income to Alabama in the same manner as corporations, applicable for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2018.HB1562passesH.B. 1562, as passed by the Arkansas Senate on March 6, 2017last_img

Newsletter: Drop in solutions, expired certs, Fast Call for Help, and more

first_imgThis week, I decided to highlight our Use Case Reference Designs. Have you checked these out? We have a team dedicated to building these designs and they enable you to quickly implement specific Intel vPro functionality. Our engineers and tech writers put together a package of scripts, instructions, etc – whatever is needed to make the design return value to you quickly.Three of our Solution Architects have content showcased in this week’s newsletter. You’ll find expert info on topics such as expired GoDaddy certs, implementing Fast Call for Help with LANDesk, and communicating with Intel® AMT outside of your management console. Read the newsletter or subscribe to receive it in your inbox automatically. This newsletter goes out every two weeks.last_img read more

Roma work on Smalling deal

first_imgRoma have begun working on a permanent deal for Chris Smalling after the defender’s strong start on loan from Manchester United. Smalling is already a fans’ favourite at Roma, putting a muscle problem behind him to feature in all of the Giallorossi’s last five games. Now, according to Gianluca Di Marzio and Il Tempo, sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is making plans to thrash out a permanent transfer in the coming weeks. The Englishman’s move to the Olimpico at the end of August was only a dry loan, although the Lupi paid United €3m to borrow him. Despite Roma’s chronic injury problems, he has forged a quick understanding with fellow new boy Gianluca Mancini at centre-back. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Akshay Kumar: I don’t have the guts to ask Rajinikanth his number

first_imgAkshay Kumar said that he could not congratulate Rajinikanth, who was selected for Padma Vibhushan award, as he did not have “guts” to ask the south megastar his contact number.Padma Vibhushan is given for exellence and exceptional achievements in all fields of activities, disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.Akshay is in thrall of Rajinikanth who is his co-star in forthcoming film Robot 2. Rajinikanth and classical singer Girija Devi were selected for Padma Vibhushan, country’s second highest civilian award, while Anupam Kher, Udit Narayan, Priyanka Chopra and Ajay Devgn are among other Padma honorees from Bollywood.”I am happy. I don’t have Rajni sir’s phone number. I don’t have the guts to ask him his number,” Akshay told PTI when asked if he has congratulated the veteran actor.Akshay will play the main villain in Robot 2, the sequel of Rajinikanth’s sci-fi film Robot. Robot(2010) stars Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa in the lead roles.last_img read more

Three of Top Five US Banks See Decline in Employee Satisfaction

first_imgSept. – Today3.3-4%65%4% Top Five US Banks Comparison Sept. – Today2.9-10%66%-6% Sept. – Today3.2-2%62%6% May – Aug. 20082.8 Wachovia JP Morgan Chase May – Aug. 20083.5 Wells Fargo Bank of America Sept. – Today3.10%n/an/a n/a 73%center_img 61% May – Aug. 20083.1 Citigroup Sept. – Today3.16%37%12% Company Rating% ChangeCEO Rating% Change May – Aug. 20083.3 25% With banks feeling the pinch externally due to pressures from a crumbling economy, employees at some of the top U.S. financial institutions are reacting to the dramatic cost-cutting measures.  In analysis of our ratings of the top five U.S. banks*, three watched their company ratings** drop two to ten percentage points in the past three months, based on employee reviews available at Glassdoor.com.  Not that surprising considering what’s happened in the industry, but we found it interesting that  Citigroup’s cumulative employer rating on Glassdoor is now 6 points higher than compared to this past August despite the fact that the company announced last month that 53,000 jobs would be cut . And although Citigroup’s CEO Vikram Pandit has the lowest approval rating of top banking executives, he did see his approval rating climb a notable 12% (up from a 25% approval rating in August). However, a Citigroup Director in New York commented “Time for a change at the top to somebody who can generate confidence in our product – not a technocrat.”Wells Fargo has been the most consistent over time, boasting the highest overall company rating now and three months ago. On the other hand, JP Morgan Chase, the largest bank in the U.S., has seen its company rating drop the most significantly losing ten percentage points,  which may not come as a shock when one current employee states “Don’t worry, you won’t stay long.” Also what’s interesting to note is that three out of four banking executives*** saw their approval rating climb four to twelve percentage points in the past 3-4 months. May – Aug. 20083.4 56% Given the continuing consolidation in the industry and expectations of even more tough times ahead for the financial sector, we don’t anticipate company ratings to increase much in the foreseeable future and may fall even  further.In the meantime, banking execs might be well-served looking internally and taking some of the advice from employees:A JP Morgan Chase Credit Analyst advises “Place more emphasis on hiring capable individuals at a fair salary rather than inept ones at a crap salary; Solicit more opinions from employees regarding their immediate manager; Grant meaningful salary increases to those who are promoted from within and have been loyal to the company for a number of years; Stop sending customer contact jobs overseas to people who are barely fluent in English; UPDATE THE TECHNOLOGY AND QUIT BEING SO CHEAP. Dimon makes $40 million dollars, what is the excuse here???????”A Citigroup Vice President recommends “fewer chiefs and more peop’e executing and getting things done. Focus on our advantages and use them to grow our busienss. Citi has international clients in US and is not taping into this vast resource. Could grow the company exponencialy”A Bank of America Wholesale lender suggests “Look at ways to take advantage of opportunity rather than letting the environment dictate your direction.”*Bank list is determined primarily by asset size. For more information about top banks in the U.S., visit: http://www.ffiec.gov/nicpubweb/nicweb/Top50form.aspx** Company ratings are an indicator of satisfaction in key areas of interest to employees:  career opportunities, communication, compensation & benefits, employee morale, recognition & feedback, senior leadership, work/life balance as well as fairness & respect.*** CEO Data for Wachovia is limited due to recent change in leadership http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24929304/last_img read more

Lot of emphasis on scientific approach in training: Halappa

first_imgBengaluru, Mar 24 (PTI) Former India skipper Arjun Halappa believes the recent success of the Indian hockey teams, both senior and junior, need to be attributed to the new approach adopted in training. “There is a lot of difference when it comes to training when compared to my playing days. There is a lot of emphasis on scientific approach,” said Halappa, who has recently joined the Indian Senior Mens camp as a coach. “Back then, this is in the early 2000, we did not use any scientific methods to train. But now, I see this team go about a very systematic approach which is backed by scientific methodology when it comes to training. “There is a lot of emphasis given on diet. We ate mostly carbs back then but now its all about protein intake, the testing methods have all changed for the good and things are far more professional now. “Between 2008-2012, we were introduced to some innovative training methods but its far more advanced now and its only helped in the growth of the sport,” he added. The 36-year-old insisted that having a support staff that includes a physio, masseuse, a mental trainer, scientific advisor apart from an analytical coach is the key to work towards better results. “Its this approach that matters. Having people who are experts in their own department was lacking and now that these things are put in place even the players are happy. Smaller details are looked into and I feel these aspects have been the key in the teams rapid progress,” asserted Halappa, who is also part of the Hockey India Selection Committee. With the Indian Mens Team placed No.6 in the world, Halappa says that Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans has charted out a four-year plan which highlights the goals the team needs to achieve through this course. “Only yesterday he (Oltmans) discussed with the team and put forth a few points to the team that highlighted our goals to ensure we reach the top. I am happy I am working with this team in a new role and I am thankful to Hockey India and Roelant for giving me this opportunity to pay back to the sport,” he said. For Halappa, who was popular for his attacking skills as a midfielder, this stint with the team is a new learning. “Like I said, hockey has become very fast-paced today. Its all about power and speed and to be involved with an elite group and work towards the teams progress is a new learning for me,” he said. “It was very different when I was playing. Main thing for me right now is to get to know each other well, players come from different cultural backgrounds, language and their approach is different and I see this as a chance for me to grow as a person,” he said. Halappa, who has played alongside senior players such as Sardar Singh, PR Sreejesh, SV Sunil, said the junior players see him as one among the senior players as opposed to seeing him as a coach. “I think its a good thing that junior players see me as one among the players. This new group of juniors who have come in are a very talented bunch and there is a lot of focus on their development and while we are investing in them for 2020 Olympics and 2018 World Cup; and I believe with right exposure they will peak at the right time,” he said. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Barca want Onana back, says agent

first_imgAndre Onana’s agent has confirmed Barcelona are interested in signing the goalkeeper back from Ajax.The 22-year-old shot stopper joined Barca in 2010 from the Samuel Eto’o Foundation in Cameroon but left to join the Amsterdam giants in 2015. Since replacing Jasper Cillessen in Ajax’s first-team in 2016, Onana has been the undisputed No.1 and made over 120 appearances for the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Barca are said to be on the hunt for a new backup goalkeeper amid reports Cillessen could leave the Catalan side and believe Onana would be a good option to take his place once again.And the Cameroon international’s agent says the Spanish champions have already expressed a desire to get him back.”That’s correct. It’s not a secret that Barcelona are interested,” Albert Botines told De Telegraaf.But the Dutch newspaper reports that there are more clubs keen on signing Onana, as Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and West Ham have also made their interest known. Although Barca are reportedly willing to pay around €20 million (£17m, $23m), De Telegraaf claims the Dutch club will hold out for at least €10m more.Rumours the Catalan side wanted to re-sign the Cameroon international resurfaced late last year, but Ajax’s CEO Edwin van der Sar said his side are determined to keep him. “I think Andre is fantastic,” he told Goal in November. “He came to Ajax aged 18 or 19 and the way he developed and the natural attributes that he already had, his speed, his reaction and I think he set himself as a great goalkeeper… I think there are always a lot of rumours about players from Ajax. We develop great players, not only in Amsterdam but hopefully also in Cape Town and there is interest in a lot of our players, but we like to keep them for as long as possible.”Onana talked about a potential return move back to Spain two years ago, saying: “I would love to come back because La Liga is one of the best leagues in the world. We’ll see if I return to Barcelona. If I leave Ajax, it’ll be to join an even bigger club.”Onana is currently contracted to Ajax until 2021.last_img read more

What to do when a client “dumps” you

first_imgIt will happen to every freelancer, at some point.You’ve had a long and fruitful relationship with Client X. They like the work you do, and you like their regular paychecks.Everything seems to go swimmingly, until one day, they unexpectedly lower the boom: they won’t be needing your services anymore.It can sting, especially if you’re new to freelancing. It stings even more if Client X is a foundational client who stabilizes your overall income.But how do you handle this inevitable calamity?1. Breathe and walk away (if possible)If you’ve recently been let go, remember that it’s important to resist a kneejerk response.Have you been “dumped” by email? If so, take an hour or two to sit quietly and BREATHE.Yes, it sounds simple and reductive, but breath is the foundation of life; it reminds us that despite any ups and downs, we still have hope with every inhale.Once you’ve spent a little while processing the event, send a calm, brief, polite response acknowledging your dismissal.DO NOT fire off a hasty return email; if possible, have a friend review it before you hit send.If you’ve been informed by phone (or in person), keep it polite and cordial.Remember that people all around the world are let go from every imaginable position, every day – you have not been targeted for some specialized torture.Give yourself private space to feel whatever you feel – but opt towards patience, compassion, and friendliness in person.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a member2. Keep it in perspectiveI’ve taken pains to put quotation marks around “dumping” throughout this post.That’s because odds are the reasons for your dismissal have NOTHING to do with you personally.Freelancing is often, by its nature, an impermanent arrangement.Just as you eventually outgrow most clients, they may move on from needing you.THAT’S FINE! It’s a business relationship; take pains not to delve too deeply into the “whys” of most dismissals.You may be dismissed for a whole range of reasons, fair and unfair: perhaps a new boss is cracking down on outside expenditures, or budgetary belts are tightening, or you unpleasantly remind a supervisor of an old girlfriend.It’s beyond your control! Once the decision is made, there’s not much you can do about it beyond a little self-reflection.If you feel like you’ve done a good job, accept that most things in life are transient, and try to move on. There are more opportunities and better clients in the world!3. Be graciousIn the vast majority of cases, there is absolutely nothing to be gained in being fractious or resentful. Often, the decision had nothing to do with you – and acting like a pill will only breed trouble.Be gracious; be understanding, reasonable, and thankful. It’s BOTH good karma and good business.Most experienced freelancers can point to clients who after “dumping” them, eventually rehired them.Being gracious doesn’t cost you much, and bridge-burning is a fleeting pleasure; take the side of the angels, and opt towards pleasantness.After all, you and Client X had some good times – who says you can’t have ‘em again?Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

Stuart McLeans long time publisher reflects on his passing

first_img“E.B. White talked about that ineffable place where tears meet laughter. That place where you can’t trust your emotions, where you find yourself falling from one to the other. When we find ourselves there, White said, we find ourselves close to the big hot fire that is truth. With his instantly recognizable voice, wisdom, tender humour, and enormous care, Stuart McLean brought so many Canadians to that truth, laughing and crying along the way. He made us feel as though we were part of his delightfully idiosyncratic Vinyl Cafe family, and in so doing, he brought us all together, connecting us with stories of road trips, musical memories, and neighbourhood adventures. That lovely little family will remain in our hearts, as will Stuart.”Viking has been McLean’s publisher from the very beginning, publishing his first book, The Morningside World of Stuart McLean, in 1989, a collection of essays that McLean wrote as a columnist and guest host of CBC’s Morningside. It was a Canadian bestseller and finalist for the City of Toronto Book Awards. McLean went on to write eleven Vinyl Cafe books, all of which have been bestsellers, including Vinyl Cafe Turns the Page, published in 2015. McLean was also the author of Welcome Home: Travels in Smalltown Canada, which was selected by the Canadian Authors Association as the best non-fiction book of 1993. He was recognized with the Canadian Authors Association Jubilee Award in 2004, and won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour three times, for Home from the Vinyl Cafe in 1999, Vinyl Cafe Unplugged in 2001, and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe in 2007. He received the Canadian Booksellers Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.Stuart toured widely with the Vinyl Cafe, performing in towns from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Whitehorse in the Yukon; from Bangor, Maine, to Seattle, Washington. No matter how remote the location or the late hour, Stuart stopped at the local bookstore—because for him, a bookstore felt like home.Viking and Penguin Random House Canada mourn the loss of this beloved storyteller. Login/Register With: It was announced today that cherished humorist, bestselling author and award-winning journalist Stuart McLean has passed away.Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada, has been Stuart McLean’s proud publisher of fourteen books over the past twenty-seven years.In reflecting on Stuart and his work, Nicole Winstanley, Publisher of Penguin Canada, said: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

BOOTS AND HEARTS 2018 LINEUP ANNOUNCED

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook “We’ve worked hard to put together a world class line-up and we are also extremely proud that over half of our talent is comprised of Canadian artists for fans to discover.  We like to be on the cutting edge of those up and coming artists; we know that today’s afternoon slot is tomorrow’s headliner, as we’ve seen with Chris Stapleton who played all four days as well as Sam Hunt (2014),” remarked Eva Dunford, co-founder of Boots and Hearts and Republic Live.Spanning over 4 days with more than 40 artists, 60 hours of live entertainment, and many other attractions – including a spectacular LED Ferris Wheel and a 100 foot swing ride – Boots & Hearts is the largest country and camping music festival in Canada, providing fans with the greatest value for a festival experience of its kind.“It’s extremely rare for a private festival producer to be the owner of a 600-acre parcel of land on which it plays – Republic Live is unique in that sense. It’s a pleasure to be a neighbour in this community and positively impact the local economy with the work that we do,” Dunford said.Tickets for the 2018 festival are on-sale now; visit www.bootsandhearts.com for more information about artists, tickets, camping, and accommodations.The full Boots and Hearts 2018 line-up includes:Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Dallas Smith, Brett Young, Midland, LOCASH, James Barker Band, The Washboard Union, Lindsay Ell, Russell Dickerson, Blackjack Billy, Meghan Patrick, Walker Hayes, Madeline Merlo, Jason Blaine, Aaron Goodvin, River Town Saints, Kira Isabella, Bobby Wills, Maggie Rose, Runaway June, Chris Buck Band, Petric, Jimmie Allen, Sons of Daughters, Ryan Robinette, Devin Dawson, Natasha Zimbaro, Genevieve Fisher, Sacha, The Wheat Kings, Jade Eagleson, The Redhill Valleys, Cole Malone, Kelsi Mayne, and Emma Wright.About Republic LiveFounded in 2011, Republic Live is a privately-owned Canadian live entertainment company based in Toronto, Ontario. Republic Live takes pride in creating world-class, time of your life experiences. The company works with a multitude of partners on a variety of platforms to create unique experiences for fans, artists, industry partners and sponsors. Republic Live’s flagship event is Boots and Hearts Music Festival, Canada’s largest camping and country music festival held annually at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario.About Burl’s Creek Event GroundsBurl’s Creek is Canada’s largest outdoor event venue, with the capacity for more than 100,000 people and 45,000 campers. With over 600 acres of pristine grounds, VIP areas and a farmer’s market, Burl’s Creek is the perfect destination for everything from a major music festival to a wedding, fundraiser or sporting event. Located at 180 8th Line S in Oro Medonte, ON, the grounds are 1 hour from Toronto and a 15 minute drive north of Barrie. Burl’s Creek annually plays host to Boots and Hearts, Canada’s largest country and camping music festival, Barrie Automotive Flea Market, as well as many other unique events each year. For more information, please visit www.burlscreek.com.About Boots and HeartsBoots and Hearts is an annual country and camping music festival event produced by Republic Live. Held at the custom designed camping and festival grounds at Burl’s Creek, the festival will take place August 9-12, 2018. This year’s festival headliners include Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, and Thomas Rhett, followed by Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young. Boots and Hearts is the recipient of the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Festival of the Year Award in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and Canadian Music Week 2015 Festival of the Year. All tickets and camping offerings are currently on sale at www.bootsandhearts.com.Website: www.bootsandhearts.comInstagram: @bootsandheartsTwitter: @bootsandheartsFacebook: @BootsandHeartsHashtag: #Boots2018 Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2018 – Republic Live, producers of Boots and Hearts Music Festival, have released the full line-up for Canada’s largest camping and country music festival taking place from August 9-12 at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ontario.The artists announced today include Midland, LOCASH, James Barker Band, The Washboard Union, Lindsay Ell, Russell Dickerson, Meghan Patrick, and Walker Hayes. They join previously announced headliners Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Billy Currington, Dallas Smith and Brett Young.“Boots and Hearts has grown into a must-attend festival since its launch in 2012 and we’re thrilled to announce the rest of this year’s artists. Fans come to Burl’s Creek for more than great music – they come for the “Boots Life” that emerges when 40,000 people come together. It’s about a sense of belonging you feel while dancing and singing to your favourite songs with the friends you came with, and the ones you just made,” said Lisa Zechmeister, Director of Booking and Development, Republic Live. Advertisement Boots and Hearts 2018 Full Line-Up (CNW Group/Republic Live) Twitterlast_img read more

ROBERT C COOPER WAS ONE OF MANY CANADIANS SICKENED BY TAINTED BLOOD

first_imgRobert C. Cooper is a tainted-blood survivor and the creator of the CBC miniseries Unspeakable. (KHAREN HILL/CBC) Advertisement Advertisement To say that the miniseries Unspeakable is a passion project for Robert C. Cooper understates his dedication to telling the tale of Canada’s tainted-blood scandal.For one thing, the Toronto-born writer, producer and director is part of the story. He’s one of thousands of hemophiliacs who contracted hepatitis C from tainted blood in the 1980s.“That’s why you’re the right person to tell it,” says actress Sarah Wayne Callies, who plays the mother of a hemophiliac boy in the miniseries, debuting Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. on CBC. “It’s not a sort of outside historical view; it’s one person who’s so angry that you can write a 20-page rant and that passion is what drives the story.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Twitter But Cooper’s passion isn’t just about himself; it’s also about the responsibility he feels to many people caught up in the scandal whose histories became part of the series.Cooper — known for his work on the series Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and SGU Stargate Universe — approached the CBC about the show around 2014. A third round of treatment for his hep C had finally made him feel better and “I started thinking about the story a little more as a storyteller and less as a victim.”When it was greenlighted, “my goal was to then set about doing a ton of research, talking to as many people on all sides, because it was very important that this feel real and truthful,” he says during an interview at CBC’s Canadian Broadcasting Centre. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Firefighter graduates to be deployed to Fort McMurray this weekend

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsRecent firefighter graduates in Edmonton are getting thrown into the fire.They’re expected to deployed to Fort McMurray this weekend.last_img

Norfolk council accepts mayors apology

Norfolk council has voted 6-1 to accept Mayor Kristal Chopp’s most recent apology for tearing up a planning report at the Jan. 8 meeting.Council also asked Toronto lawyer John Mascarin, Norfolk’s integrity commissioner, to stand down on the issue and let council move forward with the county’s business.The motion to accept the mayor’s May 31 apology was tabled at Tuesday’s meeting by Windham Coun. Chris VanPaassen.“It was this council that asked for the apology and it should be this council that decides whether the apology is acceptable,” Van Paassen said.Chopp has been on the hot seat since Mascarin received two complaints about her actions at the Jan. 8 council meeting.Norfolk principal planner Mat Vaughan presented a report at that meeting about legalizing poultry in the urban areas that didn’t entirely follow the direction council provided in December.As the mayor expressed her displeasure, she tore a copy of Vaughan’s report in half.Mascarin agreed that Chopp’s actions contravened council’s code of conduct and county memorandums governing council-staff relations.Council accepted Mascarin’s findings and passed a resolution expressing its displeasure with the mayor and the need for her to apologize.At the May 7 meeting of council, the mayor apologized for triggering a legal review that could cost taxpayers up to $20,000. Mascarin ruled this apology unacceptable. He gave Chopp till May 31 to offer something more sincere and to the point.Shortly before midnight June 1, Chopp posted a letter on her Facebook page apologizing to any county employee who felt ostracized by her actions.In reply June 6, Mascarin said this apology was also unacceptable and docked Chopp 10 days pay. Mascarin rejected Chopp’s last minute submission because – in his estimation – it did not display sufficient contrition and did not comply with council’s request for a sincere apology to staff.“The mayor’s failure serves to undermine the effectiveness of the code and the county’s other policies as a means of holding members to account when they act in a manner unbecoming an elected representative,” Mascarin said in his most recent correspondence with council.“Her Facebook statement is an insult to council, which sought to uphold its code and the standards of proper ethical conduct.”Mascarin added he remains “seized of the matter,” a state of affairs which holds out the possibility of further sanctions.It is unclear at this point how Mascarin will respond to Tuesday’s resolution. Mascarin recently said he does not comment to the media about active files. As Norfolk’s integrity commissioner, he has the authority to at least comment further.When it comes to matters of interpretation such as this, council often turns to clerk Andy Grozelle or deputy clerk Stephanie Godby. Grozelle said council’s actions Tuesday likely signal the end of the matter.“I’m hopeful this is it,” he told council. “I don’t think anything further will occur.”For her part, Chopp did not participate in Tuesday’s discussion. She declared a financial interest and vacated the council chamber.“It’s time for us to put this behind us and move on,” Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts said.“I feel we’ve been talking in circles. It’s very costly to have Mr. Mascarin put these reports together for us. Let’s move on with the business of governing Norfolk County.”Chopp’s predicament has generated a great deal of debate on social media and elsewhere. Mascarin’s decision to reject Chopp’s Facebook apology and dock her salary took that discussion to another level over the past week.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman told council she has received angry correspondence for supporting Mascarin’s interpretation of the situation. Huffman said the feedback she’s received has included threats and calls for her to resign.Huffman agreed with Mascarin’s finding that the costs incurred to date and the fact this incident continues to pre-occupy council six months after the fact is the fault of the mayor.“This is not what I ran for office for,” Huffman said. “Everyone seems to have a different take on this.”Huffman warned that failing to support Mascarin’s hard line could be “a slippery slope” leading to repeat offences. Huffman cast the lone dissenting vote to Van Paassen’s motion.Near the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Van Paassen tabled a motion calling on council to review its code of conduct. Council approved. Staff will provide a report on the subject before council takes its summer break.Van Paassen  wants to discuss Mascarin’s supplementary report further because it has added to the expenses incurred to date. Van Paassen said council – not the integrity commissioner – should decide when an apology is sufficient.Van Paassen likened the supplementary report to a contractor who shows up at a person’s property unsolicited, cuts down a tree, and presents the property owner with an invoice.“I might refer him to the Better Business Bureau,” Van Paassen said. “Or I might sue him. But I wouldn’t pay the bill. I’m not sure what we should do about that.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

TimorLeste helped to independence by UN sends police to help UN in

The officers were trained by the UN Mission in Timor Leste (UNOTIL), the successor to earlier missions which saw the Southeast Asian nation through independence after it voted in a referendum to break away from Indonesia, which took over the former Portuguese colony in 1975.The selection of the team for Kosovo shows the “remarkable progress and professionalism” of the Timor Leste police, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in the country, Sukehiro Hasegawa, said.The UN has administered Kosovo since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between majority Albanians and Serbs in 1999. read more

UN conference considers measures to limit illegal fishing

Increased controls over ports and fishing vessels that could reduce illegal fishing were proposed by several countries today at a United Nations conference that is reviewing a landmark conservation and management agreement on fish stocks.Stronger measures that have been put forward during the conference to combat illegal high-seas fishing include satellite tracking systems of fishing vessels, a stronger system of controls on vessels flying flags of convenience, and steps that would make it more difficult to off-load illegal fish catches in ports. The initiatives were recommended during the first Review Conference of the 1995 Agreement Relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, which is reviewing the adequacy of steps taken for the conservation and management of valuable fish stocks that cross between ocean areas under the jurisdiction of individual nations and the high seas.“From what I’ve heard so far, not all is well with the implementation of the Agreement,” said David Balton of the United States, who is chairing the Conference. Despite progress in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, he said, “the bad actors in ocean fisheries remain in business.” Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing continued both within the zones under the jurisdiction of regional fisheries management organizations and on the high seas, he said. “It is a problem affecting all fisheries and all regions. At the ministerial level, we have heard many calls for action. Today I would like to challenge this group to see what else we can do.”Kjell Kristian Egge of Norway called illegal fishing a “huge organized business” whose profit depended on gaining access to legal markets through landing catches in ports. He said the failure of flag States to control the operations of vessels flying their flag was at the core of the problem, and enhanced port State control was crucial, including through the inspection of documents, fishing gears and catch on board vessels, as provided for by the Agreement.“A global binding instrument involving all port States seems to be the only way of achieving a comprehensive system,” he said, with port States agreeing on harmonized and mandatory obligations – a proposal subsequently supported by Australia, the European Community, the United States and others.“If all flag States were discharging their duties there would be no illegal fishing,” said C. Costa Duarte of Brazil.Stronger controls on support vessels carrying out trans-shipping of catches and resupply and refueling of boats carrying out illegal fishing were called for by James Larsen of Australia. “These at-sea support services are well-organized and largely unregulated,” he said. Regulating nationals was also crucial, he said. “States have a responsibility to regulate the activities of their nationals, as well as companies operating within their jurisdiction.” Illegal fishing, F. Magaffouba of Guinea said, is a “real catastrophe for developing countries,” adding that it was often done in fish reproduction areas, causing long-term damage. Illegal fishing deprived developing countries of revenues, and foreign fishing vessels from countries with a much longer fishing tradition and much better equipment took advantage of developing countries’ lack of resources to combat the problem. Lori Ridgeway of Canada called for a “renewed international assault” against such practices and stressed the duty of corporate responsibility. Sanctions “should be more than just the cost of doing business,” she said, citing a study that estimated that violators had one chance out of five of being apprehended, and that the fines usually imposed were so low that even with a 25-fold increase of penalties the violating vessels would still break even. William Gibbons-Fly of the United States agreed on the need to penalize illegal business and lamented the “persistence of significant illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.” He suggested developing a global registry of fishing vessels, obligating all vessels to carry a Vessel Monitoring System by 2008 and auditing registries of flag States.The Conference, which will result in a political document containing new measures to strengthen the implementation of the Agreement, is the first opportunity to formally review the pact since it entered into force five years ago. read more

Transat checking out of Ocean Hotels expects 190M from partner H10 Hotels

MONTREAL – Travel company Transat A.T. Inc. (TSX:TRZ) has signed a deal to sell its 35 per cent share of Ocean Hotels for about $190 million.The buyer is Spanish company H10 Hotels, Transat’s partner in the joint venture, which operates resorts in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Cuba.Shares in Transat jumped more than 10 per cent after the agreement was announced.Transat says the proceeds from the sale of its minority interest in Ocean Hotels as well as the sale of some of its operations in France and Greece last year will help support the development of its own hotel operation.The deal is expected to close by Nov. 2.Transat CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said being a minority owner was no longer “an interesting use” of the company’s capital.“Our hotel division will take shape in the near future, including with the hiring of a president to lead it,” Eustache said in a statement.“We are very excited at the idea of moving forward with this priority initiative for the company.” Transat checking out of Ocean Hotels, expects $190M from partner H10 Hotels by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 9:25 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

No 17 Kentucky blows out archrival Louisville 5610

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Terry Wilson accounted for 340 yards and four touchdowns, Benny Snell Jr. rushed for two scores and No. 17 Kentucky blew out archrival Louisville 56-10 on Saturday night to win the Governor’s Cup.The Wildcats (9-3) scored TDs on all five first-half drives and never trailed in posting their first nine-win regular season since 1977, scoring TDs on all five first-half drives. Wilson’s 3-yard scoring run provided a 14-0 lead before he tossed TD passes of 28 and 13 yards to Lynn Bowden for a 35-10 cushion late in the second quarter. The sophomore transfer threw a 32-yard TD to Josh Ali in the third to make it 42-10.Wilson completed 17 of 23 passes for 261 yards and rushed for 79 in his biggest game with Kentucky. Snell rushed for TDs of 7 and 24 yards, A.J. Rose ran for a 75-yard score and Kavosiey Smoke had a 37-yard TD run as Kentucky posted its most lopsided series win over the Cardinals (2-10) since ’98 (68-34).Malik Cunningham’s 75-yard TD run brought Louisville within 14-7, but the Cardinals lost their ninth in a row and allowed 50 points for the seventh time this season.POLL IMPLICATIONSKentucky will remain in the Top 25 as it prepares for a third consecutive bowl game.THE TAKEAWAYKentucky: Entering the game as heavy favourites, the Wildcats posted their most decisive victory this season. Consecutive interceptions in the third quarter stalled offensive momentum after a dominating first half, but Wilson recovered to throw his third TD and spur another run of 21 unanswered points.Louisville: Cunningham provided early excitement with his TD run, but the Cardinals played catch-up throughout. Twelve penalties for 134 yards meanwhile showed a lack of composure, as Cunningham was nailed for taunting on his score and tight end Micky Crum was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third quarter. It appeared that coaches told Crum to leave the sideline afterward, but the senior talked with coaches and was back on the field for another series.UP NEXTKentucky will prepare for its third consecutive bowl game, possibly on New Year’s Day.Louisville will begin searching for a replacement for coach Bobby Petrino, who was fired on Nov. 11 after a 2-8 start and succeeded by Lorenzo Ward on an interim basis.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Gary B. Graves, The Associated Press read more

Bedbugs Spread to iPhone Android

first_imgNeed some more bedbugs in your life? Good news–now you canget the terrifying little monsters on you iPhone, thanks to the folks at BellEnvironmental Service. The extermination company has released Roscoe’s Tips, anew game for the Apple handset that lets you play as the eponymous bedbugsniffing beagle.The game finds the dog tasked with hunting out anddestroying the pests in furniture and walls.The game is also available for Android and BlackBerryhandsets, because we all need a few more bedbugs in our lives, right?last_img read more

Mike Shinoda Alessia Cara And More Join Suicide Prevention Campaign

first_img Mike Shinoda, Pearl Jam Back Suicide Prevention mike-shinoda-alessia-cara-and-more-join-suicide-prevention-campaign Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 28, 2018 – 4:27 pm Dave Navarro’s Powerful Message Of Hope Facebook 30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto, Charlie Puth, Bebe Rexha, Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins, Nothing But Thieves’ Conor Mason and GRAMMY winners Stone Temple Pilots are other artists that will participate in the special. Mental health specialists, athletes and radio personalities will also join the discussion.The broadcast will make space for conversations to take place on how to discuss mental health with loved ones, what can be done to prevent suicide, how to help someone struggling with depression, and how to get more involved with suicide prevention locally.Cara believes in the importance of talking about mental health and is joining the campaign to spread the conversation. “I definitely want to reach as many people as I can whether they’re dealing with mental illness or even if they’re just dealing with a weird period in their life,” she told the campaign. Mike Shinoda, Alessia Cara And More Join Suicide Prevention Campaign center_img The two-hour special will feature conversations with music artists, athletes and specialists on mental health and suicide preventionJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Aug 27, 2018 – 1:33 pm GRAMMY winners Alessia Cara, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Halestorms’ Lzzy Hale and Pearl Jams’ Mike McCready will join the second-annual “I’m Listening,” suicide prevention campaign organized by radio network Entercom. The campaign will feature a two-hour live broadcast special across all Entercom stations on Sunday, Sept. 9 in which the artists will join discussions and share their personal stories around suicide prevention and mental health. News Email Mike Shinoda, whose bandmate Chester Bennington took his own life in 2017, hopes he can help bring more awareness about mental health. “In most parts of the world, suicide claims more lives than war, murder and natural disasters combined,” he told Rolling Stone. He released his debut solo LP Post Traumatic after Bennington’s death. In the album, Shinoda grieves Bennington’s death. He has been open about the sexual abuse he experienced in the past.“I hope that sharing my personal story, in music and conversation, helps open up the door to new discussions and awareness about mental health,” Shinoda continued.The “I’m Listening” campaign is a year-long movement that features a website with mental illness information and resources, suicide prevention PSAs and on-air promos.The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and can affect anyone regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender. Catch the full broadcast on Sept. 9 at 7 a.m. via live stream or via your local Entercom station at its respective time zone.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more