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Andrew McEvoy to head TTF Board

first_imgAndrew McEvoy to head TTF BoardAndrew McEvoy to head TTF BoardAdept Chairman, practiced media operator and well versed across the tourism sector, Mr Andrew McEvoy is confirmed as the new Chairman of the Tourism & Transport Forum National Advisory Board.Mr McEvoy has held numerous senior management and director roles as part of his 25 year stint in the tourism industry, including at the Melbourne Convention Bureau, Tourism Victoria and the South Australian Tourism Commission, and is a former Managing Director of Tourism Australia.During his time as Managing Director of Tourism Australia, Mr McEvoy worked with the industry to embed the Tourism 2020 Strategy – with its aim to double the value of overnight expenditure – a target the country is on track to achieve. He also led the charge to significantly bolster Australia’s marketing efforts in Asia and to work with airports and airlines to grow capacity into the country.Mr McEvoy is also experienced in the media, most recently as the Managing Director of Life, Media and Events at Fairfax. He is currently the Chairman of the Sealink Travel Group (SLK) and sits on the Boards of Ingenia (INA), and the Lux Group, owner of Luxury Escapes.Chief Executive Officer of the Tourism & Transport Forum Margy Osmond said Mr McEvoy is an outstanding appointment and is a real asset to the tourism industry.“Mr McEvoy has a solid record of achievement in the tourism industry and will bring excellent skills and experience to the job,” Ms Osmond said.“His longstanding commitment to tourism means he will provide strong leadership to the industry more broadly.“Having worked at state and national destination marketing agencies, Andrew has a sound understanding of the issues facing the sector, and how the approach to dealing with these issues needs to be innovative and adaptable across the country.”A TTF Life Member, Mr McEvoy said he saw significant short term challenges for the industry after almost a decade of growth.“TTF is the peak industry body with a membership including Australia’s major tourism and transport employers – critical to the success of the national economy.”“I am motivated to Chair the organisation to ensure Governments of all persuasions genuinely value and support this growth sector. I get a sense there has been some complacency given Australia’s strong performance. Now is the time for the industry to get behind TTF and other peak organisations to form a common platform for future growth.”Mr McEvoy also acknowledged the work of outgoing Chair Katie Lahey in helping ensure the strength and viability of the Tourism & Transport Forum.Ms Lahey, who has Chaired TTF since November 2014, said “Mr McEvoy has an extraordinary depth of knowledge in this industry and is ideally suited to chair the Tourism & Transport Forum National Advisory Board.”“I congratulate Mr McEvoy on his appointment to Chairman of the Tourism & Transport Forum. He will bring an experienced approach to an ever-changing industry,” Ms Lahey said.Margy Osmond thanked Ms Lahey for her service over the past four years saying, “Katie has made an incredible contribution and will continue to be a champion for the sector.”Mr McEvoy will assume the role of Chairman when the term of incumbent Ms Katie Lahey expires in late November 2018.Source = Tourism & Transport Forumlast_img read more

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To Protect Homebuyers During a Recession

first_img Share Credit Access Economic Downturns U.S. Department of Treasury 2017-01-13 Seth Welborn January 13, 2017 642 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img Countercyclical policies will be crucial in future housing finance reform, at least according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.Part of an ongoing series of housing reform posts from Treasury, the most recent article calls for a more clearly-defined government role and a framework of countercyclical policy tools to protect homebuyers—and the overall economy—during downturns and recessions.“When the economy expands and contracts, the housing sector usually expands and contracts to a greater extent, as it is more volatile than the overall economy,” the report said. “A housing finance system that pulls back credit during downturns not only hurts families trying to buy homes, but can exacerbate the broader downturn.”According to the report’s writers, Jane Dokko and Sam Valverde, more countercyclical policies could help lessen this volatility and protect families across the nation.“By ensuring access to safe and responsible mortgages in good and bad times, countercyclical policy tools can also help mitigate housing sector weakness during downturns,” the report said.The writers also called for the government to play a bigger role in the housing finance system, while acknowledging that, despite its more laid-back role now, the government would still step in in the event of a serious housing collapse. However, whatever action taken, they said, would be less effective and costlier than it needs to be.“We note, however, that the absence of an explicit government role in a future housing finance system would not prevent the government from supporting the housing market during a downturn,” the report stated. “Indeed, recent experience suggests the government would almost certainly need to intervene in the event of a sufficiently severe shock to the housing or mortgage market to avoid a collapse in access to credit for creditworthy borrowers. However, without a clearly-defined role for the government in the housing market, these interventions would be costly to taxpayers and their effectiveness would likely be more limited.”The post noted the Housing and Economic Recovery Act as one of the many governmental actions taken during the Great Recession, but despite their efficacy, Dokko and Valverde believe they are not a permanent solution to the “structural weaknesses of the housing system.”Instead of corrective actions, the writers suggested three finance reforms that could ensure credit access despite what current economic state the country may be in.“Three key features of a reformed housing finance system would help smooth access to affordable credit in good and bad times: (i) a catastrophic mortgage insurance fund (MIF) to provide stability to the secondary market through the economic cycle, (ii) countercyclical regulatory tools to ensure access to safe and responsible mortgages in good and bad economic times, and (iii) broad-based modification and refinancing authority so that homeowners can readily access lower monthly mortgage payments during a downturn,” the report stated. “With these tools, a housing finance regulator can help protect American families’ access to affordable and sustainable mortgages and rents in all economic conditions, and mitigate the spillovers from weakness in the housing sector to the broader economy.” To Protect Homebuyers During a Recession . . .last_img read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Sep 13 2018 9

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2018 9:14 am PDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2018 at 10:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Airport fracas charge against singer Gretchen Wilson dropped ENFIELD, Conn. – Country singer Gretchen Wilson has agreed to donate $500 to charity to settle a criminal charge related to a disturbance at a Connecticut airport last month.The Grammy-winning “Redneck Woman” singer appeared Thursday in court in Enfield. A misdemeanour breach of peace charge will be dismissed based on the donation to a fund for injured crime victims.Wilson was arrested Aug. 21 at Bradley International Airport near Hartford en route to a private show at the Mohegan Sun casino. State police said Wilson was in a minor disturbance on the plane involving another passenger and a bathroom, and was arrested after becoming “belligerent” with troopers.Wilson said Thursday that everyone has bad days, but celebrities are targeted when they have one. She was to return home to Tennessee on Thursday.center_img FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2016 file photo, Gretchen Wilson arrives at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Wilson has agreed to donate $500 to charity to settle a criminal charge related to a disturbance at a Connecticut airport last month. The Grammy-winning “Redneck Woman” singer appeared Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 in court in Enfield. A misdemeanor breach of peace charge will be dismissed based on the donation to a fund for injured crime victims. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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Disy Diko leaders trying to quash opposition to asphalt plant

first_imgThe leaders of Disy and Diko, Averof Neophytou and Nicolas Papadopoulos respectively, were accused on Tuesday of political interference in trying to quash opposition to the planned construction of a controversial asphalt plant near Stavrovouni monastery.Speaking on a live news programme on Tuesday, Giorgos Karapatakis, a lawyer representing Stavrovouni monastery, said Neophytou had called a representative of the protesting monks to a meeting in Nicosia on Monday and put him through an “inquisition” as to the monks’ persistent opposition to the project.Responding to the accusation, Neophytou denied holding any meeting with any monk.“The holy man I visited in the past few days was the priest in Giolou in Paphos on Sunday when I went to church,” Neophytou said.Meanwhile, Karapatakis said he has also been made aware of the fact that Papadopoulos had previously contacted a Diko municipal councillor from the Pyrga community, asking him to support the construction of the plant as he is personal friends with the construction company. A Diko official denied this claim later on Tuesday.The contract for the asphalt production and recycling factory has been awarded to Iacovou Bros, one of the largest contractors on the island. Critics say it’s well known the company has political ties.“Personal friendships have come to clash with the public good, which should be guiding principle of our actions,” Karapatakis said.President Nicos Anastasiades was also at the forefront of bribery allegations on Monday when claims emerged that he had personally tried to “buy out” activists opposed to the planned construction of the asphalt plant.The claims were dismissed by the deputy government spokesperson Klelia Vasiliou, who tweeted that “the President of the Republic, during a meeting with the Holy Monastery of Stavrovouni… simply made reference to compensatory measures which could be taken to benefit the vicinity, wishing to mitigate concerns over possible degradation of the area.”Speaking on the same live news programme on Monday, Karapatakis confirmed that during a prior meeting between activists and the president, the latter advised them to take money being offered as compensation in exchange for lifting their opposition to the project.The compensation sum offered by the construction company, in the millions according to Karapatakis, would include the restoration of roads and nature, but also a large donation to the Stavrovouni monastery.The lawyer also alleged that “economic interest groups” in the area “reported” the activists to the Archbishop as well as to the chief of police.Moreover, Karapatakis claimed that government ministers – whom he did not name – have contacted the monks via third parties, letting the activists know they are sorry but that they are obliged to implement the political decision to allow the factory despite this going against their own conscience.The department of environment has green-lit the construction of the plant, arguing that it will be located within the quarry zone and thus violates no laws.But local action groups say the plant would be situated only 2km from the Pyrga and Kornos communities and from Stavrovouni monastery, as well as just a few metres away from the Natura 2000 protected area.The groups further claim that the two communities of Pyrga and Kornos show increased incidence of cancer.They say air pollution will only worsen with the proposed plant, while the consequences of the thousands of tonnes of waste that are dumped in the quarry zone, which is an area of richly stocked aquifers, are still unclear.More than 12,500 signatures have been collected in a petition against the plant.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Afendoulis supports more than 6 million in funding for Kent County roads

first_img State Rep. Chris Afendoulis today voted in favor of a funding package which would send over $6 million to pay for roads and bridges in Kent County. The funding for Kent County is part of House Bill 4321, a broader supplemental appropriation bill which allocates $175 million toward transportation needs across the state.“When I ran for State Representative, I promised my constituents that I would make fixing Michigan’s roads a top priority,” Afendoulis said. “This funding is a big step forward. As I have said in the past, to the extent we have funds available, we should find ways to invest in and improve our aging infrastructure.”House Bill 4321 would send about $6.2 million for road projects to Kent County. That figure includes $3.3 million for the Kent County Road Commission and $74,000 for the City of East Grand Rapids. The legislation passed the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday and now heads to the House Floor for consideration.“I am hopeful that the House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate, and Governor Snyder will act quickly to enact this legislation,” Afendoulis added. “With construction season almost upon us, this will boost the resources available to our counties and local governments to keep improving our roads.”The breakdown of the $6,186,860 in funding for the 73rd District is as follows:Kent County Road Commission: $3,337,648 (countywide)City of East Grand Rapids: $73,879 Categories: Afendoulis News 21Feb Afendoulis supports more than $6 million in funding for Kent County roadslast_img read more

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Will the Future of Voting Rights Be Decided in North Carolina

first_imgShare18TweetShareEmail18 SharesSee page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 28, 2018; New York Times and Washington PostNorth Carolina has become the poster child for gerrymandering cases that push the envelope. On Monday, August 27th, a three-judge federal panel ruled that the current congressional district map for North Carolina was unconstitutionally drawn to favor Republicans over Democrats and may need to be redrawn before the November elections. This follows a Supreme Court ruling NPQ wrote about in May 2017, in which North Carolina used race as a factor in drawing two of its congressional districts. The court ruled that these districts must be redrawn.Now, in a state where Republicans currently hold 10 of the state’s 13 House seats in spite of vote totals that are about even, the federal judicial panel declared that something was awry. While the Republicans argued that the Democrats who brought the case did not have standing, the judges did not agree.Judge James A. Wynn Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, writing Monday for a special three-judge district court panel, said plaintiffs did have standing under the decision in Wisconsin’s Gill v. Whitford, which he said reinforced the judges’ earlier views that the congressional districts were drawn with improper partisan goals.He said the court was leaning against giving the North Carolina legislature another chance to draw the congressional districts.“We continue to lament that North Carolina voters now have been deprived of a constitutional congressional districting plan—and, therefore, constitutional representation in Congress—for six years and three election cycles,” Wynn wrote. “To the extent allowing the General Assembly another opportunity to draw a remedial plan would further delay electing representatives under a constitutional districting plan, that delay weighs heavily against giving the General Assembly another such opportunity.”He proposed several unusual ideas: appointing a special master to draw new districts, holding general elections without party primaries or even turning the November elections into a primary and holding the general election sometime before the new Congress convenes in January.Clearly, time is of the essence in this. The North Carolina Republican party indicates it will ask the Supreme Court for a stay, which, if granted, would mean the midterm elections would be conducted under the partisan map that was just ruled unconstitutional. But there are issues with taking this case to the Supreme Court at this time: The Kennedy vacancy is not yet filled; five votes are required for a stay; the Senate vote on Kavanaugh (an anticipated 5th vote) isn’t expected until the end of September; and ballots need to be mailed to military voters and others before then.Recognizing the timing dilemma, Justice Wynn requested briefs from both sides with their responses to his options by August 31st. Given the state of technology, the possibility of a new, nonpartisan map being drawn quickly is not so farfetched.As a practical matter, two experts said on Tuesday, drawing a new House map for North Carolina would take less than a day’s work on a laptop. In a Pennsylvania gerrymandering case decided by that state’s supreme court in January, “our experts produced thousands in a few minutes that all complied with traditional redistricting criteria,” said Mimi McKenzie, the legal director of the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia, which won the case.In the midst of the chaos of North Carolina politics, what may be missing to make this happen is the political will. But there is more at stake here than just the state politics of North Carolina. The entire House of Representatives is in play. And if control of the House shifts from Republican to Democrat, it could hinge on the mapping of districts in North Carolina. So, the eyes and ears of both parties are focused on how this will play out.In the meantime, chaos rules. Political candidates are unsure of where their districts are or might be. Voters are unsure if they will be having another primary in November with newly drawn districts—one of the options—or voting in the partisan districts that existed before.State politicians openly admit partisan bias. “I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats,” said Rep. David Lewis, a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly, addressing fellow legislators when they passed the plan in 2016. “So, I drew this map to help foster what I think is better for the country.”For those who care about voting rights, much more is entwined. The value of a person’s vote is reflected in the ability to elect people who share their views to leadership positions. When that ability is diminished, whether based on politics or race, it discourages voting. North Carolina shows how gerrymandering can limit those who do not align with one party from having full representation. Given the timing and the possible partisan leanings of our courts, our future voting rights could hang in the balance.—Carole LevineShare18TweetShareEmail18 Shareslast_img read more

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Danish cable operator TDC has reported its bestev

first_imgDanish cable operator TDC has reported its best-ever quarterly pay TV subscriber growth.The company, which operates cable services under the YouSee brand and IPTV services under the TDC brand, saw pay TV numbers increase by 37,000 in the three months ending March 31. The operator said an antenna association win and gains associated with TV2 becoming a pay channel helped boost results.The number of TDC TV customers increased by 21,000 during the first quarter, with YouSee Basic customer numbers up 16,000.TDC is also seeing success with its VOD and web TV offerings. The number of active web TV users reached a high of 195,000 during the quarter, while the number of VOD sessions increased to 549,000 compared with 100,000 a year earlier.First quarter revenues were up 0.5% to DKK6.6 billion (€888 million), with gross profit down 2.8% to DKK4.7 billion and EBITDA down 1.2% to DKK2.8 billion.last_img read more

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Thomson Video Networks has embedded Fraunhofers H

first_imgThomson Video Networks has embedded Fraunhofer’s HE-AAC multi-channel audio codec software with full metadata support technology in its flagship ViBE EM4000 encoder.Thomson will showcase the HE-AAC multi-channel audio codec integrated in the ViBE EM4000 at IBC. Also, on its own stand Fraunhofer will host a complete real-time DVB-T2 live broadcasting chain with the HE-AAC MPEG audio codec for 5.1 surround audio signal transmission using Thomson’s ViBE EM4000 multi-channel HD/SD encoder and NetProcessor 9030/40 multiplexer/DVB-T2 gateway.“Our ViBE customers are continuously demanding ways to improve their end users’ audio experience, and the Fraunhofer implementation of the MPEG HE-AAC standard gives them a unique combination of high audio quality, very low bit rates, and future-proof flexibility. For that reason, the standard is one of the industry’s most important audio codecs with a growing footprint in TV broadcasting,” said Claude Perron, chief technology officer, Thomson Video Networks. “For Thomson Video Networks, one key factor in our decision to choose the Fraunhofer HE-AAC solution is its full metadata support. We value our partnership with Fraunhofer as a technology provider and an audio expert that has made a major contribution to the AAC standard.”Thomson Video Networks will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 14.A10. Frauenhofer will be exhibiting on Stand 8.B80last_img read more

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HTML5based applications are the most credible way

first_imgHTML5-based applications are the most credible way to pay-TV operators to launch profitable, multi-screen internet video services, according to IHS Screen Digest.In a new report, called Unlocking and Securing Multiscreen’s Monetisation Potential, the research firm said that while delivering IP-video TV screens represents “a clear monetisation opportunity,” operators have to date struggled to justify the cost of writing code, testing apps and optimising interfaces for different electronics devices.“The HTML5 specification represents operators’ best hope for mitigating these externalities,” said Screen Digest TV tech analyst Merrick Kingston.“Given that HTML5 is now supported across many software platforms and browsers, operators can address a very broad set of devices by developing a single codebase in the backend.”One of current drawbacks that the technology currently has is that HTML5 does not natively include support for DRM and that few exclusively HTML5-based video services exist today, said Merrick.However, he claims that HTML’s future prominence is already being hinted at. ABC uses the technology to implement its online player across PC and iOS devices, and YouTube started trialling an HTML5-based version of its service on an opt-in basis in 2010.last_img read more

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Russian service provider Rostelecom has launched a

first_imgRussian service provider Rostelecom has launched a new Zabava TV app for Android  devices, giving access to a range of popular TV channels and video-on-demand services.Zabava TV on Android includes 116 Russian and international TV channels, including Eurosport, Zee TV, National Geographic, Discovery Science and TLC.Rostelecom is also offering movies on demand from studios including Warner Bros and Sony Pictures, as well as local content providers.Zabava TV, which is already available on iPads, is being delivered via adaptive bit-rate streaming over 3G and WiFi to tablets with version 4.1.1 of the Android OS and above.Zabava TV online costs RUB379 (€8.95) a month. Rostelecom plans to introduce HD and adult packages soon for an additional RUB229.last_img read more

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Latvian telco Lattelecom could cease to carry Mode

first_imgLatvian telco Lattelecom could cease to carry Modern Times Group-owned channel TV3 at the end of this month unless an increasingly bitter dispute over carriage fees between the pair is resolved.Lattelecom has said it may pull the channel unless MTG modifies its terms. It has accused the Scandinavian programming group of dramatically increasing its price, forcing Lattelecom to pay over €1 million a year for the channel.The telco has accused MTG of “aggressive commercial practices” and abuse of its dominant position in the country’s TV market, in which MTG holds a share of about 35%.MTG in turn has counter-argued that Lattelecom’s basic package costs €9.32, while MTG is asking for less than €0.18 for carriage of the channel.Lattelecom, which is owned by the Latvian state and TeliaSonera, has appealed to the country’s competition regulator for redress.last_img read more

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Netflix will double its overall subs base in Europ

first_imgNetflix will double its overall subs base in Europe, with the its leading market in the region, the UK, growing at an even faster rate, according to new research.As the US-listed streaming service continues its rapid expansion into new territories IHS Technology forecasts Netflix will grow its overall subscriber base from three million in 2013 to 21 million by 2019.The UK will be the single largest territory in Europe for the SVOD service with a subs base that will grow 250% in the 2013-2019 timeframe.With a smaller number of overall customers than the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Austria will, however, register the fastest adoption rates in Europe with a 500% increase in subs through to 2019.Research house IHS said that Netflix’s stellar forecasted expansion in Europe will mean it is registering growth double that of traditional pay TV in the region, and three times that of the US.Should Netflix perform in line with IHS’s expectations it will mean 20% of its subs come from within the European Union by 2019, about half the size of its US customer base.EU subs will total 19.9 million (the remainder of the European total coming from non-EU states) by 2019. In Scandinavia there will be 6.2 million subs.The projected 21 million European Netflix customers will be part of a forecast global customer number of 96.5 million by 2019.The SVOD player is spending big on content as it rolls out around the world. IHS noted its content spend outstrips that of the BBC, ITV, HBO, Discovery and Amazon.It spends more than European pay platform Sky, if the cost of sports rights are taken out of the equation.last_img read more

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Scripps Networks UK EMEA is to make its channels

first_imgScripps Networks UK & EMEA is to make its channels on the Cyfrowy Polsat platform in Poland available in HD only and is switching to the MPEG-4 compression format.Polsat Food Network HD and Travel Channel HD will replace the current SD versions of the channel on the Cyfrowy Polsat platform from October 1. The SD versions of the channels will continue to be avavilable to cable network via PLIX, the Polish commercial internet exchange point.“Poland continues to be a key market for us and after the successful launch of the SD channels on the Cyfrowy Polsat platform, the opportunity to further increase the availability of our world class programmes in full HD is testament to our commitment to this territory,” said Phillip Luff, Managing Director, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA.last_img read more

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Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Czech Repu

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic is adding the ability to stream from Chromecast and Apple TV devices to the HDMI-equipped televisions to its Horizon Go advanced mobile TV service.Horizon in the Czech Republic currently makes 123 channels available, including 50 HD services, which can now be streamed via the two devices via an HDMI input.UPC Czech Republic has also introduced remote recording to Horizon Go, enabling users to set recording either from their mobile devices or via the Horizon website.last_img read more

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Sky in Germany has made its online TV service avai

first_imgSky in Germany has made its online TV service available on the Apple TV platform.Sky Online is now available via the latest generation of Apple TV devices, with subscribers able to access complete seasons of series, movies and other content via a monthly pass.Apple TV users can download the Sky Online app from the App Store, giving them access to content including the latest episodes of Game of Thrones and Veep as well as comoplete seaons of House of Cards, Californication, Dexter and New Girl.In addition to series and movie passes, customers can also purhase day passes giving them access Sky’s Bundesliga coverage and Sky Sport.last_img read more

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Lee Jaeyong the vicechairman and effective head

first_imgLee Jae-yong, the vice-chairman and effective head of Samsung Electronics, was arrested this morning in connection with the corruption scandal that felled South Korean president Park Geun-hye.According to local news agency Yonhap News, the Seoul Central District Court issued a warrant after prosecutors levelled additional charges against Lee, including hiding criminal proceeds and violating a law on transferring assets abroad, in a second attempt to secure his arrest. An initial request a few weeks ago had been turned down.Prosecutors allege that Lee bribed Choi Soon-sil, an associate of the president, to secure government backing for a merger between two of the consumer electronics giant’s affiliate companies.Lee has effectively been head of the company since his father Lee Kun Hee was hospitalised in 2014.Samsung strategy chief Choi Gee-sung, seen as a mentor to Lee since his father’s incapacitation, is now expected to take a leading role while the investigation continues.The court rejected a separate request for a warrant against Samsung president Park Sang-jin.Park was impeached by the Korean national assembly at the end of last year. The country’s constitutional court is currently considering whether to confirm her removal.The arrest could have an onward impact on Samsung’s organisation. In addition to the controversial merger – seen as a move to consolidate the control of the Lee family – there is speculation that moves to split the company into a holding unit and an operating unit could be put on hold.last_img read more

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Department waiting on revised business case for M

first_img #Department waiting on revised business case for Magee medical school:King’s College LondonmageeProfessor Louise DubrasThe Department of HealthUlster University THE Department of Health has said Ulster University has yet to meet criteria to “demonstrate need and value for money” for a new medical school.The facility at Magee, due to open in 2019, would be the North of Ireland’s second medical school.The Department said it was providing assistance and is waiting on a revised business case from the university. ShareTweet “The university has undertaken to address the many points raised and to provide the department with a revised version of their outline business case for further consideration,” a spokesperson told BBC Radio Foyle.“This is awaited.”The department also said the proposal needs to demonstrate need and value for money.“Up to this point, neither of these criteria have been fulfilled regarding any desired increase to medical school provision,” the spokesperson added.Prof Hugh McKenna, Dean of UU’s Medical School Development, said the absence of an executive to sign off on funding was delaying the project.“We are not currently recruiting students at the moment for 2019, because it is not confirmed that it will be open,” he said.“We are still working with next September in mind. We still have a number of initiatives going forward to ensure the school will be shovel ready if a decision is made on funding.”The only medical school in Northern Ireland at present is at Queen’s University in Belfast.It is planned that student numbers at Magee will rise from an initial 60 trainee doctors to 120 students per year within five years of the school’s opening.A university spokesperson said it was “currently working through the feedback received from the department”.“The current unprecedented medical workforce shortage will continue to impact negatively on the care of local patients, their families and communities and is placing our healthcare sector at breaking point.“Following two years of extensive research and analysis, we have developed an innovative proposal that will meet the demands of our healthcare system and the particular challenges in the North West.”The university has also announced the appointment of Prof Louise Dubras as professor and foundation dean of the School of Medicine.A former deputy dean of Medical Education at King’s College London, she will oversee the delivery of the medical school in her new role.Department waiting on revised business case for Magee medical school: was last modified: June 5th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: A university professor said they cannot recruit trainee doctors because of the Stormont impasse.About 60 doctors were due to begin training in the Derry campus next year.In March, the university said plans for the medical remained on track.The Department of Health said they had provided “detailed and substantial feedback” to the university on its initial draft business case in January.last_img read more

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Have any tips or weather questions Email me mbull

first_imgHave any tips or weather questions? Email me mbullock@woay.com Matt grew up in Cary, NC. He went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a bachelors of science in earth and environmental science with a concentration of atmospheric science in June of 2018. He is a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He completed an internship at WRAL in Raleigh, NC during the summer of 2017, winter of 2017, and summer of 2018. Matt moved to West Virginia to take his first job as the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter at WOAY. You can find him on the weekends at 6 and 11 pm at WOAY-TV Google+ Next PostGino’s Top Five Plays of the Week: January 13 When Matt isn’t working he enjoys watching sports. His teams are the Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and his alma mater Charlotte 49ers. He also enjoys playing basketball and hanging out with his friends and family. He is always keeping his eyes on the skies as he is keeping up with the weather three times a day. Previous PostWoman who entered an abandoned mine has bond revoked Home NewsWatch Raleigh County Public Schools Are Closed Tumblr Linkedin Twitter Facebook Matt Bullock Matt Bullock is currently the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for WOAY-TV January 14, 2018Raleigh County public schools are closed for today. We do have a few delays for other counties in southern West Virginia. Fayette and Mercer County Public Schools are under a 2-hour delay. Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers County public schools are under a 3-hour delay. Mail Pinterest Matt Bullock has always dreamed about becoming a meteorologist since he was 5 years old. He would draw the 7-day forecast on a wall made out of chalk paint that his mom painted for the family to use. Growing up his role models were Greg Fishel on WRAL, his older sisters, and his parents. Matt loves all kinds of weather including; hurricanes, severe weather, and snowstorms. NewsWatch Raleigh County Public Schools Are Closed By Matt BullockJan 14, 2019, 07:26 am 892 0 last_img read more

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first_img Pinterest Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Facebook PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) – A man is facing charges after he fled from police.According to the Princeton Police Department, Ptlm. W. McGuire was patrolling the area of Low Gap Road in Princeton, WV, when a male driver and a female passenger in a gold, Jeep passed Ptlm. McGuire traveling north bound on Low Gap Road. The driver was not wearing his seatbelt. Ptlm. McGuire pulled out on to the roadway behind the Jeep at which time the vehicle pulled off the roadway and the driver fled from the vehicle. The female passenger remained in the vehicle. Ptlm. McGuire detained the female and then spotted the male driver running, at which time Ptlm. McGuire pursued the male on foot into a residence on White Oak Drive. The accused was then apprehended and taken into custody. The accused was identified as James Justin Price. James Price advised he was on parole. The Princeton Police charged James Price with 1) Fleeing on foot 2) Burglary 3) Driving suspended 4) No Seatbelt Previous PostBluefield Police Need Your Help Identifying A Truck & Camper Next PostMiss West Virginia shows campers with heart conditions that she’s just like them Google+ Tumblr Linkedin Mail Twitter CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedNewsWatch Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police By Tyler BarkerJun 21, 2019, 10:46 am 518 0 Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Man Arrested After Fleeing From Policelast_img read more

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first_img Here at Casey Research, we actually look forward to corrections. Why? We know we’ll pay less for our purchases—they’re great for new subscribers who missed the ground-floor opportunities years ago. This confidence, of course, is the product of decades of cumulative experience and due diligence. We’re as certain as any investor can ever be that today’s data and the facts of history back our speculations on the likely outcomes of government actions, including the future direction of the gold price. When you keep your eye firmly on the ball of the major trends that guide us, you can see rallies and corrections for what they are: roller-coaster rides that give us opportunities to buy and take profits. This volatility is the engine of “buy low, sell high.” Understanding this empowers the contrarian psychology necessary to buy when prices on valuable assets tank, and to sell when they soar. There have been plenty of opportunities to buy during the corrections in the current secular gold bull market. The following chart shows every correction of 6% or more since 2001. Sometimes I see an important economic or geopolitical event in screaming headlines and think: “That’s bullish for gold.” Or: “That’s bad news for copper.” But then metals prices move in the opposite direction from the one I was expecting. Doug Casey always tells us not to worry about the short-term fluctuations, but it’s still frustrating, and I find myself wondering why the price moved the way it did. As investors we’re all affected by surges and sell-offs in the investments that we own, so I want to understand. Take gold, for example. Oftentimes we find that it seems to tease us with a nice run-up, only to give a big chunk of the gains back the next week. And so it goes, up and down… The truth is—and it really is this simple, but so obvious that people forget—that there are always rallies and corrections. The timing is rarely predictable, but big market swings within the longer-term megatrends we’re speculating on are normal in our sector. Since 2001, the gold price had 20 surges of 12% or greater, including the one that kick-started 2014. Even with last year’s seemingly endless “devil’s decline,” we got one surge. If we were to lower the threshold to 8%, there’d be a dozen more and an average of three per year, including two this year. As you can see, there have been 28 such corrections over the past 13 years—two per year, on average. Note that the corrections only outnumber surges because we used a lower threshold (6%). At the 12% threshold we used for surges, there wouldn’t be enough to show the somewhat periodic pattern we can see above. It’s also worth noting that our recent corrections fall well short of the sharp sell-off in the crash of 2008. Of course, there are periods when the gold price is flat, but the point is that these kinds of surges and corrections are common. Now the question becomes: what exactly drives these fluctuations (and the price of gold in general)? In tackling this, we need to recognize the fact that not all “drivers” are created equal. Some transient events, such as military conflicts, political crises, quarterly GDP reports, etc., trigger short-lived upswings or downturns (like some of those illustrated in the charts above). Others relate to the underlying trends that determine the direction of prices long term. Hint: the latter are much more predictable and reliable. Major financial, economic, and political trends don’t occur in a vacuum, so when they seem to become apparent overnight, it’s the people watching the fundamentals who tend to be least surprised. Here are some of the essential trends we are tracking… The Demise of the US Dollar Gold is priced around the world in United States dollars, so a stronger US dollar tends to push gold lower and a weaker US dollar usually drives gold higher. With the Fed’s money-printing machine (“quantitative easing”) having been left on full throttle for years, a weaker dollar ahead is a virtual certainty. At the same time, the US dollar’s status as reserve currency of the world is being pushed ever closer to the brink by the likes of Russia and China. Both have been making moves that threaten to dethrone the already-precarious USD. In fact, a yuan-ruble swap facility that excludes the greenback as well as a joint ratings agency have already been set up between China and Russia. The end of the USD’s reign as reserve currency of the world won’t end overnight, but the process has been set in motion. Its days are all but numbered. The consequences are not favorable for the US and those living there, but they can be mitigated—or even turned into opportunities to profit—for those who see what’s coming. Specifically, this big-league trend is extremely bullish for real, tangible assets, especially gold. Out-of-Control Government Debt and Deficits Readers who’ve been with us for a while know that another major trend destined for some sort of cataclysmic endgame can be seen in government fiscal policy: profligate spending, debt crises, currency crises, and ultimately currency regime change. This covers more than the demise of the USD as reserve currency of the world (as mentioned above); it also covers a loss of viability of the euro, and hyperinflationary outcomes for smaller currencies around the world as well. It’s worth noting that government debt was practically nonexistent, by modern standards, halfway through the 20th century. It has seen a dramatic increase with the expansion of government spending, worldwide. The US government has never been as deep in debt as it is today, with the exception of the periods of World War II and its immediate aftermath, having recently surpassed a 100% debt-to-GDP ratio. Such an unmanageable debt load has made deficits even worse. Interest payments on debt compound, so in time, interest rates will come to dominate government spending. Neither the dollar nor the economy can survive such a massive imbalance so something is bound to break long before the government gets to the point where interest gobbles up 80%+ of the budget. Gold Flowing from West to East The most powerful trend specifically in gold during the past few years has been the tidal shift in the flow of gold from West to East. China and India are the names of the game with the former having officially overtaken the latter as the world’s largest buyer of gold in 2013. Last year alone, China imported over 1,000 tonnes of gold through Hong Kong and mined some 430 tonnes more. China hasn’t updated its government holdings of gold since it announced it had 1,054 tonnes in 2009, but it’s plain to see that by now there is far more gold than that, whether in central bank vaults or private hands. Just adding together the known sources, China should have over 4,000 tonnes of monetary gold, and that’s a very conservative estimate. That would put China in second place in the world rankings of official gold holdings, trailing only the United States. The Chinese government supports this accumulation of gold, so this can be seen as a step toward making the Chinese renminbi a world currency—which would have a lot more behind it than US T-bills. India presents just as strong a bullish case, if only slightly tainted with Indian government’s relentless crusade to rein in the country’s current account deficit by maintaining the outrageously high (i.e., 10%) import duty on gold and silver. Of course, this just means more gold smuggling, which casts official Indian stats into question, as more and more of the industry moves into the black and grey markets. World Gold Council research estimates that 75% of Indian households would either continue or increase their gold buying in 2014. Even without gold-friendly policies in place, this figure is extremely bullish for gold and in line with the big picture we’re betting on. So What? Nobody can predict when the next rally will occur nor the depth of the next sell-off. I can promise you this: as an investor you’ll be much happier about those surges if you stick to buying during the corrections. But it has to be for the right reasons, i.e., buying when prices drop below reasonable (if not objective) valuation, and selling when they rise above it. Focusing on the above fundamental trends and not worrying about short-term triggers can help. Profiting from these trends is what we dedicate ourselves to here. Under current market conditions, that means speculating on the best mining stocks that offer leverage to the price of gold. 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