Legislators Urge US Government to Delay Passport Requirement

first_imgRepresentatives of governments in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States are urging the U.S. government to delay the implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. This initiative will require all air and sea travellers to the U.S. to have passports by Dec. 31, 2006. The same requirement comes into effect for those entering at land border crossings by Dec. 31, 2007. The legislators, who are members of the executive committee of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference, are asking that other documentation or passport substitutes be considered. Murray Scott, Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly and conference co-chair, said all representatives agreed on the issue. “We believe in secure borders, but we believe this measure will have a negative impact and slow down the flow of goods and people.” The Canada-U.S. border relationship is a special one, with more than 300,000 business people, tourists and commuters travelling between the two countries every day. The value of goods crossing the border is more than $1 billion a day. The executive committee will forward its resolution to Prime Minister Paul Martin, as well as to the federal ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Foreign Affairs. It will also be forwarded to the President of the United States, the U.S. Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security. The executive committee of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference is comprised of elected and appointed officials from the 10 northeastern states (Maine to Delaware), the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec. A total of 44 members attended the Oct. 21-23 meeting, including the president of the national Council of State Governments, Delaware governor Ruth Ann Minner.last_img read more

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Election watchdog seeks digitally savvy specialists to zero in on threats

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s election watchdog is seeking three specialists to analyze social media for threats to the integrity of the next federal election, a move that follows troublesome evidence of online Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote.In a recruitment notice issued Monday, the Commissioner of Canada Elections says the specialists will collect and methodically scrutinize content from social media, blogs, chat rooms, message boards, and video and image-sharing websites.The commissioner’s office is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Canada Elections Act and will be especially mindful of attempts to use “fake news” and disinformation to sway voters in the run-up to the 2019 general election.The two English-speaking and one bilingual contract employees, to begin work in January, will not simply monitor social media feeds but use analytical skills to support investigations and detect current and emerging risks.They will be responsible for regularly briefing investigators and management on trends involving social media and other public information sources that might affect the electoral process.The specialists could also be called on to help with court proceedings by preparing electronic evidence and giving testimony, the recruitment notice says.Under the proposed terms, each contractor would work up to 220 days next year, and the contracts could be extended for up to three additional years.“I think we’re anticipating that there’ll be a need for it, which is why we’ve done it this way,” said Michelle Laliberte, a spokeswoman for the commissioner.“It’s bolstering what we have currently in-house on a temporary basis.”While interference through social media wasn’t a major issue in Canada’s last general election, the commissioner’s office wants to be ready “based on what we’re observing in other countries,” she added.Last year Facebook said hundreds of dubious accounts, likely operated out of Russia, spent about $100,000 on some 3,000 ads about contentious issues such as LGBT rights, race, immigration and guns from June 2015 to May 2017.Facebook later said an estimated 10 million people in the United States saw the ads.Canada’s cyberspy agency, the Communications Security Establishment, warned in a report for the Liberal government last year that cyberthreat activity against democratic processes is increasing around the world, and Canada is not immune.The new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security plans to pick up the thread and update the report early in the new year.Scott Jones, head of the centre, is already seeing heightened public awareness about online threats to elections.“One of the big changes that we’ve seen is, there is a conversation happening around this,” Jones said in a recent interview.“Our goal is to continue the dialogue, to continue to work on our ability to protect and defend.”But Jones said he also wants to help Canadians be more discriminating “connoisseurs” of the information they consume. “How can we be better users of social media?”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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RED CARPET MOMENTS FROM THE CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS ON MAR0618

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On Tues. March 6th, the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards commenced with the Gala Honouring Excellence in Non-Fiction Programming, sponsored by Boat Rocker Media and Eagle Vision, at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle.Hosted by Canadian Screen Award nominee and co-anchor of The Comedy Network’s The Beaverton, Miguel Rivas, everything non-fiction, from news shows to sports, documentaries and reality TV, creators, journalists and storytellers were spotlighted to highlight their winning achievements.   For a list of last night’s winners – CLICK HEREHere are some red carpet moments – Photos by George Pimentel Jann Arden and Marilyn Denis The Social and Jann Arden The Social, Marilyn Denis and Jann Arden Amanda Parris Anne-Marie Mediwake Anne-Marie Mediwake and Ben Mulroney Austin Delaney Ben Mulroney Ben Mulroney Beth Janson Call of the Forest Cheryl Hickey Cheryl Hickey Christine Cushing Christy Garland Drew Scott Drew Scott Fabienne Colas Frederic Bhbot Glen Suitor Glen Suitor Heather Hiscox Jack Armstrong James Duthie Jann Arden Karyn Pugliese Kevin Newman Logan Staats Marilyn Denis Martin Katz Matty Matheson Michelle Dube Michelle Latimer Peter Mansbridge The Host of The Goods The Girls from The Social The Girls from The Social The Girls from The Social with Jann Arden The Hosts of The Zone The Hosts of The Zone Tracy Moore Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Days before polls police recover 95 cartons of illicit liquor

first_imgNew Delhi: Days before polls the Delhi Police on Friday said that they have arrested two persons and recovered 95 cartons of illicit liquor smuggled into Delhi from the neighbouring state of Haryana. Police said on May 1, accused Manish Yadav was apprehended after a brief chase by the team near DDA office in Mangla Puri. One Hyundai I-20 car being driven by the accused was found laden with 45 cartons of illicit liquor. In the second incident one, Vijay nabbed from Palam area when he was transporting illicit liquor. Total 50 Cartons of illicit liquor was recovered. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said that Manish Yadav and Vijay used to procure illicit liquor from godowns of Bahadurgarh at cheap prices and used to supply it to bootleggers of Palam and Sagarpur at hiked rates. The team of AATS (South West) made the arrest. The teams include Sub Inspector Mahesh, Constable Ravidutt and Ct. Akash. It was constituted under Inspector Rajesh Malik and overall supervision of Satish Kumar ACP (Operations).last_img read more

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Closing Bell Gold stocks CPR earnings boost TSX US markets mixed on

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market snapped a three-session losing run to finish modestly higher Wednesday amid a mixed bag of earnings and a strong showing by gold miners.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 11,492.51 +25.56 0.22%S&P 500 — 1,337.89 -0.42 -0.03%Dow — 12,676.05 +58.73 0.47%Nasdaq — 2,854.24 -8.75 -0.31%The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 25.56 points to 11,492.51, with the main index held back by disappointing earnings from energy and base metal mining companies. The TSX Venture Exchange rose 5.86 points to 1,172.32.However, analysts said no one should be surprised by the weak showing from resource companies.“I think people should have expected that given commodity prices moving lower, and given some earlier announcements, that they shouldn’t have expected good results out of there,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.A rapidly slowing Chinese economy would have provided a good indication of earnings growth, Adatia added.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.5 of a US cent to 98.5 US cents.U.S. markets were mixed.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 58.73 points to 12,676.05, helped along by better-than-expected earnings reports from manufacturing giants Boeing and Caterpillar.The Nasdaq composite index lost 8.75 points to 2,854.24 in the wake of an earnings disappointment from Apple Inc. after the close Tuesday while the S&P 500 index dipped 0.42 of a point to 1,337.89.The gold sector led advancers, up about 2.8% as bullion advanced US$31.90 to US$1,608.10 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. gained 73 cents to C$34.49. Barrick and Goldcorp Inc. report quarterly earnings results Thursday.The industrials sector also provided lift amid earnings from the country’s two big railways.CN Rail reported adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.50, beating analyst estimates by two cents. But chief executive Claude Mongeau acknowledged that there could be an economic slowdown in the United States in the second half of this year and said he’s also keeping an eye on China’s economy. Despite the positive report, CN shares slipped 48 cents to $86.83.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. said adjusted earnings were 90 cents per share, beating analyst expectations by seven cents and its shares climbed $3.91 or 5.2% to $78.97.The energy sector was ahead 0.13% as the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 47 cents to US$88.97 a barrel.But Cenovus shares fell 95 cents to C$31.15 as its profits dropped 40% in the second quarter to $396 million as it faced weaker oil and gas prices.The metals and mining sector led TSX losses, down 1.77% while copper prices closed up two cents to US$3.37 a pound.Teck Resources slid $2.14 or 7.28% to C$27.27 as it reported an adjusted profit of $312-million, or 53 cents per share, in the second quarter compared with $663-million, or $1.12 per share, in the same period in 2011. The slide came amid a weakening of base metal prices during the quarter. Quarterly revenues were $2.6-billion, compared with $2.8-billion a year ago.Teck also warned of tough times ahead due to economic uncertainties in Europe and the United States and less robust growth rates in emerging markets including China.The consumer staples sector was also weak, reflecting lower earnings at grocer Loblaw Cos. Ltd.The company reported quarterly net earnings of $159-million or 56 cents a share, down almost 19% compared to the same period in 2011 and missing estimates by five cents and its shares lost 47 cents to $31.45.In the U.S., Apple shares were down 4.3% to US$574.97 after the company reported its slowest growth in more than two years. Quarterly net income was $8.8-billion, or $9.32 per share, up 21% from a year ago. Analysts expected earnings of $10.37 per share. Revenue was $35-billion, lower than expectations for $37.5-billion.Caterpillar shares rose 1.44% to US$82.60 after posting net income of US$1.7-billion, or $2.54 a share, up from $1.02-billion, or $1.52, a year earlier. The world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment beat expectations by 24 cents. Caterpillar also raised its full year earnings forecast.Aircraft maker Boeing topped analyst estimates, turning in net income of US$967-million or $1.27 a share, higher than the $1.13 that had been forecast. Boeing also boosted its full-year outlook and its shares rose 2.78% to US$74.03.The eurozone debt crisis has cast a shadow over markets this week on elevated concerns that Spain, Europe’s fourth-biggest economy, will need a bailout as the country is forced to pay ever higher amounts to fund its debt. Yields on the country’s key 10-year Treasuries have remained above the sever% level, which is considered unsustainable.There was some good news on that front Wednesday as the yield on the Spain’s 10-year government bond fell to 7.37% from 7.53% late Tuesday. That’s a positive sign that investors are slightly less worried about Spain’s ability to repay its debts.Markets had faltered mid-morning after the U.S. Commerce Department said sales of new homes plunged 8t% last month to an annual rate of 350,000, much lower than the 373,000 pace that economists expected. It was the slowest pace in five months and the steep decline suggested a weaker job market could make the housing recovery slow and uneven.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Apple stock ripe for the picking: analystsCanadian housing heading for 25% crash: Capital EconomicsThe ultimate earnings roundup: Loblaw, Suncor, CN Rail and more‘Europe is sleepwalking toward a disaster of incalculable proportions:’ EconomistsNew York Times scraps its BlackBerry appON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Survey of employment, payrolls and earnings (May) UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 380,000 claims Durable goods orders (June): Economists expect 0.3% rise 10 a.m.Pending home sales (June): Economists expect 0.3% rise from month before and 12.1% rise year over year CORPORATE NEWSCANADABarrick Gold Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.03 a share Potash Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.02 Goldcorp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 52¢ TransCanada Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 51¢ Imperial Oil Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 87¢ Agnico-Eagle Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 34¢ Canfor Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 4¢ Lundin Mining Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 9¢ MacDonald Dettwiler Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 90¢ Tembec Q3 earnings: Analysts expect loss of 1¢ UNITED STATESAmazon.com Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 2¢ The Dow Chemical Co Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 64¢ Dr Pepper Snapple Group Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 82¢ Starbucks Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 45¢ Exxon Mobil Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.98 Sprint Nextel Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect loss of 40¢ 3M Co Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.65 The McGraw-Hill Co Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 76¢ Expedia Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 71¢ The Hershey Co Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 61¢ INTL Paper Co Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 46¢ Kimberly-Clark Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.28 Occidental Petroleum Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.70 read more

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Iran UN rushes in urgentlyneed supplies and funds to earthquake victims

The United Nations has dispatched urgently-needed supplies to Iran and extended several emergency cash grants for relief efforts in the wake of the series of earthquakes that affected some 100,000 people in western Lorestan province last week, killing 70 and injuring at least 1,300 others. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has allocated $50,000 for the purchase of tents and blankets, including $20,000 from its reserve fund and $30,000 from the Netherlands’ reserve fund.At the request of Italy, $170,000 in relief supplies, including water storage containers and purification units, generators, kitchen sets, tents and blankets, were transported from the UN warehouse in Brindisi to Iran over the weekend on behalf of OCHA and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).Additionally, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has mobilized $100,000 for relief assistance for children and is sending 10,000 blankets and 300 tents from its stocks in Bam, in south-eastern Iran, where a quake in 2003 killed some 26,000 people and left 80,000 others homeless.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has mobilized $100,000 and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) $50,000 from their emergency reserves. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing $100,000 from central emergency funds and $50,000 from local funds to support coordination, information, assessment and early recovery planning.WHO has established a temporary field office in Doroud to assist local authorities in dealing with the health and medical needs. Two emergency health kits, which are sufficient to meet the needs of 20,000 people for three months, are being transported to the region. In addition, the agency is discussing with the national Ministry of Health the use of $150,000 from the Regional Emergency Funds. UNICEF also has a representative in the region, who with the support of an expert team will assess educational needs and the psychological situation of the children affected. Continuous aftershocks and additional quakes have the population sleeping outdoors in Lorestan where, at 1,000 metres above sea-level, overnight temperatures can drop considerably.The joint UN Rapid Assessment Team, dispatched to the region on Saturday, reported that 50 per cent of the population in and around the city of Boroujerd had been displaced and some 10,000 homes had been partially or completely damaged.The Iranian Government has welcomed this international assistance. read more

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce urges oneyear delay on capandtrade plan

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2016 10:03 pm MDT Last Updated May 12, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario Chamber of Commerce urges one-year delay on cap-and-trade plan TORONTO – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is urging the provincial government to delay the implementation of its cap-and-trade plan for one year, saying key questions remain unanswered.The plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is set to take effect next year, but Ontario’s Liberal government has not released an analysis of the economic impact of cap and trade, and businesses are still seeking details on how the revenue will be invested and administered, said the chamber’s president and CEO, Allan O’Dette.“The purpose for our calling for us to slow down before we hurry up here is to make sure we understand fully the unintended consequence or at least the cost-benefit analysis, and that … we answer some of the questions that remain outstanding from the business community,” he said.O’Dette and the chamber are sending a letter Thursday to Environment Minister Glen Murray seeking clarity on several points, and asking him to delay the implementation, as the government did with the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.“We are supportive of this climate change initiative, we just need to be mindful of what it’s going to actually take to implement,” O’Dette said.The enabling legislation is expected to pass soon, with a third reading debate held on it Wednesday afternoon.Under cap and trade, industries are given specific pollution limits, but can sell their emission allowances to other companies if they come in below their annual limit, or buy credits if they exceed it.The carbon pricing scheme is a key part of the Liberal government’s overall climate strategy, which the energy minister said was presented to cabinet Wednesday and “ended with 100 per cent consensus.”It will be released in the coming weeks, and Murray said every question that O’Dette raises in his letter will be answered by that strategy, including the economic impacts of cap and trade and how businesses will buy and sell credits.“We have a joint procurement right now with Quebec setting a Quebec-Ontario offset protocol, of which Mr. O’Dette and others will be very involved in writing,” Murray said.But according to the minister, businesses don’t want the implementation to be delayed.“They’re saying, ‘Get out there and get this done,’ because everyone knows that the people who wait five, 10, 15 years to get into carbon pricing are going to come in at the end when the carbon price is very high,” Murray said.“We want to do this early, so that while it’s $16, $17, $18 a tonne, it’s very affordable for businesses to make that transition.”The province plans to link its carbon trade system with ones in California and Quebec, and estimates the plan could bring in $1.9 billion next year in revenue, which the government has said it will reinvest in green projects.The chamber of commerce said it’s not yet clear how that fund will be administered.“Who will be eligible to receive this money? How could a business with a plan to reduce its carbon footprint access these funds? Which principles and criteria will be applied to evaluate and compare project proposals? How long will the application process take?” the chamber wrote in its letter.Cap and trade is expected to increase the price of gas and homeowners’ natural gas bills, but gives some of the biggest polluters a four-year “holiday.” Murray has said that will allow certain industries to continue competing with jurisdictions that don’t have a carbon pricing system.Emission allowances will be capped at roughly 142 metric tonnes per year in 2017, and that cap is expected to decline 4.17 per cent each year to 2020, when the Liberals hope to have achieved a 15-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels. read more

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Sacramento Kings Want 63YearOld George Karl As Coach Bypassing

DeMarcus Cousins deserves a young Black coach who is relatableSo, the Sacramento Kings, a team comprised mostly of young Black guys, need a new head coach and they want to hire 63-year-old George Karl, who has been coaching longer than anyone on the team has been playing.Does not seem like a mix that will bring out the best in the team, especially when there are Black young candidates who can relate to the players . . . and who deserve a shot.Karl has been a credible coach over his career, which started in 1984 and has spanned five teams. His .566 winning percentage suggests he was solid, but not an all-time great.So, why the infatuation in bringing him on board and not a talented young mind who could relate to the players and to whom the players could relate?Karl’s impending hire reeks of the stuff we thought we had passed: white owners hiring retread white coaches because they’re white.There’s nothing in what Karl has done that says he should be the choice for the Kings. His sometimes-abrasive style will go over like a Brillo pad with that young roster.The best player, center DeMarcus Cousins, wants no part of Karl and his punitive brand of coaching. In one sense, maybe someone staying on Cousins’ case would make him an even better player. The pervasive thought is that Cousins would go into a shell.Jacques Vaughn, a young Black coach, just lost his job in Orlando for reasons beyond comprehension, actually. The Magic talent level is among the lowest in the league, and yet Vaughn was held responsible for the team’s struggles?Mark Jackson, who was superb with Golden State and unjustly fired, is available. He might not want the job, but Avery Johnson is out there, too. And Mike Brown—Black coaches who have a better chance at reaching the young talent.But Sacramento’s general manager Pete D’Allesandro seems hell bent on Karl.Meanwhile, Cousins’ management team would rather see almost anyone other than Karl, who has a tumultuous past with Cousins’ representatives.George KarlCousins, the franchise player, has not expressed his position on Karl, but he has not been happy since Mark Malone was fired in December.NBCSports.com’s reports that the differences within Cousins’ camp will stop the Kings from signing Karl, if he wants the job. That Karl is in such a position 31 years after his first NBA coaching job is not quite a slap in the face of young Black coaches who deserve another shot. . . but it’s close. read more

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Fears up to 100 Yelp jobs will be lost in Dublin

first_img 11,254 Views 19 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated 12.43pmFEARS ARE GROWING that up to 100 Yelp jobs are going to be lost in Dublin.The online business review site opened its European headquarters in Dublin two years ago, promising to create 100 jobs.Yelp, which is headquartered in San Francisco, yesterday announced its net revenue was $186.2 million (about €164 million) in the third quarter of 2016, reflecting 30% growth over the same period in 2015.It made a profit of $2.1 million (about €1.9 million) in the third quarter of this year. Despite this, the company said it plans to cut up to 175 jobs.In a statement, Yelp said: “The company currently anticipates recording a restructuring charge of $2 million to $4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 associated with the planned wind down of its sales and marketing activities outside the US and Canada.“The majority of the anticipated expense relates to severance for up to 175 of Yelp’s 4,350 employees.”‘Not an easy decision’ Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp’s co-founder and chief executive officer, said: “We continue to pursue our mission of connecting consumers with great local businesses everywhere, and our local business in the US has accelerated this year.We have not yet achieved the same level of traction internationally and we have decided to redirect our resources towards the domestic opportunity for now. This was not an easy decision as it affects our valued colleagues abroad, however it allows us to sharpen our focus on the large, profitable and rapidly growing domestic business.The company has not specified where jobs will be lost. Apart from the US and Dublin, Yelp also has offices in London and Hamburg.Yelp sent TheJournal.ie the following comment about potential job losses here: “Yesterday’s statements confirm that we are scaling down our international sales and marketing operations, and our Dublin office is part of that process.”The company said it is working through “a transition process” with its Dublin staff and can’t give further information until this has been completed.Read: More jobs on the way… 100 positions confirmed as Yelp opens Dublin HQ Share9 Tweet Email Image: Richard Drew AP/Press Association Images Image: Richard Drew AP/Press Association Images By Órla Ryan Nov 3rd 2016, 8:47 AM Fears up to 100 Yelp jobs will be lost in Dublin The company’s co-founder said the decision to cut up to 175 jobs worldwide was not an easy one. http://jrnl.ie/3059982 Short URL Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 8:47 AMlast_img read more

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If this goes ahead well go out of business Planning appeal for

first_img‘If this goes ahead, we’ll go out of business’: Planning appeal for protected structures in Dublin 7 A company wants to convert the sites on Blessington Street into an aparthotel, but locals aren’t keen on the idea. LOCALS IN DUBLIN 7 are objecting to proposals to convert two protected structures into a 28-room aparthotel.Plans were submitted late last year for works on the building for hotel-style apartments just a few metres away from the Blessington Street Basin in Phibsborough.The architects behind the project say the building would be converted “in accordance with conservation principles”, but local residents and businesses have objected, calling the project “unsustainable”.After initially having its proposal rejected by Dublin City Council, the company seeking to build the hotel has now appealed the case to An Bord Pleanála.The plans The building, on the left, is proposed to be turned into an aparthotel Source: Google MapsThe application proposes to change the use of the protected structure at 42 and 43 Blessington Street.Under the official definition, a protected structure is one considered by a planning authority to have “architectural, historical, archaeological, artistic, cultural, social, scientific or technical importance”.The submission was made by Deck Building Services DAC, a Naas-based company that was set up in March of last year.The cover letter sent to Dublin City Council by John Fleming architects said that the development “will consist of the change of use of the protected structure, from existing commercial use, to use as an aparthotel”.It would see the demolition of an existing single storey light industrial building to the rear of the site and a construction of a 556 sq m two and three storey extensions with a lift.In all, there will be 28 aparthotel rooms – 10 in the existing protected structure and 18 in the newly built extensions.The plans also include the “reinstatement and renovation” of existing features and that all works would be carried out “in accordance with conservation principles”.ObjectionsMany of the objections from locals centred on the part of the plan that would have seen frontage of the building on the adjoining Blessington Lane.This road is far narrower than Blessington Street. By Sean Murray 13 Comments Share39 Tweet Email2 If this building goes ahead it will put me and and two other garages that are in the lane out of business for a long time… If these plans go ahead there is no way I’ll be able to keep up payments as there would be too much disruption in the lane with all the machinery outside.Two local residents said that, during construction, “no workers parking, would be tolerable day or night, for vehicles, machinery or materials”.Those residents also pointed to a number of other hostels in the area and said that the place is already “hostel central”.“It leaves anti-social behaviour in the area at an all-time high,” they said. “The basin park is virtually a no-go area during good weather. We have break-ins and knife attacks.”Another said that the development “will not contribute to the community”.A residents’ association also objected, saying that the proposal for lowering of ground and first floor levels of the original buildings “is incompatible with maintaining the status of these Georgian houses as protected structures”.RejectedDublin City Council rejected the proposals last month for two key reasons.The first was that it described the plans for individual rooms to be “minimal in size”.Containing kitchens and bathrooms but no seating or dining space would result in “an over-intensive use in the two protected structures and a poor standard of amenity to occupants”.“The proposed works to facilitate aparthotel use would also have an adverse impact on the character of the protected structures on the site,” the council said.Secondly, it said that the “proposed new two-storey and three-storey extension occupying the majority of the rear site would seriously compromise and adversely affect the architectural significance and setting of the protected structures and adjoining terrace”.In the conservation officer’s report, it is pointed out that the significance of Blessington Street is that “it is in an integral part/residential street of the Gardiner Estate master plan for the North Georgian Core which still survives, planned as an extension to the great public space formerly known as Gardiner’s Mall and terminated by Blessington Street Basin”.The officer said the development would “seriously compromise and adversely affect the architectural significance and setting of the protected structures and adjoining terrace”.The decision has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanála, with a decision due to be made by late May/early June.Read: Objection lodged against massive Cork housing planRead: Dozens of developers are fighting to keep their lands off the vacant sites list Feb 24th 2018, 4:00 PM https://jrnl.ie/3861452 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Google MapsOne local business owner said: “Blessington Lane is a cul de sac with the only exit-entry on to Mountjoy Street. There are usually residents’ cars parked all along the lane which leaves a very small space for entry and exit.”Another said: “I run a business on Blessington Lane, right facing where the above building is to be demolished and 28 apartments built. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 4:00 PM 22,904 Views Short URLlast_img read more

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Early 1219 WWE RAW preview postshow videos from after the WWE Roadblock

first_img WWE Confirmed This Storyline Is Setting Up A Match For Wrestlemania HHH vs. Seth Rollins So No HHH Wont Show To Answer His Challenge Plus It Will Be Stupid To Do That Anyway What Has Rollins Done He Hasn’t Done NothingHe Hasn’t Accomplished Anything He Said He Will Do To Get Triple H’s Attention Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Ex-WWE Superstar Enzo Amore Says He’s ‘Retired’ From Wrestling My prediction for tonight is a tag team match between Shield 2.0 Rollins,Reigns vs JeriKO and if HHH dosen’t show up tonight to answer Rollins call then he is literally a COWARD… Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off FlightVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Alexandru Videos Articles Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Comments are closed. Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Videos Articles Early 12/19 WWE RAW previewWWE RAW takes place live tonight from Columbus, Ohio. Tonight is the fallout from last night’s Roadblock: End of the Line PPV. The only thing set for the show is Big Cass vs. Rusev in a rematch from the Kickoff show last night.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of RAW beginning tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET.Post-show videos from after the WWE Roadblock: End of the Line PPVWWE posted the following videos from after last night’s Roadblock: End of the Line PPV. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next IKILLU December 19, 2016 at 9:11 am WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight Now Playing Up Next Former WWE star Big Cass reportedly has incident at WrestlePro Event in New Jersey Big Cass Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Big Cass (CaZXL) responds on social media to reports of a possible return to NXT December 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm Enzo Amore 2 COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Murray Cantwell push back against birth control rollback

first_imgWashington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are fighting back against President Donald Trump’s rollback of the birth control mandate.Trump issued a rule Oct. 6 that allows companies to decline birth control coverage if they have a religious or moral objection. The policy takes effect immediately.Murray and Cantwell, both Democrats, introduced the Protect Access to Birth Control Act on Thursday to repeal Trump’s ruling.“President Trump wants to make birth control about ideology, but let’s be clear: for women and their families in the 21st century, birth control is about being healthy and financially secure — and that’s why Democrats are going to keep fighting back against his shameful attacks on women with this bill and any other way we can,” Murray said in a press release.The birth control provision was one of the most controversial included in the Affordable Care Act. Employer insurance policies were required to cover contraceptives without cost under the preventative health care clause. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed suit against Trump over this issue Oct. 9.last_img read more

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Executive Changes at HMP

first_imgHealthcare industry publisher HMP Communications has announced a management “realignment” and the creation of a dermatology business division.As part of the realignment, Bill Norton, who formerly served as vice president of meetings and trade shows, has been named president of HMP Communications. Norton replaces Peter Norris, who will now serve as executive vice president and will oversee the company’s wound care and newly-created dermatology division.“We are pleased to say that there are no layoffs as part of this realignment,” Norton wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. Steve Gephart, former group publisher of HMP’s long term care division, will now serve as group publisher of the Skin & Aging journal. Gephart also will oversee the creation and development of the company’s newly-created dermatology division, which includes eight events and six newsletters. According to HMP chairman and CEO Paul Mackler, the company must “move at the speed of technological advancements and innovations.” “In order to create a more nimble organization, it is essential that we build an internal infrastructure that is agile and responsive to the specialties we serve.”Earlier this year, HMP broadened its footprint in the medical information and education field by acquiring Princeton Medical Associates. Financial terms were not disclosed.last_img read more

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Smith Outlines Recipe for Sustaining DOD

Is Alcohol A Problem Online Tool Helps Assess Risk And Find Help

first_img Share Kristen Uroda for NPRTreatment for alcohol problems isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. The NIH has launched a treatment navigator website to connect people to resources and a wide variety of treatment options.The thinking about problem drinking and alcoholism has changed. It’s no longer considered a black-and-white, you have it or you don’t condition.“We now know that there’s a full spectrum in alcohol use disorder,” says George Koob, the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcohohlism, part of the National Institutes of Health. You can have a mild, moderate or severe problem.And there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to getting help. There is a wide range of options — from residential “detox” programs to cognitive behavioral therapy, to medications such as naltrexone that can help people drink less, or acamprosate, which can help people stay dry. But many people who might need help don’t know these options exist. It’s a big obstacle to treatment.“A lot of people struggling with alcohol problems do not know where to turn,” Koob says. “Ninety percent of adults in the U.S. with an alcohol use disorder don’t get any treatment whatsoever.”That’s a lot of people, given that an estimated 17 million adults have alcohol use disorder.To help solve this problem, the NIH has launched an online Alcohol Treatment Navigator. It’s a website that helps people explore all the evidence-based options.The site is user-friendly. A list of questions helps determine the best treatment choices. A brief survey helps to determine the range or severity of a problem. The site also connects people to directories of providers. You can type in your ZIP code to find options in your community.For instance, there’s a link to a directory of licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and other therapists maintained by Psychology Today. There’s also a directory of treatment programs, including residential rehab and outpatient options, which is maintained by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency. The NIH does not endorse any providers, it’s simply connecting people to the options. The navigator site also has information about costs and insurance.Research suggests that most people with an alcohol problem can benefit from treatment. According to the NIAAA, about one-third of people who get treatment for an alcohol use disorder are better one year after treatment. “Many others substantially reduce their drinking and report fewer alcohol-related problems,” according to this NIAAA explainer.The new navigator site comes at a time when drinking is on the rise among women, minorities and older adults in the U.S. Dietary guidelines recommend that women should not drink more than one drink per day, and men should not exceed two drinks per day. But a recent study estimates that nearly 32 million adults in the U.S. drink at least occasionally at dangerously high levels.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Virgin Trains say they will run most trains as union announces strike

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA train operator has said it will attempt to run as many trains as possible as a railway workers union announced six 24 hour strikes over the course December and January. Rail Union RMT, which represents non-driver staff at Virgin West Coast including managers, catering and others, announced the strike as part of an ongoing pay dispute with the railway operator. The Virgin Trains West Coast franchise runs trains to Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe and Stafford to destinations including Manchester, London and other major cities. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members on Virgin West Coast are striking for workplace equality and workplace justice. “All our members are demanding is a suitable and equal offer to that given to drivers to buy out their claim for a reduction in the base working week. “We have made it clear to the company that the inequality and underhanded approach of Virgin will be fought tooth and nail. We will not accept our members being dealt with less favourably than others. “The message needs to get through to Sir Richard Branson on his luxury island retreat in the sunshine that those who are financing his lifestyle through their hard graft have had enough and are prepared to fight for justice in their workplaces. “The union remains available for talks.” Read MoreHeavy frost and temperature won’t get much above freezing all tomorrow Phil Whittingham, Managing Director for Virgin Trains on the west coast, said he felt Virgin had made ‘generous’ offers to RMT staff – and that the operator aimed to minimise disruption to passengers. He said: “The RMT leadership is attempting to cause disruption when many will want to travel by train to spend time with loved ones. “We have explored a generous 3.6% pay increase, however the trade union’s leadership is insisting on 4%, double the two percent average increase seen across the UK this year. Read MoreCity council leader to step down due to failing eyesight “We know how important it is for friends and families to get together over the festive season, so we will keep the majority of our trains running with fully-trained staff onboard and at stations. We remain open to continuing talks with the RMT.” The six following six strikes are set to take place between: • 0001 and 2359 Friday December 15 2017 • 0001 and 2359 Friday December 22 2017 • 0001 and 2359 Friday January 5 2018 • 0001 and 2359 Monday January 8 2018 • 0001 and 2359 Friday January 26 2018 • 0001 and 2359 Monday January 29 2018last_img read more

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Swiss panel criticizes move to buy fighter jets

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your lifecenter_img GENEVA (AP) – A key parliament committee has criticized but decided not to oppose the government’s decision to buy Swedish fighter jets.A national security policy committee said in a highly anticipated report that the proposed order of 22 Gripen fighters carries “the most risks” in several aspects, including the likelihood of the costs being higher than expected.The committee voted 9-6 in the Swiss capital Bern on Tuesday to reject a move to block the proposed purchase. The Swiss Cabinet decided in November to order the fighters from Sweden’s Saab AB for 3.1 billion francs ($3.19 billion), despite the Air Force’s positive reviews for the Rafale by Dassault Aviation of France and the Eurofighter from a European consortium.The defense minister and military commanders have strongly defended the Gripen’s selection.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Aerolineas connectivity is key

first_img“This year, Aerolineas celebrates 27 years of operations in the Australia market,” Aerolineas Argentinas sales manager Sergio Gomez said. Argentine Roadshow highlights 27 years of operations in Australia. “We continue to operate direct flights from Australia to Buenos Aires and as a member of the SkyTeam global alliance, our customers have improved connectivity to the rest of the world.” In 2012 Argentina registered 34,380 arrivals from Australia, an increase of almost 50 percent compared to 22,864 five years earlier in 2007. Aerolineas has modernised its fleet in order to remain competitive on a global level, however, the aircraft servicing the Australian route have not yet been upgraded. “We will be introducing new A340-300 aircraft on our Australia service by first semester next year,” Mr Gomez said. The Argentine Roadshow was sponsored by Aerolineas Argentinas, the Consulate General of Argentina and long-time Australian wholesaler Trans Am Travel. Aerolineas Argentinas emphasised the importance of increased accessibility and connectivity for customers in Australia during the Argentine Roadshow in Sydney this week. “Developing tourism as an industry is incredibly important for Argentina, especially in the lead up to the World Cup and Olympics, considering our long spread of climates, endless attractions and intrinsic culture,” Argentinian Consul General Ricardo Bocalandro said. SkyTeam will open a new lounge in Sydney by the end of 2013, adding to their 500 lounges worldwide which cater for alliance airline’s business and first class passengers. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

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Korean Air consolidates its presence in India with Jet Airways

first_imgKorean Air has launched a new codeshare agreement and frequent flyer program with Jet Airways.The new codeshare agreement promises to offer great convenience and choice to the passengers travelling from India to Incheon, Seoul, through gateway airports in Asian destinations such as Singapore and Bangkok. Passengers will also benefit from the connections onto Jet Airways’ daily service to Delhi.Under the agreement, Korean Air will place its ‘KE’ code on Jet Airways’ 7 to 14 weekly flights from Mumbai and Delhi, to Bangkok and Mumbai Singapore, and the codeshare routes are expected to be expanded even more by the end of this year. Passengers will benefit from the increased connectivity and frequency between Incheon, Seoul and cities in India.This codeshare will in turn give Korean Air its first daily flight to Delhi which passengers will be able to access via Korean’s own Seoul-Bangkok flights. The Mumbai connections will operate alongside Korean Air’s own thrice-weekly Seoul-Mumbai service.A new frequent flyer reciprocal partnership program is also in the line that will enable members of both airlines’ frequent flyer program, SKYPASS and JetPrivilege, to earn and burn mileage on the entire network of the two airlines.Korean Air currently operates an A330 aircraft from Incheon to Mumbai three times a week. The flight departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Incheon and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Mumbai.last_img read more

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Average Down Payments Rise in Q4

first_img Down payments on houses trended upward in the fourth quarter of 2014, jumping more than one and a half percentage points from the previous year, LendingTree said Tuesday.According to the company’s most recent data, the average down payment on conventional, 30-year fixed-rate loan offers made to LendingTree borrowers last quarter was 17.59 percent, up from 16.01 percent in the final months of 2013. A down payment of 20 percent is typically required for borrowers to avoid having to pay for mortgage insurance.In dollar amounts, the average down payment was up about $2,000 to $47,585.”The improving job market, rising home values and low mortgage rates have helped to bring borrowers with sizeable down payments in to the housing market during [the] fourth quarter,” said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree. “It’s encouraging to see responsible borrowing behavior. A substantial down payment will allow borrowers to build home equity, ease lender risk, avoid paying [private mortgage insurance] and reduce monthly mortgage payments, all of which will help to further strengthen the overall economy.”While down payments have been on the rise, that trend may not last with the launch of new low down payment products by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and a recent reduction in annual premiums for mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).Arkansas ranked lowest among the states for down payment percentages, averaging 14.70 percent in Q4 ($31,293 by dollar amount). Also sitting low on the list were North Dakota (15.09 percent, or $30,869); Indiana (15.18 percent, or $32,307); Missouri (15.55 percent, or $31,808); and Ohio (15.62 percent, or $31,140).At the other end, the District of Columbia boasted the highest average down payment percentage at 20.26 percent, followed by New York (20.02 percent) and California (19.83 percent).At the market level, the Golden State was home to the highest down payment percentages in the nation, led by San Jose (23 percent), San Francisco (22.16 percent), and San Diego (21.29 percent). Average Down Payments Rise in Q4 Down Payments LendingTree 2015-02-10 Tory Barringer February 10, 2015 604 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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