OTTAWA — The Canadian Coast Guard’s recent struggles in resupplying northern communities and rescuing ice-jammed ferries appear set to continue despite the Trudeau government’s plan to invest $15.6 billion in new ships.None of the 18 vessels the government says it plans to buy is an icebreaker, meaning the coast guard will be forced to continue relying on its existing fleet for the foreseeable future.Much of the coast guard’s icebreaker fleet is already near or even already past its expected lifespan, which has resulted in breakdowns and other problems.Federal Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough acknowledged this week that the coast guard needs new icebreakers, but would not say when — or if — the Trudeau government would announce it is buying some.Qualtrough instead indicated that any announcement on additional ships for the coast guard would likely come after the government adds a third shipyard to the two that are already partners in its multibillion-dollar shipbuilding plan.The search for that third shipyard is expected to start in the coming weeks, but while many observers expect Davie Shipbuilding in Quebec City to win, a senior government official said a decision is unlikely before October’s election.The Canadian Press
21 September 2010A United Nations monitoring committee said today that Israeli and Palestinian investigations into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip that ended early last year have so far been inadequate. In March, the UN Human Rights Council decided to establish a panel of independent experts to “monitor and assess any domestic, legal or other proceedings undertaken by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian side” in light of the allegations raised last year in the report of the UN Independent Fact-Finding Mission into the Gaza conflict – known as the Goldstone Report.That report alleged that both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants were guilty of serious human rights violations and breaches of humanitarian law during Operation Cast Lead, which took place from December 2008 to January 2009.“The parties responded, albeit in a different manner, to the call of the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council to meet their obligations to investigate allegations of crimes detailed in the Fact-Finding Mission report,” said Christian Tomuschat, chair of the committee of experts.“The investigations, however, remain incomplete in some cases or fall significantly short of meeting international standards in others,” he added in a news release.The Committee, which issued its report today, said that while it received no response to its numerous requests for cooperation and access to Israel and the West Bank from the Israeli authorities, it did receive cooperation and assistance from the Palestinian side.“A lack of cooperation from Israel has hampered the Committee’s assessment of investigations into serious violations of war crimes,” Mr. Tomuschat stated.“Israel has published a lot of information on their investigations, but its refusal to cooperate with the Committee made it impossible to assess whether inquiries met international standards.”Despite the lack of cooperation, the Committee was able to draw some conclusions based on official submissions and numerous interviews with military experts and Palestinian witnesses with knowledge of Israeli investigations. “Israel conducted investigations into many incidents, but only four resulted in criminal indictments, one of which led to a conviction for a credit card theft,” Mr. Tomuschat noted.The Committee found that these inquiries did not cover all allegations made by the Fact-Finding Mission. It found that Israel had not undertaken investigations into high-level decision-makers and had also failed to investigate claims of human rights violations in the West Bank alleged to have occurred at the time of the conflict.As for the Palestinian side, the Committee met with members of the independent Commission set up by the Palestinian Authority to investigate alleged human rights violations committed by public officials in the West Bank.“The Committee concluded that those investigations conformed with international standards. However, the Commission was unable to investigate fully allegations of serious violations of war crimes occurring in Gaza due to difficulties the Commission faced in accessing the Gaza Strip,” the experts stated.The UN Committee was however able to assess the work of two Committees of Inquiry established by Hamas, the de facto authorities in Gaza. The first, made up of Hamas officials, “made no serious effort to address the allegations raised by the Fact-Finding Mission,” it stated.The second body provided information on measures taken to redress violations in Gaza, but failed to substantiate assertions that political prisoners had been released and criminal prosecutions had taken place, the experts added.The UN Committee will present its report to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council on 27 September.
Depositors of crisis-ridden, Edirisinghe Trust Investment Finance Ltd staged a protest in Colombo today demanding the withdrawal of their deposits.The protesters blocked the road at Ward Place during the protest, disrupting vehicular movement along the road. ETI has been in talks with a foreign company to sell some of its assets.
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 18, 2015 2:47 am MDT Last Updated Nov 18, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Air Canada (TSX:AC) and CUPE say the airline’s flight attendants have approved a 10-year agreement reached with the carrier last month.The union said in a statement that the agreement was accepted by a narrow margin, but did not provide a voting margin.The new deal covers some 6,500 flight attendants at Air Canada, the country’s largest airline, and 700 at its low-cost carrier, Air Canada Rouge.This is the fifth collective agreement reached between the airline and it employees in just over a year, including a 10-year pact with the airline’s 3,000 pilots adopted in October 2014.No details have been released, but Michel Cournoyer, the head of CUPE’s Air Canada unit, says it contains annual wage increases, “unprecedented job security along with numerous important improvements to working conditions.”“This new, 10-year agreement with CUPE is an important development which will support long term profitable growth for the benefit of Air Canada, said Benjamin Smith, the airline’s president of passenger airlines.“This is a win-win agreement that will provide added stability and flexibility while acknowledging the important contribution of our flight attendants towards Air Canada’s future success.”The agreement has also been approved by the Air Canada board of directors. Air Canada flight attendants approve 10-year contract An Air Canada flight attendant walks through the terminal at the Halifax airport on Sept. 20, 2011. Air Canada and CUPE say the airline’s flight attendants have approved a 10-year agreement reached with the carrier last month.The union said in a statement that the agreement was accepted by a narrow margin, but did not provide a voting margin. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Jaguar Land Rover has secured £3.5 billion in UK supplier contracts for the manufacture of its new Land Rover Discovery Sport, which started rolling off the production line last week.The new model has created 250 new UK manufacturing jobs and follows a £200 million investment in the Halewood plant, resulting in billions of pounds worth of contracts being awarded to 55 UK suppliers. Many of these companies are now also making long-term investments in their own production facilities, safeguarding and creating over 1,000 jobs in the UK supply chain.Ian Harnett, Jaguar Land Rover’s Purchasing Director said, “A strong, competitive supply chain, meeting our rigorous cost and delivery metrics, is fundamental to the sustainable growth of our business. With many more new products in the pipeline, gearing up to supply Jaguar Land Rover is a solid business proposition.”Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant has seen investment more than double, and its workforce treble over the last four years, now employing 4,750 people. Read more about Jaguar Land Rover’s UK manufacturing in our feature here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
OSU then-redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State wrestling team traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend, competing against multiple top-ranked schools, ultimately cashing in and earning a team tournament championship.Sunday’s conclusion of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational saw the Buckeyes at the top of the podium with 118.5 points, where OSU had two individual titles in its respective weight classes, along with a runner-up and two third-place finishers.At 133 lbs. redshirt junior Nathan Tomasello captured the Buckeyes’ first individual title of the weekend along with his 2nd CKLV Invitational title of his career. The final match was the highlight of Tomasello’s tournament, where he scored a match-winning escape in the third period to win 3-2 over Stevan Micic of Michigan.Micah Jordan, a redshirt sophomore at 149 lbs., finished first after a strong tournament performance in both the semifinal and final. In Jordan’s title match, he scored a four-point near fall with a minute and a half left in the match over Pat Lugo of Edinboro. This championship win marked his second straight CKLV Invitational title.Redshirt freshman Jose Rodriguez at 125 lbs. dominated in his semifinal match, cruising to a 17-3 technical fall. In the final match, Rodriguez faced off versus top-seeded Joey Dance of Virginia Tech, where Rodriguez was taken down by Dance with six seconds left in the match, conceding a 4-3 loss.After falling in an upset defeat in the semifinal match 6-4, sophomore Myles Martin at 184 lbs. regained his confidence, bouncing back to a 22-7 tech fall over Steven Schnieder of Binghamton, taking him down nine times throughout the match to claim third place. OSU redshirt freshman Kollin Moore at 197 lbs. rebounded after two early losses, also finishing third with a 9-7 decision victory over Jacob Smith of West Virginia.The Buckeyes return back to Columbus for their first home match of the season on Thursday, Dec. 8, where they face off against the No. 5 ranked Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m.
A smiling Prince Charles has revealed he has toasted the news of becoming a grandfather again “several times” after his son and daughter-in law, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced they are expecting their first child. The Prince of Wales made the comment while on a tour of the Royal Lochnagar Distillery in Aberdeenshire.
There is not enough child care in Petersburg. One of the preschools, the Petersburg Children’s Center, has a waiting list of 45 kids. A planned expansion could help drop that number.Download AudioTeacher Theressa Phillips reads to the toddler class with Assistant teacher, Brina Compton and teen worker, Kallie Caples looking on. Photo/Angela DenningIt’s mid-morning and a handful of toddlers are stomping and growling around a colorful room. These kids are in the toddler room at the Petersburg Children’s Center.The center cares for 45 children ages six weeks to prekindergarten. The center also runs an after school program for kids kindergarten through sixth grade called Eagle’s Nest. There are 24 children in that program with a waiting list as well.The toddlers find their places and settle into story time.Through the door is Brandi Heppe’s office. She is the Director of the children’s center. She says she takes calls all the time from parents needing childcare.“I’m very honest with them and I let them know right off the bat that we do have a wait list,” she said, “and I have no problem putting them on there because you never know with people moving or classrooms adjusting or changing.”The waiting list has increased in the last few years especially with the 3 to 4 year olds.Five-year-old Arielle Tucker paints in the Rainbow classroom. Photo/Angela DenningThe center just can’t take more children without a larger space and additional workers. It is a state-licensed private non-profit and follows State of Alaska guidelines which set class sizes. The center employs 11 full time workers and four part-time.Heppe says smaller class sizes work better anyway.“We just want to make sure that children are being taken care of and valued and just the quality of child care that we want to come out of here just to go on for years and years because I remember coming here as a child and the quality of the care is the exact same as it is now,” she said.Across town, Glorianne Wollen is in the Petersburg Harbor Office answering a constant stream of calls. She’s the borough’s harbor master and summer is her busy time. She’s also a well-known volunteer in town and helping the Children’s Center is her new focus.She says she learned about the center’s long waiting list during a borough assembly meeting.“So I just started thinking about that: what a wonderful problem to have here in a community where we have too many kids and people who want to go to work,” Wollen said. “So I thought, you know, gosh this should be something that we should try and do something about.”She heard that the center wanted to build an addition in order to take more kids so she decided to donate her own money to the project. Then she checked in with the borough’s Economic Development Council to see if it was an economic issue. The answer was yes and the council’s board donated $10,000 to the cause. A few more people have come on board and Wollen hopes the momentum continues.“This is a project that maybe we could help ourselves with rather than going to the state and waiting for them to give us money and know-how to do this,” she said.The seed money has grown to $22,000. With that, the center is going ahead with the project with the hopes that more funds will come forward. Construction is set to start this fall.The plan includes adding two classrooms to the west side of the building. The labor would be all volunteer happening on nights and weekends. Local businesses have agreed to help get supplies at cost. The project’s estimated price tag is less than $100,000.Wollen says it will be money well spent. The expansion will allow 12 more kids into the center.“Now they just have wonderful programs and these little kids are learning things and sparking interests at young ages and I’m just so impressed with what they’re doing up there,” she said.The expansion project comes just as the Petersburg Children’s Center celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.Wells Fargo bank in Petersburg has set up an account for the Children Center’s expansion project. You can also contact Glo Wollen or the Children’s Center for more information.
Paytm usage has increased over the last few months as India pushes towards digital economy. Some users took advantage of a loophole in the online payment platform to get free credits and other benefits, which was discovered by Paytm and a stern measure was taken to prevent it. But that did not bode well for the digital wallet company.Paytm announced on Thursday that it is withdrawing two percent charge on credit cards for adding money to wallet owing to the immense inconvenience caused by the move. The withdrawal took place in just 24 hours after Paytm implemented transaction fees on credit cards in a bid to curb misuse of credit cards.The company said that some users took advantage of the free transactions to recharge their wallet using a credit card and then transfer the money back to their bank accounts. This not only added funds to the account at zero cost, it also won free loyalty points and free credits.International Business Times, India, interviewed an avid Paytm user, who spoke on the condition on anonymity, about utilising Paytm’s model to rotate money.”I recharged my Paytm wallet using my credit card, transferred the money back to my savings account and used the funds to pay by credit card bill. Although it was a one-off case, I was able to avoid hefty bank charges for non-payment and affect my credit score.”This trend affected Paytm, as it loses money. Paytm’s revenue model relies on users spending the money in their wallet within the network. The online payment solutions company said that it pays hefty charges to banks and card networks when users use their credit cards.For the sake of millions of customers!Paytm backtracked on its two percent charge on using credit card for adding money to wallet after it was met with strong resistance from a large group of users. But the One97 Communications Ltd-owned company is committed to build new features to curb any kind of misuse on its platform.”With an intent to prevent the misuse of transfer to bank facility at 0%, we had applied a refundable fee of 2% on add-money through credit cards. At the same time, we are conscious that this move caused inconvenience to a large segment of our users, including those who are using their credit card for genuine transactions,” Paytm said in an official blog post.Paytm currently has 200 million users, making it India’s largest online payment platform. The move was partly to keep its users from switching to rival MobiKwik, which promised to offer services at no cost. MobiKwik has a user base of 55 million in India.
Share Joining the lineup will be international superstar Gwen Stefani. A three-time Grammy ® Award-winner, Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist.Stefani recently released her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas which features six original and six classic holiday tunes.Set to perform “White Christmas,” Gwen will warm the hearts of audiences nationwide with her rendition of the classic tune as part of the national broadcast of the Parade on NBC. After kicking off the holidays on Thanksgiving, Stefani will return to NBC for “Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” a modern take on traditional Christmas specials featuring musical performances and fun, holiday sketches. This one-hour primetime special set to air Dec. 12 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) will capture Stefani’s infectious spirit and iconic style.On Thanksgiving, to open the 91 st edition of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a host of stars will be showcased “ Dancing in the Streets ” at various locations across the country in anticipation of the big Parade and annual kickoff to the holiday season. Featured stars include Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Jane Krakowski, Gaten Matarazzo, Chrissy Metz, John O’Hurley, Martha Stewart and Thalia, who will dance and sing in the out-of-this-world kickoff to the pomp and pageantry.As the restyled song unfolds, the show arrives at Herald Square, opening atop Macy’s famed red star mark on 34 th Street, where a host of groups will join the impromptu party including the Radio City Rockettes ®, as well as dancers for The Teen Company and Malloy/CAP21, among other Parade participants.Rounding out the lineup will be the incomparable Patti LaBelle, who will take to the streets on The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray ® float, joining previously announced stars 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and the one-and-only Santa Claus; completing the starry lineup of the march of wonder.The 91 st march of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will also feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands and six performance groups.One of the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebrations, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC, Thursday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones) and hosted by the TODAY Show’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Telemundo will simulcast the Parade in Spanish with the event hosted by stars Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu. Twitter User @TheWeekThe 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade adds more star power including a special performance by international superstar Gwen Stefani.
Kolkata: West Bengal Highway Development Corporation (WBHDC) is set to get its own office building at Lake Gardens.According to the sources, a land has been identified at Lake Gardens where the building, that will house the office of WBHDC, will come up. The plot belongs to the state Public Works Department (PWD) and the project will also be implemented by the state PWD. At present, the office of WBHDC is situated in the fourth and fifth floor of HRBC Bhavan at Munshi Premchand Sarani near Hastings. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe corporation, that acts as an organisation for development, upgradation and maintenance of state highways, is now going to have its own full-fledged office. Sources said that Mackintosh Burn Limited has prepared the design, based on which the building will be constructed. The authorities of Mackintosh Burn Limited have handed over the design to the designing section of the state PWD to go through and to point out whether there is a need of bringing any change in the design. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAfter the design of the building gets finalised, the officials will take up the subsequent steps to ensure timely initiation of its construction.Sources said that the building will be a six-storeyed one, with a basement. The plot on which the building will be constructed is roughly around 3 cottah in area and accordingly, the building has been designed so that all the aspects get incorporated within the available space.According to an official of the WBHDC, they had been considering the need of a full-fledged office building of the corporation, with all facilities available when carrying out several development projects, including construction of the Iswar Gupta Setu over river Hooghly that will connect Hooghly and Nadia. The official maintained that the state will witness a massive development in road connectivity with construction of the Iswar Gupta Setu.”Finally, the step has been taken to construct the building and there will be utmost effort to complete the work as early as possible,” the official said, adding that the connectivity of the location, where the office building will be constructed, is also good.
News | November 12, 2010 Partnership Offers New 1.5T MRI Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay November 12, 2010 — A new partnership has resulted in a new 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system.Cerner Corp. partnered with Phi Health, a healthcare company dedicated to bringing the technology sector paradigm to healthcare – the idea that advances in technology bring better performance at a lower cost. The first example of the Cerner and Phi effort is Memex, an innovative, superconducting 1.5T MRI system. Clients have the option of purchasing a new Memex or Memex “Green.” Memex Green uses the customer’s existing 1.5T magnet core (non-vendor specific) with new Memex subsystems, including coils, electronics, software, bed and covers. Using an existing magnet core rather than a new magnet reduces the carbon footprint of an MRI system by 168 metric tons. Cerner and Phi also integrated Phi’s post-processing cardiac software, called Marisa, with Cerner’s RadNet solution, which enables technologists to complete a typical one-hour cardiac study in as little as 10 minutes. For more information: www.cerner.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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The High School Teachers’ Association (APSE) called for a national strike on Friday and from 11 am teachers will meet in La Hispanidad roundabout, East of San José, to march to Casa Presidencial where they expect to deliver a list of demands to President Laura Chinchilla.APSE president Beatriz Ferreto said the goal is to mark the international day of women and also “criticize labor policies and changes the government intends to apply in salary bonuses and incentives.”The government through a press release sent from the Labor Ministry dismissed the strike call and said they have been open to dialogue with union groups. “We do not understand how it is that unions’ representatives are calling for a strike Friday, when they formally confirmed that on Thursday they will be presenting a proposal to improve salary policies, and now they call for a strike without even sitting at the table to discuss the document,” said Labor Minister, Olman Segura Bonilla in the statement.Ferreto even asked parents not to send their children to schools, as “all the country’s teachers will join the protest.” However other teachers’ unions as the National Association of Educators and the Costa Rican Education Union have not yet confirmed whether they will participate in the march.The purported draft bill would cut extra salary incentives that are exclusive to educators, including higher severance pay than most public workers, annuities, extra pay for work outside of the classroom (grading homework at home, for example), and “exclusivity” pay, which is a salary bonus so that teachers don’t take a second job. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Facebook Comments Related posts:The ‘Fifth Beatle’ Andy White dies at 85 Michael Jackson fans: 20 unfinished tracks are stored on sound engineer’s computer Santana and Neil Young aren’t coming. Untangling the great, Deadhead acid test mess Reggae royalty with a new rhythm: Ky-mani Marley NEW YORK – Half a century later, the famous rivalry between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones may not be over.Stones guitarist Keith Richards in a new interview has denounced “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” the 1967 album by The Beatles famed for its experimentation.Richards told Esquire magazine that the Fab Four “sounded great” when they stayed true to their original sound but “got carried away.”“Why not? If you’re The Beatles in the ’60s, you just get carried away — you forget what it is you wanted to do,” he said.He said of “Sgt. Pepper”: “Some people think it’s a genius album, but I think it’s a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like ‘Satanic Majesties.’”He was referring to “Their Satanic Majesties Request,” the Stones’ psychedelic album that came out in 1967 shortly after “Sgt. Pepper” and which Richards has previously described as the Stones’ work of which he is least proud.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aU0si_ernM&list=PLAwDi6KYdZqREMhQkVgVYdp8FXCNzfCHrThe Beatles recorded “Sgt. Pepper” after retiring from touring and the album has often been seen as a historic moment in turning pop albums into broader artistic concepts.Moving away from The Beatles’ pop roots, “Sgt. Pepper” takes influences from a range of genres including Indian classical music after guitarist George Harrison traveled to India and became enthralled by Hindu philosophy.Richards next month is releasing “Crosseyed Heart,” his first solo album in 23 years.The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were global superstars in the 1960s, inevitably leading to talk of a rivalry between the well-mannered Fab Four and the grittier Stones.Some music historians, however, believe that the supposed rift was more the result of marketing and press scrutiny rather than any deep-seated animosity between the artists.Watch The Beatles describe their work in this “Making of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” video:
State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis — chair of the House Tax Policy Committee – today led her committee colleagues voting to repeal Michigan’s pension tax.The committee’s advancement of the proposal is an important step in the effort to eliminate the tax on retirement income instituted in 2011.“In every Michigan community, seniors facing financial struggles have an even tougher time because of an unexpected tax costing them more money in retirement,” said Afendoulis, of Grand Rapids Township. “The pension tax was started at a time when Michigan’s economy was struggling. The state budget was subsequently balanced, to some extent, at the expense of those who can least afford it. Now we are in better times, and we have an opportunity to look at this again and do what’s right for retirees.”The committee’s vote advances the bill – one of the first introduced in the 2019-20 session – to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.House Bill 4006 would eliminate the pension tax approved in 2011, re-establishing Michigan’s previous retirement tax structure. Public pensions would be exempt from taxation and other retirement income would have higher deductibles for state income taxes. Social Security income would continue to be exempt.The proposal also would eliminate Michigan’s current, complex three-tiered retirement tax structure – which now has different rules for taxpayers depending on what year they were born.“I want this committee to be focused on good tax policy – and this is good tax policy,” Afendoulis said.### Categories: Lynn Afendoulis News,News 28Feb Rep. Afendoulis leads pension tax repeal in Michigan House committee
Share2TweetShareEmail2 Shares January 7, 2016; Taxpayer Advocate ServiceThe Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent office within the Internal Revenue Service, issues an annual report to Congress about what it sees as the key issues facing the IRS. The 2016 report includes a stinging indictment of the IRS’s “absurd” handling of applications for tax exemption, especially the recently introduced 1023-EZ “short form” designed for use by small new charities.The form 1023-EZ was designed to assist the IRS and charities in clearing up a backlog of applications for tax exemption that, by 2013, had reached 66,000. Charities were waiting months or years for determinations from the IRS, with “applications requiring review” taking 18 months or more to be assigned to a reviewer. (It’s noteworthy that an applicant for tax-exemption as a charity has the right to sue the IRS if their application hasn’t been acted on within 270 days.)As NPQ reported in 2014, the key feature of the 1023-EZ is reliance on assurances from applicants rather than submitting actual documents like articles of incorporation and by-laws. Concerns raised by critics of the form and its implementation were apparently justified in their concerns that the streamlined process would lead to unqualified applicants being recognized and that the 1023-EZ could cause more work after the fact for both the IRS and state charity regulators.According to the IRS’s own research, it approved 1023-EZ applications only 77 percent of the time when it actually requested documents or basic information from applicants, as opposed to a 99 percent approval rate when relying only on assurances and attestations on the form. The IRS estimates that 20 percent of applicants using Form 1023-EZ fail the “organizational test,” meaning that their organizations don’t qualify as charities. A separate study of organizations already approved as tax-exempt charities showed that 37 percent did not meet the organizational test. Many of these charities could be brought into compliance by simple measures such as having the IRS review their governing documents and advise on issues such as a better statement of their exempt (charitable) purpose.In a biting comment for a public government document, the report says the “IRS intends to audit its way out of the potential noncompliance it helped create.” Audits have increased ninefold from 2014 to 2015, placing a burden on IRS staff and charities alike. An IRS audit is a very stressful way to clear up paperwork problems for small new charities.Where the Taxpayer Advocate Service comes up short is in its recommendations. It recommends requiring 1023-EZ applicants to submit governing documents and identify past and estimated future financial activities rather than simply checking boxes on the form. However, it’s unclear how these changes will still result in a streamlined process and avoid a return to application backlogs. It also sounds a lot like the requirements of the Form 1023—requirements that the 1023-EZ was supposed to alleviate. If a revised 1023-EZ ends up looking like the current Form 1023, it will also be hard to justify maintaining the lower application fee currently available to 1023-EZ filers.—Michael WylandShare2TweetShareEmail2 Shares
A+E Networks UK has appointed former Discovery executive Christian Høyer to the newly created role of regional director, Nordic distribution.Høyer will be responsible for leading the company’s affiliate distribution in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland for A+E Networks UK’s portfolio of channels including History, Crime & Investigation Network, Lifetime, Bio, and H2.He will report to VP of commercial operations, Bakori Davis and takes up his role immediately.Previously Høyer was Nordic sales director of distribution for Discovery Networks Nordic, responsible for sales strategy throughout Scandinavia, prior to which he worked as director of distribution and marketing for SBS.A+E Networks UK has channels available in 76 across the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, central and eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial television in the UK, has promoted managing director Lindsey Clay to CEO, with current chief executive Tess Alps to step back into a non-executive chairman role. The changes come into effect from January 1, 2014, with Jeremy Tester, director of brand strategy at Sky Media, to also come in as the new chair of the Thinkbox board, taking over from Julia Jordan, UKTV’s executive director, business and operations.The chairman of the board role is held for a year before being passing to another Thinkbox shareholder director.Alps, who has led Thinkbox since 2006 and also became executive chairman last year, will work with the organisation two days a week in her new non-exec position.Clay first joined Thinkbox in 2007 as marketing director, and was upped to managing director in 2011.“Let there be no doubt; Lindsey is now in charge of Thinkbox. She has been by my side leading the organisation since 2007, and all that we have achieved has been with her vital input. I couldn’t wish for anyone more brilliant to hand the precious reins over to and I’m thrilled that the shareholders agree. However, I shall still be involved and my devotion to getting TV a fair hearing will never diminish,” said Alps.
Modern Times Group (MTG) has appointed Liberty Global executive Rotem Hakim as its director of business development for pay TV emerging markets.Hakim will take the role in MTG-owned Viasat Broadcasting’s pay TV emerging markets team as of May 26.He joins from Liberty Global, where he has worked for 10 years, most recently as programming director working with VoD and linear pay-TV channels, as well as gaming and music.Within Liberty, Hakim also previously worked as head of business development for Chello On Demand, part of the firm’s former content division Chellomedia. Prior to Liberty Global, he worked at the tech companies Emblaze Systems and IBM and the telecoms company Barak I.T.C.“Rotem is a top performer with a unique understanding of how content and technology can complement one another, gained in a 20 year long career in the media, technology and IT industries. His extensive commercial and technical expertise in all aspects of digital content services – across TV, web and mobile – make him the ideal person to grow our pay TV business further,” said Aleks Habdank, chief operating officer, pay TV emerging markets, MTG.
Telefónica’s rivals in the Spanish market are continuing to pile pressure on the country’s competition regulator to impose strict conditions on the telco if it is to go ahead and approve its acquisition of pay TV provider Canal+. Orange has reportedly asked the regulator, the CNMC, to guarantee that all rival operators will be able to take a wholesale offer of TV channels at regulated prices. Orange has also asked the regulator to extend the obligations imposed on Telefónica to open its fibre network to rival players.Orange head of regulatory affairs Julio Gomez told Spanish press that Orange was not against Telefónica buying TV rights in principle but that consumers should not be tied to the operator’s mobile and broadband offerings if they want to view its premium content. Orange has therefore asked the regulator to regulate the wholesale prices that Telefónica’s charges to ensure that they remain lower than the retail price that it charges to subscribers.Orange’s intervention comes amid reports that Telefónica could abandon its acquisition if it considers the CNMC’s conditions to be too restrictive.Separately, the EC yesterday rejected a request by the CNMC to review Orange’s own proposed acquisition of Spanish alternative telco Jazztel, arguing that it was better qualified to rule on the case.Orange originally referred the case to the EC last year, and the Commission opened an in-depth investigation in December.“The European Commission has decided not to refer the planned acquisition of Jazztel p.l.c. by Orange S.A. to the Spanish competition authority for assessment under Spanish competition law. The Commission concluded that it was better placed to deal with the case with a view to ensuring consistency in the application of the merger control rules in the fixed and mobile telecommunications sectors across the European Economic Area (EEA),” the EC said in a statement yesterday.The Commission now has until April 30 to rule on the deal.