Blaring car alarms anxious dog prompt alleged vandalism on BC ferry police

first_imgDELTA, B.C. — Police are investigating a report of alleged vandalism at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal south of Vancouver that’s possibly linked to concern for a pet.Authorities in Delta, B.C., say they got word on July 9 about a suspected vandal on the deck of an arriving ferry.Police spokeswoman Chris Leykauf says witnesses claimed the man was threatening to use keys to scratch the paint of other vehicles on the vessel.Investigators found what they call fresh, key-like paint damage on two vehicles and arrested a man on suspicion of mischief.Leykauf says police were told the man warned that any vehicles with activated car alarms would be damaged because the blaring noise was upsetting his dog.There was no immediate word on charges. (CTV)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jill Flint Hosts United Cerebral Palsy Of NYC Celebrity Dinner

first_imgThe 11th Annual UCP of NYC Golf Tournament and Celebrity Dinner was held on Monday, July 23, 2012, at Brae Burn Country Club and Century Country Club in Westchester County, New York.The annual tournament attracted over 200 golfers from the tri-state area for a fun day of golf and entertainment. All proceeds from the event support the vital programs provided by UCP of NYC to thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities and their families.Jill Flint, star of the hit series Royal Pains and a committed supporter of UCP of NYC, served as Host for the event. Eight time Emmy-Award winner, New York Times Bestselling author & Sports Commentator Len Berman, who is currently seen regularly as a commentator on NBC’s TODAY and for Fox 5 television, was Emcee for the Celebrity Dinner. Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), provided opening remarks. Sports Commentator and longtime UCP of NYC supporter Spencer Ross was the key presenter for the evening.This year’s Celebrity Dinner marked the inaugural presentation of the UCP of NYC Champion Award, which recognizes individuals with disabilities who demonstrate the power to inspire and lead as role models for people with and without disabilities. UCP of NYC honored as the award’s first-ever recipients Frank Kineavy and Nicholas Gaynor, student managers for Villanova’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Program, with this important new award.Co-Chairs (both in attendance) for the 11th Annual UCP of NYC Celebrity Golf Tournament & Celebrity Dinner were Christopher Laul, Senior Principal at HOK, and John Lombardo, Vice President, BNY Mellon.VIPs attending the event included: Edward R. Matthews, CEO, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC); Ken Auerbach, UCP of NYC board member, & Susan Auerbach; Camilla Barungi, top model of Project Runway fame & founder of African Moringa; Josh Folan, All My Children and star of the films All God’s Creatures and What Would Bear Do?; Alan Kalter, television announcer, Late Show With David Letterman; Lauren LoGiudice, star of the film When Harry Tries to Marry; Jonathan D. Lovitz, star of Legally Blonde and former Host of the MTV/LOGO Series Setup Squad; Timothy Mandala, star of the The Young and the Restless and the hit Vin Diesel series The Ropes, & Debi Mandala; Spencer Ross, Sports Commentator, & Pat Sellers Ross, and Zachary A. Schmahl, Founder of Schmackary’s Cookies.United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) is one of America’s most established non-profits offering services, information, and support to children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City. UCP of NYC currently serves more than 14,000 individuals and family members through more than 75 comprehensive programs. The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives. UCP of NYC is proud to be a provider, partner, and employer of choice. For more information on the ongoing work of UCP of NYC, please visit www.ucpnyc.org.last_img read more

Green House Project hopes to educate students and offer a healthier diet

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsFormer prime minister Paul Martin was on hand to launch a new project in Ile a la Crosse, Sask. called the Green House Project.The project is part of the Martin Family Initiative that has been working with schools across Canada for almost a decade.Martins says he sees Indigenous youth as an investment for Canada.“The Green House Project hopes to address many issue related to food, food security, and horticulture that disproportionately affects Indigenous Peoples and their communities,” Martin said. “The Greenhouse Project is a school- based program that introduces students to horticulture through hands on lessons and practices.“It seeks to complement a number of existing course areas for high school students including entrepreneurship, science, math, and nutrition.”The goal is to get the high school students skilled at growing their own food and sharing it with the community and area by using their entrepreneurial skills by building a business.“We all understand that food in the north is expensive and that often times whether its fresh vegetables or fresh fruit  those things are not available as a result we have said one of the things we got to do in an entrepreneurial way  is to build greenhouses,” said Martin. Green houses that can use solar energy and can be spread throughout the north that will create food security.”Youth in the community like Jeremy Corrigal, the local Junior mayor and president of the Students Representatives Council sees this upcoming Green House Project as encouraging for his community.“It’s a huge step in our community with making more partnerships with more people around the province and around the country.“It’s a big step  for our school in general and getting the former prime minister of Canada here and helping us and being a partner with us that just an honour  our community is that much more.”Jim Durocher, local president of the A la Bale Metis Local 21 says the project is important.“We are an isolated community. The Green House Project will allow students and participating community members to explore the usage of more advanced technology to sustain year-round growth,” he said.Durocher also thinks junk food has contributed to high rates in diabetes in his community.He sees this as a way to return to traditions and healthy eating.The program was developed with the input of Elders, leaders, educators and the business community to meet all the criteria for the students and community.pwolf@aptn.calast_img read more

On International Biodiversity Day UN officials urge protection of key resources

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called biological diversity “one of the pillars of human life,” noting that it stabilizes the Earth’s climate, renews soil fertility and provides goods and services that contribute to material well-being. Despite their importance, habitats and species were being destroyed at an unprecedented rate by human activity, including unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, he said.Mr. Annan stressed that the main legal weapon to fight this challenge was the Convention on Biological Diversity. That treaty had achieved much since its adoption 10 years ago, including “significant inroads towards the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits generated by the utilization of genetic resources,” but much remained to be done. He called governments that have not yet done so to ratify the Convention and its Biosafety Protocol.”I urge the entire international community to focus urgent and creative attention on the devastating impact of human activities on the rich diversity of life with which human beings share the planet,” Mr. Annan said.For his part, Klaus Toepfer, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), used the occasion to highlight the importance of forest biodiversity to the global environment and to human well-being.”Forests contain some of the most vibrant ecosystems on the planet; they are home to a wondrous variety of birds, animals, insects and plants,” he said. “Forests provide fuel, materials for building, natural medicines and foods such as nuts and berries. They also play a critical role in regulating river flows and – by soaking up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – the climate.”Hamdallah Zedan, the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, agreed that forests furnish a range of benefits and services. “By conserving and sustainably using these invaluable ecosystems we can also contribute to the goals of social equity and economic development,” he observed. “Forest related policies and programmes should provide for local needs, national priorities and international commitments.” read more

At UN Greek Prime Minister says economy emerging stresses need for refugee

“Since I last spoke here, over one million migrants entered Greece. Nearly 60,000 migrants remain stranded in Greece today after our northern borders were shut off through unilateral steps of other countries,” Mr. Tsipras told the Assembly’s annual debate, also warning against the rise of xenophobic forces in Europe.This new framework, he said, must increase support to countries hosting refugees; increase returns for people not in need of international protection and the resettlement and relocation of those in need of it; increase security cooperation against trafficking networks; and increase initiatives to tackle the root causes of migration.He noted that Greece’s economy is now re-emerging after seven turbulent years of recession, brought on by the deepest social and economic crisis in its post-war history. Greece is working hard to show that a country that has lost 25 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in six years and watched unemployment and poverty rates skyrocket, “can stand on its feet.”Moreover, he said, Greece is working hard to create a business-friendly environment that encourages investment and does away with the sins of the old establishment, such as corruption and parasitic business practices. Greece can establish itself as a hub for energy, trade and maritime and railway transportation in the region by taking advantage of its geographic position at the crossroads of three continents.The country’s efforts are already reflected in the return to positive economic growth rates, the steady downward trend of unemployment, the positive public finance accounts and the revived investment interest from abroad, he said.Turning to peace and security in the region, he said Greece remains steadfast in its support to intercommunal talks for a just, viable and comprehensive solution to the ‘Cyprus issue’ on the basis of UN resolutions and the status of Cyprus as an EU member State. read more

BioLinc Region partner to celebrate local innovation and entrepreneurship

Ian Farr and Sultana Naimi.The work of two Brock students will be highlighted Monday at an event celebrating entrepreneurship and innovation in Niagara.Ian Farr and Sultana Naimi will be among several Niagara youth entrepreneurs presenting their business ideas at the showcase, which is also aimed at helping Niagara youth create their own jobs. Both recently competed at Canada’s Business Model Competition held in Halifax and are working on their business “Incounter,” a proximity-based business networking app.The event will also feature a keynote address entitled “Innovating in Urban Economies: Economic Transformation and Ontario’s Digital Triangle” by David Wolfe, co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. Apanel discussion, a showcase of first projects from the Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship Program, which encourages Niagara youth to explore their innovative ideas, and the opportunity to network with promising youth startups and business support organizations are also on the bill.BioLinc, Brock’s Goodman School of Business’s business incubator, and Niagara Region Economic Development will host the event at Amici’s Banquet and Conference Centre, 2740 Merrittville Highway, in Thorold, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 23. Lunch is included.View the event schedule and reserve your spot read more

Man 64 who committed murder aged 16 returned to UK to serve

first_img 25,734 Views By Eoin Reynolds Friday 3 May 2019, 3:08 PM Man (64) who committed murder aged 16 returned to UK to serve remainder of sentence Kenyon came to Ireland in 2003 while serving his sentence for the murder of an elderly shopkeeper who he beat to death with a poker. 11 Comments Short URL Share9 Tweet Email It cannot be egregious as a matter of law to require a person who has absconded while serving a life sentence to return to the issuing state where they will have the full panoply of the European Convention on Human Rights available to them.Justice Donnelly further noted that this was not Kenyon’s first time absconding from custody after being placed in open prisons. On previous occasions he was caught trying to leave the country and when returned to prison he was put “at the bottom of the penal ladder”.This behaviour, she said, shows he does not want to be monitored and raises concern about his risk to the public. Justice Donnelly said it has not been established that he is no longer a risk or danger to the public.She also noted that there was no “professional evidence” of his rehabilitation and said the Court does not accept his claim that he forgot about a previous time when he absconded from custody for some months. She also rejected his claim that he had not engaged in the use of controlled drugs.The Court further rejected a claim that Brexit posed a risk that he would no longer be able to rely on the rights and entitlements guaranteed by EU law.center_img Image: Rollingnews.ie A HIGH COURT judge has surrendered for extradition a man who absconded to Ireland after spending 31 years in prison for a murder he committed when he was a child.Roy Norman Kenyon came to Ireland in 2003 while serving his sentence for the murder of Margaret Potts, an elderly shopkeeper, whom he beat to death with a poker in 1971.Having lived in Ireland under an alias for 15 years, the 64-year-old will now be returned to the UK to serve the remainder of his sentence. The court has previously heard that Kenyon lived in Tullamore under the alias Alan McPherson, before being arrested in the village of Eyeries, Co Cork on 2 May 2018. Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly today rejected Kenyon’s points of objection and made an order to surrender him to the UK authorities within 25 days.Outlining the facts of the original trial, Ronan Kennedy BL for the State told the court earlier this year that Kenyon was 16 years old and had been drinking alcohol on the night of his crime.He left the pub to purchase more alcohol from Potts, got into an argument with her and hit her two times in the head with a poker while she sat in an armchair.Opposing the application for his surrender to the UK last month Sean Guerin SC said his client is not a risk to society.  The barrister said his client is now an adult but was sentenced as a child and was considered to be at greater risk to society than the average prisoner because he had spent a longer time in custody.The lawyer said this logic was “fallacious” and unsupported by the evidence placed before the court. ‘Back in the twilight zone’ Counsel said Kenyon has been at liberty for a long period of time and did not appear to have exhibited a risk to the public. Guerin pointed out that his client was eligible for release in the 1980s when he completed the punitive portion of his sentence. However, he will now serve an “indeterminate” sentence if he is surrendered to the UK.There is no evidence in terms of his behaviour to suggest that he poses an “unacceptable risk” to the public, he added.Guerin also submitted that there is no commitment from the UK authorities that Kenyon’s case will be reviewed at any time before 2021. He said that his client is likely to find himself “back in the twilight zone” of having his life sentence reviewed every two years and further conditions being imposed. Justice Donnelly said it is not “egregious” for a person sentenced to life as a child for murder to be held in prison and pointed out that his continued detention in the UK was a result of parole hearings which assessed the risk to the public of granting his freedom.On surrendering him, she said, he will be entitled to seek release and his case will be reviewed within two years.This, she said, complies with his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. She added: Image: Rollingnews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4618775 May 3rd 2019, 3:08 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hollywood designer creates fake Sandals resort SRI denies buying Dellis Cay Turks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#DellisCayTurksandCaicos, #magneticmedianews, #NoSandalsonDellisCay #DellisCayTurksandCaicos#NoSandalsonDellisCay#MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos, July 21, 2017 –  A Hollywood home designer has gone an elaborate route to convince the world or Sandals Resorts International that he can turn Dellis Cay, Turks and Caicos into a private island retreat for the billion dollar, all inclusive, Caribbean based resort.Brian Foster Designs has over 2,400 views so far of the video posted to YouTube giving a virtual visual of what he could create for couples retreat, Sandals on Dellis Cay and rumors were swirling about the project all day Thursday.Dellis Cay saw a resort development dream there dashed to pieces amidst corruption allegations in the 2009 Commission of Inquiry.  At the time, the potential for an uber exclusive resort on the 560 acres of land, was real too.  However, when Magnetic Media reached out to Sandals and SRI Public Relations manager, Stephen Hector, who was once stationed at the local Beaches Resort he said, “No truth in this at all. The video has nothing to do with us.”Dellis Cay does have several luxury residential offers on the real estate market though, going for a minimum of million dollars each through Sotheby’s International.last_img read more

SIT taken professional killer into their custody

first_imgKadapa: As part of intensifying investigation related to the murder case of former minister YS Vivekananda Reddy, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has taken one professional killer called D. Sekhar Reddy Dudhekunta village of Simhadripuram mandal on Thursday. After five hours lengthy interrogation the SIT produced him before Pulivendula magistrate court seeking permission to shift the accused to Hyderabad for tests. The court issued orders on the condition of conducting tests in the presence of his family member. Also Read – Vice-Prez to flag off Gudur Superfast Express Advertise With Us It may be recalled that Sekhar Reddy one among 60 suspected persons enquired by both police and SIT related to the murder case of Vivekananda Reddy. According to the sources the D.Sekhar Reddy who was well known of his brutality in killing the person facing charges in several police stations. Recently he brutally murdered his close relative S. Ranganna on land dispute issue. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us Sources disclosed that based on injuries witnessing on the body of Vivekananda Reddy, and the way of he was murdered of which police noticed the same in the murder case of Ranganna suspected the role of Sekhar Reddy in the former minister murder case. Meanwhile, it is learnt that during interrogation Sekhar Reddy accepted the proposal of police for conducting tests at Hyderabad bad in the presence of his family members. In this connection he was shifted to Hyderabad with court orders on Thursday.last_img read more

Familys near miss at bombed Sri Lanka church

first_imgSri Lankan security personnel walk past dead bodies covered with blankets amid blast debris at St. Anthony`s Shrine following an explosion in the church in Kochchikade in Colombo on 21 April 2019. Photo: AFPWhen Dilip Fernando arrived at St Sebastian’s church in Sri Lanka’s Negombo on Easter Sunday, it was so crowded he went elsewhere for mass. The decision probably saved his life.Shortly after he left, a massive bomb ripped through the church as worshippers observed the Christian holiday. Dozens died there on a day of carnage across Sri Lanka that saw at least 290 people killed in eight blasts.On Monday morning, Fernando returned to the church in the seaside town of Negombo to see the damage at the site where he and his family narrowly escaped death.”I usually come to services here,” the 66-year-old retiree told AFP, as around three dozen security personnel stood outside the church.”Yesterday me and my wife arrived at 7:30am but it was so crowded there was no place for me. I didn’t want to stand so I left and went to another church.”But seven of Fernando’s extended family including in-laws and his two granddaughters decided to stay, sitting outside because the church was so crowded.And it was there that they saw a man they believe was the suicide bomber behind the deadly explosion.”At the end of the mass they saw one young man go into the church in with a heavy bag,” Fernando said.”He touched my granddaughter’s head on the way past. It was the bomber.”- ‘I’m so lucky’ -The family wondered why he was entering the church with mass nearly over, Fernando said, adding that the man had looked to be around 30 and “very young and innocent”, according to his relatives.”He was not excited or afraid. He was so calm.”Shortly after the man entered the church, there was a massive blast.”They heard it and quickly ran away, they were so afraid. They called me immediately to ask if I was inside the church, but by then I was in a different church.”He said no one in his family had been killed or injured, but that the community had been devastated by the attack.”I’m so lucky because normally I would go to this church. We are relieved, we were so lucky but we’re really sad for the whole village,” he said.”There are going to be huge funerals in this village soon.”But he added that Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic community, a minority that makes up just six per cent of the population, would not be intimidated.”If the church was open this morning then I would have gone inside. We are not afraid. We won’t let terrorists win, no way.”- ‘Revenge is useless’ -And he said that he hoped the attack would not trigger revenge killings.”Revenge is useless. It’s the responsibility of the government to control this, not us.”He criticised the government, which has acknowledged that there was information warning of attacks before Sunday’s blasts.”An attack like this should have been avoided,” he said.Around the church, Negombo appeared to be waking up as normal, after the lifting of an overnight nationwide curfew at 6:00am (0030 GMT).A steady stream of people were walking or moving on streets on bicycles and motorbikes or in tuk-tuks.Outside the church, Fernando and other bystanders look at the damage to the church, which had been renovated just a month earlier.”It was looking so beautiful. We were so happy,” he said.”The priest was awarded for the job he had done. But now this has happened, it’s terrible.”last_img

PS3 firmware 425 ups cloud storage to 1GB

first_imgIt’s always a bit annoying when you have to take time away from your online gaming schedule to download firmware updates, but sometimes the updates are actually worth the hassle. PS3 Best Price at Amazon system software version 4.25 fits that bill if you happen to be someone who hops from PS3 to PS3, have signed up for Sony’s premium PlayStation Plus service, and have a huge ton of save files.The biggest functional change with the new firmware is that cloud storage for game saves has been upgraded to 1GB for all PlayStation Plus users. Save files remain just about the least data-intensive applications of the gaming universe so this will only be a really welcome addition to the highest end of the power users out there, but more storage is always good no matter who you are.Unlike the Xbox 360 Best Price at Amazon , connecting online with the PS3 has always been free. Users can watch Netflix and Hulu Plus, play their favorite online games, and partake in video chats with friends, all without paying an extra monthly or yearly fee. What Sony does instead of charging for basic services is it offers a premium subscription plan that gives users access to exclusive discounts, free game downloads, and in some cases, like cloud storage, added functionality not afforded to regular users.Previously, the cloud save feature gave users access to 150MB worth of online-hosted save files. Most save files run a couple megabytes at most, with many tipping the scales in terms of kilobytes, not megabytes. So this should truly be more than anyone needs, and hopefully Sony will at some point open this up to other content in addition to save files.via PlayStation Bloglast_img read more

Malwarebytes Premium 30 announced

first_imgMalwarebytes Premium 3.0 announced by Martin Brinkmann on November 16, 2016 in Software – 18 commentsMalwarebytes, maker of the popular Anti-Malware application for Windows,released a first beta version of Malwarebytes Premium 3.0 for the operating system.Malwarebytes Premium is a new product that combines the company’s Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware products in a single package.The product comes at a cost of $39.99 per computer per year. As a comparison, both Anti-Malware and Anti-Exploit are available for $24.95 per year while Anti-Ransomware is offered as a beta currently only.it is unclear right now if the new Malwarebytes Premium will replace existing company products, or if it will be offered as an additional option besides Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware.Malwarbytes did announce that it plans to grandfather existing customers in at the current price. It seems that lifetime licenses will also be honored by the company.As we did with our change from perpetual to subscription, we will grandfather in existing customers at their current price. We are still working out the details, but I assure you we will take care of all existing customers.Note: The setup routine will update any existing copy of Anti-Malware, Anti-Exploit or Anti-Ransomware to Malwarebytes Premium during installation.Malwarebytes Premium 3.0MalwarebytesPremium ships with a re-designed interface that displays the main entry points of the application on the side instead of the header.The dashboard reveals more information but that is to be expected considering that Malwarebytes Premium includes additional protection modules.The right side of the interface highlights the real-time protection status — web, exploit, malware and ransomware — the scan status which highlights the last scan, the next scheduled scan, and the update statuts, and the protection history.It takes one click to run a manual scan of the system just like before. Since this is a premium product, it features real-time protection, something that the free version of Anti-Malware does not support.The settings are more complex now thanks to the added modules. One thing you may want to do is enable the scanning for rootkits under protection, as this is disabled by default.You may also configure the anti-exploit behavior in detail, by enabling or disabling certain anti-exploit technologies for program types, e.g. browsers or media players.You find options under protection to disable any of the available real-time protection modules. So, if you don’t want the program to protect you against certain kinds of threats, this is the place to do so.This can be useful if you run other programs that protect your system against these threats already, or if you run into issues when those security modules are enabled.The preferences old more settings of interest. You may define the handling of potentially unwanted programs and potentially unwanted modifications there, change the update interval, set the update behavior (automatic or not), configure notifications, enable Windows context menu options and more.There is also an option to schedule scans, and to add files, folders, websites, exploits or applications to the list of exclusions.Closing WordsThe new Malwarebytes Premium combines the company’s major security products Anti-Malware Premium, Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware in a single package. That’s excellent for users who run them all or at least two of them, provided that they have a commercial license — best lifetime — already.The product is available as a beta version currently which means that it is not suitable for production environments.Things are a bit unclear right now in regards to licenses and the grandfathering, and whether all current products remain available as individual products.Malwarebytes Premium runs alongside other security solutions. Malwarebytes notes that the scanning performance has improved by three to four times.On a personal note, I’m looking forward to the new Malwarebytes Premium as I run two of the company’s products already on my Windows machines. Combining those into one should make things a little simpler.You can download Malwarebytes Premium from the official forum currently. The product will be available on the official site once it is released as a stable version.SummaryArticle NameMalwarebytes Premium 3.0 announcedDescriptionMalwarebytes, maker of the popular Anti-Malware application for Windows,released a first beta version of Malwarebytes Premium 3.0 for the operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

New agreement between Sunwing and flight attendants has been ratified

first_imgNew agreement between Sunwing and flight attendants has been ratified Posted by Share Friday, February 24, 2017 Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Sunwing TORONTO — Sunwing has announced that the tentative agreement reached last month with the union that represents the airline’s 900 flight attendants has now been ratified.Union members have accepted the terms of the new agreement, which will remain in force for five years.“Our flight attendants are a key part of our workforce, and we look forward to planning for a successful future together now that we have been able to finalize this important agreement,” said Mark Williams, President of Sunwing Airlines.According to the Newswire, the union representing 900 Sunwing flight attendants concluded a tentative agreement with the company on Feb. 15, which was then submitted to members for a vote. Earlier this month, the union had raised the possibility of a strike at the end of March. That scenario has now been avoided.The new agreement represents the first collective agreement for Sunwing flight attendants, who voted to join the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in March 2012. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together

first_img Sponsored Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other.Airlines routinely increase flights based on demand. A particularly cold winter in the Northeast, for instance, might merit more flights to the Caribbean. And sometimes, routes are cut because there isn’t enough demand. Nothing is illegal about that. Comments   Share   __Scott Mayerowitz can be reached at http://twitter.com/GlobeTrotScott, Tucker at http://twitter.com/etuckerAP and Koenig at http://twitter.com/airlinewriter.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Antitrust law draws a line between the entirely lawful practice of companies’ following each other’s behavior and companies illegally conspiring. The Justice Department appears to be hunting for communications and other signals that cross that boundary, said Andrew Gavil, who teaches antitrust law at Howard University.“The distinction involves whether or not there was really express or intentional coordination by two firms,” he said.It’s too early to know where the investigation is going. But if the government does find evidence of improper collusion, it could attempt to negotiate a consent decree with the airlines to stop them from certain behavior, such as issuing public statements about their intentions about capacity.Ever since the government stopped regulating routes and prices in 1978, airlines have struggled to avoid nasty and unprofitable fare wars. Historically, when the price of jet fuel fell, one airline would launch a new route or add extra flights on existing ones. Fares would be slashed to attract fliers and other airlines would be forced to match the new, lower fare.Airlines didn’t like it, but legally they couldn’t coordinate routes or fares. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Any company can limit the supply of its own products, whether airline tickets, sneakers or smartphones. But it would be illegal for airlines to work together to limit flights in order to drive up fares.The government’s investigation is just in its initial phases. Letters went out this week to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Together, those four carriers control more than 80 percent of the domestic seats on planes.Airlines are quick to say they can’t talk about pricing decisions. But in recent years, airline executives and Wall Street analysts have been much more open in discussing how the airlines have kept their passenger capacity — the number of seats they put into given markets — in check. With that capacity kept from growing too fast, airplanes have been fuller and carriers have been able to command higher ticket prices. That’s led to record profits.But were airlines simply responding to Wall Street’s questions about capacity, or were they illegally agreeing not to compete too hard as part of an effort to make more money?“Matching supply to demand is not a novel idea and running a company for profit is not a crime,” Raymond James analyst Savanthi Syth told investors in a note Thursday. FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the government faces the burden of proving that the carriers were deliberately signaling business decisions to each other. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) “The real question is,” Parker said, “is this a one-time catch-up for fuel prices being lower, or is this airlines behaving like airlines used to and just increasing capacity because times are good? I don’t know if we know the answer to that yet.”A few weeks earlier, the United Airlines chief financial officer, John D. Rainey, spoke at a conference for Wall Street analysts and investors.“We are a big believer in the right balance between supply and demand, and we’ve demonstrated that with our capacity discipline,” Rainey said. “We’ve grown our (available seat miles) at less than GDP for eight consecutive years, and so we’ll continue to believe in that.”A government investigation could take years.Jonathan Baker, an antitrust law professor at American University, said investigations like this one generally need more than just circumstantial evidence. A case with explicit discussion between executives would be easy to prove. The harder challenge is one where collusion would need to be inferred from statements by executives to analysts, and other signaling.__Mayerowitz reported from New York, Koenig from Dallas. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home In 1982, Robert Crandall, then a senior executive who would become CEO of American Airlines, expressed his anger about these fare wars in a phone call with Howard Putnam, CEO of Braniff Airways.Putnam, who was recording the call, asked Crandall if he had a suggestion to deal with the problem. Crandall told him to raise his fares and he’d follow suit.Specifically, Crandall replied: “Yes. I have a suggestion for you. Raise your goddamn fares 20 percent. I’ll raise mine the next morning.” He said: “You’ll make more money and I will too.”The Justice Department sued and the case was settled for little more than an agreement by Crandall to keep a written record of all of his contact with other airline executives for two years.It’s unclear if there is a similar smoking-gun comment today.Airline executives have been talking publicly about how they’ve learned not to add capacity too fast. But no statement appears to be as blatant as Crandall’s.After a brief industry increase in seats in the spring, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker spoke about the need for capacity discipline to a Reuters reporter at the International Air Transport Association’s annual conference in Miami. The vital role family plays in society Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

Home Price Expectations Pick Up for Most Regions

first_imgHome Price Expectations Pick Up for Most Regions in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Confidence Credit Availability Delinquency Home Prices New York Fed 2014-06-09 Colin Robins June 9, 2014 459 Views center_img The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its latest Survey of Consumer Expectations for June 2014. The survey found that consumers expect home prices to accelerate in every region except one—the South—where a slight slowdown is expected.Overall, consumers expected home prices to increase in May by 4.0 percent, up slightly from April’s reading of 3.77 percent. The West saw the largest month-over-month jump in regional home price expectations, up to 5.53 percent in May from April’s reading of 5.02 percent. The Midwest and Northeast saw small increases as well, from 3.05 percent to 3.13 percent in the Midwest and 3.02 percent to 3.10 percent in the Northeast.Home price expectations for the South declined from April’s reading of 4.0 percent to 3.93 percent in May.Respondents also said that the mean probability of finding a job in the next three months if they were to lose their jobs today was 48.7 percent, up slightly from April’s reading of 46.57 percent.The New York Fed’s survey also reported on debt delinquency. The probability of respondents who said they would not be able to make minimum debt payments over the next three months was roughly 14 percent, down slightly from April’s reading.Respondents to the survey felt that the one-year ahead expected inflation rate would be 3.17 percent, down slightly from April’s reading of 3.3 percent.Finally, 31.67 percent of those surveyed believe credit availability would be “somewhat harder” in the coming year, with 8.39 percent who believe that gaining credit would be “much harder.” Roughly 41 percent of survey respondents said credit availability would be “equally easy/hard.” Approximately 19 percent believe credit will be “somewhat easier” to “much easier” to get in the coming year. Sharelast_img read more

Cyprus pays €25bn into EU budget in 135 years Treasury says

first_imgCyprus has transferred more than €2.5bn to the European Union and received €1.4bn in grants since it became a member in 2004, the Treasury of the Republic said on Wednesday.The above figures “do not include other grants paid by the EU directly to public corporations”, including the Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation (Capo), a body tasked with paying subsidies to farmers, Stelios Anastasiou, an accountant at the Treasury said in an emailed statement.Since May 2004, Capo has received a total of €803m, Anastasiou said.In the same period, the government transferred to the EU €1.6bn in its own resources based on gross national income (GNI) and €519.6m in the form of the EU’s share in value added tax (VAT) revenue, the Treasury said. In addition, the government transferred to the EU budget €405.3m in “traditional own resources”, which include custom duties and sugar levies.The GNI is a country’s gross domestic claimed by its residents plus wages earned by foreign residents minus wages earned by non-residents at home. The share of the EU’s VAT revenue is 0.3 per cent on the harmonised VAT tax base of every country.In the first ten months of 2016, the island transferred to the EU a total of €163.3m and received €60.3m back in the form of grants to the government, resulting in net transfers of €103m the Treasury said. In 2016, net transfers were €122.8m after grants fell to €37.5m, the lowest since 2007, against a total of €160.3m in total transfers.The highest amount of transfers to the EU was in 2008 when the government contributed €310.2m in transfers to the EU followed by 2015 with €236.1m. In 2008, total transfers exceeded grants by €252.7m, the highest difference ever after that of 2015 when it was €143.7m, according to the Treasury.In 2004, 2005 and 2006, the Cypriot government received €6.7m, €16.6m and €7.3m more than it paid to the EU budget, the Treasury data show. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

11 key details make your website successful

doesn’t talk much about it today. Go straight to the topic.

1. good URL, good website name

good web site, is to promote the site of the first step. Easy to remember. Give the website a catchy name. For example: Admin5 webmaster network (admin is the webmaster’s meaning, 5 stands for "net" meaning);

2. good space, server

, I’ve written an article on how to choose a space server before. In the rental space, the new webmaster often make the same mistake, that is on the Internet looking for cheap space, and the cheaper the better, ha ha, I was like this. Then delighted with dozens of yuan to rent to the G space (and certainly not cheap is not good), the website program very quickly go up, and then waiting for Baidu included, a day over the past two days, some even a few months later, Baidu does not have any reaction to the site many webmaster, simply can not find out where the reason, and then pay someone to do optimization and so on these useless things. So in the end why? How to avoid this situation? The answer is very simple, that is before renting space carefully check all the information of this space’s first search space and provide the information on the website of my business information, see other webmasters users comments, then the host query in the space IP through his offer look at this, whether the host has really been Baidu K off, because some of the host space is some criminals do pornographic websites and so on, the search engine will be eliminated, it is very important. read more

New management mode of classified information website

everyone in the discussion of classified information website mode, I have an idea, you help me: it is similar to the middle of the model, I give you one you gave me, so simple, do not know is not feasible? Actually, I personally do not optimistic about the 58 city. Go to the market, people network etc.. The reason is very simple, not too big, like all local national information do you do nothing, in fact it up to a frame, what framework map like drew a circle like, nothing fundamental content, in addition to several big city flagship can be a little information the amount of information, other city? Just a local Baidu city classification station every day more than you do, from the practical point of view you have no competition, you are just the most temporary competitive brands, but the classification information from other sites are not the same, with the timeliness of the information, who told you what brand we, the emphasis is on the timeliness of information quality and information, who will see the release of a few months ago, this information is of no value. read more

100 city consumer information station of blue ocean media

current issue: 100 degree Marketing Manager Yang Xu

this issue: 100, city consumer information rich media station blue ocean

participates in the interview: QQ group 57322806

1, website background

Fang Qingbin: welcome to Mr. Yang Xu’s business interview (www.citymetre.com). First of all, please introduce Mr. Yang to the 100 degree.

Yang Xu:

            friends, Hello, heat media by senior domestic advertising professionals and internet professionals jointly founded in Beijing, Shanghai has two branches. The heat media’s 100 degree network (www.100du.com) is China enjoy the largest city consumption rich media information website. Business video broadcast platform of 100 degrees of pleasure with "cn.msn.com, sina.com.cn, hexun.com, Tianya, online.sh.cn, smgbb" and other well-known portals, IPTV hotel service providers "Juyou network, with easy -" together to create, provide coverage of the work place, travel site network promotion services affiliate. And then through the 100 degree "3 km preferential alliance" business model, for high-end fashion consumption place to bring real high-quality tourists. read more