Damage is estimated at $350,000 after fire gutted a barn Friday night on Highway 3, just west of Courtland.Norfolk’s assistant fire chief Scott Pipe said no animals were in the barn and no one was injured.Someone driving by the farm spotted the smoke and flames just after 7 p.m. and called 911.Firefighters from four stations arrived to find the fire raging, said Pipe.“They ended up having to bring in heavy equipment to tear down parts of the barn to deal with the fire.“It was very cold and there was a strong wind. It was a real challenge for the crews.”Pipe said firefighters were at the scene for several hours. Hydro One workers, OPP traffic control officers and paramedics were also called in, along with trucks to salt the roads for fire equipment.Because of the rural location of the fire, extra water tankers also were brought in.Damage to the barn is estimated at $200,000 and the building’s contents at $150,000.
The United Nations family in Nigeria paused today to remember their colleagues who were killed a year ago during an attack on the world body’s compound in the capital, Abuja. Thirteen UN staff members, as well as several non-UN staff, died as a result of the suicide bombing on 26 August 2011, while more than 100 others were injured. Hundreds of personnel from 26 different UN agencies and entities had been at the compound when the bomber struck. “Although the devastating attack took the lives of our colleagues and partners and maimed many people, all of whom were in the building in the pursuit of service to humanity, our spirits have not been dampened,” said the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Daouda Toure. “Their death mobilizes us more than ever before. Their sacrifice will not be in vain,” he added. “We will strive to pursue our work for the people of Nigeria for the continuance of peace and stability of this great nation, and the socio-economic development of all.” Mr. Toure also paid tribute to the resilience and courage of UN staff and officials who have continued undaunted with their development and humanitarian work of helping the people of Nigeria regardless of the constraints. He reaffirmed that the UN system in Nigeria will continue on its mission “to assist in improving the lives of poor people, to conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other’s rights and freedoms.” The UN victims served with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
IN A MAJOR new survey of Europeans, Germany was found to be the most trusted nation in the European Union.But, it was also described as the most arrogant and least compassionate.The Washington DC-based Pew Research Center polled almost 8,000 people across Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland and the Czech Republic in March this year to ascertain their views on the European project and their feelings towards their neighbours.The answers highlight how Germany’s experience of the financial crisis has differed to those of seven other EU members. Currently, Germans feel better about the economy, their personal situations, the future, the European Union, economic integration and their own elected leaders.The role played by Angela Merkel and her government over the past five years has evoked mixed motions from Europeans. In all but one country, people consider Berlin the most trustworthy (Greece was the only exception: it chose itself as the most trustworthy).However, the same countries polled Germany as the ‘least compassionate’ and many also voted it as the ‘most arrogant’.Despite proclaiming itself the most trustworthy, Greece was named as the least trustworthy by three other countries, including Germany, the Czech Republic and France.In an odd result, France described itself as both the ‘most arrogant’ and ‘least arrogant’ country.Decline in SupportThe research showed a decline in support for the European Union in 2013 when compared to the previous year with favourability falling from a median of 60 per cent to just 45 per cent.The report believes that there has been an “erosion of faith in the animating principles that have driven so much of what [Europe] has accomplished internally”.The prolonged economic crisis has created centrifugal forces that are pulling European public opinion apart, separating the French from the Germans and the Germans from everyone else.According to the Pew Centre’s data, no European country is becoming “more dispirited and disillusioned” faster than France as the public mood sours dramatically.The French are negative about the economy with 91 per cent saying it is doing badly, a 10 per cent jump on last year’s figures. They are also unimpressed with their leadership, with Francois Hollande scoring less than his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.In contrast, Germans are still mostly satisfied with Merkel and her approval rating is recorded at 74 per cent. There is a major gap to hit the second most popular leader – David Cameron of Great Britain at 37 per cent.Economic DoomAlthough they are optimistic about their own trustworthiness and compassion, just one per cent of Greeks are positive on their economic conditions. Again, Germany is the only country of the eight to diverge from such feelings of concern.Positive sentiment is down 61 percentage points in Spain, 54 points in Britain and 22 points in Italy.A lack of jobs is the major concern for most countries, as is public debt. The gap between rich and poor is also a worry for European nations. Inequality is the principle concern in Germany.Any good news?Disillusionment with the European project has not turned residents off the euro which remains in public favour. More than six-in-ten people want to keep the single currency, with support increasing in both Italy and Spain.Angela Merkel: ‘No, I was not an East German propaganda official’Germany arrests 93-year-old over alleged duty at Auschwitz
7 Comments Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL http://jrnl.ie/4067506 Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 6:58 PM Image: Shutterstock/bbernard The former firm behind Dublin’s Tamango nightclub has been slapped with a big tax bill Portmarnock-based White Sands Hotel Limited was ordered to pay out €480,000. Former company director John Mulholland, with an address of Antrim Road in Belfast, who was handed a €381,000 bill related to the under-declaration of income tax. Mulholland still owed the taxman €261,000 at the end of March.Pentagon Technologies Group, based in Tullamore, was ordered to pay more than €349,000 for under-declaration of PAYE, PRSI and USC.Retired priest James Larkin, who lives in Monamolin in Gorey, was issued a penalty of €39,000 under-declaration of income taxIn total, the taxman was still owned €4.2 million from settlements at the end of March.During the first three months of the year, over of 1,200 audits and investigations were carried out by Revenue.Almost 20,000 ‘risk management interventions’ were settled which resulted in a yield of €115.6 million in tax, interest, and penalties.Clarification: This article has been updated to clarify that it was the former owner and operator of the White Sands Hotel and Tamango nightclub that was penalised for unpaid taxes. The hotel and nightclub has since changed ownership.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie Share7 Tweet Email4 Jun 12th 2018, 5:41 PM By Fora Staff REVENUE HAS SLAPPED the former operator of Tamango nightclub in Portmarnock with a tax bill for €480,000.The previous firm behind the venue, White Sands Hotel Limited, was handed the court-determined fine in relation to under-declaration of various taxes to the tune of €1.2 million.The hotel and nightclub business has since changed hands, and the tax penalty only relates to the former owner.The nightclub is located in the three-star White Sands Hotel in the heart of Portmarnock village. The famous venue closed in late 2016 for refurbishments and reopened the following year.The latest tax defaulters list published by Revenue covers the period between January and the end of March. The case that involved White Sands Hotel Limited was listed among disputes decided by the courts.A separate filing for cases where tax collectors accepted a settlement offer instead of initiating court proceedings contained 61 cases. Total settlements with Revenue on this list passed the €9.4 million mark.Nearly two fifths of the cases were for amounts exceeding €100,000. White Sands Hotel Source: Google MapsSettlementsRetired medical consultant Valerie Donnelly, with an address of Crosstown, Wexford Town, was handed the biggest fine totalling €1.8 million.The second-most expensive penalty was issued to furniture retailer Michael Thorpe, with an address of Tombrack in Enniscorthy.Thorpe was handed a fine of €480,000 for under-declaration of income tax and non-declaration of VAT.Other notable inclusions on the latest tax defaulters list included: Take me to Fora 29,598 Views Image: Shutterstock/bbernard Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Le procès de l'”Affaire de la dioxine” s’ouvre en SavoieCe lundi 29 novembre 2010, le procès de l'”Affaire de la dioxine” s’est ouvert au tribunal correctionnel d’Albertville, en Savoie. Il concerne un scandale écologique présenté comme sans précédent pour la France dans les années 2000.Au banc des accusés se trouvent Novergie Centre-Est, filiale de Suez Environnement, qui devra répondre de l’accusation de “non respect des normes environnementales”, ainsi qu’un ancien directeur, précise l’AFP. L’affaire de la dioxine concerne un incinérateur de Gilly-sur-Isère, en Savoie, dans lequel a été mesuré dans les années 2000 un taux trop élevé de dioxine, ce qui a conduit à de nombreux cas de cancers, selon les riverains. L’incinérateur de Gilly-sur-Isère, dont la fermeture administrative a été décidée en 2001, a été démantelé en 2008 seulement. Les taux de dioxine mesurés sur les lieux dépassaient parfois jusqu’à 750 fois la limite légale autorisée, et cela alors que la dioxine est catégorisée comme polluant cancérigène, explique l’AFP. Lors de cette période de trouble, des riverains s’étaient fait entendre en déposant plainte, expliquant que les cas de cancers dans la région avaient largement augmenté à cause de l’incinérateur. De plus, 24 tonnes de produits laitiers avaient été détruit, et 7.000 têtes de bovins tuées par mesure de précaution.Depuis, les experts s’affrontent afin de démontrer s’il existe un lien de causalité entre le taux de dioxine présent autour de l’incinérateur de déchets et le nombre de cas de cancers. A ce jour, aucun lien n’a pu être formellement établi, mais les 200 riverains qui ont porté plainte en 2002 pour “homicide involontaire et mise en danger de la vie d’autrui” contre l’exploitant de l’incinérateur comptent bien avoir gain de cause. À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Lors d’une instruction très médiatisée de cinq ans, la juge Hélène Lastera avait mis en examen deux préfets, mais ces procédures avaient ensuite été annulées faute de charges suffisantes.Ce nouveau procès devrait durer deux jours seulement. Le 29 novembre 2010 à 15:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The following is the full content listing for the upcoming WWE DVD and Blu-ray “Owen: Hart of Gold” on the life and times of the late Owen Hart set for release on 12/8.DISC 1Documentary:In MemoryFun-LovingBorn and Bred EntertainerOwen Tales: Prank StuStampede WrestlingBlue BlazerOwen Tales: Late Night CallsThe RocketKing of HartsOwen Tales: Press SlamCamp CornetteOwen Tales: Hog PenGold ChampionHart FoundationOwen Tales: Riding with FansReturn of the Blue BlazerOwen Tales: King of Carry OnMay 23, 1999LegacyDISC 2Stories:Helpful Brother1st WWE MatchBad News PrankBlue Blazer is OwenThermostatHacksaw Gym CallHundred Dollar GouletShaving CreamEeyore HallGetting Pulled OverBattle RoyalLuger 50Sumo BulldogWrestleMania 12 FanNuancesRole ModelEuropean Title MatchSlammy BethSpirited Scottish CallClown NoseEmbracing the NuggetVenis SuperFanPopcorn MatchThrifty OwenFan/UncleOwens’ BirthdayMatches:Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship MatchOwen Hart vs. Viet Cong Express #1Stampede Wrestling • December 5, 1986North American Heavyweight Championship MatchOwen Hart vs. Makhin SinghStampede Wrestling • May 1988Blue Blazer vs. George SouthWrestling Challenge • September 10, 1988Blue Blazer vs. Mr. PerfectMeadowlands • May 8, 1989Owen Hart vs. Mark KyleWorld Championship Wrestling • March 16, 1991WWE Intercontinental Championship MatchOwen Hart vs. Shawn MichaelsWrestling Spotlight • August 28, 1993Owen Hart vs. Bret HartWrestleMania X • March 20, 1994King of the Ring FinalsOwen Hart vs. Razor RamonKing of the Ring • June 19, 1994Lumberjack Match for the WWE ChampionshipOwen Hart vs. Bret HartPortland, ME • August 17, 1994Exhibition MatchOwen Hart vs. Nick BarberriWrestleMania XI Public Workout; Times Square, NYC • March 28, 1995DISC 3WWE Tag Team Championship MatchOwen Hart & Yokozuna vs. The Allied PowersIn Your House • July 23, 1995# 1 Contender for the WWE ChampionshipOwen Hart vs. Shawn MichaelsIn Your House • February 18, 1996Owen Hart vs. MankindRAW • January 6, 1997WWE European Championship Tournament FinalsOwen Hart vs. British BulldogRAW • March 3, 1997WWE Intercontinental Championship MatchOwen Hart vs. Rocky MaiviaRAW • April 28, 199710-Man Tag Team MatchThe Hart Foundation (Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart, The British Bulldog & Brian Pillman) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust & Legion of DoomIn Your House: Canadian Stampede • July 6, 1997WWE European Championship MatchOwen Hart vs. GoldustRAW • January 26, 1998Dungeon MatchOwen Hart vs. Ken ShamrockFully Loaded • July 26, 1998Owen Hart vs. EdgeBreakdown: In Your House • September 27, 1998BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVESBlue Blazer vs. Red RoosterMadison Square Garden • December 30, 1988Owen Hart vs. 1-2-3 KidKing of the Ring • June 19, 1994Tribute Videos – RAW; May 24, 1999:Tom PrichardGoldustRoad DoggSavio VegaBradshawDrozD-Lo BrownMike ChiodaTerry TaylorVal VenisHugo SavinovichGangrelBob HollyMick FoleyHoward FinkelTriple H & ChynaEdgeGerald BriscoPaul BearerRon SimmonsChristianTestPat PattersonBruce PrichardTony GareaDebraPrince AlbertTeddy LongJeff JarrettDave HebnerMark HenryBrian ChristopherBlue MeanieSgt. SlaughterMaria FelipeX-PacAl SnowMichael Hayes with Matt & Jeff HardyTim WhiteBig ShowScotty 2 HottyJim DotsonSource: WrestlingDVDNetwork.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipThese Actors Really Refused To Work With Each OtherVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:58/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 51.09%0:03Remaining Time -1:55 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 O. T. Fagbenle Stars of “Fighting With My Family” learn what it takes to be a WWE Superstar Lindsay Lohan WhatsApp Dwayne Johnson: I bonded with late Paul Walker over our daughters Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Dwayne Johnson shares rare tribute to late pal Paul Walker Dwayne Johnson: Tribut an Paul Walker Google+ These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Other Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Facebook Digital and DVD release date for “Fighting With My Family” based on WWE’s Paige revealed Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015
RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Jul 2015 – It was postponed last Wednesday night, that public town hall meeting to discuss the proposal of a five story height increase for Provo. The government says this move to increase building height and density to 12 storeys is to boost “economic benefit, job growth, and stimulation of the construction industry, auxiliary services and tourism related businesses.”Originally, the Administration and Planning Department were soliciting electronic comments; that was criticized and our efforts to get an update on the feedback netted nothing. Now, the town hall meeting is again announced with a new date on Wednesday August 5 at the Gus Lightbourne Gym at 7pm. Still there is that option to make a written representation in email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can drop off your view to the office of the Premier between 8am and 4:30pm.As for how high the proposal wants to take the resort development and others in future; “the recommended building height increase is 12 stories (up to a maximum of 140 feet) as opposed to seven stories (up to a maximum of 90 feet).” Related Items:12 storey, Administration and Planning Department, gus lightbourne gym, town hall meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Science Fair open to public viewing by noon Recommended for you Town Hall Meeting for Building Heights at gym later today
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#IsleofMan, February 15, 2018 – Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime & Gaming, returned to the territory this weekend, after attending UKOTs and Crown Dependencies meeting of Environment Ministers, held in the Isle of Man to discuss the future of the environment in their jurisdictions. This meeting marked the third such annual meeting of the group, which provides a forum for Ministers to dialogue on issues of commonality among them, whilst seeking solutions, best practices and forging stronger partnerships.This was the third Council of Environment Ministers of UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies and took place in Douglas, Isle of Man, the meeting was hosted jointly by Geoffrey Boot MHK, the Isle of Man’s Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, and Professor John Cortés, Gibraltar’s Minister for Education, Heritage, Environment, Energy and Climate Change and coordinated by the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (UKOTCF), a non-governmental organization.The Minister was accompanied by Michelle Fulford Gardiner, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, where they join 13 other UKOTs and CDs, to discuss and focus on the topics of sustainability in the terrestrial and marine environment, climate change, the impact of natural disasters on communities, environmental resilience and the Isle of Man’s designation as the first entire nation UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.Discussions were also facilitated on common opportunities and challenges specific to the group such as:Project Funding;Developmental pressures Vs. Environmental protection;International Conventions representation at COPTrade with the EU (post Brexit) withdrawal of the UK from the European UnionEnergy EfficiencyEnforcement of illegal poachingImpact of plasticsMinister Boot of the Isle of Man, said; “Although very different in character, our islands all boast beautiful environments that are important to our economies and our way of life and we wish to retain and maximize the benefit.”“The meeting was an excellent opportunity to share good practice and discuss common concerns and we learned a lot that we can put into effect in our islands. It was especially useful to discuss with the UK’s Environment Minister, Dr Thérèse Coffey, how our jurisdictions can work together, and more closely with the UK, to ensure a coherent approach on matters such a plastic waste, ocean acidification and warming. Minister Coffey invited the group to join the UK’s discussions on these matters.”Professor Cortes of Gibraltar added; “The way our diverse territories work together in mutual support and for the protection and improvement of the environment and quality of life is our main strength and an example to others.”“We are looking at a sustainable future within our territories but have also recognized our responsibility beyond our shores. Most of us are islands and so we are also championing the future of our oceans by joining the stand against plastic pollution and working towards improvement of the biological status of the many kilometers of sea that are the responsibility of the United Kingdom.”Hon. David Osborne, Montserrat’s Minister for Agriculture, Trade, Lands, Housing and Environment, said; “By working as a group, we are much stronger in being able to achieve certain goals. Many of us are facing similar problems and, because of Brexit, much uncertainty remains. However, if we come together we can put forward ideas for ways to overcome these challenges, much can be achieved.”Dr Mike Pienkowski, Chairman of UKOTCF, commented; “We have for over 30 years brought together groups of practitioners, decision makers and civil society across the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to share experiences and encouraged collective endeavour. This is now more relevant than ever, given the unique set of challenges faced by them especially in the face of climate change and some of the consequences of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The meeting heard about the work of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture to meet its international commitments and to support its fishing communities, which is huge interest to other jurisdictions.”Ministers and representatives of the Falkland Islands, Pitcairn and St Helena, joined the meeting via Skype or other remote means.UK Minister of Environment extended an invitation to the group to join her and her team to the Commonwealth Summit in April, as well as the celebration of the International Year of the Reef activities this year, where discussions can continue on these topics.Hon. Higgs and Deputy Permanent Secretary, took advantage of the opportunity to also arrange meetings with Maritime & Ship Registry sector officials, and a site visit to the state of the art energy form waste plant.Hon. Ralph Higgs quantified the meeting as a worthy assembly of like-minded decision makers with a diversity in social, economic, and political structures, but similar challenges. The Turks & Caicos Islands in the wake of two catastrophic storms realized some destruction of our natural environment, but saw firsthand how the resilience of healthy ecosystems such as the coral reef provides a service that went a long way in protecting our fragile islands. He reaffirm his government’s commitment to providing sustainable financing for conservation and climate change initiatives, as our environment lies at the foundation of our tourism industry.Press Release: TCIGPhoto credit: David Kneale Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
April 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Coaster and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner services will halt this weekend for construction work.San Diego Association of Governments workers will install second tracks along much of the corridor to improve capacity for four line operators, including the North County Transit District, Metrolink, Amtrak and freight carrier BNSF. A separate set of tracks for the Mid-Coast Trolley extending from the Old Town Transit Center to University City also will be installed.Closures begin just after midnight Saturday morning and continue until early morning Monday. Amtrak will provide limited replacement bus services.Passenger rail service is expected to resume in time for Monday morning commutes, though delays could occur.Crews laying track between the Elvira and Morena neighborhoods also will construct retaining walls, prepare subgrade and build access roads during the weekend.In Cardiff-by-the-sea, crews will install new track and begin removing a temporary work platform near the San Elijo Lagoon rail bridge. Posted: April 20, 2018 Coaster and Amtrak Pacific Surfliner services halted this weekend for construction work Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom
It’s not often a family is rewarded for their ability to feud.The Frey family from Vancouver are excitedly awaiting their Thursday appearance on the long-running game show “Family Feud,” airing 5 p.m. on KPDX (Cable 13, Broadcast 49).Jack Frey and his adult sons Matt, Mark and Tom, along with Tom’s wife Angie, traveled to Atlanta last July for the taping, where they competed against another family for a chance to win up to $100,000 and a car.Family Feud first aired in 1976. Though its hosts have rotated over the years — currently it’s comedian Steve Harvey — the format remains about the same. Families compete by guessing how average people responded to a variety of questions and contestants get points for picking the most popular answers.The Freys took a road trip to Tacoma for the audition last year, playing a test game in front of mall shoppers before being interviewed on video. Matt said it was his sister Chris Barker who persuaded the clan to try out, though she didn’t make the final five-person team.“It was her idea and she was the only person that was denied by Family Feud,” he said.Matt said the family agreed to share any winnings with the left out sister.If you’re hoping for a spoiler on how they fared, prepare for disappointment. The family is bound by secrecy until the show airs.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington officials were pleased to retain its AA+ bond rating from Standard & Poor’s, but they aren’t satisfied.After a rating review conference call on May 16, Standard & Poor’s determined Wilmington would remain at AA+ status. Town officials were hoping to upgrade to AAA.“We made a very strong case as to why Wilmington is a sold community financially. Quite frankly, we were looking to pursue an upgrade to a AAA community,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “At the end of the day, Standard & Poor’s was very complimentary on many aspects of our operation, but we did retain the AA+ rating, which we’ve had for some time now.”Town Accountant Mike Morris said Standard & Poor’s noted many positives in their review, including:Strong local economyStrong financial management policiesConservative budgetingLong-term budget forecastingStrong liquidity with healthy free cash reservesLow debt thresholdValue of industrial properties in townBroad diverse business economy in town, including Analog expansionRespectable “Average Buying Income”Creation of a Master Plan Facilities Study“Kudos to the Town Manager and his team for getting a AA+ again,” responded Selectman Chair Kevin Caira. “They’re probably a little disappointed, but a AA+ a big positive for the town, without a doubt. This is really a glowing report.”“I really appreciate both [the Town Manager and Town Accountant] not being satisfied with the AA+,” added Selectman Greg Bendel. “I appreciate you striving for a AAA rating and I’m confident we can get to it.”Selectmen Mike McCoy and Ed Loud offered brief positive comments as well.While the town is addressing its retirement and OPEB (other post-employment benefits) liabilities by establishing reserve funds and annually paying both amounts down, Standard & Poor’s feel sit could be doing more in this area.“S&P was looking not only at the town’s plan to set aside funds to pay off its liabilities, but steps being taken on the other end to reduce the cost of its liabilities,” noted Hull, he pointed out that the town recently enacted a change, which goes into effect on January 1, 2019, where retired employees currently on a particular health insurance plan (MEDEX Plan 3) will be transitioned to a less expensive plan (MEDEX Plan 2). “Next time we go through a review, we’ll get credit for that.”“Retirement [costs] are our biggest burden and why we didn’t receive an AAA rating,” Morris agreed.In a related moved, Selectmen authorized the issuance of a 15-year bond in the amount of $5.3 million to cover the costs associated with the creation of the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility, a Fire Pumper, the Water Main Replacement project on Middlesex Avenue, and the Water Main Replacement project on Ballardvale Street.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGOOD FINANCIAL NEWS: Wilmington Retains AA+ Bond RatingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Maintains AA+ Bond Rating, Getting Closer To AAAIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board To Interview 2 Finalists For Finance Director/Town Accountant On Wednesday NightIn “Government”
By Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, Special to the AFRODespite efforts by prosecutors to elicit jail time for Pocomoke’s first black police chief Kelvin Sewell, a Worcester County Judge ruled that the former Baltimore Homicide Supervisors would serve probation for a misdemeanor misconduct conviction tied to a 2014 accident investigation.Prior to sentencing by Judge Newton Jackson III supporters of Sewell filled the courtroom and made impassioned pleas on his behalf, according to several attendees who spoke the AFRO.“I’m just glad people showed up today,” Pocomoke Pastor Ronnie White said. “I think the judge actually listened to what we had to say.”Kelvin Sewell, a former Baltimore Police Department homicide detective, was the first Black police chief of Pocomoke City, Md., on the state’s Eastern Shore. His tenure was cut short in the minds of many because of racist policies. (Courtesy Photo)Sewell was convicted of misconduct in office by a nearly all white jury in April 2019. The charges stem from a 2014 accident involving two parked cars. State Prosecutor Emmitt Davitt sought a six-month sentence for Sewell.But the investigation itself has been controversial, with Sewell’s attorneys arguing the probe occurred after Sewell was fired by the Pocomoke City council amid allegations of racism.The accident occurred in May 2014 when Pocomoke resident Doug Matthews hit two parked cars driving home from a meeting of an African-American chapter of the Masons.He testified he momentarily fell asleep at the wheel. The impact caused his front tire to come off, but Matthews continued driving three blocks home and called police.Insurance covered the damage. And there was no bodily injury from the crash. But investigators zeroed in on the decision not to charge Matthews as part of a criminal conspiracy.The key to the prosecution case was another Pocomoke City officer named Tanya Barnes. She told the jury Sewell’s behavior that night was unusual.However, during pretrial motions Sewell’s defense tried to introduce emails sent to his civil attorneys by Barnes claiming that the criminal investigation was suspect.“Chief Sewell’s firing was illegal, and I think they’re trying to build a case of corruption and use me as the scapegoat,” Barnes wrote in an email.The judge did not allow the email to be introduced.The sentence is the second time Sewell has faced a Worcester County judge after being convicted. The original 2016 conviction was overturned by the Court of Special Appeals after they ruled, he did not receive a fair trial.But the most recent iteration provoked a strong reaction from Sewell supporters, who said his signature style of community policing transformed the town and thus the ongoing prosecution was unwarranted.“I started crying,” Michelle Lucas, a former Pocomoke resident told the AFRO. “I was so scared he was going to go to jail for something he didn’t do.”For Lucas, watching the trial during which almost all defense motions were denied has shaken her trust in criminal justice system.“Not only has this rocked my whole faith in law enforcement, but it rocked my faith in the justice system too.”Looming over the sentencing was the continued fallout over Sewell’s 2015 termination.The council was silent about the reason. But Sewell recently settled with city officials for $450,000 and commitment to a consent decree to reform racially biased employment practices.Still, for Pocomoke residents the damage brought by the protracted prosecutions has inflicted deep collateral damage. A town that has not been safe, nor hospitable since his termination.“I told the judge chief did everything by the book. He was always a man who was committed to the law. He spent a lot time out in our community,” White said.“And now that he’s gone community policing has just stopped.”
When Microsoft kicked off its E3 event today we all thought the focus was going to be on the Xbox One. But the Xbox 360 has received some attention, too.Microsoft has decided to give the 360 one final redesign before they move on to the next console. From today, you can go out and buy a brand new Xbox 360 that is styled just like the Xbox One. At the same time, it is “smaller, sleeker, and just as quiet” as the existing Slim model.If you already own an Xbox 360, which let’s face it most of you do, Microsoft is pushing Xbox Live gold memberships, too. Your Live account will work across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, so the more accounts Microsoft can activate they clearly think the more gamers will make the switch to the new machine.With that in mind, new and existing Live Gold subscribers will be entitled to two free game downloads every single month. The full line-up of games that will be included in that offer has not been divulged yet, but Halo 3 and Assassin’s Creed 2 were both mentioned on stage. Think of it like what Sony offers PlayStation Plus members.
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Go back to the enewsletterFive-year-old Art’s fascination with Japanese cuisine led dad, James, and mother, Natalie, to be in Tokyo learning the intricacies of sushi-making in April this year. The young family took part in the aptly named 12-day Japan Family Holiday itinerary operated by Intrepid Travel, coinciding with the school holidays.Intrepid’s Family Holidays have been operating for several years now. They share the hallmarks of the company’s long-standing experiences – meeting local people, trying the food and getting to understand the customs and culture of another country – but operate at a slower pace to better suit children.From one day to the next, there is a steady stream of activities to keep youngsters enthralled and entertained. For example, a morning walking tour through bustling Shinjuku en route to a calligraphy class in the back streets of Tokyo gives way to an afternoon of downtime and relaxation.Art was the youngest traveller in the small group. Also on the trip were a mix of British, German, Kiwi and Aussie clans.After three nights in Japan’s capital, the group ventures to Hakone in the foothills of Mt Fuji for some fresh air for two nights. A bullet train journey has the families arrive in Hiroshima, where they spend two nights sleeping on traditional tatami mats, before wrapping up with a four-night stay in Kyoto.The groups are limited to no more than 16 passengers (and average at 12), which generally equates to between three and five families taking part. And they intentionally operate during Australian school holidays, so it’s not necessary to pull the kids out of school.Art quickly connects with a six-year-old on the holiday. A similar bond occurs between a 12- and 14 year-old-and likewise, a 15- and 17-year-old.“It’s interesting to watch your child connect with other kids. It happens so quickly,” Art’s dad said.For James, it was a case of sampling the product he oversees as the Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne-based adventure tour operator, Intrepid Travel.“The reason we chose Japan was because of Art’s love of sushi. His mother and I thought, ‘let’s go to the place where sushi was created’. It was a great learning experience that we wouldn’t otherwise have had,” James explained.“Art learned how to write his name in calligraphy and we took part in a cooking class to make some local cuisine. Plus we learnt how to handle chopsticks and a bit of the local language.”Family holidays are on the rise with Intrepid. The company’s itineraries that cater for mums, dads and kids grew by 27% in 2017 for the Australian and New Zealand market, including a quadrupling of trips over the Christmas period.Intrepid now has over 40 family itineraries on offer to 31 countries. That mix includes a selection of combinations and some departures specifically aimed at teenagers.“These kinds of family experiences are continuing to grow in popularity.”“I think it’s a great way to see the world. As a parent, we’re very conscious of where we go on holiday. While flopping at a beach is nice and relaxing, an adventure like this gets kids off their electronic devices and has them experience the real world.”And it’s not just the classic family unit of two parents and their kids travelling more.“We are conscious of the changing dynamics of the traditional nuclear family, so we’ve also introduced solo parent trips. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, 15% of Australian families are being raised by single parents and we recognised there was an opportunity for those households too.“They may not for some reason be comfortable doing a traditional family trip, so we’ve launched a series of solo parent trips to three or four destinations. It’s a good example of how Intrepid looks at the trends coming through, from the consumer, from web insights, social media and listening to our partners, that then help us evolve our product,” James said.Vietnam tops Intrepid Travel’s list of top 10 destinations for families, followed by Thailand and Malaysia. Also in the most popular mix of tours are India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Morocco, Italy, South Africa and Japan.Words by LATTE Managing Editor, Guy DundasAll images used with permission.Go back to the enewsletter
By Elias HazouA CYPRUS-BASED oil and gas exploration and production company is taking the Greek government to court after failing in its bid to secure acreage in a licensing round.Grekoil Energy Ventures Ltd, a special-purpose vehicle established to bid for the exploration license for Katakolon, an oil field off the coast of western Greece, has initiated litigation against Greece’s ministry of the environment, energy and climate change.The case has been filed with Council of State – Greece’s supreme administrative court – and the first hearing has been scheduled for September 22.The filing calls on the court to cancel the award of the Katakolon license to Energean Oil & Gas, a Greece-based corporation, on the grounds the decision is detrimental to the public interest.Speaking with the Mail at his Nicosia office, Grekoil director Kapo Simonian called the whole affair «a singular disaster.»Comtrack Ventures Ltd, of which Simonian is also director, was the founder shareholder of Grekoil, but during 2013 Comtrack reduced its shareholding to 35 per cent, with Viking Energy Group – a Norwegian outfit – now owning 65 per cent of the shares.Initially two separate bids were submitted for the Katakolon license: one from Grekoil, the other from Energean. Greek authorities subsequently decided on a “forced marriage” between the two competing bidders, whereby they would submit a joint bid. The reason given was that the bids complemented each other and combining them would be in the interest of the Greek public.The venture filed a joint bid in August 2013.But from the outset, the arrangement was beset with problems, primarily due to disagreements among the parties over the work programme on the acreage.Under its initial separate bid – worth some €3.3m for the first phase of the work programme – Grekoil proposed that it obtain new three-dimensional data for the exploration site.As Simonian explains, the 3D surveys for Katakolon available at the time dated back to the 1980s, and the company wanted fresher, more accurate data in order to be able to deliver a better job.Energean meanwhile saw no need for new 3D seismic data, which is a costly process. Instead, it proposed re-processing the older data. Energean’s bid is believed to have been around €300,000.With Energean insisting on this point, the joint venture struck a compromise, whereby they would make the obtaining of new 3Dseimic data contingent, but would submit an improved bid. The final joint bid submitted to the ministry was worth €600,000.In December, Energean informed Grekoil it was pulling out of the joint venture, citing concerns that Viking, Grekoil’s senior partner, had no money and would be unable to finance the project – an allegation which Simonian calls preposterous.The claim lacks any credibility due to a simple fact, says Simonian: only two months earlier Energean had secretly approached Viking and tried to get them to ditch Grekoil and set up a new joint venture. Viking turned Energean down, and reported the overtures to Grekoil.In early March of this year – and following a string of reports in the Greek press alleging that Viking was involved in gun-running and other dodgy dealings – the ministry announced that it had awarded the contract to Energean, on the grounds that Grekoil’s bid did not meet certain specifications.This is also extremely suspect, says Simonian, as he has strong reason to believe that the evaluation committee had deemed Grekoil’s to be the superior bid.And despite having itself called for the ‘forced marriage’, the ministry did not proceed to scrap the joint-bid process and invite new bids.Comtrack had also sought to get involved in the second hydrocarbons licensing round launched by Cyprus, forming an “embryonic partnership” with Petrobras, but the deal did not “work out”, says Simonian.The businessman, who’s been involved in several projects across the globe, says he has never encountered a similar experience in his 40-year career as the one in Greece.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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