PM defends small business tax changes as doctors complain of negative impact

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – Justin Trudeau got a small taste of the kind of grief his backbenchers have been getting over the government’s plan to end what it calls unfair tax advantages for wealthy small business owners.During a townhall meeting Wednesday night, the prime minister was lectured by two female doctors about the negative impact they contended the proposals will have on hard-working middle class Canadians.Monica Penner told Trudeau that the tax plan will catch “thousands of really hard-working, honest, tax-paying Canadians” who have always believed that “hard work is the road to success.”She questioned how he can explain to students why they should bother going into debt to get a university education when he’s proposing tax reforms that would “make sure everybody is the same in the end.”Trudeau told Penner that the proposals are intended to eliminate tax provisions that “disproportionately advantage the wealthiest Canadians.”“Let me be absolutely clear. There is nothing in these proposals that is targeting small, middle-class businesses,” he said.“There are a number of people who are wealthy individuals who use private corporations as a way of opting out of big portions of the income tax system.“So you get someone who’s making $50,000 a year who’s actually paying more taxes than someone who’s making $300,000 a year because they have private corporation mechanisms and good accountants that allow them to get away from that.”But Trudeau’s defence of the proposals did not forestall further complaints.Anita Sanan, who said she went to school for 14 years and incurred a six-figure debt load to become a doctor, accused the government of creating “two classes of Canadians,” pitting employees against small business owners.She argued that preferential tax treatment for professionals and small businesses that incorporate is meant to compensate for the fact that they don’t have access to pensions, vacation pay, Employment Insurance, sick leave, maternity leave and other benefits enjoyed by employees.“Now, you’ve moved the goal posts in the middle of the game and expect me somehow to be able to plan for my retirement, plan for maternity leave, which I will not be able to afford at this time and am having to choose between having a family and being able to actually practice as a physician here in Kelowna.”Trudeau said he’s “fairly certain” that “every single province in this country” has maternity leave for doctors. Sanan told him that’s incorrect while another audience member accused him of lying.In fact, according to the B.C. Medical Association, Sanan would be eligible for up to 17 weeks of parental leave benefits.Trudeau said the current tax system has already created two classes of Canadians, where those who can afford to “create private corporations as a way of helping with their tax planning already have access to things that employees and others do not.”“That’s not entirely fair,” he said.He was careful to emphasize that there’s nothing illegal about taking advantage of those tax measures.“There is no suggestion that you haven’t been following the rules. There is a suggestion that perhaps the rules which benefit the wealthy deserve a little tweaking and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”Trudeau also emphasized that the government is consulting on the proposed changes precisely so that it can hear people’s concerns and ensure that there are no unintended consequences.Trudeau’s encounter with the doctors came after Liberal backbenchers, who’ve been inundated with complaints, aired their concerns about the proposed tax changes during a closed door caucus retreat earlier Wednesday.Under the three-pronged plan, the government is proposing to restrict the ability of incorporated business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do no work for the business.It’s also proposing to limit the use of private corporations to make passive investments in things like stocks or real estate and to limit the ability to convert a corporation’s regular income into capital gains that are typically taxed at a lower rate.Notwithstanding the doctors’ interventions, Trudeau received a largely warm reception at the townhall, attended by almost 2,500 people jammed into the gymnasium at UBC Okanagan’s campus.He even won cheers for his explanation of why he reneged on his promise to reform Canada’s electoral system.Trudeau said he would have preferred a ranked ballot system but the other parties held out for a referendum on some form of proportional representation — a system he said he couldn’t support because it could empower anti-immigration parties or other small fringe groups.Whatever the shortcomings of the current first-past-the-post system, Trudeau said it forces a small number of political parties to represent a wide diversity of views rather than encouraging the proliferation of many small parties representing narrow views.As a result, he said: “We do not have an anti-immigrant party in Canada … There’s no official party voice in the House of Commons that speaks up and thinks that racism is a way to get votes.”last_img read more

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In the news today May 6

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, May 6———FEDERAL BYELECTION DAY NANAIMO, B.C.Voters are heading to the polls today to elect a member of Parliament in the B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith in what could be an indicator of the fall federal election. The leaders of the Liberals, Conservatives, Greens, NDP and the People’s Party of Canada have all visited the riding since the byelection was called. David Black, a political communications expert at Royal Roads University in Victoria, says that highlights the importance of today’s. He says the parties will use the byelection as a study for political messaging before the Oct. 21 federal election.———SHORTAGE OF POPULAR CANNABIS PRODUCT IN CANADARetailers across Canada are struggling with a shortage of all cannabis, but there’s one product they’re especially desperate to keep on shelves: C-B-D. It’s a non-intoxicating extract that has been promoted as a natural cure for pain, anxiety and insomnia, despite limited medical research. It’s so trendy that Kim Kardashian West recently posted on Instagram about her “C-B-D baby shower,” where she invited guests to make C-B-D-infused salt scrubs and body oil. Companies are ramping up hemp growth to produce the popular extract, but observers expect the shortage to persist until late this year.———DOCTORS CALL FOR CHANGE TO ADDRESS SUICIDETwo doctors are drawing attention to the issue of suicide in their profession, which they say needs to be addressed through systemic change because burnout that starts in medical school is literally killing physicians. Sarah Tulk, a family physician in Milton, Ontario, and Joy Albuquerque, medical director of the Ontario Medical Association’s physician health program, say suicide is an occupational hazard for doctors. The pair say in today’s issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal that the rate of suicide for male doctors is nearly double that of the general public, while it’s two and a half times higher for females. ———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna addresses the media following a meeting of G7 environment ministers in France.— Bausch Health, Air Canada and Cargojet review Q1 earnings.— Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos makes an announcement about the Canada Child Benefit.— Court appearance in Smithers, B.C. for Luke Strimbold, former Burns Lake mayor facing multiple sex charges.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Germanys Siemens to build new trains for London Underground

first_imgFRANKFURT — German firm Siemens AG has landed a 1.5 billion pound ($1.9 billion) order for new trains for the London Underground’s busy Piccadilly line, which brings 700,000 people in and out of central London every day.The 94 trains from the Siemens Mobility division have fully air-conditioned and walk-through carriages. They will go into service in 2024, replacing trains that date back to the 1970s and have become increasingly unreliable, crowded and expensive to maintain.The company said Tuesday the contract was awarded “with the expectation” Siemens would build single-design trains for all four deep Underground lines: Piccadilly, Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City.Siemens has announced plans for a train factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, that will employ 700 people and offer roles for 1,700 suppliers.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Maroc Telecom Blocks Online Games

Rabat – After blocking VoIP services through free applications such as Skype, Whatsapp and Viber, Maroc Telecom has also decided to block online games in Morocco.Despite the fact that no official statement has been made in this regard, Moroccan online gamers have found difficulty logging into their online games as usual.An online petition was launched earlier today asking for the immediate release of online games. After only a few hours and up to this moment, the petition was signed by 7304 people. The problem seems really serious. Moroccan online professional gamers who have been competing in different tournaments online will henceforth be deprived of access to their games; the fact which caused outrageous reactions on social media.As customers who pay their bills monthly to Maroc Telecom, Moroccan professional online gamers ask for a quick explanation to this serious decision which strikes a community of hundreds of thousands of people in Morocco. read more

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Compromise reached on Brook St

A Simcoe family has reached a compromise of sorts with Norfolk County over a disputed parcel of land.Robert and Sandra Turnecliff of 109 Brook Street objected in June to the sale of the vacant lot to Habitat for Humanity Brant-Norfolk.The Turnecliffs had pursued the former Town of Simcoe and later Norfolk County to sell the lot, which is located beside their home at the southerly dead-end of Brook Street.This spring, the Turnecliffs and their neighbours were surprised to learn that Norfolk council agreed to sell the parcel to Habitat for Humanity for an affordable housing project. The Turnecliffs were especially upset because the sale would have left them with a sideyard measuring about three feet wide.In response to the Turnecliffs’ objections and a neighbourhood petition with more than 200 signatures, Norfolk council agreed this summer to sell the Turnecliffs a strip of land beside their garage with a frontage of six metres.“It’s not a bad amount,” Sandra Turnecliff said Tuesday. “It’s better than what we had.”The Turnecliffs say the county approached them after the June meeting with a take-it-or-leave it offer.The strip’s frontage measures six metres while the frontage for the Habitat lot measures 32 metres. The Turnecliffs were quick to notice that the county quoted them the same price Habitat paid — $15,000 — for a strip of land less than 20 per cent the size.“It was a deep sting,” Sandra Turnecliff said. “We get just under 20 feet of frontage and they get 103 feet for the same amount of money. And it still bothers everyone in the neighbourhood that there will be a house there.”The parcel at issue has several mature trees that will have to be cut down. Robert Turnecliff said his family has cut the grass and otherwise maintained the lot at no charge to the county for more than 20 years. He continues to be amazed that the county has given priority to an organization based in Brantford over a family that has paid taxes to the municipality for more than 20 years.“It’s a hollow victory,” he said.The Turnecliffs emphasize their assessment of the situation has nothing to do with Habitat for Humanity or the cause of affordable housing. They and their neighbours, they say, regard the vacant lot as a natural neighbourhood parkette. Residents several streets over, they said, are concerned about the trees because they are tall and stately and visible from a distance.In an interview in June, Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts said council supported the Habitat proposal because the sale met several municipal objectives.These include compliance with provincial policies encouraging the construction of affordable housing, the densification of urban areas, and infilling to make efficient use of existing infrastructure.Rabbitts added the owners of the Habitat home will pay residential property taxes. Until recently, the vacant parcel represented a potential maintenance cost to the municipality.On a positive note, the Turnecliffs acknowledge that the county will not charge them for a survey, a boundary adjustment or legal fees. Amending land registry documents in this manner can cost several thousands of dollars.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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Obama says administration fumbled health care laws rollout must win back credibility

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says his administration “fumbled the rollout” of his signature health care law.Obama is taking responsibility for problems with the launch of the program. He says, quote, “That’s on me.”Obama says it’s legitimate for Americans to expect him to have to win back some credibility on the health care law and in general.The president acknowledges his assertion that Americans who like their health plan could keep it, in his words, “ended up not being accurate.” He says that wasn’t his intention.Obama says he wasn’t informed directly that the Healthcare.gov website wouldn’t be working, and wouldn’t have rolled it out if he did. He says he wouldn’t have been “stupid enough” to say it was going to be like shopping on Amazon had he known. Obama says administration ‘fumbled health’ care law’s rollout, must win back credibility by The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 10:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Madagascar villagers learn dangers of outdoor defecation

©WSSCC/Hiroyuki Saito | Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world. (May 2019)  ©WSSCC/Hiroyuki Saito | Piles of sawdust on a village map mark where people in Andoharanovelona in Madagascar defecated in open areas. (May 2019) ​​​​ “The latrines in the village are not well maintained,” offered another participant, “so many of us go to the outskirts of the village to finish our business.” The village is Andoharanovelona, 60 kilometers south of Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar – one of the world’s poorest countries – where the UN estimates that some 11.3 million people defecate in the open.The conversation in the village is led by a team of four sanitation practitioners working with a local non-governmental organization known as Miarintsoa. Eugène Rasamoelina, the head of Miarintsoa, asks the participants how often the latrines are used and whether three latrines are enough for all 65 residents. At first, they are too shy to respond, mumbling that this is none of their concern. But Mr Rasamoelina persists and they reluctantly acknowledge that, in fact, they rarely use the latrines at all and instead defecate on the ground, a practice known as open defecation. Careful to ensure the villagers are comfortable continuing the conversation, Mr Rasamoelina takes out a bag of sawdust and asks them to sprinkle its contents on a drawing of the village sketched into the dusty ground to indicate where they defecate. Eucalyptus trees and a pond at the outskirts of the village are soon covered with piles of wood particles, with a few piles placed inside the village, as well. As they take a long, hard look at the sawdust piles, Eugène Rasamoelina raises the issue of flies and their role in oral-fecal transmission “Flies can transfer fecal material to the food and then to the mouth,” he explains, and a startling revelation comes over the village dwellers. “That’s why I was feeling sick,” said one, “I didn’t realize the danger to our children.” In the “community triggering” approach employed by Eugène and his team, practitioners serve merely as facilitators. Their role is not to pressure community members to stop open defecation immediately but rather to give them the power to make well-informed decisions and to lead their own initiatives to  transform their villages.“When we visit villages that practice open defecation, our main message is how human excrement can contaminate or pollute human beings,” he says.  According to the World Bank, 77 per cent of the Malagasy population, some 24 million people, is estimated to live on less than US$1.90 a day, which places Madagascar among the poorest countries in the world. Open defecation is often related to poverty.With the support of the Global Sanitation Fund, managed by the UN’s Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), community triggering is being used by 18 implementing partner organizations across Madagascar with the goal of eliminating open defecation.  As of December 2018, more than 17,000 villages have been declared open defecation free and 3.74 million people use improved latrines.Villagers are recommended to clean up or transform open defecation sites into playgrounds or other public gathering places to stop the contamination and transmission of disease.,Any new latrines need to be fly-proof to prevent excrement being passed between people and animals and all people are encouraged to practice good hygiene by washing their hands after using a latrine.WSSCC’s Sue Coates, says that stopping open defecation is not a final stop for the communities, but just the beginning of a series of life improvements.“After working hard to make their own villages free from open defecation,” says Ms Coates, “communities become increasingly resilient and willing to continue sanitation improvements. And they’re better-positioned to tackle other issues such as menstrual hygiene management, health, nutrition and economic growth.”,What is the WSSCC? The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council’s (WSSCC) work contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6, target 2, with far-reaching impacts on related SDG targets for health, education, women’s empowerment, reducing inequality, improved urban spaces and climate change mitigation.WSSCC is a global organization that UN Member States voted to establish in 1990. It advocates for improved sanitation and hygiene for the most vulnerable and marginalized people around the world. read more

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Southern railway passengers face 14 days of strike action in escalation of

first_imgSouthern Railway workers are to stage 14 days of strike action in five blocks from next month in the long-running dispute over the role of conductors.The Rail, Maritime and Transport union announced an escalation of industrial action that will bring fresh travel chaos for hundreds of thousands of passengers.The strikes will start on Tuesday, October 11 and will be held intermittently until Thursday, December 8.The union has held a series of walkouts in recent months in protest against changes to the role of conductors at Southern, which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway. The RMT pointed out it has just reached a deal with ScotRail, being recommended for acceptance, that guarantees a conductor/guard on every new train.Mr Cash said: “This agreement protects passengers and guarantees a second safety-trained member of staff on board a train, who can assist if there is an incident such as we recently saw near Watford. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Guards are said to have played a 'vital role in protecting passengers' when the London Midland service came off the track last Friday Guards are said to have played a ‘vital role in protecting passengers’ when the London Midland service came off the track last FridayCredit:Network Rail/PAcenter_img RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Yet again our members are being forced to take industrial action in a bid to maintain a safe and secure service on Southern.”Govia Thameslink and the Government have made it clear that they have no interest in resolving this dispute. Instead they have begun the process of bulldozing through the drive towards wholesale driver-only operation (DOO) without agreement and without any concern for the impact on safety, security and disability access. “Last week there was a train derailment near Watford that involved two trains. The guards on both trains played a vital role in protecting the passengers and the trains in what were extremely frightening circumstances.”If the train had been DOO and without a guard, the consequences would have been far worse.” “If an agreement can be reached on ScotRail, then an agreement can also be made on Southern.”In the light of these recent developments, it is disgraceful that neither the company or the Government are prepared to engage and are continuing to attempt to impose DOO in the interests of putting profit before safety.”We call on them to get round the negotiating table as an urgent priority.”last_img read more

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NEW VARDARS TARGET Maqueda or Stepancic

Jorge MaquedaRK Vardar Macedonian ambitious team RK Vardar want to make step to the TOP of the European handball in years to come. After some of the players have signed new contracts, club’s boss Sergei Samsonenko thinks how to make even better squad for the upcoming season. Macedonian website Ekipa.mk writes about right backs who are targeted by rich Russian sponsor. They are Spanish NT member Jorge Maqueda and Croatian raising star Luka Stepancic.Maqueda is currently in HBC Nantes, while Stepancic, who was also target of Vive Targi Kielce in the past, plays at Croatian best team RK C.O Zagreb.  It seems that there is only one place in Skopje.RK Vardar have currently three players on that position – Spanish youngstar Alex Dujshebaev and two Serbs, Vladimir Petric (39) and Stefan Terzic (21). ← Previous Story Irfan Smajlagic is new RK Lokomotiva coach! Next Story → Vadim Bogdanov to KS Azoty Pulawy read more

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Widow receives landmark damages over death of husband

first_imgMARGARET MADDEN, whose husband Terence was shot dead 13-years ago, has been awarded over €720,000 in damages by the High Court.Three men who were involved in the 1999 killing in Co Sligo are currently serving a life sentence.Her husband had bled to death after being shot in both legs.Today’s judgement marks the first time that the family of a murder victim have successfully sued those responsible, RTÉ reports.Read: Joint liquidators appointed to Treasury Holdings >last_img

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Heres What Happened Today Christmas Eve

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news…A diver dressed as Santa Claus surfaces after swimming in the Coral Garden tank at the South East Asia Aquarium of Resorts World Sentosa, a popular tourist attraction in Singapore. The performance was part of the aquarium’s Christmas celebrations. Pic: AP Photo/Wong Maye-EIRELANDThe weather is causing some travel disruption while thousands of homes have been without power today.US diplomat Richard Haass has gone home for Christmas without the parties in Northern Ireland reaching an agreement on three contentious issues.Revelations about the pay of senior executives at St Vincent’s Hospital have several members of the Public Accounts Committee very angry.A man in his 60s has died in a road crash in Tipperary.Ryanair has come to the rescue of a mother of sick twins who faced being stranded in London for Christmas.There will be no decision on possible income tax cuts until closer to the Budget next year.It’s not been a good Christmas for retailers so far.Bono and Glen Hansard have been entertaining the masses on Grafton Street this evening.Santa is cleared for flying through Irish airspace and landing on our shores later tonight. Here’s how and why you can track him.WORLD#GAZA: The Israeli military have carried out an air strike on the Gaza Strip in response to the shooting a civilian along the border fence.#SOUTH SUDAN: The UN says it has found a mass grave with 75 bodies in the increasingly violent and unstable African country.#UK: Alan Turing, the code-breaker who helped the Allies defeat the Nazis in World War II, has been given a posthumous pardon.#CHINA: A woman in her 60s gave birth to twins following IVF treatment.INNOVATIONA quarter of a million Windows computers have been hit by what’s known as ransomware where users’ data is scrambled and a fee is demanded to unencrypt it. [BBC]PARTING SHOT(S)As it’s Christmas we’ve got two lovely treats for you tonight…Here’s what Dublin is going to look like tomorrow according to these eerie pictures from Remy Connolly.And here are 39 photos from 2013 that will take your breath awayHappy Christmas!last_img read more

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iOS5s hidden panoramic photo feature discovered

first_imgDeep within the recesses of iOS5 is a panoramic photo feature within the Camera software, jailbreakers have discovered.Conrad Kramer tweeted on Monday that he figured out how to enable Panorama, which appears as another option alongside HDR and the photo grid. It’s a rather simple tweak: just change one key from “no” to “yes”. The key is called Firebreak, which may refer to an internal code name.Grant Paul, another hacker, has posted an app to the Cydia jailbreak app store that enables the Firebreak panorama code. While the hack is doable manually for anyone with a jailbroken iOS device with a camera, the Cydia app makes it easier for those who want the additional functionality of jailbreaking without all the manual labor.The screenshot above shows that the function, even hidden, is pretty easy to use. The users are directed to capture a panorama photo by moving the phone’s camera from left to right. Tapping the shutter button starts the process, and once it’s finished, iOS will automatically do the stitching and produce a two-dimensional photo covering the whole region captured.Another screenshot posted by Paul shows where to find the feature (once it’s enabled). Instead of being a toggle switch, users press a big Panorama button to start the mode.Specifically, the Panorama feature is enable by setting a key called EnableFirebreak, in com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist, to YES, according to Kramer.Apple hasn’t yet issued a public response to the find, although it’s likely that this is a feature in development that will roll out with a future update to iOS5. The discovery may accelerate that rollout to discourage curious iPhone owners from jailbreaking.via Twitter, AppleInsiderlast_img read more

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Oregon food bank recalls pumpkin seeds yeast

first_imgThe Oregon Food Bank is voluntarily recalling two additional products — pumpkin seeds and nutritional yeast — after an earlier recall of chia seeds — because of health concerns.All three products were distributed in Clark County in 1-pound plastic poly film bags with a twist-type closure or a resealable pouch.On Saturday, the Oregon Food Bank announced the recall of 1,219 pounds of nutritional yeast that had been donated to the food bank. It was distributed between Nov. 1 and March 16. No illness has been reported, but it was donated at the same time as the two other recalled products.The organization recalled 63,825 pounds of pumpkin seeds that were distributed between Nov. 1 and March 16. The pumpkin seeds have the potential to be contaminated with listeria species. Listeria organisms can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to a food bank news release.Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Anyone who has eaten the pumpkin seeds and is experiencing symptoms of foodborne illness should contact their physician or county health department.On Monday, the food bank recalled 22,200 pounds of donated chia seeds that may be contaminated with rodent droppings. The seeds were distributed between Nov. 1 and March 9.People should dispose of the products immediately. For information, call Ryan Wist, Oregon Food Bank’s compliance manager, at 503-419-4160.last_img read more

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Former Bahamas Deputy Police Commissioner collapses dies

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Nassau – It was confirmed by a relative, former Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police, Errol Farqharson passed away earlier today.  It was said he was attending doctor in Palmdale, Nassau when he today collapsed and died.#MagneticMediaNews#FormerCommissionercollapses#ErrolFarqharson Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#ErrolFarqharson, #FormerCommissionercollapses, #magneticmedianewslast_img

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3 challenge Hanke for utility board job

first_imgWhen asked to judge Clark Public Utilities as a provider of power and water, customers annually rank the agency the highest in service among midsize utilities in the Western U.S.This year, Clark County voters are being asked to make another judgment, this time on a ballot rather than a customer survey: Who will help guide the well-regarded, if low-profile, utility over the next six years?In the Aug. 5 primary election, four candidates are competing to represent District 3, encompassing an area that includes downtown Vancouver, on the utility’s three-member Board of Commissioners. Byron Hanke, the incumbent, seeks a third six-year term. He faces challengers Jane Van Dyke, Michael Piper and Bill Hughes.It’s a nonpartisan office involving an industry with legal, financial and technical facets to spare, so a roiling cauldron of sectarian politics it is not. Nevertheless, the person voters select will help decide the customer-owned utility’s annual budgets, set electric and water rates, and supervise the utility’s CEO — all for an agency that provides electricity to more than 185,000 customers and that supplies water to more than 31,000 homes and businesses in the region.Only registered voters in District 3 will cast ballots in the August primary. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 4 general election, when all voters in Clark County may cast ballots in the utility race.last_img read more

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Boynton Beach apartment fire displaces 15

first_imgBOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – Several families evacuated their Boynton Beach apartment complex after a fire.Flames filled the apartment complex near Federal Highway and Gateway Boulevard overnight.One woman jumped out a second story window. Other neighbors were relieved to find out that a pregnant resident was already at the hospital and avoided danger.“It was just a horrifying experience,” said one resident. “It’s just terrifying to think of being a new mother and being in a situation like this. It’s very, very sad.”The Red Cross is helping 15 people displaced by the fire.The cause is under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Beto ORourke Doesnt Rule Out Running For President In 2020

first_img X AP Photo/Eric Gay, FileIn this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, speaks during a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. 00:00 /29:11 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Despite a losing bid for the U.S. Senate in Texas, Betomania hasn’t cooled off as many in the Democratic Party are hoping he’ll run for higher office. Although Beto O’Rourke said during the campaign he would not be a candidate for president in 2020, he suggested this week that he might be open to the idea.  We are a long way from a decision from Team Beto and the 2020 election is two years away, but “Party Politics” co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down what this might mean for Texas, the Democratic Party, and American politics. NATIONAL TOPICS-Ivanka Trump use of private email for government business has drawn scrutiny-Paul Manafort breaches plea deal; Mueller not happy-Climate change report buried-Trump lashes out at Federal Reserve Chair over policies-Melania’s “spooky” holiday decorationsTEXAS TOPICS-Prosecutors of Ken Paxton criminal case lose court battle – will this end the prosecution of the state’s Attorney General?-Texas Attorney General advises on confederate plaque in Capitol-Texas spent less money this year than last for kids with autism-Elections aren’t over! Update on race for Senate District 6 and recount starting in House District 108-Bill introduced to mandate UT Austin and Texas A&M play each other in football“You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Don Geraci, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz.” This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

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Cheddar Acquired by Cable Operator Altice USA for 200 Million

first_imgCheddar operates two networks — the recently rebranded Cheddar Business, positioned as a CNBC-style financial and business network for millennials, and Cheddar News, which it previously called Cheddar Big News. Cheddar’s linear programming is available to 40 million pay-TV households via pacts with Dish’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV, FuboTV, Philo, and PlayStation Vue, as well as on free platforms including Roku devices and Viacom’s Pluto TV. The company says it also generates over 400 million views views monthly on social media.Altice USA said it expects the Cheddar deal to close in the next two months, contingent on regulatory approvals.In a statement, Steinberg said, “Our goal is to make Altice News a leader in local, business, national, and international news everywhere as we look to build a live news offering for customers in the traditional pay-TV ecosystem, as well as those looking to a la carte alternative [subscription video-on-demand] services, [virtual internet pay-TV providers], and free systems for their non-news entertainment.”Cheddar itself spent around $10 million on acquisitions. Last year, in two separate deals with Viacom, it bought RateMyProfessors.com (which has over 5 million users) and MTV Networks on Campus, which Cheddar used to launch CheddarU, a collegiate-focused news network that runs on 1,600 TV screens across 600 U.S. campuses.In an interview with Variety in January, Steinberg said, “I don’t think our exit is going to be someone writing a giant check for us” — but said it would make sense for Cheddar to become part of a local TV station group or to combine with the news operations of a larger media company.In 2018, Cheddar generated $27 million in revenue (up from $11 million from 2017), mostly from advertising and branded content, according to Steinberg, who forecast sales to nearly double this year. The startup wasn’t yet profitable but was on track to turn into the black by the end of 2019, Steinberg said in January. Cheddar had about 180 employees at the start of this year. Altice USA announced a deal to buy millennial-news streaming startup Cheddar for $200 million.It’s a successful exit for three-year-old Cheddar and its founder and CEO, Jon Steinberg: Altice USA was among the investors in Cheddar, which had raised a total of $54 million in funding. Other investors included Amazon, AT&T, Comcast Ventures, Raine Ventures, Liberty Global, Goldman Sachs, the New York Stock Exchange, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.Cheddar will become part of Altice USA News, the New York-area cable operator’s local news division whose properties include the News 12 Networks (available on to Optimum cable customers) and international and current affairs news network i24News.Steinberg, a former BuzzFeed exec who founded the company in 2016, will join Altice USA to lead the news division. “Cheddar has demonstrated an innovative approach to live news while building an engaged audience, solid followership and a strong brand,” Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei said in announcing the deal. “As one of Cheddar’s early investors, we have enjoyed our partnership with Jon and admire the entrepreneurial spirit, energy and smart disruptive mentality that he brings to the news business.” Related Cheddar is already an existing Altice USA News programming partner. The operator’s News 12 airs the daily Cheddar Tech Report, and i24News runs top stories from Cheddar as part of its global news coverage.Altice USA was formed after French telecommunications company Altice bought Cablevision Systems in a $17.7 billion deal in 2016 and merged it with the previously acquired Suddenlink Communications. Altice USA went public two years ago.Pictured above: Cheddar founder-CEO Jon Steinberg (l.), Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei Altice USA Pacts With John Hendricks’ CuriosityStream Servicecenter_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Listen: Cheddar Founder Jon Steinberg on Altice Sale, Building News Brandslast_img read more

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House panel uses war funds to skirt budget limits

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled House panel Tuesday approved using $37 billion in unrequested war money to match President Barack Obama’s 7 percent budget boost for the military. The move came over the opposition of Democrats and the White House, who argue that domestic programs deserve equal treatment.The Appropriations Committee action came as it approved a $579 billion Pentagon spending bill that would fund a 2.3 percent pay increase for the military and add new money to boost air reconnaissance. The bill advances toward a floor debate later this month, even as measures that fund the departments of Commerce, Justice, Transportation as well as Housing and Urban Development are moving ahead this week — headlong into twin administration veto threats issued on Tuesday.The sweeping Pentagon funding measure typically enjoys widespread support, but this year’s version is trapped by a broader budget involving a $1 trillion budget “cap” mandated by the return of automatic spending cuts that are the punishment for Washington’s failure to replace them with other deficit-cutting policies. Such so-called sequestration cuts would reduce agency operating budgets by about $90 billion below levels originally called for by a hard-fought 2011 budget accord.The White House has issued blanket veto threats against spending bills for the budget year beginning in October, demanding additional money for domestic programs. But there’s no sign yet of negotiations between the White House and Republicans controlling Congress over ways out of the tangle, which promises to drag on until the fall or later.“We will be in the throes of another crisis in December — our time should no longer be wasted and the president and the leaders of both houses and both parties ought to start meaningful negotiations now,” said Rep. Peter Visclosky of Indiana, top Democrat on the Appropriations’ defense subcommittee. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk The defense measure also boosts funding for procurement of National Guard equipment well above the Pentagon’s request, drawing a protest from the administration, and would also block the transfer of Apache helicopters from the Army National Guard to the regular Army.Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., the top lawmaker of the defense panel, was the architect of an additional $500 million for reconnaissance, which he said would ease surveillance shortfalls that are leaving commanders “blind to the enemy’s activities, movements and intentions.”The new reconnaissance money will go toward additional aircraft and ground stations, training of pilots, personnel costs and data processing.“We will be stronger for this additional investment,” Frelinghuysen said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The defense bill itself enjoys bipartisan backing when separated from the broader budget debate. The measure provides $8.4 billion for 65 next generation F-35 fighter aircraft, eight more than requested by the Pentagon, as well as $16.9 billion toward nine new Navy ships. It also prevents the retirement of the A-10 aircraft that protects ground troops. Men and women in uniform would get a 2.3 percent pay hike, a percentage point higher than requested by Obama.Hours later, the House took up a $51 billion measure funding the departments of Justice and Commerce and science-related agencies such as NASA and the National Science Foundation. The measure generously funds space programs and provides small increases to law enforcement agencies like the FBI. Democrats protested cuts to Obama’s requests for legal aid to the poor, the 2020 census and hiring grants for local police.The Justice funding measure is likely to be amended on the floor as early as Wednesday to renew language blocking the government from cracking down on medical marijuana providers in states where medicinal pot is allowed. The House will also vote on whether to allow recreational use as well in states that permit it. Comments   Share   center_img Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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Helena Bay Lodge Northland New Zealands new luxu

first_imgHelena Bay Lodge, Northland New Zealand’s new luxury beachfront property, this week announced that it has joined international hospitality association Relais & Châteaux.Opened November 2016, Helena Bay Lodge is a beachfront retreat tucked along 3.2 kilometres of private Northland New Zealand coastline. The boutique property offers suites with balconies set right along the banks of the beach, delivering unobstructed views of Helena Bay cove and a natural soundtrack of gently crashing waves.Set on 323 hectares of greenery and peaceful shores, the lodge offers exclusivity paired with cuisine from the team of Michelin-starred Don Alfonso 1890 in Italy, at restaurant Don Alfonso at Helena Bay. The lodge’s kitchen serves nightly degustation menus blending classic Italian traditions of the Sorrento peninsula and Amalfi Coast with coastal New Zealand influences, made with ingredients sourced from on-property farms, gardens and orchards. When not enjoying fine dining, luxurious accommodations and views, guests can visit the European-style spa for a massage, or seek out adventure on stand-up paddle boards or electric bikes.“As a member of hospitality’s upper echelon, this is a badge of honour that we will wear proudly,” says GM Neil McFarlane. “In the culinary realm especially, we are delighted that our restaurant team at Don Alfonso at Helena Bay will join the ranks of Relais & Châteaux’s family of chefs, who are regarded as some of the best culinary artists of the hotel world.”Fellow New Zealand members of Relais & Châteaux include: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, Huka Lodge, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, Wharekauhau Country Estate, Otahuna Lodge and Matakauri Lodge.last_img read more

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