WWE Superstar Fundraiser For Boys And Girls Clubs Of America

first_imgWWE today announced the launch of this year’s Superstars for Hope, a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.Fans can now visit www.charitybuzz.com/wwe through Tuesday, April 10 to bid on exclusive WWE experiences with Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Ric and Charlotte Flair, backstage opportunities at SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 35, and more. Additional packages have been donated by Mark Cuban, Celine Dion, New York Giants, Los Angeles Lakers, San Francisco 49ers and more as part of the campaign.“WWE is dedicated to using the power of our brand and platforms to leave a lasting, positive impression on our youth,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “We are proud to once again partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the Superstars for Hope campaign to continue their efforts to help put young people on the path to great futures.”“We are so grateful to WWE and all those who have provided these exclusive experiences for the Superstars for Hope Fundraiser that benefits our Clubs,” says Jim Clark, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Club of America. “The strong partnership between WWE and Boys & Girls Clubs is helping every day to eradicate youth bullying in America.”WWE and Charitybuzz have worked together for more than six years to raise nearly 2 million dollars for various nonprofits.“WWE is not only a major name in entertainment, but they’re a genuinely philanthropic organization, mobilizing all of their channels to make a meaningful impact. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” said Ben Erwin, General Manager of Charitybuzz. “Charitybuzz is proud to provide the platform and support needed to complement WWE’s efforts and raise significant funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.”The online auction highlights include:• Ultimate WrestleMania 35 Experience ◦ 1 Suite for 10 People at WrestleMania 35 ◦ 10 Tickets to WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony ◦ 10 Tickets to WrestleMania Axxess ◦ Sneak Peek of WrestleMania set before gates open ◦ Picture on ramp before WrestleMania • WWE Big 4 VIP Package ◦ 2 Tickets to SummerSlam 2018, Survivor Series 2018, Royal Rumble 2019 and WrestleMania 35 ◦ Lunch with a WWE Superstar before Royal Rumble • Meet Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, a backstage tour at SummerSlam, and 2 tickets to the show • A photo shoot with a WWE Superstar; available experiences include ◦ Nia Jax ◦ Asuka ◦ Carmella ◦ Riott Squad ◦ Absolution • An opportunity to escort a WWE Superstar to the ring; available experiences include: ◦ Bobby Roode ◦ The New Day ◦ Bayley • One-hour pitch meeting with Mark Cuban • Four tickets to Live with Kelly and Ryan • Miami Dolphins VIP Gameday Experience (4 tickets, field passes and parking) • St. Louis Cardinals VIP Gameday Experience (4 tickets, battling practice and entrance into the museum)Fans can click here now through Tuesday, April 10, to see the full list of experiences and donate for their chance to win.last_img read more

City of Fort St John to hold Open House this Saturday to

first_img“We really wanted to make sure that the Zoning Bylaw is user-friendly. It has clear language that people can understand. We have illustrations in there to help explain that. We talk about definitions to ensure that they are clear and consistent.”The updates also include reviewing existing zoning requirements for items such as parking, suites, and landscaping.The Open House for updates to the Zoning Bylaw is this Saturday, August 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the North Peace Cultural Centre.For more information, you can visit letstalk.fortstjohn.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be holding another Open House at the North Peace Cultural Centre this Saturday, August 10, to review the updates to the City’s Zoning Bylaw.City Planning Manager, Renée Jamurat, says the Open House will give residents the opportunity to come and see what changes are being made to the Zoning Bylaw.According to Jamurat, the Zoning Bylaw is being updated, as under the Official Community Plan, to provide greater clarity for existing zoning requirements and to improve the user-friendliness of the bylaw, such as using simple language.last_img read more

Ronaldo injured as Portugal draw qualifier against Serbia

first_imgLisbon: Captain Cristiano Ronaldo left the field with a thigh injury as Portugal drew 1-1 against Serbia in an Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday. Ronaldo was replaced after 30 minutes in Lisbon as Fernando Santos’ reigning European champions drew for a second time in their opening two games of the campaign after they were held by Ukraine on Friday. There was no word whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be fit for to play for his club Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Ajax on April 10. William Carvalho wasted the best of the early chances at Benfica’s two-thirds empty Estadio da Luz. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSerbia failed to clear the ball in the box before it fell to the unmarked Real Betis midfielder who’s side-footed shot glanced past the post after five minutes. Ajax playmaker Tadic opened the scoring from the penalty spot two minutes later. Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio collided with an advancing Mijat Gacinovic in the box and Tadic tucked the spot kick away with ease to take a shock lead over the Euro 2016 winners. Ronaldo was denied an equaliser two minutes later as his effort was very well saved Marko Dmitrovic. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe 156-time international left the field on the half hour mark after he pulled up chasing a ball on the left wing. He received quick treatment from members of the medical team before returning to action but was replaced by Pizzi minutes later as Pepe took over the skipper’s armband. The visitors were level with three minutes of the first half to play. Porto’s Danilo Pereira hammered his shot from outside the box into the top corner past a helpless Dmitrovic. Carvalho should have put his side into the lead 25 minutes into the second half.last_img read more

Turkey endorses UNled efforts to broker political settlement in Cyprus

In an address to the opening day of the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, Mr. Gül said “we welcome and firmly support the comprehensive settlement negotiations” that recently began between Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.“The solution lies at the establishment of a new partnership State composed of two constituent states of equal status,” he said. “The process towards this goal should be based on the UN parameters of bizonality and political equality of the two sides.”The full-fledged negotiations between Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat, which began earlier this month, are slated to resume on 8 October, with an initial focus on issues of governance and power-sharing.In May, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed to a partnership that will comprise a Federal Government with a single international identity, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been in place on the island since 1964 after the outbreak of inter-communal violence. It is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order.Mr. Gül added in his speech that he believed it was “long overdue to end the unfair isolation of the Turkish Cypriots who voted courageously in favour of the UN Comprehensive Settlement Plan in 2004 – the Plan which was unfortunately rejected by the other side.” 23 September 2008Turkish President Abdullah Gül today offered his country’s full backing to United Nations-led diplomatic negotiations aimed at reunifying the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. read more

UN envoy calls for release of all juvenile detainees from Guantánamo Bay

26 August 2009The United Nations advocate for children and armed conflict has welcomed the release of Mohammed Jawad, one of the youngest detainees in Guantánamo Bay, and called for all juvenile detainees at the detention camp to be released. The United Nations advocate for children and armed conflict has welcomed the release of Mohammed Jawad, one of the youngest detainees in Guantánamo Bay, and called for all juvenile detainees at the detention camp to be released.Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, “commends the decision of the US Government,” which she said “abides by the spirit of the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.” “Trying young people for war crimes with regards to alleged acts committed when they were minors would have created a dangerous international precedent,” she said yesterday.Mr. Jawad, an Afghan, was taken prisoner in 2002 when he may only have been 12 years old. Most of the charges against him were ruled inadmissible in 2008, and last month a United States District Court ordered his release from Guantánamo.The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, welcomed Mr. Jawad’s release yesterday and called for accountability for anyone who had violated the law. Mr. Jawad was one of the last three juvenile detainees at Guantánamo who were under the age of 18 when they allegedly committed their crimes. Mohammed El-Gharani was released recently and Omar Khadr’s case is under consideration. read more

Quebecor selling Torontoarea AWS1 spectrum licence to Rogers for 184 million

Quebecor selling Toronto-area AWS-1 spectrum licence to Rogers for $184 million by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 9, 2017 7:34 am MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Quebecor’s Videotron unit is selling its advanced wireless services spectrum licence in the Greater Toronto Area to Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) for about $184 million.The Montreal-based cable and telecommunications company will use money from the sale to upgrade and expand its high-speed wireless network in Quebec and eastern Ontario.Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B) says it has regulatory approval for the deal to sell the spectrum which can be used to provide wireless services and the transaction is expected to close within days.David Watt, senior vice-president for regulatory matters at Rogers, said in an emailed statement that the additional spectrum will give the Toronto-based company more capacity to stream mobile video to its customers. read more

Mens hockey names Curtis Gedig captain

Shelby Lum / Photo editorThen-sophomore Tanner Fritz avoids the defense during a game against Michigan on Feb. 23, at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 6-3.The Ohio State men’s hockey team has named senior defenseman Curtis Gedig captain for the 2013-2014 season.A pair of juniors, Ryan Dzingel and Tanner Fritz, will serve as alternate captains for the Buckeyes.A native of West Kelowna, British Columbia, Gedig said he is “looking forward” to the opportunity to be OSU’s captain and is confident in the team in the upcoming season.“I definitely believe that we have the team, the guys, the chemistry and the coaching staff to go all the way this year,” Gedig told The Lantern. “I cannot wait for this season to start.”Gedig said he is “really excited” to play in the Big Ten men’s hockey conference in its inaugural season, but knows the challenge it will present.“It’s a big change for sure,” Gedig said. “It’s definitely a harder league but everybody is excited for the year.”The three players were selected to their respective positions after a team vote. First-year coach Steve Rohlik is pleased with the team’s selection of its captains.“We feel really good about the three players who will be leading the team this year,” Rohlik said, according to the release. “The maturity all three show both on and off the ice and the way they carry themselves is an example of how we want each member of our team to represent Ohio State.”Entering his final year at OSU, Gedig leads all returning Buckeyes with 100 career games played. He also wore a “C” for the majority of the 2012-2013 season even though the team did not have a set captain.Dzingel and Fritz are also coming off stellar 2012-2013 campaigns, with Dzingel leading the team with 16 goals and 38 total points and Fritz dishing out a team-leading 26 assists.An honorable mention All-CCHA selection last season, Dzingel enters his third year as a Buckeye with 23 goals and 39 assists in 73 games played.Fritz was named to the All-CCHA second team after he won the conference scoring title last season by posting 32 total points in league action. He enters his junior season with 17 goals and 34 assists in 74 career games.Coming off a 16-17-7 season that finished with a loss in the CCHA Tournament Semifinals to Notre Dame 3-1, the Buckeyes kick off their regular season in a non-conference matchup Oct. 11 at Value City Arena against Miami (Ohio). read more

Traditional police notebook gives way to body worn video for police interviews

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. Every officer in his force has been issued with body worn videos. More than 50,000 are deployed nationwide, making UK police forces the most intensive users of the technology in the world.Mr Marsh, who advised New York police chief Bill Bratton deployment of the technology, said the way officers previously conducted interviews was “farcical” as well as costly and inefficient. “If you wanted to conduct an interview before this legal change, I would write down my questions and read them to you,” he said.“You would answer and I would do my very best to write down what you answered. It is a farcical way of trying to interview someone. [Body worn videos] have replaced all that.”More recently, I have proposed to the Home Office that I would like to explore the flexibility to use the cameras to replace witness statements.”A police notebook, or PNB, – used for decades by police officers to record incidents on patrol – is covered by strict rules as information entered into it is admissible in court and can be used by the officer to refresh their memory while giving evidence.Times are written into it in 24-hour style, and any gap left at the end of a line must be marked by a horizontal line to show it was not created by removing a word. Police notebooks have to withstand wind and rain so the paper is usually waterproof and untearable.Mr Marsh said: “Looking forward, it is entirely conceivable that in the near future a virtual court will be able to look at a video statement at a scene, say a burglary. “The video will show the point of entry, damage, an explanation of the disruption by way of a personal statement [from the victim} and then you’ll get to see a video interview of the suspect.“The magistrate, jury or judge don’t all have to be in the same place and all the costs of that. They can make a quick decisions on what they felt had happened.”Mr Marsh was confident all 100,000-plus police officers in the UK would likely be using body worn cameras in the near future.The Home Office said: “The Government recognises that body worn video assists the police in delivering a safe and secure society as the collection of video and audio evidence captures events in a way that cannot be represented on paper.“It can be a powerful tool and we fully support exploiting new technology to help cut crime wherever possible. Body worn video is just one of the ways police forces are using technology to make policing more accountable, effective and efficient.“In fact, research and studies have investigated the use of body worn video and indicated it leads to a reduction in complaints, improvement in behaviour and positive criminal justice outcomes.” The days of the traditional copper’s notebook may be numbered as police use their body worn video to interview suspects and witnesses for a “virtual” court.Andy Marsh, the National Police Chiefs Council’s lead on body worn video, believes police are on the brink of a digital revolution that could see justice being dispensed through virtual courtrooms.In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he envisaged judges, magistrates and lawyers hearing cases via video links with officers providing filmed evidence from crime scenes, investigations and interviews.He has already secured a legal amendment to the Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) Act to allow the use of body worn cameras to interview suspects.Mr Marsh, chief constable of Avon and Somerset, is also  about to launch a pilot scheme with Hampshire Police and backed by the Home Office to use the cameras to take witness statements. read more

ASUS working on a Tegra 3 tablet

first_imgThe Tegra 3 hasn’t even been released yet, but according to some reports, ASUS already has their hands it and are working on building a new tablet around Nvidia‘s upcoming low-power platform. To boot, some predict that new Tegra 3 tablet to launch before the summer is out. If that’s the case, the company’s current popular EEE Pad Transformer is about to be obsolete pretty quickly.If you’re not familiar with the Tegra 3, Nvidia announced the processor back in February, at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona. The Tegra 3 is designed to be a low-power SoC, ideal for tablets and mobile devices. That doesn’t mean it’ll skimp on power: the Tegra 3 will be a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 SoC, capable of speeds up to 1.5 GHz.AdChoices广告One of the biggest benefits to the Tegra 3 is that it’s also been designed to include a 12-core GPU, with support for 1080p H.264 video decoding on the fly, and support for 3D stereo. Compared to the current dual-core Tegra 2, Nvidia says that the graphics will be about five times faster.The Tegra 2 is the processor under the hood of ASUS’s current crop of tablets, like the EEE Pad Transformer, which has been popular enough with consumers that they’re still difficult to come by. If ASUS is indeed working on a tablet powered by a Tegra 3 processor, their delivery date is suspiciously close to Nvidia’s own launch date. Nvidia says that devices featuring the processor will start shipping in August, and ASUS says they’re working on several new tablet models, some of which will likely land at that time.Details are few and far between for the moment, but the closer we get to the summer the clearer the picture will become. Given ASUS and Nvidia’s relationship, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to think that ASUS could be a launch partner for the Tegra 3. If that’s the case, we could see some powerful tablets on store shelves before the holidays.Read more at Digitimes via Engadgetlast_img read more

Skype offers free WiFi at US airports for the holidays

first_imgTake it from a guy who’s flying at 5AM on Boxing Day: holiday travel is hard enough, and it’s made even less enjoyable by spotty or overpriced internet access. Skype has announced that it’s going to soften the blow for scores of U.S. travellers this holiday season by offering free Wi-Fi access at 50 airports.There are some caveats, of course. Free Skype Wi-Fi is only available from December 21st to the 27th. You’ll also need the Skype app on your Windows or Mac laptop or the Skype Wi-Fi app for your iOS device in order to make a connection, and it’s not all-you-can-eat. You get an hour for free, but that’s certainly enough to check your email and have a quick video chat with your folks before take-off. If you’re going to do some heavy surfing, just head over to the Skype website and buy additional Skype credit. Rates are pretty reasonable, starting at less than $4 per hour.On a good note, unlike Skype did when it launched the Wi-Fi access component of its service, you’re at least not limited to  four 15-minute sessions. If you want to blather on to your cousin for a whole hour, you’re good to go.And before you get your rage on with the folks at Skype because your airport isn’t on the list (e.g. Philadelphia and Tampa), check to make sure that it’s not already blanketed by a free Wi-Fi signal. Many airports in the U.S. offer gratis internet access — the Skype offer gives folks passing through less up-to-date (or perhaps generous?) airports a taste of the good life during the holidays, too.More at Skypelast_img read more

Extradition cases between the UK and Ireland postBrexit will prove a lot

first_imgExtradition cases between the UK and Ireland post-Brexit will prove a lot more difficult There are concerns that reverting to the old system will cause delays. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 6,425 Views Old Bailey, London Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL 3 Comments Share30 Tweet Email1 By Christina Finn EXTRADITION CASES BETWEEN the UK and Ireland in a post-Brexit no-deal scenario will be slower and a lot more cumbersome. One of the aspects of the Brexit onmibus Bill published this week relates to extradition between the two countries. If Brexit crashes out of the EU, the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) system – which allows for the extradition of suspects between EU countries for trial or imprisonment – will cease to operate between the UK and Ireland.Prior to the EU extradition set up, there was a bilateral arrangement between the UK and Ireland. While the EU extradition warrant has been described as a lot more efficient, in order to  solve this problem the Brexit ‘mega’ Bill sets out to amend a previous extradition Act that dates back to 1965.It will allow for the extradition of Irish citizens to another State, such as the UK, which in turn, could extradite their citizens to Ireland for trial. Delays There are concerns about reverting to those rules – albeit with updates – particularly around the delays it could bring about.Chief Justice Mr Frank Clarke has previously said the current EU warrant is “harder to find holes in” that previous iterations, stating that any new system would be tested. The legislation that will oversee extraditions relates to the Council of Europe Convention on Extradition 1957 and is understood to have a lot more grounds to allow for appeals and more space for objections to be put down. Talking to Cork’s 96FM last week, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he hoped the UK would maintain extradition arrangements with the European Union post-Brexit in order combat international crime.“I would be concerned to ensure, for example, that we would continue to have a robust extradition process.“I would hope that Britain would continue to sign in, for example, to the very important and necessary European Arrest Warrant… that we could ensure there is no delay in fighting crime on either side of the Border and, of course, east and west between Britain and Ireland,” he said. ReassurancesTánaiste Simon Coveney moved to give reassurances this week that the much heralded no-deal Brexit omnibus Bill would protect the rights of Irish citizens and businesses. However, he added that he hopes it is one piece of legislation he has helped draft that will “sit on the shelf” and never have to be used.It has taken over a year to put together, and it looks ahead at what possible issues could arise should there be a no-deal, some of which Coveney has written about today for TheJournal.ie.However, the Tánaiste also admitted this week that there will be scenarios that no one will have foreseen, and that the situation for the UK, Ireland and Europe is “lose, lose, lose”.While you can have all the will in the world to have preparations in place, the Tánaiste said there is no doubt that Ireland is facing into an emergency situation. The Bill looks at issues across nine different departments. New items contained include additional powers for Enterprise Ireland to lend to businesses without breakin EU state aid rules. There are also new VAT rules for businesses, which will allow firms to defer the payments. Assurances have been given that ‘the lights won’t go out’ post 29 March – the day the UK is due to leave the EU – as the changes in law will facilitate the current all-island electricity services. Bus services Bus services, such as tours and school buses, operating over the border between the North and the Republic will not be disrupted due to new provisions providing for a new licensing system operating in a ‘third’ country such as the UK. The licences known as third-country authorisations or as third-country journey forms will be granted by the National Transport Authority – but the government hopes such provisions will not need to be activated.In terms of education, some 1,500 Irish students studying in the UK will still be able to access their grants, as will the 200 or so UK students studying here in Ireland. The 132,000 people living in Ireland who get UK pensions will also be able to draw it down post-Brexit, as will the 28,000 Irish citizens who live in Britain but receive an Irish pension. Child Benefit will also be unaffected due to the new legislation, with 1,000 British people living in Ireland still being able to receive their payments post 29 March, and the same for the 840 Irish citizens living in the UK. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4507594 Old Bailey, London Image: PA Archive/PA Images Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 7:15 AM Feb 23rd 2019, 7:16 AM last_img read more

iPad Orange propose de nouvelles offres

first_imgiPad : Orange propose de nouvelles offresFrance – Longtemps détenteur de l’exclusivité sur iPhone, Orange doit aujourd’hui faire face à la concurrence concernant l’iPad, le nouveau gadget d’Apple. Le géant de la téléphonie et de l’internet sans fil a donc décidé de revoir ses offres.Orange compte bien défendre sa part du gâteau, ou plutôt sa part du marché né autour de la nouvelle tablette tactile de la firme à la pomme. Pour ce faire, l’opérateur propose de nouvelles offres, mais les clients qui pensent faire des économies risquent d’être déçus : aucune baisse de prix n’est en effet prévue.Ainsi, un nouveau forfait de 1 Go est désormais proposé au prix de 25 euros mensuels. Ce prix peut être indexé de 3 euros si les clients Orange prennent la peine d’appeler le service clients de Orange dans les 48 heures suivant la souscription de la formule. Autre nouveau venu, le Pass pour iPad. Vendu au prix de 8 euros, il permet à l’utilisateur de se rendre sur Internet de façon illimitée jusqu’à l’heure fatidique de minuit le jour de l’achat. Le Pass pour iPad fonctionne ensuite comme une carte à recharger. Deux autres forfaits sont toujours disponibles, celui à 10 euros par mois pour 200 Mo mensuels et celui à 39 euros par mois pour 2 Go. Le 20 août 2010 à 12:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

En Russie les intempéries menacent les oiseaux sauvages de famine

first_imgEn Russie, les intempéries menacent les oiseaux sauvages de famineLes pluies torrentielles et le grand froid qui se sont abattus sur Moscou et plusieurs autres régions du centre de la Russie représentent une réelle menace pour les oiseaux sauvages qui pourraient se voir privés de nourriture. Une alerte émise par le WWF, qui évoque une véritable “catastrophe”.Le Fonds mondial pour la nature s’inquiète de voir les oiseaux sauvages victimes de famine face aux intempéries qui touchent le centre de la Russie en cet hiver particulièrement rude. Une pluie glaciale est tombée sur la région les 24 et 25 décembre derniers, couvrant de gel en quelques heures seulement les trottoirs, les voitures et les arbres de Moscou et ses environs. “C’est une catastrophe”, estime le directeur du bureau russe de l’association WWF, Igor Tchestine. “Tout ce qui peut leur servir de nourriture est actuellement recouvert de glace”, explique-t-il, évoquant notamment les sorbiers dont les fruits constituent une importante source d’alimentation des oiseaux.Selon le WWF, un oiseau affamé et soumis à un grand froid peut mourir en seulement vingt-quatre heures s’il ne parvient pas à se nourrir. Face à cette menace, l’organisation de protection de la nature appelle les habitants du centre de la Russie à venir en aide aux oiseaux en mettant de la nourriture à leur disposition, accrochée aux arbres ou aux balcons.Le 30 décembre 2010 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Former PM says Christie lacks fiscal transparency

first_img Halkitis defends VAT comments in HOA Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – Value Added Tax was sold to the Bahamian public as a move to pay down national debt, but like many others lamenting on the matter, former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham says there is no transparency and that it was nothing more than a revenue raising measure.  Mr. Ingraham was speaking on Bahamas@Sunrise and essentially said he struggles to respond to questions on the economy because PM Perry Christie “has not been transparent in its dealings.”With the election bell soon to ring, the comments of the former FNM Leader have been picked up by media and are gaining traction.  Public Polling revealed that residents still feel shafted by explanations about where the VAT money went.Since February the country was promised by the Finance Minister, Mr. Christie himself that it would know where that money went; PM Christie had said a detailed report was coming.   The report is still a no show.  National Debt now stands at $7 billion dollars, $2 billion dollars more than in 2012.   VAT reportedly raised $1 billion dollars in its inaugural year last year.#MagneticMediaNews#VATBahamas#nofiscaltransparencysaysIngraham#noreportyetonVATspending Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nofiscaltransparencysaysIngraham, #noreportyetonVATspending, #VATBahamaslast_img read more

Thousands race for education funding at Superintendents 5K in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Thousands of people laced up their sneakers and headed to downtown Miami to take part in a race to help local public schools.Teachers, parents and children sprinted through Museum Park on Biscayne Boulevard during the 2019 Superintendent’s 5K Challenge Race for Education, Saturday morning. Building a stronger community takes time, effort, and teamwork. Thanks for joining us at the #MiamiSup5K. SAVE THE DATE! See you on March 7, 2020. #MDCPSwellness pic.twitter.com/TBum01E2MM— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) April 13, 2019The annual event helps raise funds for participating schools.“It’s for the kids. It is for our classrooms. It makes their education better,” said Sharon Atfield, a teacher at Pinecrest Elementary School, “and it supports us within the classroom to better educate our kids.”This is the fourth year in a row that Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has hosted the event with the Foundation for New Education Initiatives. It’s not about winning, it’s about trying and showing up…and nearly 4,000 people did that today. Thanks for joining us at the #MiamiSup5K and supporting public education. And thank you Eli for making this an extra… https://t.co/BQADVdgLNV— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) April 13, 2019Organizers estimated nearly 4,000 people participated this year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Vox Media Buys Curbed Network

first_imgAll things considered, it seems to be a fairly small addition for Vox who’s core properties get more than 10-times the traffic of the Curbed Network. Vox has increased their numbers significantly in a short time though—almost 90 percent year-over-year—so the company is well positioned to help the Curbed sites grow.For Jim Bankoff, CEO of Vox, there’s already value on the ad side.“Both Vox and Curbed value storytelling and as a result have attracted the otherwise hard to reach young, affluent, social consumers,” he tells The New York Times. “We think this combined expanded platform will clearly attract premium advertisers.”The model is apparently working. Lockhart Steele, founder of the Curbed Network and editor-in-chief of the three sites, tells Mashable the site has been profitable since 2010.Steele will remain in his current role, though he expects operations to be moved to Vox’s New York offices.— Weeks after securing up to $40 million in a funding round, Vox Media is spending some of the windfall.The digital media company behind SB Nation, The Verge and Polygon has purchased the Curbed Network for a reported $20 to $30 million in cash and stock. The acquisition includes three locally-focused blog sites centered on real estate (Curbed), restaurants (Eater) and shopping (Racked) that publish in 32 markets and get about 5 million monthly unique visitors, per Quantcast metrics.The market-by-market approach is reminiscent of Vox’s largest property, sports site SB Nation, which relies on individualized team blogs for most of its content. Vox Media Welcomes the Curbed Network from Vox Studios on Vimeo.last_img read more

Facebook Pays Publishers Over 50 Million to Start Using Live Video

first_imgAs reported in The Wall Street Journal, Facebook has signed more than $50 million in deals with nearly 140 media companies and celebrities to create videos for Facebook Live, its nascent live-streaming service.  The impetus for the social platform’s sizeable investment in video creation is twofold: First, Facebook is positioning itself to cash in on a potentially lucrative ad market. Second, the platform wants to keep its 1.65 billion monthly users engaged. Facebook’s video partners include CNN, The New York Times, digital publishers Vox Media, Tastemade, Mashable, and the Huffington Post and celebrities including Kevin Hart, Gordon Ramsay, Deepak Chopra and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson. Back in March, Facebook announced that it would pay some creators to use Facebook Live, and some publishers have acknowledged being paid since that time. As for just how much Facebook is paying out, the WSJ article reported that the value of individual contracts varies widely, with 17 worth more than $1 million. BuzzFeed, will receive the greatest sum, $3.05 million for broadcasting live between March 2016 and March 2017. The New York Times, will receive $3.03 million for a 12-month deal. CNN meanwhile inked a $2.5 million contract, making it the third highest paid media outlet.last_img read more

The Recording Academy Celebrates The Senate Passage Of The Music Modernization Act

first_img Twitter The MMA, now formally titled the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, will create a new and transparent collection entity to ensure that songwriters always get paid for mechanical licenses when digital services use their work, close the “pre-1972 loophole” so that digital services will pay legacy artists and give copyright protection to producers and engineers for the first time in history, among other rights.”The passage of the Music Modernization Act by the Senate is a historic moment for the tens of thousands of music creators across the nation,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “Since first proposing the music industry unite around a common bill in 2014, our members have lobbied in Washington and all 50 states to achieve this vision. When creators raise their voices for fairness, they make great progress.”Portnow and the Recording Academy have been strong advocates for the passage of the MMA. In 2014, Portnow testified in front of congress and called for comprehensive copyright updates. Since, the Academy has galvanized its membership of songwriters, performers, and studio professionals to advocate for the bill through several initiatives, including GRAMMYs on the Hill and District Advocate day.”The passing of the Music Modernization Act by the Senate is a huge turning point,” said Harvey Mason Jr., Recording Academy National Advocacy Committee Co-Chair and four-time GRAMMY-nominated producer and songwriter. “This vote says loudly and clearly that music and those that create it are valued by our government and its citizens. We are all so thankful for this step to ensure music makers are compensated fairly.”More information on what the passing of the MMA means for the music industry:For SongwritersCreate a new and transparent collection entity to ensure that songwriters always get paid for mechanical licenses when digital services use their work.Help ASCAP and BMI secure fairer rates for their songwriters.Establish fair compensation for songwriters when the government sets rates.For ArtistsClose the “pre-1972 loophole” so that digital services will pay legacy artists the compensation they deserve.Establish fair compensation for artists when the government sets rates.For Studio ProfessionalsGive copyright protection to producers and engineers for the first time in history.For more on the Recording Academy’s ongoing advocacy work, visit www.grammy.com/advocacyRead more Email The Music Modernization Act Passes Senate recording-academy-celebrates-senate-passage-music-modernization-act Facebook center_img The Recording Academy and its members across the country are ecstatic at the decision made in favor of the historic bill and celebrate for all music creators. Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Sep 18, 2018 – 5:27 pm The Music Modernization Act has been passed by the U.S. Senate. The Recording Academy and its members across the country are ecstatic at the decision made in favor of the historic bill and celebrate for all music creators.   News The Recording Academy Celebrates The Senate Passage Of The Music Modernization Act last_img read more

Iditarod mushers demand board president resignation dont get it

first_imgWith only three weeks until the 2018 Iditarod, there’s more drama swirling around Alaska’s premier long-distance dog mushing event.Listen nowThis week, the Iditarod Official Finisher’s Club called for the immediate resignation of Iditarod Board President Andy Baker. The club’s letter to the board, first reported by the Anchorage Daily News, said Baker has “jeopardized the integrity of our whole livelihood through his poor leadership.”The club calls itself the “players’ union” for Iditarod mushers.The letter comes after controversy surrounding a dog-doping scandal that caused four-time champion Dallas Seavey to withdraw from this year’s race and a confidential consultant’s report, leaked to news media, that recommended board members with conflicts of interest step down to avoid losing sponsors and trust.Despite the Finisher’s Club demand that Baker resign to avoid what the letter says will be “negative discourse” overshadowing this year’s race, Baker did not step down.After the Board of Directors’ meeting in Anchorage on Friday, the board released a statement saying its members had decided unanimously to make no changes.Shortly thereafter, Baker spoke to reporters about his reaction to the letter.“There’s so much emotion and there’s so much emotion this time of year, with, the mushers are getting ready for the race,” Baker said. “Everybody wants the race to do well. So I took it very positively. Everybody wants the race to do better, and the board, our whole focus is we want to have a safe race, we want dogs to be safe, we want mushers to be safe and we want a successful race.”However, Baker said there may be changes coming after this year’s Iditarod that will be in line with recommendations from a December report by consultants with the Foraker Group. Among other things, the report said the Iditarod should replace board members with conflicts of interest to restore trust with mushers, sponsors and race fans.Baker, brother of Iditarod musher John Baker, says the board agrees but has not yet made a formal decision on the matter. He added that having board members with close ties to mushing has always been seen as a benefit to the race.Finisher’s Club President Wade Marrs did not respond to a request for comment in time for this story.Meantime, the Iditarod announced  the race would restart in Willow on its normal southern route after the March 3 ceremonial start in Anchorage.last_img read more

Pakistan receives little traction globally on Kashmir issue

first_imgWASHINGTON: Pakistan, which has launched a major lobbying effort, particularly in Washington and the United Nations, after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, has received little traction on the issue, according to diplomatic sources here. Islamabad is being bluntly asked not to use the development in Kashmir for cross border terrorism or infiltration across the Line of Control, a diplomat closely following the massive lobbying efforts being undertaken by Pakistan in the last few days said on Friday. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “They have got very little international traction,” the diplomat said. India has said Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and the issue was strictly internal to the country. Led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, top Pakistani leadership have been calling world leaders and its top diplomats have been meeting US lawmakers and senior officials in Washington and New York to ascertain their position and telling them that it is headed for war if there is no mediation by them. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Friday said Islamabad was trying to project a panic situation to the international community. “It is a ploy to deflect attention…It is time for Pakistan to see a new reality and stop interfering in internal matters of India,” he said Pakistan is being clearly told that the onus for maintaining peace and stability in the region is on them, the sources said. Advertise With Us “They (international community) has called upon Pakistan to ensure that they do not take steps, including cross border infiltration, that would be detrimental to peace and security,” they said, adding that this is what the US and other major players are working on to prevent Pakistan from unleashing non-state actors. Do whatever, but do not use terrorism, is the message being told to Pakistani leaders and officials, again and again, the sources said. Pakistan is facing an imminent risk of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force if it fails to meet its commitment to counter-terrorism financing. The international community is closely watching its move, said two diplomatic sources. After the Taliban’s statement that Afghanistan peace talks should not be linked to Kashmir, another Pakistani argument has fallen flat, the diplomats noted. The US is in a mission mode to end the war in Afghanistan and pull back its troops from the war-torn country. The Trump administration, the officials said, is not buying the Pakistani argument that the “road to peace in Kabul goes through Kashmir” and would hold Islamabad accountable if it is seen jeopardising the ongoing Afghan peace talks. There is a clear understanding inside the Trump administration that Pakistan will try and use the developments in Kashmir to calibrate US response, the sources said. However, the US has expressed concerns about the human rights situation in Kashmir and is worried about law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir, they said. Another official said India’s move has taken away from Pakistan a basis for it to internationalise the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and this realisation is reflected in the frustration by senior Pakistani officials when they reach out to their counterparts in other countries.last_img read more