TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved higher early Monday after Statistics Canada reported that the economy grew more than expected in January. The S&P/TSX composite index lifted 34.71 points to 14,295.43 shortly after the Toronto market opened. The Canadian dollar was at 90.72 cents US, rising 0.3 of a cent. The federal agency reports that Canada’s gross domestic product grew by 0.5% in January, ahead of the forecast of 0.3% growth. Economists had expected the economy to rebound after declining 0.5% in December, when bad weather affected much of the country. At the end of the week, Statistics Canada will release employment data for March. It’s expected that overall employment will have risen by 20,000, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at about 7%. In commodities, the May crude oil contract rose 11 cents to $101.78, while gold bullion lost $1.10 to $1,293.20 for June. May copper slipped one cent to US3.03 a pound while June bullion fell $2.10 to US$1,292.20 an ounce. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials added 149.37 points to 16,472.43, the Nasdaq lifted 48.09 points to 4,203.85 and the S&P 500 index rose 15.85 points to 1,873.47. In corporate developments, Encana Corp. has agreed to sell certain natural gas properties in Wyoming for about US$1.8 billion to an affiliate of TPG Capital. The deal involves about 1,500 active wells in the Jonah field. Darren Entwistle is steppinig aside as president and CEO of Telus Corp., one of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies. He’ll be replaced in those posts by Telus veteran executive Joe Natale effective May 8, when the company has its shareholders meeting. Canadian autoparts manufacturer Martinrea International Inc. is looking for a new president and chief executive officer to replace Nick Orlando, who will remain in the position for now. The announcement came as Martinrea reported financial results for the year and fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 and said a special committee of its board has concluded its review of earlier public disclosures and determined there’s no need to change earlier statements. Shares of Martinrea were up $1.33 or 15% to $10.10. European bourses were slightly higher after consumer price data for the euro zone showed inflation at its lowest since late 2009. The annualized rate in March fell to 0.5%, which was below analyst estimates. London’s FTSE 100 index was up 0.7%, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.3% and the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.1%. In Asia, Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 was up 0.90%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.39% and China’s Shanghai Composite Index was down 0.41%.
MONTREAL — The TVA television network in Quebec is getting a new CEO effective immediately, as Julie Tremblay retires and resigns her other posts within the Quebecor Media Group.Quebecor chief executive Pierre Karl Peladeau praised Tremblay’s motivational skills and determination over a 25-year career with the company (TSX:QBR.B).Her replacement as CEO of TVA Group, effective immediately, is France Lauziere.Lauziere has been with TVA Group (TSX:TVA.B) since 2001 and TVA’s vice-president of programming since last year.She will remain head of Quebecor Content, a business unit created in 2013.Quebecor says Martin Picard will become TVA Group’s chief operating officer, to assist Lauziere with her daily management duties.
February new car registrations climbed 3.8 per cent to 91,460 units Year-to-date registrations rise 5.2 cent to 289,051 units Diesel cars up 20 per cent to 27,255 units in February, 29.8 per cent of the market Commenting on today’s new car registration data, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Strong growth in a traditionally small month has pushed the UK market forward once more. The road has been paved for a record March market of around 450,000 units, generating approximately £6 billion worth of business.’He added, ‘However, the industry is concerned that the DVLA has chosen March, one of the two busiest months of the year, to upgrade its IT systems used by dealers and fleets to register new cars. It’s a bit like your local authority digging up the roads on the busiest day of the year. You know they’re going to do it, you just can’t understand why.’ Notes to editors 1. New car registrations in the UK reached a record 2,579,050 million in 2003, up from 2,563,631 units in 2002 and 2,458,769 units in 2001. The 2004 market is expected to remain stable at 2.5 million units. 2. Diesel registrations continued to climb month-on-month in February leading to an increase in their market share from 25.8 per cent in February 2003 to 29.8 per cent in February 2004. The rise in diesel penetration is expected to continue, reaching 31 per cent by the end of 2004 and 33 per cent in 2005. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Senior guard Aaron Craft walks off the court while Michigan players celebrate the win after the game. OSU lost to Michigan, 72-69, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes it just isn’t meant to be.Despite fighting back from a 16-point deficit to take the lead in the second half, a second straight comeback victory was not in the works for Ohio State, as it fell to top-seeded Michigan 72-69 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday.OSU (25-9, 12-9) quickly found itself behind early, as the Wolverines shot a blistering 6/8 from beyond the arc in the game’s first 10 minutes to jump out to a 24-14 lead.“From the standpoint of the fact that this team is sitting at 25 wins right now after everything they’ve been through, we’ve played good basketball and we’re going to continue to play good basketball and I think that’s the job that we have to do,” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the loss. “As I challenged them after the game, I said, ‘Hey, how much better can we get next time we take the floor,’ and I think they’ll do that.”The shooting barrage for the Wolverines would continue, as six Michigan players made 3-pointers in the first half causing OSU to struggle to keep pace.“Beginning of the game, it started out much different than our last two games. It wasn’t us making mistakes it was them. Couldn’t miss — they couldn’t miss shots today. I think they hit at halftime like 8-13 from the three or something like that. So when you shoot like that they could have beaten almost anybody,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said after the loss. “But we fought back — we fought back and got in the game. That’s what we’ve been doing this whole tournament and it came down to the end, couple of plays that we didn’t make and that’s on us.”Trailing 37-25 at the 4:15 mark of the first half, the Buckeyes scored 12 of the game’s next 16 points to pull within four at halftime.In a high scoring opening 20 minutes, only one player – OSU junior guard Shannon Scott — scored in double figures, with 10.The Wolverines (25-7, 17-3) started the second half much like they did the first, nailing three more 3-pointers in as many possessions to extend the lead to 50-42.Scott bounced in a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 12:19 left to cut the lead to five, but then the Buckeyes received a huge blow.Senior guard Aaron Craft — trying to defend a 3-pointer by Wolverine leading scorer and Big Ten player of the year sophomore guard Nik Stauskas — got a piece of his body and committed his fourth foul. He would head to the bench until the 2:55 mark.“It’s unfortunate but you gotta be pro’s pro in that situation,” Craft said of his foul trouble. “Those guys did a phenomenal job of fighting and clawing and finally getting us a lead.”That lead came with junior forward Sam Thompson slammed home a lob pass from Scott at the 7:57 mark which gave OSU it’s first lead of the game, 61-60. A back-and-forth affair the rest of the way then ensued.Two free throws by sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III gave Michigan a 69-68 advantage with 2:55 to play, a lead they would not relinquish.The Buckeyes missed three of four free throws in the final 2:27 which would prove to cost them down the stretch.After Stauskas missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left and Michigan up two, but sophomore guard Caris Levert leapt high for the rebound and found sophomore guard Spike Albrecht on the perimeter. He would make one of two free throws, and the ball would slip out of Craft’s hands just before the buzzer to seal the win for the Wolverines.“You’ve got to step up for your team in that moment, and I didn’t,” Craft said, referring to the final play as well as missing two free throws late. “We knew that was going to come back and haunt us sometime. The two games we’ve had, we haven’t shot the ball well from the free throw line, and it cost us today.”Stauskas led Michigan with 18 points, and Levert added 17.Ross led the way for the Buckeyes with a game-high 19 points, while Scott tied a career-high with 18.The Buckeyes will await their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday, when the brackets are scheduled to be announced at 6 p.m.
Profits are to be split between children’s charities in Scotland and the Obama Foundation, set up by the former president and his wife Michelle.Security is expected to be tight in Edinburgh as police step up resources around major events in the wake of the Manchester bombing.Singer Annie Lennox, rock band Texas and comedian Kevin Bridges will provide entertainment at the event and young people will also be involved, with 13-year-old Mila Stricevic from Glasgow to read a poem on the night after winning a schools competition. Barack Obama looks relaxed at St Andrews Golf ClubCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA Tickets for tables of 10 went on sale from about £5,000 and quickly sold out. Former US president Barack Obama has teed off his first visit to Scotland with a round of golf in St Andrews.Mr Obama could not resist a game on the Old Course at the home of golf in Fife. Mr Obama selects his clubCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA Barack Obama on the putting green Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Former US president Barack Obama tees off at the first hole at St AndrewsCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA He also visited a snack van and bought a drink before Sir Tom took his photograph with the vendor.The Old Course was not closed off to other players and was being used by other members of the public. The Democrat had earlier touched down at Edinburgh Airport on Friday morning, according to reports, before heading to the course.He will later return to the Scottish capital for the charity dinner. Barack Obama shakes hands with spectators Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Mr Obama, who was hitting the ball last, said: “Well, going by those shots I shouldn’t feel any pressure.”Despite heavy security, he wandered over to the crowds who had been following him on the course and shook hands with spectators before returning to his game. He is expected to speak to business leaders in Edinburgh later in the day when he gives a speech for The Hunter Foundation.Philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter was among the players involved in the game.The former president’s caddy reassured him there was “no pressure, sir” before he teed off on the third hole. Auction prizes on the night include two walk-on parts in the next Fantastic Beasts film from the Harry Potter franchise and the naming rights to the Gleneagles Hotel American bar.The Hunter Foundation has previously arranged for US politicians and actors, including Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney, to come to Scotland. Mr Obama, who served eight years in the White House, will address business leaders and take part in a Q&A at the evening event organised by The Hunter Foundation, set up by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter. Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. Announcing the visit in April, Sir Tom said: ”From the south side of Chicago to the White House has been an epic, historic journey and it will be a true honour to hear that story from the man who made that journey.”We are both truly proud and delighted to be hosting the 44th president of the United States in Scotland at this event.” Former US president Barack Obama on the Swilcan Bridge while playing a round of golf at the Old Course in St AndrewsCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA 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.
Television viewers and BBC executives would be delighted to see a second series of Bodyguard, the political thriller currently drawing in record audiences on Sunday nights.There is only one problem: the drama has turned Richard Madden, its lead actor, into such a star that he may be too busy fending off film offers to reprise his role.Jed Mercurio, the Bodyguard writer, said he would “absolutely” like the show to come back next year, but the project depends on Madden.“He’s the genuine article, a real leading man. And I think this role has put him very much in the spotlight for bigger things. So the practicality may be that we have to work round his availability, if we are lucky enough to get him back,” Mercurio said.Inevitably, after impressing in an action thriller, Madden has been touted as the next James Bond, as was James Norton when he appeared in the BBC’s McMafia. 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. Madden previously starred in Game of Thrones and his next role is as Sir Elton John’s manager in Rocket Man, a biopic of the singer.He recently expressed concern that viewers may regard him as “hunky” because “it undermines that actually I’m an actor, and I’m trying really hard to be good at it”. “But, with my work, I like to try to do things that move the story on, and with Bodyguard I wanted to have this event mid-series that would completely alter the dynamic.“I remember watching TV as a kid and, whenever there was some sort of jeopardy involving the hero, I could reassure myself that they were what I’d call a ‘can’t-die’ character, so everything would be OK.” Mercurio said he would not countenance bringing back Madden for a second series then killing him off in the first episode. “I’d rather not because it would leave a massive hole,” he said.However, he appears to have done just that with Keeley Hawes’ character, the Home Secretary Julia Montague. The announcement of her death in last week’s episode shocked fans, who had been gripped by her romance with Madden’s personal protection officer.Explaining why he had decided to pull the rug from under the audience, Mercurio told Radio Times: “I think there’s a certain expectation with series TV that it will always orbit around an equilibrium, in which nothing much changes for the main stars, and there are no drastic changes to the set-up, especially now things tend to run for several series. Bodyguard scored the highest launch ratings for any drama since 2006, with a consolidated audience of more than 10 million.Sunday’s episode was watched live by an average audience of seven million. Its ITV rival, Vanity Fair, drew less than three million.
Despite criticisms that Google+ lacks a truly active user base, the company has continued to plug away at their social network. At I/O today, Google announced that Google Plus is getting an events feature and a new tablet-specific Google Plus app.More than just a bigger edition of the Google Plus phone app, the tablet version makes better use of all that extra screen space; the stream appears to include a navigation sidebar, the pictures are bigger, and the text is higher resolution. Hangout video chats, one of the most popular elements of Google’s social network, will get a “lean back” interface for more casual living room tablet use. The Android version of the new app will be out later today, and the iPad version is “coming soon.”For a service that’s trying to compete with Facebook, the lack of events support has always been a big problem for Google Plus. The company is putting their own spin on the idea, at least, even if they are rather late rolling it out. Google Plus event invites smartly leverage the company’s other products with attached YouTube greetings and automatic Calendar integration. But the real standout feature is Party Mode; once guests enable it on their mobile devices, the pictures they take get added to the event in real time, arranged in chronological order. Not only does this keep photos of the event from getting scattered across a dozen different profiles, it also allows hosts to project a “live slideshow” of the images as they are taken.It’s nice to see Google Plus supporting tablets, and doing something fresh with such an old feature. If Party Mode winds up being a hit, it might even get a few more people installing the Google Plus app on their mobile devices.Read more of Geek.com’s Google I/O 2012
Gillian and Ronan Treacy Source: RTÉTHE MOTHER AND father of a four-year-old boy killed by a drunk driver in Co Laois have spoken of the pain they live with each day in the wake of the tragedy.Gillian and Ronan Treacy’s son Ciarán was killed when Finbarr O’Rourke, who had consumed up to 10 pints of cider, hit the car he was a passenger in along with his brother Seán, driven by his mother, head-on near Ballymorris in the midlands county on the afternoon of Thursday, 17 April 2014.The two are now fronting a Road Safety Authority Christmas campaign urging people not to drink and drive by sharing the impact their tragic loss has had on both them and their wider family.Speaking on last night’s Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ, Gillian said that the last thing Ciarán said to her before the crash was to ask her whether or not they would be having pancakes and lemons when they got home.“It was just a normal day, we were getting ready for Easter, and earlier I had left the two boys (Ciarán and his older brother Seán who survived the crash) with my parents in Stradbally – so they had a beautiful day at the woods and the lake, two excited boys,” she said. By Cianan Brennan FuneralIt took emergency services at the time over an hour to cut Gillian from the wreckage. She had broken both ankles, had a compound fracture in her left leg, a broken pelvis, a broken elbow, and a broken sternum. She in fact came very close to death herself and had to be resuscitated at Tullamore General Hospital. For some time it had looked likely that her leg might have to be amputated.Despite all this, she still managed to attend Ciaran’s funeral. She described how Ciarán’s body was brought to her in Tullamore from Midlands Hospital Portlaoise on the Friday night, so that she could say goodbye.“I would have spent all day talking to him. It was the hospitals that organised that, I have to say they were fantastic,” she said.Her husband Ronan, meanwhile, describes 17 April 2014 in the new RSA campaign as “the worst day of my life”.Of Finbarr O’Rourke, he says “he just finished work that day and then went on the rip”.He had anything up to 10 pints and then he walked away from the scene. He phoned the friend he had been drinking with twice but he never attempted to ring emergency services.O’Rourke was initially sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. That has since been reduced to six years on appeal, a fact that makes the Treacys “without a doubt very angry”.“You don’t get enough for that particular kind of crime here,” said Ronan. The maximum penalty for death by drunk driving is 14 years in the UK, as opposed to 10 years here.If anything it’s taken time off our lives with the stress of it.Gillian read a portion of her victim impact statement from the trial of O’Rourke:“Some of my darkest moments have come at night when the children have slept. The fire and the screams of my children and not being able to attend to them.”I’d lie awake at night and want to die and Ronan would hold me and we’d both cry together.“If this (the RSA campaign) saves one family from going through what we have gone through it will be worth it,” she said.Read: Pfizer cancels €400m expansion at Dublin plantRead: “I would love to meet the child that she could have been” – mother of disabled daughter speaks out Share1158 Tweet Email Short URL Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 2:36 PM https://jrnl.ie/3105144 Nov 27th 2016, 2:36 PM The last thing before the collision Ciarán just said ‘Mam, are we having pancakes when we get home’, and I said we were, and he just said ‘oh wow Seán, we’re having pancakes’.She says that the whole accident happened “so quickly, and yet it felt like slow motion”. “He came across to my side of the road, and you don’t have time to think”.“There was the smell of smoke, the airbags, both engines crashed in on my legs, the sound, and then just this silence, and that was actually more scary than the noise itself,” she said.Both boys were screaming, but then Ciarán got quieter and quieter, and then there was silence, and then Seán said that he thought Ciarán was dead. 49,203 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 51 Comments “He just grew quieter and quieter and then there was silence” – family share heartbreak of son killed by drunk driver Gillian and Ronan Treacy’s four-year-old son Ciarán was killed by a drunk driver in Co Laois in April 2014.
Winter is a time of wonder.At the Water Resources Education Center’s Second Saturday event, that sense of wonder was explored using a hands-on, science-based approach. The free event gave kids and their parents an opportunity to build “snowmen” out of recycled items, learn about the uniqueness of snowflakes and turn sticker-adorned plastic bottles into water gauges.And despite the lack of snow outside, there was plenty of white stuff inside, as children made their own flakes out of tissue paper.“I made a snowflake,” Harper Cohen, 5, said excitedly, holding up a flake she’d constructed out of a round piece of tissue paper, carefully folded and cut to make it symmetrical.“Look at this, daddy.”The girl’s mother, Shoshana Cohen, said she’s begun bringing Harper and her sister Violet, 7, to the Second Saturday events more often as they’ve gotten older. Winter was a topic she thought her kids would be interested in, she said.And that’s the point, Bev Walker said. She’s the center’s water and wetlands educator.Seasonal changes aren’t something many kids think about, but crafts projects make the education an enjoyable experience.“With some of these activities, like with the paperweights we’re making,” Walker said, pointing to a table where kids were fashioning Canada Geese and other winter animals out of moldable clay. “We hope they think about what animals are doing during this time of the year.” Longtime volunteer Marilyn Feddeler, 75, helps kids make snowflakes out of tissue paper at the Water Resources Education Center’s Second Saturday event. The event focused on having kids “explore winter” around them.
Cast member Amber Heard and her fiance, actor Johnny Depp, pose at the premiere ofReutersJohnny Depp is not going to sit idle and see his reputation get tarnished by the domestic abuse allegations of his former wife Amber Heard. The Fantastic Beasts 3 movie star and his legal team are going an extra mile to prove that the actor has never done what he is being accused of.As previously reported, Johnny Depp has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against his former wife for writing a piece on the abuse in The Washington Post. In addition to this, the Aquaman actress has recalled several incidents where Johnny would take drugs and hit her.However, earlier this week, Johnny Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman revealed to The Blast that Depp’s team not only have video footage but also statements from officers that reportedly clear the star of any abuse charges.”Having been caught by 19 sworn eyewitness statements, 87 surveillance videotapes, audio tape and photographs faking her claims, Ms. Heard has decided to concoct new fake claims of abuse,” the attorney said.The Rum Diary movie star and his legal time are addressing the shocking video deposition of Amber Heard that was filed in her response to the recent multi-million defamation lawsuit. In the video footage, Amber begins to describe the ordeal she faced. As per Amber, “He was hitting me … hard and repeatedly. I was screaming. Security walks in and they don’t do anything about it.” Amber Heard has asked for spousal support in her divorce papers but Johnny Depp has asked the court to refuse it. In this picture, Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard arrive for the red carpet event for the movieReutersBut Johnny Depp’s attorney has sneered at Amber Heard’s deposition video, claiming “Yet 25 minutes after the horrific scene described by Ms. Heard and her two friends, two police officers, male and female, trained in domestic abuse and responding to a domestic abuse call observed and interviewed Ms. Heard twice and performed two security sweeps of the entire premises.”Waldman further stated that the responding officers came to the scene less than 30 minutes after the incident and found “perfect-faced” Amber Heard. In addition to this, they could not find any evidence of an assault.Meanwhile, Depp’s legal team are reportedly planning to bring Amber Heard’s former boyfriend Elon Musk to the court.
Share AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, FileIn this May 7, 2017 file photo, the entrance to Trump National Golf Club is shown in Bedminster, N.J. As President Donald Trump spends much of August at his New Jersey golf club, Democratic lawmakers are making a new push for information about how much money the federal government is spending at his for-profit properties. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are asking that departments hand over information about their Trump-related spending by Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)As President Donald Trump spends much of August at his New Jersey golf club, Democratic lawmakers are making a new push for information about how much money the federal government is spending at his for-profit properties. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday asked departments to hand over information about their Trump-related spending by Aug. 25. “The American people deserve to know how their tax dollars are spent, including the amount of federal funds that are being provided to private businesses owned by the president and the purposes of these expenditures,” reads the lawmakers’ letter to Elaine Duke, the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The lawmakers sent similar requests to all Cabinet secretaries. Their request seeks documents about any payments the departments made to the Trump Organization or any business in which the Trump organization has an ownership stake. Trump hasn’t shied away from his homes away from the White House. He’s visited his own properties 48 times since his inauguration, including a dozen overnight stays such as the one he’s on now, according to an Associated Press tally. He’s planning an excursion to New York City next week, raising the possibility he’ll stop by Trump Tower, where he lived for decades until moving into the White House. Most presidents have maintained and visited their personal homes while in office. Think George W. Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch and Barack Obama’s Chicago house. The difference with Trump is that his residences are part of his business empire. That means when the Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security spend money to move and protect the president around his own properties, some taxpayer money makes its way into Trump Organization coffers. Trump turned over company leadership to his adult sons and a senior business executive, but he did not divest as previous presidents have done. The trust in which he placed his business assets includes a clause that he can draw down money at any time. The Democratic Oversight letter cites reports about the State Department booking rooms at a new Trump hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, where his adult sons were on site for the grand opening, and the Defense Department and Homeland Security renting space at Trump Tower, where first lady Melania Trump and the couple’s 11-year-old son lived until the end of the school year. “President Trump also makes frequent trips to properties he owns, and these trips may result in U.S. taxpayers’ money flowing into President Trump’s pockets,” the letter to Duke reads. The new effort is one of many to understand how much money the Trump-led government is spending on businesses that he still owns. The Government Accountability Office is undertaking the most comprehensive study. The office agreed to a congressional request earlier this year to analyze all government spending involved in several weekend trips Trump made to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. A GAO spokesman said Tuesday there’s no estimate yet for when that report will be ready. ___ Associated Press writer Chad Day contributed to this report.
She says that the park will cost around five million peso, is scheduled to begin construction in April and should take around five months to complete. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Payan Rodríguez said that the seaside project, Parque del Sol, will consist of a retaining wall, sculpture, benches and picnic tables, adding that they are also considering the construction of an amphitheater for cultural events. The park will be built in an area where people can enjoy the sea view at dusk or watch cruise ships pass the island. Cozumel, Q.R. — A new seaside park is scheduled for construction at Cozumel on land that was once tied up in a legal battle. Frida Adriana Payan Rodríguez, director of Public Works, explained that the land earmarked for the new park was in litigation between the city and a businessman, however, the city won and has since applied for an environmental permit to construct the park.
Inland New South Wales (NSW) welcomes the announcement of new air services commencing this year that will bring the total of Tamworth’s commercial carriers from one to three.From 2 March 2015, Brisbane-based airline JETGO will introduce three flights a week to Tamworth and from 6 April 2015 they will increase flights to twice a day three times a week.As of 25 May 2015, Virgin Australia will introduce six return flights a week between Tamworth and Sydney in addition to the current Qantas Link Sydney to Tamworth services offered daily.Across the three carriers, a total of 96 flights in and out of Tamworth will be available each week, aimed at both corporate and leisure passengers.Inland NSW chief executive officer Graham Perry says the inclusion of these new flights prove Tamworth is a successful commercial hub and will provide better services for increased domestic and international tourists.“It also highlights the potential and benefit of increasing air capacity for targeted regional routes, which is very important for growing regional centres,” Mr Perry said.“Qantas Link must be recognised for the long and supportive service it has provided our regional destinations.“Coupled with the NSW Government’s announcement of increased funding for the business conferencing and events market, these announcements are good news for Tamworth and the broader New England region, which will benefit from the improved air capacity.”Mr Perry also noted the increased air capacity will help the city in peak periods like during the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival which welcomes Australian and international visitors.In February this year, Tamworth Regional Council approved modifications to the Tamworth Regional Airport valued at over AUD$500,000 which will help cater for the increased passengers soon to come.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson
Irvine, California- Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineJetsetters can now have their cake and eat it too with JetSuite’s new expansions. The company recently announced their new service in the Northeast, a hotspot for many travelers, and revolutionary booking method, which offers guaranteed price quotes online. The expansions are part of JetSuite’s vision to enable private air travel to more people through affordable, no obligation programs.JetSuite, the world’s most experienced Phenom operator, offers service to hundreds of airports throughout Northeast’s major metro areas, including New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and Toronto. The national expansion aims to attract private jet customers throughout the Northeast, adding services to popular destinations such as Teterboro, Martha’s Vineyard, Bedford and Westchester County. The company exclusively flies a fleet of brand-new Embraer Phenom 100s, ensuring you will arrive to your next destination in style.“Our mission is to make private air travel accessible to more people than ever before,” explains JetSuite CEO Alex Wilcox. “Expanding our services to the Northeast brings us to the biggest market in the world.The company also announced a revolutionary booking method on their redesigned website. JetSuite is the first private aviation company in history to quote and guarantee prices online, offering some of the most competitive fares in the industry. Consumers are offered three levels of membership at low, hourly rates to which airport fees are added. The redesigned website allows consumers to easily compare various fees to determine the best airport for their trip, coinciding with the company’s affordable private jet mission. JetSuite also continues to offer their popular SuiteDeals on their Facebook page. The promotion allows consumers to select a destination and flight for the following day offered at prices as low as $499 to the first fan that comments with a qualified booking request.www.jetsuite.com
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Share2Tweet4ShareEmail6 Shares“Money on a hook.” Photo credit: TaxCredits.netJune 19, 2018; Tennessean“As Nashville prepares to raid its reserves to pay for unexpected school costs, some of the shortfall can be traced to tax breaks awarded to developers,” reports Mike Reicher in the Tennessean. “The city,” Reicher adds, “diverted $9.3 million of property taxes from schools to pay off redevelopment loans—for downtown hotels, luxury condos and other projects.”As Reicher details,Metro Nashville Public Schools may cut 30 central office positions and pause new programs to make up for a $17 million hole in its budget next fiscal year. The city’s financial woes have drawn new scrutiny to economic development subsidies and caused many to ask fundamental questions about Nashville’s perceived prosperity.How, they wonder, can a city with gleaming hotel towers, record-low unemployment, and years of real estate market growth, not afford to pay for its children’s education? Who, exactly, has benefited from the development boom?These questions are not unique to Nashville, however. As NPQ covered earlier this year, a study by Thomas Bartik of the Upjohn Institute noted that economic development incentives frequently come at the expense of public education. Indeed, Sarah Holder, writing in City Lab, summarized one key Bartik finding as follows: “When cities and states offer tax deals for large companies, public education suffers.”Aided by new disclosure rules, as set forth in Government Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 77 (GASB 77) of the nonprofit Financial Accounting Foundation, which now requires compliant cities to disclose their corporate tax abatement costs on an annual basis, the conflict between public school funding and corporate tax abatements is becoming increasingly evidence-based. For instance, this past March, St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a story titled “Tax breaks cost St. Louis, school district almost $30 million in 2017.”Nashville’s $9.3 million price tag is smaller, but still significant. “It makes no sense for the City of Nashville to rob the reserves of the schools to do redevelopment,” says Erick Huth, president of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, the local teachers’ union.Reicher details how incentives in Nashville work:Nashville’s redevelopment program uses “tax-increment financing” as its primary tool. The Metropolitan Development Housing Authority backs loans to developers for land acquisition, demolition, and off-site infrastructure such as utilities and sidewalks. Any future increases in property taxes at those sites are directed to repay the loans. Once the loans are repaid, the full property tax bill is available for schools and city services.As NPQ has noted, corporate tax abatements in Nashville are already under increased scrutiny. This past January, the 35-member Metro Nashville Council approved a new rule by voice vote requiring firms seeking economic development incentives to “disclose details like how many county residents they’ll hire, the wages they’ll pay and whether they’ve had any safety violations in the past,” before an up-or-down vote on their requests can be held.As for the current state of affairs, Reicher notes that the subsidies were designed to spur development in “blighted” areas of the city. But now the neighborhood is booming. “The Westin hotel, for instance, was awarded $15 million in economic development subsidies,” notes Reicher. This was done in 2014, well after revitalization had occurred. “The city collected nearly $200,000 in property tax on the property in the year ending September 30, 2017,” Reicher adds, “but that was redirected to pay off a redevelopment loan.” All told, in fiscal 2017, Nashville paid $24.8 million on such loans, of which $9.3 million was diverted from public schools.It does not help that the city has failed to adequately track the effectiveness of its spending. A city audit released this past March recommended that Nashville “create quantifiable goals to evaluate performance of development incentives.”“It’s impossible to track the benefits to the community from the loans,” laments John Cooper, an at-large councilperson. “We don’t even have the records to show where it went and what we got for it.”—Steve DubbShare2Tweet4ShareEmail6 Shares
Share14Tweet3ShareEmail17 Shares“Hawaiian Shell Lei.”February 6, 2019; Honolulu Civic BeatThere is a lot of talk about transparency in government these days. People, the media, and policy organizations alike expect to be able to access information and records, including their own, without being subject to roadblocks. In Hawaii, despite a lot of pushback that includes lawsuits and audits, a glimmer of sunlight is beginning to shine through. Getting there was not easy, and the reasons for the blockades remain somewhat puzzling.Of some concern is what was called the “gut and replace” practice of the Hawaii Legislature, whereby the contents of a bill can be removed and replaced with entirely different language, even after the bill has had public hearings and been approved by certain committees. To combat this, a lawsuit was filed by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause and joined by others, including media and party-affiliated groups. The Circuit Court dismissed the suit, but the League and Common Cause plan to appeal.In some cases, made-up policies block transparency. Consider Hawaii’s “deliberative process privilege.” Public agencies had been using this nonexistent “privilege” to withhold records from the public. But the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that no such privilege existed. Following up on this legal ruling, the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, joined by more than 20 media outlets and nonprofit policy organizations, sent a letter to all four county [island] mayors, urging them to improve public access to government information and documents.Lawsuits get the best results when seeking information in Hawaii. Even when laws exist, it seems they can be ignored until someone files a suit to get information that should be publicly available. Employment records are one of those areas. Civil Beat has filed a lawsuit against the Hawaii Department of Education to gain access to information about why employees are terminated and students disciplined.The DOE refused to turn over most of the records or provided heavily redacted documents in response to a public records request last May.“It is clear that DOE is not following the law, and this case provides an opportunity for the courts to reaffirm several principles of open government established in OIP (Office of Information Practices) opinions,” said Brian Black, executive director of The Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, which is representing Civil Beat in the case.Under the Uniform Information Practices Act, Hawaii’s public records law, government agencies must disclose records relating to employment-related misconduct that results in termination or suspension.Recognizing that transparency and privacy issues often collide, Civil Beat says that it is not seeking identities of students or individual contact information. What it does want are the reasons for the terminations or the discipline, and the offenses that caused the investigations in the first place. It is, however, seeking the names of employees, their schools, and the grades they taught. This was enough for the agency to cite “personal privacy” and “frustration of a legitimate government function” as their reasons to withhold information.Indeed, an argument can be made for both transparency and privacy when employment and employability is at stake. Civil Beat argues in its filing that the state department of education should not be withholding minor reprimands (after redacting identifying information) from the public. State officials have not commented on the lawsuit.As the struggle to access information continues, so will the cry for greater transparency and the counter-cries for the need for privacy and protection. In Hawaii, it has taken lawsuits and lawyers, audits and outrage, and much time and money to resolve some of this and peel back the barriers to greater access and transparency. More work remains, and the pushback isn’t going away.—Carole LevineShare14Tweet3ShareEmail17 Shares
Cable operator Ono stabilised its customer base and grew its revenues and EBITDA in the first quarter, despite tough economic conditions in Spain.Ono ended the quarter with 4.387 million revenue-generating units, up 0.1% year-on-year. The company said that over 60% of its base with access to its fibre network could now sign up to its TiVo advanced TV service. Ono said that 85% of its base now took at least two services, while 40% took a triple-play package. ARPU reached €52.10, up from €51 a year earlier.Ono grew its internet base by 1.5%, with about 530,000 customers, or 37% of the total, taking high-speed internet services of 30, 50 and 100Mbps. Ono now has 1.79 million residential fibre subscribers, with 1.428 million internet customers, 906,000 TV customers and 1.697 million telephony customers.Ono posted revenues of €383 million, up 5%, and EBITDA of €186 million, up 4%.
US media firm Time Warner has increased its stake in CEE broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises (CME).The company has acquired 9.9 million shares of the company’s Class A common stock, which means that its ownership increases to 40% on a diluted basis. Ronald Lauder has also increased his stake with the purchase of 2.2 million shares through his RSL Capital company. Adrian Sarbu, president and CEO of CME, said: “The continued support from our major shareholders during volatile market conditions allows us to proceed with achieving our targets of reducing our leverage and interest costs.”
Russian service provider VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, has introduced an automatic top-up payment service for internet and digital TV subscribers.The move means that Beeline internet and TV customers will be able to pay for services used during the prior month via their Visa or Mastercard bank cards on a recurring basis via the Beeline customer care portal.