SNCLavalin pushed Liberals for zero debarment from federal contracts

first_imgOTTAWA — SNC-Lavalin, facing a 10-year ban from federal business over corruption charges, urged the Liberal government in 2017 to water down the penalty scheme for corporate misconduct to the point a guilty company could completely dodge a ban on receiving public contracts.In essence, the engineering and construction giant recommended the Liberals leave wiggle room for a “zero debarment” time period under the government’s integrity regime.The regime’s current rules disqualify offenders from receiving federal contracts for a decade, though in certain cases the period can be trimmed down to five years.The request was part of SNC-Lavalin’s submission to public consultations that explored the merits of changing Ottawa’s tools to deter and punish unethical corporate behaviour. The document was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.A forthcoming proposal to update the integrity regime — which Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough has said will be finalized in about a month — might have major consequences for SNC-Lavalin. It could help the embattled firm avoid a lengthy, economically punishing ban on federal contracts.The Montreal-based company finds itself at the centre of a national political storm amid allegations prime ministerial aides leaned on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the engineering firm avoid criminal prosecution.The company was charged in 2015 with corruption and fraud over allegations it resorted to bribery while pursuing business in Libya.Wilson-Raybould recently told the House of Commons justice committee she came under relentless pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office and other federal officials to ensure the company was invited to negotiate a remediation agreement, a sort of plea bargain that could allow it to continue doing business with the government.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his former principal secretary, Gerald Butts, have disputed the notion any inappropriate arm-twisting of Wilson-Raybould took place.Following public consultations in 2017, the Liberal government ushered in legislation last year to establish the remediation agreement regime.SNC-Lavalin lobbied the government for the creation of a remediation agreement tool — but the federal director of public prosecutions ruled late last year that its case was ill-suited for such an agreement. Wilson-Raybould agreed with the director’s decision and declined to overturn it, though she had the power to do so.However, the company could still escape severe punishment through an update to the integrity regime, which is aimed at fostering ethical business practices by shunning companies guilty of offences such as bid-rigging, bribery, fraud and money-laundering.The Liberal government came forward with a proposed new scheme last fall that includes no minimum ineligibility period.The proposal, which triggered another round of public consultations, was intended to take effect in early 2019, but the government has not yet indicated whether or when it will proceed.Qualtrough, the minister in charge of federal procurement, told a Commons committee last week the government wants more flexibility in the regime for dealing with companies that have integrity problems.The 2017 consultations canvassed opinions about the overall federal integrity regime, including input on the sanctions that can prohibit a company from receiving government contracts — a process known as debarment.In a written submission to the government consultation, SNC-Lavalin called on Ottawa to align its ineligibility guidelines with those of the United States, where an organization could be excluded from bidding on procurement contracts for up to three years, with the possibility of extension.“This also means that discretion allows for a zero debarment time period,” said the October 2017 submission.SNC-Lavalin argued the current penalties were “sufficiently draconian” to discourage a company from disclosing wrongdoing by rogue employees. It said there should be “little or no consequence” for a firm that condemns bad conduct promptly and punishes the employees in question.“When it comes to fostering a culture of good ethics in business, as the saying goes: ‘One good sacking is worth a thousand memos.’”In sum, the company said the integrity rules should not result in punishment of companies that have “legitimately disavowed their employee’s misconduct in ways that make it clear the company itself had no criminal intent to commit the misconduct.” A federal summary of the integrity regime consultation indicates SNC-Lavalin was not alone in its views about the penalties, saying most participants felt the existing disqualification period was too long. “The principal view was to favour full discretion in the determination of a period of ineligibility, including the ability to reduce the period to zero,” the summary says.— Follow @JimBronskill and @AndyBlatchford on TwitterJim Bronskill and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Boeing draws first blood as US Commerce Department hits Bombardier hard

first_imgOTTAWA – Bombardier’s hopes for breaking into the U.S. commercial aviation market took a massive blow on Tuesday, as the U.S. Department of Commerce proposed a hefty 219 per cent duty on its CSeries jets.The department ruled in a preliminary decision that Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, which gave the Montreal-based company an unfair advantage when selling south of the border.The investigation was sparked by a complaint from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing, after Bombardier secured a deal for up to 125 of its CS100s with Delta Air Lines in April 2016.The list price for the planes is around $6 billion, but the actual amount of money involved in the deal has not been made public and Boeing alleges Bombardier offered them for much less.The financial penalties aren’t officially due until Bombardier delivers the first CS100 to Delta, which is expected in the spring. They could also still be dropped or refunded.The key will be whether the U.S. International Trade Commissions finds that Bombardier-Delta deal actually hurt Boeing’s business, a decision that’s not expected until the spring.But the ruling gives Boeing momentum as the dispute drags on, and more leverage in any future talks between the Trudeau government and the Chicago-based company to reach a negotiated settlement.Boeing wasted no time in declaring victory on Tuesday.“Subsidies enabled Bombardier to dump its product into the U.S. market, harming aerospace workers in the United States and throughout Boeing’s global supply chain,” the company said in a statement.The dispute is not about limiting innovation or competition, it continued. “Rather, it has everything to do with maintaining a level playing field and ensuring that aerospace companies abide by trade agreements.”U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in his own statement that while the United States values its relationship with Canada, “even our closest allies must play by the rules.”Meanwhile, Bombardier and the Trudeau government appeared to be reeling. Most had expected the Commerce Department to rule against Bombardier, but the size of the proposed duty was surprising.Boeing had been asking for an 80 per cent duty.“The magnitude of the proposed duty is absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programs,” Bombardier said in a statement.“Boeing is seeking to use a skewed process to stifle competition and prevent U.S. airlines and their passengers from benefiting from the CSeries.”British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Twitter Wednesday that she was “bitterly disappointed” by the U.S. ruling.She said her government “will continue to work with the company to protect vital jobs for Northern Ireland,” where Bombardier employs more than 4,000 people at its factories in Belfast.Speaking before the ruling, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to continue to stand with Bombardier and Canada’s aerospace industry. He also once again threatened to cut government ties with Boeing.“Certainly we won’t deal with a company that’s attacking us and attacking thousands of Canadian jobs,” Trudeau said outside the House of Commons.But Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland made no mention of retaliatory action in a statement released after the ruling, promising instead to continue raising the dispute with U.S. officials at all levels.Tuesday’s finding was actually the first of two that the Commerce Department is scheduled to release on Bombardier. Attention now turns to whether it “dumped” CS100s into the U.S. by selling them below cost.That finding is scheduled on Oct. 4, but could be delayed.But the real question, which is being tackled by the U.S. International Trade Commission, is whether the deal between Bombardier and Delta hurt Boeing.That ruling, which is expected in the spring, will be the key to whether any duties slapped on the CS100s become permanent or whether the case is dismissed and all duties are lifted.Boeing contends that by breaking U.S. and global trade laws, Bombardier created an unfair playing field in the aerospace industry that poses a risk to its long-term business.But Bombardier and its supporters are clearly banking on the trade commission siding with them, now that the Commerce Department has come out with its preliminary findings against the Canadian company.Even if that is the case, however, either side can appeal the entire case to the U.S. Court of International Trade, bring it before NAFTA dispute bodies, or even take the matter to the World Trade Organization.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao, whose government invested US$1 billion for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries program last year, said he was confident that Bombardier would beat Boeing.But he tempered his optimism by noting that it could take a long time to resolve the case, which Leitao said could hurt Bombardier — and which is why Quebec will continue to support the company.“At the end of the day, as often happens in this type of dispute, the Canadian side will win,” he told The Canadian Press in New York. “Now that day could be a very long day, so that’s where the risks come from.”It was the second bit of bad news for Bombardier on Tuesday — two European railway manufacturers announced they were merging and would present a united front against the Montreal-based company.But there was also a glimmer of good news, after a senior Bombardier official said the firm was hoping to close several deals with Chinese airlines.— with reporting from Andy Blatchford in New York and Ross Marowits in Montreal.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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Health: 6.54 Million Moroccans Benefited from RAMED

first_imgCasablanca-Around 6.54 million people have benefited from the Medical Insurance Plan for the Financially Underprivileged (RAMED), thus constituting 77% of the estimated 8.5 million eligible people, according to recent statistics revealed by the Ministry of health.These statistics were presented by the Ministry of Health on Thursday, March 13, in Rabat, during a briefing organized on the occasion of the second anniversary of the launching of RAMED.According to daily La Vie Eco, the statistics presented by the Ministry of Health show that the number of applications filed by citizens up to the end of February 2014 have reached 2,693,847 applications, 58% of which are from urban areas and 42% from rural areas. RAMED placed the fight against chronic and costly diseases among the priorities of the national health policy, by implementing a strategy based primarily on the prevention and effective management of patients, in order to reduce the number of deaths and costs of care.The number of patients cared for in 2013 increased compared to 2012. The number of those with chronic renal failure reached 7,300 in 2013 compared to 4285 patients in 2012, and the number of patients diagnosed with cancer in 2013 reached to 14,250 compared to 11,874 in 2012.The number of patients diagnosed with diabetes totaled 529,910, compared to 501,064 patients in 2012, whereas the number of individuals suffering from hypertension reached 360,416 compared to 273,121 patients in 2012. The report presented by the Ministry of Health also highlighted the lack of financial resources to finance the RAMED. Hence, access to medical care provided by public hospitals and university hospitals remains dependent on the contribution of the beneficiaries. According to the same source, RAMED card holders can benefit from care for chronic and costly diseases, laboratory tests and hospitalization, although the law allows them only access to emergency services and medical care.RAMED is a medical insurance plan created in 2012. It aims to assist and allow financially underprivileged citizens to have access to medical care.last_img read more

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A daunting task begins: Reducing lobster gear to save whales

PORTLAND, Maine — Fishing managers on the East Coast began the daunting process Monday of implementing new restrictions on lobster fishing that are designed to protect a vanishing species of whale.A team organized by the federal government recommended last week that the number of vertical trap lines in the water be reduced by about half. The lines have entrapped and drowned the North Atlantic right whale, which number a little more than 400 and have declined by dozens this decade.The interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission met Monday outside Washington to discuss the implementation of the new rules, which are designed to reduce serious injuries and deaths among whales by 60 per cent.The rules will be developed in the coming months and could have a huge effect on the lucrative fishery. Some individual lobstermen place several miles of trap lines in the water, meaning hundreds of miles will have to be removed in total to meet the goal.“States are committed to taking on the reductions,” said Toni Kerns, interstate fisheries management program director for the commission, after the meeting. “This is a very complex issue, and it will be challenging, but they will find a way to make it work.”Exactly how long it will take to implement the new rules is unclear at the moment, Kerns said. It also remains to be seen whether the commission or states will take the lead in implementing the rules, she said.Colleen Coogan, who co-ordinates the federal government team designed to protect the whales, said during the meeting that co-operating with Canadian authorities is also going to be very important. Canadian fishermen harvest the same species of lobster, and the endangered whales also swim in Canadian waters.“We’ve set a pretty high bar,” Coogan said. “They’re going to have to show that their measures provide similar protections to right whales.”The Atlantic States commission voted Monday in favour of letting lobster fishermen off Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire know that rule changes are on the way.The effects of the rule changes are likely to be felt most heavily in Maine, which typically accounts for four-fifths of the total U.S. lobster catch. The Maine fishery brought nearly 120 million pounds of lobsters to shore last year, and lobsters are an important part of the state’s tourism and economy.Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press read more

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TSX sinks as investors shrug off global stimulus

The Toronto stock market declined Thursday as fresh worries about the American and European economies took much of the shine off moves by central banks to give the global recovery some much needed assistance.The European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China both cut interest rates while the Bank of England embarked on another round of quantitative easing. This involves pumping money into the economy which, hopefully, will be lent to businesses and consumers.But early enthusiasm faded as ECB president Mario Draghi warned that further risks to euro-area growth have materialized and indications for the second quarter point to weakened growth and heightened uncertainty. And U.S. non-manufacturing data increased worries that the American economy is stalling.The S&P/TSX composite index snapped a six session rally, losing 64.48 points to 11,849.39 while the TSX Venture Exchange was down 18.69 points to 1,223.21.The Canadian dollar was off early highs, down 0.03 of a cent to 98.67 cents US.U.S. markets were also weak as positive employment data competed with a worse than expected performance of the service sector and weak retail showings.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 69.18 points to 12,874.64 as the Institute for Supply Management’s service sector index moved closer to contraction, coming at 52.1, down from 53.7 in May. That’s the lowest reading since January 2010. U.S. service companies employ roughly 90 per cent of the economy.And as U.S. merchants reported their June sales early Thursday, many of them disappointed. Costco Wholesale Corp. reported a gain below Wall Street expectations. Target Corp. also missed estimates, posting a modest increase. Teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. reported a bigger-than-anticipated decline.The Nasdaq composite index dropped 11.77 points to 2,964.31 while the S&P 500 index was down 8.39 points to 1,365.63.Payroll firm ADP reported that the U.S. private sector created 176,000 jobs during June. This news was particularly welcome, coming a day before the release of the U.S. non-farm payrolls report. Expectations are modest with economists forecasting the economy only cranked out about 90,000 jobs during June.Other data showed planned layoffs in the U.S. fell 39 per cent to a 13-month low in June. Outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas said the June total is 9.4 per cent lower than the number of cuts a year ago and is the lowest monthly total since May 2011.And the U.S. Labour Department reported an improvement in claims for jobless insurance. They fell 14,000 last week to 374,000.Markets had already largely priced in the European moves, helping to spark a sharp run-up in equities over the past few sessions. The TSX, meanwhile, had gained more than five per cent in the last six trading days.The Chinese bank is cutting its benchmark lending rate by 0.31 of a point to six per cent. It is the second time within a month the bank has cut interest rates in an attempt to stimulate China’s rapidly slowing economy.The Bank of England announced it was injecting another 50 billion pounds into the ailing British economy, which has been officially in recession. The move by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee involves the bank purchasing government bonds from banks. It was widely-anticipated and raises the amount it is pumping into the British economy since March 2009 to 375 billion pounds. It is the first stimulus since February.The European Central Bank weighed in with a quarter point cut in its key rate to an all time low of 0.75 per cent.The ECB also cut its overnight deposit rate to zero. That is meant to encourage banks to invest their money in the economy rather than stash it with the ECB.Oil prices also lost ground following the Draghi’s comments with the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 98 cents to US$86.68 a barrel. Oil is still up almost US$10 from last Thursday, partly over increased tensions with Iran. But traders have also been hopeful that central bank action to boost economic growth, along with signs late last week that eurozone leaders are making progress in dealing with the region’s debt crisis, will boost demand.Leaders of the 17 euro countries agreed to allow Europe’s bailout fund to capitalize banks directly and to buy the bonds of imperilled countries.The energy sector fell 1.3 per cent while Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gave back 74 cents to $30.39 and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) declined 33 cents to $28.The base metals sector lost about one per cent as September copper lost seven cents to US$3.47 a pound, but prices are still up about 4.5 per cent from last Thursday. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 37 cents to $19.08 and Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) slipped 15 cents to $9.94.Gold bullion prices relaxed $17.10 to US$1,604.70 an ounce, pushing the gold sector down about 0.75 per cent. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) faded 89 cents to $39.45 while Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) dropped 33 cents to $8.81.The consumer staples group was the biggest advancer with Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) ahead 22 cents to $11.74.European bourses also weakened with London’s FTSE 100 index down 0.33 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX declined 1.25 per cent while the Paris CAC 40 shed 1.64 per cent. read more

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Stocks little changed as traders focus on Fed meeting and tapering concerns

Canadian stocks were essentially flat Friday at the end of a losing week where buying sentiment was blunted by growing concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to start reducing its monetary stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index was 9.17 points lower at 13,105.22.The Canadian dollar was off 0.02 of a cent to 93.96 cents US as U.S. bond yields continued to creep higher on Fed speculation. The benchmark 10-year Treasury hit 2.9 per cent earlier in the morning before backing off to 2.87 per cent.U.S. indexes registered slight gains after three days of losses as the Dow Jones industrials edged up 15.19 points to 15,754.62, the Nasdaq climbed 10.01 points to 4,008.41 and the S&P 500 index added 1.07 points to 1,776.57.Expectations about the Fed tapering its US$85 billion of bond purchases have changed over the last month, with markets largely expecting that the central bank would hold off until March when incoming chair Janet Yellen was settled in the new job.But a string of strong data last week, capped by a solid employment report for November, have raised concerns that the Fed could act as soon as next week, when the Federal Open Market Committee meets on Dec. 17-18.A better than expected retail sales report for November and the passage of a budget agreement in the U.S. Congress further served to raise expectations.The U.S. stimulus has lifted stocks over the past few years, and its potential reduction has jolted markets since May, when outgoing Fed chair Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of tapering. However, any cutback in asset purchases would be gradual and is expected to be accompanied by a renewed commitment by the Fed to keep interest rates low.The focus will likely remain on the Fed until its decision next Wednesday.The much battered TSX gold sector, down 50 per cent for the year, moved up 1.35 per cent while February bullion gained $6.50 to US$1,231.14 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) rose 40 cents to $17.88.The base metals sector climbed 0.3 per cent and March copper was up a penny at US$3.31 a pound.Telecoms were weak after the CRTC announced it will look at wholesale rates charged to small wireless firms by the big players including Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T).The federal telecom regulator wants to know if big players are putting these small players at an unfair disadvantage with the wholesale roaming rates they charge. Telus shed 47 cents to $35.94.The energy sector was slightly lower as January crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange declined 83 cents to US$96.67 a barrel.European bourses were positive with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.2 per cent and Frankfurt’s DAX and the Paris CAC 40 rose 0.1 per cent.Traders also digested comments by Chinese leaders that the world’s second-largest economy faces “downward pressure” and have called for boldness in carrying out promised reforms aimed at reviving slowing growth.In a report following an annual planning meeting, Communist Party leaders said Friday that the country faces problems including excess production capacity in some industries and environmental degradation.Earlier in Asia, Singapore gained but markets fell in Thailand, Malaysia and Jakarta, which might be more exposed if a reduction in the Fed’s stimulus hurts U.S. demand for imports or sparks short-term capital flight from Asian economies.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.1 per cent, Taiwan’s Taiex added 0.2 per cent, Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.7 per cent and China’s benchmark Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.3 per cent. read more

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Mens Hockey Ohio State faces defending national champion Denver on the way

Senior forward Christian Lampasso (18) fires a shot toward goal during the Buckeyes’ first-round victory over Princeton in the NCAA tournament on March 24, 2018. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerThe road to the Frozen Four is always a tricky one, even as a top seed. But it usually doesn’t involve matching up against the defending national champions as early as the second round.However, for the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team to continue moving forward in its improbable season, it must do exactly that.A day after taking down red-hot Princeton, No. 1 Ohio State (25-9-5) takes on No. 2 Denver (23-9-8) for a chance at the program’s second-ever Frozen Four appearance.The Pioneers enter the matchup as winners of five straight games, which includes a victory in the NCHC championship over then-No. 1 St. Cloud State and a 5-1 win over third-seeded Penn State in the first round of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament.As a team, Denver ranks seventh in team offense and third in team defense while posting a top-12 power play and penalty kill, making it one of the most well-rounded teams in the tournament.In the 5-1 dismantling of the Nittany Lions, Denver jumped up to a 4-0 lead while outshooting Penn State 31-17 after two periods. The Pioneers received goals from both their star forwards: sophomore Henrik Borgstrom and junior Troy Terry.Borgstrom and Terry are both highly-touted NHL prospects who rank in the top 10 in the nation in scoring. Borgstrom, the first-round pick for the Florida Panthers, is more of the goal scorer with 23 goals and 29 assists on the season. Terry, the fifth-round Anaheim Ducks pick, has only 14 goals, but his 33 assists are good for third in the nation.On the defensive side, Denver has given up two goals or less in each of the last six games, largely due to the strong play of senior goalie Tanner Jaillet. Jaillet ranks fifth with a 1.83 goals against average and seventh with a .930 save percentage. The goaltender comes into the game having stopped 54 of 56 shots in his last two games, both of which have come against top-15 opponents.Both Denver and Ohio State are ranked highly in every major statistic, but where Denver holds an advantage is in high-end talent with Ohio State’s Tanner Laczynski and Mason Jobst not quite at the level of Borgstrom and Terry.Ohio State showed why it was the top seed with a dominating 4-2 win against No. 4 Princeton in the opening round where the Tigers scored both goals in the final 26 seconds when the result was already in the balance.Princeton also offered two of the best players in college hockey with junior forwards Max Veronneau and Ryan Kuffner, but the Buckeyes shut them both down on the way to victory.This may be another matchup that comes down to special teams, with Denver and Ohio State committing some of the fewest penalties in the NCAA. If one of the teams can take advantage of its few opportunities, it should make all the difference when it comes to two opponents who are relatively even on paper.Puck drop for the matchup between Ohio State and Denver is set for 6:30 pm on Sunday at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. read more

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Column The Local Property Tax is likely to lead to job losses

first_imgTHIS WEEK, most households across Ireland will receive notification as to the total amount of income the new Local Property Tax (LPT) will take from their pockets. In Mandate Trade Union, the union representing retail and bar workers, we are very concerned about the impact this tax will have on consumer spending and jobs in the Irish domestic economy.You will not be surprised to hear that the retail sector is struggling badly. After five austerity budgets, the domestic economy has shrunk by more than 25 per cent, retail sales by volume continued its decline in January, and tens of thousands of retail workers have had their hours/incomes reduced or lost their jobs.Why? Because consumers don’t have enough money to spend in their local shops.1.8 million people have under €100 per month after essentialsA recent survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions estimates that 1.8 million people have less than €100 per month to spend after paying essential bills. The Irish Central Bank says almost 95,000 mortgages across the country are in arrears and the Central Bank governor, Patrick Honohan, is stating publicly that household financial distress is at “unprecedented levels.”The property tax will come into effect in July and with the average house price across the country coming to €151,000 it will take €315 per year from the spending power of the average household. In parts of Dublin, the average house value is €333,828 – meaning it will reduce the average household spending in areas of the capital by €585 per year.To put this in context, last month the Central Statistics Office released the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) report for 2011 and it showed that disposable income has reduced from a high in 2008 of 24,380 per individual to 21,440 in 2011, almost a €3,000 or 12 per cent decline.During the same period, employment in the retail and wholesale sector reduced by approximately 40,300 (CSO). This, coincidently, is a 12.8 per cent reduction in jobs and shows a clear link between disposable income reductions and job losses in the local economy.Retail is it is the primary source of incomeBear in mind that these figures do not take account of the loss of hours that many workers have experienced in the domestic economy, particularly the retail sector, with the effective result being a cut in spending power. This is something many companies have pursued vigorously and Mandate has highlighted through their Decent Work? The impact of the recession on low paid workers document.The retail sector employs approximately 250,000 workers and is vitally important when it comes to employment, particularly for women and young workers. In the past it was the secondary income for most families, but now it is the primary source of income for thousands of families throughout the country. The recent job loss announcements and closures at B&Q, HMV, La Senza, Monsoon, Superquinn – to name but a few – are just the tip of the iceberg. The reality in retail is that the whole sector is in crisis, with most companies, large and small, hanging on the edge of survival.The failure of the property tax to factor in the ability of households to pay is something Mandate is very concerned about. It seems absurd that those living on the minimum wage or on social welfare, or those who are already struggling to pay crippling bank debts and bills, should have to pay this tax when the vast majority of their income is already spent in the local economy helping to protect domestic jobs.Option to defer payment fails to grasp the severity of the problemOffering citizens the facility to defer payment of the property tax for three years fails to grasp the severity of the problem, which is that “middle Ireland”, the largest group of consumers, cannot afford to pay either now or in three years’ time. And those who do manage to pay will do so from already meagre disposable incomes, which in turn will lead to a further reduction in consumer spending, more job losses, more people on welfare and the downward cycle will continue.Mandate has written today to all members of the Oireachtas to seek a deferral of the introduction of the property tax in July 2013 and that the government consider other revenue raising measures which will be less damaging to the domestic economy and already hard-pressed citizens.To say that “there is no alternative” (TINA) is to attempt to deceive the Irish public. There are plenty of other ways to raise this type of revenue through a fairer taxation system and there are plenty of individuals and businesses that can absorb the cost of that increased taxation without impacting on jobs and the domestic economy.John Douglas is General Secretary of Mandate Trade Union, the union for retail, bar and administrative workers. Mandate is the third biggest union in Ireland representing over 45,000 members. For more on Mandate Trade Union please go to, follow on Twitter or Facebook.last_img read more

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Deceased pilot in Oceanside plane crash has been identified

first_imgSummaryThe decedent is a 58 year old White male who resided in Yorba Linda. On the evening of 01/28/2019, the decedent and another occupant took off in their single engine plane from Oceanside Municipal Airport and then apparently crashed into a nearby hill. On the morning of 01/29/2019 as the fog cleared, a passerby noticed the plane on the side of the mountain near the airport. A 9-1-1 call was placed and arriving paramedics and police found the plane with one surviving occupant who was taken to the hospital. The other occupant was confirmed dead at the scene. January 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Date and time of Injury01/28/2019 Unknown City of ResidenceYorba Linda NamePETTY Jr., Raymond Allen KUSI Newsroom Place of DeathFound, hill (in airplane), N 33 12 45 W 117 21 43, Oceanside, California, 92058, San Diego, USA Date and time of death01/29/2019 0722 GenderMalecenter_img Case Number2019-00258 For more information, click here. Deceased pilot in Oceanside plane crash has been identified Updated: 3:27 PM State of ResidenceCalifornia DOB11/25/1960 Posted: January 30, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Authorities released the name Wednesday of a 58-year-old Orange County man who was killed when the light airplane he was piloting crashed into a hillside alongside a freeway in northern Oceanside.Authorities found the body of Raymond Petty Jr. of Yorba Linda on Tuesday morning amid the mangled remnants of the Piper PA-28 Cherokee, which had gone down on the north side of state Route 76 near Canyon Drive the previous evening, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.A passenger in the plane survived the accident and remained trapped in the fog-bound wreckage for more than 10 hours, until daylight and clearing skies revealed the crash site where he lay stranded.The survivor, whose name was withheld, was admitted to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for treatment of severe injuries.According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft had taken off from nearby Oceanside Municipal Airport about 9 p.m. Monday and crashed shortly thereafter for unknown reasons near the top of the roadside ridge just south of the San Luis Rey River.Investigators with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were called in to determine the cause of the aviation accident. Place of injuryHill (in airplane), N 33 12 45 W 117 21 43, Oceanside, California, 92058, San Diego, USAlast_img read more

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Easing regulatory pressure offers positive signs for Koreas Kangwon Land

first_img Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Kangwon Land, the only Korean casino in which locals are allowed to gamble, showed signs of improvement in its gaming segments in 1Q19, aided by a gradual easing of regulatory pressures.Gross gaming revenue fell by 1% year-on-year to KRW362 billion (US$308.4 million), a significant improvement on the far greater slides it experienced through 2018, with VIP growing 13% to KRW61 billion (US$52 million). Mass market revenue was flat at KRW164 billion (US$139.7 million) while slot revenue declined 6% to KRW137 billion. RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Operating profit held steady at KRW125 billion (US$106.5 million).JP Morgan analyst DS Kim described the results as encouraging, stating it “reflects gradually alleviating regulatory pressure, as well as easier comps.“We continue to expect Kangwon’s GGR growth to turn positive from 2Q19 and to modestly accelerate into 2H19.”Casino sales at Kangwon Land had fallen last year due largely to a decision to reduce the number of tables in operation as a result of increasing pressure from South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.The company has also come under scrutiny following a corruption scandal involving the hiring of 226 employees in 2012 and 2013 via political connections.Kim noted that Korea’s revenue cap, which limits the revenue of gambling-related industries and is based on a proportion of the nation’s GDP, will likely rise by around 17% year-on-year in 2019 but said this was unlikely to provide any benefit to Kangwon Land given current limitations on the number of tables in operation.last_img read more

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Ford Recalls About 350000 F150s And Expeditions For Faulty Transmission Gears

first_imgThere is a clip that locks the gear shift cable to the transmission in vehicles. In some of the affected vehicles, this clip is not firmly in place, which could result in the car shifting into a different gear from the one the driver has chosen. The recall involves about 347,425 vehicles in North America, including 292,909 in the United States, 51,742 in Canada, and 2,774 in Mexico. Ford’s reference number for the recall is 18S10. The recall applies to some 2018 Ford F-150 trucks and 2018 Expedition SUVs with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and some 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles with 6-speed automatic transmissions. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享 Ford said it is aware of one reported accident and injury related to the issue.center_img Ford is recalling 350,000 vehicles for a transmission issue that could result in the car moving after the driver has placed it in park and removed the keys. In this situation, there may be no warning light or chime to warn the driver the vehicle is not in park upon exiting the vehicle. This could mean the truck rolls away after the driver has left, if the emergency brake is not engaged. Dealers will inspect vehicles and make necessary repairs for free, Ford said.last_img read more

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Airlines Announce Discounted Fares to Tide over Lean Season Lakhs Of Tickets

first_imgAirfares of domestic carriers have gone down by almost 50% as the airline sector seeks to fill maximum seats during the lean season – January to April — thereby improving the load factor.On Wednesday, SpiceJet announced 5 lakh tickets going on the block with fares starting as low as ₹1,499 all inclusive. To avail the offer flyers have to book the tickets by 30 January for travel between 15 February and June 2015.Full service airline, Jet Airways has also announced an all-inclusive return ticket offer, starting from ₹4,459. The scheme is open till 31 March. Its Goa-Mumbai tickets have been priced at ₹4,459 and Delhi-Leh route costing ₹6,826.India’s largest carrier by market share – Indigo Airlines — has also dropped its 90-day advance fare, with the important Delhi-Mumbai route costing ₹3,002. IndiGo aircraftReutersSummer Holiday DemandFlying costs over the summer season is expected to break through the upper ceiling. With the aviation ministry deciding to scrap the proposal on capping the maximum domestic fares at ₹20,000; airline fares for the seasonal period is expected become very expensive.The aviation ministry had circulated an internal note on capping airfare, after airlines hiked ticket prices substantially, as SpiceJet cut its fleet and capacity.The airlines raised an alarm saying that the government should not interfere in fares, as fares are decided on the basis of demand and supply.Industry experts note that with the drop in aviation fuel costs and lower operating costs, the break-even loads are relatively more easily achievable. Deep discount fares help fill in capacity, which could even return a profit over the lean period, reported The Times of India.last_img read more

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HDFC Banks Aditya Puri got more salary than ICICI Banks Chanda Kochhar

first_imgAditya Puri, HDFC Bank’s managing director, was not only the highest paid executive among the top three private sector banks but also the one to get the highest salary hike among all private bank heads, including his counterparts at ICICI Bank and Axis Bank.Puri got Rs. 9.73 crore in 2015-16, including Rs. 21.80 lakh in stock options, according to HDFC Bank’s annual report for the year. This constituted a 31 percent hike when compared to his remuneration for the preceding financial year. On the other hand, ICICI Bank MD& CEO Chanda Kochhar saw her salary rise 13.44 percent to Rs.5.22 crore (from Rs. 4.60 crore in 2014-15) while Axis Bank MD & CEO Shikha Sharma’s salary increased 28 percent to Rs. 5.50 crore, according to their respective annual reports for 2015-16.In all the three cases, the total remuneration included stock options.If one were to factor in the performance bonus foregone by Kochhar (along with other top senior executives of India’s largest private sector lender) because of the fall in the bank’s net profit for the financial year 2015-16, it’s a decline in remuneration for her when compared to the preceding fiscal.In financial year 2014-15, Kochhar got Rs. 1.66 crore as performance bonus.”We have decided that the senior management would not receive performance bonus for FY2016. Performance bonus would however be paid to employees in the grades of Deputy General Manager and below,” Chanda Kochhar said in a post-results analyst call, PTI had reported in May.last_img read more

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BCL infighting injures 9

first_imgChandpur mapAt least nine leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a clash between two of its factions over formation of the sub-committees in Shahrasti upazila of Chandpur on Tuesday evening, reports UNB.The injured are upazila unit president Emadadul Huque Milon, general secretary Md Sohel Hossain, and activists — Al Amin, Saiful Islam, Kazi Yead, Shohag Hossain, Rabiul Islam, Rafiqul Islam and Sohel.The supporters of BCL upazila unit president Emdadul Huque Milon and general secretary Md Sohel Hossain locked into an altercation at a meeting to form the new committee around 6:00pm, said Mohammad Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Shahrasti police station.On information, police rushed there and brought the situation under control, he said.The injured were taken to upazila health complex and were released after medical treatment in the night, the OC added.last_img read more

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361K People Had Nothing Better To Do Than Binge Stranger Things

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Spoiler alert: I’ve watched only one episode (so far) of Stranger Things season two. (Blame my boyfriend’s busy travel schedule and my trepidation over Netflix cheating.)We are clearly in the minority, though.According to new Nielsen data, published by Business Insider, 361,000 U.S. viewers binge-watched all nine episodes of the streaming show within the first 24 hours of its release last week.That’s 495 consecutive minutes starting at a television (or computer, or tablet, or smartphone) screen; more than eight hours gone watching a ragtag group of kids grapple with the supernatural—and ’80s fashion.Time well spent, if you ask me.But not everyone has the stamina for a Stranger Things spree: 15.8 million people dawdled a bit, watching episode one within the first three days.There is no question, though, of the Netflix original’s star power: Season two averaged 4 million U.S. viewers, as reported by Business Insider. And it’s not even been out a week.Research firm Nielsen, which measures media audiences began collecting data on streaming content in 2014 via an opt-in service. Last month, it introduced a new Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) Content Ratings system, aimed specifically at streaming programs.The controversial scheme—used to measure Stranger Things data—has come under fire from Netflix and its ilk, which have disputed its accuracy.(Though, as AV Club’s Erik Adams pointed out: “If Netflix is concerned about inaccurate information getting out into the world, why doesn’t it divert some of the $8 billion it’s going to spend on original content next year to publicly correcting Nielsen?”)“Their math might be from the upside down,” a Netflix spokeswoman told Geek in a statement.“Nielsen only measures a fraction of our members’ viewing,” she continued, adding that the company omits mobile data. “Our series are global and member viewing patterns vary greatly (what device they watch on, where they’re watching, what they are watching), making it very difficult to model, even if they had accurate samples.”I dunno—361,000 people in one country binging original programming in 24 hours sounds like a win to me.A Nielsen spokesman confirmed the viewer data reports to Geek, but offered no additional details.Did you binge the entire season? Or are you taking it slow, enjoying each new episode as it comes, and hoping the Internet doesn’t spoil too much of the plot before you get there?No matter your viewing methods, fans can head back into the Upside Down with these Stranger Things–inspired T-shirts, and a pair of limited-edition Ex-O-Fit Hi sneakers, featuring Ghostbusters designs seen in the show.Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Nov. 6 with comment from Netflix.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Tax department organising public presentations for online returns

first_imgThe income tax department is organising a series of presentations between June 18 and June 30 ahead of the compulsory filing of 2017’s tax returns online by October 31.In statements to CNA, Assistant Tax Commissioner Sotiris Markides said that the presentations were being carried out in partnership with organised groups, municipalities and communities, whose contribution, he said, “is particularly important in the whole effort”.During the presentations, according to Markides, extensive information on issues related to the TAXISnet enrolment process and the tax submission process will be given, with practical examples and answers to questions posed by participants.He also said that the first presentations in municipalities (Strovolos, Latsia, Lakatamia, Livadia, Germasoyeia, Paralimni, Paphos) and communities (Peristerona, Pachna, Pelendri, Skarinou) were very successful and that participants had expressed their satisfaction with the information they received.“The department of taxation urges citizens to participate in these presentations so they can present their tax statement correctly and without difficulty,” he said.The programme of presentations is posted on the website of the department at: to the department’s data, the number of TAXISnet tax returns increased between 2013 and 2016 by 15,137, while the number of printed declarations showed over the same period of time a decrease of 23,760.The number of printed statements declined from 222,896 in 2013 to 199,136 in 2016, while electronic declarations through TAXISnet increased from 73,321 in 2013 to 88,458 in 2016.You May LikeGo World Travel MagazineItaly: Via Ferrata, the Ultimate Climbing Experience in the DolomitesGo World Travel MagazineUndoConstative.comEver feel like your’e seeing double? These celeb lookalikes will make you do a double takeConstative.comUndoInsured NationThis Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers ConfusedInsured NationUndo Two days of music to dance toUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoLED-lighting the way by 2020Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Minn. which about 55 miles north of Grand Forks The charges state the two incidents occurred on or about Dec 2 2010 according to court documents Both were wearing clothes during the two alleged acts according to court documentsCharges were filed Feb 22 The Monday hearing was canceled because of bad weatherThe murder charge was filed a day after the Rolette County state’s attorney said no one was seriously injured in the Tuesday incidentRonald Wayne Wootan 49 is accused of intentionally shooting and killing James Pochant of Rugby ND Court documents say Wootan also shot at officers during the standoff Pochant’s body was found inside the residence at 605 Third Ave after Wootan was arrested according to a news release from County State’s Attorney Ryan Thompson Pochant was shot before officers were called to the home around 1 am If convicted Wootan could face life in prison without paroleHe also faces felony charges for attempted murder terrorizing reckless endangerment and preventing arrest in relation to the standoff He appeared in court Wednesday morning and will be represented by Tyrone J Turner of Larson Latham Huettl LLP Wootan’s bond is set at $1 million He is scheduled to appear in court again on Oct 29The murder charge was filed after Thompson said in an email Tuesday that there were “no serious injuries sustained during or as a result of the standoff” He declined to comment when reporters asked him in court about previous statements but noted in a news release Pochant’s life-ending injuries were inflicted before law enforcement arrived He said additional charges were filed after a more thorough investigation led investigators to believe Wootan killed PochantThe lone police officer in Rolette responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute around 1 am, Western Sahara and 20 others.ereign state of Biafra.""We are standing ready to go in and inspect how they adhere to the new security restrictions, Tina Smith. read more

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