Homeless family pitches tent at Nunavut Legislature

first_imgThis tent is home to a family of four this week as they wait for social housing. (Photo Tatanniq Idlout)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsBrian Tagalik and his family have pitched a tent outside the Nunavut legislative building in Iqaluit because they are homeless.Tagalik said his wife and two children, aged 7 and 18 months, slept in the nylon tent Monday night and plan to do so again Tuesday and Wednesday night.All to bring attention to what they say is a homelessness crisis in the capital and embarrass politicians into acting.“We have a foamy, sleeping bags and a Coleman stove,” Tagalik said in a Facebook conversation with APTN News Tuesday.“We’ve been homeless four years; couch surfing from friends and family.”The tent he borrowed from his brother is not much protection against the Arctic winds and temperature, which dipped to -4 C overnight.But Tagalik feels he has no choice but to put his homelessness situation on public display.“I want this to not happen again, to any family,” he said. “That walk I took with family in tow, will stick with me forever.“Tears streaming, scared, hurt, lost, but somehow I knew the toughest part has passed.”Both he and his wife are working and his daughters go to school.But he says they cannot afford to rent an apartment for more than $2,000 a month and have been on the waiting list for five years for more affordable public housing.Iqaluit MLA Adam Arreak-Lightstone says more than 400 people are on that list.“This demonstration is putting a face to the situation,” he said in a telephone interview.“This will put more pressure on the Iqaluit Housing Authority to do what they can.”Arreak-Lightstone suggested housing officials “get creative” and build or retro-fit new structures instead of the usual five- or 10-plex.Everything from “tiny homes” to shipping containers should be looked at as alternatives, he said, to help ease the crisis families like Tagalik find themselves in.He says housing stock also has to be replaced quicker after fires and maintenance problems.“This peaceful demonstration has to be done to open up the eyes of housing and create some compassion towards those people that are actually in need,” Arreak-Lightstone said in a telephone interview.Tagalik would like to see more homeless people join him in establishing a Tent City like those being formed in southern Canada.Tatanniq Idlout is also homeless in Iqaluit and has been couch surfing.She says she’s proud of Tagalik for going public.“They say it’s hard to provide statistics on homelessness in Nunavut because it’s ‘hidden homelessness’,” she said.“You can’t hide this if it’s on the steps of our government.”kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

France Loans Morocco EUR 80 Million for Last Tranche of HighSpeed

Rabat – Morocco received a loan of EUR 80 million from the French Development Agency (AFD) to fund the last segment of the Tangier-Casablanca high-speed train (TGV) project, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The loan was signed in Rabat between the National Railway Board (ONCF) and AFD at a ceremony chaired by Mohammed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, and Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.The new loan will make it possible to complete the financing of the project, which has “generated a slight additional cost,” reported MAP. Le Drian said that “the loan is the fruit of a partnership based on trust between the two countries and their companies.” The foreign minister added that this contribution is “the sign of collaboration and a joint acting will on equipment, which is a determining factor for the future of Morocco.”Boussaid said that “the implementation of this financing brings AFD’s contribution to more than EUR 300 and that of France to more than EUR 1 billion, which is more than 50 percent of the financing of this project.”He added that the TGV project is supported by King Mohammed VI, explaining that “it is one of the flagship achievements of our bilateral relationship.” Mohammed Rabie Khlie, ONCF’s Director General, said that the TGV project is “on the right track.” He added that works on the infrastructure, rails and electrical cables were completed.“We are testing 110 kilometers to reach the speed of 320 kilometers per hour by the end of this week.Khlie continued that the overall work will be completed before the end of 2017, and that the first four months of 2018 will be devoted to testing the TGV.In 2011, the AFD granted an initial sum of EUR 220 million to the ONCF for the establishment of the TGV project. The TGV was originally scheduled to be finished in 2015, but it was recently postponed to late 2017. read more

TransAlta strikes investment deal with Brookfield Renewable Partners

CALGARY — TransAlta Corp. says Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners have signed a $750-million deal to invest in the company’s hydro assets.Under the terms of the agreement, Brookfield will acquire exchangeable securities, which will be convertible into an equity ownership interest in TransAlta’s Alberta hydro assets.Brookfield will also purchase TransAlta common shares on the open market to increase its share ownership stake to nine per cent.TransAlta says it will include two Brookfield nominees, Harry Goldgut and Richard Legault, on its slate of directors for election at the upcoming 2019 annual shareholders’ meeting.It says it will use $350 million of the investment to speed the company’s coal-to-gas transition strategy and up to $250 million to buy back shares over three years.The remainder of the investment will be used to advance the development of existing and new growth projects, and for general corporate purposes. Companies in this story: (TSX:TA, TSX:BEP.UN) The Canadian Press read more

UNESCO deplores murder of another Thai journalist

17 October 2008The United Nations agency tasked with protecting press freedom today condemned the recent murder of a local newspaper editor in southern Thailand, the second journalist to be killed in the South-East Asian country in less than a month and the fourth this year. Wallop Bounsampop, the editor of Den Siam, was shot in the head on 5 October by two men at a restaurant in his home village in Chonburi province.Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), issued a statement warning about the recent increase in attacks against journalists operating in Thailand.“This murder, like all attacks on media workers, undermines the basic human right of freedom of expression,” he said. “I trust that the authorities will do all they can to bring the culprits of this reprehensible crime to justice.”The non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters without Borders said the killing of Mr. Bounsampop could be linked to his articles. The 52-year-old’s death comes just weeks after Jaruek Rangchareon, a reporter for Matichon in central Thailand, was shot dead on 27 September. read more

Master of Science thesis defence

Centre for Biotechnology student will defend his Master of Science thesis via video conference Friday, Feb. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in WH147.His thesis is titled Secondary Transmission Dynamics of the West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes. His examination committee members are Dr. Michael Bidochka, Chair; Dr. Robbin Lindsay (Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens, Winnipeg), External Examiner; Dr. Fiona Hunter, Supervisor; Dr. Ping Liang and Dr. Art van der Est, Committee Members.

Mentors and leaders honoured at MNK Conference

Three members of the Brock Graduate Studies community were recently honoured for their outstanding leadership and mentorship efforts.Snezana Ratkovic, Tek Thongpapanl and Jennifer Rowsell were recognized on Thursday, April 12 during the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Mapping the New Knowledges Conference awards ceremony.Ratkovic, a research officer and instructor with the Faculty of Education, was awarded the 2018 Marilyn Rose Graduate Leadership Award for contributing vision and leadership to the Graduate Studies community.Mike Plyley presents the Michael Plyley Graduate Mentorship Award to Tek Thongpapanl.Ratkovic has mentored more than 30 graduate students during her time with the University. She is a research fellow with the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, and facilitates a research education program in the Faculty of Education that includes academic writing retreats, research-skills workshops and assistance with research ethics applications. “This award is precious and inspirational,” Ratkovic says. “It honours 12 years of graduate student research education, support and mentoring. It acknowledges the pivotal role of research, mentorship, experiential learning and student professional development in lives of our graduate students, and in life of our University. It also confirms that our Brock research community values research education and student researchers’ contribution to scholarship, academe and society.”Thongpapanl, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the Goodman School of Business, and Rowsell, Professor and Director of the Centre for Multiliteracies, were awarded the Michael Plyley Graduate Mentorship Award after being nominated by their students. The award recognizes outstanding support and encouragement received during a student’s development as a graduate researcher. “As faculty members, we are blessed with opportunities to contribute to students’ intellectual growth and development, bringing out the very best in each and every one of them through our mentorship activities,” says Thongpapanl. “While I am grateful for being recognized as this year’s winner, particularly, in the presence of so many great mentors being nominated, this award does not actually mark my success but rather the successes of my past and current students as they live their meaningful and flourishing personal and professional lives.“There is nothing more rewarding to us than seeing a positive return on the investment we make in our future generations.”Also presented at the ceremony were the 2018 Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards, given to research-based graduate students who are working on innovative projects.This year’s recipients include:Faculty of Applied Health SciencesStephanie Beni, MA Applied Health, studying “Implementing a pedagogical approach that prioritizes meaningful physical education”Lara Green, PhD Applied Health, studying “The Examination of Potential Mechanisms Underlying the Cross Education Phenomenon”Faculty of EducationJulianne Burgess, PhD Educational Studies, studying “Lifelines: Building ELL resilience through literacy practices in a trauma-informed classroom”Faculty of HumanitiesRickie Castle, MA Classics, studying “The Positioned Parasite: Philip in Xenophon’s Symposium”Terrance Herbert McDonald, PhD Interdisciplinary Humanities, “Mediated Masculinities: the Expression and Alteration of Masculinity in American Genre Films 1990-2010”Faculty of Mathematics and ScienceAlyssa Davis, MSc Earth Science, studying “Paleoatmospheric and paleoenvironmental interpretations of the Early Paleozoic”Guan Wang, PhD Chemistry, studying, “Analytical devides and assays for point-of-care disease diagnosis”Faculty of Social SciencesShannon Kitchings, MA Social Justice and Equity Studies, studying “Inside Voices: Witnessing Oral Disclosures of Trauma”Ann Farrell, PhD Psychology, studying “Filtering the environment through personality for adolescent bullying perpetration”Goodman School of BusinessAli Anwar, MSc Management, studying “The Personalization-Privacy Paradox in M-Commerce Loyalty Outcomes Explained Through Customers’ Flow Experience and Regulatory Foci”Recipients of the 2017-18 Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Awards were honoured during the Mapping the New Knowledges Conference on Thursday, April 12. From left are Diane Dupont, Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Lara Green, MA Applied Health, Stephanie Beni, PhD Applied Health, Julianne Burgess, PhD Educational Studies, Alyssa Davis, MSc Earth Sciences, Guan Wang, PhD Chemistry, Shannon Kitchings, MA Social Justice and Equity Studies and Ali Anwar, MSc Management read more

Behind Diebler OSU sets 3point record

When Jon Diebler arrived on campus in 2007, he was joining an Ohio State men’s basketball squad that had been in the National Championship the year before. At the time, the basketball program’s recent success left the incoming freshman with a chip on his shoulder. “We expected things to just be given to us,” Diebler said. “I mean, we worked extremely hard, but we didn’t do what we had to do to win enough games and get into the tournament.” That year, the Buckeyes went 24-13 and missed out on the NCAA Tournament, settling for a berth in the National Invitation Tournament. “But along with that, freshman year I think we all learned from it, from going to the NIT. It gave us a whole different perspective on things,” Diebler said. “We’ve come a long ways and I know we couldn’t be happier to go out with this team. We’ve got a pretty good team right now.” Three years later, the Buckeyes are the Big Ten champions, and the catalyst for their last two wins has been Diebler. After shooting a record-breaking 10-for-12 from beyond the arc against Penn State on Tuesday, Diebler again led the team in scoring after shooting 7-of-8 from 3-point territory in Sunday’s 93-65 win against Wisconsin. “We needed to pressure the strong hands, and we needed to get up a little, especially on Diebler,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. “When you hit 10, I thought we did a great job of holding him to seven.” Diebler, who participated in the Senior Night festivities before the start of the game, finished with 27 points, six rebounds and four assists. After the game, Diebler was having trouble figuring out why he’s been shooting so well lately. “I’ve just been getting a little bit of daylight, and (my teammates) are doing a great job of screening for me and getting me the ball,” he said. “I’m just fortunate enough to knock them down. I don’t even know how to explain it.” Diebler has now gone 17-for-20 from deep over the last two games, an 85 percent shooting display. Some basketball players are lucky to be that automatic from the free-throw line, much less from the 3-point line. “It’s an amazing run for him, and I told the team after the game that we were 14-of-15 from three and Jon apologized to everybody for missing,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “All of the shots that he shoots, and all of the practice that he does, you know it’s very gratifying to see him shoot like that.” OSU set an NCAA record for 3-point shooting percentage in a single game with 93.3 percent accuracy from deep. “That’s, what, the first time in six or seven games that we’ve had the same guy lead us in scoring twice?” Matta said. “And I know this: Jon will score zero points for us; as long as we win, he’s fine with that.” read more

Students up the ante with sitins

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hundreds of students took to the streets of Athens and Thessaloniki on Thursday to protest a controversial new law overhauling the higher education sector as sit-ins at university faculties grew. The demonstrations were mostly peaceful and not large by Greek standards, but many students have yet to return from extended summer vacation and unions have pledged to organize larger rallies later in the fall. Only one incident was reported, close to the main premises of Athens University, when unidentified protesters reportedly attacked a police officer as he was getting into his car. The assailants used stones to smash the windows of the vehicle before fleeing according to police, who said the officer involved suffered minor injuries. More of a nuisance to authorities was the occupation of dozens of university faculties with student unions putting the number of sit-ins at between 150 and 200. The action has driven a rift between Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and university academics who are being blamed for tolerating the protests. Yesterday, rectors were due to meet in a bid to formulate a common position of the reforms. Many academics are vehemently opposed to the new law, arguing that it will subject state institutions to excessive external interference. They are expected to stick to that position today, championing the “open university.” The new law, voted through Parliament last week, paves the way for independent evaluations of university academics, sets restrictions on the length of time students have to complete degrees and abolishes university asylum — a ban on the presence of police on university grounds. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Maras Group wins Mainstreet award

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Maras Group, the Adelaide property development company founded by Theo Maras, has won a national award for making Adelaide’s major high streets prosper.The group’s long-term contribution to South Australia was recognised this week at the Mainstreet Australia Awards 2014 in Melbourne. Held at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne, awards were given in seven categories, marking best practice, innovation, leadership, creativity, success and passion.Sponsored by Westpac, Maras Group took out the award for ‘Business Support of the Mainstreet Industry’ in recognition of the group’s support of the main street industry.The awards – which also recognised Maras Group’s commitment to re-shaping the East End district of Adelaide – were established in 2009 to recognise people, programs and businesses that contribute to the vibrancy of Australia’s major commercial centres. President of Mainstreet Australia, Mr Steve Bentley said that “behind every one of our successful main streets, there are committed leaders, businesses, volunteers, committee members, community members, centre managers and councils. Through their hard work, dedication and initiative, they enable main streets to thrive on all levels, and respond to the constant challenges”.Steve Maras, managing director of Maras Group, told Neos Kosmos that he was delighted to be recognised by the award. “It’s something that our company is extremely passionate about and we will continue to assist and promote main streets as best we can. We would also like to acknowledge the outstanding work of our devoted and committed team here at Maras Group”.One of Adelaide’s most significant transformations over the past two decades has been the group’s redevelopment of the former Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange – the city’s historic market.The redeveloped strip is now regarded as Adelaide’s most popular high end ’boutique’ fashion destination and is home to the Adelaide Fringe as well as a host of other cultural events.last_img read more

New IIHS crash tests give stars for saving pedestrians

first_img More From Roadshow Roadshow 3:20 The new safety tests that start in 2020 will simulate three common pedestrian accident situations: An adult crossing the road as cars approach at both 12 and 25 mphA child popping out from between parked cars, again with cars coming at 12 and 25 mphAn adult walking along the right hand side of the road as cars come up at 25 and 37 mphNew IIHS pedestrian collision ratings arrive at a time of increased pedestrian fatalities, believed to be partly caused by the profusion of high-fronted SUVs that impact chests and heads more than just legs. IIHS Points are awarded based on how well the car detected the pedestrian and slowed, and for how well it alerted the driver — we aren’t in the fully autonomous world yet. This new battery of tests is being added now for three reasons: 1. The number of pedestrians killed by cars in the US spiked over 45% from 2009 to 2017, a much higher rate than the 10% increase in overall auto fatalities during the same period. Reasons often cited include phones distracting drivers and pedestrians, a profusion of SUVs with taller front ends that impact pedestrian heads and chests, not just legs, and pedestrians being drunk in a third of the cases.ped-fatalsPedestrian fatalities are up around 45% since 2009 and have grown from 12% of all car accident fatalities to 16%. That sounds alarm bells. NHTSA 2. Affordable, mainstream cars like the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe offer the tech to do something about pedestrian impacts, including forward sensors and automatic emergency braking systems. Forty countries have agreed to require automatic emergency braking on new cars as of 2020, though the US has not signed on to that pledge.3. Avoidance technology has been around long enough for insurance industry data to confirm that cars with it are involved in about a third fewer pedestrian collision claims. And never lose sight of the fact that IIHS star ratings, and the showroom appeal they create, are as much a way to force carmakers to build vehicles that result in fewer claims, as they are a service to help you buy a safe car. The new tests will be added to Top Safety Pick criteria in 2020, but a few vehicles have already been subjected to them, with the highest scores going to the Subaru Forester, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and the Volvo XC40. eyesightTechnologies like Subaru’s highly regarded Eyesight camera system are driving collision avoidance deep into the affordable car category. Subaru The technologies that are achieving those scores today will seem quaint compared to what’s coming: Lidar that not only sees pedestrians but predicts their next move is under development, and 5G-powered V2X connectivity may turn every pedestrian’s phone into a beacon that warns nearby cars of their proximity and giving automatic braking another input to help it do its job. Share your voice 0 Tight handling and new electronics make the 2016 Honda Civic a star compact Now playing: Watch this: The new ratings for IIHS Top Safety Pick cars will soon include how well the car avoids hitting pedestrians, a reflection of advances in technology and a retreat in pedestrian safety. center_img 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Honda Kia Subaru Toyota Volvo Cooley On Cars Never mind the occupants, the safest cars will soon protect… Post a comment 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise Tagslast_img read more

Budget lacks measures to address institutional challenges Unnayan Onneshan

first_img.Unnayan Onneshan (UO), an independent multidisciplinary think-tank, has said the proposed budget for 2018-19 fiscal year lacks measures necessary to address the macroeconomic, medium term and institutional challenges the economy is facing.”The budget speech seems to lack providing prudent and farsighted solutions to the current challenges except it earmarks ambitious targets of expenditure amidst inefficient distribution of resources and cost overrun,” it said its rapid assessment of the new proposed national budget.Inequality has widened on the back of the gap between return on capital and return on labour on the one hand and the persistent primitive accumulation in the form of looting in different sectors of the economy on the other, the think-tank said.Institutional fragility has been evident in the economy, leading different economic sectors to fail to maintain discipline, it said, adding that institutional fragility and political uncertainty are contributing to lack of confidence among investors and entrepreneurs.The UO said in the wake of parliamentary elections, investors may adopt wait-and-see policy about making investment since they are fearful about the process of the transition of power and the subsequent business environment recalling the situation after the national election back in 2014.It said incapacity to implement the budget has been a major challenge in recent years. The rate of implementation has assumed a decreasing trend since FY 2011-12. In FY 2011-12, budget implementation rate was 93 per cent which decreased to 91 per cent in FY 2012-13, 85 per cent in FY 2013-14, 82 per cent in FY 2014-15, 81 per cent in FY 2015-16 and 79 per cent in FY 2016-17.Despite the increasing trend in tax revenue over the years, the tax-GDP ratio is very low compared to global average. In FY 2015-16, Tax-GDP ratio in Bangladesh stood at 8.98 per cent, while it increased slightly to 9 percent and 10.39 per cent in FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 respectively.Bangladesh has a regressive tax structure where people with low income have to share relatively larger share of the tax burden due to different forms of indirect taxes. In 2018-19 budget, revenue from income tax and VAT has been estimated to be Tk 1,007.19 billion and Tk 1,105.55 billion respectively. In FY 2018-19, 34 per cent of total NBR revenue would come from taxes on income and profit whereas 53.79 per cent would come from indirect sources, including Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duty, together.The budget has set a target of collecting Tk 3,392.80 billion as revenue receipts. The target seems to fall short since a gap between revenue target and actual collection has been regular, the think-tank said.In the first nine months of the current fiscal year, the revenue collection stood at Tk 1,440 billion against a target of Tk 1,670 billion leaving a shortfall by Tk 230 billion.About the rising operating expenditure, the UO evinces that in the budget for FY 2018-19, a total of Tk 1122.66 billion has been proposed for salary and allowances and interest repayment which constitutes 24.17 per cent of the total budgetary outlay. In addition, in the proposed budget for FY 2018-19, operating expenditure grows by 21 per cent while development expenditure registers a 13 per cent growth.It mentioned that it has been regular phenomenon in Bangladesh that the mass people fear national budget. This is because budget has been the occasion of increase in price of many necessities either directly or indirectly.The measures taken in the budget 2018-19 is likely to increase price of some 19 commodities while reducing price of some 14 commodities.While national budget is directly linked to the living standard of the mass, they have little stake in the formulation of budget. Lack of fiscal accountability in Bangladesh due to limited role of the parliament in budget-making process together with constitutional and systematic rigidities results in inefficiency, poor implementation of budget and misuse of public resources, the think-tank said.It said due to persistent depreciation, the local currency has been exposed to serious pressure. In 2017, local currency has experienced a depreciation of 5 percent against US Dollar. In May 2018, the exchange rate has stood at Tk 83.70 per USD which was Tk 80.69 in August 2017. Depreciation of local currency has added to the inflationary pressure on the mass.Sluggish export growth and cut in the inflow of wage earners’ remittance along with high import payment is exerting pressure on the current account balance. Referring to the deficit in current account balance, the think tank finds that the current account balance recorded a deficit of USD 7.08 billion during July-March, 2017-18 due mainly to a significant trade deficit and lower income from services and primary income accounts compared to that of July-March, 2016-17.High inflationary pressure is increasing the cost of living, thus gradually degrading the living standard of the mass by lowering the consumption capacity of the people with limited income. Statistics suggest that twelve-month average inflation increased to 5.83 per cent in April 2018 from 5.82 per cent in March 2018.Observing institutional fragility in the banking sector due to massive irregularities followed by rise in default loans and resulting capital shortfall, the UO shows that at the end of 2017, total default loans in the banking sector stood at Tk 743.03 billion, representing 9.31 per cent of the gross loan, compared to Tk 621.72 billion in the previous year.Amid chaotic situation in the country’s financial sector and political uncertainty ahead of the national election, foreign investors are increasingly making exit from capital market, the UO said.Private sector investment has been remaining stagnant at below 23 per cent for a decade. It stood at 22.07 per cent of GDP in FY 2014-15, 21.78 per cent in FY 2015-16, 23.1 in FY 2016-17 and 23.25 per cent in FY 2017-18.Meanwhile, it is found that net Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has slumped recently. In 2017, FDI has declined by 7.76 per cent compared to that in the previous yearThe economy of Bangladesh is missing the opportunity to capitalise its demographic dividend. While the GDP growth figure is impressive, the poor rate of quality job creation is characterising it as jobless growth. The economy is presenting disconcerting job scenario with a huge number of people remaining out of work.Referring to the state of jobless growth, the research organisation notes that unemployed population increased to 2.68 million in FY 2016-17 while 1.46 million remained underemployed. In addition, the number of people not in education, employment or training rose to 48.28 million in FY 2016-17, representing 44.25 per cent of the people who are able and ready to work, from 46.6 million in FY 2015-16.If not dealt with effectively, income inequality together with inequality in access to health and social security, multidimensional poverty, and joblessness particularly among the youth may undermine the development already achieved by the county, comments the UO.Calling for prudent and farsighted fiscal management, the research organisation states that proposed actions are inadequate to bring fiscal discipline in the management of revenue, deficit and debt one the one hand and to establish an inclusive society in the absence of distributive reforms in the tax system on the other.last_img read more

Wotif suffers profit drop

first_imgWotif faces a yearly profit drop of 15.4 per cent to AUD $43.2 million, following greater competition with its rivals and some uncertainty over regulatory approval for its purchase by Expedia.The Australian company’s hotel room night bookings system for Australia and New Zealand declined by 9.4 per cent but its accommodation margins increased by 13.7 per cent because of increased hotel commission rates.Expedia is currently offering AUD $3.06 a share and a AUD $0.24 fully franked dividend via a Wotif scheme of arrangement.Wotif has previously struggled to compete against Booking.com and Expedia.The ACCC is expected to make a decision on 10 September and the NZ regulator will make a ruling on 10 October.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img

US BofA Continue Fight in Hustle Case

first_img September 22, 2014 663 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market The ongoing legal battle between the U.S. government and Bank of America over the sale of soured loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial meltdown continued last week as lawyers for the government argued against a motion to throw out a fraud verdict rendered against the bank.In a court filing made Thursday, attorneys for the Justice Department said BofA’s attempt to overturn last October’s fraud verdict—which resulted in a $1.3 billion civil penalty—”[defies] the evidence, the law, and common sense.”The department’s argument came as a response to a late August filing by lawyers representing the megabank, who then said the government failed to conclusively prove that BofA’s Countrywide unit misrepresented the quality of loans packaged and sold to the GSEs in the lead-up to the housing crash. In their own filing, BofA’s team said argued “the evidence unambiguously showed that the … loans sold to Fannie and Freddie were well within industry standards for loan quality, and thus Fannie and Freddie received exactly what they paid for.”The bulk of the case revolved around a program at Countrywide called the High Speed Swim Lane (HSSL, or Hustle), which critics say emphasized production speed and volume at the expense of loan quality. The program ended before BofA’s acquisition of Countrywide in 2008.Also charged in the case was former Countywide official Rebecca Mairone, who the government accused of pushing the Hustle program against evidence that the loans being made were low-quality. Mairone was also found guilty and was ordered to pay $1 million.That judgment has also been disputed, with Mairone’s attorney arguing “… there was insufficient evidence for the jury to conclude that Mairone knew of any HSSL loans that were sold to the GSEs as ‘investment quality’ despite being ineligible for sale.”An after-hours call to a BofA spokesperson was not answered, and a request for comment from Mairone’s attorney was not immediately returned. U.S., BofA Continue Fight in ‘Hustle’ Casecenter_img Bank of America Countrywide Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Justice Department 2014-09-22 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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first_img You might also be interested in “From the start, especially in certain countries like Spain and Germany, the increase in sales was somewhere between two to six times the original sales,” he said.”If you take away the hassle of cutting it yourself, you have a real seller on your hands. That is something that the machine made possible.”He said around 250 machines were now being used in roughly 20 countries at present, anticipating there would be a total of 500 machines in operation in 12 months’ time and more than 1,000 in two years.”It’s definitely something that’s exploding,” he said.The first sales have recently been made in the Chinese market, with the machines due to be delivered by the end of July. Van Keeken expected huge growth in that market as well.Dutch Food Technology recently opened a sales office in the U.S., where retailers including Whole Foods and Walmart have used Piñabars.Production of the machines is still based solely in the Netherlands but Van Keeken said the company was looking into expanding elsewhere.Van Keeken also said the company was not confined to just pineapples, and was looking at “different fresh experiences” for other foods.”We have some ideas now for our current machines, such as small ones…but we see a trend toward ‘fresh but fast’. It has to be convenient. So that’s something we want to pick up on,” he said.www.freshfruitportal.com Chinese fruit store caught falsely labeling dragon … U.S. Florida Tomato Exchange says newly proposed M … The developers of pioneering technology that customers can use to slice a pineapple of their choice and take it home in a plastic tub are expecting exponential growth over the next couple of years. Dutch Food Technology sales manager Michel van KeekenSpeaking to Fresh Fruit Portal at last week’s London Produce Show and Conference, Dutch Food Technology sales manager Michel van Keeken said the number of machines in operation around the world was set to quadruple by the end of 2020.Customers place a pineapple in the machine, which then picks it up, removes all the skin and the core, cuts it into slices and returns it to the customer in a plastic tub within a matter of seconds.The idea for the machine, named Piñabar, came about in 2013 years ago when the company was approached by a retailer that asked if they could develop such technology.Van Keeken said the company launched its first product in 2015 in Dutch and German supermarkets.”We have been picked up by retailers like Carrefour in Spain and Edeka in Germany, which introduced it inside of their franchises and we grew very fast…now we have machines in places including Scandinavia, Southern Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.”Edeka has an exclusivity agreement with Dutch Food Technology to use the machine in Germany, and a similar deal has been made with U.S. pineapple company Chestnut Hill Farms, which will sell fruit along with the machine to its clients.There have been huge increases in pineapple sales in stores that have installed a machine, he said.center_img June 12 , 2018 U.S. and China near deal that could end U.S. tarif … Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal … last_img read more

New tax amnesty to lure back capital

first_imgBy Elias HazouTHE GOVERNMENT yesterday announced a new tax amnesty drive geared at luring capital back to a cash-starved economy.People parking their money in tax havens abroad have a six-month window to take advantage of the amnesty ending December 31.All those that are granted taxation amnesty would be exempted from income tax, government spokesman Christos Stylianides said after a meeting of the Cabinet.But the offered amnesty is not a get-out-of-jail card, he stressed. It would be contingent on certain conditions and criteria being met.For example, capital that is repatriated must be used immediately in ‘measurable’ investments or to settle obligations to banks or the state.Alternatively, the money must be deposited in banks for a period of five years and (five-year fixed-term deposits) or be used for purchasing sovereign bonds.The finance ministry and relevant departments, such as Inland Revenue, have been instructed to draft amnesty legislation and submit it to the Cabinet as fast as possible, preferably within the next fortnight, said Stylianides.Responding to questions, the spokesman dismissed the notion that yet another tax amnesty might by seen by some as rewarding cheating and encouraging impunity while honest citizens pay their taxes.Rather, he said, the measure is being taken due to the current extraordinary circumstances.“We are in a difficult economic crisis and we need liquidity…this is a state of emergency,” he noted.The spokesman was unable to provide an estimate as to the amounts of cash that might be repatriated. The finance ministry would look into it and furnish some numbers, he said.It hasn’t been that long since the last amnesty was offered. In November 2011 parliament enacted legislation providing for the partial write-off of interest and penalties on overdue tax, provided that the balance was settled by 31 March 31, 2012.The legislation applied to individuals and companies alike and afforded a waiver of interest and penalties in excess of 5 per cent of the principal amount owed. It applied to income tax, SDC tax, immovable property tax, stamp duty and capital gains tax for periods up to December 31, 2008.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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