200607 Budget Highlights

first_img Current rate on used motor vehicles will be adjusted downward to 14 per cent effective July 1, 2006, to correspond with a 1 per cent decrease in the federal GST rate Threshold will increase from $350,000 to $400,000 Energy Efficiency Tax Credit Non-refundable tax credit equal to 25 per cent on eligible capital investments on renewable energy sources or energy efficiency investments made by the corporation up to 50 per cent of the large corporations capital tax payable in a given year Effective July 1, 2006, the motive fuel tax rate is removed on the biodiesel component of the motive fuel blend Liquor Licence Levy Graduate Tax Credit Tax Rate on Used Motor Vehicles Large Corporations Capital Tax Tax credit to be applied against the full value of the new $1,200 federal Universal Child Care Benefit Revenue neutral to the province Community Safety Criminal Intelligence Service Nova Scotia $690,000 Legal Aid $700,000 Youth Attendance Centre $450,000 Road safety enhancements $3.75 million -30- Note: For further 2006-07 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance Child Care Benefit Tax Credit The 2006-07 budget is the fifth straight balanced budget, with a surplus of $71.9 million. Capital spending will increase to $383 million. Significant new dollars are allocated to energy cost relief and energy conservation. TAX CHANGES Personal Income TaxFour-year plan to provide increasing income tax relief by raising the basic personal exemption and value of all non-refundable tax credits Step 1. Starting in 2007, basic personal exemption to increase $250 annually for the next four years. Starting in 2007, non-refundable tax credits will increase proportionately by the same increase over this period. Step 2. Starting in 2011, full indexation will be implemented. Harmonized Sales Tax Capital Spending Elimination of the 3.5 per cent levy on the purchase of alcoholic products effective Jan. 1, 2007 Health, Health Promotion and Protection Wait times (Federal) $16.5 million Oncology drugs and specialists $15.9 million Pharmacare for Seniors $12.9 million Continuing Care $16.4 million Biodiesel Incentive $150 tax credit introduced last year will be increased to $500 per child Economic Development and Infrastructure Community Development Action Plan $250,000 Aquaculture Initiative $450,000 Ferry Portland to Yarmouth $1.25 million Provincial Capital Assistance Program $1.5 million Energy and Environment Nova Scotia Hospital Gas Conversion Project $1.2 million Smart Energy Conservation Program $10 million Environmental Home Assessment Program $850,000 Total capital spending approximately $383 million TCA: $335 million Capital grants to DHAs: $40 million Capital grants to Crown corporations: $8 million Highway spending increases by $34 million to $176.2 million Capital funding for land and parks increases to $19.5 million Capital funding for IT projects increases to $26.9 million Rate decrease from 0.275 per cent to 0.25 per cent Complete elimination of tax by July 1, 2012 Youth, Families and Communities Learning for Life II (Year 2) $20.2 million Low-Income Pharmacare $1.0 million Shelter rate increase $1.9 million Departmental Spending Increases Household Energy Rebate of the provincial portion of the HST Commencing Jan. 1, 2007 Applied to electricity, home heating fuel, natural gas, wood, and other fuel sources used to heat homes Healthy Living Tax Credit $1,000 tax credit for post-secondary graduates to offset Nova Scotia income taxes; upon graduation, students will have three years within which to use the credit. Small Business Tax Thresholdlast_img read more

Members Named to Accessibility Standard Development Committees

first_imgThirty-nine Nova Scotians will help develop the province’s first accessibility standards. “This is another significant milestone in reaching our goal of an accessible province by 2030,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “I want to thank all the individuals who applied to serve on the committees and I especially want to congratulate the individuals who will contribute to this important work.” The Education Standard Development Committee will develop recommendations for standards to make the education system more accessible for students with disabilities, while the Built Environment Standard Development Committee will focus on the accessibility of buildings and public spaces. The committees will assist the Minister’s Accessibility Advisory Board in preparing recommendations for government. Most committee members identify as having a disability, including those with visual, mobility, auditory and learning disabilities. “The expertise of these individuals in the education and built-environment sectors will help ensure that our standards will provide equitable access to education and infrastructure throughout the province,” said Mr. Furey. One hundred and forty-three applications were received for the committees. The Accessibility Advisory Board reviewed the applications and recommended members to the minister. “The board was pleased to receive so many applications from Nova Scotians with such diverse and extensive expertise in education and the built environment,” said Doug Foster, chair of the Accessibility Advisory Board. “It is a reflection of the high level of interest and engagement in advancing accessibility in our province.” Persons with disabilities, organizations that represent persons with disabilities, and organizations and sectors impacted by the standards will be consulted throughout the process. The first standards are expected to be enacted by 2021 and implemented beginning in 2022. Development of standards for employment, goods and services, information and communication, and transportation will begin at a rate of one per year, beginning in 2021.last_img read more

Kolkata Presidency University students screen Ram ke Naam without permission

first_imgKolkata: Despite failing to obtain permission from the university administration, a section of students at the Presidency University on Friday screened a 1992 documentary on the Babri Masjid demolition, Ram ke Naam, in the badminton court of the campus.The students had initially chosen the portico of the University’s main campus as the venue for the screening after the administration did not approve the event. However, they changed the venue at the last moment. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Ram ke Naam was screened at Presidency University’s badminton court today (Friday). Over 200 students and some of the faculty members attended the screening which was shifted as the authorities snapped power line. This prompted the students to hold the screening at the badminton court where there was an alternative power line,” said university student Sayan Chakraborty, a spokesperson of the group of students. “Film personalities like Aparna Sen and Kaushik expressed solidarity with the students on the issue of screening,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Dean of students Arun Maity told reporters that he did not receive any application for the screening at the portico or anywhere else. “The institute had always stood for liberal views and upheld freedom of expression. But at the same time, it is also important to ensure that the sentiment of others are not hurt when an event is organised by some group,” he said. The screening had earlier been scheduled on August 27 but was postponed for want of permission. On August 26, a group of students at Jadavpur had screened the Anand Patwardhan directed film, in solidarity with the arrested students of the University of Hyderabad. On August 20, police had reportedly entered the University of Hyderabad’s sociology department when the administration complained that students were screening Ram Ke Naam without permission. The police detained six students and seized a laptop. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

US government ran a 2143 billion surplus in April

first_imgWASHINGTON – The federal government swung to a surplus of $214.3 billion in April, primarily reflecting the revenue from that month’s annual tax filing deadline.The Treasury Department reported Thursday that last month’s surplus increased 17.4 per cent from a year ago. The April surplus reflected both an increase in tax revenue and a decrease in the costs of certain health care and benefit programs that were pulled forward to March.Federal income tax returns were due on April 17. The month usually generates a surplus even if the government is on pace to run a deficit for the entire year. The government collected $314 billion in individual income taxes in April, about $100 billion more than what it received from all its revenue sources in March.For the first half of this budget year, the deficit totalled $385.4 billion. This marked 12 per cent jump from the same period last year, an increase largely driven by the tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the budget deficit this year will total $804 billion, a $140 billion increase from last year. The yearly budget deficit is projected to approach $1 trillion in 2019 and remain above that threshold for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

Cyclone Fani Odisha likely to start evacuation on May 2

first_imgBhubaneswar: The Odisha government is likely to begin the evacuation of people affected by cyclone Fani from May 2 as the severe cyclonic storm is heading to make a landfall on the state’s coast, an official said here on Tuesday. The state government has also asked the concerned district collectors in the coastal regions to remain prepared to meet any eventuality. “The cyclone is currently headed northwest and after May 1, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), it will recurve and move towards Odisha. By late evening on May 3, the cyclone is expected to make landfall near Puri. However, the IMD informed that this too is expected to change,” said Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Bishnupada Sethi. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “If the cyclone makes landfall in Odisha on the evening of May 3, we will start evacuating the affected people on May 2.” As many as 879 cyclone shelters were already set up. Besides, 20 Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) units, 335 fire services and 12 NDRF units were on standby. Fani could become an ‘extremely severe cyclone’ by Wednesday, said the IMD. It predicted that after May 2, south-coastal Odisha and adjacent districts will receive heavy to very rainfall. Thereafter, on May 3 and 4, coastal and interior Odisha is also likely to receive extremely heavy downpours, while wind speed may touch 170 km per hour.last_img read more

Egypt Brotherhood vows protests despite terror listing

first_imgCAIRO – A leader of the Muslim Brotherhood vowed that the movement would keep up protests after Egypt’s military-installed government designated it a “terrorist” group on Wednesday.“The protests will continue, certainly,” Ibrahim Munir, a member of the group’s top guidance council who is in exile in London, told AFP, adding the government’s decision was “illegitimate.”last_img

Boosting food production alone will not solve hunger crisis – UN expert

7 May 2009An independent United Nations expert warned today that ramping up food production on its own would not alleviate the suffering of the hundreds of millions going hungry around the world. Increased investment in agriculture, particularly in Africa, is necessary, but it must benefit those who are food insecure, stressed the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter.Mr. De Schutter, who took up his post in 2008 when the world was experiencing dramatic food price increases, noted that increased harvests resulting in a return to low food prices would further discourage and marginalize small-scale farmers.“In responding to the global food crisis, it is easy to move from the symptom – prices which have suddenly peaked – to a possible cure – produce more, and remove as soon as possible all supply-side constraints,” Mr. De Schutter said in a submission to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which is currently meeting in New York.“Increasing agricultural production must go hand in hand with increasing the incomes of the poorest, particularly small-scale farmers, and switching to modes of production which do not contribute to climate change,” he stated.The Special Rapporteur noted that “efforts by agronomists will be pointless if the right institutions, regulations and accountability mechanisms are not established and implemented.” He called for a form of sustainable development that was “more about how to help the world feed itself” than “how to feed the world.”In October, Mr. De Schutter – who reports to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council in an independent, unpaid capacity – declared that nearly one billion people worldwide are now hungry. The “real problem of hunger” is not linked to inadequate food supplies, but rather that many people lack the purchasing power to buy available food, he said. read more

Mahindas media spokesman arrested over CSN probe

He was questioned recently following a complaint lodged by the Presidential Secretariat against him. (Colombo Gazette) Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s media spokesman Rohan Weliwita was arrested today over the investigations being conducted on the Carlton Sports Network (CSN).The police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) is investigating financial irregularities alleged to have taken place at CSN when Weliwita was the chairman.

DPR of Korea UN efforts to feed 65 million critically underfunded

Unless additional pledges are made soon the number of core beneficiaries no longer receiving grain from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will rise from 1 million now to 3.8 million in October, the agency’s director for Asia, Tony Banbury warned. He hailed the efforts to help those affected by the blast at Ryongchon while cautioning that the ongoing food emergency still needs global attention. “The speed and scale of the response to appeals for the wounded and homeless of Ryongchon are as heart-warming as they are vital,” Mr. Banbury told reporters in Seoul. “But we must not forget the broader humanitarian crisis that continues to deprive so many more of a very basic diet, drinkable water and decent healthcare.” He noted that international donations for Ryongchon, a town of 27,000 where the 22 April explosion killed some 170 people, injured 1,300 and made nearly 8,000 others homeless, had now reached almost $30 million, while only $21 million had so far been mobilized this year for the $171-million wider emergency operation. DPRK has suffered long-term food shortages stemming from devastating droughts in the past decade, and WFP said economic adjustments arising from the Government’s push for efficiency and profit had aggravated disparities in access to basic foods between better-off rural populations and those in urban areas accounting for two-thirds of the country’s 23 million people. While increased agricultural production in recent years has reduced the gap and the need for external assistance, the country’s food crisis is likely to persist owing to the limited scope for higher output, the agency added. A fall-off in contributions has forced WFP to halt vital, supplemental rations to millions of designated recipients for long periods since mid-2002. In February, the agency all but ran out of cereals, its staple commodity. Recent shipments, including 38,000 tons of maize from the United States, have afforded some relief. Tens of thousands of nursery and kindergarten children have had to make do without enriched vegetable oil – a key promoter of physical and mental growth – for the last six months, according to WFP. read more

Ecuador UN expert calls for speedy action to resolve Supreme Court crisis

The Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, noted that Congress had failed to re-establish the Supreme Court, adopting instead a law approving rules for a selection committee on the qualification and appointment of judges of a new Supreme Court.He added that both the law and a decree on procedures on the final appointment of the new judges of the Supreme Court contain a number of provisions which violate some Constitutional principles and international norms, in particular UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.In a statement of preliminary observations on his week-long visit issued yesterday, Mr. Despouy said selection committee members informed him of their willingness to improve and rectify the deficiencies in the law and in the Decree which may be in breach of the Constitution and international human rights treaties. The crisis began last November when Congress moved to replace 27 of the 31 Supreme Court judges with magistrates of its own choosing and the court’s president resigned.“The Special Rapporteur stated that at this time in the history of Ecuador it is important that all actors and sectors be concerned about the resolution of this critical subject, the Supreme Court of Justice, as it is in the interest of democracy and will show the beginning of the institutional reconstruction and a step away from the events which took place between November 2004 and April of this year,” the statement said.“In this regard, the Special Rapporteur hopes to be able to inform the General Assembly of the United Nations this October that the country has taken important steps on the full re-establishment of the rule of law and the reconstruction of the institutional framework and, in particular, in the integration of the high courts.” read more

Radio still a powerful worldwide tool for dialogue tolerance and peace Guterres

The UNESCO chief pointed out that radio has adapted to 21st century changes and offers new ways to participate in conversations that matter, retaining its role as “one of the most reactive, engaging media there is”, especially for the most disadvantaged.For example, she flagged that rural women constitute one of the most under-represented groups in the media and are twice as likely as men to be illiterate, “so radio can be a critical lifeline to express themselves and access information”.Ms. Azoulay made clear that “UNESCO provides support to radio stations in sub-Saharan Africa that enable women to participate in public debate, including on often-neglected issues such as forced marriage, girls’ education or childcare”.Linguistic diversity, and people’s right to express themselves on-air in their own languages, is also crucial – especially true in 2019 which has been designated by the International Year of Indigenous Languages by the UN.“In former conflict zones, radio can dispel fear and present the human face of former foes”, she elaborated, citing North-West Colombia where community radios are healing old wounds “by highlighting the good deeds of demobilized combatants, such as clearing polluted waterways”.Around the world, the “inclusion of diverse populations makes societies more resilient, more open and more peaceful”, Ms. Azoulay spelled out.“The challenges we face – whether they be climate change, conflict or the rise in divisive views – increasingly depend on our ability to speak to each other and find common solutions”, she concluded. “Even in today’s world of digital communications, radio reaches more people than any other media platform” explained the UN chief, adding that it “conveys vital information and raises awareness on important issues”.“And it is a personal, interactive platform where people can air their views, concerns, and grievances” he added, noting that radio “can create a community”.UN Radio was established on 13 February 1946, and since 2013, the day has been commemorated to recognize radio as a powerful communication tool and a low-cost medium.“For the United Nations, especially our peacekeeping operations, radio is a vital way of informing, reuniting and empowering people affected by war”, said Mr. Guterres. UNESCORadio brings together people and communities from all backgrounds to foster positive dialogue for change. Despite the rise of the internet, many parts of the world, especially remote and vulnerable communities, have no access, making radio broadcasting via transmitters, a vital lifeline. Joining a community of local listeners, also provides a platform for public discussion, irrespective of education levels.Moreover, it has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.“On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace”, concluded the Secretary-General.Radio still sparking ‘new conversations’The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) underscored “the unique, far-reaching power of radio to broaden our horizons and build more harmonious societies”.“Radio stations from major international networks to community broadcasters today remember the importance of radio in stimulating public debate, increasing civic engagement and inspiring mutual understanding”, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said in her message.Since its invention as the first wireless communication medium well over a hundred years ago, “radio has sparked new conversations and broadcast new ideas into people’s homes, villages, universities, hospitals and workplaces,” she continued. “To this day, dialogue across the airwaves can offer an antidote to the negativity that sometimes seem to predominate online, which is why UNESCO works across the world to improve the plurality and diversity of radio stations”. read more

Unpredictable iron ore price will not harm emerging central African project says

first_imgThe fluctuating global iron ore price will have no bearing at all on the success of Sundance Resources’ Mbalam-Nabeba iron ore project in central Africa, its Managing Director and CEO, Giulio Casello, said at the three day Paydirt 2014 Africa Down Under Conference. Casello said Mbalam was a mid-$20/t output iron ore project and the company could get ore into China at $50/t. “The fluctuations in iron ore price – past or current – literally have no impact on this single project as it is in the lowest quartile of iron ore mines globally,” Casello said. “Its economics are not affected by movements in the iron ore price in the current $85 to $120/t price range as we are witnessing,” he said. “Significantly, it will also not be impacted by market pressures being brought about by the gradual withdrawal of high cost loss making ore from the market.“This is such a low cost operation that drops in price do not affect its bottom-line cost structure, and this is why Mbalam-Nabeba in Cameroon will be a secure operation right through to 2029 and beyond.”Global resources investor Gennadiy Bogolyubov has agreed to invest A$40 million into the Sundance through a subscription for convertible notes and options. Bogolyubov is the ultimate beneficial owner of Consolidated Minerals Ltd, a major manganese ore producer with operations in Western Australia and Ghana.The proceeds to be received by Sundance from this will be used to progress the debt and equity financing of the Mbalam-Nabeba project. In particular the proceeds will be for the following purposes:To support and oversee Mota-Engil as it mobilises procurement, design and construction teams for the projectFront End Engineering and Design (FEED) contracts for the mine plant and associated infrastructureAppointment of independent technical experts to satisfy lenders requirements, which will include upgrading the Environmental Impact Assessment to the latest Equator Three PrinciplesNegotiation and detailed term sheet documentation of a comprehensive debt and equity funding package for the projectContinue pre-construction activities in-countryOngoing corporate working capital.Casello: “We are delighted that a global investor with the skills and experience of Mr Bogolyubov has identified Sundance and our Project as having such a strong future. Sundance is a strong strategic fit for Mr Bogolyubov’s portfolio across the ferroalloy chain and complements his group’s existing manganese ore production projects.”“A bankable off-take agreement with Noble, the EPC contract for the port and rail with Mota-Engil, the port and rail concessions with the Cameroon Government, and most recently the signing of the Nabeba Convention with the Republic of the Congo, confirm that we are on the path towards development.“We will continue to drive the project forward, addressing the requirements to prepare the project for financing and construction by issuing contracts for the FEED for the mine plant and associated infrastructure, and upgrading the environmental assessments.  All of this sets the foundation for financing and developing our project.”Bogolyubov said: “I am delighted to have been able to make this initial investment in Sundance. I am very impressed with the quality of both the Mbalam-Nabeba iron ore project as well as Sundance’s management team – and so the opportunity to support the project’s development is very exciting.“We have had, and continue to have, great experiences operating in Ghana, West Africa, and I am sure that the Republic of Cameroon and the Republic of Congo will be equally fulfilling.“We aim to use our extensive experience to make a significant contribution to the development of Mbalam-Nabeba and look forward to developing a long-term relationship with Sundance.”last_img read more

WTO agrees historic global trade deal worth 1 trillion

first_imgCOMMERCE MINISTERS CAPPED days of hard negotiations today by approving a WTO agreement on international commerce they hailed as a “historic” boost for the trade body.The agreement falls far short of the World Trade Organization’s lofty but elusive vision of tearing down global trade barriers through its frustrating, 12-year-old Doha Round of talks.But the accord reached on the Indonesian resort island of Bali nevertheless marks the first global agreement struck by the Geneva-based body since its 1995 founding.“For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered,” an exhausted but relieved WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo told a closing ceremony.“We have put the ‘World’ back into the World Trade Organization,” he told delegates.Facilitating tradeThe pact includes commitments to facilitate trade by simplifying customs procedures. The meeting also formally accepted Yemen as the group’s 160th member. Yemen’s parliament now has six months to ratify its accession package, the WTO said.The Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics estimated in a report this year the customs measures could create $1 trillion in economic activity and 21 million jobs if properly implemented.The report did not detail how those figures were calculated.WTO officials have conceded however that uncertainty surrounded how effectively the measures would be implemented, especially in underdeveloped countries.Analysts said the hard-fought nature of the talks indicated how difficult it could be for the body to make real progress on the Doha Round, launched in Qatar in 2001.Failure in Bali “would have dealt a massive blow to the institution’s prestige,” said Simon Evenett, an international trade expert at Switzerland’s St Gallen University.“But Bali revealed much about how difficult are negotiations between the large trading nations on big-ticket commercial items and there is no sign they are going to get any easier.”The agreement was reached after more than four days of haggling in Bali that stretched past the conference’s scheduled yesterday and overnight.A lifelineIndonesian Trade Minister Gita Wiryawan, right, shakes hands with World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo (Image: Firdia Lisnawati/AP).Indonesia’s conference chair Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan called the accord “historic”.Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said the deal would “provide a lifeline to the world’s poorest people” by slashing barriers to trade.Symbolic valueAzevedo said it had important symbolic value for Doha.“The decisions we have taken here are an important stepping-stone toward the completion of the Doha Round,” he said, adding the WTO would soon get to work on a “road map” for reviving Doha.The Doha Round aims to remove hurdles to commerce and establish a globally binding framework of trade rules fair to both rich and poor countries.But protectionist disputes among the WTO’s members have foiled agreement.Azevedo has expressed concern over the rise of alternative regional trading pacts that he fears could render the WTO obsolete if the Geneva-based body did not start clinching major worldwide agreements.The Bali negotiations teetered repeatedly on the brink of collapse due to various differences.India — which aims to stockpile and subsidise grain for its millions of poor — had demanded that such measures be granted indefinite exemption from WTO challenge.The United States, which implements large farm supports of its own, and others had said India’s grain policy could violate WTO limits on subsidies.A later hurdle emerged as four Latin American countries objected to the removal in the accord’s text of a reference to the US embargo on Cuba.Compromise wording smoothed over those hurdles.Food securityIndian trade groups welcomed the deal. Naina Lal Kidwai, president of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said the agreement protected India and other developing nations’ “legitimate concerns on food security while enabling the trade facilitation advantages to come through”.The agreement will come as a major personal victory for the Brazilian Azevedo, who took the organisation’s helm in September and injected a sense of urgency into the talks.“With this landmark accord on trade facilitation and other issues, the WTO has re-established its credibility as an indispensable forum for trade negotiations,” the US Chamber of Commerce said in a statement released in Washington.The package also included pledges to limit agricultural subsidies, and policies to aid least-developed countries.As the Doha Round has faltered, alternative regional pacts have emerged between major trading nations, such as the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) spearheaded by Washington.TPP negotiators hold their latest meeting in Singapore starting Saturday as they work to hammer out the outlines of that trade alliance.Azevedo has said such alliances could have “tragic” consequences on poor nations by denying them a place at the trade-rules table.But Kevin Gallagher, a globalisation expert at Boston University, said the hard fight in Bali for modest results indicated the WTO’s battle for relevance was far from over.“Rather than honouring the multilateral process, powerful nations will move to regional trade deals such as the TPP to advance harmful proposals that were rejected at the WTO,” he said.- © AFP 2013.Read: Wikileaks publishes draft from free-trade agreement under secretive negotiations>last_img read more

Explainer Who is Pete Buttigieg the millennial mayor whos the breakout star

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4592231 By Rónán Duffy Pete Buttigieg is joined by his husband Chasten. Source: Michael Conroy/PA ImagesONCE CONSIDERED THE also-ran with the unpronounceable name, people are starting to sit up and take notice of Pete Buttigieg.The breakout star of the Democratic presidential contest officially announced his candidacy yesterday, but for weeks he’s been the talk of the campaign, rising from 1% to double-digits in some polling.The 37-year-old is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a small city that is ranked as 299th largest in the United States.Mayorships are not among the traditional political routes for presidents, with candidates usually coming from congress or a state governor’s office. If elected, Buttigieg would be the first mayor to go directly to the White House.Despite his relatively young age, he’s even referred to himself as a millennial, Buttigieg has a stacked CV. (His name, by the way, is pronounced Boot-Edge-Edge). Source: CBS News/YouTubeFirst elected as mayor at age 29, Buttigieg has since been re-elected and the blue-collar city has seen somewhat of a turnaround in that time.During his first term, Buttigieg took a seven-month leave to go on active duty in Afghanistan as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserves.Before that he was educated at both Harvard and Oxford and interned for Senator Ted Kennedy as well as volunteering for the campaigns of John Kerry and Barack Obama.In short, he ticks a lot of political boxes.Buttigieg is gay and is married to his husband Chasten, who’s been a central and visible part of his husband’s campaign, winning social media followers and also sharing insights from the trail. And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand: that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.In defence, Pence has said that his views are protected by the First Amendment right to religious beliefs. Source: CNN/YouTubePolitically, Buttigieg’s platform consists of some planks in keeping with traditional Democratic policies but also some that are more ambitious.The New York Times outlines that he’s in favour of government-backed health insurance and greater regulation of consumer data online. He’s also for a restructuring of the Supreme Court and the abolition of the Electoral College.But before he has a chance to implement any of that, the big challenge for Buttigieg is to consolidate the gains he has made and to ensure he’s not simply a sidenote when the primaries actually start.The first Democratic debates are in June and the first primaries will be in January 2020.At this stage of the election cycle it’s common for the focus to be on a candidate for a while before the media looks elsewhere. Be that to the next bright young thing or someone older, a Joe Biden for example.For now though, Buttigieg can be content that people are at least starting to says his name. Short URL 38 Comments Monday 15 Apr 2019, 2:56 PM Reporter: will your husband play a role in your campaign? Peter: yeah, I think he’s behind you pic.twitter.com/D5BBoR13gX— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chas10Buttigieg) March 29, 2019 Explainer: Who is Pete Buttigieg, the millennial mayor who’s the breakout star of the Democratic race? (It’s pronounced ‘Boot-Edge-Edge’.) Source: Chasten Buttigieg/Twittercenter_img Apr 15th 2019, 2:56 PM Share47 Tweet Email2 Source: Philip Wegmann/Twitter 17,474 Views New national Emerson poll:—Bernie Sanders: 29%—Joe Biden: 24%—Pete Buttigieg: 9%—Beto O’Rourke: 8%—Kamala Harris: 8%—Elizabeth Warren: 7%—Andrew Yang: 3%—Julian Castro: 3% pic.twitter.com/EInbRDGCcV— Philip Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) April 15, 2019 If Buttigieg was to become the Democratic standard-bearer, he would be the first openly gay nominee of a major presidential party.If he were to win outright, he would be the youngest president in history and the first in their 30s, turning 39 the day before he’s inaugurated.Buttitgieg is acutely aware of all these potential “firsts”, telling the crowd in South Bend yesterday that it was: “More than a little bold, at age 37, to seek the highest office in the land.”“I recognise the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor,” he said.Hours later, more than a $1 million in donations had come in.Buttigieg’s campaign raised more than $7 million in the first three months of this year, less than Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke – but more than rest of the big field. An impressive feat seeing as his campaign hadn’t officially started.Even more impressive is his polling numbers, where he sits behind only Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. The latter who has yet to firmly declare himself in or out. Buttigieg’s move from outsider to contender has been driven by a string of strong media performances, including an appearance on Ellen and a CNN town hall event.In the past week, he has been given national attention as part of a tit-for-tat with Vice President Mike Pence.Pence was governor of Buttigieg’s home state of Indiana and the pair are understood to have had a cordial relationship. In his memoir, Buttigieg said the pair had a “complicated” relationship but recently he has been vocal in his attacks on Pence’s record on LGBT rights.Pence has always argued that his view is in line with his religious faith but Buttigieg, who is himself religious, has made this his line of attack.“If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said recently. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Paniyiri in Brisbane

first_imgThe Paniyiri Greek Festival weekend will be held in Brisbane this weekend. “Take the Journey” is the theme of this year’s paniyiri, as it was in 1976. That year a group of passionate Greek Australians wanted to share their cultural traditions with Brisbane and take the city on a journey; a journey of discovery, a celebration of dance and music, a gastronomical tour through secret recipe books, a voyage through history rich in colour and passion. Now some 36 years later, that journey has become a kaleidoscopic cultural explosion that is now legendary in the country’s North, with over 50,000 Greeks and honorary Greeks flocking to Musgrave Park, South Brisbane every year for the annual Paniyiri Greek Festival. More than 30 food stalls will showcase the tastes, recipes and secrets of food from all corners of Greece while on the main stage famous Greek dances the Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano and Sousta, performed to music on traditional Greek instruments including the bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto are enjoyed by Greeks and non-Greeks alike in a wonderful cross cultural celebration. The Paniyiri Main Stage in Musgrave Park will host over 20 hours of entertainment over the weekend including the return of Greek Dancing with the Stars with special guests George Houvardas who plays Nick ‘Carbo’ Karandonis in Channel Seven’s Packed to The Rafters and Rob Palmer from Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens; a world record Zorba attempt; grape stomping, olive and honey puff eating competitions; Hellenic dancing and Zorba Till You Drop. The Greek Club will be a hive of activity with the popular Greek Cooking Demonstrations featuring Queensland’s culinary greats, plus the screening of cultural films. Just next door, the Greek Orthodox Church will conduct tours to the beautiful sounds of the Byzantine Choir. While the historic steps of the Acropolis may be some 15,000km from the grassy flats of Brisbane’s Musgrave Park, all the sights, sounds, characters and culture from the country which produced Homer, haloumi, honey puffs, Socrates, Plato and the famous Zorba will be celebrated in style during the much anticipated festival. Paniyiri is Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival. The event will be held from Saturday 19 May 19 and Sunday 20 May 20 at Musgrave Park and The Greek Club, Edmondstone Street in South Brisbane. Entry is $10 for adults, $2 for aged pensioners and children are free. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Yahoo des pistes pour orienter sa recherche en ligne

first_imgYahoo : des pistes pour orienter sa recherche en ligneÉtats-Unis – Yahoo a révélé ses orientations concernant la recherche en ligne. Le groupe se concentre sur l’expérience utilisateur.Depuis que les autorités américaines et européennes ont donné leur accord, Yahoo et Microsoft travaillent main dans la main pour concurrencer “l’ogre” Google. Yahoo souhaite ainsi développer ses parts de marché dans la recherche en ligne grâce à l’expérience utilisateur : “Nous voulons repenser la façon dont les résultats sont présentés et agencés” explique Yoelle Maarek, directrice des laboratoires de recherche de Yahoo en Israël. “Le trafic revêt une importance particulière : un moteur peut devenir plus performant, plus pertinent et mieux répondre à la demande des utilisateurs grâce aux clics générés sur ses liens par les internautes à la recherche d’une info”. Désormais, les plates-formes payantes et algorithmiques de Yahoo migrent chez Microsoft. Pendant ce temps, l’éditeur américain prend en charge la partie hardware de Yahoo.Le 23 février 2010 à 12:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jamaica expects boost in cruise tourism

first_imgAccording to the Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Dr Wykeham McNeill, 2014 was Jamaica’s best year ever for cruise shipping as the island welcomed 1.4 million cruise ship visitors, a 12.5% increase over 2013.“Already this year we are up 8.5% and again we have had increases in all three ports,” said Minister McNeill. “This year for the first time we have a record breaking three cruise ships home porting in Montego Bay – the Louis Cristal, Thomson Dream and AIDA Bella – with all the concomitant goods and services required to tender these vessels,” the Tourism Minister added. Next year Jamaica will welcome a fourth cruise ship to its shores for home porting.“In Ocho Rios, we have completed phases one and two of the JD400 million resort upgrading project. This year we will commence phases three and four of the project, which will see the total reconstruction of the promenade as well as work on the Ocho Rios Main Street, including areas that are to be pedestrianised,” said Minister McNeill.In addition to upgrades to the Elegant Corridor, Minister McNeill also announced a new transformational project to put the ‘hip’ back in the second city’s Hip Strip. Over the last few months, the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has held a series of consultations with stakeholders and community leaders from the public and private sectors.last_img read more

Spain expects 9 rise in tourists

first_imgAccording to Álvaro Nadal, Minister for Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda, Spain, in terms of its tourism sector is predicted to witness a prosperous summer season with a rise of about 8.9% in the number of overseas tourists between the period of May and August.This implies that as much as 38 million tourists would be visiting Spain over the next four-month period out of which 21.5 million would be doing so in July and August.Nadal said that Spain had closed the initial five months 2017 with a figure close to about 28 million inbound tourists as per the Frontur – Inbound Tourism Survey that was conducted by the Spanish National Statistics Institute. The figure marks a rise of 11.6% on the same period of 2016.Out of the main target markets, the United Kingdom remains prominent with the arrival of more than 6.4 million tourists that represents an increase of 10.9%.This is followed by Germany with over four million tourists (up 7.6%) and France with nearly 3.9 million tourists. Catalonia had occupied a leading place in terms of inbound visitors with over 6.6 million tourist arrivals in these five months representing a rise of 10.5% followed by the Canary Islands with more than 5.9 million inbound tourists (up 9.6%) and Andalusia with more than four million tourists marking a rise of 9.6%.As of May 2017, Spain had welcomed 7.9 million inbound tourists representing a rise of 11.7% on the same month of 2016.last_img read more

IndiSoft Welcomes Industry Veteran as VP Regulatory Compliance

first_img“IndiSoft continues to bolster our staff to improve the core regulatory compliance requirements which is the heart of our Sunesis regulatory compliance platform,” said Hans Rusli, CEO of IndiSoft. Share in Headlines, journal, News, Technology A compliance platform with strong test scripts embedded in its workflow will give lenders and servicers cost-effective risk management and governance. “While there is a lot of talk about regulatory pullback, the recent CFPB consent order tells a different story about regulatory compliance risk,” said chairman and founder of IndiSoft, Sanjeev Dahiwadkar. IndiSoft develops collaborative technology solutions for the financial services industry. Its Sunesis platform enhances risk-based assessment and helps companies meet regulatory requirements. The company provides efficient, reliable and scalable solutions for companies, including mortgage servicers, investors, insurers, and law firms, among others. IndiSoft LLC, a Maryland-based provider of technology solutions for the financial services industry, has hired industry veteran Steven Usserey as the company’s new VP of Regulatory Compliance. Usserey’s primary responsibility is to ensure that IndiSoft’s regulatory compliance content is up-to-date to help mortgage originators and servicers in their ongoing efforts to remain in compliance with state, federal and investor requirements.Usserey, who has more than 25 years of experience in mortgage banking and technology, most recently served as a Senior Analyst at BackIntheBlack, the default servicing technology provider. There, he was responsible for client/vendor management, testing and reporting, regulatory compliance, as well as policy updates and software releases. May 14, 2018 478 Views 2018-05-14 Staff Writer IndiSoft Welcomes Industry Veteran as VP Regulatory Compliancelast_img read more

Related CIM says flight passengers are becoming mo

first_img RelatedCIM says flight passengers are becoming more ‘discerning’Flight passengers are becoming more discerning when booking their holidays abroad, claims the Chartered Institute of Marketing.Recession impacts on prospective holidaymakersRecession impacts on prospective holidaymakersBrits booking flights overseas after cold spellTens of millions of Brits are booking cheap flights abroad ahead of their summer holiday More people could be booking cheap domestic flights within the UK instead of travelling abroad because of the economic downturn, according to VisitBritain.Elliot Frisby, press and public relations manager for VisitBritain, said that Brits were now more likely to book city breaks in cities such as Liverpool and Newcastle instead of European rivals.”Short breaks abroad are the holiday type which is most likely to be sacrificed altogether largely because of the economic downturn,” he said.”Fewer people will feel the need to cut out their UK breaks and holidays.”Mr Frisby added that the exchange rate between the pound and the euro was a deciding factor for many people, despite recent surveys revealing that people in the UK would be reluctant to sacrifice their annual holiday abroad.It is thought that the number of passengers booking domestic flights to Liverpool and Newcastle from London and the south-west could increase, while more people from Scotland and the north could book city breaks in the UK capital.According to recent research from greenbee.com, 17 per cent of Brits are worried about booking a flight abroad because of the poor exchange rate. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more