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CBS Moonves the latest powerful exec felled in MeToo era

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The #MeToo movement fighting sexual misconduct had already claimed one of Hollywood’s top movie moguls in Harvey Weinstein. Now it has done the same for Leslie Moonves, one of the television industry’s most powerful executives.The CBS Corp. announced its chairman’s exit late Sunday, hours after The New Yorker magazine posted a story with a second round of ugly accusations against Moonves. A total of 12 women have alleged mistreatment, including forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted him. Moonves denied the charges in a pair of statements, although he said he had consensual relations with three of the women.CBS said $20 million will be donated to one or more organizations that support #MeToo and workplace equality for women. That sum will be deducted from any severance due Moonves, a figure that won’t be determined until an outside investigation led by a pair of law firms is finished.The network’s chief operating officer, Joseph Ianniello, will take over Moonves’ duties as president and CEO until its board of directors can find a permanent replacement, CBS said.With about an hour before Monday’s opening bell, shares of CBS rose more than 3 per cent, but they are down sharply for the year. Shares tumbled 6 per cent in late July, the worst one-day sell off in nearly seven years, after details of the accusations surfaced.It has been nearly a year since Pulitzer Prize-winning articles by The New York Times and the New Yorker exposed a pattern of misconduct by Weinstein, who now faces sex crime charges in New York. Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and Kevin Spacey are among other figures that lost jobs after men and women came forward with their own stories, often on social media with the hashtag MeToo, about sexually inappropriate behaviour by powerful men.Moonves ruled first the programming, then the full network and other corporate entities such as Showtime for two decades. CBS has consistently been the most-watched network on television, even as changes transformed the industry, first with cable networks investing in shows and then streaming services like Netflix. He’s been paid handsomely for his success, earning just under $70 million in both 2017 and 2016.Those paychecks made Moonves the second-highest paid executive in the S&P 500 among those holding the top job at their company for at least two consecutive years, according to an analysis by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.Yet accusations emerged against the affable, raspy-voiced former actor last month, when six women accused him of misconduct similar to what came out Sunday. CBS announced an internal probe yet Moonves, who was also involved in a separate power struggle that threatened his future control of the company, remained in charge. In recent days, however, reports leaked that the CBS board and Moonves, 68, were discussing an exit plan. Reports that it could include a multi-million dollar payout provoked some online anger.The latest allegations were not addressed in CBS’ announcement of Moonves’ exit.One of the accusers who came forth in the New Yorker’s article on Sunday, Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, also filed a complaint with the Los Angeles police last year, but no charges were filed because the statute of limitations had expired. She said Moonves, while an executive at the Lorimar production studio in the late 1980s, pushed her head into his lap and forced her to perform oral sex.At another time, she said an angry Moonves pushed her hard against a wall. When she resisted later advances, she began to be frozen out at the company, she said.“He absolutely ruined my career,” she told The New Yorker.Another woman, Jessica Pallingston, said Moonves forced her to perform oral sex on her first day working as his assistant at Warner Bros. productions. Other women told the magazine of unwanted touching or advances.In a statement to the magazine, Moonves said the “appalling accusations” are untrue, but he acknowledged consensual relations with three of the women before he started working at CBS. Moonves was married at the time; he divorced his first wife and married CBS on-air personality Julie Chen in 2004.“I have never used my position to hinder the advancement or careers of women,” he said. “In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation and my career. Anyone who knows me knows that the person described in this article is not me.”In a second statement after his departure, Moonves said he was “deeply saddened” to be leaving the company and its employees. “Together, we built CBS into a destination where the best in the business come to work and succeed,” he said.With Moonves’ exit, CBS viewers will wonder what the future holds for Chen, who is a panelist on the daytime show “The Talk” and host of the summer series “Big Brother.” She stood in support of her husband when the first allegations hit last month.Organizations that have supported women coming forward with stories of abuse, including Time’s Up and Press Forward, said Sunday that CBS should be transparent about the findings of its internal investigation despite Moonves’ ouster.It’s difficult to imagine CBS without Moonves. The network was struggling when he took over as entertainment chief in 1995, hot from a job at the Warner Brothers studio, which developed hits such as “ER” and “Friends.”He quickly turned things around and churned out programming appealing to the older, more tradition-bound CBS audience — broad appeal sitcoms such as “Everybody Loves Raymond,” ”Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” and procedural dramas such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “NCIS.” ”Survivor” was an early reality show hit, and continues to this day.Many CBS viewers knew Moonves from the relentless ribbing he took from former late-night host David Letterman. Moonves said there were legitimate hard feelings between the two in his early years, but the relationship warmed before Letterman’s retirement.Moonves was an advocate for the traditional broadcast network model when others worried it was becoming obsolete, but he also launched streaming services for CBS entertainment and news. He took over the broader CBS Corp. in 2006 but kept his hand in entertainment duties, down to casting decisions for new shows.His status as an industry king was never more evident than each year in May when CBS introduced the next year’s schedule before an audience of advertisers and media executives crammed into Carnegie Hall. He starred in each year’s presentation, often in elaborate filmed skits.Yet this spring there were already signs the end was near. Locked in a battle for corporate control with Shari Redstone of National Amusements, Moonves received a standing ovation from an audience that sensed it could be his last year. He even skipped an event he created and relished, an annual breakfast meeting with reporters dubbed “Lox with Les.”CBS’ board also announced Sunday that Redstone’s National Amusements will not propose a merger between CBS and Viacom, which Redstone had been urging, for two years. Six new CBS board members were also appointed.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,159.50, down 47.82 points).RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down 41 cents, or 35.65 per cent, to 74 cents on 64.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 50 cents, or 4.07 per cent, to $12.77 on 53 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down two cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $3.81 on 8.7 million shares.Wallbridge Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:WM). Metals. Up two cents, or 6.67 per cent, to 32 cents on 8.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 38 cents, or 1.91 per cent, to $19.54 on 7.3 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Base metals. Down 24 cents, or 1.5 per cent, to $15.72 on 7.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ). Down 10 cents or 1.27 per cent to $7.77. The travel company has taken its first concrete step toward getting shovels in the sand on its $750-million plan develop a hotel chain in the Riviera Maya and the Caribbean, announcing a deal Tuesday to buy land on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Transat said it aims to build a beach resort on a newly purchased lot in the village of Puerto Morelos — less than 40 kilometres from Cancun — and on an adjacent property, for which it has signed a promissory agreement. The combined deal would cost between US$54 million and US$57 million, Transat said.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Down $1.19 or 0.57 per cent to $208.45. The founder of Shopify says Canada shouldn’t be too quick to celebrate when U.S. technology giants head north of the border. Tobi Lutke outlined his frustration at how Canadian talent and intellectual property seeps out of the country in a Tuesday interview with The Canadian Press, where he touched on the dangers of U.S. technology brands starting up branch offices in Canada.Aurora Cannabis. Inc. (TSX:ACB). Up 50 cents or 4.1 per cent to $12.77. The licensed marijuana producer says it is “more than ready” for the legalization of recreational pot next month, with enough supply to meet all its commitments to provinces and territories. Aurora’s chief corporate officer Cam Battley also says the cannabis firm doesn’t expect to need supply agreements with other licensed producers to bridge inventory gaps. Canada officially legalizes recreational cannabis for adult use on Oct. 17.last_img read more

Watareka Vijitha Thera arrested during antiBBS demo

The monk had protested by blocking the Presidential Secretariat. He accused the Government of failing to address the issues faced by the people.The monk has also accused the Government of failing to deal with the BBS. (Colombo Gazette) A prominent monk was arrested outside the Presidential Secretariat today while he was protesting against the Government and the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS).The Police said that the Venerable Watareka Vijitha Thera was arrested for disrupting the duties of officials outside the Presidential Secretariat.

Cathay Pacific chairman steps down amid Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG — The chairman of Cathay Pacific Airways on Wednesday became the second top figure to resign from the Hong Kong carrier following pressure by Beijing over participation by some of its employees in anti-government protests.The airline, one of the Chinese territory’s most prominent businesses, announced John Slosar was retiring.Cathay CEO Ruper Hogg quit Aug. 16, becoming the highest-profile corporate casualty of pressure on companies to support the ruling Communist Party against the protesters.Following Hogg’s resignation, a statement by Slosar said Cathay needed new management to “reset confidence.” There was no similar language in Wednesday’s announcement of Slosar’s departure.Slosar is to be succeeded by Patrick Healy, a 31-year veteran of Swire Pacific Group, a major Cathay shareholder. Healy is managing director of Swire Coca-Cola Ltd.Hong Kong is in its third month of protests that started in opposition to a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for a more democratic system.The territory’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced Wednesday she was withdrawing the proposed law. She said Hong Kong officials would talk with the public about other possible changes.Beijing earlier warned that Cathay employees who “support or take part in illegal protests” would be barred from flying to or over the mainland. Cathay said a pilot who was charged with rioting was removed from flying duties.Slosar said in August that Cathay didn’t tell employees what to think, but that shifted following China’s warning. Hogg threatened penalties including possible firing if employees took part in “illegal protests.”Cathay Pacific serves more than 200 destinations in Asia, Europe and the Americas. It has 33,000 employees. Its parent, Cathay Pacific Group, also owns Dragonair, Air Hong Kong and HK Express.Hong Kong was promised a “high degree of autonomy” — a system dubbed “one country, two systems” by Beijing — when the former British colony returned to China in 1997.Government critics say that is being eroded by Hong Kong leaders and the Communist Party.___Cathay Pacific Airways: www.cathaypacific.comThe Associated Press read more

Nepal Annan hopes Kings proclamation will end conflict restore order

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a proclamation issued by King Gyanendra of Nepal affirming that executive power will be returned to the people of the strife-torn country.A UN spokesman said Mr. Annan hoped that the development “will result in the speedy restoration of democratic order, an end to the conflict and the establishment of lasting peace through an inclusive process of dialogue.”In a statement released in New York, the spokesman also stressed that the parties must “work out the modalities for the transfer of power in a timely, orderly and responsible manner.” UN human rights monitors have condemned deadly police force against unarmed pro-democracy demonstrators in Nepal, reporting over a dozen gunshot injuries on Thursday alone. Humanitarian officials from the world body have warned that the situation among the impoverished people of the kingdom is critical. UN relief agencies are providing aid to vulnerable groups such as refugees and children. read more

Every dollar invested in water sanitation brings fourfold return in costs –

WHO released a major new report behalf of UN-Water that showed that while global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation are gaining momentum, “serious gaps” in funding continue to hamper progress.The UN health agency also noted that “At the time of writing, poor WASH [water and sanitation] conditions in communities and institutional settings, especially health facilities, have been exacerbating the spread of Ebola in West Africa.”According to WHO estimates, the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water published bi-annually, presents data from 94 countries and 23 external support agencies. This year’s report was also released in connection with events to mark World Toilet Day. Two thirds of the 94 countries surveyed recognized drinking-water and sanitation as a universal human right in national legislation. More than 80 per cent reported having national policies in place for drinking-water and sanitation, and more than 75 per cent have policies for hygiene, the report said.“Now is the time to act,” Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said in a press release. “We may not know yet what the post-2015 sustainable development agenda will look like. But we do know that water and sanitation must be clear priorities if we are to create a future that allows everyone to live healthy, prosperous and dignified lives.”International aid for water and sanitation is on the rise: according to the report, financial commitments increased by 30 per cent between 2010 and 2012 – from $8.3 billion to $10.9 billion. And aid commitments are increasingly targeted to underserved regions, notably sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia. “Despite these gains, 2.5 billion men, women and children around the world lack access to basic sanitation services,” WHO said. “About 1 billion people continue to practice open defecation. An additional 748 million people do not have ready access to an improved source of drinking-water.”“And hundreds of millions of people live without clean water and soap to wash their hands, facilitating the spread of diarrhoeal disease, the second leading cause of death among children under five,” the report said.The report also said that “many other water-borne diseases, such as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis, are prone to explosive outbreaks. Poor sanitation and hygiene can also lead to debilitating diseases affecting scores of people in the developing world, like intestinal worms, blinding trachoma and schistosomiasis.”The report also said that investments in water and sanitation yield substantial benefits for human health and development. “Economic benefits include an overall estimated gain of 1.5 per cent of global GDP and a $4.3 return for every dollar invested in water and sanitation services due to reduced health care costs for individuals and society,” the report said. “Millions of children can be saved from premature death and illness related to malnutrition and water-borne diseases. Adults can live longer and healthier lives.”“Gains in quality of life include improved school attendance, greater privacy and safety – especially for women, children and the elderly – and a greater sense of dignity for all,” WHO said.UN-Water is the United Nations (UN) coordination mechanism for freshwater related issues, including sanitation. UN-Water is comprised of UN entities with a focus on, or interest in, water related issues and its main purpose is to complement and add value to existing programmes and projects by facilitating synergies and joint efforts, so as to maximize system-wide coordinated action and coherence. The work of UN-Water is organized around thematic priority areas and task forces as well as awareness-raising campaigns such as World Water Day (22 March) and World Toilet Day (19 November). read more

Brock bids adieu to the penny

Pennies will no longer be given as change for cash transactions on campus starting Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.A penny saved is no longer a penny earned.Starting Wednesday, it will be a collector’s item on the Brock campus. That’s because people making cash payments for their morning caffeine fixes, lunches or textbooks won’t find any copper in the change they’re given.The University will no longer be giving pennies as change on any cash transaction. Instead, all cash payments will be rounded up or down to the nearest five-cent increment.So, if you normally pay $1.01 or $1.02 for that coffee to kick-start your day, for example, you’ll only have to pay $1. If the total on your purchase comes out to $1.03 or $1.05, the charge will be $1.05. Purchases totaling $1.06 or 1.07 will be rounded to $1.05 while those at $1.08 and $1.09 will be bumped up to $1.10.Payments made with debit or credit cards, including Brock cards, won’t be rounded.Businesses and charities throughout Canada began the transition to phase out the penny this week after the federal government decided in 2011 that the Royal Canadian Mint would no long issue the one-cent coins.Despite the penny’s disappearance from campus cash registers, it is still legal tender. That means pennies can still be used to make purchases. read more

SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness

first_imgThis budget must focus on the transition from austerity to growth for businesses who have survived the recession and are now ready to capitalize on the recovery. It is essential that Government understands that Ireland will only be able to revitalise its economy by creating new jobs in the private sector, 99% if which are SMEs. THE GOVERNMENT MUST “encourage, incentivise and reward” small businesses in the upcoming budget, ISME (the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association) said today.In its pre-budget submission, ISME called on the coalition to refocus on competitiveness, as well as support Ireland’s reputation for flexibility, by taking measures such as retaining the 12.5% corporate tax rate.In a statement this afternoon, ISME Chief Executive Mark Fielding laid out the group’s vision for October’s budget.center_img ISME listed several specific policy proposals, including the following:Reduce the marginal rate of tax to 40%Allow an opt-in for the self-employed for PRSI benefitsExtend the start-up company relief scheme beyond 2014Cut the employers’ PRSI rate from 8.5% to 4.25% for three yearsThe group also called on Finance Minister Michael Noonan to keep Ireland’s 12.5% corporation tax rate for companies trading in Ireland, in order to reaffirm that we have a “stable and transparent corporation taxation regime.”ISME also warned that in “getting the balance right”, the government should avoid imposing additional axes, and be sure not to “jeopardise the recovery by continuing to fritter away savings on public expenditure excess.”Scroll down to read ISME’s pre-budget submission in full.Read: Top tips on winning public contracts if you are an SME>Are you using WordPress for your SME?> read more

AMD reduces C50 netbook APU to 5W bringing it to tablets

first_imgAMD never had much luck competing with Intel in the netbook space. They just never seemed to gain any traction with a CPU worthy of competing with Atom. AMD’s not about to make the same mistakes now that tablets are de rigeur, though: they are now showing off a low power 5W version of their C-50 APU, a chip that was previously meant for netbooks.The C-50 is a fairly standard dual core chip running at 1GHz. It’s meant for netbooks with larger battery packs, since it has a 9W TDP… slightly above the 8.5W TDP of a dual core Atom N550 and the 6.5W TDP of the single-core Atom N450.The problem? Netbooks are basically a dead form, but 9W is just too much power draw for a tablet, since that form factor needs to rely upon slimmer battery packs. However, by cutting back on features — simplifying the number of supported ports, skimping on support for larger memory and clock speeds — AMD has managed to reduce that power consumption to something appropriate for tablets: 5W.Not bad. The problem is this is only relevant for tablets running Windows 7… and Windows 7 based tablets are just the pits. Consequently, the only real competitive tablets these days are running ARM chipsets to support Android. Unless Microsoft can get their act together and deliver a radical overhaul of Windows 7 meant exclusively for tablets, this is a lot of hard work on AMD’s part for nothing.Read more at Netbook Newslast_img read more

Ice dealer Gouliaditis given time to repent

first_imgFormer government lawyer Nick Gouliaditis has been given nine months to prove that he should not be jailed after he was caught selling drugs to an undercover officer.Mr Gouliaditis, 35, was arrested by police at the Australian Government Solicitor’s office in Sydney in August 2014 where he worked.Charged with dealing ice and GHB, resisting arrest, dealing in the proceeds of crime and possessing a prohibited weapon (a taser), at his sentencing hearing at the Downing Centre District Court last week Judge Peter Berman adjourned the court’s decision until July 30.Judge Berman told the court that Gouliaditis had spent 11 months in rehabilitation and was “a different man today than he was when he was supplying drugs”.“Although he has done exceptionally well and in fact has done all that he could do to rehabilitate himself … there is some uncertainty as to whether that will continue.”The judge told Gouliaditis: “What you need to do is persuade me, by your behaviour over the next few months, not to send you to jail.”Gouliaditis had told the court his life had been “spiralling out of control” in the months leading up to his arrest and that he had started using ice intravenously to deal with depression and a relationship break-up.“It initially helped me deal with my emotions,” he said.“As my usage increased I started to feel depressed, a high degree of self-hate … shame over my usage.”Gouliaditis said his performance at work was impacted by his drug use with colleagues describing him as being on “some kind of death spiral”.The disgraced lawyer told the court he was $70,000 in debt at the time and had used cash from selling drugs to fuel his own habit.Since his arrest Gouliaditis has attended rehabilitation programs and admitted only taking drugs once since he was charged. The rehabilitation program run by the Salvation Army he described as having saved his life. He said he was “deeply ashamed” of his criminal behaviour.Gouliaditis’ barrister, Phillip Boulton SC, asked the judge to consider the catalyst for Gouliaditis’ drug use.“The offending was motivated by a desire to obtain money to take drugs,” he said.“His drug use developed over time in the context of his depressive illness.”Gouliaditis has been released with bail conditions which include frequent random drug testing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un perroquet perdu donne son adresse à la police

first_imgUn perroquet perdu donne son adresse à la policeMercredi, la police japonaise a pu reconduire un perroquet égaré à son domicile après que ce dernier leur a l’adresse de sa propriétaire. C’est une anecdote cocasse que vient de relater la police japonaise. En début de semaine, ils ont récupéré un perroquet égaré qu’ils ont réussi à ramener chez lui en suivant tout simplement les indications données par… l’oiseau lui-même. En effet, le perroquet avait quitté son domicile situé dans la ville japonaise de Sagamihara, dimanche matin, avant de se poser peu après sur l’épaule d’un inconnu. C’est ce dernier en comprenant l’animal égaré qui l’a amené aux autorités.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’enquête de police a alors été relativement simple. Mardi soir, l’oiseau a répété trois fois de suite le nom de la ville et l’arrondissement de sa résidence. Il a ensuite prononcé distinctement les numéros du pâté de maison et du domicile de sa maîtresse, devant trois policiers qui bien qu’interloqués sont restés attentifs aux dires du volatile. L’adresse complétée, il a alors suffi de ramener l’animal à sa maitresse sexagénaire qui a expliqué qu’elle avait déjà perdu un perroquet.Celle-ci a donc pris des précautions pour ne pas perdre celui-ci ! “Elle avait enseigné son adresse à ce perroquet après l’avoir acheté il y a deux ans”, a raconté à l’AFP un porte-parole de la police locale. Mais ce n’est pas tout ce qu’a appris l’oiseau. Sur le trajet du retour à son domicile, le perroquet a même donné son nom aux policiers japonais. Selon le même porte-parole, l’animal aurait déclaré aux agents : “tu es mignon, Piko-chan”.Le 5 mai 2012 à 12:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Weather Eye: Expect heat today, cool temperatures rest of week

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at We are quickly approaching the end of this month. And the weather has sure been up and down lately. We have gone from hot to cool in 24 hours. Of course we also have those typical June morning clouds. I have to chuckle because some have lasted well beyond the morning hours.The marine cloud deck was thick enough to give us some light drizzle or a shower Friday night. Officially, Vancouver only had a trace of moisture. We have had a trace of rain six days this month. We received measurable rain on five days for a total so far this month of 0.83 of an inch. That is still about three-quarters of an inch below average.There were three 90-degree days and plenty of 60 and 70-degree days.I know the sun worshipers feel a little left out with only three days of 90-degree heat but July is just around the corner and you know the old saying: “Summer begins on July 5th.”Today could join the 90-degree club but the rest of the week looks nice with highs 75-80 degrees. There is a chance of a rain shower overnight into Monday.The Full Strawberry Moon rises late Wednesday just before midnight. I think of strawberries ripening in June but I guess the Algonquin tribes knew to harvest berries under this full moon.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Oct 2014 (Photo by Island Life & Times)- TOURISTS TO REPORT ON TCI EXPERIENCE as the National Tourism Strategy team will roll out an exit survey next week! Residents are encouraged to talk too; ideas on how to enhance tourism are also anticipated by KPMG, consultants for the project.The National Tourism strategy was announced by the Premier on September 11, 2014 and will culminate in a National Tourism Symposium November 4-5.Magnetic Media cameras will be roaming the islands in a search for ideas on tourism, TCI style! Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:National tourism, premier rufus ewing, Touristlast_img read more

SANDAG plan to cut 14 freeway and highway improvements to fund conversion

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO ( KUSI) – Recently, San Diego County’s regional transportation planning agency, SANDAG, released a plan to cut 14 freeway and highway improvements and shift all of that money into “transit” for downtown San Diego and to fund conversion of road lanes to dedicated bike lanes.SANDAG and its subsidiary MTS also propose higher taxes: both a massive Sales Tax hike and a “Congestion Tax” for anyone wanting to use the roads with all that money going to transit, not roads.Despite a recent poll that even shows voters in the heavily urban areas of the City of San Diego overwhelmingly oppose these proposals by a whopping two-to-one margin, SANDAG and politicians continue to push Road Repair Raids and the Congestion Tax forward.Carl DeMaio hosted a town hall to engage San Diegans about the issue and continue to fight back against the politicians who want to push these road raids. Posted: June 25, 2019 June 25, 2019 SANDAG plan to cut 14 freeway and highway improvements to fund conversion of road lanes to dedicated bike lanes KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Suspicious package found at BPAs Ross Complex in Hazel Dell was not

first_imgOfficials called in a bomb squad Friday after the discovery of a suspicious package at the Ross Complex area of the Bonneville Power Administration.A BPA spokesman said the object was found roughly at 2 p.m. at the substation in Hazel Dell and officials were checking it out.Employees in the area where the package was found were evacuated, officials said. Traffic was diverted around the area.Shortly before 5 p.m., BPA spokesman Doug Johnson said experts had determined the box contained no explosive.Officials didn’t know where the box came from.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or

Colin Tourick Cost efficiency and green credentials among key drivers of change

first_imgThe biggest driver of change has been the tax system. Benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax is based on the car’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the government cranks up the BIK tax rate every year. This encourages employees to choose cars emitting ever-lower levels of CO2, particularly diesels.Many employers now wish to do their bit to help the environment, so they impose their own cap on CO2 levels. Normally 120g/km is common, but this number is reducing every year as the number of new low-emission models increases. Most employees seem to accept that these arrangements are a necessary part of the government’s green agenda.Another trend is that more and more employers now allow employees to ‘trade up’; make a monthly contribution to get the company car they want or need.The BIK tax system also encourages many workers to give up a benefit that was once quite common; free, private fuel paid for by their workplace. If someone is still receiving this benefit, they should check if it is actually giving them a benefit, because they may be saving the cost of the fuel but may be paying even more than that in extra pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) and national insurance.One big change in recent years has been car salary sacrifice schemes. Employers such as these because they represent an attractive benefit of employment and help employers meet their health and safety obligations. Rather than driving business mileage in an old ‘grey fleet’ car, their employees are driving new, properly managed and maintained cars.Despite these advantages, salary sacrifice won’t replace regular company cars; it tends to be offered to employees who would not have qualified for a company car, because it is most cost-effective for smaller, cheaper cars with low CO2 emissions; cars that are not usually used for lots of business mileage.Colin Tourick is Grant Thornton professor of automotive management at the University of Buckingham Business Schoollast_img read more

Plane makes crash landing at Pembroke Pines airport

first_imgLast night (approx 2AM) officers responded to the North Perry Airport regarding a plane which crashed in the middle of the runway. Investigation revealed that the landing gear failed to deploy. Luckily the pilot was uninjured, and the plane was safely removed from the runway.— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) July 30, 2018According to Pembroke Pines Police, the plane crashed at around 2 a.m., Monday. The crash happened in the middle of the runway due to landing gear that failed to deploy.Police said the pilot was uninjured and the plane has since been removed from the runway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A small airplane made a crash landing at North Perry Airport overnight.last_img read more

Juba Dal leader abducted shot in both legs

first_imgBachchu Rahman, president of Rajshahi’s Mohanpur upazila unit Jubo Dal takes treatment at hospital in Rajshahi on Wednesday. Photo: UNBMiscreants abducted a local Juba Dal leader in Rajshahi’s Mohanpur upazila and shot him in his both legs, reports UNB.The victim Bachchu Rahman, is president of Mohanpur upazila unit Jubo Dal, the youth wing of BNP, and son of Lokman Ali of Soipara village in the upazila.Locals said a group of miscreants picked Bachchu up in a microbus from the Rajshahi-Naogaon highway in his area in the afternoon.They took him to Achinghat in Bagmara upazila where they shot him in both begs before leaving the spot.Locals rescued the bullet-hit Juba Dal leader and took him to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.Contacted, officer-in-charge of Mohanpur police station Abul Hossain said he was unaware of the incident.last_img read more

Design deluxe popular festival returns to San José

first_imgFilled with colorful personalities, parties, projects, contests, and the participation of Paseo Gastronómico La Luz and Art City Tour, the fifth edition of the International Design Festival, which opens its doors in San José tomorrow, stands to surpass even last year’s well-received festival.Not just a gathering of designers, the FID is an interdisciplinary event celebrating everything from gastronomy to motion graphic design. Speakers discuss their own experiences, their origins and how their far-flung travels have inspired them to enter the world of design. The festival will shine the spotlight on 15 international speakers, each a respected designer, such as the illustrator Joan Cornella and the fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (both from Spain), photographer Marcos López (Argentina), graphic designer Hélène Godin (Canada), and the locally renowned Pucci family of photographers, among others.Visitors can sign up for 18 different workshops, including serigraphy, digital manufacturing, photography, art book creation, and more. And bring your wallet: the festival will include a market for collectors of cutting-edge clothing and décor.Today, Wednesday, March 11, you can get a taste of the festival with a special design-themed edition of the Art City Art City Tour patrons take in the sights. Alberto Font/the Tico TimesTour, in collaboration with GAM Cultural. Dubbed “San José sueña, San José diseña” (“San José dreams, San José designs”), the varied events of the Tour run from 5-9 p.m. all over the city. Art City is a periodic citywide celebration, taking place from downtown San José to La Sabana Park, and culture mavens can visit a variety of museums, galleries, cultural centers, design stores, parks and historic monuments along the way; grab a free shuttle bus, bike or walk.The festival itself takes place March 12-14 at the Antigua Aduana in San José, with the market held in the facility’s Casa del Cuño building. On Thursday, registry takes place at 10:00, with conferences held from 2:00-7:30 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday, workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. and conferences at 2:00 pm, with the event wrapping up both evenings at 7:30 p.m. But the events won’t stop when the Antigua Aduana doors swing shut. On all three nights (Thursday-Saturday), varied exhibitions, gastronomic tie-ins and afterparties will take place around the city, some with freebies or discounts for those with FID admission bracelets.Tickets run from $90 to $140 and are available on the official website or at the stores De aquí y de allá, Saúl E. Méndez and Kiosko SJO.Info on the design-themed Art City Tour: Tour Facebook page. Information on the International Design Festival: Festival website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Comedy homage, massive DJ party and other happenings around Costa Rica Independence Day, Broadway revue, and other happenings around Costa Rica Fairy tale ballet, Hitchcock films, and other happenings around Costa Rica Man Yu celebrates 10 years of hyper-realistic artwork at the Club Uniónlast_img read more

Ocwen Put on Negative Watch After Homeward Announcement

first_imgOcwen Put on Negative Watch After Homeward Announcement October 8, 2012 444 Views Acquisitions Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Credit Ratings Fitch Ratings Investors Lenders & Servicers Ocwen Processing Service Providers 2012-10-08 Tory Barringer “”Ocwen””: made waves when it “”announced an agreement””: to acquire “”Homeward Residential Holdings””: in a nearly $750 million deal, but “”Fitch Ratings””: is doubtful about the move.[IMAGE]The ratings agency announced it has placed Ocwen’s “”B+”” long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) on Rating Watch Negative following the financial corporation’s announcement. [COLUMN_BREAK]Fitch cited in its decision the risks of various difficulties involved in the integration of Homeward, as well as the current regulatory environment in the mortgage sector.””While Fitch views the acquisition as strategically complementary to Ocwen’s current business model, there remains near-term integration and execution risks, which could result in potential service disruptions, which may ultimately impact cash flow generation,”” the agency said in a release.Fitch also affirmed Ocwen’s short-term IDR at “”B.””The estimated 422,000 mortgage loans (with an aggregated unpaid principal balance of more than $77 billion) under Homeward’s service would provide a sizeable boost to Ocwen’s mortgage servicing portfolio, and the addition of Homeward’s loan origination model may expand Ocwen’s servicing operations and give it a foothold in the originations market.Ocwen’s acquisition of Homeward is still subject to regulatory approval. The deal is expected to be funded by approximately $588 million in cash and $162 million in convertible stock and should be complete before the end of 2012.center_img in Data, Origination, Servicing Sharelast_img read more