The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Ontario and Saskatchewan want the federal government to fully analyze new tax measures before imposing them on Canadians next year.The finance ministers from Ottawa and the provinces will meet in Ottawa tonight and tomorrow, just two days after a somewhat tense meeting between premiers and the prime minister in Montreal.Many of the issues on the table will be the same — carbon taxing, the struggles of the oil and gas industry — as well as others more specific to their files such as Canadian competitiveness and the state of the global economy.Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli and Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer want the talks to include a discussion about the economic impacts of Ottawa’s plan to impose both a national carbon price and an expanded Canada Pension Plan in January.In a joint letter to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau last week, Fedeli and Harpauer say imposing both at the same time is a double whammy on businesses and they want a full economic impact analysis done before Morneau forges ahead.Fedeli is also asking Ottawa to increase its contribution to programs for Franco-Ontarians, a request that comes as the provincial government tries to get out of the hornet’s nest it caused when it eliminated its French-language services commissioner earlier this fall.
Farm Aid’s annual music and food festival featuring family farmers, homegrown food, inspiring music and agrarian experiences will come to Connecticut for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 22, at XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut.Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m. EDT.Farm Aid 2018 will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Particle Kid. Additional artists will be announced later this summer.This year, the organization undertakes the planning of Farm Aid 2018 in an economic climate similar to the one that sparked the first Farm Aid concert. Net farm income has dropped 53 percent since 2013 and median farm income is expected to be -$1,316 in 2018. In New England alone, more than 10,000 family dairy farmers have gone out of business since 1970. Farmer stress is growing, and a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the suicide rate for people working in agriculture, fishing and forestry is nearly five times that of the general population.“Family farmers are the backbone of our country,” Farm Aid President and founder Willie Nelson said. “But today, they are endangered. Whether we live in cities like Hartford or the rural areas of New England, each of us has the power to create positive, lasting change in our farm and food system and strengthen farm families to help them stay on the land for generations to come.”Connecticut agriculture ranks third in New England in farm sales, contributing up to $4 billion to the state’s economy. Farming and food production generate 21,000 jobs in Connecticut annually and provide environmental and social benefits that significantly enhance communities’ quality of life. Hartford County, where Farm Aid 2018 will take place, represents a rare bright spot in the country, having gained more than 100 farms since 2007.Farm Aid 2018 festivalgoers will experience family farm agriculture firsthand via Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Concessions and the HOMEGROWN Village. HOMEGROWN Concessions showcases family farm-sourced ingredients at all food stands, including the HOMEGROWN Youthmarket, which sells fresh local fruit and more, and is operated by young people involved in farming and farmers markets. HOMEGROWN Concessions includes recycling and composting (utilizing compostable serviceware and packaging) with a goal of zero waste. Farm Aid’s HOMEGROWN Village features hands-on activities about soil, water, energy, food and farming. Festivalgoers can hear farmers and artists discuss pressing issues and share inspiring stories on the FarmYard Stage and attend demonstrations to learn agrarian skills and celebrate the culture of agriculture in the HOMEGROWN Skills tent.Tickets for Farm Aid 2018 will go on sale Friday, June 29, at 10 a.m. EDT. Ticket prices range from $54.50 to $279.50 and will be available for purchase at LiveNation.com and by phone at 800-745-3000. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be sold beginning at 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 26, at farmaid.org/festival.Farm Aid is teaming up with IfOnly to offer a collection of experiences that give fans once-in-a-lifetime memories at Farm Aid 2018, from behind-the-scenes tours to signed memorabilia from this year’s headliners. People can purchase and bid on these special offerings starting June 25 at www.ifonly.com/FarmAid.Farm Aid 2018 sponsors include Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Patagonia Workwear, New Belgium Brewery, Horizon Organic and Pete and Gerry’s Organic. Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the business community and offers corporate sponsorship and VIP hospitality opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at email@example.com.Farm Aid’s mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid’s work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $53 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.
LAS VEGAS — The chief executive of Southwest Airlines says the Dallas-based carrier is considering adding nonstop flights between Las Vegas and Hawaii.Southwest CEO Gary Kelly says launching flights to Hawaii from four California cities is the airline’s priority this year, but adding flights from Nevada to Hawaii could be possible next year.The airline hopes to begin service to Hawaii in April.It completed a test flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu last month to show federal aviation officials that it should be authorized to begin flying across the Pacific Ocean.The airline is awaiting certification by the Federal Aviation Administration to start the commercial flights to Hawaii.The Associated Press
The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today accepted the plea agreement filed in the contempt of court trial of Jelena Rašic, who was accused of procuring false statements from witnesses in exchange for money.Ms. Rašic had pleaded guilty to all five counts of contempt of court at her initial appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, in September 2010.She had been granted provisional release in November, pending the start of trial, the tribunal noted in a news release. The date of the judgement hearing in Ms. Rašic’s case will be confirmed in due course. Ms. Rašic was the case manager on the defence team of Milan Lukic, a Bosnian Serb who was sentenced by the trial chamber to life imprisonment for crimes committed in the eastern Bosnian town of Višegrad. She pleaded guilty to knowingly and willingly interfering with the Tribunal’s administration of justice by procuring a false witness statement from Zuhdija Tabakovic from Višegrad in exchange for €1,000 in cash.She also pleaded guilty to inciting Mr. Tabakovic to offer bribes and to procure false witness statements from two other individuals. Mr. Tabakovic was convicted of contempt in March 2010 and was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment. 31 January 2012The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today accepted the plea agreement filed in the contempt of court trial of Jelena Rašic, who was accused of procuring false statements from witnesses in exchange for money.
The average value for the Canadian dollar on Wednesday was 79.97 cents US, up 0.01 of a cent from Tuesday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2505, down 0.02 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6331, up 0.12 of a cent, and US$1.3060, up 0.12 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4572, down 0.20 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.
CALGARY — A pipeline company that was fined $1.3 million in 2014 after pleading guilty in two separate Alberta oil spills is announcing plans to expand its Canadian system.Plains Midstream Canada, a subsidiary of Houston’s Plains All American Pipeline, says it is seeking commitments from shippers to expand its Rangeland crude oil pipeline system through Alberta from Edmonton south to the U.S. border.It proposes doubling capacity to 100,000 bpd between Edmonton and Sundre, about 100 kilometres north of Calgary, while enlarging the system from Sundre south to the border from 20,000 bpd to 100,000 bpd.The expansions, subject to regulatory approvals and obtaining permits, would be staged into service during the last half of 2019 with full capacity realized in 2021, and would fit in with other projects in Montana and Wyoming to ultimately deliver more Canadian crude to Texas.In June 2012, Plains Midstream’s Rangeland pipeline ruptured under a river near Sundre and spilled nearly half a million litres of oil, closing popular recreational attraction Gleniffer Lake for three weeks.In April 2011, its Rainbow pipeline spilled 4.5 million litres of oil in northern Alberta.The company, which did not immediately return calls for comment on Tuesday, says on its website it spent $110 million on environmental cleanup efforts for both incidents.The Canadian Press
by The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2016 10:07 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2016 at 11:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CNRL says production could be nearly halved due to power grid concerns from fire CALGARY – Oilsands executives fear the wildfire that has burned swaths of the Fort McMurray, Alta., region could create gaps in the northern Alberta power grid, leading to more shutdowns of crude production.President Steve Laut of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) says the Calgary-based company’s Horizon oilsands mine and upgrader would have to choke output back to 70,000 barrels per day from about 130,000 bpd if its access to external power is cut off.He says electricity generated on site would allow the facility to continue to produce on a limited basis.He says Horizon, which is 70 kilometres north of Fort McMurray, has had only minor setbacks mainly from pipeline outages from the fire, which prompted 80,000 people to be evacuated this week.A number of oil companies have been affected by the fire, including Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU), which shut down its base plant operations at its mining complex just north of Fort McMurray on Wednesday night.The facility had been operating at a reduced pace since Tuesday.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
In particular, Mr. Ban shared with Ms. Ashton his concern about the continued detentions in the country, where the military earlier this month removed Mr. Morsy from the presidency amid widespread protests in which dozens of people were killed and wounded. The Constitution was then suspended and an interim Government set up.Noting that it was welcome and important that Ms. Ashton had seen Mr. Morsy, the Secretary-Genera reiterated his call to release the former president and senior Muslim Brotherhood officials, according to a read-out of the conversation issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.They stressed the importance of an inclusive political process which would take into account views and aspirations of all parts of Egypt’s political spectrum, it added.Egypt has been undergoing a democratic transition following the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak two years ago in the wake of mass protests similar to those seen in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa as part of the “Arab Spring.”Mr. Ban and the High Representative also discussed the Middle East peace process, with the Secretary-General expressing his hope for the success of the current efforts to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together at the negotiating table, and the UN’s readiness to work with the EU and other partners in the diplomatic Quartet to support the process.
Tumbling metal prices and falling equity valuations highlights the serious uncertainty about the world economy. The recent quarter ended with the Governor of the Bank of Japan announcing a huge monetary stimulus, Europe bailing out the banking system in Cyprus, disappointing employment figures in the US and worrying signs of a slowdown in the Chinese economy.Exploration activity has been trending down since the end of October 2011, and according to the latest State of the Market report from IntierraRMG, there were drilling reports from only 355 prospects in March. Gold exploration is particularly low, with activity reported from just 172 prospects in March, compared with 382 in March 2012.The figures for the next few months are unlikely to improve following the precious-metals price collapse in mid-April and a significant drop in recent exploration funding.Slumping metals prices, and falling equity valuations, reflect serious uncertainty about the world economy. The recent quarter ended with the Governor of the Bank of Japan announcing a huge monetary stimulus, Europe bailing out the banking system in Cyprus, disappointing employment figures in the USA and worrying signs of a slowdown in the crucial Chinese economy. This depressing scenario has had a knock-on effect over the minerals exploration sector.If the exploration sector is looking for some comfort, it might come in the knowledge that the past six months of falling metals prices comes off historically high levels. The price of gold, for example, had risen seven-fold since 2001 to an all-time high in 2011 of over $1,900/oz. Indeed, the last time the UK saw gold at over £1,000/oz, in real terms, was in 1489 when the Royal Mint issued sovereign coins valuing an ounce of gold at £2.As indicated in the IntierraRMG report however, gold is still priced at well above the cash extraction cost of a large part of the world’s production. Even at the recent two-year low, fewer than 9% of the 235 gold mines monitored in the Raw Materials Group database (RMD) had average cash operating costs higher than the metal’s price.Of the gold mines in RMD’s cash-cost module, 215 operations had average costs under $1,350/oz in 2012 operating costs. These mines produced a combined 1,268 t last year at a weighted average operating cost of just $693/oz. These operations produced 97% of the gold output from the monitored mines.
← Previous Story VELUX EHF CL: Metalurg, Partizan, HSV, Dinamo and Constanta completed elite! Next Story → RK Partizan wants to play EHF CL matches in Nis! Milan VucicevicRK KolubaraRK Metalurg After losing contract with RK Metalurg Skopje, Serbian right back, Milan Vucicevic (34) has decided to go back to Serbia and his former team – RK Kolubara. Vucicevic has rich international experience, but Macedonian champion wasn’t satisfied with his performance in the last two months.Vucicevic came to Skopje from Kolubara. Kolubara is Serbian champion from season 2009/2010, currently fifth team of Serbian handball.
England striker Jermain Defoe was presented with a League Cup winners’ medal on Monday after a 10-year waitThe 36-year-old helped Tottenham win the competition during the 2007/08 campaign, where he scored in the early stages before leaving for Portsmouth in January.Therefore, Defoe wasn’t around for the League Cup final a month later against Chelsea – which saw Spurs defeat the cup holders 2-1 after extra-time.“I remember contributing to help the boys get to that stage and after that it was actually nice to sit back and watch the lads go on to lift the trophy,” Defoe told the EFL website.“It’s obviously a nice feeling to have been a part of the history of that club, such a big club that had been used to winning competitions over the previous years. It’s special.“At the end of the day, they’re all your friends and you still want them to win, to get your medal.“It was a great performance against a top Chelsea team, so to win it in the way they did was brilliant.”Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.The now-Bournemouth player was presented his winners’ medal at the club’s Vitality Stadium on Monday.🏅 Ten years on from helping @SpursOfficial to #EFL Cup glory at Wembley, @IAmJermainDefoe has received his winner’s medal.🎁 Not a bad Christmas present, eh!👉 https://t.co/02azhWoGPn pic.twitter.com/V6S7S7B1Xa— EFL (@EFL) December 24, 2018
Categories: Local San Diego News SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- This morning a truck carrying 22 immigrants breached the aging border barrier in east San Diego, according to the CA Border Patrol San Diego.The Border Patrol agents responded, the driver of the vehicle rammed a Border Patrol vehicle then attempted to flee.The driver exited on foot and escaped south.All 22 passengers were arrested. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:29 AM February 21, 2019 U.S. Border Patrol arrest 22 immigrants trying to cross the border illegally 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 SettingsPhoto from CBP San DiegoPhoto from CBP San Diego Photo from CBP San Diego KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 21, 2019 FacebookTwitter
When we ran a medical technology story recently, the piece from the Minneapolis Star Tribune had an unexpected Vancouver link.Dr. Eric Irwin, a vascular surgeon in Minnesota, was one of the people interviewed about a new device for lowering blood pressure.His mother, Earline Irwin, read the story and called to tell us that he was a 1977 graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School.During the brief conversation, she added a bit of family background that was an interesting story on its own. Her husband had suffered a massive heart attack while Eric was an undergraduate in college, and she felt that Elvin Irwin’s medical problems helped influence the course of their son’s medical career.“That played a role,” Eric Irwin concurred in a phone conversation from the Twin Cities.A few years later, when Eric was refining his career plans, his father had another health setback.“I was in residency, considering cardiovascular disease, and he had some additional surgical needs,” Eric Irwin said.Professionally speaking, “I went inside the chest,” said Irwin, a surgeon at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.Since then, he’s also gotten involved in the research side of those issues.“It’s exciting to be a part of that, helping patients with congestive heart failure,” he said. “That’s the sort of thing my dad had.“He lived from 1979 to 2006 with significant cardiac disease, benefiting from medical advances,” Eric Irwin said.Elvin Irwin was 73 when he died.“Losing my father was devastating,” Dr. Irwin said. “But we had 27 years to be best friends after his first heart attack, which is not something a lot of people get.”Off Beat lets members of The Columbian news team step back from our newspaper beats to write the story behind the story, fill in the story or just tell a story.
TACOMA — Washington needs to start planning for more prison space, especially for women, the Department of Corrections says.The department is asking Gov. Jay Inslee to include $1.8 million in his proposed adjustment in December to the state’s two-year budget, The News Tribune reported Tuesday.The money would start planning for a $17 million expansion at the women’s prison at Purdy and a $175 million renovation of the former Maple Lane youth detention center at Grand Mound. At the woman’s prison, an obsolete housing unit that has been vacant for 15 years would be replaced with a 96-bed unit.The Maple Lane center was operated by the state Department of Social and Health Services before it was closed a couple of years ago. The Department of Corrections has kept it in “warm closure” to maintain buildings for the possible renovation to a prison that could house about 1,000 men, spokeswoman Norah West said.The Legislature would have to approve spending for additional prison space, reversing recent prison closures. The Corrections Department closed the Ahtanum View Corrections Center at Yakima in 2009, the Pine Lodge Correctional Facility for Women at Medical Lake in 2010, and the McNeil Island Corrections Center in 2011.A dozen state prisons now hold more than 16,000 men, West said.Nearly 1,400 women are held in two prisons. More than 900 are at the Purdy women’s prison, which was built to hold fewer than 800. Some female inmates there are sleeping on the floor. Another 400 are at the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women at Belfair.
KALAMA — Plans for a $1.8 billion methanol plant on the lower Columbia River at the Port of Kalama are progressing.The Daily News reports that BNSF Railway has agreed to sell 2 acres for access to the site, and the port and Northwest Innovation have hired a team of consultants to prepare permit applications. Studies are expected to take about a year.Northwest Innovation is a partnership between the Chinese government and British Petroleum. The plant would produce methanol from natural gas for use as a fuel in Asia. The plant would employ 1,000 workers during construction and 240 when it hopes to begin operating in 2018.Northwest Innovation proposed a similar methanol plant on the Columbia River at Clatskanie, Ore.
More than one million employees at the National Health Service (NHS) have been offered a three-year pay deal to increase pay between 6.5% and 29%.The pay proposal, which has been put forward by NHS Employers and health trade unions, would give all NHS employees at least £8.93 an hour from 1 April 2018 to earn a minimum annual salary of £17,460.Employees who are currently paid below the top of their existing pay band will be entitled to receive pay increases between 9% and 29% over the three-year pay deal period.In addition, the majority of staff who already earn the maximum in their pay band will still receive a pay rise of 6.5% between April 2018 and April 2020. This will consist of a 3% pay increase in April 2018, a 1.7% pay rise and a 1.1% lump sum payment both delivered in April 2019 and a further 1.67% pay increase from April 2020.Staff on lower-paid salaries, such as porters, cleaners and hospital caterers, will see their basic pay increase by 15% over the next three years as a result of the proposed pay reforms. This means that more than 100,000 employees will receive an additional £2,000 in their pay for 2018-2019.Basic pay for band five nurses who started work this year will also rise by 22% over the next three years, equating to a £4,842 increase. A band five nurse with two years’ experience will receive a 16% pay increase, equating to £3,819, while band five nurses earning the maximum within their pay band will receive a 6.5% pay increase, which is £1,869 more.Trade unions will now consult with their members regarding the pay offer.The government has confirmed that additional funds will be used to implement the pay increases so that existing NHS budgets will not be affected. If the pay offer is accepted, these funds will filter into English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland budgets to allow unions, devolved governments and employers to discuss how to implement the pay reforms.Danny Mortimer, chief executive officer at NHS Employers, said: “This three-year agreement sets out the pay investment that will be made and the reforms that employers, NHS trade unions and the Department of Health and Social Care are agreeing to implement together.“This deal will benefit more than a million health staff in England. To support long-term attraction and recruitment, starting salaries for all our non-medical staff groups will also see increases, which will help to make these roles more attractive for people considering a career in the largest employer in Europe. It will also ensure that existing staff receive deserved increases to pay, which will assist our work to value and retain these vital [employees].”Sara Gorton, head of health at trade union Unison and lead pay negotiator for the NHS unions added: “Seven years of pay freezes and wage increases well below the cost of living have meant significant financial hardship for health staff and their families. It’s also created headaches for employers as they struggled to attract new recruits and hold onto experienced staff.“The agreement means an end at last to the government’s self-defeating and unfair 1% pay cap. It won’t solve every problem in the NHS, but would go a long way towards making dedicated health staff feel more valued, lift flagging morale, and help turn the tide on employers’ staffing problems.“If health [employees] accept the offer, everyone’s wages will go further, and the lowest paid would get a significant income boost. Starting salaries for nurses, midwives and other health professionals would also become more attractive to people considering a career in the NHS.”
Bollywood actors Kareena Kapoor (L) and Shahid Kapur present creations by Indian designer Manish Malhotra at a fashion show on the final-day of the India fashion week in New Delhi September 3, 2006.ReutersShahid Kapoor is garnering praises from all quarters for his portrayal of an extremely complex, lost and damaged character like Kabir Singh. The movie, which is an official remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy, has been setting new benchmarks at the box office with its thunderous run. Shahid’s electrifying chemistry with Kiara Advani is also being talked about in the industry, but when Sasha was asked about his personal opinions on love, he couldn’t help but reminisce how miserable he felt after he went through a bitter break-up.It’s an open secret that Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor ended their relationship on a bitter note and their affair has remained one of the most talked about relationships in Bollywood. The two got close to each other while shooting for their 2004 movie Fida and dated for almost 5 years. However, things turned ugly between the two as Kareena’s growing closeness to Saif Ali Khan while filming Tashan had started bothering Shahid to a great extent.It was also being said that Kareena’s mother Babita Kapoor was totally against her relationship with Shahid and it was reported that Kareena used to ask producers to cast Shahid opposite her in their movies. Eventually, things didn’t work out between the two and Shahid and Kareena finally decided to go separate ways. It is believed that Babita Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan had a role in Shahid-Kareena’s break-up. Both Shahid and Kareena are currently living a happy life with their respective spouses and enjoying their marital bliss and having children. While Kareena got married to Saif Ali Khan, Shahid married Mira Rajput thereafter.Having been through broken relationships, Shahid said that break-up is a very dangerous phase in life and you feel your heart has broken into pieces.”You just keep brooding about one individual, and that is your love. At this point in time you do not like your surroundings and people around you as well. You damage yourself unknowingly, and this is shown in Kabir Singh as well. I too got nostalgic while playing this character, it reminded me of my college days. If you like a girl, you feel as though your heart has broken in pieces when she does not talk to you or does not respond. You feel emotional,” Shahid Kapoor told Deccan Chronicle in an interview.Talking about coping with break-ups, Shahid revealed that “he would sit in a corner and listen to emotional and heartbroken music to escape the depression” and also “took to the shoulders of friends and family members to be able to handle it.”However, Shahid, who is now in a happy phase with wife Mira Rajput, believes that life does not end if you fail in love. “We need to believe in love. And you ask why today’s marriages are not working? The senior generation has always been a strong believer in marriage; the current generation don’t bother about it maybe! I am from the old school of thought. I believe in the institution of marriage, and also love, which has to be passionate. I believe it should be selfless,” Shahid concluded.
Budget Chief Andrew Kleine, left, stands with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Finance Director Henry Raymond. The Mayor previewed Baltimore’s fiscal year 2016 budget for the press on April 1. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Baltimore’s fiscal year 2016 budget will continue to promote job growth and efficiency in government.“The fiscal policies put forward by this administration has laid the foundation for the creation of 12,000 new jobs, and a one-third reduction in the city’s unemployment rate since I took office,” said Rawlings-Blake.The new budget will not only help continue that progress on employment, said the mayor, but also continue to encourage greater efficiency in the operation of city agencies.“As we sought to get Baltimore growing again, I made it clear to agency heads that they would have to learn to do even more with less,” she said. “Everyone was put on notice that they would have to find reforms and find efficiencies within their budgets to better meet the needs of our residents without raising taxes or fees…The city’s workforce is now the smallest on record in a generation, demonstrating that agency leaders got the message I was sending from City Hall.”According to Andrew Kleine, budget chief for the city of Baltimore, the fiscal 2015 property tax rate of $2.248 on every $100 of assessed value ($2.13 for owner-occupied properties) will remain the same under the new budget, though the city remains on track—and slightly ahead of schedule—to achieve the mayor’s goal, announced back in 2011, of reducing the property tax rate by $0.20 by 2020.“The [Horseshoe] casino revenue has not been as strong, you all know that, so more of the costs of the tax relief is having to be absorbed elsewhere,” Kleine said. “We’re confident we will hit the 2020 [goal], but this year our current estimate is that that rate will be the same as in ’15.”firstname.lastname@example.org
Opera Max gets new VIP mode by Martin Brinkmann on December 22, 2016 in Opera – Last Update: December 22, 2016 – 8 commentsOpera Software announced today that Opera Max, a free VPN application for Android, crossed the 50 million active user mark after hitting 10 million active users in May of 2016.The company revealed a new Opera Max VIP mode on top of that which provides users of the app with another use option.As you may know already, the company switched on a time-limited mode in November 2016 which enables the VPN for up to 12 hours.This forced users of the app to add time to their VPN time quota regularly. My assumption back then was that Opera Software did that first and foremost for generating ad views as it added ads to the “add time” page of the application.While I don’t mind seeing ads if the service that is provided is good enough, Ghacks for instance survives because of ads as well, I disliked this nagging feature because it made life difficult for users of the application.While the active user growth is something to really get exciting about, it is likely that Opera lost users because of this as well. Some who might dislike that they are forced to open the application to “add time” to their quote regularly, others because of the ads themselves, and another group because there is no subscription option available to get rid of the ads and the time restrictions.Opera Max VIP modeOpera Max’s new VIP mode gives users who fall into the first category a way out. The new mode can be enabled from within the application. Once done, Opera Max can be used without time restrictions.This means that you won’t have to recharge the time quota regularly anymore when you are using the application.The downside to this is that Opera Max will display an advertisement on the phone’s charge screen whenever it is charged.But now, with the all-new VIP mode, you can get unlimited savings and privacy without topping up your timer. In exchange, an ad will show up on your charge screen. This will be visible on the lockscreen, but only when your phone is plugged in to charge.Here is how that looks like:The ad screen was displayed on my phone after I unlocked it. The lockscreen itself was untouched by the change.So, you get ads that are “more in your face” than before but also unlimited access to Opera Max so that you don’t have to add time regularly to your quote anymore.Note that the lock screen ads are displayed even when Opera Max is not running.Now You: Which mode do you prefer, and why?SummaryArticle NameOpera Max gets new VIP modeDescriptionOpera Software revealed a new Opera Max VIP mode on December 22, 2016 which gives users of the Android app unlimited time again.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
by The Associated Press Posted Dec 8, 2017 11:18 am PDT Last Updated Dec 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Second actress steps forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman FILE- In this May 21, 2017 photo, actor Dustin Hoffman poses for photographers during the photo call for the film “The Meyerowitz Stories” at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. A second actress has come forward to accuse Hoffman of allegations of sexual harassment. Kathryn Rossetter, who co-starred with Hoffman in “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway, says the Oscar-winner would grope her nightly, demand foot rubs and once pulled her slip over her head to expose her breasts in front of the crew. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) NEW YORK, N.Y. – A second actress has come forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of allegations of sexual harassment, calling the Oscar-winner’s conduct “a horrific, demoralizing and abusive experience”Kathryn Rossetter, who co-starred with Hoffman in “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway in 1984, said the Oscar-winner would grope her nightly, demand foot rubs and once pulled her slip over her head to expose her breasts in front of the backstage crew. She said she cried nightly.Rossetter told her account in The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, a month after actress Anna Graham Hunter alleged Hoffman groped her and made inappropriate comments when she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of the 1985 TV movie “Death of a Salesman,” in which Rossetter reprised her stage role. Rossetter filmed her part in three days and said she had no knowledge of how Hoffman treated anyone on the set.Hoffman’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Hoffman has previously denied abusing Hunter, saying her allegations were “not reflective of who I am.”Rossetter, who went on to have roles in “Speed 2: Cruise Control” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” wrote that Hoffman “left dirty fingerprints on my soul.”Hunter’s allegations against the actor recently prompted comedian and “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver to publicly question Hoffman during an anniversary screening of his film “Wag the Dog.” During a panel discussion, Oliver said Hoffman’s reply that harassment was not reflective of who he is was a “cop-out,” adding: “It is reflective of who you were.”