OTTAWA — Forcing cable and satellite TV providers to offer pick-and-pay pricing could result in some television channels disappearing, and likely won’t mean lower prices for consumers, say industry insiders.[np_storybar title=”Tories to force TV providers to let consumers ‘pick and choose’ individual channels” link=”http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/10/13/cable-and-satellite-tv-services-must-offer-more-consumer-choice-industry-minister-james-moore/”%5DConsumers are frustrated over being forced to buy large bundles of channels they don’t want when they sign up for satellite and cable TV services, says Industry Minister James Moore. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Industry Minister James Moore says the Harper government’s throne speech Wednesday will outline plans to mandate an unbundling of TV offerings.The Conservatives are expected to instruct Canada’s broadcast regulator to require that cable and satellite TV service providers offer a form of a-la-carte pricing, where consumers can choose to pay for individual channels.The move will be “evolutionary” for Canada’s broadcast sector, say industry watchers who see pick-and-pay as a necessity with broadcasters trying to compete with increasingly popular online services, including Netflix.But content producers and independent specialty channel operators are running scared.Potentially every broadcaster, at least initially, would be worse off“We’re very worried,” says a television executive who did not want to be identified.“Potentially every broadcaster, at least initially, would be worse off” under pick-and-pay, he said.It’s also likely to spark a war among broadcasters and service providers and will certainly mean a ramping up of marketing by the cable and satellite companies to convince customers to stay with bundled packages.There are already hints of the battles that lay ahead.Cable companies will demand more “flexible” pricing from the television networks that supply the programming, an executive with Rogers told The Canadian Press.If there is more flexibility, consumers, producers and the distribution companies will all benefit, said Rogers vice-president Kenneth Engelhart.“I’m optimistic that we can have pick-and-pay, we can have a valuable service and we can have Canadian content,” said Engelhart.“I believe we can have it all.”Shaw Communications, which has strongly opposed pick-and-pay, declined to comment Tuesday when asked about the pitfalls of such a pricing model.Some channels rarely watched by viewers will certainly disappear as a pick-and-pay system comes into place, said Michael Hennessy, president and CEO of the Canadian Media Production Association.“It’s almost inevitable because, to the extent that pick-and-pay reduces the penetration of all channels — and therefore reduces subscriber and advertising revenues — some will just simply not be (economically viable),” he said.“But the big question is: Will (pick-and-pay) be the primary model, or will the response from the industry be even more attractive packaging?”As well, consumers may not benefit from lower prices, say other observers.Service providers could raise prices for on-demand programming if they see revenues decline, or begin to charge more for individual channels in markets where there is little competition.Adopting regulations of this magnitude will take time. The Conservatives are likely to throw the entire process into the hands of the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission.The CRTC is already scheduled to hold consultations on the future of television, beginning Oct. 24. The regulator wants to gather the views of Canadians on how they think the broadcasting system should function. Pick-and-pay prices is certain to be raised as an issue.But those consultations could take months, and developing regulations even longer. And that means it could be 2015 or beyond — well after the next federal election — before cable and satellite TV distributors are mandated to adopt a new pricing model.In the meantime, there is nothing preventing service providers from adopting new pricing models on their own.Companies such as Videotron (TSX:QBR.B) are already offering a form of pick-and-pay. Eastlink also allows customers to choose from a list of channels under what it calls its Personal Picks plan. Prices vary depending on how many channels are selected.Rogers has also experimented with pick-and-pay, saying the pricing scheme was popular while it was offered to customers in London, Ont. The experiment lasted only a few months, ending in March 2012.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended October trading sharply lower Thursday, amid major announcements from the oilpatch, earnings disappointments and uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s next move.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,361.26 -94.07 -0.70%S&P 500 — 1,756.54 -6.77 -0.38%Dow — 15,545.75 -73.01 -0.47%Nasdaq — 3,919.71 -10.91 -0.28%The S&P/TSX composite index was down 94.07 points to 13,361.26, led by sliding gold stocks.Despite the decline, the TSX closed at a 27-month high as the market enjoyed its best month all year, leaving the main index up 4.5% for the month and 7.5% year to date.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) was a major drag, down 54 cents or 10.23% to $4.74 on very heavy volume of 27.2 million shares, as the transport giant posted adjusted net income of $165 million or nine cents per share, which was one cent below estimates. Revenue of $4.1 billion also missed analyst estimates.“Their order backlog is up a little bit, but at the same time, order backlogs don’t produce anything until the equipment is completed and sold and delivered,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at ScotiaMcLeod.The Canadian dollar rose as growth for August came in higher than economists had forecast. The loonie was up 0.52 of a cent to 95.9 cents US after Statistics Canada reported that gross domestic product grew by 0.3% in August versus an expected rise of 0.2%.Suncor Energy Inc. announced that the $13.5-billion Fort Hills oilsands project will go ahead. The cost will be shared between Canada’s largest energy company and partners Total E&P Canada Ltd. and Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B).Suncor also said it recorded net earnings of $1.69 billion, or $1.13 per common share, for the third quarter, compared with $1.54 billion, or $1.01 per common share a year ago. Suncor stock moved down 10 cents to $37.89 while Teck lost $1.41 to $27.90.U.S. indexes were lower after the Fed left traders no wiser about when the central bank might start tapering its US$85 billion monthly bond purchasing program.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 73.01 points to 15,545.75, the Nasdaq was down 10.91 points to 3,919.71 while the S&P 500 index lost 6.77 points to 1,756.54.The Fed said it would maintain the program for now but hinted that tapering could occur earlier than many investors thought. There had been hopes that the Fed wouldn’t move until at least March, well after Janet Yellen has taken over the reins at the central bank.Gold stocks were the biggest sector decliner, down 4.3% while December bullion fell $25 to US$1,324.30 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) fell $1.07 to C$26.56.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) is cutting its capital spending budget by a further US$1 billion next year as a result of suspending construction at its troubled Pascua-Lama project located by the Argentina-Chile border. At the same time, the miner handed in adjusted earnings of 58 cents per share, seven cents better than estimates. Its shares were 62 cents lower to $20.28.Techs were also a drag as shares in business software company Open Text Corp. (TSX:OTC) fell $2.63 or 3.3% to $76.62 even as the company more than doubled its quarterly profits to $30.6 million, or 52 cents per share.The base metals sector was down 1.23% as December copper lost two cents to US$3.30 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) dropped 18 cents to C$8.50.The energy sector was down 0.3% with December crude down 39 cents to US$96.38 following a tumble of almost $1.50 Wednesday in the wake of data showing a much bigger than expected rise in U.S. inventories last week.Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO) had $647 million of net income, or 76 cents per share, down from $1.04 billion or $1.22 a year earlier and below the estimate of 98 cents per share and its shares dropped 42 cents to C$45.53.Financials were down a slight 0.1% but was one of the star TSX performers, up over 6% for the month and 18% year to date with markets feeling a lot more comfortable that the Canadian housing sector isn’t coming in for a hard landing.“I’m not too sure there are any worries about the housing market,” said Ketchen, adding there are other reasons bank stocks have become so popular with most of the big banks hitting fresh, 52-week highs this week.“I think when you look at the dividend increases, earnings increases and the Canadian banking industry has a very, very strong reputation and people feel comfortable with (financials),” he said. TOP STORIESOnce again, oil and gas comes to rescue Canada’s economyBarrick Gold suspends work at troubled Pascua-Lama mineBombardier dives most in 8 months as it fails to deliver on CSeries update and profitSuncor approves $13.5B Fort Hills oil sands project to boost productionWHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:58 a.m.Markit Manufacturing PMI (Oct): Economists expect a reading of 51.1, flat from last month 10 a.m.ISM index (Oct): Economists expect a reading of 55, down from last month CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESChevron Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.73 a share The Washington Post Company Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$5.54 a share CANADAFirst Capital Realty Inc Q3 earnings Fortis Incorporated Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 26¢ a share Norbord Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 20¢ a share Pembina Pipeline Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 25¢ a share SNC-Lavalin Group Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 81¢ a share
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action against Penn State on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Michigan won 28-16.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe rivalry between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines is about to get a lot more interesting on Saturday.This will be the first game in which Urban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh will face off in what many would consider the most intriguing meeting between the two teams since 2006. Harbaugh has been a successful head coach on both the college and professional level. In stops with the University of San Diego and Stanford, Harbaugh posted a 58-27 record with two conference championships at San Diego in 2005 and 2006, respectively. After Stanford finished 12-1 with an Orange Bowl win over Virginia Tech in 2011, Harbaugh left the collegiate ranks for the NFL, becoming the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers. He posted a 44-19 record, including a loss to his brother’s team, the Baltimore Ravens, in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. After a rift between Harbaugh and the 49ers front office following an 8-8 finish in 2014, Harbaugh left San Francisco to go back to his alma mater and coach the team he onced quarterbacked: Michigan. Both Michigan and OSU have been teams to be reckoned with in the Big Ten this season, and part of that is due to the job that both Meyer and Harbaugh are doing at their respective schools. ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit said this game will be different because of what Harbaugh brings to the table as the man in charge at Michigan. “Spice. Intensity. For me, even when Ohio State was winning with Jim Tressel, the fan in me liked Woody (Hayes) and Bo (Schembechler). I like the angst, the emotion, the, ‘I’m not going to cross midfield to shake his hand,’” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know if we are going to get to that level with (Meyer) and (Harbaugh), but it’s going to be different. It’s going to be different just because of the personality of (Harbaugh). I’m one of these guys that starting Sunday morning, I don’t know if I’ll sleep because of what could be at stake this weekend. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”Despite much of the focus being on the two successful coaches, Harbaugh said in a Monday press conference that the focus should not be on them but on their players.“My reaction to the coach vs. coach build-up is he’s not going to be blocking anybody; he’s not going to be tackling anybody,” Harbaugh said. “I’m going to be on the sideline blocking and tackling nobody.”OSU coach Urban Meyer stands on the sideline during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost 17-14.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorEven so, it’s hard to ignore the impact the coaches have had on their respective programs and in turn, the rivalry in general. When each coach took the helm, the program finished under .500 the year prior. In Meyer’s first season in Columbus in 2012 and Harbaugh’s first one this year, the teams made major strides. Based on the first-year improvement, it’s completely reasonable to assume that the programs will maintain a level of success for years to come. That is the reason why these two teams have the potential to re-establish arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports. With these two premier coaches leading the programs, the recruiting classes for these two teams should be among the best in the country, so the talent pool should be overflowing. With all of the eventual talent coming to these schools, the rivalry will only grow. And with that, the prominence of one of college football’s biggest rivalries will be restored.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIAC lauds Guyana/India relationshipJanuary 9, 2015In “Politics”Education Minister under fire for “chhatri” response to Diwali, Phagwah dates mix-upDecember 8, 2017In “latest news”Outgoing Indian High Commissioner calls on President GrangerJune 20, 2019In “latest news” Dear Editor,The Indian Action Committee (IAC) having made numerous enquiries through meetings and correspondences with the Government of Guyana (GOG) regarding the installation of the Indian Immigration Monument at Palmyra, is sensing some amount of confusion surrounding the project and therefore seeks clarification.The IAC raised the matter of the monument with H.E. President David Granger in August 2016 and noted its desire for the project to be completed in time for the centenary of the end of Indian Indentureship which was observed in March 2017. The IAC was advised to meet with the then Permanent Secretary of the Ministry responsible for Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr. Alfred King.The IAC later in September 2016, met with and was informed by the First Secretary of the High Commission of India, Mr Tashi Dandi Bhutia, that the bronze components of the monument had arrived in Guyana. He also noted that the Government of India (GOI) suggested technical persons from India for the overlooking of the installation.The IAC also met with former Minister within the Ministry of Education with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry, in July 2017. While the honourable Minister did not provide an exact timeline for completion, she gave assurance that the installation would be ready by early 2018. She also pointed out that “soil testing was not done on the land” and there was a lot of outstanding work.Minister Henry stated that the bronze components were in safe keeping at the Guyana National Stadium and a sum of $GYD100M had already been allocated for the project which the government had planned to complete as early as possible.The IAC, in January 2018, met with Minister Dr. George Norton, who assumed responsibility for Culture, for an update and was told that he submitted a detailed investigative report with recommendations from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) to the High Commissioner of India. Minister Norton asserted that he was not in a position to give a definitive answer but noted that he would raise the IAC’s concerns with his government.Through an article in one of the local dailies, the IAC learnt that the MPI will now oversee the construction of the monument with completion expected in time for October. While the IAC would welcome, even though cautiously, this new development, it adds to the perceived confusion as to what really transpired to prevent the completion of the monument.The IAC would be challenged to hide its disappointment as the monument remains incomplete as two major milestones passed; the 100th anniversary of the abolition of Indian Indentureship and the 180th anniversary of the arrival of Indian in Guyana observed on May 05, 2018. The IAC believes that the completion could have been effected at least for the second milestone had the efforts been sustained despite the setback of the collapsed foundation.The IAC therefore seek some answers regarding the role, if any, of the GOI henceforth including the presence of its Engineers; if the construction of the monument park is catered for in the new deadline as reflected in the newspaper article and if the time period between now and October is adequate for the quantum and thorough work needed.Also it would be remiss of the IAC if it doesn’t politely ask if the much anticipated visit to Guyana by the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodardas Modi had not been reportedly scheduled for November 2018, if this intervention would have been forthcoming given the extensive delays over the years.Yours sincerely,The IAC
Rio Tinto, together with joint venture partners Mitsui and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, have approved an investment of $1.55 billion (Rio Tinto’s 53% share $820 million) to sustain production capacity at two projects which form part of the Robe River Joint Venture in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.The joint venture partners will invest $967 million (Rio Tinto share $513 million) to develop the Mesa B, C and H deposits at Robe Valley, and $579 million (Rio Tinto share $307 million) in developing Deposits C and D at the existing West Angelas operation. These investments enable Rio Tinto to sustain production of the Pilbara Blend, which it says is “the world’s most recognised brand of iron ore, and its Robe Valley lump and fines products, which are highly valued by long-term customers.”Subject to government and environmental approvals, construction of both projects is expected to start next year with an estimated 1,200 jobs created during this phase. First ore is currently anticipated from 2021. These investments will also provide significant opportunities for local businesses as part of Rio Tinto’s commitment to local procurement and supporting West Australian businesses.Once operational, both projects will feature the latest technology with 34 existing haul trucks to be retrofitted with Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) technology, delivering safety and productivity gains to the business.Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said “The development at West Angelas will help sustain production of the Pilbara Blend, the industry’s benchmark premium iron ore product, while the additional Robe Valley deposits will enable us to continue to provide a highly valued product to our long-term customers across Asia.“The approval of these two projects highlights the strong pipeline of development options within our portfolio as we remain focused on our value-over-volume strategy.”Rio Tinto’s funding commitment for both projects of $820 million forms part of the company’s existing replacement capital guidance of around $2.7 billion from 2018 to 2020.Rio Tinto owns 53% of the Robe River Joint Venture, Mitsui 33% and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp 14%.
Stay on target ESA Satellite Avoids Potential Collision With SpaceX Starlink CraftSpaceX’s Starhopper Aces Final Test Flight in Texas Following a successful test hop for the Starhopper prototype, SpaceX is ready to move on to the next phase of the Starship design process, which involves completing a prototype for the Mars-bound spacecraft.The company, which aims to transport people to the moon and Mars in the future, is now building orbital Starship prototypes, Mk1 and Mk2, at facilities in Texas and Florida, CBNC.com reported. On Monday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk teased photos on Twitter and they give a behind-the-scenes look at Mk1, a Starship prototype under construction at SpaceX’s Texas-based facility, Space.com noted.Just left Starship Texas build site. Very proud of progress SpaceX team has made! Pics are of 9m dome rotation & Starship airframe behind windbreak. pic.twitter.com/1cmOzkPlkn— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2019“Just left Starship Texas build site,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Very proud of progress SpaceX team has made!”The tweet, which was posted on Aug. 5, also features four photos of a nine-meter dome rotation as it’s being prepared to be placed on the stainless steel frame of the Starship prototype vehicle. The photos also feature a giant structure, which according to Musk, is a “windbreak,” that is used to shield the prototype from Texas winds that ruined SpaceX’s Starhopper prototype earlier this year.Unlike the Starhopper prototype, Mk1 and Mk2 will be different in terms of design and layout. Starhopper has one Raptor engine and will stay within our planet’s atmosphere during tests, while Mk1 and Mk2 will have at least three Raptor engines and are made to reach orbit, according to Musk.Very convincing! Ok, Boca it is. We should have Starship Mk1 with 3 Raptors almost ready to fly by then.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 4, 2019The final version of Starship is expected to have six Raptor engines and ferry 100 passengers to the moon and Mars. Super Heavy, a giant rocket that will launch Starship up to space, will have 35 of these advanced engines.Great progress by Starship Cape team. Started several months behind, but catching up fast. This will be a super fun race to orbit, moon & Mars!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 6, 2019However, these design specifications might change. Over the weekend, Musk announced that he will provide a Starship design update on Aug. 24 at SpaceX’s Boca Chica facility in Texas. Following this update, Mk1 will be almost ready to experience its first flight.More on Geek.com:SpaceX’s Starhopper Prototype Completes First Free-Flying Test HopWatch: SpaceX Boat Catches Falcon 9 Rocket Nose Cone at SeaNASA Taps SpaceX, Blue Origin to Boost Space Tech
Facebook Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? John Oliver WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Could Bray Wyatt Return During WrestleMania? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles The Undertaker to appear on Smackdown Live on September 10 from Madison Square Garden Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Bray Wyatt Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMatt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are OutdatedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Matt Hardy Says John Olivers WWE Claims Are Outdated Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Twitter The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Pinterest The Undertaker no longer appearing at WWE events in the UKThe Undertaker, who was advertised to appear at the Smackdown taping in London on April 19 and a live event in Newcastle on April 20, is now no longer scheduled to be part of the tour according to multiple wrestling media reports on Sunday. WWE announced that Triple H had been added to the European tour as a replacement for Undertaker and Shane McMahon was added to RAW tomorrow night in London.Bray Wyatt injury updateWWE has sent Bray Wyatt home after suffering a right calf injury on Wednesday in Milan, Italy according to a report by PWInsider. It still remains to be seen how much time Wyatt will be missing as a result of the injury as WWE has yet to provide an official update since last week.Renee Young to miss the European tourWWE announcer Renee Young revealed on in a response on Twitter that she would be missing the current European tour due to visa issues.@WWETOWNnation none, I’m trapped in the US bc of my visa right now. So I’ll be at home refreshing the toilet paper rolls.— Donkey Kong Daddy (@ReneeYoungWWE) April 16, 2016
Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, refused to talk about individual players from his squad or the rumors linking him to Real Madrid.After getting a draw at Stamford Bridge with Manchester United last weekend, people keep talking about Jose Mourinho’s future in the club and they keep linking him to Real Madrid even now.Instead of asking the manager about the crucial Champions League match against Juventus this Tuesday, the press members wanted to talk about individual players like Paul Pogba or Mourinho’s possible sacking rumors.As soon as these questions started coming his way, the Portuguese manager began to evade them and even told the media that he didn’t like how the conference was going thus far.”I was proud of the boys and we are positive because we played really well [on Saturday],” Jose tells #MUTV. “It is a good feeling to have before a big match.” #MUFC pic.twitter.com/R92kktsXgM— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 22, 2018“I’m happy here. I’m happy to see my contract out to the very last day and I would like to stay after my contract ends. All I’m thinking about is Manchester United,” said Mourinho to reporters via Manchester United’s website.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I don’t like this press conference, I don’t want to speak about [Paul] Pogba. I don’t want to speak about individuals, I don’t want to speak to the Spanish journalists because they are only interested in Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo,” added the manager.“I’m going to play against one of the biggest clubs in the world, one of the biggest candidates to win the competition – that’s what motivates me, that’s what brings me here and I think the press conference is going in another direction. So, if it is going in another direction, I also want to go in another direction.”“Juventus have a lot to offer. They have an extra year’s experience of course with the same coach. For the last five years or so they’ve been real contenders to win the title,” he concluded.Even Jose got in on the act! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/4FvD5j0XrQ— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 22, 2018
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:britain, ed miliband, premier rufus ewing, reputation, tax information exchange agreements, turks and caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – TCI Premier stating that these islands are not a ‘tax haven’ and taking grave exception to statements made by UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband who is under fire from overseas territories which are outraged at his charges lined to alleged tax dodgers. Hon Rufus Ewing in a statement issued yesterday explains that the TCI is a well regulated, compliant jurisdiction and that the country stands in solidarity with other OTs on the matter. Premier listed that the TCI has maintained and I quote: “…FATF Standards, Global Forum Standards and have signed numerous Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs), including the US-FATCA, UK-FATCA and multilateral agreement on automatic exchange of information in Berlin on 29 October 2014, among numerous others agreements.” Most recently, he said, the Deputy Premier joined other UK OT Leaders, and supported the UK Prime Minister Cameron during his presidency of the G8 as the United Kingdom made commitments to improve transparency of information to combat tax evasion, money laundering and financing of terrorism. It was explained that for the territories, Prime Minister Cameron – whom he said does not label the territories as Tax Havens – is already acting on commitments for a publicly available central registry of beneficial ownership of companies in the UK and has encouraged the territories to follow the lead. Ed Miliband in statements made on the weekend said he was sending a letter to warn the territories about sheltering tax evaders who are causing the people of Britain to miss out on benefits from their tax dollars. The Premier said he has received no letter; at least not yet. Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Crown Land Motion by PDM demands better process Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aid
Police are investigating a woman for drunken driving after she crashed her SUV into the Sitka’s downtown postal substation Tuesday night.In addition to crushing the storefront, the SUV hit a parked car, a street sign, and ran over the mailbox. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Sitka police lieutenant Lance Ewers says that the woman was leaving the Moose Lodge a little after 9 PM in an SUV, when the vehicle crossed the street, jumped the curb, and ran head-on into the post office.“She ran smack-dab into it, and somehow managed to hit another parked vehicle, and a sign. And also, in trying to leave the area, ran over the outside mailbox. Just all kinds of things. So thankfully — thankfully — no one was hurt.”Substation manager Ed Conway says the damage will not interfere with postal operations. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The driver, however, reportedly sustained injuries and was transported to Sitka Community Hospital for treatment. Ewers says police executed a search warrant to obtain a sample of her blood. It will be sent to the state crime lab. He calls the case “very solvable.”“The facts that were developed at the scene of the crime are leading us in the direction that she was under the influence of alcohol.”There is no cost estimate for the incident. Ewers says the woman’s Izuzu sustained major front-end damage. Contractors were already busy at the post office Wednesday morning, where the left side of the store front had been crushed. Substation manager Ed Conway says it likely would be very expensive to replace the custom windows, but he does not yet have a figure. He adds that the damage would not affect post office operations, and that it would be business-as-usual until repairs were complete.
State Bank of India’s (SBI) mobile-wallet, SBI Buddy, will now allow users to buy tickets for train travel in India. The bank also plans to integrate its app with all its cash deposit machines (CDMs), business correspondents (BCs) and automated teller machines (ATMs).With 34 percent market share of all mobile banking transactions in the country, and 34 lakh subscribers to SBI Buddy, the bank signed up with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) on Friday to make payments using its wallet. Further, by September, the wallets will also be allowed to load money from the bank’s CDMs or network of 67,000 BCs.Bringing its huge distribution network to help push its mobile-based virtual wallet initiative, SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya said the bank may not have the luxury to offer cash-back and other offers similar to other competitors in the mobile wallet space, but it does have the benefit of trust.SBI, which has enabled online payment on its app earlier, on Friday went a step ahead allowing users to pay using the app within the stores or ‘in location’ as it is called. It signed up another agreement with Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail firm to help its Buddy users buy brands like Louis Philippe, Van Heusen, Allen Solly and Peter England across its 1,200 stores.The mobile-wallet that can be used even by non-SBI customers will soon be allowed to make payments at 3.45 lakh shops, which have SBI’s credit card swipe machines. Though not available immediately, this will be the bank’s next stage in value addition.To allow wallet to load money, the bank plans to link its wallet with know your customer (KYC) requirement of the bank, which it says will further be simplified to include the Aadhaar-based authentication.
– / 4 00:00 /00:44 The line of people who came to pay former President George H.W. Bush their last respects wrapped around two corners of the nearby Second Baptist Church, from where mourners were shuttled to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, where Bush was lying in repose.Overall, about 12,000 people came to view Bush’s flag-draped casket, according to Bush spokesman Jim McGrath.The first shuttle was set to begin boarding Wednesday at 4:45 pm, but Donnie Berkheimer-Lubeck said she was the first one to arrive at 9 a.m., hours before they let her line up. She said viewing the casket along with the honor guard was beautiful.“It’s very solemn. I mean it takes your breath away,” she said. “Of course, knowing it’s the last time we ever get to see him, you know, this is it, it has quite an effect on you.”Denton Ragland said he worked on Bush’s presidential campaign in 1988, and that he’s gotten more emotional about Bush’s death than he expected.“He’s an enduring example of what we should all strive for in our personal lives and the life of our country,” he said, choking up.Jan Robertson, a U.S. history teacher at George Bush High School, was wearing an American flag shirt and Santa Claus socks in honor of Bush.She said the late president’s kindness is what the country needs to get back to.“You could bring George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton together for various projects, I think was phenomenal,” she said. “And just his whole demeanor and what not, I’m just here to say thanks.”Lynne Campbell Bonham, who came with her daughter, said she has known the Bushes for over 50 years and went to the same church as them, St. Martin’s Episcopal, where she taught Sunday School, just like Barbara Bush.“They were just such wonderful people,” she said. “And they were so down to earth. And they loved everybody, and everybody loved them.”Mohsan Tajipour said he considered it his duty as a U.S. citizen to pay Bush his respects, and that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.“That was an honor to me to go and just (pay) my respect and all to the president,” he said.The funeral service was scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday morning at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.After that Bush’s body will be taken by train to College Station, where he will be buried at his presidential library at Texas A&M University. Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
You may remember last month we reported on the first Xbox One laptop, called the Xbook One. It was created by engineer Ed Zarick, who has previously created an Xbox 360 laptop called the Xbook. Now he’s turned his attention to the PS4 and produced the equivalent, calling it the PlayBook 4.The PlayBook 4 has been created due to the demand Zarick has seen for the Xbox One version. What you get is pretty much the equivalent, except with Sony hardware inside. So that’s the same 22-inch 1080p display, and the same casing design. Unlike the Xbook One he didn’t have to swap out the fan for being too tall, and all ports are retained. You also get the bonus of only having one power cord.Zarick is offering the original black and Destiny white editions of the laptop, and you can choose what color you want the corners of the laptop to be at time of ordering.As for pricing, that’s the same as the Xbook One, too. You can have Zarick provide everything and it’ll cost $1,395. Provide your own PS4 and the price drops to $1,095, and if you want HDMI Out then add $50. Shipping is $75 in the US (international shipping will be quoted when ordering), but you’ll need to provide an up front non-refundable deposit of $750 to show you’re serious about wanting the laptop.
In a bonanza, the 14th Finance Commission has recommended a record 10 percentage point increase in the states’ share of Union taxes to 42 per cent, which has been accepted by the Centre and will give the states an additional Rs 1.78 lakh crore in 2015-16.The report of the Commission, headed by former RBI Governor Y V Reddy, also recommended a grants-in-aid of Rs 48,906 crore for 11 revenue deficit states, including Andhra Pradesh post division, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir, for 2015-16. For the period up to 2020, it will be over Rs 1.94 Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashlakh crore.The total devolution to the states in 2015-16 will be Rs 5.26 lakh crore, as against Rs 3.48 lakh crore in 2014-15, representing an increase of Rs 1.78 lakh crore. The total devolution to states during the five year period up to 2019-20 will be Rs 39.48 lakh crore. Addressing a press conference, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Centre has accepted the recommendations of the Finance Commission and it shows NDA government’s commitment to cooperative federalism. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsIn a letter to all Chief Ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the increased money with states will give them the required freedom to tailor make development schemes to suit their needs. Besides raising the share of states in the divisible pool of central taxes from 32 per cent previously to 42 per cent, the Finance Commission also provided for Rs 2.87 lakh crore for five year period for Panchayats and Municipalities.“The higher tax devolution will allow states greater autonomy in financing and designing of schemes as per their needs and requirements,” the report said. Jaitley said 42 per cent increase in states’ share is “the largest ever change in percentage of devolution. In the past, when Finance Commissions have recommended an increase, it has been in the range of 1-2 per cent.” He further said that as compared to the devolutions in 2014-15, the total outgo towards the states in 2015-16 will see an increase of over 45 per cent. The Commission suggested a fiscal deficit target of 3.6 per cent for 2015-16 and 3 per cent in subsequent years. Abhijit Sen, one of the four members of the Finance Commission, has submitted a dissent note suggesting that devolution to the states should be pegged at 38 per cent in the first year and should be maintained at that level unless there is an agreement to deal with the fiscal problems.With regards to Goods and Services Tax (GST), the report said: “We expect that the final GST design would have all the characteristics of a good tax system such as broad base, low rate, minimum rate differentiation, low compliance cost and reduced distortions to the economy”.It suggested that 100 per cent compensation be paid to the states in the first, second and third years, 75 per cent compensation in the fourth year and 50 per cent compensation in the fifth and final year after GST roll out. “We recommend the creation of an autonomous and independent GST Compensation Fund through legislative actions in a manner that it gives reasonable comfort to States, while limiting the period of operation appropriately,” it added.
ViZion + Wireless DR panel image courtesy of ViztekAugust 4, 2015 — Viztek showcased its full portfolio of digital radiography (DR) and picture archiving and communication system (PACS) offerings at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) meeting & exposition in Las Vegas, July 19-22. Leading the Viztek product line-up were the Leggera and ViZion + Wireless DR panels, the U-Arm DR with Ultra software and the IT-enabled Exa PACS solution.Leggera/ViZion + DR Panels: The complete Viztek line of DR panels are indicated for use in any new or retrofit system. They use passive trigger technology for ease of integration and flexible usage. The panels can be sold as complete new dual detector rooms, u-arms or straight arms as well as retrofit options. Panels come in both cesium and gadolinium technology, in 17×17 fixed, 14×17 wireless and 14×17 tethered options.U-Arm DR: The U-Arm DR offers high image quality, with greater visualization of soft tissue and bones from the same study exposure. The single workstation system improves productivity and decreases the chance of operator error. The U-Arm also features user-friendly controls, which allow for a more confident diagnosis.Ultra Software: Introduced at the AHRA 2014 show, Viztek’s Ultra DR imaging software broadens capabilities for radiologists and technologists. Ultra allows everything to be done on one screen, improving the overall workflow and allowing more time for patient care. The software is customizable, allowing physicians and technologists to preset the user-friendly controls to capture the preferred views. Also available is the Pediatric Imaging Package, ideal for any facility that is dose conscious and working to align with the goals and recommendations of the American College of Radiology’s (ACR’s) Image Gently initiative. The system alerts the technologist about the necessary steps to take in order to reduce dose during pediatric exams, while the use of the cesium iodide (CsI) detector enables excellent image quality at lower doses.Exa PACS: Exa PACS is built on the latest in information technology (IT) advancements to provide a user-friendly platform that efficiently manages data. The fully Web-based PACS platform is supported on any device, enabling immediate, remote access to full PACS functionality for radiologists. Now radiologists have the ability to read any study on a single workstation, creating a streamlined workflow. The Exa PACS also integrates with Viztek’s Exa EHR (electronic health record) to store and share data required for Meaningful Use and for access to a patient’s complete medical history, providing a more informed diagnosis. The intelligent linking feature between the EHR and PACS prevents physicians from manually searching for outside comparison images. 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Singapore enforces “outrage of modesty” law. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T An Australian man faces corporal punishment in Singapore after swearing on a Tiger Airways flight.Perth resident Bruce Griffiths was arrested and charged under the country’s “outrage of modesty” laws following an altercation onboard a Singapore-bound flight earlier this month, the West Australian reported.Mr Griffiths, who was sitting in the centre seat of his row, allegedly got up to allow a female passenger to go to the bathroom, disturbing the sleep of the male passenger in the aisle seat.The male swore at Mr Griffiths, who returned the abuse, at which point cabin crew had to intervene.The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warns “outrage of modesty” crimes can apply on aircraft registered in Singapore and inbound Singapore-owned carriers.According to Smartraveller, an Australian government travel advisory service, “outrage of modesty” crimes can consist of “men behaving inappropriately towards women, using inappropriate language and inappropriate touching”.The site warns that these laws are “strict”.The 47-year old Australian man faces a possible two-year jail term, 24 lashes of the cane or a fine if convicted.Tiger Airways has launched its own investigation into the incident.
in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Some of the biggest banks in the U.S. reported an improvement in the overall mortgage performance in Q3 according to the Office of the Comptroller of Currency’s (OCC’s) Mortgage Metrics report.The report revealed that as of September 30, 2018, the reporting banks had serviced 17.2 million first-lien mortgage loans with $3.26 trillion in unpaid principal balances indicating 32 percent of all residential mortgage debt outstanding in the U.S. This indicated that 95.4 percent mortgages were current and performing compared with 94.8 percent a year ago.Looking at loan modifications in Q3, the report indicated that servicers completed 25,701 modifications, a decrease of 21.3 percent over the last quarter. Of these, 21,766 were combination modifications that included “multiple actions affecting affordability and sustainability of the loan, such as an interest rate reduction and a term extension.”Among the 21,766 completed combination modifications, the report said, 96.6 percent included capitalization of delinquent interest and fees, 43.4 percent included an interest rate reduction or freeze, 96 percent included a term extension, 1.2 percent a principal reduction, and 13.5 percent included principal deferral.The report also said that of the 23,427 modifications that were completed during the first quarter of 2018, “servicers reported 3,580, or 15.3 percent, were 60 or more days past due or in the process of foreclosure at the end of the month that they became six months old.”Servicers also initiated 28,508 new foreclosures during the third quarter of 2018, according to This marked a 3.7 percent quarter-over-quarter decrease and a 16.8 percent decline from a year ago.Home forfeiture actions during the quarter that included completed foreclosure sales, short sales, and deed-in-lieu-of-foreclosure action, decreased 30.4 percent from last year to 15,506.The report is based on data collected on first-lien residential mortgage loans serviced by seven national banks with large mortgage servicing portfolios. They include Bank of America, Citibank, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Bank, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo. The report excludes mortgage loans like junior liens, home equity lines of credit (HELOC), and reverse mortgages.Click here to read the full report. December 13, 2018 652 Views Bank of America CitiBank Foreclosure HSBC JPMorgan Chase Loan Modification mortgage Mortgage Performance OCC PNC Bank U.S. Bank Wells Fargo 2018-12-13 Radhika Ojha Gauging Mortgage Performance Share
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