Panama Canal Expects Over 230 Cruise Ships in 201617 Season

first_imgzoom More than 230 cruise ships are expected to transit the Panama Canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season, which begins on October 4, 2016 with the transit of the Coral Princess, on a voyage from Los Angeles, California, to the U.S. East Coast.“We expect the major cruise lines will use the Panama Canal route during the cruise season, which lasts until April 2017,” said international trade specialist Albano Aguilar of the Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development.Similar to previous years, the main cruise lines, including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, will offer itineraries with full or partial transits through the Panama Canal.Smaller cruise ships will also transit through the waterway, including the Voyager Safari and National Geographic Sea Lion, with shorter seven- and eight-day itineraries, respectively, along the west coast of Central America.During this season, Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line and Noble Calidonia will have ships transiting with new itineraries through the Canal. Regent Seven Seas Explorer will transit on January 2, 2017, Holland America Line’s Eurodam on April 13, 2017, and Noble Calidonia’s Hebridean Sky on April 17, 2017.After completing more than 160 successful transits through the new locks, the Panama Canal is now accepting booking requests for Neopanamax passenger vessels for transit dates beginning April 1, 2017. To date, 11 reservations have been made for passenger vessels to transit the Expanded Canal starting October 2017, for the 2017-2018 season.last_img read more

200910 Budget Overview

first_img Making Life Better for Families Nova Scotia’s capital plan for 2009–10 will leverage available federal dollars and stimulate the provincial economy. Government plans to spend a total of $796 million to build and repair roads and bridges, schools, health-care facilities, housing and more. $81.3 million will go towards funding for parks, land improvements and land purchases across the province. This will help meet the province’s land purchase requirements such as those contained in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act. Beginning Oct. 1, the provincial HST portion will be removed from basic home electricity. This initiative will put $15 million back into Nova Scotian households throughout the winter heating season. Up to 1,500 Nova Scotians who build or purchase a new home can qualify for The New Home Construction Rebate. The rebate is equivalent to 50 per cent of the provincial portion of the HST, to a maximum of $7,000. The Equity Tax Credit will be increased by $1 million. The rate of the tax credit will be increased from 30 to 35 per cent of the value of eligible investments made, starting in January 2010. This initiative is expected to return $7.9 million to businesses in 2010. To increase competitiveness, a 10 per cent investment credit will be provided to businesses in the manufacturing and processing sector. At an annual cost of $25 million, the program will begin in January 2010 and will help manufacturers boost productivity and create secure jobs for Nova Scotians. Those graduating with a degree who choose to stay and work in Nova Scotia will be able to deduct up to $2,500 per year over a six-year period — providing potential tax savings up to $15,000. Students with a diploma or certificate will be able to deduct up to $1,250 per year over a six-year period, potentially saving $7,500 in taxes. A $750,000 fund will be created to help families with accommodation costs when they must travel out of province to seek medical treatment. -30- NOTE: For further 2009–2010 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at . The province of Nova Scotia is tabling a budget with a deficit of $592.1 million for 2009–10. Total revenues for 2009–10, including government business enterprises’ net income of $356.8 million, are projected to be $8.4 billion, a decrease of $54.1 million over the 2008–09 estimates. Provincial source revenues are estimated to be down $421.5 million, offset by a $368.8-million increase in federal source revenues. Provincial source revenues have decreased primarily as a result of decreases in income taxes of $141.2 million and petroleum royalties of $362.8 million, offset by increases in HST revenues of $30.5 million and a $30.9 million increase in tobacco tax revenues. Interest revenues are up $11.4 million. Despite equalization payments being flat, federal source revenues are up over the 2008–09 estimates due to increases in infrastructure cost-shared revenues of $62.8 million, the Crown Share Adjustment payment of $79.4 million, increases to the amount accrued for the Offshore Agreement of $74.2 million, and increases in the Canada Health and Social Transfers of $43.2 million. These increases are offset by a decline in other federal sources of $15.2 million. Total expenses for fiscal 2009–10, before consolidation adjustments, are budgeted at $9.1 billion, up $761.1 million from an $8.3 billion total in 2008–09. Major increases in spending for departments include assistance to universities, $225.3 million; Health, $216.3 million; Labour and Workforce Development, $98.4 million; Community Services, $33.2 million; Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, $45.7 million; Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, $23.5 million; and Education, $23.4 million. A Measured Dose of Stimuluslast_img read more

Province to Cut Red Tape for Hospitality Industry

first_imgThe government is partnering with municipalities and with the restaurant and accommodations industry to slash red tape and make it easier to do business in Nova Scotia. Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Mark Furey announced today, Jan. 30, the formation of the Restaurant and Accommodations Industry Sector Bundle Project, marking the first time in Canada that business and government have come together to deliver a comprehensive bundle of specific services through a single online tool. “The regulatory burden is significant in the restaurant and accommodations sector today,” said Mr. Furey. “We know that cutting through the red tape and making business more competitive demands that we work hand-in-hand to find solutions.” The first step in the project is the creation of a Restaurant and Accommodations Industry Advisory Group, made up entirely of owner-operators across the province and representation from industry associations. The group will identify needed improvements in regulation and the delivery of services that will support businesses, improve their competiveness, and strengthen Nova Scotia’s economy. Government has already been collaborating with industry over the past few months, together with three pilot municipalities — Halifax Regional Municipality, the Town of Truro and the Town of Antigonish. Together they have identified a collection of more than 40 provincial and municipal licences and permits now required by accommodation providers and food service establishments in order to carry on business. A priority of the project is to find ways of eliminating needless duplication by using digital tools to allow businesses to satisfy multiple requirements with just one online stop. Gordon Stewart, executive director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia, said his group is pleased to be part of the project. “This project will clearly lead to a reduction in red tape for new start-ups, small and medium size business operations. The harmonization of forms and information that can be transferred from department to department will make both government and industry more efficient,” Mr. Stewart said. Over the next year, the province will ramp up its engagement with other industry partners, identify opportunities and confirm the project’s priorities before designing and implementing the new online tools. “The project has the potential to make a significant improvement in the business environment across the province,” said Scott MacAulay, chair of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. “Tourism operators are primarily small business and the administrative burden placed on them by many of these processes has traditionally been quite substantial. “We are delighted to be working with the provincial government to advance this and other projects and applaud them as they seek to streamline costs.” The project is part of Access to Business, the government’s initiative to make it easier for businesses in Nova Scotia to access government services. The Access to Business online service was launched in December 2012 and provides businesses in the province the opportunity to complete many different government transactions online, at their convenience. The province continues to respond to feedback from the business community, and expand the offering of this online tool.last_img read more

Get Your Hands On One Directions Shoes

first_imgIn honor of National Foster Care Month, Kids in a New Groove, a Texas non-profit that seeks to change the lives of children in foster care through music mentorship, is auctioning off five pairs of authentic autographed shoes worn by the sensational teen band One Direction.Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 400,000 children and youth in the American foster care system. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens to become informed and get involved – as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.One Direction is helping out with this worthy cause by donating their shoes for charity; the “Kicks for Kids” contest will feature all five band members’ autographed pairs of shoes in a virtual online race to reach the highest bid. While the highest bidder of each pair will win that band member’s shoes, the winner of the pair with the highest total bid will also win a CD signed by the entire band. Kids in a New Groove will also be giving away a signed CD from One Direction in a related Facebook contest. To enter, go to Kids in a New Groove’s Facebook page. Bidding on eBay will start on Monday, May 6th at noon and will end Monday May 13th at noon. A winner for the Facebook contest will be picked the day the auction ends.All monies raised from “Kicks for Kids” will go to Kids in a New Groove to help provide youth in foster care with private music lessons and brand new musical instruments through their Lessons are the Lifeline program. For more information, visit To learn more about the charity auction, click here.last_img read more

Cousin mourns death of Annie Pootoogook

first_img(Annie Pootoogook was found dead in the Rideau River on Sept. 19)APTN National NewsInusiq Shoo said he cried “a little bit” when he heard the news his cousin, famed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook was the woman whose body was found Sept. 19 submerged in the waters of the Rideau River near downtown Ottawa.Shoo said he was on the computer at the Rideau branch of the Ottawa public library Friday when his friend came over to tell him about a story that just popped up on Facebook from Nunavut newspaper Nunatsiaq News saying Pootoogook was dead.“I was shocked,” said Shoo, during an interview at a men’s shelter in Ottawa Friday night. “I am going to miss her. I loved her as a cousin.”Pootoogook’s body was found in the Rideau River near the Bordeleau Park in an area of Ottawa known as Lowertown. The city’s trendy ByWard Market is just a few blocks from the park.Pootoogook is best known for her artwork, which is in the collections of the National Art Gallery and the Ontario Gallery of Art. Her work has been displayed in galleries from Toronto, to New York City to Germany.Originally from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Pootoogook moved to Ottawa as her fame in the art world grew. Once in the city, she slid deep into alcohol and wound up at times homeless and eventually pregnant.She was well known among the street and homeless community in the city and news of her death was slowly spreading Friday night.Some expressed grief and anger and disputed the Ottawa police’s statement that no foul play was suspected in her death.Ottawa police also issued a public call for help in tracing Pootoogook’s last movements.“It’s not right what happened to her,” said one woman, who was on a bench in Bordeleau Park late Friday evening.Shoo said he didn’t know what led to Pootoogook’s death in the river. He said he knew she was trying to leave her partner William Watt, known on the street as Bill or Billy.“She always said she wanted to get rid of him, but she couldn’t,” he said.Another woman who claimed she knew Pootoogook but didn’t want her name published, said she would try to leave Watt and escape to a shelter but he would also show up to “sweet talk her” with a bottle.Shoo she shared a special connection with Pootoogook through their language.“We always talked in Inuktitut when we see each other,” he said. “We never spoke English. That is how we know each other.”Pootoogook was 46, police said.“She was the best artist I ever saw,” said Shoo.last_img read more

Rabat World Leaders Champion Solidarity for African Womens Rights

Rabat-  President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca called on women worldwide to unite, while attending the Crans Montana Forum, Saturday in Rabat, Morocco.Following her participation in a discussion panel on women in African society Marie Louis Coliero Preca told Morocco World News that African women need support and solidarity from women around the world in order to fight for their basic rights.“This discussion allowed us to reflect upon the situation of women in Africa,” the President of Malta told Morocco World News. “I am convinced that the women of the world must unite so we can stand up in support of and in solidarity with women in Africa.’’ “We should unite together to support women in certain African countries where they make many sacrifices, and are fighting for their very basic human rights, such as the right to live, to have a family, to work for their children, and to receive an education.”“Unfortunately, there are women who still don’t have these very basic rights. So I think, such dialogues, such engagements and discussion should be an ongoing process,” Mrs. Maria Louis Coliero Preca concluded.Similarly, Mrs. Judith Amaechi, First Lady of Rivers State (Spouse of the Executive Governor), Nigeria, stressed the need to take action rather than simply hold discussions.“For me, as a woman who is the First Lady of an African country, I think it is action time. It is time for us to being to implement some of the discussions we have held over the years. We always have discussions on ways to help women who are active in women’s issues,” First Lady Judith Amaechi told Morocco World News.“I am here to show a practical example of the Empowerment Support Initiative, an NGO of which I am privileged to be the founder. What we have done practically to enhance women’s lives is to support them and teach them how to be self-sufficient,” she added.“But for me, the most basic thing to do is to support the young generation and the little children. We need to begin filling the gap by developing a system. We need to take care of the young children now to avoid the problems that we have today, in the future,” she concluded. “Violence can only reduced when we look at each other, at our neighbors, and try to provide a good environment for children, who will make change in the future and make a difference of the world.”Meanwhile, Bassima Hakkaoui, Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family, and Development, called on men to fight alongside women for their rights and to achieve gender equality in society.Bassima Hakkaoui also highlighted Moroccan political reforms that obligated government bodies to achieve parity between men and women.“The reform policy initiated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI has led the way to a more affirmative representation of women in politics, made public policies more gender-oriented, and improved women’s standing in society, ‘’ Bassima Hakkaoui concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

17yearold charged in armed robbery

A 17-year-old male from Hagerville has been charged in relation to a robbery that took place on June 15.The youth has been charged with robbery with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, disguise with intent, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.On  June 15 around 3:12 a.m. a male entered a business on Main Street North in Hagersville brandishing an edged weapon and demanded cash from the clerk.Members of the OPP Emergency Response Team and OPP Canine Unit assisted with the investigation.Through the investigation the 17-year-old male was identified. He was located on June 20 and arrested without incident.The identity of the male youth cannot be disclosed under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.He was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga.

Brock physics team wins Canadian journal award

The Canadian Journal of Physics has awarded a Brock University research team the journal’s Best Paper Award for 2015.The effect of quasiparticle-self-energy on Cd2Re2O7 superconductor, published on Sept. 9, 2015, examines a technique called “point-contact spectroscopy,” which measures energy spectrum in superconductors.Superconductors are materials that transmit an electric current without losing any energy. They are used in MRI machines, particle accelerators and other equipment.The research team, which included Professor of Physics Bozidar Mitrovic, conducted a series of experiments involving point-contact spectroscopy, which culminated in a new understanding of how to measure energy in superconductors.“There was no proper theory that would actually enable one to find out correctly the energy spectrum from these experiments,” says Mitrovic. “People were using essentially a phenomenological approach.“We are very proud of the paper because everything – the theory and the experimental technique – were going against the grain,” he says. “It’s always hard for people to accept something new, but eventually it was published and recognized.”“This paper is on Cd2Re2O7, an interesting material that represents one of the only known examples of a superconducting pyrochlore oxide,” says Michael Steinitz, editor of the Canadian Journal of Physics.“The paper presents data obtained using a combination of experimental techniques (point-contact spectroscopy, ac susceptibility, and heat capacity), which is complimented by strong supporting theory.  It is thus a major contribution to our exploration of this phenomenon,” says Steinitz.Mitrovic says other researchers will be able to use the team’s “unconventional” approach to better interpret their experiments.The other team members are Professor of Physics Fereidoon Razavi; graduate students Yousef Rohanizadegan and Mojtaba Hajialamdari, Professor of Physics Maureen Reedyk, and Reinhard Kremer with the Max-Planck Institute in Germany and also an adjunct professor at Brock. read more

Handheld detector finds significant gold discovery

first_imgTwo amateur gold prospectors and a hand-held metal detector have discovered a gold reef worth hundreds of thousands of dollars near Ballarat in western Victoria, Australia. Steve Glasson and Russell Sanderson, both of Ballarat, credited their discovery to a “rich vein of luck” and a A$6,000 Australian-made Minelab GPX-4500,  described as the “Rolls Royce” of gold detectors. “The deepest of the gold was covered by a metre of soil, so for the equipment to detect gold at that level is unbelievable,” Sanderson said.The discovery of “several hundred ounces” of gold at the undisclosed Ballarat location, represents the culmination of a combined 60 years of recreational prospecting by Glasson and Sanderson. “We’re both excited about the prospect of there being more gold in area,” Glasson said. “And if there is, the GPX-4500 will find it, we’re confident of that,” he said.The gold reef – found in a 15 m2 area over a two-week period – has been sold to a private buyer as a collection for an undisclosed amount. Amazingly, Sanderson had searched the same area several years ago with older gold detecting equipment, and only found some small gold nuggets just below the surface. “Without the Minelab GPX-4500 detector I don’t think we would have made the discovery,” Sanderson said. “Today’s technology is just amazing for prospecting and it is great that we are leading the world with such Australian-made excellence.”The find was made about two months ago, but the prospectors have only now gone public with the extent of the discovery. The two men plan to return to the area over the next few weeks with the GPX-4500 to see if there is more gold to be found.The GPX-4500 gold detector is made by Adelaide-based Minelab Electronics – part of the Codan Group – and the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of metal detectors. “It is great to hear yet another rewarding result from people who use our state-of-the-art gold detecting equipment,” said Minelab General Manager, Peter Charlesworth. “What a wonderful discovery for two passionate recreational prospectors. We are delighted our GPX-4500 is being hailed as the reason for the discovery – and we are more than happy for the reputation of our equipment to do the talking for us.”Charlesworth said the GPX-4500 was only released to the market in March this year, with new added features that makes it stronger and more versatile than previous models. Incorporating new SETA technology, it is quieter and more immune to interference, has a range of automatic functions and pre-set Search Mode, louder target signals, and improved discrimination.Based in Adelaide with sales and distribution offices in Ireland and the USA,Minelab specialises in advanced electronic technologies. Minelab is best known for its penetration of international markets with world-leading handheld gold and treasure detectors and landmine detecting technology and equipment.last_img read more

Man arrested as suspicious devices found in Limerick

first_imgGARDAÍ CARRIED OUT a planned search at a rented accommodation space in Newcastle West, county Limerick last night where two suspicious objects were found.Residents in the Maiden Street area were asked to evacuate their homes at about 10.10pm.An army bomb disposal team was tasked to the site, which was cordoned off. The devices were declared non-viable after an investigation but a man was arrested on suspicion of possessing explosives. He is being questioned at the local garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939.The devices were found in the rented apartment spaces above Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan’s office. The office has opened as normal today.Read: Pipe bomb explodes outside Belfast houselast_img

Acers answer to AirPlay is called Clearfi

first_imgAs Acer announced their tablet plans yesterday afternoon, one point they kept on laboring was interactivity between devices. Not only did they want their tablets (and presumably other devices) to feature the same user interface and the same software elements regardless of whether they were running Android another operating system, they wanted you to easily be able to share your media between devices too.Enter Acer’s new media sharing software platform, Believing that it is far easier to share media if that media is localized in one location under one interface and linked to one system, the idea is pretty simple: if your media Acer machine is hooked up to your WiFi network, it should be possible to stream all of that device’s media to every other Acer machine in the house.AdChoices广告Sound family? Yup, Acer’s is their own custom-baked answer to Apple‘s Airplay. As such, will automatically detect connected network devices and allow you to stream any content that is streamable, whether video or audio, between devices with ease. That’s not all that does, though: it also operates as a hub to share media on the internet on social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook and Flickr. It’s an interesting system, but really, the chances of every device on your network being an Acer is pretty slim to none, unless you’re an Acer employee. My initial impression? This is just an AirPlay also-ran, and we won’t hear too much about it once it’s released.last_img read more

Malaisie un chat doré dAsie échappe à la marmite

first_imgMalaisie : un chat doré d’Asie échappe à la marmiteLes autorités protectrices de la vie sauvage malaisiennes ont annoncé mercredi dernier qu’elles avaient secouru un chat doré d’Asie. L’animal, qui est une espèce rare, était pris dans un piège et destiné à être mangé.Des villageois malaisiens ont alerté les autorités après être tombés sur l’animal captif. “Le chat était pris dans un piège utilisé pour capturer les sangliers sauvages. Nous étions cependant intéressés car ces chats sont très rares et sont en général chassés pour leur viande ou leur fourrure”, a expliqué le chef du parc national de l’Etat de Selangor, Rahmat Topani. “Nous avons examiné l’animal : il est légèrement blessé à la patte droite. Nous attendons qu’il soit soigné avant de le transférer au zoo de Malacca”, a-t-il ajouté. Le chat doré d’Asie, un animal sauvage de taille moyenne, se rencontre difficilement. Il vit dans les régions allant du Tibet jusqu’à Sumatra car il préfère les forêts et les zones rocheuses pour chasser des oiseaux, de gros rongeurs et des reptiles. Il peut aussi attraper des proies plus importantes comme des bébés buffles. Le félin est aussi connu sous le nom de “chat de feu” à cause de sa fourrure qui tire vers le roux.Les autorités ne savent pas combien il reste de ces félins à l’état sauvage. Elles ont néanmoins indiqué que leur nombre a fortement décliné ces dernières années suite à la perte progressive de leur habitat dans la région. L’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN), qui classait ce chat dans la catégorie “presque menacé”, affirme que l’animal est sur le point de devenir “vulnérable” sur leur “Liste Rouge”.Le 12 novembre 2010 à 12:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Benitez insisted that it was a good season for his team

first_imgNewcastle United managed to avoid the relegation from the Premier League and Rafael Benitez is convinced that this season has been a really successful one – and they should do well in the last matches to remember it like that.The Magpies’ form has been going downwards lately but the Spaniard believes that they will be able to improve for the final games of the season to show that this season’s success wasn’t a coincidence.The former Real Madrid or Chelsea manager spoke about his side’s season as he said, according to Chronicle Live:“Every game is important if we want to stay 10th.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“For me, we have to try and finish as high as possible in the table, but the main thing is to be sure that we play at the level we were playing before.”“We must try to do well during the final three games because it has been a very good season and we have achieved what we wanted to achieve.”“If we can avoid having this feeling that we have had after these two defeats, that is what we want. We have to remember that this has been a good season and we need to have good memories at the end of it.”last_img read more

Highlights from Yesterdays House of Assembly Meeting

first_img Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – New law now prevents the government from including scholarship funding in investor development agreements… this coming out yesterday, again in the House of Assembly during the parliamentary question portion of debate. The Public Finance mechanism, explained the ministers prevents TCIG from brokering these extras. Also from the Q&A portion, it was revealed that the Police Force Cold Case Unit had been sleeping… with the loss of key personnel, the unit fell inactive. The Attorney General was responding and explained that Inspector Daniel Miller has now been tasked with reviewing the unresolved death files. There are 15 cases in the Turks and Caicos counted as unresolved… the oldest is from March 2004. Law enacted gives Governor and Planning Board more clout Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp AG’s Office warns against false Registrar of Lands accusations Recommended for you Related Items:attorney general, police cold case unitlast_img read more

Offduty St Louis cop kills man sparking protest

first_imgST. LOUIS (AP) — An off-duty St. Louis police officer shot and killed a black 18-year-old who had fired at him, authorities said Thursday. The killing led to an angry demonstration, with some protesters likening it to the August killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white officer in nearby Ferguson.St. Louis Police Chief Col. Sam Dotson said the 32-year-old officer, whom he didn’t identify, was patrolling the historic Shaw neighborhood in his police uniform for a private security company at around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when he saw three males, and one of them ran off before stopping.When the officer did a U-turn, all three ran, so the officer gave chase, first in his car and then by foot. During the chase, he got into a physical altercation with the one he eventually killed, Dotson said at an early-morning news conference.Dotson said that at one point, the suspect’s shirt raised and the officer saw what he thought was a gun. “The officer said he wanted to be certain it was a gun and did not fire at that point,” he said.The chief said the suspect, whom he didn’t identify, ran up a hill, turned and opened fired on the officer, who returned fire and killed the man. Ballistic evidence shows that the teen fired three shots and tried to fire again but his gun jammed, he said, noting that the 9mm gun was recovered.last_img read more

Taxfree personal allowance to rise in line with inflation

first_imgIain McCluskey, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, said: “The rise in the personal allowance now makes it close to double the size it was in 2010, taking millions out of paying income tax during that time. Will this help those just about managing, the so-called ‘Jams’? Certainly not the lowest paid who currently earn less than the personal allowance so will feel no benefit.“Low paid ‘Jams’ will be disappointed that the Chancellor has chosen to continue to cut the tax bills of those earning over £40,000 before helping those earning between £8,500 and £11,000. He could have done this by raising the national insurance primary earnings threshold substantially. Some of our lowest paid workers, such as apprentices, part-time workers and those on zero hours contracts, will feel they have been dealt a losing hand.” Autumn Statement 2016: From 2020, the tax-free personal allowance will rise in line with the Consumer Price Index rather than the national minimum wage.During his Autumn Statement speech, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that the tax-free personal allowance will increase to £11,500 in April 2017 and £12,500 by the end of the current Parliament’s term in 2020.The higher-rate threshold will rise to £45,000 in 2017 and to £50,000 by 2020.Hammond said: “Despite the challenging fiscal forecasts, we will deliver on our commitment to raising the allowance to £12,500, and the higher rate threshold to £50,000, by the end of this Parliament.“Once £12,500 has been reached, the personal allowance will rise automatically during the 2020s in line with inflation, rather than the national minimum wage as currently planned.“It will be for the Chancellor to decide from year to year whether more is affordable.”last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of August 26 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, August 26, 2018.Sunday, August 26No MeetingsMonday, August 27The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, August 28The Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Room at the Tech. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, August 29The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, August 30No MeetingsFriday, August 31No MeetingsSaturday, September 1No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

100 activists detained in 5 days Monju

first_imgNazrul Islam MonjuThe BNP’s mayoral candidate for the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) on Wednesday said the law enforcement had detained 100 activists over the past five days.The mayoral candidate and Khulna city BNP president Nazrul Islam Monju, speaking at a press conference, said that the law enforcement on Tuesday raided houses of 200 leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and detained seven of them.“Our activists will not leave the arena and the voting centres, not matter how many threats they face,” said Nazrul Islam.Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) additional deputy commissioner Sonali Sen denied the allegations.The KMP police official told ProthomAlo that 38 people were detained on Tuesday night. Of them, 18 were drug peddlers. They were arrested irrespective of their political identities.The police official also claimed that the police did not raid houses of the BNP activists.The KCC election is scheduled to be held on 15 May amid the stay order on Gazipur City Corporation polls.last_img read more

Political Roundup White House Flag Controversy And Voters Approve Flood Bonds

first_img X 00:00 /18:02 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen From Sen. John McCain’s death and the controversial raising and lowering of the White House flag, to Pres. Trump’s tentative new trade deal with Mexico, to voters passing the county’s flood mitigation bond, Houston Matters breaks down the week’s big political stories with analysis of what they could mean for Houston and Texas.Joining host Craig Cohen for this week’s discussion are Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast, and Nancy Sims, political analyst at Pierpont Communications and a lecturer at the University of Houston. Sharelast_img

This 3DPrinted Football Helmet Liner Can Help Keep Athletes Safe

first_img Football equipment giant Riddell and 3D printing firm Carbon are collaborating on a new innovation to help keep athletes safe on the field: A 3D-printed football helmet liner.On Friday, Riddell and Carbon in a press release said they aim to create high-tech head protection through Riddell’s new Diamond helmet platform. The platform will feature the liner, which was digitally manufactured with Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology. This technology, which is available in Riddell’s Speed Flex Precision Diamond helmet model, will give athletes a personalized, 3D-printed helmet liner suited for their safety needs.The liners will be made with a custom-designed elastomer from Carbon, which will come in the form of a lattice structure. With this elastomer, the Carbon Lattice Engine uses physical simulation and optimization techniques to manage linear and rotational impact energies. Each helmet has more than 140,000 individual struts, which are carefully formed into patterns to provide athletes with high-tech comfort, fit, and head protection.Photo Credit: Carbon Inc./YouTubeThe liner’s flexibility is a key benefit for football players: It can go back to its original shape if it experiences any physical impact that alters its form, Engadget reported. In addition to the liner, athletes will also experience Riddell’s Precision Fit head scanning and helmet fitting process, and together, both deliver a highly customized fit for safety.Riddell said its SpeedFlex Precision Diamond Helmets were used by some NFL players during the 2018 season. The company anticipates that the helmet will be commercially available on a limited basis this year, which could help boost player safety moving forward. Riddell did not disclose a price or official release date for the high-tech helmet yet.To see Riddell and Carbon’s 3D-printed football helmet liner in action, you can watch Carbon’s video on YouTube.More on Fur Baby Football: How to Watch Puppy Bowl XV and Kitten Bowl VI This 10-Year-Old Won a Science Fair By ‘Proving’ Tom Brady Is a CheaterLA or Boston: Uber Will Give Losing Super Bowl Fans a Free Ride Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 Stay on targetlast_img read more