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112 FIRs DD entries against political parties CEO office

first_imgNEW DELHI: As many as 112 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body in Delhi said Wednesday. The statistics surveillance team of Delhi’s chief electoral office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 1.21 crore in cash. “A total of 112 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Out of these, 13 are against the Aam Aadmi Party (six FIRs and four DD entries), 11 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (eight FIRs and three DD entries), three against the Congress (all DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (one DD entry) and Samajwadi Party (one DD entry), and 83 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said in a statement. Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh had told reporters on Monday that social media was being aggressively monitored to check any violation of the poll code and experts are also assisting the election team. The office of the Delhi CEO said more than 2.6 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. “As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 90,415 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 89,162 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice have registered 599 FIRs and arrested 592 people under the Excise Act, it said, adding, 203 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 243 people were arrested. They have also seized 316 unlicensed arms and weapons, and 2,354 cartridges and explosives. As many as 44,477 people have been booked till date under various sections of the CrPC and the Delhi Police Act. “Till date, 738 bottles, 67 half-sized bottles, 86,968 quarter-sized ones of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 643 bottles, 779 half-sized and 1,64,202 quarter-sized ones of country liquor and 4,974 bottles of beer have been seized,” it said. The Lok Sabha polls, conducted in seven phases will begin on April 11 and continue till May 19. Delhi will vote on May 12 and the overall results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

MINUSCA Two Moroccan Peacekeepers Killed in an Attack in Central Africa

Bangui – Two Moroccan members of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) squad of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic MINUSCA were killed on Tuesday, January 3 in an armed attack near the town of Bria, on the northeast of the capital Bangui, reports the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).In its statement, the MINUSCA explained that the incident occurred while the Moroccan peacekeepers, stationed in Bria, were escorting a convoy of trucks transporting fuel from the town of Zemio to Obo. According to the UN mission, two other Moroccans were injured in the incident.The attackers, who were not identified, fled the scene. “Nothing can justify why these individuals would direct their grievances against peacekeepers whose presence on the Central African ground has no other objective than to help the country rid itself of violence!” stated Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MINUSCA.“Everything will be done to track down and get hold of the perpetrators of these attacks so that they can be brought to justice,” he said.In its press release, MINUSCA reminded that “harming the life of a peacekeeper can be considered a war crime and can be prosecuted.”This is not the first time peacekeepers have been targeted in the Central African Republic. Several convoys of foreign soldiers have already been shot at by armed groups.Last April, a Moroccan soldier died after a clash between a FAR unit and armed residents in Rafai, in the east of the country.MINUSCA is a peacekeeping operation created in April 2014 by the UN in the framework of the war in the Central African Republic. read more

Darfur mediation team voices commitment to peace negotiations

31 December 2010Members of the Darfur mediation team, including the United Nations, the African Union and Qatar, today stated their continued commitment to negotiations aimed at achieving peace in the strife-torn Sudanese region. In September a committee involving members of the mediation team produced a preliminary draft peace document aimed at ending the bloody conflict in Darfur in which some 300,000 have been killed and 2.7 million other driven from their homes in the past seven years. In a statement issued today in the Qatari capital, Doha, where talks have been continuing, the team called on all parties to continue to cooperate towards finalizing the peace document.“The Mediation remains committed to the continuation of all tracks with the aim of achieving the desired goal of producing a peace document that will be the basis for finding a just and comprehensive solution for the conflict in Darfur very soon,” it stated.The team urged all parties to cease hostilities that have erupted recently in Darfur in order to spare citizens displacement and suffering and create a favourable atmosphere for the Mediation to finalize the peace process as planned.It plans to convene a meeting for the Joint Afro-Arab Inter-Ministerial Committee for Darfur and another meeting, in the first week of January, for the Special Envoys to the Sudan of the Security Council’s permanent members and the European Union.In addition, it will hold consultations with the neighbouring States and other effective regional forces.Once the peace document is completed, the team intends to present it to all stakeholders in a “broad” conference to be held in Doha. read more

Sierra Leone UN peacekeepers deploy deeper into rebelheld territory

The deployment to Makeni and Magburaka – towns held by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) – is expected to take about a week.Meanwhile in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Legal Counsel, Hans Corell, this morning convened a meeting of interested Member States to discuss the Special Court proposed for Sierra Leone to try war crimes committed there since 30 November 1996.UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press that the meeting had reviewed the budget as well as the practical planning for the court, and had agreed to set up a Management Committee composed of major donors to the Special Court and members of the UN Secretariat, who will work together as the Court is established.The Office of Legal Affairs will draw up the terms of reference for the Committee and will meet again with Member States by the end of April “to get it up and running,” the spokesman said. read more

Enbridge Gas asks court to overturn New Brunswick gas regulations

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Enbridge Gas asks court to overturn New Brunswick gas regulations by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted May 3, 2012 1:27 pm MDT FREDERICTON – Enbridge Gas New Brunswick is asking the courts to overturn new regulations under the Gas Distribution Act that it says will stifle growth of the province’s pipeline network and force the company to downsize.According to documents filed late Wednesday with the Court of Queen’s Bench, the company says changes to the way natural gas rates are set will result in reduced revenues.In an affidavit, company general manager Dave Charleson says if the company can’t recover reasonable costs, including the cost of building the pipeline, then services will have to be cut and some employees laid off.“We’re looking at a reduction of about 50 per cent of our employees, or about 50 to 60 people,” Charleson said in an interview.“There may be other models where we don’t have to go quite that far, but you’re still looking at job losses, and little to no investment in the province by Enbridge.”Legislation in 1999 gave Enbridge sole distribution rights for natural gas in New Brunswick for 20 years and set out how rates would be set.But in December, the provincial government passed amendments allowing other companies to distribute gas in northern New Brunswick.The amendments also change the way the Energy and Utilities Board can set rates.“The effect of that regulation means that the full cost of our operations can’t be recovered through the rates that the regulation will allow us to set,” Charleson said.He said if Enbridge maintains current operations under the new regulations, the company would lose more than $9.7 million a year.“If we really scaled back and cut costs as much as we can, but still ensure that we keep a safe and reliable system, you’re still looking at a loss of over $6 million a year,” he said.Enbridge is also seeking an injunction that would no longer require it to make a new rate application by the end of this month.He said the company can’t make a rate application when they believe the regulation is invalid.Charleson said he hopes the court will set a hearing date very soon.The court action comes after Enbridge Gas New Brunswick filed a lawsuit against the province last week.Enbridge is seeking at least $650 million in that case, alleging the province has breached conditions of an agreement and in so doing, has harmed the company’s bottom line.The company alleges the government is not abiding by the terms of a general franchise agreement signed in 1999.An Energy Department spokesman said Thursday the government won’t comment while both matters are before the courts. read more

Whats coming for Presidents Choice Financial customers when CIBC sets up Simplii

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2017 9:55 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email What’s coming for President’s Choice Financial customers when CIBC sets up Simplii TORONTO – How President’s Choice Financial customers will be affected by the creation of Simplii Financial, a new brand from CIBC, which will absorb the accounts of some two million current PC Financial account holders.Question: What’s changing?Answer: CIBC has provided the back-end banking services for PC Financial for nearly 20 years, but the companies said Wednesday they are going their separate ways after a brief transition period. Simplii will take over customer accounts starting Nov.1. PC Financial says everyday banking will continue without interruption.Q: What types of accounts will move from President’s Choice Financial to Simplii?A: Everyday banking products, including savings, chequing, RRSP, TFSA and mortgage accounts, will be provided by CIBC under the new Simplii Financial brand. However, customers do not need to change information — such as automated bill payments or direct deposits — related to their current accounts. There are no changes to the terms and conditions of mortgages, but they will operate under a new name.Q: What types of account will stay with President’s Choice Financial?A: President’s Choice Financial will focus on payment and loyalty programs through its MasterCard credit card products and the PC Plus loyalty program. PC Financial MasterCards are not affected by the changes.Q: What about the points?A: It depends on the customer account. After Nov.1, PC Financial users will no longer earn PC points on their debit cards or for the first payroll or pension direct deposit to their bank accounts. But there are no changes for current PC Financial MasterCard holders, who will continue to earn and redeem PC Plus points. Customers who applied or refinance a fixed rate mortgage with PC Financial prior to Aug. 16, 2017, will receive the same amount of PC points on their mortgage advance date.Q: What will happen to customers’ PC Financial debit cards?A: CIBC will send new debit cards to customers between Nov.1 and Apr. 13, 2018, to replace their current PC Financial cards. Until then, customers can continue to use their current debit card.Q: Can Loblaws customers still collect PC points when grocery shopping?A: Yes, the PC Plus program is separate from PC Financial and will continue. PC Financial customers will remain members of the PC loyalty program.Q: Will PC Plus and Optimum be separate loyalty programs?A: At this point, the PC Plus and Optimum loyalty programs will operate separately.Q: When will the transition be completed?A: CIBC says banking services will be rebranded as Simplii starting Nov.1. PC Bank says the full transition will be completed by April 13, 2018. Banking pavilions and ATMs will be removed from stores in stages beginning in November.Q: Will current PC Financial customers get new account numbers?A: No. Account details remain the same.Q: Will current PC Financial customers get two sets of statements, from Simplii and PC Financial?A: PC Financial MasterCard holders will continue to receive statements as they do today. But banking customer statements will come from the new CIBC brand as of Nov .1.Q: Will Simplii have any kiosks, signage or automated teller machines in Loblaw-owned stores after the transition?A: No.Q: How will customers access their accounts under Simplii?A: They will continue to have free access to over 3,400 bank machines across the CIBC network, as well as over the phone, online, and through a mobile app.Q: Will there be toll-free numbers or web portals to answer questions from consumers?A: Yes. PC Financial says to call 1-888-723-8881.Q: In the case of a dispute over details, where can consumers go for a resolution?A: PC Financial says customers should call 1-888-723-8881.Sources: PC Financial, a division of Loblaw; CIBC. read more

Probe into sexual abuse in Central African Republic must leave no stone

“The UN investigation into these sickening allegations, which suggest sexual abuse and exploitation of a large number of women and girls, must leave no stone unturned,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said. “We are taking these allegations – some of which are particularly odious – extremely seriously. It is vital that the victims are protected and receive all necessary care.”Most of the allegations relate to Burundian and Gabonese contingents present in the Kemo region between 2013 and 2015, as well as to the separate French Sangaris force stationed in the same region in the same period. Allegations of abuse in other parts of the country are also continuing to be investigated.“The States to whom these troops belong must do more to stop the abuse happening, to punish those committing these acts with appropriate sentences, and to prevent further violations,” Mr. Zeid said. “Otherwise this awful cycle of abuse will never end.”Simply being sent home in disgrace is a grossly inadequate response to acts such as raping minors, he stressed. The UN has vowed to do its utmost to expose such crimes when they occur, and to do everything in its power to encourage and cajole States to do far more than they are doing at present.“There has to be accountability and there has to be credible deterrence,” Mr. Zeid said.The Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General released details yesterday. It said that the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) announced on 25 March that it had received new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse.A MINUSCA-led investigation team travelled to the area and is now on the ground. It comprises experts on internal oversight, human rights, child and women’s protection, conduct and discipline from various parts of the UN system, including the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The exact number and nature of these extremely troubling allegations are still being determined. Allegations made against the French Sangaris forces in the same area are also being investigated. Alleged victims are being interviewed and will be provided with assistance and psycho-social and medical support. The Burundian and Gabonese units allegedly involved will remain confined in camps during the investigation, except for essential tasks.The United Nations has formally notified the troop-contributing countries in question, as well as to the French authorities, informing them of these allegations. These countries have been requested to send investigators immediately to participate jointly in the ongoing investigation.Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare met with Burundi’s permanent representative to UN yesterday, and the Security Council will be briefed on the latest developments in a closed session today. A meeting with representatives of Gabon will take place as soon as possible.Expressing shock at the latest allegations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Our focus must be on the victims and their families. We are talking about women and young children who have been traumatized in the worst imaginable way.”He noted that while yesterday, the CAR had inaugurated a new democratically elected President, marking the end of a transition period, “we must face the fact that a number of troops who were sent to protect people instead acted with hearts of darkness.” As such crimes must not fester in silence, Mr. Ban said, “the United Nations is shining a spotlight on these despicable, depraved and deeply disturbing allegations. I will continue to be unrelenting in confronting this scourge and raising it proactively at every opportunity.” The UN chief stressed that his “constant and loud advocacy” must be matched by the actions of Member States who alone have the power to discipline their forces with consequences. “This is essential to restoring trust in the invaluable institution of peacekeeping and – even more importantly – to provide a full measure of justice and healing to the affected communities.”Also today, the President of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, said he was appalled by the new allegations and announced that he will convene an informal briefing for Member States on the issue.“These reports and allegations must be addressed in a prompt, transparent and open manner. Sexual exploitation and abuse have no place under any circumstances and betrays the values and principles of the UN,” he said in a statement, underscoring his full support for the ‘zero tolerance’ policy on sexual exploitation and abuse. read more

Magnus Jernemyr leaves Barca

Magnus Jernemyr ← Previous Story Daniel Svensson to Skjern, Gummersbach sign von Gruchalla, KIF Kolding sack coach Next Story → Vlado Bozic left Meshkov Brest Defensive specialist Magnus Jernemyr (36) will leave F.C Barcelona next summer. Swedish giant spent five succesful seasons with the Spanish champion in which he won three ASOBAL titles, two King’s Cup, three Super Cup and VELUX EHF Champions League in 2011.

Man in court over fatal Cork crash seven months ago

first_imgA MAN IN his 20s is due in court this morning in connection with a fatal road crash in Cork more than seven months ago.A woman in her 20s was fatally injured when the car she was a passenger in lost control on the N71 at Skibbereen just before 2am on 8 April. She was pronounced dead at the scene.Four other people – one woman and three men, all in their 20s, who were in the same car –  were all taken to Cork University Hospital to be treated for their injuries.The man was scheduled to appear before Clonakilty District court at 10.30am.Gardaí had previously appealed for witnesses to the crash to come forward as part of the investigation into what caused it.last_img read more

GVI Security Launches VideoPlus Line of Security Cams

first_imgKeep an eye out, even when you can’t be there. GVI Security has just announced its new line of VideoPlus analog CCTV products, designed to offer fully-featured performance at a lower price. The new line includes a complete family of cameras and DVRs, including box, dome, bullet, and PTZ cameras. It also offers professional monitors.While the rest of the world has gone digital, it seems that a lot of the video security market is still analog. Joe Restivo, the COO for GVI Security, says that 60 percent of the market is still using analog products and that the market is growing. This line will helps those users continue to grow their systems. The line will be available in the first quarter of this year, and will include the company’s “epic” five-year warranty and 120-day money back guarantee. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Former NFL All Pro and WrestleMania 2 competitor Bill Fralic passes away

first_imgFacebook Former NFL All Pro and WrestleMania 2 competitor Bill Fralic passed away Friday from cancer at age 56. Fralic played professional football for the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions between 1985 to 1993.  He was named to the Pro Bowl from 1986 to 1989.  Fralic also served as a color commentator for the Atlanta Falcons radio broadcasts from 1995 to 1997. WWE issued the following statement on their website Friday:WWE is saddened to learn that four-time NFL Pro Bowl guard and WrestleMania 2 competitor Bill Fralic has passed away.Fralic participated in the 20-Man Battle Royal at the second Show of Shows, which pitted NFL greats like Fralic, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, Russ Francis and Jimbo Covert against WWE Superstars like Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant and The Hart Foundation.WWE extends its condolences to Fralic’s family, friends and fans.On behalf of the entire staff, we would like to send out our condolences to the entire family and friends of Bill Fralic during this very hard time.WWE Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Falcon Bill Goldberg posted the following to his Twitter regarding Fralic’s passing: Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Top business schools see revival in hiring by manufacturing firms as offers

first_imgPremier business schools in the country have witnessed a revival in hiring by manufacturing companies, with campus recruitment by these firms going up by 40% in the current placement season.Top business schools including IIM Calcutta, IIM Trichy, MDI Gurgaon, IMI Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad and BIM Trichy have reported a significant increase in hiring by manufacturing companies after remaining stagnant for the past several years.”There are new companies coming and recruiting in large numbers. We have seen 40% increase in hiring by manufacturing companies. Revival in sectors such as transportation, automobile, infrastructure has led to this revival,” said Abhishek Kumar, assistant professor at BIM Trichy.Hinduja Group, Honda Motor Co. of Japan, Hyundai Motor India, TVS Motor, the Murugappa Group, Sundaram Clayton, 3M, Bajaj Electricals, Saint Gobain and Welspun were among companies that have resumed hiring from campuses after staying away for four to five years in the past, according to placement cells.Tata Motors, Reliance, Tata Steel and Asian Paints are the companies that regularly recruit people from campuses every year.”At MDI Gurgaon, the number of manufacturing firms offering management positions during the laterals has increased 10% from last year,” The Economic Times quoted Kanwal Kapil, placements chairperson, as saying.”Pre-placement offers (PPOs) offered by manufacturing firms have seen a 40% rise from last year’s offers. There is a huge increase in the interest level of manufacturing firms seeking out MDI Gurgaon in order to participate in the final placement process,” Kapil said.While global mining and manufacturing conglomerate 3M was among the “first timers” to visit campuses this year, Vedanta, TVS Motor and Ultramine Chemicals conducted recruitment for the first time in nearly five years.”The central government is working hard on the policy front including GST, labour reforms, etc., besides trying to improve infrastructure and creating smart cities,” said Maclean Raphael, executive director, human resources, 3M India Ltd. “There is a growing optimism… We continue to build our leadership pipeline from campuses. We are visiting campuses such as IIFT, BIM Trichy, TAPMI for the first time this year and IIM Kozhikode after a gap of a few years.”Campus hiring by 3M has gone up by 10-15% this year from last year, while Vedanta will increase its hiring by 25%.The increase in hiring by Indian companies at business schools has been driven by growing need for people to meet their expansion plans and keep growth rates intact. Besides, the startup boom in the country has made many companies lose their employees, leading to a rise in campus hiring.”There is a revival in interest from manufacturing companies. They are hiring for operations, marketing, finance and other managerial roles,” said Abhishek Totawar, professor and placement in charge at IIM Trichy.IMI Delhi has witnessed a 33% jump in recruitments by the manufacturing sector for the current academic year. General Motors, Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors and Hero Motocorp were the first timers at the campus, said Manaswini Acharya, dean, placements and corporate relations.last_img read more

Everything You Need To Know About Casting A Ballot In The Texas

first_imgHow do I know if I’m registered to vote?The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming primaries has passed (and Texas doesn’t allow voter registration on the day of an election). If you aren’t already registered, you won’t be able to cast a ballot in this year’s primaries.Don’t know if you’re registered? Check the Texas Secretary of State’s website. All you’ll need to do is enter your full name, birthdate, zip code and the county you live in.Of note: There’s no way to register online in Texas, but if you want to make sure you’re set for future elections, you can register in person at your county voter registrar’s office or by filling out a voter registration application online, printing it and mailing it to your county’s registrar.When does early voting start? Early voting runs from Feb. 20 through March 2. And many Texans will have the option of voting on the weekend. In counties with a population of 100,000 or more, the polls have to be open for at least 12 hours on the last Saturday and at least five hours on the last Sunday of the early voting period, according to the Texas Election Code.But in smaller counties, options for early voting on weekends vary.“In short, voters should check with their county elections office to find out what hours the polls will be open during the weekend,” said Sam Taylor, a spokesman for the Texas Secretary of State’s office. Share Where can I cast my ballot and what polling places are near me?Using the same portal that voters can use to find out if they’re registered, they can also find their polling location options on Election Day and during the early voting period.During the early voting period, voters can vote at any location in the county they are registered to vote in, Taylor said.Things work differently on March 6, the day of the primaries, depending on where you live. Some counties participate in the Countywide Polling Place Program, which allows voters to vote at any precinct in their county of registration — even on the day of an election. Voters in counties that do not participate in the program must vote in their specific precinct on Election Day.Can I vote for either party?Yes because Texas is an open-primary state. This means voters can decide every two years whether they’d rather help pick the Republican or the Democratic nominees (or hold out and go to third-party conventions).Of note: Whatever primary you decide to vote in, you can only vote in that same party’s runoff, if a runoff is held. You can also vote for either party’s candidate in the general election. What form of ID do I need to bring to the polls?If you’re confused about what ID to bring to the polls for the 2018 election, you’re probably not alone. The legal wrangling over the state’s requirements has turned rather complicated. Here are the seven types of photo ID that will be accepted at the polls for the primaries:A state driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)A Texas election identification certificate (issued by DPS)The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Become one.A Texas personal identification card (issued by DPS)A Texas license to carry a handgun (issued by DPS)A U.S. military ID card that includes a personal photoA U.S. citizenship certificate that includes a personal photoA U.S. passportSo, what if I don’t have one of the seven approved forms of ID?If you have qualifying photo ID, bring it. But if you don’t, you can still cast a ballot.Voters who do not have any of those documents and cannot “reasonably obtain” them can still cast a vote if they sign a form in which they swear that they have a “reasonable impediment” from obtaining appropriate identification.Those voters will also have to present one of the following types of ID:Valid voter registration certificateCertified birth certificateCopy or original of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other document that shows the voter’s name and address (any government document that contains a voter’s photo must be an original)A “reasonable impediment” can include a lack of transportation, disability or illness, family responsibilities, or lost or stolen identification, among other things. And election judges may not question a voter about the reasonableness of a claimed impediment.The “reasonable impediment” declaration forms will be available at each polling location. Voters are not expected to fill them out ahead of time, Taylor said.Who will I be voting for?For both parties, the race for U.S. Senate will be at the top of the ballot. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is vying against four other Republicans in his bid for re-election and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, is the most well-known of three Democrats aiming to unseat Cruz.At the state level, nine candidates are crowding the Democratic gubernatorial primary, with the highest-profile being former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston entrepreneur Andrew White, son of late Texas Gov. Mark White. Republican Land Commissioner George P. Bush is running for re-election and facing three primary challengers including Jerry Patterson, who previously held the job.Lower on the ballot, all of the seats in the Texas House of Representatives and half of those in the Texas Senate are up for re-election. Below that could be local races for justice of the peace or constable, depending on where you live.In addition, the Republican Party of Texas will pose several propositions to GOP voters at the bottom of its primary ballot related to property taxes, E-verify, toll roads, Obamacare and more.What would it take for an election to end up in a runoff?If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary (i.e. 50 percent of the votes plus at least one additional vote) the top two vote-getters will compete in a primary runoff on May 22.With several competitive races with multiple candidates shaping up across the state, it’s likely some will result in runoff elections.Eight Texans in the U.S. House aren’t running for re-election, which has led to some packed races to replace them, including 18 Republicans and four Democrats running for the seat U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, has held for more than 30 years.There’s also expected to be competitive Democratic primaries for at least three congressional district seats. Republican U.S. Reps. John Culberson of Houston, Pete Sessions of Dallas and Will Hurd of Helotes have emerged as top targets for Democrats in November, and in each district, several Democrats are vying to be their party’s nominee.center_img Shelby TauberVoters wait in line at the University of Texas Co-op to cast their ballots in the March 1, 2016 primary elections.With less than a month until the March 6 primary elections, races up and down the ballot are starting to heat up. This year, Texas has the earliest primaries in the country.And this cycle has an unusually high number of prominent open races, with eight Texans in the U.S. House opting not to run for re-election, and more than a dozen in the Texas Legislature doing the same.Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott, both Republicans, are up for re-election and facing primary challengers. So are Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, all of whom are Republicans.We’ve compiled an overview of some of the upcoming races, what forms of ID are acceptable at the polls and how Texas voters can learn more about the 2018 candidates and races.last_img read more

TV Meteorologist Loses Job Amid Furor Over Apparent MLK Slur

first_imgBy The Associated PressROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A TV meteorologist accused of using an on-air racial slur in reference to Martin Luther King Jr. is out of a job.A video posted to social media of WHEC chief meteorologist Jeremy Kappell’s broadcast Friday includes him apparently calling a park named for the slain civil rights leader “Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park.”WHEC Chief Meteorologist Jeremy Kappell was fired for using a racial slur during a braodcast. (Courtesy Photo/whec-tv)WHEC general manager Richard Reingold wrote on the station’s website that he was disheartened and disgusted that the words were broadcast and regrets that they didn’t immediately apologize. He said the station made a “staffing change” Sunday.Kappell tweeted Monday that “this isn’t about race” and “I’ve never uttered those words in my life.”Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who is black, was among those calling for Kappell’s firing. Defenders on Twitter argued he misspoke.last_img read more

VIDEO Give thanks for the ultimate John Madden and Pat Summerall Thanksgiving

first_imgNothing says Thanksgiving like NFL football and nothing says NFL football on Thanksgiving like the legendary announcing duo of Pat Summerall and John Madden announcing games on Turkey Day with Turducken limbs to hand out to the winners.Thanksgiving is about hanging out with your family, and for 30 years Summerall and Madden were part of that. Watch this reel of classic Thanksgiving moments compiled by Fox Sports that will make you feel like you’re hanging out with your two cool uncles. These guys were part of the family.last_img read more

Tunisian train hits truck blocking tracks 18 dead

first_imgSome of the passengers were ejected upon impact, said Mongi Kadhi, an official with emergency services. The train engineer was among those who died.The crossing had a warning sign, but lacked guardrails, lights or barriers.“Accidents like this one happen at crossings, and it’s usually due to the lack of attention by the cars and trucks, because the train has to follow the rails,” said Yousfi.But Habib Jouini, the engineer of a train not involved in Tuesday’s crash, faulted the security of the railway.“We have these level crossings but they’re not secured, there is no guard,” he said.___Bouazza reported from Tunis, Tunisia.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories EL FAHS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian passenger train smashed into a semi-trailer truck racing to cross the tracks early Tuesday morning, killing 18 people as two carriages derailed.At least 86 people were injured when the speeding train hit the truck at 6:30 a.m. outside the town of Fahs, 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of the capital, Tunis, authorities said.Local media had initially reported the truck driver was among the dead, but Lt. Col. Selmi Yousfi said he escaped when he saw the train barreling toward him at about 130 kph (80 mph), and later surrendered. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

Ozzy Oman air services approved

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Aussie travellers will have increased access to Oman, after the country’s Sultanate and the Australian government completed a draft agreement to conduct air services between the two countries. Under the temporary Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier this month, four flights will be organised to run per week between Oman and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, Zawya reported.The Memorandum also highlighted that an indefinite number of flights will run between other Australian cities and the Sultanate. Qantas and Virgin Blue have been selected to fly on behalf of Australia’s side of the agreement, while national carrier, Oman Air was appointed by the Sultanate. last_img read more

Consumer Confidence Makes Comeback Heading Into Holidays

first_img Conference Board Consumer Confidence Employment IHS Global Insight Jobs 2014-12-30 Seth Welborn The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index increased to 92.6 in December from its November reading of 91.0, according to the latest monthly Consumer Confidence Survey released Tuesday.November’s reading had been a disappointment for the Consumer Confidence Index following a post-recession high of 94.5 for October. The Present Situation Index jumped up to 98.6 in the latest reading from its November level of 93.7, while the Expectations Index fell slightly from 89.3 down to 88.5.”Consumer confidence rebounded modestly in December, propelled by a considerably more favorable assessment of current economic and labor market conditions,” said Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators for the Conference Board. “As a result, the Present Situation Index is now at its highest level since February 2008 (Index, 104.0). Consumers were moderately less optimistic about the short-term outlook in December, but even so, they are more confident at year-end than they were at the beginning of the year.”The main drivers of the increase in consumer confidence for December were consistently falling gas prices and well-received employment reports, according to Chris Christopher, Director of U.S. Consumer Economics for IHS Global Insight. With the nation’s unemployment rate at a six-year low of 5.8 percent, the percentage of people surveyed who said they believe jobs are “plentiful” increased from 16.2 percent in November to 17.1 percent in December. The percentage who said they believe jobs are “hard to get” declined slightly from 28.7 percent in November to 27.7 percent in December.Christopher said he sees the increases reported in the latest survey as a positive sign for the holiday season, since the cutoff date for the survey was December 16.”Consumer spending is likely to end 2014 on a high note and is also looking bright for 2015,” Christopher said in his analysis of the survey. “We expect 2015 real consumer spending growth to outpace 2014, and real median household income is likely to gain some traction in the New Year. This is good news for middle income households since between 2008 and the end of 2013 most of the income gains have been in the upper income brackets.”Meanwhile, the percentage of people surveyed said business conditions were “good” stayed the same from November to December, the percentage who said business conditions were “bad” dropped from 21.8 percent to 19.6 percent. Consumers’ outlook for short-term economic improvement was slightly less positive, however; the percentage who said they expect business conditions to improve in the next six months dropped slightly down to 18.0 percent in December from 18.3 percent in November. The percentage who expect more jobs in the months ahead also nudged slightly downward from 15.5 percent to 14.7 percent, while the percentage expecting fewer jobs fell from 16.9 percent to 16.1 percent in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Consumer Confidence Makes Comeback Heading Into Holidayscenter_img December 30, 2014 535 Views Sharelast_img read more

Whats Keeping Renters From Homeownership

first_img Freddie Mac Homeownership Renters 2016-03-16 Seth Welborn What’s Keeping Renters From Homeownership? March 16, 2016 611 Views Rents may be rising and consumers may be feeling the crunch when it comes to their personal finances, but 70 percent of renters still believe that renting is more affordable than owning a home and 55 percent of renters plan to continue renting for at least the next three years, according to a quarterly survey of online renters by Freddie Mac released on Wednesday.Attitudes toward renting were similar across generations, according to the survey: 70 percent of millennials, 61 percent of generation xers, and nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of baby boomers surveyed said that they believed renting was more affordable than homeownership.“Renting is becoming a popular choice among many age groups,” said David Brickman, EVP of Freddie Mac Multifamily. “While most renters still have favorable views toward homeownership and aspire to it, many choose to rent because they view it as more affordable and a better fit for their lifestyle right now.”The perception of renting among millennials was more positive than that of overall respondents: 54 percent of millennials said they believe that renting is a good choice for them now, regardless of whether they can afford to buy later or whether they want to buy later. Overall, 46 percent of respondents said that renting was the best choice for them now.The most likely future home buyer is the single-family home renter, according to Freddie Mac, with 52 percent of renters in single-family homes (compared to 36 percent of apartment renters) saying they plan to buy a home at some point in the next three years—consistent with the results from Freddie Mac’s October 2015 survey. Millennials ages 25 to 34 were the most likely age group to buy in the next three years, at 56 percent. Nearly half of generation xers (49 percent) said they intend to buy in the next three years, followed by millennials ages 18 to 24 (44 percent) and baby boomers (31 percent).Affording a down payment was perceived to be the biggest hurdle among those who plan to buy a home in the next three years (36 percent), but credit history was a close second at 35 percent, according to Freddie Mac. Thirty percent of those who plan to buy in the next three years said they do not make enough money, and 23 percent said they had too much debt.Lifestyle preferences, in addition to financial factors, influenced the decision to rent over buying. Among younger millennials, the most popular reason for renting was the fact that renting allows them to save money (42 percent), while 39 percent of them said renting was the best fit for their lifestyle. For gen-xers and baby boomers, the most popular reason was not having to worry about home maintenance (28 percent for boomers and 41 percent for gen-xers). Almost half of survey respondents whose rent had increased in the last two years said they liked where they live and they plan to continue renting regardless of rent increases, according to Brickman.The most popular non-financial factor to consider when choosing a place to rent is safety and security (27 percent), according to the survey.Click here to view the entire survey.center_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News, Originationlast_img read more

April 3 2009 CRITICAL MASS is the first major p

first_imgApril 3, 2009 CRITICAL MASS is the first ‘major phase’ of development of Arcosanti. It is planned to be a town of 500 to 600 people who will live and work, study, and/or visit. This will be the staging ground for the subsequent larger development of Paolo Soleri’s most recent design for Arcosanti, Arcosanti 5000. CRITICAL MASS is the first ‘major phase’ of development of Arcosanti. It is planned to be a town of 500 to 600 people who will live and work, study, and/or visit. This will be the staging ground for the subsequent larger development of Paolo Soleri’s most recent design for Arcosanti, Arcosanti 5000. The Planning department is developing renderings of the Arcosanti Critical Mass buildings. The work is based on a new 3D model of the entire site. The design team includes Tomiaki Tamura, Scott Riley, Alfonso Elia, Young Soo Kim, and Nadia Begin. Young Soo Kim, recently graduated from the University of Arizona, developed the 3D model utilizing topographic maps and individual building plans. This work was generated on a new 3D workstation purchased for the Planning Department. The Arcosanti 3D Model project (A3DM) was promoted by Habitat Coordinator Scott Riley. [Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text: Scott Riley] PIZZA PIAZZA. Alfonso Elia created a 3D model of the Pizza Piazza based on the 1987 hand-drafted drawings of Tomiaki Tamura. The design was then imported into the Arcosanti 3D Model. The Pizza Piazza building is intended to be new quarters for a foundry and ceramics factory as well as galleries, a visitor’s center, housing, and public piazza. [Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text: Scott Riley] WEST CRESCENT. Young Soo Kim created a new 3D model of the West Crescent, which will likely house a conference center, hotel, and residences. Currently the Planning Department team is developing a detailed program for the design of this building. We continue this report with more renderings on Monday, April 6. 2009. [Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text: Scott Riley]last_img read more