From air safaris to spas Goway releases 201718 Downunder brochure

first_img Travelweek Group Share TORONTO — Several months in the making, Goway’s 2017/18 Downunder brochure has more than 450 travel ideas for travel in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, from private touring and cruises, to family vacations and youth working holidays, to luxury VIP travel.Brand new for 2017-18 are:Live Like a Local: A travel highlight for most globetrotters is to mingle and interact with locals. But to actually live amongst them, even for just a short time, “is an experience of a lifetime”, says Goway.Australian Air Safaris: The highlights of Australia travelling by private aircraft.Downunder Farmstays: Spend a night or two on a Downunder farm.True North Cruises: Luxury expedition cruising in Australia in the Kimberley Region, from Sydney over the holiday season, and also in Papua New GuineaNew Zealand Voyager: First class escorted cruise & tour vacations with APT.Norwegian Cruise Line in Australia and New Zealand.Cruise ship shore excursions in Australia and New Zealand.Polynesia Spa: Hotel mineral bathing and spa treatments in Rotorua.Zealandia in Wellington: The world’s first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary, with a 500-year vision to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems as close as possible to their pre-human state.Train it to the Hunter Valley: An overnight trip to the Hunter Valley wine production region outside of Sydney.Dragonfly Dreaming: Kakadu 4WD safari, “a great way to visit the Top End”, says Goway.Mike Ball Dive Expeditions on the Great Barrier Reef: Liveaboard expeditions, especially suited to divers.Cooktown 4WD safari: Overnight safari in Far North Queensland.Best Western Hotel Passes in Australia.Sydney Discovery tour for 18 – 39s: A five-day trip around Sydney and surrounds, just for the youth market.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemAgents can call now to request their copy at 1-888-469-2944, email info@goway.com or visit goway.com/brochures. Posted by Tuesday, December 13, 2016 From air safaris to spas: Goway releases 2017/18 Downunder brochure << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Higher and ampler sales tax recommended

first_imgFinally, Brys insisted that the complex Costa Rican tax system that should be simplified for easier collection and tracing taxpayers. He drew attention to high informality, avoidance, and tax evasion. The combination of these three factors undermines the efficiency and capacity of revenue growth through the current system. Facebook Comments The OECD study also recommendsPrimarily deal with evasion and avoidance with the reinforcement of the tax administration.The country should rebalance the combination of taxes, moving away from social charges towards VAT, income tax, and environmental taxes.That the country should move away from the excessive allocation of specific destinations for tax revenues and reduce tax exemptions.The base of companies that contribute to income tax be expanded, with measures such as taxing the income from foreign sources. The analysis suggests raising the tax rate – currently at 13% – to 15%. Costa Rica needs to convert the current general sales tax into a modern, broad-based value-added tax (VAT) that the cuts services, an increasingly large sector in the country. Last Thursday, economist Bert Brys, explained the results of the Fiscal Policy Analysis: Costa Rica 2017, a study that was made at the request of the Costa Rican government. Their proposal coincides with what the Solis administration has promoted since the last elections. According to the study, the Costa Rican tax system does not contribute to a redistribution of wealth in society or reduction of inequality, which are the purposes of a modern tax system. The Costa Rican government is very interested in forming part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECDhttp://www.oecd.org/ ). The OECD is formed by 35 nations to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Related posts:Government wants to hike taxes to boost income Finance Ministry submits tax reform bills to Legislative Assembly Finance Ministry could lower Costa Rica income tax brackets Government tables draft bills aimed at approving fiscal reformslast_img read more

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End of a long and painful road for Gesy Updated

first_imgHEALTHCARE in Cyprus reached the end of “a long and painful” road on Thursday after the House health committee signed off on three bills for the national health scheme (Gesy), which will be put to a vote at the plenum on June 16.Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis, who attended the committee meeting to convey the cabinet’s final decisions on healthcare reform, welcomed the development.“A long and painful procedure has been completed today at the House health committee on the reform of the healthcare sector, (state hospital) autonomy, employment issues concerning the autonomy, and the Gesy,” Pamboridis said.The minister told MPs that the government’s intention is to make state hospitals the flagship of healthcare once Gesy kicks in.Pamboridis said that the government will support any overruns in public hospitals for the first five years, but that there will be strict controls and monitoring for proper utilisation of the resources absorbed by Gesy.He reiterated that they would not give a blank cheque to anyone to waste public money.The addition of this clause by the government, Pamboridis said, settles all pending matters, therefore the committee decided to refer the bills to the plenum.Government support for state hospitals was a demand voiced by all political parties, who argued that this is imperative to ensure they do not collapse financially once Gesy kicks in.Regarding contributions, Pamboridis told MPs that in the first phase, starting on March 1, 2019, the cost of outpatient care for workers and pensioners will be 1.7 per cent of their salary, for employers 1.85 per cent, for the state 1.65 per cent, and for the self-employed 2.55 per cent.In the second phase, he said, which will kick in a year later and will cover outpatient and inpatient care until the full implementation of Gesy, pensioners and workers will pay 2.65 per cent, employers 2.9 per cent, the state 4.7 per cent and the self-employed 4 per cent of their income.Pamboridis thanked the committee and all political parties for their constructive stance during the discussion of the billsThe head of the House health committee, Costas Constantinou, said that it had been a “persistent and arduous process” that ended with a consensus between all parties, even though it seemed impossible at the beginning.He added that it was now up to the plenum.“It is a conclusion that has been achieved with the contribution of everyone,” Constantinou said.He also thanked Pamboridis “for his decisive stance and will”.Akel MP Giorgos Georgiou welcomed the development but said that a road map is in order, on the support of state hospitals.Diko and Edek MPs – members of the committee – said their respective parties would upvote the bills.Meanwhile the Social Alliance for the Implementation of Gesy – comprised of 38 patients’ associations, left-wing and right-wing workers’ unions and consumers’ and pensioners’ associations – launched on Thursday an online signature campaign to raise as much support as possible for the implementation of the new health scheme.Members of the public are invited to visit the website the group launched and sign a petition calling on all political forces to “remain focused on the unanimous decisions taken and to support the reform bills on the Gesy”.The website, in Greek only, may be found at http://gesyedokaitora.com. You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Last Abortion Clinic in Cincinnati May Fall to New Law

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesOctober 24, 2014; Cincinnati EnquirerThe only remaining abortion clinic in Cincinnati, a Planned Parenthood clinic, received a citation this week from the health department—and that very likely means that it will be closed, making it the sixth to close out of a field of 14 since the start of 2013. This closure could leave women having to drive to Louisville, Columbus, or Indianapolis to have an abortion.Ohio law requires abortion clinics to have a “transfer agreement” with a private hospital, and all of the local hospitals have declined this clinic’s request, although the group does have agreements with individual doctors at a local hospital, a measure that in the past has been sufficient. Recently, however, the health department declined to approve such a measure for a Sharonville provider Women’s Med, which then stopped performing abortions.“We have received the letter, and it is accurate in its statement that we do not have a transfer agreement,” Planned Parenthood spokesman Rick Pender said. “But what we have pending, for more than a year, is our variance request, which the health department has not acted on.”“I’m flabbergasted that the Ohio Department of Health sent a notice to Planned Parenthood to tell them they don’t have a transfer agreement or variance, when ODH has sat on a request from Planned Parenthood to approve a variance for over a year,” said Kellie Copeland, executive director for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, in a statement. “This is the sort of behavior we expect from political hacks, not public health professionals.”Another Women’s Med clinic, this one in Dayton, also is lacking a hospital transfer agreement. The issue of accessibility in terms of erecting barriers that would necessitate long travel times has been looked at before in the case of the last remaining clinic in Mississippi, where a similar law is in place and where the clinic was ordered to be kept open by the court because closing it would have placed an “undue burden” on women seeking services.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Does the First Amendment Extend to Vehicle License Plates

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesJune 4, 2015; The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY)If someone asked you to recite a memorable bumper sticker, you can probably recall at least one that caused you to stop and think. Maybe the bumper sticker made you happy, or even angry. The reality is that people have been using bumper stickers for many years to get their points across, no matter how controversial—even pushing the envelope to be shocking. After all, it’s the quintessential form of free speech to craft a message and slap it onto the back bumper of a car.But, when it comes to back-of-car signage, the issuance of license plates by state governments is an entirely different matter. While many nonprofits are using specialty (also called special interest) plates to raise awareness, provide a call to action, and raise funds, state governments across the country are deliberating the approval of these license plates.Nonprofit groups in New York are allowed to apply for specialty plates as a method of fundraising. The plates are issued by the state for a fee, and the DMV and the organization then split the proceeds. For years, the State of New York has been debating what constitutes free speech when it comes to license plates. Recently, the Second U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 vote to support the Department of Motor Vehicles’ uniform policy of determining whether to issue plates if their subjects were contentious and politically sensitive.The debate has been brewing since 2004 when the Children First Foundation first went to New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles with the request to issue a plate promoting their anti-abortion message. The plate in question shows a cartoon drawing of children with the text, “Choose life.” Based in Westchester County, this nonprofit promotes adoption over abortion. For several years, it has attempted to negotiate by reducing the size of the print on the license plate and stressing its “adoption over abortion platform.” The court believes that these changes were purely cosmetic.According to Judge Rosemary Pooler, who wrote the majority opinion in The Children First Foundation v. Fiala, the content of custom plates was “private speech” and the plates themselves a “nonpublic forum.” Therefore, the DMV’s uniform policy of excluding controversial, politically sensitive messages from plates, which the agency said stemmed from highway safety concerns, was “reasonable and viewpoint neutral, which is all that the First Amendment requires.”The case of New York State is significant because it mirrors other deliberations around the country. The U.S. Supreme Court is deliberating a similar case in which the Sons of Confederate Veterans want Texas’s Department of Motor Vehicles to issue a plate featuring the Confederate flag, but the state would not issue plates with this divisive symbol because it is associated with racist views.But consider other specialty plates. California offers a variety of plates. One plate protects the California coastline and the Pacific Ocean. Another promotes arts education. Another supports helping law enforcement fight terrorism threats. Still another funds the preservation of Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. Another supports the prevention of child abuse. Another supports veterans. And lastly, another provides funding for no-cost or low-cost spaying and neutering programs for pets. While the State of California doesn’t see any of these topics as controversial, there are probably some Californians who do.One proposed plate in California, just shy of production by about 2,000 pre-orders, features one of the most famous dogs in cartoon history, Charlie Brown’s pet beagle, Snoopy. Proceeds from purchases of this plate will support California museums. Another proposed plate, while not yet in production, will send its future funds to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to provide free clinical breast exams and mammograms to California’s underserved women.So, where does the First Amendment come into play for vehicle license plates? In the case of the lawsuit mentioned above, “Abortion was such a contentious political issue, the DMV said, that having a plate like that on the road might lead to conflict or even contribute to ‘road rage.’ The DMV also argued that the issuance of an official anti-abortion-rights license plate might make it appear as if the state itself were taking sides in the debate.”So, what do you think? Or are you hesitant to take a stand? We invite you to chime in.—Debbie Laskey and G. Meredith BetzShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Pamunkey Tribe Gets Federal Designation Despite Business Pushback

first_imgShare28TweetShareEmail28 SharesJuly 7, 2015; Indian Country TodayUntil this month, there was no federally recognized Indian tribe in the state of Virginia, an oddity since Virginia’s Native Americans have long been visible in American history going back to Pocahontas who supposedly saved British settler John Smith from execution by her father, Chief Powhatan, and married another, John Rolfe, accompanying him back to England in 1616. As of this month, Pocahontas’s people, the Pamunkey tribe, received federal government recognition, becoming the 567th federally designated Indian tribe in the nation and the first in Virginia.What makes the Pamunkey designation an item for commentary in the NPQ Newswire? Consider the Pamunkey Tribe during its long history as a constituent part of American civil society. Over that time, it provided community and political identity to the members of the tribe and operated pursuant to documents outlining governance procedures and membership criteria. The designation and federal status will open up access to various federal government housing and social services and, according to Pamunkey tribe member Ashley Atkins Spivey, even funding to improve the tribe’s Pamunkey Museum and cultural center.The 35-year journey for the Pamunkey tribe through the federal bureaucracy was by no means automatic. During the past decade, the Department of Interior has approved 18 tribes but rejected 35 others. As the DOI issued its approval of the Pamunkey tribe’s petition, it rejected the application of the Duwamish Tribal Organization in Washington State, even though that is the tribe of the legendary Chief Seattle, from whom that city gets its name.The approval process wasn’t simply between the Pamunkey tribe and the Interior Department, either. Other entities weighed in with their opinions, sometimes in opposition to the designation. For example, the Pamunkey application was opposed by MGM Grand, which is building a casino at National Harbor across the Potomac River in Maryland and feared the possibility that the tribe, once federally designated, would develop its own casino. In addition, the designation was opposed by members of the Black Congressional Caucus as recently as this past January because the tribe had in the past banned interracial marriages, though that ban no longer exists. (The ban, related to a unfathomably racist Virginia state law, the 1924 Racial Integrity Act, was formally repealed in 2012, but had really not been enforced by the tribe even before that time.)As is the case with other nonprofits, the Pamunkey tribe was also opposed in its request for federal recognition by the Association of American Convenience Stores and by the Virginia Petroleum and Grocery Association, which feared that the tribe could choose not to charge taxes on retail stores on its land, giving those stores an advantage over competitors outside the reservation selling to non-tribe members.In the end, the Pamunkey Tribe prevailed, though with some unusual twists. It seems like the MGM behemoth somehow got the tribe’s leaders to acknowledge that while tribal designation means that they could build a casino, the site doesn’t look good for accommodating that kind of facility or the traffic it would put on roads in and out of the reservation and therefore they probably won’t. According to the Associated Press, there are 493 Indian casinos and 1,262 non-Indian commercial casinos. MGM may well have browbeaten the tribe into all but promising not to build a casino, which might be a good thing to keep away from the Richmond, Virginia area, but that hardly means that MGM Grand, which spent millions lobbying and sweet-talking Maryland legislators for the National Harbor approval, should get a get-out-of-jail-free pass given the likely impacts of its own gambling house on the region.Nevertheless, the Pamunkey tribe joins the others as federally acknowledged and recognized, and just as importantly, as a legitimate entity reflecting the freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of identity rights that Pamunkey tribal members wanted enshrined in the approval from the Department of the Interior.—Rick CohenCorrection: This article has been altered from its original form. The Duwamish make their home in the state of Washington.Share28TweetShareEmail28 Shareslast_img read more

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UAEbased telco Etisalat is planning to expand the

first_imgUAE-based telco Etisalat is planning to expand the availability of its recently launched eLife OnWeb over-the-top service to a range of new devices.Speaking at Informa’s IP&TV Forum MENA event in Dubai earlier this week, Rashid Al Abbar, vice-president, home products marketing at Etisalat, said that an eLife iOS app would be published and available for download by customers, allowing users to access TV channels via iPads and iPhones. The service will be expanded to four other devices – the Humax IR2020HD and iCord HD set-top boxes, the Android-based Kaon SmartCube and the AirTies 7124 box – by the end of 2011. The service will be available on LG Optimus mobile phones by the end of this year and via a browser by the first quarter of 2012.Rashid Al Abbar said that Etlisalat now had 29 content partners for its OnWeb and OnWeb Plus services, including six premium content partners. He said he expected this to grow to over 50 content partners and over 10 premium partners, with at least 100 movies on the offering, by the end of next year.Etisalat officially launched its IPTV service a month ago, although the service had already signed up about 100,100 subscribers from its soft launch. The company plans to use over-the-top delivery to expand the service outside the UAE to operators in which it has an interest and other service providers in the region, as well as delivering the service to multiple devices. It has struck a partnership with LG for delivery to connected TVs.last_img read more

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BBC Worldwide the commercial arm of British publi

first_imgBBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of British public broadcaster the BBC, has launched its online streaming service iPlayer in Canada.This marks the 16th international launch of the service, which has also launched in countries including Australia and across Scandinavia. The service will initially be available as a subscription service on the Apple iPad as an application. Full access will cost C$8.99 (€6.55) a month, although there will be some content available for free.Series available on the service include Spooks, Eastenders, Top Gear, Doctor Who and Blue Planet. 
“We’re proud to be building on the successful launch of this App by introducing it to Canada,” said Jana Bennett, BBC Worldwide president of worldwide networks and global iPlayer. “It will open up the opportunity for a whole new audience to enjoy the best moments from seventy years of brilliant BBC programs, wherever and whenever they want.”last_img read more

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South African regulator the Independent Communicat

first_imgSouth African regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has vowed to take legal action if pay TV operator TopTV continues with plans to launch three adult channels. On Digital Media, the company that owns the pay TV service, has said it will go ahead with the launches as planned despite the objections.
The two parties disagree over the legality of the channel launches. TopTV, which has around 300,000 subscribers, says that ICASA failed to finalise its application in the required three months, allowing TopTV to launch the channels, while ICASA maintains that TopTV needs approval ahead of the launch. 
ICASA spokesman Paseka Maleka told local press that the regulator would have “no option” but to take action if the broadcaster went ahead with its plans.last_img read more

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AE Networks UK is to extend the reach of its Hist

first_imgA+E Networks UK is to extend the reach of its History channel in Latvia following a deal with leading cable operator Baltcom.The channel will be carried on Baltcom’s Social, Basic, Extended and Thematic packages, giving Latvian viewers the opportunity to view content including Pawn Stars, Counting Cars and upcoming series Big History. History launched in Latvia in 2010.“Our goal is to deliver great TV content for our customers and to offer the best entertainment channels in our TV packages. Adding factual entertainment channel History from A+E Networks UK to Baltcom’s TV offering is a strong step in this direction,” said Diana Pujate, Baltcom TV content director.last_img

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Orange reported 677 million IPTV and satellite cu

first_imgOrange reported 6.77 million IPTV and satellite customers in the first quarter of the year, an increase of 9.8% year-on-year.Orange’s largest TV market is France where it reported 5.78 million IPTV and satellite customers in Q2, up 8.5% year-on-year from 5.32 million in Q2 2013.Orange’s Polish IPTV and satellite customer base came in at 720,000, up 3% year-on-year from 699,000 in Q2 2013.Meanwhile, in Spain, where Orange offers IPTV, its TV customer base was 91,000, up from 65,000 in the same quarter last year.Group revenue from fixed services – including TV, fixed-line telephone and broadband – was down 0.2% to €3.23 billion in the quarter.Overall, in the second quarter, revenues were €9.79 billion, down from €10.3 billion in Q2 2013. Reported EBITDA was €3.20 billion, compared to €3.27 billion in the same quarter last year.“These results demonstrate the company’s strength and ability to react in market conditions that continue to be very challenging. We’ve maintained our commercial momentum, despite a hyper-competitive environment, largely due to the investments we’ve made in very high-speed broadband, fibre and 4G,” said Orange Group chairman and CEO Stéphane Richard.“Overall, we had a solid commercial performance, particularly in France, Belgium and Poland, while in Africa and the Middle East we had the strongest growth in four years. Meanwhile, we remain focused on lightening Orange’s cost structure, allowing us to stabilise our margin rate in the first half and to confirm our annual targets for 2014.”last_img read more

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Darren Childs UKTV has reported an increase in rev

first_imgDarren ChildsUKTV has reported an increase in revenues, but heavy investment in content, new channels and digital services caused a fall in overall profit.The channel operator notched full-year sales of £278 million (€350 million) in Fy2013, compared with £262 million a year earlier. EBITDA profit was £66.2 million, down on the £71.5 million registered a year earlier.UKTV said that once the costs of launching its new channel, Drama, and upping spend on programming digital initiatives were stripped out, underlying EBITDA profit was £76.7 million. The underlying profit margin for the year was 27.6%.The channels business renewed carriage deals for its services with Sky and Virgin in the year and struck a new carriage deal with YouView. Programming spend hit £125 million while revenue from international sales of its content has tripled since FY2010, UKTV said without specifying numbers.“Investment is key to our future growth,” Darren Childs, UKTV chief executive, said. “These results show that the more we put in, the more we get out, and I am delighted that so many of our original programmes are amongst our top titles and selling so well internationally.”Childs added: “This is a really significant phase in UKTV’s story, when we move from challenger to contender and this is the first time in the history of British television that a non-PSB channels business has played so big a role in the ratings charts.”last_img read more

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NBCUniversal has ploughed another US200 million

first_imgNBCUniversal has ploughed another US$200 million (€188 million) into online news and video company BuzzFeed.This is on top of the US$200 million Comcast-owned NBCU invested in BuzzFeed last year.BuzzFeed’s investors include SoftBank Capital, Hearst Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Andreessen Horowitz and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.Buzzfeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti claimed, however, that NBCU’s latest cash injection allowed the company to “remain a fully independent company” with “access to and resources from the strongest and best media company there is”.To date, BuzzFeed and NBCU have partnered to bring footage from the 2016 Rio Olympics to video platform Snapchat, co-sold advertising on digital and linear services, and created content partnerships such as Tasty on NBC News’ Today programme.The Tasty media network, which offers short recipe videos, will expand following the new investment, as will development of data science and technology.One focus will be coproductions and distribution for NBCU Content Studio, which creates short-form video for adverisers, and new “digital consumer experiences” for NBCU’s premium content.There will also be new cross-platform advertising products, and expansions to BuzzFeed’s editorial teams in LA, New York and elsewhere.BuzzFeed claims to reach more than 500 million people via digital platforms.last_img read more

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Bergenbased interactive TV company Sixty has op

first_imgBergen-based interactive TV company, Sixty, has opened a UK office and made two senior hires, marking its first expansion outside of its native Norway.The company has hired Adam Bowley as vice-president of broadcast technology and Gary Ellis as vice president of TV technology.Bowley was previously head of broadcast data services at Perform Group, while Ellis was program director at Altibox. Both will be based in London.“We are excited to welcome Adam and Gary into our team and to see them lead our business at our new office in London,” said Kjetil Horneland, CEO and founder of Sixty.“The decision to open our new London office was simple; it’s a reflection of our rising ambition and desire to help broadcasters engage with their viewers and elevate the viewing experience through interactive technology.“Our global presence has grown exponentially over the last few years and Adam and Gary’s experience will play a fundamental role in developing our position in the UK and beyond.”Sixty aims to offer easy implementation of interactive TV and lets customers design and launch television experiences across any platform or device, including mobile phones and tablets.last_img read more

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CO DERRYGlenbeg WalklimavadyMan charged over bruta

first_img CO DERRYGlenbeg WalklimavadyMan charged over brutal attack on male at Co Derry home The charges are in relation to the report of an assault on a 23-year-old man on Thursday, March 21, in the Glenbeg Walk area of Limavady.The victim was taken to hospital where his condition was described as critical.Man charged over brutal attack on male at Co Derry home was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: A 32-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He is due to appear before Coleraine Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Monday, March 25.As is normal procedure the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service. center_img ShareTweetlast_img

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first_img Tumblr FeaturedLocal NewsNewsWatch Long John Silver’s In Welch Set To Close By Tyler BarkerOct 15, 2018, 17:42 pm 1384 0 WELCH, WV (WOAY) – One chain restaurant is closing their doors in McDowell County.Long John Silver’s located on Riverside Drive in Welch will officially close their doors on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.The reason for the closure has not yet been announced.  Nearly 10 people will be without a job.Stay with WOAY NewsWatch for updates. Google+ Linkedin Mail Home NewsWatch Featured Long John Silver’s In Welch Set To Close Previous PostPinnacle Mining Company Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Pinterest Next PostBeckley Woman Becomes New Executive Director Of Tamarack Facebook Twitter Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.comlast_img read more

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US investors take note A new market is opening

first_imgU.S. investors take note. A new market is opening up, and it’s handing us an opportunity to make big gains…On Sunday, President Obama flew to Havana, Cuba. He became the first president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.The U.S. has had a trade embargo against Cuba since 1962. At the time, Cuba, which is located just 220 miles south of Miami, was allied with communist Russia in the Cold War. A base in Cuba had Soviet nuclear missiles pointed at the U.S.The Cold War ended twenty-five years ago, but the embargo still stands. It bans most Cuban trade with the U.S. It prohibits Americans from investing in Cuba. Americans need special permission from their government to even visit Cuba.• The embargo could soon end…Last summer, the U.S. and Cuba reopened embassies in each other’s capitals. And the Obama administration recently lifted key economic restrictions on Cuba.The Wall Street Journal reported last week:The new measures, presented Tuesday, ease restrictions on American financial institutions and significantly broaden Cuba’s access to the global economy. They allow Cuban citizens to earn salaries from U.S. companies and to have American bank accounts for limited purposes, as well as permit the use of U.S. dollars in financial transactions with Cuba.The White House has also lifted its 50-year tourism ban on Cuba. And Cuba’s government plans to end a 10% tax on converting U.S. dollars to Cuban pesos.This past weekend, the U.S. Treasury Department gave two major U.S. hospitality companies permission to operate in Cuba. Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) will build three hotels in Cuba. It will be the first U.S. company to operate a hotel in Cuba since 1962.And Airbnb, a company that lets you rent your home out like a hotel, can now accommodate foreign travelers visiting Cuba.• Soon, you’ll even be able to take a cruise to Cuba…USA Today reported:The giants of the cruise world may be just days away from getting approval for sailings to Cuba, according to a Wall Street analyst who follows the industry.In a research note released Monday, Nomura’s Harry Curtis said Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) was expecting approval for Cuba voyages from the Cuban government around the end of the month.Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) and Carnival Corp. (CCL) also were likely to win approval for Cuba cruises around the same time, Curtis wrote.• Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, thinks Cuba is a huge investing opportunity…Nick is an expert “crisis investor.” He invests in markets that are bombed out, hated, and depressed. This strategy allows Nick to buy world-class companies at bargain prices…and to buy a dollar’s worth of assets for pennies. This sets him up to make big gains, like the 210% gain he made on the Cypriot hospitality business Lordos Hotels in the wake of that country’s banking crisis a few years back.According to Nick, Cuba has been in a slow-motion crisis for decades. The U.S.’ ban on trade with Cuba killed any chance of economic growth for the last 60 years.But Nick says the embargo will soon become “a page in the history books.” When this happens, money should pour into Cuba.• Nick has a “back-door” way to profit from Cuba’s huge untapped potential…Here’s Nick:Cuba has over 2,000 miles of pristine coastline and the potential to be a top tourist destination. If Cuba ever opens up, there’s potential to make a fortune.Nick’s investment is a legal way to profit from the “opening up” of Cuba while the embargo is still in place. It trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange.This investment is up 10.5% in the last month. It hit a seven-month high on Friday. But Nick expects it to go much higher…We can’t disclose the investment here, because it wouldn’t be fair to paying subscribers. But you can get instant access to Nick’s “back-door” Cuba investment by signing up for a trial subscription to Crisis Investing. Click here to learn more.• Moving along, U.S. stocks have rebounded…Dispatch readers know U.S. stocks had a horrible start to the year. The S&P 500 fell as much as 11%.It’s since rallied 12% and has had five straight weeks of gains. Many folks see this as proof that we’re back in a bull market.• E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, doesn’t trust this rally…E.B. is Casey’s “big picture” guru. He’s known for making big calls about the stock market and economy.In September, E.B. boldly called the end of the bull market in U.S. stocks. It was a lonely call at the time…the S&P 500 had rallied as much as 215% over the past six years. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ hit all-time highs just two months earlier.But E.B. was right. The S&P 500 has gone nowhere but down since then. And the Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ haven’t hit new highs since July. Recommended Links — Small Boston firm to become major biotech player?This small company – which has just IPO’d – is now poised for the biggest medical breakthrough of the past 100 years. If this plays out…it wouldn’t just cure ONE disease, but annihilate 6,000 diseases killing us right now. Six big name institutions are pooling capital on this…even Bill Gates – whose foundation is successfully eradicating malaria right now – has expressed interest. If you position yourself right, you could be part of the biggest biotech breakthrough of the century… Click here to find out more… – The Secret to Investing in Gold Like Doug CaseyAfter the longest bear market in gold stocks in 40 years…Doug Casey just revealed how he plans to make a killing on gold’s massive rebound…and why 99% of investors don’t have what it takes to try this gold strategy. See more here. • E.B. is still bearish…Two weeks ago, he warned that U.S. stocks were on the cusp of a major downturn. In short, one of E.B.’s favorite “big picture” tools is signaling that U.S. stocks could enter a bear market before summer arrives.Despite the recent rally, E.B. still expects U.S. stocks to fall.The S&P 500 hasn’t made a new high since May. It’s rallied several times but all it’s done is set “lower highs.” This rally won’t mean much until the S&P 500 sets a new high.The chart below shows that the S&P 500 hasn’t set a new high since May.• E.B. says this is a sign of an unhealthy market…The market fell off a cliff in January. It’s now right back where it started.Stocks rarely go straight down during bear markets. It’s much more common to see stocks fall…recover…then fall again. That’s what we’re seeing right now.U.S. stocks are rallying at the moment. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods.• The S&P 500 is due for major pullback…U.S. stocks have been in a historic bull market for 85 months. Since World War II, the average U.S. bull market has lasted 52 months.U.S. stocks are also very expensive.According to the CAPE ratio, which measures the valuation of stocks over the long-term, the S&P 500 is 56% more expensive than its historic average. U.S. stocks have only been more expensive three times in history: Before the Great Depression…during the dot-com bubble…and leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.• Stocks can only get cheaper in two ways…Share prices can fall or earnings can rise. And Dispatch readers know corporate earnings haven’t risen. They’ve collapsed.The S&P 500 is coming off its third straight quarter of falling earnings. That hasn’t happened since 2009. According to research firm FactSet, Wall Street expects first-quarter 2016 earnings to fall 8.4%. We’ll keep you posted as earnings start to come in.• There’s more danger than opportunity in U.S. stocks right now…To avoid big losses in stocks, we recommend holding a significant amount of cash. Holding cash gives you “ammo” to buy stocks when they get cheap again.We also suggest owning physical gold. As Casey readers know, gold is money. It’s preserved wealth for centuries. Investors often buy gold when they’re nervous about stocks. This year, gold has outperformed stocks by a mile. Gold is up more than 18% to its highest level in over a year.Chart of the DayGold stocks have ripped higher this year…Today’s chart shows the performance of physical gold versus the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which tracks large gold miners.Dispatch readers know gold stocks are leveraged to the price of gold. This year, an 18% jump in the price of gold has caused GDX to spike 49%.Casey Research founder Doug Casey thinks gold stocks are just getting started. Last week, Doug laid out his case for why he thinks we’re about to enter a gold “mania.” It’s a must-read essay for anyone worried about the stock market or the economy. You can read it here.In short, Doug thinks gold stocks are entering a bull market for the ages. Over the next few years, the average gold stock could rally 500% or more. The best gold stocks could jump 10x, 20x, or even 30x. These gains may sound impossible…but we’ve seen them before.It will probably be years or even decades before we get another chance like this. To help make the most out of this rare opportunity, we’re running a limited-time offer on International Speculator, our advisory dedicated to finding gold stocks with huge upside. If you sign up today, you’ll receive International Speculator for $500 off the regular price. You’ll also get our latest special report, 9 Essential Gold Stocks to Buy Right Now. Click here to learn more.Regards,Justin SpittlerDelray Beach, FloridaMarch 22, 2016We want to hear from you.If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Link — America’s Summer of Unrest – Are You at Risk? Protests are becoming riots. Big-city violence in small towns. And according to one expert, that’s just the beginning… • In other words, it pays to listen to Gundlach… But here’s the thing. Gundlach doesn’t think you should get out of stocks completely. Instead, he thinks you should “go long” emerging markets. These are countries that are on their way to becoming “developed” countries like the United States. Brazil, Russia, India, and China (also known as the “BRICs”) are the largest emerging markets. On Monday, Gundlach told investors at the Sohn Conference to buy the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which tracks over 800 emerging market stocks. It’s one of the safest and most diversified ways to play emerging markets. Of course, you would have already known that if you’ve been reading the Dispatch. • After all, I’ve been pounding the table on emerging market stocks for months… In February, I outlined the bullish case for emerging markets. A month later, I told investors to “forget about US stocks” and consider emerging market stocks. I even recommended checking out EEM, just like Gundlach. Not only that, Gundlach likes emerging markets for the same reasons we do. I’ll share those with you in a moment. But let’s first look at why the “Bond King” thinks you should short the S&P 500. • US stocks are incredibly expensive… Just look at this chart. It compares the total market value of the S&P 500 with the annual economic output of the United States, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP). This key ratio is now at the highest level since the dot-com bubble. Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida May 12, 2017 By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch Short the S&P 500. That’s not something most investors would consider right now. After all, US stocks have been rallying for eight straight years. At this point, it’s hard to even remember what a down market feels like. But that’s exactly what Jeff Gundlach thinks you should do. Gundlach, as you may know, is one of the world’s brightest investors. He manages more than $100 billion at his firm DoubleLine Capital. On Monday, he told a room full of investors at the Sohn Investment Conference in New York to short (bet against) the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). This fund tracks the S&P 500. It’s the most heavily traded ETF on the planet. • It’s a bold call, to say the least… But Gundlach has a history of nailing calls like this. At last year’s Sohn Conference, he told investors to short the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) and buy the iShares Mortgage Real Estate Capped ETF (REM). If you had taken Gundlach’s advice, you’d be up 40% on this trade today. Gundlach was also one of the few people to predict that Donald Trump would become president of the United States. In June, he told CNBC: People aren’t getting along, they’re not happy because of technology taking jobs, and sort of this long, slow grind of a new economy. And so they’re looking for change, and I think Trump is going to win on the basis of that. We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.center_img This Little Girl’s Face Will Make You Laugh… Then Jealous Because She Makes $509 in Under 2 Minutes! She found a way to make instant income so easily… even an 8-year-old can do it! Click here to see the “weird” secret she found on this publisher’s computer. • US stocks aren’t just expensive from a historical perspective, either… They’re also much more expensive than emerging market stocks. Gundlach explained to CNBC on Monday: The valuation of emerging markets is half the valuation of the S&P 500 when you look at things like price to sales, price to book, [and] Dr. Shiller’s CAPE ratio. Dispatch readers know CAPE stands for cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings. It’s the cousin of the popular price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio. The only difference is that it uses 10 years’ worth of earnings instead of one. But just like the P/E ratio, a high CAPE ratio means stocks are expensive. You can see below that the CAPE ratio has surged to 29.5. That’s 76% higher than the S&P 500’s historical average. US stocks have only been this expensive two times in history: just before the Great Depression and during the dot-com bubble. Meanwhile, the CAPE ratio for EEM is floating around 14, meaning it’s 52% cheaper than SPY. • To be fair, emerging market stocks have been cheaper than US stocks for years… And they’ve still underperformed them. But that’s starting to change. Just look at the chart below. It compares the performance of the S&P 500 with EEM. When this line is rising, it means US stocks are doing better than emerging market stocks. You can see that’s been the case for years. But this key ratio just broke a long-term upward trend line. This tells us that emerging market stocks should outperform US stocks for years to come. • If you haven’t already, I recommend you pick up some emerging market stocks today… The easiest way to do this is with EEM or another major emerging market fund. These funds will give you broad exposure to emerging markets. Once you build a core position in emerging markets, you could consider investing in individual emerging markets. Right now, three of our favorite emerging markets are Poland, Colombia, and India. As for US stocks, I wouldn’t encourage everyday investors to short the S&P 500 like Gundlach recommends. Instead, I suggest you be very selective about what US stocks you own. Avoid stocks trading at nosebleed valuations. Own companies with resilient business models and little debt. Regards, Recommended Link —last_img read more

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first_imgYesterday was Alabama Walk@School Day, a day dedicated to getting kids up and moving across the state.About 22,000 students, teachers and parents participated statewide. Buhl Elementary School students walked during their scheduled physical education time for 40 minutes.“We know that a healthy child is a happy child and a better learner,” Nita McAllister, a physical education teacher at Buhl, said. “So our goal is to help educate them of the importance of staying active and eating nutritionally.”Nationwide, more than 25,000 participants are expected to join in this year.last_img

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