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Hypocrites…Hypocrites…

first_img…in financeYour Eyewitness just can’t get these revelations from the Panama Papers out of his mind. No…not the US-30 TRILLION that’s supposedly squirrelled away from the taxmen of the world. Not the shadowy law firms from London to Timbuktu that ran the scam. What gets him is the hypocrisy of the leaders of the developed world who routinely beat us Third Worlders over the head about our “greed, avarice and lack of civic pride” that supposedly keeps us underdeveloped.Fact of the matter is that the US Trillion (let’s split the guesstimate down the line, shall we?) that’s siphoned off from the world’s tax system hurts us all – including the poor of the developed country. How many times haven’t we heard the collapse of the developed western economies in 2008 precipitated our own economic slowdown? Can’t sell our primary products. Well, it’s the financialisation of those economics that put those trillions in the pockets of their one per cent.And taken us all beyond the business downturns Marx predicted as profits are sucked out of the economy. Those profits were supposed to be reinvested. But in the off-shore tax havens like Panama – and even our own Barbados and Cayman Islands – the SUPER-PROFITS now generated are just sucked out of the system entirely! They might’ve as well gone into a black hole to reappear in some other universe. Which is where the banks behind it all are located.And we return to these worthies who’re greedy enough to have their own people go homeless (NINJA mortgages, anyone?) yet have the temerity to lecture us about probity and such like. And we return to David Cameron – who after being outed in the Panama Papers finally admitted he cashed in his tax-evaded loot inherited from his father. Cameron who lectured his own people about “fiscal constraints” and “need to tighten belts” as their recession kicked in. And of course announced in Jamaica that reparations are a no-go and we have to just work harder!That the Chinese leaders are tax evading with the best in the Panama Papers shouldn’t surprise us. Along with the western businessmen establishing all those factories in China to fill the shelves of WalMart, would’ve been the lawyers to educate them on the wonders of tax evasion. In a scene in Godfather 2, Michael Corleone is castigated by a Nevada Senator for being a “Guinea wop” involved in criminal activities. And the new Godfather simply reminds the “upstanding” WASP representative of the American establishment that the two of them aren’t really that different.It’s just that the hypocritical establishment has the power to dub their illegal activity “legal”!!…on political investmentsIt would appear that the doctrine of “political investment” – adumbrated by Raphael Trotman doesn’t apply to Joseph Harmon. The said doctrine promulgated the notion that campaign contributors to political parties view their action as “investments” which obviously must deliver a dividend to justify the outlay.It all came about after Minister of National Security and Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan bigged up his businessman friend, for funding the AFC’s headquarters – just as he’d bid for billions in Pharma supplies to the state and also was awaiting an approval for a power purchase agreement from GPL for electricity from a proposed wind farm.While pro quid quos had long been suspected in the new coalition Government – witness the murmurs on the case of the Specialty Hospital involving the same Ramjattan and one Fedders Lloyd – it seems to be confined to the AFC wing.As Opp. Leader Jagdeo pointed out, Harmon’s been “slaughtered” while Trotman and Ramjattan’s riding pretty!Was this part of the Nassau Accord?…on LG interferenceWith the launching of three new towns – and one aborted due to “technical difficulties” – several new ones are evidently on the cards. And Pressie’s promised “no political interference”.Has he informed his power-drunk Minister of Communities, Bulkan?last_img read more

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Ronco, of infomercialRonco, of infomercial

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Ronco, hawker of infomercial-worthy products including the Veg-o-Matic slicer and dicer and the all-in-one Pocket Fisherman, is due in bankruptcy court today. The company owes $32.7million, including $11.7million to former owner Ron Popeil, according to bankruptcy papers filed last week at a U.S. District court in Woodland Hills. The company owes money to more than 1,000 creditors, such as the Food Network, QVC home shopping network and Court TV. Ronco listed $13.9million in assets and wants to emerge from restructuring proceedings in late July or mid-August, Chief Executive Officer John Reiland said. Reiland declined to say how Ronco, which has about 100 employees, ended up in this situation. Popeil, 72, started the company in Chatsworth in 1958. The salesman extraordinaire became a legend on late-night television, grabbing viewers’ attention with the catch phrase, “But wait, there’s more.” Ronco went bankrupt once before, in 1987, then came back to make millions on a food dehydrator, spray-on hair and a bagel cutter. In 1995, Popeil, who lives in Beverly Hills, peddled his autobiography, “The Salesman of the Century,” which he co-wrote with Jefferson Grahamsold. Popeil sold the company in 2005 for $55million to Fi-Tek VII, which changed its name to Ronco Corp. In 2006, the company moved from Chatsworth to Simi Valley and signed a $6.5million, 10-year lease for an 81,646-square-foot building. Ronco stock, traded under the symbol RNCP, rose from $0.07 to $0.13 after the bankruptcy news. On Monday, it fell to $0.11. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Exclusive – England’s Alex Scott dismisses row over FA “sexist tweet”Exclusive – England’s Alex Scott dismisses row over FA “sexist tweet”

first_imgEngland’s Alex Scott has dismissed the row over a tweet from the official England FA Twitter account, rejecting suggestions it was sexist.The tweet, quickly deleted after an online backlash, welcomed the players home by saying: “Our Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title – heroes.”The message was widely criticised for appearing to portray the players as something other than simply footballers, but the Arsenal star insists the matter has been blown way out of proportion.“Every single player let it go over their head,” she told Drivetime.“It was taken out of context, if you look at it we are coming home as wives, daughters and we do have partners.“Even though we’re heroes at a World Cup, we’re normal people and when we come home we carry on with our club committments, other jobs and normal lives.”The Lionesses – despite a disappointing opening defeat to France – put in several heroic performances in Canada as they defeated Mexico, Colombia and the tournament hosts, before a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Japan in the semi-finals.But millions tuned in to watch England, even with late kick-off times, and Scott admits the squad has been overwhelmed by the public’s support.She added: “To come home to this sort of reception is beyond our wildest dreams.“We are surprised, we were wrapped up in a bubble in Canada and we heard there was a lot of press back home but you don’t really know until you get back and people stop you in the street to say well done.”last_img read more

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‘Lallana’s the first name on the Liverpool teamsheet – beautiful!’ – REACTION‘Lallana’s the first name on the Liverpool teamsheet – beautiful!’ – REACTION

first_img Adam Lallana (right) is developing his game under Jurgen Klopp (left) Adam Lallana is rapidly becoming a fans’ favourite at Anfield.The Liverpool midfielder scored in the first half, as Jurgen Klopp’s men raced into a comfortable lead against ten men in the 5-1 win over Hull City.A £25million signing from Southampton in 2014, Lallana is now starting to show his true ability under the German boss.Lallana opened the scoring on 17 minutes, with James Milner netting two penalties and Sadio Mane scoring, while Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off in the opening 45. Hull’s David Meyler pulled one back but Philippe Coutinho struck just one minute later as the Reds saw out the win which saw them go third in the table.The 28-year-old has always showed potential but goals have been one big absence in his game. But this season he already has four for club and country.See some of the best reaction below… 1last_img read more

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Hart votes not to pay settlementHart votes not to pay settlement

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“This is a continuation in trying to resolve what went wrong,” board member Paul Strickland said Thursday. The decision comes after Livingston filed a claim against the district in September seeking damages in excess of $234,000 for unpaid settlement money, wrongful termination and defamation. Livingston’s lawyers declined to comment. The district didn’t respond to that claim within the required 45 days – which could lead to litigation. Livingston’s lawyer did not respond to a call from the district on Nov. 16, officials said Thursday. A recent audit of skyrocketing construction costs revealed mismanagement of funds and a lack of financial bookkeeping during Livingston’s tenure, which Hart Superintendent Jaime Castellanos said heavily influenced the board’s decision to void the settlement agreement. “That’s why we did the audit, to see if there were things that we could have done to avoid the cost overruns,” Castellanos said. SANTA CLARITA – The Hart school district will not pay a $234,000 settlement to its former finance chief, board members decided Wednesday night. The William S. Hart Union High School District board unanimously voted to rescind its settlement and separation agreement with Rory Livingston, former assistant superintendent of business services, and to terminate its contract with Livingston. Livingston was ousted from the district in May after construction costs for the project he oversaw peaked at $43million over the budget. District officials said this is one step toward recovery. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Yale reworks Master of Business Administration programYale reworks Master of Business Administration program

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – For one group of graduate business students at Yale, next month’s lessons will take place on pineapple, banana and coffee plantations in Costa Rica. Other Master of Business Administration students are checking out investment prospects in Tanzania and what’s sizzling in Singapore. Yale this year became the first major university to require its MBA students to study abroad. The Ivy League school also replaced finance and marketing courses that have been the mainstay of business education for 50 years with courses structured to mimic the way business managers operate. “We are at the beginning of what over the next five years will be tremendous change in business education,” said Joel M. Podolny, dean of Yale’s School of Management. The changes, implemented this fall, come after criticism in scholarly articles that MBA programs have failed to teach useful skills. Other business schools are implementing or considering similar plans. Business schools increasingly compete for students and faculty as the number of MBA programs has soared. Universities are trying to differentiate themselves with special programs, such as a growing emphasis on ethics courses in the wake of corporate scandals. “There is a trend to being responsive to the needs of the marketplace,” said Arthur Kraft, chairman of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Next fall, a new Stanford University curriculum will emphasize the skills a business manager needs and require students to have a global experience. Yale’s new curriculum aims to elevate the 30-year-old business program, its newest professional school, into the ranks of elite business schools such as Harvard, Wharton and others. Business Week ranked Yale 19th out of its top 30 MBA programs. Mindful of the global economy, Yale and other business schools are placing more emphasis on studying abroad. “I think it’s something desired by the students and by the companies,” said Douglas Viehland, executive director of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, a business education accreditation organization in Overland Park, Kan. During the first two weeks of January, Yale students will travel to one of eight destinations around the world for intensive study. They will meet business, government and nonprofit leaders. The group heading to Africa will visit day care centers to see how the AIDS epidemic is affecting the work force. Paul Ip is among the students traveling to Costa Rica to check out the plantations and niche markets such as ecotourism as well as explore how globalization affects small countries. “You can read a lot in books,” Ip said. “It’s definitely more instructive to be there in person to see what’s going on.” The new curriculum includes courses structured around the organizational roles a manager must deal with to solve problems or make progress. There are courses on the employee, the investor, the customer and the competitor. “No executive wakes up in the morning and thinks, ‘I’m going to do finance today,’ so it doesn’t make sense for students to sit in a finance class and learn to crunch numbers absent of any content,” Sharon Oster, an economics professor, said in a statement. Students still learn the traditional finance and marketing skills, but from the perspective of the employee and others. The customer class, for instance, weaves in not only the traditional focus on marketing but also accounting to determine the value of the relationship, psychology to understand how customers make choices and operations to ensure good service. “The approach is so much more practical,” said Hannah Grannemann, an MBA and drama student who is heading to Japan next month. “Nobody makes decisions in isolation. I’m learning a huge amount.”last_img read more

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Bridge Painting Project To Impact Traffic On I-65, I-265Bridge Painting Project To Impact Traffic On I-65, I-265

first_imgOnce this section of I-265 beams and bridge members have been painted, operations will shift— necessitating the closure of southbound I-65’s two inside lanes.  At that time, motorists will continue to have ramp access.  The two outside lanes of southbound I-65 will be opened to traffic. INDOT officials advise motorists to anticipate traffic queues, especially during peak travel times.    After Labor Day, bridge painting activities will focus on the I-265 bridges overpassing the northbound lanes of I-65.  There will be single-lane weekday closures between the hours of 7 p.m. and noon the following day—as well as weekend closures from 7 p.m. Fridays to noon on Mondays—through October. Civil Coatings and Construction Inc. of Valparaiso in Indiana’s prime contractor for this multi-bridge preservation project.  Its crews are currently painting the I-265 bridges over CSX rail tracks located west of S.R. 111 in Floyd County. The Indiana Department of Transportation will restrict lanes on Interstate 265 in Floyd County during overnight hours later this week—and on I-65 in Clark County during daytime and nighttime hours starting next week—as part of an ongoing $2,048,900 bridge preservation project.   Contracted crews are expected to begin painting the 4-span Green Valley Road bridge overpassing I-265 located 1.29 miles west of S.R. 111 as soon as Wednesday night (JULY 18).  Lane closures will be implemented as needed while beams and bridge members are painted overhead–impacting nighttime travel on I-265 in Floyd County for the next four weeks.    Next Monday (JULY 23), the two outside lanes of southbound Interstate I-65 at mile marker 6.0 in Clark County will be closed for approximately three weeks while the 2-span I-265 bridges are being painted overhead.  Southbound I-65’s two inside lanes as well as ramps to eastbound and westbound I-265 will remain open to traffic. last_img read more

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Scaled-Back Red Wolf Program Leaves Animal Advocates HowlingScaled-Back Red Wolf Program Leaves Animal Advocates Howling

first_imgAfter three decades of federal- and state-funded population growth and recovery, the future of the red wolf is uncertain.This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced red wolves will be restricted to federal lands and removed from private properties in the eastern part of North Carolina. The move would drastically reduce their current habitat, and Kim Wheeler, executive director of the Red Wolf Coalition, warns the agency is undoing years of progress.“This is really not a path forward for the red wolf, but in essence, it’s a step back, with not any clear pathway for recovery,” said Wheeler.On Wednesday, attorneys from the Southern Environmental Law Center – representing the groups Defenders of Wildlife, the Animal Welfare Institute and the Red Wolf Coalition – asked for a preliminary injunction at a hearing in federal court, to prevent removing the animals from their home habitats.In recent years, landowners have complained about the presence of red wolves on their land. But statewide, 70 percent of respondents in a recent poll released by Defenders of Wildlife said they support recovery of the animal.Ben Prater, southeast program director for Defenders of Wildlife, said according to USFWS studies, moving the animals from their familiar habitat could bring the population to extinction within 10 years.“It could be devastating,” Prater stated. “I mean, the Fish and Wildlife Service has very clear obligations to recover species in the wild, and they’re turning their back on that obligation.”Wheeler added that proposing relocation for the fragile population and disrupting red-wolf packs could be catastrophic, and goes against what scientists know about the animal.“We’re going to remove wolves from the wild and put them in captivity, and that somehow animals can move back and forth,” she said. “You take an animal from a pack, you’re disrupting pack dynamics. You can’t take one animal and take it out of the pack and put in another, and think that animal is just going to be accepted.”USFWS has said within the next year, the agency will identify potential new sites for additional, experimental wild populations.last_img read more

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 29, 2016In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 29, 2016

first_imgSee what Imagineer Theron Skees has to say about the process of building Disney Springs.Disney has increased its fountain and bottled beverage pricing, in what the Motley Fool is calling the sneakiest increase yet. Do you agree?The quarterly report on the injuries that occurred at the different Orlando theme parks is out.Currently two major attractions are closed at Blizzard Beach. A broken pipe is said to be the cause behind the issues.Disney is looking for performers for the upcoming Jungle Book: Alive with Magic show.Walt Disney World is bringing an innovation lab to the East Coast, providing an area for local engineers to work.Celebrity Chef Art Smith is excited to bring his style of cooking back to Florida, when Homecoming opens at Disney Springs.Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs has received the Design Built Award of Merit from the American Institute of Architects. It truly is a gorgeous environment.Here are Eight More Unanswered Questions you may have about Star Wars Land.Exciting new attractions will be opening in the upcoming years at Tokyo Disneyland! Which sounds the most intriguing to you? (I think the Beauty and the Beast attraction sounds wonderful!)If you missed all the hubub…Palo on the Disney Cruise Line is going to start allowing Guests to wear jeans. Personally, I don’t care what others wear…I will still dress up…but if they woman next to me wants to rock jeans, more power to her!Well Zootopia is still killing it. It’s crossed the 900 million dollar mark in the global box office.Speaking of box office, it looks like Captain America is going to have a fantastic opening weekend. It’s outselling every other Marvel movie at this point, so far.Next year, Disney will release the Disneynature film, Born in China. See the sneak peek here.Meet Seconds, part of Alice Through the Looking Glass.Amy Adams is ready for the sequel to Enchanted.The wait is over. She’s almost here! It’s time for Finding Dory!We now have dates for some of the upcoming live action films coming from Disney. In addition, see which films appear to be on the docket. (Hint…they are a lot of sequels and live action remakes.)Kathleen Kennedy was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.Comcast is buying Dreamworks at a value of approximately $3.8 billion. What are your thoughts about this and what do you hope comes out of the purchase?I’m not sure I want the sensory overload that this new Halloween Horror Nights house is said to be providing. (I certainly don’t want to SMELL anything!) Are you excited about The Exorcist?This is not a drill! King Kong is testing!In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to Star Wars ice molds and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!I’ve got summer fever. The weather is starting to get nice here, Disney is getting ready to roll out the summer events for 2016, and I’m just overall excited. I don’t know about you.This week was another crazy one in relation to news! Find out about Comcast’s purchase of Dreamworks, what’s on tap for Tokyo Disneyland, and why Captain America: Civil War is going to be HUGE! Read on for all the details!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumorslast_img read more

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Things to Consider When Adding GPS to Your Security ArsenalThings to Consider When Adding GPS to Your Security Arsenal

first_imgInterview with Mary PiferPifer is vice president of global marketing and product management for 3SI, a technology company providing security systems for asset protection and recovery, including GPS tracking. She has over thirty years of experience in the security business.Use of various technologies to alert and track stolen merchandise is under consideration by retailers. GPS tracking is one option that has created buzz in the industry. We asked someone with experience with this technology to provide some insights for those considering GPS tracking as a possible solution to recovering stolen merchandise and potentially preventing robbery from retail stores.How is GPS tracking implemented? Is it visible or covert? The whole idea of using GPS to catch criminals and recover assets is that the criminals unknowingly steal the device. That only works if the device is undetectable. Look for solutions that either mimic or can be hidden in high-demand items. Using GPS to secure assets with higher theft rates increases the chances of recovery, arrest, and criminal prosecution.- Sponsor – How is the technology activated? The device should automatically and silently detect theft and begin reporting. This is key as it eliminates employee involvement, notifies authorities while the event is in progress, and reduces the likelihood of a violent confrontation. As with most technologies, the lack of human interaction and manipulation increases the device’s success rate.Who receives the alert from the tracking device? The device should link directly to a security company monitoring center or law enforcement to improve response time and, therefore, increase the likelihood of an arrest. It also keeps staff and customers safe by getting the criminals out of the store and into the hands of professionals.How does the device communicate? GPS devices typically use cellular networks to report their location. Users should be sure to choose devices that are 4G/5G compatible, so they will last well into the future. This will help to reduce future replacement costs.What are some other things to consider during the selection and deployment process? There are a number of questions I would suggest someone ask during the assessment and selection of GPS tracking technology.Is it easy to use and maintain?Is the device self-reporting to ensure reliability?Does it provide data that can be used forensically after the crime to help law enforcement secure a conviction?How many devices should be used for maximum effectiveness in whatever application someone is considering?Where should the devices be placed within the store?What types of crime is the retailer wanting to target?What are your thoughts on the short- and long-term benefit of GPS tracking? Adding a tracking and monitoring solution to an existing security program can provide real-time visibility and data. As the retail application of GPS tracking continues to grow, it has proven itself to be an ally in the fight against organized retail crime and burglary. As more retailers embrace the technology, it will continue to grow as an essential tool in the loss prevention industry. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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