Northern Irish-bakery Irwin’s has launched a new sliced white pan – Irwin’s Softee – in order to capitalise on the renewed growth in sliced white bread.It is packaged in a traditional wax wrapper and contains double the standard amount of Canadian wheat flour, which creates the softness, says the company.”The authentic wax wrapper intends to offer customers a little bit of everyday luxury. But what really sets this product apart from competitors is its exceptional softness and ’bounce-backability’,” commented commercial controller Michael Murphy (pictured).”Until the 12th of July Irwin’s Softee is available at a special two loaves for £2 price in Tesco stores,” he added.It is available in major Northern Irish retailers, including: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Costcutter, Mace, SuperValu and Dunnes. www.irwinsbakery.co.uk
I was pleasantly surprised to see that my IT as a Service Broker discussion at the recent 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium drew a standing room only crowd.The Symposium brings together MIT thought leadership with the real world experience of CIOs across a host of industries ranging from retail and healthcare to public sector, telecommunications, and financial services—the kind of senior IT managers I meet and talk with every day. Their interest in the services broker topic reflects a growing sense among those on the front lines that IT is at a watershed moment.As every company, in every industry, becomes more IT centric, now is the time for IT to increase its connection to the business — or risk losing that connection completely.Raising the Services Bar It may seem counter-intuitive—with the ever wider choice of pay-per-use public cloud services and consumer devices available to business users—to say that CIOs are in a stronger position than ever before to redefine and augment the relationship between business and IT.But it’s true for CIOs who see external service providers as more than a threat. They are also a resource—and an opportunity to lift the covers on rogue activities.After all, it’s not just IT that loses control when internal users purchase cloud services on their company credit cards. Enterprises are increasingly aware that this unmanaged “shadow IT” paradigm exposes their business to potentially harmful security threats, data loss, regulatory non-compliance, legal infractions, and added expense.Companies are coming to realize that achieving success requires more than better, faster, cost-efficient IT. Rather, it requires more strategic and intelligent business use of IT.A survey of both business and IT executives, commissioned by EMC and VMware and conducted by IDG, found more than half reported business use of outside providers for IT services. The main drivers? Faster service delivery and technical expertise.Consultative IT Service BrokerMore than ever before, internal IT organizations are uniquely positioned to embody a trusted expert and consultative role. They can help businesses identify and “right-source” the technology enabled business services needed to achieve strategic objectives, while making the best possible use of internal and external resources.Technically, IT services brokering is practical, using proven technologies available today. New virtualization and cloud management technologies, for example, can automate the dynamic movement of workloads to the ‘best’ infrastructure and middleware environment—internal or external—seamlessly and securely.What’s pacing the transition of most IT organizations to service brokering models is no longer the availability of suitable technology – it’s the people and process side of this change. To succeed as an enterprise services broker, IT must become: IT must become a professional services organization delivering a superior ‘customer’ experience while also retaining elasticity to help manage cost requirements (what do I need to buy; what am I currently using; will I be able to scale) for their growth trajectory.Start with the User ExperienceThis shift from a technology to a service-oriented outlook begins by looking at the needs of business users. These users seek agility, speed, and time to market for their new ideas. It is the historical lack of such attributes that has business users looking to alternate sources of IT like public cloud.Leading edge IT organizations – embracing the tenants of IT services broker models – are matching or exceeding the agility, security, and cost point of public cloud alternatives. IT organizations can begin by offering basic IT as a service platform provisioning through a self-service portal (see image right) that “consumerizes” and simplifies access to services.In addition to providing compelling and unified point of access for business users, the portal and underlying service catalog becomes a powerful point of control for IT.It’s how IT establishes and enforces enterprise standards, keeps internal what needs to be internal, aligns investments with emerging business needs, technologies, and industry standards, and leverages what third parties do best.How to broker external and internal IT services for business advantage and reinvent the relationship between business and IT will vary from enterprise to enterprise.What’s clear is that it’s a conversation that needs to begin now.The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium posted video of my presentation to YouTube: Front-office rather than back-office oriented – meaning IT must learn to market its capabilities and not wait (as monopolies might) for orders to come in the door “P&L focused” – meaning IT appreciates that its business users DO have a choice about where they source IT today, and if internal IT is not providing a cost effective solution, P&L driven business units may find other sources of IT supply Market-driven – meaning responsible to its business unit’s services needs rather than designing services backwards from those needs
Miami Herald publishes the results of our bar judiciary survey, however, the results are usually buried towards that back of the paper and are not easy to find. The results of our bar judiciary survey should be sent to every registered voter and the public will then follow our lead and listen to our experience in electing and retaining the best judiciary. 5. The Board of Governors is just like any other board of directors for an organization. It sets the policy, the direction that the organization should be heading. It is not a place for the inexperienced to first gain experience. I have extensive experience being a member on numerous boards of directors, both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a principal of a local corporation for 14 years. I have an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Florida with a specialty in automating businesses. I have the experience of already automating companies and my law practice. I know what needs to be done and how to do it. In addition, as a prior senior attorney with the State of Florida Department of Transportation, I conducted eminent domain proceedings in other counties such as Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Broward. I have experienced, as I am sure you have also when you practiced in other parts of the state, numerous additional ways that the practice of law in our circuit could be more fun and profitable. Further, I am personally familiar with the different issues faced by small, medium, and large firm practitioners. I have conducted trials while working in large firms/organization like the State of Florida Department of Transportation and the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office. I also have experience in working for medium-size firms like Kubicki Draper and the City of Miami Attorney’s Office. Presently, I am a solo practitioner specializing in eminent domain, private property rights litigation and transactional real estate and, therefore, also have experience in being in a small firm. Please let me put my knowledge, experience, and ideas to work in assisting you in making your practice of law more fun and profitable. Thank you for considering me to represent you on the Board of Governors. Ervin A. GonzalezI have chosen to run for 11th Circuit Seat Three of The Florida Bar Board of Governors in order to assist in solving many of the problems that we face as attorneys. Due to the constant barrage of negative publicity about attorneys, increasing economic pressures, and the stress-filled lives of lawyers, our image and enjoyment of life have been adversely impacted. We can change this with the help of The Florida Bar. We can bring back honor, prestige, and enjoyment to our profession. The representatives that we elect to the Board of Governors must have practical ideas and beliefs that are consistent with the needs of Florida attorneys. I pledge to be sensitive to the needs of our members and to vote in accordance with what is in the membership’s best interest. Positions and Ideas On IssuesThe following summarizes some of my positions and ideas on issues that concern our membership: • Promote and Protect an Independent Judiciary. The Florida Bar should create a balance of power task force to protect the courts. An independent judiciary is essential to an orderly and free society. The Florida Bar must do everything possible to promote and protect an independent judiciary. It is important to maintain the balance of power by ensuring that neither the executive nor the legislative branch of government usurps the powers of our judiciary. • Promote State of the Art Technology. Attorneys should have access to the latest technological advances and the Bar should provide assistance in offering the “state of the art” technological equipment and services to its members. • Create an Election Supervision Task Force. Fair elections are critical to maintaining democracy. The Florida Bar should appoint a task force to ensure that future elections are not tainted or improperly administered. • Affordable Insurance Benefits. The Bar should provide access to affordable life, health, and disability insurance to its members. These types of insurance benefits are very important to our membership. providing insurance as a group, all Florida Bar members should be able to afford excellent insurance benefits. • Public Relations Campaign. Establish a foundation to fund a public relations campaign. The campaign should improve the image of attorneys in our community and serve to educate the public on the importance of the judiciary. • Create Business and Technological Related Courses. These Florida Bar courses will teach attorneys how to effectively run a business. Many attorneys are excellent lawyers but have no idea how to run a business. The Bar can be a great ally in this respect. • Provide CLE Credits for Pro Bono Services. We should promote voluntary pro bono services by providing continuing legal education credits to attorneys who handle pro bono cases. • Promote Professionalism. The Florida Bar should aggressively seek to raise the standards of civility and professionalism among attorneys. • Diversify Bar Leadership. The Florida Bar must represent the interests of all of its members. We should encourage and appoint minorities to serve in leadership positions within The Florida Bar. • Promote Judicial Election and Selection Awareness. The Bar must take a leadership role in educating the public on electing the most qualified candidates for judicial office. On a merit selection basis, we must take the politics out of the process and ensure that the names of the best qualified candidates are sent to the governor. • Prevent Dues From Increasing. The Bar should eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy and administration while promoting efficiency and effectiveness. doing this we can keep Bar dues down. • Increase Lobbying Efforts. We must lobby the legislature and executive branches of government to promote important issues that affect our profession. BackgroundI am an AV Rated Board Certified Civil and Business Litigation trial attorney who has a passion for the practice and the legal profession. My law firm, Colson, Hicks, Edison et al., has a long-standing history of service to the Bar and I wish to continue that tradition. I have handled all different types of litigation including: commercial litigation; construction litigation; complex products liability; crash-worthiness cases; truck accident cases; dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical device cases; medical malpractice cases; toxic torts; and all different types of serious personal injury cases. I have also handled numerous consumer related class action cases. I have worked in large and small firms. My diverse background should greatly assist me in helping to properly represent the interests of all attorneys in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Other qualifications and experience include: • President of the Dade County Bar Association; • Past President of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association; • Vice-Chair of The Florida Bar Rules of Civil Procedure Committee; • Eagle Patron of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, active member of its CLE Committee, and past member of the Board of Directors; • Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law for the trial skills civil litigation program; • I have written a series of books for The Florida Bar on trial matters that should be published by the end of the year. I have also written a chapter on “Expert Witnesses” that was published by the Lawyers Cooperative, American Inns of Court Civil Procedure Series; • I have written numerous articles on legal issues for the Florida Bar Journal, The American Bar Association’s Litigation Magazine, Dade County Bar Bulletin, Daily Business Review, and other legal publications; and • I am a frequent lecturer for The Florida Bar, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Lorman Educational Series, National Business Institute, the Dade County Bar Association, and other bar associations. It is important that The Florida Bar continue to defend and protect the independence of the judiciary, consumer rights, and the constitutional principles that keep us a free society. If elected as a member of The Florida Board of Governors, I look forward to working with you to meet the many challenges that we encounter in these areas. I also pledge to take the necessary steps to prevent any harm to our profession and to promote needed change through responsible actions. Michael J. HigerPride In Our Profession. At every defining moment in our nation’s history from the Declaration of Independence to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, lawyers have taken a leading role in shaping the direction of our country. At every civic and charitable undertaking and every cause without regard to its popularity, we have always stood up, answered the call and made a difference. While oftentimes we come under attack both from within and from various external sources, I take great pride in the service that I and the many lawyers who make up our legal community have provided and continue to provide to our clients and our community. Objectives. What I look to bring to the Board of Governors is a sense of pride in our noble profession. We have been given a great privilege to be lawyers, counselors, trusted advisors, confidants, fiduciaries, and advocates. For more than 15 years, I have strived in my practice as a zealous advocate for my clients, as well as in my commitments to civic and charitable causes, to embrace the challenge of not only talking the talk but walking the walk in fulfilling my responsibilities and obligations as a lawyer. I will bring that same commitment to the Board of Governors. Challenges. My pride, however, has not blinded me to our blemishes and the many challenges that lie ahead. Multidisciplinary practice and its twin cousin, unlicensed practice of law, are not just ugly sound bites from yesterday’s news but watchwords that pose serious threats to the way in which we practice. These issues still remain at the forefront, and the course we chart today will determine whether we are the dinosaurs of tomorrow. But just as these issues confront our livelihood, the challenges to the independence of our judiciary, the increasing hurdles to equal access to the courts, and any deterioration in our professionalism all tear at the fabric of our judicial system. As the judiciary comes under increased scrutiny, we have the duty and the responsibility to be vigilant, speak up, and fight for the independence of the judiciary. Every year, private interest groups cloaked with good intentions initiate new plans which seek to erode not only an individual’s access to the courts but that individual’s rights once he gains access. We need to be vigilant, speak up and fight for the rights of the individual. Professionalism requires us to heed Judge Peter T. Fay’s 1985 forewarning: “What we must never forget is that we all serve as officers of the court. Failing in this endeavor, we will lose much more than the case at hand.” Brave New World. Just as these issues present challenges for us, the brave new world of technology presents exciting new opportunities. We need look no further than this election in which for the first time you will have the opportunity to vote online for the candidate of your choice. Faxing and overnight courier services cannot match the speed of e-mails and computer-transmitted data. The Internet has opened up access to seemingly unlimited information and eased communication. Online continuing legal education gives lawyers increased flexibility. With a modem, a floppy disk, and a mouse, there are no limits to where, when, and how a lawyer can practice. The future is not tomorrow but is today. Background and Experience. As an AV rated lawyer who has practiced in a large, downtown firm, a medium-sized boutique, and a small firm in the suburbs, the highlights of my background and experience are: • University of Miami School of Law, 1985 cum laude Board candidates for 11th Circuit, Seat 3 present their views This race is to fill the one year left on President-elect Designate Tod Aronovitz’ term. Two other candidates — Edward M Joffe and Robert D. Peltz — also have filed for the seat and their platform statements appeared in the February 15 News and also appear on the Bar’s website at www.FLABAR.org. Members should soon be receiving their ballots and if a runoff is necessary in the race, those ballots will be mailed March 30. Thomas H. Buscaglia In our professional lives we take little time to examine or evaluate what we think is important to us as lawyers, not only as individuals but as a profession. My decision to run for the open seat of the Bar Board of Governors became an excellent opportunity for me to examine what being a lawyer means to me and what I would like to see our Bar focus on. The best part is that in the process, I get to share my vision with you. So, here are some thoughts about our profession and the Bar, followed by a little bit about me. The Lawyers’ RoleLawyers serve. This means more than being part of a service industry. We serve the interests of our clients and, as officers of the court, the judicial system. Our fiduciary duty to our clients should be more than merely a line of conduct we do not cross for fear of financial exposure. It should be the standard by which we measure every client-related decision we make. The financial rewards of law practice can be great, but are not the true measure of our success as attorneys. Unless we hold dear the best interests of each of our clients above our own, we risk becoming parasites on those we represent, rather than their champions. Public PerceptionPeople have a low opinion of lawyers. In large part, this is a result of bad experiences with lawyers. We do not need better public relations. We need better behavior and adherence to professional standards. Customer service specialists say that when someone has a good experience they tell about five people. When they have a bad experience they tell 11 people. But if they have a bad experience and then the service provider addresses the problem and corrects it for them, they tell 22 people! Simply put, if we want to change the public’s opinion of who we are, we need to do it one person at a time. We need to stop complaining about our poor perception in the public eye and accept responsibility for changing the way we do business. The JudiciaryI have heard a lot about the importance of an independent judiciary. I agree. But, the integrity of the judiciary is also important. Just as with the public perception of attorneys, much of the public’s present distrust of the judiciary is well deserved. We in the profession may understand the close working relationship between lawyers and judges. But to the lay person it is easily misconstrued as something more insidious. We must stand in constant vigilance against even the slightest perception of bias on the bench. I will work to help the Bar develop and implement programs to eradicate cronyism in judicial appointments such as receivers and guardians to further safeguard the integrity of the bench. The BarAs we serve the public, so the Bar serves us, its members. Changes in our world dictate changes in the services the Bar provides. The most profound changes in society in the past few years have been the technology explosion and the Internet. Increasing levels of stress from constant accessibility and the pressures of modern life take their toll. The Bar is a strong support system for all of its members and constantly seeks better and better ways to deliver services to its members. Increasing awareness among its members of the many available Bar resources should be a priority. Who Am I?Like you, I am an lawyer. I have a two-attorney firm in downtown Miami. My practice focuses on litigation and business counseling. My primary practice areas are employment discrimination and Internet/technology law. My clients are mostly individuals and small to mid-sized companies. I graduated, cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1985 at the age of 37. Prior to law school I was in business and, as a result, have seen both sides on the attorney/client relationship. I live in Coconut Grove and am married with two teenaged children, one attending Auburn University and the other at Coral Gables High School. I began my professional career with the law firm of Shutts & Bowen. After a few years I moved to the litigation boutique of Stephen E. Nagin and Associates. Shortly thereafter I opened my own firm. I spent 10 years as a federal Criminal Justice Act volunteer attorney representing indigent clients in federal court and gaining invaluable trial experience. Though I no longer practice criminal law, I still litigate the majority of my cases in federal court. I am admitted to the bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern District and the Middle District, the Third and 11th U. S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. I am a member of the Dade County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. I have presented seminars to attorneys on the Internet, on marketing law firms on the Internet, and on the uses of technology to enhance law practice. I wrote a series of articles for the Direct Marketing Association regarding marketing on the Internet. I am a past president of the Bay Heights Homeowner Association and of UNICO National Miami Chapter, as well as having served two terms as a deacon at Plymouth Congregational Church in the Grove. I look forward to the opportunity to serve you. You can find out more about me at my web site www.intelaw.com or if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 305-324-6000. Jeff P. CynamonIf you agree with the following, then please consider voting for me to represent you on the Board of Governors: 1. Work is something that you enjoy doing and you get paid for doing it. Therefore, for an attorney the practice of law should be fun and profitable. 2. The Clerk of the Court, courts and court dockets, and the legal community should all be electronically interconnected. Pleadings and all other documents should be able to be filed by e-mail, with any exhibits attached to the e-mail as an attachment, as well as by fax. We should be able to confirm dockets and attend calendar call electronically. Our time is too scarce and valuable to waste unnecessarily. utilizing our time more efficiently and productively, our practice of law will be more profitable. 3. We already have more law schools than any other circuit in the state. When supply exceeds demand, either prices and profit margins drop or the quality of work drops. When either of these occur, the practice of law becomes less fun and profitable. The board should immediately address why our tax dollars are being spent to build another law school in our circuit. 4. Being before an excellent judge is fun and when she/he makes the proper ruling it is usually also profitable for us and our client. As reflected in the results of our bar judiciary survey, we are fortunate to have some excellent judges in our circuit. As lawyers, we are the only ones who are before our judges daily and the results of our bar judiciary survey are the best means we have to inform the public. It is nice that The Board candidates for 11th Circuit, Seat 3 present their views March 1, 2001 Regular News • Executive Editor, University of Miami Law Review • Mintz, Truppman, Clein & Higer, P.A. • Coll Davidson Carter Smith Salter & Barkett, P.A. (1987-97) • Fine Jacobson Schwartz Nash Block & England, P.A. (1985-87) • Executive Board, Law School Alumni Association (1999-2000) • Director, Dade County Trial Lawyer’s Association • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation • The Florida Bar • Executive Council, Business Law Section • Business Litigation Committee (Chair, 1997) • Co-Chair, Special Committee on Business Courts • Editor, Intellectual Property Newsletter • Advisory Committee on Rules & Procedures, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida • Vice President, Patent Law Association of South Florida • Executive Committee, Commerce & Professions Division, Greater Miami Jewish Federation • Agency Relations Committee, United Way (1995-97) • Trustee Representative, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (1995-96)
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes if Real Madrid were to pay £105million to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham it would make a “joke” of Financial Fair Play. Press Association Spurs have no intention of selling their star man but the Spanish giants are said to be ready to test that resolve with what would be a world-record fee. Wenger feels such figures would go completely against the new UEFA-driven regulations aimed at making sure all clubs balance the books. “It makes a joke of it. It’s quite amazing that in the year where the Financial Fair Play comes in, the football world has gone completely crazy,” said the Arsenal manager, who has yet to make a marquee summer signing despite having significant funds available. “You wonder what kind of impact and effect it has on the football world. It looks like it has made everybody worse than before.” Despite the fierce rivalry between the two north London clubs, Wenger would not like to see Bale – whose stellar performances earned him the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year accolades last season – leave the Barclays Premier League. “It is never good to lose a big player,” the Gunners boss added. “He is a British player and I believe it is important that the Premier League keeps the best players.”
The Ghana Football Association says it has no intentions of making amendments to its statutes with regards to individuals on its executive committee who are no longer affiliated to the teams that nominated them.This comes on the back of scenarios involving former Ash Gold CEO Fredrick Acheampong and subsequently George Amoako parting ways with the clubs that backed them for the position.According to the FA there isn’t appreciable reason to amend the current statutes on executive committee membership.They also insisted that doing so would lead to anarchy.“If you look at the forms that personalities fill to be vetted and to stand election it only requires you to have been nominated by a club not necessarily your club.“Indeed, if you want to stretch the matter and say that because a person has a left a club the person should be taken away from the executive committee it will lead to absurdity.“If there is a team owner who does not like somebody on the executive committee then the club will sack you.“Does that mean that whenever an executive committee member is sacked from a club we must hold fresh elections?It will lead to confusion and absurdity.If you look at our current rules in conjunction with that of CAF and FIFA when you win an election you stay the for the four years until elections are held again,” he told Citi Sports in an exclusive interview.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN DIEGO >> The Dodgers might have something to play for this week. But they definitely have something to plan for next week.Before Hunter Renfroe hit two home runs to drive in all of the runs in a 7-1 San Diego Padres’ victory Tuesday night at Petco Park, the Dodgers shuffled and set their pitching plans for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals.Clayton Kershaw will start the series opener on Oct. 7, followed by Rich Hill in Game 2 and Kenta Maeda in Game 3, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. There are no surprises in that, even though Hill will precede Kershaw this weekend and pitch Friday in San Francisco with Kershaw scheduled for Saturday.But Roberts also said rookie left-hander Julio Urias will start Thursday against the Padres and is an option to start a game during the postseason — something Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman indicated was unlikely last month. The 20-year-old Urias has thrown 119 innings this season (74 in the big leagues), a big jump from his 80 innings a year ago or the career-high 87 1/3 innings he pitched in Class-A two years ago. Roberts said the original plan was for Maeda to pitch tonight and then throw a simulated game next week in order to stay sharp for a Game 3 start that won’t come until Oct. 10. But Roberts said Maeda expressed a preference for two regular-season starts instead — Tuesday against the Padres and the regular-season finale in San Francisco on Sunday.Maeda had a lot of reasons to prefer that schedule. Sunday will be his 32nd start of the season, qualifying him for another $1.5 million bonus in his pay-for-play contract. Maeda has already added $8.4 million in bonuses to his $3 million base salary.The right-hander went just four innings Tuesday as the Dodgers limited him to 60 pitches. He gave up a three-run home run to Renfroe in the first inning.Postseason PuigDemoted and nearly traded away less than two months ago, Yasiel Puig didn’t seem to fit into the Dodgers’ plans anymore. Now, Roberts says Puig is very much in their postseason plans after Puig’s month-long Triple-A reboot and big-league return.“Yasiel has self-admitted he’s grown,” Roberts said Tuesday. “It’s tough to humble yourself and check your ego and go to Oklahoma City and be a minor-league player. But he did that and he learned from it and he earned the right to be a major-league player. We talk a lot about it being a privilege to be a major-league player. To his credit, I think he really understands what that means.“He’s done a lot to help us win baseball games. He’ll be on the postseason roster. He’s earned it.”Playing almost exclusively against left-handed pitching since his return, Puig has gone 10 for 41 (.244) in September with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 18 games. But Roberts said Urias’ light usage in September (11 innings) makes a postseason start possible.“It’s still on the table,” Roberts said. “When you get into the postseason you have to go with your best. … We obviously do a lot of research and studying on matchups so if at the end of the day Julio is our best matchup that makes sense then, yeah, it’s worth a discussion.”The more intense discussion will likely center on whether the Dodgers dare start Kershaw on three days’ rest in a potential Game 4 after a season that saw him spend 75 days on the DL with a herniated disc in his back.Maeda moneyThe Dodgers also waited until Tuesday morning to announce that Maeda would start Tuesday’s game in San Diego, swapping spots with rookie right-hander Jose De Leon who will start tonight. .
Donegal TD Pearse Doherty has called on the Government to clarify details of discussions with the European Commission over the location of custom checks in Ireland.The call comes as the government plans to enter negotiations with the European Commission to discuss where cross-border trade checkpoints will be located in the event of a no-deal Brexit.But such a move would be ‘a retrograde step for the country and the peace process’, warns Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty. He said: “Any imposition of custom checks is a backward step for this country. The fact that such political vandalism is now being discussed is proof that the interests of the British Government and the peace process are now irreconcilable.“The Tánaiste should not be forced to choose between the single market and the Good Friday Agreement. Any impediment to trade and movement on this island will damage Border communities, harm the economy and undermine the architecture of the Good Friday Agreement.”Deputy Doherty said the government must clarify what checks they are discussing with the Commission and what their purpose will be.He added: “Ultimately, the only sustainable solution to this problem is the removal of the border. While the Government may not want to face up to the fact now, it is incumbent on everyone who cares about the future of this island to plan for its ultimate reconciliation.” Customs checks are ‘political vandalism’ to the Good Friday Agreement – Doherty TD was last modified: September 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Taylor’s business mill rate of 5.55 cents per $1,000 is also the lowest in the PRRD, while its major industry mill rate is the second-highest at 44.22. Only heavy industry in Tumbler Ridge pays a higher rate.In total, Taylor will be bringing in $14,374,223 this year, with $6.3 million to be spent on operating expenses, and $7.4 million on capital expenditures. The Disitrct will be borrowing roughly $3.75 million to begin development of the Parcel Z subdivision. The District began moving forward on developing the 8.9-hectare triangle shaped plot of land west of Spruce St. in December. The District plans to develop the land, which it owns, before selling the up to 65 lots zoned for single family houses to the public.After passing the first three readings, District of Taylor Financial Plan Bylaw No. 825, 2018 is due to be adopted at the next District meeting. TAYLOR, B.C. — The District of Taylor’s five year financial plan bylaw passed first three readings at Tuesday’s Council meeting.The District is following the lead of Fort St. John in largely maintaining the status quo in terms of tax revenue collected by raising tax rates to account for a drop in home value assessments. The average price of a home in Taylor fell from $336,000 to $320,000 this year, while tax rates will be rising from $3.24 to $3.40 per $1,000 in value.Though mill rates are increasing by 16 cents per $1,000 in home value, residents with a home of average value will actually pay 64 cents less in property taxes this year. Taylor still has the second-lowest residential property tax rate of any municipality in the Peace River Regional District, behind only Pouce Coupe’s residential mill rate of around 2.8 percent.
WONOWON, B.C. – One man is dead after a single-vehicle crash occurred off the Alaska Highway north of Wonowon on Sunday evneing.Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that officers and BC Ambulance Service crews were called out to a single vehicle rollover on the Mile 109 Road, three kilometres from the turnoff to the Alaska Highway, at around 8:00 p.m.The crash involved a single red 2007 Volkswagen Golf with two occupants; a 41-year-old female driver and a 32-year-old male passenger. Cst. Neustaeter said that officers believe the man was ejected from the vehicle during the collision and was declared dead at the scene. The family of the deceased have been notified, his identity has not been released.The woman was taken by ambulance to the Fort St John Regional Hospital for an assessment and was released shortly thereafter.The Fort St John RCMP is imploring all drivers and passengers to properly wear their seatbelts, which are proven to save lives.Police say that alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor, but the collision remains under investigation.If anyone witnessed the collision, has any dash cam video, or observed the vehicle’s driving behaviour prior to the crash, they are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.
Amethi (UP): Buoyed by the Supreme Court order allowing petitioners seeking a review of the Rafale judgment to rely on leaked documents, Congress president Rahul Gandhi claimed the SC has made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed a theft . Rahul Gandhi then challenged Modi to a debate on the Rafale military aircraft deal, which the Congress claims involved corruption, a charge repeatedly rejected by the government. Gandhi recalled a recent interview by the prime minister, in which Modi had said the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to his government on the Rafale deal. Now the SC has made it clear that ‘chowkidarji’ (watchman) has committed a theft, Gandhi told reporters here after filing his nomination papers from the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency. He claimed the apex court has accepted that there is some corruption in Rafale . The apex court, which had earlier cleared the Modi government of accusations of corruption over the Rafale deal, Tuesday said it will hear a review petition on the basis of the new documents, referred to by the petitioners. But Gandhi appeared to interpret the order as an acceptance by the Supreme Court that there was corruption in the deal on the French aircraft. “I am happy and I have been saying so for months that Hindustan’s PM has given the air force money to (industrialist) Anil Ambani, and the SC has accepted it. The SC is going to investigate it,” he said. I want to directly challenge that the SC has said that you have indulged in corruption, he said. Come let’s debate… the country wants to know about corruption, the Rafale deal, demonetisation and Amit Shah’s son.” The reference was to Jay Shah. Last year, a newspaper portal had claimed that his firm recorded a huge increase in turnover after the BJP-led government came to power. Jay Shah had then filed a defamation suit against the news organisation. Gandhi claimed that Modi will not be able to look him in the eye if the two debate the Rafale deal. I want to thank the SC. It’s a very happy day. The SC has talked about justice. Justice has prevailed,” he added.