South Carolina regulators face billiondollar decisions

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina regulators have a couple of billion-dollar decisions to make on Friday.The Public Service Commission will determine how much to cut rates for 737,000 South Carolina Electric & Gas customers who have already paid more than $2 billion for a pair of nuclear reactors abandoned during construction, and whether to approve a roughly $15 billion cash and stock bid from Virginia-based Dominion Energy to buy SCE&G’s parent company SCANA Corp.It’s a pivotal point in the unraveling of South Carolina’s nuclear debacle, which started in the summer of 2017 when privately-owned SCANA and its minority partner, state-owned Santee Cooper, gave up on the reactors they had spent a decade planning and building. The main contractor, Westinghouse, went bankrupt as it failed to make good on its promises of cheaper, easier construction methods. Projections of soaring electricity demand never materialized, thanks to energy efficiency and the advent of cheap natural gas.Commissioners have two important judgments on their agenda. First is whether SCE&G executives knew the project was failing and lied so that regulators would approve additional rate hikes to keep customers paying for it. Second is whether Dominion’s offer is good enough for ratepayers, or still leaves them on the hook for too much of the debt for the never-finished reactors.“Let me be blunt. You have a utility that bet the farm and lost. SCE&G poured $5 billion into a project and got nothing for it. By the end of this year, customers will have paid $2.2 billion for absolutely nothing — not a single watt of electricity,” said lawyer Scott Rubin, arguing on behalf of the AARP and its members — many of them consumers on fixed incomes — at the start of three weeks of hearings held by regulators in November.For most of the past 18 months, political leadership in South Carolina told SCE&G and Dominion they weren’t doing enough to ease the ratepayers’ burden. But now Attorney General Alan Wilson and House Speaker Jay Lucas are backing Dominion’s latest offer, which the state’s own consumer advocate and environmental and consumer groups says falls short.Dominion’s latest offer gets rid of the $1,000 rebate checks to SCE&G customers that dominated much of the merger discussion in 2018. Instead, Dominion wants to keep SCE&G rates at the same level set by legislators who passed a temporary 15 per cent rate cut earlier this year that knocks about $22 off the typical monthly bill. In 20 years, SCE&G customers would add $2.3 billion to the $2 billion they already paid for the mothballed project.Most of the consumer advocacy groups are still pushing for more. Watchdogs in the state’s Office of Regulatory Staff want about a 20 per cent rate cut, removing closer to $30 from monthly bills, and eliminating most of the extra charges for the reactors. Consumers and environmental groups want a bigger cut.Dominion Energy said a larger rate cut would force them to walk away from the SCE&G deal, although they made the same threat when lawmakers considered the temporary cut. When that passed, they altered their merger proposal.SCE&G said a significant rate cut without the extra money from the Dominion deal means bankruptcy, although utility executives testified before regulators they could not guarantee that is what they would do.Public Service Commission Chairman Randy Comer said the regulators’ hands remain tied by a law passed in 2007 that greatly reduced their ability to scrutinize rate hikes.The Base Load Review Act allowed the utility to get rate increases to essentially pay in advance for the reactors without risk to its shareholders, and sets a high bar to get that money back. There have been legal challenges, but the law is still in place.“For about the last year, we’ve been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism. Some by people looking for a good sound bite on TV or in the newspaper,” Comer said at the end of the November hearings. “We’ve been unable to respond.”On Friday, the commissioners get to speak as loudly as they want.Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Early Years Health RoundUp at Totem Mall

first_img Dental Checks Hearing Information Vision Information Early Literacy Activities Infant Development Information Resource and Community Information Development Questionaire Childcare InformationThe goal of the event is to help provide;-Increase universal screening options for 0-5-year-olds-Connect parents with existing community resources-Raise awareness about the importance of the early yearsThis FREE event will have face painting, prizes galore and answers to your questions.For more information check out fsj.familyfriendlycommunity.ca or call 250.785.5701To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Early Years Health Round-Up is on Wednesday, March 13th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Totem Mall for the free event for children aged 0-5 years.The Family Friendly Coalition, Children First and Success by 6 are coming together to help parents connect directly with local community experts. With interactive booths set up, parents can learn about their children’s development progress.Things parents will be able to learn about include;last_img read more

30 injured after severe turbulence hits New Yorkbound flight

first_imgNew York: At least 30 people were injured after a New York-bound flight from Istanbul, Turkey, encountered severe turbulence, the authorities said.The Turkish Airlines flight 001, a Boeing 777 plane, encountered the turbulence about 45 minutes before it landed at 5.35 p.m. on Saturday, according to the authorities at the JFK International Airport here.One flight attendant broke her leg, The New York Times quoted Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as saying. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe rest of the injuries were minor, and included “bumps, bruises and cuts”, Coleman added.The 30 injured people have been hospitalised.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that the pilot declared an emergency and reported that several passengers were injured.Turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to passengers and flight attendants, excluding fatal accidents, according to the FAAIn 2017, 17 passengers and members of the flight crew were injured in turbulence. In 2016, that number was 44. Since 2002 the highest annual number has been 94, in 2009.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball trying to right the ship before postseason play

Senior forward Sam Thompson (right) keeps his eye on the ball during a game against Penn State on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWith just four regular season games remaining before tournament play takes over the college basketball landscape, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is limping back to Columbus.Having played eight of its last 12 games on the road, the Buckeyes have lost three of their last five games including back-to-back losses to Michigan and Michigan State. The good news for OSU is that three of its last four games are set to be played at the Schottenstein Center, with the last road game coming against Penn State next Wednesday.OSU coach Thad Matta said he knew months ago that the current stretch of road games could make or break the Buckeyes’ season.“I knew in July when the Big Ten schedule came out, I said, ‘My God, coming out of Ann Arbor if our heads are above water, and we’ve got a decent mojo about us, we’ve got a shot,’” Matta said Wednesday. “The biggest thing that I’m at right now is, ‘Hey guys, look, we’re OK. We know what we’ve gotta do, we know how we’ve gotta do it, now let’s walk out on the court and get the job done.’”Doing just that will be key if the Buckeyes want to make their seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.OSU, which has slipped to a No. 8 seed in ESPN’s most recent bracket projections, has not been seeded that low since the 2009 tournament when the Buckeyes fell to No. 9 seed Siena in double overtime.That team, which lost in Dayton, boasted just one senior (a walk-on) and had little NCAA Tournament experience.Despite that, Matta said he doesn’t believe he has to do anything extra to motivate or educate his current freshman-laden roster about the big dance.“Times have changed. I remember, I don’t know if it was ‘08, I had a team meeting one time and said, ‘How many of you freshmen know how to get in the NCAA tournament?’ They didn’t know,” Matta said. “Now, that’s been seven years ago and everybody knows. I like where they (the current freshmen) are in terms of how they’re playing and how they are getting better. I would hope the four seniors that have been here would be telling them those things. I am sure they know that, I don’t like to bring it up.”One of those seniors, forward Sam Thompson, has been as far as the Final Four in the tournament.Thompson, who played 12 minutes in a 64-62 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2012 semifinal as a freshman, said getting back to the NCAA Tournament remains in OSU’s sights.“Obviously the end goal is to make the NCAA Tournament. For the seniors that have been deep in the tournament, we know that there is no better feeling,” Thompson said. “For the young guys, they all came here for an opportunity to play in the tournament. We know that we have some work to do, as far as our résumé, but our goal is to get better, our goal is to play our best basketball. We know if we do that, everything else will work itself out.”The Buckeyes are getting set to try and right the ship Thursday against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who have dropped their last five games.Despite the Cornhuskers’ poor form, Thompson said he expects a motivated and fired-up squad coming in from Lincoln, Neb.The Cornhuskers might have extra motivation coming from the fact that coach Tim Miles revoked the team’s access to their locker room after a 74-46 loss at home to the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday.“I didn’t hear anything about it until coach Matta told us when he was sort of setting the stage,” Thompson said of Nebraska’s lockout. “We know they are going to come in and play hard. I guess their locker room is on the line now. We know they are going to come in and give us their best shot. We know that we have to be ready to play. Our mindset doesn’t really change.”The Buckeyes and Cornhuskers are set to tip off at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. read more

Womens Hockey Braendli and Maltais lead No 4 Ohio State against No

Ohio State freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in a game on Oct. 11 against Minnesota State. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s hockey team faces its first major road test as the team travels to Minnesota for a battle between two top dogs of the Women’s Hockey Collegiate Association Conference. The No. 4 Buckeyes (5-1-0, 2-0-0-0 WCHA) will face off against the No. 3 Gophers (5-0-1, 3-0-1-0 WCHA) in an early matchup in conference play with two games this weekend. Coming off two victories the previous weekend against Minnesota State, Ohio State will try and build off that momentum in the hopes that it will negate the home field advantage that the Gophers will have. Head coach Nadine Muzerall said facing Minnesota on the road is nothing new to this team, and last season’s trip to Ridder Arena saw the Buckeyes win both games, one of which in a shootout. “It’s nothing different. Every year Minnesota is ranked in the Top 8, and often times ranked even higher,” Muzerall said. “They’re three, we’re four right now. It’s going to be a couple of great games. They have the home crowd advantage playing in Ridder Arena, but it’s nothing this team hasn’t seen over the past two years.”Senior forward Nicole Schammel leads the Golden Gophers with nine points on the season, tied for No. 3 in the NCAA. Minnesota also has three other players in the Top 20 in scoring: sophomore forward Grace Zumwinkle, junior defenseman Patti Marshall and senior forward Kelly Pannek.The Minnesota offense is tied for No. 4 in the nation with 4.33 goals per game, and is tied for No. 6 with 1.50 goals allowed.The Buckeyes will have plenty of key weapons to look to as they try to come away with wins this weekend, most notably freshman goaltender Andrea Braendli, who was named WCHA Player of the Week for her performance against Minnesota State the past week. In only the second game of her Buckeye career, Braendli notched a shutout, stopping all 22 shots against her throughout Friday’s 4-0 win. On Saturday, she allowed one goal, but saved 33 shots and kept the Buckeyes in the game through overtime. In total, she ended the series with a .982 save percentage. “The goal that was scored off of her was tipped off a skate,” Muzerall said. “So, when she is able to see the puck, she tracks the puck well. She’s very well positioned, and is relaxed, calm and poised.”Another player that highlights for Ohio State is sophomore forward Emma Maltais. Maltais led the team last season in points scored and is starting this season doing the same thing. In just six games played, Maltais already has 10 points, tied for the lead in the NCAA.“You need dynamic players like Emma in this league,” Muzerall said. “Teams like Wisconsin and Minnesota are filled with them. She’s a phenomenal athlete both on and off the ice and it shows leading the league in points last year. Her commitment to excellence is very impressive.” The Buckeyes travel to Minnesota to play games at Ridder Arena at 8 p.m on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Under I grew up watching videos of Leo Messi

first_imgAS Roma’s Cengiz Under has spoken of the sensation he felt playing against his childhood hero Lionel Messi, after their shock win against BarcelonaThe Giallorossi produced one of the biggest and surprising comebacks in the history of the Champions League on Tuesday night, where they overcame a 4-1 deficit from the first leg to defeat Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and progress to their first semi-final appearance since the 1983/84 season.Under was on the bench for the decisive encounter, but came on for Patrick Schick in the 73rd minute and played a critical role by assisting Kostas Manoles nine minutes later for the decisive goal.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.In an interview with Sporx, the Turkey international was still getting over the sensation of having played against Messi and revealed his delight with the win.“I grew up watching videos of Leo Messi,” said Under, according to Football-Italia.“That’s how it was since I was 10. Playing on the pitch with him was indescribable, and obviously I’m delighted with this win.”last_img read more

Napoli are Juventus biggest title rival – Ventura

first_imgFormer Italy national team coach Giampiero Ventura believes that Napoli are the closest title rival to Juventus in the Serie A this season, with Inter Milan and AC Milan still rebuilding their squad.Juventus have been dominant in Italy, having won the league title for the past seven years in a row and needed 95 points to finish above Napoli last season.According to Football Italia, former Italian coach Giampiero Ventura has been paying close attention to the title race in Serie A this season and has given his opinion.“There’s been a lot of talk about the anti-Juventus, but it’s still the Napoli that got 91 points,” Ventura said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“[Carlo] Ancelotti is not only a great Coach but an intelligent person, he’s not throwing away the work of his predecessor [Maurizio Sarri], then week-by-week he’ll put in something of his own.“Inter have made great signings but, as happened with Milan last year, that doesn’t guarantee you results.“No-one imagined they’d take one point from two games.”last_img read more

Beckham names new MLS team Inter Miami

first_imgDavid Beckham has named his Major League Soccer (MLS) team “Inter Miami”The former England captain announced plans for an MLS franchise in Miami back in January.The official name of the football team will be “Club Internacional de Futbol Miami”.The aim of the name is to celebrate “a truly global location that welcomes and embraces all cultures and communities” that references Miami’s international, diverse, inclusive, creative and ambitious spirit”.“This is such a proud day for myself and for the entire team,” said Beckham, according to RTE.“It’s an honour to announce the new name and crest to our fans.“We are taking another important step in establishing our club and today marks an important moment in the history of Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…The club’s motto is: “Libertas, Unitas, Fortuna”Miami MLS managing owner Jorge Mas said: “Our city and our fans draw their strength from the dreams of a global population that calls Miami home.“It is only fitting that our name pays tribute to the inclusiveness that makes us who we are.”Fellow Miami MLS owner and chairman Marcelo Claure added: “We are extremely excited to offer the team’s identity to Miami and the world.“This team will thrive on the principles of solidarity, passion, innovation, tenacity and inclusivity and embodies all of them in every aspect of our daily work – on and off the field.”Inter Miami are expected to compete in the MLS in 2020.last_img read more

Police respond to accident in GraceBay

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 6, 2017 – Providenciales –  Police and other emergency services yesterday were dispatched to a two motor vehicular accident in the Gracebay area of Providenciales.   Reports are that a vehicle overturned, persons are trapped and possible injuries sustained…Accident occurred at 9:36pm…#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Study Tour for Environmental Stakeholders

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 17, 2017 – Kingston – The Climate Change Division (CCD) of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be leading a study tour to the Wigton Windfarm and the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) on Friday, August 18, in an effort to sensitize environmental stakeholders to the day-to-day operations of the facilities.The tour, which is also aimed at highlighting ways in which the facilities contribute positively to the country’s climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, will be done by representatives of the Division and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica as well as officers of the Ministry.Senior Technical Officer with responsibility for Mitigation at the CCD, Omar Alcock, said this tour, the first of several to be done throughout the year, is significant, as it fills the gap between the administrative and theoretical aspects of climate change adaptation efforts and the practical side.“So, a part of the tour is to get a visual of exactly what is happening on the ground. I am sure that, through this, persons will now become more familiar with the work taking place.   A lot of times we do presentations, go to meetings and do the administrative part of it, but this is to actually get an appreciation of what is happening,” he said in an interview with JIS News.Wigton Windfarm Ltd, the largest wind energy facility in the English-speaking Caribbean, is located in Rose Hill, Manchester, and currently comprises three plants – the 20.7-megawatt Wigton I, which began operating in 2004; Wigton II, an 18-megawatt extension facility that was commissioned in 2010; and Wigton III, the 24-megawatt expansion, commissioned in 2016.    C-CAM, located in Salt River, Clarendon, was established in 1997 to promote coastal conservation in Jamaica.The tour will feature a resource centre developed in 2015, which includes a library and teaching area for persons interested in learning about the environment, Jamaica’s endemic species and national adaptation and conservation efforts.Mr. Alcock said budgeting officers from the Ministry’s Finance Department will also be included in the tour to help foster a greater appreciation for the work being done, in order to more adequately treat with certain accounting items relating to the environment.The tour will include presentations and discussions outlining the effectiveness and achievements of the facilities and how they contribute to conservation of the environment.   This is a follow-up to a recent workshop by the CCD with budgeting officers of the ministries, departments and agencies aimed at highlighting the importance of including climate change-related matters in their budgets and clearly identifying instances where it is included.Upcoming study tours will include a visit to WRB Energy, a solar farm facility in Content, Clarendon, as well as one of the country’s hydroelectric power plants.last_img read more

McAllister talks about Defoe and Rangers

first_imgThe Rangers assistant manager speaks how the team needs to be ready for their next match in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round against Cowdenbeath.After almost three weeks without competitive play, Scottish Premier League club Rangers will be back to action.They will play next Friday against Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup Fourth Round fixture.And for assistant manager Gary McAllister, this means the first match for Jermain Defoe with Rangers.“It will certainly be very different for Jermain, I don’t think he will have played in anything quite like it,” he said to The Express.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“As far as stock cars go, Cowdenbeath is one of the best in the world!”“It’s been a while since I played there to be fair but I was there as a teenager with Motherwell,” he added.“I can just remember the stock cars. It will certainly be different for Jermain and I don’t think he’ll have played in anything quite like it.”“I remember as manager at Leeds United we lost at Histon. To be fair, Leeds were in the third tier so were only a couple of divisions above Histon at the time,” he commented.“But in all honesty, my record wasn’t very good in the FA Cup when I first went to England.”last_img read more

Essence Fest 7 Female RB Acts You Need To Know

first_imgNews Essence Fest: 7 Female R&B Acts You Need To Know Twitter The annual music event introduces a slew of rising R&B starsGRAMMYs Jul 8, 2018 – 11:27 am Essence Fest is the ultimate celebration of Black women and music. And while it manifests that mission through dynamic headline shows featuring some of music’s biggest acts (Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu), it also serves as a major introduction for a slew of up and coming artists. And this year was certainly nothing different. Over the course of the three day event, we have spotted seven rising female acts whose music you need to explore right now.Ella MaiThe summer (and in part Essence Fest) belongs to Ella Mai. Her chart-topping breakout single “Boo’d Up” has induced instant sing-a-longs all week, and the recent release of a remix featuring Nicki Minaj and Quavo of The Migos, shows that the British R&B singer is not slowing down. Denisia If you’re a New Orleans native, Denisia is certainly not a new artist. She first garnered mainstream attention back in 2015 when she was featured on YaBoyBigChoo’s cover of Adele’s hit “Hello”, remixed in the locally popular bounce music style.H.E.R.The mysterious R&B singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose identity at one point didn’t go beyond a shadow and silhouette, is fully stepping into the spotlight—albeit with her face still slightly concealed by oversized sunglasses. After her soul-stirring performance at the 2018 BET Awards went viral, H.E.R. (an acronym for “Having Everything Revealed”) hit the Essence Fest Superlounge to a massive crowd.YaninaA student at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, rising songstress Yanina made her Essence Fest debut this year. Currently working on a yet-to-be-titled EP, she is making her mark thanks to her powerhouse voice, dancing ability and a striking stage presence.June’s DiaryGroups formed via reality shows typically have a shelf-life that expires at the end of a TV season. But every so often there are exceptions. Enter June’s Diary. Formed on the Kelly Rowland-executive produced BET show Chasing Destiny, this talented line-up of singers have the harmonies, moves, and style that puts them on par with the great girl groups of the past.Mykia JovanMykia Jovan is proving to be a name bubbling in the progressive soul music scene. The New Orleans native’s unique vocal quality has been compared to the likes of Erykah Badu and the late great Billie Holiday. Her debut album Elliyahu is currently available at mykiajovan.com.Victory BoydAfter one hears Victory Boyd’s voice, it becomes clear why Jay-Z signed the New Jersey-native to his Roc Nation music label after hearing her perform just two songs. Many have placed her vocally in the lane of Tracy Chapman, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone. However, her approach to soul and folk music is so fresh and youthful, that she is in a lane of her own.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Read morecenter_img Email Facebook 7 Female R&B Acts You Need To Know essence-fest-7-female-rb-acts-you-need-knowlast_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Erin Buckley Discusses Education Issues Negative Campaigning

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).#13) The Massachusetts education funding formula hasn’t been updated in 25 years. This Chapter 70 formula fails to provide the funding needed for school districts to fund core expenses. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center published a report last week (“Building An Education System That Works For Everyone: Funding Reforms To Help All Our Children Thrive“) detailing the problem. The Wilmington & Tewksbury School Committees have long advocated for the State House to update the Chapter 70 formula. Do you commit to fighting for an updated formula? What else will you do as State Representative to help our public schools?Yes, I support the fight to re-evaluate the Education Funding Formula. This has not been done since the Education Reform Act of 1993, under Governor Celluci. I would also favor additional language that would make the formula automatically reviewed after a certain number of years. The economic conditions of our Commonwealth change, school systems change, and therefor the language to keep Chapter 70 an advanced and productive means to fund our educational system must change as well. I believe that the fiscal 2019 Budget does address some funding shortfalls with $100m more dollars to chapter 70, as well as regional school bussing, charter school reimbursement, and Special Education Circuit Breaker funding; however these changes are only for next year and we need to take a good look at how the formula should work for the long-term betterment of our schools’ futures.#14) Define “negative campaigning.” Do you pledge not to engage in any negative campaigning during this election? Why or why not? When responding to an attack, will you follow the “when they go low, we go high” Michelle Obama mantra or the “when someone attacks me, I always attack back… except 100x more” Donald Trump mantra?I take umbrage with this question — and beyond the not-so-subtle implication that Democrats engage in a superior form of politics than Republicans. Politics is the arena for a battle of ideas. Voters should take into account a variety of factors about a candidate: intelligence, experience, community involvement, history of accomplishment and service, etc. If a fellow candidate lacks these crucial characteristics, that is well within the arena and must be discussed. If a candidate holds beliefs that another candidate finds potentially damaging to the contested district or state or body, that must be shared and if it warrants strong speech, so be it. “Negative campaigning” is in the eye and ear of the beholder and it is too often defined along party lines. For me, truly negative campaigning is any action or speech that promotes no agenda and only works to reduce the process itself. And that is something I refuse to both engage in — nor suffer quietly. As the saying goes, let the best candidate win!(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erika Johnson Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mark Kratman Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”last_img read more

TurboTax is making you hunt for its free tax filing service says

first_imgKimberly White/Getty Images Anyone making less than $66,000 a year can file their taxes for free. Oftentimes, that’s easier said than done.Intuit, which makes TurboTax, makes it difficult for people to find the free option, according to ProPublica. Instead, searches on terms such as “irs free file taxes” steer potential tax filers to for-pay versions of its service, according to the publication. Intuit, along with H&R Block, has lobbied for years to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from building its own free online tax filing system because it would compete with their products, according to ProPublica. Members of Congress pushed to prevent the IRS from offering free online filing as recently as this month, the publication reported.The IRS has agreed not to make online tax filing free as long as tax-preparation companies, who have formed an industry group called the Free File Alliance, provide free services to taxpayers making less than $66,000. Locating Intuit’s free service, however, requires a lot of work, according to ProPublica.  ProPublica went to Intuit’s TurboTax website and clicked on the “FREE Guaranteed” option but was tagged as a potential paying customer. The reason: Intuit doesn’t offer its free version from its website, ProPublica said.ProPublica discovered the free version for filers with less than $66,000 in income is called the Freedom Edition. Once the publication had that information, a Google search brought up the right result. But the Intuit site still tried to channel ProPublica back to a for-pay version, it said. Clicking on a link titled “Start for Free” on the page led to a for-pay version of TurboTax, while clicking on “See If You Qualify” led to the actual free filing option.TurboTax also offers a product called Free Edition, a no-cost version for users with simple filings. Eligibility for Free Edition isn’t based on income, but rather on filing circumstance, such as W2, standard deduction and child tax credits.TurboTax spokesman Rick Heineman said pricing for TurboTax products is listed on the company’s Products & Pricing page. “This information is made clear to customers before they begin to file,” he wrote.  TurboTax Free File Program, which is on a page whose URL reads https://turbotax.intuit.com/taxfreedom/, is the Intuit product used as part of the income-based IRS Free File. Heineman said the TurboTax Free File Program “contains no cross-marketing or selling of ancillary products or services.” Comments Tags 4center_img Share your voice Softwarelast_img read more

2 female militants surrender Police

first_img2 female ‘militants’ surrender at Narsingdi ‘militant den’Two female ‘militants’ surrendered on the second day of the ‘Gordian Knot’ operation at another ‘militant den’ at Gangpar in Madhabdi municipality area of Narsingdi on Wednesday, reports UNB.They were named as Khadiza Akther Meghla and Mou.UNB Narsingdi correspondent from the spot said they were taken out of the building by an ambulance of Narsingdi fire service around 2:35pm and they were being taken to Dhaka.Earlier, the law enforcers asked them several times over loudspeakers to surrender.CTTC members in association with the local police surrounded the building of owned by Afzal Haji since Monday night.Members of CTTC unit and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) earlier conducted an operation at a ‘militant den’ in a five-story building at Bhogiratpur on Tuesday afternoon and recovered the bodies of two suspected militants.Deputy inspector general (DIG) of Dhaka Range Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun was also present there.last_img read more

One project cannot solve all problems of a community

first_imgNoted economist Wahiduddin Mahmud addresses the inaigural session of a two-day convention on the excluded communities in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, on Thursday. — Photo: CollectedA convention of the excluded people in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, on Thursday called for identifying unique problems of the marginalised communities with a view to bringing them to the mainstream.“Marginalised people are poor but the nature of their problems is not the same. So, they cannot be brought under mainstream development activities by taking only one project,” economist Wahiduddin Mahmud told the inaugural ceremony of the conference.He pointed out that the country’s 3-4 per cent people are excluded from the development process and without giving them fruits of development, it is not possible to attain overall national development goals.Wahiduddin Mahmud, a former finance adviser to the 1996 caretaker government, added that it is the responsibility of the government to take meaningful initiatives to ensure protection and development of the marginalised communities.More than 300 people of 60 communities have joined the convention and cultural festival that focussed on their lifestyle, standard of living, social crisis and cultural practices, according to a news release received in Dhaka.Power and Participation Research Centre (PPCR), Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD), Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) and Gram Bikash Kendra organised the two-day convention titled ‘Social, Economic, and Political Protection of Marginalised and Excluded Communities’.PPARC executive chairman Hossain Zillur Rahman said the convention is aimed at making policy recommendations so that the government can take necessary steps to improve the situation. “We want to help create such an atmosphere,” he said.Vice chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Farid Uddin Ahmed criticised the practice of keeping marginalised groups such as tea workers poor for the sake of an industry.“We all have to work together to take the society forward and uphold the spirit of humanity,” he added.SEHD’s Phillip Gain presented the keynote at the convention which was also addressed by writer Harishanker Jaladas, former director general of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics Abdul Wazed, and deputy commissioner of Moulvibazar Tafael Islam.last_img read more

Libya detains scores of migrants including Bangladeshis

first_img.Libyan authorities have intercepted a boat carrying 96 migrants and detained them on shore in the port of Khoms, the country’s navy said Wednesday.”A coast guard speedboat…on Tuesday intercepted a dinghy with 96 illegal migrants on board,” the navy said.It said all those on board were men, mainly from Sudan and Bangladesh, and they were given medical treatment before being placed in a detention centre in the town some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tripoli.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed that 96 migrants had been “returned” to Libya and that its local partner offered them medical screenings.”While we follow up to provide needed assistance in the detention centre, we reiterate that Libya is not a safe port and that arbitrary detention must end,” the IOM said on Twitter.Libya — wracked by chaos since the 2011 ouster of Moamer Kadhafi — has seen a surge in violence following the launch of an assault on Tripoli by strongman Khalifa Haftar 4 April.Haftar’s forces have clashed with fighters backing the internationally recognised unity government around the capital.The violence has killed 376 people and wounded 1,822, the World Health Organisation said Wednesday, while over 40,000 are estimated to have fled the fighting.Among the most vulnerable are about 3,500 migrants and refugees held in detention centres near the combat zone who are at “risk”, UN humanitarian coordinator for Libya Maria do Valle Ribeiro said Sunday.Libya, long a major transit route for people desperate to reach Europe, has around 6,000 migrants in official detention centres, according to the IOM.The UN and rights groups have repeatedly decried the conditions in which migrants are held in Libya.last_img read more

Take action against human traffickers JS body

first_imgIn the wake of death of Bangladeshis in recent boat capsize in the Mediterranean Sea, the relevant parliamentary standing committee on Wednesday suggested the foreign ministry to take action against those engaged in human trafficking, reports UNB.The parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs ministry came up with the recommendation at its 4th meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad with its chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan in the chair, said a handout.At the meeting, the committee expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean Sea along Tunisia on their way to Europe from Libya.The parliamentary watchdog asked the foreign ministry to identify the syndicates of those engaged in human trafficking and take measures against them.It also recommended the Bangladesh missions concerned to extend their cooperation to the Bangladeshi victims in the boat capsize.A boat carrying 70-80 people capsized in the sea some time on the night of 9 May.The ministry of foreign affairs on Wednesday released the identities of 39 Bangladeshis who went missing after the boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea while attempting to reach Europe from Libya.Fourteen other Bangladesh nationals were rescued alive from the capsized boat.It also confirmed that 130 of the total 150 migrants on two boats were Bangladeshis. One boat reached safely and another, carrying 70-80 passengers, capsized in the sea.The parliamentary committee also discussed the plan and preparation of the foreign ministry for celebrating the Mujib Year (2020-2021) to mark the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Discussing the manpower crisis at Bangladeshi missions in different countries, the committee recommended quick recruitment of manpower and enhancement of ICT use to overcome the problem.The parliamentary body also suggested the ministry for taking measures for the committee’s visit to the training academy of the foreign ministry.Committee members foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Nurul Islam Nahid, Md Abdul Majid Khan, Nahim Razzaq and Nizam Uddin Jalil (John) attended the meeting.last_img read more

Message mix massage

first_imgThe five-day Winter Theatre Festival that kicks off today in the Capital will see Rakesh Bedi, our very own Dilruba Uncle, will set the stage on fire with his famous play Massage in which he plays as many as 24 different characters as the festival opens. Massage , a two-act play, is a monologue in which Bedi portrays several characters which can be seen vividly as the play progresses. Written by one of the most prolific and hard-hitting writers of modern India, Vijay Tendulkar, Massage tries to peep into the underbelly of today’s society through the escapades of Happy Kumar, who comes to join the film industry to become an actor. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Unfortunately, he becomes the fourth assistant director of a filmmaker called Kolhi, who specialises in the snake and sex genre of cinema. With his sensitivity gone for a toss, he becomes worn-out and disillusioned and finally lands up in a ladies’ gym as an instructor. But here too, his days are numbered, but Happy learns the intricacies of Massage and becomes a famous masseur.He meets many other interesting characters during his journey. May it be the cunning lawyer, or the unworthy politician, or his funny PA Pandey, or the woman of his life, or the heroine, or the heroine’s mother who almost molests him, Rakesh Bedi plays 24 different characters deftly in his inimitable comic style in a span of two hours with a good dose of humor. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe interesting feature of this festival as is that all the plays are of different genres. After Massage, one will witness an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice, called Saudagar followed by Wo Lahore and Draupadi.“In the last five years, our aim has been to present before our audiences a different play and this festival confirms it,” says Atul Satya Koushik, the director of the festival.When: TodayWhere: Kamani AuditoriumTIME: 7 PMlast_img read more

Mamata to visit Darjeeling on Sept 3

first_imgDarjeeling: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be visiting Darjeeling on September 3. During her visit, she will be laying the foundation stone of the new Greenfield University.She will also hold a high level review meeting with GorkhalandTerritorial Administration (GTA) officials. Tourism will be getting a major facelift in the Hills and new tourism projects will be discussed in the review meeting.”The Chief Minister will be arriving at Darjeeling on September 3. She will lay the foundation stone of Greenfield University on September 5 at a government programme to be held at Darjeeling Chowrasta. On September 4, she will be attending a GTA review meeting,” stated Binay Tamang, chairman, GTA Board of Administrators. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe GTA has also requested her to lay the foundation stone of a Chowrasta Beautification project, but is awaiting confirmation from the Chief Minister’s office.The Chowrasta Beautification project, pegged at Rs 12 crore, will be completed in two phases. It will include restrooms for senior citizens, children’s park and shops. The part of the road below the Mahakal Temple that has been affected by landslide, will also be repaired.Tourism is set to get a major facelift in Darjeeling. “Many private players are interested. We have held preliminary talks with them. ITC and Hyatt have shown interest in opening 5 star hotels in Darjeeling. The company that has taken up the Dhotoreah-Kalej Valley Tea Estate, wants to run the tea garden and also come up with a 5 star hotel in the garden. Similarly, the company running Peshok Tea Estate will also run home-stay facilities in the garden,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNicco Park of Kolkata has shown interest in running similar parks in the existing Science Centre in Kalimpong at Chowrasta and Nightingale Park in Darjeeling, in Kurseong and Mirik.Ice Parks with ice-skating facilities will come up at Rohini Park in Kurseong and Gangamaya Park near Darjeeling. They will also come up with a children’s amusement park at Chowrasta.”The Chief Minister has laid emphasis on tourism. A new tourist lodge will be built in Kurseong jointly by the state and GTA. The GTA is leasing out some of their existing tourist lodges, while refurbishing and running the others,” added Tamang.New fire stations are coming up at Sukhipokhari, Algarah and Gorubathan.last_img read more