G Adventures demand drives North America departures

first_imgLess than six months after launching into the US, G Adventures has announced it will add extra departures on its North American tours after experiencing “overwhelming success” on the program.Announced this week, the company’s Australia and New Zealand head Pete Rawley explained the company was “amazed” with the amount of support from industry partners and “didn’t realise… the level of demand out there for our new programs to these destinations”.“From the overwhelming success of our new North American tours, it’s apparent that travellers want something that explores and celebrates the diversity of all of the quirky things that make American culture so interesting,” Mr Rawley said. Extra departures are now on sale and include options from overland road trips to active escapes and camping under the stars. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Teachers called on to play fair they threaten more measures

first_imgBy Evie AndreouThe government and Archbishop Chrysostomos on Wednesday called on teachers unions to cooperate after the latter threatened the school year would not begin smoothly following an inconclusive meeting they had with Education Minister, Costas Hambiaouris on Tuesday.Teaching unions Poed, Oelmek, and Oltek, on the other hand, called on President Nicos Anastasiades and the political parties to take the initiative.Government Spokesman, Prodromos Prodromou, called on the teaching unions to reconsider their stance and for dialogue to begin. The unions, which held a protest last week against the state’s streamlining plans said on Tuesday, after a meeting with Hambiaouris, that a new protest would be held, possibly towards the end of August, and that each would hold board meetings next week to evaluate their next steps.They said that the education minister and the cabinet’s decisions were the core reasons the school year would not begin smoothly.“The education minister implements a decision of the Cabinet. These decisions are not days-old. There was a similar decision a year ago… to move towards the streamlining of education,” Prodromou said. The government’s proposal, he said, was precisely aimed at making better use of teachers.He said that the minister had invited them to a meeting next Tuesday. “A meeting will be held, a dialogue initiated, in a civilised manner, without shouting, without any name calling, without threats,” Prodromou said.“The proposal for which all this fuss is about, is to reduce a much as possible the hours wasted not on teaching,” he added. The aim was the quality upgrading of education.“From then on, we hope that the teaching organisations will reconsider their stance so that we can have dialogue,” he said, adding that even if they do not, “the government will simply have to apply what the Auditor-general himself is also saying that must be done.”Union representatives reiterate however, that the impasse was due to the “intransigence” shown by Hambiaouris. Poed head, Fylios Fylaktou said all hope of reaching a solution vanished at the meeting, as none of their proposals was accepted.He said the decision of the government for streamlining meant that people – working on contracts – would lose their jobs.He also said that the way staffing was to be done would be to the detriment of children. “When September comes, people will see it too, especially parents,” he said.He warned that things would not run smoothly come September “firstly due to the ministry and later on it will depend on what we decide.”Archbishop Chrysostomos also called on the teachers to “rise to the occasion”, to leave aside egos and personal agendas and to cooperate with the minister for the benefit of the children.He called on teachers to reconsider any strike measures, as a strike may be a powerful tool in their hands but they risk being scorned by the rest of society. “And then they (teachers) will not like it,” he said.He added that he felt ashamed last week seeing so many teachers taking to the streets in protest over the decision to abolish exceptions from teaching hours as he had not realised that so many educators were “work-shy”.In a bid to contribute to ending the tension between the government and teachers, the head of the Citizens’ Alliance, Yiorgos Lillikas, sent a letter to Anastasiades asking him to convene the party leaders’ council with the participation of Hambiaouris, the unions and organised parents. He also made a number of suggestions aiming at upgrading the educational system.Relations between the two sides have been tense following the unilateral, they said, cabinet approval earlier in the month of proposals to streamline the use of teachers, including abolishing exemptions from teaching hours for trade union activity and extra-curricular activity.Cabinet also approved the discontinuation of the standard practice of reducing of senior teachers’ teaching according to their years of service and from teachers’ time by 50 per cent due to their extra tasks. You May LikeNewsDGirl Wears Neck Rings For 5 Years, Ended Up Having A Giraffe NeckNewsDUndoEasyvoyageThe 13 most scary bridges on the planetEasyvoyageUndoLuxury SUVs | Search AdsDon’t Miss Exciting Luxury SUV Offers for SeniorsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsUndo Clear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoMorphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Brann LARA DIFS budgets clear appropriations subcommittee

first_img Includes health care study to save taxpayer money 22Mar Rep. Brann: LARA, DIFS budgets clear appropriations subcommittee State Rep. Tommy Brann, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), today announced the panel has approved budget plans for the coming fiscal year.Brann, of Wyoming, said the recommended spending blueprints are fiscally responsible and include no fee increases. He said the DIFS budget includes a study that could save taxpayer money.“We include funding for a health care study that could lead to Michigan being granted a waiver from some aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” Brann said. “Through this study we can get a true reflection of how the ACA is being utilized in Michigan and see if we cannot modify it to be more effective and efficient, which will save taxpayer money.”The LARA budget recommendation from the governor includes a $61.3 million expenditure providing grants to improve the statewide use of assigning defense attorneys to people who are charged with crimes but cannot afford a lawyer. While the subcommittee retained the money in its recommendation, Brann said that the method of distributing the funds could change as the budget continues to move forward.“This is just the beginning of the budget process, and this extremely important issue deserves further review,” Brann said. “We will continue to gather information and talk with local communities and the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission to ensure we find the best path forward for this vital piece of the state’s legal system.”The budget recommendations now go to the full House Appropriations Committee for consideration.#####center_img Categories: Brann News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Albert to host senior seminar in Ionia County

first_img12Apr Rep. Albert to host senior seminar in Ionia County State Rep. Thomas Albert will host a consumer education seminar for senior citizens in Ionia County. The seminar will focus on ways that seniors can protect themselves from phone, mail and e-scams. Rep. Albert will be joined by Carol Hillman from the attorney general’s office.“It is essential to inform the community on how to protect themselves from the emotional and financial damage identity theft scams impose,” Albert said. “I encourage all senior citizens in Ionia County to join me for this informational seminar.”The event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ionia City Hall, 114 Kidd St. in Ionia on Friday, April 20. RSVPs are not required and there is no cost to attend. For more information please contact Rep. Albert’s office at 517-373-0846 or ThomasAlbert@house.mi.gov. Categories: Albert Newslast_img read more

Rep Hoitenga invites residents to May office hours

first_img06May Rep. Hoitenga invites residents to May office hours Categories: Hoitenga News Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced her May office hours for residents of Wexford and Mecosta counties and part of Osceola County.“Office hours provide a great opportunity to meet with people in the district and address their questions and concerns,” Rep. Hoitenga said. “Hearing from constituents is one of the best parts of my job.”Rep. Hoitenga’s office hours schedule is as follows:Friday, May 1710 to 11 a.m. at the Corner Café, 6 Front St. in Stanwood;12 to 1 p.m. at the Cadillac Wexford Public Library, 411 S Lake St. in Cadillac; and1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at JK’s Whisper Café, 105 Industrial Drive in Buckley.Residents may also reach Rep. Hoitenga by contacting her Lansing office at (517) 373-1747 or MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Advocates Pronounce Bookers Marijuana Justice Bill the Most FarReaching Ever Filed

first_imgShare24Tweet15Share11Email50 SharesAugust 1, 2017; PoliticoU.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) has filed a bill called the Marijuana Justice Act that would legalize the drug at the federal level. It would also provide an unusually structured incentive for the states to follow suit by withholding certain kinds of federal money from states who incarcerate poor or minority residents disproportionately under state marijuana enforcement laws.Booker announced the measure on Facebook Live, saying, “You see these marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities—poor communities, minority communities—targeting people with an illness.”Under the legislation, federal convictions for marijuana use and possession would be expunged and prisoners serving time for a marijuana offense would be entitled to a sentencing hearing.Those “aggrieved” by a disproportionate arrest or imprisonment rate would be able to sue, according to the bill. And a Community Reinvestment Fund would be established to “reinvest in communities most affected by the war on drugs” for everything from re-entry programs to public libraries.“This is the single most far-reaching marijuana bill that’s ever been filed in either chamber of Congress,” Tom Angell, chairman of the group Marijuana Majority, said in a statement. “More than just getting the federal government out of the way so that states can legalize without [Drug Enforcement Administration] harassment, this new proposal goes even further by actually punishing states that have bad marijuana laws.”“Polls increasingly show growing majority voter support for legalization,” he said. “So this is something that more senators should be signing onto right away.”As readers know, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently redoubled his rhetoric against marijuana use. New Jersey has not yet accomplished legalization, and Gov. Chris Christie has promised to veto any marijuana legalization bill. He will leave office in January, however, and the Democratic frontrunner for that office, Phil Murphy, has come out in favor of legal marijuana.—Ruth McCambridgeShare24Tweet15Share11Email50 Shareslast_img read more

News Corps shareholders have approved the divisio

first_imgNews Corp’s shareholders have approved the division of the company into separate media and publishing businesses. Rupert Murdoch will continue as chairman of both the new News Corp, which will focus on publishing, and media business 21st Century Fox, as well as serving as CEO of 21st Century Fox. Shares in the two new companies will begin trading separately on July 1.The shareholder approval by a majority vote follows the approval of the split by the News Corp board in May.last_img

Jo Street Jo Street has been named acting controll

first_imgJo StreetJo Street has been named acting controller, daytime, at UK pubcaster the BBC following Damian Kavanagh’s switch to BBC Three digital controller.Street is currently responsible for daytime and early peak commissioning in Scotland and Northern Ireland as commissioning editor for daytime, working on shows such as Countryfile, Homes Under the Hammer and Eggheads.She will now oversee all BBC daytime, which comprises programming for BBC One and BBC Two – though the latter largely shows repeats.The full-time BBC Daytime controller role will be advertised in the New Year.Kavanagh was this week revealed as the digital controller at BBC Three, which is transitioning from a linear channel to an online-only presence next year.Kavanagh was the obvious choice having been BBC Three’s proposal lead. Plans for the channel were revealed to the BBC Trust, the body that polices the BBC, this week.last_img read more

Russias CTC Media has appointed Stanislav Plosche

first_imgRussia’s CTC Media has appointed Stanislav Ploschenko, the senior vice-president for finance at mining and metals company Mechel, as its new chief financial officer. Ploschenko will take up his new role effective January 24, 2015, replacing current CFO Nikolay Surikov, who will leave his post on January 23.Until he starts his job, Ploshenko will also work as a financial advisor to CTC Media’s CEO, Yuliana Slashcheva.“I am delighted to welcome Stanislav to the CTC Media team and am confident that his deep experience working for major public and private companies will benefit and strengthen our management team,” said Slashcheva.Ploschenko joined Mechel in 2006, having previously worked as head of the metals and mining division at Commerzbank in Eurasia.CTC Media said that Surikov is resigning “to pursue another opportunity to be announced in the near future.”last_img read more

The BBC has announced plans to offer up to 5000 y

first_imgThe BBC has announced plans to offer up to 5,000 young unemployed people in the UK digital traineeships.The nine-week traineeships will teach basic digital skills, such as creating simple websites and short videos for the web and will include training from the BBC Academy.The scheme is a partnership between the BBC, Department for Work and Pensions and Skills Funding Agency and is designed to help get young people ready for work, providing them with employability skills and a work placement.The BBC Make it Digital Traineeship is due to start this summer and will be a part of the BBC’s ‘Make it Digital’ initiative, which it will unveil in full later this month.“We’ve already hit our target of having apprentices make up one per cent of our workforce. I’m immensely proud of that, but we need to keep on showing leadership, and keep on bringing people together in a way which only the BBC can,” said BBC director general, Tony Hall.“Our new Make it Digital Traineeship is a hugely ambitious partnership, one we hope will unlock Britain’s digital potential and create genuinely life-changing opportunities for young people.”last_img read more

Amazon has taken on Netflix with the launch of Pri

first_imgAmazon has taken on Netflix with the launch of Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.The subscription video-on-demand service went live today at no additional cost to Amazon Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain.Customers in the other new Prime Video territories – which span the globe from Ecuador to Indonesia – can sign-up at an introductory price of US$2.99 (or €2.99) per month for the first six months and US$5.99 (or €5.99) thereafter.With the move, Amazon is undercutting its rival Netflix, which currently offers three pricing tiers starting from US$7.99 per-month for the basic package in the US, or €7.99 in Europe.Customers can access the SVOD service through the Amazon Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire Tablets, select LG and Samsung Smart TVs or online at PrimeVideo.com, and can also download content to view offline.Users can watch content in English, with French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish subtitled and dubbed versions also available for many titles.Like Netflix, following its rollout to 130 new countries earlier this year, Prime Video is now available across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America. China too is Amazon’s one notable omission from its expansion drive.“We are excited to announce that starting today, fans around the world have access to Prime Video,” said Tim Leslie, vice-president, international, Prime Video.Citing a number of Amazon Original shows, Leslie added: “What’s really exciting is that we are just getting started.”The launch comes on the back of Amazon’s recent release of Jeremy Clarkson-fronted car show The Grand Tour. The show, which Netflix’s content boss Ted Sarandos has previously claimed cost US$250 million for three seasons, was described by Amazon as “the biggest show premiere ever on Prime Video”.Other Amazon originals available on Prime Video include The Man in the High Castle, Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle and Tumble Leaf.Amazon initially went head-to-head with Netflix in the US in April by launching Prime Video as a standalone, pay-monthly service for the first time there. Previously it was only available for a flat annual rate as part of Amazon’s wider Amazon Prime offering, which also includes ebook access, music streaming and free two-day shipping of physical goods.In the UK, a monthly subscription option for Prime Video, priced at £5.99 per-month, has been available since Amazon launched Prime Video there in 2014, as this continued over from the LoveFilm Instant package. Amazon acquired DVD-by-mail and streaming company LoveFilm for a reported £200 million in 2011.Commenting on today’s Prime Video expansion, Digital TV Research principal analyst, Simon Murray said: “Amazon Prime Video is cheaper than Netflix, but it has the disadvantage of starting 11 months after Netflix rolled out to 130 countries.“Although Amazon Prime Video will make a major impact to the global SVOD sector, we feel that this will be fairly limited outside North America, Western Europe and Australasia. However, this could well change as Amazon rolls out its Prime platform to new countries.”last_img read more

Comcast has extended its deadline for Sky sharehol

first_imgComcast has extended its deadline for Sky shareholders to accept its £14.75 (€16.50) a share offer for the pay TV operator after receiving acceptances from fewer than 1% of holders of ordinary shares.Comcast has now extended the closing date for acceptances until September 12.Comcast said shareholders who had not yet accepted the deadline should do so as soon as possible.The US cable and media giant had received acceptances for shareholders representing only 3,843,977 shares by the deadline of 13:00 UK time yesterday, meaning that it has secured acceptances representing only about 0.21% of ordinary shares.Sky shareholders are likely to await the next move from Comcast’s rival for Sky, 21st Century Fox, which holds a 39% stake in the company, before making any further move.Comcast’s move comes two weeks after Fox posted its £14 a share offer for the 61% of Sky it does not already own to shareholders without topping the US company’s superior offer.As a result of its battle with Comcast for control of the company, Fox now intends to implement its acquisition via a straightforward public takeover rather than a scheme of arrangement with Sky, as was previously the case.Under UK rules, the pair have until September 22 to submit final bids for the company. As a result of Fox’s ongoing sale of its entertainment assets to Disney, the latter’s consent is required for any increase in Fox’s bid for Sky. Disney is also obliged to make the same bid for the shares in the pay TV operator that Fox does not already control if the Disney-Fox deal is completed without Fox acquiring the balance of Sky’s shares.last_img read more

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports is launching a ne

first_imgSports broadcaster Eleven Sports is launching a new advertising-supported streaming service in Japan. Launching on March 16, the new service will stream live action from the local Eastern and Western Leagues of the NPB Farm Leagues, Japan’s minor league baseball competitions.The service will be available for free via PC and smartphones at the elevensports.jp website, with approximately 500 NPB Farm League games being streamed live between March and October this year.Rights agreements have been struck independently with seven out of the12 teams in the league, according to Eleven. All home games of Orix Buffaloes, Saitama Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Hanshin Tigers, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Yokohama DeNA Baystars will be shown live and free of charge on the service.The first game will be played this Saturday between Chiba Lotte Marines and Saitama Seibu Lions.Eleven Sports will also produce digital content to provide additional coverage of the NPB Farm Leagues. This will include highlights, match reports and the latest news related to the Eastern and Western Leagues.The live coverage from five of the seven teams that Eleven Sports will show will be produced by easyprod, Eleven’s Aser-owned sister production company.Suhyeon Cho, managing director, Eleven Sports in Japan, said: “Baseball is hugely popular in Japan and we are very excited to be bringing unprecedented coverage of the NPB Farm Leagues to fans across the country for free. Some games from the league have been broadcast previously, but Eleven Sports will break new ground by streaming such a large volume of matches at a level never seen before. We are looking forward to working with the teams to grow the exposure of the NPB Farm leagues locally. We are also aiming to add further content to our service as we aim to build a compelling ad-funded model that serves local fans with local sport.”Anouk Mertens, chief operating officer, Eleven Sports Group, said: “We are thrilled to extend Eleven Sports’ global presence to Japan by taking a commercially valuable property and a sport with a fervent local following to fans all over country. The launch of Eleven Sports in Japan marks the evolution of our digital strategy as we continue to explore new ways to make top quality sport accessible, and in this case, free for fans. This differs from the premium model that has been highly successful for Eleven Sports in several markets globally, but we are very confident that this innovative digital approach will be very appealing for fans and for commercial partners.”last_img read more

Red Bee Media CTO Steve Plunkett Red Bee Medias

first_imgRed Bee Media CTO, Steve PlunkettRed Bee Media’s chief technology officer, Steve Plunkett talks us through what to look out for at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.It’s that time of the year again. The over-indulgence of the Christmas period, perhaps with some technology overspend on the latest gadgets, gives way to the double whammy of the credit card bill and the world’s consumer electronics companies rolling in to CES in Las Vegas showing off what will shortly make those new gadgets obsolete.As the world’s biggest show of its kind, CES covers everything from connected washing machines, robot vacuum cleaners, Terminator-esque glasses and of course TVs and related media devices. I suspect that much of the focus this year will be on wearable technologies and the long heralded ‘Internet of Things’ (WiFi enabled kitchen goods etc), but as always we can expect to see the current state of the art in the consumer facing side of our industry too. So what should we be looking out for?Ultra-HD, aka 4K, otherwise known as 2160p TVEvery manufacturer you have ever heard of, and many more that you haven’t, will be demonstrating Ultra-HD/4K wares at the show. There seems to be unstoppable momentum amongst the CE vendors to put 3DTV behind them and replace it post haste with UHDTV.  Putting aside for now the debate about the practical benefits of 4K resolution on sub 60-inch screens, and the lack of any content, it’s probably a safe bet to assume that these displays will become mainstream over the next five years.However, despite the fact that I make the typical early adopter look like a technophobe laggard, I won’t be buying a 4K TV just yet. There are too many outstanding issues to be resolved before it makes sense for the home. These include the maturity/availability of HEVC/H.265 implementations to make distribution practical – and other contenders such as Google’s VP9 codec, which will be promoted at CES. Ditto for the latest version of HDMI (2.0), which will be necessary to feed your UHDTV with attractive higher frame rate material, and related industry consensus on issues such as colour spectrum and contrast. And that’s to say nothing of the cost to upgrade the entire production, post and broadcast distribution chain to get high-res content there in volume.OLEDOne of the most impressive display technology improvements that I noted at last year’s show was the OLED TVs being demonstrated. OLED is a very different technology to today’s LCD based displays, not to be confused with the somewhat misleading “LED” TVs that dominate at the moment. LED TVs use LCD panels that are backlit using an array of LEDs. OLED TVs require no backlighting and so can be both thinner and less power hungry, but most notably, they provide beautiful images with vibrant colours that have to be seen to be appreciated.Unfortunately, large OLED panels are expensive to produce using current manufacturing processes and the OLEDs themselves deteriorate and lose their colour range over time. Sony and Panasonic teamed up to tackle these issues but that partnership was recently abandoned leaving some to question the future viability of OLED TVs. Let’s hope that breakthroughs can be made as this really is a promising technology.Smarter TVsFinally, we are likely to see more attempts to make your TV smarter, both in terms of how it connects to content and how it connects to us. Internet delivered content is already quite common on new TVs and the earlier technology limitations are being steadily addressed. Gesture and voice control, along with viewer recognition technologies are emerging and are something to watch with interest in 2014.As the ongoing attempts to reinvent television continue, it’ll be interesting to see what CES 2014 brings.last_img read more

CHANNEL 4s new comedy Derry Girls premiered last

first_img CHANNEL 4’s new comedy Derry Girls premiered last night and by all accounts it was a huge hit with viewers who took to social media to praise its writing and snappy one-liners.Derry Girls has even its own hashtag on Twitter such was its popularity on its first outing last night.And many can’t wait for next week’s instalment (Thursday, January 11) saying it has already “beaten away the January blues”. The six-part series is written by local girl Lisa McGee and focuses on her own stories of growing up in the Northern Ireland city in the early 1990s.Starring Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan, as well as Saoirse Jackson, Louisa Harland, Nicola Coughlan, and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, the programme is set against the backdrop of The Troubles.It focuses on a girl called Erin, played by Jackson, and her friends who are used to seeing their country on the nightly news.It’s a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points, but it’s also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, MJ and Lisa Marie, Doc Martens, bomber jackets, The X Files, Nirvana and Wayne’s World.SDLP leader Colum Eastwood tweeted: “That was class!” CHANNEL 4’S DERRY GIRLS COMEDY SERIES A HUGE HIT WITH VIEWERSLISA MCGEETwitter ShareTweet And BBC NI weather man Barra Best tweeted: “Gotta day, I’m loving ‘Derry Girls’ on @Channel4. Local writer @LisaMMcGee has done a great job….so she has! #DerryGirlsPR exedutive Sinead Doyle tweeted: ‘I thought we were going to be individuals this year?’‘I wanted to but me ma wouldn’t let me.’‘Well I’m not being an individual on me own.’“Brilliant. Already love #DerryGirlsLocal Derry reporters also loved the new comedy series.Freelance journalist Leona O’Neill tweeted: “Awh, loved #DerryGirls. Well done @LisaMMcGee and Co. That was absolutely brilliant!And Belfast Telegraph Derry correspondent Donna Deeney tweeted: “Brilliant #DerryGirls @Channel4 Can’t wait for next week’s episode.”Channel 4 issued a “Derry Girls glossary” for viewers who may not be familiar with the local Derry vernacular.How many do you know?Bars: Gossip / scandalBoke: VomitBrit: A member of the British armed forcesBroke: EmbarrassedBroke to the bone: Hugely embarrassedBuzzing: Very happyCatch yourself on: “Don’t be so ridiculous”Cack attack: A state of extreme nervousness “I’m having a complete Cack attack”Chicken ball special: A local delicacyClass: BrilliantCraic: Fun, but also news e.g. “Tell us your craic?”Cracker: Beyond brilliantCritter: Someone who evokes sympathy e.g. “You poor Critter”Dose: An unbearable human beingEejit: IdiotHi: A sound placed at the end of almost any sentence for no particularly reason e.g. “No problem hi”Gone: PleaseHead melter: Someone who causes you mental distressLurred: Absolutely delightedMind: “Do you remember?”Mouth: Someone prone to exaggerationMucker: FriendNo Bother: “That’s no trouble whatsoever”Raging: Annoyed/angryRide (n): A very attractive personRide (v): To have sexRipping: Extremely annoyed / angrySaunter: “Be on your way”Sh**e the tights: Someone of a nervous dispositionSlabber: A show offSo it is/so I am: A phrase used for emphasis e.g. “I’m delighted, so I am”Start: To provoke e.g. “Don’t start me”Stall the ball: “Stop what you’re doing immediately”Tayto cheese and onion sandwich: A local delicacyWain: A child or young personWatch yourself: Take careWile: Very or TerribleWise up: “Don’t be so stupid and/or immature”Yes: HellCHANNEL 4’S DERRY GIRLS COMEDY SERIES A HUGE HIT WITH VIEWERS was last modified: January 5th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

MONTGOMERY– A Parkersburg man has been arrested af

first_img MONTGOMERY– A Parkersburg man has been arrested after stealing a truck in Montgomery and leading police on a chase.State Police say Johnny L. Frame stole a Black Chevrolet Tahoe from the Dollar General in Montgomery on Thursday. Police located the car traveling south on I-77 as Frame rammed three separate vehicles along the road. Frame then exited I-77 at Paint Creek at Exit 74 and traveled around 2 miles south on Paint Creek Road. Frame abandoned the stolen car after it was disabled and then fled the scene on foot to Morton’s Travel Plaza. He attempted to steal another vehicle but was apprehended by Corporal J. D. McCoy and Corporal M. E. Underwood.After the initial investigation it was determined Frame had stolen two other vehicles on Thursday as well. He had stolen a car from Parkersburg, WV and Chelyan, WV.  He was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, three counts of reckless driving, three counts of failure to maintain control, 3 counts of leaving the scene with property damage, and driving suspended. Previous PostWVU Basketball News – May 24 Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Man Leads Police on Chase Down I-77 After Stealing Car Facebook Linkedin Google+ CrimeWatch NewsLocal NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Man Leads Police on Chase Down I-77 After Stealing Car By Tyler BarkerMay 24, 2018, 22:47 pm 991 0 Tumblrcenter_img Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Mail Pinterest Next PostUPDATE: 18 of 22 Apartments Damaged in Greenbrier County Fire Twitter Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Websitelast_img read more

COLUMBIASC WOLOWOAY A man wanted for kidnappi

first_img COLUMBIA,SC (WOLO/WOAY)- A man wanted for kidnapping and stealing a car from a restaurant in Five Points has been captured after a high-speed chase Sunday.Columbia police say the suspect, David Monts was apprehended in Greenbrier County, West Virginia after a high-speed chase.#CPDSCUpdate After a high-speed vehicle chase, Columbia kidnapping suspect David Monts has been apprehended in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. pic.twitter.com/OWxN1ySLdy— Columbia Police Dept (@ColumbiaPDSC) May 19, 2019 Monts was initially found inside a vehicle that was reportedly stolen from a gas station in Efland, NC, according to police.Authorities there also found the silver Mercedes that was stolen from the Five Points Chick-Fil-A Saturday morning after the owner left the car running. Facebook Terell Bailey Bio Coming Soon Twitter Home NewsWatch Local News Columbia kidnapping suspect captured after high-speed chase through West Virginia Local NewsTop Stories Columbia kidnapping suspect captured after high-speed chase through West Virginia By Terell BaileyMay 19, 2019, 17:17 pm 345 0 Linkedincenter_img Tumblr Pinterest Google+ Next PostCity of Beckley Celebrates Founder’s Day Mail Previous PostFayette County Man Accused of Beating Girlfriendlast_img read more


first_img Google+ Tumblr Beckley, W.Va (WOAY) –The city of Beckley celebrated Founder’s Day today at the Wildwood House Museum. Although Founder’s Day is over, you can still learn more about Alfred Beckley by booking a tour of the Wildwood House online. Local NewsNewsNewsWatch City of Beckley Celebrates Founder’s Day By Anna SaundersMay 19, 2019, 10:41 am 317 0 Twitter Founder’s Day celebrates the birthday of Alfred Beckley, the founder of the city. The day is all about educating people on founding family’s history and the history of Beckley. The Raleigh County Historical Society, the organization who puts on the event, also brought in a petting zoo and crafts for the celebration. In its eleventh year, Founder’s Day also brings in relatives of the Beckley family who take great pride in the history and the turnout.“I love this day because even though I’ve never met Alfred Beckley, when you come to find out how much a relative of yours did for the community they lived in and then they’re honored every year on Founder’s Day, it’s just makes you so proud,” fourth generation granddaughter June Truax said. “And you want to come and join in the festivities and just rub shoulders with the people that do honor him in this way in Beckley.” Next PostBluefield State College Gives Mine Rescue Teams A Stage To Compete Home NewsWatch Local News City of Beckley Celebrates Founder’s Day Mail Previous PostColumbia kidnapping suspect captured after high-speed chase through West Virginia Facebook Linkedin Pinterest Anna Saunders Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.last_img read more


first_img Mail Linkedin Home NewsWatch Local News Behind the Scenes: Historic Fayette Theater’s Production of Smoke on the Mountain Facebook Local NewsNewsNewsWatchTop Stories Behind the Scenes: Historic Fayette Theater’s Production of Smoke on the Mountain By Anna SaundersJul 07, 2019, 18:53 pm 396 0 Google+ Tumblr Twitter FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va (WOAY) – Smoke on the Mountain is a musical set in the 1930s in a Baptist church. This weekend, the musical opened at the Historic Fayette Theater.“One of the big things is the fact that they just got a light and so the preacher is so happy,” Director Gene Worthington said as he talked through the plot. “They turn the light on and just stare at it. It’s a wonderful thing and then we have a couple ladies, Maude and Miss Mabel, who are opposed to guitar playing and singing in the church on Saturday night so they’re sitting in the pews here throughout the show and they react to what goes on. Then there’s the Sanders family. And they’re all locals, people from the area who can sing and dance on occasion. It’s really a nice time.”The theater put on the show back in the ’90s but this time, they’re doing it with live gospel music under the direction of Becky Leah. “The music that was incorporated in the program itself from what they had selected,” Leah said. “And we just embellished on it and arranged it to make you smile and make you feel like you’ve been to church again.” If you missed the shows this past weekend, there are still six more performances of Smoke on the Mountain over the next two weekends. The theater will be holding auditions for its next show, Wait Until Dark, July 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. Watch the full story above. Next PostAlderson Fire Department Hosts Firemen’s Rodeo Previous PostFamily Escapes House Fire Pinterest Anna Saunders Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.last_img read more

Interviewed by Louis James Editor International

first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator) L: Hola Doug; what’s on your mind this week? Doug: Well, it occurs to me that for all the times we’ve criticized the counterproductive, foolish, or just plain wrong ideas of others and have sometimes offered sounder alternatives, I’ve never fleshed out a picture of what I would do if I could call the shots. L: “If I were president”… But you’re an anarchist! Doug: Yes, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have any ideas on what should be done, if there were anyone with the strength and courage to do it. L: And a very good bulletproof vest. Doug: Just so. I’m certainly not interested in taking up residence in the White House – wouldn’t want the job if offered. But say some other occupant of that government housing project got hit on the head and woke up honest, industrious, and willing to do what was right come hell or high water. L: Okay, I’m game. What would she do? Doug: Are you referencing that Heinlein story in which the crooked president dies and his honest VP takes over – and she’s a lady? L: Good catch. Heinlein wrote that since men had held the office for 200 years, a law was passed limiting it to women for the next 200 years. He thought they would be less likely send young men off to die in wars for stupid reasons, and would generally be more sensible than men on many subjects. But anyway, as you were saying… Doug: First, I would declare to the public that the problems we face today as a society have been generated by our own governments, particularly in the US, where it’s pretty much 100% government induced. L: “Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.” Bob LeFevre. Doug: Exactly. And it should be admitted, stopped, and apologized for – just as should have been, but was not done when the writing on the wall regarding the Vietnam War was clear to all. L: Okay, I’ll buy that; calling a spade a spade is very important in this day of spin and misdirection. But how would you go about the “stopping it” part? Doug: The first thing to do is to cut the budget. Almost all of the harm the government does would be reduced or eliminated if it weren’t able to steal so much money to pay for its harmful activities. L: Taxation is theft – just try not paying the “voluntary” income tax to the IRS – okay, but they also borrow and print money. Doug: That’s just indirect theft. Borrowing money forces future tax slaves to hand over money against their wishes, and printing it steals wealth from everyone by making the money in their pockets worth less and less with every new dollar, euro, yen, or whatever printed. But it’s not just the act of stealing that is so harmful, but the things the government spends it on. They are almost always directly against the best interests of those from whom the money was taken. We need to starve the beast; so all these marginal, so-called budget cuts the politicians are wailing about are just smoke and mirrors – not a real, meaningful scaling back of the government. It’s too late for half measures. I’d cut the budgets of the federal, state, and local governments by 98%. For starters. L: You’re joking – 98% – that’ll never happen! Doug: Yes, it will. It’s just a question of whether it happens in a somewhat controlled, voluntary way, or whether it comes about as a result of a totally out-of-control collapse. What’s going on today is completely unsustainable, so I’m convinced this sort of change is coming – it’ll just be that much more destructive if we let it come as an involuntary crash. It’s like when you have an old, unstable building that will collapse sooner or later; it’s wiser and safer to bring it down at a time and in a way you control than to let it collapse on its own, with no warning to those around. L: A controlled demolition of the US and global economies. US voters would probably love that just as much as Greek voters love austerity programs. Doug: Probably so, but it’s still the right thing to do. The whole current structure is rotten through and through, corrupt and counterproductive. It needs to be replaced, not fixed. L: Replaced with what? Doug: Economic freedom, of course. Let the future build itself, based on the voluntary actions of all market participants, acting in free exchange. L: You know I’m on the same page, but many of our readers may be skeptical. Doug: It’s good to question everything. But this is not just a theory – look at Iceland, which didn’t bail all the idiotic bankers out, but let them crash. It has recovered much faster than most people expected. And that’s without embracing real, thorough economic freedom; it’s simply as a result of letting stupidity reap its natural reward. It remains to be seen how well things work out for Iceland – it still has way too much government in my view – but there’s an earlier, well-documented example in the history of Chile. When Pinochet overthrew Allende, he enacted deep and far-reaching reforms of the Chilean economy. He didn’t go as far as I would have, but he did enough, and in such a way that it stuck and has had greatly beneficial economic consequences long after his departure. Chile is now the most prosperous country in Latin America, and may well be the most prosperous country in the western hemisphere. L: I’ve been there many times and have noted the modern buildings and clean streets of downtown Santiago. The middle class in that city exercises on mountain bikes on weekends and enjoys excellent restaurants evenings. They dress fashionably and stroll along sipping Starbucks lattes… downtown could be a city in California. But there are hovels in the poor districts and dirt streets in the countryside. Are you saying Chile is more prosperous than the US or Canada? Doug: Yes. Parts of the place may still look third world, but Chileans are not loaded with debt the way North Americans are. My understanding is that the average Chilean has greater net worth than the average US tax slave. One important contributing factor to this is that Pinochet privatized the social security program, and Chileans pay into individual retirement accounts that they own and control. There are restrictions, but they can fire their managers and move them to those who deliver results – this is good use of a vital market mechanism. These are real assets that can be liquidated and reinvested – not like US Social Security, which is nothing but a vague promise backed by nothing but an impossibly debt-ridden government with financial problems that are about to get much worse. Taking this single step in the US would enable a huge reduction in budget and unfunded future spending. There is absolutely no need for government involvement; people’s retirement should be their own individual responsibility, and their employers’ contributions to their retirement accounts should be negotiated between the people and their employers. L: Just to be clear, you’re not condoning Pinochet’s death squads and such – just commenting on the results of his economic reforms. Doug: The facts are the facts. Pinochet was a rare bird. And yes, it seems certain that he had several thousand people killed – but how many people did Baby Bush kill in Iraq over so-called weapons of mass destruction that weren’t even there? Many of the world’s big governments are guilty of far greater atrocities and numbers of deaths that are orders of magnitude larger. The US has supported – and continues supporting – far more barbaric and destructive dictators around the world. It seems to me that Pinochet is demonized because he instituted many free-market reforms – that was his truly unforgivable sin, particularly among leftist intellectuals. L: The sort of people he had killed… Doug: Yes. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but the fact is that Chile has many advantages today because of Pinochet. It’s not as cheap as Argentina, but it’s cheaper than Uruguay. It’s the least corrupt of Latin American countries, and one of the least corrupt in the world. You picked a good analogy; it has a fantastic California climate. It has a low population density. It has one of the freer economies in the world – And it’s growing rapidly. Plus, they grow some world-class wines in Chile. It has many advantages. What I don’t like about Chile is that it’s the most conservative country in Latin America – probably in the western hemisphere. It’s the most religious, and that’s saying a lot in Latin America. They love their police. They love their army. And it’s isolated. It’s like an island, with the Andes to the east, the South Pacific and Antarctic oceans to the west and south, and a desert to the north. That makes the culture more provincial than I prefer – but that is a personal preference. I find Argentina more welcoming to bon vivants, even with all the problems it has – those problems really don’t affect foreigners living there who have income from abroad. L: So noted. I can’t say I wish we had a Pinochet takeover in America – the US version would almost certainly be hawkish and have the world’s biggest military budget to play with. Scary. But suppose a Ron Paul type made it and was following your plan, cutting the budget 98%, privatizing Social Security. What would be next? Doug: Default on the national debt. That would punish the people foolish enough or unethical enough to lend the US government money. It would reduce the budget and greatly reduce the ability of the government to spend beyond its means. But most important of all, it wouldn’t make indentured servants out of future generations of US taxpayers. Look, I know this seems unthinkable to most people, but it’s going to be defaulted on anyway. There is simply no way it can be repaid, and an uncontrolled default would be catastrophic – probably in the form of total destruction of the US dollar as we know it today. It has to be emphasized that default on the national debt is default on the government’s debt, not the people’s. Most of the real wealth in the world will still be there after the dust settles – it’ll just be in different hands. The feds might even be forced to sell off their assets – a sort of gigantic “going out of business” sale that would put those assets into more capable and productive private hands. NASA, for example, as we’ve discussed already. L: I understand, but that would still hurt a lot of people who have their savings in Treasury Bills. Doug: Those savings will be lost anyway, if they leave them in Treasuries. The people it would hurt the worst are the fat cats in bed with the government – the kind who got their pals in Washington DC to bail them out. It’d be poetic justice. L: Okay. What’s next? Doug: Eliminate the Federal Reserve. Get the government out of the money business entirely, so it can’t inflate it to pay for things people would not willingly, knowingly pay for. L: Why stop there – why not go for complete separation of economy and state? The same logic applies as with the separation of church and state, which once seemed unthinkable and now is the norm in much of the world – in the West, at least. Doug: All in good time, Lobo. Next, I would take whatever gold is left in Fort Knox and use it to back the US dollar. After defaulting on the debt and the ensuing collapse, trillions and trillions of dollars would cease to exist. Assuming the gold is still there – the government doesn’t allow any independent audits of Fort Knox – I would use it to put what dollars were left on a solid, inflation-proof footing, at whatever price of gold that could be accomplished at the time. L: Right. What next? Doug: Eliminate unnecessary, counterproductive, and unconstitutional government programs. Cutting spending is only a beginning; you have to abolish the programs if you don’t want the spending to come back. We’ve already talked about getting the government out of Social Security. This and other social spending is the biggest chunk of government spending and liabilities – something on the order of $220 trillion, last I heard. So, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have to go. Unfortunately, people over 50 have come to rely on it too heavily to take it away from them, so their payments and benefits would have to continue. But people under 50 don’t get anything, and the payroll taxes that support the programs would be ended immediately. L: Who pays for the older ones who keep getting the benefits? They were deceived into thinking they were making savings deposits of a sort, but it’s not true; the government has already spent every dime they put away for the future. Doug: I know. A large portion of whatever income the government could honestly generate from core services like running the courts and military would have to be directed to this expense until it went away naturally. L: That won’t win any popularity contests, but I suppose it would be an extension of the default you’ve already recommended. Bankruptcy is never pretty. It’s also unavoidable, when the money just isn’t there. What next? Doug: De-fund, eliminate, and abolish every single alphabet agency the government currently lavishes money on. If any provide services people value, the market will step in to provide those services – at a fraction of the cost and without the ability to ride roughshod over citizens who dissent. For starters, every agency and government action not expressly listed in the Constitution should be uprooted entirely and the ground where it stood sown with salt. Enforce the 10th Amendment. Then we can see if there’s anything left that we really don’t need anymore. It’s important to understand that the budgetary savings are really the lesser issue here. What’s really important is getting the government off the peoples’ collective back. The state is sand and glue in the gears of the economy, and it needs to be completely cleaned away to allow it to function freely to create greater prosperity for all. L: That wouldn’t leave much… the military. Doug: Yes. Unfortunately, most people in the US are under the delusion that the military is the one part of the government that is honest and works – that it protects them from dangers foreign and domestic. The truth is that even if many soldiers are honorable, the politicians who control them are not, and their missions around the world are creating more enemies and stirring up more hatred almost everywhere they go. This is making the world a more dangerous place, not a safer one. Further, the “military-industrial complex” Eisenhower warned us of is still in place, more entrenched, and greedier than ever. Remember the $600 toilet seats? But more important than this financial debacle is that the military now exists to protect the government, not the people. Veterans are being increasingly indoctrinated to view civilians as potentially hostile enemies, rather than the very thing that justifies the military’s existence. And when they muster out and go to work for law enforcement agencies (not people protection agencies), their training and attitudes become extremely dangerous to average citizens. L: That’ll be a hard pill for most people to swallow. They still want to think of most cops as being like Andy Griffith, even though the evidence is strong that many, if not most cops see civilians as potential threats and object to control. Your whole list is going to be hard for most people to believe, let alone accept. Doug: No doubt. But once the avalanche has started, it’s too late for the pebbles to vote. This is all going to happen. The only questions are how, and whether the damage and chaos can be limited along the way. Unfortunately, I have to say that I see absolutely no way that these steps will be taken voluntarily. As we discussed when we talked about Ron Paul, the kind of person who could do these things would never get elected – and if by some cosmic accident such a person were elected, he or she would almost certainly be assassinated in short order. Remember Kennedy – and don’t say it can’t happen in the place that was once America. It’s going to be like France after 1789. Chaos is coming. L: Our regular readers should know what you recommend doing about it… Doug: Yes. I am doing exactly what I’ve been saying for some time now: I’m building cash to deploy buying great assets during the crash, I’m putting my savings in gold and silver, and the businesses I’m building are in productive agriculture. As a speculator, I remain convinced that these junior mining stocks that you follow have explosive upside – as much now as at any point I’ve ever seen. L: Okay then. Enough said. Not a happy vision of the future, but our aim is to offer the best guidance we can, not to sweet-talk people into smiling. And – speaking of offering guidance – our own chief economist, Bud Conrad, will be speaking at the upcoming Global Currency Expo, held April 5-7 in San Diego. He’ll share his big-picture views of the American economy over the near future, as well as making some specific investment recommendations. Doug: Yes, I enjoyed your conversation with Bud last week, and encourage those able to attend to do so – it should be a great event. L: Very well. Thanks for your thoughts, Doug. Doug: You’re very welcome. Doug Casey writes every month for The Casey Report, which focuses on leveraging emerging trends to outstanding gains. These are the same tactics that have made Doug and other legendary investors like Rick Rule and Peter Schiff fortunes. Learn more about The Casey Report.last_img read more