first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – At the last minute before the nominations closed on Friday, Trenten Laarz put his name in for the position of mayor and will now take on the incumbent Dale Bumstead for the position.Bumstead has been mayor since 2013.  According to nomination papers, Laarz is an employee at Jocks Restoration in Dawson Creek.There are six seats open for the rest of Dawson Creek City Council. Incumbents Charlie Parslow, Shaely Wilbur, Cheryl Shuman, and Paul Gevatkoff are officially running for re-election.  New candidates include former mayor and former MLA for Peace River South Blair Lekstrom. Lekstrom previously served two terms as mayor of Dawson Creek prior serving as the South Peace MLA from 2001 to 2013.Jerimy Earl, former Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce President and current Marketing Manager at Lakeview Credit Union has also put his name forward along with Johanna Martens, the owner of Myanna Consulting and Amy Kaempf who is a manager at the local Safeway and David Griffith who manages Richardson Pioneer.The municipal election will take place on October 20, 2018, with the first advanced voting opportunity happening on October 10.last_img read more

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (June 30, 2015), we discuss the U.S. women’s national soccer team lineup, preview Wimbledon and discuss the weirdness of NBA free agency. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: Luke Ridnour was traded this week for the fourth time this offseason, to the Toronto Raptors.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Allison McCann on the greatest Women’s World Cup game of all time.Andy Murray defending his coach ahead of Wimbledon.A full list of NBA free agents.Significant Digit: Luke Ridnour, the man that no team, and every team, wants. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Russell Bishop claims the police have spent 32-years building a case against the wrong manCredit:Ken Mason Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows were sexually assaulted and strangled in Brighton in 1986Credit:PA Russell Bishop claims the police have spent 32-years building a case against the wrong man Joel Bennathan QC told jurors: “Only one person is on trial here sitting in the dock – Russell Bishop.”But the law allows a defendant like him to point out facts, ask questions, to the jury that might suggest the possibility that another person exists who may have carried out these awful attacks.”We will ask questions of witnesses to show that when the girls went missing there was someone very close to them who has no alibi. “That someone made comments after the killings that are far more incriminating than anything Russell Bishop said. That someone is someone who may actually – unlike Mr Bishop – been able to order Nicola Fellows to meet him in Wild Park.”That someone has a guilty secret – that he has been complicit in the sexual abuse of Nicola Fellows, which shows an interest in paedophilic sex.”In the end it might mean he could not let Nicola Fellows tell the world what has been happening. That person is her father, Barrie Fellows.” Karen Hadaway and Nicola Fellows were sexually assaulted and strangled in Brighton in 1986 A lawyer for the sex predator accused of murdering two nine-year-old girls has blamed one of their fathers, saying the police have spent “32 years building a case against the wrong man”.Russell Bishop, 52, is currently on trial at the Old Bailey accused of sexually assaulting and strangling Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway in woods in Brighton in October 1986.He was originally cleared of the murders in 1987, but was jailed for life three years later for the kidnap and attempted murder of  another seven-year-old girl.In an opening defence statement at the Old Bailey, Bishop’s lawyer said the former roofer would claim that Nicola’s father, Barrie, has a “guilty secret” and was complicit in the sexual abuse of his own daughter. Bishop, formerly from Brighton, East Sussex, denies two charges of murder and the trial continues. Mr Bennathan suggested the police had “spent 32 years building a case against the wrong man”.The trial has heard how Nicola and Karen went missing while out playing together in Wild Park after school.Following a search by police and volunteers, the girls were found dead in a wooded den the next day.The Court of Appeal had ordered a fresh trial in light of new DNA evidence after Bishop was cleared of the girls’ murders in 1987.Some three years after his acquittal, Bishop was convicted of the kidnap, indecent assault and attempted murder of a seven-year-old girl at Devil’s Dyke, also on the South Downs. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

first_img 29 Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/monstArr Mar 3rd 2017, 6:20 AM Friday 3 Mar 2017, 6:20 AM Man who threw glass bottle, injuring innocent bystander, avoids jail The judge said Mario White behaved recklessly and carried out an act of gratuitous violence. By Declan Brennan A MAN WHO threw a glass bottle into the smoking area outside a nightclub, injuring an innocent bystander, after he wasn’t allowed in, has avoided jail.Judge Gerard Griffin said Mario White (20) behaved recklessly and carried out an act of gratuitous violence.The victim, Warren McKeown, continues to have no use of his left thumb due to tendon damage caused by broken glass going into his forearm. This has had an effect on his work as a plumber and he is currently awaiting surgery to repair the damage, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday.White, of Poddle Close, Crumlin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to McKeown at Lafayette bar on D’Olier Street in Dublin city centre on 28 March 2015.Judge Griffin suspended an 18 month prison sentence for two years on condition that €2,500 be paid to the victim.On bail Garda Nathan Burke told the court White was on bail for an offence of robbery committed on 25 November 2013, when he was still a juvenile, at the time of the incident.White threw the bottle after door staff refused him entry into the nightclub. The bottle hit some barriers and smashed.Security staff grabbed White and restrained him until gardaí arrived. McKeown was taken by ambulance to hospital and received eight stitches to his forearm.Judge Griffin noted the effects of the incident on the victim. He said the mitigating factors were White’s early plea of guilty and his expression of remorse. He also noted White had brought €2,500 to court to offer to the victim as a token of his remorse.He told White: “You should take this chance. If I see you again I will sentence you to a term of imprisonment.”Read: Man who beat girlfriend and bit her face given three-year suspended sentenceRead: Serial con artist jailed after promising colleague All-Ireland tickets 18,674 Views Image: Shutterstock/monstArr Share7 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img There is now a cap on the amount of overtime a garda can work in their four-week roster cycle. 83 Comments In terms of pay, if we put aside the overtime piece, I see that being difficult if not impossible. I don’t believe that the funding for the salary subhead provided for the expectations set on us in terms of recruitment targets and the spend that we are seeing merely reflects the recruitment that we are committed to achieving. So I would be uncertain that we would be in a position to deliver the pure salaries component of our vote within the allocation that’s made.He said the issue has been raised with the Department of Justice “for some time” and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is also now involved.There is an expectation and a public want to see more civilians in the organisation and a want to see more gardaí in the organisation and we are seeking to progress that issue, but that brings a charge and brings a cost as I said I see huge challenges in us being able to deliver the salaries component within budget by end year.During the meeting, the organisation’s director of human resources John Barrett also explained the difficulties with providing vital training within the current budget.The budget for discretionary training provides for €140 per head for the entire organisation.“That is so grossly inadequate,” he told members of the authority.He said there is a need for an assessment of demand for training so that resources can be matched to that. Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 5:35 PM 27,895 Views By Michelle Hennessy Image: Leah Farrell/ Share127 Tweet Email Short URL Garda management says it may be ‘impossible’ to afford wages for the rest of the year The organisation has had to cap overtime to try to control its spending. GARDA MANAGEMENT HAS said it may not have enough money to cover wages for the rest of this year without a supplementary budget being provided.Senior management appeared before the Policing Authority this afternoon at Dublin Castle, where they were asked in particular about the €12.4 million overtime overspend.Joe Nugent, the chief administration officer for An Garda Síochána said overtime is the “biggest issue of discretionary spending” and it is the subject of many senior management meetings.“A third of the overtime spend relates to an agreement, a pay agreement reached, the next another roughly 20% relates to attendance at court so that’s bringing us very quickly into a difficult space to make available overtime for what it’s really needed for,” he explained.He said a series of decisions had been made as a result, including a cap on the amount of overtime a garda can work in their four-week roster cycle and a more robust authorisation process. He said he is not certain the organisation can pay wages for the year within the current budget. Jun 28th 2018, 5:35 PM There is now a cap on the amount of overtime a garda can work in their four-week roster cycle. Image: Leah Farrell/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img29 July 2016Ms Kate Morris Principal Northcote High School 19-25 St Georges Rd Northcote VIC 3070 Dear Ms Morris,We write to you following a community meeting held on Tuesday 26 July 2016 regarding the unexpected and disappointing announcement that Northcote High School (NHS) intends to no longer offer both Greek and Italian to the Year 7 intake of 2017. If this change is to go ahead both languages would cease to be taught by your school by 2021. The meeting was attended by current and prospective parents of NHS students, together with former students, the Greek Community of Melbourne ‘s Board of Members and the Consul for Educational Affairs of the Greek Consulate of Melbourne.The parents informed us they first became aware of this matter by way of your school newsletter and were totally bewildered and concerned by the lack of consultation and very short notice given. This view is supported by an article in the Northcote Leader quoting parents who stated the decision was made by the Curriculum Committee with no consultation at all.Since 1993, NHS has received 11 Premier’s Awards, four of which have been for language. Greek has a 40 year strong and proud tradition at NHS, having received three Victorian Premier’s Awards in the past 20 years. No other language has achieved such outstanding success at VCE level at your school. Over 120 students are currently studying Greek at NHS and over the years it has been shown to have an exemplary retention rate. The City of Darebin is a stronghold of Multicultural Melbourne where people of various ethnic backgrounds live harmoniously and community languages such as Greek and Italian are part of its daily life, continuing to be alive and thriving.We will be meeting with both State and Federal Members of Parliament, including the respective Ministers responsible for Multiculturalism and Education, as well as the relevant authorities within the Education Department in order to convey our very deep concerns. We believe your intention to implement this decision in 2017 is flawed and we seek in writing from you details as to the reasons for the decision and the process followed to reach it.Finally, we seek the reinstatement of Greek and Italian into the Year 7 Curriculum for 2017. Both the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria and the Consul for Educational Affairs of the Greek Consulate of Melbourne are willing to assist in every possible way to ensure this occurs.We would appreciate your response by Friday 5 August. Yours sincerely, Theo Markos GCOMV Education OfficerGeorgia Nikolaidou Consul for Educational Affairs Greek Consulate of Melbourne Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos, November 29, 2017 – The Prosecution will have to find stronger witnesses and better evidence in its case against Cortez Simmons as yesterday the Appeals Court gave them another chance to secure a murder conviction.In one of the most followed murder cases in recent TCI history, a verdict came from the Appeals Court that was both a sigh of relief and a victory.  Cortez Simmons won his appeal but was not acquitted, instead a retrial in the murder of Keziah Burke is ordered by the court.Simmons had been acquitted before of murder, that was in 2009 and the victim then was the first cousin of Keziah Burke.  Simmon’s defense team argued that the evidence in the Burke murder was circumstantial and refuted expert testimony and findings that the gun used in the killing of Burke, who was 25 at the time was the same gun used in a shooting at the movie cinema where Simmons was allegedly caught on CCTV with the shooters in that case.During the trial in 2015, it was revealed that Keziah Burke was gunned down in the parking lot of Uncle Dough’s Bar in Providenciales, while trying to escape – on hands and knees – being shot by the accused Cortez Simmons in the back, allegedly.  The report says the shooting unfolded in plain sight of multiple witnesses, but no one was talking.Evans Welch, attorney from Trinidad and Tobago, led the prosecution team which used as its star witness, a man who was a part of the cinema shooting, Haitian-born, Boker Odema.  Odema testified that the gun used at the Digicel Cinema, was taken from Cortez Simmons and that after the shooting then, Simmons demanded his gun back.It is said that gun, a 40 caliber weapon, was the same one which ended the life of Burke on April 13, 2013.  Our understanding is that there were as many as 20 grounds in the appeal, all of them against the trial judge – Margaret Ramsey Hale.  The conviction was deemed unsafe and was overturned in a matter of minutes.Arguments by the defense team including Alvin Garland and Jacqueline Samuels Brown, QC out of Jamaica lasted longest on whether Simmons was due an acquittal or a retrial.Cortez Simmons can apply for bail and be freed until the retrial date is set. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgThe U.S. House Natural Resources Committee announced that it will advance U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s proposed legislation on the Pearson Air Museum to markup on Wednesday.The next step after markup, in which amendments are allowed, would be consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives.The markup meeting, 7 a.m. Pacific time, will be streamed live at Beutler, R-Camas, is seeking via House Resolution 716 to transfer ownership of Pearson Air Museum and the surrounding 7 acres from the Park Service to the city of Vancouver.In a hearing last week, Congressman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, expressed strong support for the legislation.Herrera Beutler said her goal “is to restore the local partnership and community access” after negotiations broke down among the Park Service, the city of Vancouver and the Fort Vancouver National Trust, which had managed the site for the city since 2005.last_img read more

first_imgA bridge being built across the Nenana River will open up access to long sought after state agricultural lands.Download AudioThe bridge from the city of Nenena will stretch across the river in two concrete spans totaling over 450 feet, providing a road link to tens of thousands of acres of prime growing land.City of Nenana Mayor Jason Mayrand traces the access project back to the 1980’s, when Alaska was looking to make it big in farming. “Originally it was intended to correspond with the project in Delta and down by Eielson with the farm developments, but it never really came to fruition here,” he said.Failure of the Delta Agriculture Project chilled state interest in farming at Nenana, but Mayrand says local support has remained, and changes in the food industry have elevated the area’s potential. “There’s a lot of interest in disease free and organic products,” he said. “And this area being disease free, obviously, since it’s never had any agricultural products on it, bodes well for organic growth.”The Nenana agriculture project got back on track with Alaska voters approval of $6.5 million for the bridge, as part of a 2012 statewide bond package. Mayrand says work has already been done on the far side of the river in anticipation of the bridge opening up access.“Right now we’ve got about 12 or 14 miles of road constructed West. We’ve been working on it over the last several years. I think the road goes all the way into the agricultural development property. We’re working with the state of Alaska to get it up for auction so it can be sold,” Mayrand said.There are 130,000 acres of state classified agriculture lands across the river from Nenana. Alaska Department of Natural Resources the Division of Agriculture Specialist, Daniel Proulx points to soil survey work that shows the land to be some of the best in Alaska for farming.“The land would be good for whatever we can grow in Alaska. It has, by most accounts, better soil than the Delta area, has a longer growing season. So grasses, vegetables, root crops; pretty much anything you can grow in interior Alaska will do well out there,” he said.Proulx says there’s always been interest in the land, and with the bridge in the works, and the state anticipating selling parcels, inquiries have heightened.“Matter of fact, I had a call yesterday, somebody wanting to know ‘what size tracts are you going to sell’. We’re going to have a variety. We’re going to have some of the smaller 40-acres near the right of ways, near the roads, and behind it have bigger, up to 3,000 acre tracts for cattle producers for feed lots and for hay and barley operations.”Proulx says decisions on land sales will follow appraisals and public input. The area across the river also has other resource development potential. It includes parcels owned by the University of Alaska, the Tanana Valley State Forest, Alaska Mental Health Trust, and Doyon, where the Regional Native Corporation is exploring for oil and gas. The plan calls for contractor HC to have the bridge ready for use by late winter 2015.last_img read more

first_imgExhibiting the graphic prints from the collection of National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), a show titled Celebrating Indigenous Printmaking is being organised in the Capital. The exhibition that opens on 18 September at National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, will be inaugurated by Shripad Naik, Hon’ble Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (Independent Charge) in the presence of Ravindra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, and Government of India.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’NGMA aims to acquire and preserve works of modern art from 1850s onwards. It organises exhibitions not only in its own premises but also in other parts of the country and abroad. NGMA also organises lectures, seminars and conference to encourage higher studies and research in the field of art history, art criticism, art appreciation, museology and the inter-relations on visual and performing arts.It is responsible to ensure quality and maintain the standards of excellence. It helps people to look at the works of modern art with joy, understanding and knowledge by extending their relationship with our daily life and experiencing them as vital expressions of the human spirit.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: Meetings between UNESCO and Indian Railway representatives will be held on November 20, 21 and 22 to discuss the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) for the world heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR). The plan has been completed.A UNESCO team comprising experts has been preparing a CCMP for the DHR since 2016. The project involved survey, documentation and dialogue and took into consideration institutional management, finances, legal and technical aspects. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOver the years, the value of the heritage railway has been steadily decreasing, caused by rampant encroachments, unplanned constructions along the tracks blocking the view and dumping of garbage. “We will be holding a meeting with Railway authorities on November 20, 21 and 22 at the Elysia Building, DHR headquarters, located in Kurseong. The plan has been completed but the implementation part needs to be discussed. We will table the report and discuss with the authorities the steps required to safeguard this world heritage site and to how to sustain it,” stated Abhisekh Sonar, an architectural expert who is part of the UNESCO team, while talking to Millennium Post. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDHR was inscribed as a world heritage site on December 2, 1999. On Tuesday, it commemorated the World Heritage Week. World Heritage Week is celebrated all over the world from November 19 to 25. It is celebrated mainly by the students of schools and colleges, in order to make people aware about the importance of heritage sites and their preservation. Apart from taking students for a joyride from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back, a community workshop was also organised at the Darjeeling Railway Station. “The workshop includes a UNESCO presentation of 52 slides. This presentation is given in schools, specially in far flung areas. Students are sensitised on different categories of heritage, importance of heritage and the need to preserve heritage,” stated Nitin Giri, specialist, UNESCO. The need for community participation for preservation of the world heritage site was discussed. The history of DHR was part of the presentation as well, including freight trains, postal mail, ambulance train and the trolley. Rabgay Rai, a 3rd year student of Darjeeling Government College who had taken part in the celebrations, stated: “The DHR carries our history. Slowly, the community is becoming aware of the importance of this world heritage site. Students are coming forward now. It is our responsibility to preserve it.” In the year 1879, work first started on DHR, then called the Darjeeling Steam Tramways. The stretch from Siliguri to Kurseong was opened on August 23, 1880, while the Siliguri to Darjeeling track was inaugurated on July 4, 1881. The name of the rail company was then changed to Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Company. The DHR covers a 88 km stretch from Darjeeling to New Jalpaiguri. It starts at 398 feet at New Jalpaiguri in the plains and climbs up to 7,407 feet at the highest point in Ghoom.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: The Hills were a witness to postering by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binay Tamang faction) against BJP state president Dilip Ghosh’s alleged anti-Gorkhaland comments.”The BJP always does a U turn on their pre-poll commitments,” alleged Binay Tamang, President, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM.) “The Gorkhas feel let down. Every time during election the BJP asks for votes in the name of Gorkhaland and after winning they take a U turn. We strongly condemn this,” stated Tamang, talking to media persons in Pintail Village near Siliguri on Wednesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe GJM President was referring to BJP West Bengal State President Dilip Ghosh’s statement regarding Gorkhaland. Ghosh talking to media persons in Jalpaiguri on Sunday had clearly stated that his party has made no commitments regarding the creation of Gorkhaland. “We are sympathetic to Gorkhaland demand. We want development of the Gorkhas but we had never promised a separate state,” claimed Ghosh. Tamang said not only the Gorkhaland issue, but the BJP has let down the people of the Hills in other issues too. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Darjeeling MP Raju Bista had questioned the Tribal Minister in Parliament regarding the granting of tribal status to the 11 sub communities of the Gorkhas in question number 2351,” stated Tamang. Answering this question, Renuka Singh Saruta Minister of State for Tribal Affairs said there are certain modalities for deciding the claims for inclusion or exclusion or changes in the Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe lists. “As per the modalities only those proposals which have been recommended and justified by the concerned State Government/ UT Administration and concurred with by the Registrar General of India (RGI) and National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) are to be considered and legislation amended. The committee submitted its report which was referred to the ORGI for comments. ORGI have commented that the report of the said Committee is beyond the scope of the Modalities approved by the Government of India with regard to inclusion of any community in the ST list of a state,” stated the minister. Regarding the Central University question (question 3432) raised by Raju Bista in Parliament, Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank,” Minister of Human Resource Development stated: “There is no proposal to set up a new Central University in Darjeeling.”Education is a concurrent subject. State Government also take initiatives to enhance the access to higher education in their respective states along with other private universities/ Institutions,” stated the HRD Minister. “We have been let down by the BJP in all three issues namely Gorkhaland, inclusion of Gorkha sub communities in the ST list and Central University in Darjeeling,” stated Tamang.last_img read more

first_img Advertisement When you’re an opposing fan going into the lion’s den of Yankee Stadium, you should probably bring a poncho.Last night, an A’s fan, sitting among die-hard Yankee fans in the outfield stands was given a beer shower he didn’t ask for by one moron who was celebrating during the convincing New York win. The Yankee fan followed up the soaking by throwing a cup at the guy’s head to cement himself as a total chump.Don’t be this guy. What a jerk. Not to mention he just wasted $20 worth of beer which further confirms he’s a moron.#PinstripePride ‼️‼️— ⭕️ (@OlvinnO) October 4, 2018last_img read more

first_imgNew Bill Proposed by Texas Lawmakers to Completely Eliminate the CFPB Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News John RatcliffeTed CruzVarious legislation has been introduced by Republicans in an attempt to reduce the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the last year, but there has not been any law proposed to completely eliminate the Bureau – until now.During a week in which the Bureau celebrates the fourth anniversary of its creation, U.S. Representative John Ratcliffe and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, both Republicans from Texas, have combined to sponsor a bill that would completely abolish the CFPB, according to announcements on both lawmakers’ websites.Republicans believe the CFPB, which was created from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, has had the opposite effect of its intended purpose of protecting consumers from predatory financial activity; rather, they believe the Bureau has made big banks bigger and limits options for consumers.”Don’t let the name fool you, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau does little to protect consumers,” said Cruz, who is a GOP candidate for the presidency in 2016. “The agency continues to grow in power and magnitude without any accountability to Congress and the people. The only way to stop this runaway agency is by eliminating it altogether. The legislation that Representative Ratcliffe and I are introducing today gives Congress the opportunity to free consumers and small businesses from the CFPB’s regulatory blockades and financial activism, which stunt economic growth. While there’s much more to do to scale back the harmful regulatory impositions of Dodd-Frank, this legislation takes a critical step in the right direction. So today let’s celebrate the CFPB’s fourth and final anniversary.”Republicans believe that Bureau is unaccountable to the American people because unlike most federal agencies, the CFPB is not subject to Congressional appropriations despite being funded by the Federal Reserve. Cruz and Ratcliffe believe this situation “invites regulatory excess and abuse.”Ratcliffe said he hears from small businesses in the fourth district of Texas, which includes the northeastern most part of the state, who say they can no longer provide their customers with basic financial services because of the increased compliance costs and paperwork hours imposed by the CFPB. He said many businesses are faced with the choice of closing their doors or consolidating into larger businesses due to the increasing cost of compliance.“The CFPB’s regulatory zeal has stripped American consumers and businesses of their freedom of choice and has limited their access to capital – all in the name of a ‘we know best’ attitude from Washington,” Ratcliffe said. “. . .I’m grateful to be able to introduce this bill with 46 of my House colleagues in conjunction with Senator Cruz. The CFPB represents exactly what President Reagan warned of – a government smothering opportunity rather than fostering it. We must eliminate the CFPB.”The GOP has made an extra push for CFPB reform since gaining a majority in the House and Senate last November. In March, Representative Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) introduced a series of proposals to reform the CFPB, including one co-sponsored by Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) that would replace the CFPB’s director with a bipartisan, Senate-approved five-member committee.In February, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Tim Walz (D-Minnesota) revived a bipartisan bill that would create an independent Inspector General for the CFPB that is appointed by the president and approved by the Senate. The Bureau currently shares an IG with the Federal Reserve, a position that is appointed by the Fed chair and not subject to Senate approval.Democrats have vowed to fight any attempt at cutting back on the CFPB’s power. Last week during a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of that Committee, pointed out the work the CFPB has done in the mortgage space.”Much of the CFPB’s most important work has centered on mortgage regulation,” Brown said. “The agency’s ability to repay rules ensure that consumers are not trapped in mortgages that they cannot afford. The CFPB’s rule to streamline forms will help consumers understand what is happening at the closing table. All of these actions speak for themselves as to why this agency is so important to our nation’s consumers.”Yet, opponents continue to work to undermine the agency – by weakening its independence or changing its structure.  Lately, there have been attempts to chip away at actions the agency has taken on arbitration and small-dollar loans.  They have argued the agency should not be able to collect data – data about markets that were formerly non-transparent and unregulated. I will continue to fight all of these attempts to destabilize the CFPB.  Our consumers deserve a strong watchdog that can do its job independently, and it’s my job to make sure that happens.”center_img July 22, 2015 467 Views Abolish Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 Republicans 2015-07-22 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

first_imgNew York – A brand-new home overlooking one’s very own vineyard…a boutique, state-of-the-art winery….a championship golf course…two rustically chic lodges and an award-winning restaurant…fruit and olive orchards, tree-lined streets and a vast green landscape, with the Andes towering in the background…Algodon Wine Estates, located in Mendoza, Argentina, offers all of this, as well as plans for a polo field and equestrian center, an expansion of the current 9-hole golf course to 18 holes, a luxury hotel, 10 tennis courts and one grand tennis stadium.A real estate venture with a unique winemaking angle, 300 home sites are currently being developed throughout the estates and are available for private sale. Buyers will not only own the house and have access to all of the estate’s amenities, but will own the wine that their land produces as well. Once produced and bottled the wine can be personally labeled – perhaps one’s last name? Or one’s company name? – and shipped to a location of choice.Prices for the home sites start at around 50,000 USD, and the average size is 2.5 acres (1 hectare). In addition, 50 casitas and 12 tennis villas (approximately 2,000 square feet each) are being developed which will overlook the tennis complex.Barrel Program: An added highlight is owning one’s own wine label without purchasing property, by buying a barrel of wine (with a simple click of the mouse on Algodon Wine Estate’s website: Prices start at 4,000 USD and each barrel yields 290 bottles and may be used up to three times.. The barrel owner is entitled to two complimentary nights at the estates in order to taste the wine at the end of the first aging period.Why Argentina? Believed by many experts to be the next big hotspot for property investment, Argentina’s economy has experienced strong growth in the past few years – 8% so far this year – and new real estate and commercial ventures are emerging all over the country. With the US dollar/Argentine peso exchange rate remarkably in favor of the US, the number of American tourists visiting Argentina has grown by 35% from 2005 to 2007 and is expected to break records for 2008.For more information, visit: read more

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