IMPORTANT DETAILS FOR THE WEB CONFERENCEResources for the upcoming Savings Strategies for Non-Savers web conference, including the presentation slides, worksheets, and articles, are available here.This web conference will be hosted with the Department of Defense. If you are not located on a military installation, you will need to install security certificates to access this presentation. Instructions are available here. For those who cannot connect to the DOD host site, the presentation will be streaming on Ustream and can be viewed here. Additionally, Adobe apps for iPhone, IPad and Driods devices are available; search for “DCO Connect” in respective stores.This web conference is free and requires no registration. Simply click here and join the web conference as a guest at 11 a.m. EST on Feb. 4. We hope to see you all online!This post was originally published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on January 31 , 2014. By Molly C. HerndonDr. Barbara O’Neill will present a 90-minute web conference on Savings Strategies for Non-Savers on Tuesday, February 4 at 11 a.m. EST.Savings Strategies for Non-Savers will begin with a discussion of the importance of saving money, types of savings, reasons to save and reasons why people don’t save. Dr. O’Neill will describe the process of using SMART goals to determine how much periodic saving is needed to reach a financial goal. Other topics that will be discussed include:A Savings Coat of Arms activity and webinar chat discussion15 specific ways to save money10 ways to reduce expenses and find money to start savingA discussion of online resources about saving money
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On Thursday, April 12th, Thierry Fremaux, the director of Festival de Cannes unveiled his festival’s 71st official selection, which includes new films by Jean-Luc Godard, Spike Lee, David Robert Mitchell and Jafar Panahi. As the world of cinema waited more for the likely omissions than for its inclusions at the end it became clear – there was no Indian film among the 18 films playing in competition – the most exclusive section of the festival.In 1994 Shaji Karun got the news his film ‘Swaham’ had been selected for Cannes that year. Using landline phones I sought him out in Kerala to congratulate him and interview him for Screen International. For the past 25 years, the world has not had the opportunity to see any Indian film at Cannes in the Competition section. It also pains film enthusiast that India, one of the foremost producers of films in the world, is yet to win ‘Palm d’Or’, the top prize at the festival of Cannes. Related Items
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Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Pirates secured the No. 1 seed and a first finals appearance since joining the league in 2011, after a gutsy 107-105 double-overtime victory over the defending champion Red Lions at a jam-packed Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Mike Nzeusseu drilled two free throws with 12.7 seconds remaining in the second overtime to punctuate a 27-point performance, before the Pirates collectively foiled Robert Bolick’s final attempt, completing a historic 18-0 sweep of the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We just told them the more minutes that we stay on the floor, the more people we will inspire,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson after the game.When the buzzer sounded, the Pirates whooped it up on the court while JC Marcelino climbed the bleachers to celebrate with the Lyceum faithful as the Intramuros-based school ended a six-year wait for a championship appearance. There was no stopping Lyceum’s march to history in NCAA Season 93. Not a San Beda squad that showed its championship pedigree in the biggest game of the season so far. And certainly not a controversial call that nearly spoiled the Pirates’ bid to stay perfect.ADVERTISEMENT After bungling the final play in regulation, Perez atoned for the miscue by scoring on an off-balanced shot with 4.7 ticks left in the first overtime to put the Pirates ahead, 97-96, but JC Marcelino was slapped with a dubious foul while defending Bolick at the backcourt. Bolick split his foul shots to send the game to a second overtime.The Pirates and Lions traded big shots with both squads holding their ground up until Nzeusseu, the 6-foot-6 Cameroonian center, calmly sank the free throws that proved to be the difference between the two teams.“We know that there is so much fight in them (San Beda),” said Robinson. “There is so much tradition with San Beda, with coach Boyet (Fernandez).“We just told these guys to keep on playing, keep on believing in themselves, and just keep on grinding. We have to really play our very best, and no matter what happens in this game, it’s a win for us because when you survive those kinds of games, it’s gonna carry on to the next game.”The Pirates will wait for the survivor of the stepladder semifinals, which will now have five teams after San Sebastian drubbed Perpetual Help, 80-60, later in the day to capture the fourth seed. San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9401:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fernandez rues little things as San Beda left without twice-to-beat And the way the Pirates pulled off this victory against a worthy foe made the wait worth it.“San Beda is really a strong team, and we respect them; they’re a well-coached team, they’re the defending champions,” Robinson said. “And we are just relying on having our heroes, the people that we honor in this game, that we offer this game (to). It’s really a dedication game for all of us.”Robinson tried his best to deflect credit for what has been a historic campaign, but his players feel their coach deserves more than he has been getting.CJ Perez, who scored 20 points, pointed to Robinson as his own hero.“Actually, I thought about him as my hero,” Perez said, referring to Robinson. “He was getting mad at me because I kept on looking at him, but I thought about him and the trust that he gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
Definition Knee pain is a common symptom in people of all ages. It may start suddenly, often after an injury or exercise. Knee pain may also began as a mild discomfort, then slowly worsen.Alternative NamesPain – kneeCommon CausesSimple causes of knee pain often clear up on their own with self care. Being overweight can put you at greater risk for knee problems.Knee pain can be caused by:Anterior knee painArthritis — including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and goutBakers cyst — a fluid-filled swelling behind the knee that may occur with swelling (inflammation) from other causes, like arthritisBursitis — inflammation from repeated pressure on the knee, such as kneeling for long periods of time, overuse, or injuryConnective tissue disorders such as lupusDislocation of the kneecapIliotibial band syndrome — a hip disorder from injury to the thick band that runs from your hip to the outside of your kneeInfection in the jointKnee injuries — an anterior cruciate ligament injury or medial collateral ligament injury may cause bleeding into your knee, which makes the pain worseOsgood-Schlatter diseaseTendinitis — a pain in the front of your knee that gets worse when going up and down stairs or inclinesTorn cartilage (a meniscus tear) — pain felt on the inside or outside of the knee jointTorn ligament (ACL tear) — leads to pain and instability of the kneeStrain or sprain — minor injuries to the ligaments caused by sudden or unnatural twistingLess common conditions that can lead to knee pain include bone tumors.advertisementHome CareFor knee pain that has just started:Rest and avoid activities that aggravate your pain, especially weight bearing activities.Apply ice. First, apply it every hour for up to 15 minutes. After the first day, apply it at least four times per day.Keep your knee raised as much as possible to bring any swelling down.Wear an ace bandage or elastic sleeve, which you can buy at most pharmacies. This may reduce swelling and provide support.Take acetaminophen for pain or ibuprofen for pain and swelling.Sleep with a pillow underneath or between your knees.For knee pain related to overuse or physical activity:Always warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Stretch your quadriceps and hamstrings.Avoid running straight down hills — walk down instead.Bicycle or swim instead of run.Reduce the amount of exercise you do.Run on a smooth, soft surface, such as a track, instead of on cement.Lose weight if you are overweight. Every pound that you are overweight puts about 5 extra pounds of pressure on your knee cap when you go up and down stairs. Ask your health care provider for help losing weight.If you have flat feet, try special shoe inserts and arch supports (orthotics).Make sure your running shoes are made well, fit well, and have good cushioning.Tips to relieve knee bursitis pain:Use ice three to four times a day for the first 2 or 3 days. Cover your knee with a towel and place ice on it for 15 minutes. Do not fall asleep while using ice. You can leave it on too long and get frostbite.Try not to stand for long periods of time. If you must stand, do so on a soft, cushioned surface. Stand with an equal amount of weight on each leg.When you sleep, do not lie on the side that has bursitis. Place a pillow between your knees when you lie on your side to help decrease your pain.Wear flat shoes that are cushioned and comfortable.If you are overweight, losing weight may help.Call your health care provider ifCall your doctor if:You cannot bear weight on your kneeYou have severe pain, even when not bearing weightYour knee buckles, clicks, or locksYour knee is deformed or misshapenYou have a fever, redness or warmth around the knee, or significant swellingYou have pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, or bluish discoloration in the calf below the sore kneeYou still have pain after 3 days of home treatmentWhat to expect at your health care providers officeYour health care provider will perform a physical examination, with careful attention to your knees, hips, legs, and other joints.To help diagnose the cause of the problem, your health care provider will ask medical history questions, such as:When did your knee first begin to hurt?Have you had knee pain before? What was the cause?How long has this episode of knee pain lasted?Do you feel the pain all the time, or off and on?Are both knees affected?Is the pain in your entire knee or one location, like the kneecap, outer or inner edge, or below the knee?Is the pain severe?Can you stand or walk?Have you had an injury or accident involving the knee?Have you overused the leg? Describe your usual activities and exercise routine.What home treatments have you tried? Have they helped?Do you have other symptoms, such as pain in your hip, pain down your leg or calf, knee swelling, swelling in your calf or leg, or fever?The following tests may be done:advertisementJoint fluid culture (fluid taken from the knee and examined under a microscope)MRI of the knee if a ligament or meniscus tear is suspectedX-ray of the kneeYour doctor may inject a steroid into the knee to reduce pain and inflammation.You may need to learn stretching and strengthening exercises and podiatrist (to be fitted for orthotics).In some cases, you may need surgery.PreventionReferencesFrontera WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:section 7.Honkamp NJ, Shen W, Okeke N, Ferretti M, Fu FH. Knee: Anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the adult. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 23, section D.Huddleston JI, Goodman SB. Hip and knee pain. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Harris ED Jr, et al, eds. Kelleys Textbook of Rheumatology. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 42.Review Date:11/9/2012Reviewed By:A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang. Previouly reviewed by Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery (6/4/2011).
Antoine Griezmannbarcelonachampions leagueChampions League 2019 First Published: October 3, 2019, 1:00 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Barcelona: Lionel Messi insisted on Wednesday there are no problems between him and Antoine Griezmann or between the players and Barcelona’s board.Messi returned from injury to make his second start of the season against Inter Milan in the Champions League as Barca came from behind to win 2-1. Speaking after the match, Messi was asked about his relationship with Griezmann, who had said on Tuesday it was “difficult” to establish a connection with the Argentine while he had been injured.”Obviously we have no problem,” Messi said. “There is a good relationship with everyone, the dressing room is united. We needed this victory and hopefully now we can kick on and continue in this way.”Luis Suarez scored a sensational double at Camp Nou and it was Messi that supplied the Uruguayan’s 85th-minute winner, with a pass at the end of a weaving run down the right.Barcelona now sit level on four points with Borussia Dortmund in Group F.There have also been suggestions of a rift between Barcelona’s players and the board, with Gerard Pique implying last weekend that articles critical of the team had come from higher up the club, however Messi denied the relationship had soured”We are fine. The important thing is to talk about the triumph of today and against Getafe,” he said.”We have Sevilla now to finish well before the international break. We will try to win it because it creates a mess when there is no football so we want to finish well and go out on a high before the break.”
Olympique de Marseille have opened an internal investigation into a scuffle between defender Patrice Evra and a club supporter before a Europa League game at Guimaraes in Portugal, the Ligue 1 club said on Friday.”Olympique de Marseille has noted the altercation between an individual and Patrice Evra during the warm-up at the game against Guimaraes (on Thursday),” a club statement read.”An internal investigation has been opened to establish responsibilities.”Video footage showed a Marseille player aiming a kick at a group of fans during a scuffle behind one of the goals but the club did not mention the kick.France fullback Evra has been regularly targeted by Marseille fans since joining from Juventus during the close season and his poor performances have led coach Rudi Garcia to drop him from the starting line-up.”Pat has experience and he must not react. It’s obvious,” Garcia said.”Patrice is more than experienced and we can’t respond, obviously, to insults as low as they might be and as incredible as they might be because they come from one of our supporters.”
BIDDEFORD, Maine — When it comes to auctions, America’s favorite pastime apparently trumps Hollywood.The Maine auction house that’s putting items that once belonged to New York TV personality Joe Franklin up for bid says the greatest interest is in a baseball glove that belonged to Babe Ruth.Troy Thibodeau from Saco River Auction says bidder inquiries in the baseball glove far outpace interest other items.The auction of celebrity memorabilia items takes place this April 2 in Biddeford. In addition to Ruth’s glove, other items include Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse ears and John Wayne’s Stetson cowboy hat.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Sioux tribes suing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline want a federal judge to head off the imminent flow of oil.Judge James Boasberg last week rejected the request of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux to stop construction of the final segment of the pipeline that would move oil from North Dakota to Illinois.Developer Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline could begin operating this week.Cheyenne River attorney Nicole Ducheneaux has appealed Boasberg’s ruling and asked Boasberg to prevent oil from flowing until the appeal is resolved.Boasberg has given ETP and co-defendant Army Corps of Engineers until Tuesday to file responses.The Corps is a defendant because it manages the Missouri River.ETP is finishing construction under a river reservoir in North Dakota from which the tribes draw water.
Twitter/@CBSSportsCBB Earlier, we posted a photo of little-used sophomore guard Anton Gill getting mobbed by his Louisville teammate. Gill hadn’t scored since February 28 and had played just 23 total minutes in March before last night’s game, when he came in for 11 minutes and scored seven clutch points, hitting all three of his shots from the field. Gill’s surprise performance helped Louisville outlast N.C. State in the Sweet 16 match-up, and afterwards, he told Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel that he received so many texts that he had to turn his phone off.Anton Gill after his big night. “I had to turn my phone off.” Said he had 30-35 texts.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 28, 2015Louisville can use another big left from Gill tomorrow, when the Cardinals face Tom Izzo’s upstart Michigan State Spartans for a chance to make the Final Four.
OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada says another Canadian diplomat in Cuba has fallen ill, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 13.That includes diplomats posted to the Canadian embassy in Havana, as well as their dependants, who have come down with a mysterious illness that causes dizziness, headaches and trouble concentrating.Global Affairs says the government continues to investigate the cause of the unknown illness, adding in a statement that the health and safety of diplomatic staff and their families is a top priority.The department says the person who fell ill most recently “is receiving the necessary medical attention.”It says it’s allowing Canadian diplomatic personnel to return to Canada if they wish.The government is also planning to hold a teleconference on Thursday to provide more detail about the investigation.The Canadian Press
The Business of Tech is a weekly, ‘byte’-sized look into some of the top business stories in the world of technology, hosted by 660’s Jonathan Muma.S2E2: This week, Jonathan speaks with University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business instructor Cameron Welsh about the run on high-powered GPUs as people look to get into cryptocurrency mining and the effect that’s having on gamers who need the high-end cards to render graphics. He also speaks with Trend Micro’s Cybersecurity VP Greg Young about a new artificial intelligence system for companies which raises alarm bells if an emailer is suspected of impersonating an executive or CEO.Audio Playerhttps://www.660news.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2018/04/23/business-of-tech-s2e2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
New Delhi: The Facebook livestreaming of New Zealand mosque shooting has brought to the fore a critical issue for the law enforcement agencies to deal with, as tech giants struggle to find a solution to pro-actively stop such incidents. Strapped with a GoPro camera to his head, the gunman broadcast graphic footage of shooting people via Facebook Live for nearly 17 minutes that was later shared in millions on other social media platforms. The point here is not that the social media platforms removed the shooting footage from their platforms, the real problem is: Why couldn’t they automatically catch the upload and re-uploads of such footage? According to The Verge, exact re-uploads of the video will be banned by YouTube, but videos that contain clips of the footage have to be sent to human moderators for a review. “Part of that is to ensure that news videos that use a portion of the video for their segments aren’t removed in the process,” says the report. The YouTube tool searches re-uploaded versions of the original video for similar metadata and imagery. If it’s an unedited re-upload, it’s removed. If it’s edited, the tool flags it to a team of human moderators, who determine if the video violates the company’s policies, says The Verge. The real problem is that the YouTube’s system is not built to deal with breaking news events. YouTube’s tool takes “a couple of minutes, or sometimes even hours, to register the content” and catching live streams is nearly impossible for the algorithms to detect and act upon. This is not the first time livestreaming of a shooting incident has taken place on social media. In January 2018, the family of a slain Cleveland man sued Facebook, alleging the social media platform could have done more to prevent his murder. The killing of Robert Godwin, Sr., 74, was recorded and made viewable on Facebook in April 2017. Steve Stephens, the man who killed Godwin, announced his intent to kill someone on Facebook before killing him. Stephens later logged onto Facebook Live and described the attack. In July 2016, a Facebook livestreaming showed three men listening to music inside a car in Norfolk, Virginia, being suddenly shot by a gunman. The video posted on Facebook by TJ Williams was viewed 1,634,815 times and is still available on YouTube. In the same month, Antonio Perkins, 28, was shot in the head and neck in Chicago. The live video of Perkins showed him and a group of people talking before gunshots are heard. The video was posted on Facebook with a warning message about its graphic nature, according to media reports. In July 2016, A Minnesota police officer shot and killed Philando Castile of African origin during traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, took out her cellphone and started livestreaming on Facebook after the shooting. The video gathered over 2.7 million views before the stream disappeared from Facebook.
CAIRO– The Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group last week.An Egyptian government’s panel has barred a total of 572 Muslim Brotherhood leaders from accessing their personal funds and property.The panel also froze the assets of 87 Brotherhood schools, Judge Abdel-Azim al-Ashri, head of the Justice Ministry’s media committee, said in a statement on Tuesday. Last week, the panel barred 132 Brotherhood leaders from accessing their funds and property under a court ruling banning the Islamist group.The interim authorities earlier froze the assets of 1,130 NGOs and 137 schools on the same grounds.In September, Egypt’s Court for Urgent Matters ordered the dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood Society, the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood and all affiliated bodies, and the confiscation of all the group’s offices and funds.The Egyptian government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group last week.Egyptian authorities have launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood following the army’s July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.Thousands of the Brotherhood’s leaders and members have since been arrested on incitement-to-violence charges.
Last night, the Equality and Human Rights Commission said it will write to the BBC over the claims of unlawful pay discrimination made by Gracie, and will request all relevant information before deciding whether further action is required.Dozens of women have lodged individual grievance procedures against the corporation over pay, while 121 women are part of a group complaint lodged through the National Union of Journalists. A number are being advised by Mishcon de Reya, the London law firm. Other presenters ignored the rules, or else were not reminded of them by managers. Simon McCoy conducted an interview on the BBC News channel despite tweeting that his “brilliant friend” Gracie had his full support.As most BBC women had tweeted in solidarity with Gracie, reporting on the story was effectively left to men. Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said she would be writing to the director-general, Lord Hall of Birkenhead. “It is tantamount to shut up little women!” she tweeted.One anonymous BBC presenter told Press Gazette: “It’s like life under Stalin.”Lord Hall was notable by his absence from the news bulletins yesterday, along with every other senior BBC executive.The BBC is facing further high profile resignations by women journalists over unequal pay. Garvey told BBC Radio 5 Live: “I fear that there might be more situations like the one we’re in.” 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. MP Jess Phillips said she would be writing to the BBC director-general Credit:Rii Schroer Evan Davis of Newsnight was a lone voice offering support for the BBC, arguing that equal pay should not be a given. “No junior actor working alongside Tom Cruise should expect to get the same pay as him. I would not have expected to get the same as John Humphrys when I joined the Today programme.” The BBC has been accused of censorship after presenters who expressed their support for equal pay were barred from covering the story of Carrie Gracie, the China editor who has resigned her post.Gracie left her job in protest at being paid significantly less than Jon Sopel, the BBC’s North America editor, and Jeremy Bowen, the Middle East editor. Bosses told her their jobs were “worth more”, she said.Scores of BBC women and a number of men at the corporation tweeted their solidarity with Gracie after she wrote an open letter to licence fee payers.But the BBC swiftly issued a “reminder” to staff, authorised by the news director, Fran Unsworth, saying they were bound by impartiality rules and could not report on the story if they had “expressed a view”.It led to farcical scenes at Broadcasting House. Gracie had timed her statement to coincide with her stint as a presenter on Radio 4’s Today programme, but had to sit by her microphone in silence while John Humphrys spoke about her case.An hour later, Gracie was allowed to discuss her situation on Woman’s Hour – but the show’s presenter, Jane Garvey, had to hand over to a non-BBC presenter drafted in to conduct the interview, because Garvey is a campaigner for equal pay. The BBC refused to discuss Gracie’s case yesterday. But she told Channel 4 News: “The BBC say that the reason for the pay gap between me and my male counterparts is because of genuine material factors that make their jobs worth more than mine.”She claimed the BBC had not explained what the benchmarks were. “I suspect the reason why they don’t come up with any answers on that is because there is no good answer that would actually stand up at tribunal.”Gracie is paid £135,000 per year, and turned down a £45,000 pay rise offered during her grievance procedure.“I didn’t want more money, I wanted equality and this was not equality. There is still a big gap between myself and my male peers,” she said.The BBC’s other female international editor, Europe editor Katya Adler, is paid less than £150,000. Bowen is in the £150,000-199,999 bracket, and Sopel earns £200,000-249,999. Carrie Gracie asking for women to stand up and be counted on #equalpaydayCredit:Carrie Grace/Twitter
Updated 8.50pmGARDAÍ IN DUBLIN investigating a fatal stabbing in Shankill this morning have arrested a man.The suspect, a male in his early 30s, was detained in the Dublin area and is being questioned at a local garda station.One man died in the incident which occurred at about 5.30am at Rathsallagh Park. Another was seriously injured. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.Both victims are in their late 20s.It is understood an altercation took place at a house party in the estate and it spilled out onto the road outside. The two men were discovered on the roadside when emergency services arrived.
28.12.18 Varadkar says he’s reluctant to use the term ‘vulture fund’ to describe firms that have bought up Irish mortgages Short URL High Court Master says case could be taken against Ireland over special tax treatment given to vulture funds Edmund Honohan has said there are many similarities to be drawn with the Apple case being taken. https://jrnl.ie/4553565 Mar 23rd 2019, 8:31 AM In December 2018, The Irish Times, based on data from Revenue, reported that special purpose vehicles only paid €128 million of tax in Ireland in 2017, equivalent to less than 0.02% of the value of their assets. In the same month, Permanent TSB Bank confirmed that the ‘special purpose vehicle’ that more than 6,000 of its mortgages have been transferred to will be exempt from tax. Chief executive of PTSB, Jeremy Masding, appeared before the Oireachtas Finance Committee, along with other executives from his bank and from Pepper in Ireland (a company that acts as the middle man between the mortgage-holder and vulture fund). Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeDoherty attempted to confirm with the executives that they set-up the vehicle, also known as a Section 110 company, which would operate tax-free. It took nine consecutive questions for bank executives to admit the €1.3 billion mortgage ‘vehicle’ won’t pay tax. Varadkar vowed to close any loophole identified as being used in the case. According to Honohan, who was an adviser to the former Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy when the securitisation tax break (Section 110) was introduced in the 1990s, it was never intended to be employed where the collateral consisted of Irish homes, farms or firms.In his presentation, Honohan offered two possible solutions to tackle this anomaly, a “pincer movement” as he called it, whereby the Revenue Commissioners present the special vehicle companies with a tax assessment based on their entire profits.He said this puts those companies on the defensive, where they would have to justify paying no tax. If that fails, he said a case on the breach of State aid could be brought by the European Commission, simply asking how would the market look today if Section 110 did not apply to those companies availing of the loopholes. Following his visit to the European Parliament this week, Honohon said he will now visit the European Commission.Ming Flanagan said the issue of a case being taken against Ireland in relation to the State aid, Section 110 tax rules and vulture funds has already been raised with Max Lienemeyer, Head of Sector in the Task Force Tax Planning Practices in the European Commission, as well as the Directorate-General for Competition. 31.01.19 Bill which aims to force banks to ask for permission before selling mortgages to vulture funds passes in the Dáil Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohon has highlighted the abuse in Ireland of Section 110 Special Purpose Vehicle legislation which benefits vulture funds. By Christina Finn Share1631 Tweet Email4 MASTER OF THE High Court, Edmund Honohan, has said a case on State aid rule breaches could be brought by the European Commission in relation to the special tax treatment given to the vulture funds in Ireland. Honohan, by invitation of Luke Ming Flanagan MEP, made a presentation to politicians in the European Parliament this week, outlining that there are similarities to be drawn from the Apple case.The EU Commission ruled in 2016 that Ireland gave multinational tech giant Apple illegal state aid worth up to €13 billion over a decade.The European Commission said Apple paid an effective corporate tax rate of just 0.005% on its European profits in 2014 — equivalent to just €50 for every million.The Department of Finance is appealing the decision because it denies that there was any sweetheart deal in place.Referring to the Apple decision, Honohon said the European Commission’s investigation “will throw up an awful lot of interesting material that is not available to any parliamentarian in Dublin”.Honohon said there are many similarities between the Apple case and the possible case that could be taken on the special tax treatment given to the vulture funds in Ireland. “I’m sure it is well worth investigating, it is certainly a prima facie case,” said Honohon. History of calling out banks and vulture fundsIn recent years, Honohan has become known for his strong views on the treatment by financial institutions of debtors in distress. He has been particularly vocal in relation to possession cases and often engages in heated exchanges with barristers representing lenders. As far back as 2011, he called for debt forgiveness and criticised banks for the aggressive pursuit of homeowners. Last year, he warned that thousands of people coming through the courts may lose their homes if stronger legal supports are not put in place to help them when they face off against banks and vulture funds. He also said the government is not putting appropriate policy in place to prepare for the “wave of repossessions [of homes] that’s about to break”.Honohan also wrote the Affordable Housing and Fair Mortgage Bill, which was introduced in the Dáil last year by Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. In a letter sent to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the end of December, the High Court Master said neither he nor the Taoiseach had come up with “any plan of action” to tackle the housing crisis at its root.In January, the President of the High Court issued a direction to remove debt cases from Honohon. The direction signed by Mr Justice Peter Kelly stated that motions for judgement in summary summons proceedings, the majority of which are debt cases, will no longer be set down for hearing before Honohan. Instead, they now go directly to a judge of the High Court. The direction did not state the reason for this decision. Section 110 loopholesThe focus of Honohon’s presentation was on the possible abuse in Ireland of Section 110 Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) legislation, whereby companies are setting up and registering as charities. Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 8:30 AM 38 Comments 23,596 Views Such loopholes have been highlighted before. In 2016, the government vowed to shut down a controversial loophole that allowed vulture funds to cut their tax rates. A clause in an act from 1997 allowed large businesses and vulture funds to set up a qualifying section 110 company that was generally structured in such a way so that it was effectively tax-neutral.Many large funds, which have acquired distressed Irish assets worth hundreds of millions of euro, registered as charities to pay very small amounts of tax, as low as €250 in several cases.Then in July 2016, it was confirmed that the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commissioners would investigate vulture funds who are using section 110 in Irish tax law to pay small amounts of tax here. In September 2016, the then Finance Minister Michael Noonan put forward an amendment to section 110 of the Finance Act 1997, which took an immediate effect, which prevented vulture funds from being able to use Section 100 vehicles to avoid profits on sales of Irish assets.However, since then, some politicians such as Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty has said loopholes and ways around the legislation have been found. Related Reads Master of the High Court, Edmund Honohon has highlighted the abuse in Ireland of Section 110 Special Purpose Vehicle legislation which benefits vulture funds. Image: Luke Ming Flanagan/Facebook Image: Luke Ming Flanagan/Facebook Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
When does a march become a strut? The short answer: Feb. 9. That’s when several organizations will gather at Vancouver First United Methodist Church to begin a seven-day, 104-mile march for marriage equality. Destination: the state Capitol.In the past week, this march started turning into a bit of a strut. On Monday it was revealed that enough votes in the Legislature had committed to legalizing gay marriage in Washington state. So we can understand why these marchers will have a spring in their step when they set off on their trek at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. Teams of walkers will share shifts, but there’s nothing to stop someone from walking all 104 miles.The march has a few secular sponsors, but the organizational efforts have been led by people of faith. Sponsors include the Faith Action Network, the Religious Coalition for Equality, the Community of Welcoming Congregations and Equal Rights Washington. The idea of a marriage-equality march originated at First Congregational United Church of Christ (the church with the swooping roof just east of Highway 99 on Northeast 68th Street). The pastor there, Brooks Berndt, reports that both secular and religious groups are signed up. Despite last week’s positive news, there’s still a lot of message-spreading to do and legislative hurdles to clear.The crucial assenting votes are ready (including four brave Republicans), but gay-marriage foes will put up a fierce fight. If the legislation passes as expected, opponents will try to reverse the action through the referendum process. They’ll have 90 days after the governor signs the bill to collect 120,577 signatures to get the measure on the ballot. It could take until December for Washington to become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.Progress comes slowlyMany of us wish this could happen more quickly, but civilizing society often takes time. There’s this big load to lift. When legions of status quo worshippers are being dragged into the 21st century, a lot of legislative tow trucks and philosophical winches are required.