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Feb
8

AP source: Lawmakers threatened ahead of impeachment trial

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears.,That’s according to a U.S. official briefed on the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday.,Part of the concern is ominous chatter about killing legislators or attacking them outside of the U.S. Capitol.,The threats and concern armed protesters could return to the Capitol have prompted federal law enforcement officials to insist that thousands of National Guard troops remain in Washington in the coming weeks.,Trump’s Senate trial on a charge of inciting a violent insurrection is set to begin the week of Feb. 8.last_img read more

Feb
8

S. Carolina Senate OKs initial vote to ban most abortions

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has given initial approval to a bill preventing abortions on fetuses when a heartbeat can be detected. Just one Republican joined Democrats in a 29-17 vote Wednesday. The proposal likely faces a final vote in the Senate on Thursday before being sent to the House. Democrats promised a tough fight both through filibuster and any legislative machinations, but their chances appear dim. Fetal heartbeats are usually around the sixth week of pregnancy and before most women know they’re pregnant. The bill does now have exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape and incest and when the mother’s life is in danger. The House has passed similar bills previously and Gov. Henry McMaster says he’ll sign it immediately.last_img read more

Dec
30

Sturgeon City: A Band of Nice Pickers

first_imgAs my blog entry from last week pointed out, last Wednesday was my birthday. Throughout the day, and over the next couple days, I was, of course, asked that ubiquitous birthday question, “So, you feel any different?”My answer was always, “Nope.  Feeling great!” I have two small kids and a teenager. I don’t have time to feel old. I have to have a little pep in my step to keep up with everything I have going on in my family’s life and don’t have time to slow down. So, generally, I feel pretty good and don’t spend much time thinking about being over 40.But then I heard about a band called Sturgeon City. And I felt old. Or, at least, older.I was turned on to this band – a bluegrassy quintet from Richmond – when I became reacquainted with John Michael Nobile, an old friend from my days living in Poquoson, Virginia. I was starting college at Old Dominion University and J.M. was about the same age as my younger brother. He might have been in middle school. Over the next couple years, I coached J.M.’s soccer team and was often the all time quarterback in some hardcore touch football games on Evans Grove Road.Other than a chance encounter at the Blue Ridge Mountain Sports store in Charlottesville a few years back, J.M. and I haven’t been much in contact since I left Poquoson in 1994. But I was stoked to hear from him again, as I knew that he and his younger brother, Brett, were both into music, and I was especially excited to hear that J.M. was in a band. A band, as it turns out, that is damned good.And then I realized it was over 20 years ago that we met. He was a young kid. I was a slightly older kid.For a moment, I felt old.Sturgeon City recently shared the stage with another one of my favorite Virginia bands, James Justin & Co., in Richmond. Bailey Horsley, banjo player for JJ&Co., reached out to me after the show, telling me that the guys were awful nice and awesome pickers, too. That bodes well for Sturgeon City; it’s tough to root against a band of nice pickers.Sturgeon City will be part of another sweet bluegrass bill this weekend when they join Larry Keel & Natural Bridge at The Southern Café & Music Hall in Charlottesville. Keel has long been one of my favorite guitar players. A flatpicking master, Keel has worked, since his days in Magraw Gap, to push the boundaries of bluegrass and acoustic music. Keel’s willingness to bend and warp what the masses see as bluegrass is something I appreciate; Keel has taken the genre, turned it on its head, shaken it just a bit, and then turned it right side up.And I really like what Keel does when he is done shaking things up.You can catch Larry Keel & Natural Bridge and Sturgeon City this Saturday, December 7th, at the Southern Café & Music Hall. I’d like to give you the chance to score a couple tickets for free by answering the trivia question down below. You know how it goes – email the answer to dave@blueridgeoutdoors.com. A winner will be chosen from all correct responses received by noon tomorrow, December 5th.Question – Larry won the prestigious guitar competition at what Colorado bluegrass festival?last_img read more

Dec
30

Martin County, Florida: Disconnect to Reconnect

first_img The word fresh takes on new meaning with most Martin County restaurants utilizing locally-sourced produce and freshly caught fish, served alongside ingredients from several local and organic farms, to please one and all. As the sun sets, relax at one of Martin County’s host of lodging options, from the newly-opened Hutchinson Shores Resort and Spa to brand name hotels to one-of-a-kind bed and breakfasts. Rest easy at familiar chains like Courtyard by Marriott, Best Western and Hampton Inn — even the Hutchinson Island Marriott which offers a resort-style setting. Or, choose from one-of-a-kind boutique properties such as the Old Colorado Inn, the Historic Seminole Inn and Pirate’s Cove Resort and Marina. Smaller bed and breakfast properties and independently rented villages and cottages set the scene for romance, while RV and camping facilities – even timeshares – spell family fun. Disconnect to reconnect in Martin County, where seemingly endless Atlantic beaches span nearly 22 miles along the coast and include individual access strips that allow for more private spots to enjoy the surf and sand or larger, guard-protected areas like Stuart Beach, Hobe Sound Beach and Sea Turtle / Jensen Beach. There are also numerous beaches along the Indian River Lagoon to explore such as the beach at Indian RiverSide Park.  The easy-to-get-to-area has over 77 parks and 100,000 acres of parks and conservation land ready for exploration, unlimited outdoor adventure, golf and a region overflowing with culture to welcome visitors. Located just off A1A and accessible by a plethora of scenic avenues, Martin County is 45 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport, an hour from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, 90 minutes from Miami International Airport and two hours from Orlando International Airport. center_img In Martin County, you’ll find every kind of family activity to tickle your fancy, from rodeos to high-end shopping, art galleries and one-of-a-kind museums to eco-friendly sea turtle adventures and world-class fishing. Building restrictions have limited structures to four stories, preserving breathtaking views throughout the county. The natural beauty and attractions here offer up a treasure trove of activities—minus the crowds of our popular next-door neighbors.  Surf, boat, sail, kite-surf, dive and snorkel on Hutchinson Island. Cast a line in Port Salerno, a fishing village where award-winning seafood tempts the pickiest of palates. Stuart is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World and is also the first and only Florida town to be named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living Magazine. Every Sunday you can enjoy the thriving Stuart Green Market and enjoy a free outdoor concert. Visit Jensen Beach, formerly the Pineapple Capital of the World, where the pineapple influence is still evident and every Thursday features the free Jammin’ Jensen outdoor gathering.  Explore the rich, agricultural legacy of Indiantown, an area that welcomes the inner cowboy in everyone with cattle ranches, rodeos and thriving farms. Connect with nature at Jonathan Dickinson State Park on Hobe Sound. Step back in time on Jupiter Island with a visit to the famous Blowing Rocks Preserve. last_img read more

Oct
20

Hammerson trumps Grantchester MBO

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Oct
19

West Java offers mine access road project to mining companies, investors

first_imgAround 44 hectares of land will be needed for the construction, according to the West Java Bina Marga road and spatial planning agency. The project was designed to go through as little residential area as possible to ease the process for land acquisition.Asep added that the administration could also propose that the project be included on the national strategic projects list.The provincial administration initiated the mining road project late last year, following protests from locals on social media about the number of trucks using the public road in Parung Panjang. The hashtag #SaveParungPanjang trended at the time.Bogor regent Ade Yasin said at least 3,000 mining trucks used the road in the regency to get to a highway in Banten, damaging 9.1 km of the 25 km road in Parung Panjang.In response, the Bogor regency administration limited the operations of mining trucks in the area. Mining trucks were only allowed to pass through the road in the regency from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. The Tangerang regency administration followed suit by only allowing mining trucks to pass between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.According to data from the West Java Energy and Mineral Resources Agency, there are 55 mining sites within the vicinity of the road development plant. The agency added that 51 sites had permits to mine andesite, while the rest had permits for mining clay, galena sand and tidal sand.Andesite mining is the most productive form of mining in the area, with 27.7 million tons of the commodity mined last year, followed by galena with 59,000 tons. (eyc)Topics : He added that the project, worth Rp 524.9 billion (US$38 million), would connect several mining sites in Bogor regency with a toll road in Karawaci, Banten. The road would prevent mining vehicles from using public roads.“The road will be connected to a toll gate in Balaraja, around 2 km from [our borders with Banten],” said Asep Supriatna, the secretary of West Java Bina Marga road and spatial planning agency.Read also: New Bogor leaders urged to solve Parung Panjang road problemsThe 24.8 km road will start in Rumpin, Bogor regency, and head toward Parung Panjang in the same regency, before eventually entering Banten. The West Java administration is offering a project to construct 24.8 kilometers of road connecting several mining sites across the province to mining companies and investors, as the administration has finished designing the project.West Java economic and development assistant Eddy Iskandar Muda Nasution said the administration would prioritize offering the project to mining companies first.“If they are not interested, we will find investors [to fund and complete the project],” Eddy said on Thursday.last_img read more

Oct
19

Helicopter service, glamping sites proposed to boost tourist experience on Mount Rinjani

first_img“The company has proposed the plan to the relevant stakeholders, including those in the hiking service business,” Dedy said as reported by Antara on Wednesday. PT RGI, meanwhile, has proposed a plan to build luxurious sites for the activity known as “glamping” — a portmanteau of glamorous and camping — around the area of Segara Anak, the mountain’s crescent-shaped crater lake. Read also: Walhi opposes plan to construct cable car around Mount Rinjani for MotoGP racePT RGI applied to obtain an environmental permit for its plan in 2017, but only received a technical consideration from North Lombok Cultural and Tourism Agency, as well as the TNGR in 2017.  Airbus Helicopters Indonesia and PT Rinjani Glamping Indonesia (RGI) are eyeing opportunities to boost the tourism experience for visitors to Mount Rinjani, one of Indonesia’s most popular hiking destinations, on Lombok Island. Mount Rinjani National Park Agency (TNGR) head Dedy Asriady said that Airbus Helicopters Indonesia planned to run an air transportation service for tourists by taking them on helicopters to enjoy the view of the mountain. The plan is, however, still in its initial stage of proposal and the company has yet to obtain any permit regarding the matter from the government, he said.  Dedy said that PT RGI still had to meet various requirements, including drafting a feasibility study and natural tourism development plan (RPPA), the latter is required to go through a public review mechanism. Investors are also required to obtain a commitment permit from the Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) Directorate General at the Environment and Forestry Ministry.“The two investors still have to go through long processes before they obtain their permits,” Dedy said.Airbus Helicopters Indonesia corporate sales manager Sussy Kusumawardani confirmed the plan, saying that the company wanted to provide a helicopter service for tourists to enjoy the beauty of Mt Rinjani without having to go hiking. “We are interested in providing air transportation facilities because tourism is a priority for the Indonesian government and [improving] access is one of the keys [to tourism success],” Sussy said.Meanwhile, PT RGI Director Diyson Toba said it planned to build glamping facilities on Mt Rinjani as it targeted new and upper- and middle-income tourists who wanted to savor the view of the mountain in luxury. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

Oct
6

Village sales put Oonoonba on top

first_imgThe Village OonoonbaOONOONBA has topped the list of suburbs to watch in Townsville with the median house price rising 23.4 per cent in three months.The latest Core Logic figures show that 19 properties were sold in the city fringe suburb in the year up to April 2017, while in 12 months the median price rose 40.5 per cent.Ray White Townsville selling agent Julie Munro has just sold two properties in Oonoonba, has two under offer and another two for sale.She said the suburb’s price growth was due to the trendy The Village development and the availability of large blocks in the older part of Oonoonba close to the city.“There are two distinct areas of Oonoonba: One is the ocean side of the railway line and then the other is The Village,” she said.“Both areas are divine and the ocean side of the railway used to be the old meatworks district where a whole bunch of families attached to the meatworks lived, and you can still get 1000sq m blocks of land there.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I think the sales at The Village are what has caused the overall price increases.”Ms Munro said Oonoonba was proving popular with buyers.“You’ve got the Queenslander style homes, cottages and mix of people renovating properties as well,” she said. “Open homes there are always well attended.”Ms Munro said The Village had provided a boost to the suburb and the growth was expected to continue once the North Queensland Stadium was built.“The Village started a couple of years ago so there have now been some established properties coming on to the market for sale,” she said.“This is a government development so land prices have been guaranteed to remain similar and the development is about halfway through.“If you advertise a property in there for rent it’s gone in a week and sometimes you get multiple applications on the first day.“The presence of such a large piece of infrastructure (North Queensland Stadium) being within a long walk or public transport will be really good for the area.”last_img read more

Oct
1

In Brief

first_imgn Canadian Pacific transferred 1839route-km in the US Midwest to I&M Rail Link in April for US$250m. Formed by Montana Rail Link owner Dennis Washington, I&M includes a route from Kansas City to the Chicago area plus branch lines in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.n A consortium headed by privatisedBrazilian steel manufacturer CSN acquired a 40% stake in iron ore giant CVRD during the privatisation auction on May 6. CVRD operates the Carajlast_img

Sep
29

Study highlights imbalance between dividends and pension payments

first_imgA spokesperson for TPR told IPE: “We are being clearer about our expectations for deficit repair contributions. Trustees who are undertaking their triennial valuations should negotiate robustly with their employer to secure a fair deal for the pension scheme.“If affordability has increased for employers and they are in a better position to tackle the deficit in their pension scheme and shorten recovery plans, we will expect them to do so.“We are being tougher with companies that should be balancing their duties to pension savers with returns to shareholders. If a scheme could be better funded then we are checking whether the balance is right.”LCP blamed the disparity on an increase in dividend payments rather than a drop in plan contributions.All of the companies in the LCP study reported their pension obligations under International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS 19).Mortality changes and GMP FTSE 100 companies paid out seven times more in dividend payments to shareholders than they made in contributions to their defined benefit (DB) pension schemes last year, according to consultancy LCP.The report’s lead author and LCP partner Phil Cuddeford warned: “Companies should be proactive in implementing long-term strategies if they are to meet the incoming regulatory requirements in the updated DB funding code, due to be consulted on later this year.”The Accounting for Pensions 2019 report estimates that FTSE 100 companies handed shareholders £90bn (€102bn) in dividends but made pension contributions totalling £13bn in 2018.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has been increasing pressure on UK DB scheme sponsors to address the balance of dividend payments and deficit reduction contributions.  LCP reported that GMP had added £1.3bn to FTSE 100 scheme liabilitiesMeanwhile, LCP also found that FTSE 100 schemes had an overall accounting surplus on an IAS 19 basis through the whole of 2018 – the first time this has been the case in two decades.At the same time, the slowdown in the rate of improvement in UK mortality assumptions led to reduced IAS 19 liabilities.However, LCP also warned that mortality calculations among FTSE 100 sponsors contained an subjectivity element worth an estimated £50bn – equivalent to double either the discount rate or inflation assumptions.The consultancy said this potential variation was caused by the wide range of available inputs and the potential for exercising judgement when calculating liabilities.Meanwhile, LCP reported that the effect of accounting for the impact of guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) equalisation was less than initially feared.LCP’s researchers said the average estimated cost of correcting historic gender inequality across FTSE 100 sponsors was roughly 0.4% of liabilities, or £1.3bn in total.This figure was substantially lower than preliminary forecasts made in the run up to the decision in the Lloyds Bank case in October last year. Nonetheless, six FTSE 100 companies face a bill totalling £100m or more to comply with the judgement.The issue of GMP equalisation hit the headlines in October when the UK’s High Court ruled that the payments – which date back to 1990 – must be recalculated to ensure men and women receive equal treatment.Prior to the ruling, some estimates put the cost of GMP equalisation at roughly 1-4% of liabilities, while others were as high as £32bn in total across UK DB schemes.The LCP findings broadly confirmed those revealed earlier this month by KPMG, which found that 70% of sponsors surveyed faced a liability increase of less than 1%, with 13% reporting an increase of less than 20 basis points.In relation to other key IAS 19 assumptions, the study found a majority of companies reported: discount rates in a range of 2.7-2.9%;RPI inflation assumption of 3.2% against break-even inflation of 3.4%; anda CPI assumption arrived at by deducting a premium of 1-1.1% from the RPI assumption.LCP estimated that possible future reform of the RPI inflation measure could move individual pension liabilities by as much as 20 per cent in either direction.Finally, the consultants warned that increased enforcement activity by the UK Financial Reporting Council, plus potential changes to the International Accounting Standards Board’s asset-ceiling guidance, IFRIC 14, both represented risks for DB scheme sponsors to consider.last_img read more