Kathleen Martens APTN NewsSome families have hired a lawyer to help them navigate the bureaucracy within the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Suzan Fraser is a Toronto lawyer who represents 18 families across Canada seeking standing.“We sent our application to counsel for the inquiry today,” Fraser said Monday. “We’ve asked for a response as soon as they’re able.”The application comes on the eve of hearings in Saskatoon where the inquiry said three of four commissioners expect to hear from 40 witnesses over three days of community hearings.It also comes amid inner turmoil after the recent firings of three employees – one of which was the community liaison in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.“I’m worried about my people,” said Morene Gabriel, the former manager of health for the region.“There are over 100 families already registered for Saskatchewan.”APTN News estimates there have been 22 resignations or firings since the inquiry was announced in August 2016.That puts enormous pressure on remaining staffers to handle the growing load.The inquiry said on its website it can accommodate up to another 40 witnesses in Saskatoon.But Fraser said her clients want greater certainty after some of them were unable to testify.“These families are in communication with each other,” Fraser said in a telephone interview from Toronto. “They deserve to come together to make the process better.”Fraser said it only makes sense for families to have standing at an Inquiry looking into what contributed to the disappearances and deaths of their loved ones.Especially during the next phase, where front-line, police and justice officials will be testifying.She said her coalition of families initially called for “a hard reset” of the inquiry.When that didn’t happen it developed this Plan B.“It was surprising to me that no families have standing,” said Fraser, who has represented families at other proceedings relating to the deaths of vulnerable people. “Loved ones have direct and substantial interest.”The inquiry does make funding available through its terms of reference to pay legal fees, Fraser added. However, the deadline to seek standing expired in May.“We’ve appealed to the chief commissioner that these people have direct and substantial interest in standing,” she said.Meanwhile, another coalition that already has standing stepped forward Monday to oppose the inquiry’s bid for an extension – at least until it submits a detailed work plan and schedule of expert and institutional hearings.“…We have serious concerns about the direction of the Inquiry, its capacity to undertake the necessary systemic review, and the conditions of participation for civil society groups like ours, that are crucial to informed outcomes,” said Pam Palmater, the chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University in Toronto, in a release.Palmater is part of the coalition, which is called Feminist Alliance for International Action.It wants commissioners to analyze the violence against Indigenous women and girls and the treatment of families against the human rights framework of governments and police agencies.
CARACAS, Venezuela – ConocoPhillips said Wednesday that it won a $2 billion arbitration award against Venezuela’s state oil company, compounding the financial woes of the socialist-run nation as it struggles to feed its population.The award represents the equivalent of more than 20 per cent of the cash-strapped government’s foreign currency reserves.The Houston-based company said in a statement that the ruling against PDVSA by an International Chamber of Commerce panel was final and binding.“ConocoPhillips will pursue enforcement and seek financial recovery of its award to the full extent of the law,” the company said in a statement.But collecting the judgment won’t be easy, as President Nicolas Maduro is holding on to the few dollars trickling into the country from plummeting oil production and amid sanctions by the Trump administration barring U.S investors from lending money to the government.There was no immediate comment from Venezuela’s government.The ruling arose from the expropriation of ConocoPhillips’ investments in two heavy crude oil projects in 2007 at a time then President Hugo Chavez increased the state’s take of record oil rents, forcing foreign oil companies to accept less generous terms. Many instead left the country and sued to hold up their original contracts.ConocoPhillips is pursuing separate legal action against Venezuela’s government under the auspices of the World Bank’s investment dispute mechanism. The World Bank tribunal has already ruled that Venezuela broke international law when it nationalized Conoco’s stakes in the two fields. Proceedings are underway to determine the amount of compensation.Venezuela still faces 22 arbitration cases at the World Bank, more than any other country in the world, with potential losses stretching into the billions.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has gotten approval from the Peace River Regional District Board to sign an agreement to provide fire protection services to the consortium responsible for building a major component of the Site C dam.According to a letter to the PR Board from Protective Services Director Jim Rogers, the City was approached earlier this year by the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC partnership – which won the contract to build the generating station and spillways at Site C – to provide the consortium with fire protection and rescue services for a five-year term while the component of the dam is being built.He said that staff began preliminary discussions in March, and in late May began negotiations with AFDE about the range of services that would be provided, along with the pricing. The Fort St. John Fire Department is the only fire department north of Prince George that is listed as a rescue provider under the BC Construction Safety Alliance Technical High Angle Rope Rescue Program that can provide the Tower Crane & high angle rescue services that were being requested by AFDE.Rogers explained that the proposed agreement is similar to those that the City signed with ATCO and Tembec, under which the Fort St. John Fire Department currently provides fire protection services to the worker accommodation camp at Site C, and formerly provided services to Chetwynd Mechanical Pulp.In a closed meeting on June 25th, Fort St. John City Council approved a motion to have a letter sent to the PRRD Board asking the Board’s permission to enter into an agreement with AFDE, similar to what was previously done when the City entered into agreements with ATCO and Tembec.However, at the PRRD’s Board meeting on June 28th, Chair and Electoral Area ‘C’ Director Brad Sperling voiced opposition to the request, citing concerns about the agreement’s impact on the Mutual Aid Agreement between the City and the Regional District.During the discussion, Sperling stated that his opposition was based on a lack of notice from the City about the agreement, and that there was nothing in the letter from Fort St. John’s Acting City Manager David Joy that addressed the Mutual Aid Agreement.Despite a request from Director Byron Stewart, the PRRD Board declined to hear Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows – who was present at the meeting – come forward to explain the request. The Board then voted against granting permission to the City. At last Thursday’s meeting, the Board then discussed Rogers’ letter that further detailed the proposal, which would see the PRRD compensated for the Charlie Lake Fire Department attending to assist with a fire if the Fort St. John Fire Department were called out to a fire at the dam construction site.Footage from both Board meetings can be found at the two links below.http://prrd.bc.ca/board/agendas/2018/2018-20-247804065/AGENDA.htmlhttps://prrd.wistia.com/medias/6tjj92nieg
Rabat – Moroccan authorities arrested, Wednesday, a French national suspected in a fraud case against more than 100 victims.The suspect, 39, who runs a call center in Casablanca and is currently in an irregular situation in Morocco, had issued a fraudulent ad on an electronic site, the General Directorate of national security (DGSN) said in a statement.This ad proposed a fictitious job offer and specialized training provided that candidates pay 500 dirhams to the company as a cost of the social security fund, the statement added. Some 100 victims were heard by the police, claiming that they have paid the required sum and filled out a form that was distributed to them by the company, without getting job positions.In connection with this case, police arrested one of the employees of the call center, a Moroccan national, for his alleged involvement in these crimes.
Rabat – Algeria has deployed nearly 6,000 kilometers of barbed wire on its border with Morocco, according to Moroccan newspaper Al Massae. The barbed wire is nearly four times the length of the border. The fence also includes surveillance cameras.While Morocco has called for more dialogue and enhanced security cooperation between the two countries, Algeria has not directly responded but has tightening security at the closed border to “combat migration and terrorism.”Both Moroccan and Algerian news outlets, as well as the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), reported about Algeria’s increased border protection. Citing anonymous Algerian sources, Al Massae reported that Algeria built hundreds of control towers along the new barbed wire fence with new generation radar operating day and night.Read aslo: Tunisia Offers to Mediate Between Morocco, AlgeriaAlgeria closed the border with Morocco in 1994. Algeria made the decision after Rabat imposed visa regulations on Algerian citizens following a terrorist attack on the Atlas Asni Hotel in Marrakech.Tension between Morocco and Algeria dates back decades. In October 1963, they fought the Sand War over the border near Figuig in eastern Morocco. The war ended a year later when the US, the African Union, and the Arab League mediated the conflict.Since then, the border has only been opened between 1988 and 1994. After the decades-long conflict, Morocco extended its hand to break the stalemate by proposing a mechanism of dialogue and consultation at the initiative of King Mohammed VI.The King called on Algeria to propose any initiative that could normalize their diplomatic ties.The president of Algerian opposition party Rally of Culture and Democracy (RCD), Mohcine Belabbas, believes that “a consensus exists among Algerian political actors to reopen the Algerian-Moroccan borders.”For his part, the chairman of the MPS Algerian Islamist, Abderrazak Makri, called on both counties to reopen the border. He said the decision to close the borders must be “reviewed.”
Rabat – French authorities have released the president of the African Football Confederation (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, after his summoning on Tuesday for corruption allegations.French police summoned Ahmad Ahmad on Tuesday to question him for alleged misappropriation of funds and corruption involving his dealings with French company, Tactical Steel, which some speculate Ahmad has personal ties to.Ahmad allegedly broke his contract with German sports company, Puma before signing to Tactical Steel. Ahmad left the police office without charges and he is eligible to leave France, contrary to what has been going viral on the media.Read Also: Tunisia’s PM Politicizes CAF Decision, TV Channel Provokes MoroccansSports journalist, Juliet Bawuah tweeted an update on his arrest on Tuesday, saying that the sportsman was released without “any charge.”Authorities also handed back Ahmad’s passport to him, making him eligible to travel.The CAF president, however, is expected to attend the opening match at the Women’s World Cup before leaving France.The news on the arrest of Ahmad shocked his fans yesterday, especially when FIFA confirmed the news in a statement.The statement conveyed that FIFA was “unaware of the details surrounding” Ahmad’s investigation, refusing to express its position regarding the matter.FIFA also asked the French authorities for “any information that might be relevant to investigations taking place within its ethics committee.” The governing body added that while everyone has the right to plead innocent, “anyone found to have committed illicit or illegal acts has no place in football.”Update on #Ahmad:He has been released without any charge.His passport has been handed to him, meaning he is free to travel.The CAF President is expected to watch tomorrow’s opening match at the Women’s World Cup.He will subsequently leave for Egypt ahead of the #AFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/v6CAg2fecr— Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah) June 6, 2019The CAF president has been under pressure for several months, especially when former Egyptian secretary general of the African Confederation, Amr Fahmy submitted a file against Ahmad, accusing him of corruption.Ahmad, however, denied all claims against him, emphasizing that the allegations are part of the attempts from former CAF officials to harm his reputation.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta contributes more to Canada than any other province by Jonathan Muma Posted Jul 13, 2017 7:25 am MDT (Stock photo) Canada’s economic success over the past decade has largely been thanks to Alberta’s success.A new study from the Fraser Institute shows the province contributed $221.4-billion more revenue to the federal government than it received in transfer payments and services between 2007 and 2015.Report co-author Ben Eisen said it works out to a net outflow of about $20-billion in tax revenue per year.“That means if Alberta’s contribution were more in line with the average province, the deficit would be about $20-billion bigger, it would be about twice as large as it is,” he said.“That’s dramatically larger than Ontario’s, despite the fact that Ontario is about three times as populous as Alberta, so it really is difficult to overstate just how big a contribution Alberta makes to the fiscal health of the country.”That hasn’t changed much since 2015.Alberta is also a province of just four million people so, that is a huge per person contribution, about $5,000 per Albertan per year.“Even today, even with oil prices much lower, even with Alberta having recently started to emerge from a very long recession, Alberta is still by far the largest net contributor to federal finances,” Eisen said.But it remains a cautionary tale for provinces who want to slow or stop energy development.“The economic growth in Alberta that comes in large measure from the resource sector and development there benefits people all across the country,” explained Eisen.Eisen added environmental considerations are important but these projects shouldn’t be opposed for opposition sake.
12. *Shocked face* When you open your envelope, look at it, look up and then accidentally make eye contact with one of your teachers.#AlevelResultsDay pic.twitter.com/Ki14qxfL1T— Lewis McAllister (@LewisMcA9) August 17, 2017 Good luck today! Hush now older people with your results – this isn’t about you 😜 #alevelresultsday #alevelresultsday2017 pic.twitter.com/cSYCcGBkEm— Rupert Myers (@RupertMyers) August 17, 2017 mum: what were your results?me: the important thing is i’m healthy and alive#alevelresultsday— parris (@parrisambxr) August 17, 2017 #alevelresultsday I’ve had no sleep pic.twitter.com/XjhK0DZc93— Mimi (@MissMimilovebug) August 17, 2017 Roses are red, violets are blue. Which Unis will accept me with 2 Es and a U. #alevelresultsday— Millie S (@Millie_I_Sch) August 16, 2017 #alevelresultsday when you are laughig at all the A Level memes but you know u are ducked. pic.twitter.com/LaLuh0Hpxa— Olimas (@offended2016) August 16, 2017 #NationalTellAJokeDay and #alevelresultsday on the same day?? Just wait until I open my results, then I’ll tell you a joke— dais (@daisydixon7) August 17, 2017 Can I get a pass in lit for knowing that this is 100% pathetic fallacy #alevelresultsday— Emily 🐝 (@som3kidcalledEm) August 17, 2017 it feels like christmas day except santa’s brought me an existential crisis #alevelresultsday— beth (@bethanyterris) August 17, 2017 Some student celebrating A-levels the only way he should live on @GMB #GMB #alevelresultsday #swig pic.twitter.com/F3OzeXmwvp— David Filipe (@david_filipe) August 17, 2017 13. One started the celebrations early 14. Others were in a more contemplative mood The funniest tweets about A-level results day1. Bad results? Just blame someone else 9. It was a sleepless night for many A-level results day is here and teenagers up and down the country have been sharing their feelings of nervous excitement and dread on social media.Despite the sweaty palms, stress and apprehension, many students have been able to share jokes about opening their A-level envelopes. Me all night waiting to hear of my failure in the morning #alevelresultsday pic.twitter.com/lv84MWk05q— anna (@annagc_x) August 16, 2017 4. It’s best to try and stay calm me refreshing the track page even though it clearly says it’s going to open at 8am #alevelresultsday pic.twitter.com/R11G2UpLnX— 🍇 (@theawkwardgrape) August 17, 2017 When u open ur results and see 3 E’s then have to pretend like ure shocked #alevelresultsday https://t.co/mQ4pJ8FXyH— Super Saiyan Sauce (@Hassanda1st) August 17, 2017 7. And remembering what they learnt 8. It’s also National Tell a Joke Day Me waiting for track to open #alevelresultsday pic.twitter.com/mwhPyIiWeS— Henry (@HGauder) August 17, 2017 You can’t fail if you don’t open the envelope #alevelresultsday #alevelresults pic.twitter.com/ikoHAUIR6p— Megan Caitlin Lewis (@Meganlewisc) August 16, 2017 5. But have your excuses ready (just in case) 11. They will understand I remember, back in October, thinking that ABB was a reasonable offer and they were realistic grades. Oh you naive idiot. #alevelresultsday— Melissa (@Melissa_OS) August 17, 2017 3. Kind of like Christmas … a bit Me rn! #alevelresultsday pic.twitter.com/y9sEAVASqQ— KennIE Olateju (@kingkennie_) August 17, 2017 19. But don’t worry, there’s always memes to cheer you up Student celebrates A-levels swigging from hip flask live on Good Morning Britain 16. Not opening the envelope is always an option 15. The waiting is the worst part 2. It’s a stressful day 17. But university is not for everyone 10. That moment when you have to face your parents #alevelresultsday*ppl getting results at 9am looking at ppl getting results at 6am* pic.twitter.com/cL2zaWl8jq— K (@doorKnob99n99) August 17, 2017 18. Just remember the good times 6. Some students were up early My parents when they see my results. #alevelresultsday pic.twitter.com/Ra3BXxIy1f— Brandon (@FootBoIa) August 16, 2017 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.
← Previous Story Julen Aguinagalde will be ready for the Main Round Next Story → Croatia wins Balkan derby aarhuseuro 2014russiaserbiavadim bogdanov Serbian lads certainly didn’t do themselves any favor this evening, as Russia win27:25. It will be a sleepless night for coach Matić and his team, thinking where it all went downhill, as they dropped a 4-goal lead within 18 minutes of the first half. The defending vice-champions will wake up tomorrow, knowing they will have to regain control over their chances at the competition in a match against France, two days from now.It was a confident start for Serbian team, as Vujin and Nikčević provided the early lead 5:9 in the 12th minute. Suspension from Prodanović, followed by Nikčević hitting the post, signaled the warning. Turnovers came from Vujin and Nenadić, as Kovalev scored from the penalty, followed by a brace from Skopintsev bringing the score to 9-8. Shelmenko brought the game back to level terms, as Atman completed the 5-0 run. Team-captain Ilić, leveled the score once again with a first goal for Serbia in 6 minutes.It was Russia that set the pace as Shishkarev made it 12:10 with less then 10 minutes to play in first half. Serbia took the chance to catch up with a string of good saves from Stanić, as Nenadić hits the bottom-left for 12:12. After a spell in which Russia regained a one-goal lead, it was Ilić who tied the score to 14:14 just before the half time whistle, with a last-second goal.The second half began with Serbian teampersistent in it’s antics. ‘The Eagles’looked complacent, as Russia determinately set the lead from early on. Evdokimov sets the lead to 4, assisted by Gorbok, making it 18:14, 37 minutes into match. Serbia fought back with Stojković earning a penalty for Vujin, to make it 21:20. Another penalty from Vujin after the time-out for Serbia, insured a one-goal deficit going into the last two minutes of the match with 25-24. A rather petulant Nenadić, earns himself a last-minute suspension, as Kovalev seals the deal for Russia in the last minute of the game. The late effort from Nikčević did nothing but to cushion the blow, with 27-25 the final score.Goals from Vujin and Nenadić, with 6 and 5 respectively, didn’t help Serbia to avoid defeat, as Russia secure their first points upon Evdokimov’s 5. With nothing yet decided in the Group C, Russia will face Poland, while Serbia will play against France on Friday, to decide who will take the points into the Main Round.STATISTICSPHOTO: Credit – Photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN warned not to leave boxes from their Christmas presents outside for waste disposal as they could alert potential thieves to what can be found in the house.Police in London say that leaving boxes from computer consoles, high-end electronics, smartphones or other Christmas presents outside homes can serve as an advert for what’s inside at a time of year when burglaries are particularly high.“Burglary is a distressing crime that can have lasting emotional effects on the victims, who no longer feel safe in their homes,” said police Superintendent Chris Hafford of the London Metropolitan Police.Police have advised people to lock all doors and windows, even if only going out for a few minutes, lock sheds and garages, leave valuables out of sight, and leave some lights on if it will be dark before you get home.London police have brought in a new approach to tackling burglary by using a computer algorithm to produce crime maps which show hotspots for burglaries, allowing for resources to be targeted at particular areas.Police have also asked second hand traders to sign up to a voluntary agreement to not knowingly sell stolen property and allow police to examine their stock.Read: Charities appeal for people to donate unwanted Christmas presents > Read: 6 signs you may have overspent at Christmas >
THE HEAD OF Fáilte Ireland Shaun Quinn believes that Ireland’s coastal regions could be worth as much as €2 billion per year if more efforts were made to boost the tourism industry.He added that it could sustain as many as 80,000 jobs.His comments were made today at the Our Ocean Wealth conference in Dublin, where Minister Pat Rabbitte also announced measures relating to taxation on oil and gas exploration.Quinn said that while the current revenue generated by tourism in marine areas is “significant”, it could be ramped up a considerable amount.However, “ambitious projects of scale” are needed.“That is why we developed the concept of the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest themed touring route in the world, which evolved from our search for something of scale and singularity,” he told the conference.He said that foreign markets would be best to target for this expansion, “rather than simply moving leisure euros from Rathfarnham to Rathmullan or from Wicklow to Westport”.The government has pumped millions into the Wild Atlantic Way with the aim of making it a major European tourist attraction.Read: Ireland will receive more taxes from oil and gas exploration under new terms >More: A further €1.4 million in funding released for the Wild Atlantic Way >
Star Wars fans, consider this to be a love letter to you from your peers. Some of the most passionate, creative, and unapologetically goofy Star Wars aficionados have recreated the entirety of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This is a frame-by-frame, crowd sourced fan tribute of the original. Some of it is animated, much it is live action, and all of it is jaw-droppingly fascinating. What it lacks in budget, high-end special effects, and professional acting, it makes up for in heart, originality, and quirkiness.Star Wars Uncut was started three years ago, when project creator Casey Pugh divided Star Wars into 472 15-second segments. He asked fellow fans to reenact and submit their versions of the segments to help him to remake the entire film. The internet responded, and today we have the fruits of this labor of (thousands of fans’) love.Even if you don’t want to sit down to watch the entire two hour and four minutes extravaganza, you owe it to yourself to at least watch a few clips. But be warned: you may watch for longer than you planned. This is an amazing, hilarious, and peculiar two (plus) hours of Star Wars fandom.You can watch the entire movie below, but, first, we posted screen grabs of some of our favorite segments:Charlie’s EmpireCome to think of it, Charlie’s Angels was running in 1977, when the original Star Wars was released. Though, in fairness, we don’t remember Farrah Fawcett using a blow-drier as a weapon.Subaru Escape PodWe lost track of how many spaceships were replaced with fans’ cars.Obi Wan’s third eyeWho knew that the Hindu deity Shiva would make such a great Obi Wan Kenobi?Amateur movie starsThis random guy looked like he was very serious about his big chance to be Sir Alec Guinness.… as did this Karl Urban look-alike who dressed as Indiana Jones to play Han Solo.Wrong franchiseApparently the Death Star hijacked a few Federation ships along the way.The obligatory petsThis Peruvian Hairless makes a mean Death Star gunner.The movieEnough beating around the bush. Below you can watch Star Wars Uncut in its entirety. You may want to pop some popcorn, as it isn’t easy to stop watching:Naturally, the next question is: when will the fan recreations of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi be made? It might be time to start preparing your camera, homemade props, and Bearded Leia.via Laughing Squid
Image: Met Police Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 9:29 AM Apr 30th 2019, 9:29 AM 30,485 Views Man with ‘Irish accent’ wanted in connection with abduction and rape of two women in London The incidents happened in north London on Thursday 25 April. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4611925 POLICE IN LONDON are seeking a man with a “slight Irish accent” in connection with the abduction and rape of two women in their 20s last week.Met Police issued an appeal to identify a man responsible following the incidents, which happened on Thursday 25 April.The first woman was abducted from a street in Chingford in north London at around 12:30am, while the second woman was taken from a street in Edgware, also in north London, around 12 hours later.The women were later driven to a hotel in Watford and an attempt was made to book a room at around 1pm. When a room was unavailable, the suspect left the premises.At around 2:30pm, a struggle between the women and the suspect took place in Watford and the women managed to escape.The two women, who police describe as “traumatised”, are receiving support from specialist officers, who are treating the attacks as random but linked.A CCTV image of the suspect was captured by cameras the Watford hotel, and led to an appeal from police to identify the man responsible. Based on information received, Met Police believe the man is 33-year-old Joseph McCann, who is also known to use false names, most recently Joel.McCann is described as being of muscular build and 5ft 10 inches tall.He has blue eyes, a bald head or shaved blond hair with a light-coloured short beard, a slight Irish accent, and a distinctive tattoo of the name “bobbie” on his stomach.Officers believe McCann may attempt to disguise his appearance.“We would ask anyone with any information about McCann’s whereabouts to contact us immediately,” Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said.“McCann is considered extremely dangerous and a risk to the public and we ask people not to approach him, but instead call 999.”Officers are also attempting to trace a silver or grey-coloured Ford S-Max people carrier, which had fake registration plates, in connection with the offences.Investigators say any information about McCann or this vehicle should be passed to the investigating team.A 33-year-old man arrested on Sunday 28 April on suspicion of conspiracy to rape has been released under investigation.“My team continues to work around the clock and we are making progress in furthering the investigation,” Goodwin added.Comments have been closed for legal reasons. No Comments Image: Met Police Share13 Tweet Email By Stephen McDermott Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Approximately £4.7 billion has been withdrawn under the pension freedoms since they were introduced in April 2015, according to research by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).The data indicates that £2.85 billion was invested in income drawdown products during the period, with an average fund of almost £65,000.The figures also show that:£2.17 billion was invested in 40,600 annuities, with an average fund of almost £53,300.£2.5 billion was paid out in 166,700 cash lump sum payments, with an average payment of £15,000.£2.2 billion was paid out in 606,000 income drawdown payments. The average payment size was £3,600.60% of pension savers changed provider when purchasing an income drawdown policy and 40% bought an annuity.In the third quarter of 2015, 22,380 annuities were sold at a total worth of £1.17 billion, compared to 18,200 annuities worth £990 million in the second quarter. This represents the first quarter-on-quarter increase in annuity sales since the second and third quarter of 2012.Dr Yvonne Braun (pictured), director for long-term savings policy at the ABI, said: “The peaceful pension revolution continues. While providers continue to meet high levels of demand, it’s clear that people are taking a sensible approach and considering how they will pay for their retirement.“Despite some ringing the death knell for annuities, this seems to have been premature. An increasing number of people are recognising the value of a guaranteed income, with annuity sales rising this quarter.“There are also initial signs that the number of people accessing their pension pot as cash is beginning to settle down, with larger pots continuing to be used to buy retirement income products.“However, the figures also show that ensuring people save enough for retirement remains our key challenge. With life expectancy increasing and final salary pension provision declining, we must now turn our attention to helping customers grow bigger pots.”HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) Flexible payments from pensions: October 2015 statistical bulletin found that approximately 251,000 flexible payments from pensions were made in April-September 2015, with a total value of £2.72 billion. However, these figures only include data reported to HMRC; mandatory industry reporting does not come into effect until April 2016.Tom McPhail, head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “We have seen a series of reports on how the pension freedoms are working, with the ABI, HMRC and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) all publishing data and not all of it has been consistent.“We think the FCA’s probably looks the most relevant and reliable but we shouldn’t be having to guess at this stuff.”
Remo+ In this day and age, a front-door security camera probably makes sense. However, unless you’re willing to wire it to your home network — a pretty big installation hassle — Wi-Fi connectivity can be problematic.Here’s a product I didn’t know existed until today, and that solves the Wi-Fi issues in a clever way. For a limited time, and while supplies last, eBay has the Remo+ DoorCam over-the-door security camera for $99 shipped. Original price: $199.See it at eBayThis is clever. The camera part sits on the outside of the door, while the batteries and other electronics are on the inside. That means you should have no problem getting a solid Wi-Fi signal.I have limited experience with security cameras (and no experience with this product), but I will say this: I tried a Blink XT outdoor camera just outside my front door and placed its sync module just inside the door. The connectivity was terrible, to the point where the XT’s batteries typically died in about a month and I constantly received no-signal errors from the app.CNET hasn’t reviewed the Remo+, but this preview from late 2017 provides a lot of details. Meanwhile, around 37 buyers on eBay collectively rated it 4.6 stars.The key thing to know is that, as with most products like these, cloud storage for video recordings isn’t free: It’ll cost you $3 per month or $30 annually. Also, the inside module is pretty large (in part because it has to accommodate three D batteries, which should last you about a year), so it looks like a brick on the back of your door.If you’ve tried one of these yourself, by all means hit the comments and share what you do or don’t like. I like the concept on paper, and $99 seems like a reasonable price.Your thoughts?Bonus deal: If you’d been hoping to snag an iPhone SE before Apple clears them out for good, here’s good news: For a limited time, the iPhone SE is back on stock, starting at $249.See it at AppleThat’s for the unlocked 32GB. You can also get it with 128GB for just $299. Although these are all to be found in Apple’s online clearance store, they’re new, not refurbished.Might there be a new entry-level iPhone coming later this year? It’s definitely on Scott Stein’s wish list. If that happens, SE prices could dip a little further still — though I kind of doubt it. I think if you want a small but capable iPhone, this might be the time to jump.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! • $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Apple iPhone XS Sprint See It reading • For $99, this battery-powered security camera fits over your front door See it $999 $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Security Cameras Phones CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 28 Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Apple Best Buy Apple See It Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See All The Cheapskate Share your voice Tags
4.3 6/12 For ninth-generation, many of these are minor bumps over their predecessors, albeit not all in the same way. For instance, the mobile i7-9750H has a slightly faster boost clock of 4.5GHz to the i7-8750H’s 4.3GHz, plus an extra 3MB of cache, while the i5-9400H just gets a tiny bump of 0.1MHz in the boost clock.However, the supporting chipset for the ninth-gen mobile processors brings support for Wi-Fi 6 AX200, Intel Optane H10 (which can integrate the storage cache with the SSD), and 128GB RAM.Keep in mind that these are the higher-end processors designed for larger laptops, not the Y and U series processors which power slim or light laptops like ultraportables. Those usually show up near the end of August, in time for you to put sleek, tiny notebooks on your holiday shopping list.Nevertheless, these new processors will be everywhere by the end of May, if not earlier. Intel and Nvidia simultaneously announced their newest mobile parts, guaranteeing a deluge of gaming system updates. Asus, Razer and Lenovo were only a fraction of the gaming notebook makers who told us of their plans in advance.Despite the small advance ninth-generation conveys as well as its certain ubiquity, you’ll probably be able to pick up an older eighth-gen laptop on sale from any major manufacturer in the coming months. However they won’t have the latest generation of Nvidia graphics — no one’s going to put a new GPU with an old CPU, though that’s a marketing, not technology, issue — and that’s something you might miss.As with the mobile processors, what’s most interesting about the desktop CPUs is the arrival of the eight-core/16-thread i9-9900 variants in lower-power, locked versions — in other words, designed for compact desktops and all-in-ones (i9-9900T) or content-creation desktops which don’t require the thermal flexibility to support an overclocked i9-9900K (the i9-9900), and can therefore be smaller but not sacrifice that 5GHz maximum boost. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 5.0 i9-9980HK Asus updates every gaming laptop it can think of Base clock Tags i5-9400H Cache The convertible Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX and its clamshell alter ego, the ROG G703, are among the first to pack the Core i9-9980HK processor. Mark Licea/CNET Intel launched its ninth-generation (aka Coffee Lake refresh) desktop CPUs in October 2018 with its most powerful offerings, and true to form now hits us with its mobile analogs, the H series Core i9, i7 and i5 processors, as well as the stragglers — all 18 of them — of the desktop versions. The eighth-generation Coffee Lake rollout was more notable, bringing with it six- and eight-core processors after years of plodding along with two or four cores. The new top-of-the-line mobile processor, the Core i9-9980HK, is probably the most welcome. Maybe we’ll soon see the monster portables like the Alienware Area-51m, which use the power-guzzling-for-a-laptop i9-9900K desktop processor, switch over so that they don’t need two power connections. Although the Asus ROG Mothership GZ700GX and its clamshell sibling the ROG G703 both use the i9-9980K and still need to double up on the power, so maybe not. Laptops Components Gaming Desktops 4/8 Asus unleashes a barrage of ROG gaming laptops for spring 2.4 1:51 4.6 12MB i7-9850H 12MB 4.8 4.5 4/8 New ninth-gen mobile processors 8MB 2.5 2.3 8/16 16MB 6/12 8MB 4.1 Boost clock Asus Intel Lenovo Nvidia Razer i9-9980H 2.6 16MB 8/16 i7-9750H 53 Photos Cores/threads 2.6 2.4 Post a comment 0 i5-9300H
Now playing: Watch this: Spider-Man: Far From Home — Everything to know Now we just need the costumes from the Amazing Spider-Man movies, along with the homemade and black suits from the Raimi trilogy, and then the PS4 game’s cinematic wardrobe will be complete.That wasn’t the only surprise Sony had for PS4 gamers on Tuesday. It also added Detroit: Become Human to July’s selection of games for PS Plus subscribers.First published July 1 at 8:13 a.m. PT.Update, 9:10 a.m.: Adds more detail. 1:20 Share your voice Comments 28 Photos The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Tags Marvel Spiderman Sony 2 Video Games TV and Movies Spider-Man’s new costumes, like the Upgraded Suit, from Far From Home were added to the PS4 game. Sony Spider-Man: Far From Home arrived in US and UK theaters Tuesday, but also surprised us by leaping into the PS4 game Marvel’s Spider-Man, in the form of two free costumes from the movie. The game, which is the sixth best-selling PS4 title, came out in September, so it’s cool that developer Insomniac Games is still adding stuff.You can swap costumes once you get to the point where Spidey starts wearing the Advanced Suit, the one with the white spider. Tuesday’s update then lets you swing around virtual Manhattan in the Upgraded Suit or the Stealth Suit.So you can see the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, read our postcredits scene explainer, consider how it all impacts MCU’s upcoming Phase 4 and check out the costumes in the game. The game, by the way, takes place in a separate continuity to the MCU.You also get the Stealth Suit as part of the free download. Sony “While we’re busy working away here at Insomniac Games, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to once again team up with Sony Interactive Entertainment, Marvel, and Sony Pictures Entertainment to celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home,” James Stevenson, Insomniac community director, said Tuesday in a blog post.These aren’t the first movie costumes we’ve seen in the game: The Homemade and Stark suits (seen in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming) and the Iron Spider armor (from Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame) were in the game at launch. The suit Peter Parker wore in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was added since then, as was the one from the Sam Raimi trilogy.
Visakhapatnam: The 2012 batch IAS officer S Nagalakshmi assumed charge as the new Chairman and Managing Director of APEPDCL at its corporate office in Seethammadhara on Thursday, replacing the incumbent CMD K Rajabapaiah. After taking over the charge, the new CMD expressed her gratitude to Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy for giving her an opportunity to serve the APEPDCL as CMD. Nagalakshmi assured that reliable and uninterrupted power supply with quality will be provided to consumers in urban and rural areas. Also Read – Government committed to transparent business environment: M Goutham Reddy Advertise With Us Addressing media, she said that giving uninterrupted nine hours free power supply to agriculture farmers through 80 per cent of feeders, tops her priority list. She said such power supply will also be given in the remaining feeders in Godavari districts by March 2020 after completion of related works. The new CMD said the underground cable network would be completed without any further delay. She said that people can dial tollfree number 1912 to register complaints pertaining to power. The outgoing CMD K Rajabapaiah, employees of APEPDCL greeted the new CMD. Nagalakshmi had earlier served as Sub Collector in Vijayawada, Municipal Commissioner in Guntur and Joint Collector in Prakasam.
X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Fort Bend County gained about 92,000 people from domestic migration from 2012 to 2017.That places the county on the southwest side of Houston fourth among all U.S. counties when it comes to incoming migration, according to an analysis by RentCafé.And it’s not the only Texas county in the Top 10. It’s joined by Denton, Collin, Bexar and Williamson counties.What do they all have in common? Affordability.In Fort Bend, the median income is more than $93,000 and the median price of a home is $293,000.Compare that to Los Angeles County, which is losing the most residents via domestic migration. There, the median income is $66,000 and the median home price $630,000 – a ratio of almost one to 10.The county with the largest incoming domestic net migration is Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, Arizona. In that case, the climate is likely to also play a role, according to a researcher cited in the study. 00:00 /00:47 Ed Schipul/FlickrSugar Land Town Square Share
Giving up a promising career at a global Big 4 consultancy was perhaps the hardest decision made by Shruti Chandra, but her dream of building India into the world’s top investment destination was a cause she was ready to risk everything for.A sticky situation arose when one of the world’s largest retail chains was served notice to suspend operations at duty free areas of Delhi and Mumbai airports, the reason being this that its security clearance had not been renewed. The chain was suffering losses of Rs 1 crore per week but more than that shutting down two outlets of a world famous brand at a time when foreign investment was raising, essential revenue would have been detrimental to Indian business. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEven a tight deadline couldn’t deter Chandra. After managing to get hold of an appointment with the Secretary, Civil Aviation, Chandra convinced him to reconsider the earlier order of shutting down the retail chain’s outlets. A committee hearing has been scheduled to sort out the issue shortly. A multinational clothing company, on another occasion, was grappling with staff crunch on the day of opening its first store in Mumbai as the law in Mumbai forbade women workers to stay beyond a certain time and the MNC had decided to extend its operational hours on that particular occasion. Chandra, after meeting with the Principal Secretary, Industry, Government of Maharashtra, convinced him to grant the MNC an extension. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhen asked how it felt like to be rubbing shoulders with top echelons of the business world well as high ranking officials of the central and state governments, Chandra said, “It’s all about relationship building. Initially, I was apprehensive about how such senior bureaucrats and politicians would react to being approached by a youngster like me. But, I realised soon – and they did, too – that we’re part of the same team and that we have a common goal of facilitating investments in India. No doubt that the Prime Minister’s unambiguous message on attracting FDI helped,” she said. She had joined Invest India last December. Her current job is to deal with the retail sector and the textiles industry. She also has “state responsibility” for Delhi and “country responsibility” for the UK. Chandra, who is a fan of Harry Potter, also likes to swim, enjoys Italian and Thai cuisines and loves listening to music in her spare time. While she admits that her three-year stint at Invest India is the equivalent to 10 years worth of experience at any other job, for now, she has eyes only for the next foreign investor who needs help to invest in India.