Delays following traffic accident in Ballybofey

first_imgUPDATE: The road is now clear. Emergency services are at the scene of a two-car collision in the Twin Towns. One person has been hospitalised but Donegal Daily understands their injuries are not serious. The accident happened close to Kilross Junction and the road between the Junction and Stranorlar is now closed.Motorists travelling between Twin Towns and Letterkenny have been advised to use an alternative route or expect long delays.  Delays following traffic accident in Ballybofey was last modified: January 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentBallybofeykilrosslast_img read more

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Video: 4-Star Florida Commit Jake Allen Receives Invitation To Elite 11

first_imgJake Allen throwing the football.Vine/Sanjay KirpalaniFlorida fans will have a player to root for when the Elite 11 quarterback competition takes place at The Opening this summer. St. Thomas Aquias’ Jake Allen, a Florida verbal commit, was invited to compete after his performance at today’s regional camp in Miami.#Gators QB commit Jake Allen invited to the Elite 11. https://t.co/IftMV2Scr9— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) March 6, 2016Allen made some nice throws during the drills today.Jake Allen rocking the USPS hat and delivering the mail #GETOPEN #Gators https://t.co/PnQiwJTRq7— Sanjay Kirpalani (@SanjayKirpalani) March 6, 2016Jake Allen with a great throw just off Trevon Grimes fingertips. https://t.co/S6IDbMqmhR— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) March 6, 2016Here is Allen’s recruiting profile, via 247Sports. The Elite 11 takes place at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. from July 5-10.last_img read more

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The head of Ontarios Amazon bid says province wont offer billions in

first_imgTORONTO – The man heading up Ontario’s effort to lure Amazon to the province said Thursday that while the province would consider sensible incentives, the bid will not offer billions in subsidies to the tech giant.Providing large taxpayer subsidies to the firm wouldn’t be fair to other companies that have set up shop in Ontario with little or no government assistance, said Ed Clark, who was appointed last week by Premier Kathleen Wynne to head up the Greater Toronto Region’s bid to become the home of Amazon’s new corporate headquarters.The region’s bid to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will highlight other strengths such as the province’s skilled workforce, Clark said, adding that the province would be willing to make other contributions like helping the company secure land.“There are clearly places in the United States that will, I use the word, bribe, people to come,” he said. “(They) say you just tell us what cheque you want us to write, we will write that cheque. We’re not in that business.”If that’s what Amazon is looking for, Ontario will not win, said Clark, who retired as an executive with TD Bank in 2014.“But we have proven people are coming to Toronto right now, and to Ontario, because we’ve just got fantastic people.”The online retail giant announced earlier this month that it is hunting for a second North American office, saying it would spend $5 billion to build the new headquarters to house as many as 50,000 employees.The company said it wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.Clark said the two biggest roadblocks a Toronto region bid will face are the pressure to spend large amounts on tax incentives and potential blowback to the firm created by U.S. President Donald Trump’s push to keep American companies from moving operations to other countries.“It will be seen as a major political statement if Amazon says the next 50,000 jobs we create are going to be in Canada,” he said. “Whether they will stand that political heat, we don’t know.”“(Bezos) may well be prepared to take that heat and there are companies that say the most important thing is that they get the people and a tax break here or there isn’t going to sway it,” Clark said.Cities have until Oct. 19 to apply through a special website, and Amazon said it will make a final decision next year.Amazon’s current campus in Seattle takes up more than 750,000 square metres, has 33 buildings and 24 restaurants and is home to more than 40,000 employees. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of more than US$100,000 a year.Toronto Mayor John Tory downplayed concerns the city’s rising housing costs and congestion issues might hurt the bid. If the region is successful, by the time the facility is built, the city and region will have increased its housing supply and transit capacity, he said.“If you go down (Amazon’s) list and tick the boxes, I would say that this region is as well prepared and represented to bid and to be very competitive as any other in the world. But it doesn’t mean that it’s not going to be a tough competition.”last_img read more

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2019 Fort St John High on Ice Winter Festival Day 2 Schedule

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s day two of the annual High on Ice Winter Festival.  There are a number of events happening on Saturday in Fort St. John to celebrate including the Mayors Carving Challenge, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Dog Sled Races, Free Swimming, Soup Stock, Live Music and more.See the full event schedule below.Make sure to bundle up before heading out to the High on Ice Winter Festival.  The forecast calls for a high of minus 17 on Saturday, but the wind will make things feel more like minus 28.  Make sure to follow the City of Fort St. John Recreation Page on Facebook for details on any event changes due to weather.  For full event details visit the City’s website. SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation The weather should improve by Monday when the temperature should be minus 12.Below is the event schedule for the rest of the Family Day long weekend. High on Ice – Schedule – Saturday All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 8 am-3 pmBackcountry Ice Fishing Derby – register on siteCharlie Lake Rotary Boat Launch 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmFREE Bouncing Beans sessionKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 amStory WalkCentennial Park 12-2:30 pm& 3:30-6 pmPETRONAS Energy Free SkatePomeroy Sport Centre 1 -3 pmYAC: Snow Bowl-O-rama *Free for youth ages 12-18Fort Lanes Bowling Alley 2 pmHuskies Jr. B Hockey Game vs. Grand Prairie – Tickets RequiredNorth Peace Arena 4-7:30 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate – from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 4:30-7:30 pmBalloon Twisting with Wiggy’s CreationsCentennial Park Tent 4:30-7:30 pmCarnival Games & Free PopcornCentennial Park Tent 6 pmFire & Ice Closing CeremonyCentennial Park 7 pmLaugh your Ice Off – Tickets RequiredLido Theatre SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocationcenter_img All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCurling Bonspiel – must pre-registerFort St. John Curling Rink All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 9 am-4 pmMayors Carving ChallengeCentennial Park 10 am-4 pmCommunity Ice Carving Competition – must pre-registerCentennial Park 10 am-2 pmDog Sled RidesThe Horse Ranch – in Baldonnel 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-6 pmDodgeball Tournament – must pre-registerKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 am-3 pmLive MusicCentennial Park Tents 11 am-3 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmNEAT Presents: Soup Stock – remember your mug and spoon!Centennial Park Tents 12 -2 pmEngage Sport North: Mukluk Rush – Obstacle CourseCentennial Park 12 -4 pmCaltech Surveys presents: Face PaintingCentennial Park Tents 1 -3 pmBergen Financial presents: Mukluk Free SwimNorth Peace Leisure Pool 2 pmMukluk Rendezvous X Country Skiing LoppetBeatton Provincial Park 5 -7 pmEngage Sport North: Try Sledge Hockey & BroomballNorth Peace Arena 5 -9 pmPizza & Pint – with Beards Brewing (19+)Beard CompetitionCentennial Park Tents 5:30pmSunrise Rotary: Evening Under the Stars Gala – Tickets RequiredPomeroy Hotel «‹12›» All DayIce SlidesCentennial Park 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 1-3 pmProm Fashion ShowTotem Mall High on Ice – Schedule – Monday High on Ice – Schedule – Sundaylast_img read more

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Transfer Quarterbacks Are All The Rage But Do They Deliver At Their

Kyler MurrayTexas A&M109.19Oklahoma203.26+94.07 Brock BerlinFlorida161.09Miami (FL)128.65-32.45 Greyson LambertVirginia108.02Georgia139.50+31.48 Tom SavageRutgers123.45Pittsburgh138.24+14.80 Brandon McllwainSouth Carolina99.15California104.41+5.26 Beyond sheer volume, this year’s group of transfer quarterbacks is especially fascinating because it might also be the most talented bunch the sport has seen. Jalen Hurts’s father was not far off when he speculated after the 2017 season that Hurts could be the “biggest free agent in college football history.” The quarterbacks potentially debuting in new uniforms next weekend include a national champion in Hurts and three former five-star recruits (Fields, Washington’s Eason and Northwestern’s Johnson). This could have a major effect. Oklahoma does not need Hurts to do much more than his numbers would already indicate. Even an average 4.9-point bump in passer rating from his career 148.8 would put him among last season’s 20 most efficient quarterbacks in the major conferences.No matter what becomes of this year’s crop of transfers, schools will surely keep swapping quarterbacks in the future. Transfers can be good for the coaches, who find a one- or two-year solution to their quarterback vacancies. After two of his quarterbacks transferred, Arkansas coach Chad Morris replaced them this past offseason with graduate transfers Ben Hicks, originally at Southern Methodist, and Nick Starkel, from Texas A&M. “As I’ve shared all along, we are always in the quarterback market. It doesn’t matter — we are always in that market,” he said last winter. And it appears quarterback reps are going to remain scarce at Clemson, for example, with Heisman co-favorite Lawrence only a sophomore.Still, high expectations will follow a transfer anywhere. It would be hard to ask Hurts to replicate the Heisman-winning seasons of Mayfield or Murray. Expecting Fields, a sophomore with 39 career passing attempts, to equal what NFL first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins did last season is also a stretch.But that doesn’t mean those teams won’t try. “If Jalen does win the starting job from everything I’ve seen, I’m not sure there’s anything we’ve done before I wouldn’t do with him,” Oklahoma’s Riley said in a radio interview last month. Defenses should buckle up. The twists and turns are just getting started. Russell WilsonNC State135.47Wisconsin191.78+56.31 Ryan WillisKansas104.36Virginia Tech138.01+33.65 Jake LutonIdaho100.19Oregon St.129.33+29.14 Kevin CraftSan Diego St.109.18UCLA101.72-7.46 Everett GolsonNotre Dame138.21Florida St.149.16+10.94 A.J. SuggsTennessee113.27Georgia Tech113.35+0.08 Joe DaileyNebraska111.92North Carolina114.10+2.18 Robert MarveMiami (FL)107.19Purdue125.91+18.72 Clint TrickettFlorida St.151.55West Virginia132.40-19.15 Jake HeapsBrigham Young114.13Kansas97.00-17.13 Ryan FinleyBoise St.115.63NC State140.04+24.40 Ryan MallettMichigan105.69Arkansas158.11+52.42 Steven ThreetMichigan105.26Arizona St.133.41+28.15 Not every QB transfer is a program saviorQuarterbacks who threw at least 50 passes at another FBS school before transferring to a Power 5 program and how their passer rating changed, 2000-18 Brandon HarrisLSU133.86North Carolina72.34-61.52 Baker MayfieldTexas Tech127.66Oklahoma189.39+61.72 Jordan WebbKansas118.11Colorado103.72-14.39 Keller ChrystStanford128.89Tennessee130.78+1.90 Sam KellerArizona St.142.15Nebraska133.74-8.41 Will GrierFlorida145.61West Virginia169.18+23.57 Davis WebbTexas Tech138.37California135.63-2.74 Tyler MurphyFlorida121.05Boston College126.19+5.14 Scott McBrienWest Virginia110.42Maryland142.04+31.62 Jarrett StidhamBaylor198.95Auburn144.35-54.60 Pete ThomasColorado St.121.17NC State115.07-6.09 Patrick TowlesKentucky116.80Boston College113.16-3.64 Gardner MinshewEast Carolina127.10Wash. St.147.56+20.46 Peyton BenderWash. St.106.30Kansas113.66+7.36 Danny O’BrienMaryland123.54Wisconsin120.73-2.80 Matt LoVecchioNotre Dame125.27Indiana114.24-11.03 First schoolSecond school Jeremiah MasoliOregon130.56Mississippi121.11-9.45 Mitch MustainArkansas120.53USC110.47-10.06 Shea PattersonMississippi141.22Michigan149.85+8.63 Wilton SpeightMichigan132.20UCLA125.99-6.21 Kyle BolinLouisville141.56Rutgers98.21-43.34 PlayerNameRatingNameRatingChange You don’t have to look hard at college football these days to find somebody, somewhere, talking about transfers. More players are switching teams each year, and more are seeking waivers that grant immediate eligibility at their new school — and it seems like just about everybody in the sport has an opinion about it.“The issue with the transfer portal is we’ve gotten very liberal in giving people waivers, so, when we do that, it becomes free agency,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said last month. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, too, has cautioned against “free agency in college football.”But even calling it “free agency” is understating the flurry of moves. Of the top 25 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll, as many as eight could start a transfer at quarterback later this month. Five of those eight quarterbacks1This figure could be as high as six, depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle at Washington State University. Anthony Gordon, a junior-college transfer, appeared in two games for the Cougars last season. He is currently competing with Gage Gubrud, who recently transferred from neighboring Eastern Washington, for the starting job, though the current rumors coming out of Pullman appear to favor Gordon. were not active for their current team last season. For comparison, in the NFL — which, of course, has literal free agency — only about four of 32 starters weren’t on their current team last season.2This includes rookie Kyler Murray in Arizona and traded quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Nick Foles in Denver and Jacksonville, respectively. Depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle in Miami, either recent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick or trade acquisition Josh Rosen will start. A few other quarterback competitions remain unresolved as of publication.In the last decade, transferring in college football has increased in frequency. Some of this is due to changes in NCAA guidelines and the establishment of a transfer portal that facilitates contact between players and coaches. The NCAA’s evolving stance on immediate-eligibility waivers — which allowed Michigan’s Shea Patterson to play last season after transferring from Ole Miss, and Justin Fields to suit up for Ohio State this season — has expedited the transfer movement.The optimal approach is to find an elite talent and develop him, as Clemson has done with Trevor Lawrence and Alabama with Tua Tagovailoa. But those who miss out on that chance sometimes turn to the next-best option — and it often works. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, entering his fifth year with the program, has coached the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Both were transfers, Baker Mayfield from Texas Tech and Kyler Murray from Texas A&M. It’s no longer only bench players who move schools in search of more playing time; athletes of all levels and abilities are taking advantage of their newfound mobility to develop their careers.The impact of this wave of transfers is evident at both the college and professional level. Alabama and Georgia produced the current starting quarterbacks for four of the top five teams: the Crimson Tide’s Tagovailoa, the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Fields. Five of the 11 quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL draft were transfers.3The five were Kyler Murray (Texas A&M to Oklahoma), Will Grier (Florida to West Virginia), Ryan Finley (Boise State to North Carolina State), Jarrett Stidham (Baylor to Auburn) and Gardner Minshew (East Carolina to Washington State).The college football programs themselves have also incentivized player movement. Teams’ increasing reliance on younger quarterbacks chases away the rest of the depth chart: If a freshman has a firm hold on the starting job, there’s no playing time available for three years, barring an injury. Lawrence’s emergence at Clemson in 2018, for example, sparked two departures — Kelly Bryant to Missouri and Hunter Johnson to Northwestern — while Georgia’s Fromm pushed out two more, Fields to Ohio State and Jacob Eason to Washington.The search for playing time creates a ripple effect: Soon after Fields showed up at Ohio State, quarterback Tate Martell, previously expected to start in 2019, transferred to Miami. After Hurts arrived at Oklahoma, Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall left for West Virginia.It’s not just at the highest level of the sport. In addition to the eight top 25 teams, Mississippi State (Tommy Stevens, formerly of Penn State), Virginia Tech (Ryan Willis, previously at Kansas) and Missouri (Bryant) are among the power-conference schools who have settled on or considered starting transfer quarterbacks.But what gets lost in the drama of the quarterback carousel is that these transfers are rarely a magic solution. Yes, Mayfield and Murray were the two most successful transfer quarterbacks this century, based on passer ratings.4Three of the pair’s five combined seasons at Oklahoma — Mayfield’s 2016 and 2017 campaigns, and Murray’s 2018 season — rank among the four most efficient passing seasons in NCAA history, according to Sports-Reference.com. But schools turning to a transfer to transform their program often end up disappointed.Since 2000, 94 players have attempted at least 50 passes in a season for two different schools. Here we see the trend over time: five quarterbacks joined a new team between 2000 and 2004, while 13 transferred schools between 2005 and 2009. Twenty-eight quarterbacks transferred between 2010 and 2014, and 48 of those 94 have departed for greener pastures since 2015.Of that group, 58 transferred to a Power 5 school. (This includes both quarterbacks who transferred from non-Power 5 schools as well as quarterbacks who transferred between Power 5 schools.) Nineteen Power 5 transfers improved their passer rating from their first stop to their second by at least 15 points, an impressive rise. But 12 more saw their passer rating drop by at least 15 points.5This also omits the quarterbacks who seek greener pastures but didn’t end up earning enough playing time to merit inclusion on our list. The average change in passer rating is plus-4.9, and the average bump in completion percentage is 2 points, both modest upticks. However it may seem, it’s just not that easy to move towns, learn a new offense, adjust to new teammates and coaches and blossom into a completely different player. Jon BeutjerIowa129.16Illinois126.77-2.39 Jake RudockIowa129.96Michigan141.50+11.54 Allan EvridgeKansas St.104.44Wisconsin116.50+12.06 Kenny HillTexas A&M154.84Texas Christian138.36-16.47 Michael MachenKent St.100.56Baylor82.09-18.47 John O’KornHouston123.90Michigan105.48-18.42 Dayne CristNotre Dame127.00Kansas96.52-30.48 Matt MooreUCLA101.47Oregon St.131.69+30.22 Darell GarretsonUtah St.137.68Oregon St.103.97-33.71 Source: Sports-Reference.com R. KovalcheckArizona108.91Vanderbilt119.07+10.16 Wes LuntOklahoma St.137.31Illinois119.54-17.77 Zach MaynardBuffalo124.42California128.36+3.94 Danny EtlingPurdue110.95LSU144.36+33.41 read more

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Boateng Its a big honour to play for Barca

first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng dubbed his move to Barcelona as a “dream” after the midfielder’s shock loan switch was completed on Monday.Boateng, 31, joined the Catalan side on loan from Serie A side Sassuolo for the rest of the season, with an €8million purchase option included.The former AC Milan and Las Palmas midfielder said it was a dream to get an opportunity to play for Barca.‘It’s an honour to play for Barcelona’ – KP Boateng https://t.co/zdQ3oVTwKM pic.twitter.com/RHI69UTBSZ— SportsAfric (@sports_afric) January 22, 2019FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I’m very happy. It’s a big honour to be here and have the possibility to play for this great club,” Boateng told Barca TV and cited on FourFourTwo.“For every kid who starts to play football I think it is a dream to play for a club like Barcelona, so for every player and especially for me it’s a big dream come true.”Boateng only arrived at Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt in July last year, making 15 appearances for the club.📹 INSIDE VIEW👀 @KPBofficial’s first hours in Barcelona ⚽️ #EnjoyPrince 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/urV1TzKGTV— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 21, 2019last_img read more

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Pangea Media Sells Quiz and Sweepstakes Websites to Adknowledge

first_imgSnapApp is a platform that allows an entity to foster social media traffic by enabling a myriad of social media tools and tactics. Clients can customize their strategy to attract and engage their audience with features like contests, surveys and quizzes. Additionally, SnapApp can be used to collect leads, track impressions, and measure engagement. These features are especially attractive to publisher because the product can be integrated into a CMS. To date, Pangea reports that SnapApp has facilitated over 60 million engagements, and has induced more than 1 million conversations. Recently the platform was enhanced to allow customers to maximize the product’s potential with options like a goal wizard, a dashboard monitor, and improved sharing features. Pangea Media, maker of social media marketing platform SnapApp, has announced the sale of its quiz and sweepstakes website division to Adknowledge, a Kansas City-based ad marketplace and performance-based marketing services provider. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.Pangea Media specifies that its decision to sell was motivated by the success of SnapApp, and a need to shift more focus to the marketing platform. In a statement, CEO Seth Lieberman said, “The sale of our website business allows us to focus 100 percent on the SnapApp platform and our SnapApp customers.”While Lieberman declined to disclose growth projections moving forward, he does suggest that the company is looking toward new business and enhancing its product for its current list of clients. Lieberman also suggests that growing the product will require targeting customers who manage and generate content, customers who have or want to establish a brand identity or customers who operate on an agency model. last_img read more

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4yrold girl killed in gas cylinder blast

first_imgA four year-old girl was killed in a gas cylinder explosion at Pathbari here on FridayThe deceased was Toha Khatun, daughter of Badsha Mia of the area.The gas cylinder went off with a big bang when Toha was playing in the kitchen, leaving her burn injured, said family members.Later she was taken to a private hospital in the district town where the physicians declared her dead.last_img

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SAGAFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Accused of Election Violations

first_img Related Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Here we go again — every time we have an election we can count on Membership First or their associates to file some baseless charge that accomplishes nothing except to burn up even more of our members’ dues money,” she said. “This is just another cynical ploy that will come to nothing and we can add it to their tab of over a million dollars and counting the union has already spent dealing with their ridiculous stunts.”Carteris is part of the Unite for Strength slate, which has been in charge of the union leadership since 2009. She replaced the late Ken Howard as president when he died in 2016, then defeated Membership First’s Esai Morales in 2017.In a letter to SAG-AFTRA general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Allen said, “Ms. Carteris is campaigning using what we can only assume to be insider and highly confidential information that she would be prohibited from revealing, and then used her current position of power to cause the facts underlying that highly confidential information to occur. In sum, Ms. Carteris is cheating in an attempt to get re-elected.”The letter said Carteris claimed in her campaign statement that she had “negotiated a direct, comprehensive agreement with Netflix that eliminates free bargaining in low budget SVOD, improves protections against outrageous exclusivity terms/options, and for the first time covers performance capture.”The missive asserted that the deadline to submit election statements was on June 28 but that the deal was not presented for approval to the national board until July 20.“How did Ms. Carteris know, prior to June 28 when she submitted her statement, that the Netflix deal would be approved prior to a National Board vote?” the letter asked.Allen’s letter also asserted that the Netflix agreement should have been submitted to the membership for ratification. It also accused Carteris of directing SAG-AFTRA funds and resources to help promote her campaign, including the creation of self-promoting videos and their display on the SAG-AFTRA website and throughout the common membership areas at the Wilshire Boulevard headquarters in Los Angeles.“We demand that Ms. Carteris be deemed ineligible to run in the upcoming election and that her name be stricken from the ballot,” the letter said. “Further, we demand a fair and thorough independent investigation into Ms. Carteris’ fiduciary duty violations. Furthermore, pursuant to Section 431(c)of the LMRDA, we demand access to SAG-AFTRA’s financial books and records to ascertain the extent to which SAG-AFTRA funds have been improperly used to help finance and support Ms. Carteris’ campaign.” Wednesday’s SAG-AFTRA Election to Cap Bitter Battle Between Gabrielle Carteris, Matthew Modinecenter_img Allen is a partner at the Los Angeles law firm Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has been accused of violating union rules in her re-election campaign — and has issued a strong denial in response.Attorney Robert Allen, in a letter sent Monday on behalf of unnamed union members, said Carteris had allegedly used insider information to take credit for SAG-AFTRA’s new deal with Netflix and accused her of using union resources to promote her candidacy via official SAG-AFTRA videos. Allen said if Carteris’ name isn’t removed from the ballot within 10 days, he’ll file a federal lawsuit to seek an injunction and recover damages.Election ballots were mailed Monday to dues-current members and will be tabulated on Aug. 28. SAG-AFTRA represents about 160,000 performers. Carteris faces four challengers — Matthew Modine, who heads the Membership First faction; Jane Austin, the current secretary-treasurer; Abraham Justice; and Queen Alljahye Searles. Carteris blamed Membership First and said the allegations were “baseless.” Gabrielle Carteris Re-Elected as SAG-AFTRA Presidentlast_img read more

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Govt ups petroldiesel excise duty again oil firms to bear burden

first_imgThe move, which comes amid declining prices of crude oil in the international market, will boost government revenue and help it contain the fiscal deficit. The revised excise duty on petrol and diesel came into affect from Tuesday, official sources said.The move will have no impact on retail prices of petrol and diesel, they said.This is the second hike in excise duty in three weeks. On 12 November the government had raised the excise duty by Rs 1.50 per litre on both petrol and diesel but that did not have any impact on the retail prices. In view of the declining prices of crude, oil marketing companies had on Monday cut petrol price by 91 paise a litre, the seventh reduction since August, and diesel by 84 paise per litre, the third straight cut. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashWhile the fall in global rates and the resultant cuts in retail prices have led to lower realisation on account of customs and VAT, particularly in case of state governments, there wasn’t any loss to the central government on account of reduction in petrol and diesel prices as excise duty on the two fuels is fixed and not ad valorem.Unbranded petrol at present attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.70 per litre, a special additional excise duty of Rs 6 a litre and a road cess of Rs 2 per litre. Unbranded diesel attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.96 a litre and road cess of Rs 2 per litre. The total excise duty on unbranded petrol will rise from Rs 10.70 to Rs 12.95 per litre and that on unbranded diesel from Rs 4.96 per litre to Rs 5.96. Brent rates, the benchmark grade for more than half of the world’s oil, have dropped to $68.34 a barrel, the lowest level since October 2009. Prices declined 18 per cent last month and are 38 per cent lower in 2014. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsState-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL), following the fortnightly review practice revised rates on Sunday. Petrol price was cut by 91 paisa a litre and diesel by 84 paisa. The seventh reduction in price since August has meant that petrol costs Rs 63.33 a litre in Delhi, Rs 10.27 per litre less than what it cost in July.The third reduction in diesel rates in one month has led to the price coming down to Rs 52.51 a litre. Oil firms revise rates of petrol, which was deregulated in June 2010, and diesel on 1st and 16th of every month based on average international oil price and rupee-US dollar exchange rate.last_img read more

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