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United Bus Service Ltd ( HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgUnited Bus Service Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Transport sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about United Bus Service Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Bus Service Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Bus Service Ltd (  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUnited Bus Service Limited is a Mauritian company that engages in the public transport sector. United Bus Service Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( 2017 Annual Report

first_imgVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc (  2017 annual report.Company ProfileVeritas Kapital Assurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all classes of non-life insurance products and services. The company was formerly known as Unity Kapital Assurance Plc and incorporated in 1973 as a private liability company under the name Kano State Insurance Company. Non-life insurance products and services offered by Veritas Kapital Assurance Limited includes auto insurance which covers motor third party, fire and theft; home insurance which covers risk of fire, flooding and burglary; aviation insurance which covers hull losses as well as liability for passenger injuries, death, environmental and third-party damage caused by aircraft accidents; marine insurance which covers hull and cargo damage; engineering insurance which covers problems related to production capacity and financial losses; oil and gas insurance which covers all issues related to employees, physical assets, balance sheets and long-term viability; and bond insurance which is a financial guarantee taken out by contractors to indemnify them against any defaults. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc offers medical insurance and pension fund administration services through its subsidiaries; Health Care Security Limited and FUG Pensions Limited. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Veritas Kapital Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

This solid FTSE 100 share has dived 10.4% in three months. I’d buy it today!

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Cliff D’Arcy | Friday, 14th August, 2020 | More on: HSBA “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Cliff D’Arcy Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. On Thursday evening, the FTSE 100 index closed down 94.5 points (1.5%) at 6,185. This followed a four-day gain of 4.7% from Friday to Wednesday. These are the dangerous dog days of August.The FTSE 100 is up 4.8% in three monthsFrom 13 May to 13 August, the FTSE 100 climbed over 280 points (4.8%). Not bad, given we were locked down for two of these months. But the big gains came from 23 March to 29 April, when the index surged 1,120 points (22.5%).5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As an index, the FTSE 100 measures the aggregate value of its 101 members. (It’s 101, because Royal Dutch Shell has two UK-listed shares.) Of course, some of its shares have done far better than others.Some FTSE 100 shares have soaredIn the three months to 13 August, returns from FTSE 100 shares were very widely dispersed. Indeed, the difference in returns between the ‘best’ and ‘worst’ share is almost 95 percentage points.Top performer is Mexican miner Fresnillo (+78.3) and then British retailer Kingfisher (+61.7%). Including these two, there are eight FTSE 100 shares up 40% or more in three months.Next come 13 FTSE 100 shares up by 30% to 40%, followed by 24 shares up 20% to 30% – all easily beating the index’s 4.7% return.Next are 23 stocks up 10% to 20% in three months and then 21 shares with single-digit positive returns. In total, that comes to 89 FTSE 100 shares with gains over the three months to 13 August.Huh? How can this be correct?Therefore, only 12 FTSE 100 shares fell over in the three months to 13 August. These fallers were down from 0.2% to 16.7%. Hence, there are no really massive losers at the bottom of this table.But how on earth can 89 shares be up and only 12 stocks be down, yet the index has risen a mere 4.8%? The answer is the FTSE 100 is an index weighted by market value. Thus, the bigger the company, the more its share-price moves affect the wider index.The big beasts have struggledUsing a simple, unweighted average, the FTSE 100 index would be ahead by 18.2%, not the actual 4.8% recorded. That’s because so many index heavyweights have seen share-price declines during this period.By heavyweights, I mean massive, global businesses such as drug firms AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline. Other fallen giants include drinks behemoth Diageo, supermarket Goliath Tesco, and tobacco leaders British American Tobacco, and Imperial Brands.HSBC is my pick of the fallen giantsOne other ‘fallen giant’ remains: global mega-bank HSBC Holdings (LSE: HSBA) (down 10.4% in three months). This banking stalwart lends heavily in East Asia, particularly in Hong Kong and China. That’s why its shares have been hammered by the ‘double whammy’ of Covid-19 and deteriorating US-China relations.Currently hovering around 340p, HSBC shares have almost halved (down 43.6%) over the past year. Furthermore, they are less than 6.5% above their 52-week low around 320p, set on 3 August. Yet, on 11 September last year, HSBC shares peaked at 633.5p. That’s almost double their current level.Today, HSBC is valued at £69.8bn, which is a fraction of the valuation of big global banks with similar size, scale, and scope. To me, that’s crazy. Hence, I’d buy HSBC today and hold this FTSE 100 share for capital growth and the return of chunky dividends! This solid FTSE 100 share has dived 10.4% in three months. I’d buy it today! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Three law changes that would improve rugby

first_imgThe easiest solution is to change the manner in which the quick tap is taken. Instead of bouncing the ball off your feet, the ball should be bounced off your chest. The distance between hand and ball is reduced to inches instead of feet and significantly minimises the chance of a knock-on. It also means that players with more limited skill-sets are able to take the quick tap, not just the scrum-half. The effectiveness of a quick tap is often minimised by players with limited skills having to pass the ball to a more able player so that they can take the quick tap.Recommended change: Quick tap to be taken using the chest not feet. Blowing hot and cold: should more offences in rugby result in free-kicks rather than penalties?By Paul WilliamsRUGBY’S LAWS, or more precisely the changing of those laws, have become a familiar subject for any rugby fan. Indeed, regular debate of the game’s laws are at the centre of any self-respecting rugby club conversation. It’s usually neatly sandwiched in between choosing your ‘All-time XV’ or selecting an immensely biased Lions team.This season’s undoubted hot topic has been the scrummage, only briefly being upstaged by the tip tackle. The scrummage obviously requires urgent attention. What was once considered rugby’s centrepiece has become a pitiful sideshow that’s affecting the enjoyment and marketability of the game. The scrummage is becoming a case of touch, pause, dis-engage.There are, however, three laws that are rarely scrutinised. This is strange as all three stifle rugby. Here are three changes I would make to reward attacking rugby, instead of penalising and stunting it:1.  Double movement‘Double movement’ is in fact a rugby league term and a not a phrase  associated with the laws of union. However, it’s how most union supporters refer to the offence of illegally  placing the ball over the try-line when a player is declared as ‘tackled’ and therefore out of the game.Whilst awarding a penalty to the opposition for a ‘double movement’ may be one of rugby’s less common offences, it is without doubt the most unfair. After all, the offending player is simply guilty of a rush of blood, a lapse in concentration, a desire to achieve what is essentially the whole point of rugby: to score a try. The attacking team may have executed the most perfect 99.8 metres of rugby in the history of the game, yet having fallen 20 centimetres short of the try-line and attempted a double movement, the defending team is awarded a penalty and has the opportunity to clear.How can a player/team who is attempting to score a try, a positive discretion, be slapped with the same sanction as a team or player that commits a defensive discretion such as a high tackle, taking the man in the air or killing the ball at the breakdown? The punishment far outweighs the crime.Recommended change:  Free-kick to the defending team.2. Crossing LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby has become a very linear game. Running angles and points of contact have straightened over the past ten years – you could map out most professional running lines on an Etch-A-Sketch.It is for this very reason that penalising the act of crossing is such a travesty. Few teams cross intentionally, it’s usually the by-product of a creative backs move being mistimed, overrun or an innocent miscalculation. There is often little benefit to the attacking team in deliberately crossing, as blocking one defender in the modern game has limited impact, particularly from first phase, where most defensive lines tend to double tackle – why block one tackler when another is a matter of inches away? Yet again, an often positive discretion receives the same sanction as a negative one.Recommended change:  Free-kick to the defending team.center_img Size advantage: the ability to take a quick tap can depend on the size of a player3. The quick tap penaltyThe quick tap penalty must be the most inappropriately named act in rugby. The whole premise is that it allows the attacking team to penetrate the defensive line before it has had time to realign, which is now more important than ever. However, the manner in which you have to take a quick penalty negates its very benefit. Having to deftly drop an oval ball onto your foot and then flick it back into your hands may sound simple, but it isn’t, particularly when you’re moving.It’s a real skill and requires good dexterity and coordination. It’s also a lot easier to execute if you have short limbs – the closer you are to the ball, the easier it is to perform. It’s no coincidence that quick taps are generally instigated by scrum-halves – statistically the smallest players on the pitch. Luke Charteris, for instance, will always struggle taking a quick tap; flicking the ball from his boot and back into his hands is essentially like doing an ‘up and under’! Even the world’s finest scrum-halves have trouble executing the quick tap at speed. NOT FOR FEATURED last_img read more

Will Apopka see the Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse of 2019?

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse of 2019: Complete GuideFrom Space.comGet ready for an epic moon event Apopka!Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20th into Monday, Jan. 21st, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset.In Apopka and most of Florida, the best times to see the partial and full eclipse will be between the hours of 10:30 PM Sunday evening, until about 1:50 AM Monday morning. The full eclipse lasts from approximately 11:40 PM Sunday until 12:40 AM Monday. During a lunar eclipse, Earth blocks most of the sunlight that normally reaches the moon. This NASA illustration is not to scale.Credit: NASA When the lunar eclipse begins, the bright moon dims as it enters the outer part of Earth’s shadow, called the penumbra. The deep tint of a full lunar eclipse is visible once the moon enters the deepest part of Earth’s shadow, or umbra. The bright-red color appears once the moon is fully engulfed in the shadows, and it’s the reason “blood” moon is a popular moniker for lunar eclipses.To a certain extent, lunar eclipses reveal something about Earth, too. “Lunar eclipses … reflect our world,” astronomer and podcaster Pamela Gay told in an email. “A blood colored moon is created [by] ash from fires and volcanoes, … dust storms and pollution all filtering sunlight as it scatters around our world. A grey eclipse is clear skies.“Our world can change the appearance of another world, and during an eclipse, the universe lets us see this color play,” she said. The Jan. 20-21, 2019 total lunar eclipse will last 1 hour and 2 minutes, according to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center lunar eclipse projections.The full experience, from the start of the partial eclipse to the end, will last 3 hours and 17 minutes.The peak of the total lunar eclipse will happen shortly after day’s end on Sunday, Jan. 20, on the U.S. east coast, at 12:16 a.m. EST (0516 GMT) on Monday, Jan. 21. This peak is also known as the “greatest eclipse” and is defined as the moment when the moon comes closest to the axis of Earth’s shadow. Webcasts | Blood Moon 2019 Stages | Teach Your Kids! | Photo Tips Reykjavik, Iceland3:33 a.m. GMT4:41 a.m. GMT5:43 a.m. GMT6:50 p.m. GMT Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic11:33 p.m. AST12:41 a.m. AST1:43 a.m. AST2:50 a.m. AST Nuuk, Greenland12:33 a.m. WGT1:41 a.m. WGT2:43 a.m. WGT3:50 a.m. WGT Lagos, Nigeria4:33 a.m. WAT5:41 a.m. WAT6:43 a.m. WATMoon is belowhorizon Anchorage, Alaska6:33 p.m AKST7:41 p.m. AST8:43 p.m. AST9:50 p.m. AST Los Angeles, California7:33 p.m. PST8:41 p.m. PST9:43 p.m. PST10:50 p.m. PST LocationPartial Eclipse BeginsTotality BeginsTotality EndsPartial Eclipse Ends Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Lunar Phases and EclipsesA new moon occurs roughly every month, when the moon’s far side is facing the sun and the moon’s near side is in darkness. Every time a viewer sees the moon, it’s always the same face, because the moon is tidally locked with Earth. So, when the moon is between the sun and Earth, a viewer doesn’t see the near side; it cannot be seen in the sky. New moons are the phases that produce the other major celestial-shadow event: solar eclipses.A lunar eclipse occurs during the full-moon phase, the opposite phase to new moon. During lunar eclipses Earth sits in the middle, between the sun and the moon. That’s how the moon is able to pass through the planet’s shadow. The Anatomy of Fear The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022; the most recent total lunar eclipse previous to this one appeared in July 2018. Here, learn more about what makes lunar eclipses so special. Please enter your name herecenter_img This NASA graphic offers basic details about the Jan. 21, 2019, total lunar eclipse. The red circle is Earth’s darkest shadow, the umbra. The thick grey ring around it represents the outer portion of Earth’s shadow, the penumbra. The thin black rings indicate the position of the moon as it moves through Earth’s shadow.Credit: Espenak/Meeus/NASA/GSFC Below is a lunar eclipse timetable for several locations from which the celestial event is visible, based on information from in Hawaii and eastern Africa will catch the dramatic lunar eclipse as the moon rises and sets over the horizon, respectively. Those viewers will see a total eclipse, but not all of the partial eclipse that leads up to and ends the celestial event. All of North and South America, including the Caribbean nations, will see the entire event. People in countries in Europe such as Iceland, Ireland and Portugal will also get to view all of the eclipse. And although people in the Ukraine and Turkey won’t catch the whole eclipse, they’ll still wake up to an impressive lunar sight. [Total Lunar Eclipse Gets a Cloudy Halo in Cool Time-Lapse Video] You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSBlood Wolf Moon Eclipse Previous articleAPD’s Hall and Garcia graduate from Command Officer’s Development CourseNext articleListen when God whispers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil1:33 a.m. BRST2:41 a.m. BRST3:43 a.m. BRST4:50 a.m. BRST It’s Blood Moon Weekend! A map showing the regions that can view the Jan. 21, 2019, total lunar eclipse.Credit: Espenak/Meeus/NASA/GSFC Recent and Upcoming Total Lunar EclipsesThe last total lunar eclipse occurred on July 27, 2018, and was visible over Africa and countries in Central Asia such as India. Several months prior, on Jan. 31, another total lunar eclipse could be seen from Central Asia, the Pacific region and Alaska.The first total lunar eclipse to follow Jan. 21’s event will occur on May 26, 2021, and will be visible over the Pacific Ocean, with viewing possibilities in North America, South America, and East Asia. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Hello, space fans! We’re one day away from the epic Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse of 2019 and we’ve got a few guides for you to prepare for the event. The eclipse begins on Sunday, Jan. 20 and will last several hours.Here’s how to watch the eclipse online.Here’s how to share the eclipse with your kids.Here are the stages to look for.Here’s a photography guide for the eclipse from ESA.We’ll have complete coverage of the eclipse this weekend, and posting updates during the event here, so stay tuned! Please enter your comment! Mexico City, Mexico9:33 p.m. CST10:41 p.m. CST11:43 p.m. CST12:50 a.m. CST Skywatcher Keith Burns took this montage of images, which shows the Dec. 20, 2010, total lunar eclipse. The montage won a NASA contest to become an official NASA/JPL wallpaper for the public.Credit: Keith Burns/NASA/JPL Total Lunar EclipseDuring a lunar eclipse, a full moon’s bright facade will change. As the moon enters Earth’s shadow, all of the moon (or a section of it in the case of a partial eclipse) will turn a rusty color. Sunlight scatters to produce the red colors of sunset and sunrise when it enters Earth’s atmosphere at a particular angle.What a lunar eclipse displays is the color of all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets reaching the moon, NASA scientist Noah Petro told If someone stood on the moon during a total lunar eclipse, Earth would appear to have a reddish ring all around it, as the person would gaze at the 360-degree sunrise and sunset they’d perceive at that particular intersection of Earth and lunar orbits. Miami, Florida10:33 p.m. EST11:41 p.m. EST12:43 a.m. EST1:50 a.m. ESTlast_img read more

What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena

first_imgtop box 5 What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena Published on Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 1:18 pm 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Here is our carefully culled top picks from dozens of Pasadena events – the very best things to taste, watch, listen to, and experience, all presented weekly in our e!Pasadena email newsletter:center_img Community News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Council still waiting for meeting with Taoiseach on A5 funding

first_img Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Pinterest Twitter Donegal County Council is still waiting for a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny to discuss the A5 improvement and the link from the new A5 to Letterkenny via Strabane and Lifford.Irish Government commitments to provide significant funding for the A5 are on hold, while the planned upgrading of the Lifford to Letterkenny link remains suspended.The council’s roads director says he expects funding to be announced next year for planning of the A5 link, which will involve a new bridge over the River Finn.Responding to a question from Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Roads Director John Mc Laughlin confirmed the National Roads Office is currently involved in the redesign of approximately 450 metres of dual carraigeway linking the N15 at Lifford to the new A5 outside Strabane.He says it’s likely that the link will receive sufficient funding in 2013 to allow the design workl proceed to the next step once statutory approvals have been completed.Meanwhile, he says, Donegal is part of a group of North West councils lobbying for a dual carriageway from the border to Dublin. They have already made a presentation to the Good Friday Agreement Implementation Committee seeking to have a route selectuion report commissioned to examine how best to link the N2 at Clontibret with the M1 north of Dublin.Meanwhile, work was to have begun on two stretches of the A5, but that’s been delayed pending further objections. The result of a preliminary hearing is expected shortly, and Mr Mc Laughlin says that result will shape what happens next. WhatsApp Council still waiting for meeting with Taoiseach on A5 funding Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – December 7, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twittercenter_img Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articlePolice discover bomb in Derry – 4 men arrestedNext articleGardai call on the public and business owners to help prevent robberies News Highland WhatsApp Facebook News Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Reportlast_img read more

Harvard launches city lecture series

first_imgAs part of Harvard’s 375th anniversary and in celebration of its close ties to the Boston and Cambridge communities, the University has developed a lecture series that will bring some of Harvard’s most renowned thinkers to speak at neighborhood libraries.  Developed in partnership with the Boston and Cambridge public libraries, the John Harvard Book Celebration program will reach all 34 library branches in Boston and Cambridge.  All events will be free and open to the public.Harvard President Drew Faust, a Civil War scholar and National Book Award finalist, will officially launch the program on Jan. 10 with a lecture at the Main Library in Cambridge.  She will also deliver a lecture at the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square on April 10.“Harvard has been an outstanding community partner for 375 years, and I am so pleased that the University has chosen to include the entire Boston community in its anniversary celebration,” Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. “This lecture series is an incredible opportunity for residents and families all across Boston to interact with some of the world’s brightest minds at their own neighborhood library.”Harvard faculty members will discuss topics ranging from why violence has declined, to theater in the 21st century at branch libraries in the two cities. Speakers will include some of Harvard’s most prominent faculty, including Steven Pinker, one of the world’s leading authorities on language and the mind; Diane Paulus, critically acclaimed artistic director of the American Repertory Theater and a Tony Award winner; and Maria Tatar, a German cultural studies scholar who unlocks the secrets of children’s literature and folklore.The University also will donate 400 new books to the two cities’ library systems.“Harvard was named in honor of John Harvard’s gift of 400 books,” said Faust, “and as the custodian of the largest academic library in the world, we see this series as a celebration of the book, of the power of the libraries, and of our shared 375-year history with Boston and Cambridge.”Harvard staff, faculty, and students also will take part in library activities aimed at children and youths, including story hours, college readiness discussions, and other events.“This is part of an ongoing partnership between the Cambridge Public Library and Harvard that has deep roots in history and benefits so many residents,” said Susan Flannery, Cambridge’s director of libraries. “We are delighted to be partnering with Harvard again on a program that brings Harvard’s thinkers beyond campus to the community.”“This lecture series is an incredible opportunity for residents and families all across Boston to interact with some of the world’s brightest minds at their own neighborhood library,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer“All of us at the Boston Public Library are proud to be part of Harvard’s 375th birthday celebration,” said Amy E. Ryan, president of the Boston Public Library. “Not only is Harvard our valued neighbor, it is a true partner in serving as a community gathering place and center of knowledge for readers, researchers, and learners of all kinds.”Faust’s lecture at the Cambridge library is titled “Telling War Stories: Reflections of a Civil War Historian.” She will also discuss her most recent book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.“We are always seeking ways to share our strengths with our Cambridge and Boston neighbors, and how better to do that than by bringing Harvard thinkers to our local libraries,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications.For more information on the series, including the names of the faculty speakers, the lecture dates, the locations, and the activities, visit read more

Vermont personal income tax receipts drag down state revenues

first_imgSecretary of Administration Neale F Lunderville announced today that Vermont’s February Revenue Figures were down substantially, especially for the General Fund, which was below the monthly target by nearly $10 million or 17.6 percent lower than anticipated. The General Fund revenues were off $15 million or 2.2 percent for the fiscal year to date. The Transportation Fund was also below the forecast for the month by $520,000 or 3.7 percent and for the year down by one-half percent. The Education Fund was up slightly for the month at $170,000 or 1.6 percent and just barely broke even for the year to date.General FundFebruary is the 8th month of FY 2010. General Fund revenues totaled $44.82 million for February 2010, -$9.59million or -17.63% below the $54.41 million consensus revenue forecast for the month. Year to date, General Fund revenues of $673.47 million were -$15.00 million or -2.18% below the year to date FY 2010 target of $688.47 million.February’s are the second monthly results utilizing the revised FY 2010 Consensus Revenue Forecast, approved by the Emergency Board at their January 13, 2010 meeting. Statutorily, the State is required to revise the Consensus Revenue Forecast two times per year, in January and July; the Emergency Board may schedule interim revisions if deemed necessary.Personal Income Tax receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds. Personal Income Tax receipts for February finished down -$5.38 million off a target of +0.40 million, which is -$5.78 million or -1447.92% behind the monthly target. The shortfall was due primarily to reduced withholding taxes (-$2.92 million) and increased refund activity (-$4.42 million).“We are very concerned that personal income fell below target in February,” said Secretary Lunderville. “This is the second month in a row where personal income totals failed to meet expectations following the latest consensus forecast. The General Fund is off $15 million since January, a trend that indicates that the State may not be able to make up lost ground this fiscal year. There will be implications for both the FY 2010 and FY 2011 budgets.”Corporate Income Taxes, which are also reported net-of refunds, were above target for February with receipts of $0.79 million against a target of $0.49 million or +$0.30 million (+60.42%). The consumption taxes were at or above target for the month. Sales & Use Tax, was equal to the target at $15.45 million, and Rooms & Meals Tax receipts of $9.51 million exceeded target by +$0.24 million (+2.58%) for February.The year to date results for the four major General Fund categories are as follows: Personal Income Tax, $315.28 million (-3.73%); Sales & Use Tax, $143.89 million (+0.16%); Corporate, $31.73 million (+0.53%); and Meals & Rooms Tax, $80.81 million (+0.51%).The remaining tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real Property Transfer Tax, and “Other” (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax, Beverage Tax, Fees, and Other Taxes). The results for the month of February were as follows: Insurance Tax, $19.93 million (-13.46%); Estate Tax, $0.16 million (-87.44%); Property Transfer Tax, $0.40 million (+2.80%); and “Other”, $3.96 million (-3.12%). Year to date results for these categories were: Insurance Tax, $37.53 million (-7.85%); Estate Tax, $9.32 million (-15.78%); Property Transfer Tax, $5.36 million (+1.67%); and “Other”, $49.55 million (+2.59%).Transportation FundSecretary Lunderville also reported on the results for the non-dedicated Transportation Fund Revenue, with receipts of $13.51 million for the month or -$0.52 million (-3.69%), below the monthly target for February of $14.02 million. The year to date non-dedicated Transportation revenue was $132.02 million versus the target of $132.68 million (-$0.66 million, -0.50%).February results showed above target receipts in all categories, except Gasoline Tax. The Transportation Fund revenue results for February were: Gasoline, $3.52 million or -18.43% below target; Diesel Tax, $1.18 million or +1.51% above target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $2.47 million or 2.35% above target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $4.74 million or +0.55% above target; and Other Fees, $1.59 million or +12.60% above the monthly target. The February year to date Transportation Fund revenue results were: Gasoline, $40.73 million or -1.56% below target, Diesel Tax, $9.82 million or +1.60% above target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $27.84 million or -0.13% below target; Motor Vehicle Fees, $42.23 million or -0.17% below target; and Other Fees, $11.40 million or -0.53%, short of target. “The shortfall in the Transportation Fund occurred in Gasoline Taxes and is likely the result of the payment due date falling on a weekend, which can skew final tallies. At this point, we expect to make up most, if not all, of the slippage in Gasoline Tax in March,” said Secretary Lunderville.Secretary Lunderville also reported on the results for the Transportation Infrastructure Bond Fund (“TIB”). TIB Fund Gas receipts for February were $0.87 million or -19.89% below target – also due to the month end timing. Year to date, TIB Fund Gas receipts were $8.26 million or -2.70% short of target. The TIB Fund Diesel receipts were $0.19 million or +35.57% above target for the month; year to date TIB Diesel receipts were $0.45 million or -1.98% behind target. The TIB Fund receipts are noted below the following table:Education FundSecretary Lunderville released revenue results for the “the non-Property Tax” Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 11% of the total Education Fund sources). The non-Property Tax Education Fund receipts for February totaled $10.98 million, or +$0.17 million (+1.57%) above the $10.81 million revised Consensus Revenue target for the month. Year to date, Education Fund revenues were $98.79 million or +0.07% ahead of target.The individual Education Fund revenue component results for February were: Sales & Use Tax, $7.72 million – essentially on target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $1.24 million or +2.36%; Lottery Transfer, $2.02 million or +8.04%; and Education Fund Interest, $0.00 million or -100.00%. Year-to-date results were: Sales & Use Tax, $71.95 or +0.16%; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $13.92 million or -0.13%; Lottery Transfer, $12.86 million or –0.12%; and Education Fund Interest, $0.07 million or -18.03%.Conclusion“For months we have cautioned that the risk is firmly on the downside, meaning that we must be prepared for things to get worse before they get better,” said Secretary Lunderville. “After two months of weak revenues, especially in key indicators like personal income receipts, it’s clear that Vermont’s economic recovery is moving more slowly than anticipated.”Lunderville concluded: “We must remember that General Fund receipts year to date are nearly $62 million below the same period for fiscal 2009 – and fiscal 2009 was a bad year. As revenues slip even further, the need for sustainable budget reductions becomes more evident. Since recovery to pre-recession levels is at least two years away, we must curb spending to meet reduced revenues for the next several fiscal years. Now is not the time to rely on one-time patches or tax increases, both of which will slow our recovery and speed an exodus of businesses and taxpayers from Vermont.”last_img read more

US guideline aims to keep BSE agent out of animal feed

first_img “On both sides of the border we’re trying to close the gaps,” he said. But determining how much risk those gaps in rules represent and what to do about tricky problems such as handling SRM disposal is still “hotly debated,” he said. The FDA had also previously banned high-risk cattle tissues, or “specified risk materials” (SRMs), from human food, food supplements, and cosmetics. SRMs—tissues most likely to harbor the BSE agent in an infected animal—include the brain, skull, eyes, spinal cord, vertebral column, and certain nerve bundles in cattle 30 months or older, plus the tonsils and small intestine of all cattle. Officials reiterated that message recently in response to a new round of questions raised by media reports over tracing of animal feed suspected of containing materials from the BSE-infected cow found in Canada last year. “FDA recommends that any such adulterated feed or feed ingredients be recalled or otherwise removed from the marketplace,” the guideline says. The FDA recommendation is not binding, and the agency said it would continue to accept comments on it. Cattle can contract the prion disease BSE, one of several transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, by eating feed containing material from infected cattle. To prevent this, in 1997 the FDA banned the use of most mammalian protein in feed for ruminant animals. The rendering of cattle into feed for nonruminant animals such as pigs and chickens remains a common practice, but it has come under heightened scrutiny since the discovery of one cow with BSE in Canada and one in the United States in 2003. The concern is that contaminated material could be fed to cattle through cross-contamination in feed plants or if feed intended for other animals is given to cattle. “The challenge becomes that there are lots of ways for the material to get back into cattle feed,” Hueston said. See also: The latest recommendation is another government step to close gaps in BSE prevention, said Will Hueston, DVM, PhD, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Animal Health and Food Safety in St. Paul. Hueston was also part of an international review team (IRT) that assessed BSE cases in the United States and Canada. Sept 30 FDA guidance on use of material from BSE-positive cattle in animal feed Canada and the United States may be close to taking what some view as a key step in that process: banning SRMs from all animal feed. FDA announced last July its intention to propose such a ban. Roughly 1,400 individuals and 100 industry groups sent letters during a subsequent comment period, Linda Grassie, the communications director for the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, said today. Testing backlogs led to the infected animal being rendered, Sergio Tolusso, feed program director for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, told last week. Investigators traced the feed, visited 200 farms and found several cases where cattle encountered the feed, intended only for pigs and chickens. Three cattle farms were quarantined and 63 cattle destroyed, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Hueston said that ideally, Canada and the United States would develop complementary response systems. Oct 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) –The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a new guideline to prevent the use of cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in any animal feed. Though a proposal is expected, Grassie said she doesn’t know when it will be issued. Canada is also expected to take its rules a step further soon. The Canadian government announced in July that it would ban the use of SRMs in animal feed. One reason for the delay in implementing the Canadian ban is the problem of determining how to safely dispose of those body parts, officials said. The use of most mammalian protein in cattle feed has been banned since 1997, but the Sep 30 recommendation, which took effect immediately, goes further. It says that animal feed and feed ingredients with material obtained from a BSE-positive animal are considered adulterated and cannot be fed to any other animals.last_img read more