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Lawyer ad violations on the rise

first_imgLawyer ad violations on the rise March 1, 2004 Regular News Lawyer ad violations on the rise The Bar’s Statewide Grievance Committee, which handles grievance complaints stemming from the Bar’s advertising rules, is taking on a rising number of cases.Board of Governors member Gary Leppla told the board recently that the committee has become very active.In its first year, only three grievance sanctions were imposed. In the most recent year, that rose to 17, Leppla said, and the committee currently has 157 cases under investigation. About 25 cases are at the probable cause stage. And about one-third of all the cases are from the Miami area, he said.Board member Mike Glazer, who acts as the designated reviewer for the statewide committee, said most of the cases are resolved without the filing of formal charges. But he noted he also insists on a condition when reaching a settlement that “the lawyer agrees in the future that the ads will be submitted for review prior to publication.”He said a frustrating part of the enforcement process is by the time the Bar acts on an ad, especially an electronic one, it often is no longer being broadcast or displayed. Because of prior restraint concerns, Bar rules require than an ad be submitted for review no later than concurrently with its first publication or broadcast.Glazer noted that a special advertising task force being set up by President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson will have among its tasks exploring whether the Bar can require a submission ahead of that initial broadcast or publication.last_img read more

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Bethpage Man Pinned Pregnant Fiancé Between Minivan and Bridge, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Joseph CirellaA Bethpage man was arrested for allegedly driving while high when he used his minivan to pin his pregnant fiancé against a bridge on the Northern State Parkway in Carle Place over the weekend, New York State police said.A state Trooper spotted Joseph Cirella behind the wheel of a Dodge Caravan while using the minivan to pin a frantically screaming woman against a bridge abutment near exit 32 at 2:22 p.m. Saturday, police said.The Trooper ordered the 50-year-old suspect to free the woman, who’s 14 weeks pregnant, police said. She was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where she was treated and released.Police said that Cirella and the victim got into an argument over Cirella’s erratic driving when the woman became frightened and asked him to let her out of the vehicle. Police said he initially refused, but then tried to push her out of the moving vehicle before she escaped. That’s when police said Cirella pinned her against the bridge.Cirella was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful imprisonment, menacing, reckless endangerment and driving while ability impaired by drugs.His bail was set at $20,000. He is due back in Nassau County court Wednesday.last_img read more

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Kailyn Lowry ‘Might Be Done’ Having Kids After 4th Son

first_img– Advertisement – Lowry told Lindsie Chrisley in July that six children is her “max.” She explained, “I don’t think that I would have ever pictured myself, like, ten years ago when I had Isaac, having four kids. But now, I would not have more than six.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! “Lux is finally just potty trained, and I have one more left and I think I might be done,” Lowry said on Thursday.The A Letter of Love author was singing a different tune in August, exclusively telling Us Weekly about expanding her family “sooner” rather than later.Kailyn Lowry Says She ‘Might Be Done’ Having Kids After 4th Son: ‘Not on My Radar’Courtesy of Kailyn Lowry/Instagram“I think I need help because I don’t know why I would be thinking about another baby so soon after birth,” the MTV personality told Us at the time. “It’s the pregnancy that’s so hard! I’m 28 and I know people are older now and they’re having babies, but my body is not the same as it was when I was 16. The pregnancy towards the end was so difficult and I was just so ready to not be pregnant. … I can let my body fully recover [after having one more] and be done with my childrearing years.”- Advertisement – The reality star went on to say that she “didn’t even want kids ever,” adding, “I’m not really down to have a starting five basketball team. I’m kind of over that, and I feel like literally I’m sick of the toilet seats being up, the dirty socks everywhere, I really am just like, ‘Clean up your s–t.’”The Pennsylvania native became a mom in 2010 when she gave birth to Isaac, 10, with Jo Rivera, followed by Lincoln, 6, and Lux, 3, with Javi Marroquin and Chris Lopez, respectively. She and Lopez welcomed their second child together, Creed, now 2 months, in August.- Advertisement – Boy mom! Kailyn Lowry is “never trying for a girl” after welcoming four sons.“I’m not gonna say that I’m gonna have another child because I truly don’t know,” the Teen Mom 2 star, 28, said during the Thursday, November 5, “Coffee Convos” podcast. “It’s not on my radar anytime soon. And I always say this, every time I’m trying to get my life on track and I end up pregnant again. I know this. This time I might be done. Like, this time I might for real be done. I’ve got four f—king kids.”Kailyn Lowry Says She ‘Might Be Done’ Having Kids After 4th Son: ‘Not on My Radar’Kailyn and her sons Isaac, Lincoln and Lux. Courtesy of Kailyn Lowry/Instagram- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Business as usual

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Govt’s flexible oil and gas contract choice ‘positive’ for investment: Analyst

first_imgMeanwhile, in the gross split scheme, companies bear upstream costs themselves, but the government receives a smaller cut of the revenue – up to 57 percent – determined in advance.“One benefit of cost recovery is the ability to offer some reward for risks associated with frontier developments,” said Lionel Sumner, research analyst at Wood Mackenzie, in a statement on Sept. 17.“This is important as it could encourage exploration to mitigate Indonesia’s declining production.”Attracting upstream investment is key to realizing Indonesia’s long-term goal of raising oil and gas output and reducing the country’s trade deficit in the sector. The government’s decision to allow oil and gas producers to choose production sharing contracts (PSCs) is a positive step forward for investors in the upstream industry, compared with the less favorable gas ceiling policy, according to energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry ruled on July 15 that all producers may choose between either using a gross split-type PSC or a cost recovery-type PSC. The ruling revokes a 2017 regulation that mandated producers to use the gross split.In a cost recovery-based PSC, the government reimburses companies for upstream-related costs in exchange for a higher share – up to 85 percent – of each company’s earnings from exploiting domestic oil and gas blocks. Making PSCs flexible is seen as the ministry’s response to slumping investment amid the economic slowdown. Ambiguities surrounding the calculation of government-company shares under the gross split scheme “have proven unpopular, particularly in the current low oil price environment,” reads Wood Mackenzie’s statement.Brent, a global oil price benchmark, dipped to a low of US$19.33 per barrel in mid-May but had recovered to $43 per barrel as of Friday. Analysts expect prices to remain below $50 per barrel this year.Due to the global economic slowdown, upstream oil and gas investment in Indonesia is forecast to slip by 14.4 percent to $11.8 billion this year, according to the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas), a development that is expected to affect long-term supply levels.Read also: Indonesia grants oil and gas companies flexibility over production sharing contractsOn the other hand, the ministry’s gas ceiling policy, combined with bureaucratic headwinds, was seen “as deterrents for international investors,” reads the Wood Mackenzie statement.In April, the ministry guaranteed that certain industrial end-users would not be charged more than $6 per million British thermal units (mmbtu) of natural gas, below the $8 per mmbtu market average, for the next four years.While President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has stated that he wishes to boost Indonesia’s industrial sector, which contributes one of the largest proportions of gross domestic product (GDP), the price ceiling has unsettled oil and gas investors.A case in point is Spain’s Repsol, which has hit a snag developing the Sakakemang Block as the company cannot reach economical scale at $6 per mmbtu, according to the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Task Force (SKK Migas).The Sakakemang Block holds Indonesia’s largest gas find in almost two decades.“We, from the commercial division, have intervened to determine whether or not this can proceed,” said SKK Migas deputy for finance and monetization Arief Handoko on Aug. 6.Read also: 197 companies secure cheap gas prices, contracts to be signed in MayTo attract investment, the government has issued other incentives such as easing taxes for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and pushing back deadlines to pay annual abandonment and site restoration (ASR) fees.The government initially planned to auction 10 blocks this year but oil and gas companies stepped back after oil prices collapsed, forcing the companies to cut capital spending by around 30 percent, according to the energy ministry’s acting oil and gas director general, Ego Syahrial on Aug. 5.Ego said his office would delay all 10 block auctions slated for 2020 until the fourth quarter “with the hope that oil prices will be back to normal by then.”Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf, DEP Announce Waiver in Effect on Gasoline during Hurricane Recovery

first_imgGovernor Wolf, DEP Announce Waiver in Effect on Gasoline during Hurricane Recovery September 01, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Environment,  Hurricane Harvey,  Press Release,  PSA Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the commonwealth will move to ensure adequate gasoline supplies for Pennsylvania drivers in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Pennsylvania has seen a disruption to fuel supplies as ten refineries are shut down as a result of Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf region. This move follows a waiver initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ease enforcement of certain gasoline regulations.“Consumers have seen fuel prices rise as the Gulf region recovers from this horrific act of nature and this will help ease fuel supply issues impacting Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvanians are already doing their part to help those affected by the storm, and this action is to ensure there are not any serious disruptions to the Commonwealth.”The EPA waiver will apply to the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley areas, which require fuel restrictions to comply with federal standards. The waiver applies to reformulated gasoline in the five-county Philadelphia area of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and to the Reid vapor pressure requirements in the Pittsburgh-Beaver area of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.The EPA waiver is in effect until September 15.  DEP will not enforce the fuel requirements for the duration of the waiver period. Due to lateness in the ozone season, DEP does not anticipate significant adverse air quality impact in the covered areas.last_img read more

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Joseph Mariathasan: Argentina’s 100-year bond

first_imgWhile investors may have a high regard for the current administration, history cannot be forgotten. In the last 100 years, Argentina has defaulted many times – so much so that Argentinian economic history has become a subject in its own right. There is the “Argentine paradox”: how can a country that at one stage in the early 20th century was perhaps the richest in the world on a per capita basis experience such a deep and prolonged reversal?For Adrogue, the fundamental problem with Argentina is that it does not have a good institutional framework to deal with a commodity-driven economy. It became the richest country in the world after the UK had opened up global trade, and the revolution in refrigeration technology enabled the transportation of soft commodities such as meat. Argentina benefitted from being in the right place at the right time, but it did not necessarily have the right policies. Once that came to an end, the country began a long decline.Adrogue argues that one fundamental problem is that the population has a misplaced belief that the country is rich. The standard joke about Argentinians is that they are Italians who speak Spanish but think that they are English. But if everyone believes they are richer than they really are, the sum of total demand becomes larger than the supply available in the country. This gets reflected in large and persistent fiscal deficits, which never get adjusted and eventually lead to defaults.The current president, Mauricio Macri, may be successful for a time until the population changes its mind and realises that there are limits to the supply of resources and the population needs to share the resources that are available.For Adrogue, the bigger issue is not the type of government that Argentina has but the institutional framework that gives the president too much power and therefore takes away the requirement to negotiate with congress to reach compromises and agreements. Those who achieve power have no constraints, which leads to big swings in economic policy. The last swing, under Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was to the left. Under Macri we are seeing a swing back. It is very difficult contain those swings because the president has so much power relative to congress.Argentina copied the US constitution but gave the president too much power. It started with the assumption that the underlying institutional structure was similar to the US – this was incorrect. In the US, the individual states were created prior to the formation of the country itself. In Argentina, the provinces were created after the country got its independence. This, combined with a commodity-based economy, made it very difficult for the population to separate good policies from luck. When commodity prices go up, no matter who is in charge, the population always perceives them to be a great government. When commodity prices are low, no matter how good the government is, the population perceives them to be bad.  Barings is not buying the 100-year bond. The company likes to look at countries in which fiscal dynamics are somewhat independent of the ability to access credit – it doesn’t abandon or change its story on fiscal policy just because it has access to credit. This can cause problems and ultimately defaults.Argentina just issued $3bn (€2.6bn) of debt that the government said it didn’t need. For Barings, that is a bad sign. The market could end up having to discipline the government, when governments should have self-discipline. Argentina just issued a 100-year bond. Despite a history of defaults over the past 100 years, investors seem happy to try their luck for the next 100. Are they being wise or foolish?One factor in favour of investors is that the yield on the hard-currency bond when it was issued was 7.9%. If recoveries after defaults are expected to be 40%-50%, they will not have to wait many years to break even.Ricardo Adrogue, head of emerging market debt (EMD) at Barings, and himself an Argentinian, believes that the country should not have issued a 100-year bond.His rationale is quite simple: Argentina is rated B by credit agencies, while Barings would give the country a BB rating by their internal measures. If economic conditions are improving in the country such that Argentina would be able to issue debt at a lower coupon in five years’ time, why not just issue a five-year bond and then roll over the debt at a lower coupon?last_img read more

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Police Commissioner reveals facts surrounding the robbery/murder incident at Pagua Bay

first_img Share LocalNews Police Commissioner reveals facts surrounding the robbery/murder incident at Pagua Bay by: – August 5, 2011 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share In photo: Police Commissioner Cyril Carette. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe facts surrounding the robbery and murder incident which occurred at Pagua Bay House has been revealed by Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette at a media briefing earlier this afternoon.Mr. Carrette read a press statement which was made available to members of the media after this briefing.“At about 21:54 an hour on Sunday, July 31, 2011 a report was received at the Control Room, Police Headquarters which indicated that a robbery had taken place at Pagua Bay and that someone was killed. The report was referred to the Marigot Police Station. The victims Joseph Costello, male adult of Ireland was the Manager of Silks Hotel, located at Hatten Garden.Rick and Alicia Davison; citizens of the United States of America and the proprietors of Pagua Bay House, Hatton Garden, Marigot and Pagua Bay Restaurant and Grill situated at Hill Top, Marigot. Emily Elizee is the Assistant Manager of the Silks Hotel. She resides at Penrice, Belles.On Sunday July 31, 2011 Costello and his friend Elizee visited their friends Rick and Alicia Davison who lives at Pagua Bay about one mile away. About 6:30pm, they arrived at the premises which would later be the crime scene of a robbery and a homicide. Costello and Elizee remained indoors and Rick brought them dinner and left with his wife Alicia for their restaurant and bar at the Hilltop in Marigot about one mile away.About 9pm Rick and Alicia Davison returned home. On their approach to the entrance of their dwelling, they were ambushed by three masked men brandishing a cutlass, a piece of wood and a hatchet. The masked men demanded money from them.Joseph Costello who was in an adjoining apartment with his friend, Emily Elizee, heard a commotion outside and left immediately to investigate. As he did so, he was immediately attacked and was struck on the head with a sharp object which caused a severe wound. He was pronounced dead by Dr. Bekele at the scene.Rick was also struck and sustained injuries to his head and other parts of his body. He was admitted at the Marigot Hospital where he was treated and transferred to the Princess Margaret Hospital where he was admitted. He was discharged on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 to facilitate him to seek further medical attention, overseas.Alicia sustained injuries to her back, right eye, wrist and thumb. She was treated at the Marigot Hospital and discharged.The only unharmed person was Emily Elizee. She was robbed of EC$350.00. The victims were all tied as the attackers made their escape. The robbers made their escape with US$200.00, one blackberry and one laptop belonging to Rick and Alicia Davison.A search was made in the immediate area and a mask and glove were found in the vicinity. Scenes of crime officers from the Criminal Investigations Department responded and processed the scene.Investigation into this matter is being carried out methodically and carefully by a special team appointed to conduct investigations in the matter. Three individuals have been arrested on suspicion and are assisting the Police in the investigation.I wish to make it abundantly clear that persons who are inclined to commit crimes of that nature that such crimes will not be committed with impunity. The Police will utilize all available resources in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.”Mr. Carette also confirmed that one of the three individuals who have been arrested was involved in a murder some years ago in Marigot. He also confirmed that the telephone system at the Marigot Police Station was dysfunctional due to an upgrade which is being conducted. Mr. Carette hopes that this will be solved in the quickest possible time.An appeal is made to members of the public with any information that can assist with this investigation to call the following individuals; Superintendant Daniel Carbon at 285 7648, Assistant Superintendant John David at 245 9551, and Inspector Oliver Frederick at 285 7443.Dominica Vibes News 247 Views   one commentlast_img read more

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Royal bank to compensate Sag Motors over half a million dollars

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 152 Views   2 comments Share LocalNews Royal bank to compensate Sag Motors over half a million dollars by: – December 13, 2011center_img Tweet Photo credit: rbc.comThe Royal Bank of Canada has consented to compensate Sag Motors Company Limited; Desmond Carlisle and Sylvia Bruney over half a million dollars in a lawsuit between both parties.The Bank obtained a judgment in default of appearance against the Defendants in respect of two mortgage claims with an amount of $285, 588.05 and $564, 282.75 in suits # 78 of 1999 and 79 of 1999 respectively.That judgment in default was appealed by Desmond Carlisle as he claimed that the judgment was wrong. Mr. Carlisle succeeded at the High Court of Justice before Justice Brian Cottle who stated that the Bank could not charge interest on interest and that is “simply wrong”.Justice Brian Cottle ruled on 28th June, 2010 that the judgments in default of appearance # 79 of 1999 be varied to read judgment for the claimant in the amount of $285, 588.06 which is the principal sum outstanding as at 31st January, 1999 plus interest on that sum at the contractually agreed rate of 12 ½ % from that date until payment.”However the Defendant disagreed with the amount which was awarded by Justice Cottle and appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal.The parties appeared before the Court of Appeal on 11th November, 2011 and the three justices ruled that Justice Cottle’s decision be varied further and awarded $547, 410. 42.The Bank has now conceded to repay the Defendant the sum of $527, 976. 26 which is an overpayment of the mortgage claim by 4pm on Tuesday.Dominica Vibes News will follow this matter and provide details as they become available.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more