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Local option tax proposed

first_imgLocal option tax proposedState lawmakers are considering providing some towns with a permanent alternative to property tax which will pay for municipal services. Already, one third of Vermont communities have this option, though only Manchester, Williston and Stratton utilize it.Burlington is asking that voters approve a 1 percent sales tax that would be under a separate program, unconnected to those that will expire in 2008. The decision as to which communities will have the opportunity to collect money from this additional sales tax will be made by lawmakers.last_img read more

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Vermont Captive Insurance Association to hold largest captive conference in the world

first_imgCaptive insurance professionals from throughout the United States and around the world will gather in Burlington, Vermont for the world’s largest captive insurance conference, August 10 – 12, 2010 at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center and the UVM Davis Center. The event is the 25th Annual Conference hosted by the Vermont Captive Insurance Association.Though more than half of the US states now have captive insurance laws on their books, Vermont continues to be the premier domicile in the United States and the third largest in the world. Captive insurance is a specialized form of self insurance. Among the close to 600 active captive insurance companies in Vermont, the State’s roster of captive insurance companies includes 42 of the Fortune 100 and 18 of the 30 companies that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Vermont has established a wide range of captive programs; from hospital groups forming captives for their professional medical liabilities, to small and mid-cap companies seeking coverage as well. The industry is also responsible for more than 1400 jobs (direct and indirect) for Vermonters.The conference, entitled “Passport to Captive Success” will feature leading experts in the captive insurance world whose discussions will span from the most basic to the most complex trends and innovations in the captive insurance arena. According to VCIA President Rich Smith, “The world of captive insurance continues to expand in these tough economic times as risk managers are seeking better ways to control their long-term risk management. Consequently, although the VCIA conference is in its 25th year, it has even more relevant and innovative ideas than it did when it began in 1985. The knowledge of the expert panelists assembled to offer solutions that are on target for 2010 and beyond is without parallel. This is a “don’t miss” event for the serious captive insurance professional.”Known for its incomparable quality and substantive contributions to the professional development of those who attend, the VCIA Annual Conference will draw over 1100 attendees. The press who will be writing or broadcasting information about the VCIA Annual Conference are invited at no charge to attend conference seminars as well as a scheduled press conference from 2:15 – 2:45 pm on August 11th in the Willsboro Room at the Sheraton.2010 Conference Highlights: Over 100 exhibitors17 top quality seminars and roundtables for every level of industry experience; CPE / CLE credits available60 expert panelistsOn August 11th at 10am, opening remarks will be made by Vermont Governor Jim DouglasSpecial “Double Indemnity!” General Session game show at 11am August 11thLuncheon featuring keynote speaker John Jacobs, Co-founder of The Life is Good Company Source: VCIA. 7.30.2010last_img read more

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Armed Forces of Peru and Mexico Cooperate to Fight Organized Crime

first_imgIf the officials engage in such a visit, they are likely to learn about the significant progress the Peruvian government has made in recent months in the fight against illegal coca cultivation. For example, the Peruvian government’s goal is to eradicate 35,000 hectares of illegal coca crops in 2015, an increase over the 31,000 hectares of such crops that security forces dismantled in 2014. The Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) is the country’s main area of coca production. “Drug trafficking is a common enemy for democracies. We’ve spoken about the progress towards signing a memorandum that provides for a legal framework for guiding bilateral exchange in the sector,” Cateriano told El Universal. This exchange is the first of its type for both countries. “Peru has become the largest producer of cocaine, within a context of violence. The drug cartels, such as the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, are seeking to ensure that this production is guaranteed at any price,” Castro Contreras explained. Achieved successes Once the details have been reviewed, it is likely that the cooperation agreement will soon be signed in Peru by Defense Minister Jakke Valakivi Álvarez, an economist who took office on April 2. “Drug trafficking is a common enemy for democracies. We’ve spoken about the progress towards signing a memorandum that provides for a legal framework for guiding bilateral exchange in the sector,” Cateriano told El Universal. This exchange is the first of its type for both countries. For example, the Peruvian government’s goal is to eradicate 35,000 hectares of illegal coca crops in 2015, an increase over the 31,000 hectares of such crops that security forces dismantled in 2014. The Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) is the country’s main area of coca production. As a consequence of the efforts of Peruvian security forces, the Shining Path is now almost nonexistent; the Armed Forces have captured its main leaders. What remains of the group are cells that have led to other criminal activities, such as the production of cocaine paste for the manufacture of cocaine, Castro Contreras said. That positive relationship was evident during Cateriano’s visit to Mexico accompanied by the commanders of the Army and Navy of Peru, General Ronald Hurtado and Admiral Edmundo Deville, respectively. Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA), General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, and the Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR), Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, welcomed the official Peruvian delegation. During his official visit to Mexico from March 23-25, the then-Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano – who currently chairs the seventh Cabinet of Peruvian President Ollanta Humala – announced bilateral cooperation with Mexico in the realm of security, defense, and military health issues. The Armed Forces of Peru and Mexico are strengthening their cooperation in the fight against the international drug trade, cybercrimes, and other transnational criminal enterprises through the exchange of information. Eradicating coca crops was not the only success Peruvian Armed Forces have registered in recent years. In 2014, the Armed Forces reduced the areas where terrorist groups — including the Shining Path — operated from 120,000 square kilometers to 5,000 square kilometers. As a consequence of the efforts of Peruvian security forces, the Shining Path is now almost nonexistent; the Armed Forces have captured its main leaders. What remains of the group are cells that have led to other criminal activities, such as the production of cocaine paste for the manufacture of cocaine, Castro Contreras said. During his official visit to Mexico from March 23-25, the then-Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano – who currently chairs the seventh Cabinet of Peruvian President Ollanta Humala – announced bilateral cooperation with Mexico in the realm of security, defense, and military health issues. Eradicating coca crops was not the only success Peruvian Armed Forces have registered in recent years. In 2014, the Armed Forces reduced the areas where terrorist groups — including the Shining Path — operated from 120,000 square kilometers to 5,000 square kilometers. The presence of Peru’s Military command “will strengthen cooperation and the exchange of experiences between the armies and navies of both countries,” Cienfuegos said. The presence of Peru’s Military command “will strengthen cooperation and the exchange of experiences between the armies and navies of both countries,” Cienfuegos said. While the Shining Path has been greatly weakened, the Armed Forces must remain vigilant in the fight against international drug trafficking. The Armed Forces of Peru and Mexico are strengthening their cooperation in the fight against the international drug trade, cybercrimes, and other transnational criminal enterprises through the exchange of information. center_img “Peru and Mexico have an excellent relationship and a willingness to enhance cooperation to halt the progress of drug cartels and other transnational criminal enterprises,” said Castro Contreras. “There has been an approximation between the two governments over the last four or five years.” Achieved successes If the officials engage in such a visit, they are likely to learn about the significant progress the Peruvian government has made in recent months in the fight against illegal coca cultivation. Under the agreement, the Armed Forces of Peru and Mexico will cooperate to fight drug trafficking, conduct security operations at sea, and exchange information. The two countries will also work together on cyber defense, natural disaster search-and-rescue missions, and cooperation in military education, Cateriano said. Once the details have been reviewed, it is likely that the cooperation agreement will soon be signed in Peru by Defense Minister Jakke Valakivi Álvarez, an economist who took office on April 2. During the visit, Cateriano invited the Commanders of the Mexican Armed Forces to conduct an official visit to Peru this year, to learn more about the country’s Military industry and Joint Armed Forces Command. “Peru and Mexico have an excellent relationship and a willingness to enhance cooperation to halt the progress of drug cartels and other transnational criminal enterprises,” said Castro Contreras. “There has been an approximation between the two governments over the last four or five years.” That positive relationship was evident during Cateriano’s visit to Mexico accompanied by the commanders of the Army and Navy of Peru, General Ronald Hurtado and Admiral Edmundo Deville, respectively. Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA), General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, and the Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR), Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, welcomed the official Peruvian delegation. While the Shining Path has been greatly weakened, the Armed Forces must remain vigilant in the fight against international drug trafficking. “Peru has become the largest producer of cocaine, within a context of violence. The drug cartels, such as the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, are seeking to ensure that this production is guaranteed at any price,” Castro Contreras explained. During the visit, Cateriano invited the Commanders of the Mexican Armed Forces to conduct an official visit to Peru this year, to learn more about the country’s Military industry and Joint Armed Forces Command. Cooperation vital in the fight against organized crime Cooperation vital in the fight against organized crime Under the agreement, the Armed Forces of Peru and Mexico will cooperate to fight drug trafficking, conduct security operations at sea, and exchange information. The two countries will also work together on cyber defense, natural disaster search-and-rescue missions, and cooperation in military education, Cateriano said. MEMBERS OF CONGRESS PASS A LAW NOW THAT THE 2016 ELECTIONS ARE COMING UP, FOR CANDIDATES TO THE PRESIDENCY AND TO CONGRESS ONLY THOSE WITH PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSITY DEGREES AND NO OUTSTANDING LAWSUITS WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE RÉSUMÉ AND CURRICULUM VITAE SHOULD RUN, THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO COME UP WITH A GOOD POLITICAL CONSTITUTION FOR THE STATE, SUCH AS THE ONE THE UNITED STATES HAS, WHICH HAS LASTED OVER TWO CENTURIES, THE ONP NEEDS TO BE DEDICATED TO THIS. By Dialogo April 17, 2015 The type of cooperation outlined in the agreement is crucial in the fight against transnational criminal organizations which cross borders to conduct their illicit enterprises. This type of cooperation will allow strategic intelligence to be used in neutralizing criminal organizations, said Jaime Raúl Castro Contreras, security analyst and member of the Latin American Security and Defense Network (RESDAL) in Peru. The type of cooperation outlined in the agreement is crucial in the fight against transnational criminal organizations which cross borders to conduct their illicit enterprises. This type of cooperation will allow strategic intelligence to be used in neutralizing criminal organizations, said Jaime Raúl Castro Contreras, security analyst and member of the Latin American Security and Defense Network (RESDAL) in Peru. last_img read more

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Credit unions ask CFPB to limit business loan rules

first_img continue reading » As the CFPB contemplates regulations governing small business lending, credit unions are asking the agency to ensure that any rules do not conflict with NCUA requirements and do not require data collection that could be misleading.The CFPB held a field hearing on small business lending in Los Angeles Wednesday and agency officials said that they are soliciting advice on how to collect data on small business lending—a requirement under the Dodd-Frank Act.“Given the importance of small businesses to our economy and their critical need to access financing if they are to prosper and grow, it is vitally important to fill in the blanks on how small businesses are able to engage with the credit markets,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in remarks prepared for the hearing.NAFCU is asking the agency to exempt credit unions from any new rules that requires disclosure of business loan information. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Organist takes movie goers back in time

first_imgThe experience gives history buffs like Binghamton local, Mike Roseboom a taste of the real thing in real time. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After the departure of organist Jim Ford in December, a familiar face was behind the organ at the Broome County Forum on Sunday. “I think if people want a glimpse into the past and what the movie industry and the way movies used to be years ago this is an ideal situation,” he said. James says Sunday’s showing of the 1927 silent movie, Love is intended to be exactly like seeing the movie at the time of it’s release. “I was the first person to play this organ in 1978 I’m the guy they brought in, I was 28 years old,” said theater organist Dennis James. It also gives the forum the opportunity to raise the money needed to make sure the organ is around for another century. James says he will be accompanying the Forum’s silent film showings moving forward. “We need to get people in the audience to come to the shows so that we can have funding to keep the organ running,” said Nancy Wildoner, Vice President of the Binghamton Theater Organ Society. “This is the closest you can get to time travel,” he said “It’s all the same there’s no difference.” last_img read more

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Voting simulation for regional polls necessary amid pandemic: Central Java governor

first_imgCentral Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has called on the General Elections Commission (KPU) to conduct voting simulation prior to the simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9.“Conducting a simulation is important to ensure voting procedures are prepared amid the pandemic,” Ganjar told The Jakarta Post on Friday.He also emphasized the importance of arranging time slots for voting. “So people can take turns to vote, to avoid crowds [which could prompt COVID-19 transmission].” On Dec. 9, Central Java will see voters in 21 out of its 35 cities and regencies elect new mayors and regents.Ganjar said all participating cities and regencies were financially ready, but had yet to the procure protective equipment required for election officials as part of the health protocols prepared by the KPU to prevent virus transmission among officials, candidates and voters.The simultaneous elections, which have been pushed back from Sept. 23 due to the outbreak, will see the election of 270 regional leaders across Indonesia, comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors. The regions holding elections include Surabaya and 18 other cities and regencies in East Java, the province hit hardest by COVID-19.Read also: KPU presses on with December elections despite turnout concerns KPU commissioner I Dewa Kade Wiarsa Raka Sandi said the latest KPU regulation on health protocols had gone through a third review after being given the green light by the House of Representatives, and would made official soon.He also said the KPU planned to hold both voting and vote counting simulations, though a schedule has yet to be set.”A number of regions have informed us that they will conduct election simulations. Hopefully, after we issue the regulation, not only will we be able to start procuring personal protective equipment [PPE]  such as face masks, face shields and gloves, but also encouraging all regions to conduct simulations,” Dewa said.He said balloting times and procedures for polling stations and vote counting would follow physical distancing measures.“We can’t talk about numbers because polling stations differ in size. The main thing is, the regulation of voter attendance will follow health protocols,” he said.The KPU previously said that COVID-19 patients would be allowed to cast votes at designated voting stations at nearby hospitals after 12 p.m., or an hour before the voting booths close.Read also: Vote buying threatens to undermine year-end elections: KPKFurthermore, Dewa said that support from local administrations was needed for election preparations. “We need to intensify collaboration with health authorities and COVID-19 task forces in the regions set to hold elections,” he said.For example, rapid antibody tests for election officials are among the required health protocols. However, the KPU does not have the authority to conduct the tests and therefore needs to team up with the local COVID-19 task forces and health agencies.With the central government having begun to disburse Rp 941 billion (US$66.3 million) to KPU regional offices to procure health equipment, coordination between the KPU and regional administrations was essential to ensure the funds were used transparently, Dewa said.Strict enforcement of health protocols, Dewa said, was the key to the success of this year’s elections. “The only way to prevent low voter turnout is to convince the public that it is safe to participate in the elections.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Consultancy aims to crack Germany’s ‘closed-shop’ for cross-border IORPs

first_imgRegulatory hurdles and “over-cautiousness” have effectively made Germany a “closed shop” for institutions for occupational retirement provision (IORPs), according to Michael Ries, managing director of Ries Corporate Solutions (RCS).The Bensheim-based consultancy is currently advising an unnamed international company that wants to enter the German market.The client, with a Benelux-based administrative platform, plans to offer an IORP vehicle with the aim of “providing global services to German employers”, Ries told IPE.According to the consultancy, this solution will “effectively open the door” to the German market for foreign providers. RCS is advising on a cooperation with an insurer through which members can purchase annuities on retirement, as well as outsourcing other services to take on local administration.He said the country had been difficult to access due to the complexity of the German model and the ”over-cautiousness” of German clients.Under current regulation, the scope of activity for a Pensionsfonds – which is what a cross-border IORP qualifies as – is limited to transferring existing on-book pension reserves, or “past services”, and managing deferred compensation plans. If future rights to benefits are transferred, this cuts into the tax allowance for re-assigning parts of an employee’s salary, or Entgeltumwandlung.To cover tax-efficient contributions to the German healthcare system, foreign providers need an agreement with a CTA and an Unterstützungskasse, and they need to be able to offer services such as checking a member’s status.Furthermore, pension providers must have the know-how to administer the different options offered to German companies, including non-IORP solutions.“It means that, to enter the German market, the foreign provider must support all the technical resources necessary to manage a wide range of products, including non-IORP solutions, with the support of local experts,” Ries said.This complexity, he said, had served to “check the ambitions of non-German providers”.A further hurdle is Germany’s preference for a life-long pensions payout, or deferred compensation, rather than a one-off payout of accrued assets.“This means you have longevity risk to manage, actuarial challenges and the task of monitoring each migrant worker’s survival status,” said Ries.Commenting on why the German market was harder to penetrate than others, he said belief in the country’s supervisory structures was “very strong”.“It is difficult,” he added, “for a foreign company to gauge this feeling in the market and to understand all the regulatory hurdles.”But Ries argued that the German retirement-provision landscape was “rather backwards” when it came to transparency and fees, adding that it was still almost impossible to ask a German retirement vehicle for a total expense ratio.“So, from an objective point of view, it makes sense to want to enter a market with a low general product quality and billions of unfunded liabilities,” he said.last_img read more

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Serie A picks June 13 as return date from covid-19 suspension

first_img After a videoconference with all 20 clubs on Wednesday, a large majority selected June 13 as the resumption date over the other option, June 20. The Italian top flight still requires government approval before it can officially confirm play will resume on June 13. “Regarding the resumption of sporting activity, the date of June 13 June for the resumption of the championship was indicated, in accordance with government decisions and in accordance with the medical protocols for the protection of players and all professionals,” a statement from Serie A said. Serie A has been on hiatus since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Italy one of the countries hardest hit by the virus. With teams in Serie A having returned to individualised training, government minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora confirmed on Wednesday that teams have now been cleared for group training starting on Monday. Serie A clubs have selected June 13 as the date the league is set to return from its coronavirus suspension. Loading… “A few minutes ago I received a letter from the president of the FIGC [Italian Football Federation] [Gabriele] Gravina, in which he announced that the FIGC had accepted all the comments of the Scientific Technical Committee, readjusting the protocol allowing without other difficulties to resume training from May 18,” Spadafora said. Serie A also confirmed in a statement that all TV rights holders will be complying with payment deadlines, an important step as the league looks to avoid a major financial crisis. “The Assembly of the Serie A League met today with all the companies present and connected via video conference. Serie A reiterates, in the relationship with the licensees of the audiovisual rights 2018 through 2021, the need to comply with the payment deadlines set by contracts to maintain a constructive relationship with them,” the statement read. Juventus currently lead the Serie A table by just one point ahead of Lazio, with Inter in third place, nine points behind Juve. read also:Serie A: French star returns to Juventus today The Bundesliga will be the first major European league to return from its coronavirus suspension, as the German top flight gets set to resume play on Saturday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketMesmerizing Wedding Looks From Different Countries11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Showslast_img read more

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Kolarov and Nasri give Manchester City victory at Everton

first_imgAleksandar Kolarov scored the first goal of the game as Manchester City beat Everton 2-0 to maintain a perfect start to the season.Manchester City looked like they would put themselves into an early lead after a bright start, but Tim Howard made two good saves to keep the scoreline level.Gradually, Everton grew into the game, and Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed for a tight (but correct) offside decision, and just before the end of the half, he struck a free kick against the cross bar.In the second half, City took the lead when David Silva and Raheem Sterling combined to release Kolarov, who beat Howard at the near post with a clever shot.City were able to absorb the pressure from Everton and controlled the game until the final whistle. With two minutes to go, Samir Nasri pulled off a neat lob after a superb ball into the box from Yaya Toure to secure victory.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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2020 Honda LPGA Thailand CANCELLED

first_imgLPGA Tour Statement on the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand and 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship Due to the continued health concerns and recent advisories in some Asian countries that large-scale events should be cancelled or postponed as a result of the coronavirus, the LPGA and its partners have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Honda LPGA Thailand, which was scheduled to take place February 20-23 in Pattaya, Thailand, and the 2020 HSBC Women’s World Championship, which was scheduled to take place February 27-March 1 in Singapore.It is always a difficult decision to cancel events and the LPGA greatly appreciates the understanding and all the efforts made by our title sponsors (Honda and HSBC) as well as IMG to host incredible events for our players. The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority. While we are disappointed that these tournaments will not take place this season, we look forward to returning to Asia soon.Media ContactKelly Schultz, VP, Communications, [email protected], 810-599-6492last_img read more

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