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Chelsea gunman’s ChCh funeral

first_imgThe funeral was led by Reverend Ralph Williamson. A eulogy was read by his widow and fellow Oxford alumnus, Elizabeth Clarke. The funeral of Mark Saunders took place at Christ Church last Friday. Saunders was killed by police after he started shooting at passers-by and his neighbours outside his Chelsea home in London on 8 May. Saunders studied as an undergraduate at Christ Church and was accepted to the Bar in 1999.last_img

NCUA Board issues merger, exam appeal proposals; NAFCU seeking feedback

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board on Thursday issued three separate proposals regarding mergers and the exam appeals process. Of note to credit unions, the merger proposal would require additional compensation disclosures and more member-to-member communications.“NAFCU will seek feedback from our members on this proposal,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “We support transparency, but we want to ensure that the voluntary merger process is not unintentionally impeded.”The merger proposal would also increase the required time for notice to federal credit union members in advance of the vote for a merger to a minimum of 45 days.The board on Thursday also issued two proposals regarding credit union processes for appealing exams. The first would standardize the appeals process for regulations that currently have their own review and appeals procedures. The other would expand the number of supervisory determinations appealable to the agency’s Supervisory Review Committee and provide credit unions the opportunity for additional review by the director of the Office of Examination and Insurance. continue reading »last_img read more

First of Fort Hancock Buildings Are Leased By Private Owners

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSANDY HOOK- After attempts reaching back to 1999, The National Park Service (NPS) announced on May 9 that it has finally issued the first lease on a building in Officers Row in historic Fort Hancock.The lease was issued to Brian Samuelson and Joseph Dorsey.Daphne Yun, acting public affairs officer, said the details of the 60-year lease were not available.Samuelson, of Atlantic Highlands, said that work was being done on the two-family house, known as building 21, which faces Sandy Hook Bay. The goal is to get one section, which has three bedrooms, ready for occupancy this summer.Samuelson said Tuesday that the building would be rented out for monthly or seasonal use, or for holiday vacations, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. This is consistent with his application, which said the house would be used as “a family residence in the off-season and a weekly, monthly or seasonal rental during the summer months.”Samuelson, an airplane pilot, said that “everything is up in the air,” when asked if he would be using the house as a residence.The application also said that Samuelson was interested in rehabilitating “between one and five” other buildings on Officers Row.When asked if he would be doing other renovations of buildings at the fort, he replied that he would handle “one crisis at a time,” but “I’m keeping an open mind.”The announcement from the park service of the lease quoted Samuelson and Dorsey as saying, “We hope to eventually make accommodations for the general public for summer rentals” which plan to advertise with a website.The park service’s first attempt to lease the buildings was in 1999, when a 60-year lease was given to Rumson developer James Wassel to renovate and commercially develop more than 36 buildings at the fort. The park service said it did not have the funds to restore the buildings covered in the lease. The proposal was met by strong opposition from local residents who formed Save Sandy Hook, a grassroots organization, to oppose the plan.The Wassell lease was cancelled in 2009, when the developer, after a series of extensions, was not able to show he had the financial means to rehabilitate the buildings.In 2012, a notice was put in the Federal Register that an advisory committee would be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior with White House Approval to form plans for Ft. Hancock’s future. The committee, named the Fort Hancock 21st Century Committee, has 23 members, including local elected officials.The interior of the building. Photo: Liz SheehanLast December, a spokesperson for the park service said it was in negotiations with potential lessees for three of the fort buildings.According to the park service website, those leasing the buildings have to pay to renovate the structures, following the standards of historic preservation properties. The proposed rent would be offset by the cost of renovation.The terms of the lease would be based on fair market value, John Warren, External Affairs Officer at the NPS, said.According to the NPS the Fort Hancock has been a major factor in the defense of the New York harbor since colonial days. It served as a proving ground and was renamed in 1895 and deactivated in 1974.last_img read more

Kootenay Mountaineering Club celebrates 50th anniversary

first_img 2) Serve as a nucleus for people interested in mountaineering and wishing to associate with others of like interests, and The KMC also manages and maintains the four huts on the famous Bonnington Traverse.Highlights of the KMC’s year are the three-one week hiking camp sessions and the Kokanee Glacier ski week. Both are so much in demand that the club holds lotteries to select the participants.The club’s semi-annual socials are always popular for meeting friends and viewing members’ slide shows of some of their more exotic or adventurous trips.Some things have changed in 50 years. While the KMC frowns on motorized, off-road back country recreation, the back country is becoming increasingly crowded with quads, snow mobiles and commercial cat- and heli-skiing operations.The club doesn’t instruct technical climbing anymore, now relying on certified instructors to provide its members more advanced training.When the KMC isn’t in the back country having fun, some challenges of a different nature are taken on. In the early years, the club lobbied successfully for preservation of Kokanee Glacier Park and the formation of the Valhalla Provincial Park and the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy.Today, the KMC is actively trying to keep the Jumbo Valley ‘wild’ and is rallying opposition to the resort’s development.Another concern is that, while access to the back country is better than it was in the 60’s thanks to logging roads, today many of the forestry roads are being decommissioned and some of the favorite hiking and climbing destinations are once again becoming difficult to impossible to access.On (Saturday) June 7 the KMC will celebrate its 50th anniversary and host the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC’s AGM in Castlegar.The club is partnering with the FMCBC to fill the 200+ seats in the Old Castlegar Theatre to hear guest speaker, Dave Quinn, the ‘Outdoor Guy’ on CBC Radio West, talk that evening about conservation issues and his adventures in the Kootenays.The KMC looks forward to meeting the FMCBC Directors representing 31 outdoor clubs from around the province and sharing concerns, solutions and inspirations.Check outKMC at:    http://www.kootenaymountaineering.bc.ca 3) Maintain records of pertinent information on trips in the Kootenay area.The club still does all of this, but 50 years ago the logging industry had not cut many roads into the mountains and access to some of the most beautiful Kootenay country was difficult.The early years of the club saw much effort directed into cutting a trail into Mulvey Basin in the Valhallas from where, if not a first summit, then second or third ascents could be launched.Many trails were cut in the KMC’s early years and first ascents were made throughout the Kootenays by KMC members. Weekly rock climbing classes were conducted and early records abound with accounts of very technical climbs. Ski touring and hiking in Kokanee Glacier Park was and still is popular.The old Slocan Chief cabin, built in 1896 to service mining operations in the Kokanee Glacier area, hosted many KMC winter and summer outings.The cabin still exists but today it houses historical information displays and the luxurious Kokanee Glacier Lodge has become the main destination for overnight trips since it was built 10 years ago.center_img The Kootenay Mountaineering Club celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.The KMC existed as a section of the Alpine Club of Canada for its first five years, but went its own way when it could not or would not persuade sufficient numbers to sign up with the ACC.Today, the KMC numbers over 300 members and schedules more than 100 outdoor trips and activities every year. Its membership resides primarily in the West Kootenays with most members residing within the Rossland-Trail-Castlegar-Nelson corridor.Fifty years ago the KMC’s constitution stated the objectives of the club were to: 1)  Maintain a program of climbs during the summer season and ski touring trips in the winter and spring,last_img read more

Geek Film Review: Star Trek Into Darkness Breaks The Prime Directive

first_imgbrian s hall Among the stunning visual battles and non-stop action, some of the best moments of Star Trek Into Darkness are tender human moments. Those that reveal the budding – and sometimes acrimonious – relationships still being formed aboard the new Enterprise. Kirk and Spock. Spock and Uhura. Scotty and the warp core. Each actor more closely subsumes their role in this latest Star Trek iteration. Chris Pine is Kirk. Zachary Quinto is Spock. Zoe Saldana is Uhura. The film places them all in peril, and forces each of them to save the other. The bonds of a lifelong friendship and wholehearted commitment (and a long line of potential sequels) to one another are forged.Stumbling Off The Enterprise 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts The action-packed Star Trek Into Darkness begins with a mad dash, a swirling, red-fueled explosion – and a lesson: sacrificing your own life, or abandoning your sworn duty, is always right provided the cause is just. An attack upon Starfleet, Captain Kirk’s loss of his command – and an Earthly betrayal – are enough to propel the crew of the Starship Enterprise into action.Red Alert: Spoilers aheadDirected by J.J. Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness incorporates all the action scenes, special effects and humor necessary for a summer blockbuster, while effectively maintaining the focus on the beloved characters: Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Sulu, Chekov and Uhura. There is enough action to satisfy the Trekkie newbies and just enough homage paid to the original Star Trek television series to make hardcore fans blush. A joyfully clever twist on what is – still – the best Star Trek movie ever, should satisfy all. Abrams allows each character his or her moment moment to shine. He unabashedly tosses Tribbles, Klingons, red suits and Mr. Spock all into the pot even as he constructs a version of the series able to stand on its own.   Where the movie fails is when the focus shifts to characters not on the Enterprise. Khan is a bit too superhuman, Klingons are easily bested in a fight, Starfleet is an inexplicable tangle of unstated relationships, and the beautiful people of 23rd century Earth are essentially bystanders to the action. All is forgiven, however, as each successive scene raises the stakes: from Spock inside a volcano to Kirk piloting his shuttlecraft on Kronos, to Sulu righting the Enterprise before it crashes and burns back on Earth. Despite the film’s scale and speed and fights and explosions, Star Trek Into Darkness ultimately reveals the indelible rise of geek culture. The Enterprise – and all of Starfleet – is overflowing with smart, highly technical, amazingly skilled men and women ready to build, repair and imagine as their life mission. Best of all, unlike in the original series, in today’s version the highly intellectual Spock and the brain-enhanced Khan get all the best action scenes. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img In the future, smarts and focus are rewarded. Through intellect, bravery and a can-do attitude – all pure geek –  all obstacles are overcome. Theirs is a world of magic-like technology, blistering focus and an eager embrace of faraway worlds, beings, and cultures. We are the better for it. Violating the prime directive (through sacrifice and the abandonment of sworn duty) from the start of the film, signals that this new Star Trek crew won’t always adhere to the rules and conventions long-time fans have come to expect. That’s OK. They have proven themselves worthy of piloting the Enterprise. In the grand pantheon of Star Trek, Into Darkness is among the best of the bunch.(See also: 10 Great Sci-Fi Films That Got The Future All Wrong)(See also: Geek Film Review: Iron Man 3 Reveals It’s A Tech World After All)Images courtesy of Paramount.  5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout The Dark Side Of TrekInto Darkness begins on the lush world of Nibiru then ventures to the dark, barren Klingon homeworld of Kronos before jetting across London and San Francisco – and Jupiter. As is appropriate to any Star Trek movie, the center of the action always returning to the bright retro-future beauty of the Enterprise itself. Abrams’ journey is pure, escapist fun that is not without its faults. Into Darkness avoids many of the probing questions on the human condition that the original Star Trek series so loved to tackle.  The story is surprisingly muddled. If there is a message here, it is lost amongst the frenetic pace and boisterous effects.Despite its departure from Trek’s original plotlines, we can forgive this new film for not posing the deeper questions. We love these characters and want to follow them on their many adventures. The original vision of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s technology-drenched, optimistic worldview of the future may simply have won us over. Even if the present cultural zeitgeist does periodically push us onto the darker side, Star Trek’s vision of smart people creating amazing technologies that ultimately lead us to the stars and possibly salvation, seems always welcome. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#film last_img read more

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2007 VOLUNTEER SMALL EQUIPMENT GRANTS CLOSING SOON

first_imgThe 2007 Volunteer Small Equipment Grant applications are soon closing with the deadline this Friday 22 June. For more information about this fantastic opportunity please see the website: http://www.facsia.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/aboutfacs/programs/sfsc-vseg_2007.htmor contact your relevant State Office or Game Development Officer.last_img

9 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso concedes Higuain now closer to Chelsea

first_imgAC Milan coach Gattuso concedes Higuain now closer to Chelseaby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso has hinted Gonzalo Higuain is leaving for Chelsea this week.Gattuso was speaking after the Coppa Italia win over Sampdoria.He said, “We have a very honest relationship, we say things to people’s faces. There is great honesty. When a player makes certain choices, it becomes difficult to convince him otherwise. One can try.“At this moment, he is a Milan player and we’re holding on tight. I don’t know what will happen. We are honest with each other and I want him to maintain this attitude, which has never been lacking thus far.”Gattuso continued: “I’ve talked to him a great deal, but it’s hard to give advice, because the career of a player only lasts 13-14 years. It’s his mind, not mine. The most important thing is to talk as men, look each other in the eyes and speak the truth.“I haven’t figured out what Higuain is unhappy with, because I see him look content and involved in the locker room atmosphere. We’ll see what happens. If it was up to me, I’d keep him at my house and feed him my dinner.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5-Star LB VanDarius Cowan Flips To Alabama From Florida State

first_imgNick Saban reacting during an Alabama game.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 03: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the second half against the Florida Gators during the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama just scored a major recruiting coup, flipping Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) five-star linebacker VanDarius Cowan from Florida State. Cowan committed to FSU in December but took an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa this weekend. Roll Tide pic.twitter.com/MMF3uXdtBc— VanDarius Cowan #8 (@vandarius98) April 9, 2016Familypic.twitter.com/sOXSSguqA3— VanDarius Cowan #8 (@vandarius98) April 9, 2016The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Cowan is the No.5 outside linebacker in the 2017 class according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.last_img read more

Feds scale back contentious tax proposal in bid to calm business owners

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau has scaled back one of the most contentious elements of the Trudeau government’s tax-reform plan in yet another effort to calm infuriated small business owners.The move aims to water down Morneau’s proposal on passive-investment income, so that only three per cent of the “most-wealthy” privately owned corporations will have to pay higher taxes.Morneau confirmed the change at a cafe in Hampton, N.B., a small community outside Saint John where locals — including Liberal MP Wayne Long, who represents a neighbouring riding — have been highly critical of the Liberals’ overall package of controversial tax proposals.The event was part of a week-long Liberal effort to introduce tweaks in hopes of quieting the rage surrounding Ottawa’s tax proposals. The plan has angered entrepreneurs, doctors, farmers, tax experts and Liberal backbench MPs.“When you make (a) change, it is difficult sometimes for people who like the status quo,” Morneau said, referring to the uproar created over the original proposals announced in July.“What’s most important, though, is that we have a system that works for all Canadians… We think we’ve gotten it right.”In an attempt to avoid negative impacts on middle-class business owners, Morneau’s latest change will establish a threshold of $50,000 on passive income per year. It will be equivalent to $1 million in savings based on a nominal five per cent rate of return, his department said.The goal, he said, is to enable small business owners to put money away inside their corporations for the future needs, including retirement, sick leave and parental leave. At the same time, Morneau wants to crack down on the practice of privately held firms using the method purely as a way to reduce the owners’ income taxes.The government will release draft legislation as part of next year’s budget.The tweak comes after a flood of complaints that warned cracking down on passive investments could hurt middle-class entrepreneurs who use their companies to save for economic downturns, leaves and for rainy days.However, Morneau said Wednesday that 85 per cent of small businesses have no passive investment income at all.Morneau also released an estimate that suggests between $200 billion and $300 billion in assets are sitting in the passive investment accounts of just two per cent of Canada’s 1.8 million private corporations.This was the government’s latest adjustment to its tax proposals.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began the week by announcing a reduction in the small business tax rate to nine per cent over two years. He also ditched a proposed measure that would have had a negative impact on the intergenerational transfer of family businesses, like farms.The government is keeping — but promising to simplify — another proposal, aimed at limiting the ability of business owners to reduce their tax burden by sprinkling corporate income to family members who do not contribute to their companies.“The only way we get to good conclusions on things that are as complex as this is if members of parliament listen to their constituents, try and understand the issues and come up with ideas around solutions,” Morneau said.Neighbouring MP Long was removed from two committees after voting in favour of a Conservative motion to extend the consultation period on the tax proposals.Two Saint John doctors, who were refused entry into the tiny cafe where Morneau made the latest climb-down, were still angry about the tax proposals and how physicians have been portrayed over the last few months.“It was rolled out very poorly and to hear your prime minister in the House of Commons shout out ‘wealthy doctors’ just makes us feel terrible,” said Heidi King, a radiologist.“We’ve worked hard to get here. I don’t know why success would be punished in Canada. Why would you want to drive away people who work hard?”Cherie Adams, an emergency room physician, said she doesn’t get certain benefits such as maternity leave and she feels the government is still limiting what she can put aside for retirement.“I feel personally offended being called a tax cheat and taking advantage of loopholes when we’re really using legislated tax structure to fund our unique position in the business community,” Adams said.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business, which represents small- and medium-sized businesses, welcomed Wednesday’s changes. But while the $50,000 annual threshold for passive investment will help small firms that remain small, the CFIB warned that the level may be too low for small firms saving to grow and to create more opportunities.— with files from Kevin Bissett in Hampton, N.B.last_img read more

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