Barclays weighs up costs of quitting UK

first_img Share whatsapp KCS-content Barclays weighs up costs of quitting UK Wednesday 27 October 2010 9:03 pm Show Comments ▼ center_img More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Were Barclays to move its headquarters in order to escape from any bank levy or government decision to split its retail and investment banks, it would need to be re-authorised by the FSA to engage in UK banking activities, a potentially risky and lengthy process. There might also be demands for higher levels of capital to be held in the UK operation.“The FSA would have to satisfy itself that it could have proper oversight over the UK operation,” said a person familiar with the FSA’s working practices yesterday. “It’s possible that this might require all sorts of safeguards,” he added.Barclays insiders say they may be put through an excessive number of obstacles were they to choose to relocate. Some have labelled the process as getting to grips with the “exit penalties.”The FSA would only say: “Whatever entity stayed here, it would have to vary its permission to trade here.”Other insiders have noted that contracts written under the status quo may have to be redrawn or “novated” if the bank choses to go overseas.Barclays, together with HSBC and Standard Chartered, has been forced to look at the possibility of relocating by the increasing regulatory and taxation burden in the UK that has followed the banking crisis. The big banks have been hit by the one-off bonus tax, the bank levy, a raft of restrictions on bonuses from the FSA and EU, the threat of a forced break-up and the raising of the top rate of tax from 40p to 50p.A source close to Barclays said yesterday that the issues were “too sensitive” to go into in any detail but pointed out that chairman Marcus Agius recently said that the bank would be considering all its options.Bank executives, headed by Agius, have been lobbying the government hard in recent weeks in the hope that the industry might be given some relief from recent measures that have been brought to bear against it ever since Lloyds Banking Group and RBS were forced to go to the government for financial support. Tags: NULL SENIOR executives at Barclays Bank are weighing up the costs of moving the group’s headquarters from London to overseas, most probably New York.The bank’s executives, including at board level, have spent a great deal of time poring over the issue over the past few weeks. While no final decision has been taken, they have discovered that the process of moving the group overseas would be much more complicated than many had thought.Firms in other sectors such as the advertising group WPP and the pharmaceutical company Shire, have moved offshore for tax reasons in a fairly painless manner. However, Barclays’ experts have discovered a raft of regulatory difficulties that don’t exist in other sectors. The issue for Barclays, which will soon be run by Bob Diamond, and for HSBC, which is also said to be contemplating a move, is that it has a large retail branch network in the UK which would still need to be regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Similar issues would apply for investment banking units. last_img read more

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BoA attacks Dodd-Frank Act

first_img BoA attacks Dodd-Frank Act Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionUndo Show Comments ▼ whatsapp The Federal Reserve’s proposed caps on fees that banks charge merchants for processing debit card transactions are too low and do not allow banks’ to adequately cover their processing expenses, Bank of America consumer bank chief Joe Price said yesterday. The rules are a key part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act. KCS-content Sharecenter_img Wednesday 5 January 2011 9:19 pm Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: NULL whatsapplast_img read more

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Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgAscencia Limited (ASCE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAscencia Limited is a commercial property fund with an investment portfolio comprising quality income earning properties located in Mauritius. The company specialises in retail properties where the company engages in the acquisition, investment and investment holding of real estate properties on the Mauritian island. Ascencia Limited (Class A shares) operates shopping malls locally and regionally. Ascencia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Open letter to President Hugo Chavez to protest about official hounding of Globovisión

first_imgNews News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Follow the news on Venezuela News Help by sharing this information VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en January 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img May 29, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to President Hugo Chavez to protest about official hounding of Globovisión to go further VenezuelaAmericas Organisation Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela August 25, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Mr. Hugo Chávez Frías President of VenezuelaMiraflores Palace, CaracasDear Mr President,Reporters Without Borders, a worldwide organisation that defends press freedom, wonders about the meaning of steps you are taking against Globovisión, the privately-owned news channel which broadcasts only to Caracas and its surrounding area. It is currently being hounded by the government and the administration. Why? And why now? Globovisión reported on an earthquake registering 5.4 on the Richter scale that shook the centre-north of Venezuela on 4 May 2009, quoting statistics produced by the US Geological Institute. From 7 May onwards it has been targeted by official proceedings that could lead to it being taken off air for 72 hours.These proceedings, responsibility for which falls to the National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel), were opened on the insistence of the National Assembly meeting on the day after the earth tremor.The television channel is accused of having broken Article 29 of the Law on Social Responsibility in Radio and Television (Resorte Law) which punishes media that “promote, justify or incite war; promote, justify or incite disruption of public order”. In what way does reporting on an earthquake, however poorly, fit within this definition of an offence? We would like to ask you that.Let us accept that the 21 May search of one of the Caracas properties of Guillermo Zuloaga, chairman of Globovisión that was widely covered in the media was connected with his car concession. We are concerned above all by your opening remarks on the tenth anniversary of your programme, “Aló Presidente”, broadcast on this occasion for four days. In the 28th May broadcast you urged not only Conatel, but also the ministry that controls it, the Supreme Court of Justice and the republic’s prosecutor’s office to act against Globovisión, failing which you would ‘act yourself against the deficiencies and failings within some state bodies”. What could be the reason for such a far-reaching mobilisation of state apparatus when Conatel had already opened proceedings against Globovisión three weeks earlier? Do you want an immediate 72-hour suspension of the channel, at the end of which it would anyway have resumed broadcasting? What would you do in practice to make up for the incompetence of the authorities that you complain about? The media question is a “public health problem”, you also said on 28 May, dubbing as “Globoterror” a channel which you claimed was “plotting to assassinate” you. This allegation, which has become a recurring theme, partly refers to the obvious mistrust of you shown by Globovisión during the coup in which you were briefly ousted from 11-13 April 2002. Legal proceedings along with debate about the approach of some privately owned media during these events, was not without cause at the time. But on what content do you base an accusation more than seven years later? If there really was “a call to murder or launch a coup” against you imputed to Globovisión – reprehensible in principle and even more so against a democratically elected head of state – would you really confine yourself to a 72-hour suspension against the channel? Since Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV) was taken off air on 27 May 2007, Globovisión is the sole broadcast media with a voice strongly critical of your government. No government created by a democratic society, recognising free expression, can avoid opposition and disagreements. Are you not paying excessive attention to a channel that does not share your ideas? Is it because of “lying”, “insulting you” or worse “to want your death” rather than not sharing them? Are you not over-estimating the real power of the media? Do you not under-estimate your government’s own capacities, by concluding that all those who criticise your actions or defend the rights of your detractors to express themselves are declaring war against you? In other Latin American countries, where your counterparts face hostile media or those considered to be so, the state response has not taken such an extreme form. Never has the leader’s lone voice so dominated almost the entire television sector. And dialogue sometimes gets started. It is worrying that this is not the case in Venezuela. I cherish the hope that this dialogue will take place one day.I trust that you will give this letter your careful consideration.Yours sincerely,Jean-François JulliardSecretary General New wave of censorship targeting critical media outletslast_img read more

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Meredith joins museum staff

first_imgLatest Stories You Might Like Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Meredith joins museum staff Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 8:28 pm Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationcenter_img Skip Troy based subscription service highlights local, state products on national level “Bama in a Box,” a locally owned subscription service, was launched from Troy a little more than  72 hours ago… read more The Pioneer Museum of Alabama has welcomed Anna Grace Meredith as a museum assistant. Anna Grace is a 2020 graduate of Charles Henderson High School.  Anna Grace said she welcomed the opportunity to be a member of the museum staff and to learn more about pioneer life in Alabama.“Miss Barbara (Tatom, museum director) has taught me a lot about the history of the museum and I like learning about the different exhibits,” Anna Grace said. “I register visitors to the museum and tell them about the museum and the buildings outside.  I’ve met people from several different states and I’ve enjoyed talking with them.” Sponsored Content For more information, contact the Pioneer Museum of Alabama at 1-334-566-3597. X When the visitors finish touring the museum, Anna Grace opens the Adams Store so they can visit an old country store.“Visitors always like the old general store,” Anna Grace said. “It’s one of my favorite buildings, too.”Tatom said Anna Grace is an interested and eager learner and an asset to the museum.  “As Anna Grace learns more about the Pioneer Museum of Alabama, she will be given additional responsibilities,” Tatom said. “She has been and is a great help and has readily jumped in to do things that need to be done. We are proud to have her.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Anna Grace plans to attend Troy University and earn a degree in psychology. Her future plans are to be a psychiatrist.  The Pioneer Museum of Alabama is now open during its normal hours, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday but with COVID-19 restrictions.“We have had a surprising number of visitors, especially on Saturdays,” Tatom said. “As highway traffic has picked up, so have our numbers. We encourage those in our local area to also visit the museum. We have an outstanding military exhibit as well a Native American exhibit and  one of the Baptist Children’s home in Troy.  We also artwork by noted artists including two murals by Brundidge artist Larry Godwin.”On the grounds, there is an1800s steam locomotive, a sugar cane processing mill, horse-drawn jail, a one-room school house, a covered bridge and a log church.Tatom said there are always opportunities for volunteers “Volunteers can make their own schedules and volunteer in their areas of interest,” Tatom said. “Some volunteers enjoy greeting guests, while others would rather guide tours, do historical research or pick up sticks on the grounds.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Friends, community reflect on Powell’s legacy

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 6:24 pm Friday, July 10, 2020 “Tammy was one of the most dedicated people I have ever known” said Cattlewoman Patricia Garrett. “And, she was one of the toughest people I have ever known. Even when the cancer kept coming back, she continued to be involved.”Garrett said, rather recently, Powell was working at the scorers’ table at the regional calf show at Cattleman Park.“Tammy just never gave up. She fought cancer with everything she had and never stopped being involved,” Garrett said. “She was in a wheelchair that day but she was smiling and happy. She was an inspiration and she was one of a kind. We should all strive to be more like her.”Throughout her illness, Powell continue to be involved with the organizations around the county. She was a longtime member and leader of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce’s award-winning Farm-City Committee. Her involvement played a huge role the committee’s being named the Alabama’s Best Farm-City Committee in the state several times.“Our hearts are saddened by the loss of such a great woman,” said Dana Sanders, Chamber president. “Mrs. Tammy was completely devoted to the committee’s program of work. You could always count on her to volunteer with a smiling and happy heart. She will be missed by so many and in so many ways.”Kim May, Pike County Salvation Army director, said, too, that Powell was a leader and a do-er.“Tammy was a longtime and loyal member of our board,” May said. “She was willing to do whatever was asked of her and more. Tammy  always supported our fundraisers, always. She dipped camp stew and rang the bells many times and was happy to do it. She was a true community servant and she will be greatly missed.”Don Renfroe is a longtime friend of Tammy Powell. He remembers when she came to Brundidge, bringing Heather “in a peach basket.”“Tammy and I have been in the Cattle organizations together, worked calf shows together, gone to church together and we have been friends through it all,” Renfroe said. “What can I say about Tammy? There are so many good thing to say.”Renfroe said Powell was as talented as she was energetic. “Whether Tammy was at a calf show or at church, she was a leader,” Renfroe said. “We were in Sunday school class together and she was always prepared. Now, she had her opinions about things and she was usually right.“Tammy was a very godly lady. She was always willing to share her faith. She could give a program at the drop of a hat.“Her faith was unchallenged by anybody or anything. She loved the Lord and He had given her the talent to sing and she often sang solos at Sunday church and at special programs. Tammy will be missed in many places and in many ways. At our church, Brundidge United Methodist, especially.”Renfroe said Powell used her illness to educate others about cancer and she provided inspiration to others going through similar situations to not give up, to continue the fight.“The way she handled her illness was an example to all of us,” he said. “And, through it all, she glorified God.” Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Email the author Latest Stories Skip By The Penny Hoarder “Tammy left a high mark that few of us will ever reach,” said Mary Helms Adams, a longtime friend. “She showed us how to live by the way she lived her life. Tammy inspired us with her courage through the struggles of her illness as she carried on with her life with such a happy spirit. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.“Through her openness, Tammy let others share in her bad times. The way she accepted her illness was an inspiration, a ministry. Tammy left a legacy of love and caring that will benefit all of us who knew and loved her.”Powell touched hundreds of young lives as the Pike County Extension coordinator and the 4-H leader in the schools of Pike County, even after her retirement. Deborah Huggins Davis said so many young people have achieved success because Powell had the ability and the desire to light their candles and lead them on the right paths.“Tammy knew how to reach young people and she motivated them in such a way that they could find success and happiness in life,” Huggins Davis said. “She led by example and with such a happy spirit. Her legacy will live on through the young people whose lives she touched and the examples they set for others.”Powell was a member of several volunteer organizations in Pike County and a leader in all of them.She was a member of the Pike County Cattlewomen’s Association and served as its president. She was also active with the youth programs offered through the Cattlemen’s and Cattlewomen’s associations. TCS PLANS ‘OPTIONS’: Registration opens with traditional, online models Troy City Schools registration for the 2020-2021 opened this week with both traditional and virtual options available to students. “School… read more Tammy Powell, seen here with her husband, Eddie, was known throughout Pike County for her work with the Pike County Extension Service, 4-H, the Cattlewomen’s Association. She passed away Friday after a years-long battle with cancer, and friends said her legacy lies in the way she lived her life in the face of challenges. ‘She carried on with her life with such a happy spirit,” said Mary Helms Adams. Friends, community reflect on Powell’s legacy To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.Thomas CampbellThe hearts of so many throughout Pike County were saddened at the news of the death of Tammy Powell on Friday, July 10, 2020. But, she will continue to live in the hearts of the generations of people whose lives she has touched. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

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Sav-A-Life satellite office possibility in Brundidge

first_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like The council considered selling surplus property, primarily surplus vehicles that are beyond repair. The council voted to sell the surplus property.The council voted to approve the city’s FY2021 budget of $10 million which was amended in November.Boyd said an appointment to the City of Brundidge Planning Commission was in order.“The council has a place on the planning commission and I recommend Councilman Byron Gaynor to fill that place,” Boyd said. The council voted in favor of the mayor’s recommendation. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Email the author By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… The Brundidge City Council met in regular session on Tuesday night and heard from Jane Ward, executive director of Sav-A-Life in Troy, regarding the need to locate a Sav-A-Life satellite office in Brundidge.Ward said 75 of Sav-A-Life’s current 432 clients are from the Brundidge area, which includes Banks, Tennille, Tarentum and Clio.“We would have more clients from these areas but transportation is often a problem for them,” Ward said. “An office in Brundidge would be closer to home for those in living in those more distant areas from Troy and would help close the gap.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Brundidge City Manager Willie Wright said the city’s waterline replacement project in coming to a close. The project increased the size of waterlines including Ramage and Lee streets and will improve water serve to those areas.Wright said the city’s upcoming demolition project will rid the city of designated buildings that are not up to code.Brundidge Police Chief Marquez James gave the council a rundown of activity within his department during the closing weeks of January.He said, due to the nature of the crime, the robbery at the Corner Store on Highway 231 South has been turned over to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, which is better equipped to handle the on-going investigation.James said a recent homicide at a trailer park on Highway 231 required the services of a Spanish translator and highlighted a potential need within the department.James said the Brundidge Police Department has three vacancies with two pending hires.  James said there is no rush to hire.“We want to get the best people for our community,” James said.The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 8:52 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Hospital association launches campaign to honor employees The Alabama Hospital Association has announced a campaign to solicit Valentines for hospital employees. All Alabamians are encouraged to visit… read more By The Penny Hoarder Next UpWard said clients not served are opportunities missed to provide assistance to women and their families before, during and after an unplanned pregnancy.The Sav-A-Life executive director said a location in Brundidge would require an area for meeting with clients and counseling, restroom facilities and phone capabilities. The office would be facilitated by a Sav-A-Life staff member and a volunteer. Sav-A-Life would provide the necessary equipment and office supplies. The office would be staffed by a Sav-A-Life staff member and a volunteer two days a week for four hours each day.Brundidge Mayor Isabel Boyd said the council would discuss the benefit of having for a Sav-A-Life office in Brundidge. Sponsored Content Print Article Sav-A-Life satellite office possibility in Brundidgelast_img read more

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Blizzard cripples Rockies and Plains, powerful storm not over yet

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A massive storm crippled the Rockies and northern Plains with a powerful blizzard, dropping over 1 foot of snow, closing interstates and stranding drivers. As the storm intensified Wednesday, a couple of preliminary record low pressures were recorded in Colorado and Kansas, becoming one of the strongest storms to hit the High Plains in decades. Nearly 80 million Americans are still under the impact of this powerful storm Thursday as it brings dangerous blizzard conditions to the Rockies and Midwest, strong storms to Mississippi and Tennessee, and damaging winds to Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Here is the latest forecast: Winds over 50 mph are possible Thursday across much of the central U.S., from the Dakotas to Indianapolis to Chicago to St. Louis. Downed trees, power outages and property damage are possible. There’s also a new severe component to this storm in the South. Thunderstorms and damaging wind gusts are possible in parts of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. There’s an enhanced risk for severe weather Thursday from Mississippi to Michigan, including Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville and Indianapolis. Damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are possible. No significant severe weather is expected for most of the East Coast. There could be some strong wind gusts across parts of the Great Lakes into Thursday night; however, calmer and quieter weather should overtake much of the Northeast by Friday with only a couple of showers.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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NYC moves to dismiss hundreds of prostitution cases, decriminalize sex work

first_imgDNY59/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Queens, New York, District Attorney Melinda Katz moved on Tuesday to dismiss nearly 700 cases against people charged with loitering for the purpose of prostitution.The move came the same day New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pushed to decriminalize sex work.The loitering for the purpose of prostitution law was repealed last month out of concern it too often targeted women, trans people and people of color based solely on their appearance.“Historical data shows that enforcement of this statute had primarily been used to arrest people based on their gender or appearance,” Katz said. “Dismissing cases related to this unfair and now repealed statute frees members of our community from the collateral consequences of their arrests.”The request came as prosecutors across the country are rethinking their views of prostitution. It is no longer viewed entirely as a crime, but often as a consequence of sex trafficking.“Instead of prosecuting these defendants, we need to provide a helping hand by connecting them with meaningful services, support options and the necessary tools that will assist them to safely exit the sex trade if that is what they choose to do,” Katz said.She asked the Queens Supreme Court to dismiss:146 cases of defendants with outstanding warrants on open cases charging 240.37 (loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense) and related charges 84 cases of defendants with outstanding warrants on cases charging 240.37 and related charges who failed to appear after pleading guilty 443 cases of defendants with outstanding warrants on pending cases charging 230.00 (prostitution) and related chargesOn Tuesday, de Blasio urged state lawmakers to decriminalize sex work and he unveiled police reforms that would review procedures the New York City Police Department uses to identify and investigate human trafficking.“It’s time to decriminalize sex workers and focus our enforcement on those who exploit and profit off a broken system,” the mayor said in a statement. “We are calling on the State to end criminal penalties for sex workers and help us reach those in need without requiring involvement with the criminal justice system.”The city plans to focus on pre-arrest models, such as offering “community-centered services to sex workers without conducting arrest as a condition of receipt,” as opposed to offering services after arrests, as is the current model.“We applaud the Mayor — and especially the Black, brown and trans activists who have been working tirelessly for years to decriminalize sex work — for announcing this proposal,” Zil Goldstein, associate director of medicine for transgender and nonbinary health at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, said in a statement. “The best way to support the health and wellness of sex workers is by protecting them from harassment and unjust incarceration.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Harden’s 41 points lead Rockets over Jazz in Game 1

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 41 points and the Houston Rockets raced out to a huge lead and sailed to a 110-96 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday.Houston was up by 25 at halftime behind 34 points combined from Harden and Chris Paul. The Jazz, who didn’t wrap up their first-round series with Oklahoma City until late Friday night, looked sluggish and struggled to keep pace with the energy of the top-seeded Rockets, who haven’t played since eliminating Minnesota on Wednesday.It was Houston’s fourth straight win by 10 or more points this postseason, and the Rockets have won their five games against the Jazz by an average of 16.8 points.Harden, who also had seven assists and eight rebounds, picked up where he left off in the regular season against the Jazz when he averaged 34.3 points, led by a 56-point performance in a 137-110 win in November that set a career-high he has since bested.The Jazz got 21 points each from rookie Donovan Mitchell and Jae Crowder while playing without starting point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat with a strained left hamstring. It was a significant blow after he averaged 14 points, 7.3 rebounds and seven assists in the first round.The Rockets had 10 3-pointers by halftime, led by three apiece from Harden and P.J. Tucker. They finished with 17, including seven from Harden.The Rockets were up by 18 entering the fourth after Paul hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third. Utah scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to get within 86-75, but Harden made three free throws over the next minute to end the run.Rudy Gobert, who had 11 points and nine rebounds, had a dunk after that, but a 3-pointer by Harden extended Houston’s lead to 92-77 with about 8½ minutes left.Mitchell was shaken up when Eric Gordon stepped on his ankle as he drove to the basket with about 5½ minutes remaining. He stayed on the court for a second holding his ankle before hopping up and walking gingerly to the bench. But remained on the bench for just a few seconds before returning.Houston still had a 15-point lead later in the fourth when Gordon stole a pass from Royce O’Neal and Harden finished with a 3 to make it 103-85 with less than four minutes to go.Both the Rockets and the fifth-seeded Jazz are in the semifinals for the second straight year. The Rockets, who beat the Timberwolves in five games to advance, lost to the Spurs last season, and Utah was eliminated by Golden State.TIP-INSJazz: Royce O’Neale started in place of Rubio and finished with four points and four assists. … The Jazz haven’t said how long Rubio will be out, but multiple reports have indicated that it could be as many as 10 days. … Joe Ingles had 15 points.Rockets: Luc Mbah a Moute had three points and three rebounds in his first postseason action this season. He had been out since dislocating his right shoulder on April 10. … Clint Capela had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his third straight double-double. … Paul finished with 17 points, four steals and six assists.UP NEXTThe Rockets host Game 2 on Wednesday night before the series shifts to Utah for two games. Written by Tags: Basketball/Houston Rockets/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Utah Jazz Associated Press April 29, 2018 /Sports News – Local Harden’s 41 points lead Rockets over Jazz in Game 1last_img read more

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