Senator Doyle releases Vermont Town Meeting survey results

first_imgSenator Bill Doyle (R-Washington) has released results of his Town Meeting Day survey, with voters supporting a cell phone ban while driving, an increase in the minimum wage and labeling GMO foods, while being torn about the legalization of marijuana, wind turbines and the new health care law.Senator Doyle has been conducting this survey for 44 years. Over 13,000 returns were tabulated from 155 Vermont Cities and Towns. It is an unscientific poll and non-binding, but it has regularly matched hard polling data and often jibed with what ultimately comes out of Montpelier.Doyle said this is the most response he’s ever had to the iconic poll. He said seven or eight of the questions are still in play in the Legislature.”The cell phone issue is very big right now and I think it’s going to pass,” Doyle said. He said the opiate problem, legalizing marijuana and the minimum wage are much on the mind of the public and of lawmakers. He also thought the question on affordability was revealing.”Vermont is losing out on being an affordable place to live,” he said, as housing is relatively high and wages are relatively average.The results, in percentages, follow:                                                                                                                              YES         NO         UNDECIDED1.  Prohibiting drivers from using cell phones                                                        74%       19%       7%2.  Legalization of marijuana                                                                                 44%       45%       11%3.  Wind turbines on Vermont ridgelines                                                               48%       33%       19%4.  Increasing minimum wage                                                                                 71%       20%       9%5.  Concern about opiate use                                                                                89%       5%          6%6.  Reducing prison population for non-violent offenders                                     71%       17%       12%7.  GMO: should food products with genetic engineering be labeled                    76%       15%       9%8.  Do you believe Vermont is an affordable place to live                                      26%       60%       14%9.  Is statewide cell service and broadband important to the future     of Vermont’s economy                                                                                        87%       5%          8%10. Is natural gas an important part of Vermont’s economy                                   55%       21%       24%11. Should Vermont have a state bank                                                                  23%       38%       39%12. Do you believe Vermont healthcare is moving in the right direction                 41%       38%       21%13. Are education costs unsustainable                                                                   69%       18%       13%14. Does the federal government collect too much information       on the lives of citizens                                                                                      69%       17%       14%last_img read more

Proportionality hits Brian May’s costs claim in neighbour dispute

first_imgA costs claim brought by rock musician Brian May against developer Wavell Group Limited is limited to 20% of the amount sought, a court has decided in the latest application of the principle of proportionality in civil costs.Costs judge Master Rowley determined that costs allowed in the case should be reduced to £35,000 plus VAT. May had sought £208,236.54 including VAT. May (pictured) and his wife, who live in Kensington, London, brought proceedings in the county court for nuisance caused by a neighbour’s basement development.The subsequent costs claim was disputed on grounds of being both unreasonable and disproportionate to the issues. The Mays had accepted compensation of £25,000 at an early stage in the claim.Rowley reduced the costs in two steps. First, cutting the claim to £99,000 as a figure that was more ‘reasonable’. The second reduction was made after a proportionality test, introduced by Lord Justice Jackson’s civil litigation reforms, was applied. The Mays had instructed Simon Farrell QC for the claim through a direct access scheme.Boodle Hatfield partner Colin Young, who acted for Wavell, said: ‘Costs incurred should be tightly focused on the issues at large in the proceedings. ‘If any party wishes to pursue matters outside of that focus, they cannot reasonably expect to recover the costs of such matters if they are successful in their case. The courts are likely to scrutinise ever more carefully the costs incurred.’Farrell told the Gazette: ‘In this case 25% of the total costs claimed comprised acoustic expert fees and not legal fees. The Master found that approximately £97,000 costs were reasonably and necessarily incurred in bringing and pursuing the claim to settlement. He then went on to apply the new proportionality test to that figure of the costs which he had found to be reasonable and reduced it further. Proportionality and costs is a developing area and the Master described it as being in a “transitional phase”. This case raises an important point of principle.’ An appeal is being considered, he added.last_img read more

Rwanda will start to ease coronavirus lockdown from Monday

first_imgKigali, with a population of more than 1 million (2012), is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. The city is coterminous with the province of Kigali City, which was enlarged in January 2006, as part of local government reorganisation in the country. Kigali’s city limits covers the whole province, it is consolidated. A trader wearing a protective mask weighs grains at the Kimironko market as shoppers stock up on essential items that have been price fixed in order to prevent exploitative prices in Kigali, Rwanda March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Maggie AndresenThe Rwandan government will allow limited movement of people and allow restricted openings of businesses including restaurants and hotels from next Monday as it starts to ease its coronavirus lockdown.Movement between provinces in the central African country will still not be allowed, while schools will also remain shut until September, according to a government statement released late on Thursday.“All resumed services must adhere to health guidelines, mask wearing and social distancing,” it said.Rwanda alongside neighbouring Uganda implemented some of the strictest lockdown measures in Africa to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, including shuttering all but the most essential businesses.As of Thursday Rwanda had 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no deaths.Under the loosened lockdown restaurants will be allowed to open up to 7 p.m. Hotels will also be allowed to open, but only guests will be allowed on the premises in the evenings. Bars, and churches will remained shuttered.Tourism is a major source of income for Rwanda, with visitors especially drawn to see its mountain gorillas.Related Morocco’s government extends coronavirus lockdown Zimbabwe orders total lockdown from Monday to combat coronaviruscenter_img Chaotic start as Liberia’s capital goes into a coronavirus lockdownlast_img read more

2019/2020 NPFL Season: LMC holds induction workshop for Promoted Clubs

first_imgRepresentatives of the four clubs promoted from the Nigeria National League (NNL) to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Wednesday, August 21, completed a two-day induction workshop organized by the League Management Company (LMC) in Abuja.The clubs that participated in the orientation program were Adamawa United FC and Jigawa Golden Stars FC that qualified from the Northern Conference of the NNL, while Akwa Starlets FC and Warri Wolves FC clubs that were promoted from the Southern Conference of the second-tier League.The workshop is a seasonal activity of the LMC during which the promoted clubs from the lower division are familiarized with the operations of the NPFL including offering them a comprehensive knowledge of administration of professional football club in line with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Club Licensing Regulations as domesticated from the CAF and FIFA Club Licensing Regulations.Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of the LMC conducted the workshop which included an interactive session with the participating club representatives during which they provided feedback on the workshop.In his opening remarks on the first day of the workshop, Abubakar explained that, “we shall during this workshop provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of the club football administrative structure, Legal Structure and a general overview of the club licensing system and the FIFA/CAF Transfer Matching System (DTMS/TMS) and its domestication”.“On day two of the workshop, the briefing will be on Infrastructure, Legal and Financial Criteria. Other topics for day two are Personnel and Administrative, Business, Merchandising and Promotion Criteria”.At the end of the workshop, some of the participants said the two-day session was very illuminating and has provided them with insights that could only be gained from attending the workshop.Chairman of Warri Wolves, Moses Etu expressed satisfaction with the course contents and noted that it exposed him to the difference between playing in the lower league and the NPFL.“From this workshop, we have been educated on the regulations on and off the field of the NPFL, we now know that we are in a different terrain from what we were used to before now”, declared Etu and added, “this is an eye-opener to us on the structure and what it takes to run a professional football at the level of NPFL”.On his part, the Chairman of Akwa Starlets, Amedi Dickson also said he has been deeply enlightened on the administration, regulations and structure of NPFL Clubs.In attendance were Pwavi Moline, Team Manager of Adamawa United, Dickson, the Chairman with Iberedem Akpan, the Secretary of Akwa Starlets. Others are General Manager of Jigawa Golden Stars, Isah Dodo, the Secretary, Gambo Labbo and Etu, the Chairman of Warri Wolves and Henry Ukah, the Secretary.RelatedGo Round FC Face NPFL Expulsion After Failing To Meet Salary CapJanuary 4, 2018In “Nigeria”LMC Confirms Lobi Stars For CAFCLSeptember 1, 2018In “Nigeria”No More Super 8 as NNL Postpone PlayoffsDecember 20, 2018In “NFF”last_img read more

Samsung launches Galaxy S6 Edge+ in India for Rs 57,900

first_imgSouth Korean tech major Samsung on Wednesday launched its high-end flagship Galaxy S6 Edge+ phablet in India for Rs. 57,900 for the 32GB variant. The company didn’t announce the 64GB variant at the event for now.The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is available for pre-order in India. The device will be available to buy starting August 28.The Galaxy S6 Edge+ is simply a larger phablet extension of the original Galaxy S6 Edge that was launched earlier in April.Also read: Top features of Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ The Galaxy S6 Edge+ still carries the Galaxy S6 Edge’s one-of-its-kind twin curve display on the sides but adding even more real estate to it in its new rendition.The biggest change in the Galaxy S6 Edge+ with respect to the Galaxy S6 Edge is its screen size. It now comes with a larger 5.7-inch display, albeit with the same display resolution as that of the original Galaxy S6 Edge, meaning a QuadHD Super AMOLED screen with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution. The larger screen size means the Edge+ has a lower pixel density than the original Edge, a 518 ppi to be precise.The Edge+ still carries the original Edge’s glass and metal body design and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection.Also read: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge full review It is powered by the same octa-core Exynos 7420 processor (quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57) coupled with Mali-T760MP8 GPU, but with an increased 4GB of RAM.The Galaxy S6 Edge+ runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s newly tweaked TouchWiz UI on top that tries to stay clear of unnecessary bloatware.advertisementThe Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes with the familiar suite of features first introduced in the Galaxy S6 Edge to make better use of its unique twin-curve display area. At the same time it debuts some new features as well like adding an ‘Apps Edge’ shortcut to it that lets you quick-launch apps and the ability to access the ‘edge’ screen no matter where you are within the phone.The Galaxy S6 Edge+ sports the same 16MP camera with optical image stabilisation, autofocus and LED flash on the rear and a 5MP front-facing camera, like the Galaxy S6 Edge.Connectivity options include: WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS + GLONASS, 4G LTE and NFC.The phone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery and supports fast charging as well as wireless charging.The Galaxy S6 Edge+ will be available in the colours silver and gold.last_img read more