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Fraudster impersonating CBA in phishing email

first_img Taxpayers warned of phishing scheme Keywords Phishing The CBA notes it does not send out unsolicited emails and it recommends that recipients of the email delete it immediately, and don’t click on the hyperlink. “Email fraud, or ‘phishing’, is an attempt by criminals to get you to volunteer your personal information or to install malware on your computer. Phishing emails usually have spelling and grammatical errors, as well as generic greetings like “Good day” or “Dear valued customer”, the warning says. “Fraudulent emails also often ask you to provide personal information and usually always have a sense of urgency, or warning if you don’t follow through. If you get a fraudulent email, make sure to report it and delete it straight away,” the warning adds. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news The Canadian Bankers Association (CBA) issued a warning to consumers on Wednesday that its name is being used as part of a phishing effort. Fraudsters have been sending emails purporting to be from the CBA and asking prospective victims to fill out an online survey about their banking relationships. The CBA is not the source of the message and that “it is a phishing email from fraudsters,” the warning says. center_img James Langton CRA warns of phishing scams Phishing scams target young Canadians Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

ESFA Update 9 June 2021

first_imgESFA Update 9 June 2021 ESFA Update further education: 9 June 2021 HTML ESFA Update academies: 9 June 2021 HTML ESFA Update local authorities: 9 June 2021 HTML /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:education, Government, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Collector Classics: Vintage war machines

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Cloverdale Legion present Frank Redekop and historic military vehicle buff buddy Dean Fraser with his 1942 Dodge command vehicle and replica 1940 German BMW R71 motorcycle.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ron Baker and his 1942 White half-track wartime military transport.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A variety of historic military vehicles were displayed at the Cloverdale Legion, including this camouflaged tank.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Not exactly what you’d like to tailgate going down the highway.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A wartime military transport truck on display.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A restored 1942 Dodge command car that did wartime service in British Columbia and was abandoned in the Yukon after being used by US troops during construction of the Alaska Highway.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A wartime Jeep built in 1942.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A historic troop carrier pulling a World War Two-era gun.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Dodge nameplate on the hood of the 1942 command car.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A variety of historic military vehicles were display.Alyn Edwards, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Two of the vehicles on disiplay.Alyn Edwards, Driving The convoy of military vehicles that rumbled through the streets of the South Surrey community of Cloverdale included a 52-ton tank on a giant trailer.Looking very much like preparation to stave off an invasion in the 1940s, this convoy was heading to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 6 for a peacetime mission involving public education and entertainment.Some of Western Canada’s most prominent and prolific wartime vehicle restorers and collectors brought their best to help the legion with its annual open house. 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For more information go to and COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement “This is not your grandfather’s legion anymore,” says Legion president Frank Redekop. “We’re evolving to attract younger people.”One of the oldest legions in British Columbia, the Cloverdale legion first opened in 1927.Spending the day at the open house were teenagers from the Seaforth Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps No. 2277 in Langley, taking the opportunity to learn military history hands on by going on and in rarely seen military classics. These included troop carriers, military transport trucks and an Australian-built 1952 Centurion tank originally used in Vietnam combat that could crush a Cadillac without feeling the bump.The tank is painted U.S. Army colours and was fresh from playing a role in the remake of the film Planet of the Apes. In fact, many of these vehicles are used in local film production.Legion 6 president Redekop and military history buff Dean Fraser know each other from serving with NATO in Germany in the 8th Canadian Hussars tank regiment.Essentially an association for members of the military and veterans, the Legion was looking for a way to connect its annual open house to Canada’s military history. Fraser said he’d bring his vintage military vehicles along with a few friends with old army rolling stock. Those vehicles lined the parking lot.Fraser’s father, grandfather and uncles served in the military. His own Canadian army service spanned 10 years in Bosnia and Germany. He displayed his restored 1942 Dodge command car that was used by US troops to build the Alaska Highway after wartime service in B.C. It is the only restored example in the country.He also displayed a replica of a German 1940 BMW R71 motorcycle with sidecar complete with an ominous, though non-functioning, MG34 machine gun. Hitler used the combination to get troops to the front lines as quickly as possible.Fraser is an active member of the Canadian Military Education Centre dedicated to preserving our military history and teaching young people about Canadian military contributions. The centre has recently located to a 54-acre property in Surrey where many vintage military vehicles are stored.“Historic wartime vehicles are easier to restore than cars,” says enthusiast Ron Baker, who brought his 1942 White half-track from Maple Ridge. “There is no chrome, the interiors are simple with cheap canvas covering, everything is painted the same colour and fit and finish isn’t a problem because these vehicles were built for short life.”He says the biggest challenge is finding parts for 75-year-old vehicles that have been obsolete since the war ended. He buys all the parts he can find for his fleet of military vehicles with designations like M29 Studebaker Weasel (a military snowmobile), Dodge weapons carrier APT (Airplane Transportable) and a Ford CMP (Canadian Military Pattern truck). He even has a small tank. Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSDodgeVintage / ClassicClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew VehiclesVancouverAdolf HitlerAlaska HighwayAlyn EdwardsArmed ForcesAsiaBMW R SeriesBosnia and HerzegovinaBritish ColumbiaCanadaCanadian Armed Forces ActivitiesCanadian ForcesCanadian Military Education CentreCloverdaleDean FraserEuropeFrank RedekopGermanyGovernment and PoliticsLower MainlandNATOPlanet of the ApesRon BakerRoyal Canadian LegionSoutheast AsiaSurreyThe BalkansU.S. ArmyUnited StatesVancouverVancouver IslandVietnamWar and ConflictWestern CanadaWestern Command Historic Military Vehicle SocietyWestern Europe ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Uber lowers barrier to drive for those who can’t afford a car

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 In this photo taken Feb. 25, 2016, an Uber decal is displayed in the their window of the car owned by Steve Linnes, a music teacher in State College, Pa., who is also a part-time Uber driver. Fair also maintains a digital link to a user’s bank account or credit card. While the company runs a credit check off an applicant’s driver’s license, there’s no traditional financing process needed because Fair maintains ownership of the vehicle. Trending in Canada See More Videos “Uber wants to really find a way to lower the barrier or the hurdle to getting into a car,” Scott Painter, Fair’s founder and chief executive officer, said in a phone interview about the program, which is expanding to 10 major markets across the U.S.“This is designed specifically to attract drivers who may not even have enough credit to get a traditional car loan of any kind.”Uber agreed to sell its subprime-lending unit to Fair in January 2018, which gave the startup access to a pool of drivers that now make up roughly half of the company’s more than 30,000 active users. Initially conceived as a way to help new drivers get started, Uber’s unit formerly known as Xchange Leasing racked up losses and drew criticism for saddling drivers with financial commitments they struggled to meet.Painter said Fair’s model will be less risky because the company is more flexible about allowing drivers to return a car when they want and isn’t requiring them to make a significant financial commitment over a years-long lease. advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSNews PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Uber is going nationwide across the U.S. with a program that helps those without a car – or the financial means to get one – drive for the ride-hailing giant.Since January, Uber has partnered in California with flexible car-leasing startup Fair to supply vehicles to drivers for a US$185 refundable security deposit.Drivers can then earn that much in credits from Uber if they complete 70 trips a week, which can effectively offset payments owed to Fair. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Former Obama advisor on climate, energy to give lecture Sept. 28

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 14, 2017 The Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a lecture by Brian Deese Sept. 28. Deese, currently a senior fellow at Harvard University, is the former senior advisor on climate and energy for the Obama administration.If you goWho: Open to the publicWhat: Lecture by Brian DeeseWhen: Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.Where: Old Main ChapelRSVP: RequiredDeese is an economic and clean energy expert who counseled the president and shaped policy on conservation, energy, financial regulation, job creation and the economic impact of healthcare reform. For eight years, he was the president’s point person on important challenges such as restructuring the American auto industry and securing the U.S. commitment to the Paris climate agreement. He also acted as principal negotiator of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and oversaw the Supreme Court nomination process of Judge Merrick Garland. Bringing perspectives gained from the White House inner circle and the center of major legislative and budget negotiations, Deese will provide an insider’s outlook on subjects relating to science and technology policy research as they relate to the future of our planet. “We are really looking forward to Brian’s talk. His work in Washington D.C. on issues like the financial crisis, health care, environmental protection, climate policy and bipartisan budget legislation will make his keynote talk a great way to celebrate 15 years as a center,” said CSTPR Director Max Boykoff.Want more stories like this in your inbox? Sign up for the CU Boulder Today community edition.The event will be free and open to the public. Tickets can be secured on a first-come first-served basis.The Center for Science and Technology Policy Research is a program of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder.Categories:Lectures & PresentationsEvents & Exhibitslast_img read more

FCC grants Verizon permission to lock new devices

first_imgHome FCC grants Verizon permission to lock new devices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 JUN 2019 Amazon reels in MGM Diana Goovaerts Verizon sorts sensor supremo Author Federal Communications Commission (FCC)fraudphone theftVerizon Verizon shuffles executives Related Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Verizon won approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lock new devices to its network for 60 days after they are sold, a move the operator said will help prevent fraud and theft.AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint all already require phones stay attached to their networks for a certain period of time before users can ask to have them unlocked. Verizon was the only major operator in the country to offer devices unlocked from the time of sale.In a statement, Verizon Wireless chief Ronan Dunne called the decision “a win for consumers…and a strong message to identity thieves, fraudsters and criminals who are looking to steal phones and customer information”.He added devices will automatically be unlocked after the 60 day hold expires.When Verizon made its application in February, Dunne said the temporary lock would have “virtually no impact” on legitimate customers given so few switch carriers within the first two months, but noted it will “enhance the digital security of our devices” by reducing incentives for thieves.The operator highlighted theft as a growing problem: In 2018, it said nearly 7,000 customers per month were impacted by theft, up from 4,800 in 2017.Additionally, costs related to handset fraud increased from $115 million in 2017 to $190 million in 2018, and jumped 93 per cent year-on-year to $34 million in January 2019, Verizon said. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Previous ArticleGSMA hails mass IoT deployments in ChinaNext ArticleMWC19 Shanghai Keynote 2: Adriel last_img read more

Uneasy twosome: Golf and politics at Saudi Arabia tournament

first_imgGolf usually isn’t all that complicated for Dustin Johnson. He decides where he’s going to play and tries to post the lowest score. The newest addition to his schedule involved a little more than that. Johnson is among several of golf’s biggest stars who are scheduled to play the Saudi International at the end of the month. Johnson and Masters champion Patrick Reed were among the first to sign up last April for the European Tour event, long before Saudi Arabia came under even greater scrutiny over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Johnson said he talked to his corporate sponsors to make sure they didn’t have a problem with him playing. He will be joining a field that features Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau – that makes four of the top five players in the world ranking – at Royal Green Golf and Country Club on Jan. 31. ”Obviously, that was a concern with our team,” Johnson said. ”I’m going over there to play a sport I’m paid to play. It’s my job to play golf. Unfortunately, it’s in a part of the world where most people don’t agree with what happened, and I definitely don’t support anything like that. I’m going to play golf, not support them. ”I’m not a politician. I play golf.” He also said it might have been a tougher decision if not for so many others going. Along with four of the top five in the world, the Saudi International includes the last two Masters champions – Reed and Sergio Garcia – and former Open champion Henrik Stenson. ”I think any time we’re trying to grow the game and expose the game in a positive way, that’s what we’re trying to do,” said DeChambeau, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour last year. ”I don’t think it’s a bad decision as long as they want us there. That’s what I’ve heard – they want us there. And they want to have a little bit more exposure in the game of golf. And that’s what I’m trying to do.” It’s not all goodwill, of course. The purse is $3.5 million, though the primary income for these players is appearance money, likely to be in the $1 million range for the biggest names. That’s common for some European Tour events, especially early in the year in the Middle East, which hosted its first golf tournament in Dubai in 1989 and now has six on the Arabian Peninsula. Johnson and Koepka start their journey this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, an event that in years past has featured top players like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson. Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has come under intense scrutiny since the killing in October of Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns for The Washington Post. He had been living in self-imposed exile before he was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, according to Turkish media and officials. European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley deflected concerns when he introduced the Saudi International to the schedule in November. ”As like many global companies, we monitor the situation in the areas countries, areas we play and the viability of the golf tournament, and I can simply say that the Saudi International is on our schedule in 2019,” Pelley said. ”And I really don’t have anything more to add than that.” Among those not going is Paul Casey, who last April was listed as ”confirmed” for the tournament with Johnson and Reed. He says that was never the case, only that he had entertained the idea of going. ”But there were a lot of questions,” Casey said. ”Do I want to go to Saudi? That was the main question.” There also was the matter of Casey being an ambassador for UNICEF, with the logo on his golf bag. ”There are a lot of places in the world that I have played and continue to go, which you could question … some human rights violations that governments have committed,” he said. ”I thought I’d sit this out one.” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has granted releases for his members to play the tournament, held the same week as the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He said the U.S. tour’s only involvement was making sure the trip was safe for its players. ”Those are all terrible things that have happened, and that’s what gives us concern about our players’ safety,” Monahan said about recent develops in Saudi Arabia. ”Our players are independent contractors. Ultimately, they’re going to make their own choice. Our job is to make them as informed as they can be.” Koepka, who won two majors last year and was the PGA Tour Player of the Year, also said he received no pushback from his sponsors. Like Johnson, it was another offer to play golf in a new spot. The PGA Tour runs a developmental tour and sponsors a World Golf Championship event in China. The European Tour has had Turkey on the schedule since 2013. ”People are always going to have different views on politics wherever you go,” Koepka said. ”All these places, there’s a bit of conflict if you want to get into it. I’m not going to get into it. It’s going to be an unbelievable field of golf there. Hopefully, you can spread some goodwill through golf when you’re there.”last_img read more

Scott Turner’s Purpose and Desire — An Important New Voice in the Evolution Debate

first_img“A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide The crisis of evolutionary biology is spoken of openly here and by scientists who are professed advocates of intelligent design. It is acknowledged in much more circumspect terms by other scientists who know they would be hounded and punished by colleagues for doing so in the public arena. You have to look carefully at what they admit in professional journals, when they think laypeople aren’t listening.However, a forthcoming book by biologist J. Scott Turner, Purpose & Desire: What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It, is a real shot across the bow. Dr. Turner’s last book, from Harvard University Press, was The Tinkerer’s Accomplice: How Design Emerges from Life Itself. The new book, from HarperOne, is aimed not at an academic audience but straight at the broadest thoughtful reading public.Turner is a delightful, clear, and highly engaging writer, and he sets out his argument against smug Darwinism forthrightly. As he shows, biology itself is in crisis, having failed to grapple with the enigma of what life really is.From the Preface:[T]here sits at the heart of modern Darwinism an unresolved tautology that undermines its validity. We scientists might not be troubled by this, but we should be, not least because the failure to recognize it closes off modern evolutionism from many big problems it should be capable of answering: the origin of life, the origin of the gene, biological design, and the origins of cognition and consciousness, to name a few. Intentionality and purposefulness are important to all these unresolved big questions, and yet we are very quick to fence these off behind a wall of denial. Instead of a frank acknowledgment of purposefulness, intentionality, intelligence, and design, we refer to “apparent” design, “apparent” intentionality, “apparent” intelligence.The latest biologist to come out swinging at Darwinism, Turner is not an ID proponent. He teaches at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.And this is not a review – you will be hearing more about Purpose & Desire, here and elsewhere, in weeks to come and more so when the book is published on September 12. Instead I want to invite you to take advantage of a great pre-order deal. See here for details. All you have to do is pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or other selected venders, and you get two free e-books, Fire-Maker: How Humans Were Designed to Harness Fire and Transform Our Planet, by Michael Denton, and Metamorphosis, which I edited as a companion to the Illustra Media documentary of the same name.It’s as simple as this: order, and then click on the button at the bottom to let us know your order number. The two free e-books are then yours. Needless to say, this deal is of limited duration, so don’t dawdle about it! Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Evolution TagsbiologyevolutionHarvard University Pressintelligent designJ. Scott TurnerlifeMichael DentonPurpose and DesireState University of New YorkThe Tinkerer’s Accomplice,Trendingcenter_img Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Life Sciences Scott Turner’s Purpose and Desire — An Important New Voice in the Evolution DebateDavid [email protected]_klinghofferJune 27, 2017, 2:00 AM Recommended Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tourlast_img read more

Committee Leaning Toward Joint Control of ‘Planning Doughnut’

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. WHITEFISH – After discussing several options for how to best solve the “planning doughnut” controversy, an ad-hoc committee is zeroing in on a plan that would require approval from both the city and county to enact legislation in the extraterritorial jurisdiction surrounding Whitefish. The proposal, as currently written, has met some resistance, but committee members are formulating suggested improvements, which will be distributed via the city’s e-mail list and on the city’s website. Then the committee is tentatively scheduled to meet on Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at Whitefish Middle School’s board meeting room. Bill Kahle, a committee member and Whitefish city councilor, acknowledged at an Aug. 31 meeting at City Hall that there is room for improvement in the current proposal, but said it’s a step in the right direction. Kahle said it’s important to make progress while a lawsuit filed by the city against the county over the interlocal agreement is pending.“We’re trying to put out a fire,” Kahle said, adding, “the solution won’t be perfect right now but it will allow us to take the next step.”Sean Frampton, an attorney representing a third-party intervener in the lawsuit between the city and county, expressed skepticism over the plan. Meanwhile, a group of residents is promoting its own alternative plan for a community council, similar to those found in Lakeside and Bigfork. Marilyn Nelson presented a draft of the community council concept at the Aug. 31 meeting. Nelson said an informal group of residents had put the draft together. The city council was scheduled to discuss the proposal at its Sept. 7 meeting.“This is a very grassroots effort,” Nelson told the committee, adding that she planned to gather more signatures and public input.At the meeting, the committee discussed a proposed amendment to the interlocal agreement between the city and county. The amendment was the result of meetings between Whitefish City Attorney Mary VanBuskirk, Frampton and Alan McCormick, who is representing the county.The committee, which consists of both city and county representatives, has been meeting since March to find a way to give residents in the “doughnut” area proper representation and governance without requiring litigation.Conversation largely revolved around the amendment’s three options for “new legislation enactments.” There was a general leaning toward Option A, which states that any new zoning or land-use planning legislation implemented by the city must be approved by the Flathead County Commission before it becomes effective within the doughnut.Under Option A, if county commissioners withhold consent they have 10 days to provide the Whitefish City Council with a written explanation and the legislation won’t be enacted. If the commissioners fail to conduct a hearing within 30 days after receiving notification from the city, consent will be inferred.Option B keeps voting power in the hands of Whitefish for new land-use legislation, but requires the city to gather input from the county before making its decision. Option C deletes the entire section for “new legislation enactments.”While Diane Smith and Lyle Phillips promoted Option A, there was some support for Option C on the city’s side. But City Manager Chuck Stearns conceded there were inherent difficulties with Option C and added, “I could live with A.” “I would probably favor C, but I’m not naïve enough to think that satisfies all of the problems,” Stearns said.Nobody spoke in favor of B, with Kahle calling it a “watered-down” version of A.“Everything is gravitating toward Option A,” Kahle added. Frampton, who was in the small audience, said that “A is the only option” for his clients, though he argued it still fell short. In addition to requirements for new legislation, Frampton said existing legislation – put in place since the interlocal agreement was signed in 2005 – must be addressed.Frampton filed for, and was granted, third-party status in the lawsuit between Whitefish and the county to raise additional points in the litigation. He has been involved in discussions since the committee began meeting. “We don’t think the agreement was valid to begin with,” Frampton said. “So how can regulations be valid that weren’t lawfully applied in the doughnut to begin with?” He added, in reference to laws enacted in the doughnut since 2005: “I think everything has to be reviewed.”There was concern over how long it would take to review and possibly change existing legislation, with Smith wondering if there’s a way to do it speedily. But Nelson said it’s improper to assume that all legislation enacted in the doughnut since 2005 is unlawful until a court rules that way.Larry Campbell stood up and identified himself as “doughnut man.” Campbell, who has attended doughnut-related meetings for years, repeated his long-held belief that the best option would be a vote of residents in the area. Ask them, Campbell said, which side they want to represent them.“That’s the American way,” he said.But Campbell softened his tone and showed appreciation for the amended interlocal agreement.“I think it’s a good start anyway,” he said, “but I think it needs some tweaking.” Emaillast_img read more

News / Transport industry frustration growing at lack of UK progress on Brexit

first_img By Alex Lennane 26/06/2018 Businesses are becoming increasingly vocal about the UK government’s lack of progress on Brexit.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today urged the government to commit to continued membership of the Customs Union and single market, amid falls in investment and job losses in car manufacturing.Both Nissan and BMW have warned of the likelihood of plant closures.Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “There is growing frustration in global boardrooms at the slow pace of negotiations. “The current position, with conflicting messages and red lines, goes directly against the interests of the UK automotive sector which has thrived on single market and customs union membership.”He added that there was “no credible ‘plan B’ for frictionless customs arrangements”.The statement follows similar complaints this week from Airbus, as well as businesses at the FTA’s Keep Britain Trading event in Westminster.Patrick Keating, European government affairs manager for Honda, said the company was looking into the impact on its workforce, WTO tariffs, regulations and border issues.Some 40% of the carmaker’s components for its UK plant are made in the EU, contained in 350 trucks a day entering the UK. Its plant holds one hour’s worth of stock, while it has another 24 hours’ worth at a UK warehouse; meaning that smooth access across the Channel is critical.“The assumption we have to make is that the UK will be a third country after March,” he said. “And we are working on the assumption that there will be friction – but we are trying to work out what that will look like.”He added that one of Honda’s problems was that it is not an importer itself.“We have tier-1 and -2 suppliers – do they have experience in Customs? Will they have to increase capacity? Some don’t have the experience, so who is going to support them? Honda? The government? The FTA?”Diageo, which makes Baileys, sources its cream in Ireland, bottles in Northern Ireland and ships to the UK.“Cream has a high [WTO] tariff, so it could cost us a lot more,” said Dip Sengupta, associate director global indirect tax for Diageo. “We have been planning, but we are not pushing the button on anything – we’ve been waiting like everyone else. “He added that the transition period had caused Diageo’s Brexit team to relax a little, but that there was still a danger of crashing out of the EU in March 2019.He said the UK government appeared to be relying on the assumption that the EU will not want the UK to leave it in March with no deal. Both politicians who spoke at the FTA event reiterated many times that “it was not in the EU’s interest”.“The UK is a big importer,” said Robin Walker from the Department for Exiting the EU. “It’s in neither side’s interests to disrupt that.”However, while Mr Walker said that many items in principle had been agreed with the EU, including certainty of residence for non-UK HGV drivers and a mutual recognition of permits, those agreements were wrapped into the overall package of negotiations, which includes border discussions on Ireland and Northern Ireland, an element for which the UK government appears to have no solution.Mark Johnson, national customs and trade control director at Kuehne + Nagel, said an implementation period would be helpful.“But it has not been signed and ratified. I haven’t heard any solution yet on the Irish border. But it has to be decided on June 28 or in October – these are the only two times to get this deal.”Despite government insistence that the EU will not want a “no-deal” scenario, the European Commission warned its members that they should prepare for one.During a meeting this month with civil aviation authorities, the EC said member states should consider customs handling capacity and prepare for impacts on security, market access, safety regulations and passenger rights.If the UK leaves the EU without an aviation agreement, flights will immediately cease between the two, as EU-issued AOCs will not be valid depriving UK airlines of the right to fly to EU countries.Outgoing CBI president Paul Dreschler warned recently that UK manufacturing could be in real trouble.“If we do not have a customs union, there are sectors of manufacturing society in the UK which risk becoming extinct,” he said. “Be in no doubt, that is the reality. There’s zero evidence that independent trade deals will provide any economic benefit to the UK that’s material. It’s a myth.”center_img © John Chatterley last_img read more

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