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Moroccos 2019 Finance Bill to Decrease Some Notary Fees by 80

Rabat – The ministry delegate in charge of relations with the Parliament issued a statement on Thursday to announce an amendment that will “distinguish” the 2019 Finance Bill.According to the statement, the revised version of Article 135 of the general tax code stipulates that “promise of sale” contracts concluded before notaries will cost MAD 200, instead of MAD 1000.Individuals and businesses need notarized “promise of sale” contracts when buying and selling items of large value, such as real estate. Read also: Morocco to Raise Taxes on Soft Drinks by 50%The modified version of the Finance Bill, which includes Article 135 will be voted on in the House of Representatives before it is sent to the House of Councillors for deliberation.The amendment is one of several changes in the 2019 Finance Bill. The finance committee adopted 56 amendments including an increase of domestic consumption taxes by 50 percent on soft and non-carbonated drinks.The finance bill will also raise taxes on tobacco, specifically raising the prices on cigarette brands Marlboro and Marquise.Read also: Morocco’s 2019 Finance Bill to Raises Tax on CigarettesThe House of Representatives is set to take a final vote of the Finance Bill on Friday, November 16, at a plenary meeting.The government has approved a budget of MAD 443 billion for next year’s Finance Bill, aiming to achieve a growth rate of 3.2 percent in GDP.Both upper and lower houses of Parliament have held debate sessions on the Finance Bill. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives discussed the first part of the Finance Bill. Parliamentary committees also discussed sectoral budgets for each ministry.Today, the House of Councillors will hold two plenary meetings to discuss the second part of the Finance Bill.Read also: Morocco to Postpone Thursday’s Weekly Government Council for LGV Inauguration read more

Sri Lanka UN official urges Government rebels to end civilian deaths

As thousands of Sri Lankans continue to stream out of Vanni, where Government forces are in the midst of a fierce armed offensive against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the UN emergency relief fund has targeted $10 million to assist civilians caught up in the conflict.“I came because I am desperately concerned about this humanitarian situation,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes at the end of his three-day visit to Sri Lanka to assess the condition of people who have recently fled the conflict.“Tens of thousands of civilians have been cut off from outside food supplies for weeks, have limited medical care and are in extreme danger because of the continued fighting,” added Mr. Holmes, who is also the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator.Mr. Holmes called on the LTTE to free civilians kept in the remaining combat zone against their will, and to stop forced recruitment, particularly of children. He also pressed the Government to ensure a peaceful, orderly and humane end to what appears to be a decisive stage of the conflict.In a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka earlier today, Mr. Holmes made clear his condemnation of the LTTE aerial attack on Colombo the previous night and expressed his sympathy for the families of the victims, according to a press release issued by his spokesperson.Ongoing fighting, which has intensified since December, has trapped some 250,000 civilians in the conflict zone, and the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation has led to a large number of people taking the risk of escaping the fighting, with more than 30,000 already seeking shelter in and around the town of Vavuniya alone, and many more are expected to arrive in the coming days and weeks.On his visit to Vavuniya, just south of the conflict zone, Mr. Holmes found that most of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) were mentally and physically exhausted after weeks of sheltering in makeshift bunkers but that their basic needs were met.He welcomed the increasingly good cooperation between Government officials, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in providing urgent food, shelter and medical help.Difficult challenges lie ahead, including rapid and transparent registration procedures, reinforcing the civilian nature of the camps, facilitating family reunification and greater freedom of movement, and ensuring the earliest possible return of IDPs to their homes, noted Mr. Holmes.Before heading to Colombia for the next stage of his humanitarian needs assessment mission, the Emergency Relief Coordinator also announced the allocation of $10 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a stand-by fund enabling a timely and reliable humanitarian reaction to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.“This contribution is a clear demonstration of the United Nations’ commitment to meeting the urgent needs of the people affected by the conflict,” said Mr. Holmes, adding that he hoped “that donors will provide more support in other priority areas in the coming days, especially as humanitarian needs are so significant.” The largest portion of the CERF, some $3.1 million, will go to the World Food Programme (WFP), to feed civilians uprooted by the fighting, as well as those who are still pinned down in the north. The World Health Organization (WHO) will also receive roughly $1.2 million to provide basic life-saving care.A further $1.1 million will be provided to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to boost their operations protecting civilians in the area, including efforts to curb the recruitment of child combatants. UNHCR will receive another $1.8 million from the CERF to help it set up emergency shelters with its partners, UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).In addition, the $1.9 million allocated to UNICEF will allow for the construction of emergency latrines, and the supply of clean water in the camps. CERF has also provided UNICEF with $385,000 for a programme which makes available emergency nutritional assistance and another $475,000 for temporary learning centers. 21 February 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official today urged combatants on both sides of the battle ravaging the northern Vanni region of Sri Lanka to make greater efforts to stop the rising toll of civilian casualties and to protect the people trapped in a small pocket of land held by rebel fighters. read more

Bangladesh starts mass antipolio drive after first case in five years –

Bangladesh will immunize 18 million children under the age of five years three times in the next three months due to the re-emergence of the poliovirus after an absence of the disease for more than five years, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.The Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, said the immunization campaign will begin immediately with hundreds of thousand of people mobilized around the country to prepare for three National Immunization Days on 16 April, 13 May and 11 June.UNICEF said that a nine-year-old girl became paralyzed by the poliovirus in January. Genetic sequencing of the virus by the Global Specialized Polio Laboratory in Mumbai India, which tests all polio samples from Bangladesh, showed that the virus is closely related to viruses from western Uttar Pradesh in India.India is one of only four countries in the world that remain endemic to the disease, along with Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.“After a five-year absence it is regrettable that Bangladesh now has polio again but UNICEF, WHO (World Health Organization) and Rotary are working with the Government to support them in all their efforts to stamp out polio and again make it a polio-free country,” said UNICEF Country Representative, Louis-Georges Arsenault.The Rotary Foundation has already approved a $150,000 Rapid Response Grant to support the first National Immunization Days since 2004.The outbreak may continue to spread in the immediate area of the first identified case and beyond, UNICEF warned. Circulation of the poliovirus could be occurring in other parts of Bangladesh; however this is unknown at the moment. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, the Government of Bangladesh decided to immunize the entire population of children under five years of age.“The Government of Bangladesh through the Ministry of Health has engaged in a timely and appropriate response which is in line with WHO recommendations for polio eradication. The Government’s excellent surveillance system and quick action means Bangladesh is on the right track to limit the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Duangvadee Sungkhobol, WHO Representative to Bangladesh.Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious disease caused by the polio virus. It invades the nervous system, and can cause paralysis or even death within hours. The polio virus enters the body through the mouth, in water or food that has been contaminated with faecal material from an infected person. The virus multiplies in the intestine and is then excreted by the infected person in faeces, which in turn can pass the virus on to others.Polio mainly affects children under five years of age but in rare instances it can also affect older children. read more

UN envoy calls on international community to give sustained support to Burundi

Carolyn McAskie, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, told reporters in New York that as the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) comes to a close at the end of this year, challenges still remained although at the request of the Government the UN will have completed 40 per cent of the drawdown of troops by next month.“As I come to the end of my term in Burundi – and I will be leaving at the end of this month – my challenge to the international community is: you’ve done the peacekeeping job, now do the peacebuilding job, and that’s the ultimate challenge,” she said.“What Burundi needs now is the same, sustained, international support in the economic and social fields that it has benefited from in the political and security fields,” she added.Ms. McAskie will deliver Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on Burundi to the Security Council tomorrow, and one of the major issues under discussion she said would be that of the rebel Palipehutu-National Liberation Forces (Palipehutu-FNL).“The remaining outstanding security issue in Burundi is the fact that there is a last rebel holdout group, the FNL. The FNL have offered finally now to negotiate with the Government on the basis of no preconditions and the Government is considering this,” she said, but added this remains “a question mark until it’s completed.”“One of the major issues for the international community, which the Security Council will be addressing, is the human rights situation…The FNL remain a major perpetrator of human rights abuses…but the Government through its armed forces and its intelligence service is also a major perpetrator of human rights abuses.”Ms. McAskie went on to say that the Government had asked for the UN to help them with human rights issues and added that the world body would continue to support much-needed security reform, as well as other humanitarian and development work.“We will also retain at the request of the Government, extensive capacity in the fields of human rights and we will also be supporting the Government in putting in place the judicial mechanisms…that is, the Burundian National Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” she added.In his report to the Security Council, a copy of which was made available on Monday, Mr. Annan said that “significant challenges remain,” in Burundi and the “most immediate task facing the Government is ending the 12-year conflict and restoring durable peace.”“After more than a decade of devastating conflict, the security and economic situation in Burundi remains extremely fragile, requiring massive commitment of all involved,” the Secretary-General pointed out.“Urgent improvements are required in the areas of good governance, transparency and accountability and respect for human rights, as well as the continuation of major economic, security and political reforms,” he said, stressing the importance of the active involvement of the region, bilateral partners and the UN. read more

Bobbing for apples the silent danger this Halloween

first_imgHALLOWEEN CAN BE  a busy night for A&E departments around the country. Fireworks, sparklers, bonfires, apple bobbing. Wait, apple bobbing? Yes, apple bobbing.Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children is warning against the traditional  Halloween game where children dunk their heads into a bucket of water full of apple and try to pull one out with their teeth.According to Dr Kathyrn McCreer, eye surgeon at the hospital, injuries that can occur “as a result of the child attempting to bite the apple at force when dunking their head.”She says that possible dangers include scratches on the surface of the eye as well as infections from dirty water and water communally used by a number of children.The hospital says that although they “are not asking people to avoid fun on this family occasion”, apple bobbing is “best avoided”.Eye injuriesMcCreery says that she sees a variety of eye injuries happening to children at Halloween, most of which are completely avoidable:The most common accidents I see include corneal abrasions and bleeding in the eye, caused by children being struck in the eye with sharp Halloween accessories such as swords, knives or wands and eye injuries as a result of poor supervision of fireworks and around bonfires.“Parents need to make sure accessories such as swords and other objects are soft and flexible, and have dulled edges”, she adds.Other eye injuries that eye doctors in A&E’s departments have to deal with on a busy Halloween night include cigarette burns to the cornea, foreign objects that get under the eye lids, bruising of the eyes and infections as a result of poor removal of children wearing make-up.“Old make-up is a breeding ground for bacteria,” according to McCreery. Yikes!Read: The Burning Question*: Is it silly to decorate the house for Halloween? >Read: Warning over fireworks danger – and €10,000 fine for using them illegally >last_img read more

Internet Explorer perd du terrain en Europe

first_imgInternet Explorer perd du terrain en EuropeEurope – L’écran de choix de navigateur internet imposé depuis mars dans toutes les copies européennes de Windows se traduit déjà par un impact néfaste sur la part de marché d’Internet Explorer.Depuis l’activation de l’écran de choix du navigateur (Ballot Screen), la part de marché d’Internet Explorer a accusé en France une baisse de 2,5%, passant sous la barre symbolique des 50% de parts de marché, révèle la société de mesures d’audience StatCounter.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?En Italie c’est de 1,3% qu’elle a diminué tandis qu’en Angleterre, elle recule de 1%. Sur l’ensemble du territoire européen, la part de marché du navigateur de Microsoft diminue toutefois de façon peu significative, passant de 45,5% en février à 45,44% aujourd’hui.Cet impact du Ballot Screen a notamment profité à Chrome. Le navigateur de Google a en effet vu sa part de marché passer de 6,52 à 7,19% quand Opera Software assure que les téléchargements de son navigateur ont plus que doublé. De son côté, Mozilla a affirmé auprès de Reuters avoir constaté une hausse “significative” des téléchargements de Firefox.Moins d’un mois après son intégration aux copies de Windows distribuées en Europe, le Ballot Screen prouve donc déjà son efficacité en laissant les concurrents d’Internet Explorer grignoter ses parts de marché.Le 23 mars 2010 à 16:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver company wants out of three Macaroni Grill leases

first_imgVancouver-based Waterloo Restaurant Ventures wants out of leases for three of its now-closed Macaroni Grill locations in California and Idaho, the Portland Business Journal reports.On May 25, Waterloo asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas to cancel its lease obligations for former Macaroni Grill locations in Boise, Idaho; San Jose, Calif.; and Dublin, Calif., the newspaper reported. A hearing is set for June 18 in Dallas.In March, Macaroni Grill filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, citing declining customer traffic and the economy.Waterloo is a franchisee of Mac Acquisition LLC, a Dallas-based holding company of Romano’s Macaroni Grill Inc. It held the rights to develop the Romano’s Macaroni Grill restaurant concept in Oregon, Washington, Northern California and parts of Idaho.According to court documents cited by the Portland Business Journal, Waterloo agreed to a termination and release agreement that gave it 60 days from Feb. 27 to operate under the Macaroni Grill name. The deadline was extended to June 28.last_img read more

39 believe the Lifetime Isa will cause confusion among staff

first_imgOver a third (39%) of employer respondents believe the introduction of the Lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) will cause confusion for employees looking to save, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management.Its Business barometer report, which surveyed 900 UK employers, also found that 20% of respondents plan to respond to this predicted confusion by arranging financial education schemes to improve employees’ understanding and help in the decision-making process between a Lisa, pension or other saving options.The research also found:16% of respondents expect to see reductions in employee contributions to both workplace pension arrangements and share schemes as a result of the introduction of the Lisa.48% of respondents are worried about their employees’ poor financial wellbeing.68% of respondents think that workplace financial education should be provided to all staff.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education at Close Brothers Asset Management, said: “In our current economic climate, with a rising state pension age and house prices remaining out of reach for many, any initiatives that encourage a savings plan should be welcomed. Even without the Lisa, employees have a choice of savings vehicles in the workplace that offer a range of different benefits, helping them save for retirement, for a home or for a rainy day. The introduction of the Lisa may help engage more young people in starting their savings journey but it is another choice and with choice comes confusion and possible missed opportunities or poor decision-making.“With pensions, share schemes and [individual savings accounts] in the workplace, and other non-workplace investments the financial landscape is more complex than ever for individuals to navigate. Saving schemes are not a one size fits all and employers have a pivotal role in ensuring staff are equipped with the tools and support to improve their understanding and make the best savings choices for them whatever their age, career stage, and personal circumstances.”last_img read more

Sonam Kapoor slammed for Pak comments asks trolls to get a life

first_imgSonam KapoorInstagramSonam Kapoor is once again in the midst of a heated exchange with trolls. It all started when she became the target of netizens for her comments on Pakistan banning Indian films, particularly her 2016 release,”Neerja”.”As an artist you want to be represented everywhere and you want your work to be shown everywhere. ‘Neerja’ wasn’t shown in Pakistan even though it was a true story, because the plane landed in Karachi and the hijack took place in Karachi. It didn’t in anyway show Pakistan in a negative light at all, but the fact that they didn’t show the film there was really heartbreaking for me,” Sonam Kapoor recently said in an interview.In the interview, she also revealed she has roots in Pakistan, and that she has lots of fans in that country.”I have a huge Pakistani following and my two best friends, they are Muslim and half-Pakistani. I am half-Sindhi and half-Peshawari. So, it’s heartbreaking to see that that part of my culture is something that I can’t explore as well because of that,” she added in the interview, which she gave to BBC.”It’s heartbreaking to see where the situation has landed right now but I am very patriotic. So, I think for me now it is better to keep quiet and let this pass because even this too should pass, I think. Our countries were one country like 70 years ago, and the fact that there is so much divisive politics at play is really heartbreaking,” she also said.As soon as the video clip of the interview started doing the rounds on social media, netizens began trolling her. While some called her an antinational, others said she was an actress without work. Still others raised questions on her intellect. The hashtag #SonamKapoor started trending on Twitter.Presently, the actress decided to get back at the trolls. She asked them to “get a life”, adding that her comments had been misinterpreted.”Guys please calm down.. and get a life. Twisting, misinterpreting and understanding what you want from what someone has to say isn’t a reflection on the person who says it but on you. So self reflect and see who you are and hopefully get a job,” went the actress’s reply.Meanwhile, hate messages on Sonam after the interview comtimue on social media.”#SonamKapoor got it that these days you have no work like Rakhi Sawant so you reached BBC to get some limelight and show the world that your brain is dead but u r alive. Itna kya desperation do some meditation,” a user tweeted.Another wrote: “#SonamKapoor A deshdrohi lady like her should be jailed and banned for life for insulting the Indian Army and for disrespecting their wife’s sacrifice… The Whole Bollywood is a Garbage.””Why she leave her roots and came in India because she know reality of Pakistan, #SonamKapoor Shame on you are definitely anti national,” still another user tweeted.”Itna heart break hua h lekin makeup n fashion me koi kami nhi aayi. Fake heartbreak. Fake accent. Fake Indian. Go to Pakistan na why are you here, they too make films #SonamKapoor,” read another tweet.After the actress’s clarification on Twitter, a user quipped: “#SonamKapoor standard reply after every dumb interview of hers – Troll, Get a Life, Get a Job, I am misquoted, misinterpreted. It’s difficult to understand what’s more fake her intelligence or her accent.”Sonam will next be seen in the movie, “The Zoya Factor,” where she stars alongside Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan. The film is slated to release on September 20.last_img read more

Ginspiration 7 Scottish island gins to try in your lifetime

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gay beach vacations in Crete: The essentialsGay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalIsle of Arran – the ultimate way to experience the best of ScotlandRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ginspiration-7-scottish-island-gins-try-lifetime/ Sponsored: You might think Scotland’s west coast islands are only for whisky lovers – but you’d be wrong.There’s a whole world of exceptional gin to explore too. So get your trip to Islay or Harris booked in and start swotting up on your botanicals, as we team up withHere, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) Ferries to bring you the region’s most crystal clear of spirits… 4 Wild Island Botanic Gin, ColonsayCreated by the team at Colonsay Brewery, and working with Langley Distillery, this small batch gin has been inspired by the island’s sweeping Kiloran Bay. The flavours found within this island Gin have been inspired by the island flora and wild botanicals.5 Tyree Gin, TireeTyree Gin is the second product released by Tiree Whisky Company Ltd. The unique flavour profile is achieved through six locally foraged botanicals, collected from the island’s rich and fertile machair ground. Together with the salty kelp and sea-belt from the wild Atlantic Ocean, Tyree Gin provides ‘the true taste of Tiree’.6 Misty Isle Gin, SkyeThe team behind Skye’s Misty Isle Gin believe in celebrating origin. The flavour profile is a marriage of crystal clear spring waters from the Storr Lochs and the right balance of botanicals, including hand-foraged juniper from various wild locations around Skye.7 Lussa Gin, JuraBorn in the summer of 2015, Lussa Gin is a community ‘spirit’ that reflects the wild, adventurous landscape of the Isle of Jura. The all-female ‘women in gin’ team grow, gather and distill using local botanicals such as Bog Myrtle, Lemon Balm and Lime Flowers. The result is a full-bodied floral gin with a hint of vegetation, reflecting the rich conditions of the island.Plan ahead and stay safeAlcohol and cars don’t mix – so if you’re planning to take your car to the islands, you’ll need to think carefully about how you’re going to get about.You could go with friends and draw up a rota for nominated drivers. Or you could make use of the local taxi and bus services on the islands. A quick search online will give you a few phone numbers. But one thing to bear in mind is that it is best to contact them in advance. A third and arguably most enjoyable option is to plan ahead to ensure you stay close enough to your chosen distillery so you can enjoy walking through the beautiful island countryside.To find out more about traveling to Scotland’s west coast islands with CalMac Ferries, visit the official CalMac website.CalMac Ferries is a client of Gay Star News 1 The Botanist Gin, IslayIslay might be most famous for its whiskies. But The Botanist is certainly helping to put the island on the gin map as well. Inspired by the rich variety of local plants and herbs, The Botanist produces gins that reflect the very essence of the island. The local flora plays a big part in their gins. Some 22 island botanicals are responsibly foraged to help produce a unique tasting spirit.Distillery tours are available year-round but you need to book in advance. The tours are family friendly too. So any youngsters are welcome to tag along, but warehouse visits are for over 18s only. While you’re there, why not visit the adjacent Bruichladdich whisky distillery as well?Getting to and from Islay also gives you a choice. CalMac Ferries leave from Kennacraig to Port Askaig in the north east of the island, and also to Port Ellen in the south. Whichever route you choose, the distillery at Bruichladdich is no more than a half hour drive, which gives you time to enjoy some of the island’s stunning scenery. And for a bit of variety, you could take a different route for the journeys there and back.2 Isle of Harris Gin, Harris They might be relative newcomers to the distilling industry, (the distillery only opened in 2015), but The Isle of Harris Gin promises the complex flavour of nine botanicals found on the island. Ingredients include sugar kelp, hand-harvested by a local diver, who probably appreciates a fine G&T after a day’s underwater foraging.A visit to this ‘social distillery’ gives you a taste of the true spirit of the island. It’s open Monday to Saturday, and you’ll find a warm welcome boosted by the peat fire that’s kept burning in the open hearth.Getting to HarrisThere are a number of ways you can travel by ferry to Tarbert on Harris. The most direct is the ferry from Uig in the north of Skye which takes you straight there in a little under two hours. With more time on your hands you could take a longer sail from Ullapool to Stornoway in Lewis and enjoy a leisurely drive south while you soak up the island’s rugged interior. Alternatively, you could enjoy a longer sail from Oban to Castlebay on Barra then make your way north by road and ferry to Tarbert.3 Colonsay Gin, ColonsayColonsay Gin prides itself in taking inspiration from both its beautiful Hebridean island home and Celtic folklore. It is hand-made in small batches of 160 bottles to a closely guarded secret. In the style of a classic London Dry, this Royal Strength juniper-led gin balances spice, peppery notes and lemon sherbet.last_img read more

Cloudflare terminates services to 8chan following yet another set of mass shootings

first_imgUpdate: Jim Watkins, the owner of 8chan has spoken against the ongoing backlash in a defensive video statement on uploaded 6th August on YouTube. “My company takes a firm stand in helping law enforcement and within minutes of these two tragedies, we were working with FBI agents to find out what information we could to help in their investigations. There are about 1 million users of 8chan. 8chan is an empty piece of paper for writing on it is disturbing to me that it can be so easily shut down. Over the weekend the domain name service for 8chan was abruptly terminated by the provider Cloudflare.”, he states in the video. He adds, “First of all the El Paso shooter posted on Instagram, not 8chan. Later someone uploaded a manifesto; however, that manifesto was not uploaded by the Walmart shooter. It is unfortunate that this place of free speech has temporarily been removed we are working to restore service. It is clearly a political move to remove 8chan from CloudFlare; it has dispersed a peacefully assembled group of people. “ Watkins went on to call Cloudflare’s decision ‘cowardly’. He said, “Contrary to the unfounded claim by Mr. Prince of CloudFlare 8-chan is a lawful community abiding by the laws of the United States and enforced in the Ninth Circuit Court. His accusation has caused me tremendous damage. In the meantime, I wish his company the best and hold no animosity towards him or his cowardly and not thought-out actions against 8-chan.” Saturday witnessed two horrific mass shooting tragedies, one when a maniac gunman shot at least 20 people at a sprawling Walmart shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. The other in Dayton, Ohio at the entrance of Ned Peppers Bar where ten people were killed, including the perpetrator, and at least 27 others were injured. The gunman in the El Paso shooting has been identified as Patrick Crusius according to CNN sources. He appears to have been inspired by the online forum known as 8chan. 8chan is an online message board which is home to online extremists who share racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. According to police officials, a four-page document was posted to 8chan, 20 minutes before the shootings that they believe was written by Crusius. The post said, “I’m probably going to die today.” His post blamed white nationalists and immigrants for taking away jobs and spewed racist hatred towards immigrants and Hispanics. The El Paso post is not the only incident. 8chan has been filled with unmoderated violent and extremist content over time. Nearly the same thing happened on 8chan before the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. In his post, the El Paso shooter referenced the Christchurch incident saying he was inspired by the Christchurch content on 8chan which glorified the previous massacre. The suspected killer in the synagogue shootings in Poway, California also posted a hate-filled “open letter” on 8chan. In March, this year Australian telecom company Telstra denied access to millions of Australians to the websites 4chan, 8chan, Zero Hedge, and LiveLeak as a reaction to the Christchurch mosque shootings. Cloudflare first defends 8chan citing ‘moral obligations’ but later cuts all ties Post this disclosure, Cloudflare, that provides internet infrastructure services to 8chan continued to defend hosting 8chan calling it their ‘moral obligation’ to provide 8chan their services. Keeping 8chan within its network is a “moral obligation”, said Cloudflare, adding: “We, as well as all tech companies, have an obligation to think about how we solve real problems of real human suffering and death. What happened in El Paso today is abhorrent in every possible way, and it’s ugly, and I hate that there’s any association between us and that … For us, the question is which is the worse evil? Is the worse evil that we kick the can down the road and don’t take responsibility? Or do we get on the phone with people like you and say we need to own up to the fact that the internet is home to many amazing things and many terrible things and we have an absolute moral obligation to deal with that.” Cloudflare has been under the spotlight over the past few years for continuing to work with websites that foster hate. Previous to 8chan, in 2017, Cloudflare had to discontinue services to neo-Nazi blog, The Daily Stormer, after the terror at Charlottevelle. However, Daily Stormer continues to run today having moved to a different infrastructure service with allegedly more readers than ever. After an intense public and media backlash over the weekend, Cloudflare announced that it would completely stop providing support for 8chan. Cloudflare is also readying for an initial public offering in September which may have been the reason why they cut ties with 8chan. In a blog post today, they explained the decision to cut off 8chan. “We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time. The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths.” Cloudflare has also cut off 8chan’s access to its DDOS protection service. Although, this will have a short term impact; 8chan can always come up with another cloud partner and resume operations. Cloudflare acknowledges it as well, “While removing 8chan from our network takes heat off of us, it does nothing to address why hateful sites fester online. It does nothing to address why mass shootings occur. It does nothing to address why portions of the population feel so disenchanted they turn to hate. In taking this action we’ve solved our own problem, but we haven’t solved the Internet’s.” The company added, “We feel incredibly uncomfortable about playing the role of content arbiter and do not plan to exercise it often,” adding that this is not “due to some conception of the United States’ First Amendment,” since Cloudflare is a private company (and most of its customers, and more than half of its revenue, are outside the United States). Instead, Cloudflare “will continue to engage with lawmakers around the world as they set the boundaries of what is acceptable in those countries through due process of law. And we will comply with those boundaries when and where they are set.” Founder of 8chan wants the site to be shut off 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan also appreciated Cloudfare’s decision to block the site. Post the gruesome El Paso shootings, he also told the Washington Post that the site’s owners should “do the world a favor and shut it off.” However, he told Buzzfeed News, shutting down 8chan wouldn’t stop the extremism we’re now seeing entirely, but it would make it harder for them to organize. In a March interview with The Wall Street Journal, he expressed his regrets over his role in the site’s creation and warned that the violent culture that had taken root on 8chan’s boards could lead to more mass shootings. Brennan founded the site in 2011 and announced his departure from the company in July 2016. 8Chan is owned by Jim Watkins and run by his son, Ron. He posted on Twitter that 8chan will be moving to another service ASAP. He has also resisted calls to moderate or shut down the site. On Sunday, a banner at the top of 8chan’s home page read, “Welcome to 8chan, the Darkest Reaches of the Internet.” Cloudflare acted too late, too little Cloudflare’s decision to simply block 8chan was not seen as an adequate response by some who say Cloudflare should have acted earlier. 8chan has been known for enabling child pornography in 2015 and as a result, was removed from Google Search. Coupled with the Christchurch mosque and the Poway synagogue shootings earlier in the year, there was increased pressure on those providing 8chan’s Internet and financial service infrastructures to terminate their support. Laurie Voss, the cofounder of npmjs, called out Cloudflare and subsequently, other content sites (Facebook, Twitter) for shirking responsibility under the guise of them being infrastructure companies and therefore cannot enforce content standards. “Facebook, Twitter, Cloudflare, and others pretend that they can’t. They can. They just don’t want to.” “I am super, super tired of companies whose profits rely on providing maximum communication with minimum moderation pretending this is some immutable law and not just the business model they picked,” he tweeted. Others also agreed that Cloudflare’s statement eschews responsibility. Voxility, 8chan’s hardware provider also bans the site Web services company Voxility has also banned 8chan and it’s new host Epik, which had been leasing web space from it. Epik’s website remains accessible, but 8chan now returns an error message. “As soon as we were notified of the content that Epik was hosting, we made the decision to totally ban them,” Voxility business development VP Maria Sirbu told The Verge. Sirbu said it was unlikely that Voxility would work with Epik again. “This is the second situation we’ve had with the reseller and this is not tolerable,” she said. Does de-platforming even work? De-platforming or banning people that spread extremist or banning these people is not a solution since they will eventually migrate to other platforms and still able to circulate their ideology. Closing 8chan is not the solution to the bigger problem of controlling racism and extremism. Closing one 8chan will sprout another 20chan. “8chan is no longer a refuge for extremist hate — it is a window opening onto a much broader landscape of racism, radicalization, and terrorism. Shutting down the site is unlikely to eradicate this new extremist culture because 8chan is anywhere. Pull the plug, it will appear somewhere else, in whatever locale will host it. Because there’s nothing particularly special about 8chan, there are no content algorithms, hosting technology immaterial. The only thing radicalizing 8chan users are other 8chan users.”, Ryan Broderick from Buzzfeed wrote. A group of users told BuzzFeed that it’s now common for large 4chan threads to migrate over into Discord servers before the 404. After Cloudflare, Amazon is beginning to face public scrutiny as 8chan’s operator Jim Watkins sells audiobooks on Amazon.com and Audible. Read Next Facebook will ban white nationalism, and separatism content in addition to white supremacy content. 8 tech companies and 18 governments sign the Christchurch Call to curb online extremism; the US backs off. How social media enabled and amplified the Christchurch terrorist attacklast_img read more

Costa Rica promotes local universities at US fair

first_imgFour private Costa Rican universities this week are participating in the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) Fair in San Diego, California.The event takes place Tuesday through Saturday, and Tico universities are aiming to promote higher ed opportunities to 8,400 members of the association, according to Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER), the agency that coordinated the country’s participation.Costa Rica is represented by the universities EARTH, UNIBE, ULACIT and Veritas.“Our country offers a variety of great programs,  security and also proximity to the United States. These benefits along with Costa Rica’s image as a tourist destination and natural beauty, makes us very attractive to NAFSA advisors that usually are seeking to offer U.S. students a holistic experience,” said PROCOMER’ Trade Promotion Manager Álvaro Piedra.Tico college advisers at the NAFSA event hope to establish alliances with colleges abroad. For that reason, the Costa Rican schools are presenting their information together in one stand under the slogan “Essential COSTA RICA,” and promoting the concept “Costa Rica: Widen your horizons, nurture your life.”Costa Rica is the eighth most popular spot in the world for U.S. students to study abroad and the most popular in Latin America, according to the latest data of the Institute of International Education. Piedra added that the fair’s main benefit for local universities will be to learn of the latest study abroad trends. Facebook Comments Related posts:Immigration Administration’s $100 fine for expired visas does not affect tourists, agency says Good news for travelers: Costa Rica’s airport exit tax (finally) will be added to ticket prices Guanacaste receives first tourist wave of Costa Rica’s high season Costa Rica’s country brand is the fastest growing in the Americaslast_img read more

Record profit for Travellers Choice

first_imgThe Travellers Choice Board has announced a record financial pre-tax profit of AUD $1.62 million for the 2013 – 2014 financial year period, up 33 percent on the previous financial year, with 94 percent of the profit going directly back to Travellers Choice members.The record result can be attributed to a healthy year for the Australian travel industry and strong demand for overseas travel, with Travellers Choice members working hard to maximise value.“Over the past few years, we have worked closely with our member shareholders to reinforce the importance of preferred agreements, and to provide our members with the tools, information and targeted strategies they need in order to optimise returns,” Travellers Choice chief executive Christian Hunter said.All member shareholders will receive a 5 percent unfranked dividend, with most of the remaining operating profit distributed through trading rebates, based on sales support for airline and wholesale partners.“What makes Travellers Choice unique is its ownership structure and philosophy of providing maximum returns to our member shareholders.“Increased profitability provides the platform for greater returns to members and every single member will share in that profit and I’m delighted we can distribute such a significant portion and demonstrate that support of the products and services we offer can generate real financial value to member’s businesses and provide a significant return on their membership.”The Travellers Choice Annual General Meeting and 2014 Shareholders’’ Conference will be held on the Gold Coast in November.Source = ETB News: Lana Bogunovich Travellers Choice chief executive officer Christian Hunterlast_img read more

We are excellent according to TripAdvisor

first_imgSource = Chatrium Hotels and Residences – Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi We are excellent according to TripAdvisorWe are excellent according to TripAdvisorChatrium Hotels and Residences is delighted to announce the latest property in the group’s collection of bespoke hotels and resorts Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi has just been awarded a “Certificate of Excellence 2016” by renowned travel review website TripAdvisor.The awards are presented annually to TripAdvisor’s top-rated hotels and resorts that constantly exceed their guest’s expectations by offering superlative levels of comfort, facilities and service and are based on the number of consistent “Very Good” and “Excellent” reviews and scores the property receives from the TripAdvisor readership.Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi’s pledge to its valued guests is to be a “Breathtaking Highland Sanctuary” being located as it is in expansive, naturally beautiful grounds with the stunning surroundings of Soi Dao Mountain as the perfect backdrop. The resort’s guests want for nothing during their stay with opulent accommodation including a large swimming pool and the heart of the property, an 18-hole international class golf course designed by golfing maestro Denis Griffiths with recent upgrade by the award-winning team at GolfEast.Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi’s General Manager Khun Piya Lawakul said “TripAdvisor is rapidly becoming a household name worldwide and the go-to place for travelers seeking the best opinions and advice on where to stay during their trips. This award is a true honor for us and a testament to my entire team who put their hearts and souls into providing our guests with a true “Live the Remarkable” moment. I would like to sincerely thank them for their marvelous efforts and also to our valued guests who took the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.”For further information on Chatrium Golf Resort Soi Dao Chanthaburi visit www.chatrium.com or Tel +66 (0) 89 9343008 Email: info.sdao@chatrium.comlast_img read more

Residential Finance Corp Names President of Retail Branch Division

first_img “”Residential Finance Corporation””:http://www.residentialfinance.com/ (RFC), a nationwide mortgage lender based in Columbus, Ohio, named David Stein president of its retail branch division.[IMAGE]Stein is a seasoned mortgage industry veteran and has significant experience in real estate, labor and employment law, and civil litigation. Previously, he practiced law for private firms in Ohio and also worked as an adjunct professor of law at Ohio State University.In his new role, Stein will lead the growth of RFC’s branch presence throughout the country, overseeing legal, compliance, licensing, human resources, and marketing functions.[COLUMN_BREAK]The appointment is an expansion of Stein’s current role as general counsel. He is also one of RFC’s co-founders.””David is the natural choice to lead the future growth in the retail branch division,”” said CEO and co-founder Michael Isaacs. “”He has a proven ability to guide with vision and authority, and his understanding of the current landscape makes him ideal for the position. As we continue to grow our retail platform, David will provide the leadership to support our branches, while giving them the competitive edge to win business and grow volume.””Stein has played a key role in RFC’s growth since the company’s inception in 1997. He is a nationally recognized speaker on regulatory compliance and banking law and serves as a member of the advisory board of Lenders One. He is also a task force member of the Mortgage Bankers Association committee on independent mortgage banking.””Our focus is pure and simple: to deliver excellence in customer service at all our branch locations,”” Stein said. “”By continuing to strengthen our service departments and back office support, we are processing loans with greater consistency, efficiency and speed, ultimately pleasing our customers with optimal results.”” Share February 20, 2013 381 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Residential Finance Corp. Names President of Retail Branch Division Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Residential Finance Corporation Service Providers 2013-02-20 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14, Seattle Seahawks 5Huh?Just when everyone was announcing that the “second-half Seahawks” were back, they fall on their faces on the road against Tampa Bay. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 49ers took the lead in the first quarter when Kaepernick found Carlos Hyde on an 11-yard touchdown pass. But Miami answered decisively, reeling off 17 straight points to take a 10-point lead.San Francisco bounced back on a Kaepernick-to-Garrett Celek TD pass midway through the third quarter, but again Tannehill delivered. He threw scoring strikes on each of Miami’s next two drives to put the game effectively out of reach.Quotable: “I thought they competed, but in this league, when you lose the turnover battle you’re probably not going to win the football game.” — 49ers head coach Chip Kelly. San Francisco was -2 in the turnover category.Stat of the Game: Kaepernick had 296 yards passing with three touchdowns and added another 113 yards on the ground. The stat line put him in rare company.Colin Kaepernick is 5th player since the 1970 merger with 100 rush yds and 3 TD passes in a game. Others: Newton, Mariota, Vick & Cunningham pic.twitter.com/gPPt6G855r— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 27, 2016 Jameis Winston threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Mike Evans and they held up as the Bucs’ defense kept Seattle out of the end zone for the entire game. Seattle got on the board in the second quarter when Tampa Bay committed a penalty in the end zone and followed it up on the next drive with a 43-yard field goal from Stephen Hauschka. In the second half, Seattle punted on four consecutive possessions before committing turnovers on their last two.It was the third game this season the Seahawks failed to score a touchdown. Quotable: “I’m just disappointed we came all this way and played like that. We didn’t play anywhere near like we thought we would.” — Seattle head coach Pete CarrollStat of the Game: This was only the second game in NFL history to end with a score of 14-5, and the first since 1984 when the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons by the same margin in Week 5.New Orleans Saints 49, Los Angeles Rams 21The Rams’ offense put up its best showing in six weeks, but it was undone by the worst showing by a Rams defense since 2012.Drew Brees threw for 310 yards and four touchdowns and Mark Ingram added 146 yards and a score on the ground as the Saints outscored the Rams 42-7 after Los Angeles jumped out to a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jared Goff, making just his second NFL start, completed 20-of-32 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams.Quotable: “This game came down to our lack of ability on defense, to get the ball back and stop them. We’re talking about 550 yards of total offense — that’s difficult to overcome.” — Rams head coach Jeff FisherStat of the Game: The Saints’ 555 yards were their second-most in any game this year and the fifth-highest total in the league in 2016. Standings Carson Palmer led Arizona on a beautiful 9-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 1-yard pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham. It went downhill from there.The Cardinals had trouble stopping an Atlanta wide receiver, who incidentally isn’t named Julio Jones. Taylor Gabriel scored two touchdowns on simple screen passes and also had a 27-yard run on an end-around in the Falcons’ win that pushed their record to 7-4 and kept them atop the NFC South.Quotable: “This year, we have to fight a little harder. We got some adversity. Most important thing though is that we got to stick together.” — Cardinals safety Tyrann MathieuStat of the Game: Larry Fitzgerald had four catches for 53 yards and moved past Tim Brown into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list. Larry Fitzgerald moves past Tim Brown into 5th place on the all-time list for most career receptions. pic.twitter.com/QuGcHtsmbm— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 27, 2016 Miami Dolphins 31, San Francisco 49ers 24Colin Kaepernick played his best game of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the 49ers, who dropped their 10th straight game. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns and the Dolphins held off a late fourth-quarter surge from San Francisco to win their sixth straight. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories • Carolina Panthers (4-7) at Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1) – Sunday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. @ CenturyLink Field Week 12 Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco – 29-of-46 for 296 yards and three touchdown passes; 10 carries for 113 yardsDefensive Player of the Week: Bobby Wagner, Seattle – 10 tackles vs. Tampa BaySpecial Teams Player of the Week: Benny Cunningham, Los Angeles – Averaged 32.6 yards on five kick returnsWhat’s on Tap:• San Francisco 49ers (1-10) at Chicago Bears (2-9) – Sunday, December 4, 11:00 a.m. @ Soldier Field• Los Angeles Rams (4-7) at New England Patriots (9-2) – Sunday, December 4, 11:00 a.m. @ Gillette Stadium• Washington Redskins (6-4-1) at Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1) – Sunday, December 4, 2:25 p.m. @ University of Phoenix Stadium Comments   Share   The Seattle Seahawks had a golden opportunity to pad an already seemingly insurmountable lead in the NFC West, but couldn’t take advantage.And the three other teams in the division had a chance to pick up ground in the standings but failed.That was life in the NFC West in Week 12.Here’s a closer look at what went down in the division this week.Atlanta Falcons 38, Arizona Cardinals 19The Cardinals, coming off of a disappointing road loss to Minnesota a week ago, had their backs against the wall in terms of playoff possibilities against Atlanta Sunday. 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Video Chad Morris before he was CHAD MORRIS

first_imgChad Morris has always been Chad Morris, of course, and a couple of videos unearthed this week prove that.Seventeen years before he was named the head coach at Arkansas, Morris was a 32-year-old head coach at Bay City High School, a town near but not on the Texas Gulf Coast. After taking Elysian Fields to the Class 2A title game in 1998 and ’99, Morris had the Black Cats in the Class 4A state championship in 2000.As you’ll see below, Morris then was the same guy as Morris now.In 2000 I did a story on @coachchadmorris as his Bay City team prepared to play in the Texas state finals. Little did I know I’d cover him again 17 years later. (Don’t pay any attention to the young reporter in the story) pic.twitter.com/Er7d8A6esE — Wess Moore (@Wess_Moore) December 13, 2017 Back in 2000 I followed @coachchadmorris and the Bay City Black Cats on their journey to a state title. We open up the video vault to show you what it looked like. (I wonder if Coach will let me in the locker room before the game next season?) pic.twitter.com/dzGjT28gZp— Wess Moore (@Wess_Moore) December 14, 2017Bay City beat Denton Ryan in that championship game by the odd score of 24-2.He would remain at Bay City until 2003, when he took the job at Stephenville — Art Briles’s old school. A rough streak would lead him to make the trek to Arkansas to meet a fellow high school coach named Gus Malzahn. That meeting turned his Stephenville tenure around, eventually leading him to powerhouse Austin Lake Travis. That success put him on Tulsa’s staff as offensive coordinator, and a year later he was the offensive coordinator at Clemson.And the rest is history.But as these videos show Morris didn’t get to the big time by being someone else, and he didn’t change his approach once he got there. He’s been the same Chad Morris the entire time.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Ras Al Khaimah to host new WTTC forum

first_imgRas Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has announced that the emirate will be hosting the World Travel & Tourism Council Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum 2019 on October 2nd.The event is designed to bring together key industry leaders to discuss the core issues facing the region’s tourism sector. It will be organised for the first time in the region and held at Al Hamra International Exhibition & Conference Centre.Bringing together government agencies, industry associations, chief executives and senior leaders of the top travel and tourism companies, experts, and media from across the region, the WTTC Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum will delve into contemporary issues facing the sector and discuss growth opportunities to advance the regional agenda. The one-day forum will engage 150-200 leaders in keynotes and panel discussions focusing on key themes, including: challenges and investment opportunities; job creation and skill development; climate and environment action; and digital disruption.ADVERTISEMENTRaki Phillips, chief executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said: “We are pleased to be hosting the inaugural edition of the WTTC Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum in Ras Al Khaimah and introducing our beautiful destination to key leaders and delegates from the travel and tourism industry in the region. “Tourism is one of Ras Al Khaimah’s most important economic sectors and is considered a key engine for continued GDP growth and job creation in the UAE. “The opportunity to host this prestigious industry forum comes at a pivotal time as we aim to fuel a sustainable tourism-driven economic growth in Ras Al Khaimah, as guided by our current Destination Strategy 2019-2021.”The World Travel & Tourism Council is the body which represents the tourism private sector globally. Gloria Guevara, WTTC president, said: “WTTC is thrilled to be bringing our Leaders Forum to Ras Al Khaimah, a destination that embodies everything that is so exciting and innovative about tourism in the Middle East & North Africa region. “Through the Middle East & North Africa Leaders Forum, we will bring together the region’s top travel leaders to discuss the pressing issues of the day, including investment trends, visa facilitation and climate action. “The forum is a great space in which business leaders can meet with government, media and industry experts to share knowledge and plan for sector growth in the years ahead.” NewerairBaltic adds further flights to Athens and Reykjavik OlderSea Princess stages Caribbean recuselast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2019 3:13 pm PDT The Latest: Elaine Wynn testifies about misconduct claimscenter_img BOSTON — The Latest on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s hearings on what Wynn Resorts knew about sexual misconduct allegations against Steve Wynn (all times local):6:10 p.m.Elaine Wynn is defending her decision not to disclose to Massachusetts regulators a $7.5 million settlement her ex-husband Steve Wynn made to a former employee who accused him of rape.The state’s gaming commission is holding hearings on what company leaders knew about allegations of sexual misconduct against Steve Wynn as it considers the fate of the company’s license and its $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor resort.Steve Wynn has denied the allegations.Elaine Wynn co-founded Wynn Resorts and is the company’s largest shareholder. She told the commission Thursday that she relied on the company’s lawyers to decide what should be disclosed to regulators as the company sought a casino license in 2013.Wynn says she told the company’s lawyer about the 2005 settlement in 2009. Board members say they didn’t learn about the settlement until 2016.___11:45 a.m.Massachusetts gambling regulators are questioning Wynn Resorts leaders about what they knew about allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn.The state’s gaming commission is resuming its questioning of new CEO Matt Maddox on Thursday. Maddox is a close confidant of company founder Steve Wynn. It’s also expected to question Wynn’s ex-wife Elaine Wynn, who is a major shareholder.It’s the third and potentially final day of public hearings as regulators weigh whether the company is still suitable to hold a state casino license. A written decision is expected later and has implications for Encore Boston Harbor, the Boston-area resort the company hopes to open in June.The commission received a 200-page investigative report Tuesday that concluded company executives concealed allegations against Steve Wynn. He has denied the allegations.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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