Orange has launched an accelerator startup programme in Spain following its acquisition of Spanish telco Jazztel.The Orange Fab accelerator programme for the Spanish market was launched in Madrid by Gervais Pellissier, CEO Delegate and Executive Director in charge of Europe for the Group, and Jean-Marc Vignolles, Chief Executive Officer of Orange Spain, in the presence of attendees including Victor Calvo-Sotelo, Telecom Deputy Minister, Jaime Garcia-Legaz, Spanish Secretary of State for Trade, and French Minister of Economy, Emmanuel Macron.Start-ups will be hosted for three months by Orange Spain and benefit from mentoring, a workspace and access to Orange’s network of contacts nationally and internationally.The programme will focus on the Internet of Things and Near Filed Communications.“We hope that the Orange Fab programme can develop and spread to the whole of Spain with support and collaboration from the government. The Spanish economy is beginning to recover and Orange, which has supported economic growth in Spain for over fifteen years, wishes to continue its commitments to the country,” said Vignolles.
Dexter GoeiAltice is to pause in its acquisition drive to focus on cutting costs and working on the integration of its existing properties, according to CEO Dexter Goei.Goei told Bloomberg Business that the company owed it to its investors, whether creditors or shareholders, to pause, particularly in relation on large acquisitions, following its purchase of US cable operators Suddenlink and number Cablevision.Goei said the company could hold off on major acquisitions for up to two years to focus on organic growth and the consolidation of existing assets. However, he said, the company could make an exception of US number four operator Cox is put up for sale.Altice has built up a large amount of debt through its acquisition, in rapid succession, of France’s SFR, Portugal Telecom, Suddenlink and now Cablevision. Goei told Bloomberg that the acceleration of free cash flow from the group’s properties could see it reducing its leverage ratio significantly next year.Altice chairman Patrick Drahi recently said that the group could buy more cable operators in the US and would like to acquire mobile assets.
The Walt Disney Company has reportedly paid another US$200 million for a further 5% stake in youth entertainment company Vice Media.Various news sites are quoting sources familiar with the deal, which would bring Disney’s total stake in the firm to 10% and value Vice at US$4 billion.A+E Networks, which Disney jointly owns with Hearst Corporation, paid $250 million for a 10% stake in Vice in September last year, which effectively gave Disney 5% of the firm.The news comes as Vice prepares to launch its US cable channel, Viceland, with A+E, and ahead of plans to launch in 12 European territories next year. Vice is also launching a daily newscast on premium cable net HBO.Other investors in Vice include 21st Century Fox, which bought a 5% stake two years ago; technology venture capital fund Crossover Ventures, which invested US$250 million at the same time as A+E; and advertising company WPP.
Tom FussellBBC Worldwide has hired former Shine CFO Tom Fussell as its new finance chief.He replaces Andrew Bott, whose departure for FremantleMedia was announced late last year, with Suzanne Burrows then covering his role on an interim basis.Fussell takes the CFO role at Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster the BBC, from May 3. He has previously worked at the BBC in various finance roles.He was at Shine from 2013 to 2015, running its financial operations across 11 countries. He left the company after its merger with Endemol, creating Shine Endemol.Prior to Shine, Fussell was at publishing groups Harper Collins and Random House.BBC Worldwide chief Tim Davie said: “I am delighted to welcome Tom back to the BBC – it will be great to have him on the BBC Worldwide team. He brings the ideal mix of top quality functional experience and superb sector knowledge.”Tom Fussell said: “This really is an ideal role for me – drawing on my commercial sector experience, while returning to an organisation I know and love. BBC Worldwide has a clear strategy and an important purpose; and I look forward to helping it advance both of these.”
A preview of Hulu’s live TV offeringHulu is set to “substantially increase” its customer support capabilities, ahead of the rollout of its new over-the-top live TV service in the US.Hulu said it is opening a new ‘Viewer Experience Operations’ headquarters in San Antonio, Texas – a move that will bring 300 jobs to the city this year and more than 500 in total in 2018.“One of our key values at Hulu is putting the viewer first, and vital to that is crafting and delivering an extraordinary customer experience,” said Hulu’s head of experience, Ben Smith.“In addition to building a great product, we’re building an infrastructure that allows us to provide the most personal, responsive and knowledgable customer support for our viewers.”“With its vibrant culture and large and diverse talent pool, we’re incredibly excited to partner with the city to make San Antonio home to our viewer experience operations.”
Liberty Global has unveiled Horizon 4, a TV platform and suite of products that includes a 4K set-top box based on the V6 hardware it offers Virgin Media customers in the UK.The set-top box will be accompanied by a new Horizon 4 user interface, a remote control that has voice capabilities built-in and an upgraded version of Liberty’s ‘GO’ mobile app.Horizon 4 is the latest iteration of Liberty’s next-generation Horizon offering and is part of the company’s ‘one platform’ strategy of developing a common set of products and services across territories.Liberty Global’s executive vice-president and chief technology officer, Enrique Rodriguez, said the launch “marks an important step in our journey of bringing great innovation in connected entertainment.”Horizon 4 is due to be introduced over the coming months to selected customers in The Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium, with a wider rollout in these and other Liberty Global markets to follow.The design of the new Horizon 4 set-top box is the same as Virgin Media’s V6 device, but the UK version, which is now used by nearly two million customers, runs on TiVo software while the new Liberty deployment was developed using RDK.RDK is a platform that is managed by Liberty Global, Comcast Cable and Charter Communications. However, Virgin Media’s relationship with TiVo pre-dates Liberty’s 2013 takeover of the UK operator and remains in place.The new Horizon 4 UI includes features like: linear TV, replay and video-on-demand; cloud DVR storage; apps including Netflix and YouTube; and Liberty has promised a “wide, constantly-updated selection of web videos and online TV channels” in the future.The revamped GO app includes: ‘download to go’ functionality’; the ability to continue watching on a different device without losing your place in a programme; and a ‘push to TV’ function that lets viewers search for content on their mobile and then watch it on their TV.“[Our customers] increasingly lead fluid lives meaning they view content from many different providers on many different screens, especially on mobile devices, and at very different times during the day,” said Mark Giesbers, Liberty Global’s vice-president of entertainment products.“We want to add value to customers’ lives and deliver on their expectation of ‘any content, any device, anywhere, anytime’. That means aggregating all those TV channels, movies, series and apps into one easy-to-use, seamless viewing experience – and across multiple devices.”Liberty launched the first iteration of its next-generation Horizon platform in the Netherlands in 2012 and since then has introduced Horizon products to seven European markets.Horizon 4 was developed in-house by teams based at Liberty Global’s tech campus in Schiphol-Rijk in The Netherlands and was tested in more than 10,000 customer homes in different countries. It was announced at Liberty’s annual Tech Summit in Amsterdam.
Facebook is in talks with premium pay TV networks to distribute their services via its own apps, according to a report by US news site Recode.According to the report, Facebook is in talks with pay TV providers including HBO, Showtime and Starz to sell their services on its app, with viewers accessing the services via Facebook’s own properties – such as Facebook Watch – as well as via other platforms such as Roku TVs.Recode suggests that Facebook may be trying to replicate the model developed by Amazon for its Amazon Channels service and cites unnamed sources who say that the new offering could launch in the first half of next year. Facebook would most likely agree to pay upfront for multi-year deals in exchange for a share of subscription revenue.Facebook has struggled to some extent to realise its ambition to become a major video hub. In October, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that while its Facebook Watch service was growing, the social network was still “well behind YouTube” as a video platform.Zuckerberg said that users were not warming overmuch to video on its core platforms but appreciated dedicated video experiences such as Facebook Watch and Instagram’s IGTV.He also admitted that video makes less money per minute for Facebook than “people interacting in feeds” – meaning that video growth could displace services that generate more revenue, unless Facebook finds new ways to make money from video.
Netflix’s Santa Clarita DietStreaming giant Netflix is to increase pricing to its UK offering by up to 20%, the company said on May 30. The standard plan (allowing for streaming on two devices at the same time in HD) rises to £8.99 (€10.44) from £7.99 (€9.28), while the premium plan (streaming on up to four devices in Ultra HD) rises to £11.99 (€13.92) from £9.99 (€11.60). While it has raised prices internationally, Netflix has not touched prices in the UK since 2017. The company has previously experimented with showing higher price ranges to new customers in an effort to gauge their willingness to pay more.The news comes a few months before Disney and Apple launch their own streaming platforms, with Disney+ set to cost approximately half of Netflix’s top tier package.Analysts believe that more price rises are likely, despite growing competition.Greg Harwood, pricing specialist and director at Simon-Kucher & Partners, said: “The decision to raise prices in the face of new low-cost competition highlights that Netflix does not intend to be drawn into a price war anytime soon. Maintaining the perception of value for money is at the core of its pricing philosophy. For the consumer, this could mean further price increases to come in the future as Netflix continues to expand its content proposition and invest in the product.“A spokesman for Netflix said that, in spite of this price increase, the service still offers value for money: “We change our prices from time to time to reflect the significant investments we’ve made in new TV shows and films, as well as improvements to our product. We have more than 50 productions planned in the UK this year. Our basic membership will remain at the same price, ensuring as many people as possible can enjoy our content.”
Centra has signed up two time Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist, Johnny Davis as an ambassador for Centra’s Live Well programme.Over the course of 2017, Johnny will provide hints and tips to aspiring runners, providing the motivation to get them on track before, during and after the Centra Run Together events.Commenting at the launch, event organiser, Johnny Davis said: “Running has proven to be very beneficial for helping people live healthy lifestyles. “Run Together is a concept designed to let people run in pairs and we encourage all levels of runners to join in the fun – to pair up with their partner, son, daughter, a friend or neighbour and help raise money for Action Cancer.“I am proud and excited to be an ambassador for Centra’s Live Well programme and I am looking forward to getting people across Northern Ireland healthy and active.”Centra Run Together will take place at Quayside, Derry, on Wednesday, June 14 at 7 pm.The Centra Run Together series, a Live Well initiative, is sponsored by Deep RiverRock and Müller.David Hearty from Deep RiverRock said: “With social running continuing to grow in popularity across Northern Ireland, these community events will encourage a spectrum of new and seasoned runners to get moving while supporting a good cause. “Deep RiverRock is also passionate about supporting active communities, and proudly brings its ‘Think Straight, HYDRATE’ message to a number of local running events. With these existing synergies, the partnership with Centra and its Live Well programme is a perfect fit for us and we are delighted to be involved.”Cathy Whyte from Müller said: “We’re delighted to sponsor Centra Run Together as part of the Live Well campaign. The inaugural Centra Run Together series saw hundreds of participants in each race and we are looking forward to this year’s series. With our support, we hope to bring a positive healthy lifestyle message to even more families across Northern Ireland.”All participants will receive a Centra Run Together T-shirt and bespoke medal as well as giveaways at the events. For further information and details of how to register visit www.centra.co.uk/runtogether or the Centra Facebook page,www.facebook.com/CentraNICENTRA’S FREE FAMILY FUN RUN IN DERRY HELPS RAISE VITAL FUNDS FOR LOCAL CANCER CHARITY was last modified: March 6th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Lucy Evangelista pictured at the launch of Centra Run Together.THE North’s leading convenience retailer Centra has launched its popular series of charity family fun run in Derry for the second year.The Centra Run Together series is designed to feed the recent upsurge in ‘social runners’ across the North of Ireland, encouraging communities to get up and running together, whilst raising vital funds for Action Cancer.Following the success of the inaugural Centra Run Together initiative in 2016, a race will be held again in Derry. This year the events are completely free to enter but participants are encouraged to make a donation to Action Cancer in lieu of an entry fee.They are designed for a variety of participants from walkers, first time runners to those using the 5k course as training for a marathon.Musgrave NI’s head of marketing, Desi Derby, said: “The Centra Run Together series is part of our Live Well initiative, which represents an investment of £1 million and is aimed at helping our customers make healthier choices, addressing the serious health issues associated with today’s society. “We had a great response to our initial Run Together series, with many families running their first 5k together, capturing a great community atmosphere. We’re looking forward to building on this success and raising even more money for Action Cancer.” centraCENTRA’S FREE FAMILY FUN RUN IN DERRY HELPS RAISE VITAL FUNDS FOR LOCAL CANCER CHARITYJOHNNY DAVIDLUCY EVANGELISTAMCE PUBLIC RELATIONS LTRDSINEAD DOYLE
Festival and Events Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Andrea Campbell, said the public are guaranteed a memorable performance of Jazz regardless of which day they choose to visit the two venues.“The Jazz Hub initiative was one of the most popular elements of last year’s festival offering the public the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy locally and internationally acclaimed Jazz acts in an intimate setting,” she said.“Bennigans will host multiple daily acts over the five days of the festival with afternoon, evening and late night performances from the likes of Emilia Martensson, Meilana Gillard and California Soul all very reasonably priced at £5 for standing and £10 for seats.“Anita O’Day will kick off the biggest and best lineup the Playhouse Hub has hosted on Thursday night, while there will also be performances from the Henry Girls and Paul McIntyre over the weekend as well as the return of the ever popular Speakeasy.” BAR and The Playhouse will see some of the biggest names in local and international Jazz come through their doors this weekend when they are transformed into Jazz Hubs as part of the eagerly anticipated City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.Back by popular demand, the Hubs aim to cater for discerning fans seeking the authentic Jazz experience but can be enjoyed by anyone when they host over 20 high level acts between them over five days.Bennigans has a long standing reputation as a centre for local Jazz and hosts a weekly programme in the genre under the stewardship of owner and Jazz pianist John Leighton whose three piece group will perform a midnight slot this Friday night before accompanying local legend Gay McIntyre at the John Street venue on Saturday afternoon and finishing off the Playhouse programme next Monday night.The Jazz ‘Speakeasy’ bar at the Playhouse has been one of the most popular elements of the festival for the last four years, transporting the public back to the days of 1920s prohibition America, it is one of the highlights of their Hub when it returns on Friday through to Sunday night. ShareTweet bennigan’sCITY OF DERRY JAZZ AND BIG BAND FESTIVALJAZZ HUBS TO OFFER FANS A FEAST OF DELIGHTS UNDER ONE ROOF Tickets for Bennigans Bar events are on sale now from the bar at John Street or online at www.bennigansbar.com.To book for the Playhouse contact the Box Office on 028 71 268027.JAZZ HUBS TO OFFER FANS A FEAST OF DELIGHTS UNDER ONE ROOF was last modified: April 25th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:
North West Regional College Lecturer in Hospitality and Catering John Crowe, who was awarded ‘Lecturer of the Year’ by the Institute of Hospitality, pictured with Peter Ducker, sponsor, Michael Cafolla, chair of the Institute of Hospitality and UTV presenter Pamela Ballantine.AN award winning chef at North West Regional College (NWRC) has been named ‘Lecturer of the Year’ by the Institute of Hospitality. (IoH)John Crowe, who coordinates the Professional Chef Diploma Programme at NWRC picked up the gong at a Gala ceremony hosted by Pamela Ballantine at Belfast’s Titanic.The awards recognise hard working managers who have demonstrated significant achievement in the hospitality and tourism sector. “The Professional Chef Diploma courses which I teach actively encourage progression to appropriate career pathways.”Congratulating John, Principal and Chief Executive of North West Regional College Leo Murphy said:“This award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the lecturers at the college. We are delighted with this success for John and the college, reflecting the high quality of teaching that we are so rightly proud of.”For information on courses in the Hospitality department at NWRC please log on to www.nwrc.ac.uk/hospitalityNWRC’S MASTERCHEF PICKS UP ‘LECTURER’ OF THE YEAR’ AWARD was last modified: June 14th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Since he first joined NWRC in 2006, John Crowe has worked tirelessly to develop his students and the college , with a wide range of projects and initiatives, developing modern educational concepts that help shape future chefs.The accolade comes just months after the Tipperary native picked up the PACE (Professional Association for Catering Education) award for Innovative Teaching Concepts, which recognised John’s use of new technologies in teaching kitchens, through a specially designed App he designed that supports blended learning.The local lecturer said he was delighted to win the award.He added: “Working in education has been my focus over many years, working on a wide range of projects to help shape the future generation. ERIN HUTCHEONJOHN CROWELEO MURPHYNorth West Regional CollegeNWRC’S MASTERCHEF PICKS UP ‘LECTURER’ OF THE YEAR’ AWARD
Apprentice Boys of DerryDerryMaiden City Festival returns this weekendprotestants Festival organisers say the event offers something for everyone and allows the Protestant community in Derry, through festival organisers the Apprentice Boys of Derry, to make a positive contribution to the life of the city.Free family-friendly events taking place across the city include Siege Tales, a re-enactment of stories and tales from the 1688/89 siege performed daily by local actors on the City Walls, while the Skirl of the Pipes will bring colourful displays of piping, drumming and Highland dancing.The annual staging of the re-enactment of the relief of the city will take place before the main parade by 150 bands and 8,000 Apprentice Boys.Maiden City Festival returns this weekend was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet MAIDEN City Festival fever is returning to Derry this weekend as the city prepares for a week of exciting and enjoyable entertainment for all age groups.Now in its 21st year, the event will bring the old city to life through music, dance, theatre and pageant.More than 30,000 people are expected to either see or take part in a wide variety of activities including everything from live music to visual arts.
NEW YORK (ABC NEWS)- An upstate New York couple was arrested after a four-month police investigation revealed they allegedly duped kindhearted people out of thousands of dollars by creating a GoFundMe page asking for donations to help pay medical bills for a child they falsely claimed had cancer, officials said.Martin and Jolene LaFrance, both 35, of Port Byron, New York, were arrested on felony fraud charges and endangering the welfare of a child, said Cayuga County Sheriff David Gould. Police launched a four-month investigation after getting complaints, Gould said. Pinterest Next PostArmy Soldier Grows Ear In Arm For Reconstructive Surgery Google+ The couple has been banned from the platform for violating “GoFundMe’s terms of service, and all donors will receive a refund,” GoFundMe said in a statement released Tuesday.“It’s important to remember that our platform is backed by the GoFundMe guarantee, which means that in the rare case that GoFundMe, law enforcement or a user finds campaigns are misused, donors are fully protected and will get their money back. Additionally, we are working with law enforcement on their investigation.” Linkedin Gould said the couple created a GoFundMe page late last year, allegedly claiming their child had cancer.“As a result of this online solicitation, they did receive several thousand dollars in donations,” Gould said in a statement. “The investigation revealed conclusively that the child was never diagnosed with cancer or any other medical condition that was alleged in the GoFundMe solicitation.” Mail Facebook Twitter Daniella Hankey NewsWatch Couple Lied About Child With Cancer On GoFundMe By Daniella HankeyMay 11, 2018, 04:28 am 533 0 Home NewsWatch Couple Lied About Child With Cancer On GoFundMe Previous PostCharleston Police Officer Battles Rare Form Of Cancer Martin and Jolene LaFrance are scheduled to be arraigned on May 16 in the Town of Montezuma. Efforts by ABC News to reach their attorney were not successful.The investigation is ongoing, Gould said. Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website
Home NewsWatch Drunk garbage truck driver plows into 9 cars (ABC NEWS)- A drunk garbage truck driver in Brooklyn, New York, left an unbelievable trail of destruction in his wake Saturday morning, according to police. “Our company has a long track record of safety and we hold ourselves to high standards, including random drug testing for drivers,” the company told WABC in a statement. “It appears that this driver failed to adhere to our standards and he was immediately suspended as part of the ongoing investigation of this serious incident.” Several cars were completely totaled, with some stacked on top of each other, and a large tree sheared in half. Castaldo drives for Viking Sanitation, which said it immediately suspended the driver. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website NewsWatch Drunk garbage truck driver plows into 9 cars By Daniella HankeyJun 10, 2018, 12:48 pm 482 0 According to police, Anthony Castaldo, 40, was driving the garbage truck in Borough Park, Brooklyn, on Saturday morning when he plowed into nine cars parked on the side of the street, took out a tree and knocked over a house’s front porch. Pinterest Tumblr Facebook Twitter Google+ Linkedin No one was injured in the accident. Next PostPrinceton Woman Sentenced Up To 40 Years In Prison For Killing Her Mother Castaldo was charged with driving while impaired, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and refusing to take a Breathalyzer test. New York ABC station WABC took photos of the incident which tell the entire story of destruction. Daniella Hankey Mail Previous PostVince Vaughn arrested for suspected DUI
Tumblr Google+ Next PostPrinceton Man Arrested For Trying To Sexually Abuse A Young Boy West Virginia Parkways Authorities met to have a final vote and discuss the first bond sale they will be having that will cost $172 million in Turnpike bonds. Gov. Jim Justice said that E-ZPASS Rates will start at $8.00 a year for the first three years, then increase to $25 per year. During the selling of the bonds, it will allow the authority time to assess the impact of discounted E-ZPASS subscriptions that passed in 2017. Authority members have adopted a Debt and Capital Planning management police that will help the bond sales go smoother. Linkedin Twitter CHARLESTON (AP)- According to Parkways Authorities, turnpike bonds will begin going on the market as early as next month. Facebook NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories $172 Million Turnpike Bonds Will Begin Going On The Market Next Month By Daniella HankeyJul 06, 2018, 11:09 am 342 0 Previous PostNew Medical Program Will Be Coming To West Virginia University Pinterest Home NewsWatch $172 Million Turnpike Bonds Will Begin Going On The Market Next Month Mail Daniella Hankey
Tumblr SportsSports News Pairings Set for WV Open First Round By Matt DigbyJun 17, 2019, 23:45 pm 336 0 Pinterest WOAY – The 86th West Virginia Open begins Wednesday at Parkersburg Country Club, with the best golfers in the Mountain State to take part.All golfers will play a first round Wednesday and second round Thursday, with the cut occurring before the final round Friday. David Bradshaw is the defending champion, having won three straight titles and ten overall.Southern West Virginia will be well represented this week, featuring golfers who both qualified automatically by finishing in the top 40 of last year’s Open at Glade Springs, and those who played well in various qualifiers over the past few weeks.Among the area golfers playing this week: Samuel Berry (Bluefield, tees off at 1:00 PM on #1 hole), Chris Daniels (Beckley, 12:30 PM, #1), Walker Dent (White Sulphur Springs, 8:30 AM, #1), Todd Duncan (Daniels, 9:20 AM, #1), Matt Felber (Mount Hope, 1:20 PM, #1), Drew Green (Beaver, 12:20 PM, #10), Jamie Hamilton (Lewisburg, 9:30 AM, #1), Jackson Hill (Beckley, 1:50 PM, #1), Tyler Hillyer (Princeton, 9:30 AM, #10), Jeff McGraw (Princeton, 9:20 AM, #10), Landon Perry (Shady Spring, 12:30 PM, #10), Carson Proffitt (Camp Creek, 12:40 PM, #10), Ben Ramsey (Bluefield, 8:00 AM, #10), John Ross (Bramwell, 9:10 AM, #1), Patrick Smith (Beckley, 12:40 PM, #1), David Woodrum (Bluefield, 1:30 PM, #10) Google+ Twitter Home Sports News Sports Pairings Set for WV Open First Round Facebook Mail Linkedin Previous PostBluefield pastor indicted on sex charges Next PostEducation Reform Bill Passes House Despite Large Teacher Turnout Against It Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More
Doug Casey has said over and over that spreading your political risk beyond one jurisdiction is the single most important thing he can recommend today. Obtaining a second passport and citizenship in another country is a critical part in heeding Doug’s advice. This is because it’s a fundamental step towards minimizing the political risk of being subjected to the whims of any single government. The political diversification benefits that come with obtaining a second passport are universal and prudent for anyone in the world to obtain… especially those under a desperate (fiscally or otherwise) government. Here are the top six reasons why everyone needs a second passport. Reason #1: More Internationalization Options Obtaining a second passport can literally open the door to a world of internationalization options for your assets and income that are off limits to citizens of certain countries. This is especially true for Americans, who are often treated as if they have the plague when they attempt to open foreign financial accounts and are increasingly being forced to close the ones they already have. Due to the ever-growing pile of regulations, foreign banks and brokerages are making the logical business decision that the costs of compliance outweigh any benefits of having Americans as clients. Opening a foreign financial account as an American citizen ranges from being impossible to very difficult in most circumstances. When you consider the totality of it, these vast regulations amount to a soft form of capital controls, which will likely turn into overt capital controls at some point in the future. Obtaining a second passport can also make purchasing real estate in foreign countries easier. For example, while it is an excellent place to consider for a bolt-hole, Switzerland is a notoriously difficult place for a foreigner to purchase real estate. However, certain foreigners (EU citizens) have fewer restrictions imposed on them others. Reason #2: More Visa-Free Travel One characteristic of a good passport is how much visa-free travel it allows. Applying for a visa that has to be approved before your trip (as opposed to being able to obtain it at the border) is a real hassle. Having to jump through hoops in advance of a trip can be a frustrating, time-consuming, and costly process. Brazil, Chile, and Argentina all collect a visa fee (of about US$160) from travelers who present a US passport. According to a recent study, Finnish and Swedish passports offer visa-free travel to the most countries. Not surprisingly, a country like Afghanistan has one of the least useful passports. You can find more information on this study as well as the rankings of countries according to the visa-free access of their passports here. Reason #3: Avoid Foreign Policy Blowback If your home government has developed a bad habit of sticking its nose in the internal affairs of other nations, it could make you a target should you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Like an upscale shopping mall in Kenya in late September 2013. There are, of course, passports that have minimal foreign policy blowback risk. For example, when was the last time you saw Swiss passport holders targeted? Reason #4: Preempt Travel/People Controls A second passport can also come in handy when a government decides to starting treating its own citizens as beef cows instead of milking cows (i.e., when they need more soldiers for war) or if passport restrictions and other types of people controls are implemented. In any case, it prevents your home government from basically placing you under house arrest by revoking or cancelling your passport for any reason it sees fit. The Syrian government, for example, previously refused to renew the passports of Syrians abroad whom it suspected of being associated with the opposition. This is not surprising and should have been completely predictable. Any government could and would behave in a similar manner as they all have the ability to revoke the citizenship and/or passport of their citizens at a moment’s notice under any pretext that they find convenient. Just look at how the US cancelled Edward Snowden’s passport by fiat. It is not inconceivable that the US government would make it more difficult for Ron Paul supporters and libertarians to travel internationally one day in the future. Heck, they have already taken the first step and labeled them potential domestic terrorists. The bottom line is that if you hold political views that the establishment of your home government does not like, don’t be surprised when they decide to restrict your travel options. In this case, having the political diversification that comes from having a second passport is even more important. Reason #5: You Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee It’s like how the old Tom Petty song goes… “You don’t have to live like a refugee.” Having a second passport ensures that you will always have another place to potentially call home, another place where you will always have the legal right to live and work. In worst case scenarios, a second passport guarantees that once you get out of Dodge, you won’t have to live like a refugee. Having citizenship in another country gives you the legal right to live and work there and possibly other countries. EU citizens have the right to live and work in the 28 member countries. Reason #6: Renunciation In all likelihood, you will need a second passport should you decide to take the drastic step of renouncing your citizenship. This allows you to reap huge tax and regulatory benefits if your home country burdens its citizens with suffocating and inescapable tax policies. It should be noted that the US has what amounts to an “exit tax” for citizens who renounce and meet certain conditions. This puts a premium on renouncing before you qualify to be stung with the “exit tax.” It is an especially attractive option for entrepreneurial and internationally-mobile young Americans who have a large portion of their potential earnings still in the future. Of course, few will actually follow the path of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin or singer Tina Turner and take the extreme step of renunciation. And you certainly don’t need to. There are MANY other ways you can internationalize and reduce your political risk. Not Easy, But Necessary Unfortunately, there are no paths to obtaining a legitimate second passport that are at the same time fast, easy, and inexpensive. However this does not diminish the necessity of doing so. Political risk is growing in most parts of the world (especially the West). This is especially true for countries in deteriorating fiscal health, which will predictably turn to increasing measures to squeeze their citizenry for every penny they can get away with. You have probably noticed there is a lot of misinformation and bad advice out there regarding second passports, which, if followed, could likely end up causing you significant problems and limiting your options. Your goal should be the opposite: minimizing your problems and expanding your options. It is essential in these shark-infested waters to have a trusted resource like Casey Research to provide you with reliable information. You can find our top picks for the best countries to obtain a second passport in and how to do it here.
Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told news outlets that Bob Orsi shot his wife Charlene Ann Orsi and their 12- year -old triplet daughters Saturday in Wetumpka before setting their home on fire and fatally shooting himself.Charley Orsi and one of the triplets died. The Orsi’s oldest daughter, who is 13, was able to escape physically unharmed, and run for help. Court documents show, Charley had filed for divorce from Bob Orsi in June and requested full custody of their four daughters.This tragedy ties right back here to Tuscaloosa County. Annette Smallwood lives in Northport and is a sister to Charley Orsi.“I did lose my sister and my niece and ultimately my brother-in -law,” Smallwood told WVUA 23 reporter Chelsea Barton. “It’s a tragic situation for anyone,” she added.Smallwood told WVUA her two nieces who were injured, are now in stable condition at an area hospital getting stronger each day.“They are two typical teenagers, they are fighting with each other, they are laughing and carrying on,” Smallwood said. “They are the strongest two kids I’ve ever seen,” she exclaimed.The family is now doing their best to pick up the pieces of the life the Orsis once lived. A gofundme account has been set up to help the three girls left behind.“The best way to help is to donate to that gofundme account,” Smallwood said. “They do not have a place to live at the moment, and nowhere to put donations. The gofundme account is the perfect way to help.”If you are unable to give financially, Smallwood told us the one thing they need more is prayer.“The continued prayer and support will be so appreciated because it will be a long process for them to get over what happened. I know the prayers are working. They have felt the love and support from this community that will carry them through.”You can donate to these girls who have lost their parents, sister and home by clicking here.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Senate has approved a 4% pay increase for teachers and other public school employees as part of a record $7 billion education spending plan.Senators on Thursday approved the pay raise and education trust fund budget. The bill now moves to the House.Sen. Arthur Orr, chairman of the budget committee, said the raise was a start to trying to address a teacher shortage in the state.The education budget, which is fueled by sales and income taxes, hit a record high after finally rebounding past pre-recession levels of 2008.The budget provides additional money for prekindergarten, broadband, English language education and to reduce classroom size in grades four through six.A senator who voted no criticized charter school funding and the lack of a raise for retirees.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)5/2/2019 4:24:55 PM (GMT -5:00)
Word is traveling fast and apparently so is the huge yellow python that Tuscaloosa city officials confirmed escaped from captivity in the Alberta area, which supports the multiple sightings residents on Windsor and Arcadia Drives have claimed.“It is a reptile,” Tuscaloosa County Extension Agent Neal Hargle said. “It does move around. It may be in the same area, it may not.”Hargle joined the city’s animal control personnel on the hunt. Animal Control was surveying the area all day Wednesday, looking in trees, drains and even under homes.“It’s just another day at the office,” Hargle said. “That’s why I like my job. It may not be my most favorite thing to do – to find a snake – but hey, the people on Windsor and Arcadia are concerned about it.”Pythons are not poisonous or venomous. They are constrictors that squeeze their prey to death before ingestion. Needless to say, Alberta residents are on guard and hoping this sneaky fellow is caught soon. Residents like Herbert Davis said they are ready.“I’m looking for it,” the 95-year-old World War II veteran said. “As far as I am concerned, all snakes are dangerous. I would first get me a hoe and start trying to kill it.”Other neighbors have a different outlook on the slithery visitor.“Like, I am not really scared of it,” Raiden Sommersville, an Alberta resident, said. “I think it’s pretty cool. My thought was like, ‘Yes, finally something exciting happens in my neighborhood.’”It could be a snake in the grass, a snake in a tree…let’s be honest, at this point it could be anywhere. But one place Alabamians can confirm the snake is, is on Twitter. The Twitter account @PythonTown has taken west Alabama by storm, gaining over 2,000 followers in the couple days it has been active.Popular mentions from the account include notable Alabama injury lawyer Alexander Shunnarah, bachelorette Hannah Brown and even WVUA 23’s own chief meteorologist, Richard Scott. There is no way to tell who runs the account, but locals seem to be enjoying the fun in the “snake’s” replies.RTR pic.twitter.com/15nNqFyrZQ— T-town Python (@PythonTown) June 20, 2019“What I’m wondering now, is there a law that prohibits certain types of animals and reptiles to be a pet or be in a residential neighborhood?” Tuscaloosa’s District 5 City Councilman Kip Tyner said. “If not, I think it’s something we need to look at. We’ve got people that love snakes for a reason, but if you’ve got one of this size, it’s dangerous.”If you see the snake, immediately call 911 and give an exact location. Anyone in this area should also keep their pets inside until the snake is captured.