New law tightens government’s grip on media

first_img JordanMiddle East – North Africa Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown This week’s royal decree amending Jordan’s media legislation and drastically restricting freedom of information appals Reporters Without Borders, which expressed its deep concern about the draft law on 30 August and subsequently wrote to the senate speaker urging him to reject it.”These new curbs on freedom expression, which affect online media in particular, have swept aside the reform promises that the government made at the height of the Arab Spring in 2011,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This law, under which Jordan’s 220 news websites will have to obtain government accreditation to continue operating, is clearly designed to increase the regime’s control over the media, especially online media, at a time when the Internet is playing a major role in informing and rallying the Arab population.”The new law, which amends the press and publications code, violates international standards on freedom of information, especially article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which covers freedom of opinion and expression.”The new provisions regulating how news websites operate will leave a permanent threat hanging over online journalists who express views that are at variance with the government’s,” Reporters Without Borders added.Aside from the danger it poses to media independence, the new law enshrines censorship and judicial proceedings as the standard response when online journalists broach sensitive subjects. Article 49 paragraph 7 allows systematic censorship whenever officials decide that content does not comply with the law’s provisions.Reporters Without Borders is particularly concerned about the judicial abuses that could result from the vagueness of the language used to refer to offences. Paragraphs 1 and 2 of article 42 refer to crimes “against internal and external security” without offering any precise definition.The possibility of publication bans being imposed on both print and online media is also disturbing. The state broadcasting commission’s power to refuse to issue or renew licences puts journalists and website editors in a precarious situation and is liable to encourage self-censorship.Requiring journalists to join a union that is not independent is also unacceptable. Journalists must be free to decide whether or not to join a union or association, and to choose which one they join.Finally, paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 of article 49 render news sites legally responsible for the comments posted at the foot of articles or other forms of content.Many journalists have been participating in daily sit-ins in Amman in protest against the new law’s adoption. Others demonstrated in Amman on 19 and 20 September to demand repeal of the new provisions and to proclaim their refusal to work under the threat of prosecution. Follow the news on Jordan April 14, 2020 Find out more News News Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more September 21, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New law tightens government’s grip on media Read in Arabic (بالعربية)center_img RSF_en News News August 12, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further Related documents Document in ArabicPDF – 43.98 KB last_img read more

Boutwell escapes snake ‘wrap’

first_imgLatest Stories “She ran to call 911 and, when she got back, I told her, in a matter-of-fact way, the snake fell off and I ran over it. ‘I killed it’ I told her,’” Boutwell said. “I’m told that I proceeded to drive the lawn mower around the yard in circles until the rescue unit arrived. The paramedics determined I was in shock and took me to the emergency room.”Boutwell said she remembers absolutely nothing that happened after she first put her eyes on the snake. She vaguely remembers being in the ER.“I have blood pressure problems anyway and my blood pressure was so high they kept me in the hospital overnight,” she said. “The snake was a copperhead and, if it had bitten me ….”Boutwell said the vibration of the mower and the noise are thought to have distracted the snake and that’s probably why it fell off the riding mower.“I don’t remember the snake falling off. I don’t remember running over it. I don’t remember the paramedics coming or going to the hospital. I don’t remember anything except seeing the snake wrapped around my leg,” she said.Boutwell is sharing her story in an effort to caution people that snakes are crawling and they are looking for dry places and places to sun.“I want to caution everybody to be on the lookout for snakes,” she said. “Don’t think they are just in the weeds or bushes. They can be on your patio, in your garage, just anywhere. But what I want to say again and again is to look for snakes in places you probably wouldn’t expect to find them – on golf carts, mules, ATVs, riding lawn mowers and children’s riding toys. Snakes are crawling and you can’t be too careful, they can be anywhere that’s dry.”Boutwell acknowledges that snakes can be helpful but, as far as she is concerned, there’s only one good snake and that’s a dead snake.“Either way, be alert and be safe,” she said. Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Boutwell escapes snake ‘wrap’ Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopencenter_img By Jaine Treadwell A warm winter and a wet spring send snakes looking for dry ground.And what better place than the warm dryness of a riding lawn mower.Nobody knows that better than Marsha Boutwell of the Center Ridge community. Boutwell was in the early minutes of mowing her lawn last Monday when she looked down to see a snake wrapped around her leg. From that moment on, Boutwell’s memory went blank.“What I remember is putting oil in the mower and then making about three rounds in the yard,” she said. “I looked down and saw the snake wrapped round my right leg.  After that, the next thing I remember is being in the emergency room at Troy Regional.”Mowing grass is a summer ritual for Boutwell. It’s a necessary chore but it’s also somewhat of a pleasure. Email the author By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Kempters to perform free concert Saturday at Ebenezer Church Ebenezer Baptist Church in Highland Home will host The Kempters in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; a… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Most often when Boutwell is on her riding mower, so is her neighbor and sister-in-law, Joyce Boutwell. And so it was on the afternoon of the “snake incident.”“I had on jeans and sensible shoes and maybe that’s why the snake wrapped around my leg and I didn’t notice,” she said. “Or maybe it was the vibration of the motor. And, maybe, that’s what prevented the snake from biting me.”Boutwell’s neighbor said when she came driving the mower toward her house she had a strange look on her face. “Joyce said I told her that I had a snake around my leg and to get help,” Boutwell said. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Liverpool Legends in SA, land of the original Kop

first_imgSpeaking at the Liverpool Legends signing at the Radisson Gautrain on Monday, Chris Midgley, the chair of the South African Liverpool FC Supporters Club Gauteng Branch, said funds collected by his club would go to Claire House Children’s Hospice in the Merseyside city, a charity of which former defender, Jan Molby, is patron.Donations will also be made to the football club’s development and players’ funds. “We knew they were coming to South Africa so we contacted them. We were so keen to get involved.”It is not the first time the supporters club has been charitable. Earlier this year, donated R11 500 to a rhino poaching fund that Bruce Grobelaar, a former Liverpool goalkeeper, supports. It also allocates money to Liverpool’s football development programme at the end of every English league season.“I do not mind coming out to meet the fans. They are fantastic.” – Steve MacManaman, Liverpool LegendWith the Hillsborough disaster at the centre of Saturday’s game, it is no surprise that the players would be at the Radisson Gautrain, signing football jerseys for South African fans, just a few hours after arriving from England. It is a small sacrifice for supporters who have stuck by the club through such disasters.Steve McManaman is one of those players who believes the supporters are Liverpool’s lifeblood. “I do not mind coming out to meet the fans. They are fantastic.”Although he visited South Africa during the 2010 World Cup, this will be his first time playing in the country. The last time Liverpool played Kaizer Chiefs in the United Bank Challenge in 1994, McManaman was left out of the squad because of an injury. “I never expected to play in South Africa but you do not often get an opportunity to play here so I had to take it.”Now working as a football pundit for BT Sports in the UK, McManaman is delighted to take the time out for a friendly game with his former colleagues.“We do not see each other a lot and when we can meet each other it turns out to be great, especially since we can raise money for charity.”Read more on SouthAfrica.info: Liverpool, Chief Legends to clashlast_img read more

Two Ohio women selected to be Faces of Farming

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Imagine it’s an early November morning. The sun is peaking over the trees as a farmer, layered up to stay warm, hikes to the barn through the cold morning, warm breath floating skyward.This brisk walk to the barn is nothing new for Emily Buck or Lauren Schwab, two newly selected members of the nationwide, five-member class of men and women serving as the “Faces of Farming and Ranching” with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. These two Ohio women were selected to promote and advocate for agriculture through social media. They must also be comfortable talking with media in their new roles reaching out to consumers about agricultural issues.Their morning walks to the barn are used to go feed livestock, work on machinery, bond with loved ones, or even catch up on paper work before jumping into the day. Buck and Schwab share a common early morning routine but, after that, their days couldn’t take more different routes.Emily Buck lives in Marion with her husband, John, and daughter.“We farm close to a thousand acres of corn, soybeans and raise Southdown sheep,” Buck said.Her early morning walks to the barn are shared with John to go feed and water the sheep. She grew up on a sheep farm and is proud of the no-till farming practices employed on their farm. They have taken extensive measures to be conservation friendly with the crops as well as their livestock. Coming back inside from the barn, Buck gets her daughter Harlie up, dressed, and ready for the day. She drops her off at school and heads to Columbus where she is known as “Dr. Buck” to her students at The Ohio State University. She is an associate professor teaching within the department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership.“It’s exciting for me to do this as well because of my role at the university,” Buck said. “It’s important we practice what we teach. It’s also good for consumers to see that people with PhDs are farming. We are actually a smart group — very educated.”Along with her position at OSU, Buck has previously researched communication tools, visual research, and methods for efficiently communicating agriculture to consumers. A background involving research and teaching social media, in addition to personal experience, will be very beneficial in her new role as a national agricultural spokeswoman with the USFRA.When Buck is done with her day at OSU, she heads home to take food to the fields, go pick up parts, or run errands for John on the farm. Their daughter will be the fourth generation on the farm so there is always purposeful preparation and thought when looking to the future.“My weekends are all about cleaning barns, moving equipment, all while balancing a three-year-old that wants to help but isn’t quite big enough,” she shared with a laugh.Lauren Schwab is from Somerville in Butler County where she grew up on her family hog farm. She is now the manager of the farrowing house for the operation. For Schwab, a typical day starts by getting to the barn early and spending a majority of her day there.“Since we have few employees, I am doing a lot of hands-on work,” she said. “In the late morning after the feeding is done I’ll go work with breeding.”On Schwab’s farm, the 1,200 sows are all artificially inseminated leading them to wean about 1,100 to 1,200 piglets every other week.“They are mostly crossbred Yorkshire and Duroc,” she said. “This way they’re bred for their meat and docility.”Her afternoons are busy with farrowing and recording births, administering iron supplements, and sorting pigs, all while she keeps up with monitoring nursing and cleaning.Lauren SchwabPhoto by USFRA.She is a graduate of Miami University. Schwab received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in family studies. While at Miami University for both degrees, she focused on food insecurity and was able to relate it back to her life-long experiences with agriculture.“I like that I was able to go to school and get an education and bring those experiences and contacts back to help me connect with consumers,” Schwab said.Schwab writes a blog titled “Farm Girl with Curls.” While being busy on her farm, she keeps up with blog posts when she has time and tries to post on her social media at least once a week in ways that promote agriculture.“I know that every conversation, post, picture, makes a difference,” she said. “I share anything from my farm.”Schwab is also active in giving virtual farm tours through the Ohio Pork Council.“We have a webcam and show elementary kids the farm and they can see the pigs and know we have nothing to hide,” she said.Both of these talented agriculturalists feel that too often, it is over-looked that farmers are educated and are extremely qualified within the specifics of their farms as well as the industry. Looking ahead at their new roles within USFRA, both Ohioans were excited about their opportunity to educate and inform the public.“USFRA does great with taking the faces from different groups and using our differences and diversity to reach those groups,” Buck said. “I am excited there are two of us from Ohio. Lauren and I are very different in our practices and the type of people we can reach.”Her young age, but extensive agricultural experience, with serve Schwab well in her new role.“For me, it’s good to represent all of agriculture but being a young woman, I’m not a wife or mother yet so I can connect with other millennials and young farmers in the industry,” Schwab said.Both are eager to speak with consultants and different audiences than they are used to. They will be facing concerned consumers head on.“I am really looking forward to those conversations with people and hearing the concerns they have to help them be more confident in what they’re purchasing,” Schwab said. “This will broaden my own perspective of where they are coming from as well.”In their new roles with USFRA, Buck and Schwab have a yearlong commitment to travel 30 days through their term and speak with consumer-based media. At these different conferences and events, a majority of their time will be spent talking about modern farming practices while educating and informing consumers without an agriculture background. Common topics that may also be addressed include GMOs, the use of GPS, and nutritional value of foods. Schwab mentioned she is also eager to speak with women who make purchasing decisions regarding food for their families.The misconceptions of harm coming from science and technology will undoubtedly surface as well.“I am not nervous about anything. There may be some negative audiences but people with open minds and questions should trust my answers and think I am truthful,” Schwab said.Buck is eager to talk about water quality and technology with the crowds she will address. Her farm is actually on two watersheds, the Lake Erie and the Mississippi, which may bring up environmental and water quality concerns. With sheep on her farm as well, she is prepared to talk about animal handling and care.Having livestock and crops gives her the ability to show the entire circle and touch on both sides of production ag when speaking to consumers.“I’ll be able to share and ease the concerns that reporters and others are talking with us about,” Buck said. “We are very proud of our no-till farming and conservation friendly practices with the crops as well as the livestock.” These two ladies have very different roles on the farm and professional careers, but their common agricultural experience will serve to educate consumers around the country. And each day for these two talented Ohioans serving as the Faces of Farming, it all starts with a trip to the barn.last_img read more

Magsayo keeps int’l feather crown

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Though he was unable to deck the former world champion, Magsayo did enough to earn the nod of the three judges by similar 116-112 scores in the headliner of Pinoy Pride 43 at his hometown.The 22-year-old Magsayo extended his winning run to 18 with 13 knockouts and stayed on course to earning a crack at a world crown next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHayashi suffered his seventh loss against 30 wins and one draw, moving him closer toward retirement.“Prince” Albert Pagara continued his trip back to the top by stopping Tanzanian Mohammed Kambuluta in the second round of the main supporting bout. Pagara’s third straight win since being knocked out by Mexican Cesar Juarez in 2016 raised his record to 29-1 with 19 knockouts.Power puncher Jeo Santisima needed just one round to finish off Indonesian journeyman Kichang Kim and climb to 15-2 with 13 knockouts. View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIEScenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Mañalac pushes for soft tennis in SEAG Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Mark Magsayo passed the test, but not with magnificent scores.The unbeaten Filipino hope dubbed “Magnifico” went through the full route to beat Japanese Shota Hayashi by unanimous decision Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Organization international featherweight title at Bohol Wisdom School gym in Tagbilaran City.ADVERTISEMENT Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman PLAY LIST 01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman00:50Trending Articles01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Inquirer Twitter Poll: Followers rally behind Pacquiao

first_imgIt’s no surprise that more followers are rallying behind Manny Pacquiao to beat hometown bet Jeff Horn in their world title fight billed as “Battle of Brisbane” Sunday in Brisbane, Australia.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Battle of Brisbane: Mosley Jr. disappoints, Toussaint stays unbeaten Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pacquiao, who is defending his WBO welterweight belt, is the heavy favorite against the unbeaten and unheralded challenger in Horn.The 38-year-old Pacquiao got 46 percent in INQUIRER.net Twitter poll that garnered a total of 1,467 votes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHowever, 30 percent don’t seem to care about the fight, picking neither fighters, while the remaining 24 percent are rooting for Horn.Pacquiao holds a record of 59 wins against four losses and two draws with 38 knockouts while Horn’s card stands at 16-0-1, 11 KOs. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games The INQUIRER.net Twitter poll is not a scientific survey. It is an interactivity tool that can, within its limits, reflect the interests of online readers. Mark GiongcoSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

2005 ASICS NTL- OPENS & 20’S DAY TWO SUMMARY

first_imgDay two at the 2005 Asics National Touch League heated up in both competition and weather. It may sound corny but it’s definitely the truth. Many of the teams had at least two games today, if not three, and there were certainly some struggling to maintain the pace and the skills in the Coffs sun. Day two saw some cracker matches, with the `match of the timeslot’ (see reports in the results story) providing all the spectators down at the Coffs Harbour stadium with some top class competition. MENS OPEN: In Pool A the Rustlers steal top spot from the Suns after a narrow one touchdown victory in their round match after a controversial touchdown right on the siren. The Rustlers, Hornets, Suns and Mets look like they will be the four sides to qualify for the quarters, with the Mets sitting in fourth now and facing a difficult quarter final if they can’t move one or two places up the ladder tomorrow. Pool B looks like it will be close and tough, with the Sharks and Scorpions guaranteed quarter final spots, while the Cobras and Cyclones look likely to go through. For the Barbarians though, a win over the Cobras tomorrow morning may just get them into the quarters. The Sharks remain undefeated; their 5-4 win over rivals the Cobras was one of the matches of the day and sets up a great finals race between some traditional rivals. WOMENS OPEN: In Pool A the North Queensland Cyclones remain undefeated, somewhat of a surprise for pre-tournament punters. The Hunter Western Hornets have crept in front of the Sharks women, another surprise and the Suns are very close to missing out on a quarter final spot. Both the ACT and Eagles are yet to win a match; their clash will no doubt be eagerly awaited. The 3-3 draw played out between the Cobras and Mets sees those sides sitting on top of the ladder in pool B, with the Barbarians and Crusaders filling up the top four sides. Bo De La Cruz is back on the field for the Barbarians after injuring her ankle, and while definitely not at her best, she makes a big difference with her leadership and experience. After a strong start yesterday, the Crusaders went backwards on day two with two losses and one draw against the Scorpions 4-4. The Scorpions are sitting at the bottom of pool B’s ladder, yet to win a match, while the Rebels recorded their first win, against the struggling Scorpions unfortunately. MIXED OPEN: After six rounds the Mixed Open competition is a very even affair, with at least four sides quite capable of winning the event. The Sharks, Mets, Cobras and Scorpions all look strong and the match of the day no doubt was the Mets one touchdown win over the Sharks. The Sharks have been tipped to win the competition and certainly look to be capable of doing so. The Cobras 7-5 win over the Scorpions was another great match, with both sides showing they have the potential to match the Mets and Sharks. The ACT, Barbarians and Rustlers are struggling at the bottom of the ladder, but will be looking to improve over the final two days of competition. MENS 20 YEARS: Pool A appears to be a fairly tight affair, with several sides capable of winning on their day. The Suns look in the best form, especially after an easy win over the Brisbane Cobras. The Sharks and Eagles played out a close match earlier in the day and look to be sides capable of winning the title if they can put in a good performance. The Eagles will need to be on their game tomorrow, as they sit just ahead of the Hunter Western Hornets for the final spot in the quarter finals. The Eagles look to have an absolute pile of talent and by far the fastest team in the competition but haven’t been able to put it all together for an entire match against quality opposition yet. The ACT are struggling in what looks to be the tougher of the two pools, but with a young side will no doubt improve in the years to come. In Pool B the Rustlers and Sydney Mets drew to keep them both at the top of the ladder, adding another two sides more than capable of challenging pool A leaders, the Southern Suns. The Sydney Rebels are struggling, yet to win a match while the Crusaders’ win over the Rebels may just guarantee them a quarter final spot, albeit against the top finishing pool A side! The Cyclones looked promising this morning, with a 15-3 win over the Rebels but they then crumbled to a 12-2 defeat at the hands of the Mets. They will want to hold onto third position for the quarter finals. WOMENS 20 YEARS: In Pool A it is a Queensland affair with the Brisbane Cobras and South Queensland Sharks both yet to lose a match. The Sharks are looking the strongest, having only let in 7 touchdowns for the whole tournament. With the Crusaders and Scorpions both yet to win a match, it looks as though the Sydney Mets and the Cyclones, who have won two games and lost two games, will make it through to the quarter finals. After a slow start in pool B yesterday, the Southern Suns have climbed to the top of what is a very even and complicated ladder, sitting there with the local Northern Eagles, who after a close 5-4 win over the Rebels are looking promising for local fans. The Hornets, ACT and Rebels will all be fighting tomorrow for the final two spots in the quarter finals, making it a very interesting final day before the finals begin. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected] WEBSITES: The 2005 Asics National Touch League Sporting Pulse website contains the final draws, results and also statistics such as touchdown scorers. Please use the following link: 2005 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE DRAWS & RESULTS All feature articles will be placed on the www.austouch.com.au homepage and also on the above Sporting Pulse page as often as possible.last_img

Highlights from Ontarios fall economic statement

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government released a fall economic update Tuesday that included a tax cut for small businesses as an offset for a minimum wage that will rise to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, and $15 an hour the following year. Here are some highlights:— The corporate income tax rate for small businesses will be lowered from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent on Jan. 1.— Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees that hire young workers (aged 15 to 29) will get incentives of $1,000 and another $1,000 for retaining that worker for six months.— Producers of locally grown fruits and vegetables will get $60 million in supports.— An apprenticeship training tax credit will be turned into a grant, giving employers $2,500 upon an apprentice’s completion of both level one and level two, $3,500 for completion of levels three and four, and $4,700 when the apprentice gets certification.— The apprenticeship grant would be available to all trades eligible for the current tax credit, as well as in five additional trades: hairstylist, cook, horticultural/landscape technician, baker and appliance service technician.— The legislation takes a preliminary step toward allowing Ontario’s nine Indigenous institutes to award degrees or diplomas on their own.— The government will put $85 million toward mercury remediation in the English-Wabigoon River system, which has affected the Grassy Narrows community for decades, through a trust that will be set up in collaboration with First Nation communities.— Real GDP growth is forecasted to be 2.8 per cent this year, up from the 2.3 per cent projected in the spring budget.— Net-debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to fall to 37.3 per cent this fiscal year— Interest on debt, which is currently about $312 billion, is projected to grow from about $12 billion now to $13.3 billion in 2019-20.— A moderating housing market has left the government with about $300 million less in land transfer tax revenues since projections in the spring budget.last_img read more

Tesla cuts number of stock colours to streamline production

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Tesla is dropping two of the seven colours it had offered to customers as it tries to streamline production.In a tweet early Tuesday, CEO Elon Musk said obsidian black and metallic silver will still be available, but at a higher cost.Tesla fans can still choose solid black and “midnight silver metallic,” as well as pearl white, deep blue metallic and red.The company, based in Palo Alto, California, has struggled to vault from a niche maker of expensive electric cars into a mass-market automaker. It missed several deadlines to produce 5,000 of its mass-market Model 3 cars per week but reached that milestone earlier this summer. Musk has promised that as it sells more Model 3s the company will turn a sustained net profit starting this quarter.A Tesla spokesman said dropping the paint colours is not an indication of any production problems. “We occasionally adjust pricing and available options to best reflect the value of our products and to streamline our manufacturing operations,” the company said in a statement.Customers should check for current pricing and packaging options on Tesla’s website, the statement said.There is a waiting list of more than 400,000 people who want to buy a Model 3, and some have been waiting since March 2016, when the company first started taking orders.Shares of Tesla closed down just over 2 per cent at $279.44 Tuesday after Nomura analyst Romit Shah downgraded the company from “Buy” to “Neutral” on worries about Musk’s erratic behaviour. The stock price has dropped 10 per cent since the first of the year. On Monday it rose 8.5 per cent on positive analyst commentary.Shah wrote in a note to investors Tuesday that Musk’s behaviour “seemingly flipped” in the second quarter with Twitter posts rising to 15 per day since May from four per day the previous 18 months. Musk has taunted short-sellers who bet against the stock, accused a British diver involved in a cave rescue of Thai soccer players of being a pedophile, cut off Wall Street analysts on a conference call, and smoked what appeared to be marijuana on a video podcast.The behaviour is likely to have contributed to recent executive departures including Chief Accounting Officer David Morton, who left last week after only one month on the job, Shah wrote.Tesla has potential to grow revenue and post substantial profits because it is vertically integrated, making its own batteries and many of its parts, Shah wrote. “Notwithstanding improving fundamentals, we believe Tesla is in need of better leadership and are moving to the sidelines until we see what happens with management,” Shah wrote.Tesla did not immediately comment Tuesday on the Nomura note.last_img read more