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first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, 25 Jan 2015 (Ministry of Finance Press Release -Bahamas)- The Government has completed the appointment of members of the VAT Appeal Commission. The names which will be unveiled this week, include a retired Supreme Court Justice as Chairman, a retired senior Customs officer and a public accountant. These individuals will also serve as members of the Customs Appeal Commission.The VAT Appeal Commission will operate independently of the VAT Department and the Ministry of Finance.If a VAT registrant is unhappy with any decision made by the VAT Comptroller, they may lodge an appeal with the Commission. An appellant who is aggrieved by a decision of the Commission may appeal the decision, but on matters of law only, to the Supreme Court.The timing of the appointment of the Commission is critical at this juncture, as enforcement activities and rulings of the VAT Department become more entrenched. The appointments are with effect from January 21, 2015. Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Related Items:appeal, bahamas, ministry of finance, vat Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a statement from State Rep. candidate Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington) regarding the petition of Representative Jim Lyons to impeach Judge Timothy Feeley:I never heard of Judge Timothy Feeley until recently.  However, from what I have gathered by reading about him is that he’s far too easy on convicted criminals.  What I read is that he ignored a prosecutor’s request to give a drug dealer jail time because he was simply supporting his family with the money he made from selling drugs and there was a chance he may have been deported.   In my humble opinion, that’s crazy.  As a sitting member of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen, I requested that our board send a letter to our legislative delegation to be opposed to State Senator Eldridge to file legislation making our state a safe haven for illegal immigrants, especially those who commit heinous crimes to our citizens.  As a candidate for State Representative, I’m opposed to cities in the state providing safe havens for illegal immigrants.  I did state that we can’t kick out 15-20 million illegal aliens and the federal government needs to address this issue.  However, illegal aliens who commit crimes against our citizens need to be deported.  Don’t get me wrong, there are millions of immigrants that are law abiding and do care for our country like my grandfather who came to this country from Sicily.  For those people, there should be a pathway to citizenship.  This same judge reduced the bail on John Williams, who was arrested for having, in possession, a firearm.  Judge Feeley reduced his bail and he was set free. Shortly thereafter, John Williams did the unthinkable and killed a deputy in Maine.  As a candidate for State Representative, I do support capital punishment.  Not only should it apply to those criminals who brutally kill our men and women who are police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s, but also should apply to those who kill any citizen.  If someone rapes and kills a member of my family or your family, the death penalty should apply.  We need more oversight and better checks and balances in our state government when these violent criminals only get a slap on the wrist.  I firmly and unequivocally support Representative Jim Lyons’ petition to impeach Judge Feeley.Thank you, Michael V. McCoyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more


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first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Pentecostal pastors vow to fight proposed Uganda church regulations in court News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsconfirmation First United Methodist Church Omaha homepage featured Judicial Council LGBTQ Top Story United Methodist Church,You may also like By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — United Methodists across the U.S. have protested the global denomination’s crackdown on LGBTQ members in all kinds of ways.But now a group of teens in a confirmation class at a historic United Methodist church in the Midwest has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to join the church.Eight teenagers, aged 13 and 14, who make up this year’s confirmation class at First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Neb., stood before the congregation on Confirmation Sunday (April 28) and read a letter saying they do not want to become members at this time.The teens said they took their stand on principle because they believed the denomination’s vote to uphold and strengthen its ban on LGBTQ ordination and marriage to be “immoral” and “unjust.”“We are concerned that if we join at this time, we will be sending a message that we approve of this decision,” the confirmation class wrote.“We want to be clear that, while we love our congregation, we believe the United Methodist policies on LGBTQ+ clergy and same-sex marriage are immoral,” they said.The eight teens received a standing ovation. As is customary following confirmation, the church treated the youth to dinner: lasagna and salad and a gift of journals for each teen.Since the February vote at a special session of the General Conference in St. Louis, some Methodist churches across the United States have protested through newspaper ads. Others rallied in front of their church administrative offices. Still others voted to withhold their annual dues, called apportionments.But this is the first known refusal to join the church at the end of confirmation, a formal rite of passage that includes education in the faith. Traditionally, confirmation classes spend a year learning about Christianity, the history of the United Methodist Church, its social principles, its polity, and what it means to be a member.They then decide if they want to join the church as members.In keeping with First United Methodist of Omaha’s history of confronting its denomination’s policies, the Rev. Kent Little, pastor of the church, supported his young people. “Myself and our associate pastor are in full support of their decision,” he said. “We’re proud of them. It’s not an easy thing to do to resist.”First UMC Omaha Confirmands by RNS on ScribdThe congregation, which predates the establishment of the state of Nebraska in the 19th century, now has about 350 active members.In 1997, its then pastor, Jimmy Creech, performed a same-sex blessing for two women on church grounds. After a church member complained, Creech was put on trial and defrocked.More recently, the church council voted to host same-sex weddings should its clergy choose to perform them and to withhold funding, or apportionments, to the denomination for the remainder of the year.Even supporters of the church’s LGBTQ bans acknowledged that the confirmands’ decision was novel.“I’m not aware of anything like that having occurred,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, a group that supports the ban on LGBT clergy.Referring to the confirmation class’ joint letter, Boyette said he’d be “surprised if they wrote it themselves.”But Tim Fickenscher, a retired junior high school teacher who taught the confirmation class, said the adults had little to do with it. (The confirmands did not want to speak individually to reporters but only as a group.)The idea originated about a month ago, Fickenscher said, when two girls announced they didn’t want to join a denomination that denies LGBTQ full rights.Fickenscher explained what that meant. For one, they wouldn’t be allowed to vote at churchwide meetings. He also made it clear that others in the confirmation class may have different opinions.But in the end, the other youth decided they, too, wanted to join in the protest.“It was a very thoughtful, well-discussed decision,” Fickenscher said. “We tried to give the kids as much latitude in decision-making as we could.”LGBTQ advocates react to the Traditional Plan being adopted at the UMC General Conference on Feb. 26, 2019, in St. Louis. RNS photo by Kit DoyleOn Friday, the United Methodist Church’s top court upheld most of the February vote regarding LGBTQ.The Judicial Council also ruled that a clergy member who performs a same-sex wedding will face a minimum one-year suspension without pay for the first offense and a loss of credentials for the second.The new rules will take effect in January 2020.The council also upheld an “exit plan” that allows churches to leave the denomination with their property over decisions made at the special session.That is something First United Methodist is considering.Little, who came on as pastor in July, said the church council voted on April 2 to hold small group discussions about whether to remain in the United Methodist Church. He said the church would consider three options: staying and continuing to resist church rules in solidarity with LGBTQ people; affiliating with another denomination such as the United Church of Christ, which gives LGBTQ people full rights; or becoming an independent, non-denominational congregation.In the April church newsletter, Little wrote that “a significant part of the church of my youth and the church I have fought so hard for these last 27 years of my ministry died in St Louis this past February.”But he said he would remain as pastor as long as the church would have him. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Widow of Mother Emanuel pastor: ‘Much prayer is needed’ four years after a … center_img News • Photos of the Week Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Artist’s impression of the two-qubit logic gate device developed at UNSW. Each electron qubit (red and blue in the image) has a ‘spin’, or magnetic field, indicated by the arrows. Metal electrodes on the surface are used to manipulate the qubits, which interact to create an ‘entangled’ quantum state. Credit: Tony Melov/UNSW © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—It was another good week for physics; the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada for discovering a missing piece in the neutrino mass puzzle. And a team working in Australia announced that a crucial hurdle was overcome in quantum computing—they demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate, and did it in silicon. Also a pair of physicists Hal Haggard and Carlo Rovelli in France asked: What are white holes? They are looking into whether the whole idea might be more then purely theoretical. Citation: Best of Last Week—White holes, elephants and cancer and the impact of dominating parents (2015, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-weekwhite-holes-elephants-cancer-impact.htmlcenter_img Explore further Nobel Prize for missing piece in neutrino mass puzzle (Update) In other news, a team of researchers with the University of Illinois partnered with a group in Hungary and together they found that an AI machine achieved an IQ test score of a young child. The machine was ConceptNet, a project at MIT, and the findings represent another leap for computer smarts. Also, a company called Light introduced a multi-aperture computational camera—it is actually 16 cameras in one box taking pictures using ten of the lenses at a time to capture multiple focal lengths. And a trio of researchers with Wayne State University and Pennsylvania State University announced that they had found a way to convert harmful algal blooms into high-performance battery electrodes. Also a team at the University of Southampton in the U.K. found a new way to weigh a star—by using math models, theory, super-fluidity and glitches in pulsars . Also researchers at Arizona State University made worldwide headlines due to a Newsweek article on how elephants provide big clues in the fight against cancer—turns out they have a gene that is 20 times more prevalent than in any other mammal. Also another team of researchers at Harvard University announced that they had massively edited the genome of pigs to turn them into perfect human organ donors.And finally, if you are the offspring of a domineering mom or dad, a team of researchers at the University of Sussex in the U.K. has conducted a study that shows how dominant parents affect kids’ self-worth. And it depends, apparently, on which country you grow up in.last_img read more


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first_img Our company, Phone Halo has made its fair share of mistakes over the past few years in terms of customer support. The biggest and most important lesson we’ve learned, though, is that it’s critical to have our customer-support team in-house.Nonetheless, investors question whether customer support is a burden to the bottom line of our hardware-focused business; several have suggested that we explore outsourcing this component of the company. This echoes the “big corporation” mentality of the 1950s, rather than promoting the new approach of focusing on customers.Here are five reasons to keep a support team in-house:Related: Revive That Old-Fashioned Extra: Excellent Customer Service1. Installing support software is simple. With the rapid rise of software-as-a-service companies such as Desk, Get Satisfaction and Zendesk, implementing a support system has never been easier or more cost efficient. For example, after our company started using Zendesk, a single customer-support representative can answer and solve more than 100 consumer inquiries (or tickets) in just over an hour. In addition to being highly efficient, these customer-support systems are extremely cost efficient for startups. Zendesk’s most basic package costs just $1 a month for one agent to use.2. Providing the ultimate brand experience. Put aside the idea of sitting on hold with a health insurance agent. Think instead about booking an appointment at Apple’s Genius Bar. Ahhh, much better. Apple’s team shows what support can be. Each Apple employee is highly knowledgeable about the differences between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, can help new Macbook owners set up devices in a jiffy or might be able to diagnose bigger software-related issues.In short, customer support can provide a company an opportunity to bring its message and brand to life while showing consumers it cares about them.Related: Hello? Is Someone There? Why Customer Support Matters.3. Incorporating engineering driven by customers. When we first released our product, Wallet TrackR, we assumed all customers would use it with their wallets but we soon realized that customers were finding new, innovative uses.Likewise customers can discover new and unexpected use for any company’s product or even find previously unknown glitches. A few weeks ago, our company was alerted about a glitch in TrackR, such that the map would unexpectedly crash. Our customer-support representatives were able to collect vital information via Google Forms and we were able to provide the engineering team a detailed report so the bug was resolved quickly.4. Getting feedback from outside the office. For a resource-constrained startup, it is not always feasible or cost effective to conduct research with customers about what they really want from a product or service. Yet with a well-established customer support system, consumers turn to the company and say what works, what does not, the changes they’d like and more. By keeping customer support in-house, a company can have a wealth of information at its fingertips; entrepreneurs can easily glance over at a representative’s screen to see what a customer is saying.5. Countering the spread of bad news. Unlike the days of the Pony Express when news and information were shared relatively slowly, today’s technology enables communication from California to Sydney in mere seconds, thanks to social-media platforms and email. This also applies to customer support since a team is able to quickly share company news and updates on the fly as things change and information becomes more readily available.Most recently, several hundred of our company’s devices were shipped with the incorrect firmware. With our quick-thinking customer-support team and engineers on hand, we were able to quickly arrive at a solution, train each staffer, walk customers through the firmware fix and avoid future escalation or confusion.Just like engineering can make or break a startup, so can customer support. Which is why it is crucially important to not ignore this seemingly outdated part of a business. Related: Customer Support Is as Easy as 1, 2, 3 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. April 30, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more


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first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAn 80-year-old man has died after his car collided with a building on a busy Staffordshire road at the weekend. Emergency services were called to Chell Road in Stafford just before 10am on Sunday morning. The man was rushed to hospital but died a short time later. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said:  “Officers were called to Chell Road in Stafford, at around 9.45am on Sunday (21 July) following reports that a blue Alfa Romeo had left the road and collided with a building. “No other vehicles were involved. The driver, an 80-year-old man, was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital but sadly died a short time later. His family have been informed and offered support from specially trained officers. A report will be prepared for HM Coroner.” Read MoreChildren’s home plans to get go ahead – despite opposition from residents   A  West Midlands Ambulance Service  spokesman said:  “Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended. “On arrival crews found the driver, a man, in cardiac arrest and commenced advanced life support on scene. “They managed to restart his heart and he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to  Royal Stoke University Hospital  in a serious condition for further emergency treatment.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more