Warning over scams when booking staycations

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Warning over scams when booking staycations Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission is warning people to be aware of scams when booking a staycation.It is appealing to people to request copies of the terms and conditions and to always check what payment options are available.Holidaymakers are also being advised to find out what they are entitled to if plans change due to Covid-19.The CCPC says scammers sometimes go to a genuine holiday website and put up a fake listing for a place to rent.center_img Previous articleQuestions over use of private hospitals during pandemicNext article5km travel limit could be eased on April 5th News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp By News Highland – February 25, 2021 Twitter Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

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Texas animal cruelty raids net man with 230 pets living in ‘deplorable conditions’

first_imgiStock(HARRIS COUNTY, Texas) — Almost 50 police officers went on an early morning raid targeting animal abusers throughout Harris County, Texas, on Saturday morning, including one man who had over 200 animals.Operation “Don’t Be Cruel” aimed to arrest people with outstanding warrants who had committed crimes against animals and was carried out by the Precinct One Constable’s Office animal cruelty unit and the Houston SPCA.Some of the cases were incredibly alarming.In a press conference announcing 13 arrests and 25 cleared warrants, the case of Edmond Megdal stood out above the rest.“We discovered 230-plus animals living in his residence from birds to turtles, to mice to rabbits, bearded dragons, and they were living in deplorable conditions. No water … so he had an animal cruelty warrant for his arrest and he was one of those that we arrested this morning,” Constable Alan Rosen said during the police press conference after the raids.In another case, police arrested Tony Carodine, 25, after viewing videos in which he is allegedly seen slamming a dog to the ground so hard that the animal was left with fractured legs after the incident.Rosen’s concern was that the individuals who were arrested in Operation “Don’t Be Cruel” are “the kind of people that we start watching for that may transition away from animals to humans.”“The only way we are going to be able to solve this problem is by getting everyday citizens to be involved in recording animal cruelty cases,” Rosen said.The constable sounded resolute when discussing the efficacy of the early morning roundup.“We want those that are going to hurt animals to know that you are not going to get away with it. We are going to come out and we are going to arrest you. Don’t think you are going to get away with it,” Rosen said.In Texas, animal cruelty is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $4,000 fine.“Animals don’t have a voice, so you have to be one for them,” said Rosen.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Putney Historical Society begins work on timber frame for new store

first_imgLogging and milling has begun on the post and beam frame of the future Putney General Store. In an empty lot off of Route 5 in Putney, volunteer mill operator Mark Bowen is busy sawing large oak and pine logs donated by Putney land-owners that will become the frame of the new store to be built by the Putney Historical Society.The Historical Society is closing in on its fund raising goal to rebuild the Putney General Store which was destroyed by fire in May of 2008 and again this past November. Leader Distribution Systems and Pepsi Cola, as part of the national Pepsi Refresh Project, have responded to the fund raising effort by contributing a $10,000 grant in support of Putney’s volunteer effort to raise the frame of the store. John Leader, CEO of Leader Distribution Systems, said, “We are thrilled to be able to join the amazing outpouring of support for this undertaking from so many people in the greater Putney community. Rebuilding the Putney store completely meets the Pepsi Refresh Project goal of making neighborhoods across the country better places to live.”This donation is a boost for the Thomas Thompson Trust two-for-one challenge grant that will provide $20,000 toward the rebuilding effort if the Historical Society raises $40,000.While the Putney Historical Society has more money to raise, and is still looking for someone to operate the store once it has been built, members are busy planning a community festival for early summer to celebrate the raising of the timber frame. In the meantime, Mark Bowen and others will keep cutting in preparation for that event.Source: Putney Historical Society. 4.7.2010last_img read more

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Court disciplines lawyers for ‘1-800 PIT BULL’ TV ad

first_imgCourt disciplines lawyers for ‘1-800 PIT BULL’ TV ad Court disciplines lawyers for ‘1-800 PIT BULL’ TV ad The Ft. Lauderdale attorneys vow USSC appeal Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Two lawyers who used a pit bull logo and displayed the phone number 1-800 PIT BULL in their television ad have been disciplined by the Supreme Court for violating Florida Bar advertising rules.The court overruled the recommendation of the referee in the case and found the ad was not protected by the First Amendment. It approved a public reprimand for the lawyers and ordered them to attend the Bar’s Advertising Workshop within the next six months.The lawyers involved, John Pape and Marc Chandler of Ft. Lauderdale, say they plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and won’t seek a rehearing from the state’s high court.“I don’t believe that we are going to seek a rehearing. From a practical standpoint, it was a unanimous decision; there was no equivocation. I don’t think it would be very fruitful,” Chandler said. “We are going to appeal.”The court ruled unanimously in the November 17 opinion, holding that the ad violated Bar rules because the image of the pit bull objectively had nothing to do with the type of services being provided by the law firm and improperly described the law firm’s services.“These devices, which invoke the breed of dog known as the pit bull, demean all lawyers and thereby harm both the legal profession and the public’s trust and confidence in our system of justice,” Pariente wrote. “We conclude that attorneys [John] Pape and [Marc] Chandler. . . violated Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 4-7.2(b)(3) and 4-7.2(b)(4) by using the image of a pit bull and displaying the term ‘pit bull’ as part of their firm’s phone number in their commercial. Further, because the use of an image of a pit bull and the phrase ‘pit bull’ in the firm’s advertisement and logo does not assist the public in ensuring that an informed decision is made prior to the selection of the attorney, we conclude that the First Amendment does not prevent this court from sanctioning the attorneys based on the rule violations.”Pariente noted that the referee found that pit bulls are perceived as “loyal, persistent, tenacious, and aggressive” and were objectively relevant in the selection of an attorney, were not manipulative, and were protected by the First Amendment.The referee also said the 1-800 PIT BULL phone number in the ad was merely a useful way to get the public to remember the law firm’s phone number. And the referee said the pit bull did not characterize the quality of legal services provided by the lawyers, but rather the quality or characteristics of the lawyers.The court, though, rejected those findings.The referee’s differentiation on quality of services “is an artificial distinction,” the court said. “At the very least, the printed words and the image of a pit bull in the television commercial could certainly be perceived by prospective clients as characterizing the quality of the lawyers’ services.” That violates Rule 4-7.2(b)(3) which prohibits self-laudatory language or words that characterize the quality of a lawyer’s or law firm’s services.The court also concluded that the drawing of the pit bull in the ad was not objectively relevant to selecting a lawyer as required in Rule 4-7.2(b)(4). Such a drawing would only be permissible if the firm specialized in dog bite cases, Pariente said, noting the U.S. Supreme Court in one of its lawyer advertising rulings held that a drawing of a fist would not be allowed in ads.“The logo of the pit bull wearing a spiked collar and the prominent display of the phone number. . . are more manipulative and misleading than a drawing of a fist,” the opinion said. “These advertising devices would suggest to many persons not only that the lawyers can achieve results, but also they engage in a combative style of advocacy.”There is also no way to objectively measure if the lawyers conduct themselves like pit bulls, according to the opinion.In rejecting the referee’s findings that pit bulls had a positive image of loyalty and tenacity, the court noted that several cities have banned them; one study found more people killed by pit bulls (including some pit bull owners) than any other breed, and that pit bulls have been bred to fight other dogs or track and attack other animals. Those are not images, the court said, it wants associated with the legal profession.“Prohibiting advertisements such as the one in this case is one step we can take to maintain the dignity of lawyers, as well as the integrity of, and public confidence in, the legal system,” Pariente wrote. “Were we to approve the referee’s finding, images of sharks, wolves, crocodiles, and piranhas would follow. For the good of the legal profession and the justice system, and consistent with our Rules of Professional Conduct, this type of non-factual advertising cannot be permitted.”As for First Amendment issues, the court cited several U.S. Supreme Court cases. It then concluded that, “Lawyer advertising enjoys First Amendment protection only to the extent that it provides accurate factual information that can be objectively verified. This thread runs throughout the pertinent United State Supreme Court precedent.. . . “[T]he logo and phone number do not convey objectively relevant information about the attorneys’ practice. Instead, the image and words ‘pit bull’ are intended to convey an image about the nature of the lawyers’ litigation tactics. We conclude that an advertising device that connotes combativeness and viciousness without providing accurate and objectively verifiable factual information falls outside the protections of the First Amendment.”Chandler said he and Pape had a different conception of pit bulls and how the breed is perceived.“The attributes which we attributed to a pit bull are strength, courage,. . . and tenacity and we think those are all traits that a potential legal consumer should and would want in an attorney,” he said. “We’re not the only people that attribute those qualities to the dog. The United Kennel Club attributes them.”As for the phone number, Chandler said that was an easy way to get potential clients to remember how to contact them.“We thought it was a good mnemonic device to help people who saw the ad remember the number,” he said. “The fact is the person who sees the ad is going to glean some information from the ad. If you give them a number they can’t remember, then they are not going to be able to use the information.”A grievance case against Chandler and Pape was originally filed in 2001, and the initial grievance committee dismissed it but issued a letter of advice. A second complaint was filed alleging violation of different Bar rules (the Bar also could have refiled the initial complaint since it was dismissed without a finding of no probable cause) and went to the statewide grievance committee set up to handle advertising complaints. That committee found probable cause that the ad violated Bar advertising rules. But in the resulting hearing, the referee said the ad did not violate the rules and that the First Amendment protected the use of the pit bull logo and the 1-800 PIT BULL number. The Bar then appealed that finding to the Supreme Court.In their brief to the Supreme Court, Pape argued for the two attorneys that the Bar failed to present any evidence at the hearing before the referee that the two violated Bar rules or that their ad wasn’t protected by the First Amendment. They also argued that little evidence was presented that the public negatively perceives pit bulls.Indeed, Pape contended if the desire had been to invoke an image of viciousness or ruthlessness, “Respondents could have more easily and effectively conveyed those ideas by using a snarling dog bearing his fangs, showing a menacing expression, standing in attack mode, or actually attacking.”Nor, he argued, did the Bar ever attempt to establish the two attorneys’ motive for using the logo and phone number.“Complainant has evidently conjured omnipotent powers to come to the unwavering conclusion that ‘the reality of the matter is that respondents do not use a 1-800 PIT BULL telephone number and a pit bull logo showing a pit bull wearing a spiked collar for the purpose of associating themselves with the positive traits of pit bulls, such as ‘loyalty,’” Pape argued.He also asserted that the Bar did not meet any of the requirements of a long line of U.S. Supreme Court rulings on First Amendment protections of commercial speech.“Without proof or even the barest allegation that the logo and telephone number are false, misleading or deceptive, complainant stated no constitutional ground upon which a restriction of respondents’ commercial free speech may lie,” Pape wrote.The complete opinion and the briefs for The Florida Bar v. John Robert Pape, case no. SC04-40, and The Florida Bar v. Marc Andrew Chandler, case no. SC04-41, can be found at the court’s Web site at www.floridasupremecourt.org.center_img December 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Eye on payments 2019: Convenience trumps security

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For the second year in a row, PSCU set out to uncover payment preferences among credit union members and other financial institution customers (“non-members”), and we saw some interesting shifts in results over the past year.This year’s release of our annual Eye on Payments study was developed to gain a better understanding of the factors that influence consumers when it comes to their choice and usage of different payment methods, and how these factors may vary among different life stages. For our credit unions, this data shows how you can better meet these preferences and needs to drive member experience and growth.Convenience and ease of use trumped security in 2019, and were reported as the main drivers behind a consumer’s choice in payment method. Last year, consumers were most motivated by convenience and safety. A decrease in the number of consumers impacted by fraud over the past year, coupled with mobile card alert advancements that give consumers greater control over their transactions, may help explain why security and safety are no longer the key deciding factors behind how consumers pay.While our Eye on Payments study is available for download now, here are a few highlights from this year’s findings that you can put to use today. continue reading »last_img read more

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PREMIUMOmnibus bill has authoritarian bent: Lawmakers, experts

first_imgLog in with your social account Facebook Linkedin President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is planning to expand his power through the omnibus bill on job creation, as the bill would grant him the authority to create and revoke laws simply by issuing government regulations to resolve businesspeople’s complaints.Article 170 of the draft law, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, stipulates that the government can consult with House of Representatives leaders in devising such regulations. The omnibus bill, submitted to the House for deliberation last week, would also give the president the authority to revoke provincial and regency/city-level bylaws as well as gubernatorial and regency/mayoral regulations that contradict government regulations by issuing presidential regulations.Lawmakers at the House and experts say such provisions, if approved, would weaken the House’s legislative function, as … Topics : executive investment-climate power authoritarian House authoritarian-leadership Jokowi bylaws omnibus investment Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Googlelast_img read more

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Is Sušić going to be the next Trainer of Turkish Galatasaray?

first_imgGalatasaray Sports Club (GS) is a Turkish sports club based in Istanbul’s European side, most notable for its association football section. Namely, GS is holding the highest number of Turkish League cups, as well as Turkish Cups. Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup in 2000.Nowadays Galatasaray holds the second position on the Turkish Super Lig List, but the discomfort and dissatisfaction of fans and board is evident. Namely, the dissatisfaction triumphed when the Galatasaray lost to Borussia Dortmund by four goals on October 22nd at the Ali Sami Yen Sports Complex TT Arena.In addition, it is important to note that lately GS scored only one point and that the situation is eager to change. From the source close to the Sarajevo Times, it was announced that the board of GS is interested for Safet Susić. Accordingly, it is important to note that before his current position as manager of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sušić worked for a number of club sides in Turkey such asİstanbulspor, Konyaspor, Ankaragücü, Çaykur Rizespor, and Ankaraspor, but did not succeed in talks with the GS at that time. However, the situation nowadays is different. The interest from both sides can be seen.All in all, the genuine guidepost on a Sušić’s decision will be the match between Galatasaray and Borussia Dortmund which will be held on 4th November at 21:45 o’clock on Loc Signal Iduna Park. STlast_img read more

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FINAL: Uganda’s City Oilers take on Rwanda’s Patriots

first_imgFriday results: Women round robinEquity 77 UCU 66KPA 82 KCCA 58APR 91 Horseed  51ABC 95  Hawassa 49Men: Group stagesGROUP A – City Oil – Uganda; Patriots – Rwanda; Savio – Tanzania; Hawassa City – EthiopiaGROUP B – Betway Power – Uganda; Gondar City – Ethiopia; A.B.C – Tanzania; K.P.A – KenyaWomen (round robin)UCU,  KCCA,  Equity, KPA,  Horseed , APR, Don Bosco Action as City Oilers storm final with victory over KPA on Friday. PHOTO @cityoilersFINAL SATURDAY 7pm: City Oilers ?? vs Patriots  ??Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Pre-tournament favourites City Oilers of Uganda and Patriots from Rwanda will contest Saturday’s final of the  FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Basketball Championships at Lugogo.Patriots silenced the partisan Ugandan crowd at Lugogo by snatching a place in the final at the expense of fancied Power, who failed to respond to a flying start by the visitors.The Patriots took an 18-10 quarter one lead, held on 35-32 at half time and when they stretched it to 57-48 in the 3rd quarter, the final place was in sight.It was the first loss of the tournament for Uganda’s Power, who finishing in the semifinals will be no consolation for all their ambitions.In the other semifinal, City Oilers also got off to a flying start against Kenyans KPA, leading 23-14 in quarter one, 40-23 at half time, 51-39 in the third quarter to seal a place in their second straight Zone 5 Championships final 73-65.The winner of this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017 that will be hosted in Tunisia in December.The women’s round robin tourney saw UCU suffer their first defeat of the tournament on Friday, falling 77-66 to fancied Kenyans Equity Bank.Kenyan sides Equity and KPA, and Ugandan team UCU remain favourites to snatch the top two places.The top two teams from this tournament will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women 2017 set to be held in Angola from November 3-12.Men’s Semi-finalsKPA  65 City Oilers 73Patriots  82 Power 74 Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Teemu Pukki’s surname turns out to be a nightmare for Malaysians!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement os0mNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscclalWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5poyx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) fxWould you ever consider trying this?😱315qpCan your students do this? 🌚4pbuuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Teemu Pukki, the Norwich City striker has been a trending name in recent English football, but his surname has proven to be a hitch for the Malaysian media. Reson? ‘Pukki’ translates to ‘c**t’ in the Indonesian region.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe Malaysian sports media were having some serious trouble mentioning the 29 year old’s surname, as it translates into a slang word in the Malay language.The Finnish foward has just got a taste of Premier League football this year, following The Canaries’ promotion from EFL Championship, and has his name up in the list of Golden boot contenders, just a goal behind Manchester City’s starman Sergio Agüero.Advertisement However, Stadium Astro, a Bahasa Malaysian channel, is having a hard time mentioning the hitman with the profanity surname.Stan Collymore, former Premier League forward, who is now working as a pundit in Indonesia, Tweeted an interesting conversation from the team meeting in Kuala Lumpur.Advertisement Malaysian fans have already made the name ‘Pukki’ trending, captivated by the player’s blistering goalscoring ability, and also his name.Pukki joined Norwich in 2018 from Danish side Brøndby IF on a free transfer, and took the Championship by storm, netting in 34 goals in a total of 47 appearances.They are facing the defending champions Manchester City on 14th September. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Holmdel Resident Earns His “Wings of Gold”

first_imgHolmdel resident LTJG Andrew J. Ruisi, USN, son of Paula and Chris Ruisi (pictured above with their son), recently earned his “Wings of Gold” as a US Naval Aviator. He graduated from Holmdel High School in 2005 and went on to attend Boston University on a full Navy ROTC scholarship, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in American history. He immediately entered flight school and completed his primary flight training at NAS Pensacola, Fla. and his advanced jet training at NAS Meridian, Miss. with Training Squadron 9. During Advanced Jet Flight Training he earned a Navy “E” for bombing accuracy. He completed his carrier qualifications in the T-45C on board the USS George H.W. Bush in February. He will now be assigned to the Replenishment Air Group in Lemoore, Calif. where he will complete his training on the F-18 A/E Super Hornet.last_img read more

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