first_imgA leading Donegal hotel has had several charges against it dismissed under smoking laws after a Judge said it was an ‘extremely well-run establishment.’The Redcastle HotelThe HSE took the case under Tobacco legislation laws against the Redcastle Hotel in Inishowen. HSE employee Meabh Costelloe visited the hotel during a wedding on June 14th , 2013.On the first visit there was nobody in the glazed area.However, on a second visit two people were found smoking in the enclosed glazed area which measured three metres by three metres.However Carndonagh District Court was told that this was NOT the designated smoking area for the hotel.In fact, several precautions had been taken to ensure that patrons knew this was not the designated smoking area.The actual designated patio area for smoking was a short distance away.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said these included the erection of signs, regular fifteen minute patrols by staff and also a memo to staff telling them where the designated smoking area was.He said that all reasonable measures had been taken to ensure people knew the glazed area was not the designated smoking area.Judge Paul Kelly said he found the hotel had complied fully and that it was ‘an extremely well-run establishment.’He dismissed all the cases relating to the hotel.HSE RUNS OUT OF PUFF IN SMOKING CASE AGAINST LEADING HOTEL was last modified: April 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHSERedcastle HotelSolicitor Frank Dorrianlast_img read more


first_imgWe’re not getting enough of this…INCOMES in Donegal are a national disgrace, says a local TD, who has highlighted the fact people here earn just eight per cent of the national average income.In response to a recent report on 2012 income trends, Deputy Pringle points out the fact that Donegal’s disposable incomes are consistently lagging behind the rest of the country.The report, which was published by the Western Development Commission this week, analyses 2012’s CSO figures on income levels across regions in Ireland. It noted that while Galway maintained the highest level of disposable income at €17,735 per person, Donegal had the lowest in the Western Region at €15,921 per person. This figure represents 81.8% of the State average.According to Deputy Pringle, ‘the findings come as no surprise to the people of Donegal. The report highlights that regional disparities have been widening since recovery began and that while unemployment might be declining it is happening at a much slower pace than the rest of the country.’‘It’s clear from this report that Donegal is a low wage county. There aren’t many well -paying jobs or even full time jobs when you compare it to other regions in Ireland’ says Pringle.He continues, ‘The report showed just how significant social transfers are to household incomes in Donegal which make up 41% of household disposable income: the highest in the country. That’s why income supports such as Jobseekers and Farm Assist are vital to people in Donegal but Budget 2016 failed to address this and so has the Government overall.’ ‘Regional inequality needs to become a priority for the next Government. Prioritising roll out of broadband to the peripheral regions first, working its way towards more developed areas is a good start. Development of local, sustainable rural jobs is a must and support for a biomass sector could facilitate this’ says Pringle.‘Instead, the Government is obsessed with bringing in quick and easy jobs without any concern for the quality of those jobs. This is coming at the cost of the employee who ends up in more precarious work as a result and even more reliant on income supports. Seasonal workers and part time workers in Donegal are continuously coming across this trend’ concludes Pringle.DONEGAL FAMILY INCOMES ARE A NATIONAL DISGRACE, SAYS PRINGLE was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalincomesThomas Pringlelast_img read more

Dairy price woes continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The world is awash in milk, it seems. Production is up, consumption is down and grim economic reality is settling in for many dairy farms.Ohio State University Extension field specialist for dairy production economics Dianne Shoemaker does not see much light at the end of the tunnel for dairy prices.“Sadly, I am not hearing a lot that is hopeful — too many cows, lots of heifers coming up behind them, too much milk. It sounds like New Zealand is having some weather issues, so if that results in lower than expected milk production, that means less milk for export to the international market,” Shoemaker said. ‘It is a bleak picture of the next 12 months. Top this off with uncertainty about NAFTA and proposed tariffs, and it is hard to be terribly optimistic. In spite of the oversupply of milk, farmers have to manage their businesses on an individual basis, which means they are likely to produce more milk and focus on components.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s most recent numbers reflect the lack of optimism for dairy prices.“In the dairy outlook, they are still projecting an all-milk price between $15.75 and $16.35 per hundredweight (cwt) for 2018 (average),” Shoemaker said. “To put that in perspective, the all milk price would be the Class III price, plus the Producer Price Differential, plus or minus and quality and/or quantity bonuses, and before any deductions are taken for hauling, marketing, promotion, etc. We would like to see the Class III price above that level with the other items adding to that price.”The predicted 2018 average milk price (all milk) in the USDA report was $16.05, well below the average prices for 2016 ($16.30) and 2017 ($17.63) that were already below the cost of production for many farms.Making matters even worse, Dean Foods recently announced the decision to end milk procurement contracts with more than 100 farmers at the end of May in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Dean Foods pointed out that this is due to the fact that Americans drink about 3 gallons less milk per person per year just since 2010 and that per capita consumption is down about 11 gallons since 1975. At the same time, the U.S. dairy industry is currently producing about 350 million more gallons of milk each year than the year before. With the abundant milk supply, there are many questions remaining about where the milk will go from the former Dean Foods suppliers. In addition, industry-wide changes for efficiency favor larger farms that mean fewer stops to haul milk, improved logistics and lower costs.Jim Rowe, owner of Jimita Holsteins in Tuscarawas County has milked for more than 40 years and is not sure yet what the solution for the future will be.“We’ve had low milk prices before and years we have struggled, the problem now is the length of the downturn. Everyone’s cash flow is drained to the bone and a lot of people are struggling to figure out how to pay last year’s inputs instead of this year. Somehow, some way we have to get this turned around and that’s what we are trying to do,” Rowe said. “Our technology is so great now but it has led us to where we are at. You can expand your operation 20% to 30% pretty quickly using sexed semen. It is a great technology but maybe it is a little bit too great. We are facing a lot of young heifers that will come onto the market. We’ve had this downturn for over two years and there is still this massive number of young heifers that we still have to work through. This issue is not going to go away.”Rowe was recently in Washington, D.C. with the Ohio Farm Bureau and dairy policy was certainly a topic on his mind.“The new program American Farm Bureau is coming out with is a milk revenue program. I don’t have details but it is something to stay tuned on and it might really work for us,” Rowe said. “The last Margin Protection Program (MPP) was a disaster. If you went in at the full $8 rate it cost you somewhere between $35,000 and $40,000 to buy that coverage. To just break even on the program you’d have to get that back on this insurance program and that never happened. The MPP for the dairy industry turned out to be revenue positive for the federal government. They actually made money on it because of the way it was structured. It wasn’t what it was intended to be, and that was to help dairy farmers in tough times.“The new MPP program looks like it makes sense for dairy farmers. The problem is that it has the same name and the other one was such a disaster. I hope people realize the new numbers are completely different. As an example, if you go in for the high coverage in the new MPP at the $8 rate, it will only cost around $6,500 and that is a lot better than the $35,000 or $40,000 we had the last time. The problem is that we have a Congress that is worried about trying to make a program work for dairy farmers that doesn’t cost the federal government too much money. It is a razor’s edge they are working on.”With all of the challenges, some dairy farmers have had enough.Mark Thomas“I like milking cows. I have done it my whole life. It has always been a big part of who I am and I like to say I’m a dairy farmer,” said Mark Thomas who has a grain, hay and 400-cow dairy operation in Stark County. “Last summer we totally redid our milking parlor. We have a double-12 parlor and we put high cathedral ceilings in with bright white aluminum, new LED lights, a new furnace and two big exit fans — I haven’t even wired them up yet. We added all new black rubber for the cows and us to walk on. It is beautiful. The money we received in December, which was November’s milk, was $18 something and I felt pretty good about it. The industry had said that by the end of 2017 we’d start to see a little daylight. But then we got December’s milk check in January and it was $16.20 or $16.30. I know it costs me $18 to make 100 pounds of milk. I multiplied that out by 9 million pounds a year and losing $2 means I’ll lose $180,000 in a year. I went to my wife and said, ‘I’m selling the cows.’ A few years ago I promised her that I would never borrow money to stay in the dairy business and I’m a man of my word.”The decision was not an easy one, but it was a decision.“My mom was over today and she had tears in her eyes when she said ‘I can’t believe there will come a time in the near future when there will not be cows milked on this farm.’ We shed a lot of tears over our life changes and employees with this decision, but we are not being forced into this. I would rather make room for people who have to do this because they don’t know what else they would do,” Thomas said. “I just decided I’ve had enough. It is tough to work long hours seven days a week and not even break even for it. I have other things I want to do and I’m voluntarily getting out to make way for other people who voluntarily want to get in.”Thomas is selling his herd and his feed to a dairy farmer relocating to Ohio from Kansas who is even hiring Thomas’ staff. Thomas plans to keep raising heifers, growing row crops and baling hay with the help of his daughter on the farm. He plans on starting a shop to refurbish equipment too, and he is keeping his dairy facility, for now, just in case.“I feel terrible for the people that this is the only thing they have ever known or wanted to do with their lives,” Thomas said. “We all get these suicide prevention hotline numbers with our milk checks now. You need to know this is out of your control. The industry has done this by getting bigger and this is out of the control of the hands of the farmer who wants to stay in this. I don’t want anyone to hurt themselves over this. That scares me to no end.”Thomas pointed to many factors that have contributed to low prices and his decision to sell the cows.“When a truck gets milk from seven or eight farms, they have to do seven or eight tests on that load of milk that each cost $5 or $6. If one truckload comes from one farm, you only have to do one test and that saves quite a bit of money right there. You can see in the business model why it works so well. I understand it, but in the end there is just too much milk in the world. I don’t know what the answer will be,” he said. “We all used to rely on those bonuses we’d get — that used to be $3 for us. Now that bonus is 38 cents. Our last base price was $13.13. The bonuses are getting less every month and none of it is going to be above breakeven this year. I always joke that one day I think just one guy is going to milk all the cows in the world, and his wife will still need a job in town.”last_img read more

Ohio fall weed survey

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistOnce again your county Extension professionals went to the fields this fall to see what weeds made it through the summer in your soybean fields. There were some surprises and some expected results. It is becoming apparent that with the move to herbicide tolerant crops, we aren’t necessarily getting rid of all of our weeds — only 30% of our fields are weed free. Giant ragweed moved back into first place for worst weed, seen in 34% of fields and overtaking marestail seen in 30% of fields. Volunteer corn is next most common, and it always surprises farmers that a herbicide resistant crop would also resist the same herbicide when it volunteers the next year. Please look over the tables to see if there are familiar names on your worst weed list.WeedOhio rank% of fieldsGiant Ragweed134Marestail230Weed free330Volunteer corn417Grass/ Giant foxtail515Waterhemp610Velvet leaf79Common ragweed88Lambsquarters96Redroot pigweed105 I split up the state into regions — the areas of northwest and west central Ohio had the weediest fields, — as they have in the recent past.Weed free by regionPercentCentral27%East central42%North central46%Northeast30%Northwest24%Southwest40%West central24% The county Extension educators did all the leg work. Folks in 28 counties did the surveys this year — and I have to mention them by name. Because they were out a day or two to conduct these surveys we have a record of the problems you have, so we can better assist you in controlling those weeds. Sometimes just knowing what is out there can help you direct the herbicide program to best manage the problem.Survey results by OSU ExtensionNumber of fields2,793Total number of acres159,121Average field size (acres)57 County evaluated (28)OSU Extension AgNRAshtabulaLee BeersAuglaizeJeff StachlerChampaignAmanda DouridasClintonTony NyeCoshoctonDavid MarisonCrawfordJason HartschuhDarkeSam CusterDefianceBruce ClevengerFayetteKen FordFultonEric RicherGeaugaLes OberGreeneTrevor CorboyHancockEd LentzHardinMark BadertscherHenryGarth RuffLickingDean KreagerMadisonMary GriffithMercerDenny RiethmanMiamiAmanda BennettMontgomerySuzanne Mills-WasniakMuskingumClifton MartinPauldingSarah NogglePortageRobin ChristensenPutnamBeth ScheckelhoffShelbyDebbie BrownTrumbullLee BeersTuscarawasChris ZollerWilliamsJohn Schoenhals Oh, and the big surprise this year was the pigweed problem. Waterhemp appeared frequently and so did redroot pigweed. Three years ago these weeds were not even on our lists and now Waterhemp appeared in 35% of the fields in northwest Ohio and 22% in west central. This requires some management changes.last_img read more

Arizona Approves New Fee for Solar Customers

first_imgArizona Public Service had sought an increase in the monthly fee for customers with rooftop solar electric installations of as much as $100, but state regulators have voted to add only $5 to monthly electric bills, the Associated Press reports.The Arizona Corporation Commission approved the new fee for customers of the state’s largest utility in mid-November after two days of talks and public testimony.The question of how to treat utility customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems is proving contentious, not only in Arizona but in a handful of other states, and even abroad. Utilities have complained that as more customers install PV arrays and buy less utility power, the cost of maintaining the utility’s electric grid has to be covered by non-solar customers.Utilities have sought lower net metering rates, or higher monthly fees to cover the potential shortfall. Utility far outspent its opponentsIn Arizona, the AP said, Arizona Public Service (APS) spent nearly $4 million on ads backing higher fees. The solar industry spent about 10% of that.There are about 20,000 homes in APS’s service area with PV systems. Overall, the utility serves about 1.1 million homes and businesses.Bryan Miller, president of the Alliance for Solar Choice, said the decision would allow the solar industry to continue growing. APS spokesman Jim McDonald said the utility was gratified that regulators recognized some fees had to be charged for solar customers, but he said increases weren’t enough.“It will be exponentially millions of dollars more expensive later than it is now,” McDonald told the AP. He said roughly 500 new rooftop solar installations are added per month in Arizona, “and that will fall on the shoulders of our non-rooftop solar customers.”last_img read more

Hey, Facebook! Connecting The World To The Web Isn’t Enough

first_imgServerless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting selena larson Tags:#City of Chicago#Facebook#internet.org center_img How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Facebook’s new Internet.org initiative is the latest in a series of ambitious tech-company plans to solve a global problem: the lack of Internet connectivity across the developing world, and even poorer areas of industrialized nations. Too bad it’s so short on the issue of how to get there from here.The initiative began with founding members Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung, eventually government and industry leaders will also be involved.But Facebook might be able to take some pointers from an unlikely source: The city of Chicago.First, some background. Last week, Facebook teamed up with six telecom companies to launch Internet.org, a project that vaguely promises to make the Internet available to everyone on Earth, specifically focusing on underdeveloped countries. Facebook’s interest isn’t entirely altruistic; like most all the companies working on similar projects, including Google, it has a business incentive. The social network has begun expanding in the developing world with its Facebook for Every Phone program, which now boasts 100 million users every month. It’s not just the emerging countries that remain largely disconnected. About 20 percent of U.S. adults don’t use the Internet at home, work, school or by mobile device. The Obama administration is making a push to expand online access to citizens, and there are many efforts in marginalized communities to make that happen.Extending Internet access to the world’s underserved communities is a noble cause, but it won’t do much good unless people also have the resources to use it to improve their education, economic development and elevate their communities out of poverty. And so far, Internet.org hasn’t had much to say on that score.The City of Chicago may have an answer. One program, called Smart Communities, offers a blueprint that could help bring impoverished nations into the 21st century. Chicago’s Smart CommunitiesTo tackle the digital divide, Chicago has changed the digital landscape of lower-income communities—bolstered by $6.8 million in federal stimulus funds in 2010.The Smart Communities project, a program supported by the City of Chicago and a variety of community-driven organizations, set out to increase Internet connectivity in five moderate to low-income neighborhoods by educating residents on the importance and value of technology and providing the tools they need to access it.After two years, the success was substantial. Over 30,000 households have adopted broadband through this program and over 14,000 people have gone through technology training. People in Smart Communities are 15 percent more likely to be online compared to those in similar neighborhoods.   What numbers don’t tell us is that many people who have gone through the program have gained increases in pay, received new jobs, and connected with their family members across the world. Smart Communities has also sparked new computer-related education and training efforts.One such story is Englewood Codes, a 10-week summer program that teaches teens how to build a computer with the Raspberry Pi and then design multimedia websites. Its Kickstarter campaign raised almost double the initial ask of $5,500.Build Trust In The CommunitySo what can this program teach tech giants like Facebook about closing the digital divide on a global scale? Smart Communities garnered the support of the neighborhoods it would be servicing by partnering with economic development and community organizations that had already built trust with the residents.  “We really asked the community what their goals were,” said Francesca Rodriquez, a director at the City of Chicago’s department of innovation and technology. “They didn’t go out and prescribe for the community, the community prescribed for them.”No matter how beneficial to education and economic welfare an initiative is, companies might see push back from residents if they try to force connectivity down residents’ throats. If Facebook and Google want to make an impact in impoverished areas across the globe, it’s imperative to begin building trust within the local communities. Chicago advertised Smart Communities by showcasing success stories.Offer Education “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”The message is timeless. But the medium is quite different in the modern era.Smart Communities program hosted over 1,000 trainings to educate both adults and youth how to use computers and mobile devices, including setting up profiles on social media, Microsoft Office training and how to find access to city resources. Classes in Spanish proved to be a tremendous asset to the program, as two of the communities were predominately Hispanic.The program distributed laptops and software to 1280 residents who had gone through technology trainings and supplied 100 businesses with desktop computers. In addition to providing hardware, the city partnered with companies including HP and Sprint to set up large Internet kiosks in public locations throughout the communities and provide WiFi cards to give individuals access at home.Any benevolent organization can give people a computer or smartphone and say that they have done their duty to expanding knowledge across the world. It is quite another thing to teach them to use those tools to help improve their lives.Understand Why People Need TechnologyIn today’s hyper-connected American society, it’s hard to fathom why anyone would want to be disconnected. But there are still many Americans that don’t use the Internet. For the city of Chicago, Rodriguez said it was essential to the program’s success to have data on why people don’t use the Internet.Are people concerned about the cost? Are they frustrated by lack of knowledge and skills? What if they just don’t fundamentally understand why this Internet thing is in the first place? By understanding the reasons why people don’t use the Internet, workshops can be tailored to address what the community needs the most. Although residents had the ability to connect with broadband access, many of them chose not to use it. For Chicago’s neighborhoods, cost was the largest factor deterring Internet use, surprisingly followed by a lack of interest with almost 40 percent of respondents showing no desire to be connected. Internet.org wants to bring Internet to people like Jennifer in Ghana, a lofty goal considering the immense poverty plaguing many global communities. Photo credit: Selena LarsonLooking To The FutureEducating a disconnected community isn’t cheap. While bold in their goals, the Smart Communities program might have to restructure their ambitions when the initial funding runs out on September 30. Between hardware, staff and curriculum, the costs can add up quickly.The challenge in most altruistic endeavors is that while hearts are in the right place, checkbooks are not. Facebook and its partners have yet to disclose how exactly Internet.org will be funded, but if it took Chicago almost $7 million to come this far, the early cost projections for connecting the world must be substantial.The creators of Chicago’s Smart Communities did so with the purpose of elevating the community. The economic benefit to the city might have marginally increased, but it was the altruistic nature of the program that really drove success.This is where Internet.org partners might find a hiccup. Although Mark Zuckerberg claims the intentions are charitable, it would be remiss to overlook the potential revenue an additional 5 billion connected people would bring. If the project survives, it will be on the shoulders of the companies’ good intentions. Otherwise, when the project hits a significant financial snag, they might turn and run.Of course these two initiatives are fundamentally different. Families living in Chicago’s underserved communities still live in a nation that is well connected and provides tremendous opportunities to rise out of poverty, while many of the people Internet.org will be serving face much larger struggles. However, if we look exclusively at the technology and structure behind the initiatives that focus on closing the digital gap, a fully connected world seems possible.  Related Posts last_img read more

Emery looking forward to Liverpool test

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery says his side will test their progress when they face league leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.Liverpool moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 4-0 victory against Newcastle United on Wednesday, while Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton leaves them at fifth place and two points behind Chelsea.Arsenal’s form and performances have been inconsistent so far this season and Emery believes playing Liverpool will be a benchmark for measuring their progress.“It is a very big match for us and them. They are unbeaten this season and will be confident,” Emery told Sky Sports.“For us, it is a big challenge and a good test, of who we are and the difference between them and us.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“In the table it is clear but I also want to look on the pitch. We have had one test against them, at the Emirates, which we drew [1-1 in November].“We played a good match but I think in Liverpool it is going to be a different game to the one we played here.”last_img read more

Wagner blames red card for Huddersfields loss

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner insists the red card picked up by Christopher Schindler played a significant role in his team’s loss to Burnley.The Terriers hosted fellow strugglers Burnley at the John Smith Stadium on Wednesday night looking for their first Premier League victory in 10 games.Steve Mounie gave the home side the lead just past the half-hour mark with his first league goal of the season, but Sean Dyche’s men leveled just before the break from a Chris Wood strike.Things went from bad to worse for Huddersfield when Schindler was giving his marching orders four minutes before halftime, leaving Wagner’s men to play the entire second half with 10 men.Ashley Barnes 74th minute goal ensured Burnley took home all three points leaving Huddersfield rooted to the bottom of the league table.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“The commitment, effort and attitude which the players have shown was absolute”, Wagner said, according to Sky Sports.“They fought but unfortunately playing more than one half [with 10 men] is very difficult to deal with.”“We took the lead and scored our first goal from a striker. I have seen a lot of good things today but obviously we weren’t able to keep the tempo and speed as high as when we played 11 v 11.”last_img read more

David Smith freed from GT Prison next faces US Feds

first_img Related Items:David smith, free, grand turk prison, olint, ponzi scheme Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2015 – No comment for the media; David Smith who had been serving a six and a half year sentence on four counts of financial crimes namely: two counts of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to defraud whisked his wife through the Provo International Airport terminal today bound for a private vehicle waiting to take them away from the spotlight. Smith has been incarcerated at the Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk since 2010 and is due to complete a Federal sentence in the United States for similar crimes linked to a $220 million Ponzi scheme exposed in 2008; an Orlando court gave him 30 years. Smith was obviously thinner than when we last saw him; still with his signature beard and fresh off a flight out of the capital Grand Turk where he was released. Magnetic Media was told that he is finished his time for the Turks and Caicos; and what is next for the man who once headed Olint, a company founded in Jamaica is unclear. In 2013, the US Department of Justice advised individuals who had invested with Smith that they could make claims for compensation. The report in the Jamaica Observer explains that a part of Smith’s criminal sentence was to forfeit assets seized by federal authorities. In 2011, David Smith was convicted in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Robert Di Pano, a NY, NJ and Florida attorney who writes frequently on financial crimes cases put the gravity of what David Smith, who is a TCI Belonger into perspective, saying and I quote: “Regardless of the outcome (in the Turks and Caicos), the severity of Smith’s US sentence looms large in the background.” David Smith back in court; continues to fight US Extraditionlast_img read more

McLarens latest 720S is electric… and also a rideon toy for children

first_img Tags 0 In addition to a functional brake pedal and brake light, there’s also a freakin’ infotainment system, which has USB and SD card inputs for playing music or even watching a video. The car comes with popular kid’s songs built into the system, and the screen can also display pertinent information like the toy’s range (probably not much). There’s also a remote control so parents can give their children an “autonomous” experience, in case their driving skills aren’t yet trusted.While it’s definitely affordable by McLaren’s usual standards, it’s still on the expensive side for new parents, with a starting price of £315 (about $400). But then again, how many other ride-on toys come with engine sounds and an infotainment system? McLaren 720S: Too much supercar for the road? Car Culture Toys and Tabletop Games Enlarge ImageI wonder what the weight rating is. Asking for a friend, of course. McLaren In 2016, McLaren introduced its first all-electric car, a ride-on children’s toy modeled after its P1 hypercar. Now, there’s a second car in its lineup, and while the general idea is the same, there’s even more tricks hidden away in its latest offering.McLaren on Thursday unveiled the 720S Ride-On. Similar to the powered-wheel toys you see at the store that I will not name specifically out of trademark concerns, this new “car” aims to recreate the McLaren experience even more faithfully than the P1 Ride-On before it… within reason, of course.The 720S Ride-On can be purchased in one of eight different McLaren paint colors, including a launch edition with the automaker’s always-cool Papaya Spark hue. Like the 720S, it has dihedral doors that open and close, and the whole exterior looks pretty close to the real thing. The electric motor requires a key to start, and the toy pipes in proper engine noises to make it feel more like the real thing. 11 Photos 8:39 Now playing: Watch this: More about 2018 McLaren 720S Preview • 2018 McLaren 720S: Too much and just enough all at once 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Review • 2018 McLaren 720S: Raw power meets refined performance Share your voice McLaren Post a comment More From Roadshow 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride McLaren 720S Ride-On has its own infotainment system 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers McLarenlast_img read more