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Flybe boss blames ‘brutal’ air tax
burden for plans to slash 300 jobs

Scotsman [Edinburgh], by Dominic Jeff

Original Article

Posted By:Ribicon, 1/23/2013 11:42:37 PM

Flybe chief executive Jim French ­has announced the first jobs cull in the firm’s 30-year history in a sweeping attempt to steer the airline back to profit. Scots-born French blamed the “brutal impact” of rising taxes on air travel for the move, which will see 10 per cent of a 3,000-strong UK workforce laid off in a bid to save £35 million and get back into the black next year.(Snip) “However, faced with the brutal impact of a 160 per cent rise in air passenger duty (APD) over the past six years and the consequent 20 per cent

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Raising taxes causes increasing prices, and leads to reduced consumption of goods and cutbacks in business activity? Nuttiest thing I´ve ever heard. Better raise taxes some more to make up the shortfall.

      


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Posted By: Ribicon- 8/2/2013 10:12:21 PM     Post Reply
In 2011, officials in Honolulu, Hawaii began construction on a controversial 20-mile rail project partly because of almost $1.8 billion in federal subsidies to President Barack Obama´s home state. The project´s total cost estimate stands at $5.3 billion, but if other similar projects are any indication, the final price tag will increase dramatically before anyone even gets to buy a ticket. What´s playing out in the Aloha State is happening all over the country. “This rail project is our bridge to nowhere”, says University of Hawaii law professor Randall Roth. “We are convinced that it will be billions of dollars

   

 

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Closing of Raeford slaughterhouse
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News & Observer [Raleigh, NC], by David Bracken    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/2/2013 4:03:19 AM     Post Reply
House of Raeford officially closed its turkey slaughterhouse in Raeford on Thursday, putting 950 people out of work. The company first announced plans to shutter the facility in March. It’s also closing its turkey hatchery in Rose Hill and ending its relationship with about 140 turkey farmers in Eastern North Carolina. House of Raeford was by far the largest employer in Raeford, a city of fewer than 5,000 people just south of Fort Bragg. (Snip) House of Raeford said in March that elevated corn prices, as well as falling turkey prices and flat turkey consumption in recent years, have made

State now says it
inspected diversity at
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Detroit News, by Lauren Abdel-Razzaq    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/2/2013 12:17:31 AM     Post Reply
Amid the backlash against Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn for referring to minority students as “dark ones,” the Michigan Department of Education acknowledged Thursday that it sent inspectors to study the school, including its student diversity. The department reversed after earlier saying no such review had taken place. On Wednesday, Arnn told lawmakers during testimony against the state’s adoption of Common Core standards in reading, writing and math that his college had been approached by the Department of Education because it “didn’t have enough dark ones,” referring to minority students. While Arnn’s comments drew criticism from many lawmakers and alumni,

N.J. residents must show
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in public, court agrees
Bloomberg News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 8/1/2013 10:40:14 AM     Post Reply
Philadelphia — New Jersey´s law requiring residents show a "justifiable need" to get a permit to carry a handgun in public was upheld by a federal appeals court. A mandate that residents demonstrate an "urgent necessity for self-protection" to get authorization to publicly carry a handgun doesn´t run afoul of U.S. constitutional protections of the right to bear firearms, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Wednesday. "The justifiable need standard is a longstanding regulation that enjoys presumptive constitutionality," the panel wrote. The ruling comes more than four months after the U.S. Supreme Court rebuffed

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Posted By: Ribicon- 7/31/2013 10:43:35 PM     Post Reply
Forced to march in a human chain and lined up with hands behind their heads, this is how to round up illegal immigrants Russian-style. Moscow police launched a no-nonsense crackdown on suspected illegals working on stalls in a market. Officers prodded suspects with batons and pinned them against police vans as searches were carried out. (Snip) Dmitry Demidenko, of the Russian Federal Migration Service, said: ‘Some 11,193,289 immigrants are living in Russia, and 3.76million of them live here illegally. ‘We are searching for them and expel from the country as we find them.

N.J. comptroller´s report
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efforts lax in Medicaid
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Susan K. Livio    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/31/2013 11:33:23 AM     Post Reply
Trenton — An HMO that earned $1.7 billion from 2009 to 2010 by providing Medicaid coverage to 350,000 low-income and disabled New Jerseyans didn´t try very hard to detect fraudulent billing -- identifying only $1.6 million, or one-tenth of one percent in improper payouts, according to a report the Office of the State Comptroller released today. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New Jersey failed to hire enough investigators and train them properly, in violation of the managed care company´s contract with the state, according to the report. "With billions of tax dollars flowing through New Jersey’s Medicaid program, our state relies

   

 

  


 
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Posted By: Ribicon- 7/25/2013 9:03:05 PM     Post Reply
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Transgender troops serve in silence
USA Today, by Tom Vanden Brook    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/24/2013 12:29:51 AM     Post Reply
Washington - As the military begins to embrace gays and lesbians, one group feels left out: transgender troops. These men and women weren´t even a blip on the nation´s radar until former Navy SEAL Team 6 member Chris Beck revealed in a memoir released last month that he had become Kristin Beck, a woman. It´s unknown how many transgender troops are serving in the U.S. military, largely because they would get kicked out for coming out. About 700,000 Americans in a population of more than 300 million are transsexuals, according to a 2011 study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School

NJ Transit train crew members hurt
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Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Mike Frassinelli    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/23/2013 11:29:55 PM     Post Reply
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Connecticut police refused to send
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Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/23/2013 11:02:38 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: Ribicon- 7/23/2013 1:18:55 PM     Post Reply
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