Loblaw to merge Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus loyalty programs in February

first_imgCustomers at Shoppers Drug Mart or any of Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s grocery stores will soon use a new, unified loyalty program that replaces Optimum and PC Plus points.Loblaw (TSX:L) will merge the two programs starting Feb. 1, 2018 under the name PC Optimum — a long-anticipated move that comes more than three years after the grocery giant acquired the pharmacy chain and its in-house Shopper Optimum system.“We’re bringing the very best of Shoppers Optimum and PC Plus together,” said Uwe Stueckmann, senior vice president of marketing.PC Optimum is “the future of loyalty programs for Loblaw companies,” he said, “harnessing both the power of PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum across the unified network of our stores coast to coast.”For the company, the merger creates a more efficient and unified data collection system to gather insights to better target customers, an increasingly important tool for grocers in a highly competitive market.Consumers can keep collecting points as usual until Feb. 1 next year when their Optimum and/or Plus points will move to the new program at equal value. If a collector has $100 worth of Optimum points, they will receive $100 worth of PC Optimum points, for example.In Quebec, where Shoppers Drug Mart operates under the Pharmaprix name, the Pharmaprix Optimum program will end on Jan. 31, 2018 and members will have until May 2 that year to redeem their points or convert them at equal value to the new program.Collectors will then use a single card or app and continue to earn points on money spent at Shoppers. They’ll also be able to earn points through personalized offers and in-store promotions at all stores, and by using the President’s Choice Financial MasterCard.The new program will have an easy to remember redemption system — with 10,000 points valued at $10, 20,000 points at $20 and so on to a maximum single transaction redemption of $500. Shoppers can use their reward money at any of Loblaw’s nearly 2,500 stores and the company’s websites.Consumers will earn 50 per cent more points for almost every dollar spent at Shoppers Drug Mart locations to help account for the higher number of points needed for each redemption level. Under the current Optimum program, collectors earn 10 points for every $1 spent, but need 2,000 fewer points to buy $10 worth of goods, for example.However, BMO analyst Peter Sklar notes that it’s difficult to gauge whether the new system will provide extra value for consumers because while the change in the point structure means points are earned faster, they are redeemable for less dollar value.“As a result, we believe the management of the marketing program to educate consumers on the value of PC Optimum will be crucial for consumer reception,” he wrote in a note.More than 19 million active members make up the base of the two current programs, with at least 50 per cent of members enrolled in both, said Jim Noteboom, senior vice-president of loyalty and consumer insights.After Loblaw acquired Shoppers in 2014, Noteboom said consumers told the company they wanted one program rather than two separate ones because it would make their lives easier.“Make it one program, that’s easy to understand and easy to earn, with points that are redeemable at all stores,” he said collectors told the company while it gathered research on its loyalty cards.Analyst speculation about a points merger has heightened since August when CIBC (TSX:CM) and Loblaw’s PC Financial announced they would end their nearly 20-year relationship.In its place, CIBC launched Simplii Financial — a no-fee direct banking brand — on Nov. 1. In the breakup, savings, chequing and mortgage accounts went with Simplii, while MasterCard credit cards and the PC Plus points program remained with PC Financial.The change means PC Financial debit card holders no longer earn PC points when using those cards.Both spokesmen said that the end of the company’s relationship with CIBC was unrelated to the decision to merge both programs, which has been in the works for a few years.For RBC retail analyst Irene Nattel, the merger answers a long-standing question about how the company would deal with its two loyalty programs in order to maximize reach and impact, she wrote in a note Wednesday.“In a world with increasing retail fragmentation, PC Optimum has the potential to be a powerful tool to retain and grow share of wallet within the Loblaw ecosystem.”last_img read more

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Bombardier Inc CSeries jet gets green light for service from Transport Canada

MIRABEL, Que. — After delays and cost overruns, Bombardier’s US$5.4-billion CSeries passenger jet has been given the green light to enter into commercial service.The largest plane built by the Montreal-based manufacturer was formally certified on Friday by Transport Canada.Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced the go-ahead during a news conference at the aircraft’s assembly facility in Mirabel, north of Montreal.Bombardier’s biggest gamble: How everything went so wrong with the CSeries dreamBombardier Inc teams up with French engineering giant Alstom to win $3.57 billion contract with Belgian railways“This is a big day,” Garneau said. “Major projects like the Cseries of Bombardier don’t happen very often.”The 110- to 125-seat CS100 has undergone more than 1,000 test flights since its first flight on Sept. 16, 2013.A series of challenges prompted Bombardier to delay the plane’s entry in service by Lufthansa-owned Swiss Airlines until the first half of 2016.The larger CS300 with up to 160 seats is scheduled to be certified and be delivered to launch customer AirBaltic in September.Bombardier has high hopes that the plane’s use of lightweight materials and fuel-efficient Pratt & Whitney engines will make it a long-term winner, especially in growing markets like China.But the plane has been stuck at just 243 firm orders for more than a year, while there are very few delivery slots available in the initial years as it ramps up production to more than 100 planes a year in 2020.Certification comes more than a decade after Bombardier unveiled plans to build a plane that would compete directly with the smaller airliners from Boeing and Airbus.Bombardier’s efforts to upscale from its popular regional jets has been supported by governments in Canada, Quebec and Britain which committed hundreds of millions of dollars in financial support.However, the high costs of introducing a new plane prompted Bombardier in October to announce a US$3.2 billion writedown on the CSeries. That was the same day the Quebec government committed another US$1 billion for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries.Ottawa is reviewing a request for matching dollars.Bombardier has said the government funding is reassuring potential customers who may have been concerned about Bombardier’s financial ability to bring the jetliner to market. read more

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New UN programme to improve livelihoods of thousands of farmers in South

The $612,000 programme, which will be implemented with the support of France and South Sudan’s ministry of agriculture, will target several states for one year, training farmers in the production, storage and marketing of quality seeds and cuttings of staple crops such as maize, cassava, cowpeas and sorghum. “The importance of seeds to the food security and livelihoods of South Sudan’s farmers and rural communities is very high,” said the head of the Food and Agriculture (FAO) office in Juba, Sue Lautze. “Despite widespread food insecurity, the country is committed to ensuring food security for all, as soon as possible. Seeds are a critical component to realizing this important ambition.” According to FAO, decades of conflict and displacement have taken their toll on farmers’ access to quality seeds and other planting materials, and eroded their knowledge of seed production techniques, which undermine crop productivity. Today, more than 90 per cent of South Sudanese farmers still depend on the informal seed system, which is based primarily on saved seeds, social networks, and local markets. Typically, farmers use saved seeds from one season to the next, which lessens the genetic purity of the seed. The programme will increase the availability and quality of seeds to South Sudan’s most vulnerable farmers in the states of Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Lakes, Western Bahr el Ghazal and Northern Bahr el Ghazal. It will also provide assistance to 400 seed producers. “Through the project, FAO aims to not only reduce the number of households affected by food insecurity through improving the availability and access of locally produced quality seed on the market, but also aims to improve the incomes and capacity of seed producers,” said the Project Officer with FAO South Sudan, Joseph Okidi. The project will include seed fairs, capacity development for seed enterprises, and training for farmers. It will also increase the amount of land dedicated to quality-seed multiplication, which is currently very limited. In 2011, FAO and France implemented a similar programme in South Sudan, which led to the production of more than 350 tons of quality seeds and planting materials, and injected some $300,000 into the local economy. With the new programme, the agency is hoping to build on the previous success. read more

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Security Council updates mandate of UN mission in Mali extends two other

Expressing its ongoing concern over the fragile security situation in the North of Mali and the continuing activities in the Sahel region of terrorist organizations, the Council extended for one year the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) through 30 June 2015. It maintained the Mission’s mandate of stabilizing, security and protecting civilians; supporting national political dialogue and reconciliation; and providing support to State authority. Among its specific tasks, the Council urges the Mission to expand its presence “in the North of Mali beyond key populations centres,” notably in areas in the where civilians are at risk. In that light, the council ‘strongly condemned” the violent clashes in Kidal on 17 and 18 May 2014, inthe context of the Malian Prime Minister’s visit, which resulted in the death of Malian Defence and Security Forces personnel, as well as eight civilians, including, six Government officials.Despite initial improvements in 2013, the situation in northern Mali has deteriorated since the beginning of 2014, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a report that Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, presented to the Security Council last week. He highlighted that all aspects of stabilizing Mali, including the restoration of State authority, the re-establishment of security and the protection of civilians, remain contingent on the successful conclusion of peace talks between the Malian Government and northern armed groups in the framework of the Ouagadougou Agreement.Signed on 18 June of last year in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, between the Tuareg rebel groups from northern Mali and the Government, the agreement allows the Malian regular army, as well as its civil administration, to gradually return to the region of Kidal, held by rebels since 2012. The accord was also co-signed by the representatives of the UN, African Union (AU), European Union (EU), and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).Among its priorities, the renewed mandate directs MINUSMA to provide support to the activities of the international commission of inquiry, as envisaged in the Ouagadougou Agreement and the ceasefire agreement on 23 May of this year. It also instructs the UN to exercise its good offices, confidence-building and facilitation at the national and local levels to anticipate, prevent, mitigate and resolve conflict.Mr. Ban is requested to report to the Security Council within three months on the implementation of the Ouagadougou Preliminary Agreement, the expansion of MINUSMA’s presence in the north, and benchmarks to assess progress on the implementation of the mandate. Among additions to the mandate, the Council tasked MINUSMA with protecting UN personnel, installations and equipment, and with ensuring “the security and freedom of movement of United Nations and associated personnel.”Another new element in the draft text is the Council’s request to the Secretary-General to “facilitate the swift establishment” of the commission of inquiry envisaged by the ceasefire agreement of 23 May. The Council also added a new provision to the mandate requesting the Mission to support cultural preservation. In specific, to assist the Malian authorities, in collaboration with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to protect from attack the cultural and historical sites in Mali.MINUSMA will be up to 70 per cent of its envisaged civilian strength by the end of the month, 77 per cent of its military strength and 83 per cent of its police strength, the UN has said. Earlier today, the Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Operation in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) until the end of June 2015 to continue work on its core priorities of protecting civilians, political support, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants, and security sector reform. Members also agreed that the Mission should be reconfigured to consist of up to 5,437 military personnel from the current limit of 7,137. The Council made it clear that it would consider further downsizing of the Mission ahead of its possible termination after the October 2015 presidential election, depending on security conditions on the ground and the capacity of the Government to take over UNOCI’s security role.Also today, the Council renewed for six months the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), until 31 December 2014. The Mission, established in 1974 to monitor the ceasefire between Israel and Syria, is also on the lookout against a potential spill over of the conflict in Syria. The 15-member Council has called on the parties to the conflict to exercise maximum restraint and prevent any breaches of the ceasefire and the area of separation, and underscored that there should be no military activity of any kind in the area of separation, including military operations by the Syrian Arab Armed Forces.The approved resolution also urges Member States to convey strongly to the Syrian armed opposition groups in UNDOF’s area of operation to halt activities that could endanger UN peacekeepers and UN personnel, and to allow them the freedom to safely and securely carry out their mandate. read more

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Football No 9 Ohio State decimates Illinois 5214 on senior day

Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell runs after a catch in the first half of the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Nov. 18. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPlaying their final home game in Ohio Stadium, Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett and 18 other seniors ran roughshod on Illinois. The Fighting Illini seemed powerless to stop an Ohio State offense, which dropped 38 points before the starting unit was subbed out with six minutes to go in the second quarter. By that time, the Illini offense had accumulated just 25 yards.“It’s not a goodbye because we have a lot of ball in front of us,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “But it was an opportunity for our seniors to tip their hat to the class, best fans in the land.”The Buckeyes’ first-team offense retook the field after defensive back Ahmari Hayes picked up backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ fumble and returned it 54 yards for Illinois’ first score of the game. But after a 12-yard tight end Marcus Baugh touchdown reception, the starters headed to the bench for a final time as No. 9 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) coasted to a 52-14 victory against Illinois (2-9, 0-9 Big Ten) Saturday at Ohio Stadium.The victory clinched the Big Ten East for Ohio State and set up a matchup between the Buckeyes and Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship on Dec. 2.“The message in the locker room was get out and get out fast,” redshirt senior center Billy Price said. “Take care of the ball, execute at a high level. We had a good game plan going in, we knew what they were going to do.”In his final home game, Barrett completed 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown, an 11-yard pass to sophomore wideout Binjimen Victor, gave him 100 passing touchdowns, making him the first quarterback in program history to reach the century mark. Barrett added five rushes for 33 yards and a touchdown. Ohio State’s offense racked up 543 yards, surpassing the 500-yard mark for the ninth time this season.Victor caught a second touchdown later in the game when Haskins hit him for a 21-yard score in the left side of the end zone. Redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell caught three passes for a team-leading 59 yards. He also took a reverse for 44 yards.Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber led the team with 11 carries for 108 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown for Ohio State’s first score of the game and a 43-yard touchdown dash later in the first quarter. The Buckeyes scored three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, a feat the Illini have not achieved once the entire season. Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins added 12 rushes for 51 yards and a 1-yard touchdown rush.“I will continue to tell y’all, if you get the running game going, everything else opens up,” Price said.Meyer attributed much of the ground-game improvement to the offensive line.“Most improved unit on our team,” Meyer said. “The leadership, the cohesiveness of that group led by their unit leader, [offensive line] coach [Greg Studrawa], has been very noticeable. It was not the strength of our team a year ago. It’s the strength of our team right now. We all know that teams that go to compete with what’s coming up down the road, you have to have a powerful offensive line. The Illinois offense stood no chance against the Buckeyes, either. The Illini accumulated just 105 yards, less yards than in any single game since at least 2000. The visiting team did not pick up a first-down until running back Dre Brown rushed 10 yards to move the chains with 3:37 remaining in the first half.“Defense was dominant,” Meyer said, succinctly. “They did what they had to do.”Ohio State ended the first quarter with 28 points, while the Illini had just 16 yards. The only statistical category Illinois held an advantage in was penalty yards. The visitors were penalized four times for 30 yards in the opening quarter, while the Buckeyes were not flagged.Haskins went 5-for-8 for 77 yards, including one touchdown. He also rushed eight times for 23 yards. The Buckeyes will look to extend its win streak in the final regular-season game of the season when they take on Michigan at noon Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. read more

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Guns and pubs silenced as grouse shortage costs rural areas millions

But this year those same pubs lay empty, as a shortage of grouse saw 70 per cent of the shoot days in the North of England cancelled.  With the season coming the a close on Monday, it can be revealed that the shortage has cost rural areas millions in lost income.  As well as local businesses feeling the pinch, local people who rely on the casual work  as loaders, beaters, flankers,  and pickers have all been forced… The vibrant shooting community, which moves into remote moorland areas just as the tourists begin to move out, has in some places disappeared entirely.  On a chilly autumn evening the pubs on the edges of the moors come alive with the sounds of celebration after a good day’s shooting. 

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Wipro likely to extend CEO Kuriens term by at least one year

first_imgIndia’s third largest IT firm Wipro could extend the tenure of its chief executive officer TK Kurien by at least one year. Kurien’s current five-year term will expire in January next year.The move may curtail speculation about impending appointment of the new head to Wipro. Recently, the reports about Wipro looking for a new CEO had surfaced after it promoted three executives as presidents and roped in Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) veteran Abid Ali Neemuchwala as its chief operating officer earlier this year.The expert said the extension of Kurien’s term will provide the company’s chairman, Azim Premji, and the board more time to scout for a new CEO.”Will (Kurien) stay in February 2016 or December 2016 or January 2017? The answer is yes… (Kurien) is not going any time soon,” an executive familiar with the matter told Livemint.In April, Wipro had elevated Rishad Premji, the eldest son of promoter Azim Premji, to the company board as a wholetime director, effective from 1 May.Industry watchers had speculated that the elevation of Rishad was a step towards grooming him to assume the top role at a later stage although Azim Premji had always said that Rishad would not be appointed the chief executive.However, Wipro board’s three-member nominations committee hasn’t finalised the extension of Kurien’s tenure. But the nominations panel headed by Ashok S Ganguly and independent directors Narayanan Vaghul and William Arthur Owens will meet in January, and is expected to extend Kurien’ term by “at least a year”.”This is the general understanding for now (of Kurien staying for at least another year). (But) it finally is the call of the nominations committee, and they should make it public early next year,” said another source close to the developments.”Any such decision will be taken by the board of directors of Wipro Ltd based on the recommendation of the nominations committee and will be communicated to the stock exchanges,” said a spokesman for Wipro.Some experts said that the extension of Kurien’s current tenure highlights the “confidence” kept by the board in him. The extension will make Kurien the longest serving Wipro CEO since 1981.”Kurien has done a good job in not only espousing Wipro’s values, but also guiding the company through the market place digital transformation,” said Ray Wang, founder of Constellation Research Inc. — a technology research and advisory firm.last_img read more

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Chinas Xi urges peaceful resolution of NKorea tension

first_imgUS President Donald Trump welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago state in Palm Beach, Florida, US. Photo: ReutersChinese President Xi Jinping called for a peaceful resolution of rising tension on the Korean peninsula in a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, as a US aircraft carrier strike group steamed towards the region.Trump said on Twitter that his call with Xi, just days after they met in the United States for the first time, was a “very good” discussion of the “menace of North Korea”.He praised China at a later news conference for sending coal ships back to North Korea under U.N. sanctions and said he thought Xi wanted to help.“We’ll see whether or not he does,” Trump said. “Otherwise we’re just going to go it alone; that’ll be all right too, but going it alone means going with lots of other nations.”The Trump-Xi call came as an influential state-run Chinese newspaper warned that the Korean peninsula was the closest it has been to a “military clash” since North Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006.The call underscored a sense of urgency given concerns that North Korea could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or more missile launches in defiance of U.N. sanctions, and over Trump’s threat of unilateral action to solve the problem.At the weekend, Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to head to the Korean peninsula in a show of force aimed at deterring North Korea.Pyongyang warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression. It remains technically at war with the United States and South Korea after the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, and regularly threatens to destroy both countries.Trump pressed Xi to do more to curb North Korea’s nuclear programme when the two leaders held their first face-to-face meeting in Florida last week. He said on Tuesday that North Korea was “looking for trouble” and Washington would “solve the problem” with or without China’s help.In spite of the rhetoric, US officials have stressed that stronger sanctions are the most likely US course to press North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme.At the same time Washington has said all options, including military ones, are on the table and that a US strike last week against Syria should serve as a warning to Pyongyang. L1N1HH0EC]Xi stressed in the call with Trump that China was “committed to the target of denuclearisation on the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving problems through peaceful means”, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, who said Trump had initiated the call, urged everyone to lower the tension.“We hope that the relevant parties do not adopt irresponsible actions. Under the current circumstances, this is very dangerous,” Lu told reporters at a regular press briefing.China’s Global Times newspaper said North Korea should halt any plan for nuclear and missile activities “for its own security”, while noting Trump’s recent decision to launch 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airfield in response to a deadly gas attack last week.“Not only is Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honours his promises,” it said in an editorial.“The US is making up its mind to stop the North from conducting further nuclear tests. It doesn’t plan to co-exist with a nuclear-armed Pyongyang,” it said. “Pyongyang should avoid making mistakes at this time.”While widely read in China and run by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, the Global Times does not represent government policy.The paper said if North Korea made another provocative move, “Chinese society” might be willing to back unprecedented sanctions, “such as restricting oil imports”.‘NOT AFRAID’North Korea is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles capable of hitting the United States and officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, have indicated an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be coming.Saturday will be the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korea’s founding president Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of the current leader. North Korea launched a long-range rocket carrying a satellite on April 13, 2012, to mark the centenary of his birth.In Pyongyang residents thronged boulevards on a sunny spring morning, some practising for a parade to be held at the weekend, with no visible sign of the tension.“So long as we are with our supreme leader Marshall Kim Jong Un we are not afraid of anything,” a woman who gave her name as Ri Hyon Sim told Reuters journalists, who were escorted by North Korean officials.Earlier on Wednesday, two sources in Tokyo said Japan’s navy planned exercises with the Carl Vinson carrier group in a joint show of force that could involve helicopter landings on each other’s ships, as well as communication drills.A senior Japanese diplomat said it appeared Washington was seeking to press North Korea to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis.“If you consider overall things such as the fact that the US government has not put out warnings to its citizens in South Korea, I think the risk at this point is not high,” said the diplomat, who declined to be identified.China’s Defence Ministry, meanwhile, dismissed foreign media reports about a build-up of Chinese troops on its border with North Korea as “pure fabrication”.last_img read more

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Why Has Texas Suddenly Decided To Immediately Sue Industrial Polluters

first_img Share David J. Phillip/APFirefighters battle a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company Monday, March 18, 2019, in Deer Park, Texas.Late last month as crews worked to contain a roaring fire at a Houston-area petrochemical storage facility, the state of Texas did something unheard of, at least in recent memory: It sued the company that operates the site before the blaze was fully extinguished. It did the same thing again this week — the same day a chemical fire broke out at another Houston-area plant.“Polluters will be punished,” Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted on March 22 after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton — Abbott’s successor — announced he had filed suit against Intercontinental Terminals Company, alleging violations of state environmental laws.In a statement that day, Paxton said the state “works hard to maintain good air quality and will hold ITC accountable for the damage it has done to our environment.” He also noted that ITC “has a history of environmental violations.”Less than two weeks later, Paxton’s office on Tuesday sued chemical manufacturer KMCO the same day a fire broke out at its plant in Crosby, killing one worker and critically injuring several others.Paxton’s decision to swiftly file suit over both incidents is a significant departure from the state’s past approach to environmental enforcement. For one, the state often doesn’t sue over such incidents — even bigger, more deadly ones like the 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in the Central Texas town of West that killed 15 people, including 12 first responders, and injured 200 (The year after that incident, then-Attorney General Abbott issued a ruling that made it more difficult for the public to know what hazardous chemicals are housed in such facilities).When the state has taken action in court, it has often been slow to move:After a 2005 explosion at BP’s Texas City refinery killed 15 workers and injured 180, Texas filed suit against the company years later — and only after the federal government had hit the company with tens of millions of dollars in fines.The state was similarly slow to sue BP after a fire and explosion at its Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig in 2010 killed 11 workers and resulted in what is believed to be the largest marine oil spill in history. Abbott took the company to court three years later after five other Gulf Coast states and a bevy of local communities had already sued.In 2015, Harris and Fort Bend counties — to Paxton’s apparent chagrin — beat the state to the punch in suing Volkswagen after the German automaker’s admitted use of software that allowed its vehicles to circumvent emissions limits.And after explosions at another Houston-area chemical plant during Hurricane Harvey, Harris County almost immediately filed a lawsuit against the owner of the facility, Arkema Inc. The state joined the lawsuit months later. It is still pending.For environmental groups that have long asked the state to crack down on rogue industrial polluters — and who closely track its handling of such incidents — Paxton’s swift legal action against ITC and KMCO was a welcome surprise.“I have not found anybody who remembers an instance like this,” said Adrian Shelley, the director of the Texas office of Public Citizen and the former longtime head of the Air Alliance Houston.“It’s great,” said Bob Stokes, president of the Galveston Bay Foundation and former Harris County environmental prosecutor, adding “I’ve never seen the state file an action on the day of an incident.”Paxton’s office referred questions about the lawsuits to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the state’s environmental enforcement agency, which referred the cases to Paxton. An agency spokesperson said in statement that it “has consistently exercised its enforcement authority to protect public health and the environment by referring companies to the Office of the Attorney General for civil enforcement.”“TCEQ will continue to hold bad actors accountable for violations of environmental laws,” the statement said.Indeed, TCEQ’s annual state enforcement reports indicate that the agency refers a few dozen civil cases to the attorney general’s office every year that result in tens of millions of dollars in fines, usually after failed attempts to get a company to comply with state laws through administrative enforcement action.Environmental regulators in Republican-led Texas have long been up front that their approach to environmental enforcement is less about financial or legal punishment and more about coaxing industry into compliance with state and federal regulations. State records show that the most common approach to environmental enforcement is through a far less transparent administrative process, where companies often negotiate lower fines that are handed down through enforcement orders months or even years later.And Paxton and Abbott have made more headlines going after environmental regulators than environmental offenders, filing dozens of lawsuits against the Obama-era U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. So the sudden change in the state’s enforcement approach also has raised suspicions.On Wednesday, the progressive group Lone Star Project sent out a news release that accused Paxton of having ulterior motives — even going so far as to call him “Chemical Ken” — claiming that his swift action was fueled by a desire to preempt local environmental prosecutors, who the group argues would pursue larger penalties against the companies — and would receive a cut of those penalties if they won in court.”Paxton can now act as a ‘friendly plaintiff’ who is only technically in opposition to the companies,” the release said. “He can agree to a settlement with a relatively small fine and little or no safety reforms.”The Harris County Attorney’s office has long employed a team of aggressive environmental prosecutors, who filed their own suits against ITC and KMCO shortly after the state did. Whether the state lawsuits will override Harris County’s isn’t clear, said Rock Owens, the county’s chief environmental prosecutor.But if Paxton does attempt to preempt Harris County’s lawsuit, “we intend to challenge him,” he said.Owens said the county is often motivated to sue companies because it knows the state won’t take the lead.Since at least 2013, state Republican lawmakers have — with mixed results — repeatedly pushed legislation that would limit the ability of Harris County and other local governments to sue over environmental offenses. This session, a bill proposed by state Rep. Greg Bonnen, the brother of House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, would require Paxton to sign off when counties and cities want to hire outside lawyers for environmental cases and allow him to reject those arrangements if his office is already pursuing similar legal action.Owens said using outside lawyers has been a key tool for his team over the years in major environmental cases — they typically do not get paid unless they win, which can save taxpayer dollars.Neil Carman of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, who worked for a dozen years as an enforcement inspector for TCEQ’s predecessor agency, said he believes the timing of Paxton’s lawsuits has less to do with Harris County and more to do with pressure from state lawmakers — who held hearings this week on the ITC fire — and national media coverage of the incident, which sent a dramatic black plume of smoke billowing over the state’s largest city.Carman also said lawsuits are low-hanging fruit for the state because they involve relatively unknown companies that don’t have the political clout of the bigger players in the industry.“ITC is not ExxonMobil or Shell Oil,” he said. “TCEQ wants to show it’s aggressive in enforcement when it’s not.”This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

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Dixon to Launch WriteIn Campaign for Mayor

first_imgFormer Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon will officially announce a write-in campaign for mayor of Baltimore on Oct. 11, according to sources close to the Dixon campaign.Sheila Dixon will announce that she is running a write-in campaign to be mayor of Baltimore City on Oct. 11. (Courtesy photo)The announcement will reportedly be made after Dixon, who was mayor of Baltimore from 2007 to 2010, files the proper paperwork with the Baltimore City Board of Elections. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Board of Elections headquarters at 417 E. Fayette Street. Dixon was defeated in the Democratic Primary in April by Sen. Catherine Pugh (40th, D) by a narrow margin of approximately 3,000 votes.Dixon will be a guest on the WEAA radio show ‘AFRO’s First Edition’ at 5 p.m. on Oct. 11. Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of ‘AFRO’s First Edition’, which airs Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more

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Ohio man convicted in Costa Rica telemarketing scam

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