Vermont Attorney General settles with DIRECTV for $185,000

first_imgThe Vermont Attorney General’s Office has entered into a Judgment with DIRECTV that will result in consumer refunds and a payment of $185,000.00 to the State of Vermont. Because DIRECTV made attractive offers that did not indicate that consumers would have to extend their contracts and be subjected to cancellation fees or additional costs, it will now have to offer refunds to Vermonter consumers. ‘Businesses that fail to fully disclose all the terms of their offers will have to pay consumers as well as the State,’ said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. ‘DIRECTV’s customers will now get money back, full disclosure of all programming and pricing, and better service.’Over the last three years, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office has received more than 300 complaints about DIRECTV. The Judgment creates a third party neutral Claims Administrator for resolving consumer complaints if consumers are unable to resolve their claims with DIRECTV. The Judgment also settles allegations that the satellite TV provider and its third-party retailers engaged in unfair and deceptive sales practices in its advertising and contracting. DIRECTV is required to change its business practices and provide full disclosure of the requirements of its advertising promotions and rebates, the costs of equipment fees and leasing, and the availability and costs of its programming services and cancellations. Under the settlement filed today in the Washington Superior Court, Vermont will receive $185,000 out of the total $13.25 million payment to 49 states and the District of Columbia.CONSUMER REFUNDSConsumers with unresolved complaints that were filed with the Attorney General’s Office or with DIRECTV after January 1, 2007, are eligible for refunds and resolution of their complaints. Consumers can also file complaints with DIRECTV or the Attorney General’s Office by June 9, 2011, to be considered for the restitution program, if the complaint is about activity that occurred after January 1, 2007. DIRECTV will first attempt to resolve the complaint with the consumer. If the complaint cannot be resolved, DIRECTV will send the consumer a Claim Form for the Claims Administrator to resolve the dispute between the consumer and DIRECTV. For information about filing for a refund, contact the Vermont Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program at: 802-656-3183 or toll free in Vermont at 800-649-2424, or by email at consumer@uvm.edu(link sends e-mail) A copy of the form to request a Refund is also available at the Attorney General’s consumer website: www.uvm.edu/consumer(link is external) Source: Vermont Attorney General December 23, 2010last_img read more

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Brazil Signs On To UN Sanctions Against Iran

first_imgBy Dialogo August 13, 2010 Brazil Tuesday signed on to UN sanctions against Iran despite misgivings over the measures following its efforts to negotiate a nuclear-swap deal with the Islamic state. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed the decree “because there is a tradition of carrying out (UN) Security Council resolutions, including those we don’t agree with,” Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told reporters. Brazil and Turkey voted against the UN sanctions resolution when it was put to the security council in June. The two countries had brokered an agreement from Tehran in May to hand over much of its stock of low-enriched uranium in exchange for higher-enriched nuclear fuel unable to be used to develop atomic weapons. The United States and its allies called the agreement insufficient and moved on with the sanctions resolution. Washington fears Iran is developing a nuclear arsenal under cover of its energy program, something Tehran denies. Brazilian officials had already said they would observe the sanctions imposed on Iran, regardless of their opposition to them.last_img read more

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Reward Programs

first_img In Colombia, there is a program known as Monday’s rewards (Lunes de recompensas) under which the Armed Forces pay an individual who offers information leading to the detention of criminals. The program has a “cooperating network” with more than 3 million citizens contributing frequently with numerous bits of information to help authorities. According to the Fifth Division of the Colombian Military, successes in reducing terrorist organizations’ structures are possible thanks to the cooperating network. Peru has had a reward program since 2009. For information that leads to the apprehension of terrorists, the Peruvian government pays up to 500,000 new soles (about $179,000). The U.S. has had a Narcotics Rewards Program since 1986. The program cooperates with other nations in their fight to counteract narcotraffickers and terrorists, paying up to $5 million for information leading to the capture of a main drug trafficker, according to the U.S. Department of State. In April 2010, U.S. authorities offered that amount to anyone offering information leading to the capture of Colombian narcotrafficker Maximiliano Bonilla orozco, according to the U.S. Embassy in Colombia. In May 2010, the U.S. offered a similar amount for the capture of the leaders of the Shining Path, Florindo Flores and Víctor Quispe Palomino. By Dialogo October 01, 2010last_img read more

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Stop golfing, start studying

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steve Fochler As Senior Business Advisor, Risk Management Services Steve is responsible for helping Strohl Risk Solutions customers succeed. Steve leans on his twenty-eight (28) years of experience to help financial institutions, … Web: www.strohlrisksolutions.com Details I love golf. I used to play a lot, but I’m happy to say my family life has had a damaging impact on my handicap. Couldn’t be happier about it. However when I did play, I spent time preparing for my round and even practicing for tournaments. I’d think back to prior rounds about what went well and what didn’t and plan my practice. I would start out by stretching a little (which, by the way, is getting harder with age), hit balls at the practice range, chip a few shots for touch, putt to get a feel for the speed of the greens, and spend more time where I needed it the most. But then there were times when I would oversleep and barely make my tee time. I’d pull in the parking lot, grab my clubs from the trunk, slap them on the cart and away I went. Ninety-nine percent of the time that round versus a round where I warmed up was a disaster, or at the very least, the front nine was a mess.If you think about it, preparing for exams is kind of like preparing for a round of golf. You’ve “played” an examination round before, so you have an idea of how the process will go. You’ll want to review the previous examination “round” to determine what went well and what the examiner wanted you to work on, so review past findings and resolve any outstanding recommendations in advance. You’ll also want to get a “feel for the speed of the greens” by looking at pronouncements regarding this year’s focus (presently, it’s vendor management and cyber risk). Last, but not least, tee it up for your examiner.Here’s what I mean by that. Many of our clients utilize our product called ERM 365tm – Findings Manager to manage exam findings. They’ll enter the finding provided by exam results and set up tasks to delegate resolution of the issue. Tasks are electronically distributed, tracked and results are recorded accordingly. It significantly reduces the time and challenges associated with numerous exam findings and recommendations. However, I suggest you consider taking this a step further by setting up your report and associated findings in advance of the exam. Now you might say, “Why would I want to give my examiner any ammunition?” One can look at it that way for sure. Or, you can make an honest assessment of your situation and prepare the report and associated findings in advance, set up the task for resolution and review it with the examiner. For example, why wait for the examiner to point out a missing signature on a critical vendor contract. Set up the finding in advance and let them know you are tracking the progress towards resolution. In other words, tee up the finding for them! Our professional services team utilizes Findings Manager significantly to tee up many of our due diligence findings for our clients. We’ll even go so far as to set up all the tasks that need to be addressed by the appropriate staff.For our clients already using Findings Manager you can see this possibility. For those not using it yet, take a closer look at how Findings Manager will greatly improve your examiner game!last_img read more

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New York state surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths

first_imgThe virus has torn through New York City and its suburbs with frightening speed. Most of the deaths have happened in a span of just a few days. New York City reported in the evening that its toll had risen to 776. The total number of statewide deaths isn’t expected to be released until Monday. But with at least 250 additional deaths recorded outside the city as of Sunday morning, the state’s total fatalities was at least 1,026. NEW YORK (AP) — New York has surpassed 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, less than a month after the first case was detected in the state. read more

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The Zadar Travel application has a new functionality: Direct booking of private accommodation

first_imgPhoto by Zadar Tourist Board In June this year, the Zadar Tourist Board redesigned and refreshed the Zadar Travel application with new features. One of the new functionalities of the application is the direct booking of private accommodation. A large number of tourists will decide to book accommodation before arrival, and most likely in direct communication with the landlord if such a channel is available to them. Exactly such an approach is enabled by the application of the Tourist Board of the city of Zadar called Zadar Travel. The system is designed to maximally simplify communication and speed up the booking process and increase the number of reservations, all without costs and commissions for either renters or guests.  Read more general information about the system herelast_img read more

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Social distancing has Serena ‘on edge’ amid coronavirus pandemic

first_imgThe 23-time Grand Slam champion posted a series of videos on TikTok describing her concerns for her 2-year-old daughter, Olympia.“Now I’ve been social distancing for actually a really long time, for probably two weeks now, and every little thing makes me crazy,” the 38-year-old superstar said.“And by anxiety I mean I’m just on edge. Any time anyone sneezes around me or coughs I get crazy. I don’t hang out with anyone, and when I say anyone I mean my daughter.“She coughed, I got angry and gave her a side-eye. I gave her that ‘angry Serena’ and then I got sad.“I was like, ‘Is she OK? Is there something wrong with my daughter? Is there anything I can do?’ I just don’t know what to do, so instead of being relaxed I’m really under a ton of stress.”Williams said that like many people she first thought the coronavirus wouldn’t affect her.“And then suddenly Indian Wells was cancelled and I was like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s weird but I have a little time off and I’m going to enjoy that time off,’” she said of her reaction when the prestigious ATP and WTA tournament in Indian Wells, California, was called off earlier this month.On edge: 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams says in a series of TikTok videos that social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic is causing her anxietyRead Also: AC Milan legend, son test positive for coronavirusBut as more tournament cancellations followed, Williams said she found herself feeling more anxiety.“It is what it is, we’ll get through this. We have to,” added Williams, who has used other social media platforms, including Instagram, to urge her followers to heed recommendations to stay home when health authorities deem it necessary.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Tennis great Serena Williams says she is “on edge” as she practices social distancing recommended by health experts in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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Bud Wright, Sheridan Football

first_imgJust before the Super Bowl this year, the NFL was looking for a coach to honor who had been in the game for a long time.  They also wanted someone who coached the right way.  It was quite ironic that one of the 3 coaches they considered was named Wright.Only one of the 3 was given tickets and a trip to the Super Bowl.  Bud Wright was not the one selected.  However, Jim Irsay of the Colts saw the story and paid all of Bud’s expenses for him and his wife to attend the game.Bud Wright has been at Sheridan for 49 years and has won 392 games.  As far as I know, the 74-year old Wright is planning to coach again next year to make it an even 50.  Jim Irsay has been in the news a lot in the last year for his off-field activities, so it is nice to see that the Colts owner is getting publicity for his charitable acts which are quite common around the Indianapolis area.  Congratulations to Bud Wright and his wife, Ellen!last_img read more

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All Assam Tennis Association (AATA) monitoring fitness of state-level players

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The All Assam Tennis Association (AATA) is monitoring the fitness of the state-level players and had sent necessary instruction through their coaches. The players were advised to follow the fitness drill during their stay at home.The sports activities throughout the country stopped totally due to lockdown imposed to combat COVID-19. However experts in this field warned the players to go with regular warm up drill otherwise they face trouble to gain fitness level quickly when sporting activities will resume again.Talking to The Sentinel the secretary of the All Assam Tennis Association Ankush Dutta said, “We know there would be problem for the players if they don’t do regular practice during their stay at home. So we have consulted the matter with our coaches and later sent necessary instruction to our all state level players.”The lockdown didn’t make any major effect on the tournament that AATA hosts during a calendar year. Only Inter District Tennis championship, which was scheduled to be held first week of this month, was postponed.Dutta said: “Generally we followed November to March schedule to host the different state level tennis meets and this time we have completed all the tournaments, except Inter district, before the lock down is imposed.”He further added: “If lockdown continues then a few national level championships would be affected. Next month we have supposed to host the Championship series at Chachal Tennis complex but the tournament is already postponed. The uncertainty is hanging on the Super Series Tennis too which All Assam Tennis Association organizes during the month of July.”It may be mentioned here that All India Tennis Association is hoping to resume the tennis activities from July if lockdown is lifted in the next two months.Also Read: Outcast is A Disgrace To Transgender Community: All Assam Transgenders’ Association (AATA)Also Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assamlast_img read more

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ICC World Cup West Indies beat Ireland, achieve their highest successful ODI chase in history

first_img New Delhi: West Indies have had a poor record when it comes to chasing targets in excess of 300 in ODIs. In their entire history, they have chased down a target of 300+ only once which was 309 against Pakistan in Providence in 2017. At that time, it was their highest successful chase. In the recent series against England, they almost did the unthinkable and were on the cusp of chasing down 419 but they fell short. However, just ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign, West Indies managed to create history as they chased down 328 in Dublin to go on top in the tri-series tournament involving Bangladesh.Andrew Balbirnie smashed a magnificent 135 but it was trumped by Sunil Ambris’ knock of 148 as West Indies won by five wickets with 13 balls to spare. The win boosted West Indies to the top of the table with their next encounter against Bangladesh a virtual final before the final. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ireland chose to bat and they suffered an immediate jolt when James McCollum was dismissed for 5 by Sheldon Cottrell. However, Balbirnie and Paul Stirling shared a 146-run stand for the second wicket with Stirling looking in great touch. However, Stirling missed out on a chance to score a century but Balbirnie continued on his merry ways with a fantastic century. His 135 came off 124 deliveries and it included 11 fours and four sixes and his knock gave Ireland the perfect platform.Kevin O’Brien blasted 63 off 40 balls to give the Irish innings the perfect finishing touch as they notched up 327/5. In response, West Indies began brilliantly with Shai Hope and Ambris notching up an 84-run opening stand in just 12 overs. When Hope and Darren Bravo fell without a significant contribution, Roston Chase stepped up and shared a brilliant stand with Ambris.The duo shared a 128-run stand for the third wicket before Chase was sent back by Joshua Little. Ambris notched up a century and Jonathan Carter gave the innings much needed momentum as he blasted 43 off 27 balls. When Ambris fell for 148, West Indies were still some distance away but Jason Holder and Carter shared a quick 75-run stand and it gave West Indies their highest successful chase in ODI history. Sunil Ambris was playing in his fourth ODI.West Indies had chased down 300-plus only once before this match.West Indies are on top of the table in the tri-series.last_img read more

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