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first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaIf your holiday shopping list includes electronic devices or appliances, don’t be tricked into buying extended warranties for them, says a University of Georgia expert. The added expense rarely pays off. “More often than not, you should just say no to these expensive add-ons,” said Michael Rupured, a consumer financial expert with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Profit margins are as high as 70 percent for extended warranties compared with about 10 percent for the products they cover. In a down economy, the profit margin on the products is even less.”Depending on the product, a warranty for three years will cost between $60 and $300. This is an unnecessary cost because most appliances, audio-visual equipment and computers reliably work for years, he said. Fewer than 10 percent of camcorders, electric ranges, dishwashers and top-freezer refrigerators required any repairs in their first three years, according to an annual survey of Consumer Reports subscribers. Even among items more likely to need repairs in the first three years, such as a projection television, the average repair costs the same as the extended warranty. High profit margins for warranties mean aggressive marketing from the retailers, he said. As an incentive to sell more warranties, many retailers offer commissions for employees and at a much higher rate than the product itself. But, there are exceptions. “An extended warranty may be worth the money for treadmills that have a standard warranty of less than two years on parts and one year on labor,” he said. “It might also be worthwhile to buy an additional year or two extension of the standard one-year warranty for laptop computers.”But more often than not, he said, you should just say no to extended warranties. “The money you save will generally be enough to cover the cost of any repairs not covered by the factory warranty.”(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

first_imgAttorney General, October 14, 2011 The Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, ordered former junkyard owner Gilbert Rhoades to clean-up the Milton site following its finding of environmental violations earlier this year, including removal of all tires at the site within 90 days. The Court ordered Rhoades to pay $20,000 in civil penalties and Rhoades and his wife, Blanche Rhoades, to reimburse the State $24,857.58 for past investigative costs. The Court’s ruling follows a May 11th hearing in an environmental enforcement action brought by the Attorney General’s Office based on inspections by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.‘This ruling sends a strong message that, although salvage yards can provide valuable services to the community, owners of such operations must follow Vermont’s environmental laws and operate in a safe manner,’ said Attorney General William H Sorrell.In addition to ordering the removal of all tires at the site within 90 days, the Court ordered:permanently enjoined Rhoades from operating a junkyard or salvage yard at the site without first obtaining all necessary permits and licenses;ordered Rhoades to comply with all statutes and regulations governing the handling of hazardous waste;ordered additional soil sampling and removal of lead contaminated soil;ordered Rhoades and his wife Blanche to reimburse the State for $24,857 in past investigative costs; andordered Rhoades to pay the State $20,000 in civil penalties.Since November 2009, the Rhoades have been subject to a preliminary injunction prohibiting them from taking in any new junk, including scrap metal, at the site.Related documents:Ruling on DamagesRuling on the Merits (February 9, 2011)Ruling on Cross Motions for Summary Judgment (November 20, 2009)Ruling on Motion for Preliminary Injunction (November 20, 2009) last_img read more

first_imgAndalucía Film Commission (Spain): Desert Tabernas, Almería The Sisters Brothers by Jacques AudiardCine Tirol (Austria): Innsbruck Old Town Tiger Zinda Hai by Ali Abbas ZafarCroatian Audiovisual Center (Croatia): Island of Vis Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again by Ol ParkerFilm Commission Hesse (Germany): Frankfurt Bad Banks by Christian SchwochowHellenic Film Commission (Greece): Corfu Island The Durrells by Oliver KienleIDM Film Fund & Commission (Italy): Lake Carezza The girl in the Fog by Donato CarrisiMalta Film Commission (Malta): Fort St. Elmo – National War Museum Murder on the Orient Express by Kenneth BranaghRoma Lazio Film Commission (Italy): Valle dei Calanchi, Viterbo Happy as Lazzaro by Alice RorhwacherScreen Brussels Film commission (Belgium): The Happy Prince by Rupert EverettTenerife Film Commission (Spain): Teide National Park Yucatán by Daniel MonzónVienna Film Commission (Austria): Michaelerplatz Red Sparrow by Francis LawrenceWestern Norway Film Commission (Norway): Preikestolen Mission: Impossible – Fallout by Christopher McQuarrie The island of Vis, where the big movie hit “Mamma Mia Here We Go Again!” Was shot, has been nominated for this year’s European Film Location Award – the choice for the best European film location.The award, which highlights the diversity and beauty of European landscapes, is presented for the second time this year, organized by the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN), which has 90 members from 30 countries promoting European locations and the film industry, including the Croatian Audiovisual Center.”The success of the first selection for the European Film Location Award prompted us to turn this award into an annual edition. This year we have 12 beautiful locations to choose from, all of which have played important roles in films and TV series shot during 2017. We believe that this award further contributes to the recognition of Europe around the world. ”, said Truls Kontny, President of the EUFCN.According to Cineuropa, Vis is one of the most beautiful Adriatic islands, which was closed to foreign visitors as a military base from the XNUMXs to the late XNUMXs, thanks to which it has preserved its authenticity. It is added that Vis has a key role in the second part of the film ‘Mamma Mia’ inspired by the music of the Swedish group Abba, in which he plays the fictional island of Kalokairi and presents himself as a paradise island.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ””In recent years, Croatia has been the natural scenery of numerous film blockbusters, series and reality shows, and I am glad that the contribution has been recognized by the profession. It is a great honor for our country to find itself in the prestigious society of countries that have played a central role in world-renowned films over the past year. This nomination further confirms last year’s title of Croatia as a particularly prominent film tourism destination from the leading British publication Financial Times for Business fDi Magazine, and I believe that it will further strengthen Croatia’s position on the European film map. Also, new tourist products are developed from all of the above, which include a tour of filming locations, making authentic souvenirs or storytelling, thus creating additional motives for coming to the destination outside the main months of the tourist year, which ultimately contributes to the overall tourism competitiveness of our country.”, Said the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli when he heard about the nomination of Visa for the best European film destination.You can give your vote to Vis on this one connectors.12 locations in the competition for the award, all of which emphasize the beauty and diversity of Europelast_img read more

first_imgBACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio “Bing”Leonardia has directed all barangay officials to comply with the strictimplementation the city’s “no segregation, no collection” policy. “If it becomes necessary, we will makea sample. If we will be forced to do so, then we have to impose sanctions,”warned Leonardia. Solid Waste Management Boardsecretariat Atty. Vicente Petierre III explained that under the law, anybodycan file a case to any person violating RA 9003. The city government had intended tostart implementing the policy on March 1, but was deferred next month to givebarangay officials ample time to enforce it, since they are presently tied upwith five other major tasks as ordered by the national government. The “no segregation, no collection”policy is in compliance with Republic Act (RA) 9003, or the Ecological SolidWaste Management Act of 2000. center_img “It is stated clearly under the lawthat this is segregation at source, which means the first person that will takecare the compliance is the barangay, Petierre claimed. For his part, Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran, head of the Solid Waste Action Team, reminded all village headsthat the Environment Management Board will issue a notice of violation tonon-compliant barangays. He added that they will review the Environment Code ofthe city in order to penalize violators./PN Those who will be caught notsupporting or uncooperative may face sanctions. last_img read more

first_imgWith Heineken’s announcement last week of a busy schedule this year, football fans and consumers are in for premium experience at the Heineken House on Tuesday and Wednesday as top football icons, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will be the centre of attraction as action resumes in the UEFA Champions League.The Heineken House has over the years been the preferred location for football fans and others alike to enjoy Champions League football as it guarantees an electrifying atmosphere nextto what obtainable across the top match venues.And following up from last year’s hugely successful Unmissable campaign, this year’s theme, ‘Better Together’ is aimed at fostering conviviality and togetherness among football lovers. Heineken continues to connect with fans through the UEFA Champions League.The duo of Messi and Ronaldo have enjoyed a great deal of success in the world’s most prestigious club competition and equally boasts of a wide fan base across the globe.Their fans in Nigeria will be on the edge tonight when FC Barcelona play away to Napoli while the heat will be on Ronaldo’s fans when Juventus will be in action on Wednesday in France.After watching English teams, Tottenham and Liverpool suffer defeats in their first leg ties last week, expectations are high that the duo of Manchester City and Chelsea will turn the tide for their fellow domestic teams.While it was all fun last week, even more drama is expected this week; especially in the titanic battle between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeau.Heineken is one of the world’s most international brand with a presence in over 180 countries across the globe. It is known for its major partnerships and sponsorship across various consumers’ interest such as sports, with the ongoing UCL, and debut with Euro 2020 in summer and Formula 1, lifestyle and entertainment.CHAMPIONS LEAGUEToday (8pm)Chelsea v B’ MunichNapoli v BarcelonaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more