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KAABOO San Diego planning for return in 2022

For 2020, the venue was moved to Petco Park downtown, before being abruptly canceled because of the pandemic.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — KAABOO San Diego announced Monday that it is planning its official return for 2022. 

“For those ticket holders holding tickets from the COVID canceled 2020 weekend previously scheduled at Petco Park, your ticket allocation remains intact and will be honored at the returning KAABOO San Diego. We appreciate the ongoing support and patience of 2020 ticket holders as we undertake the preparations for the 2022 return of KAABOO San Diego.”

For 2020, the venue was moved to Petco Park downtown, before being abruptly canceled because of the pandemic.

The KAABOO San Diego Facebook post said, the “highly anticipated return of KAABOO” would be “coming soon.” 

KAABOO’s former Chief Marketing Officer, Jason Felts, said in a news release Monday that he “looks forward to attending the event as a spectator and watching key members of my former team do what they do best.”

“Long overdue and with great excitement, I am finally able to announce that KAABOO is returning to San Diego. After much reported controversy surrounding KAABOO’s former ownership in 2019, followed by the global pandemic, I am pleased to announce that the show will go on. I know many have been awaiting updates and I sincerely apologize for the silence, which was beyond my personal control. Silent no more, I am pleased to announce that the KAABOO brand and event is in great hands and is here to stay. Although I do not run the brand or event any longer, I am thrilled that the forthcoming announcement from the festival organizers will please all past, present and future KAABOO fans,” Felts said.

Organizers said announcements of official dates, ticketing information, talent lineup, and more to be forthcoming.

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Inheritance tax: HMRC launch ‘welcome’ IHT planning tool – can it save you time and money?

Inheritance tax is usually levied on the estate of someone who has died and is passing on their assets, so long as their total estate value is over £325,000. Where IHT is due, it is usually charged at 40 percent.

Kim Jarvis, a technical manager at Canada Life, commented on the tools launch.

Ms Jarvis said: “IHT is by its very nature a complex area of financial planning, but this tool should prove valuable to those who are unfamiliar with the process and the forms requiring completion.

“Although HMRC has been clear the tool should only be used as guidance, it will helpfully show if the estate will need to pay IHT.

“The tool is not a calculator and clearly doesn’t replace good financial planning or the role of advice, but it is a welcome development by HMRC.”

“Instead, our first step is to freeze personal tax thresholds. We’ve nearly doubled the income tax personal allowance over the last decade, making it the most generous of any G20 country.

“We will of course deliver our promise to increase it again next year to £12,570, but we will then keep it at this more generous level until April 2026.

“The Higher Rate threshold will similarly be increased next year, to £50,270, and will then also remain at that level for the same period.

“Nobody’s take home pay will be less than it is now, as a result of this policy. But I want to be clear with all members that this policy does remove the incremental benefit created had thresholds continued to increase with inflation.

“We are not hiding it, I am here, explaining it to the House and it is in the Budget document in black and white. It is a tax policy that is progressive and fair.

“And, I will also maintain, at their current levels, until April 2026:

  • The inheritance tax thresholds.
  • The pensions lifetime allowance.
  • The annual exempt amount in capital gains tax.

“And, for two years from April 2022, the VAT registration threshold which, at £85,000, will remain more than twice as generous as the EU and OECD averages.”

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Netflix planning gaming service, and leaks hints at PlayStation collab

It’s unclear whether existing franchises will be heading to Netflix, or what will be the scale of the games Netflix are making themselves.

But the streaming service has already started advertising for game development jobs on its website.

In the aftermath of this news emerging one leak has revealed something curious.

As highlighted in a post by journalist Steve Moser, the Netflix iOS has some images hidden away in it that could reveal more about the forthcoming Netflix gaming feature.

Moser, the editor-in-chief at The Tape Drive and a writer for Mac Rumors, said these images included a potential logo for the Netflix Game feature, as well as a placeholder for the functionality which is codenamed ‘Shark’.

Interestingly, these hidden features for the Netflix gaming service also included the PS5 DualSense controller and PlayStation exclusive Ghost of Tsushima.

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Netflix planning a game-changing upgrade but it’s not what you think

It’s an exciting time to be a Netflix subscriber. Adding to its massive range of new and old movies and TV shows, the streaming giant revealed yesterday it will soon be hosting an all-new type of content. Yes, Netflix looks set to become the best entertainment destination available by expanding into video games for the first time.

Within the next year, customers will get access to a library of games alongside the usual movie and TV options. The change has been rumoured for months but is now all-but confirmed, after Netflix poached a top gaming executive. Mike Verdu previously worked with Facebook on their Oculus virtual reality gaming headsets and for EA Games’ mobile department.

Games will likely be added as a new section, much like documentaries or stand-up comedy specials. The best part? Bloomberg reports that Netflix doesn’t plan to charge subscribers anything extra to get their hands on its gaming.

There’s still a lot we don’t know. Netflix hasn’t confirmed which games will be included, or how many. There are also no details on whether Netflix plans to make its own games, just like it’s done with movies and shows. But the idea is sure to thrill fans of Netflix’s crowd-pleasing original shows.

Meanwhile, Sony, Google, Apple and Microsoft all have their own video game subscription services: Xbox Game Pass boasts access to over 100 games for console and PC, much like Playstation Now. Nintendo Switch is good for fans of retro gaming, with loads of NEs and SNES classics, while Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass are for mobile gamers only

But with 208 million subscribers giving it plenty of clout to draw in big-ticket games, Netflix could just be the best one yet – watch this space.

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The plot to kill Haiti’s president allegedly spanned multiple countries and involved experienced ex-military officers and months of planning, local officials say

CNN has obtained exclusive information about the hunt for the killers of Jovenel Moise, a banana exporter-turned-politician who was killed in a hail of gunfire in the bedroom of his private residence in the leafy Port-au-Prince district of Petion-Ville at around 1 a.m. last Wednesday, according to government statements.
The Haitian President’s body was found riddled with bullet holes, according to a local official tasked with documenting the crime scene, who also said Moise had suffered a broken leg and serious facial injuries. Multiple government officials described the injuries to CNN as signs of torture. Moise’s wife, Martine, was wounded. She is being treated in a Miami hospital.
“In the blink of an eye, the mercenaries ran into my house and killed my husband,” Haiti’s first lady said in an audio recording released over the weekend. CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the recording.
But despite the abundance of bullet holes documented inside the President’s home, not one member of the President’s security detail or residential staff was hurt, according to authorities.
Exactly what happened inside the president’s home and who masterminded the attack remain the key unsolved questions at the heart of multiple investigations involving senior agents from the United States and Colombia, in addition to local authorities. Top foreign officials, including members of the US National Security Council and Colombia’s chief of national intelligence, have visited Haiti in the wake of Moise’s death.
In a country bitterly divided over its political direction, unease over the mystery surrounding the president’s murder has become a rare unifying sentiment. No one — whether members of the deceased president’s cabinet, his most outspoken critics, or ordinary residents of capital city Port-au-Prince — is satisfied with the limited explanations available so far.
“Where did (the attackers) get the cars that they were driving? How did they get in the country?” Haitian Elections Minister Mathias Pierre asked CNN, adding that he would expect his own security to take a bullet for him.
CNN can now shed light on a small piece of the puzzle: How Haitian security forces first responded to the assassination.
A source with knowledge of the operation has described to CNN a bloody siege and the multi-day pursuit through the President’s affluent neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, the impoverished quartier populaire next door, an abandoned roadside storefront, and the Taiwanese Embassy.

Setting a trap

A corner of the abandoned storefront in Port-au-Prince where suspected mercenaries hid from police.
Social media footage from the night of Moise’s murder showed unidentified men shooting into the air and shouting “DEA operation! Everybody back up!” in English as they marched down the street near the presidential mansion. Haitian security forces who had learned of the attack raced to the house not long after that. But they were too late.
According to a source familiar with the operation, law enforcement teams arriving on the scene in the dark hours of the morning observed a suspicious five-car convoy near the President’s home. Fearing that Moise or others may be being held hostage inside, they avoided a confrontation and allowed the convoy to leave. But there was a trap down the road.
At a sharp bend in Route de Kenscoff, the main road leading downtown, the convoy suddenly encountered a police blockade, where hundreds of security personnel had been mustered in the darkness.
Unable to turn their cars around in the narrow road between a walled-off ravine and a steep green hillside, the convoy’s occupants fled, abandoning firearms inside their vehicles. Desperate for cover, some leaped into the polluted muck of a deep roadside drainage canal; others scattered the surrounding buildings on foot, according to the source.
The majority found shelter in an empty two-story storefront, where a banner quoting Psalm 27:1 still proclaims: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
The store — and its location — offered a refuge of sorts. The overgrown hillside behind the store would slow any possible attacks from the rear. And the storefront’s thick concrete walls could serve as a shield from gunfire. Still, some would not make it out alive.
Haitian security forces' vehicles blocking the road.
Before the sun rose on Wednesday in the Caribbean nation, Haitian security forces learned that the President was dead, and that the suspects trapped by their roadblock had at least two hostages with them, both members of the President’s guard, the National Palace General Security Unit (USGPN).
They were also growing certain that they were facing foreign adversaries — perhaps hired mercenaries. “We could hear them talking and shouting in Spanish,” the source said. “They were talking, and they knew exactly what they were facing.”
Haitian security forces opted to wait the fugitives out, knowing that the night’s intense humidity, windless summer heat, and a lack of drinking water would weaken their defenses. Supplies of water bottles had been found in their abandoned cars.
A little later, around 7 a.m. (8 a.m. in Haiti), a woman in rural Colombia received a phone call from her brother, a man she describes as a “hero.”
Jenny Capador told CNN that her brother Duberney called from Haiti, where he had been working in a private security role; she said he told her that something had gone wrong and he was “under siege and under fire, fighting.”
“But he told me not to worry, and not to tell our mother, that everything was going to be alright,” she said. Capador said her brother was hired to protect, not to kill; she does not believe he was responsible for the assassination of President Moise.
Haiti President assassins gun battle
Hours went by and the temperature rose, with no movement from either side, CNN’s source said. Finally, at 3 p.m., Haitian forces threw three tear gas canisters into the road in front of the shop, allowing plumes of the acrid gas to spread inside. Negotiating began via one of the USGPN hostages’ phones soon after that.
The first of the suspected attackers to emerge from the building were Haitian-Americans — one man, followed by another. The pair identified themselves as translators, according to the source. Next down the hill came the two USGPN hostages, who told Haitian security forces that dozens of people — armed with 5.56 mm assault rifles — were still inside the concrete building.
“In the beginning, we didn’t know how many people there were until the hostages were released. Then the hostages said there were about 25, and I said, ‘Oh, OK, we’re dealing with a platoon,'” the source said.
A small vanguard of Haitian forces began an assault to seize the occupied storefront. According to CNN’s source, the alleged mercenaries were well-armed, and even threw a grenade at the Haitian security forces, though it did not detonate.
“They were shooting at us from the second floor,” the source said. “And they had a grenade, but it didn’t work. Can you imagine, the grenade just rolling like a ball — tak, tak, tak — down the hill?” they added, miming the imaginary grenade’s path.
At least three suspected mercenaries died in the battle. Traces of the two-hour shootout are clearly visible in the building itself, which remains littered with bullet casings and broken glass. In one narrow open-air passageway at the back of the building, a pool of blood and a dense constellation of bullet holes in the wall reveal the spot where someone died.
But most of the group that Haitian security forces had expected to apprehend had already vanished.

Escape to the Taiwan Embassy

Security forces now know the suspects had been quietly escaping up the hill, according to CNN’s source.
Just how a group of foreigners knew that the embassy of Taiwan was a short distance away is unclear, but a number of fugitives climbed the hill and crossed two stone alleyways to breach its high white walls. They could not do it unseen — at least one of the onlookers notified law enforcement.
To shelter in the embassy was either a clever choice or an extremely lucky one, since diplomatic spaces cannot simply be accessed by law enforcement. It remains unknown if the group was being advised by someone local who knew the area well.
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Joanne Ou told CNN security guards reported that “a group of armed suspects” entered the embassy grounds without permission. Embassy staffers had been working from home “for safety reasons” that day, following the President’s assassination the previous day, she also said.
“After our embassy in Haiti received a request from Haiti authorities, we immediately agreed to let Haiti police enter our embassy to cooperate in the hunt for the suspects, so that justice can prevail, and the truth can come to light,” Ou said.
On Thursday, 11 of the suspected mercenaries were found and arrested without incident inside the embassy. More were eventually found in the surrounding area; social media video shows at least two suspects being escorted by a crowd of Haitians in the impoverished neighborhood of Jalousie.
But some suspects remain on the run, and Haitian police have called on residents to remain vigilant.
Aerial view of Jalousie, a poor neighborhood near the site of the standoff.

The hunt for answers continues

At least 28 people are now suspected in the killing, according to Haitian police, of which 26 have been identified as Colombian. Twenty have been detained, including the two US citizens who said they were translators.
Several of the men believed to be involved in the operation previously worked as informants for the US Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI, according to people briefed on the matter.
“At times, one of the suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise was a confidential source to the DEA,” the DEA said in a statement.
“Following the assassination of President Moise, the suspect reached out to his contacts at the DEA. A DEA official assigned to Haiti urged the suspect to surrender to local authorities and, along with a US State Department official, provided information to the Haitian government that assisted in the surrender and arrest of the suspect and one other individual.”
The FBI said in response to CNN’s reporting that it doesn’t comment on informants, except to say that it uses “lawful sources to collect intelligence” as part of its investigations.
No comment from the detainees has been released to the public.
Jenny Capador learned that her brother had been killed on Thursday. By Friday, Duberney Capador’s mugshot had been shown at a press conference by the Colombian National Police where he was named as one of the alleged assassins, according to preliminary investigations by the Colombian and Haitian police.
At a press conference on Sunday, Haitian authorities added a new name to their investigation, announcing that they arrested a Haitian-born man, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, whom they suspected of helping to orchestrate the assassination. They said he used a Florida-based Venezuelan security firm to recruit the group. CNN has not been able to reach Sanon or his representatives for comment since his arrest.
But as the intrigue around the Haitian President’s assassination widens across the region, there are still more questions than answers, including — most crucially — the mystery of what went on in the moments before Moise’s death.
The answer to that should be right here in Port-au-Prince, in surveillance footage from the residence and in the testimony of security personnel and residential staff, who by multiple accounts were there when it happened.

Development by Sean O’Key. Graphics by Sarah-Grace Mankarious. Video production by Matthew Gannon, Jeffrey Hsu and Nick Scott.

It is legal to bury somebody in your back garden and you don't need planning permission

According to The Natural Death Centre, the single fact regarding private land burial which most surprises people at the outset is that for a limited number of interments, planning permission is not required adding: “The reason is simple – the presence of a very small number of burials would not constitute a ‘material change of use’, hence no such consent would be required.”

The registered charity points out that the following rules must be followed if you want to do an ‘at home’ funeral – which is what Location, Location, Location star Kirstie Allsopp did in 2014.

She buried her mum Lady Hindlip in a wicker coffin in the garden of her Dorset home but has recently admitted that it wasn’t easy following her mother’s last wishes.

Kirstie Allsopp buried her mum in the back garden back in 2014

The basic law is this: it IS possible – and not illegal – to bury a loved one in your backyard but you must get the consent of the owner of the freehold of the land.

The freeholder should check there are no restrictive covenants attached to the title deeds or registration of the property that prohibit burial and you must follow the minimum groundwater protection requirements.

What are the rules?

The Environment Agency also points out that the site should:

– be 30m from any spring or any running or standing water.

– be more than 10m from any ‘dry’ ditch or field drain

– be at least 50m away from any well, borehole or spring that supplies water for any use.

– when preparing a grave, make sure there is no standing water when it is first dug and that it’s not dug in very sandy soil.

– there should also be at least 1m of soil above and below the body after burial.

Other things to consider

You must contact your local council and let them know what you are planning.

You may need to speak to the environmental health department, too, according to the government website.

The owner (or owner’s agent) of the land on which the burial has taken place must prepare and keep a burial register in a safe place, too.

That said, The Natural Death Centre points out that this doesn’t have to be a fancy book from legal stationers.

A simple document will do it as long as it records the essential details of the deceased, and the date and place of interment with an accompanying plan showing the grave’s location.

The Natural Death Centre can provide a sample form. They add: “One final point with regard to people in authority. As private land burial is not a common event it is quite likely to attract attention and if you give your local police advance notice of the funeral they will not be wrong-footed into suspecting some improper act!”

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Pension planning: Lifetime ISA 'rules for retirement' shared as retirees struggle with tax

In April, HL surveyed 2,000 people and the results showed almost half of basic rate taxpayers don’t know the most tax-efficient way to save for retirement (43 percent) and only one in 20 people think a Lifetime ISA might be the most tax-efficient way to save for retirement (six percent).

Sarah Coles, a personal finance analyst at HL, commented on these results: “We haven’t a clue about the most tax-efficient home for our retirement savings.

“As a rough rule of thumb, for a basic rate taxpayer you get the biggest tax boost in a LISA and for a higher rate or additional rate taxpayer it’s a pension. But when asked to pick the most tax-efficient for them, half of people didn’t even want to hazard a guess, while among those who took a stab at an answer, only five percent of basic rate taxpayers picked the LISA.

“It’s hardly surprising there’s so much confusion, because when you’re weighing up the tax benefits of each, they aren’t even explained in the same language.

READ MORE: State pension claimants can get a number of benefits in retirement

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Group of Houston Methodist nurses planning walkout today over COVID-19 vaccine job requirement

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — One of the nurses suing Houston Methodist Hospital over its COVID-19 vaccine requirement plans to lead a walkout Monday as she completes her shift.

Jennifer Bridges told ABC13 she does not want to take the vaccine because it does not have full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The vaccine is currently being used in the U.S. under emergency use authorization from the FDA. Pfizer began its full application for full approval last month.

On May 28, a group of 117 Houston Methodist employees sued the hospital system for requiring the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment.

The medical giant has given workers a deadline of receiving the vaccine by June 7, today, or face losing their jobs.

The lawsuit asks a federal court to prevent the hospital group from taking action against the employees.

READ MORE: Medical workers sue Houston Methodist over job requirement to receive COVID vaccine

But Bridges says that unless the courts intervene, today will be her final shift at the Baytown campus. She also claimed she will be suspended for two weeks without pay and eventually terminated.

A protest in support of her and the other employees involved in the lawsuit is planned for 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Baytown location.

Houston Methodist’s CEO Mark Boom has said it is legal for health care institutions to mandate vaccines, that the vaccine is safe and the best option, and that he stands by the decision.

“I don’t think anyone should ever lose their job just because they do not want to get an injection that they are not comfortable with. They should have at least compromised with us and given us a chance since it is just emergency use authorization right now,” she said.

Bridges had worked at the Baytown campus for 6 and a half years. She says she will start looking for another job if a federal judge does not step in.

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Biden is said to be planning to nominate Burns and Garcetti for ambassadorships.

President Biden plans to announce that he has selected R. Nicholas Burns, a veteran Foreign Service officer and a former ambassador to NATO, as his ambassador to China, and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles as his ambassador to India, according to two people familiar with the process.

Mr. Biden has also selected Thomas R. Nides, a vice chairman at Morgan Stanley who served as a deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, to serve as the ambassador to Israel, those people said.

Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, who developed a close relationship with Mr. Biden when he was vice president, has been selected to serve as ambassador to Japan, the people said. And Ken Salazar, a former senator from Colorado and the interior secretary in the Obama administration, is said to have been chosen as the ambassador to Mexico.

Mr. Biden has been reviewing lists of names for some of the crucial jobs for months and was deeply interested and involved in the selection process, administration officials said. And many of the nominees for coveted ambassadorships were offered the positions weeks or months ago.

But the administration has delayed announcing the picks for several reasons. Instead of revealing the names one at a time, officials are planning to unveil a diverse slate of nominees, people involved in the process said. The administration is hoping to go beyond racial and gender diversity and focus on signaling to career Foreign Service officials that they are valued by whittling down the number of posts given to campaign donors.

Another cause for delay is that many of the people who were selected are still completing time-consuming background checks and financial reviews as part of the rigorous vetting process. The Biden administration had initially hoped to move its first slate of nominees by mid-April, an official said.

A White House official on Wednesday declined to comment on the timing and said that none of the names were final until the administration made an official announcement.

Others in the running for key positions include Cindy McCain — the widow of Senator John McCain of Arizona — who is said to be Mr. Biden’s pick to serve as ambassador to the U.N. World Food Program, and Mark Gitenstein, a former ambassador to Romania and a close friend of Mr. Biden’s, who is said to be in consideration for ambassador to the European Union.

Mr. Biden is also considering nominating Mark Brzezinski, who served as ambassador to Sweden during the Obama administration, as his ambassador to Poland, according to people familiar with the process. Mr. Brzezinski is the brother of Mika Brzezinski, a host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and the son of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser under President Jimmy Carter.

Author: Annie Karni
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Iran is planning an oil export boost once US lifts sanctions

Iran is preparing to boost production and exports of crude oil as talks on the nuclear deal with the United States continue to progress, government officials said, as quoted by Bloomberg.

According to the report, Iran could return to a production level of 4 million bpd in as little as three months. What’s more, it could add to that figure millions of barrels of crude currently in storage, the report said.

At the moment, the National Iranian Oil Company is preparing fields for greater production, even though a deal is not certain at all. Even if signed, it will take a while for all hurdles the Trump administration placed on the way to Iranian oil to international markets to be removed.

“Our return may be a gradual process rather than swift and sudden — it can’t happen overnight,” former NIOC official and Iran OPEC envoy Mohammad Ali Khatibi told Bloomberg in an interview. That’s not only because of US sanctions but because of the damage to crude oil demand resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
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Even when the sanctions are lifted, some buyers may be reluctant to do business with Tehran, Khatibi also said, as quoted by Bloomberg. However, oil production will almost certainly grow, according to analysts.

No matter how the negotiations end, and no matter what happens to the Iranian oil industry after the end of the talks, Iran’s oil minister won’t be there to see it as he said he will be retiring later this year after the term of President Hassan Rouhani ends.

“If they offer me the presidency I won’t accept it, let alone the ministry,” Bijan Zanganeh told media, as quoted by Bloomberg. “I will retire, I won’t take another official post. But politics is life, you can’t separate yourself from it entirely.”

This article was originally published on Oilprice.com

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