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Anunció también que firmará proyecto de ley para reducir las multas.

(San Juan)  El gobernador Ricardo Rosselló anunció hoy la cancelación del contrato a la compañía Gila, que administraba el sistema de cobro de peajes AutoExpreso.

Asimismo, Rosselló firmó convirtió en ley el proyecto que baja las multas de peaje, de $50 a $15. Esta disminución del monto de las multas por pasar peajes sin fondos entró en efecto de inmediato.

El gobernador anunció además la cancelación de las multas notificadas y no pagadas, hasta el 17 de septiembre de este año.

De igual forma, el gobernador anunció que estará firmando el proyecto de la Cámara 1723, que busca establecer un proceso más justo de revisión de las multas de peaje.

Entre el paquete de medidas anunciadas para lidiar con el revuelo del AutoExpreso, sin embargo, no se anunció nada que pudiese beneficiar a quienes ya pagaron multas. De hecho, a preguntas al respecto, el gobernador se limitó a reconocer que “así funcionan la amnistías”.

Durante el anuncio, se aclaró que ya la empresa Gila había recibido una notificación para que dejara de emitir nuevas multas.

Entretanto, entrará en vigor un proceso de transición de 90 días, hasta que se elija la nueva compañía que estará a cargo de administrar los peajes.

Sin embargo, el gobernador aclaró que eso no significa que se pueden pasar peajes sin pagar, y que de hacerlo se estarán registrando las multas para cobrarlas posteriormente.

Con respecto a las objeciones de la Junta de Supervisión Fiscal a la reducción del costo de las multas, Rosselló indicó que no le habían dado evidencia para objetarlo, y por tanto seguirá adelante con la decisión.

La administración del exgobernador Alejandro García Padilla había reducido las multas por pasar el AutoExpreso sin fondos, de $100 a $15 el 25 de marzo de 2015. La actual administración aumentó esa multa de $15 a $50 en el 2017.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will plead guilty to two criminal counts as part of a deal with prosecutors on Friday, court documents showed in what could be a blow to Trump in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-running probe of Russian election meddling.

    As part of the deal, Manafort, 69, could be required to cooperate with Mueller’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    Details of the deal were likely to emerge in a plea agreement hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) in federal court. Manafort would become the most prominent former Trump campaign official to plead guilty in Mueller’s investigation, which has cast a shadow over Trump’s presidency.

    It remains unclear if the deal will include Manafort’s cooperation with Mueller’s probe, dealing a blow to Trump ahead of congressional elections on Nov. 6.

    Another approach would be for Manafort to plead guilty without cooperating in hopes of a presidential pardon. Trump has not said whether he would pardon Manafort, but the president has not publicly ruled it out.

    Manafort will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy against the United States and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Five other charges were dropped in the new court filing.

    A Virginia jury convicted Manafort last month on bank and tax fraud charges.

    Jury selection was due to begin on Monday in a second trial on charges including conspiring to launder money, conspiring to defraud the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent and witness tampering.

    Manafort’s decision could be a blow to Trump, who last month praised his former aide for not entering into an agreement with prosecutors, as the president’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen had.

    On Twitter on Aug. 22, Trump wrote: “Unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to ‘break’ – make up stories in order to get a ‘deal. Such respect for a brave man!”

    According to the court filing, the charge of conspiracy against the United States includes money laundering, tax fraud, failing to disclose foreign bank accounts, and acting as an unregistered lobbyist for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. The second count, for conspiracy to obstruct justice, concerns attempts to tamper with witnesses related to Manafort’s foreign lobbying.

    Manafort’s conviction in Alexandria, Virginia, last month was at a trial arising from Mueller’s investigation. Trump has denied colluding with the Russians and the Russians have denied interfering.

    Rick Gates, Manafort’s former business partner and the campaign’s deputy chairman, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in exchange for his cooperation, later testifying against Manafort in Virginia. Gates may have been a prosecution witness in his Washington trial as well.

    Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is now representing Trump in the Russia probe, told Reuters on Friday that a guilty plea to avoid a second trial would not crush Manafort’s chances of receiving an eventual presidential pardon.

    “It’s not going to hurt him if he pleads guilty. Usually it helps you get a pardon down the road. It shows you’ve admitted your guilt,” he said on Friday before a deal was announced. He declined further comment until after the hearing.

    The story of Hispanic Americans stretches from coast to coast and across 500 years of history. The Spanish first arrived in Florida long before the pilgrims and the settled in California. Long before California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kansas were part of the United States, it was Mexico.

    But the history of the United States, as most of us learned it, still begins with Jamestown, Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims.

    “We tend to think of the United States as an English thing,” says Ray Suarez, who wrote the companion book to “Latino Americans,” a six-part, three-night documentary series  on PBS. “But this is a case of three empires, Spain, France and Britain, that went charging into this new territory, elbows out, bumping into one another and jostling for dominance.”

    In fact, Suarez reminds us, “The first American settlement in 1565 in St. Augustine, Fla., predates Jamestown, and Spanish was the first language spoken in what became the United States. So, Latinos are the newest immigrants to the United States and also the oldest inhabitants.”

    Suarez, chief national correspondent for PBS’ “NewsHour,” admits that covering the entire history of Latino Americans in just six hours or 256 pages is “a lot to tackle. It’s a big bite of history, and there’s a lot to stuff into each hour. But I think the series handles that in a way that’s both interesting and coherent, and I hope the book supports that.”

    The series and book are structured chronologically, beginning with the earliest history of the Americas. But each episode or chapter also singles out characters (sometimes depicted in dramatizations)

    Through whom the story comes alive.

    We meet Apolinaria Lorenzana, who as a child is snatched from Mexico and grows old as an important figure in the Spanish Missions.

    Juan Seguin, both Texan and Mexican, fights at the Alamo on the American side, next to Davy Crockett. Moving along, in World War II, Macario Garcia becomes the first Mexican National to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta march for the rights of migrant workers in the 1970s.

    Hispanics service to the United States Military can be traced back to the Civil war. Records of Hispanics in the armed forces were not kept until the 1970s, according to the Pew Center for Latino Studies. While some records show that thousands of Hispanic American men — Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans for instance — fought in the Civil War as well as the two World Wars, researchers have determined that many more served and died than official documents show. As a result of the omission, the full story of Hispanic sacrifice may never be fully told. And that is a shame, since Latinos have been part of the building of America — including dying while protecting it — for hundreds of years. If the records don’t show that Hispanics served and died, that we toiled in the trenches and contributed with blood, how does our nation measure Hispanic contributions, let one acknowledge them?

    In the new American conversation, cultural celebrations like these matter, and they matter greatly. They help us better explain our Hispanic story to each other and ourselves; they matter for the individual and national psyche, because they allow the 50 million-plus Hispanics, and the larger American family, to better appreciate the Hispanic story within the greater American narrative.

    Why is this important to know? By 2050, almost one in three people in the United States will be Latino, a total of more than 130 million, Suarez writes, citing a Pew Hispanic Center projection. Pew also expects the Hispanic population to triple between 2005 and 2050.

    As immigration remains a divisive issue, the vision of the United States as a melting pot is different today, Suarez says.

    “Our ideas of what becoming American means have changed. The old idea was that we gave up everything we were. In the middle of the 20th century, it wasn’t uncommon for grandparents to talk

    to parents in the old language to exclude the children, because they didn’t want the children ever to speak that language.”

    Now, the children or grandchildren of immigrants may want to be 100 percent American, or they may want to celebrate their roots and their family history, he says. “It’s up to them. For young Latino Americans, Spanish and English can exist side by side, as two living tongues.”

    Suarez’s family came from Puerto Rico in the 1930s, escaping terrible poverty during the Depression, and more followed in the 1950s, when migration was encouraged by both the governments of Puerto Rico and the United States. He was born in New York, the first in the family born on the mainland, and grew up in Brooklyn, “confident that I was Puerto Rican and proud of it.”

    Now, his own three kids speak Spanish “from very well to hardly at all,” Suarez says. “It’s been interesting watching them construct their own identity. Their mom isn’t Puerto Rican, so they are figuring out who they are and where they fit.”

    By: Gail Pennington




    Unveiling of the Hispanic Heritage District Mural Project taking place on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:45 pm at 448 Niagara Street, Buffalo, New York.

    BUFFALO- The Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, in partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools Art Education Department, with support from the Community Foundation of WNY, will be unveiling a 44’ x 8’ mural designed by Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) students and local WNY artists. The mural depict a visual narrative of our Latino community, as well as the city’s most recent newcomers, of the journey

    they experienced as they made their way to Buffalo, New York.

    Over 200 Buffalo Public School students and their families, and dozens of community stakeholders, were involved in some capacity in thedevelopment and creation of this mural, called From One Home To Another/De Un Hogar A Otro – a public art piece that the entirecommunity can be proud of. We will then celebrate the unveiling with a Family Fun Arts Night for all community members to partake in.

    Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to preserving the history of Hispanics in Western New York for future generations. The Buffalo Public Schools Art Education Department mission is to encourage and cultivate in our students a life-long love, respect and appreciation for the visual arts, helping to make it an integral part of their future successes and achievements.

      Seventeen years out from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the nation comes together Tuesday to mourn and remember a day that changed history.

      The country watched in horror as hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

      The attack killed 2,996 people, making it the deadliest foreign attack ever on U.S. soil.

      Ceremonies begin in New York City on the 9/11 Memorial plaza at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. Family members of victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks, and they have been invited to participate in this year’s reading of the names.

      For each of the past 16 years, Sept. 11 has been a somber day in America. It’s a day to remember the terrorist attacks that happened in 2001, to honor those who lost their lives, and to celebrate the heroes who worked tirelessly to rescue as many people as possible. Whoever’s president typically commemorates the occasion somehow — but this year, former President Barack Obama’s tweet on the 17th anniversary of 9/11 carries a drastically different message than the one current President Donald Trump released.

      We will always remember everyone we lost on 9/11, thank the first responders who keep us safe, and honor all who defend our country and the ideals that bind us together,” Obama tweeted on Tuesday morning. “There’s nothing our resilience and resolve can’t overcome, and no act of terror can ever change who we are.”

      Trump, by contrast, tweeted eight times before noon on the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The first tweet quoted a Fox News personality, repeating the claim that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The second did reference Sept. 11; he tweeted the hashtags #NeverForget and #September11th, along with a retweeted of a post from his social media director Dan Scavino. Scavino had released a photo of Trump signing a proclamation “designating ‘Patriot Day 2018’ to honor the memories of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11, 2001, and of every hero who has given their life since that day to protect our safety & our freedom.”Trump next two tweets then turned back to Fox News, mentioning former FBI official Peter Sztrok’s alleged wrongdoings and claiming that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department “would be behaving no differently than it is” if former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder was running it.

      He moved back to the subject of Sept. 11 with the next tweet, where he honored a specific person who played a role on that day.

      Rudy Giuliani did a GREAT job as Mayor of NYC during the period of September 11th,” Trump tweeted, complimenting his current lawyer. “His leadership, bravery and skill must never be forgotten. Rudy is a TRUE WARRIOR!”


      HOLDEN BEACH, N.C. (Reuters) – More than 1.5 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes along the U.S. southeast coast as Hurricane Florence, the most powerful to menace the Carolinas in nearly three decades, barreled closer on Tuesday.

      Florence, a Category 4 storm packing winds of 130 miles per hour (210 kph), was expected to make landfall on Friday, most likely in southeastern North Carolina near the South Carolina border, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

      U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed declarations of emergency for both North Carolina and South Carolina, a step that frees up federal money and resources for storm response.

      Residents boarded up their homes and stripped grocery stores bare of food, water and supplies. The South Carolina Highway Patrol sent “flush cars” eastbound on major highways to clear traffic, before reversing lanes on major roadways to speed the evacuation of the coast, state officials said on Twitter.

      South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered about 1 million residents along his state’s coastline to leave starting at noon on Tuesday, when the highways will become westbound only. He evoked the memory of 1989’s Hurricane Hugo, which killed 27 people in the state, in urging people to comply.

      “I’d rather be safe than sorry,” McMaster told ABC’s “Good Morning America” TV show on Tuesday. “We want people to get out and get safe.”

      Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued an evacuation order for about 245,000 residents in flood-prone coastal areas beginning at 8 a.m. local time.

      GRAPHIC: Hurricane Florence heads toward Carolinas –


      The storm was located about 950 miles (1,530 km) east-southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, at 8 a.m. ET, according to the NHC, which warned it would be “an extremely dangerous major hurricane” through Thursday night.

      In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 12 feet (3.7 m), Florence could drop 20 inches to as much as 30 inches (51 cm to 76 cm) of rain in places, posing the risk of deadly flooding miles inland, forecasters said. They warned the storm could linger for days after making landfall, drenching an already saturated landscape.

      Shares of generator maker Generac Holdings Inc rose 3 percent, adding to Monday’s more than 5-percent gain, in expectation that the company will benefit from increased demand as the storm knocks out power for residents in the storm’s path.

      Anticipating a rush for home protection and repair materials, investors also pushed up the shares of Home Depot Inc and Lowe’s Cos Inc for the second day.


      At least 250,000 more people were due to be evacuated from the northern Outer Banks in North Carolina on Tuesday after more than 50,000 people were ordered on Monday to leave Hatteras and Ocracoke, the southernmost of the state’s barrier islands.

      “We haven’t plywooded our house for several years but I am for this one,” said Tom Pahl, 66, by phone from Ocracoke Island. Pahl, who serves as a Hyde County commissioner, said he had not yet made up his mind about leaving the island, which is reachable only by ferry and plane.

      Retired Maryland State Police pilot Paul Jones and his wife hit the road early on Tuesday to avoid traffic from Hatteras Island to their Maryland residence.

      “I will not stay for a hurricane,” Jones, 68, said. “I have had enough excitement in my life.”

      Classified as a Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane strength, Florence is the most severe storm to threaten the U.S. mainland this year.

      The United States was hit with a series of high-powered hurricanes last year, including Hurricane Maria, which killed some 3,000 people in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Harvey, which killed about 68 people and caused an estimated $1.25 billion in damage with catastrophic flooding in Houston.

      Onondaga County works hard to promote its lakes and parks, plus secure job opportunities to attract and retain residents and a creative workforce. Tourism initiatives have made Syracuse one of the top places to live in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report. The arts and entertainment industry plays a key part in this.

      For events in your area staring in September 2018 visit:

      Central New York’s Arts and Entertainment Calendar

      This industry not only enhances a community’s culture and improves quality of life, it serves as an economic driver. Investment in the arts supports full-time jobs, household income and generates tax revenue to local and state governments. There has been evidence of how local support of the arts has strengthened the economic vitality of Syracuse and Onondaga County at large.

      In 2018, once again, there will be a Tourism & Economic Development Grant Program made possible by the leadership of Onondaga County and supported by the majority of the Legislature. Created five years ago, this program is managed by CNY Arts and greatly impacts Onondaga County.

      In 2017, $100,000 was distributed among arts organizations that were able to leverage other funds to create programs that attract out-of-town and local audiences, benefiting quality of life and local economic vitality.

      For instance, based on a formula derived through the 2012 Economic Impact Study developed by Le Moyne College in conjunction with Americans for the Arts, the awardees for this cycle are estimated to have generated at least $1,856,820 economic impact on the County of Onondaga, while hosting over 68,415 audience members. Almost one-third of these were visitors to Onondaga County.

      This report also determined that in the greater Syracuse area, an audience member additionally spends an average of $21.66 (residents) or $37.57 (non-residents) on event-related spending (such as going out to dinner, coffee and dessert, hotels). Programming that attracts visitors from out of the county brings new dollars to the table that could have been spent elsewhere.

      Grant recipients include four Syracuse-based nonprofits, including Everson Museum of Art, which received $30,000 for its first “Ceramics Symposium and Exhibition,” which coincided with its exhibition “From Funk to Punk: Left Coast Ceramics.” The symposium welcomed 62 registrants, 53 percent of whom traveled from outside of Onondaga County to attend. “From Funk to Punk” attracted more than 6,000 visitors in two months.

      Redhouse Arts Center’s $20,000 went toward its City Center marketing campaign and “The Little Dog Laughed” production. The direct mail campaign included more than 30,000 out-of-area households to inform them of their expansion into a new downtown facility.

      Symphoria’s “Fourth of July Concert” at the Lakeview Amphitheater welcomed an audience of over 5,000 from across the region and the “Video Game Music Concert” at the Landmark Theatre received $25,000. Thanks to the funding, the organization can continue to provide more and diverse programming, while strengthening collaborations with local businesses.

      Syracuse Stage’s holiday production of “The Wizard of Oz” received $25,000. This allowed Syracuse Stage to promote sensory-friendly performances and their Ruby Red Slippers Ball, a New Year’s celebration. Twenty-four percent of the show’s 23,000 patrons were from outside the county.

      The Tourism & Economic Development Grant Program was developed by Chair of the Onondaga County Legislature, Ryan McMahon. “Onondaga County continues to invest in cultural organizations and economic development projects that will ensure we are attracting new businesses and visitors while providing our residents with the arts and cultural opportunities they desire,” said McMahon.

      The Tourism & Economic Development Grant program supports promotional and marketing projects, allowing arts organizations to implement new community engagement initiatives to deepen, broaden or diversify their audience.

      In addition to the economic development program developed by the Legislature, each year County Executive Joanie Mahoney has been a strong advocate for arts organizations, requesting in the Executive budget presentation a dedicated funding stream for arts, culture and heritage that is derived from the hotel room and occupancy taxes paid by visitors to the county.

      “We are incredibly grateful to Onondaga County’s leadership for their continued interest and support of the arts, culture and heritage sector,” said CNY Arts executive director Stephen Butler. “The organizations and programs selected this year offer a unique cultural and entertaining experiences for families and visitors to Syracuse and Onondaga County.”

      CNY Arts also awarded $86,000 in project support grants to 31 organizations throughout the county. Awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 were awarded to diverse organizations including Civic Morning Musicals, Juneteenth, Clear Path for Veterans, Wacheva Cultural Arts, Armory Square Association and Syracuse Poster Project. Decisions were made based on artistic merit, collaboration and benefit to the community by a peer panel of community members and arts professionals.

      For more information about the 2018 grant programs and past grant recipients, visit the CNY Arts website,

      Story by: Christopher Malone

        FILE PHOTO: A view of Equinor's oil platform in Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea, Norway August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Nerijus Adomaitis/File Photo

        NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices rose about $1 a barrel on Tuesday as U.S. sanctions squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening global supply despite efforts by Washington to get other producers to increase output.

        Brent crude futures LCOc1 rose $1.13 to $78.50 a barrel, a 1.5 percent gain, by 10:48 a.m. EDT (1448 GMT).

        U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 gained $1.10, or 1.6 percent, at $68.64 a barrel.

        WTI’s discount to Brent CL-LCO1=R widened to as much as $10.38 a barrel, its deepest since June 20.

        “Widening Brent-WTI differentials in association with a strengthening Brent curve and expanding NYMEX crack spreads continue to keep us in a cautious bullish frame of mind,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note.

        “Nearby Brent has been gaining independently during the past month as Iranian exports have begun to decline significantly well ahead of the official beginning of sanctions,” Ritterbusch added.

        Washington has told its allies to reduce imports of Iranian oil and several Asian buyers, including South Korea, Japan and India appear to be falling in line.

        But the U.S. government does not want to push up oil prices, which could depress economic activity or even trigger a slowdown in global growth.

        U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry met Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih on Monday in Washington, as the Trump administration encourages big oil-producing countries to keep output high. Perry will meet with Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak on Thursday in Moscow.

        Russia, the United States and Saudi Arabia are the world’s three biggest oil producers by far, meeting around a third of the world’s almost 100 million barrels per day (bpd) of daily crude consumption.

        Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday that Russia and a group of producers around the Middle East which dominate the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries may sign a new long-term cooperation deal at the beginning of December, the TASS news agency reported. Novak did not provide details.

        A group of OPEC and non-OPEC producers have been voluntarily withholding supplies since January 2017 to tighten markets, but with crude prices up by more than 40 percent since then and markets significantly tighter, there has been pressure on producers to raise output.

        U.S. crude inventories were forecast to have fallen for a fourth consecutive week last week, according analysts polled ahead of reports from industry group the American Petroleum Institute (API) at 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy on Wednesday.

        Also supporting prices was an attack on the headquarters of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) in the capital Tripoli on Monday.

        The NOC has continued to function relatively normally amid chaos in Libya. Oil production has been hit by attacks on oil facilities and blockades, though last year it partially recovered to around one million barrels per day.

        As Middle East markets tighten, Asian buyers are seeking alternative supplies, with South Korean and Japanese imports of U.S. crude hitting a record in September.

        U.S. oil producers are seeking new buyers for crude they used to sell to China before orders slowed because of the trade disputes between Washington and Beijing.

        This is one reason that the discount for U.S. crude versus Brent has widened, traders said.

          NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar edged up against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday as concerns about trade friction between China and the United States prompted some safe-haven buying of the currency.

          China will ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) next week for permission to impose sanctions on the United States, for Washington’s non-compliance with a ruling in a dispute over U.S. dumping duties.

          Anxiety over the trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies outweighed traders’ optimism about a possible agreement on the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union and reversed some of euro and sterling’s gains on Monday.

          The Australian dollar was another casualty of the trade tension between Beijing and Washington, tumbling to its weakest level against the greenback since February 2016.

          “The dollar index is in positive territory this morning with the Aussie caught in the crossfire of trade spat between the U.S. and China,” Viash Sreemuntoo, corporate trader at XE said in a research note. “Investors continue to take a cautious approach amidst trade war headlines.”

          At 10:27 a.m. (1427 GMT), the dollar index that tracks the greenback against six major currencies was up 0.06 percent at 95.210. It shed over 0.2 percent on Monday as the euro and sterling bounced after the European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier hinted at a possible Brexit deal.

          The euro was buoyed by a decline in Italian government borrowing costs after Economy Minister Giovanni Tria on Monday predicted that yields would drop as the government lays out its eagerly awaited 2019 budget.

          The euro initially rose 0.4 percent to $1.16445 before turning lower in early U.S. trading. It later pared those losses to be little changed on the day at $1.15940 following a German magazine Der Spiegel report that said the executives of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank were growing more open to the idea of a merger.

          Sterling touched a five-week high against the dollar earlier Tuesday before fading to $1.2989, down 0.3 percent on the day, according to Reuters data.

          The Australian dollar was down 0.26 percent to $0.70940 after hitting its lowest since February 2016 on concerns that potential damage to the Chinese economy from a trade war would hurt Australia’s exporters.

          The New Zealand dollar also hovered near a 2-1/2 year low at $0.6505. China’s offshore yuan fell 0.2 percent to 6.8673, a 2-1/2 week low.

          Additional reporting by Tommy Wilkes in LONDON; Editing by Bernadette Baum


          Thousands Expected to Apply for Rental Assistance Program

          Buffalo, NY, September 5— Rental Assistance Corp. of Buffalo (RACB) has announced it will accept online applications for Section 8 rental assistance beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monday September 24, 2018 through 3:00 p.m. Friday October 19, 2018. The wait list has been closed for over five years. RACB administers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program on behalf of the City of Buffalo and provides rental assistance to approximately 5,000 families throughout Erie County. Applicants must meet the income guidelines and preference will be given to applicants who live or work in Erie County. Once the wait list is closed, RACB will conduct a lottery of all qualified applications to determine placement on the wait list.

          RACB is a non-profit agency that administers a Section 8 Rental Assistance program on behalf of the City of Buffalo

          If you would like more information about this topic, please call John McMahon at 882-006 ext. 122, or email


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