Sarah Michelle Gellar Will Allow Electronics at Thanksgiving

first_imgShe added, “I know that’s not something that most of the country will be able to do and it really breaks my heart. But again, it’s going to be about forging new connections and making do as we can.”The Cruel Intentions star is also considering celebrating Thanksgiving in March when she hopes the pandemic will have improved.- Advertisement – Screens at the table? Sarah Michelle Gellar will allow her family to use electronics during Thanksgiving to stay connected to loved ones who couldn’t join due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, 43, exclusively told Us Weekly about her and husband Freddie Prinze Jr.‘s holiday plans while promoting her collaboration with Apothic Wines. The actress teamed up with the wine company in October to create an interactive Halloween experience.- Advertisement – “There’s no rule against having Thanksgiving dinner in March, you know?” she said. “Maybe we’ll throw one when things are calmer in the world, but for a March Thanksgiving, we’ll have a lot more to be thankful for.”Gellar also shared her entertaining tips for the holiday noting that decorations are less important than the food and wine. The actress said she counts “a nice Apothic red” as one of her favorite wines to enjoy.Sarah Michelle Gellar Will Allow Electronics Thanksgiving Due COVIDSarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. Courtesy Sarah Michelle Gellar/Instagram“I think sometimes we get so bogged down in the tablescape and the settings and the flowers that we forget that it’s about enjoying the meal,” she said. “I always say this when people get married too. I’ve never left a wedding and been like, ‘That was the best floral arrangements I’ve ever seen, that was the best silverware.’ We leave with the memories of togetherness and a meal. So, I just always say to try to focus on that.”With reporting by Kayley Stumpe – Advertisement – “We’re fortunate that this has now happened in a time where we are so technologically connected and this is the one time I’ll allow electronics at the table,” she said. “People will sit at the table together and we’ll be with computers.”Sarah Michelle Gellar Will Allow Electronics Thanksgiving Due COVIDSarah Michelle Gellar. ApothicGellar explained her Thanksgiving dinner with Prinze. Jr, 44, and kids Charlotte, 11, and Rocky, 8, will be hosted outside to allow for social distancing, but noted it’s an option she wishes was available for more people in the U.S.“Normally we host for a lot of people,” Gellar explained. “We don’t usually travel during Thanksgiving. We usually host it for people that can’t afford to go home or can’t get to their families and we usually do a really big one. And it’s so sad that this year there’s going to be so many people that can’t get home, but I don’t think it’s something that we can actually do. I mean, the beauty of living in California is that our weather usually does hold up until we will be able to do something outside.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

McDonald’s to test meat-free burger next year; Beyond Meat stock falls

first_imgShares of Beyond Meat, which made the meat-free patties for McDonald’s Canadian test, fell 6% in morning trading on the news. The stock was briefly halted for volatility.McDonald’s ended the Canadian test of its meatless burger in April and has since said that it has no plans to bring back its P.L.T. burger at this time.Other international McDonald’s markets have found more success with meatless burgers. Restaurants in Germany, for example, have added veggie burgers made by Nestle to their menus. – Advertisement – This is breaking news. Please check back for updates. – Advertisement –center_img McDonald’s will test a meat-free burger in several markets next year as it adds plant-based menu offerings, which it has coined “McPlant.”International President Ian Borden said that McPlant was created “by McDonald’s and for McDonald’s.” Borden said that the McPlant line could also include chicken substitutes.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Cartoon: Relax, everything’s coup

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New anthrax antidote performs well in animals

first_img Rai P, Padala C, Poon V, et al. Statistical pattern matching facilitates the design of polyvalent inhibitors of anthrax and cholera toxins. Nature Biotech 2006 Apr 23 (early online publication) [Full text] Apr 24 NIH news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2006/Pages/AMD_06.aspx In test-tube experiments, the antitoxin was 10,000 times more potent than single peptides, the NIH said. The NIH-supported research was done by a team led by Ravi S. Kane, PhD, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and Jeremy Mogridge, PhD, of the University of Toronto. Their report was published Apr 23 in Nature Biotechnology. See also: The PA molecule has a number of sites that can bind to host cells, the NIH said. Therefore, Kane and colleagues created a molecule that can cling to PA at multiple sites. The protein-studded bubble they produced is called a peptide-functionalized liposome. “Just as a glove matches the shape of a hand more closely than a mitten, and so fits more snugly, the polyvalent inhibitor binds the toxin at multiple sites and is orders of magnitude more potent than an inhibitor that binds at a single site,” the agency said. “The multiple peptides on the functionalized liposome are arranged with the same average spacing as the binding sites of the PA molecule, which permits a firmer bond between the two, explains Dr Kane.” The researchers created a fatty bubble, studded with proteins, that binds to a key component of anthrax toxin at multiple sites, preventing it from attaching to host cells, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a news release.center_img “This novel approach to the design of anthrax antitoxin is an important advance, not only for the value it may have in anthrax treatment, but also because this technique could be used to design better therapies for cholera and other diseases,” said NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, MD. The investigators used the same liposome-based technique to develop a polyvalent inhibitor of cholera toxin, which also worked well in test-tube experiments, the NIH said. As explained in the NIH release, the toxin produced by Bacillus anthracis has three parts: a protein called protective antigen (PA), which binds to receptors on target cell surfaces, and two enzymes. When PA binds to a host cell, it creates a pore that enables the enzymes to enter the cell. Apr 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists have come up with a new approach to neutralizing the toxin produced by anthrax bacteria and have tested it successfully in a small number of animals, according to a report published this week. The antitoxin was also tested in rats. When nine rats were simultaneously injected with anthrax toxin and relatively small doses of the new antitoxin, five of them remained healthy. When slightly higher doses of the inhibitor were used, eight of nine rats were protected. The journal article says the experiment was the first to show that a liposome-based polyvalent inhibitor works in animals. The team next plans to infect animals with B anthracis and allow the disease process to begin before treating them with the anthrax antitoxin, the agency said.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Avian flu prevention, PCA roof leak, meningitis in Africa, USDA’s social networking tools

first_imgMar 26, 2009North Korea reports H5N1 prevention strategiesNorth Korea yesterday said its nationalized approach to preventing avian influenza has helped it avoid outbreaks and infections, despite the circulation of the H5N1 virus in other nations, Korea News Service (KNS) reported yesterday. North Korea has conducted bird surveillance in winter migration areas, developed rapid detection systems, educated the public and medical workers about how to prevent the disease, and set up medical checkpoints in densely populated areas to monitor and treat people who are sick. The nation also said it would continue its close contacts with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.[Mar 25 KNS report]Group helps Nigeria with avian flu fightA nongovernmental organization has launched an intensive program to prevent avian influenza in Nigeria, AllAfrica.com reported today. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is aiming its behavioral-change messages at migrant poultry workers, traders, and transporters in states that have been hit by the virus, which include Anambra, Borno, Kano, and Lagos.[IOM Web site]Hearing reveals leaky roof problem at PCA plantA leaky roof at the Peanut Corporation of America’s plant in Blakely, Ga., might have introduced or spread Salmonella contamination that sparked the recent national outbreak, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported yesterday. A recent bankruptcy hearing revealed that the company had spent $60,000 fixing the roof in August 2008. A former plant worker told the AJC that the roof leaked so profusely that employees had to move products around to keep them from getting wet. In 2007, an internal investigation conducted by ConAgra of its Sylvester, Ga., plant found that moisture from a leaky roof and a faulty sprinkler system might have triggered the growth of Salmonella at the facility, which led to a national outbreak involving peanut butter that sickened 425 people in 44 states.Africa’s cases of meningococcal disease riseAfrica’s “meningitis belt,” an area that includes northern Nigeria and Niger, has recorded 24,868 suspected cases of meningococcal disease, including 1,513 deaths, since Jan 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement yesterday. Cerebrospinal fluid testing has revealed that the predominant strain is Neisseria meningitides serogroup A. The WHO said 2.3 million doses of polysaccharide vaccine have been released to Nigeria and 1.9 million to Niger.[Feb 25 WHO statement]USDA unveils new-media toolsThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today launched news- and recall-related RSS (really simple syndication) feeds, a Twitter feed, and new bookmarking capabilities to allow people to share food safety content on social networking sites and Web pages. In a news release today, the USDA said the tools will expand the reach of its educational materials and connect with audiences it might not otherwise reach.[Mar 26 USDA press release]last_img read more

Serious H1N1 cases in Canadian Inuits raise concern

first_imgEditor’s note: CIDRAP News learned on Jun 10 that some of the Canadian indigenous groups that have been hit by serious cases of H1N1 influenza are not Inuit, but rather are among the groups known in Canada as First Nations or aboriginals. In particular, a Canwest News Service report referred to hundreds of cases and 20 hospitalizations at St. Theresa Point, a First Nation in northern Manitoba. Jun 9, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) said today that health experts are closely monitoring novel H1N1 influenza infections in Canada’s Inuit populations, following reports that the communities are seeing more than their share of severe cases.Keiji Fukuda, MD, told reporters at a press briefing, “We can say now that we know a larger number than expected of young Inuit people developed serious illnesses and had to get hospitalized.”He added that the WHO doesn’t know if the trend is linked to socioeconomic factors, genetic factors, or chronic underlying diseases, and commented that Inuit groups were hit hard in some earlier pandemics. Fukuda is the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and the environment.Yesterday, Joel Kettner, MD, Manitoba’s chief medical officer, told reporters that 26 people were being treated in intensive care units for suspected novel influenza infections, which is unusual for an influenza outbreak, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported. He said more than half of the patients are of aboriginal descent, with an average age of 35.Manitoba’s health department said in a statement yesterday that 15 extra ventilators have arrived at the province’s ICUs and that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is helping the departments prioritize patients and was considering deferring non-urgent surgical procedures that would normally require use of the units.As of yesterday, Manitoba said it had confirmed 40 novel flu cases in 6 of its 11 health regions.Meanwhile, health officials in Canada’s Nunavut territory today said the number of confirmed novel flu cases has jumped from 25 to 53, with six patients in the hospital, the CBC reported. Nunavut’s population is primarily Inuit.Donald R. Olson, MPH, research director for the International Society for Disease Surveillance, based in New York City, told CIDRAP News that the severe cases in Canada’s Inuit populations are puzzling. However, he added that among remote populations, the 1918 pandemic influenza was more severe and didn’t follow the age patterns seen in the rest of the world.”Inuit groups didn’t show the same apparent sparing of the elderly, so possibly the older proportion of the population had not been exposed” to previous viruses related to the pandemic strain, he said.The medical literature tells of “flu orphans” from remote Alaskan villages who survived the 1918-19 pandemic, though their parents and grandparents died, presumably because they had not been exposed to earlier H1-like viruses.In 2006 at a state summit in Alaska, former US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt described the impact of the 1918 pandemic virus on Alaska’s native populations. “The Alaska native population in Nome was decimated—176 of the 300 Alaska Natives in the region died,” he said in comments posted on the HHS pandemic flu Web site. “The pandemic swept through communities, killing whole villages.”Preexisting health conditions may also have contributed to the severity of the 1918 pandemic in Inuit populations, which also had high tuberculosis rates in the early 20th century, Olson said.Officials don’t know if higher rates of chronic illnesses in today’s Inuit populations are playing a role in the high number of severe cases. However, Health Canada reports that when compared to the rest of the nation, First Nations and Inuit people have 1.5 times the rate of heart disease, 3 to 5 times the rate of type 2 diabetes, and 8 to 10 times the rate of tuberculosis infection.Yesterday, an Australian health expert from Darwin warned that the country’s indigenous populations might be at greater risk for novel H1N1 infections.Besides citing lack of exposure to similar virus and underlying conditions as possible risk factors, experts have also theorized that remote populations might have a genetic predisposition that makes them more susceptible to the virus, Olson said. But he expressed doubt that the factor is playing a role in Canada’s current outbreak.The signals coming out of Canada are worrying, he said. “The less developed world may have a terrible experience with this, though there is a lot of coughing and sneezing in the rest of the world,” Olson said.Danuta Skowronski, MD, a physician and epidemiologist at the University of British Columbia, told CIDRAP News that over the past few years, circulation of seasonal H1N1 viruses in North America has been patchy, and people in remote communities are likely to have had less exposure to the viruses than have people living in urban settings.There’s still much that researchers don’t know about possible cross-protection against the novel H1N1 virus from exposure to previous H1N1 strains, she said. Though researchers have identified antibody markers and determined that seasonal vaccination offers little protection, they still haven’t gauged the cell-mediated response—which can offer protection during severe infections—afforded by exposure to previous H1N1 strains, Skowronski added.Public health officials will also be looking for environmental factors that might be contributing to the infections in the First Nations and Inuit groups, she said. For example, large numbers of people living in one household may have greater exposure to the virus. “This all needs to be assessed, because we’re picking up possible signals of concern,” Skowronski said.See also:Jun 8 Manitoba press releaseHealth Canada disease and health condition statisticsAhmed R, Oldstone MBA, Palese P. Protective immunity and susceptibility to infectious diseases: lessons from the 1918 influenza pandemic. Nature Immunol 2007 Nov;18(11):1188-93 [Abstract]last_img read more

Obama’s emergency step aimed to help implement disaster plans

first_imgOct 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – In a measure designed to help hospitals respond more quickly to surging numbers of pandemic H1N1 cases, President Barack Obama on Oct 24 signed an emergency declaration that will help facilities establish alternative care sites and protocols for triage and transport.Pandemic H1N1 flu activity is now widespread in 46 states, according to a recent status update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National indicators point to intensifying pandemic activity that could overwhelm local hospitals and emergency departments.At least two hospitals that experienced a surge of flu patients have already had to alter their flu triage and treatment by setting up tents adjacent to the emergency departments: Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., in mid October and Dell Children’s Memorial Hospital in Austin, Tex., in mid September.The emergency H1N1 declaration fulfils one of two conditions that would be needed for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to grant a waiver of section 1135 of the Social Security Act, which would ease certain restrictions on healthcare facilities in an emergency.The waiver still requires individual requests from facilities and would only apply to a specific emergency area and period and within 72 hours of when a hospital has instituted its disaster protocol.In the past, section 1135 waivers have been made for events including Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Gustav, Obama’s inauguration, and North Dakota flooding.The waiver affects requirements in several government health programs that provide certain patient protections that also may impair the ability of healthcare institutions to fully implement their disaster medical plans. The government programs include Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).In background materials on the HHS’s flu.gov Web site, federal officials said the waiver doesn’t suspend HIPAA privacy rules. It said, however, that the president’s emergency declaration and an HHS secretary waiver could temporarily shield affected hospitals against sanctions for not complying with some provisions such as securing patient approval for the medical team to speak with family or friends involved in their care.Paula Steib, a spokeswoman with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told CIDRAP News that Obama’s signing of the emergency declaration wasn’t unexpected.”It was a continuation of similar actions taken this past spring to ensure all authorities are in place so the federal government and the states have the flexibility to respond to needs should they arise,” she said.”It was not related to any specific events or vaccine supply issues, but an effort to be as prepared as possible.”In late April after the first novel H1N1 illnesses were identified, federal officials declared a public health emergency, which they said was a routine measure that allowed the government to free up resources to respond to the outbreak and deploy antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to states.See also:Oct 24 background information on Obama’s H1N1 emergency declarationhttp://www.flu.gov/professional/federal/h1n1emergency10242009.htmlOct 25 White House blog posthttp://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/10/25/president-obama-signs-emergency-declaration-h1n1-fluOct 23 CIDRAP News story “Spikes in US indicators point to intensifying pandemic”Apr 26 CIDRAP News story “US swine flu cases rise as feds call health emergency”last_img read more

HRK 26 million in non-refundable EU funds for the reconstruction of Dubrovnik’s Lazareti

first_imgAn agreement on co-financing a project for the restoration of cultural heritage was signed in Dubrovnik “Lazareti – creative district of Dubrovnik”, whose total value is HRK 33 million, and a total of HRK 26 million will be co-financed by European Union funds.The mentioned project of restoration and equipping of cultural heritage and improvement of cultural heritage management through its putting into full cultural and tourist function will increase the attractiveness and recognizability of the monumental complex Lazareti and Dubrovnik as exceptional cultural destinations throughout the year.The grant agreement from the European Union funds for financing the project “Lazareti – Creative District of Dubrovnik” was solemnly signed by the Minister of Regional Development and European Union Funds Gabrijela Žalac, Director of the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting Tomislav Petric and on behalf of the beneficiary, Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković. “This year, we signed contracts for a total of 14 cultural heritage projects worth almost HRK 364 million, and the total allocation for cultural heritage projects amounts to HRK 903 million.”Minister Žalac emphasized and added:”In 2017, 9 contracts worth 5,9 billion kuna were signed for projects in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, on which I would like to congratulate all those involved in the preparation of projects co-financed by EU funds and wish them successful implementation!”On behalf of the Project beneficiaries, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Franković He thanked the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds and the Central Agency for Financing and Contracting for cooperation and explained that within the integrated development program it is planned to renovate 3 naves of the Lazareti monument complex – individual cultural property registered in the Croatian Register of Cultural Heritage. diverse cultural content that will ensure the sustainability of this project both at the institutional level and at the financial level.last_img read more

Hrvatska bi mogla hraniti 25 milijuna ljudi, ali uvozimo čak i vodu, maslinovo ulje, sol…

first_imgAccording to expert estimates, Croatia, given the climatic and geographical benefits, can produce enough food for 25 million people.Unatoč tome, godišnje uveze vrijednosti od dvije milijarde dolara prehrambenih proizvoda. Svima je jasno da moramo uvoziti banane i tropsko voće, ali u Hrvatsku se uvozi svinjsko meso i jaja koja se i kod nas mogu proizvesti bez poteškoća. Domaće solane proizvode sol, ali Hrvatska godišnje uveze i do 100 tisuća tona soli iz Tunisa, Alžira, Egipta i Maroka.U prva četiri mjeseca u Hrvatsku je uvezeno kruha i peciva u iznosu od 33 milijuna eura i to iz Italije, Njemačke, Poljske, Francuske, te čokolade vrijednosti 41 milijun eura. Mlijeka, sira i vrhnja, tko zna kakve kvalitete, uvezli smo oko 47 milijuna eura, dok domaće farme propadaju. Apsurdno je da uvozimo i vodu, mineralnu i gaziranu, i to gotovo 35 tisuća tona, što preračunato iznosi oko 18 milijuna eura. Uvoznog ulja od suncokreta i pamuka u Hrvatskoj je prodano u vrijednosti od 10,5 milijuna eura, biljaka, reznica i cijepova uvezli smo od dvanaest tisuća tona za 11,3 milijuna eura.Osim toga godišnje uvezemo i 1,5 milijuna litara maslinova ulja iz Italije, Španjolske i Belgije. Med, najčešće patvoreni, zapravo je riječ o fruktoznom sirupu, dolazi iz Turske, jabuke su slovenske, poljske i mađarske, češnjak je iz Kine. Kada na policama trgovačkih centara vidimo uredno posloženo voće i povrće koje mami kupce, rijetki će pročitati deklaraciju na kojoj piše država proizvodnje. Kupce uglavnom nije briga otkuda dolazi i tko je proizveo krumpir, jabuke, tikvice, rajčice, kupus, cvjetaču, karfiol.Slično je i s mesom i prerađevinama od mesa, bilo da je riječ o govedini, junetini, teletini, mlijeku, siru i drugim mliječnim prerađevinama. Za prosječnoga hrvatskoga građanina, nažalost, važna je samo niža cijena. O kvaliteti nitko ne govori. Tako se afere oko neispravne hrane redaju jedna za drugom. Kontaminirana jaja insekticidima iz Nizozemske, piletina zaražena salmonelom, jestivo ulje s kancerogenim tvarima, mlijeko s alfatoksinima, poljska čokolada zaražena salmonelom, keks s akrilamidom, škampi kontaminirani sulfitom, teški metali u talijanskim sirevima.Unfortunately, such products are withdrawn from the market when some of them have already been consumed, despite the controls carried out, both at EU level and in Croatia.Source / Author: Stanislav Soldo, Maslina


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Study trip of the Croatian Camping Association to Spain and France

first_imgIn 2018, from 1.1. to 6.5., a total of 152.522 arrivals and 553.527 overnight stays were realized in our camps, which represents an increase of 20,55% in arrivals and 23,62% in overnight stays. In May alone (1.1.-6.5.), A total of 179.924 overnight stays were realized, ie an increase of 44,39% compared to the same period last year. By countries, the first are Slovenes (with + 21% of overnight stays), followed by Germans (+ 10% of overnight stays) and Poles (+ 73% of overnight stays). Austria ranks 4th in overnight stays and Italy 5th.Invitation to a study trip to Spain and FranceAfter last year’s trip to the Netherlands and Belgium, the destination of this year’s KUH study trip will be the sunny coasts of Spain and France, or some of the most popular tourist and camping destinations in the French region of Occitanie along with Perpignanon and the Spanish tourism capital – Barcelona. Locks.In this area there is a concentration of very high quality camps that are rated the highest grade of the German ADAC and all carry the title “Superplatz”, while one camp belongs to the selection of top camps “Leading Campings”. The planned route in France includes a tour of several camps of the famous French group Yelloh! Village. “It should be added that, in terms of their product and target emitting market, these camps are very similar to ours, so we believe that this year’s study trip, thanks to quality camps and attractive destinations, will be very interesting for anyone who wants to get to know the specifics of camping. specified regions. ” stand out from KUH.For the WORK PROGRAM times click hereFor the Application Form click hereThe price of a trip based on 4 nights for a group of a minimum of 60 people is HRK 7.300,00 per person in a double room (surcharge for a single room is HRK 1.350,00). The price includes flight, bus transfers, hotel accommodation, insurance and organization of camp tours.Deadline for final confirmation of interest – Monday, May 21.5.2018, 12. to 00:XNUMX.last_img read more

Valamar and Plava laguna presented the project of connecting and networking family farms in the Vukovar-Srijem County

first_imgAt the end of last week, the delegation of Agro-klaster doo held a working meeting in Tar-Vabriga with representatives of the city of Novigrad and the municipality of Tar-Vabriga, as well as the most important hotel and catering companies from Istria. Thus, the well-known hotel companies Valamar and Plava laguna were presented with a project of connecting and networking family farms in Vukovar-Srijem County, with the aim of finding autochthonous Slavonian products on the shelves of retail chains and on the tables of our tourist and catering facilities.During the meeting, it was concluded that there are real needs and opportunities for cooperation, especially for some food products, but it is necessary to ensure sufficient quantities of products, continuity in delivery and adequate logistics capacity for receiving goods and fast delivery, said Vukovar-Srijem County.Eco-production was also recognized at this meeting as a great opportunity for positioning on the market of food production and sales. In this sense, it is necessary that our family farms network as soon as possible, increase the volume of production and continue to work on the introduction of prescribed norms and standards in the production of food products. stand out from Vukovar-Srijem County.The final conclusion is to prepare a concrete proposal and basket of products for the next meeting, which hoteliers and caterers could possibly include in their offer for the 2019 season. It was also agreed to organize the promotion of Slavonian products and producers in Istria this year. interested caterers and tourist workers visit Vukovar-Srijem County and see for themselves the potentials and possibilities of future cooperation. The day before, on Wednesday, the delegation of the Agro-cluster held a meeting of similar content with representatives of the city of Lovran.Agro cluster of Vukovar – Srijem County At the beginning of the year, more precisely in January 2018, the Vukovar-Srijem Parish together with a couple of municipalities established the Agro cluster with the intention of implementing already started or future development projects in the field of agriculture and rural development more efficiently and to the greatest extent possible. The primary goal of establishing this cluster is to intensify the primary production of certain crops (especially vegetables and fruits), a higher degree of processing of manufactured goods, connecting producers for joint participation in sales and procurement markets, support in the construction of necessary logistics facilities and facilities, and ultimately raising overall competitiveness of the agri-food sector in our county.The founders of the company are: Vukovar-Srijem County, municipalities: Cerna, Vrbanja, Drenovci, Lovas and Stari Jankovci, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Osijek, and the Cooperative for Fruit and Vegetable Production “Vinkovačka šparoga”.The specific functioning of the company will be based on the triple-helix model, according to which clusters most often function, and this includes the inclusion and connection of production (family farms, crafts, producer associations, companies…), public (counties, municipalities and cities, support institutions.… ) and the scientific and educational sector (faculties, institutes, vocational schools ().last_img read more

Cres renters soon to interest-free loans to raise the quality of accommodation

first_imgBy the way, the exact number of renters who have used HBOR’s credit line so far is a business secret, but as we unofficially find out, a total of about 50 renters used this credit line to finance the work of private renters. More on that in the attachment. Source: Novi List / Cover photo: Apartment Pinja, Cres / Booking.com An education in tourism was held on the island of Cres so that Cres renters could better prepare for the upcoming season and new tourist trends, which are jointly organized by the Cres Tourist Board and the Cres Landlords Association. Namely, it is HBOR’s credit line for renters, in which the Ministry of Tourism subsidizes one percentage point of interest, so that renters can get a loan with an interest rate of two percent per year and a one-year grace period. However, according to the proposal of the mayor of Cres, the city would join this credit line and subsidize the remaining two percent, which would make loans for Cres renters interest-free. Vesna Bartolović, head of HBOR’s regional office for Primorje and Gorski kotar, who presented the new credit line of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Renato Kraljev, a well-known Croatian chef, spoke about the formation of menus based on indigenous dishes and groceries and Nedo Pinezić, the first man of family accommodation in Croatia. RELATED NEWS: HOW MANY RENTERS HAVE USED THE CREDIT LINE TO FINANCE THE WORK OF PRIVATE RENTERS? The news that resonated from the workshop was the proposal of the mayor of Cres, Kristijan Jurjak, to include Cres with a subsidy for loans to renters, which would provide Cres renters with interest-free loans to raise the quality of accommodation, writes Novi List. last_img read more

Increase in the number of punters in airports and seaports

first_imgIn September 2019, Croatian airports recorded 1 thousand passengers or 494% more than in the same month last year. Since the first month of this year, the number of passengers in seaports and airports has been continuously growing. Thus, the growth of passengers was also recorded in September. The largest passenger traffic was achieved by Split Airport with 468 thousand passengers (an increase of 3,2% compared to September 2018), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 403 thousand passengers (an increase of 5,1% compared to September 2018) and Zagreb Airport with 348 thousand passengers (an increase of 1,3% compared to September 2018). The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 319 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 8,4% compared to the same period last year. Source: CBS The number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships in the third quarter of 2019 amounted to 18,2 million passengers, which is 5,0% more than in the same period in 2018. The number of passengers increased in ports with significant passenger traffic such as Split, Supetar , Preko, Krk, Korcula, Zadar and Jablanac. 3,5% more passenger cars and 3,9% more buses were loaded and unloaded on ships compared to the same quarter of 2018. Increase in the number of passengers in seaports in the third quarter of 2019 as well. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in September 2019 was 15, which is a decrease of 272% compared to September 2018. Almost 19 million passengers were embarked and disembarked in Croatian seaports in the third quarter of 2019, which is the highest in that period in the last five years. Compared to the same period in 2018, this is an increase of 4,9%. Source: CBS Of the total number of passengers in seaports, 3,2% or 607 thousand were disembarked from cruise ships and, among other things, visited the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Hvar, Korcula, Rijeka and Sibenik. Compared to the same period in 2018, these passengers increased by 0,1%.last_img read more

Dem policies based on intimidation

first_imgThe German Nazi Party was, more precisely, the National Socialist Party. It’s obvious that in the United States in 2016, the nationwide socialist party is the Democratic Party. One of its contestants for the presidential nomination was an avowed socialist and the other advocated very much the same policies.The Italian fascists and the Nazis both rose to power by intimidating any opposition by orchestrating mobs, which shouted down and attacked those whom they feared. They both demonized the perceived wealthy and promised to redistribute their assets to their adherents.Like the Nazi and fascist parties, the Democrats argue they’re for taxing the few and helping the many, If one looks at statistics, the correlation of high rates of poverty, water and air pollution, failing infrastructure and uncontrolled gun violence with long periods of Democratic governance is evident.The assertion that they’re helping these people may be judged by the words of one who was for the poor. Jesus said (Matthew 7-20) “By their fruits ye shall know them.”Art HenningsonScotia There has been a concerted effort by leftist groups to suppress speech in the United States. They shout down, intimidate and physically attack those with whom they disagree. “Resist,” said Hillary. They label speakers with whom they disagree as “racist,” “KKK,” “Nazis” or “fascists.” Views with which they differ are called “hate speech.”Curiously, it’s the Democratic Party that advocates discrimination based on one’s appearance, heritage, language or perceived race. Black- and brown-skinned people are also favored over pink and yellow skin in hiring, college admissions and even in decisions by correction officials.From a historical perspective, slavery was supported almost unanimously by Democrats in both the North and the South prior to 1861. The “Jim Crow” laws and segregation were created in the South by governments controlled by Democrats. In practice, the KKK was the military arm of the Southern Democratic Party. These Democrats, like Black Lives Matter and the Antifas, call people fascist, but they act like fascists themselves. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…last_img read more

Why mention race in Union College presidency?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 21 article, “Union College introduces new leader”: Let’s stop with the firsts.Union College appoints a well-qualified and distinguished man as its next president and what is your lead take on it? “Dr. David Harris will be the first African-American …” Seriously?I think the picture would lead us to believe that he is black. How about leading with his job record, accomplishments, preparation? No, jump right to race. Not only is that divisive, but in a way cheapens his accomplishment. Was he the best candidate in the field (I would imagine he was) or was he the best black candidate?Martin Luther King Jr. wanted us to move to a place where a person is judged on the content of his character, not the color of his skin. You led with the latter when the former would have served everyone better.John MetalloSlingerlandsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAlbany County warns of COVID increaseFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Aberdeen Oil’s well for all sectors

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Cheap borrowing tempts occupiers to buy

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Newsum warns on lease laws

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Ritblat’s code shoulder

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Biden slams Trump for cutting health programs before coronavirus outbreak

first_imgDemocratic presidential contender Joe Biden on Friday criticized President Donald Trump for reducing US oversight of global health issues before the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has spread rapidly to several countries including the United States.”We have, right now, a crisis with the coronavirus,” said Biden, who is in Iowa campaigning before the Midwestern farm state holds Democrats’ first nominating contest on Monday. “This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysteria and xenophobia – hysterical xenophobia – and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”Biden said Trump had rolled back progress on global health oversight that occurred when he was vice president from 2009 to 2017. In particular, he cited “draconian cuts” the White House proposed to the budgets of “the very agencies that we need to fight this outbreak,” including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Matt Wolking, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, responded that Biden had made “foolish comments” as vice president in 2009 about avoiding airplanes during a swine flu crisis and “caused a public panic.””In contrast, President Trump is listening to medical and scientific experts and taking every responsible precaution to protect the American people,” he said.The Trump administration declared a public health emergency on Friday and blocked foreign nationals who have traveled to China from entering the country. They also planned to impose a two-week quarantine on US citizens who have traveled within the past two weeks to China’s Hubei Province, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic.Still, officials insisted the risk to Americans from the flu-like illness is low. The outbreak has claimed more than 250 lives. None of the US cases have been fatal, and all but one of the patients contracted coronavirus while they were traveling in China.Topics :last_img read more

Democratic Party declares support for Jokowi’s son in Surakarta mayoral race

first_imgRead also: PDI-P may pair Gibran and Achmad for Surakarta mayoral raceMeanwhile, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), National Awakening Party’s (PKB) and United Development Party (PPP) have also openly showed their support for Gibran’s election bid.Gibran is not the only presidential relative gearing up to run the upcoming regional elections – Jokowi’s son-in-law Bobby Nasution is also seeking support for his own mayoral bid in Medan, North Sumatra.Gibran and Bobby’s planned runs have triggered concerns that the former Surakarta mayor is building up a political dynasty, an accusation that Jokowi has denied. (hol) Read also: Jokowi vows he ‘won’t be campaigning’ for son, son-in-law in upcoming mayoral races Topics : The Surakarta chapter of the Democratic Party has declared its support for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, in the upcoming Surakarta mayoral election in Central Java. Supriyanto, the head of the Democratic Party’s Surakarta chapter, said the party decided to back Gibran because he was a young figure who they believed could carry out programs quickly and on target.“We support him unconditionally, because we want a fresh government,” Supriyanto said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.center_img He said that former president and Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had also expressed his support for Gibran through the party’s Central Java provincial chapter.“We have given assurances to the people of Surakarta that Gibran is capable of leading the Surakarta administration,” Supriyanto added.Interviewed separately, Gibran said he would take all the help that he could get. “I welcome all the support, from the parties, volunteers, citizens and everyone,” Gibran said.Besides the Democrats, Gibran has also courted the support of his father’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), which is considering pairing Gibran and Surakarta Deputy Mayor Achmad Purnomo, who had been tabbed as the party’s nominee before Gibran threw his hat into the ring.last_img read more

They are ‘ex-citizens’: Jokowi disowns overseas Indonesian IS supporters

first_imgTopics : “Once the data is completed and put into an immigration database, we can ban them from entering [the country],” he went on to say, adding that the IS sympathizers “are ex-citizens”.Citing data from the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD previously said that some 689 Indonesians had been identified as IS sympathizers in Syria and Turkey, as well as other countries.Read also: BREAKING: Indonesia not repatriating IS fighters to protect nation from ‘terrorist virus’According to the data, some 228 people still hold identification as Indonesian citizens while others do not have proper documents to prove their citizenship. Indonesian authorities have previously suggested that most of the Indonesian IS supporters are women and children. Editor’s note: The number of identified Indonesian IS supporters has been corrected from 698 to 689. We apologize for the mistake. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has decided to ban Indonesian nationals who joined the Islamic State (IS) movement in Syria from returning to Indonesia, calling them “ex-citizens”, as he instructed his aides to immediately sort out their identities and put them on the immigration database. The move followed the government’s decision not to repatriate some 689 Indonesian IS supporters currently stranded abroad, with the government saying that it would prioritize the safety of the hundreds of millions of citizens at home.“During the Cabinet meeting [on Tuesday], I gave an order to identify each of the 689 people, including their names and where they came from,” Jokowi told reporters on Wednesday. When asked about the IS sympathizers’ fate, now that Indonesia had decided against their return, Jokowi said that joining IS “was their own decision” and that “they would have calculated” the risks from doing so. “We will still provide opportunities for orphans [to return home], those who are children under 10 years old,” Jokowi said, “But so far we still don’t know if there are any.”Prior to Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Jokowi had voiced his personal disapproval of the idea of repatriating Indonesian IS supporters, although he added that the decision would be made after hearing from relevant ministries.Mahfud also conveyed a personal view similar to Jokowi’s, saying that repatriating IS fighters could pose a danger to the country.last_img read more

Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood backs Bloomberg: Report

first_img“The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there,” he said in the interview released late Friday, referring to the US media tycoon who jumped into the Democratic presidential nomination race in November.Bloomberg, 78, is the former mayor of New York, meaning the two men have a sliver of political experience in common.While Eastwood is best known for his Hollywood career — starring in popular westerns and as the rogue cop “Dirty Harry” Callahan, and directing “Unforgiven,” “Gran Torino” and last year’s “Richard Jewell” — he also served for two years as mayor of Carmel, California.He puzzled the American political establishment in 2012 when he took the stage at the Republican National Convention, where the party was nominating Mitt Romney, and struck up a conversation with an empty chair featuring an imaginary Barack Obama.Topics : Clint Eastwood, the iconic actor and director who infamously delivered a speech to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican convention, is endorsing Michael Bloomberg for president and not Donald Trump, whom he supported four years ago.In a wide-ranging interview, the 89-year-old multiple Oscar winner told The Wall Street Journal that while he appreciates some of the good that Trump has done, he laments the bad and the ugly nature of today’s “ornery” politics in America.Trump should act “in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names,” said Eastwood, who endorsed the brash billionaire over Hillary Clinton in 2016 because, as he said at the time, he feared she would “follow in (president Barack) Obama’s footsteps.”last_img read more

Calls mount for revival of national outbreak committee over coronavirus fears

first_img“We need to revive such a committee, which would be tasked with building communication bridges between departments [of different ministries and agencies] and be filled with people competent in their respective fields,” he told The Jakarta Post recently.”The committee can provide answers to international doubts because if it [COVID-19 control] is under the Health Ministry alone, people will continue casting doubt about whether [the measures taken] have been subjective.”He also proposed that such a committee could function as a centralized platform for the government to report on measures taken — including on laboratory test results.Other than a panel of experts, the Komnas FPBI also consisted of cross-sectoral ministers. In late 2010, Komnas FPBI was turned into the National Committee for Zoonosis Control, focusing on any diseases passed from animals to humans, before it was permanently dissolved in 2016 by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo because it had overlapping tasks with several ministries and agencies. Second opinions from independent experts are essential to help solve a problem, said Amin Soebandrio, the director of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology who led the Komnas FPBI’s expert panel.The government has set procedures for coronavirus testing, but he said experts had yet to know whether they were implemented without errors as there was no information available to them, Amin said.Indonesia had tested 143 specimens as of Saturday, apart from the 188 World Dream cruise ship crew members who had started a two-week observation period on Sebaru Kecil Island off the coast of Jakarta on Friday. The ministry is also planning to test the 69 Diamond Princess cruise ship crew members previously quarantined in Japan, bringing the total number of tests close to 400.The number, however, pales in comparison with that of neighboring Malaysia, which had tested 1,092 cases as of Feb. 24, although the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general secretary, Achmad Yurianto, claimed that its laboratory, the only one in the country authorized to conduct the tests, could do up to 1,700 per day.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has said budget efficiency was a concern and that lab tests would only be done on those with symptoms who also had travel records and contacts with infected countries or people, in line with World Health Organization guidelines.Indonesia’s testing capability appeared to be an issue also raised by the international community, with a document circulating among foreign diplomats obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald showing that inadequate transportation of specimens was among the concerns.Saudi Arabia also listed Indonesia as one of the countries where “the spread of the [COVID-19] coronavirus is a danger” according to its health authorities, making it subject to the kingdom’s suspension of tourism visas.Malaysian and New Zealand authorities said on Friday that two recently confirmed cases had been to Indonesia before testing positive for the coronavirus in the respective countries, in addition to a Chinese man and a Japanese tourist who tested positive days after they went out of Indonesia.Amin of the Eijkman Institute said that, although the government had followed WHO procedures in conducting tests on those with symptoms only, budget efficiency should not be a top priority this time.Eijkman and several other laboratories were ready to partner with the ministry to run lab tests, but they were waiting for the government’s invitation.The effectiveness of the ministry’s laboratory came into question recently after a hospital in Semarang, Central Java, and another in Batam, Riau Islands, each reported the death of a patient who had symptoms similar to those of COVID-19.Both patients’ tests came back negative, officials said, with the Semarang patient succumbing to bronchopneumonia, whom Minister Terawan later confirmed had the H1N1 virus, which is a known cause of swine flu. The Batam patient, meanwhile, was said to have died from “another illness”.In early February, Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Anung Sugihantono claimed the ministry was also actively looking into deaths from pneumonia, claiming there had been no significant increase in such deaths. He did not immediately provide the relevant data.The Post, however, obtained a ministry letter showing that it requested for hospitals’ data on their pneumonia patients and deaths recorded between Dec. 1 and Feb. 25 only on Feb. 26, despite its previous claim.Yet, Yurianto said that letter was merely issued to create better data management.”All this time hospitals send the reports to the health service directorate general. We want them to also send us the same reports so we can manage the data,” he said. “The one in the health service directorate general is mixed up with other illnesses, so it takes a long time to map them.”Topics : Calls are mounting for the government to form a national outbreak committee that involves experts to help the Health Ministry in the battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus as questions abound about the country having zero confirmed cases.The committee is expected to have a similar role as the now-defunct National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (Komnas FPBI) that was set up to contain the bird flu between 2006 and 2010, which also involved experts.A biochemistry researcher at Airlangga University, Chairul Anwar Nidom, who was a member of Komnas FPBI’s expert panel, said giving the Health Ministry alone the role of dealing with the coronavirus was one of the government’s “weaknesses”.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi becomes first Premier League player with coronavirus

first_img“Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with government health guidelines.”These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.”Chelsea said they would discuss their upcoming games, starting with Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa, with Premier League officials on Friday.Two Arsenal fixtures — Wednesday’s game at Manchester City, and away to Brighton on Saturday — have already been cancelled because of the virus. Chelsea’s players and coaching staff were ordered into isolation as Callum Hudson-Odoi became the first Premier League player confirmed to have the new coronavirus late on Thursday.The news casts the viability of this weekend’s games further into doubt after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive, also throwing their team into lockdown.”Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for coronavirus returned this evening,” a club statement said. Hudson-Odoi displayed cold symptoms on Monday morning and has stayed away from the club since then. His test result was returned on Thursday night.The club said despite testing positive, the 19-year-old was “doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Keir Starmer elected new UK Labour leader replacing Corbyn

first_imgHe immediately addressed the issue of anti-Semitism that Corbyn was accused of failing to tackle, which tarnished the party’s reputation and caused Jewish members to leave in droves.”Anti-Semitism has been a stain on our party. I have seen the grief that it’s brought to so many Jewish communities,” Starmer said.”On behalf of the Labour Party, I am sorry. “And I will tear out this poison by its roots and judge success by the return of Jewish members and those who felt that they could no longer support us.”Starmer, who won a resounding 56.2 percent of the vote of Labour members, acknowledged the party had “a mountain to climb”, after four straight general election defeats — two under Corbyn.But he vowed: “We will climb it.”He added: “I will lead this great party into a new era, with confidence and with hope.”So that when the time comes, we can serve our country again in government.”Topics : Starmer, who was Labour’s Brexit spokesman, called his election “the honour and privilege” of his life and vowed to “engage constructively” with Johnson’s Conservative government.Johnson immediately offered his congratulations and the pair spoke, with Starmer accepting an invitation to a government briefing on COVID-19 next week.”Keir offered to work constructively with the government on how best to respond to the coronavirus outbreak,” his spokesman said.Starmer himself vowed to reunite Labour, after deep rifts between supporters of socialist Corbyn’s hard-left ideals and centrists, and wrangling over its Brexit strategy. Pro-European centrist Keir Starmer was on Saturday unveiled as new Labour party leader, heralding a shift in Britain’s main opposition party after a crushing election defeat under veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn and years of ideological infighting. The 57-year-old former chief state prosecutor defeated Corbyn loyalist Rebecca Long-Bailey and backbencher Lisa Nandy in a lengthy campaign sparked by Corbyn’s resignation after December’s loss at the polls to Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.Angela Rayner becomes the new deputy leader, Labour announced on Twitter, after it was forced to cancel a special conference because of the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

Switzerland to start easing COVID-19 restrictions from April 27

first_img“The transition from one stage to the next will take place when there has been no significant increase in COVID-19 cases,” the government said.”Sufficient time must elapse between each stage to allow the effects of the relaxation to be observed. The criteria are the number of new infections, hospital admissions and deaths, and hospital occupancy rates.”Switzerland has shuttered schools, non-essential shops and many businesses for a month as it sought to halt the epidemic’s spread. It has also extended billions in financial assistance to businesses and eased bankruptcy rules, to prevent companies from going under.Europe should move with extreme caution when considering easing lockdowns, the World Health Organization’s regional director said on Thursday. Topics : The Swiss government will start a gradual relaxation of restrictions brought in to tackle spread of the new coronavirus from April 27, it said on Thursday.Doctors, hairdressers, massage and cosmetics parlors will be the first businesses to be allowed to reopen, it said. This will be followed by compulsory schools, shops and markets from May 11, it added.In a third stage it will reopen secondary schools, vocational schools and universities from June 8. The government also foresees allowing an existing ban of meetings of more than five people to be relaxed, although the details of this stage will be announced at the end of May.center_img The COVID-19 outbreak has so far claimed 973 lives in Switzerland, although the rate of positive tests has slowed in recent days.Neighboring Austria has already announced a partial exit from its own lockdown, while Germany has announced its own small steps out of the lockdown.last_img read more

South China Morning Post cuts management pay, puts staff on unpaid leave

first_imgTopics : Hong Kong’s flagship English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, owned by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, will cut senior management pay and ask staff to take unpaid leave for three weeks, a staff letter obtained by Reuters showed.Chief executive Gary Liu said in the letter the cost cuts were needed because of a 20% fall in revenues in the 2019/20 financial year and a 50% drop in the latest quarter despite more readers amid last year’s protests and the coronavirus outbreak.Liu said “limited” layoffs would take place, salaries would be frozen and he was cutting “almost everything that can be spared” on operations from non-essential travel to the annual company party. “SCMP’s journalists have withstood tear gas, petrol bombs, dangerous confrontations, and exposure to deadly disease, not to mention the countless hours spent pursuing stories that have powered our growth,” Liu said.”But even with resolve and immense audience growth, SCMP’s revenues declined,” he said, adding that the newspaper was heavily reliant on the recession-hit Hong Kong economy.The newspaper reported that the pay of senior management would be cut and staff would be put on unpaid leave. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Liu’s letter.From Rupert Murdoch’s News UK to McClatchy’s chain of newspapers across the United States, news publishers are attracting record numbers of readers as people in lockdown seek information, yet advertising revenue has plummeted.The Hong Kong newspaper, which is more than 116 year old, was taken over by Alibaba from Malaysian tycoon Robert Kuok in a $266 million deal in 2015.last_img read more

Yemen crisis deepens as separatists declare self-governance

first_imgYemen’s separatists signed a power-sharing deal in Riyadh last November that quelled a battle — dubbed a “civil war within a civil war” — for the south that had in August seen them seize control of the second city of Aden.The Riyadh pact quickly became defunct, failing to meet deadlines for key measures including the formation of a new cabinet with equal representation for southerners, and the reorganisation of military forces. The STC announced in its statement that it was declaring “self-governance in the south starting midnight on Saturday April 25th, 2020.”A self governing committee will start its work according to a list of tasks assigned by the council’s presidency,” it said. Aden residents reported heavy deployments of STC forces in the city and a separatist source told AFP they had set up checkpoints “at all government facilities, including the central bank and port of Aden”.Military vehicles drove through the city with STC flags flying aloft.The political landscape in the south is complex, and despite the STC’s declaration some southern cities said they did not recognise the call to self-rule and would remain aligned with the central government.Yemen’s Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Hadhrami said the STC move was “a continuation of the armed rebellion last August and a declaration of rejection” of the Riyadh agreement.Tens of thousands of civilians have been killed over the past five years in the war between the government and the Huthi rebels.Earlier this month, Yemen reported its first case of coronavirus in Hadramawt, a southern government-controlled province, raising fears of an outbreak.Compounding the country’s troubles, at least 21 people were killed in flash flooding this month, with Aden’s streets submerged and homes destroyed.The UAE, like the STC, has a zero tolerance policy towards the Muslim Brotherhood and Yemen’s Brotherhood-influenced Al-Islah party, which has representatives in the internationally recognised government.Last August, deadly clashes broke out between the government and STC forces who seized control of Aden, ousting unionist forces who had set up base there when President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi fled the Huthi-held capital Sanaa in February 2015.The tussle for control of the south  exposed divisions between the coalition partners — Saudi Arabia, which backs the government, and the United Arab Emirates, a backer and funder of the STC.The Riyadh agreement had been welcomed as preventing the complete break-up of Yemen, and hailed as a possible stepping stone towards ending the wider conflict in Yemen.But the cracks soon emerged, with complaints over food shortages in the south, a sharp depreciation of the currency, and a lack of funds to pay public sector employees. The STC’s statement Sunday said there had been a marked deterioration of public services, which “was clearly reflected in the latest torrential rains that caused the people in Aden deep suffering”.The government was using its powers as “a weapon to bring the southerners to kneel,” it said.While the government and the STC are technically allies in the long war against the Huthis, the secessionists believe the south should be an independent state — as it was before unification in 1990.Topics : The Southern Transitional Council (STC) accused the government of failing to perform its duties and of “conspiring” against the southern cause, and said self-governance had begun at midnight. The government condemned the move and said the separatists — who have long agitated for independence in the south — would be responsible for the “catastrophic and dangerous” outcome.The breakdown between the one-time allies comes as a Saudi-led coalition, which backs the internationally recognised government in a battle against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, has extended a unilateral ceasefire aimed at fending off the coronavirus pandemic — a move rejected by the Huthis.last_img read more

Italy begins to emerge from world’s longest nationwide lockdown

first_imgBut bars and even ice cream parlors will remain shut. The use of public transport will be discouraged and everyone will have to wear masks in indoor public spaces.”We are feeling a mix of joy and fear,” 40-year-old Stefano Milano said in Rome.”There will be great happiness in being able to go running again carefree, in my son being allowed to have his little cousin over to blow out his birthday candles, to see our parents,” the father-of-three said.”But we are also apprehensive because they are old and my father-in-law has cancer so is high risk”. ‘Worried about reopening’ The economic toll of all those shutdowns has been historic.Italy’s economy — the eurozone’s third-largest last year — is expected to shrink more than in any year since the global depression of the 1930s.Half of the workforce is receiving state support and the same number told a top pollster that they were afraid of becoming unemployed.And some of those who are out of a job already say they do not entirely trust in Conte’s ability to safely navigate the nation out of peril.”I am worried about the reopening. The authorities seem very undecided about how to proceed,” 37-year-old Davide Napoleoni told AFP.Conte’s popularity has jumped along with that of most of other world leaders grappling with the pandemic thanks to a rally around the flag effect.But a Demos poll conducted at the end of April found some of Conte’s lustre fading.Confidence in his government has slipped by eight percentage points to a still-strong 63 percent since March. ‘Moment of responsibility’ Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus emerged in December, led the world with an unprecedented lockdown on January 23 that lasted 76 days. Weeks later Italy followed suit, becoming the first Western democracy to shut down virtually everything in the face of an illness that has now officially killed 28,884 — the most in Europe — and some fear thousands more.The lives of Italians began closing in around them as it became increasingly apparent that the first batch of infections in provinces around Milan were spiraling out of control.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte began by putting a quarter of the population in the northern industrial heartland on lockdown on March 8.The sudden measure frightened many — fearful of being locked in together with the gathering threat — into fleeing to less affected regions further south.The danger of the virus spreading with them and incapacitating the south’s less developed health care system forced Conte to announce a nationwide lockdown on March 9.”Today is our moment of responsibility,” Conte told the nation. “We cannot let our guard down.”The official death toll was then 724.More waves of restrictions followed as hundreds began dying each day.Almost everything except for pharmacies and grocery stores was shuttered across the Mediterranean country of 60 million on March 12.Conte’s final roll of the dice involved closing all non-essential factories on March 22.Italy’s highest single toll — 969 — was reported five days later. Stir-crazy Italians will be free to stroll and visit relatives for the first time in nine weeks on Monday as Europe’s hardest-hit country eases back the world’s longest nationwide coronavirus lockdown.Four million people — an estimated 72 percent of them men — will return to their construction sites and factories as the economically and emotionally shattered country tries to get back to work.Restaurants that have managed to survive Italy’s most disastrous crisis in generations will reopen for takeaway service.center_img Psychological toll Italy’s staggered reopening is complicated by a highly decentralized system that allows the country’s 20 regions to layer on their own rules.Venice’s Veneto and the southern Calabria regions have thus been serving food and drink at bars and restaurants with outdoor seating since last week.The area around Genoa is thinking of allowing small groups of people to go sailing and reopening its beaches.Neighboring Emilia-Romagna is keeping them closed — even to those who live by the sea.All this uncertainty appears to be weighing on the nation’s psyche.A poll by the Piepoli Institute showed 62 percent of Italians think they will need psychological support with coming to grips with the post-lockdown world.”The night of the virus continues,” sociologist Ilvo Diamanti wrote in La Repubblica daily.”And you can hardly see the light on the horizon. If anything, we’re getting used to moving in the dark.” Topics :last_img read more

West Java traces additional COVID-19 cases in two major clusters

first_imgHealth authorities in West Java are tracking additional COVID-19 cases belonging to two major clusters in the province.West Java Health Agency secretary Siska Gerfianti said the two clusters emanated from a religious seminar held by Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) in Lembang in March and the National Police’s Officer Candidate School in Sukabumi.“We found one [additional] positive COVID-19 case from the GBI cluster. [The patient] works in a factory and has possibly given the virus to other people. Rapid testing of several people in the factory shows that some have tested positive. We suggested the factory be closed,” Siska said. She added that some students of the officer school had returned to their respective hometowns, although they had previously been quarantined after some tested positive during an earlier round of rapid testing.“We found five COVID-19 transmission chains in this cluster. We have to really pay attention to this cluster because of its high potential for disease transmission,” Siska said.The health agency has detected five COVID-19 clusters in the province. In addition to the Lembang and Sukabumi clusters, there is a cluster from an anti-riba (usury) seminar, a cluster from a religious seminar held by the Protestant Churches of Western Indonesia (GPIB) in Bogor and a cluster from a West Java Youth Entrepreneur Forum in Karawang.Read also: Jakarta’s satellite areas extend COVID-19 curbs for second time, with stricter rules The agency also recorded an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in several cities and regencies in the province, including Sukabumi, Banjar, Karawang and Garut.“There are 11 chains of local transmission spread throughout 11 districts in Karawang. We also detected a cluster in Garut as a result of Bangladesh nationals [who had COVID-19] visiting the city.”West Java has performed 113,000 rapid tests out of its target of 300,000 as of the time of the writing. It has also conducted 2,999 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests daily. The total daily capacity of the eight laboratories in the province currently capable of performing PCR tests is 5,838.Health agency head Berli Hamdani said the poor quality of the testing kits had caused them to spend more time and use more reagents to verify test results.“The newly opened laboratories are still using manual extraction methods with a limited number of operators,” said Berli. “Our laboratories need more reagents – especially for PCR testing – and other equipment to extract swab samples from people.”The West Java administration is preparing 11 laboratories, in addition to the current 8, for COVID-19 PCR testing. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Soekarno-Hatta Airport packed with passengers despite government call for physical distancing

first_imgSoekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia’s main airport, was reportedly packed with passengers on Thursday morning despite the government’s call for physical-distancing protocols in public.Social media users posted pictures of the scene at the airport’s Terminal 2 with passengers lining up from early in the morning.“The atmosphere at Terminal 2 of Soekarno Hatta Airport on Thursday morning,” @jktinfo said on its Instagram account on Thursday, referencing a photograph taken by Instagram user @fahlevi.rezaaa. Other social media users also criticized the government, airport management and the congregating passengers for failing to enforce or follow social-distancing measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission.“The combination of the indiscretion of the Indonesian government and its opportunist and reckless citizens will make this country the last to survive this pandemic,” Twitter user @adriansyahyasin posted on Thursday.Kombinasi ketidakbijaksanaan pemerintah Indonesia dan rakyatnya yang oportunis dan gegabah akan membuat negeri ini yang terakhir selamat dari pandemi ini.Berdamai dengan virus katanya, udah McD sekarang ini Bandara CGK 🤦‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/euxy9ENvyH— Adriansyah Yasin Sulaeman (@adriansyahyasin) May 14, 2020“Quite a struggle using flight services in the COVID-19 period. Lining up for more than three hours [where] procedures to keep a distance were not enforced. Can AP [airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II] review […] whether social distancing applies at the airport,” Twitter user @HrytoRicky also posted on Thursday.Cukup berat perjuangan Menggunakan jasa Penerbangan di masa Covid 19 ini, antrian lebih 3 jam, SOP Antrian dgn jaga jarak ternyata tidak berlaku….. mohon di review pihak AP…. apakah dgn cara berdesakan menjadi pembiaran….social distancing apakah berlaku di bandara…. pic.twitter.com/JJdShp13PU— Rick (@HrytoRicky) May 13, 2020Responding to the reports, Angkasa Pura II communications manager Febri Toga Simatupang said that the crowding of passengers occurred at 4 a.m., that it only lasted until 5 a.m. and was caused by an influx of passengers coming for morning flights where 13 departures were scheduled between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. The passengers were lining up to get all their flight documents checked as additional requirements, such as a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or rapid test result, or health documents from a hospital or clinic, as well as a return ticket, are required to fly during the currently indefinite COVID-19 mitigation period.Febri went on to say that the airport officials were overwhelmed by the large number of passengers seeking to get their flight documents checked.“As of now, there are no more lines at Terminal 2. We always try to maintain physical distancing in every area. The application of physical distancing in Soekarno-Hatta will also be evaluated periodically to see the current situation and conditions, which are quite dynamic,” Febri said in a written statement published on Thursday, adding that flight schedules would also be evaluated.To prevent people from going on the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) and to curb COVID-19 transmission, the Transportation Ministry decided to suspend intercity flights for passengers from April 24 to June 1.Read also: Indonesia suspends all passenger travel across cities to prevent Ramadan exodusHowever, the national COVID-19 task force relaxed the restriction on May 6, allowing state officials, private-sector and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) employees who provide essential services, repatriated Indonesian nationals, individuals who need emergency medical care and family members of a deceased person to travel between cities.Following the regulations, airlines announced that they would gradually resume domestic flight services with stricter health protocols, such as requiring pre-flight medical checkups and a letter explaining reasons for travel from a relevant institution.The Transportation Ministry has also limited the passenger capacity of flights, down to 50 percent of the normal flight capacity to help physical distancing and reduce COVID-19 transmission risks.Air Transportation Director General Novie Riyanto reminded travelers that “strict sanctions” would apply to airlines violating the passenger limits as the directorate general had received complaints about violations.“This morning, we immediately followed up [the complaints] by ordering flight inspectors to carry out further investigations into this matter,” Novie said in a written statement on Thursday. “We remind airlines not to make mistakes that put their passengers at risk. The health protocols must be implemented by all aviation stakeholders.” (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Mexico tops 10,000 COVID-19 deaths: Government

first_imgHowever, Mexico’s death rate compared to cases is much higher.It recorded almost 2,800 new cases on Monday taking its total over 93,000.”Today we began production activities related to the automotive industry, mining and the construction industry,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said earlier on Monday. “We have to move towards the new normal because it’s necessary for our national economy, our people’s wellbeing; we need to, little by little, return production, economic, social and cultural activity to normal.” Mexico’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 deaths passed 10,000 on Monday, the health secretary said, following an increase of 237 on the previous day.News of the updated toll — now 10,167 — came as Mexico announced it was gradually reopening its economy by reactivating its automotive, mining and construction sectors.Mexico is second only to Brazil in Latin America for COVID-19 deaths, although the South American giant has had close to three times as many. Topics :center_img Mexico shut down all but necessary economic activity on March 23, after Lopez Obrador had come under intense criticism and bucked the regional trend by resisting calls to impose a lockdown much earlier.On a visit to Quintana Roo state, where the popular Cancun seaside resort is located, Lopez Obrador also said tourism activity would be reopened from next week.last_img read more

Hong Kong police arrest 53 during fresh pro-democracy protests

first_imgTopics : Companies including HSBC and Standard Chartered have backed the security law without knowing the details of it, drawing criticism from some investors and US and British officials.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo singled out HSBC on Tuesday, saying such “corporate kowtows” got little in return from Beijing and criticizing the Chinese Communist Party’s “coercive bullying tactics.”Hong Kong’s year of pro-democracy protests was sparked by a government bill that would have allowed people to be extradited to mainland China, where courts are controlled by the Communist Party, for trial. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdrew that bill as the rolling protests gathered pace. Hong Kong police arrested 53 people during protests on Tuesday evening that saw hundreds of activists take to the streets, at times blocking roads in the heart of the global financial hub, before police fired pepper spray to disperse crowds.The protests, called to mark a year of sometimes violent pro-democracy rallies in the former British colony, also came amid heightened tensions due to a proposed national security bill backed by the central government in Beijing.Police said on Wednesday that 36 males and 17 females were arrested for offences including unlawful assembly and participating in unauthorized assembly. Protesters had defied a ban on gatherings of more than eight people introduced by the Hong Kong government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.center_img More protests are planned in coming days, with pro-democracy supporters fearing the proposed national security legislation will dramatically stifle freedoms in the city.While details of the security law or how it will operate have yet to be revealed, authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong have said there is no cause for concern and the legislation will target a minority of “troublemakers.”The standing committee of the National People’s Congress, the top decision making body of the Chinese parliament, will meet in Beijing later this month to deliberate on various draft legislation, official Chinese media reported on Wednesday. The reports did not specify whether any laws regarding Hong Kong were included on the agenda for discussion at the June 18-20 meeting.Hong Kong Security Secretary John Lee told the South China Morning Post in an interview published on Wednesday that local police were setting up a dedicated unit to enforce the law and it would have intelligence gathering, investigation and training capabilities.last_img read more

Cathay Pacific reaches deal for Airbus delivery delays, in advanced talks with Boeing

first_imgCathay had expected deliveries of 32 A321neos, 12 A350s and 21 777-9s by 2024, according to a November 2019 investor presentation.Airbus and Boeing did not respond immediately to requests for comment.Most airlines globally are trying to defer new aircraft deliveries as they grapple with the downturn from the coronavirus pandemic, which has wrecked travel demand.Cathay last week warned it expected to report a HK$9.9 billion loss for the six months ending June 30, including impairment charges on 16 planes.The airline said on Wednesday that it had reduced its monthly cash burn to about HK$1.5 billion from HK$2.5 billion to HK$3 billion while maintaining a minimal flying schedule.However, it said that there was no assurance travel would rebound to pre-outbreak levels and that it expected its full-year results to be “materially worse” and would include the mark-to-market impact of fuel hedging losses.Cathay, which received a $5 billion rescue package from the Hong Kong government and shareholders including the rights issue, said it might further access equity and debt capital markets to strengthen its balance sheet.Topics : Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said on Wednesday it had reached agreement with Airbus SE to delay the delivery of A350s and A321neos and was in advanced talks with Boeing Co about deferring its 777-9 orders.The airline said the A350s due to arrive in 2020 and 2021 were now scheduled for 2020-2023 and A321neos expected from 2020-2023 would arrive from 2020-2025. It did not provide further details of the number expected each year.“This deferral of deliveries is expected to produce cash savings to the Cathay Pacific Group in the short to medium term,” it said in a prospectus for its HK$11.7 billion (US$1.51 billion) rights issue lodged with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Fears for Uighur culture as scholars vanish in China crackdown

first_imgIt has been almost two years since Bugra Arkin’s father Aierken was abruptly snatched from his home in China’s troubled Xinjiang region by national security agents.Aierken Yibulayin’s publishing firm — one of the biggest in the region — translated thousands of books into Uighur before he was detained in October 2018. Arkin has not heard from him since.”My father had a strong impact on the Uighur publishing industry, and that made him a target of the Chinese government,” said Arkin, who lives in California. “This is very unacceptable and our lives were literally destroyed.”He is not the only one.At least 435 Uighur intellectuals have been imprisoned or forcibly disappeared since April 2017, according to the Uyghur Human Rights Project.The rounding up of Uighur linguists, scholars and publishers is seen by overseas advocacy groups as part of a campaign by the Chinese Communist Party to erase the ethnic group’s identity and culture and assimilate it into the dominant, Mandarin-speaking Han population. ‘Don’t know where he is’ Alim last heard from an acquaintance that his father’s trial, which began in January, had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but fears he will soon be sentenced and jailed.His mother, who lives in Xinjiang, “wouldn’t dare talk” about Hasani’s arrest.”I certainly felt very bad and didn’t know how to express it. For a long time I couldn’t concentrate on my work either,” Alim said.All 11 linguists in his father’s work unit have also been detained, including 64-year-old Hemdulla Abdurahman, who was snatched in January 2019, according to his son Yashar Hemdulla.”In March 2019, I was told my father had been taken to a ‘hospital’ … but the family acquaintance on the call mimed handcuffs on her wrists,” said Hemdulla, who lives in Norway. “I do not know where he is now.”Hemdulla knows several intellectuals whose relatives say they were first detained in camps, then given long-term jail sentences, and he is concerned his father might suffer the same fate.”At the time, I found it extremely hard. I am an only son, my mother is all alone and my father is not young — how much more can he take?” said Hemdulla.While authorities said in December that all people from vocational centers have “graduated”, researchers say they have been gradually moved to other forms of detention.Many have been prosecuted and given prison sentences of up to 20 years, said Gene Bunin, a researcher on Uighur issues and creator of the Xinjiang Victims Database.”This has partially been a trend in the last one or two years, with the camps being emptied,” Bunin said, estimating that at least 300,000 people remain incarcerated.Fears have also been raised over jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti, who was awarded a top human rights prize by the European Parliament — but has not been seen in years. Renowned Uighur linguist Alim Hasani was taken by authorities in August 2018 during a Beijing work trip, according to his son Ershat Alim.Alim believes that his father, a retired division head of the Xinjiang Ethnic Language Work Committee, was detained for his research, which aimed to standardize Uighur-Han translations.Hasani, who compiled several dictionaries, was a Communist Party member whose projects had previously been approved by the state and won awards.”When I first heard that my father was arrested, I never once thought that this could happen to him. He must have been very surprised as well,” said Alim, who lives in France.More than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities have been held in re-education camps in Xinjiang following a spate of ethnic violence, according to rights groups.Chinese authorities describe the facilities as vocational education centers where Uighurs learn Mandarin and job skills to steer them away from extremism.In a statement, China’s foreign ministry said: “The so-called notion of ‘imprisoning Uighur intellectuals to extinguish Uighur culture’ is complete rumor-mongering and slander.”center_img ‘Sad and angry’ Uighur literary critic and writer Yalqun Rozi was among the first wave of intellectuals to be detained in October 2016 after hardline Xinjiang Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo took office.His relatives later discovered that Rozi had been sentenced to 15 years in prison in January 2018 for “inciting subversion of state power” — a vague charge commonly used for political prisoners. Authorities suggested that Rozi’s detention was related to his role in compiling Uighur literature textbooks that had been in use for more than a decade, said his son Kamalturk Yalqun. All his father’s textbook collaborators were also detained around this time.Since 2012, bilingual Mandarin-Uighur education has gradually been applied in schools in Xinjiang, with the aim of reaching 2.6 million students. Prior to that, classes were mostly taught in Uighur and other minority languages.”By abolishing these textbooks and eliminating Uighur language education altogether, the next generation of Uighur youth will have no way to find their link with Uighur culture,” said Yalqun.”It is a way for China to eliminate the entire Uighur identity and assimilate them to become… people that speak Chinese, think Chinese and don’t know their own history or culture. That makes me sad and angry at the same time.” Topics :last_img read more

US marks 100 years since women given right to vote

first_imgLast week, President Donald Trump issued a pardon to Anthony, who was fined for voting illegally in 1872.”There is nothing more important… to honor the women portrayed in this statue than to vote. That is the best way to lead America forward; as the suffragists used to say, ‘forward through the darkness, forward into light,'” said Clinton.US Senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris wrote in a tweet, “We cannot mark Women’s Equality Day without remembering the voters of color who weren’t included in the 19th Amendment victory a century ago – women who faced poll taxes and literacy tests.””To honor their sacrifices, let’s vote in record numbers this fall.”Later on Wednesday, national landmarks will be lit up in purple and gold, the symbolic colors of the suffrage movement.”Women’s suffrage is a long story of hard work and heartache crowned by victory,” Carrie Chapman Catt, the founder of the US League of Women Voters, said in 1920. The United States marked the centennial of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote on Wednesday with celebrations of the “historic victory” as well as pleas by female politicians to honor the milestone by voting in November’s presidential election.The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was formally certified on Aug. 26, 1920, after decades of struggle by suffragettes. It states, “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”The date is marked in the United States each year as Women’s Equality Day. Topics :center_img For the women’s suffrage movement, the amendment’s ratification was a realization of the Constitution’s first phrase, “We the People” – although it would take until 1965 for the rights of Black women and men to vote to be protected.In New York’s Central Park, a statue of three 19th century pioneers of women’s suffrage, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was unveiled, all of whom had died by the time women could vote.”While the passage of the 19th Amendment was a critical, important, historic victory, it was also an incomplete one,” said former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the unveiling.”It would take decades longer to guarantee the franchise for women of color, especially Black and Native American women. And a century later, the struggle to enforce the right to vote continues. We’re still fighting so that every eligible American can cast their ballot and know their vote will be counted regardless of race, age or geography,” she added.last_img read more

Over 160 rights groups call on IOC chief to revoke 2022 Beijing Winter Games

first_imgLast month, prominent Uighur rights group World Uighur Congress launched a similar appeal to the IOC over what it said were crimes against humanity in Xinjiang.The IOC responded that would remain neutral on political issues and said it had received assurances from Chinese authorities that they would respect the principles of the Olympic charter.The IOC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.China has already made extensive preparations for the upcoming Games, which they say are on track to be held from Feb. 4-20, 2022.There was similar outcry from rights groups ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the time, the IOC defended the choice, saying the Games were a force for good.  Over 160 human rights advocacy groups have delivered a joint letter to the chief of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) calling for it to reconsider its choice to award China the 2022 Winter Games in light of Beijing’s human rights record.It is the largest such coordinated effort so far following several months of similar calls from individual rights groups, and comes as Beijing is facing increased international backlash over policies including its treatment of ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang and new security laws in Hong Kong.”The IOC must recognize that the Olympic spirit and the reputation of the Olympic Games will suffer further damage if the worsening human rights crisis, across all areas under China’s control, is simply ignored,” said the letter, which was released on Tuesday. The letter argues that the prestige of the Beijing 2008 Olympics emboldened the government to take further actions, including programs targeting Xinjiang Uighurs and other ethnic policies.China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the letter, but has on many occasions fiercely defended its rights record.It maintains policies in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong are key to national security and social stability.Among the letter’s signatories are Uighur, Tibetan, Hong Kong and Mongolian rights groups based in Asia, Europe, North America, Africa and Australia.center_img Topics :last_img read more

AC Milan drop Lucas Torreira pusruit to focus on Arsenal transfer target Dennis Praet

first_imgLucas Torreira has been heavily linked with a summer transfer to AC Milan (Picture: Getty)AC Milan are set to drop their interest in Lucas Torreira and switch their focus to Sampdoria’s Dennis Praet.Torreira enjoyed an impressive debut campaign following his move to Arsenal last summer, but fueled speculation surrounding his future by conceding he had struggled to acclimatise to life in England.The Uruguay international’s admission has prompted Milan to test the waters and tempt Arsenal, who need to sell players in order to boost their measly £40million transfer budget, to part company with the 23-year-old.New Milan manager Marco Giampaolo worked with Torreira during their time together at Sampdoria and had hoped to make the player the centre piece of a new-look midfield engine room.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Serie A club, who on Friday were forced to withdraw from next season’s Europa League due to FFP breaches, are reported to have put together an audacious £4.5m two-season loan deal, with an additional fee of around £25m to make his move permanent at the end of that period.Arsenal have dismissed that proposal out of hand and given their determination to resist any offers for Torreira, Milan will now look elsewhere, according to Sky Italia.Praet was reported to have been the subject of join £41m bid from Arsenal, who also want his Sampdoria teammate Joachim Andersen, earlier in the summer window.MORE: How Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen can solve two of Unai Emery’s biggest issues at ArsenalSampdoria value the creative midfielder at around £25m and the player’s agent had hoped that his client’s future would be resolved imminently when he spoke earlier this month.‘Everybody knows what Giampaolo thinks of Dennis. For now, I can’t say anything else,’ said Martin Riha.‘AC Milan is an important brand, it’s a big name. But there are also other clubs that want to sign him, especially abroad, they’ve already shown their interest.’On whether Arsenal specifically had lodge a formal interest in Praet, he said: ‘I can’t add anything else now, I think you can understand.‘Dennis is a complete footballer and he is ready to join a big club. ‘There are many clubs interested, we’ll know everything in a few weeks.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 29 Jun 2019 2:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link AC Milan drop Lucas Torreira pusruit to focus on Arsenal transfer target Dennis Praetcenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Carlo ­Ancelotti the ‘wrong choice’ to replace Freddie Ljungberg, says Arsenal hero Alan Smith

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Dec 2019 10:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Alan Smith says Ancelotti is the ‘wrong choice’ for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Despite his success in Europe, Ancelotti would be the ‘wrong choice’ for Arsenal, according to club legend Smith, who instead believes the Gunners should target Mikel Arteta.ADVERTISEMENT‘Arsenal cannot lean on a solid rearguard, and that obvious lack of resilience and organisation makes the task so much harder for the new man,’ Smith told the Evening Standard.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘That’s why I repeat my firm belief that the situation demands an innovative, inspirational coach, someone with the ability to quickly instil a decisive vision and culture on the training ground that transfers to match days in a positive way.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘For me, someone like Carlo ­Ancelotti would be the wrong choice.‘As successful as the Italian has been, he’s more of an old-school manager who steadies the ship through clever man-management. Arsenal’s predicament has moved beyond that.‘It requires a tough visionary who can grab hold of this squad and fashion a way of playing that, in the short term, will achieve better results by making the team harder to play against. Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with a move to Arsenal following Unai Emery’s sacking (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith says Arsenal need to appoint an ‘innovative and inspirational’ manager and has urged his former club against targeting Carlo ­Ancelotti.Ancelotti, 60, has emerged as a candidate to join the Gunners following Unai Emery‘s sacking at the end of last month.The Italian, who was axed by Napoli last week, has won three Champions Leagues and domestic titles in England, Italy, France and Germany. Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of the Gunners (Picture: Getty)‘I said it last week and I’ll say it again. Mikel Arteta has what it takes. I just hope that the Arsenal board feel the same way.’Freddie Ljungberg has endured a mixed start to his managerial career at the Emirates and Arsenal sit ninth in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s clash with defending champions Manchester City.The Gunners have won just five of their 16 league games this season but beat London rivals West Ham on Monday evening.MORE: Martin Keown hails Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli and slams ‘lucky’ Freddie LjungbergMORE: Napoli to submit £21m transfer offer for Lucas Torreira if Arsenal reject loan deal Commentcenter_img Carlo ­Ancelotti the ‘wrong choice’ to replace Freddie Ljungberg, says Arsenal hero Alan Smith Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann says coronavirus isn’t a ‘big concern’ for players

first_img FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘We have plenty of players who were actually infected, and most of them did not even show any symptoms.‘So I think for young, healthy, people with a strong immune system it’s not such a big concern.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalNewcastle United left-back Danny Rose slammed the Premier League’s plans for ‘Project Restart’ and isn’t in any hurry to get back to playing football, regardless of the potential morale boost it could provide for the country.‘The Government’s saying bring back football to boost the morale of the nation… I don’t give a f**k about the nation’s morale,’ said Rose on Instagram.‘People’s lives are at risk! Football shouldn’t be spoken about til numbers have dropped massively. It’s b******s.’MORE: Tackling to be banned in training and pitches disinfected in Premier League’s plan for Project RestartMORE: Tackling to be banned in training and pitches disinfected in Premier League’s plan for Project RestartFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 May 2020 10:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann says coronavirus isn’t a ‘big concern’ for players Advertisement Lehmann recently recovered from a bout coronavirus himself (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says footballers concerned about playing during the coronavirus pandemic will have to just ‘get on with it’ until a vaccine is discovered.Earlier this week, the Government gave the Premier League the green light to return at the start of June behind closed doors, while ‘avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact’.Whilst other European leagues such as the Eredivisie in the Netherlands and Ligue 1 in France have decided to cancel their domestic campaigns, Germany’s Bundesliga is due to restart on Saturday.Lehmann, who recently made a full recovery from Covid-19 himself, urged players to get back on the pitch as he believes the virus is not a ‘big concern’ for fit and healthy athletes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In the end, you have to live with it, because the only thing that this lockdown is based on is the hope that eventually we are going to find a vaccine or some medicine which cures it. But there’s only hope,’ he told beIN Sports. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live‘So far we don’t have anything. Because of that, you cannot shut down everything. So you have to get on with it.‘As long as the symptoms are not that bad, I think players have to cope with it. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour disagrees with Mikel Arteta over David Luiz

first_img Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta wants David Luiz to remain at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I think he says he wants a two-year deal as well. It’s a massive decision Arsenal have got to make. If I was Arsenal I would be saying no. ‘He’s had some good games when I’ve been over there at the Emirates at certain times, but for me he makes too many mistakes at wrong times in games and he doesn’t learn from it.‘As I said when he signed he will make mistakes and he will cost you at times but that’s why they brought him in to give them that bit of experience. I’ve heard he’s a great lad around the dressing room.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He’s a fantastic leader and his career has been excellent. You look at the medals he’s won, Champions Leagues. He’s been very successful in England. I just think it’s time for Arsenal to say no.‘That’s not the road we want to go down, we need to improve, even if you bring in some more youngsters or try and bring a centre-half in. Defending is an art and you’ve got to learn it from a young age.’MORE: Justin Kluivert hopes Henrikh Mkhitaryan will stay at Roma amid Arsenal swap deal speculationMORE: Mikel Arteta praises ‘extraordinary’ Eddie Nketiah after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Jun 2020 8:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link125Shares Advertisement Arsenal legend Ray Parlour disagrees with Mikel Arteta over David Luiz David Luiz may have played his last game for Arsenal following his red card against Manchester City (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta is making a mistake by championing David Luiz and urging the board to extend the error-prone defender’s contract, according to Arsenal legend Ray Parlour.Luiz’s contract expires at the end of the month and with an agreement still to be agreed over an extension, the Brazilian could well have played his last game for the club following a disastrous performance against Manchester City on Wednesday night.After he was introduced as an early replacement for the injured Pablo Mari, Luiz was at fault for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal and was awarded his second red card of the campaign for a professional foul on Riyad Mahrez which led to Kevin de Bruyne’s successful penalty conversion. AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta stood by the former Chelsea star after the match and was effusive in his praise of his most experienced player. Luiz’s agent Kia Joorabchian, meanwhile, insists Luiz’s future will be sorted this week but Parlour is adamant it is time for Arsenal to cut their ties with a player who has already stated he wants to return to Benfica before he retires.ADVERTISEMENTHe told talkSPORT: ‘His age is well against him. It depends on what sort of money he wants. I’m sure he’s on a very very good contract at Arsenal the way they got him in, so he’s not going to get less money.last_img read more

Willian speaks out on Chelsea future amid transfer interest from Manchester United and Arsenal

first_imgWillian speaks out on Chelsea future amid transfer interest from Manchester United and Arsenal Willian scored in Chelsea’s win over Man City (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are now firmly in the driving seat when it comes to qualifying for Champions League football and opened up a five-point gap between them and United.Despite the huge win, Frank Lampard warned his players the fight wasn’t over with seven games left to play.‘It’s a big three points for us, but we’re in a battle here,’ the Chelsea coach said.‘It’s not going to be decided by that game. It’s a nice result that will give us confidence, but the consistency that we produce to the end of the season is what will define us this year if we are to get the finish we want to have.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’m not getting carried away. We can get better. We can be better on the ball.‘We can have more possession. It’s one of the only games in which we didn’t have the lion’s share of possession but we have to accept that tonight and be happy with the result.‘We had to work a lot off the ball, as you do with Pep Guardiola teams and Manchester City. ‘The way the lads showed the work ethic and focus throughout the game, how dangerous we were; we had the better chances in the game.’ Frank Lampard congratulates Liverpool on league winTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:20FullscreenFrank Lampard congratulates Liverpool on league winhttps://metro.co.uk/video/frank-lampard-congratulates-liverpool-league-win-2199250/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Frank Leboeuf reserves special praise for ‘fantastic’ Christian Pulisic after Chelsea beat Manchester CityMORE: Manchester United make contact with former Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga over shock transfer moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentcenter_img Coral BarryFriday 26 Jun 2020 6:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Willian’s deal expires soon (Picture: Getty)Willian has suggested he could yet stay at Chelsea after attracting transfer interest from Manchester United and Arsenal.The Brazilian appeared certain to leave when his contract expires at the end of the 2019/20 season and several of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals are vying to secure his signature.But after agreeing a short-term deal to see out the remainder of the campaign with Chelsea, Willian hinted he could stay at Stamford Bridge.‘I want to finish the season well if I go, or maybe I can stay,’ he told the club website after Chelsea’s victory over Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t know but what I want now is to play well and for Chelsea to finish in the top four.’AdvertisementAdvertisementHe added: ‘We know teams that come from behind want to win to go in the top four as well so we have to do our job.’Willian scored a crucial penalty against City on Thursday to make sure of three vital points. Advertisementlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola sends message to Arsenal board after Mikel Arteta’s transfer plea

first_img Comment Manchester City are looking to defend their 2019 crown (Picture: Getty)Guardiola is refusing to underestimate Arsenal despite beating the north London club in their last seven meetings.And the City head coach is confident the Gunners can go on and become a major force if they support Arteta ‘in terms of investment’ and give him the players he requires.‘We approach Arsenal the same as we for the other teams,’ Guardiola said.‘They’re one of the elite clubs in English football, especially in the last 20-30 years. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘And I’m pretty sure they have brought the right person to come back and the position before when the club supports him, there are no better people to do the job than Mikel. ‘I have the feeling he’s creating something unique and if he is supported by the club in terms of investment and given the players that they need, they will be another contender for the next few years.’Which club will progress through to the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Manchester City0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Mikel Arteta discusses Man City weaknesses and Arsenal game plan for FA Cup semi-finalMORE: Mikel Arteta shuts down Alexandre Lacazette question and reveals talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over Arsenal future Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Jul 2020 4:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal take on Manchester City for a place in the FA Cup final this weekend (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola says Arsenal can be a major ‘contender’ in English football over the next few years as long as the club give Mikel Arteta the financial backing he needs to build a successful squad. Arteta worked alongside Guardiola as Manchester City’s assistant for three-and-a-half years but stepped down to take charge of Arsenal following Unai Emery’s dismissal in December.It was a case of master triumphing over apprentice in the Premier League last month as Guardiola’s City defeated Arsenal 3-0 at the Etihad – and Arteta will be desperate to get his revenge when they do battle for a place in the FA Cup final this weekend. Arsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:24FullscreenArsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-man-city-pep-guardiola-press-conference-2212652/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Gunners will be buoyed by their victory over Liverpool on Wednesday night which kept their Europa League qualification hopes alive and Arteta has received widespread praise for the promising start he’s made in the hot seat at the Emirates. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut the Spaniard admitted after the 2-1 win that Arsenal’s lack of spending power could be a ‘big concern’ in this summer’s transfer market. Arteta had to settle for just two loan signings in the January transfer window – although Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares’ moves have since been made permanent – and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future remains in doubt, with the striker’s current contract due to expire in 2021. Mikel Arteta previews Man City FA Cup semi-final clashTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 17:22FullscreenMikel Arteta previews Man City FA Cup semi-final clashhttps://metro.co.uk/video/mikel-arteta-previews-man-city-fa-cup-semi-final-clash-2212592/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Asked whether he had been given a guarantee of funds, Arteta replied: ‘You know, you just have to see how they build these squads. ‘There is no magic, you need to improve with quality, quality players in the squad. And you need bigger squads to compete in this competition and this is the challenge.’ On whether he faces a similar task to the one assigned to Arsene Wenger when he took charge back in 1996, Arteta added: ‘I think the context is different I think the competition in the country is much harder than what it was before.‘Arsene did some incredible things, brought some new ideas, a new philosophy to the country and he was very successful. ‘I have done nothing yet and have everything to do. We need support, we need belief and we need to go in the direction.’ Advertisement Pep Guardiola sends message to Arsenal board after Mikel Arteta’s transfer plea Advertisementlast_img read more

Mental Health Awareness Month, 2015

first_imgMental Health Awareness Month, 2015 April 24, 2015 Human Services,  Proclamations Governor Wolf Proclamation — Mental Health Awareness Month, 2015 by Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img

BLOG: Pennsylvania Has a Fair Funding Formula: Sorry, Delaware and North Carolina

first_imgBLOG: Pennsylvania Has a Fair Funding Formula: Sorry, Delaware and North Carolina Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary center_img June 02, 2016 Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog,  Videos A landmark report in 2013 revealed a stark ranking for Pennsylvania: we were one of only three states without a funding formula to fairly, equitably and adequately distribute new funding to school districts.This week, Governor Tom Wolf signed Pennsylvania’s fair funding formula into law.And that leaves Delaware and North Carolina alone as states without a fair funding formula.While this is a victory for students, their parents, teachers and school administrators, it is not a singular or quick fix.As Governor Wolf has pointed out and education advocates have pushed, in order for the formula to work, the General Assembly must allocate more money for our schools.Only more funding, not the formula alone can solve another ranking problem for the commonwealth: A ranking of states regarding school-funding equity found Pennsylvania in 47th place.As Governor Wolf works toward a final 2016-2017 budget, he will be fighting to push more funding out so Pennsylvania’s schools can start to move forward.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Touts Workforce Development, Job Training Programs in Lancaster

first_img December 16, 2016 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today visited Tec Centro in Lancaster to highlight the importance of workforce development and job training, especially for middle class families and underserved communities.“Tec Centro is a remarkable program, combining language development, basic education, skills training, and job placement into one comprehensive service that helps people gain the experience and training they need to get jobs right here in Lancaster,” Governor Wolf said. “The Commonwealth’s investment of $250,000, at the urging of Rep. Mike Sturla (Lancaster), will allow Tec Centro to deliver their premier training programs to more residents of Lancaster.“This expansion will be an essential component in their plan to bring education and job training to the residents of Lancaster County, so that they can be prepared to join the workforce and have the skills needed to fill, and excel in, good middle class, family sustaining jobs.”Governor Wolf’s core focus includes ensuring Pennsylvania’s economy is creating middle class jobs and that Pennsylvania workers have access to training that prepares them to take hold of those jobs. Nearly 100,000 more Pennsylvanians are working since this time two years ago, and in 2016, the Wolf Administration secured commitments for creating and retaining more than 200,000 full-time jobs and the investment of nearly $1.1 billion in Pennsylvania’s economy.Tec Centro’s service delivery system integrates language development, adult basic education, skills training, and job placement into one comprehensive service which is community based and culturally competent.“This funding will allow Lancaster’s Tec Centro to expand their services and provide great opportunities for the community,” said Rep. Sturla. “As the state’s premier bilingual vocation training center, it provides opportunities in family-sustaining careers. I am glad that I was able to help ensure they have the funding needed to educate and train as many individuals as possible.”Tec Centro has started to deeply address the workforce development issues affecting the Latino community in Lancaster. The success of Tec Centro will provide an important replication model much needed in Latino communities across the Commonwealth.“We are particularly pleased that Governor Wolf has visited Tec Centro because our leadership, staff, and students have been working diligently to create a workforce development vehicle that succeeds with marginalized communities who need an integrated strategy of language development, adult basic education, bilingual skills training, and job placement,” said Carlos Graupera, President and CEO of the Spanish American Civic Association, which runs Tec Centro. “Tec Centro has become an important vehicle in the Lancaster community for the advancement in the work force of unemployed as well as underemployed residents of our community.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Touts Workforce Development, Job Training Programs in Lancasterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Disaster Relief Funding Available for Philadelphia, Delaware County Farms

first_img Environment,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today notified farmland owners in Philadelphia and Delaware counties that they are eligible to receive disaster relief funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).“This year was unprecedented and unpredictable, with weather conditions that challenged farmers across the state,” said Governor Wolf. “This funding will be crucial to help those producers protect their investments and recoup some of their losses. I encourage anyone eligible in Philadelphia or Delaware counties to apply for this valuable federal relief.”The funding will help with losses caused by disasters that occurred during the 2018 crop year, such as excessive heat and drought. It is the result of a Secretarial disaster declaration and can include emergency loans from the federal Farm Service Agency (FSA).Eligible farmers can apply for loans for up to eight months after a Secretarial disaster declaration, and should contact their local FSA office for assistance. More information on USDA’s disaster assistance program, including county lists and maps, can be found at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov. Governor Wolf Announces Disaster Relief Funding Available for Philadelphia, Delaware County Farms November 08, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf: First Law to Take Guns from Abusers Goes into Effect

first_imgGov. Wolf: First Law to Take Guns from Abusers Goes into Effect SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Act 79, signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in October 2018, was the first law in Pennsylvania to truly take guns away from the dangerous abusers who use them to kill, terrorize and control. The law goes into effect tomorrow.“With Act 79, victims of domestic abuse will know that Pennsylvania is working to protect them from their abusers,” Gov. Wolf said. “The incidents of domestic violence where guns are involved in our commonwealth prove that this commonsense law is an important step to protect victims of domestic abuse, save lives, and hold abusers accountable for their actions. I thank the many advocates and our General Assembly for passage of House Bill 2060, now Act 79.”Gov. Wolf first called for the General Assembly to pass a package of domestic violence bills in October 2017, including Act 79’s domestic violence gun safety protections. One year later, he signed Act 79, the first law in 14 years to address gun violence.Act 79 includes additional safeguards to help protect victims of domestic violence, including:• New requirements around prohibiting abusers who have been issued a final protection from abuse orders issued after a contested hearing or conviction for misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence from possessing firearms and requires them to turn in their guns to law enforcement agencies within 24 hours while the order is in effect;• Eliminates the concern about simply relinquishing a firearm to a family member or friend;• Allows for the time that an individual is incarcerated not to be counted for the 90 days of a temporary PFA.The Pennsylvania State Police has taken the necessary steps to communicate the changes implemented by Act 79 to its members and is working with external stakeholders, including the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence to prepare for the implementation of Act 79. State Police is also updating the Protection from Abuse Database (PFAD) system so that all law enforcement agencies can access the new forms that are required by the statute.“Act 79 taking effect is a reminder that we need to do more to pass commonsense gun safety reforms, including universal background checks,” Gov. Wolf said. “We owe all Pennsylvanians a safe place to live and we need to continue working together to make that a reality.”center_img April 09, 2019last_img read more

Gov. Wolf’s Vision For Longtime Prosperity for Pennsylvania Agriculture Comes to Fruition

first_imgGov. Wolf’s Vision For Longtime Prosperity for Pennsylvania Agriculture Comes to Fruition SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 01, 2019center_img Bill Signing,  Budget News,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s vision of a path to longtime prosperity for Pennsylvania agriculture came to fruition with the signing into law of new legislation establishing the Pennsylvania Farm Bill. The PA Farm Bill will make $23.1 million in strategic investments into the agriculture industry to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to entry, and cultivate future generations of leaders within agriculture.“The agricultural industry is the backbone of Pennsylvania’s economy. The PA Farm Bill is bold, aggressive, and necessary to protect our farming heritage and inspire the next generation of Pennsylvania farmers,” said Gov. Wolf. “Our commonwealth flourishes when Pennsylvanians have access to high-quality, locally sourced products – and when our farmers are competitive in a diverse range of markets. The historic investments made through the PA Farm Bill will improve the lives of all residents for years to come and create a pathway for a dynamic and prosperous farming economy in Pennsylvania.”The PA Farm Bill will provide support for and continued investments in the commonwealth’s agriculture industry, was modeled after Gov. Wolf’s six-point plan, which he first presented publicly last August at Ag Progress Days.“In my 20 years of public service, this is the largest investment I’ve ever seen made in Pennsylvania agriculture,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Thanks to Governor Wolf, this is the beginning of a new era of opportunities for our state’s top industry, and we’re proud to be here to witness it.”The PA Farm Bill will:Develop New Resources for Agriculture Business Development and Succession Planning• Invest $2 million to create the Agriculture Business Development Center to support business planning, marketing, diversification, and transition planning services to Pennsylvania farmers.• Create a realty transfer tax exemption for any transfer of preserved farmland to a qualified beginning farmer.• Provide for the construction and use of a residence for the landowner or an employee and provides for the subdivision of preserved farmlands.Increase Opportunities for Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Workforce• Create the PA Farm to School Grant Program, funded at $500,000, for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students to support increased nutrition and agriculture education.• Re-establish the Agriculture and Youth Development grant program with an investment of $500,000 to support workforce development initiatives for agriculture and youth organizations such as FFA and 4-H.Remove Regulatory Burdens and Strengthen the State’s Agricultural Business Climate• Expand the allowable width for use of implements of agriculture husbandry from 16 feet to 18 feet.• Allocate $500,000 to the Agriculture Linked Investment Program to provide low-interest loans for conservation practices.• Support the Conservation Excellence Grant program with $2.5 million to fund best management practices in priority areas of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.• Expand Resource Enhancement and Protection Tax Credits by $3 million to raise the lifetime cap and increase availability.Create More Processing Capabilities• Expand Pennsylvania’s Dairy Investment Program, funded at $5 million, to support innovation, value-added processing, marketing, and organic transitions in the dairy industry.• Utilize $500,000 to incentivize access to meat processing inspections for small farmers or butchers to reimburse costs for federal inspection compliance to access new markets.• Invest $1 million to create the Center for Animal Agriculture Excellence, which will assist with expanding processing capacity, providing technical assistance and resources for food safety compliance and establishing hemp as an approved animal feed.Increase Market Opportunities and Grow the Organic Sector• Invest $500,000 to support a state-level Specialty Crop Block Grant program to invest in priority crops for Pennsylvania, such as hardwoods, hemp, and hops.• Bolster enrollment in the Homegrown by Heroes Program by providing an additional $1 million to the PA Preferred program.• Improve agriculture infrastructure in urban areas by investing $500,000 in the Urban Agricultural Infrastructure Grant Program.• Direct $1.6 million in funding to support PA Preferred and create the PA Preferred Organic Initiative to enhance the growth of the organic sector.Protect Agriculture Infrastructure• Continue the fight against the Spotted Lanternfly and create the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account, funded at $4 million, to provide a quick response to the next agricultural disaster, whether animal health, plant health, or foodborne illness.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Outline COVID-19 Mitigation Guidance for Montgomery County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

first_imgGov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Outline COVID-19 Mitigation Guidance for Montgomery County, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 12, 2020center_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor and Secretary of Health Take Aggressive Action to Stop SpreadGovernor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine this afternoon provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including one new presumptive positive case in Pike County, bringing the state’s total to 22, and guidance on how to reduce the spread of the virus.“In Montgomery County, we are aggressively moving to a mitigation phase, and statewide we are providing guidance to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Gov. Wolf.The governor provided applicable guidance to reduce the spread of the virus in the state over the next 14 days, specifically for commonwealth facilities and public buildings in Montgomery County, which with 13 cases has the most presumptive positive cases in the state.Guidance for Montgomery County and the Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaApplicabilityThe following guidance will be in place starting tomorrow, March 13, for fourteen days.We will evaluate our options throughout that period, and continue to communicate to you as we learn more.Montgomery CountyA no visitor policy will be implemented for correctional facilities, nursing homes, and others to be evaluated.Schools in Montgomery County will be closed starting tomorrow, as will child care centers licensed by the Commonwealth.Adult day care centers will be closed.Freedom of travel will remain, but the Governor and the Commonwealth ask all people to refrain from non-essential travel.Essential services will be available: police, fire, and emergency medical services, essential services for vulnerable populations.Supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open. The Governor and the Commonwealth recommends that non-essential retail facilities close.AMTRAK will begin operating a reduced schedule and the Ardmore stop will close to AMTRAK trains for two weeks, beginning tomorrow. The Wolf Administration is also working directly with SEPTA to evaluate potential impacts and will continue to provide service updates as things evolve.Commonwealth EmployeesThe Office of Administration will provide a message to all Commonwealth employees regarding those who work or live in Montgomery County.This includes individuals who live in Montgomery County and work in other counties and those who live in other counties and work in Montgomery County.Individuals will be instructed to work from home.The Commonwealth is authorizing a 10 workday paid absence for individuals who don’t have telework capabilities.Facilities that are in Montgomery County that are Commonwealth facilities and provide essential services will remain open.Facilities that are administered by Montgomery County will follow the same procedures as the county.StatewideThe Wolf Administration strongly encourages the suspension of large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more.The Wolf Administration discourages individuals from traveling to recreational activities like gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls.The Wolf Administration encourages religious leaders to exercise discretion in order to mitigate the spread of illness.State correctional facilities and veterans homes have already introduced a statewide visitor ban to ensure the safety of inmates, residents, staff and visitors.COVID-19 Case Information UpdateThe Department of Health advised that the state now has 22 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, including one new presumptive positive case in Pike County – an adult who is in isolation at home and who came in contact with someone from another state who tested positive for COVID-19.State presumptive positive totals as of 2 p.m. include:Montgomery County: 13Bucks County: 2Philadelphia County: 1Monroe County: 2Delaware County: 1Wayne County: 1Northampton: 1Pike County: 1The Department of Health stressed the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.Clean surfaces frequently.If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.Quotes from Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary Rachel Levine“I strongly encourage the statewide suspension of large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more and discourage people from traveling to recreational activities such as gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls,” Gov. Wolf said. “And while people are free to travel, I ask that everyone refrain from non-essential travel. We all need to do our part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The time to do this is now. We cannot wait.”“Essential services in Montgomery County – police, fire, and emergency medical services, public transportation, essential services for vulnerable populations such as our facilities for people with intellectual disabilities and autism – will still be operational,” Gov. Wolf said. “Supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open, but we do recommend that non-essential retail facilities close.”“This situation is quickly evolving, even for us here at the Department of Health,” Dr. Levine said. “It can be overwhelming and scary to hear that you should stay home. Aside from practicing good health habits, we want you to practice good self-care to ensure your body is getting the proper nutrients from fruits, vegetables and getting enough sleep.”“As this situation evolves, we will continually update Pennsylvanians through our website, health.pa.gov, our Facebook page and our Twitter account,” Dr. Levine said. “It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health.”Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, GraphicsFor the daily COVID-19 Report, visit here.For all press releases regarding coronavirus, please visit here.Find the latest information on the coronavirus here.Photos of the state’s lab in Exton are available for download and use here.Coronavirus and preparedness graphics are available here near the bottom of the page: On.pa.gov/coronaviruslast_img read more

Gov. Wolf, Secretary Levine Provide Updated Guidance, Stress Need for Compliance as Cases Rise

first_imgGov. Wolf, Secretary Levine Provide Updated Guidance, Stress Need for Compliance as Cases Rise SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 20, 2020center_img Press Release,  Public Health Updated Business GuidanceBusiness Waiver Application FormFAQ on Business GuidanceGovernor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine provided an update today on their orders to close all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania at 8 p.m. yesterday, March 19, as the state seeks relief to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19 and help workers and businesses through this challenging and quickly changing situation.“Yesterday, I made the difficult decision to order the closure of the physical locations of businesses that are not critical to sustaining life in a pandemic, and to practice social distancing for all others,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re in an unprecedented crisis and we need to use every tool at our disposal. The difficult decisions we make now will make it possible for our health care workers to manage this crisis as we see the full brutality of the virus in the coming weeks.”The orders to close the physical locations of all non-life-sustaining business took effect at 8 p.m. last night, March 19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Businesses are encouraged to use virtual or telework operations if they can do so.A list of both life-sustaining and non-life-sustaining businesses is here. Business guidance has been updated after conversations with businesses, stakeholders, and individuals—in consultation with the Department of Health—and has been aligned with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency advisory released yesterday.This is an evolving situation and decisions will continue to be made and revisited as needed. If a business listed for closure believes it could help mitigate this crisis by providing a life sustaining service, it can seek an exemption. Businesses can get a waiver application through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. or may contact the Department of Community and Economic Development at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH and selecting option 1.“I was a business owner for much of my adult life and I understand your concerns,” said Gov. Wolf. “These are uncharted waters and we’re going to do everything we can to help the people and businesses of Pennsylvania.”DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. Governor Wolf announced yesterday the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).The spread of COVID-19 is increasing at an exponential pace, especially in urban areas and southeast Pennsylvania. New cases are beginning to appear in other counties, which suggests community spread. The Department of Health reported earlier today there were 83 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 268 Pennsylvanians who have tested positive in 26 counties.“While we continue to be concerned about the spread of this virus to seniors, a preliminary analysis from the CDC this week shows that 20 percent of all hospitalized patients in the U.S. are between 20 and 44 years old,” said Dr. Rachel Levine. “We are seriously concerned that individuals in their 20 to 44 age range are not heeding the message to stay home and are creating an unnecessary risk to themselves and others.”The Department of Health is working with health systems and hospitals to determine their current abilities to handle a surge of people needing hospitalization and the commonwealth is looking for all options to add capacity for the health care system to care for a surge of Pennsylvanians needing care.“There is one way to make sure people don’t need to be hospitalized and we don’t strain our health care system: Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe,” said Dr. Levine.last_img read more

Perth’s Brisbane Hotel hits the market

first_imgDon’t let the name fool you. The Brisbane Hotel might be on Brisbane St, but it’s most definitely in Perth and it’s most definitely for sale.The well-known Perth watering hole on the corner of Beaufort St in Highgate on Perth’s city fringe will be sold after undergoing significant renovations in recent years.The double-storey hotel includes ground level bars, a restaurant and beer garden, with a function room and office on the upper level.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoRead the full story on Commercial Newslast_img read more

Beach paradise home to A-listers hits the market

first_imgA pocket of paradise that has hosted international celebrities has been listed for sale.The resort-like ‘Trinity Beach Palace’, 15 minutes’ drive north of Cairns, offers the ultimate in luxury living, with a pristine beach right outside the front gate. Gallery (5 images)Step out your front gate onto pristine beach. Picture: Queensland Sotheby’s International RealtySelling agent Simon Cowan, of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty, says the home has been rented by A-listers.“There’s also been a couple of very famous bands stay there as well and one band in particular wrote some of their music there,” Cowan says.“Some renowned chefs have stayed there as well – Michelin star chefs.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:21Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p360p360p240p240pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe Courier Mail’s Amanda Lucas05:22The property has already attracted significant interest, with a few interested buyers, including a mining consortium and a potential buyer from Melbourne.The current owners bought the property in 2007 but are selling up after moving to Brisbane, and have rented it out for $10,000-$15,000 a week.The home is spread over one single storey, with high cathedral ceilings to add a spacious feel and ensure flow-through ventilation.The enormous open plan living area incorporates sitting and dining zones, a commercial-sized bar and gourmet kitchen.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoA pool with an ocean view. Picture: Queensland Sotheby’s International RealtyThe home’s decor combines African South Sea Island themes, accentuated by columns of quartz from the nearby Atherton Tablelands.There are five king-sized bedrooms, six bathrooms (including four ensuites), a safari-themed den and library, gymnasium, sauna and golf practice range. A resort-style pool with open bath-house and two outdoor bars overlooking the Coral Sea complete the amenities.The home is for sale with price on application.last_img read more

Gold Coast beachside shack to go under the hammer after 46 years with one owner

first_imgRay White Broadbeach agent Troy Fitzgerald outside 20 Riviera Rd, Miami. Picture: Jerad WilliamsA GOLD Coast beachside shack, on the market after 46 years with one owner, is expected to fetch a seven-digit dollar figure at auction next month.The home is likely to attract plenty of buyer interest and a high sale price – given that it’s now almost impossible to find a house east of the Gold Coast Highway for less than a $1 million.Ray White Broadbeach marketing agent Troy Fitzgerald, who is taking the Miami property to auction on April 1, said the suburb was “a little bit understated”.“That pocket has got a lot of growth still,” he said. “It is the first of that type of property to be on the market in years, and it’s going to set a bit of a benchmark on other properties in the area.”The two-bedroom Miami shack hasn’t changed much. This was taken around 1971 when Gweneth and George Dean bought the property. Her children in the photo are now 50 and 52.Brisbane-based vendors Gweneth and George Dean bought the Miami property in 1971 for just $6500.“We had always holidayed in Burleigh Heads and we had another holiday house there,” 80-year-old Mrs Dean said.“During the 1971 Christmas break I happened to see a property in Riviera Rd, Miami, advertised for $6500 which I felt was worth investigating.” 20 Riviera Rd, Miami.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMrs Dean said the family used to visit Burleigh Heads fortnightly and were initially attracted to the vibe of the area.“Burleigh was always a very family orientated area,” she said.“It got to a stage where we looked upon ourselves as being half local. You knew every second person you’d meet along the street.”But she said the demographic had now changed with new developments and a younger crowd moving in.“It’s now probably more tourist orientated and there’s very few of the older residents left.” she said.20 Riviera Rd, Miami in the 1970s.Since they bought 20 Riviera Rd, the Deans have only painted the property.“The last (and current) tenancy contract was signed in 2000 and although there were occasional changes of individuals the present tenant has been there since 2004,” Ms Dean said.“We have never lost a week’s rent in that time.”Mrs Dean acknowledged the property might be snapped up by developers due to its medium-density zoning and proximity to the beach.“We assumed that might happen and that’s one of the reasons we didn’t do a lot of work on it,” she said.What else you could buy in 1971?23 inch TV, $20Vegemite 4oz, 22c (113 grams)Fridge, $39Lip stick, 69cAjax washing power 20oz, 39c (566g)1964 Holden Station Wagon, $1045 20 Riviera Rd, Miami.The 536sq m block, just 200m from the beach, included an old two-bedroom weatherboard house which was built in the 1930s.“We bought it purely as an investment as we used the Burleigh house whenever we were down,” Mrs Dean said.“The area was very quiet. The house was called ‘Tween Hills’ as it was directly ‘between the hills’ of North Burleigh and Miami/ Nobby.”Highly sought-after Riviera Rd is a mix of unit blocks and luxury homes including the highest-seller – a four-bedroom home at No. 13. Riviera connects the Gold Coast Highway with popular Marine Pde.last_img read more

How to beat the competition in a fast-selling property market

first_imgCompetition for inner-city property in Brisbane is heating up. Picture: Chris HigginsCOMPETITION for inner-city property is heating up, with a shortage of stock seeing homes snapped up fast.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chairman and Bees Nees City Realty managing director Rob Honeycombe said it was becoming more common for Brisbane properties to receive multiple offers.Mr Honeycombe said there was a shortage of stock in the inner Brisbane market, so good property at fair prices was selling quickly.“We’re at an interesting point in the market where people aren’t wanting to sell but there’s still a reasonable number of buyers,” he said.When houses are selling fast, you’ve got to be faster than rival buyers.So, how can buyers compete? These three tips will help your offer come out on top.1. Get on to real estate agents’ data basesFind out what’s coming up before everyone else by contacting agents in your preferred neighbourhoods. Some agencies have weekly alerts you can sign up to which give buyers a chance to hear about and inspect new listings before they’re launched to the market. “We often have owners wanting to sell but unsure if they’re up for a full campaign, and their properties are offered off-market to our database.”“There are some excellent opportunities, often with far less competition from other buyers. “Sellers can save thousands with this method so buyers often share the benefits.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE 2. Get smarter about searching online Instead of letting an online search sort properties to the default setting of ‘most relevant’ or ‘featured’, try sorting by price order.That way you might find something that suits for less than you expected.“It’s also a great way to find out what a seller really wants when there’s an auction or no advertised price, as they have to authorise the search price in the back end of the online listing.” These are the Queensland suburbs where if you take your time you could miss out 3. Look at older listings first This tip could save you thousands. Try sorting the online search results by oldest listing first and you can often negotiate more easily with the seller.According to Mr Honeycombe, usually after 30 or 45 days on the market a new advertisement will expire and revert to standard listing, and unless the seller coughs up more money it will become harder to find in the default-ranked results. “So here’s the opportunity — when do you think many sellers adjust their asking prices if they’re not sold? Their competitively-priced listings, ripe for the picking, are tucked away in the basic web ads and missed by the vast majority of other homebuyers.”last_img read more

Big switch from capital to family suburb for pair

first_imgThe outdoor area at 651 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.Ms Lammie said Fig Tree Pocket was a family-orientated suburb.“There’s that really old-fashioned childhood feeling to it,” she said. “People ride horses, children can ride their bikes and the location is great; it’s so close to good schools.” 651 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.A young couple who relocated from Canberra will now call Fig Tree Pocket home.The couple bought the spacious five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 651 Jesmond Rd for $1.62 million.Cathy Lammie Property selling agent Cathy Lammie said the couple were set to move into their new home last weekend. 651 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Ms Lammie said award-winning Tabrizi Homes created the stunning masterpiece.She said she received three written offers for the property. The home features a media room, a room downstairs perfect for when guests stay, and a swimming pool ideal for the summer months.center_img The kitchen area at 651 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket.Ms Lammie said the property was across the road from acres of parkland and just a three-minute walk from Fig Tree Pocket State School.The property, only 10km to the CBD, is also close to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.last_img read more

Grand home has all the right features for those keen to flaunt success

first_img9 Derby Street, Hendra is an absolute crackerThe stunning two-level home has five-bedroom, four-bathroom accommodation suited to a high-end owner who’s ready to revel in the good life.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThe finish throughout is stunningIt’s the architectural finish of the 467sq m structure that’s sure to catch the eye, according to Ray White Ascot marketing consultant, Leigh Kortlang.“The centrepiece of the house, a soaring six metre ‘breeze-corridor’ brings an abundance of uninterrupted North-Easterly sunlight and cool Moreton Bay breezes into all corners of the house,” she said.For the host/hostess with the mostest, there’s an entertainment ‘hub’ with media den and kitchenette, as well as an envy-inducing pool area that will happily host a riot of revellers. Soaring ceilings and open plan design are all featuresFollow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook on Kieran Clair — journo A great place for guests to gatherBut it’s the ensuite that might cause a stir among more modest buyers.“The main suite is the ultimate parent’s haven; including a stunning ‘open-plan’ bathroom, ‘his and hers’ vanity and showers, walk in robe and a private balcony,” said Ms Kortlang.The beautiful freestanding bath is positioned next to the large balcony door so you will certainly feel the breeze and catch a view after stepping from a soak. This architectural home features high-end finishes and an open plan ensuite – no more knocking on the door to check whose in the tub.ARE you the shy retiring type, or do you prefer to telegraph success? 9 Derby St, Hendra is up for auction Saturday September 9, and the new owner will need to be a bit of an extrovert — particularly if they plan to take a bath. Hello sunshine! A tub with a viewAnd the early-morning commute time will be reduced by the short three-step stroll from bed to tub. $1.48M UNIT WITH SHOWER NEXT TO BED last_img read more

Brisbane auctions to span the price spectrum this weekend

first_imgWEEKEND AUCTION: 244 Baroona Road, Paddington — 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 car space — goes to auction at 10am on Saturday. Picture: realestate.com.auA MIXED bag of properties from fixer-uppers to penthouses and luxury hillside homes should produce very diverse results at auctions in Brisbane this weekend.A total of 86 homes in greater Brisbane will go under the hammer this weekend, 61 of which were to be held on Saturday and a massive 25 on Sunday. WEEKEND: Queenslanders galore on auction list 10AM: Scope to add your own style 2PM: War hero’s home going under the hammer SUNDAY AUCTION: Is this Brisbane’s most luxurious home? 112 Mein Street, Hendra; Auction: Sat 21-Oct-17 11:00AM; 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, 2 car spaces.Originally 94 homes were scheduled for auction but eight had to be cancelled because they sold beforehand — seven of those had been scheduled for Saturday and one for Sunday.A 1920s cottage at 12 Prince Street, Paddington led the charge for homes that went under contract before they could go to auction. The tiny 273sq m size of the block was not enough to deter interest, with the prime location spurring demand. No figure has been given for the sale price but it last sold in 2009 for $595,000 according to CoreLogic records. 166 Stratton Terrace, Manly Qld; 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms, 2 car spaces; Auction: Sat 21-Oct-17 3:30PM. Sold before auction: 4 Arctic Street, Upper Mount Gravatt; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 5 car spaces. *FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER on Twitter or Facebook FREE: Get The Courier-Mail’s real estate news direct to your inbox BRISBANE’S AUCTION TIMETABLE:SATURDAY 8:45AM 7 Myrtle Street, Grange, Qld 4051 9:00AM 10 Rotorua Court, Aspley, Qld 4034 28 Deighton Road, Dutton Park, Qld 4102 9:30AM 93 Forest Street, Moorooka, Qld 4105 6 Lamona Circuit, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 10:00AM 28 Charlotte Street, Wavell Heights, Qld 4012 118 Bell Street, Kangaroo Point, Qld 4169 25a Emma Street, Red Hill, Qld 4059 24 Glenmorgan Street, Keperra, Qld 4054 95 Hows Road, Nundah, Qld 4012 31 Orcades Road, Yeronga, Qld 4104 18 Rous Street, Hendra, Qld 4011 6 Elizabeth Street, Paddington, Qld 4064 244 Baroona Road, Paddington, Qld 4064 4/27 Second Avenue, Sandgate, Qld 4017 54 Eagle Street, Alderley, Qld 4051 10:30AM 73 Jardine Street, Stafford, Qld 4053 11:00AM 39 Granville Street, West End, Qld 4101 17 Adios Cl, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 31 Dolomite Street, Runcorn, Qld 4113 59 Gumdale Street, Wakerley, Qld 4154 112 Mein Street, Hendra, Qld 4011 20 Athol Street, Yeronga, Qld 4104 12 Walter Street, Toowong, Qld 4066 3/43 Simpsons Road, Bardon, Qld 4065 11:30AM 435 Musgrave Road, Coopers Plains, Qld 4108 24 Dance Crescent, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 4113 12:00PM 99 Raff Avenue, Holland Park, Qld 4121 19 Glasgow Street, Ashgrove, Qld 4060 26 Fosbery Street, Windsor, Qld 4030 10 Vista Street, Bardon, Qld 4065 100 Franklin Street, Annerley, Qld 4103 CHURCH 27 Ruth Street, Corinda, Qld 4075 140 Turner Road, Kedron, Qld 4031 12:30PM More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago 4 Arpege Crescent, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 4113 17 Conlan Street, Carina Heights, Qld 4152 1:00PM 34a Yardley Avenue, Ashgrove, Qld 4060 77 Barkala Street, The Gap, Qld 4061 84 Harding Street, Hendra, Qld 4011 1:30PM 42 Emma Street, Holland Park West, Qld 4121 16 Geelong Street, East Brisbane, Qld 4169 2:00PM 5/10 Fortitude Street, Auchenflower, Qld 4066 77 Fletcher Parade, Bardon, Qld 4065 13 Colworth Street, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 101 Kingsley Terrace, Manly, Qld 4179 28 Lunga Street, Carina, Qld 4152 9 Bulimba Parade, Bulimba, Qld 4171 45 Gaynesford Street, Mount Gravatt, Qld 4122 2:30PM 202/21-23 Victoria Street, Windsor, Qld 4030 14 Littler Street, Sunnybank, Qld 4109 3:00PM 5 Bride Street, Wynnum, Qld 4178 49 Wentworth Parade, Balmoral, Qld 4171 264 Gardner Road, Rochedale, Qld 4123 4 Edzell Place, Carindale, Qld 4152 14 Allardyce Street, Graceville, Qld 4075 3:30PM 166 Stratton Terrace, Manly, Qld 4179 PIC 10 Kanuka Street, Algester, Qld 4115 4:00PM 2/38 Vincent Street, Indooroopilly, Qld 4068 286 Formosa Road, Gumdale, Qld 4154 95 Stephen Street, Camp Hill, Qld 4152 6:00PM 27 Vardon Street, Wilston, Qld 4051 SUNDAY 9:00AM 5/249 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld 4064 Historic terrace 22 Shaw Street, Auchenflower, Qld 4066 Commercial 9:30AM 15/11 Croydon Street, Toowong, Qld 4066 10:00AM 2217/180 Grey Street, South Bank, Qld 4101 3 Sussex Court, Carina Heights, Qld 4152 15 Normanby Terrace, Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059 76 Lockerbie Street, Kangaroo Point, Qld 4169 71 Park Road, Wooloowin, Qld 4030 2506/25 Anderson Street, Kangaroo Point, Qld 4169 4/22 Oxford Street, Woolloongabba, Qld 4102 29 Mullens Street, Hamilton, Qld 4007 18 Strath Street, Highgate Hill, Qld 4101 83 Hampstead Road, Highgate Hill, Qld 4101 4/18 Moray Street, New Farm, Qld 4005 103/180 Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill, Qld 4101 5/29 Bilyana Street, Balmoral, Qld 4171 9 Potts Street, East Brisbane, Qld 4169 6/10 Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe, Qld 4005 50 Hillside Crescent, Hamilton, Qld 4007 1500 Creek Road, Carina, Qld 4152 5 & 7 Clarence Street, South Brisbane, Qld 4101 2/68 Rose Lane, Gordon Park, Qld 4031 10:30AM 4009, 4010/255 Ann Street, Brisbane City, Qld 4000 7/183 Kelvin Grove Road, Kelvin Grove, Qld 4059 54/29 George Street, Brisbane City, Qld 4000 (List source: realestate.com.au) Under contract already: 12 Prince Street, Paddington; 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 car space. Auction cancelled due to sale: 64 Montpelier Street, Clayfield; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car spaces. Under contract: 43 Clarke Street, Hendra; 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car spaces.Among other auction properties that have already gone under contract was the brand new 64 Montpelier Street, Clayfield, as well as a low maintenance home at 32 Flemington Street, Hendra, a retro 1970s original at 4 Arctic Street, Upper Mount Gravatt, a dual listing at 43 Clarke Street, Hendra, the finely kept 60 Solar Street, Coorparoo, plus 14 Zeehan Street, Wavell Heights. A unit at 30/34 Dornoch Terrace, West End has also had its auction postposed pending negotiations.The first home going to auction this weekend is in the Grange at 7 Myrtle Street, while Saturday’s last one to go under the hammer will be in the evening at 6pm at 27 Vardon Street, Wilston. Brisbane’s Sunday auctions start at 9am with the final three of the weekend going at auction at 10.30am. Auction cancelled: 32 Flemington Street, Hendra; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 4 car spaces. 27 Ruth Street, Corinda Qld; 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Car Spaces; Auction: Sat 21 Oct. 2017 12PM.last_img read more

Confidence in Queensland’s property sector falls for first time in nearly 2 years

first_imgProperty Council executive director Chris Mountford among development in West End. Pic Jono Searle.CONFIDENCE in Queensland’s property market has fallen for the first time in nearly two years on the back of the latest tax grab proposed by the state government.The ANZ/Property Council Survey released today, taken in the weeks either side of the November state election, has recorded a drop of two index points for Queensland in the March 2018 quarter — the first decline in 20 months.The state now has the lowest confidence levels of all Australian jurisdictions.The re-elected Palaszczuk Government has announced plans to increase land tax rates by 2.5 per cent on properties worth more than $10 million and more than double the tax rate for foreign investors from 3 to 7 per cent.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREProperty Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said the results confirmed industry concern about the proposed property tax hikes, which he argued would hurt jobs growth and home values.“At a time when we need to do more to catch up with other markets, increasing taxes on property is a big economic risk,” Mr Mountford said.“The impact of these proposed tax increases can already be seen in the figures.“Forward work schedules, staffing level expectations, and Queensland’s economic growth predictions are all down.”The ANZ/Property Council Survey Queensland results for the March quarter of 2018.The Property Council is urging the Government to reverse the proposed tax increases, saying ordinary Queenslanders would pay the price because businesses would be forced to pass on the cost to consumers.“The proposed land tax hike is ultimately going to flow through to affect capital values, and impose higher rents and costs on businesses,” he said.“I think there’s a general lack of understanding that foreign buyers are a key ingredient to getting new housing construction starts going.“If we’re making it harder for those people to invest in Queensland, ultimately that’s going to flow through to lower levels of activity.”The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in confidence in the Queensland property industry. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.For the last two years, Queensland has consistently lagged behind the major states when it comes to confidence, only remaining in front of Western Australia, where the end of the resources boom created significant economic challenges.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoBut the latest survey shows a surge in confidence in WA.“Clearly confidence is starting to return to the WA market,” Mr Mountford said.“They’ve turned a corner and yet we haven’t had that sentiment shift.“If anything, we’re still bumbling along behind the other states.”New homes under construction in Mango Hill, north of Brisbane. The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in confidence in the Queensland property industry. Image: AAP/Dan Peled.But ANZ senior economist Daniel Gradwell said that he was not too concerned about the confidence drop in Queensland during the quarter,“Overall sentiment is still sitting at pretty solid levels, even though it has dropped off recently,” Mr Gradwell said.LAP UP LAKESIDE LUXURY“I think it’s fair to say Queensland has essentially moved past its mining-related downturn.“We’re starting to see economic activity improve, particularly across the labour market with unemployment at its lowest level in about four years.“So confidence is already translating into actual economic activity.”The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in confidence in the Queensland property industry. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.St George Economics noted in its latest economic outlook for Queensland that the state’s economic growth had picked up over the past year, with business investment gaining momentum, commercial construction strengthening and robust employment growth.HOME BUYERS SKIP CRUCIAL CHECKSNationally, the survey reveals New South Wales has lost its throne to Victoria as the property industry with the strongest outlook.It gathered responses from 1374 professionals within the residential and commercial property sector.“It’s a large sample size, so we’re confident it’s reflective of what’s actually happening on the ground,” Mr Gradwell said.last_img read more

Five in demand Brisbane suburbs

first_img312 Manly Road, Manly WestSAVVY investors might want to look away from the inner city and towards the outer suburbs for strong property growth according to research from LocationScore.com.au.The property research site crunched the numbers across Brisbane’s suburbs and found that demand was strongest in a number of outer suburbs in 2017.Director of research Jeremy Sheppard said the company examined eight key indicators for demand over 12 months to find what suburbs were likely to grow. The top five high performing suburbs were within 10 to 20 kilometres from the CBD, eschewing conventional wisdom that closer to the city was better for price growth. “The reason that there is an increase in demand could be to do with infrastructure or it could be affordability,” Mr Sheppard said. “People could be priced out of the rest of the city so you can find that these affordable suburbs are getting a lot more interest.”To measure demand he included data such as days on market and vendor discounts, as well as less obvious measures like the numbers of online views on property websites like realestate.com.au.Across Brisbane units in Alexandra Hills, Manly West, Carseldine and Sunnybank Hills scored highly in demand. These units at Dorville Road in Carseldine could be set for an increase in value.This high demand for units in these suburbs was in stark contrast to the oversupply of units in the inner city, where oversupply and high vacancy rates have continued to cause a headache for investors. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoKenmore Hills in Brisbane’s southwest was the only suburb where demand for houses made the top five.Manly West’s unit market scored the highest of the five with a demand score of 74 out of 100. Bruce McIntyre at Ray White Coorparoo said the strong demand for units in Many West was mainly being driven by owner occupiers rather than investors. “A lot of young families are moving in,” Mr McIntyre said. Before buying up in the in these suburbs Mr Sheppard recommended potential investors check to see if many new housing developments were likely to be approved.“The last thing you want to do is invest in a market that is great right now that might have an oversupply in a few years,” he said.Brisbane’s most in demand suburbs.Manly West, Units, Location Score 74/100Sunnybank Hills, Units, Location Score 70/100Alexandra Hills, Units, Location Score 69/100Carseldine, Units, Location Score 69/100Kenmore Hills, Houses, Location Score 66/100last_img read more

Welcoming family gem in the heart of Paddington

first_imgUrban views from the property at 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonMr Mugnaioni said they had enjoyed entertaining guests out on the deck.“It’s always been a home full of friends and crowds,” he said.‘There’s just such a welcoming feel to it.” The home at 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonMr Mugnaioni said buyers would enjoy the north-facing outlook and position of the property.“The view from the back deck looks out over a valley that’s so green and lush,” he said.“There’s always a breeze. It’s very cool in summer.” The home at 51 Tooth Ave, Paddington“We were living locally just around the corner in Bardon while looking for the perfect long-term family home,” he said.The two-level home sits on an elevated 395sq m block. Inside 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonMr Mugnaioni said he thought the home would particularly appeal to family buyers. “There’s good separation between the master bedroom and the kids area downstairs,” he said.“And families will love the convenient, inner-city location.“It’s perfectly located within walking distance between the shops and restaurants on Latrobe and Given terraces.”center_img Inside 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoOn the lower level of the home there is a two-car garage, bathroom, laundry, two bedrooms and a covered deck.Upstairs on the main level of the home, there is an open plan living and dining area with a stand-alone fireplace, study nook and kitchen which opens out to the covered deck area. On the same level, there is a master suite which also opens on to the deck area through french doors, and an additional bedroom. REAL ESTATE: 51 Tooth Ave, PaddingtonThis Queenslander-style property is a quintessential Paddington home. Mark Mugnaioni said his mother, Chris Mugnaioni, purchased the property at 51 Tooth Ave, Paddington, almost 20 years ago. last_img read more

Bangkok calls EOM bids

first_imgBANGKOK Metropolitan Rapid Transit Authority has invited bids for supply of electrical and mechanical equipment for its initial 22 km heavy metro route from the city centre near Hua Lampong to Bang Sue via Asok, Huai Khwang and Lat Phrao. The aim is to award the contract on the basis of an equip, operate and maintain (EOM) concession, of sufficient length for the supplier to recover its investment. Draft documentation was released on December 4, with bids due back by the end of the month.MRTA has already awarded a contract for construction of the 11 km southern section between Hua Lampong and the depot at Rama IX Road to a consortium led by Germany’s Bilfinger & Berger (RG 12.96 p777). Detailed design and project management for this section is being undertaken by Maunsell Consultants of Great Britain. The twin running tunnels will be bored through soft alluvial soil using earth pressure balance TBMs, with the nine stations built by top-down construction within diaphragm walls. olast_img read more

Line H tender soon

first_imgTHE MUNICIPALITY of Buenos Aires started public consultations at the end of May for the construction of the planned metro Line H. Secretary of Production & Communal Services Nicollast_img

In Brief

first_imgVIA Rail Canada has awarded a three-year contract to Cara Operations Ltd for provision of on-board meals for trains in the Windsor – Québec corridor. From November 1, Cara will provide 400000 meals a year from food preparation centres in Toronto and Montréal.Iarnród éireann and Northern Ireland Railways will formally launch the revamped Enterprise express service between Belfast and Dublin on October 21. A joint pool of four 7-car push-pull trains built by De Dietrich and four dedicated General Motors 201 class diesel locos took over the services on September 1. Journey times for the 183 km will be cut from 2 h to 1 h 20 min when EU-funded track upgrading for 145 km/h is completed next year. Amtrak hopes to improve the financial performance of its Los Angeles – FloridaSunset Limited with the restoration of rail service on the 32 km section from Sanford, Florida, to Orlando in August. The busy tourist destination had only been served by a road coach connection since the eastern terminus was cut back from Miami to the former Auto-Train maintenance base at Sanford last year.Seeking to reinforce its corporate image, Rotterdam Metro is to replace external vehicle advertising with more spaces at stations. With a panel on an LRV costing typically 4000 guilders a year and an all-over advertisement 42000 guilders, the company earned 1·4m guilders last year from external vehicle spaces.Hungarian State Railways is seeking to undertake a system-wide station modernisation programme following the completion of work at Vlast_img read more

Mandatory pensions preferable to auto-enrolment, say Irish actuaries

first_imgIreland’s actuaries are recommending that the government make private pensions mandatory for all workers, rather than introduce a UK-style system of automatic enrolment. The Society of Actuaries in Ireland said a compulsory pension system should be developed over the next five years as a way of increasing pensions coverage and making sure individuals have enough in retirement. Bringing in auto-enrolment is potentially wasteful, if the government later goes down the mandatory route anyway, it said. The recommendation is among the conclusions from a working party on pensions policy set up by the society in March 2013.  The aim was to join the debate on whether a mandatory system was better than other methods, such as auto-enrolment, to complement the state pension. The society said it knew auto-enrolment might seem more palatable than a mandatory system in the current economic environment in Ireland.  “However, in our view, a mandatory system is superior to an auto-enrolment regime for a number of reasons,” it said. A mandatory regime was a more effective way of increasing private pensions coverage than auto-enrolment, it said, citing international experience. Also, a mandatory system should be easier to run since there will be no opt-out and opt-in issues, it said. “Establishing the more complex system of auto-enrolment and subsequently introducing the mandatory regime could potentially be a waste of resources,” it added. Because it would take at least five years to bring a mandatory scheme into operation, the society said there was a need to move ahead quickly with decision-making and planning. Last April, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a review of Ireland’s pension system that making it compulsory for private workers to establish a pension was the cheapest and most effective approach to increasing coverage of private pensions. It said Ireland and New Zealand were the only OECD countries that did not have a mandatory earnings-related pillar to complement the state pension at basic level.last_img read more

Pension Protection Fund’s Alan Rubenstein joins Robeco

first_imgAlan Rubenstein, chief executive of the UK’s Pension Protection Fund, has joined the supervisory board of Robeco, according to the Dutch asset manager.Rubenstein, who joined the lifeboat scheme in 2009 after two years as head of Lehman Brothers’ Pensions Advisory Group, will chair Robeco’s investment committee and also sit on its audit and risk committee while retaining his role at the PPF.He has previously worked at Scottish Widows, BZW Asset Management and Lucas Varity Fund Management.He spent eight years at Morgan Stanley, working as its European head of pensions, before departing for Lehman Brothers two years before the bank collapsed. He was then hired in 2009 to replace Partha Dasgupta, the PPF’s second chief executive, but prior to his appointment also acted as vice-chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds, chairing the association’s investment council.In his time at the PPF, Rubenstein has put in place a plan for the lifeboat fund to be self-sufficient by 2030, worked with the NAPF to launch the Pensions Infrastructure Platform and is currently working on a new pensions insolvency model, replacing the current one based on Dun and Bradstreet scores.last_img read more

Partners Group buys out investors in Nordic Niam portfolio

first_imgPartners Group has bought a real estate portfolio in Finland and Sweden for €300m at a discount on the secondary market.The Swiss private market investment manager acquired the retail and office properties from investors in a fund managed by Nordic investment manager Niam.The 380,000sqm portfolio, built up in 2006-07, comprised the remaining assets in Niam Fund III.The fund will be wound up, but Niam will continue to manage the properties with Partners Group. Fund manager Urban Ehrling said he was leaving Niam following the transaction.Partners Group said it “provided an off-market solution, allowing an exit for investors and time to maximise the value creation potential of all remaining assets over the next 3-5 years”.Fabian Neuenschwander, vice-president in real estate secondaries, said: “The Finnish and Swedish real estate markets will continue to perform well in the coming years, and we see this transaction as a unique opportunity for our clients to benefit from this development.”As part of the deal, done in June and July, Partners Group was involved in negotiating the refinancing of all the portfolio’s existing debt facilities, as well as the buyout of minority shareholders and joint-venture partners.It was also involved in preparing a mezzanine facility in the capital structure of one of the investments at preferential terms.Niam said it would work with Partners Group over the next few years to execute a strategy for generating value in the properties.Pekka Salakka, senior director at Niam, said: “Niam is very familiar with these properties because we have been successfully operating these assets since the build-up of the portfolio.”Partners Group has made a number of transactions on the secondary market in recent years.Last month it said it bought 31 investors out of the $1bn (€776m) troubled Chinese property fund Trophy Property Development.last_img read more

NEST chief executive to stand down after eight years

first_imgNational Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Corporation chief executive Tim Jones is to stand down at the end of the year after eight years in charge of the auto-enrolment vehicle.Jones was appointed in October 2007 as head of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA), the government body charged with delivering NEST – an auto-enrolment master trust with a public service obligation to accept all employers.PADA was renamed NEST in the build-up to auto-enrolment, and its only chief executive will now leave to develop a digital financial product in a throwback to his career prior to joining the organisation.Jones said the development of the digital product had been an ambition and that he hoped his long notice period demonstrated his commitment to the master trust’s success. Before joining NEST, Jones was head of retail banking at NatWest and chief executive of Modex, Purseus and Simpay – banking and mobile payment financial software firms.As chief executive, he was key in delivering the trust that opened its doors to new members as auto-enrolment began in October 2012.NEST now has close to 2m members with more than £330m (€446m) in assets.The organisation said it was commencing its recruitment drive for a successor immediately and hoped to have someone in place by the time Jones stepped down.Otto Thoresen, the recently appointed chairman at NEST, praised Jones for his “fantastic” work in leading the body.“He has successfully taken NEST from the early stages of development through to the first key stages of delivery and established NEST as an integral part of auto-enrolment in the process,” he said.Thoresen was appointed chair of the trust after Lawrence Churchill stepped down earlier this month after five years in the role, overseeing the launch of auto-enrolment alongside Jones.last_img read more

UK pensions regulator wins court case on peripatetic workers

first_imgThe UK High Court has ruled in favour of The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in the first judicial review of the latter’s approach in relation to automatic enrolment.The case concerned the position the TPR took in relation to peripatetic workers, such as seafarers and airline pilots.It was brought by Fleet Maritime Services (Bermuda) (FMSB), a company that employs seafarers who work on ships owned by Carnival, such as P&O Cruises and Cunard.In July 2014, TPR effectively ordered FMSB to auto-enrol qualifying employees, setting out its approach and guidance in a compliance notice to the company. FMSB challenged this with TPR, but, in September 2014, the regulator affirmed its decision, prompting the employer to seek a judicial review of the decision.FMSB argued that many of its UK staff were not covered by the Pensions Act 2008, as they worked in international waters and could not be said to “ordinarily work in the UK”. TPR argued that the location of the workers’ base was the primary consideration and not their contracts.Shortly before Christmas, the UK High Court ruled that the regulator’s approach on peripatetic workers was correct and concluded that the “base test” and not the “contract test” was the most appropriate test to apply when establishing where such a worker “ordinarily works”.TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb welcomed the judgment, also noting that the judge made clear that “decisions of the regulator based on the assessment of particular facts are not ordinarily suitable for judicial review”.The High Court ruled in favour of the company in relation to those workers who regularly begin and end tours of duty in non-UK ports.last_img read more

​Wednesday people roundup

first_imgDG FISMA, Legal & General Group, ARC Pensions Law, Sackers, Pensions Management Institute, RWC Partners, OssiamDG FISMA – Jonathan Hill has resigned as European commissioner for financial stability in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Hill said he had agreed his departure as commissioner for financial stability, financial services and the Capital Markets Union with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, in discussions several weeks ago. Valdis Dombrovskis, a Commission vice-president for the euro, has assumed responsibility for Hill’s portfolio.Legal & General Group – Sir John Kingman has been appointed group chairman. He succeeds Rudy Markham, who has served as interim chairman since John Stewart’s retirement from the board on 1 June. Kingman has had an extensive Whitehall career, culminating as second permanent secretary of HM Treasury. He was also chief executive at UK Financial Investments, with responsibility for managing the government’s shareholdings in Lloyds Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Northern Rock.RWC Partners – Peter Clarke is to join the board as a non-executive director. Clarke serves on the boards of Lombard Odier and AXA UK, and he is chairman of Lancashire Holdings. He has had a career spanning more than 30 years, including six years as chief executive at Man GLG. ARC Pensions Law – The pensions law firm has appointed Anna Copestake as a senior associate, joining from Sackers. Kevin Le Grand has been appointed as a consultant. Le Grand, who is president of the Pensions Management Institute, has been working part-time as a consultant since October and now joins on a permanent basis.Ossiam – Johann Nicolle joined the smart-beta fund manager and Natixis Global Asset Management affiliate as portfolio manager and quantitative analyst in April.last_img read more

Spanish pension funds return 2.7% over 2016

first_imgAt the end of December, total assets under management for the occupational pensions sector stood at €35.4bn, a reduction of 0.3% over the past year. The number of participants in the occupational system remained stable at just over 2m.For Spanish pension funds as a whole, the continuing shift away from domestic assets accelerated towards the year-end: they formed 57.2% of portfolios at end-December 2016, compared with 62.5% at end-September.Non-domestic holdings grew from 22.8% at end-September 2016 to 26.3% three months later.There was a similar shift from fixed income to equities during the final quarter of the year, although a large factor was the relative outperformance of equities over the period.Fixed income investments made up 54.3% of portfolios at the end of the year, down 3.3 percentage points since end-September. This compares with 27.2% invested in equities, an increase of 3.5 percentage points over September.Of this, 9.6% is in Spanish shares, with 17.6% in non-domestic shares.However, the biggest single component of pension fund portfolios – 29.4% – is still invested in Spanish government bonds, with a further 16.2% in dometic corporate bonds.David Cienfuegos, head of investment for Spain at Willis Towers Watson, said:  “Clearly the trend is towards lower returns, and given the current state of the global economy, we believe it will be lower for longer.” He said the best-performing assets during 2016 for the firm’s Spanish pension fund clients had been the more illiquid ones such as private equity, infrastructure, and private debt. Clients using larger managers with global exposure also saw a boost to returns.Cienfuegos added: “More traditional asset classes had a difficult year, and in equities there were concerns about China’s slowdown, although the rally in the last few weeks of 2016 helped performance.”According to Cienfuegos, there is now a divide within Spanish occupational pension funds between those that have stayed within traditional asset classes, and those that have diversified into assets such as alternative credit and private markets.“We are now starting to see divergences in performance,” he said. “Those funds – generally the larger ones – who have done their homework and are diversifying into alternatives had returns around 4-5% in 2016, rather than the industry average of 2.7%.”Cienfuegos said that one of the main concerns in terms of risk management for his firm’s clients was currency exposure within global mandates, especially in US dollars.He said: “The cost of hedging has increased dramatically because of the divergence between US dollar and euro interest rates, with the difference of about 1.5% on any US dollar exposure.”Cienfuegos said large pension funds are now reviewing their currency hedging policies and considering how they can hedge without the increased cost.Meanwhile, preliminary estimates from Mercer’s Pension Investment Performance Service (PIPS) gave a more upbeat picture of performance, with a 3.6% investment return for Spanish pension funds over the 2016 calendar year.The PIPS covers a large sample of pension funds, most of them occupational schemes.Over the calendar year, within the sample universe equities outperformed fixed income by a wide margin. Non-euro-zone equities did best with a return of 14%, while euro-zone equities made 4.1%. Fixed income returned 2.8%.However, the month of December had seen an upsurge in euro-zone performance, with a 7.9% return for euro-zone equities, compared with 2.2% for non-euro-zone equities. Spain’s occupational pension funds made average returns of 2.74% over the 2016 calendar year, according to the country’s Investment and Pension Fund Association (INVERCO).This compares with a 3.48% return for the 12 months to end-September, and is also lower than the 2.88% for calendar 2015.However, INVERCO pointed out that this performance was achieved in spite of the periods of uncertainty that dominated the markets throughout the year. Equities performed well towards the end of 2016, the association added.Average annualised returns for Spanish occupational funds were 4.28% for the three years to 31 December 2016, and 5.76% for the five years to that date.last_img read more

Switzerland’s CHF7bn intergenerational pension problem

first_imgLucerne, SwitzerlandMeanwhile, a joint study by researchers from Lucerne University’s Institute of Financial Services and the University of Basel’s Faculty of Economic Sciences confirmed the problem of cross-financing in the second pillar.“Today’s focus on secure pensions at a high level and the short-term obligations for interest rates and funding levels connected to it, which no longer match market environments, have to be questioned,” authors Yvonne Seiler Zimmermann and Heinz Zimmermann wrote.They emphasised that Pensionskassen “have to be able to invest in risky assets over the long term” to achieve higher returns.A second paper, by Swiss consultancy C-alm, also highlighted the potential of the second pillar but warned about too much flexibility for members, such as providing a free choice of Pensionskasse for individuals, which has been frequently discussed.The researchers argued that such “measures for liberalisation are breaking with the concept of an intergenerational risk pool”.They said this “would undermine a risk compensation and with it the possibility to take investment risks”.C-alm pointed out that risk taking and risk compensation needed an “appropriate level of collectivity and long-term perspective”.Both studies (in German) can be downloaded from the Asip, the Swiss pensions trade body.See the June edition of IPE for a country report focused on Switzerland. Pension promises made in the past cannot be adjusted under Swiss law, meaning older pensioners’ benefits are calculated using a higher Umwandlungssatz, or conversion rate. This rate determines how much of an individual’s total accrued pension they can receive every year.Newer pensioners receive considerably lower pensions from the second pillar and active members’ assets have to be used to fulfil all these promises.“Overall it can be noted that the systemic risks in the second pillar continue to increase with the changes in the economic, financial and demographic environments,” Pierre Triponez, president of the OAK, noted in his foreword to the supervisor’s annual report.He said there was need for action from the authorities on new legislation, especially after the pension reform package Altersvorsorge 2020 failed to get public approval last year in a national referendum.In its analysis of the financial situation of Swiss Pensionskassen, the OAK also noted that the long-term minimum interest rate granted stood at 2.75% – down from 2.97% in 2016. The technische Zins – the return assumed when calculating contributions – was lower at around 2.25% on average.The OAK expected more Pensionskassen to make adjustments to their parameters.Studies back up regulator’s fear Switzerland’s second-pillar pension funds are being forced to use assets accrued by people still working to pay current retirees’ pensions, according to the country’s pension regulator.“Systemic risks in the second pillar continue to increase with changes in the economic, financial and demographic environments”Pierre Triponez, president, OAKAround CHF7bn (€5.9bn) a year – roughly 1% of the total capital in the Swiss second pillar – must be taken from active members’ assets to pay for current benefits in Swiss Pensionskassen, the Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK) said in its 2017 report.“This annual reallocation has reached critical levels,” the OAK warned.last_img read more

FX cap hurts Austrian pension funds’ performance

first_imgA 30% cap on foreign currency exposure has hit Austrian Pensionskassen investment returns in recent years, according to consultancy Mercer.“The cap has limited the domestic pension funds considerably and lost them chances for additional returns,” said Michaela Plank, retirement expert at Mercer Austria.In a low interest rate environment in developed markets it was particularly important for institutional investors to seek returns in other areas of the world, she added.All existing investment caps for Austrian funds will be lifted when the country implements the EU’s IORP II directive, now scheduled for October. The necessary revisions to the Austrian law governing pension funds – known as PKG – was due to pass through parliament before summer but a technicality means it will have to wait till October.However, the Austrian pension fund association FVPK told journalists this week that the amendments, including the abolition of quantitative investment caps, would be agreed on by a majority. Andreas Zakostelsky, FVPKCredit: Franz HelmreichAndreas Zakostelsky, chairman of the FVPK, confirmed that the two coalition parties in the government, the conservative ÖVP and the far-right FPÖ, were “in full agreement” on the package.Regarding other amendments demanded by the IORP II, Austria had “almost no need for amendments”, he added. Most of the EU directive’s standards for transparency, information, governance and risk management are already part of the domestic legal framework.Mercer’s Plank also emphasised that Austrian pension funds already had the risk management in place to be given free rein regarding their investment allocations.Under the proposed amendment to the PKG, every pension fund would have to set down its own allocation guidelines, which would then be approved by the financial market supervisor FMA.Regarding reforms, however, the FVPK was much more excited about next year as the government promised a major tax overhaul. This is expected to include incentives for companies to set up pension plans and an improved tax treatment of additional member contributions.“The time is ripe for a balanced three-pillar pension system,” said Zakostelsky.He said the government had been “pleasantly clear” in its commitment to this goal when it published its agenda last year.So far, however, the coalition was more focused on other topics including Austria holding the rotating EU presidency until December.last_img read more

Switzerland’s Publica names new director

first_imgPublica, Switzerland’s largest pension fund, has appointed Doris Bianchi as its new director, effective 1 November. She succeeds Dieter Stohler, who will leave the scheme on 30 September.Bianchi, who holds a doctorate in law, is currently personal adviser to Alain Berset, head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA). The department oversees mainly OASI (state pension) and health services matters.In her current role, Bianchi supports the head of the FDHA especially on issues relating to health policy and statistics.Prior to joining the Home Affairs Department, Bianchi was the executive secretary of the Swiss Trade Union Federation (SGB), where she was responsible for social security issues since 2011. She is an expert in the Swiss second pillar pension system, the occupational pensions, or zweite Säule. She chaired the board of the replacement occupational pension scheme Stiftung Auffangeinrichtung BVG, or Fondation Institution Suppletive LPP , and the security fund.The Kassenkommission, the highest institution at Publica with supervisory authority over the management team, is convinced that Bianchi is the right pick for the success of the pension fund, it said in a statement.Publica is an independent pension institution operating under public-law fund managing the assets of 20 Swiss public pension schemes – 13 of which are open and seven closed – which comes close to CHF41bn (€38bn) as of December 31, 2019. IIn a previous interview with IPE, the head of asset management at Publica, Stefan Beiner, said the fund was working on three timeframes depicting different scenarios to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Siemens Benefits Scheme signs £530m buy-in

first_imgThe Siemens Benefits Scheme has completed a £530m (€578m) buy-in transaction with Legal & General, securing the benefits of more than 2,000 UK retirees.The deal is the pension fund’s second such pension risk transfer transaction, but the first with Legal & General.The insurer, which announced the deal today, said the pension scheme had chosen an umbrella contract to allow for potential future transactions to be completed quickly and easily, when the time and market conditions are right.It also said the trustees ran an agile and flexible process, which allowed them to take advantage of favourable pricing opportunities in the market, and to move quickly to meet their objectives. Joanna Matthews, chair of the trustees, said: “Through careful planning, we were able to overcome the logistical and investment challenges posed by COVID-19 and complete this transaction at this time on very favourable terms. This is a fantastic outcome and I would like to thank all involved in the process.”The trustees were advised on the transaction by Aon and Sackers. Legal advice was provided to Legal & General by Eversheds.Karen Gainsford, principal consultant at Aon, said the scheme’s “nimble governance” was key to the firm having been able to secure attractive terms “so efficiently”.“It’s a great example of what will be needed throughout the remainder of 2020, as schemes seek to secure benefits in what is set to become a busy market once again,” she said.Legal & General has been working with the Siemens Benefits scheme for many years, and Legal & General Investment Management Limited helped to set up the liability-driven investment portfolio in 2008.Siemens’ deal is the latest in a series of bulk annuity transactions to be announced recently. Rothesay Life last week announced it had closed a £930m buy-in with Littlewoods Pensions Scheme last month, and a day later Legal & General Assurance Society disclosed a £70m buy-in with ICI Pension Fund.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Luxury Hamptons’ style homes the hottest in QLD this week

first_imgThe beach is no doubt the star but the home makes the experience so much more luxurious. This was the hottest house in QLD this week at 9-11 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach.LUXURIOUS Hamptons-style dream homes were the most viewed in Queensland this week, and they’re achingly beautiful. A jawdropping home that would not be out of place anywhere in the Hamptons was the most viewed home in the state this week, according to data from realestate.com.au. Heart palpitations anyone? Dubbed “the Gold Coast’s most admired beachfront home”, the property will make your heart race, but has unfortunately already gone under contract.That doesn’t seem to have stopped househunters and house dreamers from wanting to take a peek though, with the property continuing to see strong interest. Dramatic use of white in the kitchen. Stunning architecture. Little touches matter, like a small chandelier in the powder room. 473 London Road, Belmont Qld 4153 “This is the ultimate all year round entertainer’s home. Upon entering through the grand weatherboard frontage, the interior continues with timeless elements, polished ironbark timber floors, VJ walls, soaring ceilings, all combining to create a feeling of tranquillity and solitude,” was how they listed it. The home was built over a double block of 810 sqm, with the star of the show no doubt the location. The luxurious home and its breathtaking views give visitors a feeling of “absolute luxury”, according to agent Tony Velissariou of Tony V.center_img The home’s easy elegance is breathtaking, with the owner John Potter having insisted on the design making the most of the very expensive beachfront location.It has five master bedrooms, a basement with parking for eight cars, a fully airconditioned gym, wine cellar, lift, and even a boxing ring and a 22 lap pool. “Visionary houses make it abundantly clear that architecture is not dead,” was how he listed it.The new home has design features like a sunken lounge, beautifully crafted stairwell, voids and vaulted ceilings. The property has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a powder room, a climate controlled wine cellar, five car garage and 1,000 sqm under its roof. 44 O’Connell Parade, Wellington Point Qld 4160 Another Hamptons’ inspired home — this one in the waterfront suburb of Wellington Point — was the third hottest this week. The home has “commanding views over Moreton Bay” according to agents June Cranage and Ian Marshall of Ray White Wellington Point.The four bedroom, three bathroom, three car space home at 44 O’Connell Parade was on an elevated 1,241 sqm block with the upper areas designed to frame views across to the islands. Like a tropical dream. The second most viewed property this week was in Brisbane at 473 London Road, Belmont — a street notorious for making buyers swoon.This one was described as “architectural brilliance” by agent Michael Clarke of Ray White Bulimba who’s marketing the property for sale by tender, closing September 1 at 5pm. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago The property has an in-ground pool. butler’s pantry, video intercom, double Tri-steel shed, outdoor fire pit and even a laundry chute. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Aussie war hero’s Nudgee home hits the market

first_imgThe property is listed for sale with Pat Barrett of Barrett Property Sales.The Courier-Mail named Keighran as one of Queensland’s most inspirational people in 2016. Keighran was inspired by his grandfather, a World War II veteran, to join the army at just 17. He served his country for 11 years and was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2012 for action in Afghanistan in 2010.Today he is a consultant with Channel 7 and a Brand Ambassador with Australian Defence Apparel (ADA). The kitchen comes complete with pendent lighting, stone benchtops, ample storage, including a double door pantry and stainless steel appliances, including twin drawer dishwasher and gas cooktop.The couple purchased the home in 2014 for $590,000, according to CoreLogic and have it listed for sale with Pat Barrett of Barrett Property Sales for offers over $650,000. Owned by Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighan and his wife Kathryn, the low-set four-bedroom home is only eight years old.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoAnother zone ideal for relaxing is the airconditioned master bedroom, which has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite featuring a double shower wit frameless glass and a his-and-her vanity.They haven’t skimped on the kitchen fit-out, with pendent lighting, stone benchtops, ample storage, including a double door pantry and stainless steel appliances, including twin drawer dishwasher and gas cooktop. One of the standout features is an outdoor entertaining area with pool, water feature and Bali-inspired pool cabana.The home ticks a lot of sustainability boxes, with three x 1500 litre water tanks and pumps and solar power.Other features at the fully fenced property include security screens and doors, remote access double lockup garage, separate laundry and NBN ready.center_img Corporal Mark Donaldson VC, takes a phone photo of fellow VC recipient Corporal Daniel Keighran and wife Kathryn at Walker’s Ridge. Picture: David Caird.AUSSIE war hero and Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran and his wife Kathryn have listed their four-bedroom Nudgee home for sale. Aussie war hero and Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran. Photo: Claudia Baxter.One of its standout features is the rear relaxation zone, featuring a tiled and covered outdoor entertaining area and Bali-inspired cabana overlooking the pool and its feature waterfall.last_img read more

Gold Coast family selling their house named after ‘The Castle’ holiday home

first_imgOwners Toni and Chris Kennedy proudly display a sign that reads “Bonnie Doon” at the entrance to their Macadie Way home.It’s a nod to the 1997 Australian comedy-drama about the Kerrigan family’s fight to save their home from the compulsory acquisition of developers who wanted to expand the neighbouring airport. The owners say it’s their own slice of serenity.After more than a decade living on the 3.42ha property, the couple have decided to sell it so they can move closer to the water.It is listed on the market with a $2.895 million asking price.Mrs Kennedy said they bought it because her husband wanted space at home for his horses.Over the years, they have chipped away at renovating the three-bedroom, two bathroom house, which even has a “pool room”.“It was over 10 years, we just did bits and pieces as we could afford it,” Mrs Kennedy said.It is much more modern than the film’s holiday home but Mrs Kennedy said it was still a family home. The Gold Coast’s “Bonnie Doon” home at 73 Macadie Way, Merrimac.“WE’RE goin’ to Bonnie Doon”. It’s slightly bigger and much more modern than the holiday home made famous in Australian cult classic The Castle but this Gold Coast property promises the same sense of serenity. There’s plenty of land for horses. Imagine waking up to this every day.The family also had a holiday house in Bonnie Doon, Victoria, where they regularly went to enjoy the “serenity”.“How’s the serenity,” Darryl Kerrigan, played by Michael Caton, famously said in the movie.Mrs Kennedy said Bonnie Doon was where the family went to “be really happy”, and their beloved Merrimac home made them feel the same.“It was all about the serenity – that’s what this place is,” Mrs Kennedy said.“That’s our Bonnie Doon.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt has a much more modern interior than the Kerrigan’s holiday home.center_img The house has undergone an extensive renovation over the past 10 years. The Kerrigans at Bonnie Doon in film The Castle. It has three bedrooms. “The most important thing about that place is that it’s a family home,” she said.“It’s a beautiful home to live in – it’s light, bright, airy and comfortable.“My husband is broken hearted about leaving it behind, he loves the land as much as I love the water.”She said they were going to miss it.***TOP 10 QUOTES FROM THE CASTLE “Tell him he’s dreaming” – Translation: What to tell the bloke from the Trading Post asking way too much for jousting sticks or ergonomic chairs. “We’re going to Bonnie Doon. We’re going to Bonnie Doon” – Translation: The repetitive song you should sing when driving to Bonnie Doon. “How’s the serenity? So much serenity” – Translation: What to say when you’re feeling calm and content. Or you just like saying the word serenity. “Dale dug a hole. Tell ‘em Dale” – Translation: Dale dug a hole. His dad was pretty proud. “Suffer in your jocks” – Translation: A scornful phrase to tell another person after victory. E.g. Perfect for saying to the opposing counsel after winning a court case. “It’s not a house. It’s a home” – Translation: When a property is built with more than bricks and mortar – it’s built with memories and love. “It’s the vibe of it. It’s the Constitution. It’s Mabo. It’s justice. It’s law. It’s the vibe an ah, no that’s it. It’s the vibe. I rest my case” – Translation: How not to win a court case. “What doyou call this?” “Chicken” – Translation: The excited phrase to say at the start of every meal, regardless of what’s in front of you. “Dad reckoned that fishing was 10% brain and 95% muscle. And the rest was just good luck” – Translation: Pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t get it, maybe you’re missing out on the 10% brains part. “This is going straight to the pool room” – Translation: I’m so chuffed with this thoughtful present, I’m putting it on display for all to see.(Source: Screen Australia) *** ”How’s the serenity?”last_img read more

The Brisbane suburb with only one five-bedroom house for sale

first_imgHiding behind this walled petition in the ensuite is the shower cubicle.“There is no glass anywhere, no shower screen, it is very easy to keep clean,” Mrs Moroney said.“And we only discovered that after living here.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe property is being sold by Burton & Ryan Property Agents — Grange and private inspections are welcome.The two-storey house on a 405sq m block originally attracted them because of its generous-sized bedrooms and proximity to the city and airport. But we think the walk-in wardrobe is the most impressive room in the house.Downstairs there is a large island bench in the kitchen, with a glass window instead of a splashback to open side views of the garden, as well as the rear view across the patio to the inground pool and hedges beyond. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES The master bedroom is large at 5.2m x 3.8m.Their son was 17 and daughter 20 when they moved here, and the upstairs bedroom configuration has helped give everyone personal space.There is a sitting area leading to the master bedroom at one end of the house, and at the other end, two bedrooms open out to a retreat with access to the front balcony.center_img This is the only five-bedroom house for sale in Kedron at the moment.IT’S only 7km to the Brisbane CBD and almost a quarter of the population is preparing to return to school tomorrow, but this Brisbane suburb currently has only one five-bedroom house for sale.Kedron is a professional hub in Brisbane whose population grew 8.6 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 census periods. In the last 10 years, the number of five-bedroom houses to sell each year has ranged from three to 18 according to CoreLogic property data and so far this year, five five-bedroom house have sold.But on realestate.com.au there is only one five-bedroom house currently for sale in Kedron, and that makes 42 Moree St, Kedron a rare but very valuable proposition for families wanting a spacious home in this part of the city.For Julie and Sean Moroney and their two children, space and cleverly designed bathrooms have been standout features.And if they decide to build when they move to Melbourne, recreating the bathrooms they have come to love over the past four years will be a top priority. The open-plan living area which continues out to the patio.“I’m in the kitchen now with my laptop set up on the bench, this is a place I always come to, I might be reading the paper or on the laptop.“We’ve got four bar stools here but you can fit another one in.”last_img read more

Rare opportunity to buy neighbouring Gold Coast properties in Mermaid Beach

first_imgThey’re only a short walk to the beach. Both properties have been owned by a local dentist for 25 years. MORE NEWS: Top five properties made for horse lovers Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoOne property is a house and the other is a duplex. They have a combined footprint of 810sq m. Professionals John Henderson Real Estate partner Luke Henderson was marketing the sites with Matt Maguire.He said the properties with a combined 810sq m footprint offered a rare opportunity to buy in the exclusive beachside suburb.“For those people wishing to build a substantial family home with room for a backyard or a swimming pool in Mermaid Beach, the opportunities to secure a suitable site are few and far between,” said Mr Henderson.“And with these particular properties, the appeal is even greater because they sit exceptionally close to the beach.” Both Mermaid Beach properties at 7 and 9 William St have hit the market, offering house hunters a rare opportunity in the area.HOUSE hunters and investors are being offered a rare opportunity to snap up two neighbouring Mermaid Beach properties metres from the sand and surf.The duplex and shack at 7 and 9 William St have hit the market with the option of buying them together or separately.Gold Coast dentist Barry Young has owned the residences for 25 and 21 years respectively and decided it was time to sell them as part of a restructure of his investments. They will go under the hammer together but can also be purchased separately. All three residences are rented out for more than $300 a week each.The duplex at No. 7 includes a three-bedroom unit, which is rented for $330 a week, and a two-bedroom unit, which is rented at $310 a week.The trendy beach shack at No. 9 has three bedrooms and is rented for $440 a week.Both sites will go under the hammer at the agency’s Spring Auction Spectacular on September 10 at the Mermaid Beach Bowls Club. Mr Henderson said they would initially go to auction together but could be purchased separately. MORE NEWS: Extravagant castle going under the hammerlast_img read more

Israel: Delek Drilling, Avner complete merger

first_imgIsrael’s Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration, both subsidiaries of Delek Group, have completed the previously announced merger.The two companies on Wednesday received a merger certificate from the Registrar of Partnerships, thus fulfilling all the preconditions for the merger to take place.The companies have said the aim of the merger is “simplifying the holding structure.”Following the merger, the merged entity will continue operating under the Delek Drilling name, while Avner, formed in 1991, will cease to exist.Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration, prior to the merger, have held stakes in large Israeli gas fields – the producing Tamar, and Leviathan – Israel’s largest gas discovery, and Aphrodite in Cyprus.According to Reuters, the newly merged company will start trading next week, and will have a market value of $4.4 billion.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Lundin extends contract for Ocean Rig semi-sub

first_imgOil company Lundin Norway has declared its third option to extend the existing contract of the Ocean Rig-owned semi-submersible rig, Leiv Eiriksson. In addition, Ocean Rig has granted Lundin two additional options to drill further wells in the future, the driller said on Monday.As a result of these developments, the rig now has firm employment until at least the end of September of 2017 and should Lundin exercise its additional seven one-well options, currently un-declared, the rig could be employed until the first quarter of 2019, the rig owner noted.The total expected revenue backlog, including all the optional wells, is expected to be $85 million.George Economou, Chairman and CEO of Ocean Rig, commented: “We are grateful for the support of our major customer in Norway and subject to the successful restructuring look forward to extending this relationship in the long-term.”To remind, the driller at the end of March filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in a United States court amid a prolonged downturn in the offshore drilling market.Earlier on Monday, Lundin was granted a drilling permit for another Alta appraisal well to be drilled with the Leiv Eiriksson rig.The 2001-built semi-sub has been working for Lundin offshore Norway since last year. Before the contract started, the rig prepared for Barents Sea operations at Westcon Yards in Ølen, Norway.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Gulf of Mexico operators evacuate offshore staff ahead of severe weather

first_imgOil and gas operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are securing their offshore facilities and evacuating non-essential personnel due to Tropical Depression 16. BP said in an update on Wednesday it was closely monitoring Tropical Depression 16 to ensure the safety of its personnel and operations in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.“With forecasts indicating the system likely to strengthen as it moves to the north, we are now taking additional steps to respond,” the the oil major said.BP has begun securing offshore facilities and evacuating non-essential personnel from the Thunder Horse and Na Kika platforms and the Seadrill-owned West Vela drilling rig in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.Located 150 miles southeast of New Orleans and in 6,050 feet of water, the Thunder Horse platform was designed to process up to 250,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. This is the third time in less than a month for this offshore platform to be evacuated. Namely, the Thunder Horse platform was also evacuated in early September due to Hurricane Irma and then later that month after a power outage.Before Irma, a number of oil and gas operators were forced to secure their facilities and evacuate offshore staff in August due to Hurricane Harvey.Servicing multiple fields, the Na Kika platform is located 140 miles southeast of New Orleans in 6,340 feet of water. It was designed to process up to 130,000 barrels of oil and 550 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.“Safety is our top priority and we will continue to monitor weather conditions closely to determine next steps,” BP concluded. No impact on Shell’s production Shell also said on Wednesday it was monitoring Tropical Depression 16. “As a precautionary measure, we are minimizing the number of people working offshore at our assets in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and are taking steps to safely secure our facilities in preparation for potentially severe weather. There are currently no impacts to our production or drilling operations,” Shell added.“Shell works closely a leading weather forecasting organization to model where a storm system is most likely heading and how strong it will be so we can take necessary and effective steps to keep our people, the environment and our assets safe,” said Phil Smith, Shell’s Manager for Emergency Management in the Americas.According to information at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Thursday, Tropical Depression #16 is forecast to become a tropical storm later on Thursday.In its 48-hour outlook on Thursday, the NHC said: “At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Sixteen was located near latitude 13.0 North, longitude 83.0 West. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue this morning. A north- northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast to begin later today and continue through late Friday.”“On the forecast track, the center of the depression should move across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras later today and then over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday. The center is expected to approach the coast of the Yucatan peninsula late Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. The depression is forecast to strengthen to a tropical storm before it moves inland over northeastern Nicaragua. Additional strengthening is likely over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Shell to sell its stake in Thai gas field

first_imgThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell said on Wednesday that it will sell its stake in the Bongkot gas field and adjoining acreage offshore Thailand to PTT Exploration & Production (PTTEP) for $750 million before tax.The transaction is expected to complete in the second quarter of 2018, Shell said in its statement.“Shell’s decision to divest remains driven by our strategy to sell non-core assets in order to re-shape Shell into a simpler, more resilient and focused company. This sale takes Shell a step closer to its divestment target of $30 billion,” it said.The agreement is for Shell’s stake in Blocks 15, 16 and 17 and Block G12/48. Following the completion of this transaction, PTTEP’s stake in Bongkot will increase to 66.6667%, with the remaining 33.3333% owned by Total. PTTEP is the current operator of Bongkot.last_img read more

Magseis Relocates HQ; Adds New Members to Its Team

first_imgMagseis has expanded its global operations and relocated its head office to Lysaker, Norway, effective April 09, 2018.Per Christian Grytnes, acting CEO said: “The new offices enable all Magseis Oslo based staff to work from the same premises. We are expanding our global operations and the new headquarters will support efficient implementation of Magseis growth plans.”In addition, the company has recruited CFO and SVP Sales & Marketing who have now started with Magseis.Tom Henrik Sundby, CFO has more than 25 years’ experience in finance and management positions. He came from the position as finance director of BerGenBio.Previously, he was based in Dubai, UAE, where he held the position as CFO of Polarcus for 8 years.Sundby holds a Master of Business Administration degree with Honours both from BI Norwegian Business School and ESCP, France.Furthermore, Andrè Bjørvik, SVP Sales & Marketing, with 15 years of seismic industry experience, primarily within sales and marketing, has joined the team. He has for the last 10 years worked in PGS, where he has been leading the Europe sales division while based in Oslo and London.Bjørvik holds a Master in Geology from University of Oslo.last_img read more

Unmanned Survey Solutions’ New USV Gets Green Light

first_imgUnmanned Survey Solutions’ new Accession Class unmanned surface vessels (USVs) have been given the green light following the funding from Marine-i Marine Challenge Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).The Accession Class USV is built for use in offshore operations, particularly offshore wind farm seabed mapping, offshore wind farm turbine inspections using a UAV launched and recovered from a USV, enforcement activities by Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, environmental mapping on intertidal areas and monitoring of marine mammals.James Williams, director at USS said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and we’re delighted to receive support from the Marine-i Marine Challenge Fund to be able to develop our own offshore renewables class vessel. We’re now looking forward to working with project partners to finalize the Accession Class USV specifications.”The 4.5 meters Accession Class USV will be a robust marine autonomous multi-role USV with integrated airborne drone capabilities, the company said.It will work as a force multiplier with a mother vessel and will integrate a variety of payloads including the launch and recovery of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).last_img read more

MMT Scoops Up 10 New Contracts

first_imgMMT said it has secured 10 new subsea survey and inspection projects within the offshore wind, renewable energy and oil and gas industry.The contracts, won in the past two months, are for old and new clients such as Siccar Point Energy, Equinor, Perenco, SSE, Örsted, Vattenfall, GreenLink Interconnector, National Grid, Wintershall and BP Trinidad.Some of the contracts are in joint collaboration with MMT’s Norwegian partner Reach Subsea.The Swedish subsea survey specialist noted it will deliver its survey solution Surveyor Interceptor ROV in several projects this summer and autumn.last_img read more

Subsea 7 to work on BP’s Caspian Sea project

first_imgUK’s Subsea 7 has been awarded two contracts by BP for the Azeri Central East (ACE) project in the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan in a water depth of approximately 140 meters.The Central Azeri PlatformSubsea 7 said on Monday that the two contracts together represent a sizable contract award, which means the value is between $50 million and $150 million.The work scopes comprise engineering and fabrication of subsea structures, engineering, transport and installation of spools, the launching of a 16,200 tonne jacket and the float-over of an 18,500 tonne topside.The company said that the contracts would be executed in consortium with BOS Shelf, which would be responsible for the fabrication, logistics and facilities support. Engineering work will start immediately from Subsea 7’s office in France and offshore execution is expected to take place in 2021 and 2022.Gilles Lafaye, Subsea 7’s Vice President Africa Region, said: “This project reflects our long-term relationship and early engagement with BP Exploration and builds on our Life of Field activities in Azerbaijan.”It is worth reminding that BP awarded key contracts for the the ACE project in the Azerbaijan’s sector of the Caspian Sea earlier in September.The consortium consisting of BOS Shelf LLC and Star Gulf FZCO was awarded a contract for the fabrication of the jacket for the ACE platform and skirt piles. The value of this contract is around $260 million. The scope of work includes shop and erection engineering, rolling of tubulars, fabrication and assembly of the jacket and skirt piles, commissioning of installation systems, load-out and sea-fastening of the facility.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Busy Year for JFSE in Asia Pacific

first_imgJames Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) said it has provided 200 days of operational expertise in the  region to date in 2019.The projects have included several work scopes for Woen Jinn Harbor Engineering (WJH) at offshore windfarm sites in Taiwan.JFSE’s Twin R2000 spread has been mobilised for more than 300 days in the past two years, supporting WJH’s efforts on major Taiwanese energy projects.Bruce Lee, director at WJH, said: “JFSE has become a trusted partner in our work. We have a very collaborative relationship developing solutions which streamline the excavation element of our projects.”These projects have included trenching and deburying cables at Formosa 1, near Miaoli on the west coast of Taiwan – a 130MW windfarm that is the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project.Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, JFSE’s SP6000 and LARS system has provided trench maintenance and remedial post trenching services at a remote site in Papua, Indonesia as part of a major project to increase the total capacity at a gas liquefaction plant. The team recently returned to the site and is currently providing operational supporting to assist the client with another work scope.JFSE’s T8000 is preparing three areas of seabed for jacket leg installation in Malaysia and will soon be mobilising to assist with a pipeline repair project elsewhere in the region.More than 200 operational days in Asia Pacific are already contracted for the remainder of 2019 across a number of project sites.Richard Beattie, regional director at JFSE said:“The Asia Pacific market is enjoying a strong period with the extension of oil and gas sites and the growth of the renewables industry. We have been working in this region for many years and have tools based in multiple strategic locations so are well-placed to respond to the needs of new and existing clients.”last_img read more

Political rivals unite on gay adoptions

first_imgNZ Herald 28 May 2012Two MPs from opposing parties, National’s Nikki Kaye and the Greens’ Kevin Hague, have joined forces to develop a bill that would legalise adoption by gay couples. The National Party’s northern regional conference in Auckland at the weekend passed a remit in closed session supporting adoption by couples in a civil union. The party’s national conference in July is expected to debate a gay adoption remit, although such a matter would be a conscience vote in Parliament. It is possible that the Government could pick up the work Ms Kaye and Mr Hague are doing on adoption and surrogacy laws as a Government measure, while making some of the controversial issues a conscience vote. Prime Minister John Key told the Herald yesterday the passage of the remit reflected the changing face of the National Party.….The two MPs are drafting legislation to amend the Care of Children Bill 2004 based on a previous Law Commission report that looked at guardianship and adoption. The measure should be ready in a few months, Ms Kaye said, and would be a private member’s bill in her name or Mr Hague’s. It was a complex piece of work and there would be about 40 policy decisions. Some would be controversial, including the age of adoption, adoption by same-sex couples, adoption by single people, Maori adoption practices and issues relating to surrogacy. Labour list MP Jacinda Ardern has a bill in the private members’ bill ballot that would require the Law Commission to rewrite the law to allow gay couples to adopt.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10808932Gay adoptions not a priority – PMNZ Herald 28 May 2012Prime Minister John Key said it wasn’t a top priority for the Government to promote a Bill legalising adoption by gay couples. Mr Key said he would vote for any Bill to progress to the Select Committee stage but would not confirm if he would vote for the bill to move further. “My own personal opinion is the issue of gay adoption is not hugely significant issue and it’s not because it doesn’t matter to those couples who might want to adopt children, but the truth is less than 200 non-family adoptions take place in New Zealand at the moment.” He said in the current economic climate it was not a priority for the Government.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10809120last_img read more

10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law – Reason #8 – Hannah & Brian

first_imgThe politicians told us the anti-smacking law was not about banning smacking, yet CYF choose a different approach. Did the politicians mislead us, or are CYF a law unto themselves? Perhaps both apply.WATCH this 5-minute clip and judge for yourself!   “They came to me for help… It’s devastating to be put in this place that I can’t have my own grandchildren.” Hannah (Grandmother) This fifth short clip is this week’s example of “10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law.” It’s the evidence that politicians and the media don’t want you to see. It’s the evidence John Key asked for – but won’t watch. So take a couple of minutes to watch and judge for yourself.    To see ALL the evidence, go to our updated and new look website www.protectgoodparents.org.nz . You can view the full documentaries “Mum on a Mission” (2014) and “My Mummy’s A Criminal” (2011).It’s time we held the politicians to account on a failed law which is doing more harm than good. It’s time the politicians listened to YOU!center_img WHERE DO THE POLITICAL PARTIES STAND?Go to www.valueyourvote.org.nzlast_img read more

Family advocacy can be political and charitable, rules New Zealand judge

first_imgMercatorNet 1 July 2015A New Zealand organisation promoting the natural family has won a decision from the country’s High Court that its political activities do not necessarily disqualify it as a charity.Justice Collins ruled that Family First NZ’s advocacy of the traditional family makes it similar to “organisations that have advocated for the ‘mental and moral improvement’ of society” – that is, one of the classic types of charitable activity.Family First was granted charitable status by the then Charities Commission in May 2007 but was served notice of deregistration by the Charities Board, which replaced the commission, in September 2012 during the run-up to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in April 2013.In fact, the Charities Board confirmed its decision to deregister Family First just two days before the gay marriage law was passed. The juxtaposition of events made it very clear that the family group’s public campaign to preserve traditional marriage was the deciding factor in the Board’s decision.Today’s decision from the Supreme Court allows an appeal by FFNZ against its deregistration, and orders the Charities Board to reconsider its move against the group. It follows a similar appeal won by Greenpeace NZ last August after the Charities Board ruled its purposes, like those of the family advocates, primarily “political” rather than “charitable”.However, a majority of the Supreme Court in the Greenpeace case ruled that an organisation with charitable purposes could also have political purposes, depending on the objectives being advocated and the means used to promote those objectives.Greenpeace and Family First make unusual bedfellows but taken together their appeals amount to a breakthrough for many charitable groups, as FFNZ national director Bob McCoskrie pointed out:“This decision is a victory for the many charitable groups – both registered, deregistered and wanting to be registered – who advocate for their causes, beliefs, and supporters and often have to engage in political activity, not always through choice but through necessity. It is a victory for open robust debate on issues that affect families.”(Among the currently registered are groups that opposed FFNZ during the gay marriage debate – without incurring the displeasure of the Charities Board.)In his decision Justice Collins said that the Charities Board should take into account the Greenpeace ruling – and his own – when deciding FFNZ’s status, and should not be influenced by whether or not board members actually like the family group’s views (as, clearly, they do not):[87] In this respect, I believe there is force to the submissions of Mr McKenzie QC, counsel for Family First. He argued that Family First’s purposes of advocating its conception of the traditional family is analogous to organisations that have advocated for the “mental and moral improvement” of society.[88] In recognising the strength of Mr McKenzie’s submission, I am not suggesting the Charities Board must accept Family First’s purposes are for the benefit of the public when it reconsiders Family First’s case.I am saying, however, that the analogical analysis which the Charities Board must undertake should be informed by examining whether Family First’s activities are objectively directed at promoting the moral improvement of society. This exercise should not be conflated with a subjective assessment of the merits of Family First’s views. Members of the Charities Board may personally disagree with the views of Family First, but at the same time recognise there is a legitimate analogy between its role and those organisations that have been recognised as charities. Such an approach would be consistent with the obligation on members of the Charities Board to act with honesty, integrity and in good faith.45The refusal of the Charities Board to review their decision against Family First straight after the Greenpeace case seems to indicate something other than good faith.“It is disappointing that it took a Judge to remind the Charities Board to recognise the precedent set in the Greenpeace case. When the Greenpeace case was decided, we asked the Charities Board to reconsider their decision to deregister us, but they refused to. This has cost both Family First and the taxpayer thousands of dollars in legal fees,” says Mr McCoskrie.“When a group who promotes the natural family as a fundamental social unit is deemed of ‘no public benefit’, you know a country is in deep trouble. The original decision to deregister Family First during the recent marriage debate was a highly politicised one.” http://www.mercatornet.com/conjugality/view/family-advocacy-can-be-political-and-charitable-rules-new-zealand-jud/16438last_img read more

Survey doesn’t show doctors’ views – NZMA

first_imgRadio NZ News 14 July 2015Nearly 12 percent of general practitioners surveyed by the magazine New Zealand Doctor say they have helped a terminally ill person die.But the New Zealand Medical Association says the survey does not reflect doctors’ views.Thirteen of the 110 GPs who responded to the survey by New Zealand Doctor and IMS FaxHealth said they had intervened to help a terminally ill and suffering patient to die.Nearly 41 percent of survey respondents said they had been asked to help end a patient’s life by relatives.There was a fairly even split on questions about whether doctors should help terminally ill people to die, and on whether a law change was needed.New Zealand Medical Association chair Stephen Child told Nine to Noon the survey did not represent the views of doctors on euthanasia.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/278712/survey-doesn’t-show-doctors’-views-nzmalast_img read more

(Only 13) Doctors helping patients die as assisted death debate rolls on (by Stuff-ed)

first_imgDoctors helping patients die as assisted death debate rolls onStuff co.nz 13 July 2015More than one in ten doctors have helped a patient die despite potentially breaking the law, a survey suggests.In a fax poll of general practitioners, conducted by magazine New Zealand Doctor and IMS Health, nearly 12 per cent of respondents said they had helped a patient die. About two out of five doctors also said they had been asked to help a patient die, although most had refused.The poll, reported in New Zealand Doctor was based on the responses from 110 doctors, which means about 13 doctors admitted to helping a patient die.It comes after terminally ill Wellington lawyer Seales’ high-profile court battle to seek legal clarification for doctors, allowing them to help terminally ill patients die at a time of their choosing without risking prosecution. Seales died of a brain tumour on June 5, living long enough to be told the judge in the case, Justice David Collins, had decided it was still against the law for doctors to help their patients to die.But the issue remains strongly contested and the poll suggested the medical community also remains divided. Of those surveyed, 45.5 per cent believed the law needed to change to legally protect doctors who helped terminally ill patients die, compared to 44.5 per cent who did not.Some doctors responding to the survey said even if they weren’t helping patients die, pain relief could effectively have the same outcome.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/70184652/Doctors-helping-patients-die-as-assisted-death-debate-rolls-onlast_img read more

Women with multiple partners more likely to experience stress and depression

first_imgChild & Family blog.com May 2016Family First Comment:  “Mothers with children conceived by multiple partners were more likely to be depressed both around the birth of the child and two years later…“Depression around the birth of the child correlated with the degree of involvement of the biological father.Women with children by multiple partners are more likely to experience stress and depression compared with mothers whose children share the same father.Paula Fomby at the University of Michigan looked at 3,366 families included in the Fragile Families Child and Wellbeing Study. The families included children who were born between 1998 and 2000 in a number of US cities.Fomby compared mothers who went on to have another child by a new partner within the next three years with mothers who had another child with the same partner or who had no further children.Mothers with multiple partners were likely to receive less social support and less child support from the biological father. Children were likely to have less contact with their biological fathers, and the relationship between the mother and the biological fathers was likely to be poorer.Mothers with children conceived by multiple partners were more likely to be depressed both around the birth of the child and two years later. A mother of a three-year-old with another child by a different partner was 43% more likely to have had a major depressive episode in the past year compared to women who had no further children.Fomby found that depression around the birth of the child correlated with the degree of involvement of the biological father. Two years later, the main correlation was with what Fomby calls “boundary ambiguity” in the family, such as the presence of the new partner’s earlier children in the household and family activities involving both biological and step-father at the same time.READ MORE: https://childandfamilyblog.com/women-multiple-partners/last_img read more

Elderly suicide on mental health conference agenda

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 9 May 2016Family First Comment: And legalising euthanasia would simply make it worse.We’re being told not to forget about the older community in a bid to prevent elderly suicide.Elderly suicide is set to be discussed at a mental health conference attended by psychiatrists from New Zealand and Australia today.Spokesperson for counselling service Relationship Matters Steve Taylor said elderly people often go into care and get visits from family once every couple of weeks.He said this can make them feel lonely, helpless and without purpose.“The more that a person loses their sense of hope and purpose then the less will they have to actually be able to contribute or go on living.”He said when people grow older some people assume they don’t have much use anymore.“They have a lot to contribute, particularly to the younger generation, and I think one of the key things we could do is have a situation where we could actually talk to a lot of people and say what is it that you would like to offer, what is that you would like to contribute and how can we help you do that.”READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/elderly-suicide-on-metal-health-conference-agenda/last_img read more

John Roughan: Why the ‘health approach’ to marijuana won’t work

first_imgNZ Herald 5 May 2019Family First Comment: Well said by John Roughan“By the time we come to the referendum we might be seeing what the “health approach” to methamphetamine and other drugs really means. It means implied approval, causing increased use and public liability for addiction. At that point we might decide the criminal law gives the best, cheapest and healthiest message after all.”#saynopetodopeCampaigners for legalising marijuana used to be amiable libertarians who asked for nothing more than the right to grow or buy their drug of choice and the freedom to smoke it without risk of prosecution as drinkers of alcohol can do.Anyone who thinks that is all they will be voting for at a referendum next year is going to be surprised when the Government announces some details of what is proposed, possibly today.The people who have been leading the campaign to legalise marijuana in recent years are definitely not libertarians. They probably don’t even smoke pot or anything else.They are puritans who regard all pleasurable drugs as a problem demanding tighter regulation and much more health treatment.The reason they give for wanting to decriminalise marijuana is that they believe the criminal law has failed to stamp it out and merely discouraged users from seeking the treatment they need.But just quietly, they are also excited by the prospect of designing a regulatory regime that may be applied to all drugs, especially alcohol. A “model drug law” it was called in a report produced by the NZ Drug Foundation for the 2017 election.It will be interesting to see how much of that report’s proposals have been adopted in the regime the Government will put to the referendum. One News has had a tip that a minimum purchasing age of 20 will be set for legalised marijuana.That, of course, was the age public health professors urged Parliament to set for alcohol when they attempted to reduce its availability in 2010. They have never accepted that defeat and will try again at some stage with a new Parliament.The Drug Foundation’s “model law” for marijuana goes much further than any restrictions the public health professors proposed to the previous Government for alcohol. Licensed outlets would be more strictly limited and be “as uninteresting as possible”.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12227735last_img read more

Detransitioners: Girls who became boys who want to be girls again

first_imgStuff co.nz 19 November 2019Family First Comment: There is plenty of help available for people who want to transition – but precious little for those who then change their minds. There is so little acknowledgement that not everyone who transitions remains aligned with the opposite sex that Keira cannot easily undo her gender recognition certificate, which leaves her as legally male; she would have to apply for another one to transition back to her birth sex. “There’s a lack of interest in detransitioner studies and outcomes and data, because it doesn’t really suit the people pushing this ideology to know about the bad outcomes.”Keira attended the Gender Identity Development Service at London’s Tavistock and Portman Trust, the only NHS facility for transgender young people.She says that when she was 16, after just three appointments, she was referred to an endocrinologist for puberty-blockers. Prescribed to “press pause” on puberty for children distressed by their developing bodies, the hormones do, however, carry health risks, including to bone density and cognitive development.For Keira, who had already started puberty, the effect was to halt future development and stop her periods. She then moved on to cross-sex hormones – testosterone for women transitioning, oestrogen for males – and appointments at the adult clinic at Charing Cross Hospital in London.Her voice deepened, she developed body hair and grew a beard. At the age of 21, she had her breasts removed. After realising her mistake, Keira had her last testosterone injection at the start of this year – yet she is still having to shave and is routinely mistaken for a man.It is not just a permanently lowered voice that is the legacy of Keira’s foray into gender reassignment, however. “I am so angry and I can’t see that going away,” she says. “Nothing was explored that may have better explained the way I felt about myself than that it must have meant I was born in the wrong body.”She describes an unhappy childhood, deeply affected by her parents’ divorce and her mother’s alcoholism, leading her to retreat into a world where being a boy felt like it offered escape.Now, she says, “I feel sick, I feel like I’ve been lied to. There’s no evidence for the treatments I’ve had, and they didn’t make me feel any better. It was maturity that did that.”Her view is echoed by Sue Evans, a psychoanalyst who used to work at the Tavistock and is now crowdfunding to bring a test case against the trust to establish that children cannot give their informed consent to what she describes as radical, experimental treatment.Evans will be speaking about her case at the Detransition Advocacy Network’s first event in Manchester at the end of the month. However, there is as yet no data on the number of people unhappy in their new gender, or those who are seeking to detransition.“I’m about the science, the research and evidence-based good practice in medicine,” says Evans. “And it just doesn’t exist when it comes to how we treat trans patients.“This has been moved out of the medical domain and has become political and ideological,” she adds. “But the problem is it absolutely is a medical issue, because you’re about to launch people on a pathway that chemically and medically interferes with the basis of their body, who they are and their identity.”There is plenty of help available for people who want to transition – but precious little for those who then change their minds.There is so little acknowledgement that not everyone who transitions remains aligned with the opposite sex that Keira cannot easily undo her gender recognition certificate, which leaves her as legally male; she would have to apply for another one to transition back to her birth sex.“There’s a lack of interest in detransitioner studies and outcomes and data, because it doesn’t really suit the people pushing this ideology to know about the bad outcomes,” says Evans.“Part of the trans message is, you’re the consumer, you make a choice about your gender and we will curate a body for you to fit in with your requirements,” she continues. “Detransitioners are the rejects who go into the seconds shop. They’re not the good examples from the production line of bodies that transition. In a sense, they’re the damaged goods no one wants to acknowledge.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/117553613/detransitioners-girls-who-became-boys-who-want-to-be-girls-again?fbclid=IwAR0hJua3FsJaxcmyGN3S-w4MLWKY7EG5k_FoVSExvIeVtwJJz3nkL2X-mEMlast_img read more

German tests link bean sprouts to deadly E. coli

first_img Sharing is caring! Share It is believed the bean sprouts were produced in GermanyNew data released in Germany strongly suggests that locally produced bean sprouts were, as suspected, the source of the deadly E. coli outbreak.“It’s the bean sprouts,” said Reinhard Burger, head of Germany’s centre for disease control.Officials initially blamed the E. coli, which has killed 29 people, on imported cucumbers, then bean sprouts.In another development, Russia agreed to lift its ban on imports of EU fresh vegetables in return for guarantees.The Russian ban had compounded a crisis for EU vegetable-growers, with Spanish cucumber producers wrongly blamed for the contamination.Mr Burger, who heads the Robert Koch Institute, told reporters on Friday that even though no tests of the sprouts from a farm in Lower Saxony had come back positive, the epidemiological investigation of the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough evidence to draw the conclusion.The institute, he added, was lifting its warning against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, but keeping it in place for the sprouts.Some 3,000 people have been taken ill with the German outbreak of E. coli, which involves a previously unknown strain of the bacterium.Sufferers may develop haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) where bacteria attack the kidneys and nervous system, giving them fits and often forcing them on to dialysis.‘Hot lead’“People who ate sprouts were nine times more likely to have bloody diarrhoea than those who did not,” Mr Burger said.Germany’s top disease control official said the origin of the contamination was still believed to be the small organic farm in Lower Saxony which first came under suspicion at the weekend.“The links are ever clearer – it’s a hot lead,” he told reporters in Berlin, at a joint news conference with the heads of Germany’s federal institute for risk assessment and federal office for consumer protection.He said it was possible that all tainted sprouts had now either been consumed or thrown away, but he warned the crisis was not yet over.“There will be new cases coming up,” he said.“Thousands of tests carried out on tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce have proved negative,” he added.Lower Saxony agriculture minister Gert Lindemann said earlier this week that experts had found no traces of the E. coli bacterium strain at the Bienenbuettel farm but he did not rule it out as the source of the contamination.In an interview to be published in next week’s edition of Focus magazine, Mr Lindemann said some 60 of the people taken ill had eaten sprouts from the farm, which employs about 15 people.Contamination might have been caused by contaminated seeds or “poor hygiene”, he added.Ban to be liftedThe agreement to lift the Russian ban was announced after talks between top EU officials including the Commission chief, Jose Manuel Barroso, and Russian counterparts in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.“We are ready to resume the shipments under guarantees of the EU authorities,” President Dmitry Medvedev told reporters.Russia’s top food safety officer, Gennady Onishchenko, said Russia would lift its prohibition after receiving food safety guarantees from the European Commission.Mr Barroso said the EU would send a form for issuing food safety certificates to Russia in the next few days.According to the Commission, the total value of EU exports of fresh vegetables to Russia is 600m euros (£530m; $870m) a year, a quarter of the total exported.Spain, France, Germany and Poland are the biggest exporters.BBC News Share Tweetcenter_img HealthLifestyle German tests link bean sprouts to deadly E. coli by: – June 10, 2011 27 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

DHTA Launches Experience Dominica Digital Destination Handbook

first_img Share EntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews DHTA Launches Experience Dominica Digital Destination Handbook by: – January 17, 2020 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share 181 Views   no discussions Adventurers and tourists will soon have a local tour guide right at their fingertips in the form of a new webpage from the Dominica Hotel Tourism Association.On Friday, Jan 17th the DHTA launched its ‘Experience Dominica Digital Destination Handbook’, a digital platform which enables the DHTA and stakeholders to share the Dominica experience with users.At the launch, president of the DHTA, Marvlyn James conveyed the uniqueness of the feature saying “It will be more of a guide book to make it easier for users to navigate and find information when planning vacations and things to do when on island.”She listed, “where to stay, culinary experiences, adventure, festivals, culture.”James says the portal will provide, “up-to-date information on how to get to Dominica from different source markets… It is very difficult to get to Dominica and a lot of travelers do not know what hubs to use.”Meanwhile, stakeholders who are interested in having their businesses listed on the online guidebook are able to register with the DHTA.The Experience Dominica Digital Destination Handbook will be made available by the end of March.DHTA Digital Guidebooklast_img read more

West Indies squads for T20 & ODIs announced

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsSports West Indies squads for T20 & ODIs announced by: – May 30, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The West Indies Cricket Board’s Selection Committee has named the following West Indies squads for the Digicel Pearls Twenty20 and the First and Second Digicel Pearls ODIs at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.West Indies Squad for the Digicel Pearls Twenty20:Darren Sammy – CaptainChristopher BarnwellDevendra BishooDarren BravoAndre FletcherDanza HyattAshley NurseRavi RampaulAndre RussellMarlon SamuelsKrishmar SantokieLendl SimmonsWest Indies Squad for the 1st and 2nd Digicel Pearls ODIs:Darren Sammy – CaptainDwayne Bravo – Vice CaptainCarlton BaughDevendra BishooDarren BravoKirk EdwardsAnthony MartinKieron PollardRavi RampaulAndre RussellMarlon SamuelsRamnaresh SarwanLendl SimmonsSelection notes:1. Kemar Roach is being rested for the Trinidad leg of the West Indies v India Series 2011. It is expected that other players with heavy workloads will also be rested and rotated from time to time throughout the West Indies v India Series 2011 and moving forward.2. Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are not eligible to represent the West Indies in T20 format as they did not take part in the last edition of the Caribbean Twenty20. (The WICB Selection Criteria outline that for a player to be eligible for selection to the West Indies team he must participate in the corresponding format of the game at the regional level.)3. Although he has been allowed to return to low intensity cricket in Trinidad, Adrian Barath is still undergoing rehabilitation and an assessment will be done during the Trinidad leg of the West Indies v India Series 2011. A decision on his return to international cricket will be taken following the assessment and it is hoped he will be available for the Digicel Test Series – West Indies v India.4. Chris Gayle will not be considered for selection to the West Indies team before an intended meeting with himself, the Selection Committee, the WICB Management and the West Indies Team Management. The Selection Committee views this meeting as necessary as a result of Gayle’s comments in a widely publicized radio interview in Jamaica.5. The Selection Committee is of the view that Jerome Taylor is required to play a full season of regional cricket in order to prove his fitness to compete adequately at the international level before being considered for selection.Caribbean News Now 29 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Calls for shopkeepers to develop Rodent Control Program

first_img Share 16 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Anthony Scotland. (File photo)The Environmental Coordinating Unit wants shop keepers and food establishments to development a Rodent Control Program to eradicate the cases of Leptospirosis on the island.Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland says 34 cases of Leptospirosis have been recorded so far for this year. “They should always design their shops to prevent rodents. The rats always find a way into these premises. Sugar and flour should be stored in sealed containers. During the night they should protect the sugar and flour containers. If the rodent problems persist, then the shopkeepers need to bait the rat. They must be killed. They also need to manage their scrap in an effort to starve the rats,” Scotland noted.Scotland is also advising persons to connect their waste water line unto the sewage system.“When the scrap goes into the public drain, food is being provided for the rats and also other animals,” he explained.Meantime, Anthony says a program to reduce the rodent population at Dominica’s Sea Ports is ongoing.“We have done rodent control programs in Portsmouth. Woodbridge Bay was the major hub, we have started a program at Longhouse and we are baiting and trying to protect the food that’s coming into the ports,” he said.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Calls for shopkeepers to develop Rodent Control Program by: – September 23, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Joanne Joseph receives hearing aids from Rotary Club and Ross University

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Joanne Joseph receives hearing aids from Rotary Club and Ross University by: – September 27, 2011center_img 29 Views   no discussions Share Image via: hearingaids123.com. (not actual hearing aids donated)Hearing impaired Joanne Joseph is now better able to communicate with others, thanks to a generous donation of hearing aids from the Rotary Club of Dominica and Dr. Susan Kelley of the Ross University School of Medicine.The presentation was made at the Alpha Center in Goodwill this morning.President of the Dominica Rotary Club Ms Marvlyn Birmingham said Joseph has been waiting for more than a year to get hearing aids.“Today I am very pleased to present this set of hearing aides to Joanne. She has been asking about them every time I see her and I am so happy to be able to hand them over to her today,’ she told the small ceremony.Meantime Birmingham said the Rotary Club of Dominica has pursued many projects that impact the lives of people in Dominica.“For eighteen years the club has provided eye care in partnership with the Volunteer Optometry Services for Humanity popularity referred to as the VOSH team,” she said.According to Birmingham, the Rotary Club is also associated with a diabetic foot care training programme for health professionals.“The training is of three days duration and is expected to begin on October 24, 2011. This will be the first of two courses facilitated by international, regional and local personnel. An advance course will follow one year later but the ensuing months between the two courses will be spent in performing set clinical works and data gathering.’ she said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Man Utd star ‘texting Playboy model while in lockdown’

first_img Ahead of that match, she said: “Of course, I will be supporting Italy on Tuesday. read also:Astana v Man Utd: Lingard ends goal drought after 307 days “Especially this year as we are not playing in the World Cup. My favourite player for Italy is Patrick Cutrone. I am friends with him. “For England it’s Jesse Lingard, and he is a friend of mine as well. “I hope to bring good luck with my lucky bum to my team, even though England have a great team. “And if the luck is not on our side, I wish for the goal to be scored by Jesse. “Jesse is a really good guy, down to earth and amazingly talented at what he does.” Meanwhile, Lingard’s ex Jena Frumes has shown him what he’s missing this month with a series of incredible bikini snaps. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Playboy model, Laura Bragato, has revealed pal Jesse Lingard has been texting her while in lockdown. Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Manchester United could reap the rewards of the midfielder’s antics as her bum is believed to be a good luck charm. The England ace has been keeping in touch with the stunning Italian model while he is stuck in self-isolation. Speaking to the Daily Star from her home in Italy, she said: “I spoke to Jesse yesterday, and he is staying home like the rest of us. “He is safe. In Italy we are all on lockdown, it’s been one month and I really hope everything is going to start again here. “I am taking care of myself, let the stress go, I do my beauty routine every day, I watch movies and cook good Italian food, that’s all. “When it’s over, I can’t wait to travel. I want to spend my summer in Spain and London.” Bragato claimed in 2018 that her “lucky bum” would help Italy beat England – but the matched ended 1-1.last_img read more

NO ACCREDITATION? Foundation hits snag after Dinagyang launching

first_img“Probably, the IFFI could have a jointventure or undertaking with an organization already accredited,” Peñaredondosuggested. * community-based and sectoral-based,with project development and implementation track record of at least one year IDFI got Treñas’ ire in January thisyear for not inviting him to the festival. It was learned yesterday that IDFI wasseeking to renew its accreditation with the city government. The SP, however,was yet to act on its application. During the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s(SP) deliberation yesterday on IFFI’s application for accreditation, citycouncilors agreed to defer taking action after Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondopointed out that the foundation may not be able to meet the accreditationguidelines. But Peñaredondo may have misunderstoodDILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72, a former Commission on Audit (COA) Region6 official told Panay News. Also,the former official added, “If the city government wanted to release funds tothe participating public schools, then it has to observe the guidelinesprovided in COA Circular No. 94-013.” * reliability, as evidenced by thepreparation of annual reports and conduct of annual meetings duly certified bythe board secretary of the organization ILOILO City – A day after announcingthat the city government would be allotting a P25-million assistance to theIloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI) that has been tapped to handle the2020 edition of Dinagyang Festival, Mayor Jerry Treñas said yesterday nogovernment fund would be released to the foundation. After learning of the SP’s decision todefer taking action on IFFI’s accreditation, Treñas said, “The foundation willnot receive any funds from the city.” Accordingto the former COA official, “the applicable guidelines insofar as accreditationof nongovernment organizations, but necessarilyto be done by sanggunian, is COA CircularNo. 2007-01 as reiterated in COA Circular No. 2012-001.” “Itbears stressing that according to Item 2.3 (of the memo), its issuance intendedto cover accreditation for purpose of representation in the local specialbodies, not for joint venture implementation of projects,” according to theformer COA official who asked not to be identified. Treñas, however, said he wouldcontinue coordinating with the IFFI so that the Local Government Code and DILGrequirements would be met. In a previous interview, Treñas saidthat as an official of the city (he was the congressman then), he should havebeen invited and that the festival should have been spared from politics. Hewas then running against the incumbent mayor, Jose Espinosa III. The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc.(IDFI) used to be the city government’s partner in organizing the annualDinagyang but in June this year Treñas announced a new foundation would beformed to manage the festival starting this January 2020.center_img Item2.3 of the memo read: “This Memorandum Circular shall only involve theaccreditation process for civil society organizations for purpose ofrepresentation in the local special bodies.” The IFFI was organized only in Julythis year and its officers were inducted by Treñas only this Monday, Sept. 16,on the same day the mayor announced a P25-million city government assistance tothe foundation. It was during Treñas’ term as mayorfrom 2001 to 2010 that the private sector – the IDFI for that matter – wastapped asofficial managing partner of the citygovernment and the Parish of San Jose de Placer for the Dinagyang. DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72released on May 22, 2019 listed the requirements for local governmentaccreditation of civil society organizations. Two of these were: Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI). IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “The IFFI is a new organization. It isimpossible to accredit it at this time. We would all be held liable forviolating the Local Government Code and the DILG memo circular,” Peñaredondowarned fellow councilors. Peñaredondo,meanwhile, stressed that IFFI could continueoperating and “help the city of Iloilo in whatever undertaking through amemorandum of agreement, but as far as funding this organization, it isprohibited.” The city government will releaseDinagyang money directly to the participating schools and festival-relatedactivities. The city mayor apparently overlooked arequirement set by the Local Government Code and Department of Interiorand Local Government (DILG). No fund could be released to civil societyorganizations not accredited by the local government unit. In deciding to drop IDFI, Treñas saidthere were people in the foundation he could no longer work with. He also said the IDFI had no ownershipor exclusive right over the staging of Dinagyang “kay ti iya ina sang pumoluyo sang syudad.” According to Peñaredondo, the IFFIlacked track record (at least one year) and financial records required by theLocal Government Code and DILG. During the Dinagyang 2020 launching onMonday, the IFFI bared 11 festival-related activities: Iloilo Dinagyang ArtFestival (Jan. 18 to 25), Ilonggo Food Festival (Jan. 23 to 26), Miss Iloilo2020 (Jan. 24), Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika (Jan. 24), fluvial and solemnfoot procession (Jan. 24), Floats Parade of Lights (Jan. 24), fireworksdisplay (Jan. 24), Dinagyang sa Calle Real (Jan. 25), Festive Parade SponsorsMardi Gras (Jan. 25), religious sadsad (Jan.25), and Dinagyang 360° (Jan. 26)./PNlast_img read more

Unlicensed gun seized

first_imgBACOLOD City – Police arrested adrunken man for possessing an unlicensed gun in Barangay Mansilingan. Police officers seized an improvisedfirearm and a shell of a 12-gauge shotgun from Planilla.    The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of Police Station 7./PN He was identified as 34-year-old AlanPlanilla of Barangay Vista Alegre, a police report showed. According to police investigation,Planilla started a commotion around 10 p.m. on Oct. 6.last_img

POGOs given three days to settle tax liabilities

first_img Domiguez said then that POGOs operating in the country have unpaid taxes that already amounted to P21.62 billion. The Chief Executive initially ordered POGOs to settle their liabilities in 24 hours but changed it to three days during his television interview on Friday night. “They are now ordered to register with the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and kumuha ng tag number,” Duterte said in an interview with the CNN Philippines. Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators was conceptualized to enable the government to capture a greater share of the growing, yet previously unregulated, online gaming pie. ABS-CBN NEWS “You better settle that utang or else gawin ko kayong pugo,” he added. “Huwag ninyong lokohin ang Pilipino kasi ang Pilipino hindi loko-loko.”center_img Upon the order of Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez to shut down POGOs with tax liabilities, the BIR started its crackdown on POGOs last September. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has given the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) a three-day ultimatum to settle their tax liabilities. Latest BIR data showed that a total of P1.63 billion in witholding taxes was collected from POGOs and service providers from January to August this year. The bureau collected around P579 million in 2018 and P175 million in 2017./PNlast_img read more

Mexican president vows justice for massacre victims

first_imgNovember’s gangland attack on a remote stretch of road in northernSonora state killed three mothers and six children when their vehicles cameunder heavy gunfire then were torched. Two rival gangs, factions of the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels, are knownto fight over lucrative cross-border smuggling routes in the area.    La Mora, like other northern Mexican settlements where relatives of thelarge families live, was founded decades ago by breakaway Mormon leaders whofled the US, seeking a safe haven for their beliefs.(Reuters) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures as he speaks during his visit to the Mexican-American Mormon community in La Mora, Sonora, Mexico on Jan. 12. REUTERS/CARLOS JASSOcenter_img President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised to keep relativesappraised of the investigation into the ambush carried out by cartel gunmen twomonths ago. LA MORA – Mexico’s president pledged on Sunday that those behind amassacre that killed nine members of a United States (US)-Mexican family ofMormon origin will be punished.last_img read more

Iran makes first arrests over downed airliner

first_imgTEHRAN – Iran announced Tuesday itsfirst arrests over the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet,as protesters vented their anger over the catastrophic blunder for a fourthconsecutive day. Nearly two weeks after the US killed atop Iranian commander in Iraq, tensions with the West increased further as EUcountries on Tuesday launched an arbitration process charging Tehran withfailing to observe commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal, prompting Iran to warnof unspecified “consequences”. Iranian students gather for a demonstration over the downing of a Ukrainian airliner at Tehran University on Tuesday, in a fourth day of protests in the capital. AFPcenter_img The Ukraine International Airlines planewas brought down by a missile shortly after takeoff on Wednesday, killing all176 passengers and crew on board. (AFP)last_img read more