Millions more staff eligible for overtime under new law

first_imgNewemployment regulations affecting the overtime eligibility of millions of USworkers have been introduced.Thoseearning $23,660 (£13,322) or less a year are now eligible for time-and-a-halfwhen they work more than 40 hours a week.Underthe old rules, overtime rights were granted to anyone earning less than $250(£140) a week – the equivalent of $13,000 (£7,280) a year – but the new limitwill make more than a million additional low-wage workers eligible for overtimepay.TheUS Department of Labor’s ‘FairPay‘ rules guarantee overtimepay for more than 6 million workers – and overtime accounts for up to a quarterof their earnings.Thoseearning between $23,660-$100,000(£13,322-£56,310) in most executive, professional, or administrative positionsare now ineligible – hiring and firing powers is one determinant ofineligibility. While white-collar workersearning $100,000 or more are now excluded from overtime pay.However, police, firefighters,and other public safety officers are unaffected, as are union workers coveredby contracts.FairPay’s listings and jobdescriptions may also disqualify millions of workers, including juniorsupervisors, chefs, and employees with graduate degrees, who could all bereclassified under the new Ceausu Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Millions more staff eligible for overtime under new lawOn 14 Sep 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

How a socialist on City Planning Commission would affect real estate

first_imgEmail Address* TagsevictionJumaane WilliamsRental Market Full Name* Cea Weaver (Photos via Twitter; Getty; iStock;)The appointment of a socialist tenant advocate to the City Planning Commission won’t by itself block development in New York City, but it could be a thorn in the side of an already wounded real estate industry.Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has nominated tenant advocate Cea Weaver to the City Planning Commission, the New York Post first reported. She would replace Michelle de la Uz, who was often a dissenting vote within the body (she voted against the Lenox Terrace expansion and the Special Flushing Waterfront District).Jumaane Williams (Getty)In a statement, Weaver said the City Planning Commission is a “public entity and should be driven by and for the public good rather than private interests.” Her colleagues on the commission would concur, but figure to disagree with Weaver on how to achieve that public good and how much private interests can benefit in the process.ADVERTISEMENTThe public advocate appoints one of the commission’s 13 members, who include experts in urban design, finance, real estate, law and both market-rate and low-income development. Weaver would be the panel’s only tenant advocate.The first question is whether Weaver’s nomination will be confirmed by the City Council. Her association with the Democratic Socialists of America and previous clashes with City Council majority leader Laurie Cumbo — who last year held a counter-protest against a DSA-backed Senate candidate — are no secret. Weaver has focused much of her work on state-level legislation, but in 2017 she was also at odds with Cumbo over the Bedford-Union Armory development, which ultimately went forward.But it would be a shock if the Council picked a fight with Williams, who presides over Council meetings and is popular with constituents and colleagues. In a statement he called Weaver “an unwavering advocate for equity and justice on behalf of New Yorkers” and urged the chamber to quickly confirm her appointment.Typically, the City Planning Commission gives the green light to development projects during the city’s public land-use review process, after the local community board and borough presidents have weighed in. To stop new developments, Weaver would have to persuade six of the commission’s other members to vote with her — an unlikely scenario. Seven are mayoral appointees.But she could use her perch to draw attention to her agenda, which includes canceling rent, funding public housing and stopping all evictions. With a formal platform, she could face off with developers directly during public hearings.Asking pointed questions of developers and other stakeholders can affect the outcome of projects, and after the Amazon HQ2 debacle, the death of the Industry City rezoning and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reversal on a Crown Heights residential project, few would discount the role of public opinion.In a webinar hosted by The Real Deal last year, Weaver spoke of land owners’ historical role as gentry and argued that they should be obliged to share more of their wealth with the less-monied classes.“Asking folks who have generated wealth off of owning land for many years to give up a little bit during great social need, while we fight for government intervention, is not that drastic of a thing,” she said then, arguing that rent should be canceled during the pandemic.In a statement to the New York Post, REBNY president James Whelan said Weaver’s appointment would be a “significant setback” for the city’s post-pandemic economic recovery.“[I]t would be unfortunate if the City Planning Commission became another vehicle to block the creation of good jobs and much-needed housing and investment,” he said.But others feel differently. Queens state Sen. John Liu, who as a City Council member and later comptroller was frequently at odds with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, hailed Weaver’s addition to the commission as an “important appointment.”“The City Planning Commission has historically been over-represented by developers, and woefully under-represented by housing advocates,” Liu said. Being a dissenting voice, even if it does not change the outcome, should not be dismissed as a “protest vote,” said the former comptroller, whose appointees were known to cast dissenting votes against Bloomberg-backed measures.One other way Weaver’s appointment could affect the real estate industry is by giving one of its most ardent foes a well-paying part-time job for at least a five-year term.Commissioners receive a salary of nearly $65,000 (the chair, Marisa Lago, is also the director of City Planning and earns $243,171). For comparison, Weaver earned $45,000 for a nine-month gig orchestrating the tenant campaign to rewrite New York’s rent law.With the potential for reappointment, Weaver’s agenda could have an official platform for many years to come.Read moreReal estate pros and foes clash on rent strike covid responseThe money behind the New York tenant movementCancel-rent housing activist tapped for city planning commission Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Contact Georgia Kromreilast_img read more

Piracy in the Indian Ocean Still a Threat

first_img Share this article Piracy in the Indian Ocean Still a Threat View post tag: could May 16, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Piracy in the Indian Ocean Still a Threat View post tag: Threat The revelation this week that the owner of an Algerian cargo ship whose crew was held by Somali pirates paid them $2.6 million in ransom is yet another indication that the rewards these denizens reap for their illegal, life-threatening work remain a serious stumbling block to ending maritime organized crime, AdvanFort Company President and COO William H. Watson said.“Those ship owners and operators who have still not hired a highly-reputable private maritime security company (PMSC) continue to risk paying what amounts to an illegal tax in support of further organized maritime extortion,” Watson noted in a statement. “It is a cost that ends up being borne by all of us.”Watson noted that the MV Blida, carrying 17 Algerians, six Ukrainians, two Filipinos, one Jordanian and one Indonesian, was overtaken by a gang of heavily-armed pirates on its way from Oman to Tanzania, with almost all the hostages freed after a bag full of cash was dropped from a plane to the captors.“The fact that Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, has just issued a warning that Somali pirates still remain determined to get out to sea and attack easy targets should be a wake-up call for those still asleep at the helm of security for their companies,” Watson added.“Tarrant’s observation that piracy’s threat in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere is not over, but is merely contained for now, means that the costs associated with world-wide shipping remain burdened by a transnational security threat that carries with it an unnecessary tax that unfairly buffets the maritime industry and those consumers whose life depends on the free flow of commerce.”“The silver lining in all those clouds on the horizon is the fact that those vessels protected by first-rate PMSCs remain outside the pirates’ greedy reach,” Watson said.Rear Admiral Tarrant’s warning was issued after the EU Naval Force warship ESPS Rayo located a skiff with six men on board that was 320 nautical miles off the Somali coast. That the small, open-top boat was so far out to sea caused the Rayo to send a team to investigate.As a result Tarrant said that he was “very concerned that seafarers and nations will lower their guard and support for counter piracy operations in the belief that the piracy threat is over. It is not; it is merely contained. We should remember that at its height in January 2011, 32 ships were pirated by Somali pirates and 736 hostages were held. It is crucial that we remain vigilant or the number of attacks will once again rise.”Although the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean are now protected by a coalition of world navies, in 2011 pirates staged 439 violent attacks and held hostage 802 crewmembers. Although the ransom paid by the Saudi owner of the MV Blida was $2.6 million, the average paid to pirates that year was $4.97 million.According to a recent report, the some $170 million in ransom payments to piracy made during 2011 was a more than 50 percent increase from the total of $110 million they received in 2010. During the period 2007-2011, it noted, the ransoms paid “have increased sevenfold,” with average ransoms increasing from about $600,000 in 2007 to some $5 million in 2011.In February 2011, $13.5 million in ransom was paid to secure the release of a supertanker, the MV Irene, which carried 2 million barrels of Kuwaiti oil, estimated to be worth $200 million and destined for the United States.[mappress]Press Release, May 16, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: Indian View post tag: Again View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: ocean View post tag: rise View post tag: Naval View post tag: piracylast_img read more

Watch Highlights From Dave Matthews Band’s Great Deer Creek Opener

first_imgDave Matthews Band continued their 25th anniversary tour last night with a great showing at the Klipsch Music Center, better known as Deer Creek to the fans. The Noblesville, IN venue has played host to a diverse offering of live acts, and was primed and ready for a return visit from the DMB. The band focused on more familiar tunes throughout the night, opening with “Pig” and playing hits like “Crash Into Me,” “Warehouse,” “#41,” and so many more.Thanks to YouTube user speedi4got, we can watch a majority of songs performed last night! Check it out below.PigBismarck (Partial)One Sweet WorldWarehouseFool To ThinkBelly Belly NiceSugar Will#41Tripping BilliesPantala Naga Pampa/RapunzelSisterGrannyAll Along The WatchtowerDMB returns to Klipsch for round two, tonight. Check out the setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists[Photos courtesy of Phierce Photo] Load remaining imageslast_img read more

The Tough Get Going

first_imgNot only is the mild winter pouring cold rain down our backs as we wish our way through another “riding” weekend, but the bacteria running rampant without a good freeze are causing sniffles, sore throats and weeks of hacking coughs.I know some people like to believe that as they are coming down with something it’s best to ride hard to flush it out of the system, but I don’t believe that. I think that only causes the body to be worn down, allowing whatever virus or bacteria to take advantage of the weakened state.One good example is that whenever I go through periods of working my body really hard for several weeks, pushing every ride or run, I end up sick. I think that when all the nutrients are used up and the muscles are fatigued, slurping up every bubble of oxygen and spare B vitamin, that it takes only the smallest of germs to have its way.Those kind of riding weeks allow me to sleep better, that’s for sure, falling into bed exhausted. It’s nights like that when I don’t even move, and upon waking in the morning feel more like I’ve survived a coma and now have a numb limb from the way I’ve slept on it. Then again, it’s hard to remember that, because now I fall into bed exhausted over being beaten all day by the children. I’m lucky to get a quick ride in, and am too much of a weenie to pull the baby in the trailer any more. Or maybe it’s the argument I don’t want to have with him, because he now is adept at voicing his refusals to get in the contraption any more. Maybe I need to make it look more like a motorcycle and he’d want to. Although I find that when wearing an iPod up very loud he doesn’t complain near as much…So the bacteria in these warm winters are not getting killed off, and nearly every door handle seems to be coated in germs. I cringe every time I see my 3-year-old with his fingers in his mouth. Even my 8-year-old, who has only been sick twice in his life got the strep throat. We got it at the same time, as I cannot stop smooching my children, even through a veil of snot. I started my antibiotics before becoming miserable and was ecstatic at my planning since I was to leave on a much-needed week-long solo trip.Three days into my trip the soldiers began falling around me, fevered and groaning as I rushed to the store for Emergen C, green juice and antibacterial fluid for everything that had been touched. I’ve been working out every day, so I just know that these bugs are going to gang up on me and can almost hear them laughing out loud.Today I will not work out. I will jump on this motorcycle instead, heading up Pacific Coastal Highway 1 to Big Sur where I will soak my bones in the hot springs at Esalen Institute. A girl’s gotta’ do what a girl’s gotta do…last_img read more

Ultimate Virginia Biking Giveaway

first_imgOR UP TO $359 credit towards a trek bike of your choice! Locally crafted eats and brews in the heart of Old Town Winchester at Roma and Alesatian Brewing Company WEAR(2) PAIRS OF KING TECHNICAL APPAREL SOCKS This contest is over. WIN THIS FULLY LOADED GETAWAY TO WINCHESTER, VA! A unique and immersive 2-night stay FOR TWO at the new Bird’s Nest Tiny House at Hedgebrook Farm EAT + DRINKcenter_img EXPLOREA custom winery and farm market biking tour by Element Sports from your tiny house through the gorgeous surrounding Shenandoah Valley countryside RIDETREK FX BIKE from BLUE RIDGE CYCLERY Enter to win below: STAY Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on October 31, 2018 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before October 31, 2018 – date and time subject to change. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked.last_img read more

Attacks in Chile taking a dangerous turn to terrorism

first_img The 2014 attacks By Dialogo October 07, 2014 Anarchism in Chile has been used for decades to fight for the injustices of capitalism, but up until 2014, had never been used to attack innocent civilians. Instead, Chilean based anarchist groups are known for using political inroads to beget education, tax, and political reforms. Today, these groups continue to fight for reform but differing views on how to achieve end goals has resulted in splintering of groups; some of which now have international ties to European violent extremist groups. These same European groups are believed to guide and support extremist cells in Chile. Take for example the CCF. This group is native to Greece, but as evidenced by the Santiago Metro attacks, the CCF has at least one Chilean based cell comprised of Chilean nationals. It also appears that the Chilean cell may have followed guidance released by the CCF in Greece to use everyday items to create explosive devices. This idea is evidenced by the fact that fire extinguishers filled with gunpowder were utilized in both the July and September attacks. CCF affiliation in Chile is concerning, because according to Greek authorities and information released by the news website The Perfect Storm, the CCF’s loose, horizontal structure made of individual cells makes it hard to fight. Also of concern is the fact that some security experts have described this group as a mythological serpent in the sense that once one head is cut off, another pops back up. If this is the case and there are more CCF cells operating in Chile, wiping out the remaining members is imperative to stop future attacks. From anarchism to extreme anarchism Since 2005 anarchist groups have detonated explosive devices in non-populated areas within Chile during late night hours on at least 198 separate occasions, according to Spaniard newspaper El País. Because of the timing and absence of civilian populace during these attacks, no casualties were reported. But recent attacks conducted in July and September 2014 deviated from the original pattern as they were conducted at the Santiago Metro Station, a public transit system used by an estimated 2,500,000 individuals per day. And although the Metro attacks did not result in civilian deaths, they made it clear that extremist cells of anarchist groups are willing and capable of carrying out large-scale terrorist attacks aimed at inflicting multiple casualties at any hour of the day. On July 13, 2014, the last subway car of the night pulled into Los Dominicos stop at the Santiago Metro Station. Per protocol, a subway employee began checking the train cars one by one to ensure they were all empty during which time a backpack was found underneath a seat in the first car. The bag contained a fire extinguisher filled with gunpowder and a clock wired to the device with cables. This incident was immediately reported to subway security and police. In response to the threat, the subway platform was evacuated, and shortly after, the device detonated before authorities even had a chance to look at it. Information released by Chilean news agency Emol indicated that no injuries were reported in conjunction with this attack. However, it represented the first instance in which alleged anarchists dared to detonate an explosive device in a public forum with citizens still present. On September 08, 2014, crowds gathered to enjoy lunch at a fast food restaurant located next to the Escuela Militar metro station in Las Condes neighborhood of Santiago, Chile. At 14:05, a fire extinguisher filled with gunpowder was detonated leaving 14 injured. Following this attack, Peruvian newspaper El Comercio indicated that at least two of the victims suffered full limb amputations, but as in the first attack, no deaths were reported. Hours following the September incident, the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire (CCF) released an online statement claiming responsibility for both Metro attacks. They further blamed authorities for injuries sustained by civilians and claimed that their target was not the civilian populace, but the “structures, properties and enforcers of power.” In carrying out the two Metro attacks, the CCF not only undermined legitimate anarchist groups dedicated to creating lasting social change, it also highlighted its potential to conduct potential large scale terrorist attacks. But the question still remains, how did a small group coordinate a possible mass casualty terrorist attack and who could have helped them? El País has also reported information indicating that Chilean based extreme anarchists are believed to have ties with Spanish based terrorist groups. Just last year, two Chilean anarchists who were tried and acquitted in connection with the Santiago bombings were later arrested in Spain where they were charged with planting a bomb in a church in Zaragoza. Additionally, at least nine known Spanish terrorists have visited Chile to directly support small scale bombing attacks in recent years. For these reasons and so many more, Chilean ties to international violent extremist groups are concerning as they may serve as the influence for more high profile attacks. Extremist Chilean anarchists responsible for the Santiago metro terrorist attacks made it clear that they are willing and able to target densely populated venues during daytime hours. Possible future attacks are also of concern, but the Chilean government is determined to thwart any attempts and to prosecute offenders by enacting an anti-terrorism law first used during the Pinochet era. This law allows for anonymous witness testimony by the prosecution and greatly increased sentences. In applying it, the Chilean government likely hopes to dismantle small extremist cells with probable international ties while restoring peace and tranquility to the streets of Santiago. Thanks for the information. It was left out in Brazilian newspapers.last_img read more

U.S. Military Response to Hurricane Matthew Sets the Tone for Successful Planning and Coordination

first_imgBy CDR Ted Kim, LCDR Jeremy Greenwood, CDR Timothy Sommella* November 02, 2016 While Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 storm, was barreling toward Haiti, a small team of U.S. Coast Guard officers was hunkered down in a makeshift command center at a house in Port-au-Prince. Hurricane Matthew became the most destructive storm to hit Haiti in more than 50 years, and the planning and coordination that took place in that makeshift command center set the tone for the U.S. military response. Five Coast Guard cutter crews and more than six Coast Guard aircrews provided the first U.S. military response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, which was coordinated and shaped under the leadership of three Coast Guard officers – Cmdr. Ted Kim, Lt. Cmdr. Jeremy Greenwood, and Cmdr. Timothy Sommella. Less than 12 hours after Hurricane Matthew passed, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Air Station Miami was the first U.S. military asset to arrive on scene. At the request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the aircrew carried U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Peter F. Mulrean, provisional Haitian President Jocelerme Privert, and a team of USAID disaster-response experts on an initial overflight assessment of the devastation Hurricane Matthew left behind. The next day, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater provided a similar overflight for U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Cedric Pringle, commander of Joint Task Force Matthew (JTF-M). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew also facilitated a logistically challenging transport to get the provisional president of Haiti and the U.S. ambassador on the ground in Jeremie – one of the worst hit cities in Haiti. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew transferred the two VIPs and the U.S. Coast Guard liaison officer to the cutter before being taken by small boat to a damaged pier in Jeremie. The U.S. military response from U.S. Southern Command grew to more than 20 aircraft, 450 Department of Defense personnel, and two amphibious naval ships carrying 2,600 additional personnel and supplies. JTF-M facilitated the delivery of more than 272 metric tons of food, shelter, and medical supplies and transported 150 relief personnel to cut-off communities in Haiti. The U.S. Coast Guard team proved integral to the formation and support of the operation, liaising with local Haitian government officials, providing critical logistics support, and serving as a conduit between the joint task force and the U.S. Embassy. *U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Greenwood, Coast Guard Liaison Officer in Haiti; U.S. Coast Guard Commander Ted Kim, Senior Defense Officer/Defense Attaché in Haiti; and U.S. Coast Guard Commander Timothy Sommella, JTF-Matthew-U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer.last_img read more

Venezuelan Interim President Visits Trump at White House

first_imgBy Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff February 19, 2020 On February 5, Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House. In a statement announcing Guaidó’s visit, the White House said, “We will continue to work with our partners in the region to confront the illegitimate dictatorship in Venezuela, and will stand alongside the Venezuelan people to ensure a future that is democratic and prosperous.”Guaidó’s visit to Washington followed visits with European and Canadian leaders, part of his campaign against Maduro.The United States and other countries blame Maduro’s socialist policies for the political and economic crisis that threatens regional stability, while recognizing Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate interim leader. Guaidó was a guest at Trump’s State of the Union speech in Washington on February 4 and received a standing ovation.National security issueAhead of the meeting between Trump and Guaidó, a senior Trump administration official told reporters Venezuela was a national security priority “in the sense of the destabilizing effect that it has on its neighbors.” The official said the country was responsible for “harboring narcotraffickers” and “narco-terrorists,” adding that Venezuela had become a primary point of narcotics trafficking to Central America, Mexico, and therefore the United States.The official also said the U.S. was using “all of the tools in our box available” to respond.last_img read more

Credit unions thwart Wisconsin payday loan provision

first_imgby: David MorrisonCredit unions and banks in Wisconsin together urged Governor Scott Walker to veto a part of the state’s budget that could have, they said, sharply increased the numbers of services the state’s payday lenders could provide.Walker, who announced a bid to win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination this morning, signed the budget bill yesterday and vetoed the provision. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Holiday celebrations continue…so do scams

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If the last few years have taught consumers anything, they’ve probably been schooled that scams can lurk at every turn and the security of their data can sometimes be breached–at times quite spectacularly with massive thefts of information.Although these sorts of vulnerabilities exist all the time, the holidays represent a time of increased opportunity for criminals for a number of reasons: Among them, increased shopping, decreased attention to detail, as well as a feeling of generosity and community making some feel less guarded.As holiday joviality…and shopping… continue credit unions can help their members be aware of an extensive set of resources and information for the latest scams now available via a newly launched Fraud Prevention Center from the National Credit Union Administration.The center contains information on how to recognize common scans, protect finances and take action if one becomes a victim of fraud (News Now Dec. 15). continue reading »last_img read more

3 steps to help you prepare for CECL

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued a new accounting standard called Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) that will go into effect December 15, 2021. Here are three steps you can take to ensure your credit union is on track to stay compliant with this new standard. Assess your data collection and infrastructureSet aside at least several months – even up to a year – to ensure you have time to analyze your data and infrastructure and start collecting the data you need to determine the credit profile of your credit union. Not only is this step the hardest and costliest to adjust, but many of the CECL models require data that credit unions have not been collecting nor saving.Choose the CECL model that fits your needsCarefully evaluate which CECL model is best for your credit union – there is no one size fits all solution. There are a range of CECL models with differing complexities, data limitations and assumptions that you’ll need to consider while taking in account the loan portfolio of your credit union.Test your CECL model and make necessary adjustmentsOnce you select your CECL model, don’t stop there. Test your model by running data to determine if the results match your expectations and risk profile. If the data generated does not meet your expectations, then you will need to reassess and adjust how loans are marked. You’ll also want have procedures in place for handling these new reports to streamline work processes. While these steps will help you on your way to confidently implementing CECL at your credit union, they are complex. Gain confidence by attending CUNA Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) School or eSchool, you can learn everything that goes into each of these steps to help make your transition smoother and create an action plan to take back to your credit union. last_img read more

CDC reports increase in flu activity, plus one swine H3N2 flu case

first_imgSep 4, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported an increase in pandemic H1N1 flu activity in the nation, focused primarily in five southeastern states, along with an isolated case of swine H3N2 influenza in a patient from Kansas.Officials from the CDC have said they expect flu activity to pick up again when students return to school, and many districts in the southeast resumed classes on Aug 10.Seasonal H1N1, H3N2, and B influenza viruses are circulating at low levels, but the pandemic H1N1 virus accounted for 97% of all flu viruses that were subtyped.As of today, 9,079 hospitalizations and 593 deaths have been linked to the pandemic H1N1 virus. Nine cases of oseltamivir-resistant novel H1N1 influenza have been detected in the United States, which is two more than the previous week.Alaska also reported widespread flu activity for the week ending Aug 29. Thirteen states, including six in the southeast, reported regional activity. The CDC said the number of outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses rose but was still below the national baseline. Much of the rise was attributed to clinic visits for flu in southeastern states.The CDC also reported a human infection with a swine influenza A/H3N2 virus, a patient from Kansas who had contact with pigs before getting sick on Jul 28.The patient is a child who was likely exposed to the virus through direct contact with pigs during a county fair, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) said in an Aug 6 news release. The illness was mild, the child has fully recovered, and no other family members reported symptoms.H1N1 and H3N2 swine flu viruses are endemic in US pig populations; when the rare infections do occur in humans, they are typically in people with direct exposure to pigs. The number has risen slightly in past years, and so far this year the CDC has received reports of 14 such cases. The KDHE said the increased number of cases this year is probably the result of increased influenza testing related to the H1N1 pandemic.Jason Eberhart-Phillips, MD, MPH, director of the KDHE, said it’s critical for people to understand that the H3N2 virus is not related to the pandemic H1N1 virus. “This is not a mutation or a recombination of the pandemic strain, and it does not appear at this time to be a threat to human health,” he said in the press release.Though most cases of human infection with animal influenza viruses, such as swine H3N2, don’t lead to human-to-human transmission, health officials always investigate the cases carefully to assess if they are spreading among humans, Eberhart-Phillips said.See also:CDC weekly flu surveillance report 6 Kansas Department of Health and Environment press releaselast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, June 16

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhere is justice in bank embezzlement?As I read the June 6 article about the 33-year-old woman from Clifton Park who embezzled almost a half a million dollars from Key Bank branches, I had these thoughts.She only got 21 months in prison. With most prison sentences, they could be released after serving a much shorter time based on their behavior while incarcerated.Two years of supervised release? Really? For stealing almost a half million dollars?And repayment. How is she going to pay all of that back? If she had that kind of money, she wouldn’t have stolen the half million in the first place.If this happened to an underprivileged person, they would be in jail for years. It isn’t justice for all, unfortunately.Linda CorteseNiskayuna Hard to trust in an Obama investigationWho in their right mind could believe that an administration that sold over 1,400 firearms to a Mexican drug cartel (and refused to provide documents or cooperation with a congressional investigation), weaponized the IRS against its political opponents (pleaded the Fifth to avoid confirmation to a congressional investigation), and had a secretary of state who believed that a proper way to conduct U.S. government business was on an unsecured server located in her home bathroom (deleting over 30,000 emails under a congressional subpoena), would ever conduct improper investigations into a presidential opponent?Michael SheedySchenectadyPay attention to the wisdom of the youthAs I consider the problems facing our nation and the world, I have become convinced that it’s time to reappraise the advice of older generations about social, economic, environmental or political issues, which includes my 70-plus-year-old self.Rather, let my generation seek the wisdom of the generations who follow us.We must not forget the past; however, neither can we unthoughtfully expect that solutions to past problems or returning to any so-called “golden age” will remedy tomorrow’s challenges.No longer can we, nor should we, reject what we perceive to be the discernment our years have provided us.However, in the face of an enormous collection of serious issues that threaten freedom, liberty and simple survival, I plan to more carefully listen to the voices and wishes of my children and grandchildren. My peers and I have no dominion over wisdom; confronting politics, economy, equality, equity and perhaps, especially, climate requires paying attention to the children who follow us, not the memories of a childhood that has passed and that is too often burnished by the mists of memory.   Denis BrennanNiskayunaKaren Johnson was modest and kindHaving known Karen Johnson for approximately 40 years, I was well aware of her absolute love for Schenectady and its residents. In her many areas of service to Schenectady, Karen worked tirelessly in making positive changes to the community for the betterment of everyone, without fanfare or looking for applause. She was never a self-promoter and was only interested in using her abilities to do good for others with a calm, balanced demeanor.There was the humane side to Karen of which many people may not have been aware. These humane qualities she shared with so many, and in particular those who were vulnerable with disabilities.  Over the years, Karen got to know my son, Robert. And whenever/wherever she met Robert, Karen stopped to engage my son in long conversations.She always asked him how and what he was doing in his life. Karen had the keen and loving ability in seeing beyond a person’s disability in order to recognize that person’s many abilities.Every single year, Karen attended the Schenectady NAMI picnics. Whenever I would offer Karen the microphone to speak to those in attendance, she would decline, choosing to sit and talk with each and every one in attendance.She stayed the full time at the picnic, joining in the water balloon toss (once getting wet), watermelon toss, egg throw and other games. She often sat and observed the people, just enjoying watching the attendees in a happy atmosphere.Though Schenectady has lost such an important figure, Karen Johnson’s positive impact on Schenectady and its residents will be felt for a long time.Flora L RamonowskiSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Posh spirits and outré beers: what’s new in booze this March?

first_imgEvery month we examine the hottest booze launches hitting the shelves of UK retailers. This time around we’ve got genre-bending spirits from Diageo Reserve, a new core beer from Brooklyn Brewery and an upmarket, limited-edition English whisky.,Source: Diageo ReserveKetel One BotanicalDiageo’s upmarket vodka brand Ketel One is straying outside vodka for the first time in its history with a new, lower-alcohol spirit. The spirit is 30% abv, hits shelves from mid-March with a trio of flavours: peach & orange blossom, cucumber & mint, and grapefruit & rose (rsp: £22.50/70cl).It is made by blending Ketel One Vodka with a combination of botanicals, then redistilling the spirit in copper pot stills before it is infused with fruit essences. Source: Carlsberg UKDefender IPAAmid flagging sales of mainstream lager, Carlsberg’s distribution tie-up with the uber-trendy Brooklyn Brewery has helped significantly buoy the Danish brewer’s UK performance and gives it a widely respected name as a foothold in the craft category.The latest of Brooklyn’s beers heading for UK shores is Defender IPA, which launches into Tesco at the end of March (rsp: £2/330ml). According to Brooklyn, the brew features “notes of rounded bitter hops, juicy tropical fruit and an incredibly dry finish”.Strength-wise, Defender comes in at 5.5%, meaning it will sit in between Brooklyn’s Scorcher IPA and East IPA on shelf – they are 4.5% and 6.9% respectively. The only issue Brooklyn may face is that, given the utter proliferation of IPAs in the supermarkets, it may be harder to stand out from the pack without a more distinct USP.Read more: Carlsberg UK’s outgoing boss has done a super job with a tough brief Source: Greenwood DistillersTheodore GinTheodore Gin – billed as the UK’s first Pictish gin (the Picts were a late Iron age and early Medieval Scottish people) – is the first official release from the newly founded Greenwood Distillers. Created under the guidance of perfume designer Barnabé Fillion, the 43% abv gin includes 16 botanicals such as pine, damask rose, pomelo and bourbon vetiver (rsp: £39/70cl). It’s named after the 16th-century engraver Theodor de Bry, who “powerfully brought the Picts to life through his art”.Greenwood is currently building a new £15m distillery in the remains of a 19th-century farmhouse in the Scottish highlands, where it intends to begin laying the groundwork for whisky production in late 2019. The brand already has a portfolio of other spirits including mezcal and armagnac. There are also plans to “build bridges from Scotland to Kentucky and Japan” with moves in bourbon and Japanese Whisky NPD – though details of exactly how it plans to do this are yet to be revealed. Source: FourpureCastaway Mai Tai Double IPASpeaking of distinctive beers, Bermondsey brewery Fourpure’s latest offering is a bit more outré. Coming in at a whopping 8% abv, the brew is made with a trio of amarillo, denali and citra hops, as well as two varieties of oats, which give the drink a “silky” mouthfeel, according to Fourpure (rsp: £5.50/440ml).Craft beer nuts will be pleased to see that, despite being snapped up by Australian brewing giant Lion for an undisclosed sum last year and selling its core beers in Tesco, Fourpure hasn’t held back when it comes to experimental NPD.Indeed, recent limited-run releases have included Snowblind, a white stout made with tonka beans, Mexican Hot Chocolate, an 8% chocolate stout with chilli, and Beach Life, a passionfruit sour IPA. Diageo is also touting the tipple as a healthier alternative to full-strength vodka thanks to the lower alcohol content, and the fact it contains just 82 calories per serve (that’s based on a 50ml measure with 150ml soda water). In essence, this is a play to capitalise on the ongoing boom in ‘spritz’-style drinks. And a nod to the gin boom, of course. This launch fits solidly with the current zeitgeist: cross-category plays are all the rage in BWS these days. The likes of Kopparberg (which launched an RTD spritz called Balanz last month), Echo Falls, BrewDog and Sadler’s Ales (to name but a few) setting foot outside their traditional heartlands over past years – segueing largely into spirits. Read more: can BrewDog shake up spirits like it has beer? Source: Cotswolds DistilleryLord Mayor’s ReserveThe Cotswolds Distillery has gone from strength to strength since introducing its single malt whisky to market. Its core SKU made its national debut in Waitrose in autumn 2018 and has garnered rave reviews from shoppers and experts alike.This latest launch is a limited-edition whisky created to raise money for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which aims to make London “a more inclusive city”. The lord mayor himself, Peter Estlin, is a part owner of the distillery.The drink itself (46% abv) is made with a blend of several of Estlin’s personal reserve casks with another sherry cask-aged whisky. It’s billed as having notes of “Seville orange and warming cinnamon, hazelnut and barley sugar, with a dry and nutty finish and lingering oak spice” (rsp: £64.95/70cl).Read more: There’s a whisky revival underway – The Grocer spirits report 2018,Daniel WoolfsonDaniel is The Grocer’s food and drink editor and is responsible for our product coverage across all fmcg categories. Daniel has written about food and drink for the majority of his career: prior to joining The Grocer in 2017, he covered food and drink news on pub industry title The Morning Advertiser, and wrote features for VICE magazine. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @WoolfsonExistslast_img read more

Gold Coast beachfront property sells for $4.5 million under the hammer

first_img301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga sold under the hammer for $4.5 million on the weekend.A SINGAPOREAN expat paid a huge $4.5 million at auction for a Gold Coast property over the weekend.The property at 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga features two renovated homes on a 1246sq m beachfront block. 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.“The back home is a character laden cottage offering a comfortable home perfect for family or rental.”Property records show the sale is the second highest in the suburb — the highest is $5 million in 2005 for a house at 309 Golden Four Drive. 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.“The main home offers a streamlined contemporary layout filled with natural light, featuring spacious living and dining areas that integrate openly with sleek stone finished kitchen,” the listing states.“This home showcases a true haven for family entertaining, with bi-fold doors allowing seamless flow onto an ocean view deck and separately to an enclosed deck area, perfect for year-round enjoyment homes with sweeping ocean views, expansive level gardens and direct beach access. 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal took the property to auction on Sunday.“It was an outstanding result,” she said.“The buyer has got family there and wanted a beachfront property.“He intends on using if for holidays and later building his own beach home.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.Ms Walsh said there was plenty of interest from “high network local individuals” throughout the campaign.Offered for the first time in more than 30 years, the property offers 20.2m of ocean frontage. 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.last_img read more

Brisbane property that’s graduated from young-adult crashpad to family home in 20 years

first_img16 Blaxland Street, Milton has been much loved.“When I was in my early 20s I wanted to be close to everything — I could have a couple of drinks and walk home, not spend too much money on cabs, not spend too long commuting to work,” Ms Stewart said.While she and husband Lindon Smallwood have been raising their two children in the cute-as-a-button art deco cottage, it didn’t always have charm.“I went around the day before I was due to move in and cried because it was so rundown,” Ms Stewart said. “The guy was a hoarder and there was stuff everywhere.” The renovated kitchen… The home’s light-filled lounge.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoNow, 20 years later, the three-bedroom home on 455sq m is a stunner. It has provided room for the kids to play and grow, while still allowing the couple to enjoy the best aspects of city living.“I still don’t spend any time commuting and if I need anything I can walk to it — I don’t need a car. The street has a nice suburban feel and the kids both learned to walk on the grass at Suncorp stadium,” Ms Stewart said.“Over the years the home has been upgraded including the kitchen and bathroom around 12 years ago. Donna Stewart and Lindon Smallwood, with their children Franklin and Ivy Smallwood, are saying goodbye to their Milton home via auction on Saturday November 18th. Photo: AAP Image/Josh WoningIN 1998 when Donna Stewart first laid eyes on 16 Blaxland Street, Milton, her property selection criteria was simple. … and bathroom have helped make the home a great place to bring up kids.“We then did a bit of renovation towards the end of 2010 — we made it more open plan, gave it a fresh paint and new appliances.” And while those first days were spent being overwhelmed by moving in, leaving the home might now bring its own tears, Ms Stewart said.“It’s bittersweet — it’s been home for a really long time, but Lindon and I have not bought a home together previously — so that part I like.“I want whoever buys it to stick around — maybe 20 years like I did,” Ms Stewart said.The cottage at 16 Blaxland Street, Milton, is being auctioned by Glynis Austin Properties on-site today at 11am.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Surfers Paradise original on Sunset Boulevard hits the market —

first_imgIt is a quality built, two storey home. The late Denise Armstrong in their shop, Armstrong Antiques.“They both loved the location,” said the couple’s daughter, Beth Armstrong. “Mum particularly loved being across from the river and looking at the park and the birds.” Ms Armstrong remembered spending much of her youth there.“We could walk just up to the beach, and we had a canoe. We had a three-legged dog, she used to be a bit of a family mascot — she would come in the canoe and we’d paddle the river.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe house is opposite Sunset Park.Her father Ian, 83, is selling the home to downsize. His wife, Denise, has passed away.“I’d really love to see it renovated and brought back to its original ’50s glory, and keep the history intact,” Ms Armstrong said. “It would almost be a pity to have a high-rise there.” The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence sits on a 506sq m block opposite Sunset Park with stunning river views. 15 Sunset Blvd, Surfers Paradise, has hit the market.ONE of the last original houses at Surfers Paradise has hit the market, as experts predict remaining tightly held properties will give way to luxury development. The location is what attracted Ian and Denise Armstrong to Sunset Blvd more than 30 years ago. River views seen from a bedroom.The property listing describes the home as being “ideal to renovate or redevelop” with the choice to “improve this iconic home or redevelop as a prestigious duplex pair, or sit and wait for future redevelopment”. Marketing agent Russell Rollington, of Surfers Paradise First National, said the property would be suitable for a duplex pair or possible amalgamation with the surrounding properties for multi-unit development. Property records show one of two duplex villas at number 17 Sunset Boulevard recently sold for $810,000. The sunny balcony overlooks the park and river.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said Sunset Blvd was a hidden jewel but needed a makeover to boost buyer confidence.“It’s a very good location, walking distance of Cavill Ave,” he said. “People have been buying the old houses and demolishing them and building two luxury villas.” Mr Newlands couldn’t identify value in preserving classic Gold Coast properties.“There might be but in that particular area, the best use is for redevelopment of some sort.”The property is set to go to auction on December 9. Ian Armstrong has owned the house for 30 years.The couple had opened an antique jewellery store in Surfers Paradise in the ‘80s, and wanted to be closer to their new business. They paid just $138,000 for the house in 1987. The ’50s-era residence, now set against a backdrop of high-rises, was the perfect home for the Armstrongs, within walking distance of their successful Cavill Ave shop, Armstrong Antiques. The home features open plan living and timber flooring.last_img read more

Netherlands roundup: BPL Pensioen sells retail portfolio to PMT

first_imgAVH, the €1.3bn Dutch pension scheme for the agricultural and food provision trade, has selected asset manager Robeco as its fiduciary manager. It said the decision was meant to strengthen pensions provision, board support as well as governance.It added that its pensions provider AGH, which had carried out the executive asset management tasks so far, as well as consultancy Oyens & Van Eeghen, would keep an advisory role to act as a check. According to AVH, Robeco would also take over management of the pension fund’s €350m liability-driven investment (LDI) portfolio. It made clear it expected the LDI portfolio to become more transparent and controllable as well as “EMIR-proof”. Until now, AVH invested in an LDI fund of asset manager BMO and a government bonds mandate with Candriam.DNB retains pensions advisorDutch pensions regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has re-appointed Rijswijk-based consultancy Montae as advisor on pension issues for DNB as an employer, following a tender under European legislation.Montae’s advisory role involves “new pension arrangements, reconnaissance for co-operation with other employers and pension funds as well as advice about and during the social dialogue about a new pensions system”, according to the tender notice. The new contract is for two years, with DNB having the option of extending this to four or six years.SBZ Pensioen, the €5.3bn Dutch industry-wide scheme for care insurers, has also chosen Montae, but for board support. This task had been carried out by pensions provider Syntrus Achmea. SBZ indicated it had opted for independent support because of its plans for digital service, the acquisition of employers from the financial sector, and new pension products. The €68bn Dutch metal scheme PMT has taken over a €125m retail real estate portfolio from the €16.6bn agricultural sector pension fund BPL Pensioen. The purchase was carried out by PMT’s asset manager MN. The portfolio was sold by Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance on behalf of BPL.BPL Pensioen said it had divested its retail portfolio as it was “too limited to contribute effectively to diversification within its real estate holdings”. The proceeds would in part be re-invested in residential property, it said.According to MN, the investment matched PMT’s property portfolio. It added that it believed in a real estate portfolio of both residential property, offices and retail assets.Food provision sector scheme hires Robeco for fiduciary managementlast_img read more

BAM Ready for Wharf-Building Project in Antarctica

first_imgA huge cargo ship loaded with 4,500 tonnes of steel and construction equipment required to build a new Antarctic wharf has arrived at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station, reports BAM Nuttall.Work began immediately on the huge task of unloading the cargo, which is likely to take around two weeks.The ship, containing plant, 83 containers, permanent and temporary materials and 1,000 tonnes of steelwork, departed the UK in late November for her month-long journey.Her arrival at Rothera is a major milestone in the modernization of the UK’s Antarctic infrastructure, as once the ship is unloaded construction partner BAM Nuttall can begin deconstructing the old wharf and building a new one big enough to safely berth the new polar research vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough.BAM Project Manager, Martha McGowan, added: “It was a major logistical undertaking to get every single thing needed to build a wharf in freezing Antarctic waters loaded onto one ship. One month and 11,000km later, it is very good to see all that hard work paying off.”An additional 50 members of the construction team are present at Rothera this season in order to deliver the first phase of wharf work. This includes deconstruction the old wharf, and building the rear section of the new one. Completion of the project is scheduled for April 2020.last_img read more

Batesville Boys Youth League Scores

first_img3rd/4th Grade League Presented by Bruns-Gutzwiller, Inc.New Point Stone Company 34      Daffodilly’s Flowers and Gifts 10KFC/Taco Bell 29      Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation 24Cook’s Performances 31     Batesville Lions Club 105th/6th Grade League Presented by Skyline Chili Batesville and Ison’s Family Pizza.Voldico Insurance- Shannon Tekulve 40      Knights of Columbus #1461 26Gilman’s Hardware 18     Enneking’s Auto Body 17FCN Bank 32      Margaret Mary Health 18Courtesy of  Bulldogs Coach Jay Gerkin.last_img read more

IMCA state champions crowned in Midwest earn $100 Sybesma Graphics gift certificates

first_imgSANBORN, Iowa – IMCA drivers winning state championships in six Midwest states earn $100 Sybesma Graphics gift certificates again in 2020. An eight-year sponsor and long-time supporter of IMCA competitors, Sybesma gives those certifi­cates to Modified, Late Model, RaceSaver Sprint Car, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Sport Compact drivers earning KMJ Performance State crowns in Illinois, Iowa, Minne­sota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  Along with motorsports and commercial wraps and decals, the One Stop Sign Shop owned by Stock Car driver Stefan Sybesma and his wife Ashley is located in Sanborn, Iowa and also does apparel screen printing and embroidery. “State Championships will really be coveted awards in 2020 as each state hosting IMCA racing will see unique seasons,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Sybesma Graphics has been a great supporter of these champions in the past and will continue to shine a light on those drivers this year as well.”center_img Sybesma Graphics awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.  More information about Sybesma-made wraps and graphics is available by calling 712 729-7446, on Facebook and at the website. last_img read more

Concorde takes flight at Navan

first_img Rightdownthemiddle proved a persistent threat in the latter stages of the two-mile contest and Smullen had to resort to his whip, but Silver Concorde was ultimately well on top as he passed the post with three-quarters of a length in hand. Weld’s son and assistant, Kris, said: “He enjoyed his summer break, and this was a nice race to get him started again. “He probably won’t reappear over hurdles until around Christmas time. “He’s a spring horse and wouldn’t want real heavy ground.” Bocca Baciata confirmed previous promise with a comprehensive victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. Not beaten far by Sunday’s Prix Marcel Boussac winner Found on her racecourse debut at the Curragh in August, Bocca Baciata was favourite for her next appearance at Leopardstown last month and ran a fine race to finish third. Sent off the 9-4 market leader to make it third time lucky, Jessica Harrington’s filly showed a smart change of gear and a good attitude to seal a two-length success over Aidan O’Brien’s newcomer Easter. Pour Deux, third on her only previous outing, gives the form a solid look in third. Dermot Weld’s six-year-old clinched Cheltenham Festival glory in March, but had to make do with the runner-up spot when chasing the Champion Bumper double at Punchestown as Cheltenham second Shaneshill reversed the placings. Sent off the 2-5 favourite on his first start in a little over five months in the Win A Ski Holiday Racecard Competition Maiden, Silver Concorde travelled powerfully throughout in the hands of Pat Smullen. Harrington’s daughter, Emma Galway, said: “The form of her two previous runs has been working out well. “She will definitely be stronger next year and will be a lovely filly over a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half.” O’Brien’s Giovanni Canaletto could manage only third on his debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden as Mohaayed caused a 20-1 upset. As a full sibling to last year’s Derby winner Ruler Of The World and a half-brother to brilliant racehorse and sire Duke Of Marmalade, Giovanni Canaletto is certainly bred for the job and there was plenty of confidence behind him as the 8-11 favourite. Although the writing was on the wall for his supporters before the home turn, with the trainer’s son Joseph rowing along in the saddle, Giovanni Canaletto did come home to good effect to offer plenty of hope for the future. The Kevin Prendergast-trained Mohaayed, fifth on his only previous start at Leopardstown, moved smoothly into contention on the outside of the field and picked up well for Chris Hayes to score by an impressive four and a half lengths. Lesser fancied O’Brien runner Jinsha Lake, also making his debut, split Mohaayed and his stablemate in second. Despite the reverse, Boylesports introduced Giovanni Canaletto into the betting for next year’s Derby at 33-1. Hayes said of the winner: “He’s a nice horse and we have always thought a lot of him. “He was very green the first day at Leopardstown, and the penny dropped very late. “We fancied him today because of the ground and the only negative was the draw. “The Eyrefield and the Killavullan Stakes are options or he may be put away. “I’d be looking forward to him over a mile and a quarter next year.” Champion Bumper hero Silver Concorde made a winning return to action with a workmanlike display on the Flat at Navan. Press Associationlast_img read more

Riders facing long stage at Tour De France

first_imgWorld Champion Peter Sagan has swapped his rainbow jersey for the yellow of race leader following his win in yesterday’s stage.Ireland’s Dan Martin – who was 4th yesterday – is 10th overall.Carrick on Suir’s Sam Bennett is the Lantern Rouge or last rider heading into today’s stage – however he had to have surgery on a hand injury after a high speed crash at the end of Saturday’s opening stage and many thought he wouldn’t even start yesterday.last_img

Tommy Kearns, Xtremepush: Why multichannel player journeys are a must-have for sportsbooks

first_img Innovation, regulation and new markets: what to expect in 2020 January 17, 2020 Submit The multichannel player journey builder has become one of the most popular features of the Xtremepush engagement and analytics platform, said the firm’s CEO Tommy Kearns. Kearns was speaking to SBC News following last month’s SBC Awards, where Xtremepush won the award for best Marketing & Services Provider of the Year (pictured). It currently works with industry leaders such as Paddy Power Betfair, Oddschecker, 888 Holdings, Parimatch, Rush Street Interactive, Fortuna Entertainment Group, Funstage and SportPesa as well as a host of emerging brands. The journey builder is one of the many features included in the Xtremepush platform.“It’s a pretty sophisticated piece of software whilst being very marketer-friendly at the same time,” said Kearns. “Our clients are having a lot of success with it, automating campaigns which serve a variety of use cases; encouraging more deposits and first bets, stimulating in-play bets during live sporting events and even reducing churn.” He added: “Automated customer journeys, powered by intelligent delivery, are driving results at speed and scale for the marketing professionals. It’s freeing them up to focus on more creative tasks like campaign ideas and messaging.”We asked Kearns to outline some of the key components to making multichannel player journeys successful. Here is what he had to say:Single Customer ViewHaving a single customer view (SVC) is undeniably the most desirable capability right now for sportsbooks. Having a granular understanding of your customers’ behaviour and interactions gives you a huge range of potential engagement opportunities. We actually unify all of the different data sources, making it readily available for activation during automated campaigns.Our clients’ most valuable players are the ones who are active on both the mobile app and website betting platforms. For them, it’s essential that they are able to provide a consistent experience as players move between devices. The SCV makes this possible.Ultimately, the more you know about your players the more bets you can suggest to them. And of course, you become so much more accurate in your ability to predict markets they will be interested in. At the same time, you also want to be able to layer in data on the likelihood of burnout too, and in this instance, you need the ability to temporarily exclude these players from the workflow.Adaptive Approach to SegmentationThe traditional segmentation approach, based exclusively on socio-demographic attributes (age, location etc), is no longer effective. The leading sportsbooks are adopting a more nuanced model, factoring in detailed behavioural information and individual bet preferences.The result is smaller lists or micro-segments (sometimes <100) that are delivered very personalised odds and messages, which are far more likely to get conversions. As a result of this approach, you’ll also see that players often move between segments. This actually is a good thing; it means that you are engaging players based on current behaviour and providing what they are looking for right now.Real-Time Event-TriggersThese are the lifeblood of the really exciting player journeys. We’re seeing more and more of our sports betting clients taking live actions, either on one of their betting platforms (bet placed, odds viewed and so on) or during a sporting event (goal scored, half-time, red card etc), as the trigger for engagement messages. In terms of the data-processing and delivery speed, not every provider actually has the capacity to execute at the level required. We work with data-streaming services like Apache Kafka to ensure the best results for our clients.Clear GoalsEach player journey that you build should be nudging players towards a single, quantifiable goal. That might be the stimulation of an in-play bet, encouraging the first deposit or it could be an attempt to win back a lapsed player.In the case of the latter, the segment is going to be something like {no bet placed in 1 month} and the goal is simply to get them back on-site or in the app. In any case, it’s important to keep each workflow specific. And again, it highlights the importance of the SCV and the precise segmentation that it facilitates.To learn more about the player journey builder and the work Xtremepush is doing with sports betting and gaming brands, get in touch with them at [email protected] Share Related Articles StumbleUpon SBC Webinars presents Xtremepush – Taming Strange Animals… Profiling & Engaging U.S. Sports Consumers April 2, 2020 Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Bazooka Quartey dares Ghana Boxing Association

first_imgFormer world welterweight champion, Ike “Bazooka” Quartey has dared the Ghana Boxing Association to test his might if only they want to revive the fortunes of Ghana boxing.Speaking to, Bazooka Quartey insisted that grooming boxers from the amateur level is the only way Ghana can be sure to produce World Champions like himself and Azumah Nelson.He said the lack of funds, logistics and appropriate boxing equipment are the primary factors militating against amateur boxing development presently and stated that, those would not be problems when he takes over as Chairman of Ghana Amateur Boxing Association.He stated that, his aim will be to liaise with the government to address the problems though he admitted he will have other valuable support from interested organizations which are keen to sponsor boxing only if its dealings are transparent enough.He has therefore appealed to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to hand over the day-to-day running of amateur boxing to him and give him state support and he will produce World Champions who will lift Ghana’s image in international boxing once again.He said “As I speak to you now I can say that Ghana boxing is gradually dying and we need to do something urgently about it because that is what saved the lives of some of us”. “Some of us cannot look on whilst Ghana boxing falls apart that is why I am making this plea to both the Sports Ministry and the Ghana Boxing Association. The executives have done their bit but we can make it better if I step in to save the situation. There is certainly no time to waste, if not, the plight of Ghana boxing will become very very miserable” he said.last_img read more

Help wanted: Physical therapist at Sumner County Home Health

first_imgSumner County Health Department – Physical Therapist – Non-exempt: Physical Therapist for Sumner County Home Health needed.  Full-time, part-time, PRN and contracted options available.  In-county travel required.   For Complete job description contact the Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N Washington, Wellington, KS.  ph 620-326-3395Apply online at or at the Sumner County Clerk’s Office.  Interested in contracting call 620-326-2774 and ask for Laura.  Applications close 10/23/2014. EOElast_img read more

2015 Wellington City Financial Audit report released…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is the financial audit report for the city of Wellington that was prepared by city auditor Lonnie Cooper. The report was presented at Tuesday’s meeting and received a “clean” rating: 2014 City audit reportFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 262 weeks ago Thought there some money still available to improve the disc golf course from the original donation from TECT?. Report Reply 0 replies · active 262 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

NLEX, Blackwater to represent PH in Asia League Super 8

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Alapag will join Xinjiang head coach Brian Goorjian and Thomas Wisman, B.League’s Tochigi Brex head coach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments MOST READ Xinjiang Flying Tigers, a one-time CBA champion, and Guangzhou Long Lions will represent China while B.League’s Rising Zephyr Fukuoka are the Japanese representatives.Two-time KBL champions Samsung Thunders and ETLAND Elephants are the Korean teams in the tournament while ABL team Formosa Dreamers will suit up for Chinese-Taipei.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Asia League Super 8 is a Fiba-recognized tournament with games scheduled from July 17 to 22 at Macao East Asian Games Dome.Apart from the games, there will also be a coaches’ clinic on July 19 and 20 where ABL champion coach Jimmy Alapag is a speaker. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Mapua dominates on JRU’s homecourt in NCAA on Tour Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names NLEX and Blackwater had short campaigns in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after failing to enter the quarterfinals but that doesn’t mean the two teams will just linger around and wait for the Governors’ Cup.The two teams are joining the Asia League Super 8 where they will compete against other clubs from China, Chinese-Taipei, Japan, and South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Desire to win finally gets Red Warriors over the hump

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manalang said his patience paid off after watching his teammates find their rhythm after four fruitless games.“I think during the first four games, as a point guard you’re just waiting for your teammates for your shooters to connect,” said Manalang in Filipino. “When they started hitting their shots, this gave me the freedom to drive because the defense started to spread.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew All those pent up frustrations were eventually released on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena as the Red Warriors lambasted Far Eastern University in a 25-point blowout, 90-65.UE head coach Joe Silva credited his team’s first win to his players’  desire to finally get over the hump.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We wanted to win, we’re down there in the standings and we should at least get one win before the second round,” said forward Jason Varilla who had 17 points and five rebounds. “We came here to play hard because FEU’s one of the top dogs in the UAAP.”The Red Warriors are still at the eighth spot with a 1-4 record but the win at least gave them a semblance of hope heading into the second round. View comments University of the East had the worst start in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, losing its first four games to crash to the bottom of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Alvin Pasaol said they poured all their efforts against the Tamaraws with the stigma of losing their first four games already hounding them.“We came here to play. We just needed to double our effort because we didn’t show any during the first four games so against FEU we showed everyone that we can do more than what we’ve done in the past games,” said Pasaol in Filipino.Despite coming off the bench, which was a first for him this season, Pasaol still finished with a game-high 25 points with 13 rebounds and five steals.Pasaol and Varilla did put up gaudy numbers in the offensive end but there was one man who quietly did his job as he orchestrated UE’s offense, and that was point guard Philip Manalang.With his two teammates carrying much of the scoring, Manalang just did his part in distributing the ball as he finished with a 13-point, 12-assist double-double,ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Looming UST-La Salle clash just a regular game for coaches Ayo, Gonzaleslast_img read more


first_imgALL roads lead to Brewster Park in Enniskillen tonight (Wed) as Donegal bid to defeat Cavan in the U-21 football championship final.Holders Cavan had nine points to spare in their semi-final win over Down, while Donegal had a nail-biting 2-11 to 0-15 win over Derry.Much of the attention tonight will be on Donegal senior squad star Paddy McBrearty, the victim of a biting incident in the senior league clash with Dublin in Ballybofey on Sunday. He was later treated at Letterkenny General Hospital.However the injury is healing and Paddy has indicated that he is fit to play under the floodlights in Enniskillen this evening.Having hit five of Donegal’s points in that semi-final win over Derry – and set up a goal with some magical play –  that can only be good news for the county U-21 side.  BITE VICTIM PADDY SET TO LEAD DONEGAL U-21s IN ULSTER FINAL TONIGHT was last modified: April 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BITE VICTIM PADDY SET TO LEAD DONEGAL U-21s IN ULSTER FINAL TONIGHTlast_img read more


first_imgUrris GAA NotesU14 GIRLS: Well Done to our U14 girls who are through to the U14 B County Final.Our girls beat N. Columba in Straid on Friday evening -final score Iorras 3-12 N. Columba 3-03. Well done to John Farren and all who help out with this team. They will meet Milford in Final, date and venue to be confirmed .CLUB MEETING: Club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.30pm. All welcome.MATCH “N” WIN: Match “N” Win July 3rd: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 14, 18, 19 & 23. €15 winners: Rita Mc Carthy, C/o Bayside Caravans, Tullagh, Anne Devlin, Altahalla, Josephine Diver, Tullagh, Maureen Grant, Tornabratley and Rose Doherty, Isle of Doagh.Jackpot next week €1,780. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly draw.SENIOR & RESERVES: Both teams travelled to Killygordon on Saturday night in the Junior A & B Championship, no luck for either teams. Full time score in Junior A- Red Hugh’s 0-11 Iorras 0-09. Junior B Championship Red Hugh’s 1-12 Iorras 1-05. Next round of the championship home to N. Ultain in Straid next weekend. Training continues for both teams on Tuesday & Thursday night. LADIES FOOTBALL: The ladies travelled to Kilcar last Monday night and lost to the home side, Kilcar 4-15 Urris 5-03. Training for our Ladies changed to Wednesday night at 7.30pm.Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camp: Another successful GAA Cul Camp held in Straid last week, over a 120 boys & girls took part and a great time was had by all. A big thank you to all the girls & boys, coaches , Darragh O’ Connor from the Donegal GAA squad and all who helped out in any way to make the week the great success it was.UNDER-AGE FIXTURES: U12 team away to Moville on Tuesday evening, bus leaving clubhouse at 5.30pm. U10 team home to Moville on Tuesday evening also at 6.30pm. U10 girls away to Malin on Saturday morning at 11.00 am.NIGHT AT THE RACES: The club are hosting a Race Night on Friday August 1st in the Square Bar, Clonmany. Horses now on sale at €10 from all Committee members and both Ladies & men’s team.BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running: In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . All boots can be dropped off in the cage at all Under-age training/matches. Facebook-Find us on CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all club news and fixtures.Any items of news for the club notes should be forwarded to Rose on 0877770639 or email [email protected] no later than 9pm on Sunday night.GAA NEWS: AGONY FOR URRIS AS THEY’RE DEFEATED BY RED HUGHS IN CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more


first_imgGaoth Dobhair’s brilliant U-12 hurling team took the title back to the westIn the recent U12 Hurling ‘C ‘Final Gaoth Dobhair travelled to Burt in what was a repeat of the league fixture a week earlier.In that league game Burt beat Gaoth Dobhair by a point that night. One week later Gaoth Dobhair turned the tables and ran out winners in what was a fiercely contested final played in windy and wet conditions.Burt opened the scoring and went into a 3-0 lead. The lads from Gaoth Dobhair woke up and scored points from Eoin De Burca and Dáithí Óg Roberts before Burt pulled away again with the wind at their backs. Burt led at the interval 0.5-0.3 Gaoth Dobhair and Burt went hell for leather during the second half. Burt started the stronger and bombarded the Gaoth Dobhair goal but just couldn’t score.Gaoth Dobhair were able to clear their lines with Aodán Breathnach and Gavin Mac Giolla Comhaill impressive.Gaoth Dobhair clawed back to 5-5 thanks to points from Dáithí Óg .It looked like a draw and extra time but for 2 frees from Dáithí Óg, the last one with the last puck of the ball to round off a great season for the Gaoth Dobhair lads. This was their first season u12 on their own having played under Cú Uladh, an amalgamation of Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair, last year.Most of this team will be u12 again next year so things are looking good for hurling.A special thanks to James Hartnett who threw his Dungloe hat into the ring with Gaoth Dobhair this year.Maith Sibh a ghasúirí Gaoth Dobhair!! GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR U-12 HURLERS LAND COUNTY TITLE was last modified: September 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA NEWS: GAOTH DOBHAIR U-12 HURLERS LAND COUNTY TITLElast_img read more


first_imgIrish soccer legend Johnny Giles has said he does not believe Donegal soccer star Seamus Coleman will be in the Irish team for this summer’s European Championships.The former Republic of Ireland and Leeds star was highly critical of the Irish management team for not experimenting with players in last night’s friendly with the Czech Republic.The RTE pundit said the Everton star should make the panel but that Trapatonni is set in his ways and will not change in time for Poland. “I don’t think Coleman will get into the team for the European Championships because he is not getting a chance now.“Coleman did not even get on the pitch. It was a good opportunity for Coleman and McClean..”I don’t think he has any intention of playing the likes of Coleman.“It is a problem not to have enough matches. He knows what McGeady and Duff can do.“It is important to give other players can do. He does not what Coleman or McCarthy can do,” he said. There was also disappointment at the Aviva stadium for Shane Duffy – another player with strong Donegal connections.The Everton player, who was born in Derry but whose dad is from Letterkenny, also failed to get a run out.   COLEMAN WILL NOT BE IN TEAM FOR EUROS – GILES was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Johnny Gilesseamus colemanTrapatonnilast_img read more

Stoked to be world’s first longboard champ

first_imgSimone Robb carried up the beach by her South African team mates after winning the women’s title in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Saturday. Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales By Anne Taylor30 September 2013“No words can describe the stoke right now!”, champion longboarder Simone Robb posted on her Facebook page after winning gold at the International Surfing Association World Longboard Championships in Peru this weekend.Team SA collected the silver medal in the team standings, with Thomas King and Ethan Pentz earning copper medals in the men’s and junior divisions respectively.Robb, a multiple South African surfing champion from Kommetjie, went undefeated throughout the entire event and posted the highest scores in the women’s division, including the final where her long opening ride earned the heat’s highest score of 8.17 out of 10 and ultimately the gold medal, according to Surfing South Africa.“I started up with a bang! I got the first wave of the heat, which was an 8, and I was really lucky to get that one,” Robb said in her post-heat interview reported on SSA’s website.“It’s really cool to be the first female ISA World Longboard Champion. I’m really happy. My kids will wear my medal when I get back home. This event was amazing and the other women were so nice to compete against; they were all are really friendly.” – Simone RobbThe junior gold medal was won by Honolua Blomfeld, a 14 year-old girl from Hawaii, who dominated the division by winning every heat she contested.The 36-year-old mother of two is best known for her “signature 360-degree manoeuvre”. Robb “went against girls half her age and some of the world’s best surfers and won each heat”, Robin De Kock, Surfing SA’s general manager, told the Cape Times. “Robb is an inspiration to young girls in this country. We are very proud of her.”last_img read more

‘Illegitimate’ BJP government is avoiding Maharashtra floor test: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Sunday alleged that the BJP was “running away” from proving its majority on the floor of the Maharashtra Assembly, and demanded an immediate floor test. Addressing presspersons on the Supreme Court lawns soon after the special hearing on the joint plea for an immediate floor test by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)-Shiv Sena combine, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the government formed by the BJP with the help of rebel NCP leader Ajit Pawar was “illegitimate” and should not continue even for a day.“First of all, we are grateful to the Supreme Court that they heard our petition on a Sunday…Our demand is that the Fadnavis government [government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis] is illegitimate and doesn’t have any right to remain in power. That’s why without any delay, we want the floor test to be taken tomorrow [Monday] itself to avoid any horse-trading,” Mr. Chavan said. He added that he “hoped the top court would rule in favour of the people of Maharashtra”.‘Only solution’Mr. Surjewala said an immediate floor test was the “only solution to resolve present crisis”. “Our demand is simple: let’s have a floor test and whoever has the majority will be established. BJP and Shri Ajit Pawar are shying away and running away from proving majority on the floor of the house, while the alliance of the three parties has full majority,” he said.“The moment a floor test is ordered, our majority will be established and it will be proved that the BJP in a surreptitious midnight operation, misusing the office of Governor, constituted an illegitimate government which will fall in a floor test,” Mr. Surjewala added.Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had administered the oath of office to Mr. Fadnavis and the NCP’s Ajit Pawar as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister respectively, early on Saturday morning. The move effectively stalled efforts by the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine to put together a government as the BJP had managed to split the NCP and wean away its senior leader.last_img read more

China boxing star Zou primed for biggest battle yet

first_img“We want to tell everyone in China that Chinese people have a Zou Shiming who brought back the belt from Las Vegas and kept it here, so that everyone will say, ‘If Zou Shiming can, so can other Chinese’.”Weight of historyWith the end of his boxing career in sight — he declined to say when he would retire — the affable Zou is turning his hand to promotion and mentoring the next generation.He turned professional with US promoters Top Rank, whose founder and chief executive Bob Arum had his eye on the lucrative China market, and was under the tutelage of respected American trainer Freddie Roach.But Zou is promoting himself for the July 28 fight, while insisting he will work with Top Rank again.ADVERTISEMENT He chose China for his first title defence in order to promote the sport in the country, partnering with Chinese companies such as Alisports which is part of e-commerce giant Alibaba.“It was significant that I won the belt in Las Vegas, the boxing temple. I want to bring this glory and passion, as well as the boxing culture, to China,” he said.“It would be significant to defend it in China. I don’t just want to bring the belt from the highest temple, I also want to guard it in China and keep it in China.”The weight of history is against Zou.Communist China’s founder Mao Zedong banned the sport as too violent, and it only returned to the public consciousness in 1979 when Muhammad Ali visited China at the invitation of then-leader Deng Xiaoping.Zou won bronze at the Athens Olympics in 2004, then gold at the Beijing Games four years later, before successfully defending his title at the London games in 2012 to put boxing back on the map in China.Add three amateur world titles and it’s easy to see why, if anyone can make boxing big in China, Zou can.He may train boxers after he retires.“I know this business back to front: not just the training, but also their minds, their injuries, their illness and their promotion,” he said.“I know how to deal with pressure.” Cristiano Ronaldo expecting fourth child with girlfriend Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hard goodbyeSo why are there no other Chinese boxers even close to matching Zou?Unlike other countries, where boxers usually turn professional after a good Olympics, China’s Soviet-style sports authorities are reluctant to relinquish control of their amateurs.And a good amateur does not necessarily become a successful professional because the styles are so different, according to Zou.Zou knows he does not have many fights left.“I don’t want to say goodbye. But the hardest part for an athlete to face is injuries and age,” he said.“Maybe tomorrow I will say I can’t fight anymore.“But as long as I can, I will not say goodbye to boxing because I’d hate to part with it.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments Chinese boxer Zou Shiming trains in a gym in Shanghai on July 12, 2017.He is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion, but Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming is eyeing an even greater prize: making the sport big in his homeland. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTHe is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion, but Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming is eyeing an even greater prize: making the sport big in his homeland.The 36-year-old defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title for the first time next week when he faces Japan’s Sho Kimura in Shanghai, and is targeting a fourth-round knockout.ADVERTISEMENT After a brilliant amateur career Zou turned professional in 2013 — at the relatively late age of 31 — and last November won the world title in Las Vegas to improve to a pro record of 9-1 with two KOs.Now he wants to harness his fame to put boxing on a par at home with more popular sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“In the West they already have a long history of boxing and everyone of all ages watch, but in China this is still something we have to work hard on,” he told AFP in an interview at his sweltering gym in Shanghai.“The attention it gets here is not like some of our more conventional sports such as badminton and table tennis that lots of kids practise and play. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more


first_img“The song (in Mr Natwarlal) was for kids. I had sang it at”The song (in Mr Natwarlal) was for kids. I had sang it at the Mehboob Studio. Now a lot of things have changed. Now those kinds of studios are not there where 200 musicians would sit and compose the song,” Bachchan said.”I have heard that many times singers come, sing the song and go away. They dont even know for which film they have sung the song, which director … nothing is known. So these small changes have taken place, rest everything is same,” he added.”Te3n” narrates the story of a cop (Vidya Balan), a priest (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and a vengeful man (Amitabh Bachchan) who investigate a kidnapping that is similar to an 8-year-old unsolved case.”Its been a delight to work in this film. My character in the film is of one Anglo Bengali whose name is John Biswas. He is old, weak, he is defeated and thats what Ribhu (wanted me to portray as a character,” Bachchan said.”So whether it was my clothing, the way I move, the way I walk and spoke they were all suppose to depict a very weak defeated person,” he added.The upcoming thriller is set to be released on June 10. PTI KKP NSK KISlast_img read more

Netherlands’ Dirk Kuyt quits at the top

first_imgDirk Kuyt announced his retirement from football on Wednesday, bowing out in the best way possible after his hat trick on Sunday won a first Dutch championship in 18 years for Feyenoord.The much anticipated announcement came after Kuyt captained his club to an emotional title victory with a 3-1 win over Heracles Almelo, and he led fevered celebrations in front of some 150,000 people in Rotterdam on Monday.”All my dreams have come true. I made decisions throughout my whole career based on gut feeling, and for me this is the right time to stop,” the striker told the club website (”Since returning to Feyenoord I’ve had two fantastic seasons, with the title this season an absolute highlight. I dreamt of becoming champion with Feyenoord.”Kuyt will stay with the club as part of the technical management team under technical director Martin van Geel.”We are incredibly grateful to Dirk for what he has done for Feyenoord these past two years,” said Van Geel.”He has added a huge deal with his attitude, professionalism and passion. In the dressing room, on the pitch and beyond. So we are delighted to be able to retain someone with his experience and attitude at the club.”Kuyt won 104 caps for the Netherlands and played in the 2010 World Cup final. He began his career with Utrecht in 1998 before twice playing for Feyenoord, for Liverpool, with whom he scored in the Champions league final against AC Milan in 2007, and Turkish side Fenerbahce. He returned to Feyenoord in 2015.advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League: Liverpool edge Newcastle 3-2, Cardiff City relegated

first_imgSubstitute Divock Origi’s 86th minute header earned Liverpool a 3-2 win at Newcastle United on Saturday to send them two points above Manchester City and keep their Premier League title bid alive.The race to secure the final two Champions League qualification places looks likely to go to the final weekend after Tottenham Hotspur again slipped up, losing to a last-minute goal at Bournemouth while having two men sent off.Cardiff City’s 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace ensured they were relegated along with Huddersfield Town and Fulham, who lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, while West Ham United brushed aside Southampton 3-0.Liverpool have 94 points and Manchester City 92 but Pep Guardiola’s City have two games remaining, including Monday’s home match with Leicester City.Liverpool have just their final day home game with Wolves remaining but the result means the race will go down to the wire.Virgil Van Dijk headed Liverpool in front in the 13th minute, but seven minutes later Newcastle drew level through Christian Atsu.Liverpool restored their lead in the 28th minute when Daniel Sturridge, starting in place of the injured Roberto Firmino, back-heeled the ball from the corner to Trent Alexander-Arnold and the full-back’s cross was expertly turned in by Mohamed Salah.Managed by former Liverpool boss Rafe Benitez, 14th placed Newcastle drew level nine minutes after the break when the visitors failed to clear a corner and Salomon Rondon’s brilliant fierce left foot drive beat the helpless Alisson Becker.Then, with their talismanic forward Salah carried off on a stretcher with a head injury and facing a massive blow to their title hopes, Origi rose at the near post to head in a Xherdan Shaqiri free-kick and give Juergen Klopp’s side the victory.advertisementA win for Spurs at the Vitality Stadium would have secured a top-four slot ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Ajax Amsterdam.But, after losing at home to West Ham United last week and then going down to the Dutch side in midweek, Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed to fire again and went down 1-0 after Nathan Ake struck in injury time.Son Heung-min was first to be sent off for pushing Jefferson Lerma just before halftime with Juan Foyth shown a straight red card for a studs-up tackle on Jack Simpson two minutes after coming on at the interval.Spurs stay third on 70 points, four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have two games remaining. But Pochettino’s side know victory in their final game against Everton will see them qualify, with Chelsea and Manchester United also capable of securing a top-four slot.”It is very painful to play with two players less than the opponent,” Pochettino said.”We need to move on. We cannot change the decisions. We have ahead two finals against Ajax and Everton. It is in our hands. If it does not happen we will be proud because nobody expected Tottenham to be in the position they are today.”We are fighting (five) teams, it is impossible for all six to get the top four, whatever happens I will feel proud and whatever happens in the (Champions League) semi-final I will be proud.”Spurs also had to contest with a fine Premier League debut from 19-year-old goalkeeper Mark Travers, who was in inspired form for the hosts with a string of fine saves.Cardiff never seriously looked like securing the win they needed to stand any chance of staying up, with Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi and Andros Townsend scoring the goals for Palace, who won for the fifth time in six away league games.The result confirmed Cardiff’s relegation after one season for the second time in five years. It was also manager Neil Warnock’s third top-flight relegation after also going down with Notts County in 1992 and Sheffield United in 2007.At Molineux, Leander Dendoncker’s 75th-minute volley against Fulham moved Wolves a step closer to possible European football next season.The Midlanders will be guaranteed to finish seventh in their first season after promotion if Leicester fail to beat Manchester City on Monday. Wolves would then need City to beat Watford in the FA Cup final to secure a place in Europe for the first time in 39 years.The one bright spot for Fulham was Harvey Elliott, who became Premier League’s youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 30 days when he came on after 88 minutes.Marko Arnautovic scored twice for West Ham – his first goals for four months – as the home side completed a routine 3-0 win over Southampton. Ryan Fredericks rounded off the scoring with his first-ever Premier League strike.advertisementAlso Read | Premier League: 9-man Tottenham Hotspur go down 1-0 against BournemouthAlso Watch:last_img read more

Paulinho shrugs off critics ahead of Clasico

first_imgReal Madrid v Barcelona Barcelona’s Paulinho shrugs off critics ahead of El Clasico Jamie Smith 04:22 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paulinho Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Primera División Barcelona Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Real Madrid Having proved the doubters wrong with six La Liga goals so far, the Brazilian midfielder claims opinions about his ability do not concern him Paulinho insists he has never been worried about what the critics say, with the previously under-fire midfielder having helped Barcelona to move 11 points clear of Real Madrid in the Liga table going into Saturday’s Clasico.The Brazil international was the first signing made by Barca following the departure of his compatriot Neymar in a world-record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, with many Blaugrana fans underwhelmed at his arrival.Paulinho was then widely mocked after stumbling over tricks in his presentation following the completion of a surprise €40m switch from Guangzhou Evergrande. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But after hitting six league goals to be the most prolific midfielder in La Liga this season, striking a brace in a 4-0 defeat of Deportivo La Coruna last time out, Paulinho has shrugged off stinging criticism ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Santiago Bernabeu.”I’ve heard it said that I’m silencing the critics so many times but it’s not that: I don’t have to prove myself to anyone,” Paulinho told The Guardian.”I don’t play for the critics, I play for my team-mates. For three, four years I haven’t listened to anything. People always talk and always will – ‘He’s good now because he’s at Barca’, ‘He was only good then because he was in China’, blah, blah, blah.”When I was at Bragantino and I went to Corinthians it was the same; it was the same at Tottenham and in China. I’ve had that since the beginning.”@FCBarcelona arrive at #ElClasico unbeaten in #LaLigaSantander!— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 21, 2017Before moving to China, where he won the AFC Champions League with Guangzhou, Paulinho was perceived to have flopped at Tottenham, having fallen out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino the season after Brazil’s humiliation at the hands of Germany in the 2014 World Cup.”The problem was that this came after the World Cup, with me trying to get back to some normality,” Paulinho said. “I was the last back [for pre-season] and to have gone out of the World Cup that way with Brazil at home…”I’ve never talked much about that game: maybe once or twice, that’s it. There’s no point. You can lose a game by two or three and say: ‘Oh we made this mistake, we made that mistake, we lost.’ But if you lose 7-1, what can you say?”It is something that can’t happen. But it happened. And after that, I had to go back to my club. You have a full season ahead of you when [you hope] you can recover from losing a World Cup semi-final 7-1 at home.”My first game [under Pochettino] is in my position but after that I played in every position apart from my own. If we play in a three, I’m here. If we play in a two, I’m here.”He had a different system, and if you’re not in your position in a football as competitive as England it’s difficult. I was playing on the left wing: the manager put me there and I had to play there, because I wanted to play.”@paulinhop8 and #ElClásico – the midfielder’s in form on the pitch and in our interview!— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 20, 2017Despite being pushed to the fringes at Spurs towards the end of his Premier League spell, Paulinho does not hold a grudge against Pochettino.”I had no problem with Pochettino,” Paulinho added. “I told him: ‘This position is not mine but if you want I can play there.’ But in the long term you’re not going to be at your best and over the last six months I wasn’t playing regularly.”I thought the moment had come to leave. Where? I didn’t know. But I wanted to leave. The coach wasn’t trusting in me so there’s no reason to stay.”last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan striker Higuain dedicates goal to Gattuso

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan striker Higuain dedicates goal to Gattusoby Carlos Volcano2018-12-30 10:20:22.000000Send to a friendShare the loveAC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain dedicated his goal in victory over SPAL to coach Rino Gattuso.It was a first goal from the Argentine in two months.“It was an important goal and three fundamental points after all we’ve wasted before, but now we can have a rest with our families,” the striker told DAZN.“It’s natural the fans expect more from me. I came to Milan because I was convinced by the project here and I want to continue like this.“Gattuso has always supported me and above all been honest. This goal is for him.” last_img read more

Farmers Urged To Use National Irrigation Commission Systems

first_imgIn light of the prevailing drought affecting most parishes, farmers islandwide are being urged to utilize the National Irrigation Commission’s (NIC) water systems to irrigate their crops, instead of the National Water Commission’s (NWC) resources,  which are dedicated for domestic and personal use.     This call comes from Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who says reports indicate a worsening of the drought since its onset in January. He adds that projections suggest it will continue until the end of April. In this regard, the Minister urged farmers to utilize the NIC’s facilities, several of which have been significantly improved by the agency. The latest of these is New Forest/Duff House irrigation system in south Manchester, which was commissioned into service recently by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller. This facility will serve some 497 farmers. “Farmers, who normally extract water from the NWC main, (which goes) up to Junction (St. Elizabeth) for agricultural purposes, can now connect into this irrigation scheme and allow householders to get the water (provided by the NWC),” he told JIS News following the commissioning ceremony. The Water Minister also urged the farmers to “make the necessary and appropriate arrangements” with the NIC to provide water for their farms.   Mr. Pickersgill said the NWC has been instructed to repair leaks identified in their systems “as quickly possible” to ensure maximum output, while underscoring the need for water conservation. By Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10, from Crisp Road intersection south for 4.5 kilometres, and from West Dalhousie Road intersection south for 9.3 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for ditching, culvert replacement and paving until Friday, Nov. 25. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902- 825-4154 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) Trunk 30 (Cabot Trail) from about a half a kilometre south of Brazile Road, for about 6.5 kilometres, is reduced to one lane for upgrading, planing and asphalt concrete patching until Friday, Nov. 25. Pilot vehicles and traffic control on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4771 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour over the South Aspy River on the Cabot Trail, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, from Exit 23A to Mary Jane Riley Road, will be reduced to one lane for reconstruction of ramps until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Mary Jane Riley Road Mary Jane Riley Road over Highway 101 will be reduced to one lane for paving, pipe installation and guardrail work until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be reduced to one lane until Oct. 31, to construct a bailey bridge. A detour replaces the Lower South River bridge and approaches until Aug. 31, 2012. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Lane Closures, Canso Causeway Traffic on Highway 104 on the Canso Causeway will be reduced to one lane from sunset to sunrise for guardrail installation and shoulder improvements. Traffic control staff and a pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction zone. Work is scheduled for completion on Thursday, Dec. 15. Please drive with extra care during the construction period. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 KINGS COUNTY: Grand Pre Bridge Grand Pre Bridge is reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Part of Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have a one-lane closure for construction of a new bridge until Aug. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 CONTINUING WORK GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, between Middle Country Harbour and Stormont, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, draining pipes, patching and paving until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-4350 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Eagle Drive Eagle Drive, from Salmon River Road to its end, will be closed for paving and sidewalk repairs until Wednesday, Nov. 30. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 NEW WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Fields Bridge Improvements are being made to the Fields Bridge on Shulie Road. It will be open during construction. Work takes place until Nov. 15, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 3 Traffic on sections of Trunk 3 from Boutiliers Point Road to the intersection of Route 333, will be reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 30, for repaving. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. A pilot vehicle will guide drivers safely through the construction area. Delays are possible. Local Area Office: 902-835-3935 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: William’s Point Road William’s Point Road will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Traffic control is in place. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378center_img INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19, for 6.5 kilometres from Campbell’s Road to south of Chishom Road, and River Deny’s Road, for about two kilometres from Trunk 19, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing and asphalt repairs until Saturday, Nov. 26. A pilot vehicle and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Sections of Hillside Road will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Nov. 15, for repaving north from the intersection of Route 327. Drivers should take extra caution in the area. Local Office: 902-769-2192 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mountain Bridge Mountain Bridge on the Mountain Road, near River Phillip, will be closed for repairs until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-477-7002 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit has been reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from about 5.5 kilometres east of Lakeshore Drive, west at Campbell’s Brook Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs, upgrading and paving until Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Leitches Creek Bridge Leitches Creek Bridge on Route 305 (Keltic Drive) will be closed for repairs until Friday, Nov. 18. Detour on Highway 125. Local Area Office: 902-563-2371 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 216 Route 216, from Trunk 4, west for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Tuesday, Nov. 15. Work takes place from dawn until dusk. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murrays Hill Bridge Murrays Hill Bridge, which crosses the Mabou River near Rankinville Road, is closed until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Sections of Trunk 4, west from Lakeshore Drive, will be reduced to one lane until Thursday, Dec. 15. A pilot vehicle will be onsite. Travel with extra caution. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 COLCHESTER/CUMBERLAND COUNTIES: Folly Mountain Baseline Road, eight kilometres south of the Cumberland/Colchester county line, will be reduced to one lane for paving, graveling and shouldering until Wednesday, Nov. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Closure Traffic on the Busby McMahon Bridge on Brooklyn Street, near Aylesford, is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-679-4979 KINGS COUNTY: Gladys Porter Bridge Gladys Porter Bridge in Port Williams is reduced to one lane for bridge rehabilitation until Monday, Nov. 14. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104, Westbound Lanes The westbound lanes of Highway 104 in the Kemptown area are reduced to one lane from Exit 18 to Exit 18A for repaving and widening. Work will take place until Tuesday, Nov. 15 Drivers should travel with extra caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-825-4151 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Howard Bridge Howard Bridge on Fountain Road, 700 metres west from Route 307, will be closed for repairs until Friday, Dec. 9. Signed detour in place. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge Hurlburt Falls Bridge on Lake Vaughan Road will be closed for repairs. It is expected to reopen Friday, Nov. 25. A marked detour is available. Local Area Office: 902-742-2415 -30-last_img read more

11 excops among 13 get lifer for killing jail inmate in Pb

first_imgAmritsar: A court here on Monday sentenced 13 people, including 11 former policemen, to life imprisonment in a 2014 kidnapping and murder case of a jail inmate. The court of Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Singh Bajwa pronounced the quantum of the punishment. The court had convicted all of the accused last week. All 13 people have been sentenced to life imprisonment, Public Prosecutor Rittu Madan told reporters here. They include former inspector Narang Singh, former assistant sub-inspectors Gulshanbir Singh and Sawinder Singh, ex-head constables Jagjit Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Lakhwinder Singh, ex-constables Makhtool Singh, Angrej Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Amandeep Singh and Randhir Singh of the Punjab Police. The two others are Deep Raj Singh and Jagtar Singh. On May 5, 2014, jail inmate Bikramjit Singh, who was serving life imprisonment in a murder case, was taken to a government hospital for treatment. He was kidnapped from the hospital by a police team led by Narang Singh and taken to Batala, where he was tortured inhumanely and then murdered, as per the complaint filed by the victim’s brother, Dalbir Singh. Following Bikramjit’s abduction, police had initially registered a case against him on May 6, 2014, alleging that he escaped from custody. But later, the policemen and two others were booked for his murder.last_img read more

Toronto man charged after alleged road rage incident man clings to car

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario Provincial Police say a Toronto man is facing charges after an alleged road rage incident involving another man seen clinging to the hood of the vehicle.Police say the incident happened Wednesday morning on a highway in northern Toronto.Video of the footage caught on a dashcam shows a man on the hood of the vehicle while it is travelling at highway speed.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says on Twitter that a 42-year-old man from Toronto’s Scarborough area has been charged with dangerous driving and assault with a weapon.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said the man charged is 32.last_img read more

Steve Van Zandt To Be Honored By Little Kids Rock

first_imgBefore Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band finish the second U.S. leg of its world tour, many of its members will attend Little Kids Rock’s 10th anniversary Right to Rock Celebration, sponsored by the House of Marley and October 16th in New York city Steven Van Zandt will be presented with the “Big Man of The Year Award,” given annually to honor the legacy of the late, great Clarence Clemons. Van Zandt joins past honorees Lady Gaga and The Big Man himself. The event is being co-chaired by actress Maureen Van Zandt and E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.The gala will resemble an all-star rock and roll festival with Van Zandt performing alongside many of his musical friends, including Elvis Costello, Dion DiMucci, Tom Morello, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, Kris Allen, Rubén Blades, Gary U.S. Bonds, Michael Des Barres, Michael Johns, Jesse Malin, Jake Clemons, NYC Hit Squad and more surprise guests expected to attend. Little Kids Rock students will join these rock legends on stage to perform along side and celebrate the joy of music.The event, sponsored by The House of Marley and, will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom and will run from 6:30pm until the music stops. Table sponsorships are available for purchase and limited balcony-level tickets for the show (no bar or dinner) will be made available next week. For more information visit key part of the evening will be the live and silent auctions (opening online in the weeks leading up to the event and concluding live at the October 16th event) featuring hard-to-find treasures like a keyboard signed by Lady Gaga, a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (with Jake Clemons making the piece a “first of a kind”), a tour of NFL Films and the set of Inside the NFL with Phil Simms, a custom guitar featuring Bob Marley hand painted by famed tattoo artist Mister Cartoon, an exclusive dinner with Maureen and Steven Van Zandt, a 5-night stay at one of the Hard Rock All-Inclusive Collection Resorts and much more. The funds raised by this once-in-a-lifetime musical extravaganza and unique auction will help Little Kids Rock bring the gift of music education to disadvantaged youth across the United States. The funds from this event and auction will enable Little Kids Rock to bring free lessons and instruments to over 100,000 disadvantaged public school students in 12 states.“Putting instruments in [children’s] hands is empowering,” Van Zandt said after personally delivering guitars to Little Kids Rock students in the Bronx last year. “We’re the only country in the world that thinks that art is a luxury. It’s not a luxury; it’s a necessity of life.”“It is a privilege to honor Steven Van Zandt,” said David Wish, Little Kids Rock’s Founder and Executive Director. “To do so with the company of the E Street Band friends and family is just thrilling.” Wish added, “Steven Van Zandt is a great artist, philanthropist and humanitarian who has provided tremendous support for Little Kids Rock students and for many people around the world. No wonder so many other artists are coming out and paying tribute to him.”Together, The House of Marley and are this year’s presenting sponsors of the Right to Rock Celebration and an ongoing partner with Little Kids Rock. The House of Marley is a collection of premium quality, earth-friendly lifestyle and personal audio gear, created in partnership with the Marley family, and donates a portion of all sales to, the Marley family nonprofit organization that focuses on youth, planet and peace. During the event, will announce a surprise fundraising project with Little Kids Rock that honors the spirit and artistry of the legendary Bob Marley.Tickets are available here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Montreal to get a new largely digital fashion week

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook A new fashion week is in the works for Montreal, and it will largely take place online.Digital Fashion Week Montreal is set to launch in March 2017, with organizers “re-writing the fashion week business model.”Runway shows will be streamed live to a global audience, but there will also be real-world networking events and other educational initiatives to support Canadian designers. The showcase was founded by Melanie Trevett, a fashion and retail entrepreneur who recently moved to Montreal from the United Kingdom.Her new festival comes three years after Montreal Fashion Week merged with the city’s Fashion + Design Festival in 2013.It also follows the loss of Toronto Fashion Week, which announced earlier this month that it was folding.“Canadian designers will be empowered with a fashion week that truly belongs to them, one that will take their careers into the future and from which the industry can grow internationally,” according to a release issued Wednesday.The event has lined up sponsors including Maybelline New York, Redken 5th Avenue New York, and essie.The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Average US 30year mortgage rate ticks up to 345 per cent

WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates edged higher this week, though rates remain at historically low levels.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average for the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage ticked up to 3.45 per cent from 3.43 per cent last week. The average rate is down sharply from 3.94 per cent a year ago, and remains close to its all-time low of 3.31 per cent in November 2012.The 15-year fixed mortgage rate rose to 2.76 per cent from 2.74 per cent last week.Record-low interest rates this year have helped spur home purchases and boost the housing market.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage remained at 0.5 point this week. The fee for a 15-year loan also was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year mortgages averaged 2.74 per cent, up from 2.73 per cent last week. The fee held at 0.5 point.____This story has been corrected to remove an incorrect reference to the fourth straight week of increases in long-term rates. Average US 30-year mortgage rate ticks up to 3.45 per cent This Monday, April 11, 2016, photo shows a home for sale in Surfside, Fla. On Thursday, Aug. 11, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2016 8:45 am MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In Geneva UN chief stresses central role of human rights in global

In his remarks to the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNCHR) annual Executive Committee meeting held in Geneva, the Secretary-General warned the gathered Member States that the “snapshot” of the state of the world is “not a pretty picture,” adding that never before has the UN had to confront “so many refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers” and provide “so many with emergency food assistance and other life-saving support.” “The world must do more to prevent forced displacement, address its root causes, and support solutions for those affected by it,” Mr. Ban stressed. “This requires greater resources and more political leadership. It also requires unprecedented cooperation by the international community.”Pointing to the multitude of global crises, spanning from Iraq and Syria to the Central African Republic and Horn of Africa, he urged “an earlier and greater focus” on human rights for the millions of refugees displaced by the conflicts and reminded Member States that human rights should be the centre point of their humanitarian assistance. “That is what we call Human Rights Up Front,” Mr. Ban continued. “Human rights should be put at the centre and the front when dealing with refugees and asylum seekers.”UNHCR’s Executive Committee reviews and approves the agency’s programmes and budget, advises on international protection and discusses a wide range of other issues with UNHCR and its intergovernmental and non-governmental partners on an annual basis. Addressing the 94-member body yesterday, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, cast a similarly foreboding picture of the global humanitarian situation, declaring that “the adequacy and sustainability of the resources available for humanitarian response” has been called into question by the accelerating demands made by a turbulent international political climate. In addition, he also urged more comprehensive prevention and conflict-resolution measures to be initiated by State actors in order to inhibit humanitarian crises altogether.At today’s meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon echoed Mr. Guterres’ remarks, emphasizing the need to combine the efforts made by Member States on development and humanitarian issues. “Unresolved displacement can upend a country’s path to posterity. That is why the needs and potential of displaced populations must be reflected in national development plans and based on joint analysis,” noted Mr. Ban. “There should be no separation between humanitarian and development – it’s all part of development issues.”As he reminded the Committee to continue to ensure that the humanitarian system is “fit for purpose,” the Secretary-General also applauded UNHCR’s 10-year plan to eliminate statelessness in the world and called for “concrete action for changing nationality laws, resolving the plight of stateless people and ensuring no child is born without citizenship.” “We must reaffirm the universality of humanitarian principles which, when respected, protect both the victims and those who came to their rescue,” he proclaimed. “We simply cannot accept the erosion of these fundamental principles – anywhere, at any time, for any reason.” read more

UNICEF says 2017 has been a very difficult year for children in

“2017 has seen a dramatic increase in violence. The previously unstable regions, such as the center and the north west, have remained very tense. In addition, the entire south-west that had previously been spared by the crisis, is now the worst-hit region,” said Christine Muhigana, UNICEF Representative in the country, at the regular press briefing in Geneva.Children and women are of course the first victims: half of the population in CAR is in need of humanitarian support, that is 2.5 million people, including 1.3 million children.Currently, 20 per cent of the schools are closed because of insecurity, and those that are open have too many pupils and not enough teachers.Reports of children’s rights violations are on the rise. In 2017, 50 per cent more documented incidents than the previous year, twice the number of children recruited into armed groups.Immunization campaigns have been disrupted in several regions due to persistent insecurity, and basic healthcare needs are not met especially in regions where the NGOs are no longer able to operate.“As UNICEF Representative, I am very concerned about the lasting impact this crisis is having on children. We have a whole generation at risk of growing up traumatized, without proper education, without healthcare and constantly exposed to the most horrific violence,” she said.UNICEF has helped provide temporary learning spaces for over 50,000 children in 2017, and plans to do so for 85,000 children in 2018. The agency also provided support for children released from armed groups to reintegrate into society.Through a rapid response mechanism, UNICEF has been able to provide non-food items, such as mats, mosquito nets, blankets, and cooking supplies, to nearly 25,000 households and emergency water and sanitation interventions to almost 72,000 people.At the same time, the agency received only 46 per cent of the funding needed to meet the humanitarian needs this year. “In 2018 the needs are growing: we are going to need every support we can get, if we do not want the children of CAR to be left to a terrible fate,” she said. read more

UConn Is Finally An Underdog In The Womens Final Four

The Final Four of the 2019 NCAA women’s basketball tournament is set, which means FiveThirtyEight’s Sara Ziegler is here to break down the two semifinal games. Watch to learn how the teams match up, who’s favored to win and how those favorites can avoid possible upsets on their way to the national title.Be sure to follow our live win probabilities and predictions throughout the rest of the women’s and men’s NCAA tournaments.

Pensioner faces jail if he walks on police couples grass in a

first_imgThe grass verge has been a source of controversy for eight years \ The grass verge has been a source of controversy for eight yearsCredit:Ben Lack So when the Webbs started mowing the verge themselves, and told the widower to stop driving across it, he refused.The couple placed nearly 40 ornamental rocks on the border of their land and Mr Taylor was arrested for smashing one of the boulders with a sledgehammer to “protect his right of way”.The turf war dragged on for years in the ordinarily-peaceful residential area nestled between Highfield Road and, ironically, Love Lane. The court heard Mr Taylor began driving his car back and forth across the land almost daily, doing wheel spins and churning up grass.  York Magistrates court was told of how Mr Taylor would sit in his car for hours, staring over at their property. Mr Webb, 43, said that he and his wife had become virtual “prisoners in our own home” because of Mr Taylor’s “vendetta”. Mr Taylor was found guilty of harassing the Webbs and was banned from driving for six months to curb his anti-social behaviour. As a precaution, officers also confiscated his shotgun and rifle, but these have been returned on appeal. A pensioner who battled with his neighbours over a patch of land could be sent to jail if he walks on the grass outside his home.The eight-year feud in Whitby, North Yorkshire – over the ownership of a roadside verge between two houses – reached an uneasy truce when Jon and Sara Webb obtained a court order against their elderly neighbour.Phil Taylor, 86, was served with a harassment notice and banned from driving, as well as other sanctions, after a campaign against the Webbs.The dispute began when the couple, both police officers, bought their property from the police authority along with a 100 yard grass verge that runs down the street past Mr Taylor’s home. Until then, the retired former soldier had tended to the land, planting rows of bulbs along the garden fence and mowing the grass. He also laid a patio next to the area, parked his caravan on the flagstones and built a boathouse, so he could tow his boat across the grass before he went fishing. Mr Taylor added that he would go and live with his family but was afraid of “being a nuisance.””I daren’t set foot on the grass because there is a CCTV camera trained on the verge all the time and if I just step off the patio onto it I will be arrested,” he added.”What gets me is everyone else in the street is free to walk on it and exercise their dogs there – but not me. All the neighbourhood is up in arms about what’s happened.”The Webbs, who have now repaired the damage to the grass verge, refused to comment following the court case.It is understood Mrs Webb has now retired from the police service but Mr Webb remains a serving officer. The pensioner also received a two-year restraining order, which prevents him from stepping on the Webbs’ land until July 2018, and was ordered to pay £620 court costs and fined £225 with a £30 surcharge.Mr Taylor intends to challenge the driving ban on the grounds that he was not convicted of any motoring offences.He said yesterday: “Now I just want my car back so I can pick up my pension and medications without being dependent on my son and granddaughter.”I can’t walk properly and without my car I have lost all mobility. It takes me an hour to get to the shops just down the road.” If I just step off the patio onto [the grass] I will be arrested,Phil Taylor Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

4300pound Objet1000 3D printer is for the big jobs

first_imgThere’s a big, mad rush right now to get 3D printers to a point where they can be in people’s homes. Meanwhile, on the industrial side of that coin — which is often undercovered as we focus on the price drops and accessibility of 3D printing — companies are building dining room table-sized 3D printers like the Objet1000.Home 3D printers are great, and will continue to get smaller, faster, easier to use, and more accurate. Right now, if you have a couple thousand dollars and really want to make your own dice they are amazing machines that fit on your desk. While these are really cool, most people forget that these are the descendants of giants. Industrial 3D printers are built to make massive 1:1 scale objects out of a variety of materials simultaneously. It will be a long time before anyone gets a machine like the Objet1000 in their home, and not just because the printer is 9-feet wide and nearly 6 feet tall.Connex 3D printers are capable of printing more than 120 different materials, and they are able to switch back and forth as needed without interrupting the print job. This allows prototypes to have different surface for more realistic end result, right down to a transparent material to simulate glass and a flexible rubber-like material if necessary. This is accomplished with 8 extruders on the print head, so it can switch back and forth and not risk the project shifting as it cools. The sides of the Printer can hold six different hot swappable cartridges, each weighing nearly 40 pounds. The Objet1000 gets its name by having a 1000mm printing base, meaning a single print can occupy a 1000 x 800 x 500 space.The print quality for the Objet1000 is great as well. If you compare the 100 micron resolution print of the new Makerbot Replicator 2 to the 30 micron resolution of the Objet1000, you begin to understand the difference between an industrial grade 3D printer and a consumer grade model. 100 micros is fantastic for most users, and certainly better than many of the consumer grade printers out there, but pales in comparison to what is being used for 3D printing prototypes on an industrial level.Looking at machines like the Objet1000 paints a great picture for where the consumer space is going to be headed. Right now, companies like Makerbot are working to increase the print resolution and make the machines small enough to fit in homes. We will see printers with multiple extruders for printing different materials and hot swappable cartridges to go with that in time as well.last_img read more

Pourquoi la voix dAdèle provoquetelle lémoi des auditeurs

first_imgPourquoi la voix d’Adèle provoque-t-elle l’émoi des auditeurs ? Afin de comprendre comment la célèbre chanson Someone Like You de Adèle parvient à arracher les larmes de millions d’auditeurs, The Wall Street Journal est allé enquêter auprès de spécialistes en psychologie et neurobiologie. Si l’émoi ressenti à l’écoute d’une chanson particulière dépend avant tout de la sensibilité et de l’histoire de chacun, il existe quelques astuces imparables qui permet de provoquer larmes et frissons chez ses auditeurs… Succès émotif assuré ! Parmi le top 10 des morceaux qui promettent un public larmoyant culmine actuellement Someone Like You, de la chanteuse britannique Adèle, récemment adulée lors de la 54e édition des Grammy Awards qui se tenaient à Los Angeles, le 12 février 2012.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?The Wall Street Journal est allé enquêter auprès de spécialistes en psychologie et neurobiologie afin d’expliquer comment la chanson est parvenue à faire pleurer des millions d’auditeurs. Selon le psychologue John Sloboda, l’émotion unanime ressentie à l’écoute d’un morceau serait lié à l’appoggiature, un ornement musical consistant à intercaler une petite note avant la principale. Martin Guhn, auteur d’une étude sur le sujet, affirme au Wall Street Journal que l’appoggiature intercalé dans une mélodie “génère une tension chez l’auditeur”. Il poursuit : “Quand les notes reviennent vers la mélodie anticipée, la tension disparaît et est remplacée par une sensation de bien-être”.Pour un morceau comme Someone Like You, la répétition des appoggiatures couplées aux modulations de voix de la chanteuse sur de longues notes, crée chez les auditeurs ce que le psychologue définit comme “de petites montagnes russes” émotionnelles et provoque l’apparition de larmes. Selon une équipe de neuroscientifiques de l’université canadienne de McGillcette, cette sensation contraire à de la tristesse, est très agréable pour les auditeurs. Une récente étude révèle que la chanson provoque en effet la libération de dopamine, un neurotransmetteur qui intervient dans le sentiment de plaisir.Le 18 février 2012 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Emotions still run high over BPA transmission line plans

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — The project was first floated more than two years ago. But the worry — and emotion — surrounding the Bonneville Power Administration’s proposed transmission line through Clark and Cowlitz counties showed no signs of fading during a public forum in Battle Ground on Thursday night.Close to 300 people turned out at the Battle Ground Community Center to give the federal power marketing agency an earful, with most of the dozens of speakers living near one of the BPA’s proposed routes.Opinions varied on what to do with the project. Many appeared weary of the lengthy planning process that’s left a cloud of uncertainty hanging over landowners living on or near one of those routes — without knowing their fate.“These people have been living in chaos for the last two years,” said Erna Sarasohn, chair of the group Citizens Against the Towers. “These people need to get back to planning their future … You have to give them some freedom and unburden them.”BPA has laid out four possible routes that could carry the 500-kilovolt line, ranging in cost from $317million to $407 million, along with several variations. The federal power marketing agency has said the project, running from Castle Rock to Troutdale, Ore., will help ease a strained Northwest power grid.last_img read more

Improving safety for Michigan families in 2017

first_img28Dec Improving safety for Michigan families in 2017 Categories: News,Whiteford News With a 100 percent attendance record in Lansing for 2017 in addition to attending more than 91 local events and meetings within the Michigan House’s 80th District, I focus on what matters for our community.Six of my bills were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder this year.As the chair of the House Appropriations Environmental Quality Subcommittee and vice chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development Subcommittee, I want to ensure that legislation will protect Michigan families. That’s why I sponsored legislation – signed into law in October – to ensure the cleanup of petroleum and other hazardous substances leaking from underground tanks in Michigan. All refined petroleum products sold in Michigan are subject to an environmental protection regulatory fee. The bill ensures the fee collected for each gallon of refined petroleum is used for cleaning up contaminated sites.This law also allows for owners and operators of underground storage tank systems to apply for funds to clean up older contaminated sites.The governor also signed legislation I introduced to ensure communication between local township officials and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources before conducting a prescribed burn. This law was sparked by an incident several years ago in Valley Township, when local officials were not made aware of a prescribed burn. Local fire departments were called to respond to the fire, and the township later received a bill for the expense. Improved communication will help prevent similar expenses in the future.I also supported efforts to improve education, particularly when it comes to expanding career opportunities. I sponsored legislation that became law earlier this year allowing intermediate school districts to hire the best teachers for specialized programs.Earlier this year I voted in support with my Michigan House colleagues for record funding for K-12 education. I serve on the House Appropriations Committee and believe students and teachers in Allegan County classrooms will benefit from this budget. Funding for career and technical training also increases through competitive grants.Other highlights from 2017 include:•           Joining the majority of my House colleagues in voting to eliminate driver responsibility fees and forgiving all outstanding debt associated with the fees.•           Becoming a member of the Michigan House C.A.R.E.S task force to address mental health issues across the state. The goal is to help support vulnerable citizens within the community and create legislation that will help residents live happier and healthier lives.•           Voted in favor of a five-bill package to enhance career skills education in Michigan schools. Skilled trades is a growing field that will help strengthen Michigan’s economy and future.If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. If residents are unable to meet during my scheduled office hours you may contact my office at 517-373-0836 or by email at [email protected] look forward to continue working with residents to improve our community in 2018.###last_img read more

Rep Runestad votes to protect Michigans children

first_img Categories: News,Runestad News Landmark bipartisan plan recently approved by state HouseState Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake, recently voted to strengthen Michigan’s response to criminal sexual conduct by penalizing sexual predators, helping survivors and protecting Michigan’s residents.“Although the moral and administrative failure at Michigan State affected hundreds of girls and young women, sexual misconduct goes beyond what Larry Nassar did. It’s a problem at our colleges, our neighborhoods and within families,” said Runestad, chair of the House Judiciary Committee. “That must stop. With the overwhelming bipartisan support in the state House, we’re sending the message this abhorrent behavior will no longer be tolerated.”Runestad voted in support of the multi-bill plan, citing the specific need for expanding the criminal and civil statute of limitations, better information and specific consent for invasive medical procedures and stronger penalties against child pornography offenders.“As a father, of course I want to protect my children from all of the crimes committed by Nassar and see him punished for it, but we also have to give victims the opportunity to come forward to report and help prosecute these crimes,” Runestad said. “This plan will make it almost impossible for another Nassar-like violation no matter where it may occur. This legislation may not satisfy everybody, but each bill and the package as a whole addresses the problem of illegal sexual behavior in our society. I know our children and grandchildren will be safer because of so many, especially the determined and courageous efforts of Nassar’s victims.”The legislation has advanced to the Senate for its consideration and Runestad has pledged to continue his support.“As long as I’m in the state Legislature, we’ll continue to push for eliminating sexual assault wherever it may occur in Michigan,” Runestad said.##### 29May Rep. Runestad votes to protect Michigan’s childrenlast_img read more

Wherefore Art Thou Family Farmer under the New Administration

first_imgShare5Tweet10ShareEmail15 SharesBy Keith Weller, U.S. Department of Agriculture [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 7, 2017; NPR, “The Salt”One of the many sectors facing turmoil and uncertainty under the Trump administration includes the people who feed your community—farmers. While the significant subsidies that Big Agriculture receives are roundly and rightly criticized, some farmers also say that they’ve received a raw deal since NAFTA was enacted in 1994, and the future of the country’s economy is now up for grabs.Negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement open next week in Washington, and in an increasingly interconnected world, the issues at stake are numerous and reflective of today’s wider political landscape, as NPR aptly summarized in an article that’s part of the Food & Environment Reporting Network:From tomato growers in Florida to cattle ranchers in Montana, some farmers bruised by NAFTA think it has favored agribusiness over small-scale farms, lowered environmental standards and made it harder to compete against cheaper imports. Now that the White House is scheduled to revise the treaty in talks slated to start on August 16th, the question for many of these disgruntled farmers is whether President Trump will remember them at the negotiating table…Free-trade proponents argue there are always winners and losers in globalization, but overall, gains outweigh losses. Farmers may see more competition, but consumers get lower food prices. That “everyone’s better off” argument, though, rang hollow among Rust Belt workers left behind in globalization—and in rural areas, even as farm exports took off. Their discontent—fed by Donald Trump’s promises to rip up NAFTA, calling it the “worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere”—helped land him in the White House.But what do the numbers show? NPR explains:Whether or not it was the primary culprit, NAFTA certainly hasn’t altered the steady rise in farm concentration. Trade expanded the total size of the pie, as the Farm Bureau points out: U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada jumped from $8.9 billion in 1993 to over $38 billion today. Yet, critics point out, the largest farms control most of the slices, with 20 percent of farms operating 70 percent of U.S. farmland. Between 2013 and 2016, 42,000 farms ceased operations, according to USDA data.One of the arguments for globalization is that a rising tide lifts all boats and that economic empowerment can alleviate poverty. How have America’s trading partners fared? NPR points out that Mexico’s poverty rate was still 53 percent as of 2014 and millions of Mexican farmers have lost their land. Ironically, Mexico also relies mainly on American corn to feed its citizens.Nearly half of Mexico’s food is imported from abroad, much of it from the United States. That includes corn, which is both a staple food and a religious symbol for the indigenous population—yet today, most of Mexico’s corn comes from the U.S. Midwest. In 2016 alone, the U.S. shipped $2.6 billion worth of the stuff to its southern neighbor—its largest export market—mostly for livestock feed.Like many of us currently at the whim of Trump’s cabinet, farmers are asking for a place at the negotiating table. But, it seems unlikely Trump can keep all of his lofty campaign promises to everyone. Last month, U.S. farmers were reeling when the White House proposed cutting $38 billion in subsidies to farmers, including $28 billion in crop insurance. Thus, farmers are turning to Congress with their appeals, according to CNBC:To be sure, the White House budget is generally considered a wish list. The farmers are hoping relief will come when Congress writes its own version of the budget. In addition, lawmakers must renegotiate the 2014 Farm Bill, which is set to expire in September 2018. That bill was particularly bruising to farmers, slicing $23 billion from the Department of Agriculture over 10 years. The Farm Bureau called Trump’s proposed cuts a magnitude higher.In the meantime, agriculture, argued the New York Times, is just another sector left in the lurch by President Trump’s stalled trade agenda. “After beginning his presidency with a bang by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact in January, Mr. Trump has accomplished little else of significance when it comes to reorienting deals with other countries,” reporter Alan Rappeport wrote. “Instead, his administration has been struggling to work through the complicated rules that dictate international commerce…All the while, they are learning that bold campaign promises are hard to keep when many voices advocate different plans.”—Anna BerryShare5Tweet10ShareEmail15 Shareslast_img read more

Netflix has launched a TV series and film streamin

first_imgNetflix has launched a TV series and film streaming service in the UK, its first roll out outside the Americas. Netflix will cost UK customers £5.99 (€7.25) a month and rival streaming service Lovefilm immediately responded with an introductory £4.99 (€6) a month streaming deal, heralding the prospect of a price war between the two.
Netflix’s UK content partners for the service include Hollywood studios Disney, Fox, Paramount and Sony. It has also struck TV and movie deals with NBC Universal, CBS and MTV as well as domestic UK players All3Media and ITV.Netflix offers delivery and streaming services in the US, but its UK and Ireland service will be streaming only. It is offering a free one-month trial and touting the fact there are no contracts, unlike with UK pay TV providers, and that the service can be cancelled with ‘three clicks’. Content can be streamed through connected devices including TVs, games consoles, tablets and smartphones.Reed Hastings, co-founder and chief executive officer of Netflix said: “Now you can enjoy as many great films and TV programmes as you want, when you want, where you want, for one low monthly price with no contracts or commitments.”The company has about 21.5 million customers in the US, but not broken out subscriber targets for the UK and Ireland service. However, on the day of the Netflix UK launch, Amazon-owned Lovefilm took the opportunity to announce that  it had reached the two million subscriber mark after a record fourth quarter in 2011.last_img read more

Home NewsWatch Sports betting debuts in West Vir

first_imgHome NewsWatch Sports betting debuts in West Virginia CHARLESTON, WV (AP)- Sports betting has debuted in West Virginia, just in time for college football season.West Virginia Lottery general managing counsel Danielle Boyd says in an email the first legal wager was accepted Thursday at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. She says it’s the first sports book to begin operations in West Virginia.While the casino’s sports book has a larger-scale debut scheduled for Saturday, Boyd says it is “officially open.”Lawmakers earlier this year approved sports betting at the state’s five casinos and on certain mobile apps, shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal law banning most sports betting. The state Lottery Commission later approved applicable rules.Hollywood Casino’s sports book is operated by William Hill US. Charles Town Races is owned by Penn National Gaming Inc. Twitter Tumblr Facebook Google+ Mail Previous PostCollege basketball player collapses after game: later dies Pinterest Next PostHigh School Soccer Scoreboard – August 30 Linkedin NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories Sports betting debuts in West Virginia By Daniella HankeyAug 31, 2018, 04:28 am 356 0 Daniella Hankeylast_img read more

In a fastpaced interview with Max Keiser Doug Ca

first_imgIn a fast-paced interview with Max Keiser, Doug Casey explains how the “financialization” of the global economy came about and why it’s a time bomb about to explode; why travel is a key element in successful speculation; and much more. Quadrillion dollars of derivatives: an unstable daisy chain. Stock certs are just computer entries, therefore can’t trust them and the businesses. HSBC’s discovered “$70B black hole of debt”, Harvard prof’s withdrawal of 1M from Bank of America are straws in the wind. Gold is the only way to truly save and hold on to wealth. As was pointed out, one can’t both run with the crowd and be a successful speculator. If your approach to investing needs recalibration—if you’re ready to change your thinking and the course of your financial future—click here to get started now.last_img read more

One person has been shot after an armed robbery in

first_imgOne person has been shot after an armed robbery in Demopolis Thursday morning.Demopolis Public Safety Director Tommie Reese says the robbery happened around 4 a.m. on Highway 80 East.Reese says a Captain D’s delivery driver was held at gunpoint by a man who demanded money.The driver suffered a gunshot wound to the arm during the exchange and the assailant ran away. The driver’s injuries were not life threatening.Anyone who has information about the crime is asked to call Demopolis police at 334-289-3073.last_img read more

Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service have responded

first_imgTuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service have responded to 14 out-of-control trash and rubbish fires over the last month.The latest of these happened Monday when fire officials said a mobile home being lived in by Jessica Holloway on Whispering Lane went up in flames after a trash burn spread.Holloway said she was inside her home when it went up in flames.“They said (the fire) was burning up under (the house) too from like another day,” Holloway said. “I didn’t know that, deep down in there, and that’s scary.”Holloway, two other family members and her dogs Kasey and Chevy made it out of the fire unscathed, but they lost many possessions that just can’t be replaced.None of these recent fires have resulted in a loss of life, but Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Chief Randy Smith said fire can quickly take a turn for the worse.“It can happen very quickly and it doesn’t just have to be right around your fire,” Smith said. “We have what we call flying bands, they’re basically anything on a windy day. A leaf can become a flying band, a piece of trash that blows away it may blow 50, 60, a hundred feet away from where you have your fire and set another fire.”Holloway said the fire was a wake-up call.“I’ll be right there with it and never leave it,” Holloway said.Smith said residents who conduct open burns should always follow some guidelines.“By the ordinance, they are not to leave the fire unattended,” Smith said. “You need to stay with the fire until it is extinguished and you need to make sure you have a good way of extinguishing the fire, controlling the fire. Another thing I would highly recommend is having a cellphone or a way to contact assistance if the fire does get out of control.”In the city of Tuscaloosa, you can obtain a burn permit by calling Fire Prevention at 205-248-5420. A permit is not required for cooking food for human consumption, contained fires used by construction or other workers for heating, recreational or ceremonial fires or certain commercial clearing or construction fires with specific criteria. For the full list of rules, see below.Download the PDF file .last_img read more

Usually summertime calls for vacation swimming an

first_imgUsually summertime calls for vacation, swimming and relaxation, not reading, writing and arithmetic. But, through Elevate Tuscaloosa’s new summer education program, local students can take advantage of learning all year long.Students can now spend their summer improving their reading and writing skills as a part of a national summer reading program. Mayor Walt Maddox said it is imperative that students are able to reach important literacy goals.“We want Tuscaloosa….when people think about not only the economy, the quality of life, when they think about education, we want them to think about Tuscaloosa and elevate Tuscaloosa is part of that,” Maddox said.Maddox and Tuscaloosa City Schools’ superintendent Mike Daria spent their Tuesday touring University Place Elementary School where the Elevate Tuscaloosa Summer Reading Program is being held.“We know that the summer slide is real and that’s for all students,” Daria said. “So, this work is about preventing the summer slide, it’s about when our students return in August that our teachers, they don’t have to spend as long catching students up from what was lost over the summer.”Just back from the Paris Air Show and meetings in Germany, Maddox said it is critical that Tuscaloosa’s students become the best educated, not just in Alabama or the United States, but in the world.“What the Tuscaloosa City Schools is doing is telling our students is look we’re ready to be competitive, not only with Birmingham and Huntsville and Mobile, we’re ready to be competitive with Stuttgart, and London and Paris,” Maddox said. “That’s the type of innovation and excellence that the Elevate Tuscaloosa plan is investing in.”There is currently no state funding available for the Elevate program, but the school system, the city and federal grants are paying for the programs. Students receive breakfast and lunch at the program, and transportation is provided, too.last_img read more


first_imgMOST READ The fire was reported at 3:26 p.m. and appeared to have started in a small bakery near Torregoso’s house but the actual cause is still being investigated, said Fire Chief Inspector Rogelio Bongabong Jr.MORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipMORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipIt took more than an hour to control the blaze in sitios Laray and Caimito in barangay Carreta, where the damage was concentrated. Fewer houses were hit in sitio Tierra Kura in barangay Tejero.Traffic was tied up on General Maxilom Avenue and MJ Cuenco Avenue.The fire started behind the Halfway House of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office and spread to the houses near Doña Pepang Cemetery up to the boundary of barangay Tejero.Carreta barangay firetrucks responded to the first alarm but were not adequate. Hoses were linked up with other hoses to reach burning houses in the interior of the village. Reinforcements had to be called in from Talisay City and Liloan town.ADVERTISEMENT WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time LATEST STORIES Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege While the fire was ongoing, Waterfront police caught two thieves looting burning houses.“Both of them took advantage of the commotion. They may actually be from neighboring areas, said Chief Inspector Wildemar Tiu of the Waterfront Police Station.Tiu said he would field police at the fire site to prevent a repetition.Bakery owner Gaudenzia Barda denied reports that her building was the source of the fire and used illegally tapped electricity to cope with heavy power consumption.“I heard that there were children playing with firecrackers and that matches were found at the corner near the store,” Barda told Cebu Daily News, identifying grandchildren of boarders next door.Property damage was estimated at almost P1 million.Gaudenzia said she and her 78-year-old mother Hermogina were on a jeepney riding home from Carbon when they saw the smoke rising from afar. They quickly walked the rest of the way to the house.Gaudencia said her 80-year-old father, Ponciano who is partly paralyzed was earlier saved by neighbors./with Correspondents Chito O. Aragon and Jhunnex Napallacan PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip Read Next PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Painters refuse to go quietly She ran down a burning staircase, unable to save a single belonging in sitio Laray, barangay Caretta in Cebu City.Fire swept through at least 100 houses in barangay Carreta and Tejero, destroying residential buildings of wood and light materials.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeIt was the second fire in four months to hit barangay Carreta, this time causing wider damage in a congested neighborhood with narrow roads.About 2,000 individuals were evacuated to the sports complex of each barangay. SMC bags Bulacan airport project Torregosa, a mother of three, ran down a staircase already being eaten up in flames. She stumbled on newly washed clothes earlier hung in the room.“Nakulbaan jud ko kay pagkita nako sa bintana nga naa nay sunog ni naog jud dayon ko pero ang kalayo naa na pasaka sa among hagdanan,” Torregoso told Cebu Daily News.(I was alarmed to see the window on fire. I immediately went down but the flames were already going up the stairs.)If not for the wet laundry wrapped around, she said, she would have suffered worse injuries in her feet and left arm, which had minor burns.Eldest son Emman helped try to douse the fire.“Wala na jud nasalbar nga gamit. Sige lang, bahala na basta buhi lang ta, ma,” he told her. (We weren’t able to save a single thing. Never mind, mama, as long as we’re alive.)The mother found her two other children who had dashed out from the Carreta Elementary School. Together, the family sat on the street curb across the bakery, crying as they watched the rest of their house burn down.Most of her relatives live in the same barangay, also fire victims.Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, who rushed to the scene with Mayor Michael Rama, said authorities would reblock the burned area as soon as possible. The move was supported by Carreta barangay captain, Eduardo Lauron so that wider paths would be set up to make it easier for firetrucks to enter.Labella said both barangays are declared under a state of calamity which allows them to release calamity funds for immediate use. Housewife Joy Torregoso was watching a video at home when she saw flames in the upper floor window past 3 p.m. yesterday.She jumped to her feet as neighbors started shouting “Sunog!” (fire).ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgArticle in the newspaperEl (The Periodic Newspaper of Andorra) –Interview LLUÍS BABI (By ESTHER MARTIN JOVER): « He wanted a better Constitution for the Country » LLUÍS BABI AMBASSADOR FOR PEACEThe Universal Peace Federation has several Ambassadors to Andorra, one is Lluis Babi, former Member of the Parliament, not satisfied with the politics, while not yet retired, spends part of his time in Coral Casamanya Ordino (pictured, Babi is top right).– What Does the Universal Peace Federation do in Andorra?– The Universal Peace Federation was created in 2005, and those who are part are ambassadors for peace, from the religious sphere, sports, politics, and so on. In Andorra, we are 15 who are ambassadors for peace: the first was Mrs. Rosa Mari Sorribes. This year we organized a football tournament under the theme “Play football for Peace.”But you do something…We share in various fields, one of which is interfaith dialogue while a couple of years ago that we met with representatives of different religions, which is one of the foundations of our Federation, and an initiative of UNESCO. Another is the foundation of our family as a school of love and a base through which we can promote peace. In addition, education and human development, service to others and give to others.– You sings in the Casamanya Choir.– Yes, it is one of the activities I do to keep music in Ordino, but I do not have a great voice! When I will retire in a few years if I am healthy I will dedicate myself more to these activities.– Your Family has political tradition, the name “Babi” is known.– My Grandfather, my father and I had been the Member of the Parliament; my brother was the Mayor of Ordino Parish, and another older brother was a member of the Mayor Hall of Encamp Parish. Our family involved in Politics for a while.– A Family wanting to do things for people.– Yes, but I was disappointed in politics after the Constitution. I participated a lot in Politics and I was very critical of the Constitution, so the people thought I would not vote for the Constitution, but I did because I wanted a better Constitution for Andorra. However, it was better to have the Constitution than not to have! After that, I was not active in politics because I think it was not the way it should had been done.– But politics is the key to help foster peace. Yes, and today, in London, until the 9th there is the 1st meeting to create the Federation of European Parliamentarians for Peace. I was inviting Andorran Parliamentarians to participate, but due the celebration of National Day on September 8 [Meritxell Day], it was not possible for anyone to participate in London.– And you? No, I could have gone as Former Member of the Parliament but since there was no Current Member of Parliament participate so I did not feel necessary to participate. I left Politics in 1989; it was a long time ago and Andorra has changed a lot in the politics.– If someone interests to contact representatives of the Andorran Universal Peace Federation?– At this address : [email protected] UPF Andorra, By Chatiboot BabiIn commemoration of the International Day of Peace, UPF-Andorra organized the mini football (football 7) tournament on the 4th of September in one of the National Football Camp in Ordino, a beautiful Parish north of Andorra, under the theme of “Play Football Make Peace”.There were 4 amateur football teams: Associació de Residents Xilens a Andorra, Associació de Residents Peruans al Principat d’Andorra, Grup d’amics Portuguesos Residents a Andorra and Grup d’amics Espanyols Residents a Andorra. It was the first time the 4 teams played together so it was a very meaningful and happy time for all participants as it was the event in commemoration of the International Day of Peace. After finishing the football matches; we went to Hotel Babot, overlook the beautiful village of Ordino, for a presentation of International Day of Peace.There were about 55 people attending the event included a Member of Andorra’s Parliament from St. Julià de Lòria Parish, His Excllency Josep Majoral. Mr. Lluis Babi, Andorra’s UPF director explained about the history of the International Day of Peace. He read the message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the statement by the Universal Peace Federation and explaining about the UPF’s founder, Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his vision and works for world peace.A video introduction of UPF and the overview of the UPF‘s work in 2015 were shown. We had an honor of His Excllency Josep Majoral gaving the trophy to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes and the certificates were given to all the teams.The 1st winner was Associació de Residents Peruans al Principat d’Andorra Team. The 2nd prize was Grup d’amics Espanyols Residents a Andorra Team.The 3rd prize was Grup d’amics Portuguesos Residents a Andorra Team. We ended the day with the nice lunch at the hotel. It was a very successful and happy day as all participants felt very good to participate in the commemoration of this International Day of Peace; it was not just playing football together. They could know each other and were very happy to spend the day together and all expressed the appreciation for inviting them to part of the program to promote peace. They expressed their supports for our next event.We are thankful to one of our Ambassador of Peace, Mr. Carlos Leandro, who brought the teams together.Following this International Day of Peace in Andorra’s event “Play Football Make Peace”; the event and the result was published in one of the newspapers, “Bondia” and one national newspaper “El Periodic d’Andorra” interviewed Mr. Lluis Babi, as Andorra’s UPF director and as the former Member of Andorra’s Parliament from Ordino Parish.last_img read more

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first_imgMore than half of disabled people who have tried to buy tickets for live music events have had to call premium-rate phone numbers to arrange access, according to a new survey.Four-fifths of those surveyed said they had experienced problems with booking access alongside their ticket, while nearly three-quarters said such barriers had been discriminatory.The results of the national online survey were published by the user-led music charity Attitude is Everything (AiE) as part of its fourth State of Access Report on the live music industry.Of the 53 per cent who said they had been forced to use premium rate phone lines to book access, several reported that this had cost them more than £20 in phone charges.Although the survey results cannot be directly compared – because they were obtained through different methods – they do appear to show an improvement since a survey of AiE mystery shoppers in 2014 found 95 per cent of respondents had experienced problems when booking access and 88 per cent said they had felt discriminated against.This year’s State of Access Report focuses on problems associated with booking tickets for live music events.Publishing the report, the charity also launched a new taskforce, the Ticketing Without Barriers Coalition, which aims to address five key problems encountered by Deaf and disabled live music fans when booking tickets.The pan-industry group includes more than 35 trade bodies, ticketing agencies, event promoters and venues, including UK Music, PRS for Music, Ticketmaster, Festival Republic and Live Nation.The areas the coalition will address include: the need for a single proof-of-disability system that is uniformly recognised and accepted across the UK; all venues and events to provide quality online information about access; more choice and flexibility when booking tickets for fans with access requirements; and a more dependable system for managing access bookings.The coalition will also target the need for “equal access”, so that disabled fans can book access for pre-sales of tickets, VIP and artist meet-up tickets, and when using entertainment gift cards; can resell accessible seats; are not charged to use access booking lines; and can easily book tickets for a personal assistant if they need one.The report concludes that access across the live music industry “remains a mixed picture”.It adds: “Many venues and events have moved beyond basic reasonable adjustments to improve access for customers in impressively creative and collaborative ways.“On the other hand, there are venue and event organisers now being left behind as they continue to enact outdated and potentially discriminatory policies that impact the ability of Deaf and disabled people to access the paid-for services they provide.”Suzanne Bull (pictured), AiE’s chief executive and the government’s disability sector champion for music, said: “Although there has been much progress in making the ticketing process accessible and inclusive, and certain venues and companies are definitely getting this right for their Deaf and disabled customers, we felt that only a comprehensive and truly unified approach would be able to drive through the real and lasting changes that we need. “In 2018, every large-scale music event should be all-inclusive.“Disabled customers should be able to buy a ticket online, they should be encouraged to attend shows with their friends, and not have to jump through undignified hoops when things go wrong.”Sarah Newton, minister for disabled people, said: “Going to a gig or festival is an experience that everyone should be able to enjoy.“It’s therefore incredibly important that disabled people have the right access when booking tickets for live music events, which is why I’m really pleased to see leading businesses from across the music industry coming together to improve accessibility. “We know that disabled people and their households have a combined spending power of £249 billion a year, proving that being inclusive isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.”AiE also announced that it will convene a new cross-sector group that will “exchange ideas and unite around common principles when it comes to accessibility”, across music, cinema, theatre, heritage and sport, and will focus on issues such as the provision of access information, providing evidence of access requirements, and implementing access bookings.Organisations that have already pledged to join the group include Arts Council England, Shape Arts, Level Playing Field, UK Theatre and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.Picture by Joanna Dudderidgelast_img read more