Top Biden advisor says national lockdown ‘measure of last resort’

first_imgThe U.S. is now reporting a weekly average of 145,401 cases every day, a more than 33% increase compared with a week ago and a record high average, according to Hopkins.More than 69,400 people were hospitalized with Covid-19, the highest number of patients with the virus at any point during the pandemic, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic.Top coronavirus advisors for Biden, who named a panel of scientists on Monday to help navigate his Covid-19 response, have given differing stances on whether the U.S. should adopt lockdown measures to control the recent spike in cases.- Advertisement – Osterholm later clarified his comments in an interview with NBC News, saying, “It was not a recommendation. I have never made this recommendation to Biden’s group. We’ve never talked about it.”A Biden transition official told NBC News that a shutdown “is not in line with the president-elect’s thinking.”“We are not in support of a nationwide lockdown,” Dr. Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery and health policy at Harvard and a Biden advisor, told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “You can have targeted measures building on mask wearing to include widespread testing, can include dialing up and down capacity restrictions, and those measures need to happen on a more localized basis.”Both Gawande and Murthy pointed to New York’s “micro-cluster” strategy as an example. The state has imposed tougher restrictions on specific areas depending on the level of coronavirus spread. The hardest-hit red zones would be forced to close nonessential businesses and schools for in-person learning while other surrounding areas can remain open with modifications.“On a zip code by zip code basis, you can deploy different restrictions in order to get the virus under control and it’s quite effective. We do not need to go into a nationwide, shelter-in-place shutdown,” Gawande said.More states are beginning to ease back into coronavirus restrictions and institute statewide mask mandates as coronavirus cases continue to soar ahead of the holidays. Many governors have pointed to “Covid fatigue,” or the reduced compliance with recommended public health guidance, as one reason for the swelling infections.North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, a Republican who has resisted instituting a mask mandate, ordered residents on Friday to begin covering their face when in public. On Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reimposed a statewide mask mandate with tougher enforcement measures on businesses.“If we wear a mask, we are keeping our kids in school and we are protecting our elderly and we are protecting our hospitals,” DeWine told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “We can see the end of this, we just have to tough it out… for a few more months and do what we need to do so we can get through this.” “That’s a measure of last resort,” Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general tapped to help lead the group, told “Fox News Sunday,” adding that any lockdown at this stage of the pandemic would look different than the sweeping closures which states enacted in the spring to suppress the virus.“In the spring we didn’t know a lot about Covid, we responded, in a sense, with an on-off switch. We just shut things down because we didn’t know exactly how this was spreading and where it was spreading, but we learned a lot more since then,” Murthy said.Murthy’s comments come after another Covid-19 advisor to Biden, Dr. Michael Osterholm, who serves as director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told Yahoo Finance in an interview Wednesday that shuttering businesses for four to six weeks while paying people for lost wages could help suppress cases and hospitalizations to a manageable level.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – A national lockdown of businesses and schools is a “measure of last resort,” even as cases continue to surge to record-highs across the U.S., a top coronavirus advisor to President-elect Joe Biden said on Sunday.Covid-19 cases were growing by 5% or more in 47 states as of Saturday, based on a weekly average, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. reported 166,555 new cases on Saturday, the second-highest daily number of new cases so far.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Latest avian flu cases may include one in Cambodia

first_imgJan 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two Vietnamese girls died of avian influenza over the weekend, and the disease may have claimed its first human victim in Cambodia, according to news services.A 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl became the 11th and 12th people to die of H5N1 avian flu in Vietnam since late December, according to reports. Their illnesses were first reported in the news media Jan 28.The 13-year-old girl, who lived in Dong Thap province in southern Vietnam, died early on Jan 29, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Her 35-year-old mother had died of avian flu Jan 21.AFP quoted state media reports as saying the girl and her mother had slaughtered an infected duck for a meal. Previous reports said the girl had fallen ill Jan 13 and been hospitalized Jan 20. The Associated Press (AP) said experts were still trying to determine if the two cases involved person-to-person transmission.The 10-year-old girl, who lived in the southern province of Long An, died yesterday, according to a Reuters report. China’s official news agency, Xinhua, quoted a physician at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City as saying the girl had had contact with dead chickens.With the latest deaths, the apparent total of deaths caused by avian flu has increased to 44, including 32 in Vietnam and 12 in Thailand. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Jan 28 it had received reports of the two girls’ cases, but it has not yet listed the cases as confirmed.The total number of human cases since late 2003 appears to be at least 57. That includes 27 cases reported in Vietnam before December 2004 and another 13 cases since then, for a total of 40. The 13 recent cases include a 42-year-old man from northern Vietnam who recovered and, according to Reuters, was released from a hospital Jan 28. Thailand has had 17 cases, including 12 fatal ones, but has not had a case since October 2004.(The latest WHO case count, updated Jan 26, listed a total of 54 human cases, including 41 deaths.)A 25-year-old Cambodian woman died yesterday in a southern Vietnam hospital with lung damage suspected to have been caused by avian flu, according to Reuters and AP reports.The woman’s family said she became ill after dead poultry were found in her village, the AP report said. Reuters quoted a physician named Nguyen Van Hung as saying that the case was worrisome because the woman’s brother had died of respiratory failure before he could be brought to a hospital.If the woman’s case is confirmed, she will be the first Cambodian known to have had H5N1 avian flu. Cambodia’s last H5N1 outbreak in poultry was in September 2004, according to records of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).All serious cases of H5N1 avian flu since the disease re-emerged in late 2003 have been in Vietnam and Thailand, though evidence of a few mild or asymptomatic cases has been reported in Japan. The first known human cases of H5N1 occurred in Hong Kong in 1997, when 18 people fell ill and 6 of them died.Avian flu was also suspected to have killed a 39-year-old man who died yesterday in the central Vietnam city of Da Nang, according to a Reuters story citing a report in a Ho Chi Minh City newspaper. Test results were awaited, the story said.In addition, a Xinhua story said that seven people from northern Vietnam were admitted to the Topical Disease Institute in Hanoi on Jan 29 and 30 with avian flu symptoms. But the report didn’t identify the source of that information.In other developments, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week cautioned travelers to Vietnam to take steps to avoid avian flu. The “travel health precaution” warns travelers to avoid areas where live poultry are kept and to make sure foods containing poultry or eggs are thoroughly cooked, among other steps. A separate notice for travelers visiting family and friends in Vietnam listed more detailed measures.last_img read more

Chiron’s UK plant to resume making flu vaccine

first_imgMar 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – British regulators have cleared Chiron Corp. to resume making influenza vaccine at its plant in Liverpool, England, which should improve the chances of an adequate vaccine supply in the United States next winter.British officials suspended Chiron’s license to make flu vaccine in October 2004 because of contamination problems at the plant. That forced the company to cancel delivery of 48 million doses of vaccine to the United States, close to half of the nation’s expected supply for the 2004-05 flu season.The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced the lifting of Chiron’s license suspension yesterday. “The MHRA inspectors have concluded that satisfactory progress has been made in the manufacturing areas which had previously caused concern,” the agency said.The suspension was officially lifted at 5 p.m. yesterday. “The company . . . is now free to recommence full manufacturing of the vaccine,” the MRHA said.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) welcomed the announcement but indicated it was not yet certain that the company could supply vaccine for the US market next season.In a news release, Dr. Jesse Goodman, director of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said, “FDA considers MHRA’s action today an extremely important milestone in Chiron’s efforts to supply influenza vaccine for the U.S. market for the coming flu season, but work remains. FDA and MHRA will continue to closely monitor Chiron’s progress as manufacturing proceeds.”When all critical stages of manufacturing are in full swing, and needed corrective actions can be fully evaluated, FDA plans to conduct a comprehensive inspection of Chiron’s Liverpool facility to assure that Chiron can produce a safe and effective vaccine.”Chiron, based in Emeryville, Calif., promised to continue working to get the plant back on track. Chief Executive Officer Howard Pien said in a statement, “Our employees have worked tirelessly and we are extremely proud of this result. This is a significant accomplishment. In this new beginning we remain focused on continuing to remediate and improve so Chiron can successfully deliver on the results required to supply influenza for the 2005-2006 season.”The statement did not say how much vaccine the company expects to be able to make. Flu vaccine is grown in chicken eggs; production usually begins in late winter or early spring and takes roughly 6 months.The loss of Chiron vaccine this season raised the specter of a shortage and prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend that available doses be reserved for people with an increased risk of flu complications. The fear of a shortage triggered long lines at flu-shot clinics last fall.The nation’s other flu-vaccine sources stepped up their production in response to the situation. Sanofi Aventis (formerly Aventis Pasteur) said it would produce an extra 2.6 million doses, for a total of about 58 million doses of inactivated vaccine, and MedImmune planned to make an extra 1 million doses of its live intranasal vaccine, FluMist, for a total of about 3 million.In addition, the government arranged to buy 1.2 million doses of a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine that is not licensed in the United States. The vaccine, though considered safe, was to be used under investigational new drug rules, which require vaccine recipients to sign a consent form.The nation ended up with an estimated total of about 62 million doses of vaccine. The flu season has turned out be relatively mild, and some of the vaccine supply has gone unused, despite the earlier fears of a shortage.A CDC official was quoted yesterday as saying about 7% of the approved vaccine doses produced for the US market this year have not been used. Dr. Jeanne Santoli told the New York Times that 3 million to 3.5 million doses of inactivated vaccine and 1 million doses of live vaccine have not been sold.See also:UK MHRA news releaselast_img read more

Vietnamese find another case of avian flu

first_imgMay 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Another man has contracted H5N1 avian influenza in northern Vietnam, only 4 days after the previous case dashed hopes of a respite from the outbreak.A 58-year-old man from Thanh Hoa was hospitalized at the Institute of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi on May 13, Reuters news service said today. Subsequent tests have confirmed he has the H5N1 virus.Nguyen Dang Ngoan, director of the Thanh Hoa provincial Preventive Medicine Center, told the Associated Press (AP) that dead chickens had been reported in the man’s yard a month ago and that the family slaughtered chickens for meals. He developed a high fever, coughing, and breathing difficulties Apr 20 and tested positive May 15, the AP reported today.A 52-year-old man from Vinh Phuc province, identified last week as Cao The Hai (previously listed as 55 years old), was admitted to the same hospital on May 12, Reuters reported. His case was the first reported in about 3 weeks. Both men were in stable condition, a doctor at the hospital told the media.”We are now treating two H5N1 patients and they are in good condition,” a doctor told Agence France-Presse (AFP), for a story published today.Authorities in the two provinces have quarantined the patients’ homes and are monitoring family members for illness, AFP reported.Unofficially, the two latest cases bring the number of Vietnamese diagnosed with H5N1 since late December 2004 to 43. Sixteen of those people died.Initial tests on a 20-year-old Cambodian woman from Kampot Province suspected of having H5N1 were negative, said Phan Van Tu, chief virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City, as reported in today’s AP story.last_img read more

FBI says it easily replicated anthrax used in attacks

first_img At the same time, officials conceded that they probably will never be able to dispel all doubts about the case against Bruce E. Ivins, the anthrax researcher who died in an apparent suicide as the FBI was about to announce charges against him. According to a New York Times report on the press conference, FBI officials said investigators determined that the making of the powder was a relatively simple process of cleaning and drying anthrax spores. “FBI scientists easily reproduced it with gear that Ivins regularly used,” the article stated. Aug 15 CIDRAP News storyhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/news/aug1508anthrax.html The FBI has said its experts and other scientists helping with the investigation developed a new DNA fingerprinting technique that enabled them to match the anthrax used in the attacks with a batch of anthrax that was in Ivins’ custody, known as RMR-1029. The agency has not released a detailed scientific report on the DNA evidence. Aside from that claim, the case against Ivins is mostly circumstantial, and a number of scientists have voiced doubts about it. At an Aug 18 news conference, the agency also acknowledged a specific error in the investigation and promised to release detailed information on the probe in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Aug 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The FBI, seeking to counter scientific skepticism on its investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, insisted this week that the anthrax powder could have been made by one person and contained no “intentional additives” to make it more dispersible. The FBI then realized the sample was the same strain used in the attacks, which helped confirm other evidence implicating Ivins, the Times reported. “Looking at it in hindsight, we would do things differently today,” the newspaper quoted Majidi as saying. In addition, Dr. C.J. Peters, a virologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said it is puzzling that the FBI has not reported finding traces of the letter anthrax in places where Ivins lived and worked, given how widely the spores were dispersed in settings such as the Washington, DC, post office that processed the letters mailed to senators. As expected, the FBI’s new revelations did not eliminate skepticism about the case. Dr. Richard Spertzel, a retired microbiologist who led the United Nations’ biological weapons inspections in Iraq, called the FBI’s new presentation “a pretty tenuous argument,” according to the Times. He specifically questioned the agency’s claim that the letter anthrax was not “military grade.” However, silicon was found in the mailed anthrax (as reported previously), and FBI officials conceded that the duplicate powder they made did not match the letter anthrax in that respect, according to reports by the Times and the Washington Post. FBI scientists said they concluded that the high level of silicon occurred naturally in the anthrax used in the attacks, the Times reported. Further, Majidi said the information released this week was “the first step toward broader dissemination of the scientific information surrounding this case. Additional information will be available through peer-reviewed publications and I ask you to respect the integrity of this process.” But it turned out that an extra copy of Ivins’ sample was kept by Paul Keim, a Northern Arizona University biologist who helped with the investigation, and he provided it to the FBI when the agency asked for it in 2006, according to the Post. “It is important to emphasize that the science used in this case is highly validated and well accepted throughout the scientific community. The novelty is in the application of these techniques for forensic microbiology.” The investigative error acknowledged by the FBI this week had to do with the handling of the first anthrax sample they obtained from Ivins. According to the Times, FBI officials revealed that they first obtained a sample of a unique strain of anthrax from him in 2002 and that it could have led them to the strain used in the attacks. However, the agency “destroyed the sample because Dr. Ivins did not follow protocol in the way it was submitted, making it more difficult to use in court,” the story said. “Through a comprehensive analytical approach, the investigators were provided with validated scientific data which linked the material used in the 2001 anthrax attacks to material from USAMRIID identified as RMR-1029,” Majidi said. In his Aug 18 written statement, Majidi listed several sophisticated techniques that were used in analyzing the mailed anthrax: scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, carbon dating by accelerator mass spectrometry, and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission and mass spectrometry. “I would contend that anywhere he made the powder or manipulated the powder was almost certainly contaminated,” Peters told CIDRAP news by e-mail. “Think about the pos[itive] nasal swabs in the Hart office building or environmental swabs in the post office. Look at the spore counts on the protective gear when the Leahy letter was detected.” The mailing of anthrax-laced letters to two US senators and several media offices in the fall of 2001, shortly after the Sep 11 terrorist attacks, killed five people and sickened 17 others. The FBI outlined its case against Ivins on Aug 6 of this year, just 9 days after he died of an overdose of painkillers. Ivins had worked for years at the US Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick in Maryland. “I don’t think we’re ever going to put the suspicions to bed,” said Vahid Majidi, assistant director of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, as quoted in press accounts. “There’s always going to be a spore on a grassy knoll.” Early in the investigation, the FBI indicated that the mailed anthrax was a weaponized product, treated or processed to make it spread more easily through the air and penetrate deep into the lungs. It was reported that the powder contained silicon and that Army experts had been unable to replicate the material. The implication was that one person working alone would not have been able to produce the powder. But in a statement presented at this week’s news conference, Majidi said, “There were no intentional additives combined with the Bacillus anthracis spores to make them any more dispersible.” In other information given at the news conference, officials said the Institute for Genomic Research had sequenced the full DNA of several anthrax strains by 2002, suggesting it might be possible to link the letter anthrax to its source by identifying specific mutations, according to the Times. See also: It took another year to identify the four distinctive mutations the FBI has reported, the story said. Meanwhile, the FBI collected more than 1,000 samples of the Ames strain of anthrax, the strain used in the attacks, and started using its genetic test on them. The FBI found that 8 of the 1,000 samples carried the four mutations, as reported previously. According to the Times, 100 scientists had access to or were associated with those eight samples, and all of them were investigated. The body of evidence pointed to Ivins, the story said.last_img read more

American traveler survived Marburg fever, CDC says

first_img Samples collected from the patient during the illness initially showed no evidence of a Marburg virus infection, the agency said. But a sample taken during the patient’s convalescence yielded evidence of a possible infection, and more detailed testing of both samples at the CDC confirmed that the patient had the virus. The case appears to be the first Marburg infection reported in the United States. CDC table of Marburg outbreakshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/marburg/marburgtable.htm See also: The patient had visited the bat-infested “python cave” in western Uganda, the CDC said. Fruit bats can harbor the Marburg virus, which is a cousin of the deadly Ebola virus. A Dutch woman who visited the same cave in July 2008 contracted Marburg fever and died after returning to the Netherlands. “Both patients likely acquired their infections as a result of contact with cave-dwelling fruit bats,” the CDC said. CDC advice to travelers related to Marburg casehttp://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentMarburgUganda.aspx “The patient developed illness four days after returning to the US, was hospitalized, discharged, and fully recovered,” the CDC Special Pathogens Branch said in an online notice. No details about the patient or the illness were released. A CDC official told CIDRAP News the agency expects to be able to provide more information soon. The appropriate state and local health departments were working with the CDC to further investigate the American patient’s case, the CDC reported. The investigation includes assessing anyone who might have been exposed to the patient during the illness and checking on travelers who visited the same cave or other caves in Africa. Officials said there was no evidence that the disease spread to anyone else. Feb 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A case of the often deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever was retrospectively identified in an American who fell ill after a trip to Uganda in January 2008 and eventually recovered, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently. CDC questions and answers about Marburghttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/marburg/qa.htm CDC outbreak postings with report on Marburg casehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/outbreaks/index.htm The Ugandan Ministry of Health officially closed the cave to visitors in August, after the Dutch case, the statement said. The Marburg virus, like the Ebola virus, can cause a severe febrile disease for which there is no vaccine or specific treatment. Case-fatality rates in recorded outbreaks have ranged from 21% to 90%, according to CDC data. A major outbreak occurred in Angola in 2004 and 2005, involving 252 confirmed cases with 227 deaths, as listed by the CDC. The virus is believed to spread through contact with bodily fluids. Jul 10, 2008, CIDRAP News story on case in the Netherlandshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/news/jul1008marburg.htmllast_img read more

New investment cycle of the Blue Lagoon

first_imgLaguna Poreč also opened the fourth pool in the auto camp Bijela uvala, which makes this camp unique in Croatia with as many as four pools for the comfort of its visitors.Camp Bijela Uvala (Zelena laguna, 52440 Poreč, 52440, Poreč) is located on the Istrian peninsula, 5 km from Poreč, and is recognized as one of the best Croatian camps. The camp is categorized with four stars and is a proud winner of the prestigious ADAC award for quality “yellow board”. The camp area is 450.000 square meters, with a capacity of 6.000 guests. The camp has accommodation on 1.200 camping pitches, mostly between 70 and 110 mXNUMX, as well as accommodation in mobile homes.In addition to the new swimming pools, this year’s investment cycle also includes the refurbishment of 11 villas in the Laguna Bellevue tourist resort and the expansion of the terraces and landscaping of the park in front of the 27 terraces of the ground floor apartments.The total capital investments of the company Plava laguna in the destination Poreč in 2017 amount to HRK 94,9 million. Part of the investment relates to the construction and arrangement of exemplary accommodation units of hotels, villas, apartments and villages of the Laguna Park Hotel in preparation for a thorough future reconstruction, and significant funds have been invested in improving the quality of content in camps. This year, the interior of the common areas of Hotel Zorna was decorated, and Hotel Delfin received 124 newly renovated bathrooms, which arranged all 800 bathrooms in this hotel.last_img read more

In June, Zagreb recorded a growth of 30 percent in overnight stays and arrivals

first_imgAccording to the Zagreb Tourist Board, the Croatian capital recorded 30% more arrivals and as much as 32% more overnight stays in June than in June 2016.Thus, a total of 137.638 arrivals and 244.670 overnight stays were registered, and the most numerous were guests from: South Korea, the USA, Germany, China and the United Kingdom, while guests from the United States of America were in the first place.”The Zagreb Tourist Board is extremely pleased with these excellent results, which once again confirm that Zagreb has become an unavoidable year-round tourist destination and invites everyone to the final two concerts of the festival. Zagreb Classic on Tomislav Square, which will be held today, July 4 (Zagreb Philharmonic and Roby Lakatos) and on Thursday, July 6, GK Komedija – Comedy Gala!), and also announces the fourth edition yard which will open its doors next week, on July 14th. ” stand out from the Tourist Board of the City of ZagrebFor the period January – June 2017, a total of 532.735 arrivals were recorded, which is 19% more and 961.364 overnight stays, which is 18% more than in the same period last year. There were 23% more foreign guests (438.801 arrivals) and 21% more overnight stays (790.604). In the first six months, most overnight stays were recorded by guests from South Korea, the US, Germany, Italy and the UK.last_img read more

UNWTO: Tourism is growing, with 70 million more arrivals than last year

first_imgTourist destinations around the world hosted 1,1 billion international tourists, from January to October 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This represents an increase of 7% compared to the same period last year, or 70 million more arrivals from abroad.Thus, destinations around the world in the first ten months achieved a total of 1,127 million (+ 7%) arrivals of international tourists, 70 million more than in the same period in 2016.Destinations in Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North Africa and the Middle East have shown extraordinary strength, with international arrivals exceeding 7% in all Southern and Mediterranean European destinations, and Turkey is recovering rapidly as well as double-digit increases for most other destinations in the region. In North Africa and the Middle East, Egypt, Tunisia and Palestine have recovered strongly from previous years, while Morocco, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman and Dubai continue to grow.”These robust results, the best we’ve seen in many years, reflect ongoing demand for travel around the world, in line with the improved global economy and the recovery of destinations that have suffered declines in previous years”, Said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the 2nd UNWTO / UNESCO Conference on Tourism and Culture held on 11 and 12 December in Oman.Regional resultsEuropean growth (+ 8%) led to an increase in international arrivals in the first ten months of 2017, thanks to significant results in southern and Mediterranean Europe (+ 13%). Western Europe (+ 7%) recovered from weaker results last year, while Northern Europe (+ 6%) had solid growth. Arrivals in Central and Eastern Europe increased by 4% between January and October 2017.Africa and Africa (+ 8%) are the fastest growing regions in international tourism. Africa (+ 8%) was the second fastest growing region during this period thanks to a strong recovery in North Africa (+ 13%) and sub-Saharan Africa (+ 5%).In Asia and the Pacific (+ 5%), results were led by South Asia (+ 10%), while Southeast Asia (+ 8%) and Oceania (+ 7%) also enjoyed a strong increase in arrivals. Northeast Asia (+ 3%) recorded more mixed results, with some destinations reporting double-digit increases and others rejected.South America (+ 7%) continues to lead growth in America, where total arrivals rose 3%. Central America and the Caribbean rose 4%, with the last signs of clear signs of recovery in October after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Results in the Middle East (+ 5%) were mixed until October, with some destinations recovering strongly and others continuing to report sustainable growth, but the regional average was partly reduced by a few that declined.Strong recovery of tourist demand from Brazil and RussiaIn 2017, there was a strong growth in demand for international tourism, so demand in Brazil grew by 33%, and in Russia by 27%, which is indicative because the growth was recorded after several years of decline.Tourist spending                                                  Among the 10 leading markets, China (+ 19%), the Republic of Korea (+ 11%), the United States and Canada (+ 9%) and Italy (+ 7%) recorded the fastest growth in tourism consumption. Thus, tourist consumption from Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Hong Kong (China) and France increased between 2% and 5%.last_img read more

Bozinovic: We are in contact with colleagues from Slovenia and Austria. Most of the Croatian counties are in the green while only three counties are in the red zone

first_imgItaly introduced yesterday mandatory testing on covid19 for all who come to Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain. News which of course unfortunately immediately resulted in the return of Italian tourists as well as the cancellation of reservations. “One of the main reasons for these mild clinical pictures is that mostly young people are infected, but they must be responsible for others not for themselves. They move among others, they may have to be with the elderly and the sick, with their household”Pointed out Alemka Markotić, director of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases“ Dr. Fran Mihaljević added you “I appeal to young people to try to realize that they do not have to give up entertainment completely, but they must be responsible, they must keep their distance, respect hygienic measures… I ask young people who have always and everywhere been leaders in good things to curb those numbers. ” There is intensive communication with all colleagues, including colleagues in Austria and Slovenia. It is most emphasized that the epidemiological situation is viewed through the counties selectively. For now, we have no announcement that Austria will put Croatia on the red list, said Minister Davor Božinović and added: “Most of the work is done to point out the specificity of certain situations in the regions. The situation is not the same in counties where more than half of the patients are sick today and in some others. Most of the Croatian counties are in the green while only three counties are in the red zone”Bozinovic added. The Italian government has announced that all costs related to providing protection against COVID-19 will be reimbursed to citizens. For this reason, Italians are likely to practice testing in their country of origin, but we will soon publish a list by counties where Italian tourists can be tested for covid in Croatia. Currently, about 820 thousand tourists stay in Croatia, or at the level of 68% compared to last year. Most tourists are in Istria County, followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Split-Dalmatia and Zadar County. Also, today the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced warning for travel to Croatia. However, there are no bans for now, but they recommend not to travel to Croatia. Currently, most new cases are in Zagreb and the Split-Dalmatia County. Most of the infected in Zagreb returned from summer vacations, and they are younger people, about 2/3 of them were at sea and stayed at larger gatherings in night bars that work after midnight, said Krunoslav Capak, reports Večernji list. Robert Koch Institute: Croatia is among the largest exporters of corona to Germany In the past 24 hours, 208 new cases were recorded, so the number of currently ill (active cases) in Croatia today is 961. According to the RKI data for August 11, currently 260 cases of covida19 have been imported from Croatia, while the last report from yesterday (August 13.08) does not list imported cases. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) publishes daily reports on the state of the coronavirus pandemic in Germany with relevant information on the number of new infections, etc. Among the data that can be found in the daily report RKI for August 11, Croatia clearly stands out as one of the countries from which coronavirus is mostly “imported” to Germany, reports Index.hrlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sep. 1

first_imgDon’t blame others for actions of guiltyIt’s not often that you get two letters on the same day, Aug. 24, that look to blame someone or something else for the actions of the guilty.One blames Gov. Andrew Cuomo for opening the floodgates to make anyone with a Roman collar target for a lawsuit.Well what did you expect? Look at the track record of the cover-up in the Catholic Church. How many of you would feel comfortable leaving your little ones in a room alone with a priest?They lost their credibility due to their own actions, and now they have left themselves exposed to the consequences. Will there be some not-so-legitimate claims? Perhaps. But how many hundreds of the abused will never speak up or come forward as to what happened to them? Sounds like a wash to me. The Catholic Church brought this upon itself and has tarnished all its clergy. Blame Cuomo? Once again, take your eye off the problem and place blame elsewhere.The second letter was about not punishing children who are not vaccinated. Are we losing our minds here? The Aug. 17 editorial was right on the money. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. The children aren’t the guilty ones here. It’s the parents’ refusal to comply with vaccinations, not caring how, if or when their actions will affect others based upon their beliefs. Sounds pretty selfish to me. I’m glad my parents weren’t selfish and got me vaccinated.Bob BeliveGlenvilleLicense plate plan is a way to stick it to usWhat is the purpose of new license plates other than more revenue, which the state will mismanage?This is just another fine example of why people are leaving New York state.I find it hilarious our governor is touting that we can choose which plate will become our state plate.You can bet the “choice” will not be ours, as the governor will choose the plate with the new bridge named after his father, and they will be our new plates.I have two cars, a truck and two motorcycles, and all their plates are fine. No need for new ones.New York is always finding ways to gouge its people.Michael P. Croce Sr.Ballston SpaInstall warning bar to stop bridge crashesI’m amazed at the lack of foresight by anyone in charge of making sure that our beautiful new bridge over Glenridge Road is protected from trucks and their drivers who can’t read a multitude of signs warning them they are about to be embarrassed after they run into said bridge.The solution sits less than three-tenths of a mile from our mayor’s office at the Dunkin’ Donuts in back of the Sunoco station. It’s called a truck height warning bar, which could save the Glenville police time and money, not to mention all the damage to the bridge and the time spent by motorists being stuck in these events.Trucks have had to stop and try to turn around on this narrow street, holding up traffic on an already-busy road. It took me 5 seconds to find them online.Hang this bar over the right-hand lane on Glenridge just before Bruce Drive, and then the truck driver has a chance to abort his trip, turn onto Bruce Drive and go in a different route to get to Route 50.They even come with warning lights and lit-up signs to let them know that they will hit the bridge. This isn’t rocket science. Why put up more signs that seem to do no good? How many more trucks will hit the bridge before this simple solution will be used?Denise CrisciScotia More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt’s not a right to put others’ kids at riskJust when I thought I had heard every excuse and defense from anti-vaccine advocates, Ms. Garcia went “there” in her Aug. 23 letter (“Segregation not right for unvaccinated kids”), by comparing requirements that non-vaccinated children stay home to segregation. Wow.Ms. Garcia, your supposed “heavy heart” in one that is actually weighed down by a grotesque comparison of parents who will risk the health of not only their children, but others, based on a debunked theory to the exclusion minorities from aspects of American life. This is truly devoid of any logic or reason. Ms. Garcia, do what you wish with your children, and I would hope that by the time they reach an age of consent, they will make proper healthcare decisions for themselves based on science and not something from the tin-foil-hat world. Your rights end with your children. When you endanger others, your rights end. Michael FondacaroAlbanySchool a chance to educate dirt-bikersI’m glad to see the kids who were riding dirt bikes on the streets throughout the Capital Region will be returning to school very soon.I hope that when they think about the foolish choice they made to break the law, they will realize that they could have caused accidents that  could have resulted in injuries or even death.What they thought was fun was to drive recklessly and put a scare into drivers and pedestrians throughout the cities and towns, which was an unacceptable thing to do.Hopefully, when they return to their schools, the administrators will have the pleasure of explaining to our unlawful children that riding their dirt bikes where they were riding them was an unsafe thing to teach others. So it will not be done again next year. I would hope that all the school superintendents will put my request first on their list of things to do list to try to make our roads safer.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamlast_img read more

The great plc reinvention

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Landmark letting fuels Glasgow market

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£126m investment deal double for Scottish market

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When the ship comes in

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Talk of the towns

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Venture into the unknown

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English planning system under threat

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Coronavirus crash wipes $5 trillion off world stocks

first_imgA sign reading “Please avoid shaking hands due to the current situation” is seen placed at the entrance of Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group in Zurich, Switzerland February 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)Bets are now that the Federal Reserve will cut US interest rates as soon as next month and other major central banks will follow to try and nurse economies through the troubles and stave off a global recession.“Investors are trying to price in the worst case scenario and the biggest risk is what happens now in the United States and other major countries outside of Asia,” said SEI Investments Head of Asian Equities John Lau.“These are highly uncertainty times, no one really knows the answer and the markets are really panicking.” Coronavirus panic sent world share markets crashing again on Friday, compounding their worst week since the 2008 global financial crisis and bringing the wipeout in value terms to US$5 trillion.The rout showed no signs of slowing as Europe’s main markets slumped 2-3 percent early on and the ongoing dive for safety sent yields on US government bonds, seen as probably the securest asset in the world, to fresh record lows.Hopes that the epidemic that started in China would be over in months, and that economic activity would quickly return to normal have been shattered this week as the number of international cases have spiraled. The index of Shanghai and Shenzhen shares dropped 2.9 percent, on track for its first weekly loss in three.Oil prices languished at their lowest in more than a year having plunged 12 percent this week – its worst since 2016 – while all the major industrial metals have dropped between 3 percent and 6 percent.The appeal of guaranteed income sent high-grade bonds. U.S. yields plunging with the benchmark 10-year notes yield hitting a record low of 1.241 percent. It last stood at 1.247 percent.That is well below the three-month bill yield of 1.436 percent, deepening the so-called inversion of the yield curve. Historically an inverted yield curve is one of the most reliable leading indicators of a US recession.Expectations the Fed will cut interest rates to cushion the blow are rising in money markets. Analysts say Fed funds futures are now pricing in about a 75 percent chance of a 25 basis point cut at the central bank’s March 17-18 meeting.Topics : Disruptions to international travel and supply chains, school closures and cancellations of major events have all blackened the outlook for a world economy that was already struggling with the US-China trade war falloutMSCI’s all country world index, which tracks almost 50 countries, was down over 1 percent once Europe opened and almost 10 percent for the week – the worst since October 2008.Wall Street shares had plunged 4.4 percent on Thursday alone which was its largest fall since August 2011. They have now lost 12 percent since hitting a record high just nine days ago, driving into so-called correction territory.The CBOE volatility index, often called the “fear index”, jumped to 39.16, its highest in about two years, well out of the 11-20 range of recent months.The index, which measures expected swings in US shares in the next 30 days, typically shoots up to around 50 when bear market selling hits its heaviest and approached almost 90 during the 2008/2009 financial crisis.Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)Pandemic warningIn Asia, MSCI’s regional index excluding Japan shed 2.7 percent. Japan’s Nikkei slumped 4.3 percent on rising fears the Olympics planned in July-August may be called off due to the coronavirus.“The coronavirus now looks like a pandemic. Markets can cope even if there is big risk as long as we can see the end of the tunnel,” said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.“But at the moment, no one can tell how long this will last and how severe it will get.”World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the virus could become a pandemic as the outbreak spreads to major developed economies such as Germany and France.About 10 countries have reported their first virus cases over the past 24 hours, including Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa.The global rout knocked mainland Chinese shares, which have been relatively well supported this month, as new coronavirus cases in the country fell and Beijing doled out measures to shore up economic growth.Read also: Global shares head for worst week since 2008 financial crisis Read also: Trading suspension looms as Indonesian stocks plunge another 4%last_img read more

Pope Francis cancels planned retreat due to ‘cold’

first_imgPope Francis said Sunday he would not be taking part in a planned six-day spiritual retreat south of Rome after coming down with a “cold”.The 83-year-old pontiff suffered two coughing spells that forced him to turn away from the crowd and cover his mouth with his fist on a windy and cloudy day on Saint Peter’s Square.”Unfortunately, a cold forced me not to take part this year,” he said after reciting the traditional Angelus Prayer and addressing the unfolding migrant crisis on Turkey’s border with Greece. There have been 29 confirmed deaths and 105 people were receiving intensive care treatment in hospital — all of them in three adjacent northern regions near Milan.The Vatican quickly shot down speculation that the pope himself had come down with COVID-19.”There is no evidence to suggest a diagnosis of anything other than a slight ailment,” a Vatican spokesman told AFP Sunday.The pope himself looked relatively strong on Sunday despite the coughing fits.He smiled a few times and addressed a range of theological issues before turning his attention to the plight of thousands of migrants from Turkey who have been blocked at the rugged frontier with Greece. “I am a little saddened by the news coming from many displaced people, so many men, women and children chased because of war,” Francis said.The pontiff asked the faithful to share a prayer for “so many migrants who seek refuge in the world — and help”.Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis’ speech as he delivers the Sunday Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican on March 01, 2020. (AFP/ Filippo MONTEFORTE) Italy shuts down Concerns about the pope’s health have been mounting for days in a country where mass closures of public institutions and businesses due to the coronavirus are affecting the lives of millions.He first looked like he might be sick on Wednesday and lightened his workload for the rest of the week.The Vatican used the “mild ailment” term for the first time on Thursday to explain why the pope was spending his day around his Saint Martha’s guest house in the Vatican.But he still continued celebrating the morning mass and receiving visitors even as football matches were being cancelled and businesses were telling their employees to work from home.He met with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church head Sviatoslav Shevchuk on Saturday and spent almost 15 minutes speaking on Sunday from his Vatican window.The Argentine-born pontiff has enjoyed a life of good health despite losing part of a lung as a young man and suffered from sciatica — a nerve condition that causes pain in his hip.Yet he rarely cancels appointments and normally takes extra time to mingle with supporters and the faithful.Topics : The annual retreat will still start Sunday but only include members of the Roman Curia administration team of the Holy See.The pope will be staying home while the rest of Italy battles Europe’s worst outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has spread from China to every continent except for Antarctica.Pope Francis wipes his nose during the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on February 26, 2020, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. – Pope Francis postponed his official appointments on February 28 and was working from home, the Vatican said, a day after cancelling a scheduled appearance at mass because of “a mild ailment”. Francis, 83, had appeared earlier in the week to be suffering from a cold. He was seen blowing his nose and coughing during the Ash Wednesday service, and his voice sounded hoarse. (AFP/Alberto PIZZOLI)The number of cases in Italy surpassed 1,000 on Saturday and the toll continues to mount.last_img read more

Sanders shrugs off primary defeats, remains in Democratic race

first_imgSpeculation had been growing that he might respond to pleas from Democratic activists to step aside for party unity, giving Biden — his only rival — a chance to focus on campaigning against Trump.But Sanders, 78, broke his silence to say he was preparing for his first one-on-one televised debate Sunday “with my friend Joe Biden.”While he remained defiant, Sanders did make a number of unusual statements, accepting both his losses during the primary race and perceptions that he would fare less well against Trump.”I cannot tell you how many people our campaign has spoken to who say they agree with us but will vote for Joe because they believe he’s the best to beat Donald Trump,” he said. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday shrugged off a string of primary defeats and pressure to drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying he remains in the fight against centrist frontrunner Joe Biden.In his first remarks since losing to Biden in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho on Tuesday, the leftist senator from Vermont said his main priority was defeating “dangerous” President Donald Trump.He acknowledged, however, in a brief, passionate speech that many Democrats see him as less electable than the 77-year-old former vice president — perhaps preparing the ground for his eventual exit. “Needless to say, I strongly disagree with that assertion, but that’s what millions of Democrats and independents say.”Sanders then listed questions he wanted Biden to answer on how to deal with far-reaching inequality and other structural issues that he believes can only be addressed by radical economic change or “revolution.””Joe, what are you going to do?” he asked in what sounded less like an attack on Biden than an appeal for him to reach out to the party’s left wing. Biden unstoppable? Biden’s trajectory to a November showdown with Trump began looking unstoppable after his primary wins on Tuesday, including in the industrial powerhouse of Michigan — a state that Sanders won over Hillary Clinton in 2016 and will be crucial in the general election.Sanders’ only win came in North Dakota while votes were still being counted in Washington state, where Sanders and Biden were in a dead heat.Biden now has about 860 delegates to Sanders’ 710, and looks set to reach the 1,991 needed to be declared the party standard bearer at the Democratic convention in Milwaukee in July.The next primaries are on March 11 in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio and campaigning in the delegate-rich states is being disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.Biden and Sanders cancelled rallies which had been scheduled in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday night and the former vice president announced further cancellations on Wednesday.The Biden campaign said because of health risks it was cancelling an event that was to have been held in Chicago on Friday and one that was scheduled for Miami on Monday.It said they would now be “virtual events” but did not release details of the format.The Sunday debate will also be without a live audience as a result of the health scare.Addressing supporters in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Biden reached out to Sanders, thanking him and his supporters for their “tireless energy and their passion.”Biden struck a unifying tone as he affirmed that he and Sanders “share a common goal and together we will defeat Donald Trump.”Uniting the ticket With Biden’s path to the nomination increasingly locked in, the main question now is whether Sanders will swallow his pride and get his supporters behind the candidate — or risk party civil war.”It will be vital for Sanders to mobilize his supporters behind the ticket,” tweeted Princeton University history professor Julian Zelizer.”But Biden has to reach out to Sanders’s energized movement. It will require a two-way effort to unite the ticket.”Many Democrats accuse Sanders and his devoted supporters of fatally damaging Clinton four years ago during their bitter nomination battle. They warn a similar scenario could play out this time.Reflecting the shift in power, Democratic political action committee Priorities USA, which had been neutral in the race, came out in support of Biden.”The delegate math is now a straight line to Joe Biden’s nomination,” chairman Guy Cecil told US public radio network NPR. “So we’re going to do everything we can to help him in the effort looking forward to November.”Topics :last_img read more

Jokowi must make case for lockdown as COVID-19 may spark social unrest: Report

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration must make the case for a lockdown in Indonesia as the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to overrun health systems and put a strain on the economy, which may lead to social unrest, according to a recent report by a London-based business consulting group, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).The report, released on Friday, casts a dark outlook over the country’s fight against the pandemic while also emphasizing the need for a lockdown to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. The group stated that Indonesia did not have enough resources and lacked the ability to contain the spread of COVID-19.“The possibility of social unrest is high. It is essential that the government makes the case for lockdowns with clarity, precision and sensitivity, or else a greater number of lives will be lost,” the report said. The EIU projected Indonesia’s health system to be overrun with cases, as access to intensive-care beds are limited while protective measures toward health workers remain insufficient.A leaked document obtained by The Jakarta Post on March 13 shows that, of the Health Ministry’s list of 132 COVID-19 referral hospitals, only 49 are “ready”. The document is the minutes of a meeting involving several institutions, including the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and the Health Ministry, on March 10.“As in many low- and middle-income countries, this lack of capacity is likely to raise the fatality rate. Health workers will also face higher risks than in some developed countries owing to a lack of protective equipment,” the report stated.On the economic front, the EIU projects COVID-19 to severely disrupt the Indonesian economy despite coordinated and swift responses from the government and Bank Indonesia (BI) to keep the economy afloat. Topics :center_img “The government and BI have so far provided a coordinated response, but a steep slowdown this year is certain. The economy will suffer deeply,” according to the report.Indonesia has allocated Rp 120 trillion (US$7.5 billion) from this year’s state budget for stimulus packages to cushion the economic impacts of the pandemic. The central government has also bought about Rp 163 trillion worth of government bonds to stabilize the country’s financial market.Despite such efforts, BI data recorded Rp 105.1 trillion in capital outflow as of Thursday, of which foreign investors dumped Rp 92.8 trillion worth of government bonds and Rp 8.3 trillion in stocks.The rupiah has weakened more than 15 percent against the dollar this year, touching Rp 16,000 per US dollar as of Friday, a level unseen since the 1998 crisis.The EIU also put a spotlight on the impact the COVID-19 will have on Ramadan and Idul Fitri, when the group predicts millions will be barred from going to their hometown during the holiday season’s annual exodus.“We believe that the government will be forced to restrict travel during Idul Fitri, if not before. This would be unprecedented, and a significant military and police presence could be required to maintain order,” the report said. (mpr)last_img read more

Japan to boost stimulus to $1.1 trillion as virus threatens deeper recession

first_imgTopics : Japan is boosting its new economic stimulus package to expand cash payouts to its citizen as the coronavirus fallout threatens to push the world’s third-largest economy deeper into recession.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the new stimulus less than two weeks after his cabinet approved an earlier plan to spend 108.2 trillion yen ($1 trillion), which had detailed payouts of 300,000 yen to households with sharp drops in incomes hit by the outbreak.Abe has caved into pressure from within his own ruling bloc to boost the help with a payment of 100,000 yen for every citizen instead of 300,000 yen for limited households, analysts say, even as the new amount triples the cost to 12 trillion yen from what the government had originally planned. Expansion of the scheme may support private consumption that accounts for more than half of the economy, some analysts said, while others believe most of the payout would end up in savings rather than spending to shore up the economy.”Recipients of the payouts include the rich and the people whose incomes are not suffering, so savings will also rise,” said Ryutaro Kono, chef economist at BNP Paribas Securities. “Even considering more people will suffer an economic pain this time than during the 2009 financial crisis, the proportion of the payouts that will be spent is estimated at about 40%. As such, it would push up GDP only by 0.3 percentage points.”The upsized package will total 117.1 trillion yen ($1.086 trillion), with fiscal measures making up less than half of it, a draft reviewed by Reuters showed. Some 25.7 trillion yen will be funded by an extra budget for the fiscal year from April 1, compared with an initial extra budget worth 16.8 trillion yen.Monetary, fiscal policy mixcenter_img While the government boosts fiscal stimulus, the Bank of Japan has also joined other central banks to roll out stimulus to stave off the risk of global recession.The BOJ eased monetary policy last month by pledging to boost risky asset purchases and create a new loan scheme to pump more money into firms hit by slumping sales. The central bank will discuss further steps to ease corporate funding strains at this month’s rate review as the impact hits profits.The government now plans to issue extra bonds worth 25.6914 trillion yen to fund the supplementary budget, the draft showed.Of the extra bond issuance, some 23.3624 trillion yen will be deficit-covering bonds and the reminder will be used to finance infrastructure spending, bringing the amount of market issuance to the upper range of 152 trillion-153 trillion yen.The extra borrowing will add to the industrial world’s heaviest public debt burden, which is more than twice the size of Japan’s $5 trillion economy.It is rare for the government to compile an extra budget at the start of a new fiscal year, and it is even rarer to revise a budget draft that has been approved by the cabinet after coordinating closely with the ruling coalition.Last week, the prime minister, who has been criticized by some over his handling of the pandemic, apologized for confusion over a plan to start distributing coronavirus relief payments next month.Abe’s cabinet is expected to endorse the stimulus spending plan as early as Monday.More than 200 people have died from the virus in Japan, which has reported over 11,000 infections, of which more than a quarter are in Tokyo.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to end flogging as form of punishment: Document

first_imgFlogging has been applied to punish a variety of crimes in Saudi Arabia. Without a codified system of law to go with the texts making up sharia, or Islamic law, individual judges have the latitude to interpret religious texts and come up with their own sentences.Rights groups have documented past cases in which Saudi judges have sentenced criminals to flogging for a range of offences, including public intoxication and harassment.Read also: Aceh unveils new female flogging squad”This reform is a momentous step forward in Saudi Arabia’s human rights agenda, and merely one of many recent reforms in the Kingdom,” the president of the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) Awwad Alawwad told Reuters.Other forms of corporal punishment, such as amputation for theft or beheading for murder and terrorism offences, have not yet been outlawed.”This is a welcome change but it should have happened years ago,” said Adam Coogle, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. “There’s nothing now standing in the way of Saudi Arabia reforming its unfair judicial system.” Topics : Saudi Arabia is ending flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom’s top court seen by Reuters on Friday.The decision by the General Commission for the Supreme Court, taken sometime this month, will see the punishment replaced by prison sentences or fines, or a mixture of both.”The decision is an extension of the human rights reforms introduced under the direction of King Salman and the direct supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,” the document said.last_img read more

Airport operators pivot to cargo services to survive pandemic

first_imgThe company also reduced its operational costs at storage facilities across the AP II airports by 40 percent compared to normal operations, Riyanto added.In addition, AP II provided warehouse facilities for airlines via its subsidiaries PT Angkasa Pura Kargo and PT Gapura Angkasa. For example, Gapura Angkasa, which owns a warehouse more than 8,900 square meters in size at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, provides access to facilities like cold storage and animal storage.Tapping into these aspects of the cargo business line, as opposed to relying on air passenger traffic, has allowed the airport operator to begin softening the impact COVID-19 has had on the industry.According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), domestic air passengers fell 85.18 percent yoy in April to around 840,000 people, while international air passengers fell 98.26 percent yoy.The drop in passenger traffic has hit airport revenues hard, as data from the 2019 Airports Economics Report, released by Airports Council International (ACI), shows that 54.6 percent of total airport income in the Asia-Pacific comes from passenger-related revenues.AP I cited revenue diversification through the establishment of an airport ecosystem that includes a cargo village as part of its survival strategy during the pandemic. It aims to create a new business stream that depends little on aircraft and passenger traffic, it stated.“Angkasa Pura I has prepared a rebound strategy to anticipate the new normal and to prepare for a jump in the company’s growth in 2021 through a multidimensional performance improvement program,” AP I president director Faik Fahmi said on Saturday in a press release, adding that the current situation was “challenging for airport operators”.AP I logistics subsidiary Angkasa Pura Logistics (APL) launched its own air freight service on June 4.It aims to provide logistics services that can reach areas that are difficult for commercial planes to access due to short runways. For its operation, APL would focus on the delivery of marine and perishable goods, which require quick shipping times to ensure freshness.Transportation expert Djoko Setijowarno told the Post that the companies made the right decision by focusing their business on the cargo sector.“It’s a step that must be taken during the pandemic as passenger numbers are slumping. Logistics could serve as a source of income for the airports and there is also huge potential for domestic cargo in Indonesia,” Djoko said in a phone interview on Monday.Topics : State-owned airport operators Angkasa Pura I and II are turning to cargo and warehousing services to shift their revenue source as the government’s social restrictions continue to affect air passenger numbers.Operating in an archipelagic nation, where air transportation is essential to connect far-flung islands, Angkasa Pura (AP) II sees potential for growth in the air cargo industry in Indonesia, despite having recorded a decline in cargo volume at its airports during the pandemic.Air freight volume at its 19 airports fell 34 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 79,556 tons between April 1 and June 7, data from AP II cargo subsidiary Angkasa Pura Kargo (APK) show. However, the operator managed to record 34,000 tons of cargo traffic between May 7 and June 7 alone. “The cargo volume is not as high as in normal conditions. But the shipment volume, which still stands at 34,000 tons, shows that business prospects in air shipment remain stable and have the potential to grow this year,” AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said in a press statement on Sunday.Awaluddin also noted the absence of restrictions for air cargo amid the pandemic, as well as the decision by commercial airlines to modify their fleets with freighters to support the airport cargo business.To further capitalize its air cargo business, AP II through APK established a partnership with cargo agents while also employing cost-efficiency measures at its storage facilities.“We are consolidating cargo loads from several sub-agents and bundling them together so they can be shipped using a chartered carrier. We already established charter cargo flights twice a week in June, and we aim to double it to four flights per week,” APK operational director Riyanto Cahyono told The Jakarta Post via text message on Monday.last_img read more

France backtracks from ban on chokeholds by police

first_img“While awaiting a clarification of the new framework and when circumstances require it, the technique known as a chokehold will continue to be used with restraint and discernment,” national police chief Frederic Veaux said in a letter to staff on Monday, seen by AFP.In particular, the technique can be used when a person resists arrest or threatens an officer or other people.Veaux said a commission would be set up on Wednesday to begin working on possible “substitution techniques”, with recommendations due by September 1.Police unions, which have staged angry protests across France that saw officers throw down their handcuffs while rejecting claims of systemic racism or violence, welcomed the reversal. “It’s a step in the right direction, but it won’t be enough to dissipate the anger among the police,” said Patrice Ribeiro, head of the Synergie-Officiers union.”It’s a note that comes late but is welcome,” agreed Yves Lefebvre of the Unite-SGP-FO union.Police forces in several countries are debating the continued use of chokeholds, as protesters call for reforms in the wake of Floyd’s death, the latest in a series of black Americans killed in police custody.This month, the state of New York adopted a chokehold ban among several laws aimed at ending excessive force by officers.In France, the protests have coalesced around the case of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old black man who died at a police station shortly after his arrest in 2016.Traore’s family claim he was suffocated as officers held him down, an accusation that medical assessments ordered by French investigators have rejected. Prosecutors said this month that the inquiry was still going on. The French government has suspended a ban on chokeholds by the police, a technique that has been widely denounced by Black Lives Matter activists at rallies against racism.The ban was announced last week after demonstrations spurred by the death of George Floyd in the US, a black man who pleaded “I can’t breathe” as an officer kneeled on his neck.But the move sparked furious protests from police unions, who said the long-used technique was essential for ensuring officers’ safety, and accused the government of failing to appreciate the perils of their work.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Seoul’s unification minister resigns over North Korea tensions

first_imgThat meeting foundered on what the nuclear-armed North would be willing to give up in exchange for a loosening of sanctions.A pro-engagement academic and a longtime confidant of Moon, Kim was appointed to the post in March last year, days after the Hanoi meeting.Reports say John Bolton, the former US national security advisor, criticised Moon in his new memoir for encouraging both Kim and Trump to have unrealistic expectations of the other.Moon, who has also long backed engagement with the North, has been called unrealistic by his critics for his dovish approach.On Monday the left-leaning president gave a speech calling for inter-Korean dialogue and stressing the importance of peace on the peninsula.But Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of the North Korean leader, called the speech “disgusting” and “shameless and impudent”, adding Moon “seems to be insane though he appears to be normal outwardly”.The two Koreas remain technically at war after hostilities in the Korean War ended with an armistice in 1953 but not a peace treaty.Topics : Since early June, North Korea has issued a series of vitriolic condemnations of the South over anti-Pyongyang leaflets, which defectors send regularly, usually attached to balloons or floated in bottles.Analysts say the North may be seeking to manufacture a crisis to increase pressure on the South to extract concessions.On Tuesday it reduced the building on its side of the border that symbolised inter-Korean rapprochement to rubble, and the following day threatened to bolster its military presence in and around the Demilitarized Zone.Inter-Korean relations have been in deep freeze for months, following the collapse of a summit in Hanoi between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. South Korea’s Unification Minister, its point man for relations with the North, resigned on Friday over heightened tensions on the peninsula, days after Pyongyang blew up its liaison office with the South.President Moon Jae-in “accepted Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul’s offer to resign”, the presidential Blue House said in a statement, without giving further details.Kim had offered to step down on Wednesday, a day after the North demolished the liaison office, saying he “takes responsibility” for the worsening of inter-Korean relations.last_img read more

Australian snowboarder Pullin drowns while spear fishing

first_imgAustralia’s double world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin drowned while spear fishing off a Gold Coast beach on Wednesday, plunging the country’s winter sports community into mourning.Pullin, Australia’s flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, was found by a snorkeller on an artificial reef just before 11 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) in waters off Palm Beach, state broadcaster ABC reported.Lifeguards and paramedics attempted to resuscitate the 32-year-old on the beach after pulling him from the water. Queensland Ambulance Service officer Justin Payne said he did not survive. Another diver had found Pullin on the sea floor in “very upsetting” circumstances, said Gold Coast Police District Duty Officer Chris Tritton.”He didn’t have an oxygen mask, we understand he was free diving and spearfishing out on the reef,” Tritton told Australian broadcaster Channel Nine.”It appears he was diving alone. There were other divers out there but he was not with a friend.”Brisbane-based newspaper the Courier-Mail earlier reported that Pullin was thought to have “suffered a shallow water blackout”. Pullin, nicknamed “Chumpy”, won world championship titles in snowboard cross in 2011 and 2013, competed at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and placed sixth in his event at the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea two years ago.”It is an incredibly sad day,” Geoff Lipshut, the chief executive of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, told Reuters.Lipshut said Pullin had retired from his sport last month but had yet to announce it.”Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin was one of our great winter sports pioneers … He attacked every day with intensity and purpose,” he said.The New South Wales Institute of Sport wrote on Twitter: “Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin was an extraordinary individual who pursued his passions in sport and in life. This loss is tragic to everyone he inspired and loved.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

Bali sea turtles set free after poacher arrests

first_imgTopics : “Hopefully these 25 turtles will survive so that they can lay their eggs again,” said Bali conservation agency chief Agus Budi Santosa, adding that 11 others rescued at the time would be freed later.The turtles, which can grow to more than a meter (three feet) in length and weigh upwards of 300 kilograms (700 pounds), are under threat due to poaching and habitat destruction.Their eggs are considered a delicacy and they are also slaughtered for their meat, skin and shells. Around two dozen green turtles were released back to the wild in Bali on Wednesday after the endangered creatures were rescued from poachers on the Indonesian holiday island.Marine officials carefully guided the giant reptiles as they thrashed their flippers in the sand to propel themselves toward the water. The turtles were among 36 seized after a raid last month that saw the arrest of several suspected traffickers — who could face five years behind bars if convicted under Indonesia’s wildlife protection laws.last_img read more

India bans 118 Chinese apps in new backlash over border dispute

first_imgIn June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand combat in the Ladakh region. An Indian special forces member was killed in one of two incidents at the weekend.China has also suffered casualties in the high-altitude battle at more than 4,200 meters but has not given figures.India had already banned 59 Chinese apps — including the video-sharing platform TikTok — after the June battle. Another 47 were added in July.The PUBG mobile app has millions of young users in India. The company said it had been made aware of the government action but had no comment. PUBG was developed by a South Korean company, but the mobile version that has taken off around the world was developed by Tencent. India on Wednesday banned 118 more Chinese apps as the backlash intensified against Beijing over an increasingly bitter border showdown between the giant neighbors.The government said the apps — including the popular video game PUBG and other services provided by Chinese internet giant Tencent — promoted activities “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order”.India and China, which fought a border war in 1962, have been embroiled in a series of deadly clashes and showdowns on their disputed Himalayan frontier in recent weeks. Chinese selfies banned Other apps targeted by India include games, online payment services, dating sites and even software to edit selfies.The IT ministry accused the apps of stealing user data and moving it abroad.The “mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures”, it said.India has increasingly used economic weapons against its neighbor in the dispute.On top of banning the apps, India has frozen Chinese companies out of contracts including for its 5G mobile phone infrastructure and blocked Chinese goods at ports and customs posts.India has warned that relations risk permanent damage unless China pulls its troops back to positions they held before May.Tensions at the border are now at some of the highest levels since the 1962 war.Both sides have sent tens of thousands of troops to the region with India dispatching more since the weekend, according to sources in Ladakh.Indian and Chinese military officers held a third day of emergency talks at the border Wednesday but no progress in easing tensions has been reported.India accused Chinese forces of seeking to take more territory at the weekend, but its troops, including special forces, seized a number of hills that dominate a strategic valley.China reacted with anger again Wednesday.”Since the start of this year, India has repeatedly violated bilateral agreements and important consensus” on the frontier, foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in Beijing.”It has tried to unilaterally change the status quo by force, undermined the peace and stability of the border area, and caused tension in the border area. The responsibility is undoubtedly solely on the Indian side.” Topics :last_img read more

Spain to lock down capital, angering regional government

first_imgResidents of infection hotspot Madrid are to be barred from leaving except on essential trips under new rules to fight the coronavirus resurgence, Spain’s government said on Wednesday.But regional authorities said the decision had no legal basis, setting the stage for a political showdown in an area accounting for more than a third of Spain’s 133,604 new cases in the past two weeks.”Madrid’s health is Spain’s health. Madrid is special,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told a news conference to announce the new regulations, due to come into force in days. The capital city, with more than 3 million people, and nine surrounding municipalities with at least 100,000 inhabitants each, are to see borders closed to outsiders for non-essential visits, the government said.People would be allowed to cross boundaries for work, school, doctors’ visits or shopping, but not for leisure.Other measures include the closure of bars and restaurants at 11 p.m., from a previous curfew of 1 a.m., as well as shutting parks and playgrounds.Social gatherings will be limited to six people. Madrid has 735 cases per 100,000 people, one of the highest of any region in Europe and double Spain’s national rate.The conservative regional assembly had already enforced localized lockdowns in 45, mostly poor districts, often with a high immigrant population.But the wider restrictions announced by Illa see the Socialist-led central government override the regional authority after weeks of fighting over what should be done.”The decision is not valid legally,” regional health chief Enrique Ruiz Escudero repeatedly told a news conference of the lockdown plan, even though the local authorities had seemingly accepted some steps on Tuesday. “The Spanish government is in a hurry to intervene in Madrid but not to defeat the virus.”Escudero did not specify what measures regional authorities may take to oppose the lockdown.Political polarization over the pandemic has exasperated people in Spain, which has recorded 769,188 cases – the highest in Western Europe – and 31,791 deaths. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal flop Denis Suarez cannot wait to end his Gunners misery

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Apr 2019 1:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link298Shares Advertisement Denis Suarez’s only start for Arsenal came in a friendly against Al-Nasr (Picture: Getty)Indeed, the former Villarreal winger’s last competitive appearance came against Manchester United almost a month ago when he played the final 10 minutes as a second half substitute.‘He has two years left at Barcelona. This year in England hasn’t been his best. He’s played little and hasn’t been able to find a rhythm,’ Suarez’s agent told Radio Kiss Kiss earlier this week.‘At the moment, he’s injured. He has muscle fatigue and an injury. ‘We’re awaiting the results from the exams.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Arsenal flop Denis Suarez cannot wait to end his Gunners misery Comment Denis Suarez has not made a single start for Arsenal since his loan move from Barcelona (Picture: EMPICS)Denis Suarez is counting down the days until his miserable loan spell from Arsenal is over.The 25-year-old was hopeful of reigniting his career under Unai Emery, his former manager at Sevilla, but has been restricted to just six substitute appearances since his arrival in January.Suarez’s prospects of playing a significant role in Arsenal’s run-in have been hampered further by a groin injury which has ruled him out of the squad which flew to Naples on Wednesday morning ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League quarter final second leg.According to the Evening Standard, Suarez has struggled to adapt to life in England and is rarely seen smiling, while he is often the first player to leave the Emirates on a match day.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal have the option to make the Spaniard’s move from Barcelona a permanent one at a cost of £22million in the summer but are almost certain not to take up that option.Suarez’s only start for Arsenal thus far came against Al-Nasr earlier this month during a warm weather training camp in Dubai, but an encouraging performance there failed to convince Emery he was ready for the rigours of the Premier League.last_img read more

Unai Emery responds to Bukayo Saka claiming he can’t understand his instructions at Arsenal

first_imgBukayo Saka admitted he had difficulty understanding Unai Emery (Getty Images)‘I have conversations particularly with Bukayo and Freddie does the same with individual players, not only with Saka.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Also I spoke to Saka alone in my office and prepared sometimes some videos [for him]. I have also done videos with English players, Spanish players, German players, French players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Last year on my first day I spoke to them [the players] very bad, worse than today.‘But I have [continued to speak] English and now I think better.‘My English is, from one to 10, maybe a six. But at six I think the players can understand me. But if not, some help is good.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Sep 2019 11:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery says there is no language barrier at Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery has dismissed suggestions from Bukayo Saka that he is struggling with a language barrier at Arsenal.Earlier this month, Saka admitted that he seeks out Freddie Ljungberg, who was promoted to Arsenal’s first-team coaching staff this summer, as he unable to understand what Emery is saying.‘Sometimes when I don’t understand, when the coach is trying to communicate with me, I have a better communication with Freddie sometimes, he speaks better English,’ said Saka, who scored his first senior goal in the 3-0 Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt two weeks ago.But when asked if communication is a problem at Arsenal, Emery replied: ‘I think no.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery responds to Bukayo Saka claiming he can’t understand his instructions at Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Freddie Ljungberg wants former Arsenal team-mate Gilberto Silva on coaching staff

first_imgAdvertisement Silva played alongside Ljungberg in Arsenal’s Invincibles team (Picture: Getty)The Brazilian has limited coaching experience, but did serve as technical director at Greek side Panathanaikos in 2016.Arsenal travel to Norwich on Sunday for Ljungberg’s first Premier League game in charge.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAlthough Ljungberg is not presently being considered for the permanent position at Arsenal, the Swede could be given the rest of the season to stake his claim.Ljungberg coached Arsenal’s Under-23s before linking up with Emery’s senior coaching set-up and is well liked by the first-team players.Arsenal are without a win in their seven games in all competitions and Emery was axed in the wake of another humiliating defeat, this time at the hands of German side Eintracht Frankfurt. Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-defends-arsenal-teams-performance-frankfurt-loss-2059112/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Arsenal play Norwich in Ljungberg’s first game in charge (Picture: Getty)Ljungberg sent a message to Arsenal fans after his appointment, saying: ‘However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything, I have to put smiles on faces again.‘We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work.’Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri, Nuno Espirito Santo, Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta are all reportedly under consideration by Arsenal, with the Gunners expected to take their time to name a new head coach. Comment Freddie Ljungberg wants former Arsenal team-mate Gilberto Silva on coaching staff Coral BarrySaturday 30 Nov 2019 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Ljungberg is assembling his coaching staff (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg is considering bringing on former Gunner Gilberto Silva to his Arsenal coaching staff, reports say.Arsenal’s decision to sack Unai Emery and his backroom staff on Friday mean Ljungberg can name his own team.Ljungberg is expected to finalise his coaching staff this weekend and the Guardian claim Silva has emerged as a shock contender.Silva lives in London and he and Ljungberg played together in Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ side.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Ian Wright reveals how he sparked a brawl against Man Utd by punching Steve Bruce in Old Trafford tunnel

first_img Comment Ian Wright revealed how he sparked a brawl in the Old Trafford tunnel after punching Steve Bruce (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has revealed he once sparked a brawl in the Old Trafford tunnel after leaving former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce with a black eye. The Arsenal legend was no stranger to controversy over the course of his eventful career and often struggled to keep check of his emotions and his fiery temper.Wright was infamously involved in a long-running battle with former Untied goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, but it was Bruce who bore the brunt of the former England striker’s combative nature. Speaking with Gary Linker and Alan Shearer on the Match of the Day podcast, Wright recalled how he once confronted Bruce during a typically heated encounter between Arsenal and United, but ended up scarpering for the safety of the team coach once he realised the severity of his actions. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘We were at Old Traffod and I always tried to run off of Brucey and to be fair he always played me pretty well. He always got me booked so I had to try and be a little bit calmer. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 7:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link993Shares Ian Wright reveals how he sparked a brawl against Man Utd by punching Steve Bruce in Old Trafford tunnel Advertisement Ian Wright and Steve Bruce were adversaries during their time at Man Utd and Arsenal respectively (Picture: Getty)‘At Old Trafford the tunnel is down that end, me and Brucey are having a little tete-a-tete and then he’s gone ‘right that’s it you, I’ll see you in the tunnel’. The whistle goes and then you have to run down there and he bangs into my shoulder. I knew Brucey was going to get me.‘The problem I had was Tony Adams and Bouldy were already too close to the end so I had no back-up. The biggest guys have gone in. I tried to run down the tunnel really quickly but Brucey was waiting for me, fist clenched, standing there.‘I played possum. I said ‘what’s happening man, you know how it is?’ but all the time I was talking as I got closer to him I thought I’m in arm’s shot here and as he put his hands down I went bang right in his face.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsRather than face up to the consequences of his actions, Wright disappeared before Bruce could retaliate and only subsequently apologised following a phone call from his England roommate and former United midfielder Paul Ince. ‘I then ran off and it all kicked off in the tunnel. Afterwards I went straight on the coach but Dicko and Bouldy said afterwards they went in the lounge and the doors opened up and Bruce said ‘where is he?’ but I was already sitting on the coach.‘I spoke to Incey, we shared rooms with England. He phoned me on the Sunday morning and said ‘you’re bang out of order you’ve got to phone him’. I said sorry to him and told him my step dad told me ‘if you’re smaller you’ve got to get the first punch in’.’MORE: Mikel Arteta names his three favourite Arsenal midfield partnersMORE: Darren Bent slams ‘snake’ in Arsenal dressing room after Mesut Ozil exposedRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

BLOG: Three Major Challenges Facing Older Cities and How We Can Help

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 10, 2016 BLOG: Three Major Challenges Facing Older Cities and How We Can Help Infrastructure,  Innovation,  The Blog Helping older cities address their challenges isn’t just a city challenge; it’s a commonwealth challenge. That’s because the challenges older cities face are challenges for all Pennsylvanians. All of us need our cities to succeed and flourish.Let me start with a little background. Up until a few years ago when I entered a career in politics, I was a business owner in York, PA. As a business owner in York, I had a big interest in seeing York succeed. I was involved in a number of York-centered civic organization. Most prominent among them was Better York, a CEO organization devoted to the revitalization of the city of York. The members represented different sectors of the economy, but we were united in the belief that our region could not survive a declining and decaying city at its heart. And that’s exactly what York was doing – declining.Like every other third class city in Pennsylvania, York was struggling. Its struggles looked a lot like the struggles other Pennsylvania cities were facing. But why was York struggling?The problems with urban areas stem from failures in the broader society in which those cities operate. First, cities are constantly assaulted by policies that hamstring them. Second, cities suffer from social imperfections. And finally, our older cities suffer from a lack of imagination.First of all, the public policy environment in a place like Pennsylvania is not at all kind to cities.One strong example of this is our public education system in Pennsylvania. It is an unfortunate truth that Pennsylvania’s public education system relies on local funding for its existence.This means that for the most part, education funding is most generous to America’s most prosperous communities and of course least generous to its least prosperous citizens. The greater your school’s challenges, the less funding we give you.The commonwealth ranks 45th in the nation in terms of the state’s share (%) of funding for basic education. This, combined with the small sizes of Pennsylvania’s school districts leads to very large fiscal disparities between school districts. Poorer school districts get far less than we need them to get. As a result, children in these poorer school districts get less of an education than we need them to get and as a result, the areas of concentrated poverty have schools with fewer resources and higher taxes.We could do a lot to level the tax playing field by making the funding of public education fairer. And we could accomplish this simply by having the commonwealth pick up a bigger share of the funding burden from the local levels. All local municipalities would benefit from this change. Cities would benefit the most.Second, social pathologies have harmed cities.There is a clear pattern of racial segregation in the sprawling pattern of metropolitan growth. For example, in 1990, the African American population of the York metro region was 2.9% of the total population and almost 82% of them live in the city of York.By almost any statistical measure, this made York one of the most segregated metro areas in the nation. As a consequence, to be poor and a person of color was very different than being poor and white in the York metro region. That’s because white poverty is evenly distributed throughout the region. Six out of seven poor white families send their kids to middle-class schools. By contrast two out of three African American and Hispanic children go to schools where the poverty rate is above 60%. This pattern does not appear to be random. Race does still play a role in shaping living and migration patterns in America. And it has led to patterns of metropolitan growth that has had a negative effect on the economies of cities.Finally, urban areas face a challenge of imagination.Too many Americans have come to feel that cities are a bad bet, a throwback to a different era. The goal of the typical American is to inhabit the suburban space. So pervasive is this idea that it has come to be regarded as fact. The form of the city remains relevant today.My wife and I rent an apartment in Philadelphia and it’s liberating that we can walk – not drive – out of our apartment and find a restaurant, supermarket, retail store, museum, theater, or a nice park within a short walk. No suburb offers that kind of convenience. Nor do most suburbs offer the diversity of population, experiences, or opportunity that most cities can offer.So what do we do to improve the lot of cities given these challenges?Here are my suggestions of policies we should consider:Regional land use planningZoning ordinances and planning codes that allow mixed use, high density communitiesUrban growth boundaries like Portland, OregonInclusive zoning like Montgomery County, MarylandChange public infrastructure investment strategy to promote redevelopment of old settlementsStrike a better balance between highway and mass transit fundingConsolidate and restore old industrial sites for redevelopmentReform local tax policies starting with the state taking a bigger share of funding for public educationIn the end, the struggle for our cities will depend on the outcome of the competition between suburbs and cities. The outcome will largely be determined by the extent to which that competition is a fair one.center_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf on Substance Use Disorder and Criminal Justice

first_img October 19, 2016 Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos Addiction too often is an invisible problem. People with substance use disorders and their families fear the stigma of addiction, which keeps them isolated and unwilling to ask for help.The consequences fall to law enforcement, jails and prisons, and understaffed treatment centers.But we can’t arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic. It’s time to recognize that opioid addiction is a disease, not a crime.Visit on.pa.gov/opioids to learn more about how the Wolf Administration is working to provide real solutions to save lives and help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Tom Wolf on Substance Use Disorder and Criminal Justice SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

Renovated Seven Hills home comes with perfect shop front space

first_img72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills. 72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.Ms Ford said 72 Valaria Ave, Seven Hills was an opportunity for those seeking a property with a separate, versatile commercial shopfront featuring two private offices. “It’s perfectly suited to a home-based business or to let out for additional income,” she said.She said the property would suit solicitors, medical practitioners, photographers and accountants.Ms Ford said Seven Hills was a burgeoning suburb with continuing capital growth.“We are confident this unique property will be adored by a special buyer looking for an opportunity such as this, that is so rare to the market,” she said. 72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.Five years ago, Jennene and Richard Greenall found a home at Seven Hills perfectly suited to their needs and were up for the challenge to undertake a complete renovation in a leafy neighbourhood close to work and local schools. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202072 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.center_img 72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.The big bonus was the shop front, which Ms Greenall has used as a treatment space for her natural-therapies business.The living and dining areas of the home flow through expansive white bi-fold doors and louvres to a saltwater heated plunge pool, framed by a Tallowwood deck and landscaped gardens, creating a unique private sanctuary. 72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.Class Real Estate – Bulimba marketing agent Renee Ford said there was so much packed into the 400sq m corner block. “It’s quite a surprise once you’re inside just how spacious it is with multiple family zones, adequate privacy, tropical gardens and the commercial space is fantastic,” she said. “They have completed a fastidious renovation creating an elegant family home, offering a stylish haven that oozes tranquillity and that ‘living your holiday dream’ feeling.”last_img read more

‘New Farm’s greatest family home’: this is what a $2m reno looks like

first_imgAFTER: Sleek, stylish and a joy to be in, the new bathroom is unrecognisable. Picture: realestate.com.auHe said the property’s 20 metre frontage was bigger than the standard 10 metres in New Farm.It’s also on a 607 sqm elevated block, which is classified as acreage in New Farm.Other features include Vzug kitchen appliances, a Vintec wine fridge, a self-opening dishwasher, in-ceiling speakers, a steam room shower, automated blinds and curtains and even a fireman’s pole.BEFORE: The old dingy carpet haas seen better days…Picture: realestate.com.au AFTER: 24 Bailey St, New Farm, after the renovation. Picture: realestate.com.auMarketing agent Scott Darwon of Ray White New Farm said there was nothing else like it in the blue chip suburb.“It’s the greatest architectural family home on the market in New Farm I’ve seen in the eight years I’ve been in real estate here,” Mr Darwon said.What you’ll get for $4m in BrisbaneWhere home values grow the fastestWho paid big bucks for this unitBEFORE: The interior was poretty dated before the renovation. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoAFTER: Impressive outside – and in. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home was designed by Shane Marsh Architects and developer Strathallan spared no expense creating a house for the modern family, based around integrated living areas all on one level spanning 480 sqm.The office, laundry, kitchen, living and dining areas all connect through a single 14 metre, floor to ceiling glass door to the backyard.BEFORE: The kitchen before the renovation was basic to say the least. Picture: realestate.com.au AFTER: A cosy haven now, with wonderful sunset views. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home will open for inspections for the first time on Saturday, but Mr Darwon said he had already received 10 inquiries since the listing went up yesterday.The property is being sold by negotiation, but recent comparative sales include 579 Lower Bowen Terrace, New Farm, which fetched $4.8 million and 53 Mountford Road, New Farm, which sold for $3.3 million.Follow Liz Tilley on Twitter @liztilley84 AFTER: Now it’s a kitchen fit for a master chef. Picture: realestate.com.auThere you’ll find a no-mow lawn, built-in Weber BBQ, outdoor wood burning fire place, outdoor shower and heated pool.“What people are looking for right now is consolidation of living, so you can see the kids from wherever you may be in the house,” Mr Darwon said.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREBEFORE: The bathroom wasn’t exactly a place for pampering before the reno. Picture: realestate.com.au AMAZING MAKEOVER: 24 Bailey St, New Farm, is for sale after a multi-million dollar reno. Picture: realestate.com.auTHE makeover may have cost a mint, but the results speak for themselves.A rundown, pre-war character house in one of Brisbane’s most exclusive suburbs has been dubbed ‘New Farm’s greatest family home’ after undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift.The facade and roof pitch are all that remain of the original 1930 Queenslander at 24 Bailey Street after undergoing a major renovation estimated to be worth around $1.9 million.BEFORE: 24 Bailey St, New Farm, before the renovation. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

Gold Coast beach house going under the hammer

first_img11 Bilinga St, Currumbin. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago11 Bilinga St, Currumbin.“(This is) an outstanding opportunity to refurbish or build a private oasis,” the listing states.“Liveable as is, revitalise or keep as a classic beach house.”The residence offers two levels with two bedrooms and one bathroom. 11 Bilinga St, Currumbin.The property enjoys treetop views while an balcony overlooks a tropical garden with a pool.Andy Hogarth and Laura Dean of McGrath are taking the property to auction on February 3. 11 Bilinga St, Currumbin is going under the hammer on February 3.A CLASSIC Gold Coast beach house in original condition is set to go under the hammer next month.The tightly-held house on Bilinga St is 500m from Currumbin beach but surrounded by leafy trees. 11 Bilinga St, Currumbin.last_img read more

Bayside beauty sells in a flash

first_imgThe home at 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia Beach“This particular property was featured on a premiere listing on realestate.com.au,” she said.“With homes like this, you have to take it out of the local market and target international buyers.” The home at 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia Beach has a putting green.“A lot of properties on the upper end can sit on the market for anywhere between one to three years, but this sold in two months,” she said.Ms Nicholson put the quick sale down to active marketing to interstate and global buyers.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 The home at 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia BeachMs Nicholson said the market in the area was performing well, with “the region active with buyer demand,” however stock for homes of a similar calibre were limited. Inside 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia BeachThe new owners are from Turkey and are planning on moving over to Australia in the near future. Ms Nicholson said the new owners were attracted to the “quiet lifestyle” the property offered.center_img 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia BeachTHIS waterfront home has sold for $1, 350,000.Marketing agent Victoria Nicholson of REMAX Island Properties, Bellara, said the sale of 27 Seaside Drive in Banskia Beach was a great result for the area. The home at 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia BeachThe two-level home sits on a 799sq m block and has an in-ground pool, miniature putting green and two master bedrooms. last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion’s waterfront views a big selling point

first_img9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.SWEEPING wide water vistas that stretch as far as the Surfers Paradise skyline set the scene for this Carrara home.The views certainly don’t go to waste, with an alfresco area that flows onto a deck with pool overlooking the water one of the home’s standout features.Owner Jenny MacVicar bought the waterfront property at 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive more than seven years ago. 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.Marketing agent Jackson Paradise, of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast, said the views were her favourite part of the home.“(She) loves the area and the wide waterfront views along with views of the 18th hole of Palm Meadows Golf Course, (and) being only moments to Broadbeach and Surfers without being amongst the hustle and bustle,” Mr Paradise said.“The open plan living and kitchen areas all opening out onto the large balcony area overlooking the skyline and waterfront it is a great entertainers home in a fantastic area.” 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.center_img 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara. 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.The two-storey home has five bedrooms and four bathrooms with a combined kitchen, living and dining room that opens onto the alfresco area. It also has two patios and a courtyard as well as a media lounge.Mr Paradise said Ms MacVicar is selling the home to escape to the country.“(She) has purchased elsewhere and is building a large home on acreage in the Gold Coast Hinterland,” Mr Paradise said.last_img read more

Sandstone Point home sells in just days, with most selling in a fortnight

first_imgInside 5 Dunwich Court, Sandstone Point.Ms Watkins said the 5 Dunwich Court home was bought by retirees from the north side of Brisbane who liked its location.“You can walk to the water in one direction or the shops in the other direction,” Ms Watkins said.According to CoreLogic data the median house price at Sandstone Point was $430,000.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17 The home at 5 Dunwich Court, Sandstone Point, sold in just days for $525,000.HOMES at Sandstone Point are selling within weeks of being on the market providing that sellers follow two guidelines.The home at 5 Dunwich Court sold for $525,000 just days after going on the market.Richardson & Wrench Bribie Island selling agent Margaret Watkins said many of the homes she marketed sold in a matter of weeks but only if the vendors were prepared to present the home nicely and were realistic with their pricing.“There are some people who need to take a reality check on their expectations, but if you put a property on the market that is well presented and correctly priced it can have a solid contract on it within a week or two,” Ms Watkins said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“If they haven’t been properly priced or presented they can sit there for months.”last_img read more

Barcelona agrees transport authority

first_imgON NOVEMBER 4 the Catalan regional government, Ministry of Development, Barcelona council and local transport operator EMT signed an agreement to create a new metropolitan transport authority for the greater Barcelona area. When new legislation is in place, Autoridad del Transporte Metropolitano will be responsible for investment; the current contract plans agreed with central government expire in 1998.During 1997 ATM will develop its own infrastructure investment strategies, monitor progress with existing works, and define future funding mechanisms. It will have jurisdiction over the Barcelona metro, Catalunya Railways (FGC) and local buses, and hopes to develop a common fares structure. At first ATM will not have control of Renfe suburban routes, but it is hoped to integrate these in due course. olast_img read more

BNP Paribas launches Italian minibond fund

first_img“The liquidity premium offered by the asset class is attractive, and the yield can be double that of a Eurobond of similar quality.”She said SMEs were potentially nimbler and more able to adapt to a changing economic environment than large companies.Furthermore, their operational leverage might be more contained because of lower fixed costs, leading to faster adjustment of the production capacity. On the other hand, SMEs might suffer more from price competition.Minibonds were created in October 2012 by Italy’s then government to give SMEs an alternative source of finance as bank lending dries up.Generally, they enjoy the same tax treatment as debt issued by listed companies, including tax relief on interest costs and issuance expenses.In addition, there are relatively few, and simplified, regulatory requirements for issuing the debt instruments.BNP Paribas Bond Italia PMI’s investable universe is made up of 1,500 companies selected on the basis of risk profile, type of business, turnover, industry outlook and international business profile.The fund will hold bonds from between 25 and 40 issuers.There will be a maximum holding of 8% for BBB-rated issuers and 5% for BB-rated issuers.Holdings will include both bullet bonds and amortising bonds.Ori said: “We have not set a maximum percentage per region, but we expect a large part of the investment to be made in the northern part of the country, given the concentration of the GDP in that area.“To ensure good diversification, we will allocate investments by industries, based on their weighting in the GDP and their financial outlook.”Bonds will typically be fixed rate but variable-rate issues will also be considered to hedge risk.The average maturity of the debt will be between four and five years.The target yield to maturity will be around 6% per year, with a net return for investors of 5% per year.Dividends will be paid at least annually.Ori said: “The risk/return of the fund is particularly attractive compared with similar products in foreign markets, for example, France and Germany. We therefore expect foreign investors to show interest in this product.”She added: “The profile of our fund is more conservative compared with others, as we want the asset class to start properly in the market, especially for investors such as pension funds.“We have launched a multi-originator platform with strict rules to manage conflict of interest and ensure the alignment of information and interest between investors and originators.”The fund’s target subscription is €150m, and the minimum investment is €1m.The fund will have a seven-year lifespan once subscriptions close next October.Financial consultancy Prometeia will act as the fund’s independent adviser, assisting with the screening of SMEs. BNP Paribas Investment Partners is seeking pension funds, banking foundations and other institutional investors for a new closed-end fund investing in bonds issued by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Italy – so-called minibonds.The BNP Paribas Bond Italia PMI will target companies with an annual turnover of less than €250m.Elisa Ori, head of institutional business development at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, said: “Companies with a turnover below this level are normally unable to finance themselves in the liquid Eurobond market, via a syndicated bond issue. The aim of this fund is to provide these companies with market-based financing as an alternative to bank loans.”Ori added: “The asset class is a good opportunity for long-term investors because it offers diversification and a good risk/return profile.last_img read more

UK roundup: Western United, Rothesay Life, Just Retirement, NEST, Allianz GI

first_imgRothesay Life has secured another tranche of liabilities from the Western United Group Pension Scheme, after completing a £111m (€134m) buy-in transaction.The scheme currently has around 14,000 members with around £500m in assets, of which £115m were insured in early 2013.The arrangement covers former employees of the Vestey Group, and was secured through the exchange of cash and UK gilts in return for the insurance policy.Group head of reward for Vestey Group, Ben Fowler, said the transaction represented the next step in the scheme’s de-risking strategy. “We returned to Rothesay Life because they provided a low-risk solution with operational precision and accompanying longevity, pension increase and re-investment protection,” he added.In other bulk annuity news, Just Retirement has completed a £36.5m single medically underwritten buy-in transaction, which it believes is the largest of its kind.The deal covers 200 members of a pension scheme in the shipping industry, who are all aged between 65 and 80. The insurer gathered medical information by conducting telephone interviews with an 85% response rate.It was agreed purely through a transfer of assets, with no additional cash contributions from the sponsoring company.Just Retirement director of DB solutions, Tim Coulson said: “The industry in which the members of the scheme worked resulted in a prevalence of medical and lifestyle conditions that was not fully reflected by traditional rating factors.”The scheme was advised by LCP,with partner Clive Wellsteed, said: “This is an interesting transaction for a scheme that is unlikely to have completed a buy-in without the advent of medical underwriting.”Lastly, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) has appointed Allianz Global Investors as investment strategy advisers, who will look to provide the DC-trust with scenario modeling.Allianz will also provide the fund with advice on the investment strategy of its target-date funds, as well as capital market assumptions, risk management and analysing the expected risk and returns from the fund’s investments.The company said its offering would support, and be complementary to, NEST’s in-house investment team, with advice coming on a project-by-project basis.Mark Fawcett, CIO of the fund, said the appointment of Allianz GI was due to a previous successful relationship.Elizabeth Corley, CEO of Allianz GI, said: “By offering our independent investment advisory expertise, we are pleased to be supporting NEST giving employers, from the smallest firms to the largest organisations.”last_img read more

Pension fund for DuPont weighs cross-border move to Belgium

first_imgUS chemicals firm DuPont de Nemours has confirmed it is considering to move the pensions of its Dutch workers to its European pension fund in Belgium.The multinational’s €1.15bn Dutch scheme said it intended to join the Mechelen-based European pension plan in 2017.However, it also noted that it still needed approval from Dutch pensions regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), the Dutch tax authorities and the company’s works council (OR).The employer’s current contract with the pension fund is to expire at the end of 2015, but the scheme made clear it expected the contract to be extended by another year. DuPont Netherlands is no longer the scheme’s main sponsor, following the establishment of Chemours Netherlands as a soon to be fully independent and listed offshoot of the US firm.The pension fund did not respond to requests for comment from IPE sister publication PensioenPro.The Pensioenfonds DuPont is not the only Dutch scheme to consider a cross-border move of late, with the pension plans of energy companies ExxonMobil and BP recently making clear that they were considering such step.Clearing house Euroclear and pharmaceuticals company Johnson & Johnson already moved their pension schemes to Belgium.Companies usually cite synergy benefits, as well as increasing regulatory pressure in the Netherlands, as the chief reasons for merging their international pension plans.The Pensioenfonds DuPont returned 25% on investments last year.Both its official policy funding and its daily coverage stood at approximately 118% at March-end.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Alternative energy

first_imgThe focus on alternative energy varies dramatically by country as well. The UK and Germany have seen the largest increases in the production of energy by alternative means, both tripling their totals during the period. In contrast, Scandinavian countries, traditionally thought of as being the most receptive, have not seen much increase, with Denmark seeing just a 60% increase in total production over the period, whilst Norway saw virtually none at all.Photovoltaics have captured headlines a lot, but it is wind power that has increased the most, going from just 3% in 2002 to more than 10% in 2013. The Netherlands may still be the land of windmills, but, when it comes to utilising wind power, the figures tell a different story. Whilst its production of energy from wind has gone up by a factor of six from 2002 to 2013, that pales into insignificance when compared with France, whose production of wind energy increased by a factor of 60 during the same period. France started in 2002 by producing just one-quarter of the amount of wind energy produced by the Netherlands, but it ended 2013 by producing almost three times as much.It does need a dramatic breakthrough in battery technology that would enable photovoltaics and wind to be able to supply power as and when needed, rather than only when the sun shines and the wind blows. Both power sources also suffer from a low value for energy density – you need to have a lot of land tied up in windfarms and solar cells to produce significant amounts of energy.There are other sources of energy that may be more practical that do not require the burning of fossil fuels – what has been getting bad press, of course, is nuclear. Yet, despite the headlines and even the well-publicised disasters, it may still represent the best compromise if global warming is to be averted. Oxford University’s professor Wade Allison argues in his recent book – Nuclear is for Life: A Cultural Revolution – that current radiation regulations are based not on science but on 70 years of social and political reaction to fear. By freeing nuclear power from such science-blind restrictions, it could provide the plentiful cheap power needed to mitigate the effects of carbon. Whether you agree with his argument or not, the existential threat potentially posed by global warming means it does deserve a hearing.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE There may be exciting developments in alternative energy, but they are not enough without nuclear power, Joseph Mariathasan arguesDecember will see the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 in Paris. The EU has set itself a long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95%, compared with 1990 levels, by 2050, and they see the power sector as having the biggest potential for cutting emissions. Indeed, they believe it can almost totally eliminate CO2 emissions by 2050. The key to this is generating electricity through alternative energy sources, and electricity can also partially replace fossil fuels in transport and heating.Increasing the use of alternative energy is seen as a critical route to take, whilst nuclear energy is still beset by worries over safety. Much of the attention has been given to solar photovoltaics and wind energy. Certainly, the generation of energy by photovoltaic solar cells has seen a massive increase of a factor of almost 300 between 2002 and 2013, according to Eurostat numbers. Current figures will be much higher still, driven by a reduced cost of production and heavy – albeit falling – government subsidies.But a sense of reality may need to come into play now. The massive increase started off from a low base, when, in 2002, solar had almost a negligible amount of the total share of alternative energy production, whilst even in 2013 it still accounted for less than 4%. In fact, the majority of alternative energy in 2002 (55%) was produced by solid biofuels (excluding charcoal), and this percentage had only gone down to 46% by 2013, although total production of alternative energy virtually doubled.last_img read more

AP1 invests $330m in global high yield via Nomura

first_imgAP1 – one of five buffer funds for Sweden’s state pension – has appointed Nomura Asset Management to manage a $330m (€279m) global high-yield credit mandate.Majdi Chammas, AP1’s head of external management, and Tina Rönnholm, the fund’s portfolio manager responsible for external high-yield investments, said in a statement: “[Nomura] has a very powerful investment philosophy and process that is well proven both over time and in various market conditions.”Nomura’s Ireland-domiciled Global High-Yield Bond fund was chosen by AP1 following a “comprehensive” global tender process last year, they added.  David Crall, CIO at New York-based Nomura Corporate Research and Asset Management (NCRAM), said the firm was pleased to have established the relationship with AP1. “Like AP1, we have a strong commitment to responsible and sustainable practices, both in running our own business and when investing client assets entrusted to us,” he said.“We believe that incorporation of environmental, social and governance factors is congruent with our ‘Strong Horse’ investment philosophy.”NCRAM said it had a total return-oriented investment approach driven by bottom-up credit research.It dubs the investment method as the “Strong Horse” approach, because it tries to find corporate issuers deemed capable of carrying their debt through economic cycles.The Nomura investment will sit alongside a $400m allocation to Hermes Investment Management’s global high-yield bond strategy, which AP1 made last year.The SEK333bn (€32.4bn) buffer fund’s 2017 investment return of 9.6% after costs was the strongest of the four main AP funds.last_img read more

UK master trust NEST awards diversified private credit mandate

first_img“In a very competitive tender process BNP Paribas Asset Management’s expertise, commitment to ESG and innovation really stood out and caught our attention,” he said. “They’ve found a way in which we can confidently allow our members to benefit from the lower volatility and enhanced returns private markets can offer.”Addressing the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s annual conference in Manchester this morning, Fawcett highlighted NEST’s asset growth trajectory as a principle reason the fund could access illiquid asset classes. The master trust is expected to reach £20bn by 2022. Mark Fawcett, NEST CEOJulien Halfon, head of pension solutions at BNP Paribas AM, added that the “innovation” shown by NEST regarding its private market investments showed other defined contribution funds it was possible to allocate to illiquid assets.“NEST did it – now it is time for others to wake up and realise this is possible,” Halfon said.Initial investments under the new mandate are to target European and US mid-market loans and loans to UK small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as infrastructure and commercial real estate debt.US loans will be sourced through the asset manager’s banking parent, while the management of the portfolio will be a collaboration between BNP Paribas AM’s “multi-asset, quantitative and solutions” team and its private debt and real assets team.NEST said it anticipated to commit around £500m across its three private credit mandates over the next 12 months but “will not force money into the market”. NEST has appointed BNP Paribas Asset Management to run a portfolio of diversified private credit assets.The French asset manager has designed an open-ended fund structure to offer exposure to a range of sub-sectors of the illiquid, unlisted credit market, according to an announcement today.Mark Fawcett, chief investment officer at NEST, said the new fund would sit within the £8bn (€9.3bn) master trust’s overall allocation to private credit alongside infrastructure debt manager BlackRock and real estate debt manager Amundi. The scheme aims to have an initial allocation of around 5-7% to private credit after a ramp-up phase next year, with allocations to the three managers managed on a deal-flow driven basis.In a statement announcing the new allocation, Fawcett said the move was “an important step in developing our investment strategy and helping to deliver the strong risk-adjusted returns we want for our members”.last_img read more

New UK government quick to re-introduce pension schemes bill

first_img“With the reintroduction of the Pension Schemes Bill as one of its first acts following the election, we are pleased the government is prioritising the £2trn pension sector,” said Nigel Peaple, director of policy at the association.Charles Counsell, chief executive officer at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), said it welcomed “the prompt re-introduction” of the bill.Tyron Potts, associate and head of pensions research at Barnett Waddingham, said the reintroduction of the pension schemes bill meant the regulator would soon be in a position to launch its first consultation on a brand new code of practice for defined benefit (DB) pensions funding.“In turn, this will provide helpful guidance around the legal obligation for DB schemes to align investment and funding approaches to a long-term objective – an obligation which TPR has in any case been encouraging schemes to look at now rather than waiting until [the legislation receives] Royal Assent.”The PLSA’s Peaple highlighted that the bill did not provide a schedule for the planned removal of the lower earnings limit to automatic enrolment contributions, “meaning millions missing out on extra saving with employer support and tax relief”.According to Peaple there is also room for improvement with regard to new criminal sanctions and civil fines intended to prevent scheme sponsors from deliberately evading their responsibilities.“[C]urrent drafting is too loose and risks applying far more widely than intended,” he said. The UK’s new government has brought back the workplace pensions bill that its predecessor introduced in October shortly before last month’s general election was called.The pension schemes bill was introduced in the House of Lords yesterday although the date for a first substantive debate on all aspects of the bill has not yet been scheduled.No major differences with the bill’s predecessor have been highlighted by experts so far. Like the bill tabled in October, the new draft legislation includes provisions to enable the pension dashboard and collective defined contribution (CDC) schemes and strengthen the regulator’s powers, but does not introduce a framework for consolidation of defined benefit schemes into so-called superfunds.The country’s main pension fund lobby group, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), today welcomed the speed with which the government has brought back the bill.last_img read more

‘Fresh thinking in pensions’ leads to new worldwide analytics tool

first_imgFord Motor Company is now in a position to compare the value of the pension provision across its more than 120 schemes in 36 countries after working with investment consultant Redington to develop a new analytics and scoring system.According to Redington, a key aim for the multinational company was to use the tool to provide a consistent analysis of the “retirement readiness” of its employees.It said a new digital platform had been developed that provides visualisation of how assets and costs are distributed across countries and schemes, with millions of data points collated for each pension scheme.In addition, a pension scoring system has been created that awards a score out of 100 to each of Ford’s pension schemes based on up to seven underlying factors, including investment performance, costs and charges, contribution rates and retirement outcomes. Ford has been added to Redington’s ADA fintech platform – named after Ada Lovelace, born in 1815 and described by some as one of the earliest computer programmers – as part of the launch of the new tool.“This project was a great example of thinking differently in pensions”Oliver Payne, EMEA pensions manager at FordOliver Payne, EMEA pensions manager at Ford, said: “This project was a great example of thinking differently in pensions.“The ADA system means we can move away from our traditional approach of collating and analysing pensions data on an individual project basis. We now have consistent, reliable data available for each project which means we can now be more proactive in the way we look at the costs and value of pension plans around the world.”Adam Jones, chief technology officer at Redington, said: “We are hugely excited to continue our work with Oliver and the team to explore how we can further develop the tool, and ensure Ford remains on the front foot when it comes to pensions analytics.”last_img read more

Babinda’s quiet, rural lifestyle offers a haven for city folk

first_imgCorinne Alexander #SnapCairns – Babinda Boulders.Babinda offers a peek into the past and is characterised by a number of interesting art deco buildings. Babinda comes from the Wanyurr Yidinji words, “bunna binda” meaning “water passing over your shoulder”, a description of water rolling over the boulders in the Babinda Creek.The historic Babinda State Hotel is in the main street at 73 Munro St. It has been modernised and proudly wears its unique heritage as the only hotel in Queensland which was built by the state government. Wooroonooran Falls at BabindaPOPULAR with tree-changers seeking a lifestyle property close to the amenities of a big city, Babinda is a haven straddling the Bruce Highway 40 minutes south of Cairns. But just because it’s close to a national thoroughfare, doesn’t mean buyers or investors won’t reap the peace and tranquillity of a friendly, rural township.The small sugar town is surrounded by cane farms, Queensland’s two highest mountains, Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Bellenden Kerr, crystal-clear mountain streams, pristine rainforests and spectacular waterfalls. The Babinda State Hotel is turning 100 this weekend. PICTURE: STEWART McLEANBabinda Boulders and Josephine Falls attract thousands to their cooling waters in the hot, sticky summers and Bramston Beach, with its laid-back vibe, is just 17km down the road.Babinda Real Estate owner Segrid Hudson said the town had everythingMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“It’s a really lovely community,” she said.“There are a variety of schools, both private and public, sporting groups, shops, hospitals and a swimming pool.“There are quite a lot of community events held here during the year and there is a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere.“People are really attracted to the place being such a nice, quiet community and are also even commuting up to Cairns because property prices are so affordable.“It is well-maintained and still in Cairns Regional Council area.“It is a great place to invest, and there is plenty of opportunity for new businesses. Being a farming community, there is work around, too.”last_img read more

Rural oasis for sale

first_img229 Eliott Rd, Hervey Range “All skirting boards and door and window frames are Tasmanian Oak. It is fully screened, has a soft interior colour scheme, tiled floors, fans, and down lights with dimmers.”The property has a separate double carport with lockup storage while there is a four-bay Colorbond shed with power.It’s also fully fenced and has a 25,000L bore water tank and 50,000L rainwater tank. 229 Eliott Rd, Hervey RangeNESTLED at the base of a mountain range on 30 acres of picturesque land lies this four-bedroom home.229 Elliott Rd, Herveys Range, offers a dream rural lifestyle. 229 Eliott Rd, Hervey RangeOversized decks allow plenty of space to enjoy the views from while inside the home is breezy with a natural, colour palette which perfectly blends with the green scenery outside.The property is being marketed by Julie Mahoney from Ray White Julie Mahoney and she said it offered the ultimate in tranquillity.“It’s a stunning home in a secluded setting on top of Herveys Range,” she said.“This property also has three rocky creeks that run seasonally.”The house has more than 300sq m of living space with half of that space dedicated to decks to enjoy the views.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020center_img 229 Eliott Rd, Hervey RangeIt has two separate pavilions joined by a covered breezeway.The entrance to the main pavilion features cathedral ceilings and a designer kitchen while there is also a study with two bedrooms.The second pavilion contains the parents’ retreat which has an external deck, ensuite with double vanities and walk-in wardrobe.The owners of the home said the temperature is far cooler than on the coast yet it only takes 30 minutes to reach all the amenities of the city.“It is a pleasure to enjoy the morning sun on the deck or an evening drink watching the sun disappear behind the mountain,” they said.“The house is modern in design with Colorbond roof and external cladding, large double-hung windows and huge sliding doors.last_img read more

Buyer activity ramps up with less stock on the market in Townsville

first_img READ MORE More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Bayside Realty Townsville principal Mario Torrisi who sold the property said it attracted plenty of interest from prospective buyers at its first open house. “The buyers put in an unconditional offer well before auction and the sellers were more than happy to accept it,” Mr Torrisi said. “The whole market is picking up, I’m seeing a lot more interest at open homes than there was three months ago.”Mr Torrisi also said he was seeing owners holding off on selling if their circumstances allowed it. Flood victims finally return home Principal at Bayside Realty Townsville, Mario Torrisi.“Buyers are back in a big way, but they need to act quickly before prices start increasing in Spring,” Ms Conisbee said. “Buyers have an opportunity to capitalise on the bottom of the market and sellers can name their price while stock levels remain low. “Markets often change direction quickly and price growth can become unexpectedly strong with in a very short period of time.”A 77 acre property at 140 Barnham Rd in Townsville’s Nome has been snapped up prior to auction after being on the market for only a week. Where tenants are ditiching dead money for a mortgage center_img “There are some sellers holding off who are expecting the market to pick up,” he said.“Some people obviously don’t have the choice to do that though.”REIQ regional director and principal at Keyes and Co Realty, Damien Keyes, agreed stock had been low and was also seeing an increase in activity at open homes. “There’s been less stock across the board in Townsville over the March quarter so we’re noticing buyers are a lot more active,” Mr Keyes said. “Our office is finding that we’re selling 90 per cent of the homes we have listed pretty quickly and there has been more activity at open homes. Real Estate agent, Damien Keyes on The Strand, Townsville. Spring is the busiest period for buying and selling real estate in Townsville.“I think we will start to see more stock on the market over the September and October period which is usually the time things ramp up.”Mr Torrisi said the property which sold in Nome was unique in that it offered buyers two residences and the opportunity to earn an income. “It’s great for extended families or the buyer could live in one house and rent the other one out,” Mr Torrisi said. “There’s also the opportunity to make an income with the mango orchards and cattle yards on the property.”There were seven bedrooms in total on the property at 140 Barnham Rd, along with a huge shed boasting enough space to house 12 vehicals. The unique residence also featured a seasonal creek and was located close to the Elliot Springs development. This property at 140 Barnham Rd in Nome was snapped up before auction after being on the market for one week.PROPERTY in Townsville is proving a hot commodity with houses being snapped up fast and owners reportedly holding off on selling. With the expectation that property prices in Townsville will soon rise agents are reporting less stock than usual being offered to the market. Chief economist at realestate.com.au Nerida Conisbee said buyers and sellers should capitalise on the current market conditions. READ MORE Iconic Rollingstone Ranch snapped up last_img read more

Australian mountain biking champion is selling up in Bardon

first_img The Veronicas buy in Queensland The Bardon house that is currently for sale.The 2017 Flight Centre Epic and MTBA National Marathon Series champion had a top 50 finish for his class in the cult classic Italian Dolomiti Superbike race through the Italian Alps, which attracted 5000 entrants. Judi O’Dea of Ray White Paddington is selling the property through private treaty.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoLarge windows open the house to the outdoors.“The back is all retained so you don’t see any of your neighbours; you walk in and it’s like you’re in your own oasis,” Susan Brockwell said. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Where to find South East Queensland’s most affordable land Mark Brockwell is in this pack somewhere as the Dolomiti Superbike race begins. Picture: Facebook.The huge four bay garage of his Bardon home has been the workshop for his collection of mountain bikes over the past five years but the family are now keen to travel more, so the garage and the five-bedroom, three-level home has hit the market. The property is a private oasis that has been built into the 680sq m block.A mezzanine level off the kitchen and dining area has built-in desks, ideal as a homework station.“It’s the middle level everyone falls in love with. With frameless sash windows and uninterrupted views,” she said.The upper level has three bedrooms, including the master, and a rumpus room, while downstairs has the garage with a separate ensuited office, gym or media room. An entertainer’s dream with covered entertaining along the side of the house.“Christmas is always at our house and we put the dining table outside and do a big long lunch and then when lunch is over, everyone goes into their own little areas, with three living areas, and we all have our own space.” Follow Debra on twitter There are multiple areas to relax across the three level home.“It’s got a huge four bay garage that is bigger than four bays so there’s the ability to put several cars in there, and loads of mountain bikes, along the back wall.” Mark Brockwell competing in the Dolomiti Superbike race in Italy this year. Picture: Mark Brockwell, Facebook.AUSTRALIAN champion mountain biker, Mark Brockwell, has returned from one of the world’s most popular mountain biking races to put his Bardon home on the market. Mark Brockwell in action. Picture: Mark Brockwell, Facebook.Boys toys aside, this multi-level home is an entertainer at heart, with a middle level that is free flowing out to the tropical gardens with open-plan living areas and floor-to-ceiling windows with glass louvres. The master bedroom with private balcony.“The kitchen and outdoor cooking area are my favourite, and just the ability to have heaps of people around.last_img read more

Hapag-Lloyd Raising New Funds after Merger with UASC

first_imgGerman carrier Hapag-Lloyd will carry out a capital increase, agreed upon as part of its merger with United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), with the gross proceeds expected to reach EUR 352 million (USD 414 million).The company said that the expected gross issue proceeds from the capital increase would primarily be used for the repayment of debt as well as general corporate purposes.“Following the successful merger with UASC, we will use the capital increase to strengthen our capital structure and to use the proceeds to reduce the leverage of the company. This enables us to focus on enhancing our strategic and operating objectives,” Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG, said.Following the the official merger of the two companies in May 2017, the shareholders approved new authorised share capital for a capital increase.The capital increase is backstopped by the primary shareholders CSAV Germany Container Holding GmbH, Kuehne Maritime GmbH, Qatar Holding Germany GmbH and The Public Investment Fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a total of EUR 352 million.They have committed to exercise their subscription rights and to acquire new shares that are not acquired by other shareholders.The company’s share capital of EUR 164,042,940.00 will increase by EUR 11,717,353.00 to EUR 175,760,293.00 by issuing 11,717,353 new no-par shares in exchange for cash while maintaining the shareholders’ subscription rights. The new shares became eligible for dividends on January 1, 2017 and shall be offered to all shareholders at a subscription price of EUR 30.00 and a ratio of 14:1 per share.The subscription period for the shareholders is expected to start on 2 October 2017 and end on 16 October 2017.Separately, Hapag-Lloyd will finalize its comprehensive newbuild programme by taking delivery of the 15,000 TEU containership Al Jmeliyah at the shipyard of Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) in South Korea on September 28.Classed as an ultra-large container vessel (ULCV), the boxship giant is scheduled to start operating this weekend on the FE4 service of THE Alliance between Asia and Northern Europe, just like its predecessor, the Afif, which was delivered in July.The 368-metre-long Al Jmeliyah, which features 153,148 tonnes, is the last in a series of 17 newbuilds contracted to HSHI by UASC in the summer of 2013. The series comprised eleven 15,000 TEU and six 19,900 TEU ships, the first of which was delivered in 2015.Following the merger with Hapag-Lloyd at the end of May this year, these units became a part of the Hapag-Lloyd fleet, which currently consists of 219 ships, making Hapag-Lloyd the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloydlast_img read more

Canada to Prosecute Greek Shipping Company for Marathassa Spill

first_imgCanada has reached a decision on prosecuting Greek shipping company Alassia NewShips Management (Alassia) for various environmental offenses related to the oil spill from its operated vessel Marathassa in April 2015.The Provincial Court of British Columbia said that an ex parte trial will be held against Alassia at the same time as the trial of Marathassa set for February 26, 2018.The decision was made following several legal challenges of the summons issued to the company in February 2017, as the company claimed it was not properly informed of the proceedings.The company did not appear at the first or any subsequent appearances in the provincial court.“It is abundantly clear that prior to the first appearance, Alassia had knowledge of the Summons because Alassia instructed Mr. Swanson (counsel for Alassia) to challenge the service of the Summons in Federal Court,” the court said.Hence, the court decided to prosecute the company regardless of whether it participates in the legal proceedings.The 81,000 dwt cargo ship was confirmed as the source of the toxic bunker oil spill in English Bay that released around 3,000 litres of oil into the water on April 8, 2015.A subsequent investigation conducted by Transport Canada into the Vancouver spill found that the spill had been caused by mechanical problems on board MV Marathassa.Following the spill, the City of Vancouver officials said that they were determined to get repayment for what the city had spent on the response.last_img read more

New Bedford Dredging Work Nears End

first_imgImage source: CashmanThe dredging operations on the New Bedford lower harbor, undertaken by Cashman Dredging and Marine Contracting Co., are nearing its completion.Cashman Dredging, a heavy-construction company based in Quincy, Massachusetts, won this $15 million contract in May 2017.According to the company, it is estimated that this capital dredging project will be completed during the first half of 2018.Project highlightsDredging is being performed in depths of up to 30 feet of water and as shallow as 3 feet;Sediments placed into the Lower Harbor Confined Aquatic Disposal Cell (LHCC) are being dredged using mechanical dredging equipment with a closed environmental bucket;Approximately 130,000 to 170,000 cubic yards of dredge materials exceeding the Lower Harbor Superfund cleanup level of 50 ppm are being removed and placed in the LHCC. Most of the material underlies the State Channel on the New Bedford side of the harbor;To minimize over-dredging, dredging accuracy is being controlled by using a Cashman-refined and enhanced Dredgepack dredge bucket positioning system (DGPS);Cashman developed a precise technical approach that incorporates “lessons learned” from dredging PCB-impacted sediments and from precision dredging using their dredge monitoring and positioning systems.New Bedford Harbor is a deep water commercial port with easy access to the maritime corridor from the Massachusetts coast, located on the northwestern side of Buzzard’s Bay.Once the world’s largest whaling port and a cotton manufacturing center, the harbor is now a major fishing port. The Port of New Bedford also serves as a break-bulk handler of perishable items, including fruit and fish, and also handles other cargo.Image source: Cashmanlast_img read more

Diana Shipping Secures Work for Panamax Bulker

first_imgAthens-based dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with CJ International Italy Societa Per Azioni for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels.Under the deal, Diana’s 74,381 dwt Panamax bulker Coronis would be hired for a period of twelve to fifteen months.The gross charter rate for the vessel is USD 8,300 per day for the first sixty days of the charter period and USD 11,300 per day for the balance period of the time charter. The charter commenced on August 11, 2018.Diana Shipping expects to generate around USD 3.89 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The 2006-built Coronis was previously chartered to Narina Maritime at a gross charter rate of USD 9,000 per day.last_img read more

Ørsted Opens Hornsea Two Offshore Construction Base

first_imgØrsted has officially opened the Hornsea Two Offshore Construction Base (HTOCB) at Humberside Airport in Lincolnshire.The building, formerly a police station at the airport, will now house around 30 Ørsted employees who will be working around the clock to construct the 1.4GW wind farm.Hornsea Two, located 89 kilometres off the Yorkshire Coast, will be able to power over 1.3 million homes when complete in 2022 taking the title as the world’s biggest offshore wind farm from the neighbouring 1,214MW Hornsea One offshore wind farm which is currently under construction.“The new offshore construction management office is the ideal location for our logistical project planning, and means we can move people and equipment offshore efficiently and safely using the heliport at Humberside airport,” Jason Ledden, leading the construction team as Senior Project Manager, said.”Not only have we been able to repurpose and redevelop a building that had fallen empty on the airport estate, we’ve also been able to utilise equipment and furniture from some of our previous projects in the region to ensure the build is sustainable and continue Ørsted’s green ethos.”Construction progress updateOnshore cable works have begun, undertaken by Preston-based VolkerInfra, and construction of the onshore substation is progressing. Most of the major contracts have now been awarded and offshore construction is due to begin 2020.All 165 turbines are being supplied by Siemens Gamesa, with the majority of blades being manufactured at their facility in Hull.Despite having fewer turbines than sister project Hornsea One, the project will use a newly manufactured larger blade to generate more power. The blades have been specifically developed for the site by the Siemens Gamesa site in Hull and are around the same length as ten busses.Ørsted’s East Coast Hub – the world’s largest operations and maintenance base, located in Grimsby, is expected to open later this month.last_img read more

Auckland Council bid to change law on street prostitution fails

first_imgNZ Herald 9 December 2014Auckland Council has been told it already has power to ban street prostitution from spots such as Hunters Corner in South Auckland after a bid to get Parliament to change the law failed.A Parliamentary committee recommended on Friday that a bill which would allow the council to pass bylaws banning commercial sex services in specified places should not be passed.MPs said it understood why Auckland Council wanted Parliament to change the law, and noted that other councils supported the local bill.But they felt that a law change was not appropriate because the issue was not limited to Auckland.The committee also believed local bodies could already regulate street prostitution – despite council officials’ advice that they would be open to a legal challenge.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11370971last_img read more

Brain tests at age of 3 can predict child’s future success

first_imgDaily Mail 13 December 2016Family First Comment: Based on the Dunedin longitudinal study, but here’s a key point…In the at-risk group, “77 per cent of children brought up without fathers”This is what our recent report on child abuse and also our report on child abuse highlighted! A simple test at the age of three can predict if children will grow up to be a burden on society, scientists claim.A study has found roughly a fifth of the population are responsible for 81 per cent of criminal convictions, 77 per cent of children brought up without fathers, two-thirds of benefits claimed and more than half of nights spent in hospital.This small group of people drain the public purse, but researchers at King’s College London say their troubled lives could be forecast from early childhood.It takes just 45 minutes to give three-year-olds a battery of tests, on their language abilities, motor skills, frustration and impulsivity.Decades after taking the test, children who scored low were far more likely to fall within the most burdensome group.They were also more likely to smoke, be obese and take prescription drugs.The findings, while controversial for indicating that someone’s life path is set in their early years, suggests reaching these at-risk children young could turn things around.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4026274/Brain-tests-age-THREE-predict-child-s-future-Scientists-say-scores-reveal-kids-burden-society.htmllast_img read more

Uhuru Kenyatta asks Burundian president, Nkurunziza, to postpone poll

first_imgCelebrations In Kenya As ICC Drops Charges Against President Uhuru Kenyatta Exclusive: A conversation with President Uhuru Kenyatta President Uhuru Kenyatta Appoints His Deputy as Acting Presidentcenter_img Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Burundi leader Pierre Nkurunziza he should postpone a presidential election due next month after last week’s failed military coup, Kenyatta’s spokesman said on Monday.Manoah Esipisu said the two leaders, whose nations belong to the East African Community (EAC) common market, had spoken by phone on Sunday. Kenyatta’s counterparts in the region shared his view, he added.Regional leaders want the election date changed from June 26 to create a “conducive environment” but the vote should still be held within the current electoral cycle, which comes to an end in late August, Esipisu said.The landlocked east African nation has been plunged into crisis since Nkurunziza pushed for a third term of office, a move his opponents say breaks the constitution and a 2005 peace agreement that ended an ethnically driven civil war.As many as 300,000 people died in the war, and there are fears the current crisis could inflame lingering tensions between the majority Hutu population and the Tutsi minority.More than 105,000 people have fled to neighboring states, including Rwanda, which has the same ethnic mix as Burundi and which was torn apart by a genocide in 1994 that killed 800,000 mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus.(Reuters)Relatedlast_img read more

Kenya launches mobile application to monitor forests to curb illegal logging

first_imgKenya launches mobile application to monitor forests to curb illegal loggingKenya on Friday launched a mobile application to monitor forests in order to curb illegal logging.Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Director Emilio Mugo said the smart phone application will enable users to report illegal activities in the forest.“We expect the app to compliment the efforts of law enforcement officers to conserve Kenya’s forests,” Mugo said during the 20-year celebrations of the Kenya Forest Working Group (KFWG).The mobile system is a joint initiative of the KFWG and the University of Nairobi.Mugo said the app will reduce the cost of forest surveillance.“Kenya’s forests are spread across the country and we don’t have sufficient resources to monitor activities in all forests at real time,” he said.According to government data, forest covers seven percent of Kenya’s land mass. The director noted that Kenya has 142,000 hectares of plantation forest to supply wood to the timber industry.“We don’t allow logging in indigenous forest as they are used for conservation of watersheds and for use as wildlife habitats,” he said.KFS said the country has sufficient supply of wood to satisfy domestic requirements although Kenya imports small amounts from Tanzania, South Sudan and UgandaNational Coordinator of the KFWG Jackson Bambo said Kenya’s forests are under threat from human encroachment.“Expanding population has forced some communities to clear forests for agriculture activity,” Bambo said.He added that the mobile app will enable communities to report on forests activities to a centralized server.“The technology system is expected to enhance forests monitoring and reporting by various stakeholders for informed decision making,” he said.The system users are only required to have a smart phone to report any incidence in real time.The coordinator said the app will help to educate the millions of Kenyans who have smart phones but have little information on forests conservation.last_img read more

Region welcomes APD freeze

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleTravel Region welcomes APD freeze by: – March 24, 2011 54 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share BASSETERRE, St Kitts – The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) although welcoming the decision of the British Chancellor to delay the increase in the Air Passenger Duty (APD) later this year, says the regional organisation will continue to argue that the current banding system places the Caribbean at a disadvantage and hurts their economies.Britain’s Finance Minister George Osborne today told the House of Commons that there will be no increase in the tax until 2012.He also indicated that a consultation would be held “to improve the existing and rather arbitrary bands that appear to believe that the Caribbean is further away than California”.The CTO said in a release following the announcement that Chancellor Osbourne’s latter statement is a clear recognition of a crucial issue that has been the focus of the strong lobbying efforts by the organisation led by its Chairman, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, and CTO allies in the private sector, the Caribbean High Commissions, and the Diaspora.The CTO said it will persist in efforts to obtain “a fairer system of aviation taxation that does not cripple travel to our heavily tourism-dependent region”.“Today’s announcement by the Chancellor is a small but important victory for the Caribbean.  In our various meetings with the British Government CTO opposed the idea of a Per Plane Tax for economic reasons. We also asked that the existing banding system be reviewed; for no more increases in the APD; and for it to be revised downwards in a new, fairer system.The Chancellor’s speech gives us positive results on all three points,” said CTO, adding that it is therefore clear evidence that the British government “is listening to our concerns and that we have been effective in expressing them publicly and privately.”The CTO said it is also pleased that the groups have been officially invited to continue to participate in further APD consultation over the coming weeks.“In so doing, we will continue to argue that the current banding system places the Caribbean at a disadvantage and hurts our economies. We will persist in our efforts to obtain a fairer system of aviation taxation that does not cripple travel to our heavily tourism-dependent region,” said the CTO release.Source: Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Buisnessman Alledges That Inland Revenue Division is Being Cheated By Chinese Store Operators

first_img Share 40 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Photo Credit: flickr.comManager of Issa Trading Mr. Foued Issa says Chinese who own buisnesses in Dominica are cheating the Government and the Inland Revenue through inaccurate figures in taxes and are not paying the amount of taxes that the law requires them to pay.He stated that the Chinese were slowly taking over the city; Roseau and that our local buisnesses and buisness owners were slowly going out of buisness.During Q95FM’s radio program ” Hot Seat” hosted by Mathias “Matt” Peltier this morning, Buisness man Issa announced that he was ready and willing to take up on his own to finance the investigations of the ways of the Chinese accounting statistics.Meantime up to press time Dominica Vibes News was unable to get a response from the Comptroller at the Inland Revenue. News Reporter: Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News LocalNews Buisnessman Alledges That Inland Revenue Division is Being Cheated By Chinese Store Operators by: – April 13, 2011center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Bicentennial of Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela observed in Dominica

first_img Share Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva and Manager of PDV Caribe standing at this morning’s ceremony.Three wreaths were laid at the Simon Bolivar Square in Goodwill on Tuesday as Dominica joined celebrations commemorating the Bicentennial Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.The observation in Dominica began with a Holy Mass at the Roseau Cathedral, officiated by Monsignor William JnoLewis.The celebration marked Venezuela’s 200th Anniversary of Independence.Venezuelan citizen, Nadezkda Marquez, who read the Independence Act of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela highlight the history of Venezuela’s Liberator Simon Bolivar.Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, in her address, thanked the Government of Dominica for their friendship with people and Government of Venezuela.‘On behalf of the President of Bolivarian of the Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, we would like to thank the good people of this country, who continue to have a solid and growing friendship with us,’ the Ambassador said.Wreaths were placed by the Manager of PDV Caribe, the Venezuelan Ambassador to Dominica and the Acting Prime Minister of Dominica, Honorable Reginald Austrie.Cabinet Ministers with Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva at this morning’s celebrations.Mr Austrie said that the people of Dominica is thrilled to be celebrating this day with Venezuela; a country that continues to inject billions of dollars into the island.He made mention of the Petro Caribe project and Dominica’s membership of ALBA.‘Two hundred years is a very long time, yet the fire that burns in the Venezuelan people never get cold never gets old nor will it ever die; but it will grow brighter with every passing day. We in Dominica know that fire very well because our ancestors kindled in that fire too,’ Austrie said.The Dominica Government Band wowed the gathering with their beautiful renditions of the National Anthem of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is currently in Caracas, attending celebrations marking the Anniversary.Domincia Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 66 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews Bicentennial of Independence of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela observed in Dominica by: – July 5, 2011last_img read more

Lack of sexual health information for men is the main problem -Professor Green

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 14 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet LocalNews Lack of sexual health information for men is the main problem -Professor Green by: – October 21, 2011 Image via: menhealthtips.comThe lack of information for men about sexual health has been highlighted as one of the main problems affecting the male population.Dominican Professor, Laura Serrant-Green, made the remarks while delivering a Public Lecture on the topic “Men’s Sexual Health: an Essential Part of their Mental Health” at the UWI Open Campus last night.She says men are at a disadvantage in maintaining proper sexual health.“The essential elements of good sexual health are equitable relationships. It includes sexual fulfillment -in whatever way you want it to be-and it also includes access to information so that you can avoid the risk of unintended pregnancy, illness or disease. We all have a right under the world health organization to have access to equal information. Where is the information for men?” she questioned.According to her, there is no information for men.“If we were in a situation where we had laws and status and policies which said men’s health is as important as women’s health, if we had promotional advertisements on the television I would say that there are things in place but doctors are not giving the information. But they don’t exists,” she said.Professor Serrant-Green believes that women are given the priority over men and that must change. The lecture was the Dominica Nurses Association as a method of educating citizens of Dominica on their health. This is in keeping with its belief that the health of a nation is a major contribution to its social, economic and educational growth and development.Professor Serrant-Green who was this year’s feature speaker at the Dominica State College’s 9th Commencement Ceremony is one of only 10 black professors in the United Kingdom. She is a nurse by profession and is of Dominican parentage, her parents being from St. Joseph.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Two more charged in connection with Stockfarm kidnapping

first_imgLocalNews Two more charged in connection with Stockfarm kidnapping by: – March 20, 2012 Desmond Phillip of Yampiece and Shirley Allan of Stockfarm were on Tuesday jointly charged for “unlawfully seizing and kidnapping” Leon ‘Dopie’ Joseph of Stockfarm on March 10th, 2012.Police prosecutor Claude Weekes objected to bail on the grounds that the Joseph had not been found and the police required more time to investigate.Weekes told the Court that the police department “suspects” that firearms and ammunition were allegedly used to commit the offence and these have not been recovered either.He said other persons are also being “sought for the alleged kidnapping”.Weeks further asked magistrate Candia Carette-George to “consider the nature of the offence” and uphold his objection to bail. Phillip who is represented by Peter Alleyne pleaded with the magistrate as his Alleyne was engaged in another matter at the time. He sobbed openly in Court explaining his innocence.“I have a little boy and is me that is his mother and father. I didn’t hold nobody. Look at my record; I haven’t been in problem for years. Ask my pastor, I always in church”.Meanwhile Gina Dyer- Monroe who represented Zeena Moore-Dyer for the other defendant, Shirley Allan requested that bail be granted to her client since she had “cooperated fully with the police and has no previous convictions”.She further submitted to the Court that her client should be released on bail and that strict measures be imposed as part of her bail conditions.Magistrate Carette-George denied bail to both of the defendants based on the “nature of the offence and in an effort to give the police sufficient time to conduct their investigation”.She further cautioned the defendants to “cooperate” with the police in providing whatever information they may have pertinent to the incident.The defendants have been remanded at the State Prison in Stockfarm.On Monday March 19th, Jan Bedminster, Kimon Beaupierre and Dilon Alexander were charged with kidnapping Deon Hakim Alfred the other Stockfarm resident who was reported missing by relatives on the same day as Leon Joseph.Neither Alfred nor Joseph has been found.Dominica Vibes News Share 21 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Rebecca Stirm wins Mission Catwalk challenge with Belize-inspired design

first_imgEntertainmentNewsRegional Rebecca Stirm wins Mission Catwalk challenge with Belize-inspired design by: – April 10, 2012 Tweet 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Rebecca (left) poses in the Singer Sewing Room with model Abenah Gonzalez. Photo compliments: Alty Benjamin JrAGSelectPR, Kingston, Tueday, April 10th 2012: Drawing on the Hispanic and Mayan influences in her country, 18 year-old Belizean fashion designer Rebecca Stirm emerged the winner in a culture-inspired challenge in the second episode of Caribbean fashion designer reality series Mission Catwalk, filmed in Kingston Jamaica.Stirm and 14 other designers were instructed by host and executive-producer Keneea Linton-George to “create an outfit that reflects the style and culture” of their individual countries joined by “the common thread of independence.” The designers, who were given pointers from Season One winner Shenna Carby, had to apply their creativity within a short time frame and on a US$20 budget. “I wanted a lot of material, so I looked in the curtain section,” said Rebecca. “I was able to get a lot of this very, very light; airy fabric for a little bit of money since we were on a tight budget. I added embroidery to give it some detail and intricacy.”Rebecca’s design on the runway. Photo compliments: Alty Benjamin Jr.“Beautiful, dramatic, tasteful, stylish-I can feel the culture,” said Linton-George about Rebecca’s dress which also impressed judges -Jamaica Observer Lifestyle Editor, Novia McDonald Whyte; menswear designer Carlton Brown and guest judge, Trinidadian actress Nadia Khan.Rebecca (who calls her label Fancy Purple Paint) was the first of the show’s designers to win a challenge as no winner was declared in the previous episode where five contestants went home.The next best design came from Barbadian Kerin Scott’s skirt and top combo which reflected the laid back beach culture of her island and the blue and yellow of the national flag. Jamaican Janel Jolly created an African-inspired chic casual dress while Trinidadian Ryan Chan delivered his version of a modern sari. Jamaicans Crystal Powell, Keshon Hawthorne, Maria King-Beadle, Natalie Rochester as well as Barbadian/Trinidadian Janelle Forde and Ryan Berkeley of Guyana were given the opportunity to continue to next week’s show for what Hawthorne aptly described as a “second chance”. In the bottom four were Trinidadian Shannon Kwong and Gregory Williams, Shellane McFarlane and Kimbally Smith of Jamaica. The final two came down to Shellane and Kimbally and the latter was cut for his poor interpretation which according to McDonald-Whyte, failed to impress.Rebecca and the remaining 13 contestants are vying for JA$3 million in prizes including the chance to show at London Fashion Week. Tune in to Television Jamaica tonight Tuesday April 10 at 8:30 PM for the third episode of Mission Catwalk Season 2, presented by NCB, Supreme Ventures and Digicel. For those in Trinidad the series airs Tuesdays at 9:30 PM on TV6. Mission Catwalk streams online at www.televisionjamaica.com/livetvPress Releaselast_img read more

Pastors for Peace collect more aid for Cuba

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 34 Views   no discussions FaithNewsRegional Pastors for Peace collect more aid for Cuba by: – July 16, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Dove of peace. Photo credit: voiceseducation.orgHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — The 23rd Pastors for Peace Caravan, which continued its tour of the US last week, has already collected almost 100 tons of items, mostly computers, medicines, school material and medical equipment for Cuba.The contributions are principally for the benefit of sectors like sports, health and education that have been hit harder by the US embargo against Cuba, the Prensa Latina news agency reported. During their tour, the activists updated the public on the negative effects of the embargo.Over the last few days, the Caravan has visited cities like Chicago (Illinois), Berkeley (California) and Bloomington, (Indiana), as part of a program that took it to Little Rock (Arkansas), Birmingham (Alabama), Pleasant Hill (Tennessee), Pensacola, (Florida) and Silver City (New México) on Thursday.Its members plan to visit at least 90 locations, before meeting on July 19 in McAllen, Texas, to cross the Mexican border, and from there transport its humanitarian cargo to the Caribbean island.The 23rd Caravan has over 60 members, from Canada, the US, Germany, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

‘PRODUCT OF SPECULATION’ PECO presscon aims to confuse public – ERC

first_imgMarcelo Cacho, head of Panay Electric Co.’s Public Engagement and Government Affairs, briefs reporters on Nov. 14, 2019 in Makati City during a press conference that the Energy Regulatory Commission has distanced itself from. PECO, whose franchise expired on Jan.19 this year, failed to convince Congress to renew it on the heels of mountingconsumer complaints on the poor quality of its service. ERC investigated the pole fires afterreceiving a complaint from Mayor Jerry Treñas. Criticizing the press conference,Devanadera stressed, “Prematurereporting of the outcome of our investigation is but a product of speculationthat serves no purpose, except to confuse the public.” “Thefindings of the technical team will be presented to the Commission on Monday(today, Nov. 18) and released to the public accordingly,” said Devanadera.   ERC remains independent in thedischarge of its functions, including the conduct of investigations, stressedChairperson Agnes Devanadera. “It would be prudent for theCommission to evaluate and analyze the situation surrounding the reported polefire incidents holistically and not on a per incident or asset basis. The waythat the poles are maintained over the years and the remaining useful life ofthe poles also need to be looked into. We are mindful of the urgency ofresolving this matter and we wish to assure the public that this is among thepriority concerns of the Commission,” said Devanadera. Days before the press conference, PECO,through its legal team Divina Law, invited members of the Metro Manila mediastating, “The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has conducted an investigationon the maintenance of the distribution lines of Panay Electric Co. (PECO)to shed light on the situation. They recently completed the investigation andwe are pleased to invite you to a press briefing of PECO and its counsel,the Divina Law, on Nov. 14, Thursday, 10 a.m. so that we would be able to sharethe results of the findings and the outcome of the ERC hearing.” “The ERChas no participation, in any manner, in the said (Nov. 14) press conference,”stressed Devanadera. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)records submitted to the ERC showed that from Jan. 1, 2014 to Oct. 29, 2019 atotal of 2,887 fire incidents occurred in Iloilo City, with pole firesnumbering 1,464 cases, or 51.187 percent of all fire incidents during thealmost six-year period. ILOILO City – The Energy RegulatoryCommission (ERC) slammed Panay Electric Co. (PECO) for making it appear thatthe agency was part of a recent press conference that the franchise-less powerdistributor held in Metro Manila. ERC has completed its field inspection and data gathering on theseries of pole fire incidents in this city. ERC dispatched an inspection team inthe first week of November. It looked into the various aspects ofPECO’s distribution system.  The Commission likewise directed PECO to submit a written comprehensivereport on the pole fire incidents. “In the past few days, we are alarmedto have received information that multiple fires broke out all over the city ofIloilo, the causes of which were directly attributable to poorly-maintainedfacilities owned by PECO,” read part of Treñas’ letter to the ERC. Iloilo City fire marshal ChiefInspector Christopher Regencia reiterated that telecommunications companies’wires usually carry a 24-volt charge as opposed to PECO wires which has a220-voltage charge and said, “Only electricity wires, either damaged oroverloaded, can cause fires and not telephone or cable TV wires.” Two hundred and twenty-four pole firesoccurred out of the 427 fire incidents in 2014, while 228 cases of pole fireshappened in 2015, 303 cases in 2016, 275 incidents in 2017, and another 233pole fires in 2018.A total of 201 pole fires erupted in the city from January to Oct. 27, 2019. According to Devanadera, “the partiesconcerned have been summoned by the Commission to shed light on theseincidents” on Oct. 30. It is currently operating on aprovisional Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the ERCuntil the new distribution utility, More Electric and Power Corp., completesits full takeover of the city’s distribution system./PN During the press conference, PECOhad a projector screen that flashed “PECO ERC PRESSCON, an enlightened past, abright future.”last_img read more

Antique farmers receive free garlic seeds, fertilizers

first_img“The farmer-beneficiaries were fromthe towns of Patnongon, San Jose de Buenavista, Sibalom, and San Remigio,” hesaid.    Provincial agriculturist NicolasitoCalawag on Thursday said the farmers who received the native garlic seed asplanting materials on Nov. 19 attended the two-day training conducted by theDA-6 here last Oct. 24-25. “The garlic seeds were given as partof their starter kit,” Calawag said, adding it would be enough as plantingmaterial for a total of four-hectare rain-fed area on the identifiedmunicipalities. The seed distribution was alsoparticipated by Gov. Rhodora Cadiao and Vice Gov. Edgar Denosta. Fifteen farmers, who attended training on garlic propagation last October, receive free garlic seeds as planting material in San Jose, Antique on Nov. 19. PIO ANTIQUE He added the DA-6 under its High-ValueCrops Program, provided a total of 1,500 kilos of garlic seeds valued at aroundP300,000 from Batanes. “With the provision of the plantingmaterials and fertilizers this would then encourage our farmers to engage ingarlic propagation,” Calawag said, adding a hectare of agricultural land couldproduce eight to 10 tons of garlic.center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department ofAgriculture in Western Visayas (DA-6) distributed garlic seeds to 15 farmers inthe province who have undergone training on garlic production during thePeople’s Day at the Provincial Capitol.  The garlic and fertilizers were givenfor free to the farmers,” Calawag added. He said the farmers also received atotal of 15 bags of fertilizers. “The current market price of a kilo ofgarlic is about 80 pesos to 100 pesos,” he said.   Calawag said producing garlic is agood source of livelihood that can be harvested after 90 to 120 days.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Duterte’s New Year wish: Lasting peace, comfort in PH

first_img Despite the “difficult but game-changing” reforms initiated by the President, Panelo said that significant strides have been made to achieve his goal of bringing a more comfortable life for all Filipinos. “The President first would like to greet all Filipinos a happy and prosperous New Year,” Panelo said. “His wish at the very inception of his presidency is to serve them and protect them, and to give them comfortable lives and lasting peace.” “There are indeed reasons to be confident in the New Year under the leadership and administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte,” Panelo said. “The economy is on the roll with a BBB+ rating. The Board of Investments has also breached its PHP1-trillion 2019 investment target as of October 2019, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. There are fewer poor Filipinos with almost six million lifted out from poverty. Employment has hit a 14-year high. Inflation has been tamed,” he said./PN Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that, just like in the previous years, President Duterte’s wish for the coming New Year is to continue to serve his constituents well.  President Rodrigo Duterte distributes relief packs to residents in North Cotabo still reeling from the impact of earthquakes that jolted Mindanao recently. Duterte also led the 123rd Rizal Day rites in Davao City on Monday. PCOO Around 93 percent of Filipinos are expected to welcome 2020 “with hope,” while only 0.2 percent will face the New Year “without hope”, according to a Dec. 3 to 8 survey by Pulse Asia. “We assure everyone that the best is yet to come. Let us continue to rally behind the Duterte administration as the Chief Executive does his best in serving and protecting the Filipino people, as well as delivering genuine and meaningful change to our nation,” he added. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte hopes Filipinos will continue to enjoy a comfortable life and attain lasting peace as the entire nation welcomes 2020 by midnight.last_img read more

Consumers should recognize ERC order – Devanadera

first_img*install MOREPower which may deploy its personnel to man and oversee the substations toexercise its possession and control of the distribution facilities, but theoperation should still be handled by PECO personnel who has the technicalexpertise “Since there arepresent suppliers of electricity, we instructed MORE Power to continue withthat arrangement until such time the DOE has issued the Certificate ofExemption, and until such time MORE Power has gone through the competitiveselection process so that the people of Iloilo can have the best price ever,”Devanadera added./PN Energy Regulatory Commission Chairperson Agnes Devanadera Devanadera alsostressed that ERC has the exclusive jurisdiction to determine which powerdistributor has the authority to operate. Any legal issueor court case does not dilute the sole authority granted to ERC by law,specifically the Electricity Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), she said. “MORE Power isnow in control of the entire distribution system. There is no choice at thispoint in time for MORE Power but to operate,” according to Devanadera. ILOILO City – TheEnergy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has already spoken on the matter of whichentity is the duly authorized power distributor in this city, according toChairperson Agnes Devanadera. EPIRA gave theCommission as a quasi-judicial entity the sole jurisdiction over the operationof electricity distribution utilities. The addendumprovided guidelines on how to go about enforcing the WPO. Among these were: Devanadera alsoclarified there is no violation even if MORE Power operates through aprovisional authority only pending the issuance of a Certificate of PublicConvenience and Necessity (CPCN) or Certificate of Exemption from theDepartment of Energy. Powerdistribution and operation of the power distribution utility are the exclusivedomains of ERC, she stressed. MORE Power has a25-year power distribution franchise in Iloilo City – Republic Act (RA) 11212signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on Feb. 14, 2019. center_img “This is anemergency. We have to issue the order to ensure that MORE Power is recognized.The primordial consideration is the continuance of electric service to thepeople of Iloilo City,” she explained. Devanadera,however, pointed out that RTC, Branch 23 is an expropriation court, thus itsjurisdiction is constrained to the expropriation case only. Therefore, shestressed, consumers must recognize the Commission’s decision – that MOREElectric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) is the sole power distributor in thecity. “MORE Power isrecognized as the only power distribution utility of Iloilo City. This shouldbe clear among parties,” Devanadera said over DyOK Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo to clearup the confusion brought about by the legal issues being raised by the previouspower distributor, Panay Electric Co. (PECO). * maintain thestatus quo of the operation so as to give time for MORE Power to orient / train/ immerse its personnel before it fully takes control of the operation PECO’s franchise,on the other hand, expired on Jan. 19, 2019. It failed to secure an extensionor a new one from Congress which cited the many complaints from consumers over,among others, erroneous billing, poor customer service and high rates. Last week, RTC,Branch 23 Presiding Judge Emerald Requina-Contreras issued an order to MOREPower and PECO to respect the Addendum to the Writ of Possession (WOP) that hercourt issued.  With respect towhatever order the Iloilo Regional Trial Court, Branch 23 had issued, Devanaderasaid, ERC is standing by its March 5 order that MORE Power is the one thatshould supply electricity in Iloilo City. She also saideven if the law requires MORE Power to get a Certificate of Exemption from theDepartment of Energy (DOE) first so it could enter into supply agreements withpower generating companies, the EPIRA also allows power utilities to engage inemergency contracts with suppliers to ensure no disruption of electricityservice. “ERC is the bodythat has the exclusive authority on these matters – supply of electricity,rates. Since the ERC has spoken already, then consumers should also recognizethe order of ERC,” she stressed.last_img read more

104 Kanlaon tremors in last 24 hours

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA and ADRIAN STEWART COBACOLOD City – A total of 104 volcano-tectonic earthquakes and weak steaming were recorded at Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Occidental over a 24-hour period, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). In an advisory released Tuesday, Phivolcs said the epicenters of these temblors were all recorded at the western flanks of the volcano, which remains under Alert Level 1. Observers also noted the volcano has a released weak emission of white steam-laden plume which rose to 300 meters before drifting to the southeast.Ground deformation data from continuous GPS measurements indicated a slight deflation of the lower and mid slopes since January 2020. Majority of the tremors were minor, although one earthquake, a magnitude 3, was recorded at 5:07 a.m. yesterday and was felt at Intensity II in La Carlota City in Negros Occidental, it added.center_img Short-term electronic tilt monitoring on the southeastern flanks recorded continuing deflation on the lower slopes but inflation on the mid slopes since April 2020.The parameters were noted to indicate that hydrothermal or magmatic activity is occurring beneath the edifice.Earlier on Monday, parts of Negros Occidental were jolted by a magnitude 4.7 earthquake waking up local residents from their slumber and prompting evacuations in high-rise buildings in Bacolod City.The Kanlaon volcano had been placed on Alert Level 1 since March of this year due to abnormal conditions observed by volcanologists.Phivolcs director, Dr. Renato Solidum, said the tremors were caused by the movement of a fault line located below the crater of the volcano.“Talagang abnormal ang Kanlaon Volcano, pero babantayan natin ng mabuti. Itong mga serye ng paglindol ay dagdag na parametro para makonsidera sa pagbabantay sa bulkan,” Solidum explained.The Phivolcs chief further explained the tremors are now getting smaller in magnitude, although they will continue monitoring the volcano’s activity.Kanlaon Volcano is located between the borders of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental. At 2,465 meters above sea level, it is the highest point in Negros Island and in the Visayas./PN Kanlaon Volcano straddles Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. At 2,465 meters above sea level, it is the highest point in Negros Island and in the Visayas. “Talagang abnormal ang Kanlaon Volcano. Babantayan natin ng mabuti itong mga serye ng paglindol,” says Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Dr. Renato Solidum. last_img read more

8 persons arrested for ‘illegal cockfighting’

first_imgPolice identified them as Danilo Zonio, 52; Roel Inac, 33; Eliseo Lachica, 37; Ronel Gomez, 27; Joseph Basid, 41; Edsel Lachica, 25; Jeffrey Del Rosario, 42; and Ralph Anthony Fernandez, 25 – all residents of the town. ILOILO City – Eight persons were caught engaging in illegal cockfighting in Barangay Bulwang, Numancia, Aklan. Two game fowls and P4,740 bet money were recovered during the suspects’ apprehension around 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 2 were The suspects were detained in the custodial facility of the Numancia municipal police station, facing charges for charges for violation of Presidential Decree 449, or the Cockfighting Law of 1974./PNlast_img read more

Retirees

first_imgThis fall at least two of the more successful football programs in the area will have new coaches. Milan has just named Ed Wagner as their new coach. Ed is coming from Bedford North Lawrence where he has been a teacher and coach for the past 7 years. East Central, earlier this year, named current assistant Justin Roden their new coach replacing Tim Behlmer who retired. It is much more difficult to go out and find outside coaches this days. Most schools have a modified freeze on hiring which greatly restricts who you can look at as a future coach. This freeze is usually one that says only no experience or limited-experienced people can apply. Even though the administration might like to wave this for a high profile coach, the rest of the faculty would not stand for it–nor should they. Most schools will not hire head coaches in football unless they are also regular teachers in the school. I would suspect that you will see little difference in either of these two programs next fall, because their systems are well entrenched; and whoever is at the helm will do quite well. After all, Coach Roden and Coach Wagner are quite experienced and not a rookies in any sense of the term. The kids are still in place as are most of the assistant coaches. We will know in a few short weeks how this comes out. Good luck to both schools.last_img read more

Caz’s Pigskin Picks-Week #4

first_imgGAME TIME: 7 PM at The Tee Pee. GAME TIME: 7:00 PM at The Dog Pound.  Country 103.9 WRBI. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Edinburgh 3-6, South Decatur 5-4. LAST MEETING: East Central, 42-14, Sep. 7, 2012. LAST MEETING: Batesville, 45-39, 2 overtimes, sectional, Oct. 29, 2010. North Decatur (2-1) at Knightstown (2-1) LAST MEETING: Lawrenceburg, 21-20, Sep. 7, 2012. COACHES: Ryan Knigga, 18-9 in 3rd year at Lawrenceburg. Scott Moore, 30-23 in 6th year at Greensburg. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Rushville 2-7, Batesville 1-8. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: East Central 3-0, Franklin County 3-6. LAST OUTING: Rushville defeated Franklin County, 32-14. Batesville defeated South Dearborn, 52-7. COACHES: Justin Roden, 0-3 in 1st year at East Central. Shane Wellman, 8-7 in 2nd year at Franklin County. SAGARIN RATINGS: East Central, 70.48, 60th overall, 11th in Class 4A. Franklin County, 51.6, 153rd overall, 34th in Class 4A. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Shriver Field. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Knightstown, 10-6. COACHES: Rocky Alspaugh, 61-70 in 14th year at Rushville, 81-90 in 18th year overall. Eric Heppner, 123-77 in 18th year at Batesville. GAME TIME: 7:00 PM at Wildcat Field.     WRBIRADIO.COM COACHES: Tim Leonard (interim), 2-1 in 1st year at Edinburgh. Rod Martin, 17-26 in 5th year at South Decatur. Connersville (0-3) at South Dearborn (0-3) COACHES: Garry Sauley, 71-62 in 14th year at North Decatur. Kevin Miller, 2-1 in 1st year at Knightstown. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Siebel Field. Caz’s Pick:  Rushville East Central (0-3) at Franklin County (2-1) OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Lawrenceburg 1-5, Greensburg 2-7. LAST OUTING: Lawrenceburg defeated Milan, 39-38. Greensburg defeated Connersville, 28-20. Rushville (3-0) at Batesville (3-0) SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Batesville, 2-0. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: South Dearborn, 9-2. LAST OUTING: East Central lost to Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio), 56-14. Franklin County lost to Rushville, 32-14. SAGARIN RATINGS: Batesville, 53.67, 141st overall, 30th in Class 3A. Rushville, 52.22, 151st overall, 33rd in Class 3A. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Knights Stadium. Eastern Hancock (3-0) at Milan (1-2) OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Connersville 6-3, South Dearborn 7-2. LAST MEETING: South Decatur, 25-13, Sep. 8, 2012. Caz’s Pick:  Lawrencburg LAST MEETING: Knightstown, 67-21, Sep. 8, 2012. Lawrenceburg (2-1) at Greensburg (2-1) LAST MEETING: Connersville, 21-13, sectional, Oct. 19, 2012. Caz’s Pick:  Milan COACHES: Adam Kelly, 7-7 in 2nd year at Connersville. Chris Nobbe, 0-3 in 1st year at South Dearborn. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Milan, 5-2. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Eastern Hancock 4-5, Milan 7-2. SAGARIN RATINGS: Connersville, 46.4, 188th overall, 47th in Class 4A. South Dearborn, 29.85, 259th overall, 61st in Class 4A. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Greensburg, 9-6. COACHES: Pat Echeverria, 12-13 in 3rd year at Eastern Hancock. Ed Wagner, 1-2 in 1st year at Milan. Caz’s Pick:  East Central SAGARIN RATINGS: South Decatur, 29.51, 263rd overall, 35th in Class 1A. Edinburgh, 18.46, 298th overall, 50th in Class 1A. SAGARIN RATINGS: Lawrenceburg, 61.02, 106th overall, 18th in Class 3A. Greensburg, 58.37, 118th overall, 25th in Class 3A. LAST OUTING: Eastern Hancock defeated Indian Creek, 33-25. Milan lost to Lawrenceburg, 39-38. LAST OUTING: North Decatur lost to Wes-Del, 22-20. Knightstown defeated South Decatur, 28-20. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: North Decatur 5-4, Knightstown 2-7. LAST OUTING: Connersville lost to Greensburg, 28-20. South Dearborn lost to Batesville, 52-7. Caz’s Pick:  Connersville Caz’s Pick:  Knightstown Edinburgh (2-1) at South Decatur (1-2) LAST OUTING: Edinburgh defeated Trinity Lutheran, 52-38. South Decatur lost to Knightstown, 28-20. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: East Central, 16-2. SAGARIN RATINGS: Knightstown, 39.65, 214th overall, 34th in Class 2A. North Decatur, 35.16, 230th overall, 22nd in Class 1A. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Panther Field. LAST MEETING: Milan, 30-19, Sep. 8, 2012. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: South Decatur, 15-3. SAGARIN RATINGS: Eastern Hancock, 55.33, 130th overall, 3rd in Class 1A. Milan, 51.34, 157th overall, 22nd in Class 2A. Caz’s Pick:  Edinburghlast_img read more

Bulldogs Boys Soccer Awards

first_imgThe 2013 BHS Boys Soccer team post season awards were recently announced.In addition to the individual awards, the Varsity team won the BHS Invitational for the 5th consecutive year, finished 2nd in the EIAC and Runner up in the 2A Sectional at Madison, broke a school record for shutouts in a season (11) and broke a school record for fewest goals given up in a season (10).In addition to the BHS team awards, 8 players played in the recent North vs South Elite games.  Two players were selected to the All-District Team (John Krieger-1st team and Luis Davalos-2nd team).A total of 4 players earned All Academic Honors (Andrew Grossman, John Krieger, Matt Weiler and Seth Parker).John Krieger was select EIAC Co-MVP along with 4 other BHS players selected to the All EIAC All Conference Team (Thomas Hertel, Elliot Prickel, Luis Davalos, and Ben Locker).Batesville Boys 2013 Soccer AwardsSubmitted by Batesville Coach Chris Fox.last_img read more

Area U12 Travel Soccer Results

first_imgSEI United Blue 2, Portland (Wayne Co) 1(Players from JCD playing out of Batesville SAY)Caleb Simon 1 goal,4 shots, Justin Swinney 1 goal,2 shots, CameronGrable 1 shot, Kameron Darnold 2 shots, Morgan Sutton 2shots, RyanWilson 3shots. Dylan Swinney 6 saves as goalie win.Submitted by Larry Hammond.last_img

Bulldogs Tennis Teams Participate At C-bus North

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team competed in the Columbus North Invitational on Saturday. Batesville went 1-2 on the day.In the first match, Providence defeated Batesville 5-0. In the second match Batesville bounced back and beat Martinsville 4-1. In the final match of the day, Columbus North beat batesville 4-1.Batesville is now 9-3 on the season and will host Rushville on Tuesday at BHS.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

Bulldogs Win Hosted 3-Way MS Track Meet

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Middle Track School team hosted North Decatur and St. Louis in a 3-Way Meet.Girls Team Results:  Batesville 61, North Decatur 53, St. Louis 20.Boys Team Results:  Batesville 73, North Decatur 48, St. Louis 13.BMS Track Results vs. STL & ND (4-27)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img

Bulldogs MS Golfers Victorious At North Branch 3-Way Meet

first_imgIn a three-way meet with North Decatur and St. Louis, the Batesville Middle School Golfers came out victorious at North Branch Golf Course.In a close team battle the Bulldogs earned the top spot with a team score of 215. North Decatur followed closely with a 221, and St. Louis was only ten strokes back with a 225.Andy Gutzwiller and Meredith McCreary helped lead the Bulldogs to victory once again with the team’s #1 and #2 each shooting 51’s. Kelly Gole had a great outing with a 54, and Zach Stoneburner rounded out the top four scores with a 59. Shane Meer brought in a respectable 60 to help the Bulldogs improve to a team record of 16 – 3.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chase Mears,last_img read more

Richard “Dick” McDaniel, age 61

first_imgRichard “Dick” McDaniel, 61, of Metamora, IN died Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, where he had been a patient for several months.He was born June 20, 1954 in Laurel, IN, one of ten children of Richard and Etta Gumm McDaniel and was a lifelong resident of Franklin County.A 1972 graduate of Laurel High School, in July of 1972 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation. He was honorably discharged in 1974.On January 18, 1975, he was married to Anita Reece of Metamora in Rushville, IN. Mrs. McDaniel survives.He had been employed for several years at Sperry Rubber in Brookville and had also managed Gulley’s Sunoco Station in Metamora. For many years, he was employed by the U. S. Postal Service in both Brookville and Connersville. After his retirement, he worked as an assessor in Greensburg.In his leisure, he enjoyed watching sports, coaching basketball and was a car enthusiast. He loved spending time with his nieces and nephews.Survivors besides his wife include three brothers, Clarence McDaniel and wife, Malvery, of Ft. Wayne, IN, Walker McDaniel, of Milroy, IN and Marvin McDaniel and wife, Cheryl, of Laurel; and a number of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bill, Charlie and James and three sisters, Ginny, Gladys and Ann.Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Wayne Ison and Reverend Tom Marshall at 2 PM Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Metamora Church of God, 20152 US 52, where friends may call from 4 until 8 PM Thursday. Burial, with military rites will be in Cupps Chapel Cemetery.Memorial contributions are requested to the American Diabetes Association.Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements and friends may also visit anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.last_img read more

Bulldog Middle School Grapplers Battle Trojans

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling team lost to Sunman Dearborn 94-15 in their final home meet of the season on Thursday.Leading for the Bulldogs in Varsity math ups were Austin Pohlman and Josh Mobley, with Josh Mobley recording the team’s only pin. Reserve wins on the night included Tyler Schaeffer, Nathan Livers, and Austin Pohlman.The Bulldog Wrestling team will head to South Dearborn this Saturday for an Invitational with wrestling beginning at 9:00.Courtesy of Buldogs Coach Bob Weiler, Jr.last_img

Butlerville fire claims lives of two children

first_imgBUTLERVILLE, Ind. — Two children died in a house fire late last week near Butlerville.According to the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, crews responded to a 911 call around 11:15 PM to the 1300 block of North County Road 615 East in Campbell Township.When crews arrived the house was fully engulfed. Homeowner Kenneth Collett, 55, escaped and was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital before being transferred to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.Collett told officials he was unable to locate two children in the home because of the thick smoke and flames.The bodies of the two children, ages 3 and 4, were found after the fire was extinguished.last_img read more

Matthew “Matt” Hummel

first_imgMatthew “Matt” S. Hummel, 46 of Moores Hill passed away Sunday May 7, 2017 in Dearborn County. Matt was born in Dearborn County, IN August 28, 1970 to George and Rose (Butler) Hummel. Matt was a former RN for Christ Hospital. He enjoyed his animals and collecting antiques and vintage clothing.Matt is survived by devoted mother: Rose Hummel of Moores Hill; brothers: Scott (Amy) Hummel of Moores Hill; Joe (Amy) Ryle of Versailles; uncle: Joe (Sherry) Hummel; 2 nieces: Georgia Hummel and Whitney Rodgers; 4 nephews: Colt Hummel, Brady and Corbin Ryle, and Alex VanHoose; beloved cousin: Angie Rollins; great-niece: Sophia; 4 really good friends: Mike Emery, Mark Lay, Jamie Reynolds, Candi Brewer.  He was preceded in death by father: George Hummel and brother: David Hummel, grandparents, cousins and his beloved dogs.Celebration of his life will be May 20, 2017 1PM at his brother Scotts home. Memorials may be made P.A.W.S of Dearborn County. Sibbett-Moore entrusted with arrangements, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032 (812)744-3280.  Go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Area Football Friday Scores (9-22)

first_imgArea Football Friday Scores.Week #6  (9-22)Lawrenceburg  34     Batesville  27East Central  34     South Dearborn  0Milan  75     Edinburgh  0Franklin County  38     Greensburg  28Oldenburg  33     Trinity Lutheran  20Eastern Hancock  38     North Decatur  21Park Tudor  37     South Decatur  2Connersville  61     Indy Broad Ripple  18Lapel  42     Rushville  12Switz. County  16     Trimble County  6Cambridge City Lincoln  12     Union County  8Bedofrd North Lawrence  60     Jennings County  27New Albany  37     Madison  0last_img read more

Jane Louise Hinsky

first_imgJane Louise Hinsky, age 68 of Lawrenceburg, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Dearborn County Hospital.   The daughter of Ralph and Mary (nee: Curry) Behrman was born on February 28, 1949 in Columbus, IN.The 1967 Columbus North graduate worked for over 20 years as the Finance Director at New Horizons, and then later held the position of Finance Coordinator for Community Mental Health Care of Lawrenceburg.    In her spare time, Jane enjoyed playing and singing at her piano, traveling to Nascar races, camping, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling her grandkids.Jane will be dearly missed by Todd, her husband of 21 years; four daughters, Stephanie (Steve) Oswald of Powell, OH, Natalie (James) Carf of Rising Sun, IN, Jennifer (Aaron) Prickel of Indianapolis, IN and Lindsey (Jason) Nierman of Henryville, IN; grandchildren, Zachary & Caroline Oswald, Isaac, Claire & Elaine Prickel, and Lillian, Landon & Ella Nierman; along with her brothers John (Sharon) Behrman and Dennis (Carolyn) Behrman, both of Columbus, IN.Visitation will be Friday, February 16, 2018 from 5-8pm with 11:00am Funeral Service on Saturday, all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville.Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association c/o the funeral home. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

Dilbert Barrett

first_imgDilbert Barrett, 89, of Versailles passed away at 2:20pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home. He was born at Booneville in Owsley County, Kentucky on January 31, 1929 the son of Levi and Dora Baker Barrett. He was married to Martha Feller on September 3, 1949 and his wife of 68 years survives. Other survivors include one son Timothy (Candy) Barrett of Versailles; one daughter Marlene Smith of Westport; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother James (BJ) Barrett of Booneville, Kentucky; one sister Louise Rice of Beattyville, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Elaine Farrell, and his brothers Lee, Earl, Johnny, and Robert Barrett. Mr. Barrett retired in 1988 from Schenleys’ at Lawrenceburg where he worked as a blender for 31 years. Earlier in his career Dib worked at a veneer mill in Lawrenceburg, worked on the railroad, and also at Fisher Body. At home he was a farmer, raising tobacco, keeping bees, and producing a prize winning garden from seeds he’d saved the previous season. Retirement years also found him at McDonald’s in Versailles where he participated in the morning and afternoon “coffee clubs.” Dib was baptized at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship on October 15, 1967 and remained a faithful member until his passing. At church he served as a deacon from 1973 to present, and also served as Sunday school superintendent, assistant teacher, moderator, and as a trustee. He also participated in the Laughery Baptist Association Men’s Brotherhood and served on the association’s executive committee. He was also a member of the Hopewell Masonic Lodge at Dillsboro and in 1999 Dib was named a Kentucky Colonel. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Akers Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. The Hopewell Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 7pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Akers Friendship Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Richard “Rik” Findley

first_imgRichard P. “Rik” Findley, 67, of Osgood, died peacefully in his sleep at 12:02 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2018, at Columbus Regional Health of a massive pulmonary embolism with his wife and younger daughter present.   Burial was Monday, September 17, at Perseverance Cemetery in Osgood, just down the road from his beloved country home.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 22. The ceremony will be held at Dayspring Assembly of God in Indianapolis.  Pastor Danny May of Church on the Rock Versailles will officiate.  Anyone who knew Rik or the family is welcome to attend.  Please share or hear stories of how Rik made others laugh.Born in Enid Oklahoma, August 15, 1951, Rik was the son of Robert and Jeane Murray McCormick Findley, the third of seven children.  He was a member of the Osage Nation.  He was married to Mary Dragan for 8 years.  He married Robin McCafferty on May 1, 1988; they recently celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss.Rik spent his childhood in various states and a stint in Holland. He was a graduate of Warner Robins High School, Warner Robins, GA.  He would say he dropped out of University of Louisville playing bridge and chess.  One year he was even the unrated chess champion of North Carolina.Rik was a hard worker.  He worked at many jobs and loved learning new trades.  He worked up until the day before he became disabled in April 2016. His longest employment was as a diesel mechanic and building maintenance at Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation for 20 years.  Then he transitioned from mechanic to semi driver and drove a truck for LB Trucking for 13 years until he retired in 2016 where he received the safest driver award many years.  Everywhere Rik worked, they called him “Preacher”.Rik participated in many ministries.  He and his wife ran a shepherding home for women in crisis pregnancies.  He drove a church bus for many years.  His greatest ministry was his sense of humor.  He had code words for almost everything, and special names for his friends and family—for instance he called his daughter Claire the Bear and her unborn baby his Grandbear.  He was known to transpose letters at the drop of a hat, and use truck driver lingo, like “20”, “10-4”, “status”, and “roger that”.In his personal life, he kept the family’s vehicles in top running order.  He used to change everyone’s oil.  In later years when he wasn’t’ as mobile, he worked closely with his nephews to pass his skills on.  He always carried a pen and tire gauge on him .  He would check tire pressures on cars at family gatherings and church parking lots.  He was most famous for the homemade tomato sauce he canned for ZBM’s, his code for Zesty Bloody Mary’s.Rik’s domain was the kitchen on a weekend morning with his wife and daughters.  He would play music on his old 1970’s stereo and announce, “it’s a {name of artist} weekend”.   He would make a hungry man’s breakfast from scratch and then bring it to you.  Then he would mow the grass or shovel the walk with a song in his heart.  He loved his music.Rik was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Denny. Survivors include his siblings:  Jayne (Bill) Hunter of Mobile, Alabama, Tom (Peggy) of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Jody (Butch) Dennis of Spokane, Washington, Julie (Mark) Boyd of Franklin Tennessee, and Jeri Findley of Paducah, Kentucky.  He leaves behind 17 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by daughters Martina (Matt) Schuett of Indianapolis and Claire (Khyle) Reed of Osgood.  He is also had 2 grandchildren with one grandchild due in March.  He was honored to be the first person to the hear the heartbeat of his unborn Grandbear.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Community Healthcare Clinic of Decatur County – 415 E. Montgomery Road, Greensburg, IN 47240.last_img read more

Guardiola, Man City players face self-isolation on return to Britain

first_img Loading… Professional soccer in England was suspended last month due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the British government’s lockdown measures will be in place until at least May 7. With the Premier League aiming to resume play in June, foreign players and managers returning to England are likely to be asked to self-isolate as part of steps to curb the spread of the virus, the Times reported. The paper added that at least four managers, as well as players from several teams, could be affected. Guardiola is in Spain following the death of his mother this month, while eight City players are in their home countries.Advertisement Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and at least eight first-team players of the Premier League champions could face 14 days of mandatory self-isolation when they return to Britain for the resumption of matches, the Times newspaper reported. Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo and his coaching staff are in Portugal, while up to five players from the team are not in England, the report said. Norwich City manager Daniel Farke and Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuettl, as well as some players on their teams and Brighton & Hove Albion, are out of the country, it added. Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min began a three-week period of mandatory military service in his native South Korea on April 20. Premier League clubs are due to hold a conference call on Friday to discuss the options for finishing the season. read also: Manchester City eye Sevilla defender Pablo Perez Arsenal, West Ham United and Brighton have all re-opened their training grounds to first-team players for individual sessions as they prepare for a return. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentPink Pineapples Exist – In Case You Didn’t Know2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Our Favorite Celebs Look Like With Their Natural Hair Colorlast_img read more

Thanks for the amazing goals,Guingamp write Oparanozie

first_img Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far After the premature end of the remaining matches in France due to the coronavirus pandemic, Oparanozie ended her six-year-long career with the French outfit. Goal broke the news a week ago following reports the club released six players, including the former Super Falcons captain in preparation for their 2020-21 season, according to French tabloid the Telegram. Other players also affected alongside Oparanozie were Manon Toti, Juliette Merle, Ekaterina Tyryshkina, Carlin Hudson and Agathe Fauvel, while Mali striker Aissata Traore and Cameroon midfielder Jeannette Yango were retained. The 26-year-old joined the Division 1 Feminine side following a short spell at Turkish women’s top-flight club Ataşehir Belediyespor in 2014 and scored more than 45 goals in 106 appearances during her sojourn with the French side. And Guingamp, who the Super Falcons star captained to a French Women’s Cup semi-final before the Covid-19 outbreak, has now given their thanks to the Nigerian, who they believe will thrive with her next club. Loading… Guingamp have expressed their appreciation to Desire Oparanozie after the Nigeria striker left the French women’s top-flight club, thanking her for the ‘amazing goals’ she scored. “We’ll miss you Oparanozie. Thanks for your smile and all the amazing goals. Good luck with your new challenge,” the club wrote on Twitter. The club’s message was coming on the heels of Oparanozie’s confirmation of her departure from the club along with her farewell message where she scored six goals in 12 matches, including a 40m stunner against Paris. Before joining Guingamp from Turkey, she previously starred for Bayelsa and Delta Queens in Nigeria before launching her professional career in Europe with an initial loan to Turkish side Luleburgaz 39 Spor in 2011. In 2012, She later joined Russian giants Rossiyanka, where she scored twice in 11 games, with one of her goals for Rossiyanka coming in her first-ever Uefa Women’s Champions League campaign against Sparta Praha the same year. She moved on from the Russian side to German club Wolfsburg on a two-year deal, but only managed to feature in one match for the senior team and later being relegated to the B-team which saw her return to Turkey with Atasehir. “After six fantastic years playing in France for Guingamp, I won’t be continuing with them for the next season. I will be starting a new chapter,” Oparanozie said in a video message posted on Twitter. read also:Oparanozie: I have opened a new chapter in my career “I want to use this opportunity to thank the club, the board members, the coaching crew, my teammates and most importantly the fans. Thank you for those amazing years.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Newcastle in advanced Bosman talks with Motherwell keeper Gillespie

first_img The Evening Chronicle says goalkeeper Gillespie has left Motherwell and is expected to join the Magpies as third choice shot-stopper next term. He is understood to be a replacement for Rob Elliot.Advertisement Steve Bruce is believed to be looking at other free transfers for next season and it is the current regime who are still calling the shots on recruitment. read also:Premier League: Newcastle takeover could be complete this week Gillespie, now 28, was on United’s books as an Academy player. He made 160 appearances for Carlisle earlier in his career before playing more than 50 games for Motherwell. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Loading… Newcastle United are set to re-sign Mark Gillespie from Motherwell.last_img read more

Joshua reveals why he visited Nigeria as a non-champion

first_imgRead Also: Four-goal Shakhtar set up Europa League semi against Inter“I’ve just got a bit more of a Nigerian accent behind me now. Yeah, it was a good experience. And that was the last time I went since last year and this time I went back as a champion.“So it was important. I took my belts out there, connected with the people. So yeah, it means a lot that we went there. My cousin went there. My son went there for the first time, stuff like that. So it was good.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Previously, Anthony Joshua had visited Nigeria for six months when he was just eleven.“So what happened I think where parents find it difficult is that let’s say you’re earning a thousand pounds a month in the UK. But rather than just getting the best things here in the UK and establishing yourself, there’ll be a situation where they’re still trying to build back home.“So there was going back and forth. So my mum wanted to go back and do some business there. So what I thought was a holiday was actually me going to school.“So that’s just the way it is in a lot of these communities where it’s home to my mum, but for me, I remember just crying, walking down this long stretch of about 300 meters into boarding school. A complete culture shock.“And when I say culture shock is because of the way of the Nigerians. When you land at Nigerian Airport, you know you’re in Nigeria. You know you’re on your own. No police can save you. I mean, you got to make sure you’ve got your people, you know who you’re dealing with, someone’s coming to pick you up, that type of vibe.“So when I got there, it was just a massive culture shock that this isn’t a territory I’m familiar with. So I just had to pick it up quickly and I settled in quick.“And before I know it, I was back in the UK because my mum’s business didn’t go to plan. And here we are, again, we’re back to the estate with my friends. Advertisement Loading… Anthony Joshua has revealed why he opted to visit Nigeria after losing his world titles in devastating fashion on June 1, 2019, in the US. Across the boxing world AJ’s defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. was seen as an opportunity for the Olympic gold medalist to undergo a firm reality check. Although,  Joshua later regained his world titles months later,but in between, he decided to visit his homeland in Nigeria. Speaking during an interview on Apple’s ‘Songs for Life’ recently, the 30-year-old Joshua explained why he opted for the moment after leaving Nigeria for the UK as a child. “When I went to Nigeria the first time in maybe 17 years, I went there as a non-champion. And it was fine to go back, but people say, “Why did you come back as a non-champion?” I say, “Because you respect me as a person whether I have the belts or not. Don’t ever judge me for that. You respect me first,” said Joshua. “So that was my message as well and it was just the right time. When you’re winning, everyone wants a piece of you. When I had lost, I had more time to do what I wanted to do. “So it was just a time to go back and see family or friends. Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Most Beloved First Ladies Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingThese Hilariously Creative Shower Curtains Will Make Your Day7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more

Dortmund defender Delaney urges Sancho to resist Man Utd move

first_imgBorussia Dortmund defender, Thomas Delaney, has urged Jadon Sancho to resist Manchester United move. The winger remains a big-money target for Manchester United, though BVB directors are insisting he now won’t be sold. Delaney says: “We have better opportunities when Jadon stays. He is one of the best players in the Bundesliga. One just has to look at his goals and assists last season.Advertisement Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And UniqueTop 10 Disney Male Role Models6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And Tollywood7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone BaffledThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With Loading… center_img read also:Man Utd vow not to give up on Sancho signing despite Dortmund claims “He’s still very young and I do not know if he will get even better. But I expect a lot from him next season. “He’s just extraordinarily talented.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Souness ‘sees’ Messi playing for Man Utd

first_img Loading… Graeme Souness has sensationally called for Manchester United to make an audacious move to sign Lionel Messi. The Barcelona superstar’s time at the Nou Camp could be coming to an abrupt end following the club’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich. Messi, 33, has grown disillusioned with life at his boyhood club following numerous mounting problems behind the scenes. Reports in Spain claim he has made an ultimatum to Barca by demanding a major overhaul of changes or he’ll leave when his contract expires next year. And Souness believes Premier League duo Man City and neighbours United should waste no time in making their move. Writing in the Times, he said: “Lionel Messi looked like a man who has had enough of carrying that team; without him they wouldn’t even be good enough to qualify for the Champions League. “This would be the perfect week to put a bid in for the 33-year-old Argentinian and I could easily see him playing in Manchester — at either United or City.” With the superstar not getting any younger, Messi may not be prepared to spend the twilight of his career at a club going backwards. The real issues at Barcelona lie at the hands of president Josep Bartomeu, who has been embroiled in a string of controversial antics. One of those include paying a PR firm to attack stars such as Messi and Gerard Pique online. Pep Guardiola is likely to be favourite to reunite with Messi with the duo winning seven major pieces of silverware together including two Champions League titles. According to reports, Man City would be prepared to pay whatever it takes to land Messi if he was available. read also:Man City ready to swoop for Messi He has a huge £635million buy-out clause as part of his current contract. Italian giants Inter Milan have also been linked with a move for Messi but are unlikely to compete financially with the Premier League pair. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

Barcelona to offload Portuguese star to fund new arrivals

first_img According to the front page of Saturday’s edition of El Mundo Deportivo, three potential new arrivals in Catalonia could depend on Semedo’s exit. Ajax star Sergino Dest has been lined up as a direct replacement for Semedo at right back, with Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay also on Koeman’s radar. Read Also: Guardiola: My commitment remains the same on MessiGarcia has already confirmed he will not be extending his stay at Manchester City, amid growing rumours of a return to Barcelona.However, a deal for Depay could be more complicated, with La Blaugrana potentially unable to meet Lyon’s €30m asking price for the Dutch forward.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Barcelona’s late summer transfer business could depend on the club’s ability to sell defender Nelson Semedo in the coming weeks. The Portuguese international has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou ahead of the 2020-21 season, despite playing a regular role at the club in the last 12 months. However, the former Benfica man has been rumoured as a necessary potential big money departure to release funds for new Ronald Koeman to make other purchases.Advertisement Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One Role6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Martin wraps up 11th track title at Independence Motor Speedway

first_imgBy Ryan Clark INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 23) – Nobody has won more track championships or Late Model features at Independence Motor Speedway than Curt Martin.He added to that stellar career Saturday night.Martin, who entered the night tied atop the standings with Darren Ackerman, led all 30 laps of the IMCA Late Model feature and took the checkers half of a lap ahead of Jon Passick during Budweiser Season Championships. It was Martin’s 95th Late Model win in weekly racing history and his 11th track championship at the speedway, his first since 2006. Martin’s first track title came in 1984.Troy Cordes, Alex Zwanziger and Benji Irvine also locked up track titles by finishing the season in victory lane. Roger Ciesielski earned his first Independence win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division while Norman Chesmore earned track champion honors in that division.All feature events were lined up straight-up based on season point totals. The top four in each division’s standings were given the chance to double their money by taking the Indee Challenge – winning the feature after starting at the tail of the field. From his front row start, Martin quickly pulled away from Ackerman and extended his advantage to over a straightaway before a lap seven caution bunched the field. Martin continued his dominant performance when racing resumed and built a half a lap lead when the yellow flag again bunched the field with nine laps to go. He pulled away once more on that restart to drive to the convincing win.Cordes earned his fifth win of the year in the Performance Bodies IMCA Modified 25-lapper. He took the lead at the drop of the green while Tyler Droste worked his way past Scott Hogan for second on lap two. Cordes held the point on a lap 11 restart as he and Droste pulled away from traffic. Droste kept pace with the leader, however was unable to challenge for the win as Cordes drove to victory and his fourth track title in the division.Zwanziger earned the first track championship of his career in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division.Zwanziger set the pace at the drop of the green and built a sizable advantage over the pack. Meanwhile, Jenae Gustin, who took the challenge and started at the tail, made a quick run through the 18-car field. Gustin found herself in the top five after just six laps and worked her way past Danny Dvorak for second with three laps to go. Gustin closed the gap on the leader, however Zwanziger was too strong out front as he raced to victory in the caution-free 20-lapper. Irvine fought off heavy pressure from Justin Wacha in lapped traffic to earn his seventh win of the season and his second straight IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock track championship. Irvine built a comfortable lead until he encountered slower traffic midway through that 20-lapper. Wacha chased Irvine through the backmarkers in the waning laps and challenged to the inside of the leader, however Irvine held on for victory. All four drivers at the top of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car standings took the challenge and started at the tail of that 12-car feature. That left Jason Hocken on the pole for that 25-lapper. Hocken paced the field for the first 15 laps while Cieisielski raced into contention from a third row start. Ciesielski raced past Hocken on the 16th circuit to drive to victory.Chesmore wrapped up track championship honors by simply taking the green flag in the event. He finished fourth in the feature.last_img read more

2016 national de­cal placement program announced for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – The final portion of IMCA’s 2016 national decal program have been announced, with information released for the Stock Car division.Dirt Defender has signed on as part of that program, which also includes EngineQuest – title sponsor for both Northern and Southern regions – Speedway Motors, Intercomp, Holley, MSD, Sunoco and Fast Shafts.“The Stock Car division was the last to be announced because we wanted to confirm a couple of agreements and make sure we got Dirt Defender on board,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Now that we have those solidified we’ll get the decals distributed before the majority of our tracks open weekly.”Drivers must provide proof of decal placement to become eligible for national and regional point fund shares. Car photos can be mailed to Yoder at the IMCA home office or emailed to kyoder@imca.com.Decal packets, which also include applicable contingency sign-up forms, are being mailed beginning this month to drivers who have purchased 2016 licenses.Deadline for submitting car photos and contingency forms is Aug. 1.last_img read more

Johnson, Schroeder win green to checkered features at Arlington

first_imgThe IMCA Modified feature saw three different leaders with Chad Porter and Clint Hatlestad run­ning up front before Brandon Beckendorf made his move on the white flag lap, edging past Hat­lestad to take the lead and the win. Jason Schroeder was the Saturday Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner at Arlington Race­way. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty) Bill Johnson reeled in leader Jeremy Schultz en route to the Sprint checkers while Jason Schroeder raced from the third row at the start in winning his first Northern SportMod main of 2020.  Brett McConnell took the lead on the second circuit and stay in front to the finish of the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.center_img ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 22) – Both the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature and the Karl Kus­toms Northern SportMod feature ran green to checkered Saturday at Arlington Raceway. Jeff Larson had the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car no one could catch while Cory Probst made his move to the front of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field the last time around the track.last_img read more

Study identifies the most ‘sinful states’

first_imgBatesville, In. — A recent study by WalletHub® examined virtues and vices to determine what states are the most sinful.After reviewing 43 indicators of immorality the most sinful state in the union is Nevada. Indiana is the least sinful in the tri-state at #38, Ohio ranked #14 and Kentucky hit the list at #28.A link to the complete study is here.last_img

Twisters Roll Past Chargers

first_imgOA vs. North Decatur (4/24/19)ND          000 00                   0    1  3OA          107 2x                   10  8  1For OA: Adam Huber 0-2, run, bb; Andrew Oesterling 2-3, run, rbi, sb; Race Carle 1-2, 2 runs, rbi, bb; Chris Hautman 2-3, 2 runs, rbi; Michael Hoff 1-3, run, 2 run HR, 2 rbi; Riley Schebler 1-3, run, rbi; Patrick Thompson 0-2, run, bb; Jordan Stenger 1-3, run, rbi; Frank Moorman 0-1, sac fly rbi.Andrew Oesterling   5 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 7 k, 4 bb-Win.Varsity record: 7-5Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

Harold Ray Sturgeon

first_imgHarold R Sturgeon, age 81 of Osgood passed away on May 29, 2019 at UC Hospital in Cincinnati. Harold had spent the past few years in Manderley Health Care Center. Harold was born on February 5, 1938 the son of the late Harlow and Lulla (Cole) Sturgeon.Harold spent most of his career involved in logging and driving a truck. He lived around the Osgood community his entire life.He is survived by daughter Kim (Kelly) Harbin of Jeffersonville, son Kevin (Lori) Sturgeon of Osgood, sister Karen (Bill) Schmeltz of Columbus, 5 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Harold was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Howard Sturgeon and James Sturgeon, and grandson Kyran Denny.Visitation will be held on Friday June 7, 2019 from 9-11 am. with Funeral Services being held at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Grandview Memorial at Madison, IN. All services will be held at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Memorials maybe made out to Manderley Health Care Center event fund in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Be on the lookout for criminal activity

first_imgGreenburg, IN—The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the community to an increase in criminal activity including thefts and home/barn break-ins in Jackson Township specifically on County Road 1000 West between 500 South and 700 South. If you see any suspicious vehicles or persons that aren’t familiar in that area, call 911 immediately, and Decatur County Sheriff deputies will respond to investigate.last_img

Eagles Middle School CC Teams Participate In Tri-Meet

first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in a three-way meet at Switzerland County on Tuesday evening (9/10) along with Shawe.The JCD Girls’ team finished 2nd. The JCD Boys’ team was incomplete. Sept10@SwitzCountyCourtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.last_img

Flu Shots Available

first_imgBrookville, IN—   The Franklin County Health Department will be giving flu shots at their office in the Franklin County Government Center located at 1010 Franklin Ave., Room 210, Brookville.Hours for flu shots will be: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost for a regular flu shot will be $25. Several types of insurance are accepted for adults and children. (Insurance card is required at the time of vaccination).Call the Health Dept. to see if your insurance is accepted. We have a limited amount of flu vaccine for children age 6 mos. through 18 yrs. that are uninsured or on Medicaid. Please call 765-647-4322 for more information.last_img read more