Rape victim complains of new delay in Tunisia police trial

first_imgTUNIS – A woman who accused Tunisian policemen of raping her more than a year ago complained Monday that the trial has been repeatedly delayed, saying she cannot sleep at night.The trial opened last year but has been bogged down by repeated delays.“I can’t wait any longer. Why do they push (the trial) back every time? I don’t sleep at night. It’s causing me huge suffering,” the young woman, known by the pseudonym Meriem Ben Mohamed, told AFP. Three police officers have been held in custody in connection with the case, two of them, Chawki Ben Ammar and Walid Feriani, on rape charges and the third on charges of extortion.Police say they found the woman and her boyfriend having sex in their car in a Tunis suburb in September 2012.The prosecution claims they then took the woman to a police car, where two of them raped her, while the third policeman allegedly tried to extort money from her fiance at a bank cashpoint.The latest delay was caused by the absence of one of the policemen, Ben Ammar, because of poor health, lawyers for Ben Mohamed said after a brief closed hearing.The case was adjourned until February 13.“The trial is a grave injustice for this young woman because she is forced to defend and to justify herself,” her lawyer, Martin Pradel, said after Monday’s adjournment.last_img read more

Anuruddha Ratwattes son Chanuka Ratwatte arrested

Chanuka Ratwatte, the son of former Minister Anuruddha Ratwatte, was arrested by the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today.Ratwatte, who is the brother of Parliamentarian Lohan Ratwatte, was arrested over alleged financial fraud. Chanuka Ratwatte was produced in court and remanded till September 28. (Colombo Gazette)

UN partners seek 106 million in humanitarian aid for droughthit Kenya

Images of the impact caused by the drought in northern Kenya. Photos: Rita Maingi/OCHA “We as the UN family and the humanitarian community stand with the Government and people of Kenya to address the devastating effects of the drought on some of the country’s most vulnerable communities,” said Siddharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya, urging donors to pledge additional resources to support relief efforts in the critical months ahead. A news release from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the previous appeal for Kenya, launched in March 2017, has been only 43 per cent funded. The revised appeal, which covers September to December 2017, complements the Government’s 13-month extended response plan. However, the third phase of the Government’s response is likely to be delayed due to political developments, making the revised appeal even more critical. “The Government of Kenya is doing its part with its resources stretched to breaking point. So should we,” said Mr. Chatterjee. An estimated 5.6 million people have been affected by the drought, including 3.4 million people lacking enough food. Of them, 2.6 million people face severe food insecurity, including 500,000 experiencing ‘emergency’ levels of food insecurity. A total of 369,277 children in the arid and semi-arid counties of Kenya now require urgent treatment for acute malnutrition, and, in the worst-affected counties, like Turkana South, the acute malnutrition rate is as high as 37 per cent, more than twice the emergency threshold of 15 per cent. read more

India wins toss to bat 1st in opening test vs Australia

ADELAIDE, Australia — India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the first test against Australia at a sun-drenched Adelaide Oval on Thursday.Batting-friendly conditions are expected with the temperature in Adelaide expected to hit 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) on the opening day of the Australian test summer.“Looks like a pretty nice hard wicket with a good coverage of grass on it,” Kohli said. “Runs on the board will be handy.”India selected hard-hitting batsman Rohit Sharma, who was favoured at No. 6 over allrounder Hanuma Vihari. Emerging 19-year-old batsman Prithvi Shaw was ruled out after sustaining a left ankle injury in a warm-up match against the Cricket Australia XI last week in Sydney.World No.1 India has never won a test series in Australia, but comes into the four-match contest with optimism against a weakened and embattled home side.Australia will be without former captain Steve Smith, star opener David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft after the trio were suspended for their part in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March.Opener Marcus Harris will make his test debut and recalled batsman Peter Handscomb will come in at No. 5. Vice-captain Mitchell Marsh was dropped after a poor series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.“It was difficult (to leave out allrounder Marsh) but we have three quicks and Nathan (Lyon) who can do the job and they are really fresh,” Australia captain Tim Paine said.The Adelaide test has reverted to a traditional red ball contest for the first time since 2014. The Board of Control for Cricket in India refused Cricket Australia’s request for the series opener to be played as a day-night match and with a pink ball.___Lineups:Australia: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.India: K.L. Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara , Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Sri Lanka, and Nigel Llong, England.TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney, New Zealand. Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsTristan Lavelette, The Associated Press read more

Lyra McKee Priest calls for new beginning in Northern Ireland as Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn and Leo Varadkar arrive at the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee Crowds gathered as the funeral cortege arrived outside St Annes Cathedral in Belfast The coffin is carried into the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne's Cathedral Theresa May, in between Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (left) and President Michael Higgins, at the service Father Magill said he “dares to hope” that the tragedy can be “the doorway to a new beginning”.He also recalled speaking with Miss McKee as she researched her book The Lost Boys, about youngsters who had disappeared in the past, describing her as “like a dog with a bone” about the project.”I certainly experienced her gentle, determined doggedness,” he said.”I pray her work will be taken up and that their bodies will be found and, even more importantly, that there will be no more lost boys or lost girls.”When I consider Lyra’s determination, it strikes me that she was the embodiment of the St Gemma’s school motto: truth and charity.”Speaking ahead of her funeral, her mother Joan, brothers Gary and David, and sisters Joan Hunter, Nichola Corner and Mary Crossan paid tribute to her as “a best friend and confidante”. “This was no accident. There is nothing that can justify this murderous act and you are being called out for what you really are.” Lyra McKee's funeral will take place at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast this afternoon Lyra McKee’s funeral will take place at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast this afternoonCredit:AFP Ms McKee’s funeral was intended to be a cross-community, cross-border and multi-cultural service.Those attending were asked to wear Harry Potter and Marvel Comic merchandise in tribute to the journalist’s love of both works.The New IRA admitted responsibility for the murder on Tuesday in a statement given to The Irish News.Using a recognised code word to authenticate the statement, the group offered “full and sincere apologies” to Ms McKee’s family and friends, claiming: “We have instructed our volunteers to take the utmost care in future when engaging the enemy, and put in place measures to help ensure this.” Miss McKee was killed during clashes with police and New IRA dissidents She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The war in Ireland is over, the conflict is over, the IRA arms have been destroyed or put beyond use.”We have a new democratic dispensation and it is so important we make that work, that institutions of government work.”She added: “They are a tiny, unrepresentative group that have no plan, that have no strategy.”If their alibi (for the killing of journalist Lyra McKee) is they are seeking to advance the cause of republicanism, they are very far off the mark.” Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the New IRA “unreservedly” following the statement. A priest has called on the murder of Lyra McKee to be “the doorway to a new beginning” for Northern Ireland, as it was claimed the journalist was planning to propose to her partner.Father Martin Magill said Miss McKee’s lasting legacy should be peace at her funeral earlier today in St Annes Cathedral attended by political leaders including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.Miss McKee, 29, was killed during clashes between police and New IRA dissidents on the Creggan estate in Londonderry, on April 18.Father Magill said: “I dare to hope that Lyra’s murder on Holy Thursday night can be the doorway to a new beginning. I detect a deep desire for this.””To those who had any part in her murder, I encourage you to reflect on Lyra McKee, journalist and writer, as a powerful example of ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’. Theresa May, in between Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (left) and President Michael Higgins, at the serviceCredit:Brian Lawless/PA In a statement, the family said: “On Thursday 18th April our beautiful Lyra was taken from us.”A daughter, a sister, an aunt, a great-aunt, a partner, a niece, a cousin, and above all, a best friend and confidante to so many of us.”A friend to all, a gentle innocent soul who wouldn’t wish ill on anyone. Such a warm and innocent heart, she was the greatest listener, someone who had time for everyone.” Around 600 mourners were packed inside the cathredal, where Jeremy Corbyn was seen speaking to Leo Varadkar and Arlene Foster.Fellow journalists formed a guard of honour as the service began.Father Magill, addressing the congregation, urged the New IRA, a dissident republican group which apologised for Miss McKee’s murder, to walk away from violence.”To those still intent on violence, I ask you to listen to the majority of the people on your beloved island of Ireland who are calling on you to stop.” “I plead with you to take the road of non-violence to achieve your political ends.”Following the service, Miss McKee’s friend Stephen Lusty said she was planning to propose to her partner Sara Canning and showed her pictures of an engagement ring she had identified.Mr Lusty said: “She made me put a date in my diary for the wedding in Donegal in 2022 and gave me strict instructions to wear my kilt, which she always wanted to borrow, adorn it with some Harry Potter, and to find or re-find my own version of Sara.” DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein leader Mary-Lou McDonald sat next to one another at the funeral Credit:Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye Mrs May represented the Government alongside Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley at St Anne’s Cathedral this afternoon. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was also present at the funeral.Other political leaders in attendance included Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and President Michael Higgins, as well as Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.The journalist’s funeral cortege arrived outside the cathedral for the 1pm service after passing a gay nightclub, where mourners stood with rainbow flags.Crowds gathered on the streets broke into applause as the cortege arrived.Mrs May spoke with Miss McKee’s partner Sara Canning and the rest of her family, including her mother Joan McKee, as she arrived at the funeral. DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein leader Mary-Lou McDonald sat next to one another at the funeral  The New IRA admitted responsibility for Miss McKee's death following violent clashes in Londonderry Crowds gathered as the funeral cortege arrived outside St Annes Cathedral in BelfastCredit:Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Earlier today, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn missed Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) as they travelled to Belfast to attend the funeral. The McKee family added: “She was a smart, strong-minded woman who believed passionately in inclusivity, justice and truth. The coffin is carried into the funeral service of murdered journalist Lyra McKee at St Anne’s CathedralCredit:Liam McBurney/PA Miss McKee was killed during clashes with police and New IRA dissidentsCredit:PA The New IRA admitted responsibility for Miss McKee’s death following violent clashes in LondonderryCredit:Niall Carson/PA Jeremy Corbyn and Leo Varadkar arrive at the funeral of journalist Lyra McKeeCredit:Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters “Lyra spoke to and made friends with anybody and everybody, no matter what their background, those of all political views and those with none. This openness, and her desire to bring people together, made her totally apolitical.”They said: “We would ask that Lyra’s life and her personal philosophy are used as an example to us all as we face this tragedy together.”Lyra’s answer would have been simple, the only way to overcome hatred and intolerance is with love, understanding and kindness.”Sara Canning, Ms McKee’s partner, said previously: “Our hopes and dreams and all of her amazing potential was snuffed out by this single barbaric act.” Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley rejected the New IRA’s apology in a statement to the House of Commons yesterday relating to the death of the Miss McKee.She said: “It remains the case across Northern Ireland that small numbers of dissident republican terrorists remain intent on killing.”What we have seen in the days since Lyra McKee’s death is that the communities that they claim to represent and seek to control don’t want them.”Ms Bradley later said: “To those responsible for this act of terrorism, we say we have heard your excuses and your hollow apologies. No-one buys it. The New IRA is an amalgam of armed groups opposed to the peace process and it recently claimed responsibility for parcel bombs sent to London and Glasgow in March.Police believe the violence was orchestrated in response to an earlier search by officers aimed at averting imminent trouble associated with the week’s anniversary of the Easter Rising. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Thon rouge les Français souhaitent larrêt de sa commercialisation

first_imgThon rouge : les Français souhaitent l’arrêt de sa commercialisationFrance – 65% des Français déclarent souhaiter l’interdiction de la commercialisation internationale du thon rouge, d’après un sondage CSA-Greenpeace paru vendredi 22 janvier.D’après cette même enquête, 74% des Français considèrent que le thon rouge est une espèce menacée, seuls 9% ont un avis contraire. 78% se disent prêts à arrêter d’en consommer contre 14% qui ne le souhaitent pas.”Combien de fois devra-t-on rappeler que la population de thons s’effondre de 80% sur les vingt dernières années ?”, se demande François Chartier, chargé de campagne Océans à Greenpeace France.Les Français ne sont pas les seuls à se mobiliser : des chaînes de grande distribution participent également à ce mouvement, en stoppant la vente de thon rouge. De même, les Relais Châteaux n’en proposent plus depuis le 1er janvier 2010.”L’inscription en annexe 1 de la Cites, et donc l’interdiction de la commercialisation internationale du thon rouge, sans condition et sans délai, est l’unique solution pour sauver l’espèce”, affirme François Chartier.Le 25 janvier 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Affaire Allègre la question climatique débattue à huis clos à lAcadémie des

first_imgAffaire Allègre : la question climatique débattue à huis clos à l’Académie des sciencesFrance – Hier se tenait à l’Académie des sciences un débat né des suites de “l’affaire Allègre”. En toute discrétion et à huis clos, climatologues et climatosceptiques ont débattu de la réalité du changement climatique. C’est la ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche Valérie Pécresse qui avait exigé la tenue de ce débat le 1er avril dernier. Une vingtaine de climatologues et autres spécialistes de la question climatique sont intervenus devant une centaine d’académiciens, pour la plupart étrangers à ce domaine scientifique. Comme le précisait la saisine de Mme Pécresse, cette rencontre devait “permettre la confrontation sereine des points de vue et des méthodes et établir l’état actuel des connaissances scientifiques sur le changement climatique”. Une sérénité toute relative, puisque ce ne sont pas moins de 600 scientifiques en colère qui avaient exprimé il y a quelques mois leur vif mécontentement, après les déclarations de Claude Allègre et Vincent Courtillot, célèbres pour leurs positions climatosceptiques. Cette journée, préparée par un comité de pilotage, s’est appuyée sur une quarantaine de textes de travail rédigés par des académiciens et par des personnalités des sciences du climat, à l’invitation de l’Académie. L’assemblée réunie le 20 septembre, constituant un auditoire pluridisciplinaire exigeant, devait permettre d’appréhender le sujet dans ses diverses composantes, car la science du climat est un domaine particulièrement complexe, de par l’interaction des différentes disciplines impliquées.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Le débat a été structuré en quatre sessions successives, chacune pilotée par des rapporteurs et débutant par un état des lieux. Cette présentation, suivie systématiquement d’exposés et d’une discussion générale, devait permettre de “distinguer les faits scientifiquement acquis et les incertitudes, ainsi que des questions non résolues, dans l’objectif de dégager des orientations de recherche prioritaires”. Problème : au lendemain de la rencontre, de nombreux intervenants ne cachent pas leur déception. Ils évoquent la pauvreté d’une discussion biaisée et orientée, de même qu’un temps de parole trop court et inégal.Selon le communiqué de presse publié par l’Académie, un rapport sur ce débat rédigé à partir des contributions écrites et orales sera publié d’ici la fin du mois d’octobre. Le 21 septembre 2010 à 16:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

2 hospitalized following altercation involving machete in Coconut Grove

first_imgIf you have any information on this incident, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Two people have been transported to the hospital following some kind of altercation involving a machete in Coconut Grove.Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along Grand Avenue and Douglas road, around 2:56 p.m., Monday.According to police, a man started a verbal argument with another man who was eating in the area.Police said the argument escalated, and the man then used a machete to stab the man who was eating.Officials said the victim was able to defend himself and stabbed his attacker after managing to take the machete away.Rescue crews transported both men to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center with stab wounds. The victim is in stable condition, while the other man is in critical condition and in police custody.Police are still actively investigating at the scene. last_img read more

Youth Treatment Units Complete Russian River Bank Restoration Project

first_imgThis partnership has allowed at risk youth to give back to the community, learn the importance of hard work, teamwork and accomplishing goals, while allowing them an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and develop healthy outlets and social skills. The Core Cognitive Restructuring Unit in combination with the Boys Treatment Unit at McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC), in Anchorage, traveled to the Kenai Peninsula to put up fencing around the river.  MYC has assisted the U.S. Forest Service and the Stream Watch Volunteers with this project for over 20 years. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Russian River opens today, and a group of youths worked over the weekend to complete the Russian River Bank Restoration Project.  The MYC Boys Treatment Unit, in Anchorage,  works with youths on substance abuse issues. However, they also offer treatment on other levels, such as victim impact, self-esteem, anger management, and life skills. The CCR Unit provides treatment to male juveniles who have been adjudicated for sexual offenses, or non-sex offenses with significant inappropriate sexual behaviors in their histories. The program itself is based on a relapse prevention model educating young offenders in the strategies and skills they will need in the community to remain offense free. Photo Courtesy of: Alaska Health and Social Serviceslast_img read more

Best preE3 video game deals and sales

first_img Epic Game Store: Journey – normally $14.99, now $4.99 PSN Store: Days Gone – normally for $59.99, now $39.99 0 Xbox Store: Forza Horizon 4 – normally $59.99, now $29.99 Comments E3 2019: The most anticipated games of gaming’s most anticipated show thatgamecompany Microsoft $39 at PSN Store Gaming When it first came out for the PS3 in 2012, Journey was critically acclaimed and won several Game of the Year awards. The game was only available on the PlayStation platform but was ported to PC on June 6. The Epic Game Store is a new online store for PC games, and it’s in the middle of its first major sale where games priced $14.99 and higher will receive an automatic $10 discount making Journey $4.99. Other DealsTelltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final SeasonWalking Dead ($4.99)Shakedown Hawaii ($4.99) Sony Interactive Entertainment Microsoft also started its E3 sale on June 7. Along with discounts for its Xbox One game, the company also released a Fortnite bundle that includes a purple console and the Dark Vertex skin for the game. Like with the PlayStation sale, the Xbox Store purchases are for digital downloads of the games while other retailers are matching prices for the physical copies.  Nintendo will kick off its E3 sale of Nintendo Switch and 3DS game at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, which is right after the company will hold its E3 Nintendo Direct.center_img $5 at Epic Games Store $29 at Microsoft Released in October 2018, Forza Horizon 4 was a big hit among critics. The open-world racing game gives players photorealistic graphics combined with an exhausting amount of races using some of the fastest cars in the world. Other dealsResident Evil 2 Remake ($35.99)Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 ($38.99) Share your voice Days Gone came out on the PS4 at the end of April, and it didn’t have the most ideal launch. Various issues kept the game from higher reviews scores, but the latest patches fixed a myriad of problems resulting in praise from players. Other dealsMarvel’s Spider-Man ($19.99)God of War ($19.99) More from E3 E3 is here and it’s full of game deals.  James Martin/CNET The pre-E3 2019 festivities started Saturday with EA Play, and the game sales, at least most of them, have already started. Publishers and developers across all platforms discounted some of their biggest games of the year so far as well as other quality titles. Sony started its Days of Play sale on June 7, featuring discounts on both first-party and third-party game as well as new Steel Black PS4. These games are digital only, but retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and others are matching some prices on physical copies of the game.  17 Photos Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Steam doesn’t have a particular E3 sale as of yet, but the new Epic Game Store and it’s Mega Sale is still up and running with big discounts on certain PC games.  How to preorder all the new games Watch every E3 video game trailer Nintendo recap: New Zelda sequel, Banjo-Kazooie, Luigi’s Mansion and more E3 2019: Complete coverage on GameSpot E3 2019: Complete coverage on CNETlast_img read more

Ferry plan calls for smaller ships public management

first_imgCrew members wrap up a safety drill on the deck of the ferry Malaspina during a sailing from Juneau to Haines Sept. 18, 2017. The ferry system faces changes to its fleet as part of a larger reform plan. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A plan to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System calls for replacing some ferries with smaller, more efficient vessels. Backers want it to be run by an independent corporation and negotiate its own labor contracts.Listen nowMany Alaska Marine Highway ferries are showing signs of age. Fares are rising and sailings have become less frequent. Most importantly, funding is dropping, pointing to what could be dark times ahead.“We can continue to admire the problem, and the resulting report, like has happened so many times in the past. Or, we can do something,” Marc Luiken said. He’s the commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, which includes the ferry system.And the report Luiken is talking about? It’s a near-final draft of a plan to change how the marine highway is managed, and in some cases, operated.Jim Calvin of the McDowelll Group speaks as part of a panel on reforming the Alaska Marine Highway System Sept. 19, 2017, in Haines. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)“I strongly suggest crafting legislation necessary to move this effort forward and create a public corporation that will take over governance of the system,” Luiken said at the Southeast Conference annual meeting Sept. 20 in Haines.The report was produced by consultants for a statewide committee planning for the ferry system’s future. It’s a cooperative effort involving government and the Southeast Conference. The regional development organization formed in the 1950s to lobby for the ferry system’s creation.The new corporation would continue to receive state and federal funds. But backers say it would provide a buffer between the ferry system and shifting political priorities. Susan Bell is a former state commerce commissioner who is with the McDowell Group, which contributed to the report.“It’s not a complete divorce from state government,” Bell said during a panel discussion and presentation at the Southeast Conference meeting. “There’s a lot of ways that the public has accountability. There’s a lot of ways that other agencies, like departments of transportation, law and administration, can continue to support it.”The corporation would have its own staff, overseen by a seven-member board appointed by the governor. It’s modeled, in part, on the Alaska Railroad Corp.Former Transportation Commissioner Mark Hickey was part of the effort to create that corporation in the mid-1980s.“If I were in charge of the world, I would do a bill where I’m as far away from all the rest of state government as I possibly can be. Have your own lawyers, do your own labor negotiations. You can’t do that completely; you’re going to be tied. But generally, push to have freedom and autonomy,” Hickey said.An onboard diagram illustrates what’s on the ferry Matanuska’s Bridge Deck on Sept. 20, 2017. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Another major change is how and when the system would be funded.Jim Calvin is senior economic analyst for the McDowell Group.“The reason that you want this sort of advanced planning opportunity, the forward funding that can support this advance planning, is so people can plan accordingly. Particularly businesses that need long lead times to plan their business operations around the service that the marine highway can provide,” Calvin said.The state Legislature would have to agree for the plan to work. That’s been a difficult battle for the education budget, which has had much broader support.“Forward funding at a year in advance, in this budgetary climate? I think it’s a bridge too far,” Sen. Bert Stedman, a Sitka Republican, said.Stedman said the whole reform plan could leave the system open to deeper budget cuts. He called forward funding “a novel idea.” But he pointed to a recently identified budget switch that could leave the ferries without operational funds this spring.“I think you’re on the wrong track. I think the forward funding issue should be to try to get it funded through June of this year,” Stedman said.Rep. Sam Kito, a Juneau Democrat, had a different take. He said he’ll introduce legislation to forward fund the system.A third significant operational change is labor relations.Bell said the corporation would take over contract negotiations. That would allow it to change work rules, which could reduce staff and bring operational savings.“We think that the system would benefit from a more direct relationship between marine highway governance and the unions. We believe not only the change to the corporate structure, but direct negotiations will enhance that,” Bell said.The report said wages and benefits make up about 60 percent of the ferry system’s costs. It recommends moving toward smaller and simpler ships, with fewer staff.“We’re not going to be helping the workforce,” Capt. Joan Sizemore, a marine pilot working in Southeast Alaska and a former ferry employee, said. “It seems to be that the impetus right now is to cut costs by removing people. And if you have fewer people working on those ferries, that’s fewer dollars spent in Alaska.”The ferry reform plan calls for the fleet to remain at nine ships, the current number of active vessels.But two large ferries, the Columbia and the Kennicott, would be gone. The same could happen to the fast ferries.Capt. John Reeves of the Elliott Bay Design Group said several ships could be phased out and replaced.“Some of the shorter routes, you don’t necessarily need to have a crew on board 24/7 because the vessel is just making shorter runs. So we can have a different vessel (that) has a smaller crew, it’s cheaper to operate, but still provides the same service to the communities,” Reeves said.The ferry reform report also includes what it calls a minimal service model.That would reduce the fleet from nine to seven ships and the annual weeks of service by about 20 percent.The committee overseeing the ferry reform project is gathering public comments through Oct. 6.More information is available at Alaska Marine Highway Reform Project website.last_img read more

GHMC imposes Rs 10k fine on Golconda PS

first_imgHyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has imposed fine of Rs 10,000 on Thursday against Golconda police station for setting up an unauthorised flexi at Golconda Fort. In the part of regular inspection, Vigilance team of GHMC found an unauthorised flexi which is meant for welcoming public to Golconda Fort for Bonalu Festival which was installed by the Golconda police at the Fort. GHMC Under sections 329, 402, 403, 413, 421, 487, 509, 521, 596 and 674 of HMC Act, 1955 imposed fine of Rs 10,000 on the name of Golconda Station House Officer (SHO).last_img read more

Aatmiya Sammelanam at Osmania University police station

first_imgOsmania University: The East Zone Osmania University Police on Sunday held an ‘Aatmiya Sammelanam’ for the staff and family members of its police station. Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, along with his spouse Vasundara Sinha, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, the CP said that due to the support of the family members as their backbone, the police personnel are able to perform their duties amidst high tensions and emergency. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Additional DCP-East Zone T Govinda Reddy along with Kacheguda ACP S Sudhakar, Inspectors Rajashekhar Reddy and L Ramesh Naik cordially received all the family members at the police station. Cultural programmes were organised for the entertainment of family members. Nearly 250 family members participated in the event.last_img read more

Need Help to Grow Your Business Faster Heres Four Ways to Clone

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » September 28, 2017 “Entrepreneurship is connecting, creating, and inventing systems — be they businesses, people, ideas, or processes. A job is the act of following the operating system someone else created.”  – Taylor Pearson, The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the nine-to-five.As a business owner, it’s your job to create systems that deliver value to the marketplace. All too often the overworked, burnt-out business owner has forgotten this. These business owners believe that they can manually do everything in their business themselves. It’s as if they’ve created a job for themselves, instead of a business. If you can’t take a week off without taking a hit to your income, you may have lost your way on the entrepreneurial path.Here’s four ways to clone yourself and grow your business in less time.Related: Create Value — Not Just Buzz1. Build a team around you.When Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked, “as a self-made man, what’s your blueprint for success?” He replied, “I am not a self-made man. I got a lot of help.” If you asked any high achiever (who is honest), they would agree with Isaac Newton who said, “if I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”Now, for the entrepreneur, this means that you use mentors, and learn from the great thinkers and entrepreneurs who came before you. This statement also means that you need to hire a team. You can’t do everything in your business alone if you want to grow. Start by outsourcing low level tasks, and focus your time on high value tasks that will impact your bottom line. From there, move on to hiring strategic team members to take over day to day operations so that you can focus on the 10,000 foot view of the business.Build relationships with those ahead of you so that you too can stand on the shoulders of giants.Related: Six Steps to Build a Strong Team2. You will need to advertise.Lead generation is one primary function necessary for a business to survive, grow and thrive. Without new potential opportunities for revenue coming into the business, most entrepreneurs’ businesses will slowly die out, like a plant starved of sunlight.To ensure healthy growth of your company, you should have new leads coming into the business every single day of the week. If this sounds like a lot of work, it is. Rather than manually doing all of the lead generation yourself, try advertising. Lead generation refers to bringing new potential customers into the business, and offering them your products or services. When done correctly, you can bring leads in to the business every day on autopilot.While Facebook advertising gives you access to an audience of over 1.5 billion people, Social Media Examiner estimates that 59 percent of business owners received a negative ROI on their social media efforts, including Facebook. Of the remaining 41 percent, only one-third of those business owners reported earning more than $2,000 on their social media efforts. In short, most people will fail when they dabble in paid social advertising. Use a seasoned pro to get the best results on your social media.Don’t let this scare you away. Investing in a profitable lead generation is one of the best investments you will ever make in your business.Related: The Six Best Advertising Strategies for Small Business3. Sell digital assets.Imagine if you built a house that you could sell over and over and over again to every interested buyer, instead of just once to the highest bidder. Sounds pretty nice, right?Unfortunately, with physical assets, you can sell them once. Sure you can rent them too, but that’s generally also only to one customer. By creating “digital assets,” you can rent or sell your asset to as many people as want to buy. A “digital asset” is created once, then sold over and over again. This includes ebooks, apps, training programs, online courses, software, permits and licenses.Michael Jackson died in 2009 but his estate earned $826 million in 2016 because he owned and sold digital assets — licenses to his own songs and songs by musicians such as the Beatles and Bob Dylan. This huge sum is largely due to the sale of MJ’s stake in the publishing company Sony/ATV which owns the aforementioned licenses. Ever after his death his “business” continues to make money.Now, you aren’t a deceased world-famous pop stars, but most business owners can create an offering in the form of online training or the use of licensing of intellectual property. Almost every business can sell a digital asset of one sort or another.If you sell a physical product, can you sell training on how to use your product? Can you license your product to another company? If you’re in the restaurant business, can you franchise your concept and get paid for your brand? If you’re a personal trainer, can you take your training online? If you’re a consulting company, can you sell software that helps your clients achieve their desired result?Try to imagine how someone else could benefit from your intellectual property.Related: Selling an Asset? Here’s How to Calculate Digital Assets.4. Automate.Now more than ever, it is possible for any business owner to automate tasks in their business. One of first places to look in regards to automation is in your marketing. Automate your follow up with leads to provide value, establish credibility and continue to make offers to your prospective customers. Do this using an email sequence that is designed to take your potential buyers through the buying cycle without you having to manually do it all.Related: 15 Tools to Create Automation in Your Small BusinessImagine having a full time salesperson on your team who works 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can talk to every single prospect at once. That is what it’s like to have a well timed follow up sequence in place in your business. If you can’t make a sale, and provide value to your customer without showing up to work in the morning, I hate to break it to you, but you may have a job you’ve created for yourself, instead of a business that works for you.To learn how to turn your expertise into a scalable training program, start selling digital assets, and learn to get paid whether you’re in the office or on the beach. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 6 min readlast_img read more

Finolhu Villas offers 52 solar powered chateaux in Maldives

first_imgTravellers can now check into Maldives’ first ever entirely solar powered five star resorts, to mitigate their carbon footprint.Finolhu Villas comprise of 52 solar-powered villas located on an exclusive island in the Indian Ocean. Designed by New York firm Yuji Yamazaki Architecture (YYA), the project was completed earlier this year.Situated on the island of Gasfinolhu, measuring just 5 hectares (12.3 acres), the development is home to up to 100 staff and a like number of visitors, year-round. A typical villa on the resort measures a total of 168 sq m, and is located a stone’s throw from the beach. The interior includes a lounge, patio, private pool, dressing room, and a minibar. Besides, there are strategically placed operable windows and wooden shade screens, which acts as a substitute for air-conditioning.The resort is also self-sufficient in electricity given the presence of 6,224 sq m of photovoltaic panels and a large battery array.last_img read more

The March of Housing Market Performance

first_imgThe March of Housing Market Performance Share Sales increased by around 29% month over month in March, according to the latest RE/MAX National Housing Report. However, RE/MAX notes that March’s data is still the lowest in five years, and 8.6% lower than March 2018.“It was encouraging to see month-over-month sales improve during March,” said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. “Although the seasonal bounce that typically ends the first quarter wasn’t as strong as in the past few years, conditions are in place for a healthy spring selling season. Falling interest rates, rising inventory and moderating price increases against the backdrop of a healthy overall economy are cause for optimism for buyers and sellers alike.”March was the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year sales declines and the sixth straight month of year-over-year inventory growth. Housing activity in the report’s 54 markets nationwide also saw the Median Sales price grow by 3.4% year-over-year—notably smaller than the year-over-year increases in February (5.5%) and January (4.6%).  However, the median sales price has risen by more than 3% year-over-year in 17 of the last 18 months.According to RE/MAX, the average number of closed transaction is up by 28.8% month over month as of March, and down 8.6% year over year. Sales prices rose month over month and year over year, up by 2.5% from February 2019, and up 3.4% from March 2018. The current median sales price out of the 54 metro areas RE/MAX studied was $246,000. Home stayed on the market for three days less in March 2019 over February, at 59 days. This is a two day increase year-over-year. Additionally, inventory increased month over month in March by 0.3% from February 2019 and up 5.3% from March 2018. RE/MAX estimates that, given the Rate of Sales data, the Months Supply of Inventory decreased to 2.7 from 3.7 in February 2019, and from 3.0 in March 2018. Inventory got a slight boost going into April, as residential real estate building permits increased month over month according to the latest Residential Construction Report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau. Privately owned housing units authorized by building permits in April were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,296,000, 0.6 percent above the revised March rate of 1,288,000, but is 5.0 percent below the April 2018 rate of 1,364,000. Additionally, single‐family authorizations in April were at a rate of 782,000, 4.2 percent below the revised March figure of 816,000. in News, Originationcenter_img HOUSING Inventory Prices sales 2019-05-17 Seth Welborn May 17, 2019 700 Views last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 9 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. The Arizona Cardinals have newfound depth at a needed position — offensive tackle — after signing veteran Max Starks, according to general manager Steve Keim.“Any time you can turn the back end of the roster and continue to add valuable depth, we’re going to take a look at it,” Keim told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “We’ve looked at some of the young guys at that same position on our roster. We know what those guys are.” LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals GM The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The transaction spelled the end of Cory Brandon’s tenure with the Cardinals and put Bradley Sowell, who was competing for the starting position, further down the team’s depth chart. Starks, listed at 6-foot-8 and 346 pounds, is entering his 11th season in the NFL. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was on the Pittsburgh Steelers staff for eight seasons when Starks was with the team. He plays both left and right tackle, pressing positions entering the offseason for the Cardinals considering neither opening starter from 2013 is back with the team in 2014. Keim said that during Starks’ workout with the Cardinals, he looked like he was “in the best shape of his life.” But even Keim doesn’t know how Starks will contribute with the team. He was cut by the San Diego Chargers last August and appeared in just two games with the St. Louis Rams following a season in which he started 16 games at left tackle. “We’ll see in the next couple of weeks how much gas Max has left in the tank.” last_img read more

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