Incredible India Roadshows in US to Woo American Tourists

first_imgShowcasing India as a “must visit” tourist destination, the Indian government organised roadshows in four US cities to woo American travellers and make them aware of magnificent holiday options in the country.The ‘Incredible India’ roadshow was held in New York, Houston, Chicago and St Louis from June 18 to 22 during which American travel enthusiasts walked through various tourist destinations digitally and informed about travel options through experts and tour operators.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgOpener Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the crucial India-Australia quarterfinal due to his injury.He was dropped in the last match against West Indies.last_img

Cardona shines anew as Knights oust Capitals, reach North finals

first_imgA couple of days after hitting 25 points in the 94-86 Game 1 win, Cardona surpassed his MPBL career-best with 26 points that went with seven rebounds and eight assists as the Knights swept the Capitals in their best of three semifinal series.John Wilson also caught fire for the Knights as the ex NCAA Most Valuable Player finished with 19 points, including 13 in the second half where San Juan pulled away in front of another huge home crowd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Mac (Cardona) can still dominate the game if he wants to,” said San Juan coach Randy Alcantara. “He just gets distracted by calls and his teammates sometimes but we in the team know what he’s capable of as a player. We know he can help take us to the next level.”The Capitals were still on top, 49-48, early in the third period, before Cardona’s hustle plays sparked the turnaround. Wilson found his range in the fourth quarter, where he and Cardona combined for 18 points. Team Lakay stars seek place among world’s best fighters Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Getting another lease on his career, Mac Cardona is turning the MPBL Datu Cup playoffs into a showcase of his undeniable talent.Rejuvenated and focused, the former PBA scoring champion delivered another stellar performance as the San Juan Knights overwhelmed Quezon City Capitals, 106-81, to become the first team to reach the North division finals at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgGoan were not disheartened and they counter-attacked to Goan were not disheartened and they counter-attacked to earn a penalty after Harmonjit Singh Kabra brought down Rafael Coelho inside the box and Joffre Gonzalez made no mistake as his left footer found the far corner of the net in the 21st minute. The visitors were once again in the lead in the 28th minute through Dudu Omagbemi who, after receiving a through pass from Daniel Lalhimpuia, cut past onrushing keeper Kattimani and slotted the ball into the empty net to have Chennaiyin FC leading 3-2 at half time. Goa brought in Tavora in place of Mandar Rao Desai after the break and they looked more enterprising in their attack as they kept rival keeper Karanjit Singh on his toes. After coming close on several occasion substitute Tavora equalised in the 68th minute. Rafael Coelho then put Goa in the lead for the first time when he was put through by Trinade Goncalves as he beat rival keeper Karanjit Singh to find the back of the net in the 76th minute. The visitors brought fresh pairs of legs by making a couple of changes and the move paid off as they equalised in the 88th minute after Goa defender Raju Gaikwad handled the ball inside the box off a throw-in by substitute John Riise who converted the penalty with a fierce shot. But Goa had the last laugh when they scored the winner in the injury stoppage time through Tavora who cut past a rival defender on the left and essayed a shot which beat keeper Karanjit all ends up. PTI MCS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA Sioux City man has pleaded guilty in federal court to drug and child pornography charges.23-year-old Jose Ramon Ortega-Ramirez was convicted of one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession of child pornography.In a plea agreement, Ortega-Ramirez admitted that law enforcement intercepted a package from Mexico containing over a half pound of cocaine that was sent to his address in August.Ortega-Ramirez signed for the package that was delivered by an undercover agent and brought it into his home.He also admitted that he possessed nude images and video of a minor engaging in sexually explicit activity.Ortega-Ramirez remains in custody facing a possible maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment.Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand will be set after a pre-sentence report is prepared.last_img read more

10 months agoGuardiola excuses Sterling as Man City beat Leicester in Cup shootout

first_imgGuardiola excuses Sterling as Man City beat Leicester in Cup shootoutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have reached the Carabao Cup semifinals after beating Leicester City on penalties.A poor quality shootout saw the home side miss three penalties while a dinked effort went wrong for Raheem Sterling before Oleksandr Zinchenko stepped up to emphatically thump the decisive kick into the top corner to take his side through.Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead in the first half through Kevin de Bruyne’s first goal of the season – a sweet, low drive into the bottom corner.Leicester were poor in the first half but regrouped at half-time and levelled the contest through Marc Albrighton’s well-struck effort before crumbling in the shootout.Guardiola said afterwards: “A tough game, it is always difficult at Leicester. We played with a guy who is 17 years old and some injured players, it was a good game.”Raheem took that decision [to chip his penalty], unfortunately he missed it but that is OK.”Asked about Jose Mourinho’s sacking, he added: “I am always sad for the manager when that happens. We are alone in that situation. I am close to all of the managers. You are sacked when results are not good.”He doesn’t need me, he is so strong. I wish him all the best and he will be back soon.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Documents reveal two previously unknown NS nursing home pushing deaths

first_imgHALIFAX – Newly released coroner’s reports have revealed two previously unreported deaths of Nova Scotia nursing home residents injured when they were pushed down by residents with dementia.The cases, obtained through a freedom of information request to the medical examiner, bring the number of such deaths since 2008 to 11 in the province.“Those numbers are concerning,”” said Eilon Caspi, a gerontologist who has researched resident-on-resident nursing home abuse for 25 years in Canada and the United States.“Would we accept a few deaths a year if we were talking about toddlers in a child care setting?”The two newly revealed deaths, both since Jan. 1 last year, are the latest examples of such fatalities occurring without the Health Department or police notifying the public.A third death during that period did become public: the case of 79-year-old Gordon Birchell was reported last year to The Canadian Press by a family friend and later confirmed by the RCMP.Last year, The Canadian Press published reports of eight deaths since 2008 and found five had never been revealed to the public either by police or the province, and that one case wasn’t investigated by the Health Department until the public revelations.The latest cases occurred at Harbour View Haven in Lunenburg, while the other was at the Shannex Orchard facility in Kentville, with no police news releases in either case to inform the public that homicide investigations were launched and later dropped.The heavily edited reports say that in one case, “the decedent was found on the floor by nursing home staff after suffering a fall … another client was seen pushing decedent causing (name redacted) to fall.”In another case, the person who died was “pushed by another resident … fell on the floor striking (name redacted).”Dr. Matthew Bowes, the chief medical examiner, said in an email he’s reviewed the cases and based on comments from investigators he believes all of the cases are “dementia related,” adding he isn’t authorized to review the medical records of the people who pushed the residents.Neither home returned calls and emails requesting further information.Caspi said the continuing flow of pushing deaths shouldn’t be regarded as normal or unavoidable: “This is devastating for family members.”Caspi has followed some of the deaths in Nova Scotia, and in an academic journal article he quoted from the case of Dorothy Stultz, who died when a male resident with dementia pushed her to the ground in 2012.After the case was publicized, Stultz’s daughter criticized the province for failing to investigate it.The toll of pushing deaths has quietly continued since last year’s revelations, along with public criticism of the nursing home system’s oversight of people who have aggressive outbursts.Birchell’s wife told The Canadian Press she personally witnessed the attack on her husband by an elderly woman with dementia, and said it came after previous incidents of the same resident going after her spouse.Caspi said research suggests higher staffing levels and improved programs at nursing homes can help reduce resident-on-resident abuse, as leaving residents alone and without activity can increase their aggression.He added that pre-assessments of residents need to be thorough and updated in order to assist staff in taking preventive steps to avoid mixing people inappropriately.“We need to raise awareness and train staff to minimize this,” he said.Mary MacDonald, executive director of risk mitigation in continuing care in Nova Scotia, said the province has 11 consultants who are experts on challenging behaviour who can coach and train facility staff.Nursing home staff can also receive in-service training on the ways chronic illnesses affect behaviour in the elderly, dementia care and non-violent intervention, said MacDonald.She said she was unaware of how many staff in the licensed homes have received this training.“These incidents are extremely tragic and they’re all taken very, very seriously. We follow up with corrective action,” she said during an interview.However, Caspi said he’s concerned Nova Scotia doesn’t have an open reporting system where deaths and followup actions are described to the public.He cites the Ontario system, where the geriatric long-term care review committee at the Office of the Chief Coroner provides annual listings of deaths. These include brief descriptions that don’t remove references to the root causes such as the dementia of the patient.“If we’re not learning from these incidents and then similar incidents occur in similar circumstances, it’s a major missed opportunity for prevention,” said the Minneapolis-based dementia behaviour specialist.“There’s a lot at stake for these elders and their family members. This needs to be looked at closely with a panel of experts.”Tracy Barron, a media spokeswoman for the Health Department, said it isn’t yet at a stage where it will notify the public about the deaths.“Protocols around the reporting of deaths in long-term care facilities and how to balance privacy and accountability are being considered,” she said in an email.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement If you clicked on that headline, chances are you have a few questions. When I saw this mythical “new study” trending on the Internet last week, I had more than just a few. So I wrote all my queries down, then I combed through the footnotes and took to my handy Google search bar to find the answers. When you sit down for a family meal during the holidays, feel free to toss around some of these facts — and then make sure to recommend a handful of your favourite female-led films from this past year.First off, where is this study coming from?The study comes from the talent agency Creative Artists Agency—who earlier this year, published a similar study that proved diverse casting leads to box office success—and the tech company Shift7. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Are we talking films from 2018, or every film ever made?Neither. The study looks at global box office revenue for films release between 2014 and 2017.How do you define a female-led film?The data used in this study—including film budgets and box office numbers—comes from Studio System by Gracenote, a service  recognized as the Hollywood’s most trusted source for entertainment data, research and industry contacts. Studio System defines a “female lead” as a woman who is listed first in official press materials.But what about ensemble casts? There isn’t always a lead character, right?This is true. Many films—especially those big budget superhero ones—feature co-leads or ensemble casts. Here’s how the study addresses the grey zone: “For consistency, and because this designation is generally reflected in the marketing of the film, this analysis uses the first actor listed by Studio System as the lead actor. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Grains mostly lower livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery fell 1 cent at $4.6560 a bushel; Mar. corn was off 1.60 cents at $3.6660 a bushel; Mar. oats was down 1 cents at $2.6320 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans rose 6.40 cents at 9.0740 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle was off .18 cent at $1.2932 a pound; Mar. feeder cattle rose .23 cent at $1.4355 a pound; Apr. lean hogs was up .58 cents at .5510 a pound.The Associated Press read more

In lawless world of service dogs many families suffer

APEX, N.C. — The service dog industry, especially dogs for people with autism or PTSD, has exploded in recent years. But a near complete absence of regulation has left needy, desperate families vulnerable to incompetence and fraud, according to The Associated Press.The North Carolina attorney general’s office has received more than four dozen complaints against a company that trained service dogs for autistic children. Clients who paid many thousands of dollars say their dogs couldn’t respond to basic commands or were aggressive toward people or other family pets. State officials in Virginia, Colorado and Illinois have brought similar cases in recent years.Properly training a service dog can take up to 1 1/2 years. But the Americans with Disabilities Act does not require that a service dog be professionally trained or certified.Allen G. Breed, The Associated Press read more

Governmentrebel clashes in Darfur subside but tensions persist – UN

The new fighting between the Government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi movement (SLA-MM), who were joined by two other groups, the Sudan Liberation Army – Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), has already driven some 43,000 people from their homes, UN-African Union (AU) Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari told the Security Council.Mr. Gambari, who was speaking by video link from Sudan, heads the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the more than 20,000-strong uniformed force set up in 2008 to help end a war that has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes since it erupted in 2003.“UNAMID forces have maintained a robust presence and have increased patrolling in the villages affected by the recent fighting so as to create a security environment that would allow for the early, safe return of the recently displaced people,” he said.He noted that access remained a challenge for UNAMID in many places in Darfur and he has issued instructions to “adopt a more robust posture and no longer create the perception of seeking permission for movement.”Since then, supply and logistics convoys to all team sites have faced no hindrance, while “on other occasions we were able to push our way through due to robust posture and persistent negotiations by the patrol commanders,” Mr. Gambari reported.“However, I also have to report that in other instances we have not yet been fully successful,” he added, citing the inability of humanitarian agencies to reach the scenes of recent fighting.He reiterated calls for an end to fighting by both the army and the SLA/MM, which signed a peace accord with the Government in 2006 before the current deterioration in relations. On the political front, Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Atul Khare reported some progress in peace talks in Doha, Qatar, between the Sudanese Government and rebel groups despite the recent violence.Joint negotiating committees from the LJM and the Government have concluded their work in broad areas of power-sharing, justice and reconciliation, compensation, return and resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and security arrangements, but important disagreements remain, he told the Council.These concern particularly the powers of a regional authority to implement any peace agreement and a vice presidency for Darfur in the national government in Khartoum, the capital. Mr. Khare also cited among positive developments the decision by another rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), to return to Doha and resume negotiations and continued consultations within the SLA-AW on the possibility of joining the Doha process. Turning to South Sudan, where an independence referendum earlier this month was the culminating point of a peace process that ended a separate civil war in 2005, Mr. Khare noted that early indications of results from the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission point to an overwhelming vote in favour of secession.But a parallel referendum to decide whether the disputed Abyei region joins the north or south has not been held, and he warned that tensions between the Arab nomadic Misseriya, linked to the north, and the agricultural Dinka-Ngok, linked to the south, remain high with the seasonal migration scheduled to resume soon.The nearly 11,000-strong UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) “continues its efforts to deter a return to violence through the increased deployment and patrols of its troops, but absent a permanent settlement to the status of Abyei, the resumption of violence remains an ever present threat,” he said. 26 January 2011Intense fighting in Sudan’s Darfur region between Government forces and rebels has subsided but tensions persist and a resumption of violence is possible, a senior United Nations official said today. read more

UNs top rights chief condemns killings of civilians in Qana Lebanon

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today strongly condemned the weekend killing of dozens of civilians, including numerous children, resulting from the shelling by the Israeli forces of a residential building in Qana, south Lebanon, and reminded the parties of their obligations under international law. “I call again on all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international law and to take all measures to effectively protect civilians and civilian objects,” Louise Arbour said in a statement released in Geneva.Noting that Israel had warned the population of likely military action, the High Commissioner underlined that while effective advance warning of attacks which may affect the civilian population must be given, this legal obligation does not absolve the parties to the conflict of their other obligations under international law regarding the protection of civilians. “All parties to the conflict must respect the principles of distinction and proportionality, particularly when civilians remain in the zone of military operations after a warning has been issued,” she said. She also recalled that international humanitarian law requires all parties to avoid locating military objectives within or near densely populated areas.The High Commissioner noted the decision of the Israeli Forces to halt air strikes for 48 hours, calling for its full implementation of that commitment, but cautioned that “this brief halt does not in any way lessen the clear obligations of the Israeli Forces and Hezbollah under international law.”“Many people are simply unable to leave southern Lebanon because they have no transport, because roads have been destroyed, because they are ill or elderly, because they must care for others who are physically unable to make the journey, or because they simply have no where else to go. Many thousands of civilians will still be in Southern Lebanon after the suspension of air strikes is ended,” she observed. The High Commissioner welcomed reports that Israel would conduct an inquiry into the civilian deaths at Qana. She also reiterated the need for independent investigations to establish facts and conduct an impartial legal analysis of the persistent allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law during the conflict. The High Commissioner again reminded all parties of the need for accountability for violations of international law, and reiterated the Secretary-General’s call for an immediate cessation of all hostilities.On 19 July, Ms. Arbour issued a statement voicing grave concern at the killing and maiming of civilians in Lebanon, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory and stressing that international law demands accountability.At the time, she also emphasized that parties to any conflict have the obligation to exercise precaution and respect the principle of proportionality in all military operations so as to prevent unnecessary suffering among the civilian population. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 4 September 2015

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Womens soccer Ohio State paving path for 2017 championships in spring

OSU sophomore defender Haley Walker-Robinson dribbles around an Ohio University player on April 8 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Lydia Freudenberg | For The LanternWith the 2017 season on the horizon, the Ohio State women’s soccer team will not only attempt to bring home the program’s second Big Ten title, but also its first national championship.The biggest challenges currently facing the team have little to do with either. Finding new leadership and preparing for incoming freshmen are far more worrisome issues, said senior forward Sammy Edwards.“We have big shoes to fill,” she said. “We’re going to be missing a big part of our program and a lot of players that were starters last season. They’ll be hard to replace, but I don’t think we need to replace them. I think we need to bring our own things to the table. Hopefully, I’ll fall into a leadership role, so I can help us have a successful season.”That leadership is invaluable to Edwards and the rest of the team, but healthy competition within the locker room carries equal weight at OSU.“We have younger players trying to push older players, who are already trying to fulfill roles of leadership,” Edwards said. “It helps us push each other. A lot of times, if you have too many leaders, you might end up having too many players that don’t feel like they’re able to speak up. We have a good blend on the team, so I think it’ll work out really well.”Led by then-senior forwards Nichelle Prince and Lindsay Agnew, the Buckeyes finished last season with an overall record of 11-7-3 (4-4-3 Big Ten). On Jan. 12, the pair became the first two players in program history to be selected in the NWSL Draft.While following in such enormous footsteps is no easy task, the leadership qualities Prince, Agnew and other former seniors passed down make the transition much smoother.“We had some great senior leaders last season, but I think they definitely passed down those leadership qualities to the upcoming seniors and to the rest of the players on the team,” said junior goalkeeper Devon Kerr. “I think our team as a whole, collectively, has good leadership qualities now. Everyone offers something different and useful.”As OSU’s spring exhibitions wind down and the 2017 season comes into focus, senior midfielder Nikki Walts said that the Buckeyes must adopt a team-first mindset.“Right now, we definitely have a huge team focus, we all have to step up,” Walts said. “We’ve been trying to come together and figure out what we want for next season. We want to make sure that from the start of the game to the end, we’re on top of everything. We have to be willing to do whatever it takes to win.”Walts understands that strong leadership often equates to success on the pitch, and it’s her goal to ensure that’s exactly what happens next season.“Being a role model to all the younger players is something I strive for,” Walts said. “I want to be the one stepping up when the times get rough and just making sure everyone is collectively together, and that we’re all in it for the same reason. Being a role model on and off the field is what I want to contribute to next season.” read more

Komatsus WA500 and WA600 wheel loaders get the Tier 4 treatment

first_imgKomatsu has released upgraded low-emission Tier 4 engine powered versions of its WA500 and WA600 production loaders, with enhancements that see them consuming less fuel while delivering increased productivity and operating efficiency. The new WA500-8, powered by a Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 engine rated at 264 kW net, has operating weights of 36.9-38.2 t (depending on configuration) and can handle buckets from 4.5-7.0 m3. The new WA600-8 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 engine rated at 395 kW net, and is available with operating weights from 55.4-57.5 t and takes buckets from 6.4-7.8 m.Both engines are Tier 4 Final certified, reducing NOx and PM levels by up to 90% compared with their Tier 3 predecessors, and achieving fuel savings of up to 15%, said Richard Feehely, Komatsu Australia’s National Business Manager, Quarries. “Komatsu technologies contributing to their low emissions and reduced fuel consumption include heavy duty aftertreatment, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) systems and high-pressure common rail fuel injection systems, a Komatsu variable geometry turbocharger system and advanced electronic controls,” he said.“This electronic control system constantly carries out high-speed processing of all signals from sensors installed in the engine and the machine, providing total control of all components. Engine condition data is displayed on the monitor inside the cab, providing all the necessary operating information to the operator. This data is also uploaded via our KOMTRAX telematics remote monitoring system, helping owners and fleet managers with their machine management along with maintenance and service requirements,” said Feehely.The WA600-8 also features Komatsu’s KOMTRAX Plus, designed for production machines, enabling expanded monitoring of a fleet via satellite and wireless LAN. “With KOMTRAX Plus, users can analyse machine health and performance from a remote location, on a near-real time basis,” he said. “By making critical data on component condition and trend data readily accessible to fleet managers, KOMTRAX Plus makes a very effective tool in maximising productivity and lowering operating costs.”Higher productivity and operating efficiency are achieved through the loaders’ integrated drivetrain, hydraulics and redesigned bucket. “A large capacity torque converter, with lockup in second to fourth gears, combined with our SmartLoader Logic engine control system, ensures that engine torque is always precisely optimised to the production task at hand. In addition, we’ve introduced an automatic digging system that actuates bucket tilt and lifting operations by sensing the pressure applied to the work equipment. This system helps alleviate operator fatigue while optimising bucket loads.”Other operator assistance features include a remote bucket and boom positioning system for fast changeover of attachments or buckets, and automatic kickdown that downshifts to first gear on entering a pile. Both loaders are supplied with joystick steering as standard, allowing all steering and forward/reverse travel to be controlled by wrist and finger control to further minimise operator fatigue. Previous models of the WA500 were equipped with steering wheel, which is now an option on the WA500-8.In addition to their joystick steering system, the two new loaders have new-design operator seats with integrated electronic pilot control (EPC) levers, with the option of a third spool control for controlling additional work functions. “Our joystick steering and control systems make these loaders extremely easy and low-effort to operate; operators become familiar with these controls very quickly, and find they are far more comfortable and relaxed using them, and are less fatigued at the end of a shift,” said Feehely.Both loaders have been designed for ease of servicing and maintenance, including side-opening gullwing style engine doors, giving easy access to all regular service elements, swing out cooling fan, which can be set to automatically reverse, and widely spaced cooling fins on the radiator. “For many years, our WA500 and WA600 class loaders have been recognised as leaders in their class in quarry and smaller-scale mining applications, whether in tough face loading work handling virgin or blasted material, or in large-scale stockpile tasks requiring large volumes of material to be handled, loaded and blended,” Feehely said.“With these two new generation Dash 8 machines, Komatsu has again set the standard, delivering ultra low emission machines that use less fuel, are easier and less tiring to operate, are more productive, and have lower total owning and operating costs. And the ability for fleet management personnel to monitor very detailed data on every facet of machine operation through KOMTRAX Plus gives unprecedented control over operating and maintenance costs.”last_img read more

Proposal to redraw Waterford Kilkenny boundary will leave a very bitter taste

first_img Short URL 27,552 Views Proposal to redraw Waterford – Kilkenny boundary ‘will leave a very bitter taste’ A report from Waterford Boundary Committee recommended redrawing the boundary between south Kilkenny and Waterford Share56 Tweet Email1 Feb 14th 2017, 4:53 PM Proposed Kilkenny and Waterford border change. Source: Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Updated: 11:45 15/02/2017PROPOSAL TO REDRAW the boundaries between Waterford and Kilkenny has drawn criticism in the Marble County.“We don’t want our identity to be changed,” said Councillor Ger Frisby after Kilkenny County Council unanimously rejected a proposal to redraw the boundaries between the two counties.The proposed change is contained in a report by the Waterford Boundary Review committee, which was published last week. It recommended a redrawing of the boundary where land from south Kilkenny would be transferred to Waterford, affecting approximately 4,500 people, to make it easier for local governments to be more effective in the area.Frisby, who lives in the the area that would be affected by the boundary change, said the parish of Slieverue will effectively be split in two between Kilkenny and Waterford.Speaking to  he said: “We completely object [to the boundary change], you are talking about a person’s county, a person’s parish”.Frisby added “[it] is so divisive, people in the area are so proud of their identity and  any change will leave a very bitter taste”.Yesterday, Kilkenny County Council voted unanimously to give “not an inch” of Kilkenny land to Waterford and it is demanding a meeting with Minister Simon Coveney to discuss the matter.However, former Mayor of Waterford Councillor John Cummins disagrees and has called on the boundary recommendations to be implemented.Cummins said, “Using historic boundaries in modern day Ireland is not appropriate, cities in particular must be allowed to expand into what is their natural hinterland and for too long Waterford has been like a bird with one wing with only south side development in evidence.The reality is Waterford City has to expand Northwards in the decade ahead as South side development land is limited and it is only natural therefore that this area is administered by Waterford City and County Council.Cummins has called on the government to implement the recommendations of the report as a matter of urgency.“This has the potential, along with the Ireland 2040 National Planning Framework which is focusing on the growth of regional cities to be game changer for Waterford and the entire southeast region.” said Cummins.Waterford Boundary Review CommitteeThe committee that produced the boundary report was established under the previous government to review the administrative boundaries between the city and county of Waterford and County Kilkenny.It is one of four such boundary reviews that are being carried out around the country.The committee was asked to make recommendations on the boundary between Waterford and Kilkenny on what it considers to be necessary in the interests of what would be effective and convenient for local government.Over the course of the review the committee received close to 20,000 submissions.Most of the submissions were opposed to the boundary change, citing a sense of identity and belonging to County Kilkenny, as well as financial implications to Kilkenny due to loss of tax revenue.However, the committee did receive submissions advocating for the changing of the boundary, with many of the respondents saying that Kilkenny County Council has never invested properly in the area and that residents would benefit from a closer proximity to a service provider.Kilkenny County Council After the vote yesterday, Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Matt Doran wrote to Minister Coveney to convey the council’s dismay, anger and disappointment about the issue.Frisby went on to say that the council will be engaging in the consultation process going forward for Ireland 2040, the new National Planning Framework, which is a national strategy for long-term planning and development across Ireland. But Frisby feels that the 20,000 submissions from the public were not taken into account by the boundary review committee when making their recommendations.However, the decision on the boundary change has not been made yet and it is yet to be considered by Minister Coveney.A spokesman for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said that “The Minister will consider the report and its implications very carefully in the context both of ongoing work in relation to the future of local government in Ireland and also the development of Ireland 2040, the new National Planning Framework over the coming months.“We would encourage people in the counties included in the boundary reviews to use the Reports to take part in the consultation process on the Plan. This is an important opportunity for them to get their views across on the future of the country, their regions, their counties, their local areas and their communities.”READ: Former head of Garda Press Office ‘delighted’ to be back at work after 22-month suspensionREAD: Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been delayed for a 19th time Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 4:53 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Ronan Smyth 68 Comments last_img read more

GoTo Foundation annual quiz night

first_imgThe GoTo Foundation are hosting their annual quiz night on Friday 5 October at the Hellenic Macedonian Cultural Centre, 94 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, South Australia with all proceeds going to the Flinders Uni Early Intervention Autism Research Program. Grab a team together of eight to ten and test your general knowledge at this event. Tickets are $10 and there are great prizes for the winners.BYO food but there will be drinks available at the bar for the night. The GoTo Foundation is a not for profit organisation, providing support to the community for their health, wellbeing and education founded by three Greek Australians: Lewis Pounentis; Nick Apostolou; and George Diakomichalis. To RSVP call or send an SMS to Nick at 0407 600 716. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

53 illegal aliens arrested in ICE enforcement operation

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 24, 2018 53 illegal aliens arrested in ICE enforcement operation The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Public Affairs announced Tuesday that last week that 53 illegal aliens were arrested in a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement enforcement operation. The statement released can be read below.Forty-four illegal aliens were arrested during a weeklong enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in San Diego last week. An additional nine previously identified targets whose detainers were not honored were taken into ICE custody prior to the commencement of the operation.The five-day operation, which concluded Friday, April 20 was conducted by deportation officers with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) as part of the agency’s commitment to prioritize at-large criminal aliens. The targets included individuals with final orders of removal, those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed, individuals whose detainers were not honored and were encountered after  their release from jail pursuant to SB-54,  and individuals who have otherwise violated federal immigration laws.“Last week’s enforcement actions reflect the vital work ERO officers do every day to uphold public safety and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls,” said Gregory Archambeault, Field Office Director of the San Diego Field Office for ERO. “While we continue to face significant obstacles in dealing with so-called “sanctuary-city” polices, which hinder cooperation with local law enforcement, we will continue our relentless pursuit of safeguarding communities, diligently enforcing the U.S. immigration laws”.The arrests took place in Santee, Vista, Encinitas, Chula Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, San Diego and Imperial Beach. The arrests included Mexican and Guatemalan nationals.The criminal histories of the individuals taken into custody include crimes such as vandalism, hit and run, larceny, drug offenses and driving under the influence. Ten of the individuals arrested during the operation were previously deported aliens.Those arrested during the operation include:A Mexican national previously convicted of Possession for Sale of Heroin. He was previously removed as an aggravated felon. He was turned over to the United States Marshals Service, and is pending prosecution for Reentry after Removal of an Aggravated Felon.A Mexican national pending charge of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and Contempt of Court. His immigration detainer was not honored. He remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before an immigration judge.A Mexican national pending Driving Under the Influence and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He remains in ICE custody pending a hearing before an Immigration Judge.A Mexican national previously removed from the United State and is pending charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs. His immigration detainer was not honored. He was removed from the United States to Mexico the same day of arrest.This week’s enforcement action was coordinated with ICE’s National Fugitive Operations Program, which is responsible for investigating, locating, arresting and removing at-large criminal aliens, immigration fugitive aliens – aliens who have ignored final orders of deportation handed down by federal immigration courts, and aliens that have reentered after removal. ICE’s Fugitive Operations Teams give top priority to cases involving aliens who pose a threat to national security and public safety.Editor’s note: The arrest statistics provided in this news release represent preliminary data that has been manually reported to ICE headquarters. KUSI Newsroom April 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Yacolt council is ready to add 2 new members

first_imgThe Yacolt Town Council plans to interview, select and swear in two new members at its meeting tonight.The mayor and three members currently on the council will interview seven applicants to fill the vacant No. 1 and No. 5 seats on the five-member council.Position No. 1 was previously held by Cindy Marbut, who was hired as the town’s clerk/treasurer. Position No. 5 was held by Ron Madler, who died recently.The town accepted applications through Jan. 31 to fill the vacancies. The seven candidates for the seats are all residents of Yacolt, have lived in the town for at least one year and are registered voters, Marbut said.The council will interview each candidate for 15 minutes. The council will then adjourn to executive session to discuss the candidates before returning to the public meeting to announce its selection for Position No. 1. Marbut will then administer the new council member the oath of office.The council will repeat the process to select a person for the other position.The terms for both positions are set to expire this year, so the seats will be on the November ballot, as will the mayor’s position.last_img read more

US credit rating downgraded jobs report calms Wall Street

first_imgWASHINGTON — Better. The job market beat expectations, and the stock market managed a modest gain — not great, but good enough after a turbulent week.The nation added 117,000 jobs in July, the government said Friday — far from what happens in a healthy economy, and only good for a reduction of one notch in the unemployment rate, to 9.1 percent.But the jobs number beat the forecast of economists, who were expecting no more than 90,000. And it was an overwhelming relief for investors, who just lived through two of the most brutal weeks in Wall Street history.“Nothing to pop Champagne corks over,” said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, “but a much-needed shot in the arm for confidence at a time when we have so little.”But when they come back on Monday, investors will have to absorb another body blow: Late Friday, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s downgraded the United States’ debt for the first time, saying the government’s debt-reduction plans fall short. The downgrade could lead to higher interest rates and further hamper the economic recovery.The Dow Jones industrial average finished Friday with a gain of 60.93 points and closed at 11,444.61. It made up only a small fraction of the losses from Thursday, when the Dow dropped 512, its worst since the financial crisis of 2008.last_img read more