first_imgAuthorities say two people have died in a weekend collision in northwest Iowa.The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says the accident occurred just before 11am Saturday on Iowa Highway 9 near Sibley when a westbound car collided with an eastbound sport utility vehicle.The driver of the car, 48-year-old Travis Mier of Spirit Lake, and five year old Elliot Mier, who was a passenger, both died from injuries suffered in the crash.A Go Fund Me link has been set up to help the Mier family at the following link:https://www.gofundme.com/mier-familyThe SUV driver, 48-year-old Ann Vanderpool of Milford, was taken to a Rock Rapids hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The accident remains under investigation.last_img read more

LIVE: Dijon vs Paris Saint-Germain

first_imgDijon 1 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Meunier heroics put Ligue 1 leaders six points clear Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 00:57 10/15/17 Meunier - Cropped Getty Images Defender Thomas Meunier ensured PSG beat Dijon and took advantage of Monaco’s defeat to extend their advantage at the top of Ligue 1. Thomas Meunier scored a dramatic double, including a stoppage-time winner, as Paris Saint-Germain salvaged a 2-1 away win over Dijon to move six points clear at the top of Ligue 1.In a dramatic finale, Meunier netted two minutes into additional time to ensure PSG took full advantage of champions Monaco’s last-gasp defeat to Lyon.A superb goal from Benjamin Jeannot, who smashed in a sensational volley with three minutes remaining, looked to have rescued a point for Dijon on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. But Meunier, who had previously netted a second-half opener, popped up to strike again – the right-back now has seven goals for club and country already this season.Earlier, Dani Alves hit the woodwork in one of the rare moments of quality in a quiet first half that saw Dijon restrict PSG.And host of missed chances from Kylian Mbappe almost haunted the visitors as they failed to convert their second-half dominance into goals prior to the late drama.PSG were not at their formidable best but now have 25 points from a possible 27 in a fine start to the domestic campaign. Dijon, meanwhile, sit 17th with only one victory from their first nine games.@ThomMills#AllezParis pic.twitter.com/tHhq8hBTwP— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) October 14, 2017Angel Di Maria – brought into the starting line-up in place of Edinson Cavani after the Uruguayan’s international exploits – threatened first as his curling effort from just outside the area was pushed away by Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet.The hosts were more than holding their own and Jordan Mane volleyed narrowly wide, before PSG keeper Alphonse Areola had to react impressively to parry away a powerful, swerving strike from Kwon Chang-hoon.Despite a lacklustre showing in a quiet first half, PSG came close to going into the break in front, Alves sending a magnificent 30-yard free-kick dipping towards the top corner, although his effort ultimately hit the angle between post and bar.Heroic Dijon defending denied PSG early in the second half, Julian Draxler and Mbappe both having close-range efforts kept out by last-ditch blocks from Papy Djilobodji and Oussama Haddadi.Djilobodji then produced an overhead kick at the other end which Areola had to push wide, while Di Maria should have scored after a mistake from Reynet left him out of position, the midfielder blasting over when only Dijon defenders stood between him and the goal-line.PSG were upping the pressure and Mbappe soon fired over from another golden chance, failing to find the target from inside the six-yard box after a great right-wing cross by Di Maria.Reynet saved from Mbappe at the second attempt as the forward raced on to an Alves throughball shortly before PSG hit the woodwork for the second time in the match from the resulting corner, with Marquinhos heading against the bar after Neymar’s delivery.@KMbappe #DFCOPSG pic.twitter.com/xVmOCyoHIh— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) October 14, 2017The inspired Dijon keeper saved twice more from Mbappe in PSG’s next attacks, the second seeing him get down to make a key stop after Di Maria had impressively given the France international another shooting opportunity from only six yards out.PSG finally made the breakthrough with 20 minutes remaining, Meunier beating Reynet at his near post on a rebound caused by Neymar’s initial effort being saved.But just as Unai Emery’s men looked like they were successfully taking the sting out of the game, a stunning moment saw Dijon move level. A high ball from the back caused havoc between Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos, allowing Jeannot to send a magnificent volley over Areola and in.PSG were not to be denied, though, with good work from Mbappe down the left teeing up Meunier’s effort, which only just crossed the line as the visitors’ chances of regaining their Ligue 1 crown were further strengthened. Key Opta stats:- PSG have won all five of their Ligue 1 encounters with Dijon: 2-0 on 23 October 2011, 2-1 on 11 March 2012, 3-0 on 20 September 2016, 3-1 on 4 February 2017 & 2-1 on Saturday.- PSG have only lost once in their last 29 Ligue 1 games (W24, D4), against Nice on 30 April 2017.- In addition to scoring 29 goals in nine league matches this season, PSG have hit the woodwork 11 times. read morelast_img read more

Dead Elector Removal Exercise to Cut Election Costs

first_imgStory Highlights He was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank to announce the launch of the exercise, which is aimed at identifying and removing from the voters’ list the names of electors who have died since 1998. The Electoral Office of Jamaica’s (EOJ) ‘Dead Elector Removal Exercise’ is expected to result in significant savings to the country in terms of election costs, says Director of Elections, Glasspole Brown.He was speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank to announce the launch of the exercise, which is aimed at identifying and removing from the voters’ list the names of electors who have died since 1998.“Ultimately, an updated voters’ list will lead to financial and statistical benefit to Jamaica. When an election is called, we prepare for 100 per cent turnout. After this exercise, we expect to prepare for a more accurate number of electors – fewer ballots printed, fewer polling stations, fewer election supplies needed – resulting in considerable savings to the Jamaican people,” he said.He noted that the last election cost in excess of $2 billion, and “if we are able to cut that list by removing the persons who are dead, that means that the cost would be going down substantially”.The voters’ list, of almost two million names, is updated twice per year through verification exercises to add the names of voters 18 years and older.While Mr. Brown shared that a new voters’ list would have been desirable, he noted that the estimated cost of over $3.5 billion prohibited a reverification exercise to generate that list.In the 2005-2006 reverification exercise, approximately 350,000 names were removed from the voters’ list. This enabled the EOJ to reduce the number of polling stations from over 7,000 to about 5,800. Consequently, fewer workers were needed by the EOJ for election day.Mr. Brown said that a further benefit of the Dead Elector Removal Exercise is that “we will be providing to the nation, an updated list that will result in more accurate voter statistics, reflecting a truer picture of the number of electors who have voted on election day”.The updated list will also help the EOJ in reducing the occurrence of voter fraud.“At the end of the day, we are bound to benefit in terms of savings and in terms of carrying out of an election, and, therefore, we appeal to the public to assist us in the process to achieve our targets,” Mr. Brown said.Persons are advised to submit to the Electoral Office in their constituency, passport, driver’s licence or voter identification card along with supporting documents such as death certificates, burial orders and funeral programmes for relatives, friends and acquaintances who have died. “Ultimately, an updated voters’ list will lead to financial and statistical benefit to Jamaica. When an election is called, we prepare for 100 per cent turnout. After this exercise, we expect to prepare for a more accurate number of electors – fewer ballots printed, fewer polling stations, fewer election supplies needed – resulting in considerable savings to the Jamaican people,” he said. The Electoral Office of Jamaica’s (EOJ) ‘Dead Elector Removal Exercise’ is expected to result in significant savings to the country in terms of election costs, says Director of Elections, Glasspole Brown.last_img read more

NYK Introduces Additive for IMO 2020Compliant Fuel Oil

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and shipping and marine supplier Nippon Yuka Kogyo, a NYK Group company, have jointly developed a new fuel oil additive for low-sulfur compliant fuel-oil that meets SOx emission requirements.Yunic 800VLS — patent pending — is Japan’s first additive for very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO), NYK said.The additive is said to improve safety by helping to avoid troubles that may be caused by certain contents of VLSFO, according to the company.A global sulfur cap will enter into force on January 1, 2020, and one way ships can meet the requirement is by using VLSFO – a fuel oil with a sulfur content below 0.5%. However, a wide variety of VLSFO is expected to be supplied because the manufacturing process differs from conventional heavy fuel oil, which has a sulfur content of up to 3.5%.NYK and Nippon Yuka Kogyo thus began examining VLSFO at an early stage and have developed an additive that will lessen the likelihood of the VLSFO causing engine problems.Specifically, Yunic 800VLS disperses asphaltene and paraffin (wax) specific within VLSFOs to suppress sludge formation.The effect of Yunic 800VLS has been certified by ClassNK.“The NYK Group seeks to be compliant with the 2020 SOx cap and enrich safe operations by introducing this new fuel-oil additive for VLSFO,” NYK said in a statement.NYK in biofuel research and testingSeparately, NYK Line and Japan Engine Corporation (J-ENG) revealed they would start the research and development of biofuel using a test engine as one of the solutions for decarbonization.Considered to be a carbon-neutral fuel, biofuel is a fuel derived from organic substance or biomass.Biofuel has been attracting attention as an alternative fuel as one of the promising renewable energy toward decarbonization and one of the solutions against the energy crisis due to the depletion of natural resources such as fossil fuel.In addition, since biofuel emits almost no sulfur oxides (SOx) in combustion, its use as a marine fuel is expected to be expanded.In collaboration with NYK Line, J-ENG plans to carry out the engine test using the biofuel from GoodFuels, a biofuel supplier based in the Netherlands.Related: NYK Tests Biofuel on Dry Bulk Carrierlast_img read more

That Dutchmans Farm

first_imgA unique Dragon’s Breath from Upper Economy is becoming known around the world. The blue cheese named for its pungent aroma is just one of the amazing cheeses made by Willem and Maja van den Hoek, proprietors of That Dutchman’s Farm in Colchester County. But it is one that has built a remarkable following. “Honest, we get people who have tears in their eyes because they’ve come from out West and they’ve read about this little cheese (Dragons Breath blue) and they found the place where it’s made,” says Willem, who, with the help of his website, is attracting customers from around the world. “That’s part of tourism now, people look for these places. I figure we get at least 15,000 people a year.” The demand for That Dutchman’s cheese, particularly Farmstead Gouda, its speciality and perhaps most traditionally Dutch offering, is something that comes with producing a quality product that consumers know is local. Willem has noticed a trend in appreciation for local products. “There’s been quite a radical change in the last five years,” says Willem. “I think people found out that just buying ‘stuff’ doesn’t necessarily bring happiness. So now they’re trying food.” The search for quality and uniqueness that comes from the hands of a skilled craftsman, draws visitors from around the world to the van den Hoek’s corner of the Bay. The heart of the Dutchman’s sales are the farmers’ markets, in Truro and Halifax, where the van den Hoek’s interact weekly with regular customers. For years, it was Maja and Willem that awoke early to prepare. It began with bread and baked goods, spread to cheese to the Truro market and then later the Halifax market as well. “We supply a few stores, Pete’s Frootique in Halifax and Bedford, and the Masstown Market,” says Willem. “We didn’t want to do wholesale, but they really like to have it. People ask for it.” It was Maja’s bread that supported the business until the cheesemaking found its footing. “We wanted to make cheese, but we didn’t really have the funds to do that so that’s when I started baking,” said Maja. “People liked my baking so I started baking for the local bazaar and then for (what was at that time) the Safeway, Ryan’s I.G.A. in Truro, and Masstown Market. The baking really carried the cheese for quite a while.” Originally from the Netherlands, the van den Hoek’s landed in Montreal in 1970. The young newlyweds first settled in British Columbia and came east in 1975. After an exhaustive search of Nova Scotia for the right piece of land, the family came upon Lower Economy, where they built their home and business. They eventually moved to a new property in Upper Economy, constructing a new home and business. The centrepiece is a spectacular building similar to traditional farmsteads northern Netherlands and Germany, amidst a stunning setting. The unique lifestyle, being open to the world, has grown on the van den Hoek’s children. Whether at the weekend farmers’ markets, making cheese or working in the farm’s café, this is a true family business. “We have managed to sell our kids on staying here,” says Willem proudly. “They’re making a living in and around our business. There is potential here.” The public and private sectors of Nova Scotia have united within the Nova Scotia Come to life initiative to share stories that change perceptions of our province. That Dutchmans’ Farm is just one example of the many successful food producers living and working in Nova Scotia. -30-last_img read more

Saskatoon police investigate starlight tour allegation alleged victim cant remember much

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsSaskatoon police are investigating a claim that a man was taken on a starlight tour by officers resulting in him being hospitalized.A police news release said dispatchers received a call from a woman at approximately 1:40 a.m. saying a 19-year-old man had been driven outside of city limits and forced to walk home.The alleged starlight tour was said to have happened Monday evening.A starlight tour is when police pick up an individual and drop them off outside of town forcing them to walk back. It’s particularly dangerous in frigid temperatures. The temperature overnight in Saskatoon reached below -30 C.But alleged victim Drayton Bull told APTN National News he doesn’t remember much of what happened, including if he was in the back of a cruiser.Bull said he was at the casino to have a couple beers and then went to his brothers for a couple more. He was “highly intoxicated” and left to go to his dad’s house.He doesn’t remember what time he left but remembers waking up outside of his father’s at about 10:30 p.m.What happened between then is what’s in question.Bull said when he left his brother’s he remembers a police car going by “really slow” and trying to hide so they wouldn’t take him to the drunk tank.He then blacked out and came to again. He then remembers a man in black pants behind him. He blacked out again and was running on trails he jogs in the summer. The next thing he remembers is waking up outside of his dad’s home. His step-mom called Saskatoon police claiming they had driven Bull outside of town.“I am hoping (my memory) will come back in the next couple of days,” said Bull.Bull was taken to hospital and treated for a concussion. He also has a large sore on his head.Police said they take allegations of starlight tours seriously.Police said all patrol cars are equipped with GPS tracking devices but none of their cars came up as being outside city limits during the alleged time.As of Jan. 1 police vehicles also have audio and video technology. The systems are activated when the back door is opened, or when the siren is activated.The GPS was a recommendation made at the inquiry looking into the death of Neil Stonechild. Stonechild, 17, was taken on a starlight tour in November 1990 by Saskatoon police. He died as a result.Police also said Bull was not a subject of a police computer check, either nationally or locally, during the alleged time frame.Police said they will check the in-car camera once they speak to him.This allegation comes about a week after a man in Brandon, Manitoba wrote on Facebook that he was taken on a starlight tour only to recant the statement hours later.APTN National News spoke to Jay Moosetail and he said police threatened to do it and roughed him up a bit but he was just mad and made it up. Moosetail was leaving a house party and waiting for a cab when approached by police.He was adamant Brandon police called him a “dirty Indian” and said “Idle No More mother****er” before leaving.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

NTSB to probe fatal engine failure on Southwest flight

first_imgFederal safety officials plan to question representatives from engine maker CFM International and Boeing about the fatal accident on a Southwest Airlines jet this year.The National Transportation Safety Board hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., is expected to last several hours.The board is still investigating the April 17 accident, in which an engine fan blade broke and debris hit the plane, killing a woman who was blown partly out a broken window. Pilots landed the crippled plane safely in Philadelphia.Investigators are focusing on the design and inspection of engine fan blades. After the accident, CFM recommended more advanced and frequent blade inspections, and regulators made those changes mandatory.They will also look into the design of the engine housing, which is supposed to prevent pieces from breaking loose.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Scandalplagued CBS grants 20M to 18 womens rights groups

first_imgNEW YORK — CBS is pledging $20 million in support of 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from the scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves.CBS said Friday that the money will go toward helping the organizations expand their work and “ties into the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture.”The money is coming out of Moonves’ $120 million severance package. Whether Moonves will receive the remaining balance of that money hinges on the outcome of an investigation into his conduct.In a joint statement, the 18 organizations praised the donations as a significant step while also calling on CBS to disclose the results of the Moonves investigation.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Security Council stresses importance of bolstering Sierra Leone armed forces police

After hearing a briefing in New York by a senior UN official on the latest developments concerning the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), the President of the Security Council said its 15 members welcomed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s intention to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the security situation in the country, and hailed progress made in the implementation of key benchmarks.”Council members reiterated the importance of strengthening the Sierra Leone army and police and urged the Government of Sierra Leone and donors to work together,” Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile said in a press statement. “They also encouraged the Government to continue its efforts to stop illicit diamond mining and smuggling.”In addition, members welcomed the Secretary-General’s intention to provide support to this year’s local elections in Sierra Leone through UNAMSIL, according to Ambassador Muñoz, who also encouraged continued cooperation between that mission and other UN operations in West Africa.Meanwhile on the ground, UN peacekeepers and the Sierra Leone Armed Forces conducted a joint tactical operation code named “Exercise Hammer Strike.”The exercise is part of various training programmes aimed at building the capacity of the Sierra Leone security sector as the UN Mission winds down its work. The 10-day operation emphasizes coordination at various tiers of command between UNAMSIL troops and the Sierra Leone Armed Forces. Video of Council President reading statement read more

US stocks open higher as market shakes off threeday slump Micron Technologies

U.S. stocks are opening higher as the market shakes off a three-day slump.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 109 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 16,430 as of 9:38 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 14 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,889. The Nasdaq composite rose 36 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 4,250.The stock market is coming off a three-day slump. The Dow closed 222 points lower on Monday after a late-afternoon slide. The Dow is down 1 per cent for the year, and the S&P 500 index is up 2 per cent.Micron Technologies rose 5 per cent, the most in the S&P 500.Crude oil fell $1.02 to $84.70 a barrel.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.21 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 14, 2014 7:42 am MDT US stocks open higher as market shakes off three-day slump; Micron Technologies leads gainers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Sophomore connection Posey becomes popular pick to receive Pryors passes

In times of uncertainty, it’s nice to have a security blanket.Lately, as the offense has struggled to find consistency, quarterback Terrelle Pryor has used the time to develop a sense of security in fellow sophomore and starting wide receiver DeVier Posey.The pressure felt by Pryor is not on him alone, but the recruiting class he was a part of. The 2007 recruits were some of the most coveted in OSU’s history, and several of those young players have been thrust into big roles on offense early in their careers.“I don’t feel like it’s pressure on him, I feel like it’s pressure on everyone,” Posey said. “Even though he’s the quarterback, we’re part of the offense too.”Posey, like Pryor, was highly touted. The five-star recruit from Cincinnati was seen by many as the “go-to guy” Pryor would need. His rare blend of size, speed and hands allows him to make plays down field with speed or over the middle as a possession receiver.Posey and Pryor’s connection on the field has become more apparent this season, especially in the last few games.The duo only hooked up once for a score in the Buckeyes’ first four outings, but Pryor has found Posey for five touchdowns in the last four games.Although Posey has been Pryor’s main target recently, he knows Pryor is trying to make whatever play he can.“I feel like the quarterback that he is, he’s just trying to find someone,” Posey said. “I think he finds Dane [Sanzenbacher] in big situations, he finds Ray [Small] in big situations and even Duron [Carter]. I really don’t feel like he’s just looking for me, I feel like he’s just looking for somebody to throw to. To be a great quarterback, you have to spread the ball around, and I feel like he’s trying to do that.”Posey had a career-high nine receptions and a touchdown against Purdue, but the Buckeyes’ loss to the Boilermakers put a damper on the numbers. While Posey and Pryor connected quite a bit two weeks ago, it wasn’t the offensive output the Buckeyes needed against a Big Ten opponent. That has seemed to be the story of OSU’s young offense this season, but Posey and Pryor have become the lead playmakers together.“We’ve definitely had drives when we’ve been on the same page, it’s just been a little bit bumpy certain games,” Posey said. “But we know what we’re capable of. We’ve shown it in spurts, we’re just hopeful that we can do that more.”The chemistry between Posey and Pryor has been key for big plays. All of the combo’s touchdowns in the last four games have been for more than 20 yards. Big scores from outside the red zone give the offense momentum.“It feels good, but it’s better for our offense,” Posey said of becoming more of a playmaker. “As an offense, we needed plays like that. We need big plays for our feeling. Last week was so rough, it just makes us feel better.”Pryor hooked up with Posey eight times for 161 yards and two scores in OSU’s win over Minnesota. Both touchdowns were bombs hurled by Pryor, who found an open Posey for 62 and 57 yards.“The touchdowns feel good, but I’m only half of the equation,” Posey said. “Terrelle made great passes. I know he’s definitely relieved, he’s going to be able to relax now. But I know he’s going to want to do more, because that’s just the kind of kid he is. He always wants to get better.”Pryor’s progression in his second year has been heavily scrutinized by fans and the media. Posey, however, has also been making strides, but his biggest critic may be himself.“I feel like I still have a lot of learning to do,” he said. “I feel like I can make more plays. I always feel like when I leave the game, I’m not satisfied. I feel like that’s how I have to be. I feel, personally, that I’m nowhere near where I want to be yet. I haven’t reached my full potential. I’m learning a lot and really trying to incorporate that knowledge onto the field.”Like Pryor, the coaches know that with time, bigger things will come from the young receiver. His big play recently, however, hasn’t gone unnoticed.“We felt like DeVier was always going to end up being a good player and he’s steadily done that,” coach Jim Tressel said. “He had a little bit of a hamstring or something in preseason where he missed a bunch of time and didn’t develop quite like we’d hoped early on there, but DeVier’s going to be a good player. He’s got a long way to go, but he’s a learner.”Only sophomores, Pryor and Posey have time to grow and progress together, something that could be key for the Buckeyes‘ future. read more

ITV drama about woman murdered in honour killing angers victims family who

Her body was found three months later ditched and buried in a suitcase.The murder occurred after she allegedly brought shame on her family by fleeing her abusive arranged marriage and pursuing a relationship with another man.Honour is due to start filming at the end of this year.An ITV spokeswoman said: “Gwyneth Hughes, who has written Honour, has spoken at length with Banaz’s younger sister, Payzee, to give her the assurances she needs about the drama which focuses on the investigation into Banaz’s death.” An ITV drama starring Keeley Hawes about a young woman murdered in an honour killing has sparked a row with the victim’s family who claimed they were not consulted about the show.The broadcaster announced last week it had commissioned Honour, a two-part drama centred around the real-life murder of Banaz Mahmod by her father and uncle in January 2006.The show received immediate criticism for focusing on Caroline Goode, a former Scotland Yard detective who will be portrayed by Hawes, instead of Ms Mahmod herself.And now the victim’s younger sister Payzee Mahmod, 30, has joined those voicing discontent after claiming none of her family members were aware of the show and were not consulted by scriptwriters.Speaking to the BBC, Ms Mahmod said: “It doesn’t really sit too well with me that that’s the angle they chose to go with because that’s not Banaz’s story. That’s somebody else’s story. Banaz Mahmod was strangled to death and buried in a suitcase in January 2006 “This is about somebody who lost her life very tragically. It’s not about somebody getting to tell their story.”I don’t believe that it’s honouring Banaz.”Banaz Mahmod, who lived in Wimbledon, south west London, was just 20 when she was murdered by her father, uncle and three accomplices in 2006. Banaz Mahmod was strangled to death and buried in a suitcase in January 2006Credit:PA/Met Police 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

Bridge to Poolbeg among 34 infrastructure projects worth €226 million given green

first_img A TOTAL OF 34 strategic infrastructure projects across 15 local authorities have been given the green light by Government, it was announced today.The projects will cost a total of €226 million with the Government hoping they will result in 23,000 additional homes being delivered by 2021.The projects are aimed at delivering vital infrastructure to areas which would allow homes to be built there, and will be financed by the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF).As part of the Government’s Housing Action Plan, €150 million was to be released by the Exchequer to finance these type of projects (with local authorities providing €50 million themselves).Local authorities had to submit proposals for projects in their area, with the successful 34 projects announced today by Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, and Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.The vast majority of the housing to be delivered will come from the private sector; however, Coveney said today that “at least 10%” of the housing built will be used for social housing under planning laws.This means a minimum of 2,300 additional social housing units will come from the €226 million of funding.Bridges, new or upgraded roads, parks, sewer works, community facilities and roundabouts are among the types of projects financed by the fund.In total, 14,000 of the proposed new homes the be built as a result of these projects will be in Dublin, with 3,000 being built in Cork.Some of the projects and fund allocations include:Dodder Bridge (€15.75 million)The Dodder Bridge in Dublin will be a public transport bridge linking Britain Quay on the South Quays with York Road and the Poolbeg peninsula close to the Tom Clarke Bridge at Ringsend.This will make the Poolbeg Peninsula more accessible to the rest of the city. The peninsula is in the process of being a designated a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) for building on. The expected area where the public transport bridge will be built. Source: Google MapsWith the bridge built, and proper public transport supplied to the area, the Housing Department states that 3,000 new accommodation units could be built (1,500 by 2021).The entire infrastructure project will cost an estimated €31.5 million, with half of this being provided by the LIHAF and the other half by the Department of Transport.Cherrywood (€15.9 million)The major urban housing development site of Cherrywood in south Dublin will see money committed to revamping its roads.Infrastructure projects are centred around the construction of the Druid’s Glen Road and bridge which will improve access to the area.The Housing Department states that LIHAF funding will contribute to the provision of 2,000 units by 2021. There are plans for an additional 6,000 also to be built in the area as part of SDZ masterplan.Donabate Distributor Road (€15.5 million)This will see the construction of a road and a bridge over the Dublin to Belfast railway line in the north of Dublin.The construction of the bridge will see increased road network capacity in the area and allow for land to be developed there.It is expected that 1,200 units will be built in the area as a result by 2021.A full list of the different projects is below: By Cormac Fitzgerald http://jrnl.ie/3311132 Source: Housing Department(You can find a detailed list of all the projects here)DeadlinesSpeaking today, Coveney said that the releasing funds to local authorities was contingent on the authorities following through with the projects so that houses could be built in the allotted timeline.“It’s really important that if we allocate money for infrastructure to deliver houses that it’s actually happening on the ground,” he said.And that is why we’ve asked each local authority to put in place a manager to specifically manage these projects to get them delivering on time and fulfilling the promises that have been assessed through the assessment process.Coveney also advised local authorities who had been unsuccessful in their proposals that he would be applying for additional funding in the future for more projects.Read: ‘It could have fallen into the street’: How a derelict building in Dublin’s Blackpitts was transformedRead: ‘The correction’: Should the government forgive some of Ireland’s mortgage debt? 31,120 Views Mar 28th 2017, 4:13 PM Bridge to Poolbeg among 34 infrastructure projects worth €226 million given green light Funding was announced today for projects across the country. Share29 Tweet Email9 center_img Short URL The Poolbeg chimneys The Poolbeg chimneys 39 Comments Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 4:13 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Allegation of sexual assault made at homeless hostel for minors

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Roman Bodnarchuk Share38 Tweet Email Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4523115 AN ALLEGATION OF sexual assault was made at a children’s only hostel in Dublin city centre, TheJournal.ie has learned.The complainant reported the incident at Lefroy House – a nighttime-only hostel for youths based on the quays – in the past two years. Lefroy House is based on Eden Quay in Dublin City Centre and is run by the Salvation Army. It is an emergency night service which provides shelter to young people. The centre’s capacity is for seven young people, male and female, aged between 12 and 18 who are homeless, out of placement or unable to return to family. While Lefroy House caters for seven children at any given time, around 100 minors have used the facility in the past two years.During a particularly tumultuous time at the centre last year, gardaí were called to the property at least 17 times in a four-month period. The calls were made for various reasons, including minors acting in an intimidatory or violent manner. Separately to those 17 incidents, documents seen by TheJournal.ie show how an allegation of sexual abuse was made by a service user at the centre. It is understood the allegation was made by one child about another. There is no suggestion that anyone who works or volunteers at the centre was involved in any wrongdoing. Allegations of sexual abuse within National Children’s Residential Services are reported to what is known as the Significant Event Notification (SEN) team and Tusla. It is not known if the allegation was forwarded to gardaí or if a statement was made by the alleged victim to the authorities. A Salvation Army spokeswoman said: “We would like to reassure the public that we take the responsibility of safeguarding seriously and fully understand that it takes a lot of courage to come forward. Any concerns around safeguarding are investigated thoroughly and we actively encourage people to report their concerns to the police and contact our safeguarding unit.”TheJournal.ie sought clarification from Tusla regarding the date of the incident and if gardaí were notified. In response, the Child and Family Agency said it could not comment on individual cases. Children as young as 12 have availed of Lefroy House’s services. Currently, children can stay overnight but have to leave in the morning – and return at 5pm if they need shelter on subsequent nights. A number of previous clients have asked for the centre to open all day instead.Inspection reports of the centre are carried out by Tusla every year. The 2017 report – the most recent available – shows that the standard of significant event recording and reporting was “generally competent”.Responding to queries, Tusla said: “Tusla is satisfied that all reports of sexual abuse claims within Lefroy House have been made (there are no outstanding incidents of alleged abuse which have not been notified to Tusla), there is appropriate oversight of this unit and all reports made, as with other residential units.“The investigation of sexual abuse claims are carried out on an individual basis by the child protection and welfare social work teams, and resolution of these reports can vary depending on the circumstances of each individual complaint.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 4th 2019, 12:06 AM Allegation of sexual assault made at homeless hostel for minors Lefroy House is based on Eden Quay in Dublin City Centre and is run by the Salvation Army. Image: Shutterstock/Roman Bodnarchuk By Garreth MacNamee 2 Comments Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM 15,904 Views last_img read more

Hate crime on the rise in Greece

first_imgOne of the darkest aspects of the combined effects that the refugee crisis and the financial default was revealed last week, as the Racist Violence Recording Network (www.rvrn.org) reported a spike on hate crime in Greece during 2015. The harrowing statistics are presented in the RVRN 2015 annual report, analyzing the quantitative and qualitative findings of racist violence and hate crime recordings by the organizations participating in the Network. During the period of January – December 2015, the RVRN recorded, through interviews with the victims, 273 incidents of racist violence with more than 300 victims. In 75 incidents, immigrants or refugees were targeted due to their national or ethnic origin, religion or colour. In 185 incidents LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex)persons were targeted. From the 185 incidents against LGBTQI people, in 10 incidents, the victims have been targeted as activists. In 5 incidents, human rights defenders were targeted either because of their action in favour of refugees and immigrants, or because of their anti-Semitic action. In five incidents sacred or symbolic spaces or spaces used by collectivities were targeted. Finally, for the first time one incident against a member of the Muslim community and two incidents against Roma children were documented. The RVRN was established five years ago by the National Commission for Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office in Greece, in order to monitor human rights violation in Greece and contribute to effectively addressing the issue. The Attorney at Law of the Greek Council for Refugees, Vassilis Kerassiotis, pointed out that the majority of incidents of racist violence are not brought to justice and for this reason, the RVRN covers the gap between reality and judgments on racist crimes. However, he expressed the hope that the recent legislative measures will facilitate the investigation of racist motive and will lead to the increase of decisions on racist crimes. Commenting on the findings of the report, the representative of the Greek Forum of Migrants, Samsidin Indrisu, urged the Greek media to give the necessary publicity to incidents of racist violence. As for violence against the members of the LGBT community, the President of Colour Youth-Athens LGBTQ Community, Filippos Paganis, explained that victims of violence due to sexual orientation or gender identity are often young persons depending from their family which does not provide them with the necessary support. For this reason it is extremely important that the LGBT organisations are empowered through their participation in the RVRN and so more victims surmount the obstacles and share their experiences. From its side, the RVRN called the Greek government to intensify its efforts towards two concurrent ends. First, to adopt a set of measures aiming to put an end to impunity for racist attacks and to support in practice victims of racist attacks. Secondly, in light of current developments, the State must act preemptively by promoting actively tolerance and respect for diversity. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Delano Williams helps Team GB to Rio Games in 2016

first_img Recommended for you Team Great Britain’s 4x400m relay team disqualified!! The Nation will stand still to watch the country’s first Olympian Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 May 2015 – It was in heat three of the men’s 4x400m relay that we saw former World Junior Champion and Grand Turk son of the soil Delano Williams represent; a part of Team Great Britain in that hot event which ultimately took Great Britain to the finals of the IAAF BTC World Relays Bahamas and made them an automatic qualifier for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. The squad did not medal in that final race of the meet, which culminated the two days of relays but overall Team GB placed sixth in the Men’s 4x400m which gets the group into the Summer Games next year. The Turks and Caicos’ Delano Williams, who is Jamaica trained as a sprint champion and apart of Team Great Britain which is Olympics bound in advance of the races, told the Jamaica Gleaner not to expect to see him in the sprint relays, in fact Delano is now angling for the 400m where there is less GB competition for spots on that particular squad. In the end, it was the US which pulled out with 61 points after winning the most gold medals at this weekend’s IAAF World Relays staged in Nassau; Jamaica was second with 46 despite a surprising defeat for Usain Bolt and his team in the Men’s 4x100m relay, Great Britain was in eighth place gaining 15 marks while the Bahamas rounded out the top ten with 11 which included two silvers and saw the revival of Golden Girl, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in the 4x100m sprint; B Final. Related Items:delano williams, relay, rio olympics, UK, world relay games Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Delano Williams return home postponed due to weatherlast_img read more

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD injects some sport for 43295

first_img Preview • 2019 Toyota Avalon: Looks weird, but it’s better across the board More about 2019 Toyota Avalon 1 2020 Toyota Corolla review: More emotional, still sensible Matching the sportier exterior look is a black interior with plenty of red accents. Red contrast stitching is present throughout and the front headrests receive stitched TRD logos. A splash of suede is also present on the seats, and for those in cooler climates, they’e also heated. Just one options package will be available for the 2020 Avalon TRD: a Premium Audio package with factory navigation. Add another $1,760 to the price for those upgrades.Toyota also has a second TRD sedan in the pipeline that will likely be slightly more accessible; last year, the brand showed off the 2020 Camry TRD alongside the Avalon TRD. We’re looking forward to taking both for a spin in the coming weeks. Now playing: Watch this: 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 5:51 2019 Toyota Avalon is a comfy cruiser if you can get… Share your voice Sedans More From Roadshow Toyota Avalon TRD is not for the olds 10 Photos Review • 2019 Toyota Avalon: Smooth operator with acquired-taste looks Tags Comment 2018 BMW M4: Sharper performance means bigger trade-offs Enlarge Image Toyota It’s becoming more and more difficult to find sportier sedan offerings as the industry largely shifts to SUVs and pickups. Yet, Toyota is spicing things up for two of its sedans. That includes the traditionally reserved Toyota Avalon.Following its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota’s official website has included the 2020 Avalon TRD in the vehicle’s build configurator and it’ll set buyers back $43,295 to start, including the mandatory destination charge. The price nets an individual all of the goods included with the trim, but any color other than silver or black costs an extra $425.How does the Avalon TRD earn its badge? Toyota slaps a set of 19-inch matte black wheels, Piano Black front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffusor along with slightly larger front brake discs on. The front and rear brake calipers also don a red paint color because sportiness.Aside from the black aero accents and a rear spoiler, the biggest difference is a TRD suspension. Toyota drops the ride height by 0.6 inches with a TRD-tuned set of coil springs, shocks and under braces. Overall, the automaker said at the model’s debut that the suspension setup is meant to bolster driving dynamics. The Avalon has never been much of a sharp performer, which makes that an intriguing proposition. The power won’t exactly rival true sports cars. There’s still a 3.5-liter V6 with 301 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque under the hood. The brand does include a TRD exhaust to create less of a muted soundtrack. The exhaust outlets are also polished stainless steel. Toyota Toyotalast_img read more

Camille Cosbys Comparison of Husbands Conviction to Slavery Emmitt Till Draws Criticism

first_imgBy AFRO StaffCamille Cosby, wife of famed comedian Bill Cosby who was recently convicted in a Pennsylvania court with the drugging and raping of plaintiff Andrea Constandt, is now in the public crosshairs after a spirited defense of her husband in which she compared his conviction to the horrors of slavery and lynching.In her three-page public statement, Camille Cosby begins by comparing her husband’s treatment during his legal battles to that of a slave with no rights.FILE – This Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, comedian Bill Cosby, left, and his wife Camille appear at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts before he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington. On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Cosby was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America’s Dad. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)“‘We the people’ are the first three words of our nation’s Constitution, but who were those people in 1787? Dr. Howard Zinn, the renowned, honest historian, states in his bestselling book, A People’s History of the United States:  ‘The majority of the 55 men who framed the Constitution were men of wealth in land, slaves, manufacturing or shipping.’ Clearly, most people were not included in that original draft of the Constitution; no women, Native Americans, poor white men; and, absolutely, no enslaved Africans,” she wrote.“Now enters an American citizen, Bill Cosby,” she continues. “The overall media, with their frenzied, relentless demonization of him and unquestioning acceptance of accusers’ allegations without any attendant proof, have superseded the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, which guarantee due process and equal protection, and thereby eliminated the possibility of a fair trial and unbiased jury. Bill Cosby was labelled as guilty because the media and accusers said so… period.”Mrs. Cosby goes on to compare the public outcry against her husband to that of a “lynch mob,” and suggests his conviction was comparable to the case of Emmitt Till, a 14-year-old Black teen who was tortured and killed when a White woman falsely accused him of sexual harassment.The 74-year-old’s public defense of her husband is being dragged on social media.“Camille Cosby takes ‘stand by your man’ down to a blind disgusting level. She should go to jail right along with Cosby,” one user wrote.“A woman is normally not responsible for what her husband does but I think Camille Cosby deserves every bit of criticism she’s getting…definitely an exception to the rule,” Twitter user Yashad Ali said in his post.Another Twitter user compares Camille Cosby to “Dr. Frankenstein” and Bill Cosby to the “monster.”And, CNN commentator and former White House aide Keith Boykin uses Cosby’s own words against him, citing Bill Cosby’s 2004 speech to NAACP: “Camille Cosby might want to hold off on the ‘Black Power’ statement and re-read the words of her husband from his infamous ‘pound cake speech.’ “We cannot blame white people…Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals.’”last_img read more

The puppets of genesis

first_imgThe plays staged during the Bharat Rang Mahotsav has touched many issues from woman safety to the hygiene of the city but that’s not it, during the final days plays have more metaphysical themes and audience learnt much about human behaviour by watching these plays.Hey Manush was an urgent wake-up call for human beings to take notice of the destruction and chaos that surround our world now. The play opens to a universe before creation, and then leads us to the evolution of life. It talks about the constant struggles of human against nature for existence. The humans discover fire and invent various tools and techniques to fortify their position. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With time they use their creativity and talents to create good lives for themselves and others, but greed, lust, anger, pride, and jealousy transform them into cruel beings driven by the desire to control. The play mentions the Kurukshetra War and World War II, both of which result in mass destruction and death. We are in the twenty-first century – a world of weapons, nuclear power, but still a world that is dangerous and carries the potential of large scale destruction. After discovering so many things, it is time, Hey Manush asks, for man to discover themselves. The play Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNight’s End was story of Krishnan whose born into a family of Kathakali artistes and trained in the form since childhood.Krishnan runs away from his native village in Kerala and becomes a forest guard in a tiger sanctuary. In moments of emotional intensity the Kathakali artiste in him finds solace in dancing. The play traces Krishnan’s attempts to enlist the help of the tiger-hunting Mogiya tribals to save the tiger, his friendship with Billu Mogiya, the drummer, his romance with Chandni Mogiya and his encounters with the poaching mafia. The play explores the themes of abandonment and individual responsibility; the loneliness, loss and love experienced by individuals caught in complex socio-political webs as they struggle to survive. Play Penalty Kick was inspired by a Malayalam short story Higuita by NS Madhavan. Higuita is a Columbian football player renowned for his fabulous, canny scorpion kick and in the story he is the measured metaphor for Father Gee Varghese, a priest in Delhi, who in order to save a poor tribal girl, Lucy Marandy, from Bihar, faces the pimp Jabbar.  Higuita creates its own syntax with its subtle connections of crisscrossing dialogues and images that reflect the sensibility of change.Uney Purey Shahar Ek is translation of Girish Karnad’s Kannada play Benda Kaalu on Toast. Story of a  city which used to be something else and that something else is history now. The history of this city is the chain of events, ambitions, aspirations, frustrations and efforts of the people who loved it even when it was a mere piece of land. Over it they built a town that later ruled the country.People’s dreams made it grow bigger. However, the dreams of people on this piece of land no longer form a part of the city’s future, it now thrives on the dreaming people themselves and not on their dreams. It is a complete city full of incomplete people. Yet, even if one piece of this jigsaw is lost, the picture will still be complete.Dolls theatre from Kolkata, performed an hour long non-verbal play titled Taming of  the  Wild. This performance in modern puppetry comprises of four episodes which explored  themes like The World Within, Floral Tribute, Movements in Wilderness and Call of the Wild.last_img read more

New innovative blood test can detect early cancer before symptoms

first_imgA new blood test developed by researchers at John Hopkins University has taken science a step closer to early cancer detection.The innovative blood test is a huge leap forward in cancer screening in that it can detect signs of eight different types of cancer before symptoms begin to appear in patients. Authors of the study say these eight particular types of cancer are responsible for more than 60 percent of cancer deaths in the United States.The test, which is called CancerSEEK, works by looking for 16 genes and 10 proteins that are linked to cancer. Team research leader Nickolas Papadopoulos, a professor of oncology and pathology at Johns Hopkins said, “The goal is to look for as many cancer types as possible in one test, and to identify cancer as early as possible.”The study, which was published in Science, tested 1,005 patients who had cancers including colon, pancreatic, breast, lung, live, ovarian or esophageal. The ability to detect traces of the disease varied from one form of cancer to another, however, the blood test was able to detect cancer anywhere from 33 percent to 98 percent of the time.For cancers such as liver, ovarian, esophageal or stomach, the accuracy range improved, ranging from between 69 percent to 98 percent.Although researchers are excited about the progress in the work, they are calling it a “first step” and say that more studies are needed before the test is ready for routine use.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more