In a press release issued today to mark the end of its five-day fact-finding visit to Amman, Jordan, the UN Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories, said that a series of meetings with civil society groups and Palestinian officials had revealed that the “root cause” of the escalating violence in the Territories is “the continuing policy of settlement expansion and the climate of impunity relating to the activities of the settlers.”Indeed, over the past weeks, tensions in the Territories between Israeli settlers and Palestinians have been further enflamed following a series of deadly incidents between the two groups. Most recently, in the village of Duma, an 18-month-old Palestinian baby died following the fire-bombing of the house by Israeli settlers. The father of the baby, who had sustained serious injuries in the attack, subsequently died on 8 August. In addition to the violence, the Committee – represented by Amrith Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York; Ramlan bin Ibrahim, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the UN in New York; and Aboubacar Sadikh Barry, Minister Counselor, Permanent Mission of Senegal to the UN in Geneva – was also briefed “extensively” on what it described as “increasing human rights violations” on women and children through the repeated use of night raids and police dogs by Israeli authorities. The UN experts were told that many women were subjected to “humiliating treatment in the presence of their families” during these operations. The situation regarding the pace of reconstruction in the Gaza Strip was also brought to the UN Committee’s attention by civil society representatives who lamented the slow pace of developments following the destruction of the enclave during last summer’s war. In fact, after more than a year, not a single housing unit completely destroyed during the conflict, last summer, has been fully reconstructed. According to the UN, some 100,000 people remain internally displaced as a result of the widespread structural devastation across the Strip and continue to be hosted in temporary accommodation or in make-shift shelters. Close to a 120,000 people are still waiting to be reconnected to the city water supply. Work has yet to begin on a number of key health facilities.At the same time, the experts addressed the persistent funding shortfall affecting the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) which is currently facing its most severe financial crisis ever. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees and deepening poverty. The Committee said it shared the view that unless UNRWA is sufficiently funded, its role in the Occupied Territories would be “seriously undermined,” and urged the international community to ensure timely and adequate funding to sustain UNRWA activities. As things currently stand, UNRWA has enough money to maintain its services essential to protect public health which include immunizations for children, primary health care, relief and sanitation and some emergency programmes through to the end of 2015, but the funding is insufficient to guarantee the stable provision of its education services from September onwards.
“Children must not pay the price for the crisis in Burundi,” said UNICEF’s Regional Director in Eastern and Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala in a news release adding that UNICEF is deeply concerned about the impact of violence and increasing poverty and vulnerability on children. According to UNICEF, since the beginning of the crisis in Burundi in April, child rights violations have multiplied, with children being caught up in violent clashes and raids, schools being hit by grenade blasts and more than 100 children being arbitrarily detained, at times for long periods alongside adult prisoners. “Burundian law establishes clear respect for children’s rights, and the protection of children from violence. Such laws must be respected,” added Ms. Gharagozloo-Pakkala. Additionally, UNICEF reported that food prices in the region are accelerating sharply with more than four out of five Burundians already living on less than USD 1.25 a day, making it very difficult for many families to adequately feed their children. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predictions, the Burundian economy is slated to shrink by 7.2 per cent this year, adding greater strain on the Government budget and social services in the country. UNICEF also raised concern about the shortages of essential medicines for children and mothers and added that it is imperative that there is continued investment in children, from protection to healthcare, even at such times. “There is a strong case for support, now in these troubled times more than ever,” said Ms. Gharagozloo-Pakkala. UNICEF estimates indicate that more than 200,000 people from Burundi have fled into neighbouring Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, including 6,000 unaccompanied or separated children. UNICEF reported that these children face mountainous terrain and security checkpoints on fleeing Burundi, as well as dangers of sexual abuse, trafficking or further violence. Additionally, large number of internally displaced, with around 15,000 people are currently residing in Makamba province on the border of Tanzania, said UNICEF. At the same time, the UN and its partners are poised for an influx in the near future in neighbouring countries, which is expected to further stretch existing humanitarian support, such as healthcare, schooling and clean water. Lastly, UNICEF said that it is appealing for USD 25 million to support its humanitarian response for children and families affected by the crisis in Burundi, which can facilitate lifesaving services and supplies for children in Burundi as well as Burundian refugees in Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At present, UNICEF said that the appeal is barely one-quarter funded.
“Anthony Kelly held it and he was a hard-working guy, so it’s a real honor to break the record,” Withers said. “It just shows the good wing guys and the players I’ve played beside these past four years that helped me achieve this goal.”OSU coach Nick Myers started redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey after not starting him in last week’s games in Milwaukee. “We got two really good goalies,” Myers said. “It’s been really competitive which isn’t really much different from our roster. Top to bottom, we are getting new competition in those spots. Tom did a really nice job today and we’re excited to get out here with another win.”LeClaire struck the first goal 13:52 into the game. He said it’s the leadership on the team that has been helping him to grow into the team’s leading goal scorer (13) as a freshman.“All the seniors (are) making me feel comfortable out there and we’re all clicking as one unit,” LeClaire said.Right after the goal, Withers scored for the Buckeyes. Then, with 6:59 left in the first quarter, OSU senior attack Austin Shanks scored to extend the Buckeyes lead to 3-0.Vikings’ midfielder Nick Wendel scored Cleveland State’s first goal with 4:31 left in the first period. But before the end of the quarter, OSU senior attack Johnny Pearson converted on his first goal of the day to build a 4-1 advantage.The Buckeyes scored two goals in the second quarter, the first coming with 14:16 left in the quarter from LeClaire on with a man up, and redshirt freshman attack Lukas Buckley scored the other with 5:15 remaining in the quarter.In previous games, OSU’s offense has started slow then exploded in the middle quarters. On Saturday, the scoring was more gradual. Withers said that the team realizes that they can’t get off to slow starts as the competition becomes tougher.“As a team, the last four or five games have been slow starts,” Withers said. “We’ve been trying to progress through that and that starts on Mondays during our weeks.”The Buckeyes picked up the intensity more in the third quarter. Cleveland State struggled to score in the second quarter, but were able to find the back of the net twice in the third.At 12:19 in the third quarter, OSU senior attack JT Blubaugh scored his first goal, giving the Buckeyes a 7-1 lead.Vikings freshman midfielder Danny Tesler forced a goal in with 11:21 remaining in the quarter, then OSU answered with four straight, starting with junior attack Hank Bethke.Moments after OSU senior midfielder John Kelly scored, widening the score gap to 9-2, Buckeyes’ junior midfielder Austin Seiple scored his first two goals of the season to extend the lead to nine. OSU freshman attack Nick Musci scored OSU’s lone goal of the fourth quarter, while Tesler and freshman midfielder Noah Gleeson scored for the Vikings. Next UpThe Buckeyes face their stiffest competition yet when they travel to Maryland to face No. 17 Towson on Tuesday. OSU then hosts No. 4 Denver on March 19. The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team huddles before its 8-7 win over University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) emerged victorious over the Cleveland State Vikings (2-5) in Ohio Stadium on Saturday.The Buckeyes’ leading scorer was freshman midfielder Tre LeClaire with three goals, while junior midfielder Austin Seiple scored twice.This is the inaugural year of lacrosse at Cleveland State, whose roster is mostly comprised of freshmen.OSU senior midfielder Jake Withers broke the Buckeye record for ground balls today with 239 ground balls in his career. The record was previously held by Anthony Kelly, who picked up 238 ground balls in the 2000-2003 seasons. Withers said he feels honored to hold the record.
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team keeps an eye on the ball at their game against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Erin Gottsacker | Miller ReporterThe seniors on the Ohio State women’s volleyball team team (15-15, 8-11 Big Ten) have had nothing short of a long season, and their roles as leaders have never been greater.The Buckeyes have dealt with multiple injuries multiple injuries en route to a disappointing record. Through the good and the bad, the seniors have had to take active roles as leaders of the team. Outside hitter Ashley Wenz felt the weight on her shoulders Nov. 8 after the Buckeyes swept Rutgers 3-0, and their star junior setter Taylor Hughes went down with an injury.“I looked around and there’s four freshmen and a sophomore and I’m like, ‘I’m the person that they look up to,’” Wenz said. “They made me really appreciate my role on the team.”Outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she recognized the importance of the role she and her fellow seniors demonstrate this season, and how much they influence the younger players.With half of the roster consisting of freshmen and sophomores, Schirmer emphasized the importance of making the younger players feel comfortable on the team.“Leading them, I think, is the biggest thing we’ve wanted to do as a class of seniors, to leave a good legacy for our program,” Schirmer said.The Buckeyes have limped to the finish line this season, failing to put up the success they hoped to find when the season began. Despite the struggles, Wenz said she has seen improvement in the resolve of the team’s youth.“I think when the going gets tough, you also have to get more tough. It’s been amazing the things that our team has gone through, and the things that we’ve still been able to do with that,” Wenz said. “We need to finish out strong these last few games for sure, but looking back [at] what we’ve been through … it’s really remarkable to me, just our fight and our drive right now.”Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston said he is proud of the seniors for stepping up to the challenge of dealing with a losing season, paving the way for the upcoming seniors and remaining underclassmen.“This has been the most challenging season of my coaching career, and I give them a lot of credit for the leaders that they’ve become this year,” he said. “They’re the leaders of this team, they’re going to be missed a lot. I’m glad to have been part of watching them develop and grow as leaders this year.”The seniors will play their final game Friday at home against Illinois. It’s their final moment to pass the torch to the returning players.After the season is finished, each of the women plan to move forward in separate directions. Schirmer is planning to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and hopes to play professional volleyball overseas.Senior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree will earn her degree in sport management and plans to enter the workforce once the season is over.Wenz will receive a degree in marketing. She is currently undecided between playing professional volleyball or going to graduate school.The Buckeyes will more than likely not play in the NCAA tournament for the first time in four seasons, which is adversity that Ohio State’s new group of leaders will have to work through.
…as Union agrees to an interim salary increase ranging from 6 to 8%By Ramona LuthiThe President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), Mark Lyte on Monday afternoon confirmed that the discussion with the President, David Granger, with regards to salary negotiations for teachers proved to be “fruitful”.Members from the GTU meeting with President Granger, among others, on Monday“We had a very fruitful meeting with the President, the Minister of Education, Minister Hastings and other officials” he told media operatives following the conclusion of that meeting at State House.Lyte posited that due to the fact that “the President exhibited a lot of interest” in the matter at hand, the Union’s original plans to stage a strike on Thursday and Friday have been brought to a halt.While he did not elaborate as to the agreements made in the meeting, the GTU President noted that a “High-Level Task Force” comprising of representatives from the Ministries of Education, Finance, Communities, Public Service and Presidency as well as GTU officials will be established.In a joint press statement subsequently issued by the Ministry of Presidency, it was explained that the Task Force is expected to be constituted by Wednesday and that the Education Minister, Nicolette Henry “has consented to taking the issue of the composition of the body to Cabinet tomorrow.”“The Task Force will hold its first meeting to establish timelines for its meetings and the completion of its work,” the press statement said, while asserting that “the Union has agreed to provide a complete dossier of its financial and non-financial submissions by Wednesday.”Further, in the meeting, Granger proposed that the discussions take a holistic view on the improvement of the education sector and as such, the Task Force will take into account the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Education Sector and other matters relating to the well-being of teachers and students.In the meantime, teachers will receive an interim salary increase ranging from six to eight per cent, retroactive to January 1, 2017.Teachers were on Thursday last asked by the GTU to prepare for possible strike action this week following a major disagreement with the Ministry of Education on salary increases, which led to representatives of the GTU walking out of the discussion.According to the Education Ministry in a statement after the meeting, the walk out was prompted by Minister Henry informing the Union that Government could only offer teachers the same increases it offered all public servants.Government had announced its “final offer” to the unionized workers in the Public Service—an increase in the minimum wage from $55,000 per month to $60,000 along with staggered increases in wages and salaries with the band of lowest paid workers being offered an eight per cent increase.The Union however, has been seeking across the board salary increases of 40 per cent for 2016, 45 per cent for 2017, 50 per cent for 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively.Furthermore, they requested that the teachers be given a 3 per cent performance based incentive per year throughout the multi-year agreement.GTU is also advocating for teachers to be paid double for the month of December.Additionally, the Union is firmly demanding that teachers be granted increased salaries per each qualification- which means teachers with Certificates of Education, management certificates, Diplomas, Degrees and Master’s Degree will receive an additional amount ranging from $6,000 to $35,000.Moreover, the Ministry is expected to provide a uniform allowance on a yearly basis of $25,000.The GTU is also calling for duty free concessions for vehicles up to 2700c for Head Teachers.Prior to the meeting with the Education Ministry on Thursday, GTU President Mark Lyte had said that protest action was imminent since after more than two years, officials at the Ministry of Education remain reluctant to have a sit down with the Union and discuss debunching payments.He had noted that the teachers are becoming more frustrated by the day, and warned of the consequences if the teachers decide to down tools to make their voices heard.“Another budget would be presented and we have not come to an agreement for the proposal. We believe that this is disrespectful and comes in direct contravention to the labour agreement (in effect) between the Ministry and the Union, and it is a clear fact that this Administration is not seeking to properly remunerate our teachers,” Lyte had said.Following the initial walk out, a meeting was held with the State Minister, Joseph Harmon on Friday last, after which a joint press statement was then issued outlining that the first meeting with the team from the Education Ministry was “never intended to be the final position of the Administration but rather an interim arrangement.”Harmon in the joint statement was attributed as saying that “the President was very concerned about the reports regarding the outcome of the meeting between the Union and the Ministry of Education and had signalled his willingness to meet with the Union on Monday October 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to discuss all matters of concern to the Union.”The Union indicated its acceptance of the President’s offer and “iterated that it was committed to the process of Collective Bargaining and that it would bring these developments to the attention of its members.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeachers’ benefits: Govt to meet with Union to discuss Committee’s recommendations – HarmonAugust 6, 2018In “latest news”GTU salary negotiations: High-level task force establishedNovember 2, 2017In “latest news”Teachers Union calls out Govt over sloth regarding benefitsJuly 2, 2018In “Business”
13,083 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A man claiming to have a bomb at #CharingCross station has now been arrested. We are now working to reopen the station as soon as possible would like to thank passengers and rail staff for their patience and understanding during this incident.— British Transport Police (@BTP) June 22, 2018 By Cianan Brennan Friday 22 Jun 2018, 8:10 AM Jun 22nd 2018, 8:10 AM Source: BTP/Twitter Share26 Tweet Email1 Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesA MAN HAS been arrested after claiming to have a bomb at a major London rail station.British Transport Police earlier stated that the man had accessed the tracks at the central London station and claimed he was carrying an explosive device.The incident happened just after 6.30am this morning. No one was injured and the man has now been detained and arrested by British Transport Police officers. 16 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4085195 London rail station shut following reports man on tracks was carrying a bomb The man has since been arrested. British Transport Police are leading and are working to reopen the station.The station remains closed to passengers. Short URL The station was evacuated as a precautionary measure, with all trains instructed to pass it without stopping.The man has since been apprehended, with no injuries reported.“Met police officers assisted the British Transport Police this morning, Friday 22 June at 6.34am following a report of a man acting suspiciously,” a Met spokesperson said.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After a series of well-scheduled leaks that led the national debate since the previous weekend, the actual 2018 Federal Budget that was announced on Tuesday night had very few surprises, confirming what was already known – mostly that it is a budget designed to please elderly and middle-class Australians. In other words, it is the very definition of a pre-election Budget.In his announcement, Treasurer Scott Morrison predicted that the economy will return to surplus next year, and a further surplus of $2.2 billion by 2019-2020.This is largely due to the increase in tax revenue, which is estimated to be around 25.3 per cent of the GDP for the following two years. This increase in revenue is, in turn, largely due to an increase in the workforce population; an aftereffect of skilled migration, though migrants (and refugees) are among the losers of the Budget.TAX CUTS AT THE FOREFRONT In terms of tax relief, the 2018 Budget is relatively modest, offering no more than $530 per year (delivered in the tax return statement) for middle and lower income earning individuals. This particular benefit, which has been the centrepiece of Scott Morrison’s announcement and has already been widely debated, starts at $200 for those earning up to $37,000 a year, increasing incrementally to $530 a year for 4.4 million people earning between $48,000 and $90,000.The benefit gradually decreases to zero at a taxable income of about $125,000. This is estimated to cost a modest $13.4 billion over the next four years, reaching $140 billion over a decade.As part of a tax reform program, its impact should be considered alongside the government’s determination to eliminate bracket creep by 2024-25. The first step will be the increase of the top threshold of the 32.5 per cent tax bracket from $87,000 to $90,000 from 1 July. From 2022-23 this threshold will increase to $120,000, while at the same time, the top threshold of the 19 per cent tax bracket will go from $37,000 to $41,000. This will be abolished by 2024-25, when the tax-free threshold will remain at $18,200, while a 19 per cent tax rate will apply up to income of $41,000, followed by a 32.5 per cent rate for incomes up to $200,000.COSTS AND ALLOCATIONSThe total cost to the Federal Government stands at $488.6 billion. Of this sum, $176bn (36 per cent) will fund social security and welfare, most specifically aged assistance ($66.8bn), assistance to people with disabilities ($48bn), family assistance ($36.8bn) and the unemployed ($10.2bn); $78.8bn (16.1 per cent) will be allocated to the health sector (including $32bn for medical services and benefits and $21.2bn in assistance to the states for public hospitals); $34.7bn (7.1 per cent) will go to Education (including $7.7bn for government schools, $11.8bn for non-government schools and $9.6bn for higher education); $31.2bn (6.4 per cent) will be allocated to defence, and $23bn (4.7 per cent) to general public services.infrastructureIn terms of national investments, the 2018 Budget includes a $24.5 billion infrastructure package for major transport projects and initiatives as part of a $75 billion rolling plan over the next decade, addressing specific needs in each state and territory, most specifically:VIC $7.8bn including $5bn towards the Melbourne airport rail project, $1.75bn towards the North East Link and $475m for Monash Rail.WA $2.8bn including $1.05bn for Metronet rail, $944m for a Perth congestion package and $560m for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road.SA $1.8bn including $1.2bn for the North-South Corridor and $220m for the Gawler line electrification project.NSW $1.5bn including $971m for the Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour Bypass and $400m for the duplication of the Port Botany freight rail line.QLD$5.2bn including $3.3bn for the Bruce Highway extension, $1bn for the M1 expansion, and $390m for Brisbane Metro.TAS $921m including $461m for the Bridgewatwer Bridge replacement and a $400m Tasmanian roads package.NT $259.6m including $100m for the Buntine Highway upgrade and $180 million for the Central Arnhem Road upgrade.FRONDITHA WELCOMES THE AGED CARE PROVISIONSOlder Australians are the cornerstone of the Budget measures, particularly since last year’s reforms to pensions and superannuation didn’t go too well with older age groups. The Budget includes an incentive for pensioners with part-time employment, which will allow them to earn up to $300 a fortnight without affecting their pension. This was hailed as a positive move, despite the fact that pensioners are to lose the current $14 per fortnight energy payment, something that the Opposition has condemned as cruel.The most positive effect on the elderly population will be indirect, though, coming in the form of services from the aged care sector, which is among the biggest winners of Tuesday night’s announcement. The Budget allocates $1.6 billion for 14,000 new places for home-care recipient and another $1.6 billion to add 13,500 residential aged care and 775 short-term care places for elderly Australians. Furthermore, $82.5m will go to mental health services in aged care facilities.“The Aged Care minister has his ear to the ground,” George Lekakis, Fronditha Care’s CEO told Neos Kosmos. “He has consulted with the sector extensively, including us. The fact that they are opening another 13,500 aged care places means that we can create more beds to care for these people, and we are going to apply for more packages, so that we can look after people in their own homes.”The impact of this funding will be broader than that, he stresses. “The flow of an increase in meeting people’s needs will mean that we will employ more staff to be able to deliver these services into the future.”With 200 people on the waiting list for an aged care bed in the organisation’s facilities in Melbourne, it is not difficult to understand why this Budget provision is significant. According to Mr Lekakis, the high demand is a rising trend, largely due to the population of the ‘first’ generation of Greek migrants, those who came to the country in the postwar period.“We’ve done an analysis of the aged care population in the Greek community and we estimate that we will continue with high demands for the next 10 years,” he explained.Elderly people walk in the street, in Brisbane, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR BUSINESSESSmall businesses are among the winners of the Budget, as the government extends the $20,000 instant asset write-off for another 12 months to 30 June 2019. This is the only ‘new’ feature regarding business, as the Treasurer refrained from allocating funds to the business sector, though the government remains committed to its 10-year plan to reduce company taxes from 30 to 25 per cent.“The Federal Budget 2018 is heading in the right direction but business would have liked more ambition for long term budget repair and decreased reliance on increasing tax revenue,” Paul Nicolaou from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said to Neos Kosmos. “While there are positive announcements in this Budget, the projected surplus might be difficult to sustain without a stronger buffer should the global or domestic economic outlook prove weaker.”The Budget “underlines the need to encourage the business community to invest, create wealth, and employ – in order to provide the stable foundations for the economic growth on which the budget forecasts depend,” Mr Nicolaou added.“The delivering of personal tax cuts and staying the course to deliver business tax cuts will assist thousands of working Greek Australians and those who own businesses across the country. In addition, the extension of the instant asset write-down for small businesses for a further year will help greatly Greek Australians who run small businesses,” he concluded.YES TO TECHNOLOGY, NO TO ARTSApart from roads and railroad lines, the Budget focuses on another type of infrastructure, offering $1.9bn over 12 years to research programs implemented in sectors like healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. Specifically, $41m is going towards seed funding for an Australian space agency, while $29.9m over the next four years will go toward investment into artificial intelligence and research. Another $393.3m will go to the implementation of the Research Infrastructure Investment Strategy. But if the research and technology sectors are benefitting from the Budget, the same cannot be said for the arts sector, which was all but absent in the Treasurer’s statement and has been left wanting for years.“The Federal Budget has shirked its key responsibility to offer a vision for the Australian culture,” said Esther Anatolitis, Executive Director of the National Association for the Visual Arts, in the organisation’s Budget response statement.“And yet, this is exactly what Australians expect of our government. The invisibility of the Australia Council in the Budget does not fill the sector with confidence. After years of successive cuts made without a policy or evidence basis, discovering that there are no new funding cuts is hardly good news. Failing to fund the nation’s arts funding and advisory body at appropriate levels opens our entire sector to substantial risk. The Budget offers no vision for the next generation of artists, nor for the adventurous audiences, awed visitors and critical thinkers who create our future.”BAD NEWS FOR REFUGEES, MIGRANTS AND THE UNEMPLOYEDTwo numbers have been the most talked about in anticipation of the Budget: a $10 per week tax relief for the lower-to-middle income earners and a $40 per week Newstart Allowance, which did not go to $50, much to the disdain of unions and economists that have been campaigning for a rise – even former Prime Minister John Howard agreed that the Newstart rate freeze had “probably gone too long.” Now the Greens are reportedly planning to present a bill to parliament, suggesting increasing Newstart by $75 per week, in an attempt to sideline Labor.And if being unemployed was not a qualifier in itself to put somebody on the 2018 Budget losers’ list, there are those who have it worse: particularly migrants who are not even eligible for support until they have resided in Australia for four years – up from the current prerequisite of three years. The waiting period for refugees to access employment services also increases from 13 to 26 weeks, a cut estimated at $68.1m.“We are disappointed that the government has proposed extending the waiting period for migrants to four years for various social security payments and to introduce a four-year wait for support including carer allowances, family tax benefit and widow allowances,” said Mary Patetsos, Chairperson of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia. “This is in addition to the three-year wait already proposed in the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018 which is still before Parliament.”It’s not all negative though.“We are pleased that the government will provide an additional $5m in 2018-2019 for community organisations assisting newly arrived migrants to integrate into Australian society through the Fostering Integration Grants Scheme,” Ms Patetsos notes.“We congratulate the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs on this important announcement and for consulting with, and responding to, Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities.”As far as refugees are concerned, the Budget makes provisions for the continuation of Operation Sovereign Borders (which included offshore resettlement arrangements), allocating $62.2m over the next two years in funding. This is one of the major gains for the Department of Home Affairs, alongside the $293.6m allocated over four years to increase security at 64 regional airports, upgrade screening of inbound air cargo and mail, and increase AFP and ABF officers at airports.The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) will also receive a funding increase of $24m for operations, plus $18m for a legal review, along with $52m for intelligence oversight.Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, as well as other conservatives in the Coalition, should also be happy with the news that $83.7m will be cut from the ABC from 2019-20 to 2021-22 as the government indexes funding at the 2018-19 rate. In contrast, SBS will receive $17.6m over the next two years to produce and distribute more Australian content. This includes $14.6m to replace revenue anticipated in legislation that would have loosened restrictions on SBS advertising that didn’t pass Parliament.
Salles de shoot : les Français en majorité favorables aux salles de consommation de drogueFrance – D’après un récent sondage Ipsos, 53% des Français se disent favorables à la mise en place de salles de consommation de drogue sous contrôle médical.Ces “salles de shoot”, comme elles sont couramment appelées, ont lancé un véritable débat politique et social. Les Français ont également du mal à trancher, puisqu’ils ne sont qu’une faible majorité à se déclarer favorable à leur ouverture. Onze pour cent des Français se disent quant à eux “plutôt favorables”, tandis que 47% de la population refuse l’ouverture de ce genre d’endroit.Ces lieux n’ont pourtant pas pour objectif d’encourager la prise de produits stupéfiants, mais d’apporter aux personnes dépendantes un endroit adapté où se droguer, au sein duquel les doses prises seraient surveillées dans le but d’éviter les accidents comme les overdoses. L’Associated Press précise que certaines villes européennes en sont déjà dotées. Un collectif d’associations luttant pour l’ouverture de ces salles a été reçu par les membres du cabinet de François Fillon pour en discuter.Le 20 août 2010 à 12:52 • Emmanuel Perrin
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNATIONAL CITY (KUSI) – San Diego and Southern California are global tourist destinations. In the early part of each year, the San Diego Tourism Authority touts it’s upcoming world-wide advertising campaign. But the people who gathered at the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center in National City, elected and appointed officials and tourism experts representing both sides of the border, say more emphasis on “bi-national tourism” would benefit the region as well.Wednesday morning, the State Senate’s Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation was in the South Bay: What’s the current state of things? That includes educational exchange programs and medical tourism and more importantly, “growing” the region’s tourism industry.Kerri Kapich is the Chief Operating Officer for the Tourism Authority. “There’s two components of what we do together,” she told me. “Promoting locally tourism involving residents of Baja coming here and residents of San Diego going to Baja. We have agreements supporting each other in those ways.”It’s the second component that needs more emphasis, says Kapich. “Where we promote a two-nation vacation. You fly into San Diego and then cross the border to visit Tijuana or the Guadalupe Valley for a wine tasting, then over to Ensenada and do the resort experience down there.”Local State Senator Ben Hueso chairs the committee: Hueso said, “We both have wonderful things to visit, but we’re not promoted together. We could benefit by promoting our region. And it’s a two-for-one, you get to visit two amazing countries, two amazing cities, and have an amazing time.” Ed Lenderman, August 8, 2019 Posted: August 8, 2019 Boosting bi-national tourism between San Diego and Mexico Ed Lenderman Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Ben Hueso FacebookTwitter State Senate Select Committee holding hearing on boosting bi-national tourism w Mexico pic.twitter.com/nn0Ig7pyQZ— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 7, 2019 Local State Senators holding a hearing in National City on boosting bi-national tourism, more in afternoon and evening KUSI news pic.twitter.com/ilGggoHkR4— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 7, 2019
Almost all (98%) of US-based respondents are planning pay increases for their staff in 2016, according to research by Towers Watson Data Services.The survey of 1,116 US employers, published in August 2015, also found that executives and management can expect average increases of around 3% in 2016. The research also revealed:Respondents project an average salary increase of 3% for exempt non-management staff in 2016, the same as the increase received in 2014 and 2015.Respondents are planning a 3% salary increase for non-exempt salaried and non-exempt hourly employees in 2016. Exempt workers who received the highest performance ratings were granted an average salary increase of almost 5% this year, 77% higher than the 3% increase given to workers receiving an average rating.85% of exempt employees received a bonus this year, up from 81% in 2014.87% of exempt employees were eligible to receive an annual or short-term bonus in 2015, compared to 86% in 2014.Sandra McLellan, North America practice leader, rewards, at Towers Watson, said: “While most organisations are finding the talent they need at current salary levels, we are seeing more employers prioritising how their salary budgets are being spent, especially in light of their ongoing difficulty in attracting and retaining top performers or employees with critical skills.“We’ve seen many employers make dramatic changes to their approach to performance management, including eliminating formal performance reviews or taking a ‘ratingless’ approach to reviews. Many organisations are rethinking whether linking base salary increases primarily to last year’s performance makes sense or if this should be the role of short-term incentive and bonus programmes.“It’s no longer all about base salary. While our research consistently shows the importance of pay when employees decide to stay or leave an organisation, we also know their decisions are not just about the money. Opportunities for career development, learning development and challenging work are top drivers of retention.“It’s the value of the total package; compensation, benefits and non-monetary rewards, that makes the difference. As a result, organisations are paying closer attention to understanding how employees value these elements.”
Crews are utilizing natural features and existing trails as fire lines to curb eastward fire spread. Brush removal along these trials will reduce the chance of fire spread in the future, resulting in more fire resilient landscapes and communities.The west flank of the fire has been kept in check by a system of wetlands and control lines. Mop up efforts remain a challenge as extremely dry fuels are very susceptible to ignition. Firefighters will continue working on the east flank of the fire. Air operations will continue to address hotspots near Upper Jean Lake. The creek drainages are expected to have little growth potential in the next 48 hours due to an increase in temperatures. Southwesterly winds will push in Friday, bringing a warm, dry and breezy day to the fire, ahead of a brief cooling on Saturday. Steve Bekkerus with the Incident Command Team: “Weather conditions at the Swan Lake Fire are expected to get warmer and drier over the next several days.” Bekkerus: “Firefighters at the fire have been working hard over the last few days to shore up the containment lines ahead of warmer weather that will test the efforts of firefighters.” Continued updates will be posted as they are made available. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake fire remains at approximately 100,812 acres with 436 on staff, and remains 5.5 miles northeast of Sterling.
A Khulna court on Wednesday placed Hedait Hossain Mollah, Khulna correspondent of Dhaka Tribune and online portal Bangla Tribune, on 3-day remand in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for running reports on election results of Khunla-1 constituency with ‘false’ information, reports UNB.Judge Nayan Biswas of Khulna judicial magistrate court-3 passed the order after officer-in-charge of Batiaghata police station Mahbubur Rahman, also investigation officer of the case, produced him before the court seeking a seven-day remand.Upazila nirbahi officer and assistant returning officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case with his police station on Monday night against Hedait, also the city editor of local newspaper Dainik Probaho, and Rashedul Islam, Khulna bureau chief of the Dainik Manabzamin and newly elected vice-president of Khulna Press Club.Plainclothes police picked up Hedait from Gallamari area in the city around 2:15pm on Tuesday.Later, a court sent him to jail.According to the case statement, Bangla Tribune and Manabzamin published reports headlined ‘22,419 more than total votes cast in Khulna-1’ based on false and fabricated information.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — A man has been arrested in the fatal stabbing on campus of a Maryland college student during homecoming weekend four years ago.Maryland State Police said in a news release that 25-year-old Davonta Braxton was arrested Friday on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in Princess Anne.Davonta Braxton (Photo/news.maryland.gov)Braxton is charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing of 21-year-old Edmond St. Clair.Troopers say on Feb. 16, 2013, St. Clair and others were driving through the UMES campus when they came across several people walking in the street. The groups started fighting, and St. Clair was stabbed.Investigators recovered a knife that they linked to the stabbing. Troopers say DNA from the knife was linked to Braxton.Braxton’s lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Kolkata: A major fire broke out at a plastic goods factory near Ghola in North 24-Parganas on Sunday morning. As the factory was filled with inflammable materials the fire took a devastating shape.About 25 fire tenders were pressed into action. According to local residents, the fire was brought under control around 9 pm on Sunday, but fire fighters could not enter the factory as some of parts of the unit were still ablaze. Also due to the heat, getting inside the factory was impossible till Sunday night. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAround 11:30 am on Sunday, thick black smoke was seen coming out of the factory. Due to panic staff and labours rushed out of the factory. Later, it was found that some of the labours were trapped inside. The New Barrackpore police station and fire brigade were informed. Primarily 10 fire tenders were pressed in to action. But soon fire fighters realised that the fire is spreading fast. Immediately more fire tenders were requested. By 2 pm, 15 more fire tenders were sent. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs the fire already took a devastating shape, fire fighters had no other way than to spray water from a safe distance. Upon receiving the news, fire minister Sujit Bose rushed to the spot. According to the fire fighters, as inflammable materials were on fire, the unit would be ablaze till these materials melt. Thus the fire fighters had targeted to prevent the fire from spreading fast. Around 9 pm fire was brought under control but fire fighters could not enter the factory due to the heat. Fire fighters are continuously spraying waters to douse the flames. As the building got seriously damaged due to the fire, it is feared that it may collapse anytime. It is suspected that an electrical short-circuit might had triggered the fire. Till Sunday night no one was found dead or alive in the factory as none could enter the premises. According to fire fighters if anyone is trapped inside, chance of survival is nil.
A family enjoys a ride on a horse drawn carriage popularly known as ‘victorias’ in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. The horse drawn carriages are one of city’s tourist attractions. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool) Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments Share 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Sponsored Stories But “the activity of using horse-driven carriages only for joyrides solely for human pleasure is an avoidable activity” and “illegal,” the Mumbai High Court said in a ruling issued this week after a charity alleged cruelty to the blinkered beasts of burden, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.The court also demanded all stables within the city be closed, and ordered Maharashtra’s state government to come up with a plan for rehabilitating both the horses and the 700 or so families who depend on carriage driving for their livelihoods. That plan is due in December.The court stopped short of banning carriages outside of Mumbai, however, noting that horses as well as oxen and camels are still used to pull work carts and carriages nationwide.“But if it is noticed that carriages are used for joyrides, then that should be stopped by the concerned authority,” the court ruling said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MUMBAI, India (AP) — The blingy joyrides will soon be ending in Mumbai.Tourists hoping to roll down the city’s cacophonous streets in one of its famed, horse-drawn carriages will have to do so before June 2016, when a court has ordered the carriages be banned, saying it was a form of animal cruelty.The single-horse carriages — festooned with bright, flashy lights, plastic hibiscus blooms and tinsel ornaments — have long been a draw for visitors to India’s cramped and cobblestoned financial capital. Known as Victoria carriages, they were once popular with wealthy families in 19th century England, and are recognizable for their large wheels and for allowing passengers to sit face-to face. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Parents, stop beating yourself up How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility
Australians, young and old, are taking to the road and venturing off the beaten track, discovering more of their own country, camping and caravanning, according to Caravanning Queensland. Making up to 91 percent of all national camping nights last year and accounting for more than 77 percent of the total spend by caravanning and camping travelers down under, Caravanning Queensland chief executive Ron Chapman said Australians were choosing this type of at-home holiday due to its flexibility and affordability. “The figures say it all, Australians are choosing to take their families on the road rather than travel overseas and why wouldn’t you when our own country has such a vast range of things to do and see,” he said. Andrew Hellier, 26 from Sydney, told eTB News he loved touring Australia with mates and had a few favourite locations dotted around the country. “I regularly head down the coast with friends and camp at Booderee National Park in Jervis Bay,” he said. “I also love winter camping trips to Cabramurra as well as jumping in the car and pitching a tent anywhere along the north-east coast of Australia, from Coffs to Cairns, there’s plenty to see and do.” An increase in the number of younger holiday-makers discovering camping and caravanning has added to the elevated number of local holidays. “Whether you’re young or old, it’s always a good time to escape together on a touring holiday with family and friends,” Mr Chapman said.The annual Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show will be held in Brisbane from 6 to 12 June, 2012. Caravanning Australia Andrew enjoys the pleasures of camping in Oz Caravan park art Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Setting up the tent
First Royal Amplified Ship in the South PacificFirst Royal Amplified Ship in the South PacificAdventures in the South Pacific will take on a whole new meaning with the highly anticipated arrival of a bolder-than-ever Voyager of the Seas this summer. Royal Caribbean International has revealed a USD$97 million new look with a lineup of first-to-market features for the region’s debut amplified ship. From The Perfect Storm duo of racer waterslides to the reinvigorated Vitality Spa and redesigned kids and teens spaces, Voyager will tout a thrilling combination of experiences that make for an unforgettable family holiday on this side of the world. Beginning Oct. 21, the newly transformed ship will set sail on a series of 3- to 5-night Southeast Asia itineraries from Singapore, followed by a season down under with 9- to 12-night South Pacific cruises from Sydney, Australia, starting on Nov. 30.“Royal Caribbean is an innovator in holidays, and the newly amplified Voyager of the Seas is no exception,” says Susan Bonner, Managing Director for Royal Caribbean International Australia and New Zealand.“We are thrilled to welcome Voyager back to Sydney where local holidaymakers can step onboard for a holiday of a lifetime with its new bold adventures and exhilarating features. From pulse-raising adventures down high-speed waterslides on The Perfect Storm or going head to head at Battle for Planet Z laser tag – both firsts for the Australian market – to unwinding and indulging in the brand new Vitality Spa, Voyager of the Seas offers unforgettable experiences for the whole family to enjoy.”Deck-Defying ThrillsOn Voyager of the Seas, holiday-makers can dial up the adventure with newly added Royal Caribbean hits never before seen in the South Pacific.The Perfect Storm waterslides duo – Typhoon and Cyclone – will raise the stakes with three stories of heart-pumping twists and turns. This is the ultimate ride where guests can challenge their limits and each other in a highspeed race for bragging rights. The can’t-miss attraction joins returning favourites, including the FlowRider surf simulator, rock-climbing wall and mini-golf, to round out the ship’s action-packed aft.Family Time MaximisedThe cruise line’s amped-up holidays also introduce new and reimagined experiences for the whole family to spend time together and on their own while on board.Making its out-of-this-world debut on Voyager of the Seas, Battle for Planet Z laser tag has quickly become a staple on Royal Caribbean ships. The glow-in-the-dark adventure in Studio B takes place in a universe of the distant future as two groups of thrill seekers – aliens and robots – go head to head to claim the last planet of a far-flung galaxy.Younger guests, ranging from babies to teens, will enjoy a top-to-bottom redesign of their dedicated spaces. A fresh take on the award-winning Adventure Ocean, for kids of 3 to 12 years old, brings a modern, free-play approach to a new, open layout with whimsical activities at every corner. A first on Voyager, a nursery for babies and tots will open its doors, while 3- to 5-year-olds can dive into the excitement in an area created just for them. Teens are in for an exclusive, updated hangout like no other on board, along with the addition of a laidback outdoor deck.Relaxation RenewedHoliday-makers looking to relax and recharge are in for a treat at the Vitality Spa and Fitness Centre. Enhanced and relocated to the aft of the ship, the spa and gym will offer its extensive, signature menu of services, including massages, acupuncture, manicures, fitness classes and personal training. Guests who opt to cool down poolside can look forward to a refreshed Solarium for all-day, adults-only tranquil vibes.More highlights to make their way to Voyager include 72 new inside and balcony staterooms, a Suite Lounge and outdoor area – exclusively for guests in Grand Suites and above; and the Diamond Lounge for members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program. The reimagined ship will also feature the new Royal Caribbean International mobile app. Travellers can soon check in for their cruise holiday from their phone, and once on board, the app will deliver an array of capabilities. From exploring and planning activities for each day of the itinerary, and viewing onboard expenses, to booking and managing dining, shore excursion and show reservations, guests will be able to seamlessly transition into holiday mode.Voyager will be the fourth ship reimagined as part of the Royal Amplified fleet modernisation effort built on research and guest feedback. The cruise line’s investment of more than $1 billion spans 10 ships in four years and touches every facet of the guest experience. Introducing a robust variety of bold adventures meant to appeal to every generation, the program is a representation of Royal Caribbean’s passion for innovation, relentless attention to detail and commitment to delivering unforgettable holidays.Source = Royal Caribbean International
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Leipzig and both of their nearest rivals Schalke and Borussia Dortmund draw or lose Leipzig currently sixth in Germany’s top flight finished second to Bayern last season and are eager to spoil their high-profile rivals’ potential party plans "Bayern are an exceptional club also at international level but we aren’t afraid of them" Augustin told magazine Sports Bild "We want to pick up points against Bayern and prevent them being champions in our stadium" Bayern have made a habit of wrapping up the league title early in recent seasons When they won the 2012-13 treble under Jupp Heynckes the Bundesliga was secured with six games left Heynckes’ predecessor Pep Guardiola set the current record of winning with seven games to spare the following season when Bayern won 3-1 at Hertha Berlin on March 23 2014 Last season under Carlo Ancelotti Bayern won the title with three games left Leipzig are hoping to claim Bayern’s valuable scalp on Sunday RB broke a three-match losing streak in the league when Augustin scored in their 1-1 draw at home to Dortmund a fortnight ago Augustin 20 cost Leipzig 16 million euros ($197m) when he arrived from Paris Saint-Germain last July and has scored three goals in his last four league games Leipzig are winless in their last four league games and desperate to beat Bayern to boost their hopes of a Champions League place next season "It’s going to be a big game" said Augustin "We need to counter-attack well and finish off our chances in a good performance" Gandhinagar: BJP chief Amit Shah a five-time MLA on Wednesday bid adieu to the Gujarat Legislative Assembly after being elected to the Rajya Sabha asserting his party is "unassailable" in the poll-bound state Shah 52 tendered his resignation as an MLA to Assembly Speaker Ramanlal Vora after giving an hour-long farewell speech in the House on the second and the last day of the monsoon session of the state assembly Shah who represented Naranpura Assembly seat in Ahmedabad in his speech said he was "proud to be from a state which is an unassailable fortress of the BJP" File image of Amit Shah PTI Congress MLAs were not present during his speech as the 20-odd legislators boycotted the proceedings for the rest of the day after some of them were evicted from the House for creating a ruckus in the beginning of the first half In his address Shah came down heavily on the Congress alleging that its leaders both here and at the Centre had taken an "anti-Gujarat" on the Sardar Sarovar Dam project over the river Narmada The BJP president also hit out at the Opposition party for stalling the OBC Commission Bill in the Rajya Sabha As the Assembly polls are approaching in the state he called upon the party legislators to highlight both these issues prominently during their public interactions "Congress’ stand always remained anti-farmer Though Narmada Control Authority had already completed all the formalities to raise the height (before June 2014) their (UPA) government did not give the nod But Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave it within one month of assuming office" said Shah "Now Congress leaders must tell the citizens who sat on that permission Even today their leaders Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia speak against the project in Parliament Gujarat Congress is silent because they agree to what is being said by their leaders It shows their anti-Narmada mentality" said Shah Shah said the people of Gujarat would seek an answer from Congress in December when the state goes to polls He predicted that the Congress’ strength will reduce to half from the current tally of 51 after the polls "Congress showed their anti-OBC mentality by stalling the OBC Commission Bill in the Rajya Sabha Mark my words that next election in Gujarat will be fought on the issues of Narmada and the welfare of OBCs and poor And I can easily predict that oppositions’ strength will reduce to half after the polls" he added Almost all the BJP members including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani 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