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New Jersey ~ Property Tax: Disabled Veteran Denied Exemption as She Failed to Meet Statutory Requirements

first_imgA disabled veteran was properly denied a property tax exemption on her New Jersey residence because her injuries were not a result of “active service in time of war,” as required by the statute. Generally, a veteran claiming an exemption from real property taxes for a dwelling must prove that his/her disability resulted from injuries during “active service in time of war.” Active service in times of war means (1) service after September 11, 2001; (2) service in a theater of operation and in direct support of that operation; and (3) a service-incurred injury or disability while engaged in such service. In this case, the taxpayer suffered injuries during an Army training exercise in Missouri. Although the injuries did not preclude the taxpayer from continuing her military service, she was not sent overseas and remained in the U.S., assigned to the “Rear Detachment” for her unit in Afghanistan. Subsequently, the taxpayer applied for an exemption, which the Tax Court denied on the grounds that, although she was completely disabled as a result of her military service, her injuries did not occur “in direct support” of military operations in Afghanistan. The taxpayer’s argument, that the amendments to the statute sought to do away with geographic limitations for purposes of granting exemption benefits, was rejected because the inclusion of the geographical requirement was purposeful and the tax-exemption statutes were to be strictly interpreted. Further, the taxpayer contended that she was exposed to the experiences of war and, being disabled as a consequence of such service, as a matter of policy, should result in entitlement to the claimed tax relief. However, the taxpayer’s argument was rejected, since her injury was attributable to a fall she suffered during her Missouri basic training or during her role performing at the Rear Detachment, and therefore she failed to satisfy any of the statutory requirements to merit an exemption.Fisher v. City of Millville, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, No. A-3351-15T3, July 7, 2017, ¶402-092last_img read more

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Mo. Senators split on resolution blocking Trump’s emergency declaration

first_imgThe U.S. Senate has voted to block President Trump’s emergency declaration for funding to build a wall at the southern border.Missouri Senators Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt split their votes Thursday, with Hawley backing the president and Blunt backing the resolution.In a statement, Blunt said he fully supported Trump’s commitment to securing the border, but does not support giving the current and future presidents such power.“There are several existing authorities that could be used to support what President Trump wants to do at the border without creating a court case or declaring an emergency,” he said. “I have encouraged him to use those authorities.”More about the vote from The Associated Press:In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans have joined Senate Democrats to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico.The rejection capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties in Congress strained to exert their power in new ways.The 59-41 tally Thursday, following the Senate’s vote a day earlier to end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen, promised to force Trump into the first vetoes of his presidency. Trump had warned against both actions. Moments after Thursday’s vote, the president tweeted a single word of warning: “VETO!”Two years into the Trump era, a defecting dozen Republicans, pushed along by Democrats, showed a willingness to take that political risk.(This story was last updated at 6:58 a.m. Friday.)last_img read more

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Mancini: ‘Continue into Euro 2020’

first_imgRoberto Mancini hopes Italy can “continue like this” into Euro 2020 after a 9-1 victory over Armenia. “You don’t score nine in an international nowadays.” The Azzurri secured their 100 per cent qualifying record in Group J, winning all 10 matches with a goal difference of +33. “It was a lovely evening, the last game in qualifying and we did it well. You don’t score nine goals in an international match nowadays, we gave our all to achieve that,” the CT told Rai Sport. “The records only count when we have won silverware.” Nicolò Zaniolo got a brace, while Riccardo Orsolini and Federico Chiesa also scored their first Italy goals. “These are all young lads who are improving game by game. Playing at international level brings experience, they’ve got the quality, it’s just a matter of time. “We’ll see what happens at Euro 2020. We’d never won all 10 games in a qualifying group, we’ve got six months to prepare for the championship and unfortunately I will have to leave some behind, as I can only bring 23 players. “If we can continue like this, that would be great!” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal aims to hit ‘peak’ at Rio Olympics

first_imgFrom London to Rio, Saina Nehwal has experienced both the brighter and darker sides of sport. The shuttle queen is sweating it out at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bengaluru under the watchful gaze of coach Vimal Kumar. The Australian Open title has lifted her spirits and all her training is aimed to help her “peak” during the Rio Olympics.It will be Saina’s third Olympics and the 26-year-old knows she is in the prime of her career, and has an opportunity to turn the colour of her medal to gold.”The victory in Australia came at just the right time. I was really looking forward to some change and nothing boosts confidence like winning. I needed a win to keep believing that I am on the right track. I am completely fit and the key will be to reach the peak in that particular week,” Saina told Mail Today.POSITIVE APPROACH “I will treat Rio Olympics like any other games. My approach is very positive and I would like to focus on my game. I feel that on the day I am 100 per cent fit, I have the potential to defeat anyone,” she adds.”I do not feel too much pressure. The moment you are on the court, nothing else matters except giving your 100 per cent.”She has indeed got her mojo back. Saina’s fighting spirit has been her biggest asset. From her childhood days, she has believed that she can beat anyone and has carried that attitude onto the court that culminated in an Olympic bronze in 2012.advertisementSUDDEN SLIP But after that high, there was despondency when her game suddenly slipped. She was no more a feared shuttler, and the holes in her game were being exploited by all and sundry.It was here that she perhaps took the boldest decision of her life and opted for a change in coach from Pullela Gopichand to Vimal Kumar.She needed a different eye, someone who could guide her form from those dark alleys to sunlight, someone who could instill confidence that she is still the same shuttle queen.”There was a time in 2014 when I was thinking about quitting because I thought I was getting irritated with the kind of performances I was giving. It was getting challenging for me because I knew I was a world-class player and losing without a fight. It wasn’t me,” Saina recalls.”That’s when I moved to Bangalore and started training with Vimal Sir whose influence has been the biggest change. I want to thank him for spending so much time with me and making me believe that I am a champion.”REDISCOVERING THE GAME She rediscovered her game, bringing variety and spunk. Her counter-punching game has always been dependent on her fitness and she worked extra hard on that front. She was now making her own strategies, encouraged by Vimal. She was reading the opponents better and had the conviction to change her gameplan in the middle of a match.”Vimal Sir assured me that I was still good but somewhere he felt I had become so slow that opponents could manipulate me. To begin with, we obsessively worked on fitness as my game depended on it. He has made tiny changes into my game – the variables that made me difficult to read once again. I have also added the straight flick down the line, cross-drops and a tumble at the net. Little changes but enough to plant doubt in the minds of my opponents.”She returned a transformed player in 2015 and reached the pinnacle – World No.1 – on April 2, 2015. She won two titles, finished on the podium at the All England Championships, World Championships and China Super Series Premier.However, she hit a rough phase again, this time an Achilles tendon injury slowing her down.”From being World No. 1 in October last year to falling to No.8, it has been a challenging time. The injury sidelined me for six months. To get back to where I was, Vimal sir is putting me through the best of training,” said Saina, who recently got associated with Omega, the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games.last_img read more

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GM Making Big Cuts to Avoid Bankruptcy

first_imgGeneral Motors Corp., trying to avoid a U.S.-backed bankruptcy on June 1, may close plants and scrap models as much as four years sooner than planned to lower its break-even point. According to Bloomberg, the cuts could mean GM would be profitable in a U.S. market with sales of as few as 10 million autos. The annual sales rate was 9.9 million in March, after GM said Feb. 17 its break-even target was at 11.5 million to 12 million.The new CEO announced to employees via email Monday that it will cut about 1,600 salaried workers this week – which is part of a previously announced plan. These planned jobs cuts are expected to take place throughout this week.   And while we’re sure employees are nervous about whether they get to stay or have to go, we’re still getting some insights from them as to what other quick actions can take place to hopefully keep the company afloat. Below are some suggestions that CEO Fritz Henderson can take into account as he weighs some tough decisions:“Remove your level 8’s if they have been in their positions for more than 10 years!” –Engineer (Warren, MI)“Look at the long term view of the company. In all my years with the company, everything was always looked at in the short term.” – Senior Manufacturing Engineer (Flint, MI)“Decentralize if you want plants to compete against one another to see who is really the best!!! Plenty of downsizing of the “doers”, but not one manager downsized.” – Manufacturing Engineer (Detroit, MI)“Move to an attractive location and reap the financial benefits (and cull the workforce).” – Senior Systems Analyst (location n/a)“There is little trust between union and management, still. We must resolve the fact that we are partners, and we win and lose together.” – Quality Operator (Toledo, OH)Currently the company garners a neutral (3.1) company rating according to employees (note due to CEO Fritz Henderson’s brief time in office to date, reviews on his job performance are limited). We’ll keep you posted on what employees continue to report, and how company as well as CEO ratings are impacted.Work at GM? What do you suggest? What’s working at GM and what’s not?last_img read more

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The Keystones of our movement

first_imgEvery movement starts with a vanguard.In the early years after Freelancers Union began in 1995, there was a cadre of freelancers who were forging a path for all the freelancers who followed them. Long before freelancing became the new normal, they were creating the new norms for our community and our economy.Now our more than 250,000 members are benefitting from their work.The movement’s strength today wouldn’t be possible without these early adopters — the 60,000 “Keystone Members” who have been leading the way with Freelancers Union for more than five years.To those keystone members, I want to say thank you. Thank you for being an integral part of our community. Thank you for helping us build our sturdy foundation.And to those who have more recently joined the movement, thank you for doing your part to make sure the landscape is more welcoming and empowering for the next generation of freelancers.Together, we’re building a new infrastructure for independent workers. We’re redefining success to be about connection, creativity, and well-being — one keystone at a time.last_img read more

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CITY POLICE HOPE TO ADD BODY CAMERAS TO OFFICER’S GEAR

first_imgA Philadelphia Police officer demonstrates a body-worn camera being used as part of a pilot project in the department’s 22nd District, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) THE CITY COUNCIL OF SIOUX CITY SPENT THURSDAY MEETING WITH INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENT HEADS IN A DISCUSSION OF THEIR PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.POLICE CHIEF DOUG YOUNG WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL ON HIS ONE MAIN BUDGET GOAL OF HAVING HIS OFFICERS ALL WEAR BODY CAMERAS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/BODYCAM.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….THAT WE WANT. :13BESIDES THE CAMERAS, THERE IS ALSO EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO STORE THE VIDEO FOR ARCHIVAL AND POSSIBLE COURT PURPOSES:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/BODYCAM2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….A LATER DATE. :14THE POLICE HAVE TESTED THREE DIFFERENT CAMERA TYPES IN THE PAST YEAR.THE TOTAL COST OF CAMERAS AND STORAGE WOULD EXCEED $100-THOUSAND DOLLARS.MAYOR BOB SCOTT ALSO QUESTIONED CHIEF YOUNG ABOUT A 30 PER CENT DROP IN TRAFFIC CITATIONS ISSUED BY LOCAL OFFICERS OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS.THE CHIEF SAYS THAT TREND WILL LIKELY CHANGE SOON:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/BODYCAM3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….ADDRESSING HERE. ;269596 TRAFFIC CITATIONS WERE ISSUED THE PAST FISCAL YEAR COMPARED TO 12,169 IN FISCAL YEAR 2014.last_img read more

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2015 Casuarina Cup

first_imgThe 2015 Casuarina Cup, run by Queensland Touch League, is all about getting your mates together for a weekend of Touch and partying on the coast of New South Wales. The CasCup is held in Casuarina which is on the border of Queensland and New South Wales and is now into its 10th year.  The CasCup has grown into a 70+ teams, two day tournament with teams coming from across Australia to compete. This year the tournament will be held on Friday, 20 March and Saturday, 21 March. Nominations are now open for Men’s, Mixed, Masters (Men’s and Mixed) and Women’s. The Cup caters for competitive and social teams with social teams making up the majority of the tournament.  Queensland Touch League also has a variety of accommodation packages that teams can book along with tickets to the meal and party on the Saturday night after all the Touch is over. To register a team and for more information, please visit www.qtl.qsmsports.com.Related LinksCasuarina Cuplast_img read more

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Teekay Offshore Linked to Two More Shuttle Tankers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Wartsila Teekay Offshore Partners has been tied to an order for two additional 158,000 dwt shuttle tankers at Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.The duo is set for delivery in 2021, according to the data from Asiasis. Price details of the order have not been revealed.World Maritime News approached Teekay for a comment, but the company’s spokesperson said it could not confirm the order.“As always we will continue to balance the size of our fleet with anticipated tonnage requirements and inform the markets accordingly once a firm order has been placed,” the statement reads.The reported order comes on the back of a contract signed between the duo back in August 2017 covering two firm and two optional units.Back in November, Teekay Offshore declared options for the two optionl Suezmax-sized, DP2 shuttle tanker newbuildings.The construction cost of the quartet was set at approximately USD 265 million, according to Teekay Offshore.The newbuildings will be constructed based on the company’s Shuttle Spirit design and will feature LNG propulsion technology. The quartet is scheduled for delivery in 2020 when they will join Teekay Offshore’s Contract of Affreightment (CoA) fleet in the North Sea.last_img read more

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Mikmaq mother fights for school education in her culture

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Mi’kmaq mother in Nova Scotia is challenging the provincial school board over access to education in Mi’kmaq.She is citing a section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom which is normally reserved for language minorities in French and English.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has more.last_img

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Under pressure Federal Liberals to support NDP motion on child welfare

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal Liberals plan to support an NDP motion on First Nations child welfare when it comes up for a House of Commons vote on Tuesday_ a decision that follows political pressure from the former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.News of the Liberal support came in a tweet from Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett Monday.Our gov’t is committed to a child-centered overhaul of the FN child welfare system. Libs will vote in favour of motion tomorrow #cdnpoli— Carolyn Bennett (@Carolyn_Bennett) October 31, 2016The government also says it is willing to sit down with the parties in the case.“The federal government is open to entering into a facilitated process and agrees such a process could support us in working together to find timely, meaningful solutions to implement and respond to the issues raised by the tribunal,” Bennett said in a letter to the Canadian Human Rights Commission dated Oct. 29.In a strongly worded written comments obtained by The Canadian Press, Sen. Murray Sinclair said he cannot overstate the importance of the federal government immediately complying with legal orders from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.“Canada’s discriminatory policies have led to greater failed and failing interventions into the lives of Indigenous families than the residential schools and serious changes must be undertaken,” Sinclair said.“Immediate action is required,” he said. “I encourage members of the House to support the motion proposed by member of Parliament Charlie Angus.”In September, the commission urged the parties to resolve their dispute without further legal action.The NDP motion calls for an immediate $155-million investment and a funding plan for future years.It also urges the government to adopt Jordan’s Principle, which says no Aboriginal child should suffer denial, delay or disruption of health services available to other children because of jurisdictional feuds.The principle is named after Jordan River Anderson, a five-year-old boy with complex needs who died in hospital in 2005 after a two-year battle between the federal and Manitoba governments over his home care costs.“This is about our historic obligations to repair the damage that has been done to generations of First Nations families and children,” Angus said.The Liberals seem to be moving to adopt a more open version of Jordan’s Principle.Under the previous Conservative government under Stephen Harper, there were no reported Jordan’s Principle cases.But during a technical meeting with Health Canada officials last week, the government has identified 900 cases across the country.The tribunal decision, issued in January, found the federal government discriminates against First Nations children in the way it delivers child welfare services on reserves.It has since issued two legal orders urging action from the Liberals.The tribunal only issues these orders due to a lack of compliance, said Cindy Blackstock _ a First Nations child advocate who, along with the Assembly of First Nations, spent nine years fighting the government on the issue.“If the government was in full compliance with the orders, there would been no need at all for the tribunal to point to increasing measures that they have to comply with and demanding that the federal government report back that they have indeed met those measures.”Prior to a debate in the Commons on the motion last week, Bennett announced that a new special representative will lead national discussions on the reform of First Nations child welfare services.Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux _ a Lakehead University professor and a Liberal candidate in the 2011 election _ is to advise the government as it works with provinces, territories and child welfare agencies on an overhaul of the system.Officials at the Indigenous Affairs Department insist government funding is being phased in over time deliberately because it has heard from agencies about the challenges of hiring and retaining staff, as well as the need for time to roll out new programs.Blackstock said she has yet to find one report that recommends an adviser despite more than 20 years experience on the file.“What is necessary is that Canada invests in equity at the level of other children, providing prevention services that meets the needs of these kids and acts on the recommendations on the books,” Blackstock said.Sinclair’s comments highlight the immediate need to address the underfunding in First Nations child welfare, she added.“Reconciliation means not saying sorry twice,” Blackstock said. “That’s what Justice Sinclair is reminding of us of. When I went to the TRC hearings, I heard survivor after survivor after survivor saying ‘I’m telling this story so it doesn’t happen to my grandkids.’ And it is happening to their grandkids.”news@aptn.ca — with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

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British PM Johnsons own brother quits government says hes torn between family

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a shadow cabinet meeting in Salford, Britain, Sept. 2, 2019. Already, the crisis has for three years overshadowed European Union affairs, eroded Britain’s reputation as a stable pillar of the West and seen sterling twitch in tune to the probability of a ‘no-deal’ exit.Asked if Brexit would happen on Oct. 31, Johnson’s belligerent senior adviser Dominic Cummings, a focus of many departing Conservative lawmakers’ grievances, told Reuters: “Trust the people.”A spokesman for the prime minister said his speech would make the case that “it is now time for the people to decide after parliament has failed them, so we can resolve this once and for all.”“Jeremy Corbyn continues not only to block Brexit but is now also stopping the people having their say by refusing a general election.” LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to kick off what is in effect an election campaign casting parliament as the enemy of Brexit was overshadowed on Thursday when his younger brother quit the government, citing the national interest.As the United Kingdom spins towards an election, Brexit remains up in the air more than three years after Britons voted to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum. Options range from a turbulent ‘no-deal’ exit to abandoning the whole endeavour.Ahead of a speech in northern England where the prime minister was expected to begin an informal election campaign, his own brother, Jo, resigned as a junior business minister and said he was stepping down as a lawmaker for their Conservative Party.“In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest — it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles,” he tweeted. The 47-year-old has been in parliament since 2010, serving in several ministerial roles.The move comes in a frenetic week for his older brother.After wresting control of the lower house of parliament on Wednesday, an alliance of opposition parties and rebels expelled from Johnson’s Conservative party voted to force him to seek a three-month delay to Brexit rather than leaving without a deal on Oct. 31, the date now set in law.Since taking office in July, Boris Johnson has tried to corral the Conservative Party, which is openly fighting over Brexit, behind his strategy of leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 at all costs, with or without a deal.On Tuesday, he expelled 21 Conservative lawmakers from the party for failing to back his Brexit strategy, including Winston Churchill’s grandson and two former finance ministers.Election loomsBehind the sound and the fury of the immediate crisis, an election now beckons for a polarized country.The main choices on offer are Johnson’s insistence on leaving the EU on Oct. 31, come what may, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-left socialist vision, coupled with a promise of a fresh referendum with an option to stay in the EU. The opposition Labour Party cast Johnson’s language — including calling Corbyn a “chicken” – as pathetic, said he was trying to act like U.S. President Donald Trump, and compared him to a 3-year-old toddler having a tantrum.Against the dollar, the pound rose 0.7% to $1.2337, after jumping 1.4% on Wednesday on the sense that the prospect of a ‘no-deal’ exit had receded. UBS Global Wealth Management said sterling could rally to $1.30 if Brexit was delayed until January 2020 and an election was held after October.“Trust the people”Johnson, the face of the 2016 Vote Leave campaign, has pushed for an election on Oct. 15, two weeks before the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU, though opposition parties are debating which date they would accept.“We are saying, yeah, bring on a general election, of course,” said John McDonnell, the Labour Party’s second most powerful man. Stanley, Rachel and Jo Johnson, Boris Johnson’s father, sister and brother, wait for the announcement that he has been elected leader of the Conservative party, at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, Britain July 23, 2019. Stefan Rousseau / Pool via Reuters Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty Images Andrew Yates / Reuters Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson comes out to greet US Vice-President Mike Pence (unseen) outside 10 Downing Street in central London on Sept. 5, 2019. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions session in the House of Commons in London, Britain Sept. 4, 2019. Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Reuters “We will ensure that happens after we have got the legislation to protect against a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. But we will consult and do it on at the date on which we will think will have maximum advantage against a ‘no-deal’,” he said.While sterling rose on parliament’s bid to block a no-deal exit, an election before Brexit would allow him, if he won, to repeal the blocking bill, which was passed by 329-300 and then 327-299 in the House of Commons on Wednesday. The law will pass the upper house, the Lords, by Friday evening.Diplomats said an election campaign would halt any Brexit talks with the EU and expressed frustration with the turmoil in British politics at such an important juncture in European history.“The UK side continues to produce chaos and it is very hard to predict anything,” said one EU diplomat. William Watson: Cracking the Rubik’s cubes of Brexit and Hong Kong Labour leader Corbyn branded a ‘chicken’ as he rejects U.K. election to break Brexit deadlock Andrew Coyne: Boris Johnson’s defeat is a victory for the power of Parliament read more

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UN envoy discusses Iraq with top official from the United States

Ashraf Qazi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, was expected to discuss the UN’s support for the elections and the political process, a UN spokesman reported.Mr. Qazi is scheduled to be in New York on Monday, when he will present the Secretary-General’s latest report on Iraq to the Security Council.

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UNESCO chief deeply regrets Israels decision to withdraw from agency

Noting that she had received official notice from the Government of Israel’s withdrawal from the agency effective on 31 December 2018, a decision which was announced on 12 October 2017, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay expressed regret, saying she was convinced that it “is inside UNESCO and not outside it” that States can best seek to overcome differences in the its fields of competence.“A Member of UNESCO since 1949, Israel has a rightful place inside the United Nations agency that is dedicated to education, culture and science,” she continued, adding that Israel has a rightful place inside an institution committed to the defence of freedom of expression, the prevention of all forms of antisemitism and racism, which has developed a unique programme of education about the Holocaust and the prevention of genocide. Israel also has a rightful place inside an institution that is among the most active in promoting dialogue among cultures, fighting violent extremism and conserving heritage affected, notably, by the destructive acts of terrorist organizations.“In the face of disagreements among Member States, which lead to votes for which they are responsible, engaging fully in the work of UNESCO makes possible sustained dialogue, cooperation and partnerships that are more necessary than ever and that I committed to support when I took office,” Ms. Azoulay concluded. read more

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A Year later Kareem Walkin memorialized by MP for Wheeland District

first_img Overgrown bush moved by MPs and TCEM Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:basketball court, delroy williams, kareem walking Wheeland Pond gets make over Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Jul 2015 – Member of Parliament for Wheeland constituency has honoured TCI teenager and names the recently refurbished Wheeland Basketball Court in his memory; a sign with Kareem’s name emblazoned upon it now sits at the site. It was June 2014 that the Wheeland basketball court got its finishing touches with the two NBA caliber backboards erected and the painting all done; hours later with the fun winding down at the Middle Caicos Crab Festival, Kareem, who was freshly home from university, was in a terrible accident that took his life and saw three others injured. The vehicle overturned that fateful day; 19 year old Kareem did not make it and is said to have died instantly. There has been no official statement on the decision to name the recreation spot in honor of the young man whom we lost on June 28; but a few residents on the court seemed impressed and pleased with the gesture by Hon. Delroy Williams, his wife and other sponsors listed on the new sign. Recommended for you PDM Shadow Minister says TCIs Infrastructure is Crumblinglast_img read more

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Local firm to begin dismantling dock from Japan

first_imgIt’s not the biggest job that -Ballard Diving and Salvage has taken on, but it’s an important one that few contractors are capable of doing.That’s how Eric Muller, director of marketing and sales for the company sees the task of dismantling a dock from Japan that washed ashore at Agate Beach near Newport, Ore., in June.The dock wafted out to sea from the Japanese port city of Misawa during the March 2011 tsunami.It’s out of the water now, but the presence of tides raises contractual issues that leave some contractors on the sidelines, Muller said. By contrast, Ballard has in-water work know-how. “That’s where we come into play,” he said.The company won an $84,000 contract to do the job of cutting the 66-foot-long, seven-foot-tall dock into five sections and then using a crane to load the sections onto trucks for transport to an off-site location for final demolition and recycling.Ballard’s work, which could be completed in as few as two days, begins midafternoon Wednesday. The company, which employs more than 150 commercial divers, has expertise in industrial diving and responding to salvage projects. It was the lead contractor in the dismantling of the broken barge Davy Crockett, the former fixture on the Columbia River near Camas.last_img read more

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Growth in Southeastern Connecticut Regional Council Seeks Firms for JLUS Implementation Project

first_imgThe Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments is looking for proposals to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) implementation project for Naval Submarine Base New London consisting of a land use, zoning and transportation study for the town of Groton; and a regional analysis and long-range plan to accommodate growth and address compatibility issues related to the anticipated expansion of submarine shipbuilding in the region, specifically in the areas of housing and transportation. Responses to the RFP/RFQ are due Aug. 31. … The second part of the project is needed to help the region prepare to accommodate a surge of new residents as the workforce at Electric Boat, located in Groton, Conn., is projected to grow by 5,000 within 10 years to meet new demand for the production of Virginia-class and Columbia-class submarines. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) helped secure an additional $182,000 from the Office of Economic Analysis to assess how the influx could strain the housing supply, roadways and public transit system. “This study is a good first step to make sure we’re ahead of the game when it comes to addressing these critically important housing and infrastructure needs in southeastern Connecticut,” Murphy said in a written statement. He raised the issue about the lack of available affordable housing for sailors at the sub base and workers at Electric Boat during a hearing of the Senate Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee earlier this year.Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Hoskins Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Azam Khan apologises for remarks against BJP MP Rama Devi

first_imgNew Delhi: Samajwadi Party member Azam Khan on Monday apologised in Lok Sabha for his remarks against BJP member Rama Devi. As soon as Lok Sabha met after the weekend break, Speaker Om Birla allowed Khan to speak in the House. “I have been an MLA for nine times, a minister several times, a Rajya Sabha member too. I was a parliamentary Affairs Minister too. I know legislative procedures,” he said. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us “However, if my words hurt anyone, I hereby apologise,” he said. The speaker said members should be careful in uttering words and maintain decorum so that no such incident takes place in the future. Azam’s remarks to Devi when she was in the Chair during a discussion on the triple talaq bill on Thursday last were slammed as double-meaning, malicious, utterly condemnable and a blot on all legislators by ministers and MPs in Lok Sabha.last_img read more

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Chinas factories show signs of a rebound

first_imgChina’s factories show signs of a rebound1.9K viewsChina’s factories show signs of a rebound1.9K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00China’s factories show signs of a rebound1.9K viewsBusinessChina revving back up after a week-long holiday welcoming in the year of the sheep. And it looks like things are off to a slightly better-than-expected start. A snapshot of factory health, the HSBC/Ventuno Web Player 4.50China revving back up after a week-long holiday welcoming in the year of the sheep. And it looks like things are off to a slightly better-than-expected start. A snapshot of factory health, the HSBC/last_img

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BNP policymakers meet Saturday

first_imgKhaleda ZiaBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has convened a meeting of her party’s standing committee on Saturday as a Dhaka court fixed date for pronouncing verdict in a graft case filed against her reports UNB.The meeting of the BNP policy-making body is scheduled to begin around 8:30pm at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told UNB on Friday.He said the meeting will discuss the country’s overall political situation and latest developments.A BNP standing committee member wishing anonymity said they will mainly discuss the issues relating to the probable court verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and work out the party’s next course of action.He said they will elaborately discuss the possible measures to face any evolving political situation if their chairperson is ‘unlawfully’ convicted.”It’ll be a very crucial meeting, and we may take a decision to launch a decisive movement if our chairperson is deprived of justice,” the BNP leader said.On Thursday, the special court-5 in Dhaka fixed 8 February to deliver verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against Khaleda and five others.In July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station accusing six people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.Hours after the court fixed date for delivering verdict, BNP senior leaders warned that their party will take to the streets with strong agitation programmes if Khaleda is illegitimately convicted.Khaleda will be disqualified for the next general election if she is convicted in the case.On Thursday, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir feared that the verdicts in graft case will be pronounced ‘as per the prime minister’s desire’. Another UNB reports says: BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Friday warned that the consequence will be very ‘bad’ if the court gives any negative verdict on the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed against their chairperson Khaleda Zia.”I think the foundation stone for the fall of the government will get set up if any negative verdict is pronounced by the court at the behest of it (government) on 8 February,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader also said a disastrous situation may be created in the country if Khaleda is convicted, no matterwhether BNP announces any formal action programme or not.Nagorik Odhikar Andolon, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the third death anniversary of Arafat Rahman Koko, the younger son of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.”On Thursday, the Special Court-5 in Dhaka fixed February 8 to deliver verdict on the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against Khaleda and 5 others.In July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources. Khaleda will be disqualified for the next general election if she is convicted in the case.Gayeshwar, a BNP standing committee member, said people will come up with a befitting reply if the government tries to take political revenge on Khaleda using the court.He alleged that Awami League is making various plots to keep their party away from the next polls as the ruling party has no ability to contest against BNP.About the schedule for the presidential election, he said though the president’s post is very important, people have no interest in the polls as the president has no power to play any role during the country’s crisis. ‘Khaleda’s conviction may invite dire consequences’last_img read more

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