Crystal Palace striker Sorloth already off mark for new club Gentby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth is already off the mark for new club Gent.Sorloth joined the Belgians on-loan and scored twice in the friendly win over Holstein Kiel.After the 6-1 victory, he told VG: “It’s really good. It’s good to get started this way. It’s nice that the teammates see that I can play football.”I chose Gent because of (coach) Jess (Thorup). He got the best out of me in Denmark. When going for a six-month loan, it is nice to be sure that the coach knows what I stand for.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: The Railways need a few lakh crore rupees and a few years to eliminate all 21,000 manned level crossing across the country, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Goyal said there were 21,340 Manned Level Crossings (MLCs) and 1,048 Unmanned Level Crossings (UMLCs) in the country as on April 1, 2019. “We need a few lakh crores rupees and a few years to completely eliminate all 21,000 manned level crossings,” he said during Question Hour. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The money is required to construct underpass or overbridges to replace the railway level crossings. The minister said out of the 21,340 manned level crossings, 20,993 are on broad gauge (BG), 136 are on metre gauge and 211 are on narrow gauge. Goyal said so far as gauge-wise breakup of unmanned level crossings are concerned, record number of of 3,479 unmanned level crossings were eliminated in 2018-19 out of which 1,714 were eliminated in one month i.e. September 2018. “As of now, all UMLCs on broad gauge have been eliminated on January 31, 2019, 348 UMLCs exist on metre gauge and 700 UMLCs are on narrow gauge,” he said.
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up inspections on all products from China and to consider slapping tariffs on imports from the Asian country.In a letter Friday, Scheer pressed Trudeau to take a harder line with Canada’s second-biggest trading partner at a time when the countries are locked in a diplomatic dispute that has dragged on for more than seven months.China detained two Canadians in December just days after Canada arrested Chinese high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition warrant.Angered by Meng’s arrest, China has increased inspections that have led to the suspension or obstruction of key Canadian agricultural imports, including pork and canola.Last week, China announced an additional suspension of all imports of Canadian meat products because of claimed concerns over fraudulent inspection reports.Scheer wants Trudeau to respond by intensifying Canadian inspections on all imports from China and to start exploring possible retaliatory levies on Chinese products that will have the greatest possible impact while minimizing harm to consumers in Canada.Trudeau has tried to get China to release the detained Canadians by encouraging to allies to tell Beijing it needs to follow the rule of law and other international standards.The prime minister and Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, have said President Donald Trump raised the plight of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with President Xi Jinping during the recent G20 summit.Scheer says Canada must do more to secure the release of the former diplomat and the entrepreneur, who were both arrested on allegations of undermining China’s national security.“There is no other way to put this: Canada is being bullied by the Chinese government and you have done nothing to stand up for Canada in response,” Scheer wrote in the letter to Trudeau.He added that Canada imported more than $75 billion worth of goods from China last year.“In short, we have leverage in this dispute, but only if we choose to wield it.”Scheer also reiterated his calls for Trudeau to launch a complaint against China with the World Trade Organization and to cut Canadian funding to Beijing’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, to which the Liberal government has committed $256 million over five years.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press
He said that people are pawning their valuables in order to borrow money to survive as a result of the rise in the cost of living. The United National Party (UNP) claims that over the last two years several people have pawned their jewellery.UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya said that according to some bank managers there is no room in their safety deposit boxes as they are full with pawned items. Jayasuriya also said that there was a media report to the effect that 4,014 reports on financial fraud and corruption committed by high ranking state officials have been handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.However he said the reports are likely to go in the cupboard like most other reports based on investigations into other incidents. “The government does not know the suffering of the people. It is really disappointing when we see how the government is wasting public funds. We as a country fall into dept to repay debts. The IMF loan we got recently is to pay off the debts. And the loan taken from the IMF will have to be paid off not by just us but even the generations to come,” he said.
by News Staff Posted Apr 20, 2012 10:16 am MDT Ifo index of business optimism indicates Germany economy is picking up speed after slow period AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FRANKFURT – A key index of business optimism on Friday reinforced what an increasing number of economists are saying: Germany is beginning to see an upswing â€” even as the rest of the 17-country eurozone struggles with economic and financial turmoil over too much debt.The Ifo institute survey of business executives published Friday edged up to 109.9 points from 109.8 the month before, beating market expectations of a slight decline. That follows an unexpected fifth straight monthly rise Wednesday in the ZEW index, which measures the outlook among investment professionals.Both are leading indicators, suggesting where the economy might be headed in the next six months. Economists say these and other data mean Germany may now have avoided a recession and this year will easily outpacing the eurozone as a whole, which is expected to shrink 0.3 per cent this year.Leading economic institutes this week raised their forecast for 2012 to 0.9 per cent from a 0.8 per cent prediction last fall, and predicted 2 per cent growth next year. Some economists now think the economy grew in the first quarter as well, avoiding a second straight quarter of contraction after a slight 0.2 dip in the fourth quarter of last year. Two quarters of falling output is a technical definition of recession.Both parts of the Ifo index â€” estimates of current conditions and expectations for the next six months â€” were up. Sentiment rose among both industrial firms, which are often oriented toward exports in Germany, and retailers, which depend on domestic demand. Economists say Germany’s low unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent is giving workers the confidence they need to spend money in stores.“The German economy is showing itself to be resilient,” said Ifo institute head Hans-Werner Sinn.Germany is motoring ahead even as fears worsen about the eurozone debt crisis. Spain and Italy are seeing higher costs to borrow money on bond markets and roll over their debt loads, while their economic growth is sagging. Their troubles â€” which could mean big losses for shaky banks if governments can’t pay â€” hold out a threat to the European and global economies.High borrowing costs and fears of default have already pushed Greece, Ireland and Portugal to seek bailout loans from other eurozone countries. Greece additionally had to ask creditors to write down â‚¬107 billion in debt that it could not pay.Germany is reaping the benefits of efforts begun in the early 2000s to cut labour costs for businesses â€” a reform effort that has now been taken up by Spain and Italy but which may need years to bring them higher growth. It is benefiting from its traditional strengths as an exporter of cars and machinery, and growth has been boosted by the recovery in the United States and strong growth in emerging markets such as China.Ironically, in some ways the debt crisis has given Germany some help.Because of the country’s reputation for stability, investors are willing to buy its bonds as safe places to put their money. That means rock-bottom borrowing costs for the government, in contrast to the heavy risk premiums paid by Italy and Spain to borrow â€” costs that threaten to undermine their budgets and create a self-fulfilling default spiral.A two-year bond sold Wednesday cost the German treasury only 0.14 per cent interest yield, and a 10-year bond issue from April 11 yielded only 1.77 per cent. With inflation at 2.3 per cent, Germany’s creditors are accepting no return on their lending or even paying for the privilege of lending it money. Rates are also low because the European Central Bank has reduced its benchmark to a lowest-ever 1 per cent.German economists say those rock-bottom rates are helping lower borrowing costs for companies as well, spurring business investment that is helping fuel the recovery.Additionally, the crisis has kept the euro’s exchange rate weaker than it otherwise would be, boosting exports. The eight economic institutes who produce a twice-yearly forecast for the government says that means German goods are cheaper in foreign markets than they have been for 30 years.The institutes warned however against complacency. They say their economy remains threatened by any wider disaster in the eurozone because 43 per cent of its exports go to other eurozone countries â€” and 20 per cent to the five crisis-hit countries, Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland and Portugal.That means a substantial 12.3 per cent of Germany’s economy is based on trade with the eurozone â€” suggesting that a financial disaster among neighbours could easily spoil Germany’s improving mood.
Following an idea that was first suggested to the City of Thessaloniki by Melbourne’s Thessaloniki Association The White Tower, Greece’s second largest City Council has passed a resolution to name one of its squares after Melbourne. Neos Kosmos had previously reported that the Executive of Thessaloniki City Council convened on 23 Aug 2016 to discuss a proposal by the Mayor Mr Y. Boutaris regarding the revamping and naming of a site in Melbourne’s sister city, to honour the at the time 32 year old relationship. Members of the Committee of the White Tower Association during the Presidency of Mr Paul Mavroudis OAM and Public Relations Officer Mr Iakovos Garivaldis OAM had approached Mr Yiannis Boutaris’ Council several times.After much deliberation the City Council unanimously decided to name the park in Anagennisis Street, in Thessaloniki (close to the port) “Melbourne Square”. “On behalf of the Victorian Government, I thank the City Council of Thessaloniki for its ongoing commitment to promoting even closer ties with our state,” Premier Daniel Andrews enthused. “I am delighted that the City Council of Thessaloniki has passed a resolution to name one of its town squares ‘Melbourne Square’. Victorians are proud of our sister-city relationship with Thessaloniki, which spans 33 years. The City Council’s decision to name one of its town squares after Melbourne reflects this close friendship. “Victoria’s long-standing and close relationship with Greece is underpinned by a proud diaspora and strong cultural ties. We are the home of Greek culture in the southern hemisphere and home to the largest Greek community outside of Greece,” he stated.Northcote-based Thessaloniki Association once again thanked the City of Thessaloniki Council, for its generosity that will further unite the two port cities on different parts of the world and “tell the visitor that there are Thessalonians in Australia and particularly in Melbourne who never forget their origin”.“[Melbourne Square] will tell the visitor that Australia is a beautiful country and Melbourne is a wonderful city, many times voted the most liveable city in the world; to tell the world that Greek-Australians are proud of the city they live in but never forget their heritage,” the members of the association commented.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria agredd that this comes as “great news”. “Such announcements are vital to the broadening of the relationship between the two countries and cities. The announcement involves an acknowledgement of the shared history between the two sisters cities. Equally, the acknowledgment will act as a catalyst to the opening of a dialogue on the important places for both countries. Through this dialogue, research and exchanges can be developed. Congratulations to the President of the Thessaloniki Association and to the Mayor of Athens for this great announcement.”Meanwhile, MP for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos said that all melbers in his electorate and the Victorian parliament “are very delighted about this announcement and we believe it is extremely significant for the relationship between our two countries and our two cities.” Finally, member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos added that it was an honour to “join my colleagues Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos, Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley and Member for Yuroke Ros Spence in Thessaloniki in July where we visited the site of Melbourne Square and met with the City Council”, stressing that the square is an appropriate recognition that the heart of the Hellenic Diaspora beats loudest in Melbourne. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Foroyaa Newspaper has reliably learnt that Senegalese and Gambian authorities have gone to mediate between the villagers of Jahanka village in CRR South and a cluster of villages across the border in Senegal.The paper was the first to publish news of the shooting of a villager of Jahanka who happens to be a member the Gambia Fire and Rescue Service. A Foroyaa reporter was the first to speak to both Alkalos and convey their desire for the settlement of the crisis through dialogue and mediation. Foroyaa continued to monitor developments on a daily basis and advocated for speedy mediation to reduce the tension that was still evident in the area. One would have thought that government officials would involve the media like Foroyaa when they took the decision to go to the village for mediation.The role of the media is recognised more by people who are referred to as illiterate than those who claim to be literate. This is why news gets to the media before it gets to officials. The people use their telephones to call media outlets once they are confronted with difficult situations.The media is indeed an amplifier of the voices of the people. However it is not being taken as a partner by those who are supposed to be serving the people. A clear example is the mediation effort to settle the problem between Jahanka and Kerr Seny and other villages in Senegal. All media houses should have been invited to cover the mediation effort and amplify what was being said and done.Now that the authorities are reporting a success story the people in the area are still dissatisfied that the border is yet to be demarcated. For 53 years there are still areas where the Senegal/Gambia border is not demarcated.The authorities from the two countries need to give this a priority.
20-year-old Gerald Mballe played at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 after fleeing Cameroon.War-torn Cameroon is sadly not the best place to live right now.Many have flown the African country, trying to look for a better place to live.And for 20-year-old Gerald Mballe, football was the best chance to get rescued and to continue playing what he loves the most.“I encountered so many difficulties when I arrived in Italy,” the 20-year-old told FIFA.com“Everything was just so new for me. They spoke a different language. There was still discrimination. I felt different. I felt barriers everywhere.”Quiz: How deep is your knowledge about Samuel Eto’o? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 9, 2019 It’s time for you to tell us everything you know about Samuel Eto’o. We will ask you 10 questions about the Cameroon legend. Enjoy! “Football played a big part in helping me integrate me into society. Football is a universal language. You don’t need to speak the same language to play together. I would play in the parks and then Luigi [Petrillo], my mentor, invited to help coach a team of people with intellectual disabilities,” he added.“I received such a warm reception from them. I felt people accept me without looking at my skin color, my eyes. It was so real, so pure. I regained self-confidence, self-identity. I felt part of a group. I felt that people were listening to me.”“Because I’m not a professional coach, I used my own soccer skills to teach people. And I tried to give them responsibility and encourage them, telling them, ‘You can do it’. I told them that if we’re passing each other the ball, then we’re a team, and as a team, we can do anything,” he explained.“When I heard I was going to the Special Olympics World Games, I was extremely happy, so excited. I had previously been denied the chance to go to a tournament in the USA because I had been a refugee and couldn’t get a visa.”“I must say a big thanks to the Special Olympics because they made the impossible, possible. They’re fighting for inclusion, for integration. They said, ‘If someone wants to integrate themselves into society, why does there have to be so many difficulties for him to get a visa?’ And they made it possible,” he concluded.
iPhone XS Max Tags Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji No 12GB Note 10 Plus vs. iPhone XS Max, OnePlus 7 Pro and LG V50 specs £1,099 (64GB), £1,249 (256GB), £1,449 (512GB) All phones have their strengths and weaknesses, at least on paper. For instance, the Note 10 Plus has the biggest screen and battery, the iPhone XS Max has secure face scanning, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the least expensive of the bunch and the LG V50 has the sharpest display. To see how the devices stack up against one another, check out our chart, which compares each phone spec-by-spec. OnePlus 7 Pro Connector 256GB, 512GB No 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,688×1,242 pixels Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 157.5×77.4×7.7 mm $669 (128GB/6GB); $699 (256GB/8GB); $749 (256GB/12GB) Apple A12 Bionic 458 ppi reading • Note 10 Plus specs vs. iPhone XS Max, OnePlus 7 Pro and LG V50 ThinQ Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible 498 ppi No Expandable storage 128GB, 256GB 2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 See All 6.2×3.0x.3 in 6.26×3.0x0.33 in 6.67-inch AMOLED; 3,120×1,440 pixels 64GB, 256GB, 512GB 62 Photos Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, or Samsung Exynos 9825 7.27 oz; 206g 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm Price off-contract (USD) Galaxy Note and Note 10 Plus are here to wow you 159.1×76.1x 8.3mm iOS 12 162.3×77.2×7.9 mm Storage $1,099 (64GB), $1,249 (256GB), $1,449 (512GB) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 6.4-inch OLED; 3,120×1,440 pixels Processor Price (GBP) 516 ppi Battery 6.39×3.04×0.31 in Price (AUD) Video capture Samsung Event 4K Lightning Post a comment 48-megapixel (standard), 8-megapixel (telephoto), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle) 2TB In-screen LG Samsung Apple OnePlus 10-megapixel Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie Weight (Ounces, Grams) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto), 3D depth (HQVGA) Now playing: Watch this: 564 ppi 3,174-mAh (unconfirmed by Apple) • 6GB, 8GB, 12GB 6.46 oz.; 183g 8-megapixel (standard), 5-megapixel (wide) In-screen AU$1,799 (64GB), AU$2,049 (256GB), AU$2,369 (512GB) Starts at £69 (EE) None (Face ID) Dimensions (Millimeters) Converted: AU$962 (128GB/6GB); AU$1,006 (256GB/8GB); AU$1,076 (256GB/12GB) Apple Starts at AU$1,728 4,000-mAh Fingerprint sensor 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 3,040×1,440 pixels Dimensions (Inches) Share your voice Back 12-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Wireless PowerShare; water resistant (IP68); S Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity and Air actions The Note 10 with the iPhone XS Max. Sarah Tew/CNET At a Brooklyn press event on Aug. 7, Samsung announced the Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 5G, three phones that have big screens, an embedded S Pen stylus and multiple rear cameras. Since the first Galaxy Note launch in 2011, the Note phones have stood out as part of Samsung’s ultraluxe line. The devices are usually outfitted with a steep price and top-of-the-line hardware, and represent the best of Samsung’s best. But Samsung is not alone. With phone sales slumping globally, the crowded phone industry is more competitive than ever. Samsung’s main rival, Apple, has the iPhone XS Max, a phone with a brilliant 6.5-inch screen, a superfast processor and excellent dual rear cameras. On the Android side is the OnePlus 7 Pro, a cheaper phone that ultimately earned CNET’s Editors’ Choice award in June. Lastly, LG, which is based in South Korea along with Samsung, released the V50 ThinQ 5G. The V50 features a headphone jack, five cameras and next-gen 5G connectivity. USB-C USB-C Headphone jack Mobile software No USB-C Up to 1TB Special features LG V50 ThinQ 5G Android 9.0 Pie 90Hz display, pop-up selfie camera, dual-SIM, Warp Charging 5G connectivity; water resistant (IP68); wireless charging, Quick Charge 3.0 6.91 oz; 196g $1,099 128GB 4,300-mAh $1,000 (Verizon); $1,152 (Sprint) Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand 4K 7-megapixel Display size, resolution 0 RAM 4,000-mAh Mobile Phones 6GB 4K Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (telephoto) TBD 16-megapixel Front-facing camera 7.3oz; 208g Not disclosed Yes 10:55 6.4×2.99×0.35 in Camera TBD No 4K Pixel density £649 (128GB/6GB); £699 (256GB/8GB); £799 (256GB/12GB)
Russ Millette, who was ousted as leader of the state Republican party following a contentious election, plans to run for governor.Download AudioMillette spokesman Matt Millette, Russ Millette’s son, said his father was filing a letter of intent to run Friday.Millette plans to challenge Gov. Sean Parnell for the Republican nomination in August. Millette is running under the auspices of the Alaska Republican Assembly, which Matt Millette described as the “conservative” wing of the party, as opposed to the “establishment” wing.Russ Millette was elected chairman of the state GOP, with the help of fellow Ron Paul supporters, during a tumultuous 2012 convention. But party leaders voted to oust him last year before he took over.The party, at its most recent convention, changed its rules, making future attempted takeovers more difficult.
Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy announces his transition policy council at the Security Aviation hangar in Anchorage last week. Dunleavy plans a freeze on new regulations. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy wants to freeze any new regulations the Walker administration may have imposed in Alaska, going back to Election Day.Dunleavy said a pause on regulations will give his team an opportunity to assess “whether they’re needed or whether they’ll hurt the economy.”Dunleavy’s pick to become commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, Corri Feige, said close examination of regulations that affect developing natural resources is important.“We need a few days or a few weeks to get our heads around where we’re at now,” Feige said. “I very much appreciate the freeze with regulations, so we have the opportunity to take that pause, like I said, understand where we’re at. And then clearly, in the face of maximizing resource development, and getting the state’s economy back in motion, what needs to be done with those regulations and with the programs that are in place, to ensure that we are executing on that goal.”Five proposed new rules relate to regulating the sale of marijuana.Erika McConnell, the director of the state’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, said some of the rules are being sought by businesses. They want to know exactly what the law means.“Some of the regulations that are proposed actually were proposed because the existing regulation was really too restrictive on the licensee community,” she said.And she said a lot of work went into these regulations — work on some proposed rules started last year.Dunleavy’s request for a freeze may not have any real effect on what the Walker administration has planned. Walker spokesman Austin Baird said in an email that there are no new regulations that would restrict resource development.Baird wrote Walker will “continue to champion responsible development of Alaska’s vast natural resources, from oil and gas to minerals to timber.”Baird said in its final weeks in office, Walker’s administration will continue working to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to establish a management plan for the Tongass National Forest, and to continue work on development within the National Petroleum Reserve.Lieutenant governors oversee the publication and adoption of regulations in Alaska. Fran Ulmer, who served as lieutenant governor from 1994 to 2002, said she’s not aware of any authority to freeze regulations. In an email, Ulmer noted that many regulations have nothing to do with economic growth.But John Lindback, who served as Ulmer’s chief of staff, said freezes at the start of administrations are not unprecedented. He’s also worked with state governments in Oregon and other states. He said he’s seen governors seek a pause to new rules before.“I sort of saw it all when I was in Alaska,” he said. “We had travel freezes and, you know, new hiring freezes and regulation freezes and you know it doesn’t take long before all those freezes start to melt as the new administration gets in there and gets more comfortable. You know, they’re new, and so they need a chance to catch up, and I don’t find new governors coming in and doing that kind of thing particularly alarming.”It’s not yet clear exactly which regulations Dunleavy’s freeze will cover. There are four rules that are already published, but which won’t go into effect until after Dunleavy is sworn in on Dec. 3.And there are eight rules that the state has opened for comment from the public, but which haven’t been adopted yet.Alaska’s Energy Desk’s Elizabeth Harball contributed to this report.
Jatiya Oikya Front convenor Kamal Hossain. File PhotoGono Forum president Kamal Hossain on Tuesday urged people to get united against autocracy and restore healthy politics in the country, reports UNB.”In an autocratic system, the rule of law and freedom of speech are obliterated while the nation’s progress is hampered due to corruption, plundering and politicisation,” he said.Speaking at Gono Forum standing committee’s meeting at its central office, Kamal further said, “Autocracy also destroys economy, state institutions, and civilisation. So, we must unite people and forge a national unity against autocracy.”He said it is impossible to establish good governance without healthy politics. “As people are the owners of the country, we must unite them to restore healthy politics and free the nation from an individual’s rule.”Kamal Hossain asked his party colleagues to strengthen their organisation at the grassroots level involving people and identifying their problems.Gono Forum general secretary Reza Kibria, executive presidents professor Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury and party MP Mokabbir Khan, among others, spoke at the programme.
Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “It’s not that I couldn’t talk about it … I suppose that’s just the way I am. I’m quite private in that regard and what we did overseas,” he said.Prime Minister Julia Gillard revealed that Keighran told her in a conversation on Wednesday that he could tell how far bullets were from his head by the different sounds that they made.“They were spectacular acts of bravery,” she said.Australian Defense Force Chief Lt. Gen. David Hurley said Keighran’s actions “turned the fight in our favor” during some of the most intense combat Australians had experienced in Afghanistan.“Cpl. Keighran acted with exceptional clarity and composure that spread to those around him, giving them confidence to operate effectively in an extremely stressful and dangerous situation,” Hurley said.A total of five Australians were decorated for their actions in the battle, which later became controversial.An Australian military inquiry in February rejected allegations by a soldier who fought in the battle that Mackinney had died unnecessarily because the U.S.-led coalition provided inadequate air support.The allegations, made in an email and published in several Australian newspaper, fueled fears that the United States was more concerned about avoiding Afghan civilian casualties than protecting the lives of coalition partners. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 0 Comments Share Sponsored Stories Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Taliban bullets tearing up the earth around his boots and zipping past his ears left Australian Cpl. Daniel Keighran in no doubt about the risks he was taking each time he broke cover to deliberately draw enemy fire.His actions on Aug. 24, 2010, near the village of Derapet in central Uruzgan province helped his 40-man joint Australian-Afghan army patrol escape an ambush by 100 insurgents with a single casualty and on Thursday earned him the British Commonwealth’s highest military award, the Victoria Cross. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Australia has 1,550 troops in Afghanistan and is the largest military contributor to the campaign outside NATO. A total of 39 have died.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The 29-year-old gold miner from the Outback town of Kalgoorlie, who remains an army reservist, is the third Australian to earn the ultimate accolade for valor in the 11-year-old Afghan campaign. A New Zealand commando also won the Victoria Cross in 2007 and a British paratrooper was given a posthumous award the same year.Keighran’s citation said he broke cover on several occasions to draw “intense and accurate fire” in a bid to find where enemy guns were positioned and to direct return fire from an exposed ridge.Keighran also broke cover to draw fire away from a wounded Australian, his friend Lance Cpl. Jared MacKinney, so that their comrades could treat him. Keighran also helped clear insurgents from a landing area and enabled Mackinney to be evacuated by helicopter. Mackinney, 28, did not survive.“I think training took over. There was a situation and that’s the way I reacted,” Keighran told reporters after receiving the medal at a ceremony at Australia’s Government House.“But … I won’t talk about that today. I’ll leave that for another day,” he said, refusing to give details of the battle.Keighran revealed he only explained to his wife Kathryn Keighran the circumstances behind the medal two weeks before the presentation. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project
Share 2019 Housing Market Kamala Harris Minorities 2019-07-08 Mike Albanese Democratic Presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris (D-California), introduced a $100 billion plan to help increase homeownership among minorities, according to a report by CBS News. Harris pitched her idea at on July 6 at the Essence Festival, a three-day event geared for black women. “So we must right that wrong and after generations of discrimination give black families a real shot at homeownership—historically one of the most powerful drivers of wealth in our country,” Harris said at the Essence Festival.The plan calls for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide a grant of $100 billion for homeowners and homebuyers to rent or live in historically red-lining communities. Minorities in red-lining communities were largely blocked from accessing capital for investment, and up to a $25,000 down payment assistance for closing costs, according to CBS News. Harris’ proposed plan would require an applicant to have lived in a red-lined area for at least 10 years before they can qualify. The applicant must also purchase a principal residence, and applying families cannot have an annual income of more than $100,000 or $125,000. Individuals cannot make more than $50,000 or $75,000. The report states that grants are capped at either $25,000, or 20% of the loan value. Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed homeownership rates for minorities fell to 64.2% in Q1 2019 from 64.8% in Q4 2018.The “all minority” homeownership rate, which includes African American, Hispanic and “other households” (Asian, Native American, etc.), came in at 47.1% in Q1 2019—a slight year-over-year decrease from 48%, and a decline from 47.7% in Q4 2018.Recent NAHB information revealed that the amount of newly-formed owner-occupied home grew in the first quarter. Expansion during Q1 2019, though, was slower than last year, indicating the decline of affordable housing due to elevated home price. First American’s Real Estate Sentiment Index (RESI) published last week found that while falling mortgage rates have given the housing market a boost, price remains a factor for potential buyers.“According to 57% of title agents and real estate professionals surveyed, the unexpectedly low mortgage rates of 2019 have increased home buyer demand in their market. In fact, only 15% disagreed with this sentiment,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “However, despite lower mortgage rates boosting affordability and stimulating demand, 40% of survey respondents indicated that affordability is the primary obstacle to becoming a homeowner – this is not surprising as house prices nationally continue to grow, albeit at a slower pace in 2019.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Origination Kamala Harris’ $100B Plan to Boost Minority Homeownership 25 days ago 451 Views
Paris, France – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineDesigned by one of the most gifted designers of our time, a high-security safe has been developed on paper in Paris, which the specialists at the house of Döttling in Maichingen have built for the coming generations: the “Narcissus”.A room installation at first glance, the safe only reveals its capabilities when it identifies its owner and has been activated by him. Then two handcrafted interior cabinets containing watch winders and jewelry drawers emerge from its steel body, which weighs 800 kilos (1,764 pounds) and is sheathed in high-gloss, chrome-plated aluminum. Fully automatically, the safe, with its fully reflective surfaces, pays tribute to the personality and aesthetics of its counterpart when closed, while enshrining all that is of highest value to its owner in its interior.At 1.80 m (5.9 ft) high and 1.0 m (3.3 ft) wide but just 30 cm (11.8 in) deep, the “Narcissus” breaks through previous aesthetic and technical limits, presenting an ultra-slim high-security safe. This highly innovative safe is also a very personal statement by a public figure who has made, and continues to make, history in the worlds of fashion and photography. Accordingly, the first model is reserved for its creator, Karl Lagerfeld, who photographed it personally.At 250,000 euros ($340,000), it is the most expensive safe in the world and will be limited to a small production run of 30 specimens. “I am not interested in what people want. I’ve designed a safe that I would like to own and which will stand in my home. Markus Döttling built it for me,” commented Karl Lagerfeld, referring to his masterpiece.For more information visit www.doettling.com.
Each item was carefully scrutinized and individual condition reports established. August 6, 2010Soleri Archives is preparing for an upcoming exhibition at the SMOCA Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.The exhibition will feature a collection of Soleri Bridge drawings and models, as well as two scrolls. One of the scrolls has never been exhibited and was only recently photographed for the first time in its entirety.The exhibition will open on October 9. 2010 until January 23. 2011.Two staff members from ART SOLUTION Art Handlers, Michael King and Joerael Eliott, arrived to pack and transport the first batch of works to be framed for the exhibit.
A host of acts will take to the stage at Pissouri Amphitheatre on Friday in a charity concert to raise funds for the Cyprus Multiple Sclerosis Association and St. Michael’s Hospice charity.Music Fest 2019, will get underway at 6pm with non-stop live entertainment provided by Chris Andre, Jake and Elwood Rebooted, Kaela Santosh, Melissa Williams, Ray Cooper, Carmen Ghian, Dominik The Storyteller, Ray Cooper and Celia Stavri and The Cover Up.Well-known singer and musician Andre will kick off the evening. Popular American singer Melissa Williams, who now lives in Paphos, has sung all over the world and performs at 7.30pm. The closing act sees organiser, festival director and singer Celia Stavri take to the stage with band The Cover Up to finish off a packed evening of entertainment.The audience will enjoy an extravaganza of music, while helping to raise much needed funds for two local charities.The first of two charities to benefit is the Cyprus Multiple Sclerosis Association, a voluntary organisation founded in 1986 by Thea Kyprianou. It aims to educate the public about the disease, and help and support people with it and their families by providing services.The St Michaels Hospice charity raises funds for the daily operation of the Archangel Michael hospice in Mesa Chorio, Paphos. The hospice is the second such facility in the district, the first, the Friends Hospice opened in 2006 and is found at a dedicated six-bed wing of St George’s clinic in Paphos.The St Michael hospice opened in June 2015 and offers free palliative and respite care to all in need regardless the nature of the illness. Music Fest 2019 charity concertJuly 19 from 6pm at Pissouri Amphitheatre. Tickets: €15. For further information: 96-586629, email@example.comYou May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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