first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday a UN Human Rights Council vote condemning racism amounted to hypocrisy.Pompeo defended the recent discussion on race relations in America as a sign of a healthy democracy, and said the council should focus on what he called systemic racial disparities in member countries such as Cuba and China.”The council’s decision to vote yesterday on a resolution focusing on policing and race in the US marks a new low,” Pompeo said in a statement. The council took the vote after a debate prompted by protests in the US triggered by the death at police hands of African American George Floyd. However, a specific mention of racism and police brutality in the US was removed.This sparked outrage from rights groups, which accused Washington and its allies of lobbying heavily to revise the text — a charge to which the US mission in Geneva declined to respond.The United States, which had complained of being singled out in the initial text, withdrew from the council in 2018 and was not present on Friday.In his statement Saturday, titled “On the Hypocrisy of UN Human Rights Council,” Pompeo said discussion in the US about race following the death of Floyd “is a sign of our democracy’s strength and maturity.””If the Council were serious about protecting human rights, there are plenty of legitimate needs for its attention, such as the systemic racial disparities in places like Cuba, China and Iran,” he said.”If the Council were honest, it would recognize the strengths of American democracy and urge authoritarian regimes around the world to model American democracy and to hold their nations to the same high standards of accountability and transparency that we Americans apply to ourselves,” Pompeo added.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgDemand for Brisbane’s premium CBD apartment market remains strong thanks to owner occupiers securing large high-end apartments, close to amenity.Brisbane’s inner city has emerged as a two-tier apartment market, according to a new report by Urbis, revealing that investor stock in existing projects has been slower to sell – while apartments with bigger floorplans were enticing owner occupiers.Inner Brisbane is a precinct undergoing significant change, firmly being driven by investment into transport, tourism and urban precinct infrastructure. The ongoing recognition of Brisbane as a liveable and vibrant city continues to promote the city’s popularity among existing and future residents.These factors, coupled with growing employment opportunities, are likely to support ongoing demand for quality, well-located apartments.Brisbane’s owner occupiers are intent on securing high-end, large apartments that are close to amenity.The report found that the number of larger apartments sold has been increasing over time, with the most recent quarter seeing 40 sales for larger apartments, equating to 29% of all sales.In the last quarter of 2018, most precincts recorded fairly stable price points, with the largest increases in the Brisbane CBD and inner east. Both precincts saw an increase in the number of sales of luxury projects and penthouse apartments.The new riverside project, 443 Queen Street developed by Cbus Property, is significantly boosting the average apartment price in the CBD – selling 13 apartments over the quarter.Cbus Property CEO Adrian Pozzo notes that following the sale of the Penthouse in mid 2018, enquiry has continued to be strong for ‘house sized’ luxury CBD apartments in 443 Queen Street.Buyers have the chance to purchase multiple apartments and amalgamate them to create super-apartments.“Our apartments are large, many are 40 per cent to 50 per cent larger than most typical apartments. Furthermore, we have identified a few more opportunities in the building where an existing four-bedroom apartment could be combined with the planned neighbouring two-bedroom apartment to create a huge 309sqm super-apartment with three parking spaces.“As the building is now well under construction, due for completion in late 2020, only a few opportunities remain for new buyers to secure one of an extremely limited number of luxury super-apartments, to be known as the Home Collection,” Pozzo says.The project, described as Australia’s first subtropical-designed building, has been designed to “live, breathe and respond’’ to Brisbane’s climate. The best elements of a typical Queenslander home form the foundation of its Home Collection, which have verandahs and gardens high in the sky.The apartments are designed with an impressive sense of space.“Boasting house-like proportions throughout, it is exceedingly rare to find apartments of such an amazing size and scope. There is a remarkable sense of freedom and movement, which is something not often associated with inner-city living,” says Pozzo.The Home Collection apartments have no neighbours and sit on their own wing in the building, with an unprecedented 70 lineal metre external facing frontage, which has been designed by internationally renowned, award-winning architects, WOHA and Architectus.The design means the building will use significantly less energy than conventional residential buildings.Elizabeth Watson Brown from Architectus says the design would allow residents to open and close to the elements as they wished.“This is the type of development Brisbane is unlikely to see again in the near future,” she says.“443 Queen Street is a collection of sustainable resort-style homes, unprecedented and undeniably without comparison within an Australian CBD. We applied all the things we would use to design homes in Brisbane – large, open floorplans, operable facades on two, three and four sides to maximise natural light and ventilation.“The size and shape of each apartment means there is double the light and ventilation, met with extensive greenery integrated into every level.”“The aim was to redefine what subtropical living feels like, and we think we’ve achieved that. It’s not so much an apartment building as a vertical neighbourhood.”The central location is a drawcard for many owner occupiers.Occupying the most coveted riverfront position in Brisbane, 443 Queen Street delivers an unrivalled degree of amenity and convenience. Within walking distance to the Queen Street Mall and its offering of high-end shopping and fine dining; to the north is New Farm, while the newly finished Howard Smith Wharves precinct is less than five minutes’ walk away.It will have a 1500sqm recreation deck, a poolside dining room with private kitchen, a barbecue area, private cabanas and a 25m saltwater infinity pool.All renders supplied are courtesy of Cbus Property.last_img read more

first_img*Alimodian and Leon in the 2nd District Governmenttroops and rebels clashed in Miag-ao on Sept. 20 and Sept. 23, and in Igbarason Sept. 25. *Passi City in the 4th District Therebels belonged to the Suyak Platoon, Southern Front, Komiteng Rehiyon Panayled by Joven Ceralvo alias Lex, said Pancito. *Calinog, Maasin, Bingawan, Janiuay, Lambunao, and Badiangan in the 3rd District “Allpolice units have been instructed to fully guard their stations. Policemen werealso ordered to carry long and short firearms and be ready to engage the rebelsif attacked,” said Police Captain Antonio Monreal, IPPO spokesperson. Accordingto Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, commander ofthe 61IB, the repelled rebels would have attackedCentury Peak Energy Corp.’shydropower plant in the area.    OnSept. 23, 15 armed men clashed with soldiers in Barangay Ongyod, Miag-aoat around 8 a.m. OnSept. 25 10 rebels exchanged fire with the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion(61IB) troops in Barangay Igcabugao, Igbaras at around 8 a.m. There wereno casualties or injuries. “TheMaasin harassment was a diversionary tactics of the rebels. They did not knowwe have more soldiers in Miag-ao ready to engage them,” said Captain CenonPancito III, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. Anhour before the encounter, rebels fired shots at the detachment of the CitizensArmed Force Geographical Unit in Sitio Sambag, Barangay Dagami, Maasin town.There were no casualties or injuries. *Guimbal, Miag-ao, Tubungan, Igbaras, and San Joaquin in the 1st District “Thisgroup is hampering not only development projects in the area but also thepeople’s peaceful lives,” said Batara. * SanRafael and Lemery in the 5th District Onerebel died (Vincent Yuvero, 20, of Barangay To-og, Miag-ao) and one soldier waswounded (Sergeant Janny Labrador). Ofparticular concern to the IPPO are 16 towns considered rebel-infested. Theseare the following: ILOILO– Following three successive clashes between Philippine Army troops and NewPeople’s Army (NPA) rebels in Miag-ao and Igbaras towns in less than a week,the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) put on alert all police stations. PoliceColonel Roland Vilela, IPPO director, also directed police stations tostrengthen their barangay intelligence network. The goal is to monitor therebels’ movement and preempt attacks. OnSept. 20 government troops and some 15 rebels clashed in the same village./PNlast_img read more

first_imgRob Kearney believes Ireland’s big Test rivals tipping Joe Schmidt’s men for World Cup glory is little more than a phoney war. Press Association Kearney has warned supporters not to believe the hype surrounding the double RBS 6 Nations winners despite high-profile observers backing Ireland to lift the World Cup. Former Australia boss Robbie Deans is the latest rugby personality to tip Ireland for the World Cup, but Leinster full-back Kearney believes some eight countries could yet steal the title. “For the next few months all of these media interviews are going to be dominated by people saying ‘no, you’re going to win it, no, you’re going to win it’,” said Kearney. “No one wants to win it! “No one wants to say that at the minute. “So there has been a huge amount of chat about the Irish team, probably because we are back-to-back winners of the Six Nations. “Every team wants to win it. “Of course we talk about winning it, and every team will. “There are seven or eight teams there that will tell you that on our day if they perform to the best of their ability they can beat any team in the world. “And without doubt there are seven or eight teams who will tell you that.” Kearney moved to temper the rising mood of expectation that has swelled since Kiwi boss Schmidt has overseen Ireland’s consecutive Six Nations title wins. The 30-year-old insisted Ireland have pushed their luck at times during two highly-fruitful years under Schmidt. “We have been so lucky to win those two Six Nations, they have happened on points difference and a lot of things went our way on the two final days,” said Kearney. “We could easily have found ourselves in second or third. “The problem we have is trying to manage expectations a little. “The Irish think ‘back-to-back Six Nations, we are the best in the world now’. “Sadly, that’s not the case. “We can’t really control those expectations: we just have to make sure we have good levels of humility about us. “There’s managing expectations then there’s reality checks as well, like our defeat in Wales this year. “Hopefully we can stay focused by a combination of both.” Ireland captain Paul O’Connell is primed to complete a two-year deal with Toulon in the coming days, to leave Munster after the World Cup. Leinster stalwart Kearney admitted every Ireland player would back O’Connell for a last hurrah in France. “I think if anyone deserves it, he does,” said Kearney, speaking at a Dove Men event at Twickenham. “He’s given so much to the Irish game, to Munster, if he did want a life change and to take his wife and two kids away and to live a different culture, I don’t think there’s one person in the whole of Ireland who could begrudge him that. “And certainly from a player’s perspective, I’m sure I speak on all the players’ behalf when I say that he thoroughly deserves it. “And it if was to happen, no one would begrudge him that.” :: Dove Men+Care is proud to be an official tournament supplier of Rugby World Cup. For your chance to win tickets #scrumtogether on @dovemen last_img read more

first_imgIn a memo sent to league office staffers, Goodell also said no employee earning a base salary of less than $100,000 will be affected by these reductions, and no employee’s salary will be reduced below $100,000 by the reductions.The NFL continues to plan for a release of the regular-season schedule some time during the first full week of May. And for now, the league continues to aim for an on-time start for the season. Financial impacts of the coronavirus have reached the NFL in form of pay cuts and furloughs.According to a memo issued to league employees, NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, has given up his salary temporarily.Goodell reduced his $40 million annual salary to $0 earlier this month.The league is also implementing reductions in base salary for league staffers beginning with the pay period ending May 22. The reduction will be 5% for workers up to the manager’s level, 7% for directors, 10% for vice presidents, 12% for senior vice presidents, and 15% for executive vice presidents.Some staffers will also be asked to take furloughs.last_img read more

first_img Latest posts by admin (see all) admin This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 BATH — In his first year of competition, Kyle Adams of the Springers’ Gymnastics Center boys’ team finished as top all-around gymnast for ages 10-11 in Level 4 at Sunday’s state championship meet at the Bath YMCA. Adams also placed first on the pommel horse, parallel bars and horizontal bar, helping the Springers’ team to the Level 4 state title with a combined score of 244.9 points. In only its second year of competition, the seven-member Springers’ team improved from last year’s third place finish to the top spot, besting teams from the Maine Academy (239) and the Mount Desert Island YMCA (230.6). For more details pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015last_img read more

first_imgIt’s Thursday morning and USC Cycling Club Race Director Karl Tingwald is a man on a mission. He drives up to the corner of Hayden Avenue and Stellar Drive, located in the heart of suddenly-hip Culver City, and explains that what used to be a section of burned-out, abandoned warehouses has now become a hub of fresh, sometimes offbeat businesses.Photo courtesy of Sheldon K. SmithBut that’s not what Tingwald sees today. In the streets that wind between these businesses, he sees a cycling course, which needs to be set up for Sunday’s race.“I got 250 of these suckers,” he says, pointing out a box of ‘No Parking/Tow Away’ signs to a group of fellow club cyclists. “Make sure to hit every telephone pole, signpost, fence — we don’t want people pissed.”Hands converge on the signs and a big roll of twine (“Home Depot was out of wire,” Tingwald says with a shrug), and the cyclists depart on foot to tackle the task of making sure cars don’t park on the race course.It would be a pretty ordinary pre-race day setup, but this stands as an unprecedented moment: Sunday’s race is the first USC Cycling has ever hosted. To do so, the team has cherry-picked 0.6 miles of prime territory in Culver City and has invested thousands of dollars to hold the event, which will draw hundreds of racers from Southern California and beyond.The timing of the race falls perfectly in line with the growth of the team’s competitiveness — the team’s president, sophomore John Tomlinson, is the top-ranked male cyclist in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference, the biggest collegiate cycling conference in the nation. The team is also knocking on the No. 1 position in the ‘national’s team omnium’ category (comprising riders in the ‘A’ category, the fastest group in college cycling) and sits at No. 4 in the overall team category, according to the WCCC.The cycling team’s history has been an inconsistent one, with the club functioning on-and-off since the ’70s; the current iteration of the club has existed since 2002. But though the team lacks the sheer size and presence of more-established cycling teams such as those from UC Davis or Stanford, its performance has been on an upswing.Whether the team will be able to sustain this rise is unclear.Tomlinson says most collegiate clubs — including USC’s — suffer from recruiting difficulties.“Every school struggles with finding talent for cycling,” he says. “It’s usually a four-year cycle of being good and then worse. Schools like Davis have coaches, which helps to keep consistency. We don’t have that.”For now, the team appears to be in good shape. Much of the credit goes to the intensive practice regimens the club’s top racers participate in, often logging 20 to 30 hours a week in the saddle. The usual path takes club members to Santa Monica Beach, where the path diverges dramatically.Less-experienced riders turn around and head back to USC, a trek of about 30 miles that takes around two hours to complete. Meanwhile, more-experienced racers head up to the Santa Monica Mountains to tackle some climbs on mountain roads.These journeys can rack up 70 to 100-plus miles on any given day, taking four to six hours to complete. Though difficult, it’s an experience that can bring a unique sense of liberty in what can be a dangerously stale collegiate schedule.“The experience is kind of hard to describe, but it’s an intense feeling of freedom — you go out and ride and bring yourself in, just your body on a bicycle,” Tingwald says. “Combined with the incredible views and being out in nature, it’s awesome.”That rush, Tingwald notes, flies back in full force in racing situations. The irony, of course, is that the process of setting up a race is anything but a rush. The primary problem? Money: Both in how to earn it and how to spend it.Fundraising can be tricky, and the team primarily lives off the support of sponsors. Helms Bakery and Intelligentsia Coffee comprise the biggest sponsors this year, but it’s not a stable arrangement.“Sponsors often change each year,” Tingwald says. “The whole Trojan Family thing is huge when we try to find people to help support us financially. That, and personal connections — John [Tomlinson] knows the Intelligentsia Coffee owner, for instance.”Much of the team’s other revenue comes from the sale of uniform “kits,” which include the team uniform and goodies from sponsors. While they’re popular with alumni and non-team members, the number of kits sold varies each year. Last year, the team struggled financially when rain hampered sales of the kits at Homecoming, one of the most popular sales opportunities.“We were really scraping the barrel near the end of that season because of that,” Tingwald says.The fact that the team receives little funding from the university itself also compounds investing into projects such as hosting races. Some collegiate cycling clubs receive upwards of $10,000 from their universities, according to Tingwald; the USC Recreational Club Council gives the cycling club far less — about $2,500 to $3,000 a year.That makes hosting races a bit of a paradox: Though it can cost several thousand dollars to host a race, the race fees can help to raise money. From every $20 paid per racer, the club takes in $16; $3 goes to USA Cycling for insurance and $1 goes to the WCCC. Regardless, hosting races takes up precious resources and enormous amounts of time: The team began planning the race a year ago, dealing with city government and national cycling organizations to ensure everything came together logistically.Meanwhile, the club had to dig deep into its pockets to pay for the event’s personnel, including police officers, traffic control contractors, USA Cycling  referees and city officials.With the race costing about $7,000, Tingwald admits the club will probably lose money, but hopes that it will raise the team’s profile.“It’s a natural step for us, for marketing and to have a presence,” Tomlinson explained. “USC, for the longest time, didn’t have any presence in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference.”Tomlinson wants the club to find more opportunities for funding, as the team doesn’t benefit from athletic scholarships in the way varsity sports do (few universities, in fact, have varsity cycling). Instead, he hopes USC will one day create an academic scholarship for serious cyclists. And staying independent of the university’s varsity sports program comes with advantages, chiefly that the club can host cyclists of all levels and competitive aspirations.“It’s pretty low-key, and it’s as intense as you want it to be. You can come on team rides for free, even — the problem is that people don’t know about the club at all,” says club member and graduate student Nick Guggemos.Perhaps Sunday’s race will bolster the inflow of interested cyclists to the club. But beyond that, the team members can’t overstate the race’s broad significance.“We really feel like we’ve made it by hosting our first race,” Tingwald says. “It’s a big step toward establishing a legacy for our school and our team. And we’ve done it ourselves.”last_img read more

first_img Oslo-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) has announced the launch of new German-language online sportsbook Wetten.com delivered through its industry platform subsidiary iGaming Cloud.Wetten.com becomes the first betting operator to be launched on the iGaming Cloud platform, utilising GIG groups Malta Class 4 Remote Gaming License.GIG’s Wetten.com partnership has seen the company partner with German sports betting industry veterans Daniel Bradtke (Wetten CEO) and Gabriel Vollmann (Wetten COO), who will lead the new brand’s growth and strategy initiatives as Wetten seeks significant growth in the markets in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.Bringing Wetten.com to market,  Bradtke and Vollmann who have over 25-years’ experience in German betting and gaming, stated that early stage Wetten.com goals were to convince a demanding German digital consumer of the new brands trusted reliability, simplicity and excellent service.As Wetten CEO Daniel Bradtke commented on Wetten.com’slaunch: “Wetten.com aims at a specific target group in the German speaking markets  who appreciate integrity, transparency and most of all a great user experience…So one could truly say: Wetten.com is “Wetten made in Germany”. Related Articles Submit Share Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020last_img read more

first_img Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Coral relaunches cinematic campaign for racing’s return June 5, 2020 StumbleUpon ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 The bookmakers hit back after a quickfire Willie Mullins double opened proceedings at Cheltenham, with a victory for the unfancied Espoir D’Allen in the Champion Hurdle ensuring a “winning day for the industry” – both on and off the course.Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at bettingexpert.com, said that it was honours “pretty even” heading into the Champion Hurdle – the day’s headline race – before the 16/1 shot outlasted a field that included Apples Jade and a surprise early faller in Buveur d’Air.Harris on Day 1:“An imperious display from the Willie Mullins trained Klassical Dream (6/1) got the meeting off to a flying start for the tens of thousands of Irish punters who braved the horrendous weather conditions that had turned the going soft by the off.“Duc des Genievres (5/1) then routed the field in the Arkle to complete a rapid Mullins double. He was in complete control before the home turn with the UK runners all disappointing or falling at an early stage.“The Ultima handicap chase saw the English got off the mark as Nicky Henderson’s Beware the Bear (10/1) gamely scrambled home in a tight finish. It was honours pretty even at this stage, as punters and bookmakers squared up for a fantastic Champion hurdle. “Apples Jade was hammered in the late market down to a strong 7/4f, but she never looked happy as Melon took her on for the early lead. The bookmakers were left with a fantastic result when the unconsidered Espoir D’Allen (16/1) came home alone, ensuring this was very much a winning day both on and off course for the industry.”Harris on Day 2:“Wednesday’s action was subject to an early inspection due to the high winds forecasted, but now it has the go-ahead punters will be looking forward to fascinating battle between the unbeaten Altior and old rival Min the Queen Mother Champion Chase.” Submitlast_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSpring is almost here and there are a lot of fun events coming to the Alpena Senior Citizens Center. One major upcoming event is the 1st Annual Sock Hop Dance on March 18th taking seniors back to their younger days with 50’s music and more.“We’re going to have a menu off patty melts on sourdough or rye bread. We’ll have french fries, mini milkshakes. We’re going to have several contests including a hula–hoop contest, a twisting contest, and a best costume contest,” Program Manager, B.J. Sander said.The Sock Hop is a way for seniors to get out and dance and also mix and mingle with friends.“What better way to get out for a senior then to go out dancing. All seniors love to dance, they don’t get an opportunity to dance, so we’re giving them the opportunity on the 18th,” she added.Not only is the Sock Hop a major event coming up, but the Senior Center is also sponsoring events including the memory tree, and a grief support group called ‘Piecing Memories Together’ that will be making bears or pillows to remember loved ones.“What we started here is a memory tree, and as a result of the memory tree we’ve progressed out to include the three hospice organizations in Alpena. This is going to be a yearlong event. What happens with our memory tree is people purchase a heart and we put on the heart what they want on the heart and that goes on our memory tree. At the end of the year these trees are going to be featured at the Besser Museum and we’re going to present them to the public,” Sander revealed.The ‘Piecing Memories Together’ class is currently being held on Tuesdays at 1 pm.“Hospice of the Sunrise Shores right now is doing a ‘Piecing Memories Together’ that is a 5–week class. It’s free, and you can come in and go through a grieving process including bringing in clothing from your loved one that passed, and we’ll making teddy bears with that or pillows. They can even make an ornament to put on the tree,” she said.If you would like to participate in that 5–week project contact the center at 989–356–3585.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Senior Citizens Center, events, senior livingContinue ReadingPrevious Zonta Club of Alpena Has Scholarships Available for Women in the AreaNext City of Alpena Plans For Dog Parklast_img read more