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Security Measures During Whale-Watching Season in the Pacific

first_img Units from the Tumaco Coast Guard Station, the Tumaco Port Captaincy, and the Yubarta Foundation are conducting a safety and security campaign and monitoring vessels to ensure responsible whale-watching of the Yubarta species of humpback whales, which visits Colombian Pacific waters at this time of year. The objective of the National Navy and Yubarta Foundation units is to reinforce safety and security at sea and implement measures that can be put into place by tour guides and motorboat crews for the purpose of preventing emergencies that might put human lives at risk during whale-watching excursions. The natural spectacle provided by this species, which crosses the Pacific Ocean during the year in search of warm waters for its mating rituals, entertains hundreds of visitors who travel to the Pacific beaches between July and September to see the whales. The Pacific Naval Force is participating in this natural event by implementing constant security measures carried out by its men and women on board ship, promoting the safety and security conditions that can make it possible to enjoy the season in complete calm, at the same time that it invites the sailing community to take the necessary safety and security measures when sailing – for a better Pacific for all. By Dialogo July 26, 2011last_img read more

Art. V glitch bill in the works

first_img May 1, 2004 Regular News Art. V glitch bill in the works With the legislature winding down, Florida House and Senate committees have continued to refine the “glitch” bill that will define how trial courts will function and be funded after the state assumes a larger financial role after July 1.The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Judicial Appropriations passed PCB AP 04-34 on April 14, after making several amendments. The full Senate Appropriations Committee passed its glitch bill, SB 2962, the following day, also after making further amendments.Significant differences remain between the two approaches.For example, the House version requires that cities and counties pay state attorneys and public defenders $60 an hour when they prosecute local ordinances. The Senate bill allows local governments to negotiate a rate. City and county representatives say they prefer the Senate approach because they think the $60 rate is too high.The House subcommittee first rejected an amendment to allow negotiations, then voted to reconsider and left the matter pending.The Senate bill also has a $4 per page increase in recording fees for county clerks (raised from the $3 inserted by an earlier amendment) with the money being split between clerks, courts, state attorneys, and public defenders for technology improvements.The House subcommittee considered that amendment, but it was withdrawn when it became apparent it would fail. The House bill requires counties to pay for technology requirements of the trial courts.Both House and Senate bills create an add-on cost to criminal cases that can be used to fund legal aid and law libraries, among other programs. While legal aid advocates have questioned whether the House bill set the cost high enough, the subcommittee added a provision requiring counties to make up any shortfall so that funding for legal aid programs remains constant.The Senate Appropriations Committee added an amendment clarifying that local law libraries are a requirement of the counties.The two bills also have a difference on filing fees cities and counties must pay when they prosecute local ordinances. Both bills reduce the fee from the $200 required of other actions to $10, plus an additional $40 to be paid by the losing party. But the House bill also required that the state receive 30 percent of any fine imposed.An amendment to the Senate bill requires counties to continue to provide office space for the guardian ad litem program, which is being taken over as a state program.The legislature was scheduled to adjourn on April 30, after this News went to press and some form of the glitch bill was expected to pass. Bar members can view the final version of the bill by checking legislative Web sites at myfloridahouse.com or www.flsenate.gov/welcome/index.cfm.The bills will implement Revision 7 to Art. V of the Florida Constitution, the amendment passed by voters in 1998 which requires the state to pick up a larger share of trial court funding to ease the fiscal burden faced by counties, and to bring uniformity to court services around the state.center_img Art. V glitch bill in the workslast_img read more

Top five Gold Coast “renovators” on the property market

first_img33 Kerr Ave, Southport has loads of potential.EVERYONE loves a good home renovation and there are plenty of potential “projects” on the Gold Coast.With renovation shows taking over our television screens and big profits to be made it’s not hard to see why they are so popular.We’ve rounded up five of the best new renovators to hit the market.Aqua walls? 33 Kerr Ave, Southport has plenty of potential to be made into something special.It may have aqua and yellow walls but this charming Southport cottage also has plenty of potential to create something special.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.The Reno after The Block…Julia’s dream home tour. 02:24 Related videos 02:24The Reno after The Block…Julia’s dream home tour. 01:00Selling in style – Kitchen & dining 00:43Selling in style – Playroom to bedroom00:53Selling in style – Master bedroom01:07Selling in style – Living roomThe three-bedroom elevated original cottage style home backs on to Loder’s Creek and it a short walk to local cafes, restaurants and schools.“The large private backyard is surrounded by well established gardens, lending itself to the opportunity to expand your dreams, or simply enjoy the serenity,” John Reid Real Estate, Broadbeach Waters agent Kurt Reid said.“With original charm throughout, this lovely abode has the potential to be made into something really special,”It is going to auction on May 13.28 Djerral Ave, Burleigh Heads has an abundance of potential.Neatly presented from the front, this huge double storey Burleigh Heads dual-occupancy home has plenty of scope to transform it into something special.The house has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens and “an abundance of potential”.“(An) extremely rare opportunity for investors, renovators, superfund buyers, dual living occupants and astute purchasers to secure a huge 658sq m block of land in one of Burleigh Heads most sought after pockets Koala Park Estate with two units on one title,” Lacey West Burleigh Heads agent Will West said.The property goes to auction on May 21.10 Mildura Drive, Helensvale is a perfect renovation project.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoIf the kitchen is anything to go by this Helensvale house definitely needs some love.The brick and tile house is on a huge 903sq m parcel and is less than 1km to Westfield Helensvale and Helensvale train station.Professionals — Vertullo Real Estate agent Katrina Fisher said it was the perfect opportunity for “renovators and DIY-ers”.“Fasten your tool belts and get ready to renovate,” she said.“Now is your opportunity to sink your design teeth into this ripe-for-a-reno brick and tile original three-bedroom, one-bathroom home.”It will be offered to the market at auction on May 13.There is plenty of scope to transform 12 Fairsky Ave, Mermaid Waters into your dream house.Mermaid Waters has been riding a wave of renovation projects and this three-bedroom brick home is yet another prime offering in the sought-after suburb.The property is being offered to the market for the first time in 40 years.Savills, Gold Coast agent Leonie Fudge is taking the property to auction on May 13.“(It’s) perfect for first home buyers or someone who is looking to renovate and reap the rewards,” she said.2 Attinga St, Tugun is in a top location — within walking distance to the beach.There is plenty of character to work with in this Tugun cottage that is on the market at $589,000.The four-bedroom split-level home has exposed beams in the living areas which opens out to a veranda and private courtyard.“This loved home needs a lot of TLC or a complete makeover,” Mitchell’s Real Estate — Tugun agent Cheryl Kennedy said.The location is also a plus — the property is within walking distance to the beach, surf clubs and public transport.2 Attinga St, Tugun may need a bathroom upgrade.last_img read more

BetStars enters tricky Czech market

first_imgShare GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Zeno OsskoToronto TSX listed, The Stars Group has confirmed that it has launched its new Czech Republic betting property BetStars.cz.Last November, Czech news sources reported that the national regulator had approved Stars Group to extend its online gambling services, allowing the operator to add sports betting provisions to its existing casino and poker services.At the time, Stars Group management chose not to confirm whether it would launch a BetStars property for the Czech market, stating that it was reviewing its options.Last week, BetStars Managing Director Zeno Ossko presented the launch of BetStars.cz, becoming the first international sports betting operator to launch in the Czech Republic.“It is a great honour to be the first international sports betting operator to launch in the Czech Republic,” stated Zeno Ossko.“The BetStars team have worked very hard to make this a successful launch, and we hope customers in the Czech Republic will enjoy the range of betting options available.”In 2017, Czech operators have had to adjust to higher taxes and new regulations imposed on gambling services. At present, the Czech government has added a burdensome tax charge on online gambling, which includes a 23% tax charge on sports betting revenues combined with a 35% tax on casino slots play.Last May, FTSE bookmaker GVC Holdings stated that it would not pursue licensing for the Czech market, stating that the government had made its online gambling framework ‘incompatible with the business principles of the European Union’.It now remains to be seen whether BetStars can prove the Czech doubters wrong?last_img read more

‘NGOs Are Not Sincere’

first_imgInternational and local Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating in Liberia are not sincere in their financial dealings and there is a strong likelihood that they are involved in high levels of corruption, panelists revealed at an accountability program held in Monrovia yesterday.The Liberian government has received the heaviest lashes for corrupt practices, but the panelists shed light at the accountability conference on the “unscrupulous activities” of NGOs.Panelist Al Varney, a journalist from the FrontPage Africa Newspaper revealed that there is a high level of insincerity among the many international and local NGOs operating in the country. Varney is a member of the US run International Research and Exchange (IREX) Ebola Funds Accountability project.He said several of the major organizations that were involved in the battle against the EVD, were very tight-lipped when asked to give account of how funds provided them by foreign donors were spent.“I got to know that NGOs operating in Liberia are not sincere when I began to work with the IREX Ebola Funds Accountability Project,” Varney said. “They are not willing to disclose to the public how funds donated to the country through them are spent and this raises eyebrows.”He said that he had a lot of difficulties with many of the NGOs, that he could not name, but said they were never willing to provide him the information he wanted. “Most of them do not see the media as their friend because they do not want their misdeeds to be uncovered,” he said. A similar revelation was also made by Ms. Antoinette Sendolo, who said she got in trouble because of a report she did after officials of NGO decided to remain mute for so long. She reports for the Inquirer Newspaper.“This was one of my worst experiences I had as a young journalist. The people were saying that I did the report clandestinely because I wanted to achieve certain things or I had an ulterior motive, which was not the case,” she said.“I visited the headquarters of the organization several times and even called its public relations officer on numerous occasions but they were never willing to provide me the information,” she said.The public and other foreign nationals have a negative perception of the Liberian government squandering public funds through corrupt practices, but this new revelation will now switch the pendulum as more focus now would be given to NGOs, some that bring millions of donor funds into the country.There have been complaints that almost all of the donor funds coming to the country are not impacting the lives of the people who still live in abject poverty. “When the white people send their money they can send a lot of people called experts behind the money to carry it back to their country,” many Liberians have said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manufacturing leads GDP rebound

first_img28 August 2013 South Africa’s economy rebounded in the second quarter, growing at 3.0 percent compared to 0.9 percent in the first quarter, with manufacturing the main driver of the growth, Statistics SA reported on Tuesday. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP [gross domestic product] at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by an annualised rate of 3.0 percent compared with an increase of 0.9 percent during the first quarter of 2013,” Stats SA said in a statement. The nominal GDP at market prices during the second quarter was R836-billion, R23-billion more than in the first quarter. StatsSA attributed the growth to increased activity in manufacturing (up by 1.7 percentage points), finance, real estate and business services (up by 0.8 of a percentage point), the wholesale, retail and motor trade, and catering and accommodation (both up by 0.4 of a percentage point). The mining, agriculture, foresty and fishing were among the negative contributors to second-quarter GDP. South Africa’s manufacturing industry reflected positive growth of 11.5 percent, due to higher production in basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery, motor vehicles, parts and accessories, glass and non-metallic products, and textiles, clothing and leather products. The growth in finance, real estate and business services was due to increased activities in the banking sector and equity, bond and other financial markets. The mining and quarrying industry reflected negative growth of 5.6 percent, due to lower production in the mining of gold, “other” metal ores (including platinum) and “other” mining and quarrying (including diamonds). The unadjusted real GDP at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by 2.0 percent compared with the second quarter of 2012. The estimate of GDP for the first six months of 2013 increased by 2.0 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2012. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Two U.P. constables arrested in Pilakhuwa custodial torture case

first_imgMore than six weeks after a security guard Pradeep Tomar allegedly died because of torture at a police post in Pilakhuwa town of Hapur district, two constables have been arrested.Also read ‘Custodial’ death sparks tension in U.P. town“Manish Singh and Sonu Kumar were arrested on Wednesday. They were produced before a magistrate and have been sent to jail,” said Rajesh Kumar Singh, Circle Officer, Hapur (city), who is investigating the case.He refused to comment on the constables’ role in the case. “It is still a matter of investigation.” He said two other accused, SHO Yogesh Baliyan and sub-inspector Ajab Singh, who were under suspension, were still on the run.Deputy Superintendent of Police Santosh Mishra, who was also named in the FIR and transferred to Garhmukteshwar after the incident, has already been given a clean chit in the case.Mr. Tomar, 35, died on the intervening night of October 13 after he was picked by the police from the Chhijarasai toll booth in Pilakhuwa. The police had claimed he was picked up for questioning in connection with a murder case. However, Mr. Tomar’s family, including his 10-year-old son who was allegedly present when his father was picked up, claimed that he was tortured by the police personnel.Based on the complaint of the deceased’s brother Kuldeep, an FIR was registered against six police personnel under stringent Sections of the Indian Penal Code.last_img read more

Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’

first_imgPhilippines defends basketball title, rips Indonesia for the gold SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES “We can’t just hope we get calls at the line and hope we get lucky shots, we just got to stay consistent,” said Brown who repeated the word “consistent” two more times “That’s the only way we can win games.”And as for his point-production, Brown expressed his disappointment since he wasn’t able to help his team get the victory. “I don’t like it. We lost,” said Brown who also grabbed 19 boards. “I don’t care about the stats. I’m just trying anything that can help us win. I can have 60 but we lost so it won’t matter. I just want to win.”ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PBA IMAGESPhoenix import Brandon Brown said Friday that his Fuel Masters team isn’t on the same level as the other franchises in the PBA in terms of getting respect from game officials.“We’re not a well-respected team in this league, I mean the referees are not going to give us any calls down the stretch,” said Brown Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after losing to TNT 110-103.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Though the foul discrepancy is just two between the two teams, 29-27 with less calls going to TNT, the KaTropa had 33 free throw attempts while the Fuel Masters had just 22.TNT also had 10 free throw attempts in the final period while Phoenix had just six. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrown, who finished with a game-high 49 points, said the only way to get the same level of respect their opponents’ enjoy is to stay consistent and win some games. Phoenix have lost six straight games and languish at the 10th seed with a 2-6 card.  Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Flyers Ground The Devils, 4-1

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers opened a crucial homestand needing wins any way they could get them. A variety pack of goals was the perfect way to start.Matt Read and Sean Couturier each had a goal and an assist to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 11.The Flyers scored short-handed, on the power play, even strength, and into an empty net. Wayne Simmonds scored the power-play goal, and Jakub Voracek added the empty-netter to seal the win.The Flyers earned the win after dropping four of five on the road. Three of the four losses were by one goal. They have dropped to the bottom portion of the Eastern Conference and need to make the most of the four-game homestand to jump back into postseason contention.“It’s huge, especially if we want to stay in the playoff race,” Couturier said.They got an unexpected lift from Read, who has only three goals and seven assists in 28 games. He had one of each in the first period, giving the Flyers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.“I just keep shooting pucks, getting in front of the net, getting in the hard areas,” Read said. “Things kind of bounced my way tonight.”With Steve Mason 0-5 against the Devils, Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers. Emery was 0-4 with a 4.12 GAA in his last four starts. But he was hardly tested with 17 saves against the Devils for his fifth win of the season — matching Mason’s total in eight fewer games.Emery improved his career record against New Jersey to 8-4-0-2 with a 1.78 GAA.Not even the return of leading goal scorer Mike Cammalleri (11) could spark the Devils. Cammalleri returned after missing two games with a strained gluteus muscle. “Maybe we’ve got to get a little greasier, get to the net and find ways to get a little of the sandpaper to our game around the net,” he said.The Flyers scored first on perhaps one of the unlikeliest of scenarios for a team that has struggled as much as any playing short-handed. The Devils had been spectacular of late, killing 44 of 49 power plays against during the last 14 games.But with the Devils down a player early in the first, Couturier scored his sixth goal for Philadelphia’s first short-handed goal of the season.They scored at even strength, too. Couturier blindly passed the puck in front of the net, Read pounced and stuck it past Cory Schneider for the 2-0 lead. “I just fired backdoor,” Couturier said. “Luckily, he was there.”Read scored 24 goals in the 2011-12 season and 22 last season, leaving him mystified about the cause of his season-long slump. He had his first multipoint game since April 6, 2014, against Buffalo and scored for the first time since Nov. 15.“Coot’s pass was pretty lucky, it went through about three guy’s skates and landed right on my tape,” Read said.The Flyers entered 13th in the Eastern Conference and seven points out of a playoff spot. With home games ahead against Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida, now is the time for the Flyers to gain ground.The Devils scored their lone goal in the second when Martin Havlat scored a power-play goal for the Devils. Havlat tipped Scott Gomez’s slap shot from along the boards to cut it to 2-1.The Devils have lost two straight. “We didn’t panic with the 2-0 deficit,” said Schneider, who had 32 saves. “We stuck with it and got one on the power play, but they played pretty solid.”Simmonds’ 12th goal stretched the lead to 3-1.(DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoSalihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich move

first_imgSalihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has held talks with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about a move to Germany next month.Bayern have upped their bid from €15m to €20m in the last 24 hours after being encouraged in talks with the player’s camp.BILD says Salihamidzic has spoken with Hudson-Odoi’s family about a career plan they have mapped out for the teenager.The 18 year-old is tied to Chelsea until 2020 and leaning towards leaving in January.For his part, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri says: “He’s still a very young player, we’ll have to wait a bit. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player, I’m sure of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more