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Province House to Celebrate 200th Anniversary

first_imgThe 260th anniversary of the House of Assembly, making it the oldest elected assembly in Canada and one of the oldest in the Commonwealth was marked today, Oct. 2, by speaker Kevin Murphy. “The House of Assembly met for the first time in the courthouse at the corner of Argyle and Buckingham streets in Halifax,” said Mr. Murphy. “After a succession of temporary accommodations, construction began on a permanent building in 1811 and the legislature met for the first time on February 11, 1819, in the building we are in now, Province House.” On Feb. 11, 2019 the province will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Province House. “Great effort has been made in recent years to protect and maintain Province House as the symbolic home of all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Murphy. “The anniversary will emphasize its role in the constitutional evolution of Canada, its rich history and unique architecture, and its continuity as the seat of government and an important cultural asset to the province.” Province House is one of the most historic buildings in Canada. During the 175th anniversary in 1994 Province House was commemorated as a National Historic Site when Queen Elizabeth II visited, and was cited for both its architectural and historical significance. To celebrate the 200th anniversary a new logo has been designed that represents its architecture and unique details. To learn more about the logo, visit . The anniversary will also be marked with a number of public events and activities. Information will be posted online as it becomes available at,″> .last_img read more

Darfur UNAU officials voice concern at escalating violence constraints on aid delivery

Over the last month, a wave of violence has been under way in Darfur, affecting tens of thousands of people, according to a joint statement issued by Joseph Mutaboba, deputy head of the joint UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and Ali Al-Za’tari, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan.They noted that since the beginning of 2014, more than 215,000 people in Darfur have been displaced from their homes. “Many people in Darfur have no choice but to flee their homes in fear,” they stated. “It is particularly troubling that, in the face of this violence, the UN and the humanitarian community at large are being increasingly constrained from helping the majority of those affected.” Due to the access restrictions and security constraints placed on humanitarian agencies, even monitoring the numbers of people who have been displaced from their homes is increasingly challenging, they said.“Enormous amounts of humanitarian need are being generated by this violence, but our ability to assess the condition of people who have been affected by the conflict and deliver to them the aid that they need has been severely hampered. “We call upon the Government of Sudan and all actors and parties involved in the conflict and the international community to take robust measures to ensure the protection of civilians and unimpeded access of aid workers in Darfur.”Earlier this month, both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced deep concern about the recent escalation of violence in Darfur and its impact on civilians in the region, and urged an immediate halt to hostilities.UN officials have repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace for the people of the strife-torn region, which has witnessed fighting since 2003 between rebel groups and Government forces and their allies, militiamen known as the Janjaweed.To move the peace process forward, the AU-UN Joint Special Representative for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, attended a gathering of Zaghawa leaders yesterday in neighbouring Chad that was designed to build consensus in getting the Darfur armed movements to join the peace process. Mr. Chambas emphasized the need for all the parties in Darfur to commit to dialogue without preconditions and to resolve differences through political not military means. “There is imperative need to recognize that after 10 years of fighting and attendant bloodshed in Darfur, nobody has emerged victorious,” he said. “The lesson from this is very clear and simple – parties have to unconditionally find each other across the negotiation table and talk, and reach agreements.” He added that the ongoing attacks on villages and camps for the internally displaced are “an ugly blemish” on efforts to spur dialogue, and that regardless of who is ultimately responsible for the violence, “it must now stop.” The Joint Special Representative and head of UNAMID also highlighted the need to facilitate delivery of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations. “Darfur has been experiencing one of the worst man-made humanitarian crises in the world,” he said. “Without enabling the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the multitudes of Darfuris who need it, our sincerity to finding a durable solution to the conflict is bound to flounder.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball takes down Illinois in overtime thriller 6863

OSU junior forward Marc Loving (2) attempts a shot during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt took overtime to decide, but the Ohio State men’s basketball team was able to take down Illinois on the road Thursday night 68-63 at the State Farm Center. After trailing for nearly all of the second half, the Fighting Illini engineered a 15-2 run in the final six minutes of regulation to push the game to extra time. A back-and-forth five minutes ensued, but freshman guard JaQuan Lyle, who came off the bench for the second straight game for OSU, hit a pair of clutch free throws to make it a three-point game with 14 seconds left. With no timeouts remaining, Illinois inbounded the ball and looked to set up a game-tying shot attempt, but confusion on the dribble handoff led to OSU’s sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop stealing the rock. A bizarre sequence followed, as Fighting Illini players looked to foul but the officials swallowed their whistles, opting to let the teams play. The Buckeyes were able to advance the ball past the timeline to Mickey Mitchell. The freshman forward drove all the way to the hoop and connected on a layup with four ticks remaining to ice the game for OSU. With the win, the Buckeyes advance to 14-8 on the year and 6-3 in conference play, while the Illini sink to 10-11 overall and 2-6 in the Big Ten. “I’m just happy we won the basketball game,” OSU coach Thad Matta told Big Ten Network’s Seth Davis after the game. “It holds true to my theory that we’ve got a long way to go, but this was a great win for us … Turning the halfway (point in Big Ten play) is a heck of a accomplishment for this team.”Balance was the key for the Buckeyes, as three players reached double figures in the scoring column. Leading that trio was redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson, who had a career-high 16 points and five rebounds. Bates-Diop and junior forward Marc Loving each registered a double-double to complement Thompson’s career night. Bates-Diop, an Illinois native, had 15 points on 7-of-18 shooting and 12 rebounds, while Loving chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. A commanding advantage on the glass was key for OSU to grab the victory. After starting the game in an 8-0 hole, the Buckeyes fought their way through a poor-shooting first half to hold a 29-24 lead at halftime. At halftime alone, OSU outrebounded Illinois 30-14, including an 11-1 advantage on the offensive glass. Those margins inflated to 51-34 and 13-5, respectively. With the massive rebounding advantage, OSU was able to get itself more offensive opportunities, which was critical in a game in which both teams struggled to shoot at a high clip. The Buckeyes shot just 39 percent for the game, while the Illini countered with 32 percent from the field. The extra possessions helped alleviate the burdens caused by the Buckeyes’ turnover issues. For the game, they had 14, but down the stretch it was the turnovers and defensive lapses that helped the Illini shave down OSU’s 13-point lead to force overtime. “We made mistake after mistake defensively,” Matta said. “Then (on offense), the turnovers, I don’t know.” Despite the catastrophic meltdown in regulation, the Buckeyes were able to regain their composure once overtime began. Bates-Diop, building off his 22-point performance against Penn State, was aggressive in the extra time, scoring four of his 15 points there. Thompson, who, along with Lyle, came off the bench for the second consecutive game after Matta opted to start freshman Daniel Giddens at center, was critical all game long. His basket in overtime helped fend off a fervent Illinois squad. The game was littered with runs by both teams. Illinois opened the game with an 8-0 spurt, but the Buckeyes countered, holding the Illini to just one field goal in the final 11 minutes of the first half to take the lead at the break. OSU grew its lead in the opening 10 minutes of the second half before squandering it away. For a team dominated by inexperienced players, this is the type of victory that develops character, Thompson said. “We grew up a lot tonight,” he told Davis. “Our past road games haven’t gone as well, and in certain situations, we would have folded, but in this situation, we just came together.” A.J. Harris started in place of Lyle again Thursday, but his performance against the Illini did not mirror the one he churned in against Penn State. The freshman guard had three points on 1-of-5 shooting and one assist. Junior guard Kendrick Nunn lead the way for Illinois with 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Malcolm Hill, who was the Illini’s leading scorer heading into the contest, was largely held in check by sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate. Hill, a junior, had a dozen points but a less-than-stellar 3-of-14 shooting performance.Although both Matta and Thompson were pleased with the victory, OSU has a large test ahead of it. The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 8 Maryland, which defeated third-ranked Iowa on Thursday, at the Schottenstein Center on Sunday. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. Correction 1/29: The headline has been updated to reflect the correct final score. read more

Rethinking Athens

first_imgThe city centre of Athens is about to undergo a major facelift. Almost a decade after it hosted the Summer Olympics of 2004, the Greek capital will now push to modernise itself, as its embarks on an ambitious project to create a sustainable, eco-friendly city centre that will appeal to citizens of this great city and the millions of tourists that visit it annually. Concerned by the lack of quality public spaces, the Onassis Foundation, within the framework of its public benefit activities, responded to the present need for urban revival by funding and organising the Re-think Athens project. Its first step was to organise and fund a two-stage European architectural competition for the creation of a new city centre, a project centred around Panepistimiou Street. The foundation has also committed to providing the funds required for all the necessary studies of implementation. The objective was to collect proposals that would awaken, inspire and reveal possibilities that reflect the character of the city and promote a healthy future image of a lively metropolis that keeps evolving. “Hard as it might seem, the moment has finally come for us to now be able to speak again of Athens in a visionary and yet absolutely realistic manner,” said the President of The Onassis Foundation, Anthony Papadimitriou, at the recent announcement of the competition winners. “The moment has finally come to let go of the fear and frustration that we all feel, walking around the city, to allow for the emergence of optimism and of those sentiments that will motivate the citizens themselves towards undertaking the most peaceful, creative and productive recapture of Athens. And this is one first major victory for Athenians, for our city,” Mr Papadimitriou added. Referring to Panepistimiou Street and the area between Syntagma and Omonoia Squares, Mr Papadimitriou said in no other major city in the world has an emblematic, multifunctional metropolitan avenue endowed with such a rich architectural heritage been reserved exclusively for traffic. “Even the iconic trilogy area, which consists of a wonderful architectural ensemble reflecting the historical and cultural character of the city, keeps being aesthetically downgraded and reserved exclusively for traffic,” he added. That very area is the main focus of the Re-think Athens project, one that will now see Panepistimiou Street become a part of an urban and architectural ‘ring’ that will link the pedestrian zone of the archaeological sites with the most significant archaeological museums of the city, as well as with the most significant focal points of cultural and commercial activity in the city. Omonoia Square, formerly a roundabout, will now be transformed into an actual square. The backbone of the project will be a new tramline connecting Amalias Avenue with Panepistimiou Street and Patission Street. The functional and environmental upgrade of the city centre will shed light upon its most obscure areas. It is hoped Panepistimiou Street and Omonoia Square will once again become the most vibrant parts of the city. “We all have the right to a friendlier, more inviting city which favours multiple functions involving trade, services, housing, culture and entertainment,” added Mr Papadimitriou. For the implementation of this competition, the Onassis Foundation has signed, as sponsor, a legal agreement with the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the former Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Networks (now called Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Transport, Infrastructure and Networks), the Attiko Metro S.A., as well as memoranda of collaboration with the Attica Prefecture and the Municipality of Athens. For the preparation of the final studies and the funding of the projects through EU funds, the Foundation is already collaborating with the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Transport, Infrastructure and Networks, as well as with a number of other institutions that will greatly contribute to the successful coordination of the project. Mr Papadimitriou says the time has come for the Greek government to be called upon to fulfil its commitments. “It is the moment that we, the citizens, will exercise pressure and control upon the Government for the implementation of the project, and right after, we will defend the new Athens. The Onassis Foundation, with optimism and with a great sense of duty, funded and organised the competition and all the necessary studies for the final tendering of the project. What we now look forward to ourselves is for the mantle to be passed on to the authorities together with the studies in a few months, so that we will be able to meet again in Athens in 2016, when they will have had everything complete,” said Mr Papadimitriou. The winning proposal of Re-think Athens was submitted by leading Dutch architectural and outdoor planning group Okra, alongside teams from Mixt Urbanisme, Wageningen University, WSGreen Technologies and Greek firm Studio 75. According to Mr Papadimitriou, the joint winning proposal embodies and creates the conditions for the citizens of Athens to claim a new reality for their city. “The chance for Athens is here. It now remains for the state, but mainly for all of us, to seize it. Not only for making the centre of Athens more visually appealing or more functional, but mostly because the creation of a new centre of Athens that will be human and accommodating for development, productivity, interactions and creativity will greatly contribute to the mending of the city’s damaged social fabric. “That centre can become the common ground that will bind all of us together once more; because a healthy, productive city will lead into a healthy, united, vigorous society. And that is a goal that far surpasses Athens, it is a goal of national importance.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Manus Island Cruelty for crueltys sake

first_imgThe Australian government has found itself in hot water following Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruling declaring the Manus Island regional processing centre illegal and unconstitutional.Though PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill didn’t outline a time-frame for the centre’s closure, he did say in a statement that his government would “immediately ask the Australian government to make alternative arrangements for the asylum seekers”.While he acknowledged that the majority of refugees appear to have no desire to settle in PNG, the PM said he would be willing to give each of them the option to do so.“For those that have been deemed to be legitimate refugees, we invite them to live in Papua New Guinea only if they want to be a part of our society and make a contribution to our community,” he said.It has already been noted that the closure of the centre will take a toll on the local economy, though Mr O’Neill said the transition would be eased and tackled with the assistance of the Australian government.Founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Kon Karapanagiotidis, made no secret that he was thrilled with the ruling. “It was such positive news to see a court finally recognise what myself and most of the Australian community have already known: that the detention of refugees in an offshore prison indefinitely with no intention of safely resettling them is illegal,” he told Neos Kosmos.However, despite the ruling and finding that at least half of the 850 men held in detention are refugees, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is staying firm on his position against the processing of asylum seekers on Australian shores.“The government has not resiled from its position that people who have attempted to come illegally by boat to Australia and who are now in the Manus facility will not be settled in Australia. “We will work with our PNG partners to address the issues raised by the Supreme Court of PNG,” said Mr Dutton, a decision that Mr Karapanagiotidis has condemned as immoral.“The moral, legal, decent thing to do would be to bring these 850 men that have languished on Manus for 1,265 days at a cost of a billion dollars to the Australian public, to Australia,” he said.While Labor also remains committed to the policy of offshore processing, it has since come to light that three Labor MPs, lower house member Melissa Parke and senators Lisa Singh and Sue Lines are opposed and calling for the men to be brought to Australia.“We have caused them enough suffering already. This is a sick game and it needs to end. It’s inevitable that the government will need to have another plan for what is going to happen and the most logical thing to do is to bring those people to Australia,” Ms Parke told Fairfax Media.Since the ruling there has been speculation that the refugees from Manus could be relocated to Nauru or Christmas Island, which Mr Karapanagiotidis is calling a “tragedy”.“They’re now looking at either dumping them on Nauru, where [on Wednesday] there were six suicide attempts, including a man who tried to set himself on fire. Or they’ll look to dump them on Christmas Island, or find some other poor, impoverished country like the Philippines, spend billions of dollars of our money to do everything but protect these people, and that’s awful,” he said. Earlier this year New Zealand offered to resettle 300 refugees from Nauru as part of a two-year deal with Australia, signed in 2013 by former prime minister Julia Gillard, but Australia declined to take up the offer, a decision which is likely to be held until after the elections.“We would rather leave them languishing. But the whole point of this is cruelty for cruelty’s sake and today they were hiding under the idea that it’s about saving lives, saving women and children drowning at sea,” says Mr Karapanagiotidis. “The reality is, this is just about showing how cruel and brutal we can be for the purpose of winning votes in an election, that is all.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek foreign minister Kotzias resigns

first_imgGreek minister of foreign affairs Nikos Kotzias resigned on Wednesday, after a heated cabinet meeting during which accusations were exchanged between him and minister of defence Panos Kammenos.The two ministers were in disagreement over the Prespes deal between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Kammenos, who is the leader of the right-wing party Independent Greeks (ANEL), has been vocal in his opposition to the agreement, which will see FYROM adopt the name ‘North Macedonia’.At the cabinet meeting, Kammenos accused Kotzias of mismanaging secret foreign ministry funds and being a pawn of US billionaire financier George Soros.The foreign minister was reportedly deeply offended by the allegations, and responded with a to legislate for mandatory transparency of the defense ministry’s “discretionary funds” management.He was also very uspet over the fact that the Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras failed to support him against Kammenos’, who is the government’s junior coalition partner and is key to the government’s parliamentary majority.Tsipras accepted Kotzias’ resignation and proceeded to assume the Foreign Affairs portfolio himself, in a move that is meant to send a message towards multiple receivers.On one hand, Greece wants to solidify its stance towards Europe in regards to the matter with FYROM and on the other, Tsipras means to show to the members of the cabinet that he will not tolerate any underhanded politics and personal strategies which might endanger Greece’s stable course to escape from austerity.According to various analysts, Tsipras opted to ‘sacrifice’ Kotzias for fear of losing Kammenos’ support. SYRIZA and ANEL are believed to be ‘strange bedfellows’ and this crisis shows cracks within the coalition, with some thinking that it marks the end of the Tsipras’ government.Speaking to the media, government spokesperson, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said: “The prime minister doesn’t beg anybody, he has never been afraid of the political developments. He does not crawl at the political developments. He challenges them when he judges that it will be an advantage for his country. The train moves on, whoever doesn’t want to reach the destination or whoever feels discomfort can simply get off.”As he departed the PM Residence on his way to Brussels for the meeting with the EU leaders, Tsipras made a statement to the members of the press in which he thanked Kotzias “for his precious contribution all these years in upgrading the country’s geopolitical role” and said it “pained him” to accept his resignation.The prime minister stressed that he “will not tolerate double talk and self-serving strategies” and added: “I decided to take up the foreign ministry for the time being and the responsibility that comes with it, sending a message at the same time that this decision signifies my determination to do whatever possible to guarantee the successful conclusion of the historical agreement of Prespes.”This might prove to be a challenge, as the Zaev government in FYROM seems to be struggling to muster enough deputies in the country’s Parliament to ratify the agreement.Kotzias however doesn’t seem to be prepared to let the matter rest, as he posted a tweet from his personal account in which he said that “There comes a time, as the poet says, when you need to decide who you will choose and who you will leave behind. The PM and a number of ministers made their choices during yesterday’s cabinet meeting and now I will make mine. It’s good to remember, however, the lyric: they tried to bury me deep, they forgot I was a seed.”The news of Kotzias departure from the Foreign Ministry promted his Albanian counterpart, Ditmir Bushati, to issue a statement, thanking him for his efforts to resolve long-standing bilateral issues.“There are few joys in this profession, but the most treasured ones derive from genuine cooperation and a spirit of collegiality. Thank you Nikos Kotzias for your efforts in jointly opening a new page of collaboration, trust and good neighborly relations between our countries,” Bushati tweeted in his official account.Greece and Albania had been discussing issues such as the demarcation of the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) of both countries and the rights of ethnic Greeks in Albania. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

TSB reports a 31 mean gender pay gap for 2018

first_imgBanking organisation TSB has reported a 31% mean gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay as at April 2018; this is unchanged from April 2017.The organisation, which currently employs more than 8,000 staff, reported its gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and in time for the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2019.The reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the differences in mean and median hourly rates of pay for male and female full-time employees, the gap in men and women’s mean and median bonus pay, the proportions of male and female employees awarded bonus pay, and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.TSB’s median gender pay gap for fixed hourly pay is 23%, as at April 2018; this reflects a 1% reduction from the 24% median gender pay gap it reported in 2017.Its mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid during the reporting period is 46%; this is a 7% improvement on last year’s figure of 53%. The median gender pay gap for bonus payments is 34%, compared to 37% in 2017. Over the current reporting period, 93% of female employees and 90% of male employees received bonus payments. This is an increase of 5% and 6% respectively since 2017.Less than half (47%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at TSB are female, compared to 66% in the second quartile, 77% in the third quartile and 76% in the lowest pay quartile.TSB attributes its gender pay gap to having more women than men employed in non-senior management roles, which comprise 68% female staff versus 32% male employees. With an equal gender split, TSB calculates that its mean gender pay gap would reduce by 22 percentage points to be 9%.Helen Rose, chief operating officer and executive sponsor for gender at TSB, said: “Although our median gender pay gap has only seen a small improvement, it’s a step in the right direction. Furthermore, the actions we’ve taken in the past year, including a number of senior female appointments, demonstrates our long-term commitment.“The solutions are going to be different for every organisation. That’s why we’re committed to really explaining our numbers and clearly setting out the steps we are taking to address our gap. Because it is only by being transparent and sharing information that we can drive change and help all UK businesses work towards making the gender pay gap a thing of the past.”To address its gender pay gap, TSB partnered with professional network Women Returners, running its own pilot return-to-work programme. For 2019, this will be supported by the Returners Financial Services Scotland Programme, a scheme starting in Edinburgh in September.TSB reports that it has also worked to improve the gender balance of shortlisted candidates when recruiting for new roles, and that it continues to challenge external recruitment agencies on this too.The organisation is further championing female partners by using its rising stars talent programme, improving its Partners for Partners buddy scheme, which encourages individuals to return to TSB after a career break, and offering flexible work policies to partners; this includes providing a new digital workplace, where partners can remotely access all the systems they need.TSB has also committed to regularly engage with policy makers and other organisations, in order to better understand how to tackle gender imbalance and share best practice.Rose added: “There are no quick fixes and there’s a lot more to be done, but we are making progress. A great example of this is our new [small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)] banking leadership team, which we announced in September 2018.“We set out to build the team to reflect the businesses and communities we serve, and we’re proud that of the 11-strong leadership team, eight roles are held by women. And our first 16 SME field relationship managers, based in the local community, are made up of six women to 10 men. But it’s not just gender we’re balancing; 20% of the team are from [black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame)] backgrounds, making us one of the most diverse SME banking teams in the UK.“Our focus is on embedding the values of inclusion and diversity throughout the organisation to bring about change.”last_img read more

Wilmington Housing Authority Accepting Applications For Affordable Housing Family Units Waiting List

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a legal notice from the Wilmington Housing Authority.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAffordable Housing Assistance To Be Offered To Residents At Town Hall On September 10In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Bethel moves closer to possible restaurant alcohol license

first_imgFili’s Pizza. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK)Next month, Bethel could hold its first restaurant liquor license in decades.March 6 marks the final day Bethel City Council can protest the Fili’s Pizza liquor license application. The council rejected that action at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting, its final meeting before the protest deadline. Fili’s has met the conditions imposed by council to avoid protest. It’s created adequate parking and set up a barrier between Ridgecrest Drive and its parking lot. Right now that barrier is chain slung through empty oil drums, which will be replaced with a metal guardrail after the ground thaws.Earlier this month the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board reviewed Fili’s application and voted to approve the license if the 60-day protest period passed without opposition from city council. That period ends March 6.Since only city council can legally protest the application at this point and has no plans to do so, Council Member Chuck Herman says the governing body should get out of Fili’s way and waive the remaining protest period.“Red tape is only good when it’s protecting the public and serving the public interest, and when it seems to be purely serving the purpose of delaying a legal business from taking action and moving forward, it is not serving, to me, any purpose at that point,” Herman said.Council Member Zach Fansler disagrees, saying waiving the remaining protest days sets a bad precedent for the council moving forward, and he instead calls for caution.“I think it’s super important that the public have the time while we still have the time to say, ‘Pass another condition,’ and we need to do the due diligence on all this to serve the public process the best way we can,” Fansler said.If council doesn’t submit a protest by March 6, Fili’s would receive its license pending an assessment of its premises by an ABC inspector.An advisory vote last fall showed that the majority of Bethel voters opposed restaurants receiving liquor licenses. The only resistance Fili’s application has received so far is from the Association of Village Council Presidents, which claims the license could harm public health and safety in Bethel and surrounding villages.last_img read more

US supports Pakistan India talks on Kashmir

first_imgIndian security forces personnel patrol a deserted road during restrictions after the government scrapped special status for Kashmir, in Srinagar 7 August. Photo: AFPThe United States on Wednesday said it supports direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on the disputed Kashmir region and called for calm and restraint as the dispute escalated.”We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern,” a department spokeswoman said in a statement.last_img read more

With Renovations Moving Forward Is The Astrodome Debate Finally Over

first_imgThe Harris County Commissioner’s Court has approved renovating the Astrodome to raise the floor and make room for a parking garage.The renovation, once complete, will still leave the dome empty but available for public events. Does this renovation actually end the great dome debate — or just create a new one?Houston Matters talks it over with Minnette Boesel of the Astrodome Conservancy about the vision for the future of the venue and how the space might be used. Sharelast_img

Air Asia fined by regulators

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Air Asia Berhad has been slapped with an AU$200,000 penalty for failing to properly display airfare prices.According to The Federal Court in Melbourne, for a period of ten months, the carrier did not display on its website some airfare prices inclusive of all taxes, duties, fees and other mandatory charges in a prominent way and as a single figure.Concerned for the travelling public, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims said the case reiterated the need for travellers to have access to accurate pricing.“Airlines require a level playing field on price representations in this competitive industry where consumers are price sensitive,” Mr Sims said.Earlier this week, Thai Airways also received a Federal Court fine of up to AU$7.5 million for cartel conduct.Click here for more information.last_img read more

SingleFamily Home Sales Up 6 in Texas Report

first_img Share in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing The Lone Star State by and large boasted signs of strength in housing in February, with single-family home sales ticking up 6 percent in the fourth quarter last year.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The “”Texas Association of Realtors””: revealed a blend of varying averages for home sales and values in a quarterly housing report it released this week.Citing several sources, the association found home sales lifting by 12 percent in February, with average prices declining 0.7 percent. It said that sales in Houston and Dallas each rose and fell by 1 percent.””Even though prices are relatively stable, realtors and homeowners alike are getting ready for the 2012 real estate season, and with more people shopping for houses, more people will also be shopping for loans,”” the association said in a statement.””A flat Texas market isn’t bad news for homeowners,”” the association said, adding: “”With the number of Texas homes sold on the rise, some real estate agencies are even speculating that the 2012 real estate season will mark the end of the housing market recession.””Earlier Friday, the “”Commerce Department””: reported new-home sales falling 1.6 percent nationally in February. Single-Family Home Sales Up 6% in Texas: Reportcenter_img Agents & Brokers Home Sales Housing Affordability Lenders & Servicers Processing Realtor Association Service Providers 2012-03-23 Ryan Schuette March 23, 2012 437 Views last_img read more

Home Flipping Returns Spike in 2013

first_img Share Home flippers reported more gains in 2013 than in any year on record, according to national real estate brokerage Redfin. The average home flipped last year was sold for $90,200 more than it was purchased, and in 11 of the 30 markets Redfin analyzed, flippers received gains of more than $100,000 per house. Redfin considers flipping the act of purchasing and then reselling a home within 12 months.Seven of those 11 markets were located in California with San Francisco topping the list. In San Francisco, the average gain from a home flipped was $194,600. Long Island, New York, and San Jose, California, ranked second and third with gains of $152,500 and $152,000, respectively.On a more micro level, Redfin found homes flipped in nine neighborhoods broke $200,000 in gains in 2013. In the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the average home flipped brought a gain of $312,400. In the Beaumont neighborhood of Portland, the average gain on a flipped home was $285,600.On the other hand, homes flipped in Las Vegas had average gains of $50,200, and homes flipped in Atlanta had average gains of $53,000.“It’s worth noting that gains are not profits,” Redfin stated in its report. Home flippers often complete repairs and improvements before reselling homes, and these projects vary widely in price.While home flippers experienced greater gains in 2013 than in years prior, the actual number of homes flipped was smaller last year than in 2012. In Redfin markets, a total of 67,000 homes were flipped last year, and the number is expected to decline to about 58,500 this year. This is down from 75,000 in 2012 and from a peak of 101,800 in 2005.However, as the number of homes flipped declined, the rate of homes flipped for more than their purchase price increased. Last year, 77 percent of homes flipped recorded gains. In 2008, it was close to the reverse, according to Redfin.Another trend Redfin pointed out is a heightened number of homes flipped by banks instead of individuals since the housing crisis. After a low of 6.5 percent in 2006, bank-flipped homes shot up to 72.2 percent of flipped homes in 2008.By 2013, the share had fallen to 35.2 percent, but Redfin has already noted increased activity from banks so far this year.Redfin also noted increasing flipping activity in a few markets, in particular, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Philadelphia. in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Home Flipping Returns Spike in 2013center_img June 22, 2014 409 Views Home Flipping Investors Redfin 2014-06-22 Krista Franks Brocklast_img read more

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