Journalists are World Cup’s big losers

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Brazil to go further Police and demonstrators attacked a total of 38 Brazilian and foreign journalists during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July – a competition used by Reporters Without Borders as a peg for a campaign to draw abuses against journalists to the attention of governments and the international community.The highest daily figure was registered on the day of the final in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July, with 15 attacks on journalists covering protests against the World Cup and FIFA.The victims included Canadian freelance photographer Jason O’Hara, who was kicked in the face by military police after being thrown to the ground while filming a protest. Reuters photographer Ana Carolina Fernandes was the victim of a teargas attack. Felipe Peçanha of Mídia Ninja, an independent news website, was one of several bloggers and netizens roughed up by police during the same protest.“We urge the authorities to ensure that the acts of violence against journalists by members of the military police do not go unpunished,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “Despite the government’s promises, journalists cannot always count on the state protection they are supposed to receive under a national protective mechanism.”At a meeting in the presidential palace in Brasilia last week, presidential aides told Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire that the military police are trained in how to handle peaceful demonstrations. However, the government does not have direct control over the military police, they said. The aides also told Reporters Without Borders that an entity is being created to monitor violence against journalists but does not as yet have any staff.According to the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists (ABRAJI), 120 cases of abusive treatment of professional and non-professional journalists were reported by media and unions during more than a year of street protests against government spending resulting from the World Cup.These 120 cases, 38 of which occurred during the World Cup itself, included insults, threats, robbery of equipment, arbitrary arrests and physical attacks.One of the worst cases came on the first day of the tournament, on 12 June, when military police arrested Mídia Ninja journalist Karinny de Magalhães during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, and subjected her to several hours of verbal, physical and sexual aggression until she lost consciousness.Bandeirantes TV cameraman Santiago Ilídio Andrade was fatally injured by an explosive device while covering a protest in Rio de Janeiro on 6 February.Ranked 111th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Brazil is Latin America’s second deadliest country for the media, with 15 journalists killed in connection with their work in the past for years. Organisation RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports News BrazilAmericas center_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies July 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists are World Cup’s big losers Help by sharing this information News Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil BrazilAmericas April 15, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Collingwood Announces New Managing Director

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Collingwood Announces New Managing Director Tagged with: The Collingwood Group Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] About Author: Brianna Gilpin Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Collingwood Announces New Managing Director Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Collingwood Group 2017-07-07 Brianna Gilpin July 7, 2017 1,409 Views center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Collingwood Group, a Washington, DC-based advisory firm led by the former head of FHA, recently announced along with its partners who have held senior leadership positions focused on housing policy and regulation in HUD, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, that Justin Burch will be joining the company as Managing Director and head of the Federal Housing Practice.Prior to the announcement, Burch lead FHA’s quality assurance and counterparty risk management activities, including compliance evaluation of origination, underwriting, and servicing practices, lender examinations, and management of FHA’s Credit Watch Initiative. Recently deployed with the introduction of the new FHA Loan Review System, Burch also was a key stakeholder in the development and implementation of FHA’s Loan Quality Assessment Methodology.“Justin’s extensive experience as an integral part of FHA and Ginnie Mae, coupled with his unique insight and understanding of the operations and risk management and compliance strategy of both organizations, will offer our clients a unique perspective on many of the most pressing business issues in housing finance today,” said Brian O’Reilly, President of The Collingwood Group.Serving as a critical voice for FHA, Burch presented at numerous industry events and interacted with the lending community. He was active in broader federal housing policy discussions as a member of the Joint Federal Housing Agency working group composed of leadership from the CFPB, Ginnie Mae, FHFA, FHA, the VA Loan Guaranty Service, and Rural Development. Before FHA, Burch worked as a Senior Risk Analyst for Ginnie Mae where his responsibilities included issuer performance evaluations and monitoring of a $520 billion portfolio of mortgage-backed securities, and was principal architect behind the development of the Finnie Mae HMBS program, enabling reverse mortgage lenders the opportunity to securitize FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgages.“I am excited to join such a progressive organization. The partnership between Collingwood and Situs presents a unique platform to explore growth opportunities in the commercial and residential real estate market. I look forward to joining the team,” said Burch. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Carrington Charitable Foundation Inaugural Gala Supports Veterans Next: Arch Capital Group Announces Acquisition of AIG United Guaranty Insurance The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

The Most Prosperous City in America Is …

first_img Picking the most prosperous city in America is a weighty task. What factors should be considered, and how should each be weighted against the others? However you arrange the calculations, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t have settled on Odessa, Texas, as the most prosperous city in the nation, but that’s exactly what a new study by RENTCafe has determined.First, a bit of methodology. RENTCafe began by narrowing things down to cities with populations exceeding 100,000. From there, RENTCafe examined U.S. Census data between 2000-2016, examining the evolution of six indicators during that time, including population, median income, home values, share of inhabitants holding a higher education degree, poverty rate and unemployment rate. From there, RENTCafe compiled a “prosperity ranking” that is “based on the combined value of the individual ranks obtained in these six fields.”So, how did Odessa—the 28th most populous city in Texas, as of 2015 and 2016 census data—land atop the pile? Well, it may lag far behind larger cities in terms of population, but that population has grown by 25 percent during the 2000-2016 window examined by RENTCafe. During that same period, Odessa experienced income growth of 38 percent, home value increase of 91 percent, and a 26 percent increase in the share of its population who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. Odessa has also seen a pair of important decreases—the poverty rate has dropped by 36 percent and unemployment has decreased by 24 percent. RENTCafe also points out that U.S. crude oil production also spiked by 50 percent during that window of time, likely helping to explain why a west Texas oil town like Odessa has been booming.Filling out the rest of RENTCafe’s top 10 most prosperous U.S. cities are, in order, Washington, D.C.; Charleston, South Carolina; Fontana, California; North Charleston, South Carolina; Jersey City, New Jersey; Pearland, Texas; Miami, Florida; Brownsville, Texas; and Midland, Texas.Texas was particularly well represented on the list, with six of the top 20 cities on the list located within the Lone Star State. That puts it one ahead of California.Eleven cities in the study showed positive change across all six of RENTCafe’s prosperity indicators: Odessa, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Charleston, South Carolina; Brownsville, Texas; Midland, Texas; New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; Billings, Montana; Long Beach, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Corpus Christi, Texas. David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] May 21, 2018 4,653 Views Share Save Previous: How Much Will Generation Z Pay in Lifetime Rent? Next: Homeowners and Buyers More in Sync The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Tagged with: Education Home Values Income Growth most prosperous cities Population Growth poverty rate RENTCafe Unemployment Rate Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Education Home Values Income Growth most prosperous cities Population Growth poverty rate RENTCafe Unemployment Rate 2018-05-21 David Whartoncenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Most Prosperous City in America Is … Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Most Prosperous City in America Is … About Author: David Wharton Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Subscribelast_img read more

Addressing the State of the Union

first_img Tagged with: Brian Montgomery CFPB Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Freddie Mac Home Home Prices HOUSING Housing Finance Reform Kathy Kraninger Mark Calabria S&P CoreLogic Se. Mike Crapo State of the Union Steve Mnuchin  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News February 5, 2019 4,025 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Bipartisanship was the theme throughout President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Touching upon some of the key factors that have propelled the U.S. economy such as a tight jobs market, low unemployment rates, and a fast GDP growth, all of which have also impacted the housing industry, Trump declared that the “State of our Union is strong.” However, he said that “victory is not winning for our party, victory is winning for our country.”The border wall, trade talks, and the recent government shutdown were some of the prominent topics that he touched upon during his State of the Union speech that lasted more than an hour. Stressing that it was time to redefine the American middle-class Trump said that it was time for both parties to come together to make “our communities safer, families stronger and our middle-class bigger and more prosperous than ever before.”Commenting on the address, HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson said that the address offered a strong vision of unity that put the country before politics and that both parties in Congress work together to fix the broken immigration system. “There is no challenge we cannot overcome if we embrace the bipartisan, common-sense approach our President outlined tonight,” he said.The next big priority President Trump said was the “great rebuilding of America’s crumbling infrastructure.” Trump said that he was ready to work with Congress to pass an infrastructure bill to that effect.Applauding this commitment, National Association of Realtors President John Smaby said that voters throughout the country had made clear their desire to see lawmakers secure bipartisan infrastructure reform. “The National Association of Realtors®, together with our 1.3 million members, understands the critical role infrastructure improvements play in maintaining property values, creating livable neighborhoods and developing communities in which businesses can succeed,” Smaby said.The State of the Union address was also a good time to take a look at the state of the housing industry, which saw three factors defining it in 2018—inventory, rising mortgage rates, and a cooling down of home price growth. The industry also saw some key legislation passed during the year to strengthen housing as well as appointments to leadership positions across the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).The Big PictureThe housing market is seeing some stability after getting a late boost at the end of 2018 as mortgage rates declined and home price growth started showing signs of slowing down. According to Freddie Mac’s latest forecast, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages began to let up at the end of the year, after climbing for several months, averaging 4.6 percent in 2018 and dropping to a nine-month low of 4.45 percent in early January.“Despite the weakening of the housing market in 2018, early 2019 data signals a possible turnaround for the year to come,” said Sam Khater, Chief Economist, Freddie Mac. “This recent uptick in activity proves that homebuyers are very sensitive to changing interest rates and will likely respond positively if mortgage rates remain below five percent.”“Home prices are still rising, but more slowly than in recent months,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. He indicated that the pace of prices is “being dampened by declining sales of existing homes and weaker affordability.”On a year-over-year, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index covering all nine U.S. census divisions, revealed a 5.2 percent annual gain in November, down from 5.3 percent in the previous month. The 10-city composite annual increase is at 4.3 percent, dropping from 4.7 percent in the previous month. On the other hand, the 20-city composite reflected a 4.7 percent year-over-year gain, a decline from 5 percent in October 2018.According to Fannie Mae, home affordability continues to be a challenge across the country with rising interest rates and continued home price appreciation discouraging both first-time and move-up homebuyers. As a result, through its quarterly lender sentiment survey, Fannie Mae asked senior mortgage executives their views on improving housing affordability for low- and moderate-income homebuyers.Increasing the supply of housing stock is the key to making housing affordable to a larger population of homebuyers, according to the lenders who responded to Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey for the fourth quarter of 2018. Some of the other ideas put forth by them included offering consumer subsidies as well as more loan choices such as mortgages involving low down payments or loans including renovation costs.”In the face of the perceived impacts of non-mortgage supply constraints, it appears that further easing of consumer credit standards would be more likely to contribute to stronger home price appreciation than expanding sustainable homeownership,” said Mark Palim, VP and Deputy Chief Economist at Fannie Mae in his Perspectives blog.Housing Finance Reform in the Cards?With the overall housing market expected to remain stable during the year, housing finance reform, is likely to be a key focus area for the Senate Banking Committee. The committee’s Chairman, Sen. Mike Crapo, recently introduced an outline for housing finance legislation, which, according to a statement by Crapo, incorporates elements of the various “plans and principles for housing finance reform that have been previously discussed by legislators, analysts, stakeholders, and thought leaders.””Protecting American taxpayers by ensuring the safety and stability of the United States housing finance system is a priority for the Treasury Department,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in response to the outline released by Crapo. “The outline for housing reform legislation released by Chairman Crapo is a productive first step toward that goal, and I applaud him for his efforts.”This legislation outline comes close on the heels of the White House’s statement that it would announce a framework for “the development of a policy for comprehensive housing finance reform shortly,” and that it had not yet made a decision on any housing finance reform plan. The announcement was made within weeks of FHFA Acting Director, Joseph Otting’s remarks to staffers that the agency would be announcing plans to remove the GSEs from conservatorship soon.Otting is one of the many appointees who was nominated by the Trump administration to key positions in the housing industry last year.Nominations and AppointmentsNew appointments to key positions within regulatory bodies like the FHA and the CFPB along with nominations to head the FHFA were followed closely during the year. Brian Montgomery, who had been nominated by the President for the position of Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in November 2017, was approved by the Senate by a vote of 74-33 in May 2018. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve with Secretary Carson and the team at HUD to further equal access to affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities and seek solutions to restore vitality to the housing market,” Montgomery said in a statement.In November, Kathleen Kraninger succeeded Acting Director Mick Mulvaney to become the Director of the CFPB after a Senate vote confirmed her nomination. “As Congress continues its efforts to reform the Bureau into a law enforcement agency that truly protects consumers and is accountable to the people, I am confident that with her experience and knowledge of budget management, Kathy will excel as Director of the Bureau,” said Jeb Hensarling, then the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. “I look forward to working with her, the Trump Administration and House and Senate Democrats to put real reforms in place that protects consumers.”With the Democrats taking over the House Financial Services Committee after the mid-term elections, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Cal) succeeded Hensarling as the Chair of the House Financial Committee Chairwoman.In December, the Trump administration announced the nomination of Dr. Mark Calabria, who is currently the Chief Economist to Vice President Mike Pence, to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency for five years after the term of the current FHFA Director, Mel Watt expires in January.If confirmed, Calabria would have significant influence over the housing finance market at the FHFA. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Previous: Fitch: Servicers Prepared for Economic Downturn Next: Fannie Mae Survey: Big Banks vs. Big Tech Share 1Save Home / Daily Dose / Addressing the State of the Union The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Montgomery CFPB Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Freddie Mac Home Home Prices HOUSING Housing Finance Reform Kathy Kraninger Mark Calabria S&P CoreLogic Se. 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Lawyer Moves Supreme Court For Expeditious Filling Of Vacancies At PMLA Appellate Tribunal

first_imgTop StoriesLawyer Moves Supreme Court For Expeditious Filling Of Vacancies At PMLA Appellate Tribunal Akshita Saxena23 Jan 2021 12:45 AMShare This – xA Public Interest Litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking directions for expeditiously filling the long-standing vacancies at the Appellate Tribunal, Prevention of Money Laundering Act (ATPMLA). The petition has been filed by Advocate-Activist Amit Sahni, through Advocate Preeti Singh, stating that the ATPMLA, which deals with sensitive and crucial matters pertaining…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Public Interest Litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking directions for expeditiously filling the long-standing vacancies at the Appellate Tribunal, Prevention of Money Laundering Act (ATPMLA). The petition has been filed by Advocate-Activist Amit Sahni, through Advocate Preeti Singh, stating that the ATPMLA, which deals with sensitive and crucial matters pertaining to PMLA, NDPS Act, FEMA, SAFEMA, etc., is struggling to dispense justice, particularly in absence of its Chairman and three members out of sanctioned strength of four, and acute shortage of administrative staff. It is submitted that one Member-post at the Tribunal fell vacant in 2018, and the tenure of the Chairman and two members expired in 2019 and since then, the ATPMLA has been constrained to function with its sole member. So far as administrative staff is concerned, the plea points out: 2 Registrar posts are vacant since 2016 and 20202 Sr. Private Secretary posts are vacant since 20083 Private Secretary posts are vacant since 20163 Steno posts are vacant since 20161 Superintendent post is vacant since 20161 Assistant post is vacant since 2016Court Master’s post is vacant since 2016UDC vacancies are unfilled since 2019LDC vacancies are unfilled since 2019 totaling to 23 vacant posts as on date. “The very object for constituting Tribunals is to supplement the functions of the High Courts and the other Courts and to ensure that the consumer of justice gets speedy redressal to his grievances. Due to a large number of unfilled vacancies hampering the progress of the functioning of the Tribunal. Therefore, there is imminent need for expediting the process of selections and appointments to ensure speedy justice,” the petition thus states.Reliance is placed on Madras Bar Association v. Union of India & Anr., where the Supreme Court directed the Central Government to constitute a National Tribunal Commission for the appointment of members in various Tribunals.The petition further avers that Sahni had filed several RTI Applications, seeking information regarding vacancies at the Tribunal, which revealed that apart from post of Chairman, three out of four members are not appointed. Further, there are certain vacancies since 2016 and few posts are vacant since 2008. He also made a representation to the Government for expeditious filling of vacancies at Tribunal but no step has been taken by the government upon the same till date. “The ATPMLA has been crying for attention since long but the Government has failed to take adequate and appropriate steps,” Sahni said. [Note: The ATPMLA consists of a Chairman (a retired Judge of the Supreme Court or a High Court) and Four Members (who can be from the fields of Law, Finance and Management)] Next Storylast_img read more

Sainsbury’s is ‘star performer’ in supermarket share update

first_imgSainsbury’s has grown its market share by 0.3% over the past year to 16.5%, making it the “star performer” in Kantar Worldpanel’s latest supermarket share data.The major multiple delivered growth of 5.6% for the 12 weeks to 30 September, while discounter Aldi achieved a whopping 25.4% rise, to reach a market share of 2.9%.Just ahead of Aldi in the table was Waitrose, which posted a record supermarket share of 4.7%.   Asda added 0.1 share points to reach 17.5%, while Tesco and Morrisons both lost share over the 12-week period, down 0.2% and 0.4% respectively.Edward Garner, director at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Among the big four supermarkets, the stand-out performance is from Sainsbury’s. Its sponsorship of the Paralympic games has clearly borne fruit, boosting its sales in this period.“The retailer has also been bolstered by its Brand Match promotion and the ongoing relaunch of its own-label range – both of which are proving popular with consumers.”The overall grocery market is growing at 3.9%, according to Kantar, which is above the market research company’s inflation measure of 2.6%. It said this meant there was currently “real growth in the market”.last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Another Climbing Accident, GSMA Donation, New River Gorge Conservation, and More!

first_imgYour Blue Ridge news update for April 16 — the day the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians became the first teams to wear uniform numbers, in 1929.ASU STUDENT INJURED IN RAPPELLING ACCIDENTYet another climber has fallen this season – this time a 70-foot rappelling accident near the Wilson Creek area on the Little Lost Cove cliffs in Avery County.The 21-year-old Appalachian State University student fell on Saturday, April 12, and dozens of volunteers from Avery and Burke County scrambled to reach the injured climber, who was reported by to have a shoulder and possible head injury.The victim was carried a half mile by rescuers through the woods before reaching an ATV, which took him another mile down a narrow trail, and eventually evacuated by helicopter.GSMA RECEIVES LARGEST CASH DONATION EVERThe Great Smoky Mountains Association announced last week that an anonymous donor has given the non-profit organization its largest cash donation ever, at $2.2 million.“I have unprecedented news to share with you,” Executive Director Terry Maddox wrote in an email to the GSMA board of directors. “I was approached recently by a long-time GSMA member who wished to make a designated gift to GSMA.  The total amount of the donation is $2,185,000.”Last month, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that GSMA would once again be collaberating with Friends of the Smokies and the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center to financially support construction of the new Collections Preservation Center in Townsend, Tenn., where the National Park Service will care for more than 144,000 artifacts, 220,000 archival records and 275 linear feet of library materials documenting the history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and four other NPS areas in East Tennessee.“This donation not only speaks to the genuine care people have for their Smoky Mountains, but also the trust and confidence we all have in our partners at GSMA to continue a 60-year tradition of supporting the park in meaningful ways well into the future,” said Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.DNR ACQUIRES NEW LAND FOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENTThe Conservation Fund, in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy, has purchased a 7.5-mile stretch of Cheat Canyon in an agreement finalized last week. This land includes a 3,800-acre, rim-to-rim tract of canyon stretching north from the outskirts of Albright to a portion of Sandy Creek.The land will be transferred to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources over the next two years. It will become a wildlife management area focused primarily on rare species protection.Nature Conservancy Helps Preserve Lowcountry EcosystemJust an hour north of Charleston, S.C., The Nature Conservancy has just secured a conservation easement on 600 acres of cypress bottoms known as The Narrows downstream of the SC 41 bridge.It’s a critical area for biodiversity and includes about four miles of riverfront private land on both sides of the Black River. Almost 8,000 acres are now protected for the length of 10 riverfront miles.This ecosystem serves as a major filter for tidal waters, is widely considered the heart of the tidal reach, and acts as a nursery for many wildlife species.IOC CALLS SLOPESTYLE TOO DANGEROUSThe International Olympic Committee is questioning the safety of slopestyle  competition. In an interview with the Associated Press last week, IOC representative Lars Engebretson said the sport caused too many unnecessary injuries at the Sochi Winter Games.Slopestyle, notable for sending skiiers and snowboarders jumping, flipping, twisting, and contorting their bodies over obstacles, has seen it’s fair share of criticism across the winter sports community. Shaun White withdrew from Olympic snowboard slopestyle just one day before the competition.last_img read more

Entrepreneur Nenad Bakić is developing a cultural tourism project in Vukovar

first_imgZagreb entrepreneur and investor Nenad Bakić bought a plot of land in Vukovar, in Vučedol, next to the Museum of Vučedol Culture, from the Commercial Court in Osijek, where he plans to develop a cultural tourism project, the entrepreneur announced on his Facebook profile.As Nenad Bakić announced yesterday on his Facebook profile “”Today, the Commercial Court in Osijek issued a decision according to which at the end of last year I successfully bought (ie gave a deposit – now I still have to buy) a plot of land near the Vučedol Museum with the devastated. Bungalows. Of course, these bungalows are worthless, they should be demolished, but in my vision they can be good for cultural tourism, which does not exist in Croatia at the moment, all in the context of the planned Archaeological Park.”Bakić writes and invites his friends to suggest to him what ideas he can do and what exactly could be done at that location.The Commercial Court in Osijek, after a public auction, awarded the property to entrepreneur Nenad Bakić, for which he was the only one to bid, in the amount of HRK 452.465. These are 23 houses with a total area of ​​13.435 m2, albeit in a devastated condition, but due to the proximity of the Museum of Vučedol Culture, as well as the plan for daily development, it is certainly an attractive location.LOCATION OF PURCHASED BUNGALOWS / ACCOMMODATED CAPACITIES (BUNGALOWS) – pictured belowSince the opening, the Vučedol Museum has been visited by over 160.000 visitors, and according to the development plan, in addition to the existing space where the Museum of Vučedol Culture is located, the new 10.000 square meters will complete the story of the Archaeological Park with new facilities.In the Archaeological Park, according to previous announcements from the Museum of Vučedol Culture, there should be a planetarium, info desk, picnic area, Vučedol farm with animals from the time of Vučedol culture, boat dock, educational trails, excursion zone, lookout, but also workshops of old crafts. The entire project of the Archaeological Park should come to life at full capacity by 2023, which will greatly enrich the tourist and cultural offer of Vukovar.Related news:SPECTACULAR DISCOVERY IN CROATIA – THE OLDEST CALENDAR IN EUROPE FOUND!MUSEUM OF VUČEDOL CULTURE FIRST IN CROATIA USES A DIGITAL GUIDE USING BEACON TECHNOLOGYVUČEDOL MUSEUM INCREASES VISITS THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKSlast_img read more

Tottenham make rival move for Arsenal target William Saliba despite Gunners agreeing personal terms

first_imgThe young French defender looks set to leave Saint-Etienne this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal risk missing out on top centre-back prospect William Saliba after north London rivals Tottenham made a late move of their own for the Saint-Etienne teenager.Unai Emery is in the market for a new central defender this summer as he looks to bolster a back-line that conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season, with Saliba identified as a huge talent for the future.The Gunners are believed to have already agreed personal terms with the 18-year-old, though are yet to agree a fee with his Ligue 1 club. Saliba made 16 appearances in Ligue 1 for Saint-Etienne last season (Picture: Getty)According to French newspaper L’Equipe, that has allowed Spurs to swoop in and they have already made contact with Saliba’s entourage.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough he has verbally agreed to move to the Emirates and is excited by the project offered by Emery’s side, Saliba would also be open to joining Tottenham.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpurs are well stocked at centre-back, though are looking for an upcoming, young defender – particularly if a rival club pays Toby Alderweireld’s release clause when it becomes active later this summer.Saint-Etienne want Saliba to remain at the club on loan next season even if he is sold and that would suit Spurs, though Arsenal had hoped to bring him to north London immediately. Tottenham make rival move for Arsenal target William Saliba despite Gunners agreeing personal terms Advertisement Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 25 Jun 2019 9:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link473Shares Saint-Etienne are adamant that Saliba should be loaned back next season (Picture: Getty)The Gunners are also struggling to agree a fee with Saint-Etienne and are someway short of the French side’s £26million valuation – a figure Spurs are more willing to stump up.After going 18 months without making a signing, Tottenham are finally ready to splash the cash and are also targeting Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

BLOG: Caring for Senior Family Members This Holiday Season

first_img By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Aging Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Holidays,  Human Services,  Seniors,  The Blog With the holiday season upon us, many families are likely to get together at some point during the next two weeks.  Such family gatherings serve as the perfect time to check in and quietly assess how elderly family members are faring and to determine if they may need some extra help.  There are five primary areas recommended to check on.Look around the house or apartment.Do you see dark stairwells, loose rugs, clutter or fire hazards?  Would brighter lighting and clearer passage ways help?  Could the home be easier to navigate with simple modifications, such as easier to use handles and switches, a tub bench, comfort height toilet, or walk-in shower?  Are the stairs easy to manage, or would a stair glide help?  Would it be safer if all living quarters were on one level?  Is there a bath on the ground floor or a room that could become a bedroom? Do you see scorched pots and pans?  Is the home more un-kept than usual?  Are the smoke alarm batteries working?Look in the refrigerator and assess nutritional status.Are there healthy foods, fresh produce and meats?  Are food products expired or moldy?   When you sit down for a meal or go out to eat, are they eating less or showing little interest in food?  Do they appear to have lost weight?Look at medications and assess health & social status.Have they recently seen their primary care physician?  Are their prescriptions up to date or are expired pill bottles mixed in with current ones?  Ask how their medications make them feel?  Do they remember to take their medications properly?  Are the pills organized?  Would a pill organizer help?  Ask when was the last time they went out with friends or did things they like to do, such as go out to a movie, to eat or to church?  Can you carry on a coherent conversation?  Do they keep repeating the same story?Look at their financial situation.Is mail left unopened?  Are household bills piling up?  Have late-notices been received?  Are there bills that they simply cannot afford to pay?  Ask if all of their financial information is one place in case you ever need to access it in an emergency?Look at their car.If they are still driving, let them take you for a drive so you can assess their driving skills. Do they drive too slow, miss traffic signals or signs or have trouble at intersections?  Assess the car, are there dents or dings on the car or garage?  Have they received any recent speeding or traffic tickets?While these quick tips will allow you to check in respectfully and gracefully, it’s important that your elderly family members have the support and tools needed to live independently after your holiday visit has ended.  If your check in leads to concerns make any necessary home adjustments and arrange for proper supports and resources to help them remain safely at home.  Your local area agency on aging is available to provide you and your loved one with proper guidance and can be located here.During this time of year when many seniors are more prone to loneliness or depression, in addition to checking in with your own elderly family members, pausing to remember the elders in your community by making a visit to a nursing home or bringing a meal or plate of goodies to your elderly neighbor are some of the greatest gifts you can give.center_img BLOG: Caring for Senior Family Members This Holiday Season December 17, 2015last_img read more