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Tenant fees bill passes 2nd Lords reading without amendment

first_imgThe tenant fees bill has passed its second reading in the House of Lords without amendment and is now only a few months away from becoming law.During a short one-hour debate several changes were tabled by both Liberal Democrat and Labour peers including campaigner Baroness Grender, all of which were rejected by Lord Bourne, the government’s representative on housing in the Lords.These included amendments to limit the costs of replacing tenants in a shared house to £50, rather than the £250 that both incoming and outgoing tenants are often asked to pay.Another amendment sought to prevent landlords and agents from ‘double charging’ tenants who ask to quit a tenancy before the minimum period has finished.This would have required agents and landlords to only charge tenants for the lost rent up to the point a new tenant moved in, whereas now landlords will only be required to pass a ‘reasonableness’ test.Tenant fees billOther amendments attempted to force agents and landlords to find the best utility rates for tenants whose rent includes gas and electricity bills – a loophole that several lords said could be exploited by agents after the ban.Baroness Gardner also tabled an amend to prevent landlords charging tenants for a Right to Rent test, which she claimed was another potential loophole.One issue that Lord Bourne agreed to look at and include in the bill’s report stage due on 5th December is to require landlords and agents to tell tenants  why they have withheld a holding deposit – the so called ‘transparency’ clause.After its Report stage the bill will receive its third and final reading. Any further amendments will then be considered before it receives royal assent early next year. Lord Bourne House of Lords Baroness Grender Tenant Fees Bill November 21, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Tenant fees bill passes 2nd Lords reading without amendment previous nextRegulation & LawTenant fees bill passes 2nd Lords reading without amendmentAttempts by Labour and the Liberal Democrats to tighten up both holding deposits and how much tenants are charged for leaving a tenancy early were defeated.Nigel Lewis21st November 201805,046 Viewslast_img read more

Program Coordinator, Student Support Services

first_imgClass DescriptionThe purpose of this class is to provide professional level supportto operation of the assigned program. This is a grant fundedposition.Compensation within the posted range is determined by acandidate’s education level and/or years of experience in thefield. Generally, employees are hired in the lower third of thescaleMinimum RequirementsBachelor’s degree and four years of experience in Counseling,Psychology, Student Personnel Administration or related field ofrelated work experience, preferably with students fromdisadvantaged backgrounds. Master’s degree preferred. In the eventremote working is required, access to internet and a computer witha webcam and microphone is required. Must have a valid driver’slicense in good standing with violation points less than five(5).For best consideration please apply by January 31,2021.Class Specific Essential Duties1. Advise students about academic requirements for graduation andtransfer and assist with the selection of courses.2. Oversee the collection of quantitative and qualitativeeducational data related to program goals and objectives.3. Coordinate tutoring program.4. Maintain a caseload of program participants.5. Monitor academic and educational progress of programparticipants.6. Monitor financial literacy training.7. Maintain student records and files.8. Conduct workshops and orientation sessions, as required.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and arenot intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties asassigned.Position Specific Essential Duties1. Provide direct services related to preparing participants forgraduation, transfer, and successful completion of four-yearbaccalaureate programs.2. Provide counseling services to individuals and/or groups toenhance the likelihood of achieving success and transferring to afour-year institution.3. Assess tutoring needs of students; hire tutors; and coordinatethe tutoring component of the program.4. Develop and present academic success seminars.5. Recruit students for the program through classroom visits,attendance at student involvement fairs and collegetechnology.6. Remain knowledgeable about the College, its structure, culture,policies, and practices.7. Coordinate student activities programming for programparticipants.Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and arenot intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties asassigned.CCBC Full Time Benefits At A GlanceBENEFIT SUMMARYMedical Plan yearEmployees may select CIGNA, or Kaiser Permanente Select HMO. Nopreexisting condition exclusions. All plans have prescription drugcoverage and mental health and substance abuse benefits. All plansrequire the selection of a primary care physician, but allow theoption to change. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Dental Plan yearEmployees may select Cigna DHMO, CareFirst Traditional Dental orCareFirst Preferred Dental. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Vision Plan yearEmployees may select Carefirst Preferred or Traditional Plans.Coverage includes one eye exam and benefits for glasses, contacts,or bi/trifocals every 24 months. Administered by Davis Vision.Kaiser medical plans allow members to have one eye exam yearly(covers exam only). Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November.Employee Assistance Program (EAP)Employees have access to the EAP, which provides CCBC employees andtheir family member’s confidential 24-hour online and telephoneaccess for legal, financial, and personal issues. Provided for CCBCemployees at no cost. Administered by CIGNA behavioral.Flexible Spending Accounts(section 125)Employees may select the FSA, which allows employees to pay forout-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $5,000 per household, per plan year fordaycare related expenses, on a pre-tax basis. Employees mayallocate a maximum of $2,550 for medical related expenses. A debitcard is provided to simplify claims processing for health careexpenses. Annual Open Enrollment is in October and November.Administered by Benefit Strategies.Life InsuranceEligible employees receive one times their annual salary rounded upto the nearest $1,000. The minimum benefit amount is $50,000 andthe maximum benefit amount is $200,000. CCBC pays 90% of thepremium. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollment occurs31 days after hire date. Administered by The Standard InsuranceCompany.Long Term Disability (LTD)Employees may enroll in the LTD Plan. Benefits are effective after90 days of continuous total disability and pays 60% of the grossmonthly salary. Evidence of insurability is required if enrollmentoccurs 31 days after the employee’s hire date. Administered by TheStandard Insurance Company.Legal ServicesEmployees may enroll in the Legal Services benefit, which provideslegal advice, consultation, and courtroom representation forcommonly used legal services; plus will preparation, trafficviolations, credit issues, warranty disputes, medical durable powerof attorney and uncontested divorce. Annual Open Enrollment is inOctober/November. This plan is administered by LegalResources.Retirement PlansEmployees are eligible, based on position classification, to enrollin one of three retirement plans: (1) MD State Teachers PensionSystem, (2) MD State Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), or (3)Baltimore County Employees Retirement System. All plans requireemployee contributions except MD State ORP.403(b) Supplemental Retirement PlansFor the 2016 calendar year, if you are under age 50, you couldcontribute up to $18,000, and if you are age 50 or older, you couldcontribute up to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution’.Vendors: AIG-VALIC, TIAA-CREF, T. Rowe Price, Fidelity, Lincoln andING.457(b) Deferred Compensation PlanFor 2016, if you are under the age of 50, you could contribute themaximum of $18,000 to your 457(b) plan. If you are age 50 or older,that maximum increases to $24,000 because of a $6,000 ‘catch upcontribution.’ Vendor: Voya Financial Advisors, Inc.Tuition Waiver/ReimbursementCCBC tuition is waived for benefit-eligible employees after aprobationary period, if applicable. Tuition reimbursement forcourses taken at other colleges and universities are availableafter one year of CCBC employment. Employees are reimbursed:$200/credit undergraduate; $260/credit graduate courses, up to amaximum of 18 credits per fiscal year.Financial ServicesEmployees have access to a free checking account, direct deposit,loans and other services at First Financial Federal Credit Unionand M&T Bank.Time Off (fiscal year)12-month employees accrue up to 12 days for sick and safeleave the first year of employment and 18 days per yearthereafter. 10-month employees accrue up to 10 sick days the firstyear and 15 days thereafter. All employees are granted 3personal business days per fiscal year. Employees areeligible based on position classification and years of service toaccrue a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 20 days ofvacation per fiscal year.ParkingFree. Must obtain a parking permit from the Department of PublicSafety to use on all campuses.last_img read more

Jesus v. Hertford

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Bod-leans closer to target for new library

first_imgA $3 million donation made to the Bodleian Libraries by Charles and George David was announced at the Bodleian Founders Lunch on Saturday.The donation was made in memory of the David brothers’ late father, Charles Wendell David, a Rhodes scholar at Hertford College from 1908 to 1911.The contribution brought the fund for the reconstruction of the New Bodleian closer to its £78 million target.The New Bodleian is anticipated to reopen in 2015 as the Weston Library.Architect Giles Gilbert Robertson’s plans to build the Weston Library are estimated to take 4-5 years. Construction will begin in August pending the University’s approval.The Upper Floor ‘penthouse’ reading room will be named after Charles Wendell David to commemorate the donation.The David brothers commented, “The Charles Wendell David Reading Room celebrates a life of scholarship, marked by our father having benefited from and provided opportunities to others.“The lesson is the enduring and great power of education and the obligation on each of us – whether families, individuals, institutions or communities – to provide this freely and generously.”David held the positions of Director of Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania and Executive Secretary of the Association of Research Libraries. His sons observed, “Access to books became his passion“In his own words, “Bringing minds and books together” was a matter of faith”.Bodley’s librarian, Dr Sarah Thomas commented: “I am profoundly moved by the tribute of George and Charles David to their father and the benefits to scholars this reading room will bring.”The donation brings the Weston Library Appeal Fund to £67 million.The Garfield Weston Foundation and Oxford University Press have each contributed £25 million to the project. Julian Blackwell, President of Blackwell’s bookshop, has donated £6 million.The long-awaited renovation and restoration project aims to create high quality storage for the Library’s valuable Special Collections, to develop the Library’s faculties for the support of advanced research and to expand public access to its treasures through new exhibition galleries and other faculties.The New Bodleian Library closed its doors to readers in September last year, after nearly 70 years of service.The new library will be accessible from entrances on Broad Street and Parks Road.last_img read more

Anthony Romano is the leader Hoboken needs

first_imgDear Editor: The horrific terror attack that took place on Halloween in New York City taking the lives of so many innocent people, reminded me of last time terror was brought to our community. Back during Sept. 11 2001, terrorist cowards brought down the World Trade Center Towers. Many Hoboken residents on that day, gathered along the banks of the Hudson river and watched that terrible event transpire right in front of our eyes. Life as we knew it would change forever.Our community was directly impacted. We knew people who were in those buildings or we knew people who lost someone close. The smell from ground zero lingered in our streets. The consequences from that attack was apparent all over town. I felt helpless that day. I wanted to do something but I didn’t know what to do.Anthony Romano took the initiative days after that attack. He commissioned a boat to take him, some brave Hoboken Police Officers and some civilians over to ground zero and assist the other responders in any way they could.I was one of the civilians who was on the boat that day. As we approached ground zero, you felt the tension grow. The smell coming from ground zero was more pronounced as we got closer the shores. The smoke thicker. We heard the stories prior to our arrival about the devastation, but the reality of it was overwhelming. Two of the tallest buildings in the world were reduced to two piles of rubble. We were all humbled.But on that day, I witnessed Anthony Romano be a leader. I watched him coordinate efforts to assist all the first responders that were there. He led the brave Hoboken Police officers and civilians to the site where the World Trade Center once stood. He led us up onto those piles of rubble. We all participated in the bucket-brigade, moving buckets full of debris. Anthony wasn’t afraid. He didn’t run from that horrific event. He helped when people didn’t. He made a conscious effort to do something, while people did nothing. He and all the other brave men and women who volunteered put their lives at risk to help. That unselfish act shows the character of a person.In this time of uncertainty in which we live, I feel Hoboken needs a mayor who is a proven leader. We need a person who cares more about the community then political agendas. Anthony has been a leader on the Hoboken Police Force for over 25 years, a leader in our county, and a leader for our schools.In a time when most people just talk, he takes action. He listens to the people of our community. He has made a difference. He proved to me he can lead and that’s why I feel Anthony Romano would be a great mayor. He cares enough to go the extra mile.I felt a positive message about a man who shows courage, leadership and compassion was a story worth telling. John Francolast_img read more

E-ZPass Toll System Coming to Five Seashore Bridges by March

first_imgA motorist stops to pay the toll on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. By Donald WittkowskiMotorists crossing over the five seashore bridges operated by the Cape May County Bridge Commission have been paying their fares the same way for decades – they pull up to the toll plaza, come to a stop and then hand their money to a collector.Precious time is lost while one car after another crawls through the toll booth, including the all-too-familiar scene of drivers fumbling for some loose change, causing even more delays and backups.But the Cape May County Bridge Commission is finally moving ahead with plans to install E-ZPass on all of its spans to give motorists the convenience of the automated toll-collection system.Karen Coughlin, the commission’s executive director, said testing of E-ZPass is scheduled to begin this month on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. Barring any problems during the three-week test period, E-ZPass will go live on the bridge in February, she noted.After the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, E-ZPass will be installed on the Grassy Sound Bridge, then the Corsons Inlet Bridge, then the Townsends Inlet Bridge and, finally, the Middle Thorofare Bridge, the commission said. Each bridge will come online with E-ZPass in intervals of about a week, meaning that automated tolls should be installed on all of the bridges by March, Coughlin said.“When E-ZPass goes live, it will be at the same toll as now, a $1.50,” Coughlin said in an interview Friday.The Townsends Inlet Bridge, connecting Sea Isle City with Avalon, is one of five spans getting the new E-ZPass toll system.E-ZPass will make the Cape May County Bridge Commission bridges compatible with major highways serving the Jersey Shore. E-ZPass, which allows motorists to pay electronically while breezing through a toll plaza without having to stop, has been in use for years on the Garden State Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway.The South Jersey Transportation Authority, the expressway’s operator, is working with the Cape May County Bridge Commission to install the E-ZPass equipment that is needed to begin testing on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.The Ocean City-Longport Bridge has been chosen as the first bridge to get E-ZPass because its existing toll plaza already has the overhead gantries that are needed to support the hardware for the automated fare system.To alleviate fears of E-Pass traffic zooming through the toll plaza at high speeds, gates will be installed on the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to slow drivers down, Coughlin said. Cape May County is also installing pedestrian crosswalks and signs near the bridge to improve safety, she added.Without E-ZPass, traffic has a habit of backing up on the bridges during the busy summer tourism season. Coughlin said that most of the calls she receives at the commission’s office are from motorists who question or complain about the lack of E-ZPass.There is currently a one-way toll of $1.50 on all of the commission bridges, which connect the Cape May County seashore towns along the scenic Ocean Drive. To help pay for the conversion to E-ZPass, the commission had proposed seasonal tolling rates to coincide with the summer tourism season, so that year-round residents would not carry the burden of the increase.Under the plan, there would have been a $1 toll increase in effect from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. A 50-cent toll increase would have occurred during the off-season. However, those plans remain in limbo. It is not clear whether the commission will revive the proposed toll hike.Tolls will remain at the current level of $1.50 after the E-ZPass system goes live.The toll increase was originally supposed to go into effect June 1, 2017, but the commission backed off taking a final vote to approve it last year. At that time, the commission decided that instituting a toll increase during the summer tourism rush would be complicated, confusing and burdensome to customers.After the proposed toll increase was announced, Sea Isle City Mayor Leonard Desiderio, who is also a Cape May County freeholder, and members of Sea Isle’s City Council immediately denounced the plan. Desiderio and the Council members argued that higher tolls are not needed and would simply be a financial burden on local motorists. They also said higher tolls would be a double whammy for Sea Isle residents, because they use both the Townsends Inlet Bridge connecting Sea Isle and Avalon and the Corsons Inlet Bridge linking Sea Isle and Strathmere.last_img read more

Mary Portas seeks indie shops for new C4 series

first_imgMary ‘Queen of Shops’ Portas is on the look-out for another independent retailer to help in a brand new series for Channel 4.The production company Optomen is looking to speak to people who run independent shops that are struggling to survive or expand, whether it be a bakery or a bookshop.The successful applicant would receive advice and guidance from Portas, whose report on recommending ways to help save the British high street, commissioned by the government, was published last month.If you own a struggling business and would like to find out more, or want to apply please email [email protected] or call 0203 227 5896.last_img read more

Speech: Ensuring mission transition in Haiti is a success

first_imgThank you Mr President and thank you to Assistant-Secretary-General Bintou Keita both for your briefing but also for the for the handout on benchmarks. It is particularly useful. In this Council, we talk a lot about benchmarks when it comes to Peacekeeping missions but we don’t always analyse performance against those benchmarks as clearly as you’ve done here so thank you very much for that.Like other speakers today, we continue to appreciate the support that MINUJUSTH has offered to the government of Haiti in its efforts to strengthen the rule of law and further develop the Haitian national police. We also welcome the progress that the mission has made as it works towards its two year exit strategy. And in particular we welcome the joint transition planning with the government, the UN country team and external partners.Mr. President, I endorse all the points that have already been made today by France and by the Netherlands when it comes to strengthening the police, improving justice, increasing respect for human rights. I’d also echo the points made by Bolivia just now about the importance of tackling sexual violence in Haiti and including sexual exploitation and abuse.Let me just make three additional points.First, it’s very clear that the political and security situation in Haiti remains extremely fragile as evidenced by the events recently in July and the UN report points to an increase in gang-related violence and raises human rights concerns linked to the police. So we would encourage the Secretary-General, the SRSG and MINUJUSTH to monitor closely such risks to security and stability over the coming 12 months in close cooperation with the Haitian government to avoid backsliding into conflict. In particular the report makes mention of a governance or stability pact and we would strongly encourage the Haitian government to advance this sector based dialogue that report has spoken about to support the identification of clarity steps to agree the pact as an urgent priority.Second, regarding the benchmarks and the military transition, as I’ve said we welcome the detailed assessment of progress in the report but we do share the concerns that progress against the benchmarks has been uneven. I was particularly struck by the detail on the benchmark about the number of police officers per thousand citizens. When these Security Council visited last June, I remember there was a particular focus on increasing the number of police officers and at that point there was some optimism that the number would go on increasing. So given the centrality of that particular indicator, it is very concerning that over a year on since the Council’s visit the performance on that indicator has actually got worse.We now have just over 12 months before MINUJUSTH is expected to leave Haiti so that leaves little time to make sure this transition is a success. And as we have said before, Haitian ownership and delivery of these critical reforms is essential if transition is to be successful. So we believe it’s vital that all parties and in particular, the Haitian authorities intensify their efforts to ensure that these benchmarks are met.Third and finally, we urge the Secretary-General to be realistic and clear about the division of responsibilities across the UN system and to support the UN to fill the gaps identified in capacity and capabilities of the UN country team which will be key to a successful transition. On issues such as the development of draft legislation which will clearly require a longer term support beyond MINUJUSTH ‘s mandate, we wonder if it may be worth considering whether it makes sense already to transition this work to the UN country team.We note that the forthcoming UN strategic assessment mission due in February will be critical to facilitating timely planning and implementation of the transition and we look forward to the report of that assessment mission. Thank you.last_img read more

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III, Starring Tony Winner Mark Rylance, Recoup on Broadway

first_img Samuel Barnett Related Shows Mark Rylance The acclaimed all-male Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III recouped their $3.1 million investment, producers announced on January 9. Directed by Tim Carroll, the shows, playing in repertory, began their run at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre on October 15, and are scheduled to end their limited engagement on February 16. View Comments View All (4) Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 16, 2014 Star Files Starring two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance as Olivia in Twelfth Night and the title role in Richard III, the productions feature live music played on traditional Elizabethan instruments with the stage lit almost exclusively by the glow of 100 candles. Audiences are able witness the pre-show ritual of actors dressing and preparing their makeup on stage. In addition to Rylance, cast members include Stephen Fry, Samuel Barnett, Liam Brennan, Paul Chahidi, John Paul Connolly, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Colin Hurley, Jethro Skinner, Angus Wright, Terry McGinity, Kurt Egyiawan, Matt Harrington, Matthew Schechter Hayden Signoretti and Joseph Timms. Stephen Fry Paul Chahidi Twelfth Nightlast_img read more

Tips for ‘brown thumbs’

first_imgLet the sunshine inThe other key to healthy indoor plants is making sure they getenough sunlight.”Most plants need high levels of indirect light,” he said.”Usually, the brighter the better.”Signs of insufficient light include loss of foliage, weakappearance and spindly, stretched branches.Sudden temperature changes are also harmful to houseplants.”Avoid fast temperature changes by keeping plants away from doorsand heating or air-conditioning vents,” Crawford said.It’s not just energy wise to turn your household thermostat downduring winter months. It’s good for your houseplants, too.”Turning down the temperature at night to between 60 and 65degrees can actually prolong the life of flowering plants,” hesaid.Flowering and foliage plants can make great holiday gifts. Justmake sure the recipient is a plant lover, or your gift may beshort-lived. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGiving a plant to someone without a green thumb can be likegiving a pet to someone who isn’t an animal lover.”How long potted plants remain attractive depends on the care yougive them,” said Jim Crawford, the University of GeorgiaCooperative Extension coordinator in Jefferson County.Crawford says the keys to successfully growing plants lie in howmuch water and light you give them.”Large plants in small containers dry out quickly,” he said. “Andthe low humidity from the central heat in most homes increasessoil drying.”Keep soil moistTo make sure your potted plants don’t dry out, he suggestschecking the soil daily and watering the plant if the soil feelsdry to the touch.”You don’t just check the soil surface,” he said. “Often thesurface will feel dry when the soil around the roots is stillmoist.”Push about an inch of your finger into the soil. If it feelsmoist, don’t water the plant, he said. Over-watering can promote diseasesOverwatering can be just as damaging to houseplants asunderwatering.”Root diseases can develop anytime the roots are stressed withtoo much fertilizer, root wounding and poorly drained soil,”Crawford said.Signs of root diseases include plants wilting, the death ofindividual branches and the yellowing of lower leaves.Crawford says there’s a “fine line between too little and toomuch water” when it comes to houseplants.”As a rule, the longer the soil stays wet, the greater thelikelihood of developing root rot,” he said.He recommends using the amount of water it takes to cause somewater to drain from the pot’s bottom.During the holiday season, houseplant pots are often decoratedwith colorful foil. Poke a hole in the foil on the bottom of thepot to ensure the plant can drain, he said.”After you make a hole, place the pot on a saucer to keep excesswater off your furniture,” he said.Discard water that collects in the saucer. “Don’t reuse thatwater or let the plant wick it up,” Crawford said. “This canrestrict root growth, causing poor plant performance.”last_img read more

Equine Field Day for Youth

first_imgFulton County Cooperative Extension will be all about horses at their 2nd Annual Equine Education Day set for Saturday, April 28. Young people interested in horses should make plans to join the Fulton County Extension staff, the Atlanta Black Rodeo Association and the Horse Industry Committee of Georgia from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as they present the Wonderful World of Horses. The event, which will take place at Camp Fulton-Truitt 4-H Center in College Park, hopes to introduce youth to the equine industry in a hands-on way. “Once again, we hope children and teens who attend this event will look at the equine industry as a career option,” said Menia Chester, director of Fulton County Extension. “In 2011, over 400 kids participated and enjoyed the day.” Attendees will enjoy a mini-rodeo, learn the importance of proper horse care and have the chance to observe various styles of riding. Equine educators from the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University will also be on hand to talk about various career opportunities within both the equine industry and agriculture as a whole. Registration is encouraged for this free event. To register or for more information, call the Fulton Extension office at (404) 332-2400 or email [email protected] by Tuesday, April 24.last_img read more

New Charges Added in Bay Shore ‘DWI’ Crash That Killed 3

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver has been arrested for allegedly racing a suspected drunken driver who authorities said caused the fiery crash that killed a father and his two children in Bay Shore last month.Sheon Richards, 23, of St. Albans, pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding and failure to maintain lane.Oniel Sharpe Jr. , the 24-year-old Springfield Gardens man accused of crashing into the family’s car, and Demetri Stewart, the 23-year-old Cambria Heights man who allegedly helped him fleethe scene, were also indicted on new, upgraded charges.“Richards is going 90, 95 mph and he told investigators that at that speed, his friend, Oniel Sharpe Jr., is catching up to him ,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “Witnesses who saw Sharpe’s car weaving from lane to lane estimate his speed to be between 120, 130 mph.”Prosecutors said Sharpe and Richards were both racing BMWs on the Southern State Parkway when when Sharpe allegedly rear-ended a car near exit 41 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe allegedly hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. The family was on their way home to St. Albans after leaving a family party in Central Islip, police said.Sharpe, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, manslughter, tampering with evidence, reckless driving and traffic violations.Stewart, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, hindering prosecution and criminal facilitation, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of leaving the scene of an accident, criminal facilitation, making a false statement and marijuana possession.Instead of trying to help the victims, Spota said that Sharpe and Stewart “shamelessly sought to cover up their involvement in the crash by discarding evidence, leaving the scene and intentionally misleading and lying to investigators.”The district attorney added that investigators have a video showing Sharpe retrieving a bottle from the backseat of his car and heaving it away from his vehicle—but authorities found a bottle of Patron Tequila from the brush near the crash scene.In addition to the crash-related charges, Spota said Sharpe’s 24-year-old cousin, Courtney Sharpe of Springfield Gardens, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted identity theft after authorities found 23 counterfeit cards hidden in the steering column of the BMW X-5 Sharpe was driving, according to investigators.Courtney Sharpe also pleaded not guilty. Her bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Her cousin’s bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1.5 million bond. Bail for Stewart was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond and Richards was released without bail.last_img read more

Indonesia reports 2 H5N1 deaths

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised Feb 13 to include a clarification about the number of avian flu cases in Indonesia that have been confirmed by the World Health Organization.Feb 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry yesterday announced two H5N1 avian influenza deaths, involving a woman and a boy from West Java, according to news services.The woman, 22, died yesterday morning at Slamet Hospital in Garut, and a 9-year-old boy died in the same hospital later that afternoon, the Jakarta Post reported today. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms their cases and two other cases reported by Indonesian officials last week, the country’s official avian flu toll will be 85 cases with 65 deaths.The woman apparently had contact with dead chickens a week before she died, hospital spokesman Yogi Suprayogi told the Associated Press (AP) yesterday. He said hundreds of chickens had mysteriously died in the woman’s village, Karangpawitan, about 125 miles southeast of Jakarta, in recent days, and four other people from the woman’s village had become ill.Few details were available about the boy. The Post reported he was referred to Slamet Hospital 2 days ago. His family brought him home from the hospital yesterday morning, but hospital officials persuaded the family to bring him back, the story said.I Nyoman Kandun, Indonesia’s health minister, told the Post that the two deaths serve as a reminder to keep people and poultry apart. “Other provincial administrations should follow the Jakarta administration in its effort to keep poultry away from people,” he said. Mass culling of birds and backyard poultry was set to begin Feb 1 throughout Jakarta and surrounding areas, but the city has been hit by massive flooding in recent days.West Java Health Agency Director Yudi Prayudha said 27 people from West Java had been infected with avian flu since last 2005, and 23 of them died.Meanwhile, South Korea reported another avian flu outbreak in poultry 2 days ago, bringing the total since November 2006 to six. The outbreak occurred at a chicken farm in Ansong city in Kyonggi province, about 50 miles southeast of Seoul, and agriculture officials have confirmed that it is the H5N1 strain, Bloomberg News reported.In response to the outbreak, agriculture officials ordered the culling of 240,000 birds, including 133,000 chickens, Bloomberg reported. The Korea Times reported today that though the new outbreak is about 30 to 40 miles from two of the recent outbreak sites, authorities think it unlikely that the virus spread from one of the latter sites, the Times reported. Instead, officials suspect it was spread by migratory birds living near the Ansong River.In Pakistan, government officials confirmed that H5N1 avian flu had been detected in a chicken flock and peacocks at a home in Islamabad, the capital, the AP reported yesterday. It was the third such finding in a week, the AP said. Pakistan had poultry outbreaks in 2006, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), but no human cases have been reported.See also:Nov 22, 2006, FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by country read more

Asian shares tick up, eyes on China-US trade relations

first_imgAnalysts expect trading to be subdued with United States and UK markets shut for public holidays.“Nevertheless, focus is likely to be on China’s National People’s Congress, as discussions of political and economic policies continue,” ANZ analysts wrote in a note.“Geopolitics will gain attention as US-China relations continue to represent a downside risk for markets,” ANZ added.On Friday, China proposed imposing national security laws on Hong Kong as Beijing unveiled details of the legislation that critics see as a turning point for the former British colony. Asian shares started cautiously on Monday as central bank largesse globally boosted sentiment but rising trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies dulled risk appetite.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.1 percent with South Korea, Australia and New Zealand all starting higher.Japan’s Nikkei jumped 1.5 percent after the Nikkei newspaper reported the country was considering a fresh stimulus package worth over US$929 billion that will consist mostly of financial aid programmes for companies hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal drew the ire of Hong Kong residents who defied social distancing rules and protested on streets while the United States warned Beijing’s move could lead to US sanctions.The US Commerce Department said late on Friday it was adding 33 Chinese companies and other institutions to a blacklist for human rights violations and to address US national security concerns.Sino-US ties have nosedived since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, with the administrations of President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping trading barbs over the pandemic, including accusations of cover-ups and lack of transparency.The two superpowers have also clashed over Hong Kong, human rights, trade and US support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan.At the same time, analysts say extensive central bank stimulus to help blunt the economic shock from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to underpin sentiment and buoy equity markets.Japan, last week, unveiled a lending programme to channel nearly $280 billion to small businesses hit by the coronavirus. India slashed rates for a second time this year and the European Central Bank, in the minutes from its last meeting, said it was ready to expand emergency bond purchases as early as June.Later in the day, investor attention will shift to Germany, where the May IFO survey is expected to show some improvement off a record low base.Action in currencies was a tad muted.The dollar was up 0.1 percent on the Japanese yen at 107.73. The euro held near a one-week trough at $1.0903. Sterling added 0.1 percent to $1.2182 while the Australian dollar gained 0.1 percent to $0.6543 after losses on Thursday and Friday.Rising trade tensions hit oil prices with US crude falling 20 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $33.05 a barrel. Brent was off 31 cents, or 0.9 percent, at 34.82.Spot gold was off a bit at $1,730.5 an ounce.Topics :last_img read more

Agricultural sector vital says Acting Prime Minister Ambrose George

first_imgAgricultural products on display at the Roseau Market.Acting Prime Minister Ambrose George says the Agriculture Sector is vitally important in the gamut of economic and social interactions of the region’s people. He told the opening ceremony of the climate change and science and technology workshop at the Arawak House of Culture on Sunday that the Caribbean therefore examine more closely, the interactions of climate change and the key factors of agricultural production, the rural way of life, as well as the threats to coastal communities and infrastructure investments.“We need to take stock of the probable negative impacts that climate change will have in the agriculture of the future. It has been widely reported that the negative impacts, such as drought, intense rainfall, flooding and sea level rise etc. will cost the English speaking Caribbean 5% of GDP annually,” he said.According to George, here in Dominica, this is already being felt as government must respond to different forms of natural disasters each year. “Just recently, we were placed under a tropical storm warning but thank God, we were spared any damage. Only to find ourselves two weeks later having to respond to major flooding along the west coast, without warning, from some band of intense rain, I am told was associated to the passage of Tropical Storm Ophelia,” he explained.George said “I don’t think there is anyone in the affected communities alive today, who have witnessed similar flooding before. Therefore, we can conclude with a high degree of certainty that the climate is changing and that its adverse effects are taking a heavy toll on our national budget. We estimate the recent flooding will cost the Treasury of Dominica tens of millions, in addition to costs borne out by private individuals and institutions,” he said.Meantime George says this year’s Caribbean Week of Agriculture should be judged not by the declarations that we expect will come out of it, but rather it should be judged by the practical, fundable action plans and a schedule of major milestones that are implemented before the next Caribbean Week of Agriculture. “I say these things so that we remind ourselves of a number of initiatives that are approved by the Heads of Caricom, but somewhat seem to fade into the background once the Heads look the other way,” he added.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Agricultural sector vital says Acting Prime Minister Ambrose George by: – October 10, 2011center_img Share Share 21 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Maja: I dreamt playing for Arsenal

first_img Promoted ContentArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These Discoveries10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian ActressesCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBrother Creates A Phenomenal Dress For His SisterWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Bordeaux striker, Josh Maja, has put Arsenal on high alert by admitting he dreamt one day playing for the Gunners. Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img ‘My team is Arsenal, so hopefully one day I’ll get the opportunity to play for them. If not, then I’ll keep supporting them anyway. The Gunners are struggling to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, which could mean they’re in the market for a striker. Read Also:French Cup: Maja’s goal fails to save Bordeaux from defeat Mikel Arteta explains why Sokratis was moaning during Arsenal win over Portsmouth Do your bit for the environment with a Scottish holiday in 2020 The London-born forward has attracted attention from Chelsea this season with reports in France claiming the Blues have scouted the 21-year-old. Nigeria international started his career at Sunderland but move to Ligue 1 in 2018 and he’s established himself as a first-team player this term, scoring six goals in 15 appearances for Bordeaux. Both Chelsea and Everton are said to be interested in the striker but Maja is clear that the only Premier League club he dreams of is Arsenal. Obviously, growing up in London, one of my dreams is to play in the Premier League,’ Maja told BeIN Sports. ‘Hopefully, in the future, that opportunity will come.Advertisementlast_img read more