For many people, the phrase maritime piracy evokes images of a one-eyed sailor drinking rum and singing obscene songs. For some younger people, piracy may bring to mind the picture of Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, wearing a headband in a scene from the film Pirates of the Caribbean. But maritime piracy is not just an action movie. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea defines piracy as “illegal acts of violence or detention” committed on the high seas against ships or aircrafts. Piracy is a serious problem and it poses a real threat not only to the safety of vessels and their crews, but also to the economies of affected countries.In Africa, while piracy in Somalia’s Gulf of Aden is currently on the decline, it has spread to West Africa. Although most attacks in the region take place in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, there have also been attacks in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Togo, among others, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Reuters news agency reported that one such attack took place in October 2013 off Nigeria’s coast, where pirates attacked an oil supply vessel and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both American citizens,. The report says that “pirate attacks off Nigeria’s coast have jumped by a third this year as ships passing through West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, a major commodities route, have increasingly come under threat from gangs wanting to snatch cargoes and crews.”Unlike pirates along Somalia’s coast, who are often only after ransom, pirates in West Africa also steal goods, particularly oil. Many attacks end up with crew members injured or killed. But pirate attacks do not only result in killings and injuries, tragic as those are; they also damage the economy. In some cases, affected countries in West Africa have become less concerned with direct losses from piracy than with the ways in which these losses affect international insurance rates and other trade-related costs.In Benin, for example, taxes on trade account for half of government revenue, and 80% of these are derived from the port of Cotonou, according to UNODC figures published in March 2013. Last year the spike in pirate attacks in West Africa led London-based Lloyd’s Market Association, an umbrella group of maritime insurers, to list Nigeria, neighboring Benin and nearby waters in the same risk category as Somalia, says Claims Journal, a magazine for insurance professionals. The result was a significant decrease in maritime traffic in the region, which meant a 28% loss in Benin’s government revenue. The decrease also affected the livelihoods of the country’s citizens, says UNODC, by increasing the cost of imports and decreasing the competitiveness of exports.According to Reuters, though ships now speed with armed guards on board through the dangerous waters off Somalia and the Horn of Africa on the east coast of the continent, many vessels have to anchor to do business with West African countries, with little protection. This makes them a soft target for criminals, says Reuters, and jacks up insurance costs.Corruption drives piracyAs is often the case, corruption, weak law enforcement and poverty are the main causes of piracy, according to Dr. Christian Bueger, a Cardiff University researcher and editor of Piracy-Studies.org, an online research portal. In an interview with Africa Renewal, Dr. Bueger said, “Piracy tends to be conducted or supported by marginalized communities that have not been participating in economic development.”This appears to be the case for Nigeria, for example, where the majority of the recent African pirate attacks have occurred, driven mainly by corruption in the oil sector. Chatham House, a British research group, reported in September 2013 that “corruption and fraud are rampant in the country’s oil sector,” and “lines between legal and illegal supplies of Nigerian oil can be blurry.” In such a climate pirates have an incentive to steal oil, since they know that they will be able to sell it on the black market.“Illegal bunkering [filling ships with fuel] is enormously profitable” in Nigeria, writes Martin Murphy, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, a policy think tank, in his article “Petro-Piracy: Oil and Troubled Waters,” published in Orbis for the Foreign Policy Research Institute. “The scale of losses is staggering—more than $100 billion worth of oil has gone missing since 1960,” says Professor Murphy.The damage caused by thieves has forced oil companies to shut down pipelines. Royal Dutch Shell is selling off four of its onshore Nigerian oil blocks because of the constant theft of large volumes of oil from its pipelines, United Press International reported in October 2013. As a result of the shutting down of pipelines, Nigeria is producing about 400,000 barrels a day below its capacity of 2.5 million barrels a day, according to the Economist, a British weekly.The New York Times reported in September 2013 that Nigeria’s former top anti-corruption official, Nuhu Ridabu, had written a report in 2012 charging that over the preceding decade, thieves had stolen between 6% and 30% of the country’s oil production.Countering piracy In his interview with Africa Renewal, Dr. Bueger suggested four steps to counter piracy. First, the key is for affected states to share information on what’s happening on their coastlines and their neighbours’. Second, joint training activities are required so countries can develop procedures and learn how to use technology. Training not only educates future generations of maritime security professionals, but also creates confidence and trust between different agencies. Third, states that face maritime and piracy challenges should develop strong legislation to prosecute criminals.And finally, states should set aside enough money to build local capacity. “Even if a state has the information, even if the state has well-trained coast guards, and even if the state has incorporated all the right laws,” Dr. Bueger explains, “without vessels, the state is powerless.” At the moment, of the states most affected by piracy, only South Africa and Nigeria have a professional navy. Most other countries have small and outdated coast guards with no more than three to five skiffs.What has been done?Several international legal instruments are in place to combat threats posed by piracy. The key agreement is the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which prescribes exclusive economic zones over which individual states have the rights for exploration, energy production from water and wind, and the use of marine resources. For this agreement to be operative, states have to adopt and incorporate it into their national laws. All West African countries have signed and ratified the Law of the Sea Convention.However, the UN Security Council has yet to call for concerted international action against piracy along the Gulf of Guinea, as it did in the Somali case when, in June 2008, it authorized other countries to enter Somali territorial waters to stop pirates. In 2011 the council passed two resolutions expressing its concern about piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and urging states to reinforce domestic legislation, develop a comprehensive regional counter-piracy framework, issue appropriate guidance to shipping and cooperate in prosecuting pirates and their backers.Despite the absence of any Security Council action so far, and unlike in the Gulf of Aden, in West Africa there is already an institutional infrastructure to combat piracy. The Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) has in its treaty of 1993 a maritime component intended to harmonize all maritime issues across the region; the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa, established in the 1970s, holds member countries to a similar agreement. Last year ECOWAS, the Gulf of Guinea Commission and the Economic Community of Central African States signed a memorandum of understanding between the International Maritime Organization and the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa, to establish a subregional integrated coast guard network in West and Central Africa, among other things.Records show that despite these regional actions, the number of pirate attacks continues to increase. The International Maritime Bureau, a specialised division of the International Chamber of Commerce, reports that while pirate attacks (actual and attempted) in the Gulf of Guinea fell from 54 in 2008 to 37 in 2010, there has been a steady increase since then: 49 in 2011 and 58 in 2012. As of August 2013, there were 28 attacks in Nigeria alone. These numbers, however, might be deceptive because many attacks go unreported.But piracy is not the only security threat at sea. “Piracy has drawn attention to wider problems of maritime insecurity,” says Dr. Bueger, such as trafficking and smuggling of humans, weapons and narcotics, and illegal and unregulated fishing activities. Hence, he says, the attention currently being given to the fight against piracy could be used as a stepping stone by the international community to create sustainable institutions of maritime security.International institutions are crucial for counter-piracy efforts, but they require long-term commitment. The African Union has already declared that its objective is to implement the African Maritime Security Strategy by 2050. Among the strategy’s goals are to “ensure security and safety of maritime transportation systems,” and to “prevent hostile and criminal acts at sea, and to coordinate/harmonize the prosecution of the offenders.”It’s a long-term strategy, but without a doubt concerted action is needed now to stop piracy in West Africa before it deteriorates and spreads to other African coastal areas.Photo: IRIN/Daniel HaydukAfrica Renewal
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a cabinet meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. The meeting focused on the government’s anti-crisis plan. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service) Russia’s credit ratings downgraded to ‘junk’ level by Standard & Poor’s agency amid crisis by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2015 12:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Standard & Poor’s rating agency on Monday downgraded Russia’s credit grade by one notch to junk status, citing a weakened economic outlook.The agency dropped the rating to BB+ from BBB- as it sees the country’s financial buffers at risk amid a slide in the country’s currency and weakening revenue from oil exports.“In our view, the Russian Federation’s monetary policy flexibility has weakened, as have its economic growth prospects,” it said.Russia’s economy has been hit hard by the double impact of weaker prices for its energy exports as well as Western sanctions.The Russian currency tumbled on the downgrade, dropping some 7 per cent to about 68.5 rubles to the dollar.Standard & Poor’s said that Russia’s financial system is weakening, limiting room for manoeuvr for Russia’s Central Bank. It said the bank “faces increasingly difficult monetary policy decisions,” while also trying to preserve incentives for growth.The Russian economy is expected to contract by 4 to 5 per cent this year for the first time since President Vladimir Putin took the helm in 2000.Capital outflows, which averaged $57 billion annually during 2009 to 2013, soared to $152 billion last year. “Stresses could mount for Russian corporations and banks that have foreign currency debt service requirements without a concomitant foreign currency revenue stream,” the rating agency said.Russia’s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov sought to play down the anticipated move, saying it reflected the rating agency’s “excessive pessimism.” He emphasized the Russian economy’s strong fundamentals, such as high level of hard currency reserves, trade surplus and low level of state debt.“These undoubtedly are Russia’s advantages in the current macroeconomic conditions,” Siluanov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies. “There is no reason to overdramatize the situation.”Prior to the announcement, Putin had a meeting with Cabinet members on anti-crisis measures. He said the government should focus on cutting spending, keeping inflation under control and making sure that the country doesn’t waste its hard currency reserves.
Dr. Dirk Van Zyl, Director of the Mining Life-Cycle Center and Professor and Chair of Mining Engineering at the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno has been chosen to receive the prestigious Dr. Adrian Smith International Environmental Mining Award. The award will be presented at the Industry Outlook Luncheon on Thursday, December 7, 2006 during the Northwest Mining Association’s (NWMA) 112th Annual Meeting.The award was created by TIMES Limited Managing Director Dr. Terry Mudder in conjunction with the Mining Journal and SRK Consulting, a firm in which Dr. Smith was a partner. The award will be presented by Mudder, along with Dr. Karen Hagelstein of TIMES. The award is for life- time achievement in the advancement of environmental stewardship and sustainability within the global mining industry. Van Zyl has been a pioneer in educating not only the public but consultants, government agencies, NGOs, mining personnel, and students.The award honours Smith’s incredible career and the lifetime achievement of professionals dedicated to the development and application of the principles of environmental stewardship in the mining industry worldwide. Smith pioneered innovative solutions and approaches on many mining projects throughout the world. The award, created in 1996, has only been awarded on three previous occasions. Dirk Van Zyl is the fourth recipient of the award. He has 30 years experience in research, teaching and consulting in tailings and mine waste disposal and heap leach design. He is one of the leading advocates on mining and sustainable development. Dirk was a key player in the Global Mining Initiative and the MMSD project that helped define and clarify the role of the mining industry in contributing to sustainable development in various settings on a global basis.He has more than 70 publications to his credit and has created and directed numerous short courses on heap leach design, mining environmental management and mine closure in the USA and abroad. He was responsible for organizing the first conference on the use of cyanide in the mining industry in the middle 1980s. The three previous recipients of the award were James Scott of Environmental Canada, Fred Fox, Director of Health, Safety and Environmental Quality for Kennecott Minerals, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto (that award presented by IM’s John Chadwick) and Gavin Murray of Sydney, Australia, formerly the Director of Environmental and Social Development at the International Finance Corp and Vice President of Sustainability for Placer Dome, Inc.
While the hacker group LulzSec was active it caused a number of sites to go dark including Mastercard and the CIA, they shared confidential documents from the Arizona state police, and stole user account details from a number of services including the Brink game servers.The group has now disbanded, but that was not the end of it. The authorities were determined to take action and ended up arresting member Ryan Cleary in June last year. The 19-year-old managed to get bail, but on the prerequisite that he not use the Internet, obey a curfew, and wear an electronic tag. He couldn’t even use a computer without the Ethernet ports and wireless were first disabled, and a smartphone and games consoles also offered a way to get online so they were no go devices.But it seems Cleary didn’t really care about the court’s demands and he went ahead and hooked up the web anyway. The problem is, the person he chose to speak to online was the leader of LulzSec: Hector “Sabu” Monsegur. That might have gone unnoticed if Monsegur wasn’t an informant for the FBI.Cleary was found out and arrested again on March 5 before being escorted back to jail for breaking his bail conditions. He will remain there until being brought before a judge sometime in May. I find it unlikely they’ll trust him to stay offline again, so any bail will come with even more strict conditions, that’s assuming his lawyer ever manages to get the option on the table.via The Register
On October 9 everyone looked on as Felix Baumgartner attempted to set a few world records by free falling from a height of 120,000 feet. But his journey to the edge of space was thwarted before it even began due to the weather conditions. The record attempt was postponed and we were left waiting.Yesterday, October 14, Baumgartner and his team tried again, and this time everything went to plan.Baumgartner ascended to a height of 39 kilometers, or 128,100 feet, aboard a capsule attached to a 55-story tall balloon that is thinner than a typical plastic bag. Once he jumped it took just 10 minutes for him to make the journey back to the Earth’s surface, but in so doing he reached a maximum velocity of 1,342km.h, which is Mach 1.24.The jump was not without problems. Just before leaving the platform Baumgartner discovered the heater in his visor was not working so it steamed up. That could have stopped the jump, but he decided to go anyway. Once falling he didn’t manage to achieve his delta position (arms back and his head down), instead he was seen tumbling, but managed to eventually bring it under control.With his jump completed, Baumgartner has broken a number, but not all the records he was expected to. If the initial readings hold up under scrutiny Baumgartner set a new world record for the highest ever jump (128,100 feet), fastest ever free fall (1,342km/h), becomes the first human to break the sound barrier, and also achieved the highest manned balloon flight. The record he didn’t get, and which Joe Kittinger gets to keep, is the longest free fall. Baumgartner managed a free fall of 4 minutes and 19 seconds, where as Kittinger fell for 4 minutes and 29 seconds.The planning and training that went into this operation started back in 2005 when Baumgartner started talking about breaking Kittinger’s records. But there’s also a lot of tech that was required to both get Baumgartner up so high as well as bringing him safely back down to Earth. Our sister site ExtremeTech has an in-depth analysis of the tech behind the jump if you’re interested.More at BBC News
Image: car crash image via Shutterstock By Michelle Hennessy Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 2:57 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3125506 7 Comments 8,918 Views Image: car crash image via Shutterstock Council uses VR to show young drivers devastation of crashes The simulation allows drivers to watch themselves receiving medical treatment and see the full crash scene around them. Share32 Tweet Email MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL is using modern technology to show the county’s young people the devastation that can be caused by being irresponsible behind the wheel.The council is making use of virtual reality headsets that play a graphic movie for participants, as part of a two-day awareness campaign,The simulation, which incorporates 360 degree filming, features actors alongside real emergency staff. Users experience a full crash-scene extraction starting with the arrival of emergency services. They are talked through the process by a paramedic and can see the full scene.Drivers can watch themselves receiving medical treatment, see other people with injuries around them and workers cutting people out of a crashed car.Catherine McCloskey of South West Development company said one girl commented afterwards that it made her think about “stupid people are to mess around on the roads”.The council’s campaign is aimed at highlighting the biggest dangers in driving; speeding, using a mobile phone, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, fatigue and not wearing a seatbelt.The awareness days take place tomorrow and Friday at Ballinrobe racecourse.Read: “He just grew quieter and quieter and then there was silence” – family share heartbreak of son killed by drunk driver> Dec 7th 2016, 2:57 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Friday 6/29Audio PlayerFriday-0629.mp3VmFriday-0629.mp300:00RPdSoldotna Chamber Weighs Funding Options For New Visitor Center, ExxonMobil Petitions To Transfer Ownership Of Endicott To Harvest, 4th Of July Parade Will Close Spur Hwy Wednesday 6/27Audio PlayerJennifer-wednesday-0627.mp3VmJennifer-wednesday-0627.mp300:00RPdHomer Votes In Favor Of Raising The City’s Sales Tax To Fund New Police Station, Longtime Sponsor Of Iditarod Cuts Ties With Alaska Race, Fireworks Illegal In The Kenai Peninsula Borough Tuesday 6/26Audio Player06-29-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm06-29-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdLava Flows In Crater Of Alaska Volcano; Warning Level Raised, Shop Truck Stolen From Auto Shop In Kenai, DF&G Closes Set Gillnet Fishing In Upper Inlet, Cook Inlet Energy Fined $50,000 Monday 6/25Audio PlayerJennifer-Monday-0625.mp3VmJennifer-Monday-0625.mp300:00RPdPride Marches On The Kenai Peninsula, Soldotna Moves Forward On 2018 Airport Improvements Project, CPH Breaks Ground On Sixth Phase Of The Hospital Expansion Project Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Thursday 6/28Audio Player06-29-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm06-29-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdKenai Man Arrested For Stabbing Nurse With Ballpoint Pen, GE Announces Plan To Offload Its Stake In Baker Hughes, Trail Crews And Volunteers Clean Up Swan Lake Canoe System, Weekly Update On Construction Projects On The Kenai Peninsula
2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech? 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 48 Photos Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door is a muscle car in fancy pants Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshow 8:42 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations Enlarge ImageThat’s one excited package recipient. Must be something good in there. Daimler Delivering packages to vehicles instead of households is a great way to ensure your parcel doesn’t get nicked while you’re at the office. Automakers are trying it. Heck, even Amazon is giving it a go. And now Mercedes-Benz is entering the fray.Mercedes-Benz announced this week that it has started a pilot program for in-car package delivery in Berlin, Germany. The program has the unfortunate name of Chark, which is a portmanteau of “change” and “park,” but it sounds like something you’d look up on Urban Dictionary. It’s part of Daimler’s Lab1886 innovation center, which devises and tests new programs outside the traditional core business.The pilot program is open to owners of 2015-or-newer Mercedes-Benz passenger cars, as well as the V-Class van. Everything is set in motion by using the address of the Chark hub and the user’s personal Chark ID number when checking out online, and the owner can choose a window for delivery. When the parcel is within 500 meters of the car’s location, the courier will be granted one-time access to unlock the vehicle, placing the package inside and locking it again. The car cannot be started using this method. At the end, the owner will get a notification, including a picture, confirming the package is in the right spot.There are some basic requirements, but they’re all pretty straightforward. The car needs to be within 500 meters of the indicated parking location at the agreed-upon time, and the vehicle must be easily accessible. The windows and doors need to be closed and locked, with the vehicle in Park, and it must be devoid of valuables, animals and people. The car also needs a solid connection with the Mercedes Me network, which is how the courier is granted vehicle access.Mercedes-Benz isn’t the first group to give in-car package delivery a try. Volvo started trialing a similar service in 2015, and more recently, Skoda has run a pilot program of its own. And then there’s Amazon Key, an in-car parcel drop-off service that works with multiple automakers, including Ford, GM and Honda vehicles. Tags 0 Auto Tech Luxury cars Car Industry 2019 Lexus LC 500h review: Take ‘er easy 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door Mercedes-Benz
Banjara Hills: Santamonica Study Abroad Pvt Ltd, South India’s largest Overseas Education facilitator, opened its first centre of excellence here on Monday.Established in 2002, with its headquarters in Kerala, Santamonica operates in the globalised market, serving students who are looking at exploring international education. Mary Jones, State Head–Telangana, Santamonica, says, “Telangana has a bright talent pool of students who are keen on pursuing higher education.”
Khaleda Zia. File PhotoThe High Court on Sunday adjourned until Monday the hearing on a bail petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed in Cumilla over the 3 February, 2015 arson attack, reports UNB.An HC bench of justice Md Shawkat Hossain and justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman passed the order after hearing the petition for the second day.Lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain stood for Khaleda Zia while attorney general Mahbubey Alam accompanied by deputy attorney general AKM Amin Uddin Manik and Moniruzzaman Rubel represented the state.On 5 June last, the BNP chief filed the bail petition through her lawyers in the case filed under the Special Powers Act.On 3 February, 2015, eight people were killed in a petrol bomb attack on a bus at Jogmohanpur in Chouddagram upazila of Cumilla district during a movement enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.After the incident, three cases – one for killing, one under the Explosive Substances Act and the other under the Special Powers Act – were filed with Chouddagram police station against Khaleda Zia and several top BNP leaders.
Story Links Louisville tacked on two more in the second with Ben Metzinger driving in Drew Campbell on a groundout and Lucas Dunn driving a triple into the gap that scored Zeke Pinkham. Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Preview For the series, the Cardinals allowed just one run on nine hits while racking up 43 strikeouts in 27 innings. Zach Britton added an RBI single in the sixth before James Madison (7-4) scored its only run of the weekend on a solo home run in the top of the seventh. Louisville answered back though, getting a run-scoring single from Trey Leonard in its half of the seventh and a Justin Lavey RBI double in the eighth. Game Two Highlights PDF Box Score (Game One) Photo Gallery Saturday’s second game was a pitcher’s duel, as the two sides went scoreless through the first five innings. Louisville (8-3) capped off the weekend sweep with strong outings from starting pitchers Nick Bennett and Bryan Hoeing. One day after Reid Detmers set his career high with 14 strikeouts, Bennett and Hoeing did the same with 10 and nine, respectively. Dan McDonnell Postgame Next Game: Morehead State 3/6/2019 | 3:00 PM Nick Bennett Postgame Bennett went seven innings, giving up just the one run on four hits with a career-best 10 strikeouts. Jack Perkins and Garrett Schmeltz each struck out a pair in scoreless innings of relief work. Game One Highlights Bryan Hoeing Postgame UofL grabbed a run with its baserunning to start the inning as Jake Snider stole third and was able to score on an obstruction call after the throw got down the left field line. Cameron Masterman piled on with a two-run double for his first collegiate hit and Campbell capped the five-run inning with a two-run single. Meanwhile, Bennett (2-0) had things on cruise control on the mound. The junior retired the first 13 batters he faced before a one-out single in the fifth. The baserunner was stranded on second in the inning and the Louisville offense blew the game open in the bottom half. Hoeing (2-1) made the run stand up with seven scoreless innings, the longest outing of his Louisville career. The righthander struck out nine and gave up just three hits. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a dominant pitching performance on Friday, the eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team followed it up with two more in a Saturday doubleheader sweep of James Madison, winning 11-1 and 1-0 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Bennett had plenty of offense to work with in Saturday’s opener, as the offense went to work in the very first inning. Lucas Dunn and Jake Snider each reached to start the frame and Tyler Fitzgerald cashed in with a RBI groundout to put the Cardinals on the board. Bobby Miller retired all six batters he faced, four via the strikeout, over the final two innings to record his first save of the season. Louisville finally broke through in the sixth with the top three in the lineup serving as the catalyst once again. Dunn worked leadoff walk and Snider singled to put runners on the corners. Fitzgerald capitalized on the RBI opportunity again, driving a fly to left that allowed Dunn to score what would prove to be the game-winning run. PDF Box Score (Game Two) ACC Network Extra Louisville continues its 14-game homestand on Tuesday with a midweek visit from Morehead State. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., ET, at Jim Patterson Stadium. Print Friendly Version
Guests:Kenny Rhoda – Cleveland sports radio host of the Kenny and JT Show joins the show to discuss Kyrie Irving trade demands; the perception in Cleveland; and which teams could give Cleveland the best deal.Alexi Lalas – FS1 Soccer Analyst is in-studio talking Gold Cup; what winning it would mean for the U.S.; and his expectations for the World Cup if the USMNT qualifies.Daniel Cormier – UFC light heavyweight champion is in-studio to discuss his long awaited fight with Jon Jones at UFC 214; and why he thinks Conor McGregor can at least compete against Floyd Mayweather.Jason McIntyre – Founder of The Big Lead is in-studio to talk Kyrie Irving trade scenarios and why Boston should make a play for Irving. The Colts should sit down Andrew Luck for the season if he’s not 100%Today, the Colts announced franchise quarterback Andrew Luck will start training camp on the PUP list. It’s a precautionary measure as Luck continues to recover from shoulder surgery and begins throwing a ball for the first time in six months.GM Chris Ballard was upbeat about the prospects of Luck’s recovery in time for the season, but Colin thinks if Luck is anything less than 100%, the Colts should sit him down for the year to allow him to fully recover.Colin thinks that Ballard is a competent exec, but the Colts have a significant rebuild ahead before they can seriously think about winning in the playoffs, with or without Luck. Luck will likely have a shortened career thanks to the beating he’s taken while carrying the franchise at the beginning of his career, there’s no reason for Andrew Luck to play this season if there is anything less than fully recovered. Kyrie Irving has first world NBA problemsComing off his third straight Finals appearance with the Cavs, the news of Kyrie Irving’s demand to be traded from Cleveland was a shocker that sent the NBA gossip mill into overdrive. According to reports, Irving is not content playing second fiddle to LeBron any longer, and seeks a trade to a destination where he’ll be the unquestioned #1.Today, Colin pointed out that the problems Irving is citing as reasons for wanting to leave Cleveland aren’t really problems at all. Most NBA players would kill to have them.On the court, Irving is never guarded by the other team’s best defender, and never has any responsibility to guard the other team’s best player when needed. Last season, he took more shots than LeBron, too. If he gets his wish, he’ll have the target on his back every night.Also, if Irving thinks LeBron has too much power within the Cavs organization, he won’t have any more influence if he’s traded to San Antonio and Gregg Popovich, or Miami and Pat Riley.Off the court, LeBron has been the focal point of media coverage, and scrutiny, and Irving has been allowed to exist in the background. If he lands in New York, for example, he’ll be front and center answering questions about that mess of situation in a hyper aggressive media market.Either way, the situation Kyrie views as untenable is as good as it can get for most. Kyrie will never have it as good as he does now, he just can’t see it.“Kyrie Irving has first world problems.”
New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments Share But more than two weeks into a regional humanitarian crisis, the stance of Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia remained unchanged — that none wants to take the migrants in, fearing that accepting a few would result in an unstoppable flow. Myanmar, from where many of the migrants have fled, appears unwilling to engage in talks.“I have already stated that we cannot afford to accept more of them, as a huge number already exist here — and so far no countries want to settle them,” Anifah was quoted as saying after Sunday’s talks by the online edition of Malaysia’s government-linked mass daily New Straits Times.The Malaysian and Bangladeshi foreign ministers met in Sabah state on Borneo island as part of a pre-planned annual consultation between the two countries, officials said.“We have to look at our own interests too, our social problems and security problems — we have to take that into consideration,” Anifah said.“We are asking Myanmar to participate in finding a solution,” he added.Boatloads of more than 2,000 migrants — ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and Bangladeshis trying to escape poverty — have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in recent weeks. Aid groups estimate that thousands more are stranded at sea after a crackdown on human traffickers prompted captains and smugglers to abandon their human cargo. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Malaysia is also the desired destination for most of the migrants. The Muslim-majority country has hosted more than 45,000 Rohingya over the years, but now says it can’t accept any more.Senior officials at Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday that a three-way meeting would take place Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur with the foreign ministers of Indonesia and Thailand. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi plans to attend the meeting, her spokesman, Arrmanatha Nasir, said in a text message to The Associated Press. Phone calls to the spokesman for Thailand’s Foreign Ministry rang unanswered.Efforts are also being made to meet with representatives from Myanmar, the Malaysian officials said.Myanmar’s cooperation is seen as vital to solving the crisis, but its government has already cast doubt on whether it will attend a conference to be hosted by Thailand on May 29 that is to include 15 Asian nations affected by the emergency.“We are not ignoring the migrant problem, but our leaders will decide whether to attend the meeting based on what is going to be discussed,” Maj. Zaw Htay, director of the office of Myanmar’s president, said Saturday. “We will not accept the allegations by some that Myanmar is the source of the problem.” He directed some of the blame on Myanmar’s neighbors, saying that from a humanitarian point of view, “it’s sad that these people are being pushed out to sea by some countries.”Southeast Asia for years tried to quietly ignore the plight of Myanmar’s 1.3 million Rohingya, but is now being confronted with a dilemma that in many ways it helped create.ASEAN adheres to a strict policy of non-interference — an approach that has blocked public criticism of Myanmar in the past, and that critics say enables member countries to commit abuses without consequences.The Rohingya Muslims have faced decades of state-sanctioned discrimination in Myanmar, which is predominantly Buddhist. In the past three years, Rohingya were targeted by violent mobs of Buddhist extremists, leaving hundreds dead and sparking an exodus of more than 120,000 people, according to the U.N.’s refugee agency.The U.N. has called the Rohingya one of the most persecuted groups in the world.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia launched high-level talks with its neighbors Sunday to try to solve the deepening problem of refugees stranded in boats off Southeast Asia’s shores, but there appeared to be no quick solution to the crisis.Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman met with his counterpart from Bangladesh, Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, ahead of a meeting with the Indonesian and Thai foreign ministers scheduled for Wednesday, officials said. Navy ships from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia have in recent days intercepted boats packed with desperate, hungry migrants, giving them food and water and sending them away — a move that sparked international outrage.An increasingly alarmed United Nations has warned that pushing the boats away could create a crisis of “floating coffins” and urged regional leaders to put human lives first. The United States has urged governments not to push back new boat arrivals.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has spoken to the prime ministers of Malaysia and Thailand in recent days about the plight of the stranded refugees, while Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has contacted senior officials in Bangladesh and Indonesia, according to a statement issued Sunday by the spokesman for the Secretary-General.They urged regional leaders “to protect lives and uphold international law,” stressing “the need for the timely disembarkation of migrants” and upholding “the obligation of rescue at sea,” the statement said.Malaysia is the current chair of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, which has been criticized for long ignoring the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya. An ethnic Rohingya boy leans on a traffic lane separator used as a partition at a temporary shelter in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, May 17, 2015. Boats filled with more than 2,000 Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and thousands more migrants are believed to be adrift at sea after a crackdown on human traffickers prompted captains and smugglers to abandon their human cargo. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Top Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement
Report: Jobs Recovery to Drive Up Home Prices Share in Data, Origination Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Homebuilders Housing Permits Housing Starts Housing Supply Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-09-16 Tory Barringer September 16, 2013 450 Views Even as housing inventory starts to recover, the basic fundamentals of supply and demand–as measured by new starts versus job growth across the nation–point to continued price growth, according to one expert at “”John Burns Real Estate Consulting””:http://www.realestateconsulting.com/.[IMAGE]””Price appreciation is largely driven by the degree to which demand exceeds supply,”” said senior consultant Adam Artunian. “”While the best short-term measure of the housing demand/supply balance is months of supply of homes on the market, the best long-term measure is the ratio of household formations to new home construction.””However, since the firm regards household formation data as “”highly unreliable,”” Artunian’s analysis uses job growth as a substitute, taking for a given that there are typically 1.2 jobs per household.[COLUMN_BREAK]Nationally, the employment growth-to-permit (E/P) ratio is 2.5, up from 2.3 last year and well above the “”equilibrium level”” of 1.2. Eighteen of the top 20 markets have an E/P ratio higher than the equilibrium.According to Artunian, demand exceeds supply the most in many markets that are still in the very early stages of recovery–such as Chicago, where job growth exceeds permit growth by a factor of seven. Parts of Texas, such as Dallas and Houston, are also experiencing job growth outpacing new homes, even with construction picking up speed. Meanwhile, price growth is stunted in markets in the Midwest and along the East Coast, owing largely to distressed supply. Once those excesses clear, “”these markets are poised to appreciate quite well,”” Artunian said.Overall, the analysis shows demand still exceeds supply in 90 percent of major markets.In addition, Artunian believes the connection between job growth and price gains will become more pronounced as other market trends–such as inventory and mortgage rates–stabilize.””It is important to note that in most markets elevated E/P ratios are primarily the result of historically low housing supply, rather than strong job growth,”” he said. “”Price appreciation will be even more closely tied to job creation as new supply comes online and mortgage rates continue to rise to more historic norms.””
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May 11, 2005The Arizona Vivaldi Festival surfs on the wave of Vivaldi music’s astonishing revival. Strengthened by the worldwide, overwhelming public interest for the inventiveness, freshness and elegance of Baroque music, the 2005 edition of the Festival explores the connections between the music of Vivaldi and that of his illustrious contemporaries, J.S. Bach and Handel. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]The Arizona Vivaldi Festival surfs on the wave of Vivaldi music’s astonishing revival. Strengthened by the worldwide, overwhelming public interest for the inventiveness, freshness and elegance of Baroque music, the 2005 edition of the Festival explores the connections between the music of Vivaldi and that of his illustrious contemporaries, J.S. Bach and Handel. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] Arcosanti staff and volunteers help to prepare the cafe dining room and clean and set up the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] [left photo] Chef Erika prepares another delicious dinner for about 100 people. [right photo] Workshop participant Julia Adzuki is one of many helpers for the dinner. The Menu for this event: Roasted Chicken Breast with Pecan and Walnut Butter Sauce, stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Blue Cheese and Leeks, Rosemary Risotto Tart, Yams with Sun-dried Tomatos and Capers, a Roasted Sweet Red Pepper Soup, Green Salad with Carrots, Red Onions, Oranges, Raisins, Croutons and Italian Dressing, and for Dessert a wonderful Pave de Chocolate. This consisted of layers of Strawberries with Rum, Yellow Cake, Vanilla Creme, Chocolate Creme, Whipped Eggwhites and was topped with Shredded Dark Chocolate. [Photo & text: Yuki Y] After a day of preparation staff and workshop participants enjoy the dinner time. [Photo & text: Yuki Y]
Finance minister Harris Georgiades said on Tuesday the government will not satisfy the demand of state hospital nurses to move up pay scales just because their qualifications are considered the equivalent of a university degree.DISY leader Averoff Neophytou meanwhile said if the nurses did not like the terms of their employment they should look for a job elsewhere.Speaking to state broadcaster CyBC Georgiades said that there is no way for the government to take decisions while under the threat of a strike.On Monday, the overwhelming majority of PASYNO nurses’ union members voted in favour of going on an indefinite strike in a bid to seek higher entry level wages. Union nurses demand moving up their current pay scale which currently ranges from A5 to A7, to A8 after having their qualification made equal to a university degree and the unfreezing of promotions.Georgiades however said that this is the only demand the government is not in a position to satisfy. “All the rest we have satisfied or we will satisfy through the upcoming hospital autonomy”.The demand on pay, however, “will bring a huge economic burden”, as it would mean an annual €40m cost, and would create a precedence for “thousands” of others to follow, Georgiades said.“Why should we upgrade especially them (nurses) when the majority of the civil service have university degrees but are not on these pay scales?” Georgiades asked.“Any employee who believes that the terms of a contract do not satisfy him or her, has no obligation to keep the contract. They can simply cease to be employees under these conditions, nobody is forcing them, and if they believe they can find better employment terms somewhere else, why don’t they do just that?” Neophytou said.Neophytou said that the priority of the government is the patients.“We cannot keep quiet just because elections approach or accept pressure from any group,” Neophytou said.Meanwhile, PASYNO heads Tuesday afternoon approved the vote on Monday by members to proceed with an indefinite strike as of March 15.Head of PASYNO Panayiotis Georgiou said on Friday they will meet Health minister George Pamporidis but they are not willing to engage in yet another dialogue, they expect proposals instead.“He knows what the problems are. We will not engage in a dialogue, we will go there to hear solutions,” Georgiou said.He added that the moving up of pay scales is one of the most serious demands and concerns all nurses, permanent and temporary staff, as well as future nurses, and that is why students too will join the strike.Commenting on Georgiades’ statements, he said that it is the state that closed down the three-year nursing school and incorporated it with the University of Technology (TEPAK) as a four-year degree. He added that it is also the state that forced all nurses with a three-year diploma to upgrade it by taking additional courses each bearing their own expenses.“It is the state that needs to recognise its obligations to nurses,” Georgiou said.Civil servants union PASYDY, which also has nurse members, is against the strike.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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