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Taking it to the trees

first_imgEvery spring after classes end at Norfolk County Agricultural High School (NCAHS), 10 juniors join the crew of the Arnold Arboretum as interns to learn how public gardens and arboreta care for their important plant collections. The students spend a month at the Arboretum working in the landscape and attending specialized classes. Marc Mertz, arboriculture instructor at NCAHS, and Arboretum living collections staff guide students through a hands-on exploration of the vocation of public horticulture.This year students got their hands dirty working much of their time with horticultural technologist Jen Kettell in the Bussey Brook conifer collection. Kettell demonstrated some of the rough and tough requirements of landscape maintenance while developing students’ knowledge of current horticultural practice. Working together, the team improved the health and appearance of many plants in the collection by mulching and edging beds, removing invasive species, and taking soil samples for cultural analysis. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Chile Hosts Its First Pacific Naval Workshop

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 25, 2017 The Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) was held in Chile for the first time since its inception in 1988. The event, which took place April 25th–27th in Santiago, was supported by the Chilean Navy and led by Rear Admiral Guillermo Lüttges, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chilean Navy. This important international forum brought together representatives from 17 member countries and six observer nations. Member countries included Australia, Canada, Chile, South Korea, the United States, France, Japan, Peru, and Thailand, among others. Colombia, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, and Mexico attended as observers. While the symposium takes place every other year, the workshops are held annually. The goal of WPNS is to provide an open forum for navies that have a strategic interest in the Pacific Ocean to exchange ideas and experiences on naval topics. The symposium allows for the exchange of information related to surveillance and security of maritime spaces in the Pacific Ocean, as well as training, exchange of personnel, and demonstration of capacities. Chile has been a member of WPNS since 2010. “It was an honor for the Chilean Navy to organize WPNS. Additionally, it was an enormous opportunity to contribute to our country’s international reputation and to strengthen our ties to other navies that share the same theater of operations, the Pacific Ocean, the largest in the world,” Captain Alberto Soto, head of the Planning Department of the Chilean Navy, told Diálogo. “It is very important to emphasize that the workshop took place in Chile. That is an acknowledgment of the status that Chile and its Navy have in terms of coordination and presence in the Pacific Ocean,” Miguel Navarro, security and defense analyst at the Chilean National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies, told Diálogo. The future of security During the symposium, the delegations reviewed activities scheduled for 2017 and 2018. In addition, the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) was updated, an achievement worth noting. The agreement was reached during the 2014 WPNS and provides security measures and methods for avoiding mutual interference, reducing uncertainty, and facilitating communication between navy vessels and airplanes operating in the Pacific Ocean. These vessels sometimes have unplanned interactions that involve multiple languages and different protocols in an environment where not all parties operate with unified procedures. “The participating navies agreed to work on a possible update to the terms of reference that govern how CUES works,” Capt. Soto said. CUES is a means of communication for maximizing security at sea. “This code reflects the desire of all actors involved to avoid uncomfortable or potentially risky situations from a technical or political point of view, which can occur on the open seas between different navies,” Navarro added. In this context, the Disaster Response Operations Guide (DROG) was updated. DROG is a tool that consolidates a huge amount of available information from WPNS navies to confront large-scale disasters. It was edited based on the experiences of several countries at the symposium, including Chile, which shared the lessons learned by its Navy during the rebuilding of the Talcahuano Naval Base after it was hit by a tsunami in 2010. For example, the experience gained by the Chilean Navy in its salvage operations at Talcahuano Naval Base – rebuilding capacity, refloating docks, and saving vessels thrown onto land by the tsunami – were incorporated into DROG. The largest navies from the Asia-Pacific region agreed on a July 30th deadline for submission of comments to be considered for approval at the 2018 workshop. “It’s still far from complete,” Capt. Soto said. “In any case, we have to understand that these types of documents are living publications and always subject to evolution and update.” In addition, navy committees agreed to submit at the next workshop a proposal to create an International Consolidation Center, headquartered at Callao, Peru. The initiative was proposed by the Peruvian Navy to help ensure timely information distribution, promote collective awareness of cross-border threats to maritime security, and effectively manage the multifaceted challenges of countries in the South Pacific. Moving forward, the Asia-Pacific navies decided to meet next year in Busan, South Korea, so that their commanders-in-chief could ratify the proposals and documents arising out of WPNS 2017. “The work that was done in the workshop contributes to our achieving better bilateral and multilateral coordination, addressing challenges jointly, and the increase of mutual trust between the countries comprising WPNS,” Capt. Soto said. The shared challenges facing the navies participating in WPNS include topics related to freedom of navigation and the unrestricted use of the oceans for movement of merchandise and people. “That includes, of course, piracy throughout Asia-Pacific region, an area where there has been a resurgence of the phenomenon, which affects everyone equally,” Navarro added. Maritime piracy affects the main navigation routes and puts the lives of sailors and merchant marines from around the world in danger. Hundreds are abducted every year according to a report published on the INTERPOL website. “Piracy is a complex subject on which every country ought to cooperate,” Navarro concluded.last_img read more

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In Memoriam

first_img Charles B. Adams, West Palm Beach Admitted 1949; Died May 19, 2003 Morgan P. Ames, Shelter Island Heights, NY Admitted 1979; Died December 30, 2002 Rita Theresa Bahr, Chicago, IL Admitted 1986; Died March 22, 2002 Robert E. Cobb, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1955; Died March 22, 2003 William J. Corda, Lakeland Admitted 1974; Died May 12, 2003 James Wright Crabtree, Charlotte, NC Admitted 1968; Died November 25, 2002 Ernest Louis Duncan, Jr., Corpus Christi, TX Admitted 1972; Died May 1, 2003 Martin Ergas, Miami Admitted 1974; Died March 5, 2003 Michael Eugene Ferguson, Tampa Admitted 1984; Died January 5, 2003 Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1969; Died June 9, 2003 Harry Goodmark, West Palm Beach Admitted 1935; Died January 26, 2001 Frazer F. Hilder, Sarasota Admitted 1978; Died June 3, 2003 William M. Holland, Lake Park Admitted 1951; Died July 23, 2002 James Wolfe Jackson, Wellesley, MA Admitted 1998; Died December 26, 2002 Harold H. Kassin, Weston Admitted 1951; Died January 20, 2003 Shepard King, Miami Admitted 1966; Died January 15, 2003 Dale Alan Konigsburg, Palm Beach Gardens Admitted 1977; Died May 16, 2003 Stanley Charles Lesser, New York, NY Admitted 1978; Died July 28, 2002 David R. Lewis, Jacksonville Admitted 1949; Died May 7, 2003 John Lukacs, Miami Admitted 1954; Died October 7, 2002 Daniel James Lynott, Tampa Admitted 1985; Died April 4, 2003 William L. Mathis, Alexandria, VA Admitted 1972; Died December 25, 2002 Salvatore G. Militana, New Port Richey Admitted 1949; Died January 19, 2003 William Phillips, Coral Gables Admitted 1948; Died March 10, 2003 Andrew Psalidas, Miami Admitted 1950; Died April 28, 2003 Franklin Delano Resnick, Norcross, GA Admitted 1964; Died April 5, 2003 William Walker Shields III, Tampa Admitted 1985; Died January 31, 2003 Chesterfield Smith, Miami Admitted 1948; Died July 16, 2003 Arnold A. Stevens, Boca Raton Admitted 1981; Died March 19, 2002 Philip Aaron Tharp, Orlando Admitted 1965; Died April 25, 2003 John Campbell Thomas, Boca Raton Admitted 1968; Died February 21, 2003 David England Weaver IV, Orlando Admitted 2000; Died August 17, 2002 In Memoriam September 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Bellmore Strip Club Arson Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A fire at a Bellmore strip club appears to have been intentionally set early Monday morning, according to Nassau County police, who are investigating the case as an arson.Officers and North Bellmore Fire Department firefighters responded to a report of a fire at Billy Dean’s Showtime Café on Newbridge Road at 12:40 a.m. Monday, police said.Firefighters extinguished the flames. There were no reported injuries.Arson/Bomb detectives determined that the fire had been intentionally set at the rear exterior of the building, causing damage to the hallway and bathroom, police said.Detectives request anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

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2018 trends in mortgage lending: Getting the borrower experience right

first_imgPaper-based, clumsy or drawn-out mortgage origination and servicing processes confound borrowers, who expect the same digital experiences as when they get a latte at Starbucks or shop on Amazon. The need for an intuitive, frictionless digital borrower experience is increasingly key to lenders’ success – and underpins every major mortgage lending trend in 2018.More consumers than ever are using digital channels to complete parts of the loan process, from researching options to requesting a payoff amount. This year, we learned that 68 percent of borrowers would be comfortable going online to access loan statements and 23 percent would be comfortable using a smartphone to schedule payments, according to Expectations & Experiences: Borrowing and Wealth Management, the most recent quarterly trends survey from Fiserv.With that in mind, what can mortgage lenders expect in 2018? Here are five trends to watch: continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Give ideas a chance: Overcoming inertia in your credit union

first_img 45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: Details If your credit union is running smoothly, why should you make any changes? Do you really need to redesign your app, transform your branches, or shake up your product offerings? When everything is going well people tend to get comfortable with the way things are done. This comfort builds up organizational inertia, the tendency for organizations to resist change, creating a barrier to any project that isn’t routine. But in the rapidly changing financial industry, adaptation and innovation are necessary for credit unions to stay competitive and deliver the services their members want now and in the future.Here are three strategies that can help you overcome organizational inertia in your credit union and set your projects up for success.Set Ground Rules for Strategy Discussions Many ideas are killed before they even have the chance to be discussed. Kodak famously dismissed the digital camera that an employee had invented because “we’re a film company.” How many great ideas have been killed in credit unions because they’re “not what we do”? Setting one simple ground rule in brainstorming meetings can solve this: Ideas can’t be dismissed immediately after they are introduced. Instead, focus initial discussions on the positive aspects of each idea and think about how it could help you advance your mission, better compete in your market, or provide value to your members. Give the idea a chance to take hold and be legitimately considered before shooting it down. This may be uncomfortable, and not all ideas are good ones, but adding this buffer between introducing ideas and dismissing them may help you avoid missing your own “wait, we’re actually a picture company…” opportunity. Look at Opportunity and Risk Before Cost There’s no quicker way to lose a sale than starting out talking cost, and when you introduce an idea to your credit union you become that idea’s salesperson. Change is a hassle, and you’re telling your team that they have to pay how much for this hassle? If you begin with a discussion of cost before your team really understands what impact your idea will have on the credit union, they will have made up their minds before even considering it. Instead, lead with both the opportunities that pursing your project will bring as well as the risk that not pursuing it will expose your credit union to. If it’s a branch modernization project, you could point out that transaction volumes are dropping and that you’re struggling to attract millennial homebuyers who want to come in and talk. What this does is disrupt the illusion that your organization is in a comfortable position. Sure, things are going well for now. But when weighed against potential opportunities and risks, the current way of doing things may not look as comfortable as it once did. Appoint a Project Manager Congratulations, the team is bought into your idea and wants to go forward! But things are busy these days, there may be competing priorities, and people will pick away at the work and it’ll get done in… well… eventually? A project is a bit like a natural disaster. At the beginning it is pure chaos, and bringing order to the situation takes a lot of work by people dedicated to the task. This is where a project manager comes in. You need to choose someone on your team who will drive this project forward from start to finish, and who will break the work down into tasks that need to be done and assign responsibility for these tasks. Having a clear idea what needs to be done and who needs to do it and a single person responsible for keeping the project on track will give your project energy, momentum, and a sense of direction. Implementing Lasting Change Overcoming organization inertia can help your project take off, but this is only the beginning. It’s another challenge entirely for your project to impart a lasting impact on your credit union. When looking from the perspective of needing to make changes, this inertia can seem like a bad thing. But the reality is that organizational inertia can also be good. It is needed to make your changes “stick.” Effective change management extends beyond making change happen, it also includes building inertia around your ideas to create durable and lasting change that will endure until it’s again time to adapt and evolve. To learn more about the change management process, read 7 Steps to Implement Lasting Change. last_img read more

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Donald Trump Wins US Presidential Election

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Voters want him to make America great again.Billionaire businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump won his bid for the presidency following an often vitriolic campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State, First Lady, and U.S. Senator from New York, claiming perhaps the largest upset in American political history just before 3 a.m. following a congratulatory phone call from Clinton.“I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. I mean, she fought very hard,” Trump told supporters at the Hilton Midtown in Manhattan. “We owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very sincerely.“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he continued. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans, and this is so important to me.“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream,” Trump added.Trump’s triumph capped a divisive campaign that revealed deep fissures in American politics and exposed just how divided the country remains after the election of its first black president.Clinton had been favored to defeat her Republican challenger Donald J. Trump from the outset. But as Election Day drew closer, the polls tightened, with Trump outperforming Clinton in several key battleground states. Her shrinking lead coincided with FBI Director James Comey’s ambiguously worded letter announcing the agency had uncovered new emails related to Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.After an uneasy few days, the Clinton camp, along with her Democratic surrogates, relentlessly questioned Comey’s motives—and even drew comparisons to the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover, who was notorious for his politically motivated investigations into anti-war activists and civil rights leaders.That there was yet another obstacle thrown at Clinton or Trump was of no surprise, given how this tumultuous race for the White House had already set a new low for divisiveness. Even before the so-called “October Surprise”—which included thousands of leaked emails from Clinton and her campaign officials—the election had already been defined by scandal and apocalyptic undertones.The toxic nature of the election extended past US borders, with claims of Russian meddling in a bid to delegitimize American democracy. Indeed, one of President-elect Trump’s first congratulatory calls was from Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin.The businessman and reality TV star led an insurgent campaign that attracted populist appeal. It was obvious from the beginning of Trump’s candidacy that this would be a campaign unlike any other in modern US history.When Trump announced his race at Trump Tower in New York City in June 2016, he effectively set the stage for nationalistic upheaval, excoriating Mexico for sending “rapists” and “murderers” to the US—a comment that would bedevil his campaign in the face of an increasingly diverse electorate. He vowed to have America’s neighbor to the south pay for a wall—“a beautiful wall”—to blunt immigrants from entering the country. Later, he said he’d ban Muslims from entering the US following several deadly attacks abroad.Trump was accused of being many things along the way: a demagogue, a misogynist, an Islamophobe and a racist. But his supporters, many of whom were skeptical of mainstream media, either didn’t care or viewed the attacks as a nefarious effort to derail their candidate. Trump’s ability to shrug off criticism about his inflammatory remarks earned him the nickname “Teflon Don,” and his supporters celebrated his lack of decorum—which they perceived as a direct challenge to political correctness run amok.Considered a long shot, Trump bludgeoned his fellow opponents like a battering ram buoyed by an ever-growing constituency. He ridiculed more polished politicians like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) on his way to earning the nomination for president.Trump’s populist message became a rallying cry for millions of Americans—mostly white—and many working class men and women who had developed a deep mistrust of the central powers in Washington, D.C.And his supporters responded. They poured into his rallies by the thousands, collectively participating in a call-and-response chant led by Trump himself. He’d ask: Who’s going to pay for the wall? “Mexico!” they’d roar. When his supporters attacked the media—which they saw as part and parcel of a “rigged” system corrupting America—Trump obliged, often pointing in the direction of the media during his rallies, prompting loud boos and sometimes derogatory remarks.The GOP standard-bearer was often dogged by his own distractions, many of which were self-inflicted. He had to answer questions about the investigation into Trump University, the Trump Foundation, accusations that for years he had stiffed vendors and, most notably, sexual assault allegations from more than a dozen of women.When a videotape came out of Trump on “Access Hollywood” brazenly discussing how his celebrity allowed him to inappropriately touch women with impunity, it threatened to deal a divisive blow to his campaign. And while Trump was damaged by the leak, it was not the knockout blow some suspected–and his opposition had hoped. And that’s perhaps due to the constant drip of leaks targeting Clinton, who was still hampered by her previous use of a private email server while she was the nation’s chief diplomat.The majority of the country viewed both candidates unfavorably, which would not bode well, no matter the outcome.Now it’s up to Trump to unite a divided nation—one that has seemingly become more racially divided and skeptical of the country’s two-party system than it’s been in many years.last_img read more

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Greater Surabaya extends social restrictions until May 25

first_imgWindhu, who leads a team of experts tasked with measuring the PSBB effectiveness in flattening the curve, also said recent research showed the SARS-CoV-2 virus infectious period lasted more than 14 days.”The virus becomes infectious a few days before one shows symptoms up until a few days after the symptoms disappear. Experts have concluded that the virus infectious period is between 21 and 25 days in length,” he said, adding that a 14-day PSBB was not enough.As of Saturday, Surabaya and Sidoarjo saw another jump in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with 75 and 18 new cases, respectively, bringing the tally to 667 and 170 cases.On the 12th day of the first period of PSBB, which began on April 28, Greater Surabaya saw an increase in confirmed cases of 72 percent, to 874 from 508, accounting for 62.03 percent of the province’s total of 1,409 confirmed cases.Surabaya administration secretary Hendro Gunawan said the administration would intensify security patrols in the city to make sure that people adhered to the health protocols.He said a night curfew would be enforced in a stricter way in the city and physical-distancing rules would be implemented in all markets.Read also: Surabaya, Bali step up fight against COVID-19Acting Sidoarjo regent Nur Ahmad Syaifudin said the administration agreed to extend the PSBB as COVID-19 had continued spreading widely in the three areas, especially Surabaya and Sidoarjo, which made them the hardest and second-hardest hit regions in the province.”We hope that we can curb the virus spread by the end of the extended PSBB so that we will not have to extend it again,” he said.In the meantime, the East Java administration approved on Saturday Greater Malang’s plan to impose PSBB. Greater Malang consists of Malang city, Batu city and Malang regency.”We have seen the detailed plans of PSBB implementation in Greater Malang. We will shortly send a letter to the Health Ministry to ask for the permit for Greater Malang’s PSBB,” Khofifah said.Based on three indicators ‒ the infection rate, the emergence of local transmission and the fatality rate ‒ measured by epidemiologists, Greater Malang was eligible for PSBB, she said.”Greater Malang has scored 10 in a 1-to-10 scale measured by a team of epidemiologists,” Khofifah said.With a population of less than 1 million, Malang city, located around 100 kilometers to the south of Surabaya, is one of the first regions in the country to impose PSBB as a response to the emergence of COVID-19 infections in early March.Malang Mayor Sutiaji even announced a lockdown policy on March 16, which he annulled a day later.Read also: East Java girl, 11, becomes youngest COVID-19 fatality in IndonesiaOn Saturday, Sutiaji welcomed the agreement among Greater Malang administrations, as well as the governor’s approval to submit a PSBB proposal to the Health Ministry.”It is our second PSBB proposal, but this time we’re proposing it along with Batu city and Malang regency,” Sutiaji said.As of Saturday, there were 71 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Greater Malang. Twenty-two of which were in Malang city. Malang regency, with a population of around 2.5 million has seen 44 cases.Batu city, with fewer than 250,000 residents, has seen five confirmed cases.Batu Mayor Dewanti Rumpoko said the city agreed to impose PSBB together with Malang regency and Malang city given their proximity, despite the city’s small number of cases. (nkn)Topics : East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa has decided to extend the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Greater Surabaya for another 14-day period up until May 25, vowing to enforce restriction rules in a repressive approach if necessary.Greater Surabaya consists of Surabaya and its satellite regencies, namely Sidoarjo and Gresik.”People’s obedience and discipline toward the PSBB rules are the main key factor to the success of PSBB in curbing the COVID-19 spread,” she told reporters on Saturday after meeting with Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, Sidoarjo acting regent Nur Ahmad Saifuddin, and Gresik deputy regent Mohammad Qosim who together agreed to the extension. Khofifah said her administration would impose strict punishments on those violating health protocols during the pandemic, including wearing face masks and social distancing.Separately, epidemiologist Windhu Purnomo from Airlangga University’s school of public health said on Friday that the implementation of the PSBB in Greater Surabaya had failed to flatten the COVID-19 curve in the said areas as the residents lacked discipline in implementing the health protocols.”We have seen a fake PSBB in Surabaya. We call it fake because we can hardly see any difference between daily life in Surabaya before and after the PSBB was put into effect,” he said.Read also: PSBB fails to flatten COVID-19 curve in East Java: Task forcelast_img read more

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On offer: Instant property portfolio across Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland

first_img Retired captain boots St Ives property The giveaway includes an apartment in this Zetland building.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe Melbourne home is located close to the CBD at Southbank and is worth about half a million dollars.The Whitsundays property is a $940,000 three-bedroom villa in Airlie Beach with sea views. It also comes with furniture and appliances worth about $72,000.The three properties have an estimated combined rental value in excess of $125,000 a year.The prize also includes the cost of transfer duties, legal fees and the first year’s rates, water and body corporate charges. Bargain hunters’ FOMO is changing Sydney market Three properties are being given away, including this unit in Melbourne’s Southbank.THREE luxury properties spread around Sydney, Melbourne and the Whitsundays in Queensland are due to be given away in a draw to raise money for veterans.The $2.7 million giveaway will be part of the RSL Art Union’s next home lotteries draw and can be entered with the purchase of a $5 ticket.The properties include a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the Sydney suburb of Zetland valued at $1 million.MORE: Sydney’s cheapest train stations to live nearcenter_img The Airlie Beach home has sea views and comes with furniture.RSL Art Union general manager Tracey Bishop said the locations were in hot demand and offered vastly different lifestyles.“Each of these properties has been carefully selected to ensure maximum appeal, either as a full-time residence, a rental property, or a sellable proposition for our winner,” Ms Bishop said. Tickets are available at SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER HERE The Airlie Beach home.last_img read more

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63 senior police officers in Kenya axed over graft

first_imgAdministration Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi is among the officers sacked by the National Police Service Commission on October 15, 2015. Sixty-three senior police officers in Kenya have been sacked after vetting unearthed massive corruption in the service, especially in the traffic department.Administration Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi is among those dismissed from service.The fate of 29 other officers hangs in the balance as they will be investigated further by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC), which carried out the vetting.The move follows the vetting of 1,364 officers in an exercise that took 14 months.The officers who were vetted hold the ranks of senior superintendents, superintendents and assistant superintendents.National Police Service Commission(NPSC) chairman Johnston Kavuludi announced the outcome of the vetting at the commission’s headquarters in Nairobi on Thursday.“Through scrutiny of M-Pesa statements, the commission was able to establish that junior officers working in the traffic department regularly transferred fixed amounts of money to some of their seniors, suggesting that they had been given targets,” said Mr Kavuludi.last_img read more

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Bing mulls extension of biz one-stop-shop

first_imgIn 2019, the city’s Permits andLicensing Division recorded a total of 25,627 businesses registered. BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardiais pushing for an extension of the city government’s Business One-Stop Shop(BOSS) for the convenient renewal of business permits and registration of newbusinesses for 2020. Leonardia said he will request forBOSS’ extension before the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP), noting that this hadbeen repeatedly done in the previous years. Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City. The city mayor said he had alreadysigned an endorsement letter to the SP in relation to his request for theextension of the BOSS. Once the SP grants his request, BOSSoperations will operate until Feb. 29. According to Memoria, they areexpecting an increase for this year’s business registration./PN For his part, Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran said the request shall be approved through an ordinance.center_img “Definitely, we are going to approveit,” Familiaran disclosed, saying the move is reasonable as to give applicantsample time to secure the needed requirements in processing of their businesspermits. BOSS is important to the citygovernment’s “ease of doing business” goal or making Bacolod Citybusiness-friendly, stressed Memoria. Business owners who pay their taxes infull within the period of Jan. 2 to 20 can avail of a 10-percent discount, sheadded. Assistant City Treasurer ArleneMemoria said the BOSS is open from Mondays to Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with no noon break. The program provides easier and fasterbusiness permit issuances and real property tax payments. BOSS kicked off on Jan. 2 at the NewGovernment Center here and will run until Jan. 20.last_img read more

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Dries Mertens pens new Napoli deal ahead of cup final

first_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Incredibly Looking Albino Animals7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThese Are India’s 7 Most Stunning Models7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime Loading… Read Also: UEFA confirm UCL will end with World Cup-style mini-tournamentHe has scored 122 goals in 310 games and contributed 73 assists in all competitions for Napoli.The Belgian became the club’s record goal scorer in Saturday’s Italian Cup semi-final against Inter Milan.He overtook Marek Hamsik and moved seven goals clear of club legend Diego Maradona.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Napoli’s all-time top scorer Dries Mertens signed a new contract until 2022 with the Serie A club on Wednesday, just hours before they face Juventus in the Italian Cup final in Rome.Advertisement “Those who love Naples know that this love is eternal. I will give everything until the last day to remain in the history of this club and this city,” the Belgium international said in a video posted on his Twitter account.The 33-year-old’s new deal will run until 2022 but also has the option of a third season.“Happy to be together for a long time. Long live Dries!” tweeted club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.Mertens arrived in Naples from PSV Eindhoven in 2013, winning the Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup the following season.last_img read more

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Sullivan’s Malaussena wins Club Championship again

first_imgTRENTON — Art Malaussena of Sullivan won the Club Championship Class A title Sunday at Bar Harbor Golf Course for the fourth time in five years.Malaussena recorded a hole in one on the fourth hole Sunday en route to his victory. He shot 159 over the two-day tournament.In Class B, Lamoine’s Peter Swanberg beat Ellsworth’s Steve Joy by one stroke to claim victory. Swanberg led the tournament from start to finish, shooting 171.The Class C title went to Ellsworth native Kelly Jordan, who shot 191 to defeat Cliff Abrams by 10 strokes. James Freeze won the Senior Division with a score of 178.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Former media executives indicted  in U.S. FIFA probe

first_imgBy Brendan PiersonNEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Monday announced new criminal charges against two former executives of 21st Century Fox Inc and others stemming from a long-running investigation of corruption surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.The former Fox executives, Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez, were indicted in Brooklyn federal court on wire fraud and money laundering along with Gerard Romy, former co-CEO of Spanish media company Imagina Media Audiovisual SL, and Full Play Group SA, an Uruguayan sports marketing company.Lawyers for the defendants could not immediately be identified.Prosecutors said the defendants bribed soccer officials to secure media and marketing rights to lucrative soccer tournaments, using shell companies, sham consulting contracts and other methods to conceal the scheme.The U.S. investigation into corruption in the world of soccer became public in 2015 with the announcement of criminal charges against a slew of officials and others.Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, former head of South American governing body CONMEBOL, and former Brazilian soccer chief Jose Maria Marin, were convicted in 2017 after a trial. Many other defendants have pleaded guilty.last_img read more

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Rio 2016: Trump Hotel Implicated in Brazilian Corruption Probe

first_imgA hotel which housed international federations during the 2016 Olympic Games is among two Rio de Janeiro-based businesses controlled by the Trump Organization under investigation as part of a Brazilian corruption probe.As well as the hotel in Barra de Tijuca, a chain of five skyscrapers in the Porto Maravilha re-developed for the Games have also been implicated.According to the Federal Public Ministry, the businesses could be involved in the ongoing “Operation Greenfield” investigation into the alleged diversion of money intended for pension funds.Prosecutors claim the Trump Organization was “favoured suspiciously” with resourced linked to public bank, Caixa Economics Federal, Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paolo reported yesterday.This forms part of an investigation into high-profile Brazilian officials, including Eduardo Cunha, the former President of the Chamber of Deputies, who led the successful drive to impeach former President Dilma Rousseff earlier this year. It is expected that more information will be revealed later this week.Any wrongdoing has already been denied by the Trump Organization.“Any allegations that the Porto Maravilha Investment Fund of Caixa Econômica Federal has favoured in a suspicious way the Trump Organization economic group are completely unfounded,” a spokesperson told Reuters.United States Presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted soon after the Towers project was unveiled in January 2013: “The Trump Organization is going revolutionise Rio de Janeiro’s downtown port area with Trump Towers. Construction begins soon!”Construction work has not finished, however, despite two of the five towers having been scheduled for completion by the start of Rio 2016.The luxury hotel close to the main Olympic Park in Barra de Tijuca was also hit by delays.Rio 2016 Executive Director of Sport and Paralympic Integration, Agberto Guimarães, admitted in April that “swift action” was still required for it to be finished in time.It was used during the Olympics, although it is not clear of the number of federations housed there was cut from the original quota.It comes as corruption investigation continues against companies involved in the construction of Olympic venues at the Deodoro cluster as part of the “Operation Car Wash” probe.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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first_imgYouli Zheng | Daily TrojanMichelle Tabariai, a sophomore majoring in business administration and a member of ’SC Students for Israel, helps raise awareness as part of “Fight on for Haiti.” The event, held in front of Tommy Trojan, was sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Government and the California Public Interest Research Group and was attended by numerous other student groups. The groups collected shoes and food to donate to Haiti.last_img

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