Housing seen as part of core revitalization solution

WATERFORD – A major obstacle to revitalizing Norfolk County’s struggling downtowns appears to be crumbling.In recent years, some have suggested that the key to downtown revitalization lies in shrinking the central business districts and giving over vacant storefronts to housing.Resistance has come from those who believe the downtowns have comeback potential. Opponents hark to a time when tobacco was king and official plans protected local cores from big-box retailing.A decision at Norfolk council this week suggests resistance is fading.“I see a whole evolution in our downtown cores coming,” said David Roe, a planning consultant with Civic Planning Solutions of Delhi.“It’s happening all over North America because of big-box stores and online shopping. What we’re losing is our independent, private retail venues. What we are getting in our cores are traditional services – coffee shops, office-sharing and the like.“That’s the evolution, and that’s where we’re going. The thing is to get rid of the empty storefronts. Get people living there instead so they will sit in these coffee shops and use these new services.”Norfolk took a step in this direction Tuesday with the rezoning to residential of a former commercial storefront in downtown Waterford.Roe was agent for the applicants Michael and Tracy Bancroft, owners of the building at 38 Alice St.The Bancrofts bought the five-unit apartment building 11 years ago. At the time, they did not know that the ground-floor apartment fronting onto Alice Street had not been rezoned for residential purposes. Their lawyer missed the illegal conversion and they only learned about the problem after a mortgage broker asked for a zoning search.The Bancrofts responded with a zoning application, which was approved.“This is not going to be a detriment – having people live in our downtowns,” Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts said. “I would like to see further applications.”Rabbitts qualified his support by saying approved property owners must take steps to buffer street-level traffic from activity inside.Rabbitts has seen converted storefronts where rags and towels are put up in the window instead of proper blinds or other buffering devices.Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin said most anything is preferable to neglected storefronts.“There’s merit to our downtowns having foot traffic when you use empty storefronts as a comparator,” she said. “That said, we have to be strategic about this.”The other four apartment units in the Bancrofts’ building comply with Norfolk’s zoning bylaw. Forbidden are street-level apartments in the central business district.Roe told council that shrinking the central business district and converting obsolete storefronts to housing is a potential remedy to homelessness and a shortage of entry-level housing for young people starting out in the workforce. Haldimand and Norfolk’s health and social services division has identified this as a serious problem in recent months.For his part, Josh Tucker, 20, the resident of the formerly illegal unit at 38 Alice,  breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday when told the county approves of his apartment. He has lived there since he was 18.“This is perfect starter housing,” he said. “Nice scenery, clean, refurbished – everything. It’s perfect – good price and a good view.”Norfolk planning staff recommended approval of the Bancrofts’ application.Senior planner Shannon VanDalen said Tuesday’s decision is not necessarily a precedent. Each application is unique and is weighed on its own merits, she said.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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UN steps up rehabilitation of wartorn southern Sudan following peace accords

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners are launching a series of new community projects next week to help rehabilitate communities in readiness for the displaced people and refugees who may return this year to the south, where the new-found peace is a stark contrast to the ongoing conflict in the western Darfur region. Some 550,000 refugees and an estimated 4 million IDPs remain uprooted after the decades-long conflict and could potentially return to a region that has been totally devastated, lacking even minimal basic infrastructure and services. In late February, UNHCR deployed an emergency team of experts in fields such as water, sanitation, community services, health, and income generation to begin reintegration projects to help communities cope with the returns.The projects starting this coming week include support to primary health care facilities and HIV awareness activities and AIDS treatment in Kajo Keji and Yei counties, near the borders with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Another project will build a dormitory for students at a vocational training school in Yei, while a third will rehabilitate 11 primary and secondary schools, promote education for girls, train teachers and set up income-generating activities for volunteer teachers.UNHCR and its partners are also rehabilitating boreholes to provide clean water to communities in the three counties and training village committees on proper water management. Public health centres and the regional hospital are being rehabilitated and basic medical supplies, equipment and training will be provided in Ezo and Yei counties. Electrical systems are being installed, the paediatric ward rehabilitated and a new paediatric wing constructed in the Bahr El Gazal Regional Hospital in Rumbek, the only referral hospital in the province. More projects on education, health, water, income generation and community services are being developed for implementation in the near future.Meanwhile the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has started planning for a comprehensive population census in Sudan, the first in Africa’s largest country in more than 20 years, at a cost of around $60 million. “Having data on primary household listings will not only contribute to socio-economic planning and development across Sudan, but enhance the country’s future democratic development,” UNFPA country representative Nimal Hettiaratchy said of the census, one of the provisions of the January peace agreement.It is meant to be completed within the first two years. read more

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Florida Gators Linebacker Antonio Morrison Arrested Again

Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison was arrested yet again, this time for allegedly harassing a police dog and resisting arrest.The police report states that Morrison was harassing a police dog, which qualifies as a second-degree misdemeanor according to Florida law. Morrison was suspended from the team and will miss at least the first two games of the season.“I’m extremely disappointed in Antonio Morrison’s decision making,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. “He has been suspended from the team and will miss at least two games to begin the season.”The 6-foot-1, 230-pound sophomore told the officers he barked at the dog because the dog barked at him first.

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The Seahawks Are The NFCs Best Team But They Cant Shake The

The NFC West was a lesson in humility for prognosticators last season: The team that FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings gave a 60 percent probability of winning the division lost to the one they pegged with a measly 17 percent shot. After that shakeup, we have the West race much closer this season.But that doesn’t mean Elo’s long-running love affair with the Seattle Seahawks is over: They’ve flown in at No. 2 overall in our preseason rankings. Seattle’s somewhat disappointing 10-6 record last year obscured that by season’s end, it was the league’s best team once again (at least, according to the advanced metrics). Russell Wilson was the NFL’s third-best QB, running back Thomas Rawls rose from the third string to become the league’s most valuable rusher and, as usual, the defense ranked among the best in football. Dig beneath the surface-level indicators, and it was mostly business as usual for what’s been the NFL’s most efficient team for about four seasons running.This season, though, the Seahawks will have a difficult schedule to overcome — 10th-hardest in the league, per Elo. And an offseason of attrition did little to address the team’s most glaring weakness in 2015: an offensive line that ranked as the league’s third-most-porous against opposing pass-rushers. So it won’t be shocking if Seattle’s advanced-stats dynasty finally starts to show cracks in 2016. How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division. Here, we look at the NFC West. Adding to Seattle’s worries: The defending division champions, the Arizona Cardinals, got better over the offseason. They picked up edge-rusher Chandler Jones, who should improve what had been a weak pass rush in 2015, and they signed guard Evan Mathis to bolster what was already one of the NFL’s top offensive lines. The Cardinals’ biggest concern might be that QB Carson Palmer is 36 years old and is coming off his best season in a decade, a feat of passing efficiency — and health — that might not be repeatable. (And we all saw what happened the last time Arizona had to sift through their QB depth chart in a big game.) Even so, Elo thinks the Cards have a good chance of punching a return ticket to the playoffs, whether by repeating as division champs or grabbing a wild-card berth.It’s unlikely that either of the other members of the NFC West will leapfrog the Seahawks or Cardinals in the standings. The strongest of the two challengers are the Los Angeles Rams, freshly (re-)minted as such after burning their bridges out of St. Louis during the offseason. The potential for improvement is there: The Rams had the league’s youngest roster a season ago — headlined by electrifying rookie RB Todd Gurley. But LA’s roster is also riddled with holes, notably at quarterback. (No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff struggled in the preseason and will reportedly start the season third on the team’s depth chart.) Add in what Elo considers the NFL’s most difficult schedule — thanks, NFL International Series! — and the Rams might have trouble making a big Hollywood debut this season.Finally, what do we make of the San Francisco 49ers? On the positive side, new coach Chip Kelly might be able to jump-start San Francisco’s moribund offense the same way he did during his first year in Philly. (Just don’t ask what happened in Years 2 and 3 …) And the team’s young defensive corps might be able to build on last year’s late-season improvement. But the 49ers are up against a brutal schedule — the third-toughest in football — and they didn’t add much else to a roster that finished last season fifth-to-last in Elo. (Also of note: Opening-day starting QB Blaine Gabbert was the worst passer in the NFL over the past five seasons.) Although anything is possible in the NFL, it’s tough to envision San Francisco rising to the top of this division.All told, the battle for first place between Seattle and Arizona should, once again, be the one to watch in the NFC. And with the Minnesota Vikings’ hopes of making the NFC playoffs out of the North damaged by Teddy Bridgewater’s injury, it’s likely that the West’s runner-up will secure a wild-card nod as its consolation prize.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more

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Intense workouts might cause players to lose their cookies

To Sugar Bowl champions, it’s never too early for football. Spring practice for the Ohio State football team kicked off Monday with players going through conditioning drills starting at 6 a.m. all week, but quarterback Terrelle Pryor was limited while sporting a protective boot as he recovers from surgery on his right foot. Director of football performance Eric Lichter said the early morning practices are meant to cap off what he said was an impressive winter conditioning program for the Buckeyes. Winter training is meant to focus on individual performances in areas such as bench press, broad jump and vertical jump. Mandatory workouts began at the end of January, Lichter said, three weeks after the 31-26 Sugar Bowl win against Arkansas. The program lasted four weeks, concluding with the coaching and training staffs testing the players individually to measure their improvement in those areas. Monday’s practice started drills that are meant to unify the players. “This is more of the team coming together and working on team togetherness and team toughness and kind of building that bond that gets you through tough times,” Lichter said. Now, the team is experiencing the type of conditioning rigors that require trash cans on the field, just in case any of the players lose their “cookies,” an energetic Tressel said as Monday’s practice concluded. Lichter said he was excited about the performances of the new freshmen recruits who have come to work with the team early. Tight end Jeff Heuerman, safety Jeremy Cash, linebacker Ryan Shazier, defensive tackle Joel Hale and quarterback Braxton Miller enrolled at OSU for Winter Quarter to get a head start on preparing for another BCS run next fall. “Really, really impressed with those guys,” Lichter said, “especially considering they’re really seniors in high school and they’re up here competing … hanging with our guys, our veterans.” Former Buckeye defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has been at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center working out and has been a welcomed veteran voice to a team that’s much younger than last year’s squad. “It was good to have Cam around,” Lichter said. “He’s a part of what I consider the best senior class we’ve had here. … Cam will just be a great leader and someone to look to for these young D-linemen and everyone on the team.” Heyward is preparing to take part in OSU’s pro day with former linebacker Brian Rolle, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, guard Justin Boren, defensive back Jermale Hines, linebacker Ross Homan, running back Brandon Saine and cornerback Devon Torrence. NFL scouts will be on hand to evaluate the outgoing Buckeyes on Friday at the WHAC. Lichter expects representatives from all 32 NFL teams to be there. read more

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Les étiquettes des boîtes de thon pas toujours fiables

first_imgLes étiquettes des boîtes de thon, pas toujours fiablesSelon une nouvelle étude indépendante réalisée pour Greenpeace, près d’un tiers des boîtes de thon sont mal étiquetées ou contiennent un mélange d’espèces. Une pratique interdite dans l’Union européenne.Une cinquantaine de marques de thon en boîte ont été passées au crible. Elles viennent d’Autriche, d’Australie, d’Allemagne, du Canada, d’Espagne, d’Italie, de Grèce, de Grande-Bretagne, des Pays-Bas, des Etats-Unis, de Nouvelle-Zélande et de Suisse. Les tests ont porté sur 165 produits différents.À lire aussiLe WWF achète une licence de pêche pour protéger les requins en AustralieL’étude souligne que certaines des boîtes étiquetées “thon listao”, une espèce commune dans l’océan Indien et le Pacifique, contenaient aussi du thon obèse et du thon albacore. Or, il s’agit de deux espèces dont les stocks ont connu des déclins massifs ces dernières années.Nina Thuellen, de la campagne océans de Greenpeace, explique à l’AFP : “Les entreprises remplissent leurs boîtes de thon avec plusieurs espèces, y compris des juvéniles d’espèces en déclin, alors que les consommateurs s’attendent à juste titre à n’y trouver que des produits issus de pêche durable”.La présence de juvéniles, victimes de la surpêche, est due essentiellement à une technique utilisant des objets flottants pour attirer le plus de poissons possible en pleine mer et faciliter la pêche, selon Nina Thuellen.L’AFP précise que chaque année, environ 4,5 millions de tonnes de thon sont pêchées dans les océans. Sur les cinq espèces principales, le thon listao représente 60%, le thon albacore 24% et le thon obèse 10%, du marché mondial du thon.Cette nouvelle étude a été publiée alors que les pays pêcheurs membres de la Commission internationale pour la conservation des thonidés de l’Atlantique (Cicta) sont réunis jusqu’au 27 novembre à Paris pour fixer les quotas de pêche pour 2011. De nouveaux quotas qui devront respecter une gestion durable des ressources halieutiques (voir notre article).Le 25 novembre 2010 à 10:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Alerte météo orange neige et verglas attendus dans 8 départements du nord

first_imgAlerte météo orange : neige et verglas attendus dans 8 départements du nordMétéo France a placé ce dimanche 10 mars 8 départements du nord en vigilance orange neige et verglas.Le redoux n’aura pas duré bien longtemps… Après une semaine d’accalmie, la météo devrait refaire parler d’elle dès lundi 11 mars, c’est en tout cas ce qu’annonce Météo France, dans un communiqué de ce dimanche 10 mars. En effet, le bulletin en question place 8 départements du nord ouest du pays en vigilance orange neige et verglas de lundi 11 à 3 heures du matin, jusqu’à mardi 12 à 7 heures du matin.À lire aussi(VIDÉO) Un radar détecte un nuage de coccinelles de 80 kilomètres de largeSont concernés par cette alerte : la Somme, l’Oise, la Seine Maritime, l’Eure, l’Orne, le Calvados, la Manche et les Côtes d’Armor. La dépression redoutée se situe pour le moment au large des côtes Bretonnes, et devrait arriver dès demain matin sur les départements concernés. “D’ici lundi 18 heures, on attend :- 10 à 20 cm de neige sur la Manche et le Calvados,- 5 à 10 cm, localement 15 cm de neige sur l’Orne et la Seine Maritime,- généralement de l’ordre de 5 cm sur les Côtes d’Armor, l’Eure, la Somme et l’Oise.” explique TF1. Le 10 mars 2013 à 17:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Claustrophobie définition causes traitement que faire

first_imgClaustrophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?La claustrophobie est un trouble anxieux qui se caractérise par une peur panique des espaces confinés, des lieux clos et, plus largement, de l’enfermement. Les manifestations cliniques de la claustrophobie peuvent être handicapantes au quotidien.Qu’est-ce que la claustrophobie ?Il s’agit d’un trouble psychologique généré par l’angoisse démesurée de se retrouver dans une situation de confinement. Selon le degré de l’atteinte phobique, les personnes claustrophobes peuvent ainsi développer une peur panique d’emprunter un ascenseur, de monter dans un grenier, de s’enfermer dans les toilettes, voire de prendre les transports en commun. Cet état pathologique survient, à l’instar de toutes les autres phobies, dès lors que le sujet ne parvient pas à gérer son anxiété. Pour s’en délester, il va donc l’attribuer à une situation qu’il va juger comme étant responsable de son mal-être. Dans le langage psychologique, on parle de projection.Les symptômes de la claustrophobieLorsqu’ils se retrouvent face à une situation vécue comme étant anxiogène, les individus claustrophobes vont développer une symptomatologie directement provoquée par l’angoisse excessive ressentie. Selon le niveau d’anxiété, cela peut aller d’une simple sudation à des vertiges en passant par des tremblementsgénéralisés. Mais dans le cadre de troubles anxieux plus sévères, on observe parfois des manifestations cardiaques de type palpitations, douleurs thoraciques ou troubles du rythme cardiaque. Des signes musculaires tels que la tétanie, les paresthésies, les contractures ou les crampes sont également susceptibles de survenir. En outre, le claustrophobe a souvent l’impression d’étouffer. Il a des difficultés pour respirer et se sent oppressé.Les causes de la claustrophobieSi l’origine de la claustrophobie n’est pas formellement avérée, on sait en revanche qu’elle est déclenchée par une angoisse que l’individu ne parvient pas à maîtriser. La question est donc, pour le claustrophobe, de découvrir la cause de cette angoisse. En général, le trouble phobique débute pendant l’enfance et se cristallise peu à peu jusqu’à devenir pathologique. Il peut s’agir d’un traumatisme psychologique ou d’une expérience de confinement très mal vécue, mais dont le patient n’a pas conscience. La phobie représente en quelque sorte un mécanisme de défense psychique grâce auquel la personne va se libérer d’une anxiété intérieure insoutenable en la projetant sur un élément extérieur.Le traitement de la claustrophobieIl est primordial de consulter un psychologue ou un psychothérapeute lorsque la phobie devient invalidante au quotidien et empêche la personne phobique de s’épanouir totalement. À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Une prise en charge psychothérapeutique est alors recommandée dans la plupart des cas de claustrophobie. Le patient peut alors choisir entre différentes méthodes. La thérapie cognitive et comportementale (TCC) constitue le traitement le plus fréquemment utilisé pour vaincre les phobies. Elle consiste à confronter progressivement le claustrophobe à des situations anxiogènes pour lui. Mais il est également possible d’opter pour une psychothérapie d’inspiration psychanalytique pour rechercher l’origine de l’angoisse. Certaines prescriptions médicales d’antidépresseurs ou d’anxiolytiques peuvent parfois être préconisées afin d’aider le patient à surmonter ponctuellement un moment difficile.Le 28 juillet 2017 à 13:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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New Report Details Mass Effect Andromedas Rocky Development

first_imgStay on target The Most Shocking, Surprising, and Awesome Gaming Moments of 2017Bioware Officially Cancels All Single Player DLC for Mass Effect Andromeda It’s clear that Mass Effect Andromeda had a difficult development cycle. Although I personally liked the game, the final product is anything but polished. A new report confirms many of the rumors regarding the troubled production of Bioware’s latest RPG. Based on this report, it seems that everything that could have gone wrong with Mass Effect Andromeda did go wrong.Kotaku’s Jason Schreier talked to a dozen Bioware employees who told him about Andromeda’s rocky production. Though the game was in development for five years, it was mostly created in the last 18 months prior to launch. A large amount of time was spent working on high-level concepts that would ultimately be jettisoned. Vast resources were also spent trying to make the RPG run on an engine (Frostbite) that was originally created for first person shooters.Mass Effect Andromeda was supposed to have hundreds of procedurally-generated worlds that players could drive around in. However, the developers found it difficult to make these worlds have the level of detail expected of a Bioware game. More than that, sources say that traversing these worlds just “wasn’t fun.” After wasting time trying to get this concept off the ground, the team decided to scale things back and create a small number of hand-crafted worlds instead.As we previously reported, Andromeda‘s animations were another source of trouble. The Frostbite engine can handle many things, but it comes up short in the animation department. Because of that, the dev team had to write code to make this possible. Making matters worse, the team was constantly being downsized, forcing Bioware to outsource much of the animation work to other studios around the world.It is because of these issues that EA and Bioware have decided to put Mass Effect on ice for the foreseeable future. This is a shame considering how prestigious and influential the Mass Effect franchise used to be. But from all accounts, it appears Mass Effect Andromeda‘s fate was sealed almost from the beginning.Please make sure to read Jason Schreier’s full report for the complete story.last_img read more

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Zidane chooses the successor to both Ronaldo Messi

first_imgZinedine Zidane has reportedly chosen the man likely to succeed both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title of the number one player in the worldDon Balon have reported that the Real Madrid manager has made a surprising choice in naming the likely successor for both Ronaldo and Messi with the Frenchman choosing to not name Neymar, but his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe.The 19 year-old forward has enjoyed another stellar campaign in Ligue 1 this season, following his move from AS Monaco to PSG in the summer with Mbappe having scored 19 goals and made 11 assists in his 37 appearances this season.Even Neymar himself, who completed a world record transfer of €222m from Barcelona last summer to finally win the Ballon d’Or, has marveled at the ability of his young teammate.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Zidane is convinced of Mbappe’s potential and lamented that fact that his compatriot plays for PSG, when Real president Florentino Perez practically had a deal sealed for the forward.Both Zidane and Neymar are not the only ones to have recognised Mbappe’s potential with the recently retired Fabio Capello having previously stated:“Messi and Ronaldo will last another two years and later it will be Kylian Mbappe’s moment. He has a great future and will be the new Cristiano Ronaldo” said the former Real and AC Milan manager.last_img read more

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Allegri Ronaldo deserves Ballon dOr

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri believes that Cristiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d’Or and also backed the Portuguese to open his scoring on Sunday against Sassuolo.Allegri is backing 5 time Ballon d’Or winner to take the award yet again this year after his performances for European Champions Real Madrid last season.And since arriving from Real Madrid this summer, Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to find the net, but Allegri is confident he will break the ice on Sunday when Juventus host Sassuolo.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Cristiano worked well and I think tomorrow he will break his duck,” Allegri said at a press conference.“I expect nothing more or less than what he did in the first three games, but I believe tomorrow he’ll find the back of the net and break the ice.“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it.”last_img read more

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New FBO flying high

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:blue heron aviation, Fbo, louis jennings, provo international airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Nov 2014 – Magnetic Media on tour of site today in Five Cays. It is a magnificent gateway for the TCI as a luxury destination. Blue Heron Aviation has an amazing view of the Provo Intl Airport and according to General Manager, Louis B. Jennings they have already welcomed guests and weeks of staff training has been excellent for the newly comprised team. Grounded; TCIAA suspends flight operations at Provo Intl Airport Provo Airport handling hundreds of tourists on Saturdays – officials say it is mostly sweet Govt accused of deceiving public in private airport deal; three call for case to be heardlast_img read more

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Allegri admits Inter scare in a hardfought victory

first_imgMax Allegri admits Inter Milan posed a threat in the game but praised Juventus for readjusting to grind out a vital 1-0 win.Juve would have been 1-0 down if Roberto Gagliardini’s hadn’t hit the upright, however, Allegri’s men were resolute as they found the breakthrough thanks to Mandzukic’s header.“Inter caused us problems in the first half, opening up with Joao Mario and Gagliardini, so we struggled to close them down. It’s also true the biggest chances of the first half came from us giving the ball away,” Allegri told Football Italia.“I moved Mandzukic to the left, Paulo Dybala played much better and we had a very different performance in terms of intensity and pressure. We allowed Inter practically nothing in the second half and we had several more chances.“Matteo Politano was putting pressure on, so I switched the full-backs to make the most of our characteristics and cover where needed, pushing on the other.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Cancelo struggled a little with Politano in the first half, mainly the transitions. We’re working on Cancelo’s defensive approach and it must be recognized he has improved a great deal.“I asked the lads this evening to be efficient and effective. We were only half that in the first period, but then we started to hold the ball with greater patience, were more organized and solid. After that, the quality of the players inevitably emerges.“Cancelo did very well, I thought Dybala was excellent, but I had to introduce Douglas Costa for his pace out wide.“We knew the championship wouldn’t end today, but we still absolutely had to avoid defeat.”last_img read more

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Office for Students to publish university vicechancellor pay

first_imgEnglish higher education regulatory body the Office for Students (OFS) has published new requirements obliging universities to submit details of their vice-chancellors’ total remuneration package, to be published in an annual report.The new requirements were published on 18 June 2018 as part of the OFS’ accounts direction, which provides guidance to universities on preparing annual financial statements. To comply with these requirements, a university will need to supply information on its head of institution’s total remuneration package, including basic salary, performance-related pay, pension contributions and other taxable and non-taxable benefits. Universities also need to justify this package and demonstrate the relationship between the head of institution’s total remuneration package compared to other employees at the university, expressed as a pay multiple.Universities that are members of OFS will also be required to disclose the number of employees who have a basic salary over £100,000 a year, broken down into bands of £5,000.The collected total remuneration details for universities’ senior leadership will then be published by the OFS in an annual report to promote greater transparency around pay.The audited financial statements, including details of senior pay, are due to be submitted by 3 December 2018. The resulting data around head of institution remuneration will be published from 2019.The OFS can impose specific conditions, monetary penalties from 1 August 2019 and suspension from the OFS register if universities do not comply with the new requirements. Suspension from the OFS register can affect universities’ ability to access public funding, and the ability of new students to access student tuition fee and maintenance loans.Nicola Dandridge, chief executive officer at the OFS, said: “Students and taxpayers need to be confident that our university leaders are paid appropriately and deliver value for money. High levels of pay that are out of kilter with pay levels elsewhere and which cannot be justified are unacceptable.“The Office for Students is setting out our increased expectations around senior pay. Higher education providers will have to give us full details of the total pay package of their vice-chancellor[s]. In addition, they will have to provide detailed justification of this package.“As part of this, we will be looking at the ratio between the head of institution’s pay and the pay of the other staff at the institution. This will provide additional visibility and transparency, and enable us all to ask tough questions as necessary.“These disclosures will become part of our regulatory requirements, and if a provider fails to comply with these requirements or fails to provide justification, this may amount to a breach of our regulatory conditions, and we will not hesitate to intervene.”Sally Hunt, general secretary at trade union the University and College Union (UCU), added: “[While] a focus from the Office for Students on vice-chancellor pay is welcome, much of the information being called for is already available in universities’ accounts or through freedom of information requests. Asking institutions to justify high pay for senior staff is all very well, but they need to do much better than complaining about how they’re being paid less than bankers or footballers. This new guidance seems to allow universities to simply craft excuses for vice-chancellors to hide behind. If university leaders are to be held accountable to students, staff and taxpayers alike, we need proper student and staff representation on the committees which set their pay.”last_img read more

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Governor Signs Oil Tax Bond Despite Impending Lawsuit

first_imgGovernor Walker: “We expect to see new jobs and increased exploration activity as a result of this legislation. Alaska’s economy is on the right track thanks to progress we made this year by working together across party lines to advance innovative solutions, including the one that became law today.” The bill, HB 331, establishes a new state corporation that would be empowered to sell up to $1 billion in bonds to pay off the state’s remaining oil tax credit obligations. In exchange for getting paid now rather than waiting years, small companies that are owed credits will accept a discounted rate, saving the state a significant amount of money, according to Walker. The lawsuit was filed in state court last month on behalf of Alaska resident Eric Forrer. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The state of Alaska is being sued over a bill Governor Bill Walker signed into law allowing for the issuance of bonds to pay off the state’s outstanding oil tax credit obligations. The lawsuit  filed against the state challenges the bill’s constitutionality. Similar constitutional questions were raised as lawmakers debated the bill. But Attorney General Jahna (JOHN-uh) Lindemuth said her office reviewed the matter and was confident the proposed bonds would be lawful. Last year lawmakers worked to end the system that paid tax credits to small companies that produced oil and looked for new fields. Alaska’s three largest oil and gas companies are not eligible to receive these credits.last_img read more

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What a Facebook IPO Could Mean For Publishers

first_imgWhen a company enters into the public sphere, making internal changes becomes more difficult, something that could prove beneficial for professionals working at publications. Right now, it seems that every six to eight weeks Facebook rolls out new changes to its interface and format. With slower changes, media professionals can better study and adapt to the interface, allowing for optimized content distribution and consumer interaction.While stricter limitations on changes could bode well for media, it could also cause the platform to become obsolete: the innovation and ingenuity that has made Facebook so popular could be stifled by the views of shareholders, causing users to migrate. While that seems unlikely, think of MySpace. When something more interesting, like Facebook, came along, users jumped ship. As you probably already know, if Facebook were a country it would be the third largest country in the world, more than double the size of the United States, with more than 800 million active monthly users. News circulated across the globe Tuesday that the company is seeking $10 billion in its initial public offering [IPO]. This could have huge ramifications for the media industry. If Facebook were able to raise the $10 billion for its initial public offering (personally, I don’t think it would be hard for them to do that), the total amount of the company’s value would be boosted to around $100 billion, with about $10 billion in shares backed by equity to be circulated through the corporate casino known as the stock market.That number represents about four times what Google’s IPO was just 7 years ago.This news is particularly valuable for the media industry—as the company goes public, there are more avenues for media companies themselves to get a piece of the medium that so much of their content is distributed through and where so many of their loyal consumers are waiting for them.center_img Tech Crunch’s Josh Constine makes an excellent point in his most recent post on the subject.“In addition to aggressively advancing monetization, stockholders could rail against the product’s evolution,” he writes. “Changes that disrupt user behavior and ask people to be more open might cause temporary stock price dips they don’t want. Instead, they could turn Facebook into Microsoft, slowing innovation and making it vulnerable to more agile competitors.”One disruption Constine mentions, and this reporter remembers, is when the newsfeed feature was implemented in 2006. There was outcry from those that used the site, something that individuals now actively engage with. A new set of changes that are initially rejected by the 800 million (and growing) users could cause the market to take a big hit, and cause stock holders to scale back changes that may have been just what the public was waiting for, but didn’t know it.last_img read more

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Police outpost opens at Digwal Village

first_imgDigwal: Sangareddy SP Chandra Shekar Reddy on Wednesday inaugurated Police outpost at Digwal village of Kohir mandal built by Piramal Pharma Solutions (PPS), a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO). The 800 square feet Police Outpost that consists of two rooms – one restroom and a record / storage room aim to provide additional safety and security to the villagers and comprises.last_img

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Sewage spill turns a source of agony

first_imgSantosh Nagar: Despite several representations made by residents, the constant problem of sewerage overflow in Santosh Nagar Colony has irked the residents. Regular inundation of roads has made them slippery and there is also growth of algae. Already, facing severe hardships, residents nearby fear outbreak of vector-borne diseases in the locality.The roads are filled with sewerage water for many months. The residents are having a tough time and the prevailing condition is also causing inconvenience to the commuters. Along with drain water, trash is also spilling out from manholes and turning the road hazardous. Several representations were made to the officials, but in vain. Regular commuters who take this route are agitated. Many scoff at having to change their route, of course, owing to the drain water leakage. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us “Due to overflowing of sewerage water from 2 manholes continuously the entire road is filled with water. Emanating foul smell from this is deterring the customers, which has badly affected my business. Moreover the water stagnation points have become a breeding of mosquitoes,” said Rajesh, a shopkeeper. Some residents said that it was really disappointing that they had been complaining to the officials about the issue, but the latter were are not paying any heed. “There should be no more delay and officials need to check the condition of drainage and clean it regularly or fix it permanently as further neglect would make this area prone to vector-borne diseases,” worried a resident Ayaz Khan. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us He also said that while crossing this road, half of the bike tyres were getting submerged in sewerage water and motorists were hard put to wade through the water. “We have been noticing it for the past several months. The entire road is inundated due to overflow which is spread for several metres. After complaining to the HMWSSB officials, they are fixing it temporarily, and again within 2 days the water is overflowing again,” he deplored. As algae is forming in the stagnant water, residents are clearing the water in front of their houses, but the problem is recurring in no time. “The officials have to solve the permanently,” demanded P Satish, a resident.last_img read more

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Warrens On The Rise But Can She Convinc

first_img by NPR News Domenico Montanaro 8.28.19 5:00am Back in April, things looked a little different in the Democratic presidential primary.Elizabeth Warren’s first-quarter fundraising was disappointing; she was eschewing big-money fundraisers, and her campaign was spending a lot — 87 cents of every dollar it was taking in on 160 or so staffers in early states. Setting up a big campaign was starting to look like a high-risk gamble that wasn’t paying off for the Massachusetts senator. She was not polling very well — down around 6%, in fifth place — and struggling to get out of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ shadow, as they competed for the progressive left.But times have changed. Warren is now surging. She has plugged away with plans, retail campaigning (more than 45,000 selfies so far) and two solid debate performances. As a result, she’s raked in $25 million (still without big-money fundraisers), more than doubled her support (polling consistently second or third nationally) and on Sunday, drew her largest crowd of the campaign yet – 15,000 in Seattle.That even got the attention Monday of President Trump. Rising to his focus is perhaps one of the better weather vanes of who’s doing well in the Democratic primary.Surveys in some crucial early states also show Warren within striking distance — second place in Iowa, behind former Vice President Joe Biden and third in New Hampshire. But questions linger about her long-term chances, following Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in 2016. Voters on the campaign trail continue to say they like Warren, but aren’t sure she can win. It’s something researchers and Democratic strategists think she can get past, and they say her rise might already be proving the naysayers wrong already.”She’s so good at explaining her ideas in a way that makes sense to the audience,” said Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist who worked on the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and Stacey Abrams’ Georgia bid for governor, but is not currently affiliated with any presidential campaign. “And she’s winning people over; the challenge will be all the money that will be spent to make her ideas sound scary.”Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University, said the questions about Warren’s electability are something of a self-fulfilling prophecy.”In some ways, it seems like it’s a story that is self-perpetuating,” Walsh said. “There are a lot of people who say they’re enthusiastic about her, but afraid others aren’t — and that creates this notion that she or a woman in general won’t become electable.”Explaining Warren’s riseThere’s evidence that Democratic voters are warming up to Warren. The more they see her, the more they seem to like her. Warren has now leapfrogged Biden and Sanders as the candidate with the top net-favorability rating.An average of national polls in the month of August found 68% of Democratic voters said they had a favorable opinion of her, while just 15% had an unfavorable one, for a net difference of 54 points. For Biden, it’s a net of 52 points (73% favorable, 21% unfavorable). Sanders comes in at a net of 51 points (72% favorable, 20 percent unfavorable). Harris is next with a 40-point net rating (60% favorable, 20% unfavorable).What’s more, since May, Warren has gotten more popular while Biden has gotten slightly less popular, and Sanders is about where he’s been. More Democrats have an opinion of Biden and Sanders than they do of Warren, meaning Warren has some room to grow.Democratic polling has also found Warren is Democratic voters’ “magic-wand choice,” according to a survey from Avalanche Strategy. In other words, she may not be leading in the polls, but she’s the one more Democrats want to actually be president if they could pick someone.Biden led in the “horse-race choice” with 29%, Sanders was second with 17%, and Warren was third with 16%. But when it came to asking them who they would make president with a “magic wand,” Biden dropped 10 points to 19%, and Warren jumped 5 points to 21%.The poll was conducted before the first rounds of debates, and Democratic voters gave Warren top marks for her performance in them.The poll, however, also found some doubt among Democratic voters – almost 90% said it was “extremely important” to beat President Trump. But their confidence that a Democrat would win was a different story. Less than a third said they believed the likely Democratic nominee would “certainly” win. Republicans, on the other hand, were far more locked in believing President Trump will win reelection – 61% said Trump would “certainly” win.What explains this gap? Largely gender.The poll asked respondents what their “magic wand” candidate could do to make them more electable. The researchers “looked specifically for mentions of many qualities frequently discussed as potentially driving electability including ideology, age, race, sexual orientation, and gender. … Gender is mentioned the most of any factor.” And get this: “Among the respondents who mention gender, 69% are female.”Some of the respondents said things like:”I’m not sure a woman can beat Trump. Honestly the misogyny and racism in this country right now is heartbreaking. I hope one day she’s president though. She is amazing,” said a 39-year-old female from Kentucky.”I don’t know, I don’t think men will vote for her or any woman,” said a 75-year-old female from North Carolina.Part of Warren’s challenge — and opportunity — is to convince women that she is electable. Women have been a driving force behind the “resistance” to President Trump, they were the fuel to taking back the House in the 2018 midterm elections, and they make up a strong majority of Democratic voters. In the 2016 primary, for example, women made up 58% of Democratic primary voters and caucusgoers, according to exit polls.It’s a similar potential path for President Obama’s victory over Clinton in the 2008 primary. Key to his win was convincing African Americans that white voters would back him. After winning the Iowa caucuses, which were more than 90% white, Obama took off with black voters, leading to his crucial victory in South Carolina.Michiah Prull, CEO of Avalanche Strategy and the former field director of Barack Obama’s Florida campaign in 2012, points out that Warren seems to be starting to convince Democrats that she can win.”Her rise is very likely due to an increased belief that she is viable,” Prull said. “It really is that perception of other people’s perception. It’s a concern that other people would not support a female candidate. If we see Warren really rising, that likely indicates a shift in how people are perceiving how electable she is.”The Hillary Clinton factorA lot of the trepidation about whether Warren can win stems from the results of the 2016 election, where Hillary Clinton lost to President Trump, despite winning 3 million more votes. That’s something, Walsh said, is short-sighted.”It’s this idea that women are risky because one woman lost her election for president of the United States,” Walsh said, “and yet we’re looking back at an election like 2018, where Democrats did pretty well by having women candidates. They had a pretty good return on investment — women were responsible for flipping the house from red to blue.”Finney also points out that Clinton’s run, as the first woman to be a major-party nominee, may have actually helped lay the groundwork that would help a woman win the White House in the future. “There’s something different about being the second, not the first,” Finney said. “As the first to run and win the nomination, Hillary bore a lot of the brunt of and showed it was possible.”Walsh agrees, noting, that if Warren were to win the nomination, she would “have the benefit of having a woman run before. Hillary Clinton did not.”But, above all, Warren just isn’t Clinton. “At the beginning,” Walsh said of Warren, “there was this narrative of her being ‘school marm,’ and that’s faded, because she comes bounding out, in this just enthusiastic, whatever-your-problem-I’ve-got-a-plan-for-that way. Enthusiasm exudes from her.”Clinton, on the other hand, “had built more of a protective barrier between herself and the public — and some of that is totally understandable,” Walsh noted, given attacks over decades from the right. But “there was a cautiousness about her that you don’t necessarily feel with Elizabeth Warren.”There are still lots of questions about Warren’s candidacy – in particular, how will she handle the inevitable scrutiny – from all sides — that comes with a rise in the polls? But Walsh thinks Democrats should focus on different “e” word over electability – enthusiasm.”There is this panic mode on the Democratic side to do whatever it takes to win the election,” she said. “But I don’t know if at the end of the day, someone lukewarm does it and gets someone to turn out at the polls.”Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Sean Rayford Warren’s On The Rise, But Can She Convince Democrats… last_img read more

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