New home sales on the decline

first_imgThe latest analysis by the Housing Industry Association showed Queenslanders are opting out of buying new homesSales of new homes in Queensland have declined for the third straight month according to a report by industry group Housing Industry Association (HIA).“During August 2017 private new home sales in Queensland fell back by 7.3 per cent according to preliminary figures — the third consecutive monthly decline for the state,” the HIA reported.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe HIA numbers also revealed Queensland’s new home sales fell 21.2 per cent in the three months to August this year.This quarterly outcome was the second largest percentage fall across Australia’s five largest states and territories, with only South Australia having seen a more significant drop.The Queensland result was in contrast to stronger monthly national figures.HIA principal economist, Tim Reardon, said two states pushed up the outcome nationally.“New home sales increased by 9.1 per cent (Australia-wide) last month as a result of very strong results in Victoria and Western Australia, but over the year sales have continued to slow,” Mr Reardon said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

City gov’t orders 90-day ban on meat from ASF-hit areas

first_imgILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñasordered a 90-day temporarily ban on live pigs, hog carcasses, pork, and porkproducts and by-products from and/or processed in localities identified by theDepartment of Agriculture (DA) as positive for African swine fever (ASF). * livestock and poultry transport /carrier certificate ASF could result in high swinemortality, thereby adversely affecting the local food security, said Treñas. * disinfection clearance * veterinary health certificate (VHC)and veterinary shipping permit Last month, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.issued Executive Order No. 159 temporarily banning pork, pork products andby-products from Rizal and Bulacan provinces where ASF cases had been confirmedand the following countries: China, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar,Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Belgium, Bulgaria, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine,Luxembourg, Latvia, Poland, and Romania. According to the mayor, ASF reachingthis city is possible. Treñas’ executive order on the banalso covers countries positive for ASF. Treñas ordered it just weeks after theprovincial government of Iloilo issued a similar order. “There is an urgent need to adoptpreventive measures to protect the hog industry of Region 6,” he stressed. * farm registrationcenter_img Iloilo City is a major entry/exitpoint of inter-regional conveyance through the Iloilo International Airport inCabatuan, Iloilo and Iloilo International Port in Barangay Loboc, Lapuzdistrict. Iloilo City, according to Treñas, isNo. 3 in terms of frequency of ship calls annually (11,853), No. 4 in cargo(491,719 metric tons) and No. 4 in passenger traffic (2.4 million). The following are the requirements: The 90-day ban took effect on Oct. 9. * certificate of vehicle registration * livestock handler’s permit He also ordered strict veterinaryquarantine procedures in seaports and at the Iloilo International Airport bythe quarantine teams of the municipalities of Cabatuan, Dumangas, Ajuy,Estancia, and Carles. Only those that meet the regulatoryrequirements of the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) would be allowed to enterIloilo. The executive order also stated that“all swine, pork, pork products and by-products shall be accompanied byNational Meat Inspection Service or Local Government Unit Meat InspectionCertificate.”/PNlast_img read more

June 12, 2018 Police Blotter

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Nursing students: Doris A. Brelage Scholarship applications accepted now

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation announces that applications are now being accepted for the Doris A. Brelage Nursing Scholarship.In 2008, the Batesville community lost a dedicated member in the person of Doris A. Brelage through an accidental death.  A registered nurse and EMS member, she spent 37 years at Margaret Mary Health in the capacities of director of nursing, manager of surgical nursing and infection control practitioner.  Following her untimely death, the family established a scholarship endowment fund, the Doris A. Brelage Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund.To qualify for the scholarship, candidates must meet the following qualifications:Applicant must be a graduate of Batesville High School, Batesville, Indiana, or a nominee from a practicing nurse at Margaret Mary Health, Batesville.Applicant must have been admitted to an accredited nursing school, or must be an LPN (at any Batesville Health Care Facility) going on in an RN program in an accredited nursing school.Applicant must be preparing to begin his or her clinicals.Applicant must complete the writeable Doris A. Brelage scholarship application.Applicant must obtain a written recommendation from an RN practicing at Margaret Mary Health, Batesville. This recommendation may not be written by a member of the selection committee or family member of the selection committee.Applicant must demonstrate proven dedication to community service.Applicant must demonstrate excellent people skills needed in the field of nursing including compassion, empathy and a positive attitude.Applicant must have a 2.8 or above GPA in college courses.Applications are due by 4:00pm on June 1, 2019.  The application is available on the Foundation website or by contacting the Ripley County Community Foundation 13 E. George Street, Suite B, Batesville, IN 47006, or via telephone at (812) 933-1098.last_img read more

Pulis confirmed as Palace boss

first_imgCrystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract. Press Association “Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract,” a club statement read. “The experienced 55-year-old has agreed terms at Selhurst Park following a six-month break from management, since his highly-successful spell at Stoke City came to an end in May 2013.” Pulis’ first game in charge of Palace will come away to Norwich next weekend. Pulis’ appointment brings an end to Palace’s month-long search for a replacement for Ian Holloway, who left Selhurst Park by mutual consent on October 23. Pulis, who established Stoke in the top flight during his seven-year spell at the Britannia Stadium, was swiftly rumoured to be high on the shortlist of Palace co-chairman Steve Parish after Holloway’s departure. However, weeks of speculation over the vacancy followed, with Aitor Karanka, Dan Petrescu, Chris Coleman, Andrea Stramaccioni and former Palace boss Iain Dowie all linked with the post before Pulis finally got the nod. Pulis, who has also had spells in charge of Gillingham, Bournemouth and Plymouth, has famously never been relegated as a manager but will have his work cut out to preserve that statistic come May. His new charges are bottom of the Premier League with four points from 11 games ahead of Saturday’s fixtures. Following the trips to fellow relegation rivals Hull and Norwich, Palace face West Ham and Cardiff – two more sides whose primary aim this season is to beat the drop. Palace appeared to improve under the temporary stewardship of Millen, particularly in their 0-0 draw at home to Everton prior to the international break – a result that snapped a run of seven straight league defeats. center_img Pulis will take charge of the Barclays Premier League side following Saturday’s match at Hull. Pulis will be in the stands at the KC Stadium as caretaker boss Keith Millen leads the Eagles for the final time. last_img read more

Other Sports Asian Games: New Delhi to host torch relay on July 15

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The 2018 Asian Games torch relay will be held in the national capital on July 15 and several sports personalities from the past and present will be part of this significant sporting event.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Organising Committee of the Indonesia Asian Games (INASGOC) to conduct torch relay of the 18th Asian Games.The event this time will be held in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta is “delighted” about the torch relay being organised here where it all began for the Asiad in 1951.The first-ever Asian Games were held in New Delhi in 1951 with 11 nations competing in it across eight sports. Japan topped the medal tally and was followed by hosts India.(With inputs from agencies) last_img read more

Motorsports News Formula E CEO rules out race in ‘tax aggressive’ India

first_imgNew Delhi: The same tax troubles that forced Formula 1 to shut shop in India have proved to be a decisive deterrent for the fast-growing Formula E, says CEO of the electric car championship Alejandro Agag, who doesn’t see the race taking place in the country anytime soon.Agag said he would love to have a race in a country of more than a billion people but in the prevailing circumstances, it is just not feasible. India, however, has a solid representation on the Formula E grid through Mahindra Racing who has been competing in the series since the inaugural season in 2014-15.“Our main worry for India is the tax. We have been doing a lot of research on the race in India. We have seen that Formula 1 faced so many tax issues in India. It is very risky to race in India because of the tax authorities,” Agag told PTI.Also Read | Kolkata: Fire at Apeejay House building in Park Street; no casualty reported“They (tax authorities) are very aggressive at the moment. They want to tax everything. So you don’t know where you stand. I think that is the reason Formula 1 did not continue in India. We would like to have complete tax safety and then look at going to India.”Formula E will be entering its fifth season in December and boasts of presence of auto giants like Audi, Jaguar, Nissan and BMW besides Mahindra. Before the championship began four seasons ago, Agag expressed confidence in staging a race in India and even explored potential venues for the street race.“We did explore venues. We would really love to race in India and we have three possibilities – Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. We have seen areas that will be ideal for the street race. We have a great Indian partner in Mahindra and we have a broadcaster (in Sony Pictures Networks). The only thing we need is an assurance from the tax people,” he said.The series has managed to attract major manufacturers but the performance of the cars have left a lot to be desired.“I would say we are still in the early stages in the evolution of technology. The mission of Formula E is to improve on technology but you can’t go faster with each season.Read More | Priyanka Chopra’s bachelorette party videos with Sophie Turner are sure to leave you jealous!“The performance compared to the conventional cars is not at the same level but it is catching up. In five or 10 years, the performance will be very similar. For the street races, I feel the performance is anyway good,” said Agag.The CEO also claimed the series is now “cash positive” and it is re-investing the money into brand building.“It is completely sustainable at the moment. When we started, there were challenges but now I don’t see any sustainability issues in the long-run, at least for the championship.“The teams keep cards close to their chest. They don’t tell me how they are doing but I see all of them being fully committed to the series.”The championship has also been home to many Formula 1 drivers and this season the new additions are Felipe Massa, Pascal Wehrlein and Stoffel Vandoorne.“These three drivers were in Formula 1 recently and their presence only makes our championship stronger,” said Agag.Asked about the often made comparison with Formula 1, Agag added: “I say never compare the two. I don’t know if Formula E cars will be able to match the performance of Formula 1 cars but there will come a time when our championship will be most relevant for the auto industry.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Motorsports News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

GVF continues preparation for French Guiana trip

first_imgTHE Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) held another successful weekend camp at the National Gymnasium as it prepares to send two U21 sides to next month’s Inter-Guianas Volleyball Tournament, which is billed for French Guiana.The camp is geared to prepare the national side for the May 1-5 event.To date, the GVF president Levi Nedd is pleased with the team’s training sessions. He is also optimistic that with more support from the public the sport will be able to spike into a different level, which will help to advance all facets of the game.Nedd, who became volleyball head late last year, is coach of the male team, while Yannick Fingall, who is coach of the female team, is Nedd’s assistant with the young men. Rodney Fredericks will travel as the female team assistant coach.Vanille Chester, who will also travel with the side, will serve as chaperon.Both teams will have their final session on April 26, at the National Gymnasium.EASTER MONDAY COMPETITIONMeanwhile Nedd is inviting volleyball players to the Number 63 Beach, Corentyne, on Easter Monday to participate in a fundraising Bar-B-Que and Beach Volleyball competition.Competition commences at 9:00h with trophies up for grab donated by Ansa Mcal.last_img read more

Panelists discuss the ethics of government surveillance

first_imgThe USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics hosted a Coffeehouse Conversation, a series of talks in which faculty and students discuss ethical questions, at Ground Zero Performance Cafe Wednesday afternoon.Crisis looming · Ph. D candidate in political science and international relations Matthew Gratias discusses government’s place in democracy. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanLyn Boyd-Judson, an organizer for the event, said the idea for Coffeehouse Conversations formed six years ago when she and Sharon Lloyd, a professor of philosophy, discussed taking a small group of philosophy students and having the Levan Institute institutionalize the program as a larger interdisciplinary effort.Lloyd has organized all of the Coffeehouse Conversations since then.“I think the Coffeehouse  Conversations are a great addition to our campus dialogue, and we feel fortunate enough to be in a position to make that happen,” Boyd-Judson said.Wednesday’s discussion, entitled “Democratic Transparency and State Secrets: A Question of Values,” involved Edward Snowden’s leaked details about American and British mass government surveillance.Snowden, a former CIA and NSA employee, revealed highly confidential information to the press in May 2013. The media and the public have given him various titles, ranging from “hero” to “traitor,” and his actions are still a topic of controversy.The Levan conversation, however, did not focus entirely on Snowden and his actions. Instead, panelists mainly drove the discussion by expressing their personal thoughts on surveillance and its role in the American government.The panel members came from a variety of backgrounds, including a former NSA contractor and appointee of the Obama administration.The panelists were Tiffany Chang, a doctoral candidate in philosophy; John Dreher, a philosophy professor at Dornsife; Matthew Gratias, a former NSA contractor and current doctoral candidate; Ari Ratner, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project and former appointee at the Department of State; Michael Shapiro, a professor at the USC Gould School of Law and Kevin Starr, a history professor at Dornsife. Lloyd moderated the discussion.Chang explored the concept of political discourse and why it is important to the flourishing of a democracy.“[Communication] enables us to be more responsible citizens, to be informed about the decisions we make as citizens, about policies that affect not just us but others as well,” Chang said. “So the important question that I encourage you to think about today is, ‘What if secret surveillance has an undermining effect on political discourse, and why the ordinary citizen in a democratic society should be concerned?’”Several members of the panel discussed the thin line between security and privacy.“You have to agree to some degree of surveillance,” Shapiro said. “There are things you have to give up for security, and that is autonomy, privacy, confidentiality, transparency — all different concepts.”Shapiro even referenced recent attacks on the nation and citizens’ reactions to the events.“Something happened in Washington yesterday, and people start saying, ‘Why didn’t they see it coming?’” Shapiro said. “But if you start specifying what operation you use to perform in order to make sure you see it coming, the same people who said, ‘Why didn’t they see it coming?’ are going to start objecting.”Many students appreciated the variety of speakers selected for the discussion.“They had very qualified speakers. I especially appreciated Ratner and Gratias because they seemed to have the most physical firsthand connection with the issue,” Andrew Schmidt, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law, said. “[The panelists] seemed relatively stable in their view that some surveillance regardless of your direct consent was necessary … I’d like to see a panel composed of vigorously anti-government, anti-NSA types because you’d get a very different account.”Several of the students who attended found that though the discussion was enlightening, their own opinions of Snowden’s actions and controversy surrounding government surveillance remained unchanged.“My main thought after this is I don’t really have a problem with any type of security, any type of data watching,” Reed Foster, a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law, said. “I never have, and I think that if the government wants to track my behavior down to the tee, as long as they don’t interfere with my personal life, I don’t really care. They can do whatever they want.”Others, such as Arjun Ahuja, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law, voiced a different opinion on government surveillance based on personal experience.“I think it comes from my background as a Sikh American, with someone who wears a turban and a beard. I think the potential for abuse with surveillance systems, especially when it’s being used now to specifically target potential terrorists, is a huge problem,” Ahuja said. “Because surveillance now has a specific purpose, the tendency to profile has really increased. That is my biggest problem with it. Giving up one’s personal liberties for the sake of security is completely unreasonable.”Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Tottenham’s Eric Dier charged with misconduct for jumping into stands to fight fan [VIDEO]

first_imgTottenham’s Eric Dier has been charged with misconduct for jumping into the stands to confront a fan after his side’s loss to Norwich in the fifth round of the FA Cup.The English FA said in a statement that Dier’s actions after the match back in March were alleged to be “improper and/or threatening.”“Eric Dier has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3,” the FA said in a statement.The player has until 8 May 2020 to respond to the charges.Spur’s loss to Norwich on penalties that night put more than a few tempers on edge at the Tottenham Stadium.As Spurs’ players made their way off of the pitch following the disappointing loss, their fans made their anger clear to them.One fan must have gone a little too far, however, as Dier abandoned his trek to the dressing room and instead darted to the touchline, leapt over the advertising hoardings and raced up the stands.Dier shrugged off several attempts to stop him as he progressed up the stands to confront the fan.He was eventually restrained, with a great deal of effort, by the stewards.The whole incident was captured by the fans as the England international went past them.One angle showed Dier jumping over the hoardings ad darting up the stands.Another, much closer shot, showed Dier being restrained as he tried to confront the fan. Some social media accounts initially claimed Dier went to fight the fan after he shouted racial abuse at Spurs player, Gedson Fernandes who had missed his kick in the shootout, although this claim was not corroborated. After the match, Spurs head coach, Jose Mourinho said Dier, who had his family in the stands, had been insulted by the fan.Although Mourinho believes the player did not act too professionally, he added that the circumstances involved made the player’s response at least understandable.“I think Eric did what we professionals cannot do but probably every one of us would do,” he said“I repeat we professionals cannot do it, but I repeat I am with the player and I understand the player. The fans were with the team until the last penalty kick that we missed. This person insulted Eric, the family was there, the younger brother was not happy with the situation.”Dier played the entire 90 minutes and extra-time for Spurs against Norwich.He scored from the spot in the shootout but two saves from Norwich keeper Tim Krul knocked Spurs out of the cup.The FA Cup and the Premier League have however since been suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.More from Citi Sportslast_img read more