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Retirement Planning for Military Spouses

first_imgBy Carol ChurchThe military’s new blended retirement system will be in full effect as of January 2018, and the changes will mean that many more service members will leave service with substantial retirement savings. Though not everyone is pleased with everything about the new system, overall, this is good news for the military population, more of whom will now have a nest egg in their later years.But let’s not forget: that money belongs to the member who serves. Of course, as long as the couple remains married, and the service member is still alive, all should be fine there. But in the event of divorce or the member’s death, things look quite different.Divorce pixabay [divorce-619195_1920 by stevepb, January 31, 2015, CCO Public Domain]Most military spouses are female, and past studies have found that military wives earn less and spend less time in the workforce than civilian women, meaning they may have very little in the way of retirement savings of their own. It’s important to know that after a divorce, ex-spouses are not automatically entitled to the service member’s retirement pay. However, exes may be awarded a portion of the pay (up to 50%) by a court in the divorce order.DeathAfter the death of a service member, retirement pay stops. If the family has elected to pay into the Survivor Benefit Plan, which is similar to life insurance, families can receive up to 55% of the service member’s retirement pay monthly for life, in exchange for a monthly premium. However, remember, this is only 55% of that pay! Benefits will reduce significantly.Planning AheadNo one wants to plan ahead for these eventualities, but since they do happen, it’s very important for spouses of service members to set aside funds of their own. If nothing else, they will be an excellent source of supplemental income in the years to come, and will make both members of a couple feel secure and cared for. And in some cases, spouses who find themselves on their own will need this money. So, what are some options for military spouses wanting to save for retirement?Traditional or Roth IRA—It’s a great idea for both spouses to fund an IRA, but if the spouse does not have any other retirement funds in his or her names, this becomes a priority. Families should try to fully fund a low-cost IRA every year when possible. IRAs are great because they are so easily automated and are extremely portable. However, you can’t contribute that much per year ($5500, or $6500 if over 50).Prioritize jobs with retirement accounts—This may be difficult or impossible for spouses who must work part-time or in other less regular jobs, but employer-matching funds are a key benefit whenever they can be found!Spouses should try to contribute the max amount when possible, especially if “catching up” after years of not owning a plan. This can be done even if the military spouse is contributing to the maximum to TSP.Consider a self-employment retirement account. If the nonmilitary spouse has self-employment income, he or she has a couple of options:Simplified Employee Pension (SEP), to which he or she can contribute as much as 25% of net earnings (up to $54,000). These are the easiest to set up.A solo 401K, to which he or she can contribute as much as 100% of earnings (up to $18,000, or $24,000 if age 50 and over). This may be best if the spouse is not earning much.The advantage of these plans is that they lower your taxable business income while also creating a retirement nest egg.A SIMPLE IRA. Though perhaps more typically used for small businesses, these plans are easy to set up and workers can contribute 100% of self-employment income up to $12,500. Every military couple should take the time to put aside retirement savings for both members. Fortunately, there are multiple options that make this fairly easy. This wise financial choice ensures financial security for the future, come what may.last_img read more

Balkman, Brownlee lead Alab past CLS Knights for 7th straight win

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas leaned on Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee anew to escape CLS Knights, 80-73, Sunday for their 7th straight win in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at GOR CLS Kertajaya in Indonesia.Balkman, the Puerto Rican reinforcement, scored seven of the Philippine side’s last nine points, punctuating the victory with a thunderous slam in the last minute as Alab improved its standing to 10-4.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 80 — Balkman 26, Parks 17, Brownlee 16, Domingo 8, Urbiztondo 3, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Javelona 0, Raymundo 0, Sumalinog 0.CLS KNIGHTS 73 — Williams 24, Edwards 17, Wuysang 13, Jensen 12, Lish 5, Enguio 2, Hidayat 0, Kurniawan 0, Nugroho 0.Quarters: 25-19, 47-43, 59-60, 80-73.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:48Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Nextcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jaja, Lady Bulldogs go back to coach Castillo’s mantra in win over UE Balkman exploded for 36 points on top of 10 rebounds and three blocks while Brownlee had a near triple-double effort with 16 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to keep Alab in third place.Bobby Ray Parks Jr. provided local support with 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists in a game where the Filipinos’ starters did much of the heavy lifting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrian Williams carried CLS with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and three assists, but his efforts weren’t enough to halt the Knights from falling to 3-10.Shane Edwards added 17 markers and five boards, while Mario Wuysang had 13 points, six assists, and three rebounds in the defeat. View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Site of the 2012 Summer Olympics, London’s East End is where art, music and dance find a happy mix

first_imgThere’s a nervous twitch in the pale sky as London’s Olympic destiny waits to be decided in less than a week. As the Jubilee line train stops at its final destination, Strat-ford, streams of people emerge from the metal, eager to sink into revitalised East London. As you walk out,There’s a nervous twitch in the pale sky as London’s Olympic destiny waits to be decided in less than a week. As the Jubilee line train stops at its final destination, Strat-ford, streams of people emerge from the metal, eager to sink into revitalised East London. As you walk out of the station, you find yourself in the newly minted Westfield mall; small groups of Olympic volunteers wear bright tees and carry a tall plastic sign (called a lollipop) announcing their readiness to help; there are ready signs that point you in the direction of the metal-and-steel Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which is a 10-minute lonely walk through whiplashing rain or drops of sunshine, depending on your luck. If you take the bus instead of the tube, as you cross Tower Bridge into the east end, the gloss that London dons so readily dulls and the buildings start to look humbler, the shops representing diverse ethnic groups. It really does feel like another city, and for the last century, people in this part of London have worn the ‘outcast’ tag without a fight.The smog has long lifted but the shadow of poverty, oppression and distrust still slings low on the horizon of this once-industrial wasteland. The original breadbasket of London, with its fertile agricultural fields by the Lea made way for industrialisation, characterised by factories, smoke, chemical plants and machinery. So began East London’s long and oft-hackneyed association with squalor. During World War I, it was razed, but even decades later, the low-cost shanties bear a dazed look. An area that has been caricatured in shrewd novels by Martin Amis and George Orwell, it was best known for its association with the notorious Jack the Ripper who lived here-a myth,  now exploited by tourist-friendly walks. For those who call this home, the graffiti and grit are very real. The open skies and low-income housing is the only London they have ever known.advertisementDespite the dark history, East End has risen to the Olympic challenge since 2005 when London nicked Paris to win the Games bid; this was after all the only direction the city could grow in. Since then, approximately 7.3 billion pounds(Rs 72,780 crore) has poured into the five Olympic boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Greenwich and Waltham Forest for ‘sustainable gentrification’. While most acknowledge that all efforts (and investment) have been focused on making this area respectable, there are still some worrying issues. Irish, Jews, Bangladeshis, and later, East Europeans, who made East End their refuge in the early 1960s, did so because they could not afford any better, and a home here ensured that they remained an invisible part of London without paying a steep price for it. For them, the transformation from marshland and the algae-numb River Lea to an area fitted with gleaming edifices, homogenised shopping centres and an extended culture club has been a welcome but overwhelming, decade-long process.They have seen the skyline change,  west of Stratford as the Olympic stadium rose over 740 acres of polluted low-value field land. There have been other changes as well. The Stratford station, which was till recently considered unsafe, will now be the entry point for millions of visitors who make their way to the Olympics, starting July 27. It will also serve as a stopping point for trains on the high-speed London-to-Paris Eurostar line. The 2.5 sq km Olympic Park will also have close to 28,000 new homes, many of which will later be converted to usable, low-cost housing for locals. The site will also house the largest urban park Britain has seen, with 3,00,000 wetland plants, 2,000 trees and five miles of Lea which has been restored to its former glory. “London’s Olympics bid was predicated on the regeneration of this swathe because it has some of the highest deprivation levels in the country. Our strategy to ensure a legacy was the key consideration of the design and build of the Olympic Park,” says Peter Tudor, director of venues for London Legacy Development Corporation.Click here to EnlargeOver 2 million tonnes of polluted soil was cleaned and reused to transform the marsh into a green oasis. Low-carbon concrete from industrial waste and surplus gas pipes were used to build the 80,000-seater stadium which claims to be a model of green construction. Sir Alan Collins, managing director of United Kingdom’s,  Trade & Investment, the Olympic Legacy Programme, says, “We are looking at what will be left behind in London when the torch goes out.” There are plans to convert the stadium for use by a professional soccer team, and residents are hopeful,  the fancy Zaha Hadid-designed aquatics centre will become a community pool.While the focus over the last seven years has been on the construction, debris and impending Olympic legacy, East London has been busy developing its own, distinct sub-culture. No one can pinpoint when the east went from nondescript to avant-garde but today, its creative soul has attracted stars like Ralph Fiennes and Keira Knightley to make it their home, lending it respectability. From regular music festivals to experimental multi-cultural chefs, kitschy galleries, design and art unlimited, the East End is brimming with raw, gritty energy that makes the rest of London look staid in comparison. During the day, shoppers in search of that ‘out there’ piece trawl its boutique stores; by night, clubbers descend to claim the streets and new party venues.advertisementThe curtain will come down on the Olympics over the next few weeks but the new voice that East End has found,  is only growing stronger, and that, along with the infrastructure legacy that the Games are likely to leave behind, will go a long way in cementing its personality as a New York-esque East Village that’s happy to draw multiple ethnic groups into its fold.last_img read more

Date for Vijender Singh’s Next Fight Announced, Opponent’s Name Yet to Be Revealed

first_imgNew Delhi: After a winning start in the American professional circuit, Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will next be seen in action in Dubai on November 22 against a yet-to-be-finalised opponent.The unbeaten Vijender (11-0, 8 KOs) will look to extend his unbeaten record on a card promoted by Round 10 Boxing and MTK Global, in association with Top Rank — the Indian’s promoters in the USA. The name of his opponent will be announced later. Vijender claimed a Technical Knockout against Mike Snider in his US debut fight in July.The hard-hitting super-middleweight is currently training in Manchester under his trainer Lee Beard, a press release from the organisers stated.”This is a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase my skills and to keep active as I continue my world title quest,” Vijender said.”I was proud of my last performance back in July, but I was coming off a long layoff. I am rounding into form, and fans are going to see the best version of Vijender Singh when I fight in Dubai,” he added.November’s bill also features WBO world No.1 Jack Catterall.Round 10 Boxing is Dubai’s only exclusive boxing club. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. professional boxingVijender Singh First Published: October 7, 2019, 11:50 PM ISTlast_img read more

Claudio Ranieri puts hefty price tag on title-winning Foxes

first_imgLeicester City manager Claudio Ranieri’s thoughts have already turned to keeping his title-winning squad together next season, with the Italian warning potential suitors they will have to pay over the odds to lure away any of his shining lights.Leicester capped a fairytale campaign with confirmation of a first Premier League title on Monday and Ranieri wasted little time in telling his players that their interests would be best served by staying at the King Power stadium.”I would like to maintain all my players. If one of my players says to me ‘I want to go there’, I will try to keep him,” the 64-year-old told British media.”I will suggest to everybody this is a fantastic club, we won the title, we can do something good in these few years. If you go away, you don’t know what will happen. Here you are the king.”Ranieri acknowledged that bids for standouts Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy were likely to be made in the close season but suggested it would take vast sums to prise them away.”I will say: ‘Do you have enough money to buy my players?'” he added.”It is much better to stay here for one year more and see what happens. Then maybe you can go anywhere. The Champions League is another important league to compare yourself to the other champions.”The lads are like my sons. If they come to me, I say this: ‘be careful’. Leicester in the long term will go to a very high position.”advertisementThe manager also played down speculation over his own future, with Leicester reportedly prepared to improve terms on the three-year deal he signed when joining the club last July.”I have three years,” he said. “Why do I have to sign a new contract? It is not my job, my job is to go on the pitch.”last_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 59) (REOPENS DEL 59) “Its more than what we have achieved in your career, the fact that you are representing your country – its a brief period when you can represent the country – and thats the biggest motivation for me and to achieve that I have to keep myself fit,” Dhoni said. “I am 35 right now and the day I am not able to run as fast as I am running now I know (time is up). I have to keep myself more fit. Fitness is very important (but) I am not a fast bowler and the kind of demand for my body is different. “For a fast bowler the demand keeps changing (number of overs per day). For a wicket keeper its set. The maximum you can keep is 90 overs in a day. At this point of time my only concern is fitness and so far its been good,” he added. Dhoni said at present its better to see the Zimbabwe tour as a fore-runner for next years Champions Trophy and not the 2019 World Cup in England. “I think its (2019 World Cup) too early, because I think a lot of changes keep happening. With the amount of cricket we play, the kind of schedule we have at the international level, I think right now thinking about 2019 will be looking too much ahead into the future. “Yes, next years Champions Trophy is something that is closer. And the fact that we wont be playing a lot of ODI cricket (in the near future). After this we play against New Zealand, and, may be, we will be playing 7-8 games. Other than that we play mostly Tests this season. So I feel every game is crucial and we will try to see what is best for the squad. PTI SSR NRB PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

FIFA Head Blatter Defiant

first_imgZURICH — Sepp Blatter had a good day at the office on Monday, even if a prankster tried to spoil it by showering the FIFA president with fake dollar bills at a news conference.Nothing could spoil Blatter’s day after he outwitted some of his FIFA opponents to earn precious extra time as their president and enjoy more such days in 2016.Mastering FIFA politics yet again, amid calls to step down immediately, Blatter is set to stay atop world soccer for seven more months after FIFA agreed Monday on a Feb. 26 election to replace him.Blatter was in such a good and defiant mood that he quickly shrugged off a chaotic start to his first major public appearance since a stunning resignation statement last month.A British comedian who gatecrashed the news conference at FIFA’s headquarters threw the fake bills in the air after making a spoof statement about supporting North Korea to host the 2026 World Cup.The image of Blatter cowering under a spray of money was powerful amid ongoing American and Swiss federal investigations of FIFA corruption, yet he regained his poise.“I just called my late mother,” he quipped on returning to the room minutes later, “and she said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s just a lack of education.’”Still, it made for an uneasy start with international networks and FIFA’s own YouTube channel broadcasting the news conference live.“Where is my security?” Blatter had shouted.The interruption provided an awkward reminder of a far more serious incident for FIFA in May, when the arrest of soccer and sports marketing officials plunged the game’s ruling body into its deepest crisis.Jolted by the dual criminal investigations into bribery and money laundering, Blatter announced four days after being elected for a fifth term that he would leave FIFA.“It was not only the pressure of any authorities … it was also the pressure of political interference and also the pressure of you, media,” said Blatter, who is a target of the U.S. investigation. “I had to do something very special and I did it. In footballing terms, I kicked the ball out of the field to stop something.”FIFA’s executive committee decided the election date and Blatter ended weeks of uncertainty by insisting he would not perform one of his renowned about-turns by in fact being a candidate.“On the 26th of February FIFA will have a new president,” Blatter said. “I cannot be the new president because I am the old president.”The 79-year-old Blatter, who first joined FIFA 40 years ago, has held onto the most powerful job in world soccer since 1998.Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who lost to Blatter in May, had told The Associated Press earlier Monday: “President Blatter’s resignation cannot be dragged out any longer. He must leave now.”But while Blatter said he felt “regret” about the crises, he insisted he would not be “abandoning” the presidency until a successor is elected by the 209 member associations.The Feb. 26 date was a political victory for Blatter over European governing body UEFA and its supporters in other continents, who wanted a December ballot and thought they had a compromise agreement on Sunday for Jan. 15.Instead, Blatter and senior vice president Issa Hayatou held sway with a late tactic. They cited not clashing with the second-tier African Nations Championship — a tournament for little-known home-based players — hosted in Rwanda from Jan. 16-Feb. 7.Late-February has personal significance to Blatter. It will mark exactly 40 years since Blatter’s first major duty for FIFA — a development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that is featured in scenes from the much-derided $27 million movie flop ‘United Passions.’Earlier Monday, UEFA President Michel Platini had seemed ready to launch his election campaign as front-runner when his officials confirmed he has support to run from four of the six FIFA continents.Instead, there is an Oct. 26 deadline for would-be candidates to gain five nominations from FIFA’s 209 member associations.Prince Ali did not commit to a second campaign Monday, and only former Brazil great Zico and Liberia football federation president Musa Bility have expressed their intention to stand.“He loves the fact that UEFA is associated with football on a daily basis and the thousands of matches we organize,” Platini’s spokesman, Pedro Pinto, said outside FIFA headquarters. “FIFA is a more political organization and he is a man of football. He’s not a man of politics.”In a statement Platini welcomed the creation of a FIFA reforms task force — a second one after a 2012-13 version — which will reconsider introducing term limits, integrity checks for senior officials and pay details.Blatter declined repeatedly on Monday to reveal his salary, and insisted this and any other proposals must also apply to all 209 FIFA members who should vote on them in February.But Blatter did respond to calls from World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola and former FIFA advisers Transparency International to appoint an independent person to oversee possible changes to shape the damaged organization’s future.Still, the “eminent leader” requested by Coca-Cola will be chosen by Blatter, Platini and other confederation presidents to lead a panel made up of 10 appointees from within those continental bodies.There seemed little to attract a respected figure from outside the sport to oversee the next election and reforms of FIFA.Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general from Ghana, has been mentioned for the role.“The rumors linking Mr. Annan to the FIFA job are just that: rumors,” Annan’s foundation office told the AP, stressing that he is currently “fully committed” to other roles.Bility, the Liberian federation head, said he was “very disappointed” with the Feb. 26 election date.“It does not reflect the urgency of the situation,” he told the AP by telephone, adding he expected to get on the ballot. “I am very encouraged. I don’t see any new faces.”On Monday, Blatter remained the face of FIFA, insisting he wants to rebuild its reputation.Speaking in his fifth language of the news conference, the veteran Swiss said in German that he wanted to “say goodbye when you have realized something good.”GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports WritersROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writers TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kenya to charge 7 top officials over 2016 Olympics corruption

first_imgNairobi, Oct 14 (AFP) Seven top Kenyan officials will be slapped with corruption charges over the alleged misappropriation of over USD500,000 during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the public prosecutor said Saturday. In a statement, chief prosecutor Noordin Haji named former sports minister Hassan Wario and two-time Olympic gold medallist Kipchoge Keino — who headed the Olympic committee — as among those to be charged. “During the Rio Olympics, the government set aside 544 million shillings (USD5.4 million, 4.6 million euros) to facilitate athletes’ participation in the Games,” read the statement. “Unfortunately part of the funds were mismanaged thus denying the athletes proper facilitation.” Graft is rife in Kenya, with millions of dollars of public funds going missing each year, and the country was left red-faced in 2016 over graft during its Olympic campaign which also saw athletes’ team uniforms stolen by officials. “The impact of corruption and siphoning of funds meant for the facilitation of our sports men and women has a negative impact on their ability to perform optimally,” said Haji. The seven suspects were given until Monday to turn themselves in, and will face six counts of abuse of office, and four counts of failing to comply with laws on the management of public funds. The charges cover embezzlement, the purchase of unauthorised air tickets, overpayment of allowances and expenditure on unauthorised persons, all to the amount of 55 million shillings. (AFP) SMNSMNlast_img read more

Offshore Energy 2014 Kicks Off

first_imgzoom Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference 2014, one of the fastest growing gatherings of offshore professionals, has kicked off this morning in Amsterdam’s RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.The conference was officially opened by Dr. María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios, Under Secretary Hydrocarbons of Mexico, Pieter van Oord, Chairman of Van Oord and Coert van Zijll Langhout, Managing Director of Navingo.“According to the International Energy Agency, the world’s growing need for energy will require more than USD 48 trillion in investments over the period to 2035. That means that today’s annual investment in energy supply, which is about USD 1.6 trillion a year is steadily going to rise over the coming decades towards USD 2 trillion annually,” Pieter van Oord said in his opening speech.As explained, in the changing energy world the crucial things in the offshore industry are knowledge, capabilities and competences.In that respect, Mr van Oord said that Offshore Energy represents an excellent platform to share knowledge and built up cooperation with companies, policy makers and industry players.Dr. María de Lourdes Melgar Palacios, Under Secretary of Hydrocarbons of Mexico,  explained the main principles that guided the energy reform in Mexico.Under the reform, the state retains ownership of hydrocarbons below the surface while prohibiting the privatization of PEMEX and CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, the state-owned electricity company).She also mentioned that the new legal framework allows for private ownership of hydrocarbons at the wellhead through service, profit-sharing, production-sharing, and license contracts.Founded in 2008, Offshore Energy has been breaking records year after year. The 2013 edition attracted 9,123 visitors representing 56 nationalities.It is expected that the number of supply chain companies exhibiting at this year’s edition will range between 500 and 600, with expected number of visitors reaching staggering 10,000.Exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates represent over 60 nationalities from around the world.The event will also include extensive conference program with over 100 expert speakers scheduled to discuss key topics and solutions with the offshore community.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Navingolast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Road Closure Summary

first_img Closed Mattatall Road in Tatamagouche Clarence Hirtle Road Port Medway Road Old Westfield Road Route 208 New Elm Road River Road Route 308 (Quinan) Polly Road South Belleville Road (Kiack Brook) Minor Road Depot Road Canaan Road Now open PICTOU COUNTYAll roads open QUEENS COUNTYClosed Tinkham Road Saunders Road Spinney Road Gray Road Raynardton Road, including Raynardton Bridge Depot Road Crosby Road (Leonard Sabean Road) North Kempt Road Captain Landers Court Hardwood Hills Road Lake Vaughn Road — Chemin de la Pre Valley Crescent Dayton Road MacCormack Road Mood Road Perry Road Belleville Trunk 3, intersection of Raynardton Road to intersection of Van Norden Road in Tusket KINGS COUNTYAll roads open LUNENBURG COUNTY:Closed DIGBY COUNTYOpen Motorists should continue to use caution. Drivers should slow down and watch for damaged areas. -30- Closed Melanson Road, Clare d’Entremont Road, Clare Upper Clyde Road West Upper Clyde Road East (Local traffic only at the Hemlock Branch Bridge) Back Lake Road Open Bowers Road Welshtown Road Open French Road (one lane only) Branch LaHave Road (Wentzell Road) – from Trunk 10 to Sarty Road Veinot Road – between Trunk 10 and Osbourne Road Haines Road (Barss Corner) Lower Branch Road – Closed from Osbourne Road to Trunk 10 Wentzell Lake Road, at LaHave River crossing YARMOUTH COUNTYClosed Open Open COLCHESTER COUNTYClosed Brenton Cross Road, between Route 289 and Cloverdale Road, is open to local traffic only SHELBURNE COUNTYOpen Malagash Road (detour on Malagash Station Road) Chester Grant Road will be open by 5:30 p.m. today Trunk 3 – East River Bridge open to light traffic. Temporary weight restriction of 12,000 kg in place. East Clifford Road Route 329 Faulkner Road – Water crossing road (still open) Green Bay Road – Water crossing road (still open) McKeen Road Lapland Road Woodstock Road Bangor Road, Clare Bonnie Road, Clare Here is a summary of recent storm-related road closures and openings. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY:Open Mill Village East Road, between Hillsview Drive and Medway River Road Chapel Hill Drive closed at bridge about one kilometre north of Route 210 Rosette Road, between Harlow and Moose Pit Medway River Road, between Deans Brook and Charleston and bridge closed at Slab Pile Brook in Charleston Westfield Road, closed between Westfield and Caledonia Paradise Lane and Route 201 at Paradise Lane Trunk 1 at Brickton East Dalhousie Road CUMBERLAND COUNTYClosedlast_img read more

Jeweller murdered at his residence in Dwarka

first_imgNew Delhi: A 37-year-old jeweller was allegedly murdered at his residence in Dwarka area of Delhi early on Wednesday morning. Police said that they are probing the case from several angles including personal enmity.Police identified the deceased as Lalit Aggarwal who lived with his family in Madhu Vihar area. The family members of the deceased were sleeping when the incident occurred. According to the police, the incident took place around 2:36 am. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”As soon as we were alerted about the incident. A team was immediately rushed to the location. The deceased was identified as Lalit Aggarwal, who is a jeweller and runs a jewellery shop on the ground floor by the name of ”Satyam Jewellers”. The shop is on the ground floor and the family resides on the first floor,” said a police officer. According to police sources, the deceased was sleeping with his 14-year-old. In the night Lalit waked up his son. “The child switched on the lights and found his father on the pool of blood. Blood was oozing out from the throat. He informed other family members,” said an official adding that the victim was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources claimed that the entry of the accused seems to be friendly. “The probe is on from different angles. Several teams have been formed to crack the case,” police said. The investigators are also checking whether any things had gone missing from the house. “We have questioned a few persons in this regard to get clues in the incident,” police said. Adding further, the officer said that the other family members were sleeping in the other room. “The case will be cracked soon. Footages of several CCTV cameras are being scanned,” police said. A case under relevant sections of the law has been registered at Dabri police station. As many as 164 murders reported different parts of National Capital in the first four months of 2019. The investigating agency said that one of the main reasons behind the killings was enmity and disputes. The law enforcement agency has arrested more than 300 persons involved in the heinous crime.last_img read more

Davie shipyard launches new plea for Ottawa to award it second ship

first_imgMONTREAL – More than 1,300 jobs are at risk due to Ottawa’s refusal to give the Davie shipyard near Quebec City a contract for a second supply ship, a coalition trying to save the facility said Thursday.Members of the group travelled to Montreal to try to pressure Quebec-based MPs to recognize the plight of the province’s shipyard workers.Some 800 workers are expected to lose their jobs by the end of the year, while another 350 people who work at the shipyard’s suppliers in the Quebec City area are also believed to be at risk of being unemployed.On Thursday, the coalition presented the findings of a survey it conducted among 205 of the 219 Montreal-area suppliers to the Davie shipyard.More than half of them said the federal government’s decision would negatively affect their businesses and threaten 160 jobs.Davie recently completed the Asterix, a former container ship converted into a supply ship.The shipyard’s workers were expecting an order for a second ship but were told by the Canadian Forces it would not be needed.The president of a subsidiary of the Davie shipyard owner that acts as an intermediary for federal contracts said both the Senate and the House of Commons have recognized the urgency to equip the Navy with a ship similar to the one Davie recently completed.“We are not trying to pull work from other shipyards in Canada,” Spencer Fraser, head of Federal Fleet Services, told reporters. “There is enough work for all three yards.”The other facilities are in Vancouver and Halifax.Ottawa plans on acquiring its second supply ship in 2021 from Vancouver, which has a $4.1-billion contract for two vessels.Fraser said that timeline is not realistic.Vancouver’s Seaspan shipyard can build only one ship at a time, Fraser said, and the yard first has to deliver four ships for the Canadian Coast Guard, an order that will be completed in 2023.Fraser said Vancouver’s supply ship can only be completed by 2026.He called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to release a more realistic timeline.Davie spokesman Frederick Boisvert has said laid-off workers could be quickly recalled once the Trudeau government decides to send a “clear signal” or letter of intent for the second ship.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in early December he recognized the expertise of Davie workers but the federal government simply didn’t need another supply ship.“We cannot artificially create a need for something that doesn’t exist,” he told reporters in Montreal.He said the federal government was analyzing the future shipbuilding needs of the Navy, coast guard and ferry services, which may provide opportunities for Davie in the future.last_img read more

Canada launches public consultations on tariff rate quotas for supply-managed goods

OTTAWA — Global Affairs Canada has launched public consultations on how it allocates and administers tariff rate quotas for a number of supply-managed poultry and dairy products.The government is looking to hear from both individuals and organizations via an online questionnaire found on its website.A tariff rate quota (TRQ) is an import mechanism that allows a certain amount of a specific product to be imported at a low or zero duty rate, while anything above that is generally charged a much higher rate.The survey allows Canadians to choose from two dozen products to comment on, including chicken, eggs, cheese and butter.It asks questions about what the preferred method of allocation would be for TRQs, whether new entrants should face different eligibility criteria, and whether there should be a cap on how much of the quota one allocation holder can receive.Survey takers can weigh in on whether a portion of the allocation should be reserved for specific demographics or other categories, like women-owned businesses; whether transfers should be allowed; and what, if any, restrictions should be considered for auctions.The Canadian Press read more

HRW calls for transparent probe

“It’s undisputed that security forces killed three protesters, but the Sri Lankan government’s kneejerk reaction is to deny possible wrongdoing,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Instead of promoting the military’s version of events, the government should order an independent investigation and prosecute anyone who violated the law.” It is not clear why soldiers were deployed so soon without giving the police and local authorities a chance to handle what had been a peaceful protest, Human Rights Watch said. Video footage shows soldiers with military assault weapons approaching the protesters. The protesters begin running from the scene, some throwing sticks and other objects, before the soldiers appear to fire first in the air and then at the protesters.Some protesters sought safety in a local church, whose exterior walls were at some point struck by bullets. Church officials and eyewitnesses told journalists that armed soldiers entered the church and physically and verbally abused people hiding inside. Church staff were warned against supporting the protesters, with one nun being held at gunpoint, and journalists had their cameras broken. After the incident, journalists reported being threatened by military personnel against reporting. Human Rights Watch called on the government to ensure that security forces responding to protests abide by the United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. The principles provide that security forces, including military personnel, shall “apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force and firearms,” and that “whenever the lawful use of force and firearms is unavoidable,” law enforcement officials use force in proportion to the seriousness of the offense and the legitimate objective to be achieved, and minimize damage and injury. The intentional lethal use of firearms is only permitted when “strictly unavoidable in order to protect life.”“The authorities’ decision to send soldiers armed with assault rifles to secure a demonstration is deeply worrisome,” Ganguly said. “The government needs to rethink its whole approach to ensure that people can peacefully and safely protest.” The Sri Lankan government should stop issuing misleading information and promptly create an independent and transparent inquiry into the deaths of protesters at Weliweriya on August 1, 2013, Human Rights Watch said today.At least three people were killed and several injured after security forces fired live ammunition at protesters who were demanding access to clean drinking water. According to news reports, soldiers fired on local residents and Buddhist monks who were demonstrating for clean water on the Colombo-Kandy Road in Weliweriya, Gampaha district, about 25 kilometers from Colombo. The government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa claims that the soldiers reacted in self-defense against protesters who hurled rocks and petrol bombs and shot at them. The unclear circumstances leading to the deaths and injuries, as well as government statements exonerating the solders involved, highlight the need for an independent inquiry, Human Rights Watch said. read more

UN seminar on Palestinians ends with call for urgent international aid

Now, more than ever, the Palestinian people were in urgent need for the assistance of the international community, the Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People which organized the Seminar, Papa Louis Fall of Senegal, told the closing session in Geneva yesterday.Although Israel and the Palestinians were showing signs of agreement on strengthening the political process and returning to the negotiating table, this should not blind anyone to the gravity of the socio-economic situation and the seriousness of the humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory, Mr. Fall said. The economy and infrastructure had been hard hit by almost three years of violence and destruction that had resulted in record unemployment, poverty, malnutrition and dismal living conditions, which was an environment which could not be conducive to the pursuit of peace. In this regard, the assistance and support of the international community in meeting the challenging humanitarian and economic needs of the Palestinian people was urgently needed, Mr. Fall added. The Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, Nasser Al-Kidwa, told the closing session that the living conditions of the Palestinian people had deteriorated almost to the point of threatening the very fabric of Palestinian society. All this, he said, was due to basically two measures committed by the occupying power: first, the internal and external restrictions and the outright prevention of the freedom of movement of the people of Palestine; and second, the effective and extremely vast destruction not only of homes but also of agricultural land and Palestinian economic and industrial facilities. read more

Bay Area transit workers go on strike after weekend talks fail traffic

Bay Area transit workers go on strike after weekend talks fail, traffic snarls expected AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Terry Collins, The Associated Press Posted Jul 1, 2013 3:20 am MDT OAKLAND, Calif. – Two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit’s largest unions went on strike after weekend talks with management failed to produce a new contract, ensuring a nightmarish journey ahead for Monday commuters.The strike was called as Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 workers’ contracts expired at midnight Sunday. Both the unions and management earlier in the day said they were far apart on key sticking points including salary, pensions, health care and safety.“I’m deeply disappointed it has come to this,” SEIU negotiator Josie Mooney told reporters at a midnight news conference.“Our members aren’t interested in disrupting the Bay Area, but management has put us in a position where we have no choice,” ATU Local President Antonette Bryant said.Negotiations fell apart Saturday and the unions walked away from the table. California Gov. Jerry Brown’s office had urged both sides to resume discussions Sunday with rush hour on the horizon. But talks between the two sides came to an end shortly before 8:30 p.m., when union negotiators left the state office building in Oakland that had been opened for the day as a neutral meeting ground.BART accused union negotiators of walking away from the bargaining table while union negotiators countered that they had recessed to the union hall, and told management they had until midnight to offer a new proposal for them to consider.The walkout is set to derail the more than 400,000 riders who use the nation’s fifth-largest rail system and affect every mode of transportation. Transportation officials say another 60,000 vehicles could be on the road, clogging highways and bridges throughout the Bay Area.The unions, which represent nearly 2,400 train operators, station agents, mechanics, maintenance workers and professional staff, were asking for a 5 per cent annual raise over the next three years. BART said Saturday that train operators and station agents in the unions average about $71,000 in base salary and $11,000 in overtime annually. The workers also pay a flat $92 monthly fee for health insurance.BART spokesman Rick Rice said BART had up its original offer of a 4 per cent pay rise over the next four years to 8 per cent. The proposed salary increase is on top of a 1 per cent raise employees were scheduled to receive Monday, Rice added. .The transit agency also said it offered to reduce the contribution employees would have to make to their pensions, and lower the costs of health care premiums they would have to pay.Bryant said Sunday that BART’s latest proposal is not an actual pay increase, calling it “surface bargaining.”BART’s last strike lasted six days in 1997. The transit agency handles more than 40 per cent of commuters coming from the East Bay to San Francisco with the Bay Bridge handling another 50 per cent said John Goodwin, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.Other transit agencies in the region urged commuters to consider carpooling, taking buses or ferries, working from home and, if they must drive to work, to leave earlier or even later than usual.San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the city will offer increased transportation options, including at the airport, and increase staff for traffic management. BART said it will let commuters use parking lots at their 33 stations free of charge for the purpose of carpooling. read more

UN expert urges governments to buy local food in public projects

“When sourcing food for schools, hospitals and public administrations, Governments have a rare opportunity to support more nutritious diets and more sustainable food systems in one fell swoop,” Olivier De Schutter said in his final publication to the UN Human Rights Council as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food.“Governments have few sources of leverage over increasingly globalized food systems – but public procurement is one of them,” he concluded, adding that Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries spend an average of 12 per cent of their Gross Domestic Products (GDP) on public procurement.In his report, Mr. De Schutter identified five principles for how Governments should use their public procurement.He recommends buying locally, and ideally, from small-scale food producers, guaranteeing living wages and fair prices. In addition, he highlights setting specific requirements for adequate food diets, and increasing participation and accountability in the food system.“It may cost Governments slightly more to source from a range of smaller-scale, sustainable operators than from major suppliers, but the investment is worth it,” the Special Rapporteur said.For example, data on United Kingdom school feeding programmes suggests a return of 3-to-1 for additional spending on sustainable and local procurement. Another study estimates that the total benefits of supplying 50 million African school-children with locally produced food could reach around $1.6 billion per year.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Ohio State mens basketball tops James Madison for 5th straight win

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) passes the ball during a game against James Madison on Nov. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 73-56.Credit: Sam Hollingshead / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s basketball team missed back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, but the Buckeyes never relinquished their lead after Marc Loving connected from deep on their third possession.Loving — a sophomore forward — made another long ball less than three minutes later before the Buckeyes (5-0) opened up an 11-point lead just over five minutes into their 73-56 win against James Madison (4-2) on Friday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU led by double digits for the final 34:57 of the contest.But despite the perpetual lead, the Buckeyes allowed the Dukes to move within 10 at the half and struggled to shoot the ball throughout the game after starting off 6-for-10 from 3-point range.Senior forward Sam Thompson said the Buckeyes have to be able to win, even when not shooting well, and proved they have that ability against the Dukes.“Sometimes you’ve gotta win like that,” Thompson said after the game. “You’re not gonna score 100 points every game, shoot 65 percent. We obviously don’t want to play like that, but … gotta find ways to win.”OSU shot just 41.3 percent from the field and missed its last eight 3-pointers while turning the ball over 15 times in the game.Coach Thad Matta said OSU lost energy at times in the game, and added that’s bound to happen from time to time.“I think every now and then you have a game like this, and just a little bit lackadaisical,” Matta said after the game. “And that was the biggest thing we talked about after the game, was just trusting the system and knowing that it works. And everybody has to do what they’re supposed to do.”After allowing the Dukes to inch closer at the end of the first half, the Buckeyes opened up an 18-point lead with 15:44 to play after freshman guard D’Angelo Russell found Thompson for an alley-oop.The dunk moved Thompson past the 700-point mark in his OSU career. His 13 points in the game give him 703 for his time in Columbus.Even though they were shooting just over 41 percent from the field with 9:17 to play, the Buckeyes held a 21-point lead. James Madison worked back to a 16-point deficit with four minutes to play.Despite pulling out to a 17-point lead in the first half, the Buckeyes were only up 37-27 at the break after James Madison closed out the opening 20 minutes on a 15-8 run.OSU finished the half shooting just 46.7 percent from the field. Loving didn’t score in the first half after his early 3-pointers, while Russell led all players with 10 points before the break.James Madison out-rebounded OSU, 19-18, in the first half and forced eight Buckeye turnovers.Thompson said the Buckeyes brought down their energy level after starting fast in the first half.“We got off to a hot start and then for whatever reason we really slowed ourselves down in that last probably 10-12 minutes of the first half,” he said. “And obviously take nothing away from (James Madison), but we thought we stopped attacking, stopped being aggressive on the offensive end.”On a day when his team had an up-and-down performance despite picking up a 17-point win, Matta said one player in particular — freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate — brought a spark to the Buckeyes off the bench.“I’d give Jae’Sean Tate the game ball today, just with his energy and just the passion he played with, I thought he was tremendous,” Matta said. “That has to become contagious, we’ve gotta get other guys doing that.”Tate said he’s embraced the role of spark-plug for the Buckeyes five games into his collegiate career.“(I’m a) high-motor guy,” Tate said after the game. “I bring the juice, is what coach would say, and I just try to get us a little kick start when we need it.”Russell scored just four points in the second half but led the Buckeyes with 14 points in the game. Thompson’s 13 made him the only other OSU player to score in double figures. Senior guard Shannon Scott tallied a game-high six assists while senior center Amir Williams led all players with nine rebounds.James Madison junior guard Andre Nation scored a game-high 15 points while sophomore forward Yohanny Dalembert chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds.OSU is scheduled to play its first road game of the season against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday. Tip is set for 9:35 p.m. read more

Tsipras family accused of corruption

first_imgA company belonging to the Tsipras family was granted a project worth €1.1 million in 2012, raising concerns of corruption after the case never reached court.On Monday, press spokeswoman for conservative New Democracy, Maria Spyraki, announced that the project was granted to technical company Diodos, owned by the prime minister’s brother Dimitri, on the basis of a fake social security clearance certificate.Spyraki noted that Dimitris Tsipras was indicted to trial over the affair in 2015, claiming that the following year legislation was changed “overnight” to ensure that the case was not examined in court. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Clark County sizzles on fifth day of 90degree temperatures

first_imgFor the fifth day in a row, Southwest Washington endured temperatures hotter than 90 degrees on Monday. While some sweated through their jobs or fled to air conditioning, others went with the flow. Above, Bill Sherwin of Portland and his daughter, Nevella, 4, took advantage of the swimming at Vancouver Lake.last_img