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EU releases 33 million euros emergency aid for Beirut blast

first_imgThe European Union announced Thursday that it had released 33 million euros to finance emergency aid for Lebanon and mobilized material resources, including an Italian hospital ship, to help relief efforts in Beirut after this week’s devastating explosions. A donor conference is also planned to mobilize additional funding for reconstruction after an assessment of what is required, said a EU source. The release of the 33 million euros  ($39 million) should make it possible to cover the immediate needs of the emergency services and hospitals in the capital, said the European Commission.  Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke by phone with Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Thursday to talk about European Union assistance. In a letter to the 27 EU members released on Thursday evening, von der Leyen and Charles Michel, President of the European Council, called on member states to “contribute to the road to recovery that lies ahead”.”We… invite you to intensify your support to Lebanon both on the immediate needs, but also with a view to the longer-term reconstruction of the country,” the leaders wrote.”In order to ensure efficiency and swift delivery, we stand ready to ensure the synergy of the aid that you and the EU as a whole will provide to Lebanon, through a coordination mechanism that the EU institutions will put in place.”  They reminded the 27 member states of the “strong partnership” between the EU and Lebanon, “a country of strategic importance which hosts the largest number of refugees per capita”.”We have a common interest in acting now to limit the fall-out of this tragedy,” they said.European countries have mobilized quickly with the Italian navy making available a ship with helicopter medical evacuation capability and a flight containing 8.5 tons of  medical equipment. “We are at the side of the Lebanese people and we will work in the coming days to give them the greatest possible support,” said Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Thursday.”What happened… is a tragedy that has struck the Lebanese people, and from our point of view helping a friendly country like Lebanon also means stopping a process of destabilization and instability which risks having an effect on migration.”Di Maio said Italy had sent “firemen, soldiers, specialists… and eight tons of medical aid”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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The suburb where homes sell faster than anywhere else

first_img22 North St, West EndHOMES in West End are selling faster than any other suburb in Townsville – with buyers attracted to the city fringe location, affordability and heritage houses.The latest CoreLogic figures show properties in West End take an average of 22 days to sell compared to the Townsville-wide average of 62 days. Ray White agent Julie Mahoney recently sold 22 North St in West End for $315,000 after it was on the market for less than a week. She said West End had become popular with first home buyers and young professionals, resulting in properties selling quickly.“It’s that specific demographic and they are probably more aware of trends and they like the proximity to the city,” Ms Mahoney said.“West End has also been upgraded with heaps of walking tracks on that side of Castle Hill and I think buyers there are anticipating the development of the new stadium.“It’s become a hip suburb and it’s also really affordable, so it’s attracting young, dynamic couples.”West End is an affordable option for people wanting to live in a city fringe suburb, being only 2.5km from the CBD, with a median house price of $350,000. In comparison, North Ward, at 2km from the CBD, has a median house price of $552,500.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020West End is also one of Townsville’s oldest suburbs and features historic building from the 1800s including the West End Cemetery, the West End Hotel on Ingham Rd and Townsville Showgrounds.Beautifully restored Queenslanders mixed with modern builds have given the suburb an eclectic feel, while the Hub on Echlin has brought new, trendy shops such as Stripes Coffee and Monique Abel Professional Makeup Studio. M Property Townsville agents Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow recently sold 7/23-25 Echlin St to a young professional couple after the unit was only on the market for three weeks.7/23-25 Echlin St, West End sold after less than three weeks on the market.They said thanks to some careful renovations which had transformed many of the suburb’s homes, West End had grown in popularity.“There are all these little pockets where renovations have been done on properties which has given West End a new lease of life,” they said.“That precinct on Echlin St (The Hub) has changed the fabric of the suburb as well and there is a lot of passionate retailers.”last_img read more

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Timing for master-trust quality framework ‘wrong’, says NAPF

first_imgThis risked even higher costs, she said, as the audit would be difficult and time consuming.“The timing is wrong, too,” Segars said. “This work will hit master trusts just as they are hitting the peak demand from employers because of automatic enrolment.”The ICAEW and the Pensions Regulator should reconsider implementation deadlines, along with the length and number of control objectives, she said. “We believe a shorter framework targeted at the key issues would be more efficient and could be built upon later,” Segars said.Under the draft framework, master trusts are expected to get independent assurance from a chartered accountant every year.It focuses on six areas – main characteristics of scheme design, governance, the people accountable for the scheme, ongoing governance and monitoring, administration and communication to members.The framework includes a number of ‘control objectives’, based on many of the regulator’s DC principles and quality features.The NAPF said the most important thing was to encourage good master trusts and make sure action was taken against poorly run ones.The voluntary audit framework could create extra burdens without solving the underlying problem of poor regulation, Segars said.“We want to see a single regulator, a greater focus on ensuring strong, independent governance and higher barriers to entry,” she said.In its formal response, the NAPF said it has set out members’ concerns over several of the 43 proposed control objectives, including their prescriptive nature and how they would keep up to date as policy changed.Members were also worried expectations or requirements were unclear in some cases, it said. The new draft quality-assurance framework for defined-contribution (DC) ‘master trust’ pensions puts too much of a burden on pension funds – and the timing is wrong, according to the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).The association said it had submitted its formal response to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW) consultation on the draft framework, which the institute set out in October in conjunction with the Pensions Regulator.The NAPF said it had already welcomed the regulator and audit profession’s focus on improving the quality of master trusts, and launched its own Pension Quality Mark READY scheme to support this.But Joanne Segars, chief executive of the association, said: “Our consultation response sets out our master trust members’ concerns about the resources the assurance audits will require and the lack of auditors with pensions expertise to carry them out.”last_img read more

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Commercial flight crews show higher cancer rates — study

first_imgBusinessHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Commercial flight crews show higher cancer rates — study by: – June 27, 2018 Sharing is caring! Share 29 Views   no discussions PARIS, France (AFP) — Flight crews have higher than average rates of certain cancers, according to a study of more than 5,000 US-based flight attendants.“We report a higher lifetime prevalence of breast, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers among flight crews relative to the general population,” said Irina Mordukhovich, a researcher at Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health and co-author of a study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health.“This is striking given the low rates of overweight and smoking in this occupational group,” she said in a statement.Out of 5,366 flight attendants who took part in the study, just over 15 per cent reported ever having been diagnosed with cancer.Taking age into account, the study found a higher prevalence of cancer in flight crew for every type of cancer examined.Some 3.4 per cent of the women who flew for a living had breast cancer, compared to 2.3 per cent in the general population.The flight-crew rate was 0.15 per cent compared to 0.13 per cent for uterine cancer; 1.0 compared to 0.70 per cent for cervical cancer; 0.47 compared to 0.27 per cent for stomach or colon cancer; and 0.67 compared to 0.56 per cent for thyroid cancer.The risk of breast cancer was higher in women who had never had children, as well as those who had three or more.Having no children was a known risk factor, noted Mordukhovich.“But we were surprised to replicate a recent finding that exposure to work as a flight attendant was related to breast cancer exclusively among women with three or more children,” she said.“This may be due to combined sources of circadian rhythm disruption — sleep deprivation and irregular schedules — both at home and at work.”Male flight attendants were found to have higher rates of skin cancer — 1.2 and 3.2 per cent for melanoma and non-melanoma cancer, respectively, compared to 0.69 and 2.9 per cent for the adult population as a whole.This was especially true if the attendants working before smoking on planes was banned in the United States, in 1998.Flight crews are routinely exposed to known and probable carcinogens, including cosmic radiation from space, circadian rhythm disruption, and possible chemical contaminants.The authors used 2013-14 data from the Flight Attendant Health Study, which has been tracking the health of selected flight crew since 2007.This was compared to data from 23,729 men and women with similar economic status who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey during the same years.center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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OA Music Students Attend Cincinnati Symphony

first_img(Oldenburg Academy)OLDENBURG, Ind. — The Oldenburg Academy Orchestra, along with piano and harp students, recently had the opportunity to attend a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert.Students were able to hear Emmanual Ax perform a Chopin Concerto and to hear the symphony perform La Mer by Debussy.OA attendees later had the chance to meet Emmanual Ax, along with Cincinnati Symphony Conductor Louis Langree.last_img

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Joey L. Walden

first_imgJoseph “Joey” Lawrence Walden, age 38 of Indianapolis, suddenly passed away on May 12, 2020.  Joey was born November 14, 1981, in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Mary Ann Moore and Michael Feagan.  Joey cherished his childhood growing up in Augusta, Kentucky and Portland, Tennesse where he was introduced to Bill Monroe and many other country music legends. Joey always looked forward to the time spent with his cousins during the summer months and especially the family gatherings.Joey enlisted in the National Guard after Franklin County High School and proudly served at the Indiana National Guard in Connersville, Indiana. Joey worked in construction for many years and was known for having a big heart and he was always willing to help anyone in need. Joey loved to write songs, play his guitar, and spend time on the Laughery Creek banks in southeastern Indiana fishing with his life-long friend Jennie.Joey is survived by his mother, Mary Ann (Ronnie) Moore, father, Mike (Diane) Feagan; brothers, Dakotah James Moore and Keith (Kala) Moore; step-grandparents, Ronnie and Mary Moore Sr.; nephew of Larry (Maria) Walden, Shirley (Rick) Baker, David (Rhonda) Walden, Kathy (Randy) Puckett, Earnest Phillip (Kathy) Walden, Donna (Steve) Schuman, Terry (Tammy) Moore, and numerous cousins.Joey is preceded in death by his grandparents Lawrence and Lucille (Crider) Walden, Leaming “Slim” and Ruth Feagan, aunt Anita Gail Byrd, uncle Winfred Earl Walden, and cousin Michael David Byrd.Graveside services will be Monday, May 18, 2020 at Glen Haven Cemetery in Harrison, Ohio at 2:00 pm with his uncle, Larry Walden officiating.Memorials may be given to the family and sent or dropped off to Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, 1150 St. Rd. 46 E., Batesville, IN 47006.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Joey’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook or send a card to using the link on the page.last_img read more

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‘Baby Fed’ Knocks out Federer from US Open 2019

first_imgDimitrov, 28, faces Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in the last four.“Clearly in the end he was not at his best. I used every opportunity I had,” said the Bulgarian.World number 78 Dimitrov’s shock win ensured there will be at least one first-time Grand Slam finalist on Sunday.Third seed Federer, who lost to Australian John Millman in the last 16 last year, has now been knocked out of the US Open by players ranked outside of the world’s top 50 for the second successive year – after never previously having lost to one at Flushing Meadows.Afterwards, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said he was struggling with the back problem throughout the match.“I feel low. I’m disappointed it is over because I feel as I though I was playing well,” Federer said.“It is a missed opportunity. I thought if I could get through I’d have two days off after.”Federer’s exit leaves long-time rival Rafael Nadal as the strong favourite to lift the trophy, with defending champion Novak Djokovic also out after retiring injured from his last-16 match against Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.Spanish second seed Nadal, a three-time US Open champion, faces Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman in their quarter-final on Wednesday.But it is clearly a golden opportunity for 33-year-old Nadal to win his 19th Grand Slam title and narrow the gap on Federer in the race to be regarded as the greatest men’s player of all time.Federer’s loss also ended the possibility of the illustrious pair, rather remarkably, meeting at the US Open for the first time in their enduring rivalry.Dimitrov, whose career has stalled spectacularly in the past two years, was not expected to be the man to prevent a ‘Fedal’ final from happening.Nicknamed ‘Baby Fed’ in the early days of his professional career because of his technique, the Bulgarian was once heralded as the man who might succeed the Swiss as the leading player in the men’s game.But he has tumbled down the ATP rankings since reaching a career-high ranking of three in November 2017, with a shoulder injury derailing his season this year and forcing him to withdraw from four tournaments.Coming into the final Grand Slam of the season Dimitrov had lost seven of his previous eight matches, including a chastening defeat by world number 405 Kevin King in Atlanta.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Roger Federer Five-time champion Roger Federer is out of the US Open after Bulgaria’s Grigor ‘Baby Fed’ Dimitrov won a late-night thriller to finally beat the Swiss great.Federer, 38, had won all seven of their previous meetings but unseeded Dimitrov fought back to win 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2.Federer, who needed treatment for a back injury in the latter stages, said: “I felt it the whole time, but I was able to play.”last_img read more

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Exercise Northern Strike

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisArmy, Air Force, Marines and Special Forces all gathered in Northeast Michigan to operate the exercise Northern Strike. This exercise helps to train service members working from the ground, water and air, it stimulates real life situations as if they were in combat.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Field Trip Friday Goes To Dinosaur GardensNext Limited Tickets Now Available for 7th Annual Grub Crawllast_img read more

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Watch Video: Striker scores goal, runs into stands to applaud himself!

first_imgStricken with a lack of travelling fans to do the honours, FK Trakai striker Dmitriy Kovb was left with the task of actually giving himself a round of applause from the terraces after grabbing an 87th-minute equaliser against Zalgiris in the Lithuanian top division on Wednesday night.last_img

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Alexander: The off-season frustration of the Dodgers fan

first_img Alexander: Baseball’s ‘unwritten rules’ need to be erased Alexander: Playoff series takes a turn Clippers weren’t expecting • For what it’s worth, Iowa has been designated as the home team for Friday night’s Holiday Bowl against USC at The Stadium Formerly Known As Jack Murphy. There will indeed be a huge assemblage of Iowans on hand, and here’s one reason why: The high in Iowa City on Friday will be 43 degrees. In San Diego, it’ll be 60 during the day, 57 and clear at the 5 p.m. kickoff.(They might consider that balmy. I’ll be bundled up.)• So how many USC fans will show up? This will be the first test of Trojans supporters’ devotion as the Clay Helton administration continues. If the amount of Cardinal and Gold in the stands is small, it won’t change Mike Bohn’s decision to retain Helton, but it could speed the process of staff decisions, which began with offensive coordinator Graham Harrell’s contract extension last week but could include a couple other coordinator changes soon after the bowl game.• This was Helton from the transcript of Thursday’s pre-bowl news conference in San Diego: “Since the day that Dr. Carol Folt, our president, and Mike Bohn, our athletic director, have come on campus, I have felt nothing but support. You know, for them to be able to evaluate a season and say: ‘Hey, Coach Helton is our guy, we want to give him the tools and resources and support needed to be able to take that next step from a Top-25 team to a national championship team,’ is one that as a head coach, you’re very appreciative for.”Related Articles Alexander: Lakers-Blazers is not your typical No. 1 vs. No. 8 series The world according to Jim:• Pick one. The Dodgers, from managing partner Mark Walter and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman on down, are:(a) Timid.(b) Cheap. (c) Not as obsessed with winning a World Series as they should be (i.e., the way their fan base is).(d) Smart enough to avoid long-term commitments that become more onerous as players get older.(e) All of (a), (b) and (c).• Among a fan base increasingly frustrated by October failures, not to mention rising ticket prices and a TV contract that brings in about  $332 million per year but still leaves a significant chunk of SoCal viewers without access to the team’s channel, (d) won’t get very many votes.Sunday’s loss of free-agent pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to the Toronto Blue Jays – in which the Dodgers were reportedly unwilling to match the average annual value the Jays offered the left-hander with their four-year, $80 million deal – is just the latest indignity. The Dodgers could use another established starting pitcher to stand tall in October. Alexander: Coping with the desolation, and silence, of empty seats Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Alexander: Lakers fans, it’s been a long wait None of this satisfies many USC boosters. But keep in mind what we’ve mentioned before: This isn’t a lifetime appointment. The prudent thing for Bohn, who had less than a month of up-close evaluation after arriving in early November, was to stay the course with the head coach and look for ways to improve in other areas.If we’re still having this conversation by the end of next season, the angry villagers might get their wish.jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Instead, not only did they whiff on Gerrit Cole – see category (a) – and lose out on Stephen Strasburg, Dallas Keuchel and Madison Bumgarner, they let a pivotal member of their own rotation get away.• But this couldn’t have been unexpected, could it? At some point, baseball’s pundits – the national guys, like Ken Rosenthal, Jon Heyman, Buster Olney and Bob Nightengale, who are generally well plugged into negotiations and transactions – will have to stop listing the Dodgers as one of those teams “interested” in various free agents, or “working” on blockbuster deals for All-Stars such as Francisco Lindor and Mookie Betts.• What’s the point? The Dodgers have become baseball’s stalking horse. They might express initial interest, they might even drive up the bidding a bit, but at a certain point, it’s a given they’ll drop out. Whether it’s years and dollars for free agents or prospects in trade talks, the price will inevitably be too steep.It is a small-market philosophy in an operation with big-market revenue. Is it any wonder it infuriates Dodgers fans, for whom division titles become less fulfilling with each postseason hiccup? Anyone out there still think those 106 regular-season victories in 2019 held any meaning after Howie Kendrick struck in Game 5 of the NL Division Series?• Maybe we should have sensed this early in the ownership of Walter and the rest of the Guggenheim group, even as they initially dug out from the Frank McCourt reign of error and raised the payroll. Asked once about long-term commitments to pitchers, Walter said, simply: “Pitchers break.”That, and the Dodgers’ risk-averse methodology, probably helps explain their reluctance to commit to $20 million or so for Ryu in his age 36 season, which is what Toronto has done. (Maybe they should keep that in mind when it comes to their continued faith in Kenley Jansen as their closer.)• All of that said, there are still seven weeks or so before pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch. Maybe by then, Blake Treinen won’t be the team’s marquee acquisition.And yes, World Series titles aren’t won in December and January. But can you blame Dodgers fans for suspecting they can be lost in the dead of winter?• Anyone else experience vertigo while watching the ESPN/ABC telecast of Lakers-Clippers Christmas night? The deep thinkers at the networks decided the marquee game was the ideal place to experiment with their Skycam and overhead shots during live action. Our view: Save them for replays.• This is why we enjoy our dealings with Doc Rivers: It’s a no artifice zone. Ask a question, you get an honest answer. For instance, he was asked during Wednesday’s postgame scrum, following the buildup, if it was in fact just another game.“Now it is,” he said.last_img read more

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