first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Prasun Banerjee deposed before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday, in connection with the Narada sting operation probe and accused the Central agency of harassing him and his fellow party leaders. “It seems that they are trying to harass us. I told them that as I am an MP, my voice samples are easily available in the public domain. There was no requirement to summon me for the voice sample. I had already submitted all details regarding the Narada case when I was interrogated two years ago. It seems that they want to tarnish our image in public by repeatedly summoning us,” Banerjee told reporters after coming out of the CBI office.last_img


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tonight, Friday, August 9th, 2019 is the opening night of A Celebration of Images Captured by Local Artists at the Peace Gallery North.From 7 pm to 9 pm, the public is welcome to the opening reception for ‘Captured’ with live entertainment by Landis Dell playing jazz guitar and catering by the Cultured Cafe. Come meet the Photographers and their works of art.Exhibits include work by; Tammy BoveeSharon GauntVictor IreneDon HoffmanSandra MilnerSteve MilnerAnn MusgroveDiane WatsonEight photographers are featuring their work, with a wide variety of images, there is something for everyone. There will be captures of landscapes and portraits with approximately 60 exhibits to be seen shares Bev Berg, Manager of the Peace Gallery North.The exhibit will be up in the gallery until the end of August.Photographers will have take away items for sale as the exhibit must remain until the end of the show. This will give you an opportunity to see the artists repertoire of art.To view the FB Event; CLICK HERElast_img read more


Rabat – Lahcen Haddad, the Moroccan minister of tourism will propose the adoption of what he calls the “African Charter for Sustainable Tourism” during his visit to the Ivory Coast for a continental tourism conference this week, a government communique obtained by Morocco World News said.Haddad landed in Abidjan on Tuesday to attend the 58th edition of the annual conference of the African Commission for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), according to the international organization’s website. Government officials and private stakeholders in African tourism will be present at the event ending on April 21st to discuss “accelerating the shift towards sustainable consumption and production patterns” and a 10-year framework of programs (10YFP) to achieve associated goals.The Moroccan minister expects the sustainability pact to be signed “on the sidelines” of the COP22 climate to be held in Marrakech in November. In January, Morocco adopted a draft charter on sustainable tourism during the first edition of the “Moroccan Day of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism” in Rabat.“The proposal embodies the positioning of our country as a tourism sustainability leader in the region,” Hadded said in the communique.During the ongoing meetings, world leaders will also discuss the implementation of the mission of the international organization Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty Initiative (ST-EP), which was born in Johannesburg in 2002 as part of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.Emphasis will also be placed on the detriments of tourism development in the African continent to make sure the process occurs at an environmentally safe level, the minister’s release said.“Hence, the need for strong cooperation focused on increased ownership in consumption patterns and sustainable production with greater distribution of wealth between the northern parts of the continent and the southern ones.”Eleven years after the world summit in South Africa, over 35 countries had expressed interest in becoming founding members of ST-EP and hosting regional offices for the organization in the country, though little news of the opening of new offices have been reported since the original show of interest.Last December, the U.N. declared a resolution naming 2017 as the “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.”Tourism represents an important source of income for African nations due to the inflow of foreign currency it generates, which grows the countries’ GDPs and creates new employment opportunities.Critics, notably from the U.N,’s own environmental division – suggest that an emphasis on tourism makes impoverished countries dependent on the well-being of developed economies, as tightly-budgeted families are less likely to go on vacation.According to the division’s statistics, poorer countries in Africa rely on tourism to generate income for the survival of their people. Gambia, for instance, utilizes 30 percent of its workforce to provide services and goods directly and indirectly related to its expected visitors.Numbers describing the continent as a whole say vacationers’ economic hold on Africa will remain the same in the coming decade. A 2015 report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said it expects the industry it represents to make-up over six percent of Africa’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2025 – not a significant change from the report’s slightly lower estimate for 2015, which was also just above six percent of GDP.A Morocco-specific analysis by the WTTC in 2015 said the tourism industry’s share in the national economy would stagnate at just below 18 percent from 2014 to 2025.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more


SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s self-driving car spinoff Waymo is teaming up with Lyft in Arizona to attempt to lure passengers away from ride-hailing market leader Uber.The alliance announced Tuesday will allow anyone with the Lyft app in the Phoenix area to summon one of the 10 self-driving Waymo cars joining the ride-hailing service.Waymo’s robotic vehicles will still have a human behind the wheel to take control in case something goes awry with the technology. But their use in Lyft’s service could make more people feel comfortable about riding in self-driving cars.Both Lyft and Uber consider self-driving cars to be one of the keys to turning a profit, something neither company has done so far.The new threat to Uber is emerging as the company prepares to go public this week.The Associated Press read more


On 9 January the inhabitants of southern Sudan will vote on whether to secede from the rest of the country, while the residents of the central area of Abyei will vote on whether to be part of the north or the south.The referenda will be the final phase in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which was signed in 2005 to end two decades of conflict between the northern-based Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in the south.“This peace process is unique in the history of the Sudan and the next few months will be critical for safeguarding the achievements made since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in his latest report to the Security Council on Sudan.“As the Comprehensive Peace Agreement deadline for the referendums approaches, public anticipation and anxiety are building up at an accelerated pace. The events of the next three months will have a profound impact on the future of the Sudan. “The stakes are undeniably high, as failure to meet the deadline for the referendums prescribed by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement could have severe consequences. Notwithstanding the progress made so far, it is imperative that the parties to the Agreement and all relevant authorities redouble their efforts to ensure that they successfully meet the deadline,” he states.Mr. Ban notes that while international partners are eager and ready to support and assist the Sudanese people through this last phase of implementation of the CPA and beyond, it is, and must continue to be, a fundamentally Sudanese effort. “International contributions have been important and will continue to be so long after the referendums, but only the political will of the Sudanese themselves can drive this process forward. As such, it is the parties to the Agreement that have the primary responsibility to ensure its success,” he says, adding that there is no time left for political confrontation and stalemates. The Secretary-General has set up a three-member UN panel to monitor the referenda, at the request of the Sudanese Government. In addition, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is providing technical, logistical and other assistance for the preparations for the referenda.Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told a meeting of the Council today that there has been “palpable” progress in the preparations for the southern Sudan referendum, but there was a lack of progress on the Abyei referendum, for which a referendum commission has still not been set up. He stressed that it is essential that the parties reach agreement, noting that a lack of progress is exacerbating tensions on the ground. Mr. Le Roy recalled that during the Council’s recent mission to Sudan, Southern Sudan President Salva Kiir warned of the serious risk of violence during the referendum and urged the creation of a buffer zone between north and south.“We are currently considering a number of possible options to increase UNMIS’ presence in high-risk zones along the border, especially traditional migration zones or those where population movements could take place,” he said. “However,” he added, “it remains important to recognize that an increase in the number of troops would not enable UNMIS to prevent or to contain a clash between the two armies. Our best possible tool against a return to war remains our commitment in favour of a political agreement, i.e. the agreement of the parties on key pending issues.”Mr. Le Roy added that, as the attention of the international community increasingly turns to the impending referenda, it is important not to lose focus of the acute challenges remaining in Darfur. During the reporting period, he said, incidents of banditry, carjacking, ambushes and abductions of UN staff and humanitarian workers continued in the strife-torn region. In his recent report to the Council on the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Mr. Ban noted that clashes between Government and rebel forces have destabilized some areas of the region, caused new displacements and impeded the delivery of humanitarian aid. “I call upon all belligerents to cease hostilities and join the peace process for the sake of the people they claim to represent,” the Secretary-General said. 25 October 2010The next few months will be crucial for Sudan as it prepares to hold two referenda on self-determination in January, top United Nations officials said today, urging all parties to redouble their efforts to ensure that the polls are held on time, free, fair and credible. read more


“This species has enough significant differences to separate it from the other species,” said Peter Kirk, editor of the British Tarantula Society’s journal, which published a study describing the spider in December. But, Kirk notes, taxonomic determinations based on physical descriptions can provoke disagreement. “I absolutely would love to see DNA sampling done – on all the species ofPoecilotheria,” he said. A new type of tarantula about the size of your face has been found in northern Sri Lanka. Scientists found the spiders — with a leg span up to 8 inches (20cm) across — living in trees and the old doctor’s quarters of a hospital in Mankulam.Covered in beautiful, ornate markings, the spiders belong to the genus Poecilotheria, known as “Pokies” for short. These are the tiger spiders, an arboreal group indigenous to India and Sri Lanka that are known for being colourful, fast, and venomous. As a group, the spiders are related to a class of South American tarantula that includes the Goliath bird-eater, the world’s largest. The spider’s unique leg markings include geometric patterns with daffodil-yellow and grey inlays on the first and fourth legs. It was first seen during a Sri Lankan arachnid survey led by Ranil Nanayakkara, co-founder of Sri Lanka’s Biodiversity Education and Research. In October 2009, a local villager presented Nanayakkara and his team with a dead male specimen that didn’t resemble knownPoecilotheria in the area. Before the team could begin describing the presumptive new species, they needed more individuals. Scouring the semi-evergreen, forested area for females and juveniles required the help of police inspector Michael Rajakumar Purajah, who accompanied the team through areas just beginning to recover from a civil war. Eventually, the team found enough spiders – including the ones hiding in a hospital – to assemble a detailed description of the new arachnids.“They are quite rare,” Nanayakkara said. “They prefer well-established old trees, but due to deforestation the number have dwindled and due to lack of suitable habitat they enter old buildings.” “When it comes down to taxonomy, it’s not a hard and fast science,” Kirk said. “Until we get to things like DNA sampling.” (Courtesy Wired.com) Arachnologist Robert Raven, curator at the Queensland Museum in Australia, says the team has done a thorough job describing the spider, but isn’t entirely convinced the team has found a new species – yet.“The description and figures are excellent and will provide a good basis for establishing whether it is a good species,” he said, noting the possibility that the spiders are a local variant of a related species. Raven says not enough is known about the Poecilotheria genus in general, and that more detailed studies of each known species are needed before new ones can be reliably added. “The genusPoecilotheria has not been taxonomically revised,” he said. “Popping new species out in that situation is always going to be fraught with doubt and difficulty.”So far, about 15 species have been described within Poecilotheria. Several are endangered, due mostly to loss of habitat. P. metallica, a bright blue beauty, is considered critically endangered. So is P. hanumavilasumica — named after a temple on Rameshwaram Island –which lives among the trees in the island’s disappearing plantations. The spider which most closely resembles P. rajaei is called P. regalis, and so far has only been found on the Indian mainland. Nanayakkara hints that he’s got several more potential new tarantulas up his sleeve, awaiting review. The new spider, named Poecilotheria rajaei after a local police inspector who helped the team navigate post-civil war northern Sri Lanka, differs from similar species primarily in the markings on its legs and underside, which bears a pink abdominal band. read more


“He has come to that decision because he believes that the objections that the Government of Israel has to deployment of the mission are fundamental objections, and therefore they are most unlikely to be overcome,” the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast, told the press this evening after briefing the Council behind closed doors.He added that Mr. Annan’s position had been conveyed to the Council in a letter which would soon be published as a public UN document. “The Council is now considering its response to the Secretary-General’s letter,” Mr. Prendergast said.Asked whether the team might continue its work in the absence of a visit to the Middle East, he said that option had been rejected because members were “very clearly of the view that in order to produce a credible report, a full report, an accurate report and a balanced report, they would need to go to Jenin.” Voicing regret at the outcome, Mr. Prendergast said the concept had actually been “an Israeli idea,” and pointed out that the Secretary-General had only gone forward on the basis of assurances from Israel of full cooperation. The Under-Secretary-General also noted out that the Council, in a resolution tabled by the United States, had welcomed Mr. Annan’s intention. read more


Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor to remain with Beats By Dre following $3B deal with Apple NEW YORK, N.Y. – Trent Reznor and officials at Beats By Dre agree: Reznor is still with the company.Reznor tweeted Monday afternoon that he remains the company’s chief creative officer. Apple Inc. bought the headphones and streaming music company last week in a $3 billion deal.Early reports last week speculated that the Nine Inch Nails leader would not follow Beats founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to Apple as the company is absorbed. He wrote “YES I am still CCO of Beats Music and looking forward to what lies ahead with Apple” on Twitter. A spokeswoman with Beats confirms that Reznor remains CCO and that role will not change.The Grammy and Oscar winner joined Beats in January 2013 when plans to enter the streaming market were launched.___Online:Homehttp://beatsbydre.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 3:47 pm MDT read more


by The Associated Press Posted Mar 16, 2016 11:29 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2016 at 5:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Celebrity chef faces lawsuits alleging sexual harassment SAN FRANCISCO – Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello faces two lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and refusal to pay his employees their due wages.Two former servers of Chiarello’s high-end tapas restaurant Coqueta filed lawsuits in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday, alleging a work environment that was hostile and sexually charged.A spokesman for Chiarello, Terry Fahn, called the allegations unfounded and said the chef would vigorously defend himself.Chiarello has hosted cooking and entertainment shows on the Food Network and Cooking Channel, and appeared on the popular competition show “Top Chef,” according to his website.Attorney Kelly Armstrong, who filed the lawsuits on behalf of Katherine Page and Asja Sever, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the women hoped to “send a strong message that this type of treatment will not be tolerated.”One lawsuit says Chiarello crudely likened martinis to breasts and that he told managers to only hire they found sexually desirable.In another incident, the lawsuit claims Chiarello held a baguette to his crotch in an overly suggestive manner.The suit also accuses various chefs and managers of inappropriate touching and making remarks that were sexually abusive, racist and homophobic.A second lawsuit by the women is a class-action complaint alleging that the restaurant didn’t pay the women and others for all the hours they worked, including overtime.The women also claim they and others were denied meal breaks and rest periods.Coqueta, which means flirt in Spanish, opened in 2013 to top reviews over its pretty cocktails and imaginative tapas plates.In a statement, Chiarello’s spokesman called the celebrity a true American success story who learned to cook by watching his mother in the kitchen and who cares about the people with whom he worked.“The allegations are not only upsetting to him, they are also against his core beliefs,” the statement said. read more


first_imgThe 12th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium will be held at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, US, June 9-11, 2008 – http://www.unr.edu/ventsymp2008. The deadline for paper abstracts (300-word limit)is August 1, 2007 In addition to topics listed below, authors are encouraged to submit papers for the 2008 symposium specific to the newly implemented Miner’s Act and the control of Diesel Particulate Matter (DPM). Papers discussing the Miner’s Act can include the latest information on mine seals and the use of belt air in coal mine ventilation. In addition, papers concerning fire studies or simulations related to coal operations are encouraged. For metal/non-metal mine operations, the final DPM standard is scheduled to take effect in May 2008. For the symposium, papers discussing the success and failure of various DPM control strategies are encouraged (e.g. bio-fuels, exhaust filters, enhanced ventilation, etc.) TOPICS1. Ventilation Planning (Case Studies) 2. Ventilation Survey Techniques 3. Diesel Emissions Control and Measurement 4. Occupational Health (Mine Dusts, etc.) 5. Heat and Humidity 6. Mine Fires and Emergency Response Planning 7. Mine Stoppings and Seals 8. Coalbed/Coal Mine Ventilation 9. Numerical Modeling 10. Ventilation Economics 11. Ventilation Monitoring and Control 12. Mine Gases 13. Mine Fans 14. Leakage and Gob Flows 15. Ventilation Education 16. Road and Rail Tunnel Ventilation Planning and Design Keith G. Wallace Mine Ventilation Services, Inc. 4946 E. Yale Ave., Suite 103 Fresno, CA 93727 USA (559) 452-0182 Fax: (559) 452-0184 Email 12thsymposium@mvsengineering.comlast_img read more


first_img Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move The Asian Poker Tour will hold its first ever Japan event in 2019.APT Tokyo will be held at the Casino Stadium Tokyo over two weekends from Friday 1 February to Monday 11 February 2019 with a compact schedule of eight events. However, rather than cash prizes, players will be rewarded with packages to APT Philippines 2019, which coincides with Japan’s Golden Week in late April and early May. RelatedPosts Uncovered documents reveal Tokyo IR ambitions Load More The winner of the APT Tokyo Main Event will win entry to the APT Philippines Main Event, the Championships Event and the High Rollers Event, second place will win entry to the APT Philippines Main Event and Championships Event while third and fourth will win entry to the Main Event. Side event winners at APT Tokyo will earn entry into various mixes of the APT Philippines Main Event and other side events.The APT said that General Manager and Executive Tournament Director Lloyd Fontillas will serve as “guest host” for APT Tokyo.last_img read more


first_imgPALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) — A Doral Police officer is on the road to recovery after he was ambushed in his own frontyard.Lt. Gary King was discharged from Jackson South Hospital and returned home, Thursday.The 70-year-old officer was surrounded by colleagues after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his arm.Officials said King had just returned from dinner with his wife, Tuesday, when he was confronted by two men outside his Palmetto Bay home.The subjects opened fire before taking off with his wallet, watch and weapon.King’s wife was unharmed.Police arrested 22-year-old Kionne Bell the next day. Bell was denied bond and charged with attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery.Police recently caught a second man allegedly involved in the shooting.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgNow in its fourth year, the free, two-day festival gives attendees an opportunity to celebrate the holiday in style with music, art and green drinks fit for a lucky leprechaun.Up north in Tampa, the Hillsborough River was dyed green as part of the city’s annual festival.Don’t let the slimy color fool you. Officials said the green dye is environmentally friendly.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida went green as revelers got into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with several celebrations this weekend.The City of Fort Lauderdale hosted its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration with a parade and festival, Saturday.The event is one of Fort Lauderdale’s largest festivals, now on its 10th consecutive year.The parade included bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, floats and fire engines.“Well, I think it’s great to see in the community, everybody coming together,” said attendee Jim Glasheen.The event also featured live music and activities, including a Shamrock Run and a series of Lucky Little Leprechaun Dashes for kids.Meanwhile, Wynwood also got into the green spirit by hosting South Florida’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration. last_img read more


first_imgThe head of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Commissioner Pat Kemp, stepped down today.Download AudioWalker’s spokesperson Grace Jang says Walker accepted Kemp’s resignation because their philosophies and objectives were not aligned.On December 24th, Walker sent out an administrative order directing agencies to halt discretionary spending on six projects, and to submit funding status reports on the projects.Jang says Kemp’s position on the Knik Arm bridge and the Juneau Access Road were at odds with the Governor’s position:“Commissioner Kemp stated in his memo that he essentially is taking a different stance than the governor,” Jang said. “And, like I said, all commissioners serve at the pleasure of the governor.For his part, Kemp says he didn’t resign, he retired. He says he had already emptied his desk when the new administration asked him to stay on as acting Commissioner. He says he thought the memo was a status report, not a position paper.“I sent the memo to the governor and OMB director and just gave the facts on the two projects on federal payback and things like that,” Kemp said. “I had no idea i was not in line with the governor’s ideas.”In his memo, Kemp said halting or delaying the projects likely will result in penalties from federal funding agencies. He said they’d been authorized by repeated Legislative appropriations, and are cost-effective opportunities to improve transportation.last_img read more


first_imgChina’s Anbang Insurance Group has agreed to acquire Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc for around $6.5 billion, as the owner of New York’s iconic Waldorf Astoria expands its U.S. hotel portfolio, a person briefed on the matter said Saturday.The deal, which illustrates corporate China’s unquenched thirst for U.S. real estate, comes just three months after Strategic Hotels’ current owner, private equity firm Blackstone Group LP, took the company private for around $6 billion.The source asked not to be identified because the deal was not yet public. Anbang and Strategic Hotels did not respond to requests for comment, while Blackstone declined to comment. Bloomberg first reported on the transaction earlier Saturday.Strategic Hotels’ properties include the Four Seasons Washington, DC, on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Westin St Francis on Union Square in San Francisco and the beach-front Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Orange County, California.Anbang purchased New York’s Waldorf Astoria from Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc in 2014 for $1.95 billion, one of the highest prices per room ever paid for a U.S. hotel. The deal closed in February 2015 following a review of by U.S. national security watchdog Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).At the time Blackstone took it private, Strategic Hotels owned 17 hotels operated by top hospitality chains including Hyatt Hotels Corp, InterContinental Hotels Group Plc and Marriott International Inc.Chinese investment into hotels has been growing since 2011 and 2012, when just $160 million and $130 million were invested, according to data from JLL, a global real estate broker and advisory services company based in Chicago.In November, Anbang agreed to buy U.S. annuities and life insurer Fidelity & Guaranty Life for about $1.57 billion.last_img read more


first_img Share 00:00 /01:15 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Gail DelaughterNot long ago, Texas legislators had very little understanding of human trafficking. Now advocates say they’re in a good place to fight it.A UT Austin study this year revealed the massive scale of the state’s human trafficking problem. They found there are more than 300,000 victims in Texas.The 85th Legislature managed to move the needle forward, even while cutting funding to victims. Houston Democrat Senfronia Thompson shepherded a bill that creates the criminal offense of sexual coercion. Emily Freeborn, a staff attorney at the advocacy group Children at Risk, says that with strong laws in place, the role of police is critical.“We can do as many deterrent tactics and awareness campaigns for buyers to stop purchasing young women, but if the law enforcement is not arresting buyers, then they’re not going to believe it and they’re going to continue their activity,” she says.She says the solution isn’t to arrest victims, but to reduce the demand itself. “If the demand is there, that victim is going to be replaced,” Freeborn says. “If you take that buyer off the street, that’s one less person in demand for a victim of trafficking.”According to Children at Risk, one of their big challenges is that people don’t have the shared language to talk about human trafficking. They’ve found that many people can’t define it, let alone recognize it. Another bill from this session will train commercial truck drivers to identify and report potential cases, giving the state some much-needed allies on the road. Listenlast_img read more


first_imgThe Australian state of Queensland has overturned the convictions of men who had consensual adult gay sex before such acts were decriminalised. GAYSTARNEWS- “Once a conviction is expunged a person does not need to disclose the offence nor be discriminated against for non-disclosure in their employment or profession,” D’Ath said.“We know this doesn’t make up for previous prejudice and discrimination, but it is an important step we can and will take to right these past wrongs.”Cottaging crimes also clearedSome LGBT groups expressed concern that the pardons would not apply across the board. Many men used to meet in public toilets or cruising areas, so their ‘crimes’ could have come under the public offences acts. However, all such crimes have been pardoned.Last year, Queensland state premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, apologized to all those who were convicted of the historic offences.Queensland is the latest to overturn and pardon those convicted under “cruel” and draconian anti-homosexual laws. Last week Scotland’s government pardoned those convicted of similar offences under similar old laws.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Queensland abolishes old gay ‘crimes’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Queensland apologised for historical gay convictionsConsensual gay sex was a crime in Queensland until 1991, when the state government voted to decriminalise it.However, convictions received before that date have remained on police records, causing potential hardship for those with criminal records under the old laws.For decades, such convictions had to be disclosed when applying for visas to travel overseas or for government-related work, such as a police officer.State politicians voted to end the legacy of Queensland’s anti-gay laws in October last year.Despite the crimes being quashed, Queensland Attorney-General, Yvette D’Ath said the process  of expunging records was not automatic.Those who were convicted of such offences will need to apply to have the crimes permanently wiped from their records. They can do so from 30 June. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Scotland pardons men convicted for consensual gay sexIreland apologizes to men convicted of historical gay sex crimesFact check: What is Mike Pence’s record on LGBT rights?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/queensland-convictions-gay-sex-crimes/last_img read more


first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Homebuilders Housing Starts Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-02-14 Krista Franks Brock While the housing market is showing signs of improvement and construction is starting to pick up, one real estate consulting firm has noticed a somewhat substantial divide between housing starts and housing completions and points to labor as the major contributing factor. [IMAGE]Single-family housing starts have risen 24 percent year-over-year, while single-family housing completions have risen just 9 percent, according to “”John Burns Real Estate Consulting””:http://www.realestateconsulting.com/. This 15 percent difference across the nation varies by region with the greatest spread occurring in the West and the smallest in the Northeast. In the West, single-family housing starts are up 33 percent, while completions are up 10 percent. The South has experienced a 24 percent rise in housing starts and a 7 percent rise in completions. [COLUMN_BREAK]The Midwest also reported a year-over-year increase in housing starts of 24 percent but paired that with a 14 percent rise in housing completions for a slightly smaller spread of -10 percent. The Northeast posted the smallest spread between starts and completions while also posting the smallest growth in both categories. Housing starts increased 12 percent; housing completions increased 7 percent, leaving a -5 percent spread. John Burns Real Estate points to two causes for these disparate sets of numbers in each region of the country, labor and materials. Housing starts have already risen 100 percent back from their trough during the economic downturn, while construction employment is up a mere 3.3 percent. “”Trades that took it on the chin during the downturn will need to gain confidence in the recovery and see wages increase before expanding their payrolls,”” John Burns Real Estate stated in a recent newsletter. Labor availability will not return overnight. Currently, a ripening Mexican economy and immigration restrictions in the U.S. are working to limit the availability of day laborers in the construction industry–one that is heavily dependent on Hispanic labor, the firm said.John Burns Consulting advises builders to “”model labor cost increases into their 2013 business plans and expect delays in the field as the gears of the housing recovery take time to align.”” Share Low Labor Availability Slowing Housing Constructioncenter_img February 14, 2013 417 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more


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