first_imgBLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a shooting during a large gathering at a suburban Chicago hotel left one man dead and several other people wounded. Police in Bloomingdale said officers who responded about 2:35 a.m. Saturday to a report of shots fired on the fifth floor of the Indian Lakes Hotel saw several people fleeing. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the medical examiner’s office identified the person killed as 27-year-old James McGill Jr., of Chicago. Bloomingdale Public Safety Director Frank Giammarese says the shooting occurred during “some type of large get-together” among hotel guests. He says investigators are still piecing together what happened.last_img read more

first_imgStudent Senate met in LaFortune Student Center on Wednesday night to discuss potential issues with the revised O’SNAP program and possible future budget cuts.“I think there’s been some concern about the ways that SafeWalk and O’SNAP are being utilized. … There have been some issues with dispatching SafeWalk; I know it’s not an isolated thing,” St. Edward’s Hall senator and sophomore Jake Wittenberg said. “There have been a few issues with dispatching and a little clarification that we could take back to dorms, or some discussion on the procedures and efficiency of the program would be helpful.”While the topic will not enter into a formal discussion for a few weeks, other senators shared similar sentiments.“I feel like there’s been some discrimination with size and gender,” Keenan Hall senator and junior Ryan Rizzuto said. “… A few weeks ago, I called, and I had to keep belaboring a point that I was concerned for a girl who was very intoxicated.”Rizzuto also said he experienced an issue several weeks ago when he called to be picked up with a few of his friends. He was told there was no danger or reason for O’SNAP to pick them up if it was a group of six or more.“I don’t think they have any right to do that,” Rizzuto said. “If O’SNAP is a shuttle service, then we really need to hone in that message to the student body and figure out why it’s harder to be picked up if you’re a guy than a girl.”Student body vice president and senior Matthew Devine brought up the issue of newspaper subscription and distribution on campus.According to Devine, the University currently spends about $50,000 on newspaper subscriptions annually, but only about 100-150 papers are actually picked up per day.“I think we need to reassess,” Devine said. “… We’re looking to see if we can do individual subscriptions, but that doesn’t necessarily stay true to the purpose of making it available to everyone.”Alumni Hall senator and sophomore Scott Moore proposed potentially decreasing the order, if possible.“If we can’t get a smaller quantity, I’d rather see it disbanded,” Moore said.The Senate will continue the conversation on the topic throughout the remainder of the semester, ultimately deciding whether to keep all of the subscriptions for the 2015-2016 school year.“It’s going to be contentious, whatever the decision is, so we’re trying to make sure we get the most comprehensive thoughts from everyone,” Devine said.The Senate also unanimously passed a resolution moving Off Campus Council elections to the third week of April, as opposed to April 1.“The purpose behind this is essentially is that there can’t be a comprehensive list of all the students living off campus in about mid-February, when we’re asked for one, which makes it hard to have elections,” Judicial Council president and off-campus senior Kathryn Peruski said.Tags: ND student senate, Notre Dame Senate, Senate, student senatelast_img read more

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo April 03, 2019 The Conference of American Armies (CAA) is a military organization created in 1960, connecting 26 countries from North to South America. Military leaders from 18 CAA member countries gathered in San Antonio, Texas, February 4-8, 2019, to take part in a specialized conference to discuss Leadership and Military Support to Civil Authorities in Joint and Interagency Environments in Response to Emerging Threats in the Americas. “In this increasingly globalized and connected world, discussing the effects of threat networks and how to mitigate their results is absolutely fundamental,” said Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) Lieutenant Colonel Ramos Marques, a Brazilian officer who participated in the conference. The officer, who belongs to the 5th Subdivision of the Brazilian Army’s General Staff, addressed current communications tools. The technology brings many benefits to society, yet criminal networks also use it, multiplying problems such as drug and arms trafficking, including terrorism. Unity is essential to fight such threats. “Exchanging experiences, developing new capabilities, and fostering interoperability among armies in support of civil authorities is key to combat networks that transcend physical borders among countries,” Lt. Col. Marques said. Day to day Specialists kicked off the CAA event with lectures on the conference’s theme. Participants learned from leaders such as General Carlos Alberto Ospina, former commander of the Colombian Army; Dr. Craig A. Deare, professor at the U.S. National Defense University; and Nathan Menkevich, from U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Cyber Center. Service members attending the conference formed three working groups. Each group discussed topics from a certain perspective. The first group evaluated threats, the second discussed interoperability, and the third focused on the interagency approach, including coordination among various agencies. On the last day of the conference, participants shared discussion results with members of CAA in a document that will serve as a draft for the Guide to Countering Threat Networks. “There will still be meetings via video conference with member countries, at dates CAA administration will determine, to improve the content updated at the conference,” said EB Colonel Fábio Serpa de Carvalho Lima, of the 3rd Subdivision of the Brazilian Army’s General Staff, who also attended the meeting in San Antonio. The objective is to complete the version of the guide that will be presented at the Commanders’ Conference of American Armies (CCAA), scheduled for November 2019, in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Army runs activities for CAA’s 2018-2019 biennium. Once the document is approved, CAA member countries will be able to use it in different ways, as reference material. “The guide is not binding. Its relevance has to do with concept standardization that, once deemed viable, may be leveraged, entirely or partially, for manuals and regulations of those countries who see value in it,” said Lt. Col. Marques. For EB officers, the importance of the conference goes beyond reaching the meeting’s objectives. The creation of a professional environment that promotes debate and idea exchanges brings even more value to this kind of event. “The spirit of cooperation and sharing valuable experiences serve as a powerful tool to strengthen ties of mutual friendship and trust among participating nations,” Lt. Col. Marques said. Other steps CAA plans three presidential meetings in 2019 before CCAA. In April, Chile will host another specialized conference about Military Leadership of the American Armies in the 21st Century: Challenges and Proposals. The exercise on Interagency Operations on Protection of the Environment and Natural Resources, in Argentina, will happen in June. CCAA’s preparatory conference will be in August, in the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

first_imgIn 2018, guests from Germany realized 6,6 million overnight stays, or 35% of the total number of overnight stays in Croatian camps, and given the special importance of Germany for our camping tourism, as every year Croatian camps eagerly awaited the presentation of ADAC camp guides for 2019 year. Šibenik camps are the camps that, compared to the previous year, have the highest increase in quality, + 14,3%. At the same time, at the level of the Republic of Croatia, we are looking forward to a significant increase in the quality of the bathing offer, + 59%, but the decline in the quality of leisure and animation content, by as much as -9%, is worrying. Quality of campsites by ADAC (by regions): Šibenik increased by 14,3%, Dubrovnik and Kvarner by 3,6%, Istria 2,4%, Split increased by 2,3%. The quality of the camps in Zadar remained stable at last year’s level. Growth was registered in all elements of evaluation except one (leisure and animation facilities) where a quality decline of -9% was registered). THE FIRST LIFELONG EDUCATION PROGRAM IN CAMPING MANAGEMENT IN CROATIA LAUNCHED There are 717 active camps in Croatia Average grades – upward or downward trend compared to the previous year (%) 10 ADAC Superplatz campsites in 2019 ADAC 2019 / Best camps in Croatia The ADAC guide for 2019 lists a total of 129 Croatian camps, 3 more than the previous year, and for the first time as many as 10 Croatian camps that won the prestigious ADAC Superplatz a label for the extremely high quality of the campsites. The best Croatian camps according to ADAC 2019. According to the ADAC, the average quality of Croatian camps in 2019 increased by 3%.  Aminess Maravea Camping Resort The selection of the best leading European camps by ADAC consists of: Aminess Maravea (Novigrad), Lanterna (Tar-Poreč), Valalta and Val Saline (Rovinj), Omišalj, Baška and Krk (island of Krk), Straško and Šimuni (island of Pag) and Zaton (Zaton-Zadar). Average ADAC scores in 2019 by regions and rating elements The ADAC camp guide, in addition to being of general importance to the German-speaking area, but also as a kind of bible for all European campers, is very important in that it uses a special camp rating system that is generally accepted as the most important European camp quality rating system. GOOD ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE NETHERLANDS MARKET, SPECIALS FOR THE CROATIAN CAMPING OFFER In 2018, the camps realized 19.252.215 overnight stays (+ 1,34%), while the average length of stay was 6,6 days (-2%). The annual full occupancy of camps in 2018 is 21% (unchanged compared to 2017). Of the total number of guests, 22% are agency and 78% individual. This year in the ADAC for 2019 they gave up the somewhat confusing grading system they have practiced in recent years, and went back to the old system where each camp is graded in 6 categories: The following is a list of the highest quality stones in the Republic of Croatia, those that have a grade of 4,5 or higher according to the ADAC. “Growing quality and willingness to invest in the last few years have paved the way for tourism development. A significant number of camps in Istria and on the northern Dalmatian coast have facilities that meet the highest requirements and do not lag behind the offer of their competitors in the western Mediterranean.. ”Is stated in the new ADAC guide for 2019. The campsites in Dubrovnik have the lowest average rating, who also received the lowest grade in the element of leisure content and animation. According to data from eVisitor, Croatia has 717 camps, of which 431 “real” camps (of which, 26 camping resorts and 77 campsites), 13 camps in family farms and 273 campsites in the household. Their total accommodation capacity is 253.091 people, and about 40% of the camp capacity is in the 4 * or 5 * category. RELATED NEWS: The Bible for campers being beaten in the camping sector, the ADAC camp guide has just received its new edition for 2019. The campsites of Istria have the highest quality, with an average grade of 4,1. At the same time, out of 5 elements of evaluation, camps in Istria have the best ratings in as many as 3 elements (trade and catering offer, free time and animation and bathing offer).  Main category: Number of stars Subcategory: SanitarijeSubcategory: Camp (pitches, reception, parking, equipment and arrangement of the camp)Subcategory: Trade and catering offerSubcategory: Leisure facilities and animation in the campSubcategories: Swimming offerlast_img read more

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first_imgMexico’s president sells himself as lifelong champion of the rights of women, who he calls “more honest” than men. To stress the point, he made history upon taking office in December 2018 by putting women in half his cabinet posts.But Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s prickly reaction to criticism of the government over brutal murders of women in recent weeks has riled feminists and undermined support for him among female voters, helping to fuel protests and calls for a massive walkout next week.Support for an unprecedented women’s “strike” on Monday has swelled, even as Lopez Obrador has tried to paint the event as a cynical attempt by political opponents to discredit him and capitalize on problems he says they created. Topics : Such comments strike many as tone-deaf and lacking empathy, exposing a weak spot for a government already battling to tackle gang violence, impunity and a stagnant economy.”As a woman and a citizen, I feel outraged,” said Claudia Calvin, a consultant on gender and technology. “It’s despicable that the head of this country has been unable to understand the importance of women and the impact of violence.”Allies of the president reject such criticism.Irma Sandoval, head of the Public Administration Ministry, which monitors federal employees, described Lopez Obrador as “the most feminist president in modern history.”center_img Polls suggest women are increasingly skeptical.Lopez Obrador remains popular. But support for him has never been lower ahead of the strike, in which women will withdraw from work, school and public spaces.A survey by pollster Consulta Mitofsky showed his approval rating among women fell some 3 percentage points from January to February to 52.7%. Among men, it dipped 0.6 points to 59.2%.UncomfortableThe president’s tendency to dismiss criticism and the women’s protests has caused unease inside the government.Saying he would put “the poor first”, Lopez Obrador took power pledging to tackle chronic inequality and violence.The row over women has been uncomfortable for him, because Mexico still has more basic problems to address than in advanced economies, where debates over gender equality are more prominent, said an official, speaking on condition of anonymity.Lopez Obrador described himself as a “humanist” on Friday when asked at a daily news conference if he was a feminist, and pointed to deeper-rooted problems in Mexico.”Because of corruption, we’ve given rise to monstrous economic and social inequality,” the 66-year-old said.Interior Minister Olga Sanchez has tempered assertions that the popular ferment, including a massive march planned on International Women’s Day this Sunday, has ulterior motives.”As far as it being a movement by women, for women, with women and against violence, it is,” she said last week.An intervention by Mexico’s first lady on the issue also caused embarrassment to the government. First, she came out in support of the strike – then quickly changed her mind.”What would they do without us?” Beatriz Gutierrez wrote on Instagram on Feb. 20 next to an image promoting the strike.Later that day, she backed a counter-demonstration in support of her husband that urged women to be visible on the streets. Lopez Obrador said he did not know why she had reversed course.Mexico holds mid-term legislative elections next year, and if the president cannot stem the slide in support among women, it could cost him control of Congress.Murders of women for reasons of gender known as femicides surged to 976 cases last year, more than double the total five years earlier. At a time of increased scrutiny, critics feel Lopez Obrador has often downplayed their concerns.They bristled at his announcement that tickets for a raffle to recoup money spent by his predecessor on a presidential jet would go on sale on Monday. He later reversed that decision, saying he did not realize it was the day of the women’s strike.Others say Lopez Obrador is waking up to the discontent.On Thursday, six of his female ministers held a news conference to express support for women and their rights.”It’s still not quite on his radar,” said Vivir Quintana, a musician who wrote a song against femicides. “But I think he can help us a lot, that he’s a sensitive person.” last_img read more

first_imgRawcorp’s apartment project Bellevue at The Glades. Rawcorp’s apartment project Bellevue at The Glades.CONSTRUCTION on a Robina apartment project has been fast-tracked following strong sales over summer.Local builder and developer Rawcorp has decided to construct the two buildings that will make up Bellevue at The Glades simultaneously instead of in two different stages.Marketing Projects SEQ director Kyia Anderson said about five months has been shaved off the construction timeline for building two with the entire development tipped to be finished in September. Rawcorp’s apartment project Bellevue at The Glades. Rawcorp’s apartment project Bellevue at The Glades.“The rate of sales has exceeded expectations, enabling Rawcorp to bring forward the construction program for building two, which is uncommon,” she said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“This is great news for people who have purchased in building one as they will not be moving into a construction site, and the activity on site has instilled confidence in prospective buyers.“Construction is full steam ahead with both the basement and ground floor car parks structurally complete and scaffolding now up to level two.“The whole program has been successful from site acquisition to sales and now construction.”Bellevue will include 58 apartments across two buildings, which will be connected at the podium level.center_img Rawcorp’s apartment project Bellevue at The Glades.The development, which was designed by AG Architects, will have two to five apartments on each floor. They will range from 92sq m to 168sq m internally with 23 to 105sq m balconies overlooking the skyline, rolling fairways of the Greg Norman championship golf course or the hinterland.The development is more than 65 per cent sold within six months.“Baby Boomers, downsizing professionals and first home buyers have made up the majority of sales to date,” Ms Anderson said. “There’s an under-supply in Robina and simply nothing compares to Bellevue in terms of size and quality. “The apartments are also some of the most affordable new apartments on a square-metre rate on the Gold Coast, now selling from $449,000. “Coupled with low body corporate of $62 to $71 per week, Bellevue represents exceptional value for money.”Residents will have exclusive access to a pool, gym, sauna and barbecue area. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47last_img read more

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 26 Oasis Cres, KurabyThe owners of this Brisbane home can sit in their local cafe and talk to the postman via an app when he rings the doorbell – part of the many high tech charms of their inner-city life.When Mujtaba Ahmed built his house at Kuraby just more than two years ago, he wanted a spacious family home.He and his wife had been living in a townhouse, so they were keen to have a place with a bit more room to move. REAL ESTATE: 26 Oasis Cres, Kuraby“We were looking for a more spacious house with a modern look,” Mr Ahmed said.“The main focus was to make it family friendly and that’s why we have quite a few living areas connecting to each other.”The 26 Oasis Cres has a large alfresco area that flows from indoors to outdoors and can be enclosed with a bi-fold door. REAL ESTATE: 26 Oasis Cres, KurabyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 REAL ESTATE: 26 Oasis Cres, KurabyMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoIncluded in the home are a myriad of hi-tech features, which Mr Ahmed believed were essential to modern day living.“It has a lot of small but important features,” he said.“The airconditioning control is both upstairs and downstairs.“We have got a good security system that has a mobile app that we can monitor and a recording that goes up to two weeks, and a doorbell that takes a photograph.” REAL ESTATE: 26 Oasis Cres, KurabyMr Ahmed also said there were a lot of design features like feature walls and downlights through the home.“We will miss the view that looks into the green reserve area across the road,” he said.“It’s a lovely thing in the morning to see when you wake up.”last_img read more

first_imgDanish shipping registries will soon expand with another 11 vessels which are set to fly the Danish flag.The units in questions are the ones belonging to the fleets of Danish shipping companies TORM and Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S, according to the Danish Maritime Authority.“This builds on the historic milestone when Danish shipping registries recently reached 20 million GT,” the authority informed.Even though Denmark is not the world’s biggest ship registry, it is now in front when it comes to growth rate over the past year, which means that in just one month, the Danish International Shipping Register has grown from 20 to 20.5 million GT, with more than 700 ships registered in DIS.“It is encouraging to see the Danish flag continuing its growth. Our political initiatives are having a positive effect, and we will continue the efforts to reduce administrative burdens, digitalize and improve the framework conditions and overall service for the industry,” Brian Mikkelsen, Minister of Business, Industry and Growth, said.last_img read more

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) launched its Strategic Plan 2011-2016 at its annual general meeting in St Lucia last weekend. The strategic plan was approved by the board of directors last June and it builds on the recommendation of the WICB-commissioned DeloitteTouche study of the changing international cricket landscape.In addition to the DeloitteTouche study, consultations were held with various cricket stakeholders, after which the strategic plan was formulated.The plan will guide the operations and activities until 2016 towards a path of sustainability and improved performance.The strategic plan provides four broad objectives that will be pursued over the next five years:i. The development of a sustainable cricketing environment and improvement in team performance ii. Transforming WICB to become an efficient, effective professionally managed cricket governing body by 2013iii. Building a network of relationships that are critical for cricket to grow as a sport and to implement the WICB Strategic Plan iv. Commercialization of cricket to provide the resources needed to sustain our cricketing activities. WICB president, Dr Julian Hunte, commented: “This momentous strategic plan will fundamentally transform the manner in which we manage and govern West Indies cricket. It is geared towards ensuring that the WICB is professional and accountable to the fans of West Indies cricket within the radically changing global landscape of cricket.”“Implementing this strategic plan will require bold and tough decisions on our part but as a board we are committed to change, transparency, continuing improved performance and progress,” Hunte added.Summarized copies of the strategic plan were distributed to all attendees of the AGM. Both the summarized version and the full version of the WICB Strategic Plan 2011-2016 are available online at http://www.windiescricket.com/strategicplan.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! 59 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share NewsSports WICB launches Strategic Plan 2011-2016 by: – March 29, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more