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Three New York Premieres Set for Primary Stages 2015-16 Season

first_img Further information, including dates, cast and creative team, will be announced at a later date. View Comments Informed Consent is based on a landmark court case between the Havasupai tribe and the University of Arizona and follows a woman as she attempts to answer the mysteries of science and her own life. The Body of an American, set to begin performances in February 2016, tells the true stories of a friendship between two men: a war photojournalist and a playwright. Exit Strategy, which will begin the following month, explores the future of public education through the lens of the final days of a Chicago public school.center_img The Primary Stages 2015-16 season will kick off this July with the New York City premiere of Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent. Performances will begin on a date to be announced in July at off-Broadway’s Duke on 42nd Street. The season will also include the New York premieres of Dan O’Brien’s The Body of an American and Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy, as well as a yet-to-be-announced fourth production for this fall.last_img read more

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Online help wanted ads decline in Vermont, US

first_imgOnline advertised vacancies declined by 101,800 to 3,363,000 in September, according to The Conference Board Help-Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL)(TM) released today. September losses partially offset the larger August gains (+169,000), leaving labor demand up by 67,000 over the past two months. Since the low point in April 2009, labor demand is up by 201,000, showing a modest upward trend following a five-month period of steep losses.”While the trend has been modestly upward and averaged 40,000 per month over the last five months, the labor market continues to have a hard time gaining momentum,” said Gad Levanon, Senior Economist at The Conference Board. “The Conference Board Employment Trends Index, which has been basically flat for three straight months, also helps highlight the difficulty the labor market is facing. With a growing consensus of a weak recovery, businesses seem to be slow to boost advertising for vacant or new positions.”Regional and State HighlightsLike the national data, the September state declines partially offset the larger August gains, leaving state trends basically unchangedIn the South, September online advertised vacancies fell by 45,400 following a 60,800 August gain. Texas dropped by 18,700 in September, partially offsetting the state’s gain of 21,900 in August. Florida, which in August had risen 15,700 to 181,400, declined by 9,400. The only large Southern state with an increase in job demand in September is Georgia, up 3,300. Among the less populous states in the South, West Virginia decreased by 7,900, Louisiana decreased by 1,200, Alabama decreased by 1,100, and Arkansas and Oklahoma decreased modestly (500 and 400 respectively). Kentucky increased very modestly (100) in September.In the Northeast, Pennsylvania showed the largest decrease, down 7,900 to 126,000, in September. New York’s September decline was 5,900 after it had risen by 11,100 in August. Massachusetts decreased by 2,600 to 105,100 following an increase of 7,500 in August. Among the more populous states in the Northeast, New Jersey was the only state to increase in September, up 3,800 to 130,900. Among states with smaller populations, several posted modest gains in September including New Hampshire, 400; Maine, 300; and Connecticut, 100. Rhode Island and Vermont declined by 300 and 200 respectively.In the West, after having risen 26,700 in August, California fell by 21,200 in September. Arizona and Washington dropped 1,400 and 1,000 respectively in September while Colorado remained unchanged. Among the states with smaller populations, New Mexico and Hawaii rose by 800 and 700 respectively, while Nevada fell 1,700 in September.In the Midwest, states held on to more of their August gains than in other regions. Illinois, which had gained 7,600 in August, was relatively unchanged in September. Ohio, which increased by 6,700 in August, lost 1,900 in September. Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin all lost about half of their August gains.The Supply/Demand rate for the U.S. in August (the latest month for which unemployment numbers are available) was at 4.31, down slightly from 4.39 in July and indicating that there are now about 4.3 unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy. Among the states, the highest Supply/Demand rate continues to be in Michigan (10.21), where there are over 10 unemployed people for every advertised vacancy. Other states where there are over 6 unemployed for every advertised vacancy include Kentucky (7.51), Mississippi (7.44), and Indiana (6.66). Alaska (1.65) and Nebraska (1.70) have some of the lowest rates.It should be noted that the Supply/Demand rate only provides a measure of relative tightness of the individual state labor markets and does not suggest that the occupations of the unemployed directly align with the occupations of the advertised vacancies.OCCUPATIONAL HIGHLIGHTSAdvertised vacancies in Healthcare professions continue to increaseLabor demand continues to remain well below year-ago levels for most occupationsHealthcare Practitioners and Technical occupations, the largest category in terms of volume, rose 28,000 in September to 605,900. “September was also the second month in a row that advertised vacancies in these occupations were significantly above levels this time last year,” said Levanon. Labor demand for Healthcare Support occupations has also continued to be strong, although it dipped 3,900 in September to 114,200. Individual occupations showing increases included registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and physician assistants.Healthcare is a broad field, and the relative tightness of the labor market varies substantially from the higher-paying practitioner and technical jobs to the lower-paying support occupations. In August, the last month for which unemployment data are available, for every unemployed person looking for work in a practitioner or technical occupation, there were 2.9 advertised vacancies and the average wage in these occupations is $32.64/hour. In healthcare support occupations, where the average wage is $12.66, there were over two unemployed for every advertised vacancy.Advertised vacancies in Management occupations had trended upward since May, but in September dropped 12,900 to 414,800. The number of unemployed exceeds the number of advertised vacancies, and in August there were almost two unemployed (1.8) for every online advertised vacancy in the management field.Among the top 10 occupations in September with online advertised vacancies, Computer and Mathematical Science dropped 4,000 to 402,300; Sales and Related occupations declined 14,300 to 366,400; and Office and Administrative Support decreased by 12,200 to 333,900.Supply/Demand rates indicated that, among the occupations with the largest number of online advertised vacancies, there is a significant difference in the number of unemployed seeking positions in these occupations. Among the top ten occupations advertised online, there were more vacancies than unemployed people seeking positions for Healthcare Practitioners (0.3) and Computer and Mathematical Science (0.6). On the other hand, in Sales and Related Occupations, there were over four people seeking jobs in this field for every online advertised vacancy (4.1) and there were nearly five unemployed looking for work in Office and Administrative Support positions for every advertised opening (4.8).METRO AREA HIGHLIGHTSLike the nation, September declines for many metropolitan areas partially offset August gainsRiverside, California posts a modest over-the-year gain of 400 in SeptemberIn September, only 1 of the 52 metropolitan areas for which data are reported separately posted an over-the-year increase in the number of online advertised vacancies. Riverside, with 24,500, gained 400 vacancies. Among the three metro areas with the largest numbers of advertised vacancies, the New York metro area was about 13 percent below its September 2008 level and the Los Angeles metro area was 23 percent below its September 2008 level. Washington, D.C. was down 500, or 0.3 percent, from last year’s level.The number of unemployed exceeded the number of advertised vacancies in all of the 52 metro areas for which information is reported separately. Washington, D.C. and Salt Lake City were the locations with the most favorable supply/demand rates, where the number of unemployed looking for work was only slightly larger than the number of advertised vacancies. On the other hand, metro areas in which the respective number of unemployed is substantially above the number of online advertised vacancies include Detroit, MI, where there are 13 unemployed people for every advertised vacancy (13.0), Riverside (11.0), Miami (6.9), Sacramento (5.9), Chicago (5.7), and Los Angeles (5.7). Supply/Demand rate data are for July 2009, the latest month for which unemployment data for local areas are available.PROGRAM NOTESThe Conference Board Help-Wanted Online Data Series(TM) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month on more than 1,200 major Internet job boards and smaller job boards that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas.Like The Conference Board’s long-running Help-Wanted Advertising Index of print ads (which was published for over 55 years and discontinued in August 2008 but continues to be available for research), the new online series is not a direct measure of job vacancies. The level of ads in both print and online may change for reasons not related to overall job demand.With the October 1, 2008 release, HWOL began providing seasonally adjusted data for the U.S., the 9 Census regions and 50 States. Seasonally adjusted data for occupations was provided beginning with the July 1, 2009 release. This data series, for which the earliest data is May 2005, continues to publish not seasonally adjusted data for 52 large metropolitan areas, but it is The Conference Board’s intent to provide seasonally adjusted data for large metro areas in the future.People using this data are urged to review the information on the database and methodology available on The Conference Board website and contact the economists listed at the top of this release with questions and comments. Background information and technical notes on this new series are available at: http://www.conference-board.org/economics/helpwantedOnline.cfm(link is external).The underlying data for this series is provided by Wanted Technologies Corporation. Additional information on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data used in this release can be found on the BLS website, www.bls.gov(link is external).The Conference BoardThe Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States.WANTED Technologies Corporation.WANTED is a leading supplier of real-time sales and business intelligence solutions for the media classified and recruitment industries. Using its proprietary On-Demand data mining, lead generation and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) integrated technologies, WANTED aggregates real-time data from thousands of online job boards, real estate and newspaper sites, as well as corporate Web sites on a daily basis.WANTED’s data is used to optimize sales and to implement marketing strategies within the classified ad departments of major media organizations, as well as by staffing firms, advertising agencies and human resources specialists. For more information, please visit: http://www.wantedtech.com(link is external).Source: NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2009 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Delegation announces $660,000 grant to help train new Vermont farmers

first_imgVermont’s congressional delegation – Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch – today announced a $659,784 grant to the Vermont New Farmer Network (VNFN). The grant will allow VNFN to provide training and assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers to help them run successful and sustainable farms.The Vermont New Farmers Network is a working group of agricultural organizations committed to serving the needs of new and aspiring farmers in Vermont. The grant is made possible through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP). Under BFRDP, USDA makes grants to organizations that implement education, training, technical assistance and outreach programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers, specifically those who have been farming or ranching for ten years or fewer.”Farming is an integral part of Vermont’s identity and economy,” Vermont’s congressional delegation said in a statement. “In recent years we have seen a growth of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture programs, which has inspired a new generation of Vermont farmers. This grant will assist these new farmers as they develop their agricultural enterprises so they can continue the farming tradition so important to our state.” Additional grants will be available through the USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Applications will be accepted through November 22, 2011. Interested parties should visit http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/beginningfarmerandrancher.cfm(link is external). Washington, 9.30.2011last_img read more

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Contura Energy’s big bet on met coal is turning into a big bust

first_imgContura Energy’s big bet on met coal is turning into a big bust FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:U.S. miner Contura Energy Inc.’s $800 million bet on international coal markets is souring.In November 2018, when Contura bought Alpha Natural Resources and became America’s biggest supplier of metallurgical coal, global prices for the fuel were climbing — bolstered by demand, particularly in China. Since then, trade tensions have escalated, curbing purchases of both steel and the coal used to make it. On Thursday, the miner reported $40 million in third-quarter earnings, less than half of what analysts estimated, and suspended share buybacks.The stock plunged by the most ever and was trading at a record low Friday. It’s fallen 87% this year.Contura has “endured an incredibly tumultuous and unnerving 2019, marked by management changes, asset sale challenges, and most importantly, a significant deterioration in met coal market fundamentals,” Mark Levin, a coal analyst at Seaport Global, said in a research note. “As a result, the stock has come unglued.”The collapse of Contura, which declined to comment, reflects the broader struggles in America’s coal country. U.S. power plants are burning less of the fuel as utilities shift to cheaper natural gas and renewable energy. And the met coal export market that miners were depending on to weather this downturn at home is weakening. At least four U.S. companies have shuttered mines since August and five have gone bankrupt this year.This is not the market that Bristol, Tennessee-based Contura had envisioned. Coal prices, now near a two-year low, came in “significantly below expectations” in the third quarter, Chief Executive Officer David Stetson said in a call with investors Thursday. “Contura, as well as the industry as a whole, experienced weakening demand for our products.”More: U.S. coal giant is ‘unglued’ as $800 million takeover sourslast_img read more

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Honduran Armed Forces Act with Transparency and Open Door Policy

first_imgBy Dialogo June 05, 2013 But if you analyze some Central American countries, such as Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, they make use of their Armed Forces with different strategies. In Nicaragua, for example, they are deployed in rural areas, unlike in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which deploy in the main cities, to protect them from organized crime, common crime, and citizen insecurity. This and other issues were explained by General Osorio Canales, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Military, during an interview with Diálogo in Panama City, during the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC), in April. General René Osorio Canales: We have set our priorities based on the insecurity that the country is going through. We have focused on the strongest threats, such as drug trafficking, the insecurity generated by organized crime, and common crime. Diálogo: General Osorio, would you like to send a message to our _Diálogo_readers? In Honduras, we are supporting our National Police in prevention tasks and, obviously, in the fight against drug trafficking. In the Caribbean, we have the support of the Naval Force, which is the branch that has made the most seizures in 2011, 2012, and so far this year. The Honduran Air Force is collaborating by intercepting aircraft, and the Army is providing general help in land operations, together with the National Police. Interview with General René Osorio Canales, Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces We have a good relationship with our neighboring countries in order to counter this scourge, as well as with the United States, through the military groups and the defense attaché detached throughout Honduras. We have aerial platforms that send us information of illicit aircraft, which is coordinated with our partners. In spite of budget cuts, the U.S. Defense has provided us training support and a light team. Diálogo: How can the cooperation and intelligence exchange contribute to Honduran forces and the rest of the nations in the region? Diálogo: Is it a crime to belong to a gang in Honduras? Has it become a public safety concern? Through the CFAC (Conference of Central American Armed Forces), our partner nations and neighboring countries are making sound information and intelligence exchanges, not only in the Armed Forces, but also in the Police, where the intelligence community gathers every month in order to exchange information. Within the framework of the CFAC, there is a close relationship between military commanders in the border areas of Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador to counter insecurity generated by gangs that smuggle weapons and drugs, especially in the Guatemalan territory, where cartels make their way towards Mexico, to meet with Los Zetas cartel in Sinaloa, as well as with all the parties involved in drug trafficking. In Honduras, gang implementation is driven by organized crime, which uses gangs for murders, with their same ideology and concepts of violence. They have been given a special treatment by law, and what the country is looking for is prevention and a way to reintegrate these young people into society. Both the Catholic and Protestant churches are working hard, as well as certain social ministries; in this case, the CONAVI (National Congress for Life and Social Justice), aimed at developing sport fields and recreational areas, so there can be spaces that help recover these teenagers. Logically, those who commit crimes must be punished. We are working on the law to lower the legal age from 18 to 16, so that those minors who are being used by organized crime and crime in general can be captured. These minors are led by heads that have been involved in this for years and are extremely violent, without any respect for the lives of citizens. center_img Gen. Osorio Canales: Well, Honduras is one of those countries. We support the Preventive Police, because insecurity has gone way over the line. Our president and commander-in-chief, passed an executive order through the council of ministers that empowers us to act as law enforcement officers in order to prevent crime. Gen. Osorio Canales: At the national level, there is an excellent relationship between judicial institutions. In this case, we are working closely and planning with the National Police’s general director. There is also good communication with the Supreme Court of Justice through national judges and with all prosecutors. It is a team that we have created through the National Defense and Security Council headed by the president, who is our commander in chief. Moreover, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Defense, and the Minister of Security are also cooperating with us, as well as the Head of Congress, of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the general director of the Police. Therefore, there are good internal relationships. Diálogo: What are the current security priorities in Honduras? Gen. Osorio Canales: Well, remember that there are minors within Honduran gang members that are exploited by organized crime, by criminals that are in prisons and take advantage of this situation to recruit minors to perpetrate crimes, while shielding themselves with the laws that protect them for being minors. Diálogo: How is Honduras using technology to counter organized crime? It has been a long, arduous struggle, but the Honduran Armed Forces have coordinated their efforts with all institutions in charge of preserving the state of law and order in the country. With cooperation and information exchange between partner nations, they have been deeply devoted to fighting organized crime, gangs and drug trafficking. Even though the light at the end of the tunnel is still small, Honduran Soldiers remain ready to fight. Diálogo: Some Latin American countries have considered conveying law enforcement powers to the Armed Forces. What is your opinion about this? We work in the major cities, in some departments; what we do is provide security personnel for prevention, catch criminals red-handed, and then we hand offenders over to the police, so they can continue the procedure through prosecutors with evidence, and obviously through the courts in charge of conducting the legal proceedings. Gen. Osorio Canales: I want to share with you that a State office for investigation and intelligence was set up last year with cutting-edge equipment, including a special system to monitor phone calls, and we have a law that supports it. Coincidentally, a national counter extortion unit was founded, integrated by security members, the National Police, the Armed Forces, judges and prosecutors, all of them certified. They have passed confidence tests, such as voluntary polygraph tests, toxicological screens; their socio-economic situations and assets have also been analyzed, and their personalities have also been examined through a psychometric examination. Fortunately, we have top-notch technology to do this. We are also working on other mobile platforms to be transported throughout the city, in order to trace phone calls. It is only one month old, and it has already yielded positive results. There have been 280 arrests, in addition to bringing down ten criminal gangs in less than a month. Gen. Osorio Canales: I would like to tell all Diálogo readers that the Honduran Armed Forces are doing a great job on prevention, with the support of our president. We subscribe to human rights and we respect the law. I request the Honduran people and all Dialogo readers’ confidence. This is an enormous task. It is a situation of insecurity confronting the country and the region. I ask you to trust the Armed Forces, who are acting legally, and are respectful of the law. Furthermore, our doors are open to any investigation, of any human rights organization, or any mass media source, either radio, print or TV.last_img read more

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Colombian Army Captures Alleged High-Ranking FARC Terrorist

first_imgIn addition to El Azul, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned seven members of his family, including his wife, Ofelia Monzón Araujo, on July 24, 2012. After U.S. authorities sanctioned Monzón Araujo, she allegedly began transferring the ownership of land in the Mexican city of Culiacán in the sate of Sinaloa to her mother, Alejandra Araujo Uriarte. In addition to El Azul, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned seven members of his family, including his wife, Ofelia Monzón Araujo, on July 24, 2012. After U.S. authorities sanctioned Monzón Araujo, she allegedly began transferring the ownership of land in the Mexican city of Culiacán in the sate of Sinaloa to her mother, Alejandra Araujo Uriarte. It is unclear whether El Azul is still alive, however. In June 2014, one of his sons, José Juan Esparragoza Jiménez, told a federal judge during a court hearing that his father had died of a heart attack. Troops also captured an alleged FARC operative who uses the alias “James” and is suspected of being part of Richard’s security detail. Paraguay’s SENAD: Country’s narco-trafficking generates at least $650 million annually Drug traffickers in Paraguay typically launder their profits through the automobile, cattle and credit card industries. The country has between 5,000 and 8,000 hectares of land which narco-traffickers use to produce 17,500 tons of processed marijuana annually, according to SENAD Minister Luis Rojas. The Colombian National Army began 2015 by capturing an alleged high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a rural area in the Algeciras municipality in Huila department following a gun battle. The Colombian National Army began 2015 by capturing an alleged high-ranking member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a rural area in the Algeciras municipality in Huila department following a gun battle. On January 1, Soldiers arrested Carlos Andres Bustos Córtez, also known as “Richard,” and suspected to be the second-in-command of the FARC’s Ayiber Gonzales Company. He was transported to Neiva University Hospital in the department of Huila to treat a non-life-threatening injury he received during the gun battle. Richard was wanted in connection with the killings of eight police officers and for directing extortion schemes which included attacks against police stations, store owners, and the country’s energy infrastructure. It is unclear whether El Azul is still alive, however. In June 2014, one of his sons, José Juan Esparragoza Jiménez, told a federal judge during a court hearing that his father had died of a heart attack. Mexican law enforcement officials worked in cooperation with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to levy the sanctions, which are pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). The sanctions freeze her U.S. financial assets. By Dialogo January 06, 2015 On January 1, Soldiers arrested Carlos Andres Bustos Córtez, also known as “Richard,” and suspected to be the second-in-command of the FARC’s Ayiber Gonzales Company. He was transported to Neiva University Hospital in the department of Huila to treat a non-life-threatening injury he received during the gun battle. Richard was wanted in connection with the killings of eight police officers and for directing extortion schemes which included attacks against police stations, store owners, and the country’s energy infrastructure. “Araujo Uriarte has knowingly concealed the assets of an influential drug lord,” OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin said in a prepared statement in December. “[The] designation builds on our unrelenting efforts to disrupt the Sinaloa Cartel and other narcotics organizations around the world.” Narco-trafficking generates at least $650 million annually in Paraguay, according to the country’s National Anti-Drug Secretary (SENAD). Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón told reporters the Army will continue to “protect the Colombian people” and “persecute those who threaten tranquility, life and peace.” The country has between 5,000 and 8,000 hectares of land which narco-traffickers use to produce 17,500 tons of processed marijuana annually, according to SENAD Minister Luis Rojas. Troops also captured an alleged FARC operative who uses the alias “James” and is suspected of being part of Richard’s security detail. The U.S. Treasury Department designated El Azul and the Sinaloa Cartel as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Narco-trafficking generates at least $650 million annually in Paraguay, according to the country’s National Anti-Drug Secretary (SENAD). Mexican law enforcement officials worked in cooperation with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to levy the sanctions, which are pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). The sanctions freeze her U.S. financial assets. Paraguay’s SENAD: Country’s narco-trafficking generates at least $650 million annually Drug traffickers in Paraguay typically launder their profits through the automobile, cattle and credit card industries. Mexico, U.S. work together to sanction alleged Sinaloa Cartel aide The U.S. Treasury Department has designated Alejandra Araujo Uriarte as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker for allegedly holding and hiding assets in her name on behalf of her son-in-law, Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, known as “El Azul,” and a suspected leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón told reporters the Army will continue to “protect the Colombian people” and “persecute those who threaten tranquility, life and peace.” “Araujo Uriarte has knowingly concealed the assets of an influential drug lord,” OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin said in a prepared statement in December. “[The] designation builds on our unrelenting efforts to disrupt the Sinaloa Cartel and other narcotics organizations around the world.” The U.S. Treasury Department designated El Azul and the Sinaloa Cartel as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act in 2003 and 2009, respectively. The U.S. Treasury Department has designated Alejandra Araujo Uriarte as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker for allegedly holding and hiding assets in her name on behalf of her son-in-law, Juan José Esparragoza Moreno, known as “El Azul,” and a suspected leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. 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Long Island Weather Forecast Calls for More Snow

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man shops for a Christmas tree with his child on a snowy afternoon in Oceanside on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (By Joe Abate)More snow is in the forecast for Long Island this week, although accumulations are expected to be as minimal as the amount left by a winter storm over the weekend.Between one and three inches of snow will begin falling after 3 p.m. Tuesday with precipitation possibly continuing overnight into early Wednesday morning, according to Upton-based National Weather Service meteorologists.There’s a slight chance some snow will start Monday night into early Tuesday morning.The forecast for the rest of the week calls for weather the same as Monday: mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the high 30s to low 40s before a chance of rain Friday through Sunday.last_img read more

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Liverpool’s Milner goes viral, snaps coronavirus gloom

first_imgTopics : “Now the tea bags are sorted I’ve got time to level out this lawn,'” he tweeted.”‘Wonder if I can borrow Anfield’s ‘Keep off the Grass sign’.” Liverpool star James Milner has become a social media star in playing up to his no frills image by filming himself doing domestic chores whilst the Premier League is suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.The 34-year-old former England midfielder first posted images of himself sorting his tea bags one by one as a response to team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain posting a glamorous video of himself and his pop star girlfriend Perrie Edwards dancing on their stairs.The players have been left to their own devices after team training was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. “‘Hey @Alex_OxChambo Barrels of laughs here in Milner household as well – rationing the tea bags for the week #crazydays #somuchtogetonwith #notgotthemovestocompete’.” tweeted Milner on Monday.  After rationing his tea bags, the 61-times capped Milner took to his garden and filmed himself nose down to the lawn clipping the grass with a pair of scissors and a ruler to ensure each blade was the same height. The Premier League is in abeyance since last Friday after both Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus.Liverpool have been left tantalizingly close to their first ever Premier League title — they are 25 points clear of two-time defending champions Manchester City with nine matches remaining.The English Premier League are due to meet on Thursday to consider their options with the postponement of Euro 2020 until next year at least giving them some leeway in resuming the domestic season.last_img read more

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Navalny allies claim symbolic win in Russian regional vote

first_imgRussia’s political opposition Monday claimed a symbolic victory in regional elections that were dominated by pro-Kremlin candidates and marred by allegations of fraud.The vote was overshadowed by the alleged poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the Siberian city of Tomsk during a trip to promote opposition candidates ahead of the ballot.Germany said Monday that lab tests in France and Sweden confirmed the Kremlin critic was attacked with a Novichok nerve agent in an incident French President Emmanuel Marcon described as “attempted murder” during a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The elections came a year ahead of a parliamentary ballot and were seen as a test for Putin as the ruling United Russia party faces sinking popularity and public anger over economic woes.Russians in dozens of the country’s 85 regions voted from Friday to Sunday for governors and lawmakers in regional and city legislatures as well as in several by-elections for national MPs.Candidates from the ruling United Russia party that dominates the country’s political landscape despite declining popularity claimed a majority of the seats.But Navalny’s allies made unprecedented gains in highly anticipated city council votes in Siberian cities of Novosibirsk and Tomsk. In an effort to fight Putin’s electoral machine, Navalny had urged voters back candidates against the ruling party.The 44-year-old lawyer and Kremlin critic was in Siberia promoting a “smart voting” campaign when he fell ill last month. His supporters believe the use of the banned chemical weapon shows that only the Russian state could be responsible. Putin on Monday condemned “unsubstantiated” accusations over Navalny’s poisoning during a call with Macron and said Germany should hand over biological materials and coordinate with Russian doctors.Two allies of the opposition leader won parliament seats in Tomsk, the city where Navalny’s allies say he drank tea that was laced with the nerve agent before a flight to Moscow.United Russia suffered heavy losses in the city of some 500,000, winning just 24.46 percent of the overall vote compared to 52.27 percent in 2015.Ksenia Fadeyeva, the 28-year-old head of Navalny’s Tomsk office who won a city council seat, put her success down to the opposition leader’s voting strategy saying, “we really campaigned under the Navalny brand”.The result was “a big blow” to United Russia ahead of legislative elections of next year, she told AFP, and also disproved the myth that the opposition only has 2 or 3 percent support.”But the work continues. No time to rest yet,” she said.In Russia’s third-largest city of Novosibirsk, which Navalny also visited before the vote, his ally Sergei Boyko won a seat on the local council beating out a veteran Communist Party candidate.United Russia lost 11 seats and their majority on the city council securing 22 places out of 50, with Navalny-backed candidates picking up five spots.United Russia chairman Dmitry Medvedev, however, praised Sunday the party’s electoral successes, saying that exit polls showed it was heading for victory.Of 18 regions that voted for governors, 12 elected candidates from United Russia and the remainder chose figures aligned with traditionally Kremlin-friendly opposition parties.Vote organizers said they held the ballot between Friday and Sunday to limit new coronavirus infections. But the opposition countered that the move was a ploy to make it easier for the results to be fabricated.The independent election monitor group Golos said it had registered ballot stuffing complaints and received a “stream of reports” that observers were barred from viewing documents and submitting complaints, with conflicts sometimes ending in “fisticuffs”.Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova however said Monday “there were no major violations” and that the vote had seen “fewer flaws than ever,” according to the TASS news agency.The European Union denounced the vote held in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, saying it would not recognize “anybody elected in Russia-organized voting in the Crimean peninsula”. Topics :last_img read more

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Historic ‘Foley House’ hits market

first_imgIt was then owned by Clare Bridget Foley, a prominent Queensland barrister who was the fourth woman to be admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland. All I want for Christmas is a buyer The home at 75 Woodstock Rd, Toowong was restored and redesigned under the guidance of architect Andrew Gildea.Steeped in history, this majestic Toowong home is on the market for just the third time since 1910. The entry and living zone at the Toowong home.“That was my special place,” she said. Over the years, the house has hosted numerous celebrations, but Ms Scalia said it was time for a fresh start. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< The pool at the Toowong home.The property has been tightly held within the St Ignatius Toowong parish and was even home to the Sisters of Mercy in the 1990s while their convent Goldicott House was undergoing renovations.Its current owners, also a St Ignatius family, have since restored the property, ensuring the grand old lady lives on for many years to come. Restored and redesigned under the guidance of architect Andrew Gildea, the six bedroom, Federation-style house sits on a 1465sq m corner block only 4km from the CBD. The kitchen at 75 Woodstock Rd, Toowong.“We bought the house in 2000 and have been here since Richie was born,” she said. “It was a deceased property and had belonged to Mrs Foley. In her will she stated that she wanted it to go to a family, preferably a Catholic family and preferably a family with kids going to St Ignatius.“As it was, we turned up at the house, the kids in their St Ignatius uniforms, and I was heavily pregnant with baby number four. Suffice it to say, we got the house.”Ms Scalia said the house had never been put on the market, in keeping with Mrs Foley’s wishes, with the agent ordered to “find the right people”. “And that was us,” Ms Scalia said. NamedFoley House, it was once home to Elizabeth Hockings and her husband Albert, a Queensland politician who became the fifth mayor of Brisbane. Top-end builder’s new projectcenter_img New chapter for historic home MORE: RELATED: Video 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 Two years after moving in to Foley House, the family moved out for a year to renovate the historic home. Ms Scalia, a teacher, said one of her favourite spaces was a bedroom that had been transformed into an office for tutoring, and the adjoining library. The six bedroom, federation-style house sits on a 1465sq m corner block only 4km from the CBD.Its sprawling layout includes a distinguished formal lounge and dining room, preserved pressed metal ceilings, exquisite leadlight glass, ornate fretwork and a vast living/meals space that extends on to a deck with city views. It has an open plan, well-appointed kitchen and kitchenette, bedrooms across two levels, an “old world” master bedroom with a marble ensuite and parents’ retreat, a rumpus room, study, a huge sunroom and two offices.Outside there is a rotunda, a pool, lawn tennis court, children’s play areas, tall hedges, mature trees, high fences, terraces and an entertainer’s deck.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoOther features include garages for four cars, automated irrigation and a BOSE surround-sound system.The current owner Nat Scalia said the last of her four children was moving out and the time had come to downsize.last_img read more

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