Donovan goes for 30 as Jazz outlast Hawks 111-106

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDonovan Mitchell scored two of his 30 points on a tricky baseline drive that put Utah ahead for good and the Jazz beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-106.Mitchell faked a pass from under the basket before slamming the breaks and connecting from beneath the backboard with 3:47 left. That made it 101-99, and he cemented the win with two free throws with 13 seconds left.The Jazz won their fourth straight game by dominating near the rim. They outscored the Hawks 62-46 in the paint and outrebounded them 52-39.Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Utah. Written by Tags: Donovan Mitchell/NBA/Utah Jazz December 19, 2019 /Sports News – Local Donovan goes for 30 as Jazz outlast Hawks 111-106 Associated Presslast_img read more

Seahawk Romeo Helicopter Duo Handed Over to Australian Navy

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Seahawk Romeo Helicopter Duo Handed Over to Australian Navy View post tag: Navy Industry news View post tag: Duo View post tag: Romeo View post tag: Australian The delivery of Sea Hawk Romeo helicopters, which are replacing the Navy’s ‘Classic’ Sea Hawk, was achieved on budget and six months ahead of schedule. The initial aircraft will be joined by five more until the end of the year. The first two of twenty-four airframes on order from Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin were delivered to the Defence Material Organisation (DMO) in early December 2013.According to Commanding Officer of NUSQN 725, Commander David Frost the helicopters’ primary usage will be in the anti submarine and anti-surface warfare by providing an air-to-surface missile capability.“Since acceptance of the first two aircraft in December, we have commenced a graduated flying program, building on the skills, techniques, and tactics that were taught during Operational Flying Training with the United States Navy.”“We will continue to consolidate our skills over the next 12 months prior to returning to Australia to commence operations at Naval Air Station Nowra, New South Wales, late in 2014,” said Commander Frost.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 27, 2014; Image: RAN View post tag: News by topic The Royal Australian Navy’s NUSQN 725 squadron took delivery of the first MH-60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopter duo at an ‘In Service Date’ ceremony on Friday, January 24th at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. Seahawk Romeo Helicopter Duo Handed Over to Australian Navy View post tag: overcenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Helicopter NUSQN 725 POSE AT ‘IN SERVICE DATE’ CEREMONY View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence View post tag: Seahawk View post tag: Handed January 27, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more

Catch Some Good Deals at OCIS Fishing Club Flea Market on Saturday

first_imgThe Ocean City Intermediate School Fishing Club will hold its 16th annual flea market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.The event is held at the Intermediate School at 18th Street and Bay Avenue. It features an array of vendors as well as great deals on rods, reels, tackle and fishing gear.The flea market supports the OCIS Fishing Club. The flea market will be held inside the Ocean City Intermediate School at 18th Street and Bay Avenue.last_img

Statement to Parliament: Opening statement for CETA ratification debate

first_imgI beg to move that this House has considered the draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Canada Trade Agreement) Order 2018.Mr Speaker, I am delighted that we have the opportunity once again to debate the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, known as CETA, and that it is taking place on the floor of this House. This follows on from the thorough and constructive debate last year, and the overwhelming support shown by the full House in a subsequent deferred division of this House.I note that a majority of those on the Labour opposition benches who voted in that division, chose rightly, to vote in favour of the agreement. I hope they will continue to do so. A vote for greater trade liberalisation, increased prosperity and closer relations with our Canadian friends and allies.This debate comes at a crucial point in world trade with the potentially destructive rise in protectionist tendencies. Free trade is the means by which we have taken millions of people out of abject poverty. We must not put that progress into reverse.We should also realise that trade is not an end in itself but a means to widen shared prosperity. That prosperity underpins social cohesion and in turn political stability. That political stability in turn provides the building blocks of our collective security.We have an opportunity today to reaffirm Britain’s commitment to the principles of free trade and the application of an international rules based system.This government is clear that CETA is a good deal for Europe and a good deal for the UK. Our total trade with Canada already stood at £16.5 billion last year, up 6.4% on the previous year, with a services surplus of £1.9 billion.And CETA is an agreement that will improve on this already strong economic partnership. It is an agreement that will potentially boost our GDP by hundreds of millions of pounds a year. It will bring down trade costs, boost trade and investment, promote jobs and growth, and increase our ability to access Canadian goods, services, and procurement markets, benefiting a wide range of UK businesses and consumers.CETA is a comprehensive and ambitious agreement, the most comprehensive agreement that has so far come into force between the EU and an advanced partner economy.Canada is an important strategic partner too. As one of the Five-Eyes grouping, a member of NATO, the Commonwealth, the G7 and G20, we have bonds that go far beyond just our trading relationship.As this House will know, CETA was provisionally applied in September last year, removing 98% of the tariffs previously faced by UK businesses at the Canadian border. And already UK firms are benefiting.We have seen drinks exporters such as Dorset’s Black Cow Vodka and Kent based sparkling wine producer Hush Heath Estate improving their market access and profitability with the reductions in tariff and non-tariff barriers.Also we are seeing new UK exporters to Canada. These include Seedlip Drinks, the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. Under CETA they do not pay the 11% pre-CETA tariffs on their products.And Moordale Foods who entered the Canadian market in March 2017 with assistance from DIT. Moordale were helped by CETA duty elimination. Pre-CETA their range would have been subject to duties of up to 12.5%. Their prices in Canada are now closer than ever to their (currency adjusted) domestic UK price. Moordale are in key places in Canadian gourmet food outlets, including the flagship Saks Fifth Avenue foodhall in Toronto.In parallel, investment into the UK from Canada continues to grow. In 2016 Canada had £18.6 billion invested in the UK and we had £21.1 billion invested in Canada.Ratifying CETA is also an important step towards our future trading relationship with Canada as we prepare to take advantage of the opportunities offered by our exit from the EU.During the Prime Minister’s visit to Canada in September last year, both she and Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated their intention to seek to swiftly and seamlessly transition CETA into a UK-Canada deal once the UK has left the EU. To ensure as seamless transition as possible they formally announced a Working Group to take this forward.Officials from our 2 countries have already begun to meet to discuss transitioning CETA. It is important, as a first step, that we prevent a ‘cliff edge’ for British and Canadians businesses.But of course, whilst we remain in the EU we continue to support the EU’s ambitious trade agenda. Free trade is not a zero-sum game, but rather a win-win. Ratifying CETA will send a strong message about our determination to champion the cause of free trade, seek global trade liberalisation wherever we can, and to support the rules-based international trading system to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes.This is a key part of the government’s vision of delivering a prosperous and truly Global Britain as we leave the EU.It is important to the UK that CETA is ratified successfully by all EU member states.Because ratification by all EU member states is required for the treaty to enter fully into force. This will give greater certainty for Canadian and EU businesses that the agreement will continue on into the future.Those areas that were not provisionally applied include a large part of the chapter on investment, including the new Investment Court System, on which there has been extensive discussion in Parliament and in wider civil society.The UK supports the principle of investment protection and looks forward to engaging further with the Commission on the technical detail of the Investment Court System. We support the objectives of obtaining fair outcomes of claims, high ethical standards for arbitrators and increased transparency of tribunal hearings.And I also want to be clear – investment protection provisions protect investors from discriminatory or unfair treatment by a state. This includes protection of UK institutional investors, for example pension funds, where we have a duty to ensure that individual investments are protected. We have over 90 such agreements in place with other countries and there has never been a successful investor-state dispute settlement claim brought against the UK, nor has the threat of potential claims affected the government’s legislative programme.It is also important to note that the customary international right to regulate has been re-emphasised in this agreement.Moreover, the agreement provides that member states should not reduce their labour and environmental standards to encourage trade and investment – ensuring our high standards are not affected by this agreement.And let me also say this, nothing in CETA prevents the UK from regulating in the pursuit of legitimate public policy objectives.This includes the NHS. The government has been absolutely clear that protecting the NHS is of the utmost importance for the UK. The delivery of public health services is safeguarded in the trade in services aspects of all EU free trade agreements (FTAs), including CETA.Neither will anything in CETA prevent future governments from taking back into public ownership any services currently run by the private sector – the legal text makes this clear if honourable members opposite would like to read it.In fact, robust protections in CETA are covered across a number of related articles and reservations in the text. A key article is Chapter 9, Article 9.2 (Cross Border Trade in Services) which excludes services supplied in the exercise of governmental authority from measures affecting trade in services.In addition, in Annex II (Reservations Applicable in the European Union), the UK has gone beyond the EU-wide reservations and included additional national reservations for doctors, privately funded ambulances and residential health facilities and the majority of privately funded social services.The UK government will continue to ensure that decisions about public services are made by the UK, and not our trade partners. This is a fundamental principle of our current and future trade policy.Let me also say something on scrutiny. We have committed, through our White Paper published last year, that we will ensure appropriate Parliamentary scrutiny of trade agreements as we move ahead with our independent trade policy. The government can guarantee that Parliament will have a crucial role to play in the scrutiny and ratification of the UK’s future trade agreements and we will bring forward proposals in due course.And now I would like to provide further reassurance to this House of the government’s ongoing commitment to openness and transparency. Indeed, we have scheduled a debate on the floor of the House of Commons on the EU-Japan EPA, which my Rt Hon Friend, the Minister for Trade Policy will be leading straight after this debate. This is already over and above the engagement required for EU-only trade agreements.Mr Speaker, I welcome the opportunity to make the case for CETA to Parliament, and to give the opportunity for full scrutiny of this important agreement, as the government has done for previous EU Free Trade Agreements.During the implementation period, the United Kingdom will retain access to EU free trade agreements. But we will also be able to negotiate, sign and ratify new UK-only free trade agreements for the first time in more than 40 years. In doing so, we will safeguard the benefits achieved in CETA for UK businesses and consumers and lay a foundation for an even stronger relationship in the future.Canada is a progressive, dependable and honest trading partner, committed – as we are – to the WTO and the international rules based system. This is an important time to show our commitment to a free trading Commonwealth, G7 and NATO ally.Mr Speaker, I commend the order to the House.last_img read more

A park by the river

first_imgMore than 100 people gathered at Riverside Community Park on Thursday (June 10) to officially dedicate Cambridge’s newest green space, the result of a partnership between Harvard University and the city.“This is a significant win for the city and a significant win for this community,” Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher said at the event. “We could not have done it without Harvard. This is a good example of town-gown relations working for the better of a community.”Situated on three quarters of an acre at the corner of Memorial Drive and Western Avenue near the Charles River, the park boasts a shade structure with picnic tables, a broad lawn, and fountains to frolic in on hot days. Designed by Halvorson Design Partnership, the park is intended to reflect community desires for a peaceful, reflective, inviting open space.After the event, families lingered to enjoy barbecue and to socialize. As cloudy skies threatened rain, children played in a fountain, splashing and laughing as if the sun were bright. Nearby, a family tossed a Frisbee on a broad green lawn, while a group of older women chatted on a bench.“To see the park being enjoyed by the residents is a great thing,” said Christine Heenan, Harvard’s vice president of public affairs and communications.Kevin Bonanno, a graphics associate in the University’s planning office, was on hand with his wife and two children. The family lives nearby in one of the affordable housing units built by Harvard as part of the agreement. Family members enjoy walking to the park on weekends and after dinner on weekdays.“It’s really great,” he said. “It brings a ton of people from the neighborhood out, so we’ve been able to meet a lot of other families with kids.”Since the park opened, Zainab Himmat, who lives across the street, said she’s had trouble keeping her four children inside. “When they come home from school, they want to go out and play there,” she said. “They love it.”That sentiment was precisely the goal when Harvard and Cambridge reached an agreement in 2003 that enabled the University to construct graduate student housing on several sites in the area. Harvard provided an open-space easement for the park as part of the accord. Residents presented their ideas through an expansive community planning process led by the city. Significant funding to create the park was provided by the city and by Harvard.As part of the 2003 agreement, the University created bed space for 500 graduate students in the new environmentally friendly dormitories and apartments at Cowperthwaite, Grant, Akron, and Banks streets, an effort that supported the city’s longstanding goal for local universities to house more students to alleviate pressure on the local housing market. Harvard also built the 39 affordable units for working families, including six in wood-frame houses adjacent to the park and 33 in the renovated historic Switch House nearby. All of those units are occupied by Cambridge families.“Developers often pit the desire for open space against affordable housing,” Cambridge City Manager Robert W. Healy said. “This is a tribute to the fact that one can do both.”last_img read more

Including women on your board of directors creates a mix of thinkers for the digital age

first_img continue reading » Boards of directors — for corporate enterprises, charitable organizations, professional societies — play extremely important and responsible oversight roles. The way I see it, they are positions women should aspire to as they provide the opportunity to analyze and validate the strategy of an organization, broaden their business perspective and make them better professionals and leaders within their own organization.Female board members are far from the only beneficiaries of this leadership opportunity, however.The Digital Age Calls For A Multi-Lens ViewThe positive outcomes realized by organizations stem from the guidance they receive from a rich mix of thinkers on their boards. The digital age requires leaders to continuously analyze how the various aspects of their businesses intersect. That necessitates a multi-lens view of the organization. Therefore, intentionally bringing qualified women into this space adds a level of richness to the board’s approach. Not only does this mix of thinkers generate a diversified way of looking at issues, but it also avoids the potential for the development of an innovation-stifling echo chamber. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

EDITORIAL: Crossgates security shouldn’t fall on taxpayers

first_imgTaxpayers pay the police to patrol their communities and respond to emergencies, not stand guard over each and every one of us, and especially not over a private, profit-making major retail center that so far has been unwilling to provide enough security of its own to protect customers and employees from rampant hooliganism.So any security plan being worked out by the owners of Crossgates Mall and local police for extra coverage to cut down on crime in and around the mall should be paid for by the owner, Pyramid Companies, not taxpayers.The pending arrangement for patrols, reported in the Times Union, is in response to several incidents at the mall.The most recent occurred on Sunday evening, when a fight inside the mall led to a stabbing and then a chase that ended in police nabbing one vehicle on the Thruway and another vehicle after it crashed near St. Peter’s Hospital. Six youths were arrested following the crash.On Christmas Eve, at least a dozen people got into a fight inside the mall’s Beef Jerky Outlet store, throwing punches and knocking down displays while store employees tried in vain to intervene.Back in August, the mall was the site of a brawl that could have been much worse, after a fight between two females at the Get Air Trampoline Park got out of hand amidst a crowd of kids estimated at between 400 and 500. Two police officers breaking up the fight were injured when the surrounding crowd became unruly. And if you remember back in November 2016, a man fired a gun at rival gang members outside the Apple store while holiday shoppers dove for cover.  Categories: Editorial, OpinionWouldn’t it be nice if the town could station a police officer in all of our houses to protect us. But that won’t happen. The new security agreement could result in Guilderland police officers patrolling the mall full-time. But no details of that agreement have been released, including who is going to pay for it or how the mall coverage would affect police coverage of the rest of the town.One question we have. What’s taken so long? Why, especially after the August incident, has it taken over five months to beef up security to this level?The mall owners should be willing and able to protect their property without local police having to take over the job.  And not with Paul Blart Mall Cop patrolling on a Segway, either, but with professional security in large enough numbers to respond quickly and effectively to intervene before incidents get out of hand.Whatever they’ve got protecting the place now clearly isn’t adequate.Surely, the nation’s largest privately owned mall developer can afford to protect its property, the shoppers who support it and the employees of the store tenants who work there.It shouldn’t rely on taxpayers to do the job it should already be doing itself.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Bali orders people to stay at home on major holiday to contain COVID-19

first_imgRegents and mayors across Bali also issued similar policies on Thursday. Some of them even closed access to their regions. Ida Penglingsir Agung Putra Sukahet, who heads the Bali Grand Council of Customary Villages, endorsed the policy to “extend” the Day of Silence, saying it was needed to stop the spread of the virus. “We hope people will follow it. It’s for our safety,” he said, adding that family gatherings could now take place on Whatsapp. While some residents supported the policy, others found it excessive. Kadek Dewi, an employee at a private hospital in Denpasar, had to argue with the pecalang before she could go to work after being told to provide a letter showing that she was, in fact, a hospital employee. “I work at a hospital. Patients need food,” she said.The Russian Embassy in Jakarta sent a letter to the Bali governor on Thursday asking him to exempt a number of Russian tourists scheduled for a flight to Moscow that day. “Many of our [citizens] cannot go to the airport to board the flight,” Russian Ambassador Liudmila Vorobieva said in the letter. Some tourists were still seen enjoying their holiday on the beaches in front of the hotels where they were staying. Despite the enforced physical distancing policy, Gilimanuk seaport and Gusti Ngurah Rai airport were still operating.  “Bali airport is operating normally today, with 171 scheduled flights,” the airport’s spokesperson, Arie Ahsanurrohim, said.Bali declared an “alert” security status on March 15 in response to the outbreak, asking schools to hold classes online and civil servants to work from home. On March 17, the Indonesian Hindu Religious Council ordered a limitation on religious festivals such as ogoh-ogoh (spirit effigy) processions. These policies were followed by the administration’s decision to close major tourist destinations across the island.Topics : The island was uncharacteristically quiet during this year’s Ngembak Geni. Tourist sites, malls, shops, traditional markets and banks were all closed. Only ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen on the streets. Pecalang periodically stopped people from entering or exiting villages. “We are urging all people not to leave their houses to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Nengah Dira, a pecalang from Sumerta village, said. The Balinese administration had previously advised people to practice physical distancing, but on Thursday it chose to make the policy mandatory. The strict policy, issued on March 23, however, will apply only on Ngembak Geni, after which residents are merely advised to practice physical distancing.  “The fast spread of COVID-19 should be responded to with caution and should be anticipated to prevent more victims. The most effective prevention strategy is to limit outdoor activities and social interaction,” Bali Governor Wayan Koster said. To contain the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Bali administration ordered people to stay at home on Thursday for the normally bustling festival of Ngembak Geni, the day after Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence), during which Balinese people traditionally throng the island’s beaches and public places in celebration. The resort island has reported at least nine confirmed COVID-19 cases with two deaths, a relatively small number compared to Jakarta, which has more than 500 cases and 40 deaths. Scientists, however, believe the province may have underreported its cases and that thousands of infected people may have gone undetected. In a first, the police and the pecalang (traditional Balinese security officers) were deployed to enforce the order on Thursday. last_img read more

Art deco home in need of a revamp is less than 5km from city

first_imgOne of the bedrooms at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.The art deco home features a huge second level deck with sweeping views, curved walls and hardwood flooring. The property is being sold via tender with offers closing on September 22. 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.A landmark property in this blue-chip suburb of Brisbane has hit the market and needs a facelift.The pre-war four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 97 Constitution Rd, Windsor has a solid foundation and original fittings. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here Wow, what a view at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.He said the style of architecture was not common from the area.“This really is a standout property for Windsor, a real landmark property at the top of the hill,” he said. The exterior of 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.Ray White — Wilston selling agent Trent Vinson said the character home was on a good size block and could be someone’s dream project.Mr Vinson said the home had been on the market for one day and had already received inquiries from owner occupiers who wanted to do bigger renovations.“The home is certainly liveable how it is,” Mr Vinson said.center_img Crack open a beer and enjoy the breeze at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor. Love a bit of colour? Check out 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.The property, on a 673sq m block, is currently set up for dual living with separate entrances, car ports, bathrooms and kitchens.“I imagine whoever ends up buying this property will reinstate the internal stairs and undertake a full scale renovation, transforming it into a modern day masterpiece,” he said.“The block gets 360 degree views.” Kick back and relax right here at 97 Constitution Road, Windsor.last_img read more