GVC’s Alexander agrees to £150k pay cut

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 30th May 2019 | By contenteditor Finance GVC’s Alexander agrees to £150k pay cut Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Kenneth Alexander, chief executive of GVC Holdings, has agreed to take a pay cut of £150,000 (€169,888/$188,941) following pressure from the operator’s shareholders. Topics: Finance People Strategy Kenneth Alexander, chief executive of GVC Holdings, has agreed to take a pay cut of £150,000 (€169,888/$188,941) following pressure from the operator’s shareholders.GVC has confirmed that Alexander volunteered to reduce his annual salary from £950,000 to £800,000. This will come into effect from June 1 this year.The operator said Alexander’s offer to lower his pay “was made in light of recent shareholder and proxy adviser feedback on GVC’s 2018 remuneration report and on our Remuneration committee chair”.Alexander attracted criticism from investors in March of this year when he sold 2.06m shares worth £13.7m. The sale hit GVC’s share price, with its value down 14% in just one day – the largest fall in nine years – pushing the price down to its lowest level since July 2016.However, after he was then awarded an additional 453,625 shares later in March as part of an incentive and bonus plan, Alexander said that he had no intention of selling any of these or his other shares while he served as chief executive.“I remain totally committed to GVC for the long-term, and as such I will not sell any further shares in GVC while I am CEO,” Alexander said.At the time, Alexander also praised GVC’s “excellent start to the year”, and the operator followed up on this by announcing an 8% year-on-year rise in net gaming revenue for the first quarter. This followed its 2018 revenue soaring to £3.0bn. Under his leadership the operator has evolved from a minor player to the UK’s largest igaming operator, following acquisitions of the likes of Sportingbet, bwin.party and Ladbrokes Coral.  Email Addresslast_img read more

Calls for one man lifts to be outlawed as Israel Folau readies for judicial hearing

first_imgTuesday Jun 26, 2018 Calls for one man lifts to be outlawed as Israel Folau readies for judicial hearing Israel Folau’s disciplinary hearing will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon in Sydney, and will determine whether the Waratahs fullback will be suspended for this weekend’s round of Super Rugby matches. It’s caused some concern for assistant coach Simon Cron. The talented Wallabies fullback was yellow carded during the 20-16 loss to Ireland on Saturday, after it was ruled that he pulled down Peter O’Mahony when competing under a high ball.After being cited, he will face a World Rugby judicial panel comprising of Shao Wang (Chair, Singapore), Val Toma (Romania), and Eroni Clarke (NZ).Waratahs assistant coach Simon Cron has stood by his man, concerned that he will miss the Waratahs’ Friday night clash with the Melbourne Rebels.Cron suggested that World Rugby who needed to reacquaint themselves with their own rules.“Personally, I think it’s an interesting decision to even send him there,” Cron told reporters. “I would think (Ireland would) look at their one-man lifting technique. I know, we do a lot of it.“I’d be surprised. It’d be a bit of a nanny state if they pull him.“My understanding of the law is that when you’re both competing for the ball, you’re both competing for the ball. The only way around that is maybe we change the sport and say you’re not allowed to leave the ground and turn it into under-12s. I’m not sure.“We’ve had presentation after presentation… we’ve had (referee) Angus Gardner in here and he’s shown us video of what goes, what doesn’t. We’re really clear on what we think you’re allowed to do and not allowed to do. And it states it in the law. So I’d be surprised if it changes.“I think they just need to revisit it themselves, probably.”Folau, arguably the best in the world currently at competing under the high ball, combines his skill with that of Bernard Foley, who manages to replicate perfectly placed kick-off restarts time and time again.Folau was cited for the incident in the ninth minute, and later yellow carded for a similar tackle in the air on O’Mahony, with citing commissioner Michael O’Leary describing Folau’s actions as ‘strikingly similar’ to the contest for which he was yellow-carded.Under World Rugby’s Regulation 17.25.3 (b), the combination of the yellow card and post-match citation means the incident must be treated as a red card and will go to a disciplinary hearing.Here is a look at three of the contests in the air, showing how similar they are and that perhaps, as Cron says, then one man lift is more to blame that Folau himself.CJ Stander meanwhile, the lifter, has taken a bit of responsibility for what happened.“It’s a tough one, because I’m the one lifting him and I need to look after him,” Stander said. “It’s just that Folau is unbelievable in the air, it’s one of those ones where you need to go back and look at it and he got a yellow card.“It’s tough, Pete [O’Mahony] got injured because of it. It’s something we worked on during the week, we knew it was going to come, I could have probably protected him a bit better.”Former Leinster head coach Matt Williams has suggested that one-man lifts should be outlawed.UPDATE: Israel Folau has been banned for one match. Rugby Australia will reportedly appeal the decision.credit: rugbycomau/offtheballADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Purple Hill House / IROJE KHM Architects

first_img Projects CopyHouses•South Korea ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/39878/purple-hill-house-iroje-khm-architects Clipboard South Korea Purple Hill House / IROJE KHM Architects Purple Hill House / IROJE KHM ArchitectsSave this projectSavePurple Hill House / IROJE KHM Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/39878/purple-hill-house-iroje-khm-architects Clipboard Photographs:  JongOh KimText description provided by the architects. Suburban residential site This scenic site is a part of the residential area developed in the natural greenery area of the mountain gwanggyo and that is located at the entrance area to trail to mountain. Save this picture!© JongOh KimRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWood Boards / HPL PanelsLamitechLamitech high pressure plastic laminateWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Kitchens – ValchromatEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornMerit = siteplan faced to evergreen mountain=Demerit=Facing not south but northwest=Lack of southern sunlight. From agony about the direction to which major living space see, the plan of this house started. After all, the direction to the opposite mountain that will be preserved in the natural green space forever was selected. Save this picture!© JongOh KimBut this charming selection that introduce the permanent natural landscape brought the problem, bad solar condition, that the major living space is faced to northwest sunlight. And so, we must make the solution to absorb the southern and eastern sunlight into the inside of the house. Save this picture!© JongOh KimSolution the demerit -“Floating glass garden” absorbed southern sunlight “Glass box of light” that will absorb the useful sunlight was introduced to inside space of the various level and these boxes which are planted with flower and fruit are functioned as “Floating glass garden”. Save this picture!© JongOh KimActually, we solved the problem and we own both the two conditions that are the introduction of landscape and ecological environment and naturally, we have been reached to the complex solution that all the rooms have their own garden. Floating boxes with bamboo garden – Dynamic and vertical sequence of space The dynamic, unrealistic interior space which are produced with several floating glass boxes over the major living space that is opened to the vertical height of 3 floors, will be the symbolic impression of this house. Save this picture!© JongOh KimSmall purple hill – Landscape architecture – Harmonizing with the surrounding context We expect that this landscape architecture will coexist with the surrounding context for a long time, as if a small purple hill….Project gallerySee allShow less3XN Wins Cultural Project in AarhusArticlesUrban Renovation / A3+ ArchitectsArticles Share Architects: IROJE KHM Architects Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img “COPY” ArchDaily Houses Area:  554 m² Photographs Save this picture!© JongOh Kim+ 32 Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officeIROJE KHM ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSouth KoreaPublished on November 06, 2009Cite: “Purple Hill House / IROJE KHM Architects” 06 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Talis SVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Solid ColorPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesDining tablesZeitraumWood Table – TautBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USARoll Towel Dispenser – Electronic TouchlessWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAluminium CompositesSculptformClick-on Battens in Victoria GardensMetal PanelsLongboard®Metal Ceilings – DauntlessWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsPerforated Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Rainscreen Cladding Panels for Lightweight Facades in Apartment BlockBricksAcme BrickModular Size BrickMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?紫山楼 / IROJE KHM Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Sharifi-ha House / Next Office–Alireza Taghaboni

first_imgArchDaily Save this picture!Courtesy of nextoffice+ 45 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/522344/sharifi-ha-house-nextoffice Clipboard Photographs Projects Area:  1400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2014 Iran “COPY” CopyHouses•Tehran, Iran Manufacturers: IB RUBINETTERIEDesigner:Alireza TaghaboniDesign Associates:Roohollah Rasouli, Farideh AghamohammadiDetailing Design Associates:Bahoor Office (Hamid mohammadi, Amir Taleshi)Senior Consultant In Detail:Shahnaz GoharbakhshSupervisions:Shahnaz Goharbakhsh, Alireza TaghaboniProject Associates:Mojtaba Moradi, Negar Rahnamazadeh, Asal Karami, Majid Jahangiri, Masoud Saghi, Hossein Naghavi, Fatemeh S.Tabatabaeian, Iman JalilvandConstruction:Imen Sazeh Fadak Consulting EngLandscape Consultant:Babak Mostofi Sadri, Omid Abbas FardiStructural Consultant:Vahid QarakhniniyaMechanical Consultant:Mojtaba ArabpourElectrical Consultant:Saeed AfsharRevolving Rooms System:Bumat CompanyClient:Shiraz MunicipalityTeam:Alireza Taghaboni, Mohamad Motamedinia, Ebrahim Roostaee, Sepideh Sarrafzadeh, Maziar Ghaseminia, Majid Jahangiri, Hoodad Zoroufchiyan, Peyman Nozari, Roza bemani, Arian Spiridonoff, Vahid karamad, Fatemeh Tabatabaeian, Shima Mohammadi, Siavash Shareghi, Homa Asadi, Farideh AghaMohammadi, Mohammad Kahidi, Mehrdad Raoofi, Sahar Mehdizadeh, Gorgin Sharifi, Ali Maleki Kahaki, Sajad hosseini, Tina Shahnazari, Mehdi Pourbasat, Asal Karami, Amin Zargar, Sarvenaz RezaeCity:TehranCountry:IranMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeText description provided by the architects. Uncertainty and flexibility lie at the heart of the design concept in Sharifi-ha House. The sensational, spatial qualities of the interiors, as well as the formal configuration of its exterior, directly respond to the displacement of turning boxes that lead the building volume to become open or closed, obtaining introverted or extroverted character. These changes may occur according to changing seasons or functional scenarios of floor plans.Save this picture!Exterior Timelapse PhotographsLike many other urban plots, the land for this project had a noticeably narrow façade-width compared with its length. Consequently, our expertise in transforming a two-dimensional façade to a three-dimensional one became indispensable.Save this picture!Diagram 04Here, the openness /closure of the building volume is a reference to traditional Iranian houses, which would dynamically serve as seasonal modes of habitation by offering both a Zemestan-Neshin (winter living room) and Taabestan-Neshin (summer living room) to their residents. In summertime, Sharifi-ha House offers an open /transparent /perforated volume with wide, large terraces.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeIn contrast, during Tehran’s cold, snowy winters the volume closes itself, offering minimal openings in total absence of those wide summer terraces. In this project, the challenges to the concepts of open/closed typology (introverted/extroverted character) led to an exciting spatial transformation of an ever-changing residential building.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeThe House is distributed over seven floors: the two basement floors are allocated to family conviviality, fitness facilities, and wellness areas, while the ground floor hosts parking and housekeeping rooms.  Public activities all happen on the first and second floors, and the family’s private life takes place on the third and fourth floors.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeThe project consisted of four major parts; the fixed volume of the structure, the void, and the fixed volume and the mobile volume, respectively. When the turning boxes are closed, the building captures sunlight throughout the space of the central void, which also connects the two fixed volumes by suspended bridges.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeThe house adapts to the functional needs of its residents. For instance, depending on whether there is a guest or not, the guest room (located on the second floor) can be reconfigured for different purposes. Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeSimilarly, home office and breakfast room (turning rooms on the first and third floors) can change the formality of their appearance according to their residents’ desire. In other words, there is always the possibility of having different seasonal or lighting scenarios, some of which have been already considered in the BMS program of the project.Save this picture!SectionFrom the initial design steps, we noticed that three pine trees outside could be incorporated into the spaces of the interior. Now, in the open mode of the house, the trees are pleasantly captured by the window frames.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeStepping back for about three meters from the permitted construction boundary line allowed us to provide splendid daylight for the basement floors by inserting a glass fountain. The fitness and wellness areas are accommodated between this fountain and the basement pool where reflective installations reverberate the water’s radiance all over the space.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeThe applied manufacturing technique for the turning mechanism was in fact a simple one; the same method which is currently employed in turning theatrical scenes, turning the floor of car exhibitions, steel companies and the shipping industry in Iran.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeBut as our client himself was into importing CNC and other similar industrial German machines, he preferred the structural system to be fabricated in Germany. In doing so, he could engage his employees in the manufacturing process and thus train them for future maintenance purposes.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeDetails of the handrails and air-penetration controlling methods were major issues considered in developing the design of the turning boxes. Designing foldable handrails and refining the edges of the boxes happened to be our feasible solutions.  Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeConsidering the specialties of this kind of architecture, the structural system was inevitably a customized one. After digitally modeling the structure, a series of SAP2000 analysis were undertaken to examine static/dynamic performance of the proposed system. Being partially moveable is the dominant feature of this structural assembly, which was contemplated throughout the fabrication process by the German manufacturer company. The main loads all rest on the beams of the living rooms.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeDue to the various configurations the turning boxes may take, the loading calculation has been estimated based on the largest possible loading value applied to the system. Additionally, in order to prevent structural deformation controlling the probable vibrations in the turning boxes was taken into account during the design/calculations of the structure.The house was titled Sharifi-ha House, in honor of traditional Iranian mansions.Save this picture!Courtesy of nextofficeProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Paris Debate: Must Preservation Inhibit Urban Renewal?ArticlesEscola Secundária Garcia da Orta / Bak Gordon ArquitectosSelected Projects Sharecenter_img Sharifi-ha House / Next Office–Alireza Taghaboni “COPY” Sharifi-ha House / Next Office–Alireza TaghaboniSave this projectSaveSharifi-ha House / Next Office–Alireza Taghaboni Year:  Photographs:  Parham Taghioff, Mandana Mansouri, Salar Motahari, Majid Jahangiri Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: NextOffice–Alireza Taghaboni Area Area of this architecture project Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/522344/sharifi-ha-house-nextoffice Clipboard CopyAbout this officeNextOffice–Alireza TaghaboniOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTehranIranPublished on July 07, 2014Cite: “Sharifi-ha House / Next Office–Alireza Taghaboni” 07 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in SkyPodsShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma EDoorsC.R. LaurenceMonterey Bi-Folding Glass Wall SystemTable LampsLouis PoulsenLamps – Panthella PortableBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersSealantsEffisusMetal Roof Flashing – Stopper MRDropped CeilingsPure + FreeFormLinear Clip-Strip Ceiling SystemUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryLouversAccoyaAccoya® Wood for Shutters and LouvresSpa / WellnessKlafsGyms & Relaxation RoomsMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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The photographer Akram Darwish arrested

first_img Organisation News RSF_en Help by sharing this informationcenter_img May 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The photographer Akram Darwish arrested The photographer Akram Darwish was arrested while covering a demonstration by members of the Kurdish minority in the northeastern city of Qamishli. He was freed four days later. last_img

PERRYMAN: Accurate census count essential to government, businesses

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness PERRYMAN: Accurate census count essential to government, businesses Twitter Pinterest Twitter By admin – January 14, 2018 WhatsApp Ray Perryman is the head of The Perryman Group and serves as a distinguished professor at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. The 2020 census is at risk due to inadequate funding, planning, and staffing, and the consequences could be quite significant. The practice of counting and collecting information about the populace dates back to ancient times and, in fact, the source of much of our knowledge about the past. In the United States, the first census was conducted in 1790, shortly after the Constitution was adopted, when the total number of residents measured was less than four million. The most recent full census (in 2010) measured nearly 309 million, with the most recent estimates topping 327 million.The purpose of the census is not simply to provide interesting factoids. Covering a spectrum of issues from income to housing to educational attainment and much more, the census gives us a snapshot of how the population is changing. The wealth of data compiled and maintained by the Census Bureau allows for analysis which can inform public policy, help us understand the relationships between variables such as education and income, and illustrate shifting household choices and conditions.Moreover, census data is relied on for a number of vital purposes. For one thing, it’s used to determine the allocation of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Population changes between the 2000 and 2010 censuses caused eight states to add members and 10 states to lose members in the House of Representatives. The changes reflect relative population trends, with faster-growing states (such as Florida and Texas) gaining members while slower-growing states (such as New York) lost them. State legislatures also redraw their districts based on census data.The census is also used to determine the distribution of nearly $700 billion in federal funds each year. State and local governments receive federal money for social services, education, Medicaid, highways, housing, and many other programs. The amounts are determined by formulas which rely on census data (population, poverty rate, education level, and family characteristics, among other variables).The full census conducted every 10 years (and coming up in 2020) is a massive undertaking. A proper count requires major investments in technology, personnel, and expenses. Even as the U.S. population has expanded, the census budget has been cut. That’s a bad idea, and Congress needs to find a way to increase funding.The role of the Census Bureau extends well beyond conducting the decennial counts. There are also dozens of regular surveys and annual interim estimates, and publications and research are produced almost continuously. (Visit www.census.gov to see the wealth of information.) Again, this data isn’t just interesting, but also integral to the proper working of government at all levels and the economy.Population changes identified in the census are used in legislative redistricting. Virtually every department of the federal government uses census data to assess programs and their effectiveness. The data is also essential to businesses, which use it to make decisions regarding new store locations, real estate developments, or other investments. I use Census Bureau data almost daily in meeting the needs of my clients and analyzing topics of general economic interest.As if the lack of funding wasn’t enough of a challenge to the 2020 census, here’s another wrinkle. The Department of Justice recently asked that a question regarding citizenship be added to the 2020 census ostensibly to allow for enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Such a question hasn’t been included since 1950, though a sample of the population is asked this regularly through the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Even if time allowed for proper testing of a new question (which it doesn’t), critics fear that participation could be negatively affected due to fear of the consequences of admitting a lack of citizenship.Even though census responses are required by law to be kept strictly private and are protected from requests from anyone (including government agencies), there is still a risk that non-citizens would choose not to respond. Representation and funding could be affected, particularly in areas with higher numbers of non-citizens (such as Texas). Given other actions which have raised fears among undocumented individuals and the lack of progress in the area of immigration reform, a citizenship question would almost certainly cause some people to avoid participating. With systematic undercounting, there will be systematic underfunding. Even in a world where they seem to matter less to many folks than they once did, this is one instance where we really need the actual facts without partisan manipulation.The 2020 census can still be saved. With a more reasonable budget, staffing, and leadership and a “no” to adding a citizenship question, we can still get an accurate count. The proper functioning of the government and economy depends on a clear understanding of demographic patterns and changes, and we can only get that if we don’t compromise the quality and integrity of the 2020 census. 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Surging virus in French African outpost reveals inequalities

first_img Facebook Surging virus in French African outpost reveals inequalities WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 TAGS  Pinterest Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleThe Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Selects Triton Digital to Power Its Podcast Strategy and Measure Its Streaming AudienceNext articlePurdue, Nebraska meet in conference play Digital AIM Web Support Local News Twitter Pinterest Twitter MAMOUDZOU, Mayotte (AP) — Mayotte’s main tourist office stands nearly empty, a lonely tropical outpost overlooking a people-less port. Its only hospital, however, is overwhelmed. The demand for intensive care beds is more than quadruple the supply, as medical workers fight to contain the French Indian Ocean territory’s worst coronavirus outbreak yet. The Mayotte islands are the poorest corner of the European Union, tucked between Madagascar and the mainland coast of Mozambique in southern Africa – and were the last spot in France to receive any coronavirus vaccines. Local authorities feel forgotten and say their difficulties in fighting the virus reflect long-standing inequalities between France’s majority-white mainland and its far-flung multiracial former colonies. The French army is sending in medical workers and a few ICU beds, and President Emmanuel Macron’s government pledged Wednesday to step up vaccine deliveries. But the aid will only go so far on the islands where masks are a luxury, where nearly a third of the region’s 300,000 people have no running water and where a new lockdown is suffocating livelihoods. “We used to work at the big market to sell things, to have money to feed our families,” said Ahamada Soulaimana Soilihi, a 40-year-old father of six living in a shantytown in Mayotte’s capital city of Mamoudzou. Then last week, authorities shut down Mayotte’s economy, ordering people to stay home to combat fast-growing cases of the virus variant dominant in South Africa. “How can we live without work, without being able to move, without anything?” Soilihi asked. While ocean waves lap empty beaches and police patrol the quiet streets of Mamoudzou’s business district, many people in Soilihi’s Bandrajou neighborhood seem unaware of lockdown rules or social distancing measures. Clusters of children play barefoot on the dusty ground, girls carry buckets on their heads to fetch water from a collective pump, an older woman at an informal street stall braids a younger woman’s hair. Almost no one wears a mask. Health workers acknowledge there’s no easy solution. The virus is attacking Mayotte in a “brutal and rapid” way, Dominique Voynet, the head of the regional health service, told The Associated Press. “All indicators are getting darker and darker … people are dropping like flies.” Mayotte’s weekly infection rate is now nearly four times higher than the national French average. The territory has registered 11,447 virus cases since the pandemic began — a third of them over the past two weeks — and at least 68 deaths, double the per capita virus death rate nationwide. Many cases and deaths are believed to go uncounted. That made it all the more disappointing that Mayotte was the last French overseas region to get a vaccine shipment, a month after the first doses landed in Paris, more than 8,400 kilometers (5,000 miles) away. “We were equipped much later than other (French) regions, to my great dismay,” Voynet said. The French Foreign Legion delivered the super-freezer needed to store Mayotte’s initial deliveries of 950 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. More shipments have trickled in, and the territory has so far vaccinated 2,400 people, or less than 1% of its population. In Paris, government spokesman Gabriel Attal initially argued that Mayotte’s young population – just 4% are over 60 – meant the region was a low priority for vaccination, noting its “demographic and geographic realities which are obviously different” from the mainland. But now that infections are raging, France’s central government is increasingly worried. Doctors are transporting several ICU patients per day to nearby Reunion island. The French military on Sunday flew in medical workers. The regional health service is organizing water deliveries to encourage the poorest to stay home. Many Indian Ocean islands and countries on Africa’s mainland are facing similar — or worse — outbreaks and vaccine delays. Madagascar, with 27 million people, does not yet have vaccines. Mozambique, with 30 million people, has imposed a curfew to battle a surge driven by the variant dominant in South Africa, and doesn’t have any vaccines either. Neither do the nearby Comoros islands for its population of 850,000. The largest country in the region, South Africa, with 60 million people, has reported more than 1.47 million cases, including over 46,800 deaths. Its health minister announced Wednesday the government will be giving out the as-yet unapproved Johnson & Johnson vaccine to health care workers after a small test showed that the AstraZeneca vaccine offers only minimal protection against the variant dominant in the country. Mayotte lawmaker Mansour Kamardine doesn’t understand why his homeland is in such dire straits. When the rest of the Comoros islands chain voted in the 1970s for independence from France after a century-and-a-half of colonial rule, Mayotte residents voted overwhelmingly to stay French. Today, Mayotte has the same administrative status as any region on mainland France — one of the world’s richest countries. The territory uses the euro as currency and is represented in the European Parliament. A 2003 law promises “liberty, equality and fraternity” to all people on France’s overseas lands. But when the virus hit, “Mayotte was forgotten,” Kamardine told the AP. “We are far from the eyes, we are far from the heart” of French power. He wrote to the government to plead for more permanent ICU beds, to no avail. The whole territory has just 16. Mayotte is among nine territories – mostly French – with a special status in the EU as an “outermost region,” which have access to development funds aimed at reducing the economic gap with the European continent left over from colonial times. But with Europe now facing its own vaccine woes and protracted economic crisis, Mayotte’s prospects look dim. Piles of red plastic Coca-Cola chairs collect dust in a Mamoudzou cafe, shaded by palm trees, where a sign points toward Tokyo, 11,230 kilometers (nearly 7,000 miles) away. Metal grates hide storefronts. Business travel and tourism have plunged as the pandemic wears on. At the Caribou restaurant, bar and hotel, Chaima Nombamba manages the takeout counter — the only piece of the business still allowed to operate. The hotel shut down because of “a flood of cancellations.” Most of the restaurant staff is on temporary unemployment — a French government coronavirus program that those in the informal economy don’t enjoy. “Yes, the health crisis is very serious, and there is a deadly impact for some of us. But is it the moment to punish small businesses, notably our sector of activity, which is really hit hard, which is being killed bit by bit by little fires?” she asked. “We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We can’t make plans or anticipate certain things because it’s changing every day,” she said. “So where is the solution?” ——— Angela Charlton reported from Paris. Andrew Meldrum in Johannesburg contributed to this report.last_img read more

Defying Delinquency Trends

first_img Tagged with: Black Knight Delinquencies Foreclosure Mortgage Rates Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Black Knight Delinquencies Foreclosure Mortgage Rates 2019-03-21 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago March 21, 2019 2,451 Views February saw its first rise in delinquencies in 12 years, according to Black Knight’s First Look at February mortgage data. Despite the monthly increase, Black Knight noted that delinquencies are 9.5 percent below last year’s level.According to the First Look, February and March are typically high points in the year, mainly due to tax refunds. Despite the increase in delinquencies, foreclosures were down 19.5 percent from January, at 40,400 in February, close to September 2018’s 15-year low. The national foreclosure rate continued to improve and as of February is now down more than 21 percent from last year.CoreLogic’s Loan Performance Insights report noted a similar trend. While February may have lagged behind slightly, delinquency rates are still dropping overall, although recent natural disasters have impacted some states, DS News reported. According to CoreLogic, 10 out of the only 12 metro areas to experience increases in serious delinquency (loans 90 days or more past due) were located in the Southeast, in areas such as Panama City, Florida.”On a national basis, income and home-price growth continue to support strong loan performance,” said CoreLogic President and CEO Frank Martell. “Although things look good across most of the nation, areas that were impacted by hurricanes and other natural hazards are experiencing a sharp increase in the numbers of mortgages moving into 60-day delinquency or worse. One specific example is Panama City, Florida, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael, where 60-day delinquencies rose to 3.5 percent in December.”The total U.S. foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate was 0.5 percent in February, representing a 0.35 percent decline month over month, and a 21.3 percent decline year over year. Additionally, Black Knight notes that prepayment speeds rose by 11 percent from January’s 18-year low. This may indicate an increase in refinance activity driven by the recent decline in 30-year interest rates.Black Knight will release its Mortgage Monitor on Monday, April 1. in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Market Studies, News About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Defying Delinquency Trends Defying Delinquency Trends Previous: Experts Sound Off on Fed Rate Decision Next: Charting Freddie Mac’s Course Forward After Layton Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Postlast_img read more

Buncrana council launches major tourism drive

first_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest Newsx Adverts Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Buncrana Town Council is to embark on an initiative to position the town as a premier tourist destination.The council  says the project will nurture and develop the tourism industry in the Buncrana area and the wider Inishowen area, by developing the visitbuncrana.com website, as well as devising a new tourism brochure, initially focussing on the domestic and UK markets.Discussions with industry representitives and others will take place in the coming weeks. Twitter Previous articleNew planning guidelines could allow roadside developmentNext articleLetterkenny council meets taxi drivers News Highland center_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp By News Highland – March 11, 2010 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Twitter Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Buncrana council launches major tourism drivelast_img read more

Father charged with homicide after accidentally leaving infants in hot car: Police

first_imgVmargineanu/iStock(NEW YORK) — The father of infant twins has been charged with homicide after the pair was discovered dead inside a car in the Bronx Friday afternoon, New York City police said.Police are investigating whether the twins died from heat exposure.Investigators said the father, identified as Juan Rodriguez, told them that he accidentally left the twins, a boy and a girl approximately 11 months old, in their rear-facing car seats in his car Friday morning on his way to work at a nearby Veteran’s Administration Medical Center around 8 a.m.Police said that he told them that he went back into his car in the afternoon and started to drive away. He drove for two blocks before discovering the children in the back seat “foaming at the mouth” and called 911.Rodriguez, 39, from Rockland County, has been charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of manslaughter, according to police.Rodriguez told authorities that he discovered the twins at around 4 p.m.The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the exact cause of death.NYPD officials said the father was taken into custody late Friday and charged in the early morning hours Saturday.The car, a Honda four-door, was parked in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.“This is a horrific situation,” one police official briefed on the situation told ABC News.Temperatures rose to the mid- to upper-80s in New York City on Friday.ABC News’ Alex Faul contributed to this report.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more