EU warns Hungary to change migrant policy as Frontex departs

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top migration official is appealing to Hungary to change tack on asylum policy and respect migrant rights. Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson’s call came after the EU’s border agency took the unprecedented step of suspending its operations in Hungary. Johansson said Thursday that “the right to apply for asylum is a fundamental human right.” She says she expects “Hungary to change their policy and to let people to apply for asylum on their territory.” Frontex says it’s halting work in Hungary until the nationalist government brings its laws into line with a top EU court ruling that Budapest is denying migrants the right to apply for asylum and unlawfully detaining them in “transit zones.”last_img read more

Stantec selected to lead Kentucky riverfront improvement effort

first_imgSame designers led Burlington’s waterfront renewal The same firm that helped lead the revitalization efforts along Lake Champlain in downtown Burlington, Vermont has been selected by the city of Henderson, Kentucky, for a similar effort. Stantec’s North Springfield, Vermont office (known as The Cavendish Partnership during the Burlington project) is part of a team hired to design improvements to the city’s Ohio River waterfront.  The city commission voted unanimously to hire Stantec to design an extension of the existing River Walk including riverbank stabilization efforts and continued work on a new tennis complex, as well as the archeological and environmental analyses and reviews needed to move forward with improvements. The project is led out of Stantec’s Louisville, Kentucky, office.“Just as we saw in Burlington, revitalizing a community’s waterfront dramatically affects the vitality and character of the area,” says Stephen Plunkard, a principal at Stantec in North Springfield. “We are thrilled to be able to bring that experience to Henderson and work with our talented colleagues in Kentucky.”Henderson’s riverfront effort began in 2002 when a new boat launch, parks, welcome center, and other attractions were added along the banks of the Ohio River. Stantec will be leading Phase III of the project, which is expected to extend the existing riverside pathway, improve site infrastructure, stabilize the riverbanks, and eventually add features such as public restrooms, a boat dock, dog park, community room, and farmers’ market building.Stantec has designed dozens of waterfront projects in Vermont and across the United States.Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. We support public and private sector clients in a diverse range of markets, at every stage, from initial concept and financial feasibility to project completion and beyond. Our services are offered through over 10,000 employees operating out of more than 150 locations in North America. Stantec trades on the TSX and on the NYSE under the symbol STN.last_img read more

Sounds Under The Stars: Summer Outdoor Shows In The South

first_imgLive music sounds better while standing under a big open sky. Fortunately, this summer the Blue Ridge region is full of options to get your outdoor sonic fix.A Big Dose of Alt-CountryWhile alt-country and Americana sounds are thriving through a continually expanding crop of new artists, an upcoming tour will feature three pioneering artists that have been messing with the borders of traditional twang for decades. The LSD Tour, a triple bill featuring Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Dwight Yoakam, will offer a trip through the extensive catalogs of the extremely prolific singer-songwriters. This year Earle has been playing shows that specifically celebrate the 30th anniversary of his landmark album Copperhead Road, acclaimed for its mix of gritty rock and dusty Texas storytelling. Williams, too, has been looking back, last year releasing a re-recorded version of her 1992 album Sweet Old World to mark its 25th anniversary. Once a cowpunk trailblazer, Yoakam crossed over and became a country hitmaker in the late 80s. The honky-tonk icon released his last album, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars, in 2016, but he stays busy on the road and occasionally as an actor. He appeared in last year’s film “Logan Lucky” with Channing Tatum and Adam Driver.The tour includes stops this month at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (June 17) and Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Md. (June 19). Later in the summer, the tour moves deeper into the South, stopping at Chastain Park in Atlanta, Ga. (August 9), Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, N.C. (August 10), and Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, N.C. (August 11).Alternative NostalgiaThirty years ago the Pixies released Surfer Rosa, a breakout debut album that put the band on its way to becoming pop-punk heroes. Six years later similar melodic angst was heard in the debut self-titled record from Weezer; an effort affectionately known to fans as “The Blue Album” that contained the hits “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So.” This summer the two bands with mutual admiration for each other are teaming up for a lengthy summer tour of huge outdoor sheds. Fist-pumping alt-rock anthems will be plentiful as both groups dive into their extensive catalogs. The Pixies reunited in 2004 after a break-up that lasted 11 years; the band has since released two albums, the latest being 2016’s Head Carrier. Weezer has been more prolific, recently infusing its sound with modern electronica touches on last fall’s Pacific Daydream. At press time, the band was scheduled to release another self-titled effort (this one known as “The Black Album”) on May 25, but few details had been revealed.The joint tour includes stops at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va. (July 22), Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C. (July 24), and PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C. (July 25).DangermuffinBreweries Tap into TunesAround the region many craft breweries with expansive properties are using their open spaces to host outdoor shows. This summer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, located in the mountains of central Virginia near Wintergreen Resort, is launching the new Music in the Blue Ridge concert series with shows taking place on the first Saturday of June, July, and August. The series starts on June 2 with a triple bill featuring Yarn, Dangermuffin, and Grateful Dead cover band the ‘77z, and during all shows the brewery will offer onsite camping.Down in Black Mountain, N.C., Pisgah Brewing Company is known for churning out some great beers like Greybeard IPA and the rich Valdez coffee stout. The brewery also has an outdoor stage with enough room to host bands like Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers (June 26), Rebelution (June 27), Lake Street Dive (July 3), and the Punch Brothers (July 13).Wheels of Soul Rolls OnIt was sad times last year for fans of blues-rock legends the Allman Brothers Band after the deaths of founders Greg Allman and Butch Trucks. But fortunately, former member Derek Trucks and his wife Susan Tedeschi are carrying the torch of Southern-flavored jams with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The 12-piece outfit tours relentlessly, delivering high-energy shows that highlight Trucks’ blazing guitar licks and Tedeschi’s deeply soulful vocals, backed by a powerful band that includes tight rhythm and horn sections.For the fourth straight year, the group is embarking on its Wheels of Soul Tour. The roots-driven caravan takes the band across the country this summer, this time pairing Tedeschi Trucks with Drive-By Truckers and the Marcus King Band. Dates in the South: Volvo Car Stadium in Charleston, S.C. (July 1), Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. (July 11), Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh, N.C. (July 13), and Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre in Charlotte, N.C. (July 15).City SoundsMany Southern cities host concert series in the summer with impressive line-ups for little or no cost. In Richmond, Va., the three-decade-old Friday Cheers features top national acts along the James River on Brown’s Island for no more than 10 bucks. Through the end of the month, catch sets from Tyler Childers (June 1), Rhiannon Giddens (June 8), Parquet Courts (June 15), Knower (June 22) and the Turnpike Troubadours (June 29).In Asheville, N.C., the monthly Downtown After 5 concert series takes place on the third Friday of the month from May through September. This year bands playing for free on North Lexington Avenue include Town Mountain (June 15), Fantastic Negrito (July 20), Southern Avenue (August 17), and hip-hop legends the Pharcyde (September 21).last_img read more

Great Neck Man Gets 5 Years for $2M Con

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Great Neck man and one-time international fugitive who admitted conning investors out of more than $2-million in a precious metals scam was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in federal prison.Amner Borukhov, 34, had pleaded guilty in October at Central Islip federal court to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud along with his 30-year-old brother, Markiel Borukhov, of Brooklyn.“Instead of running a legitimate business, the defendants stole money by marketing bogus precious metals to unwitting investors,” George Venizelos, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office, said.Prosecutors said that the men promised more than 60 investors that they would use their money to purchase palladium and other precious metals, but instead used those funds to pay their personal expenses between May 2009 and January 2011.The duo also falsely told prospective investors that they were in a partnership with Jim Cramer, who hosts CNBC’s Mad Money, according to investigators.To cover their tracks, they used aliases. Amner was also known as “Alex” and “Avner.” Markiel went by “Mark.”When they learned that they were being investigated, they fled to Morocco, where they lived for 14 months before being arrested and extradited.Amner was also ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution. Markiel, who was sentenced last month to two years in prison, was ordered to pay $622,000.last_img read more

25 ways to improve your finances in 2016

first_imgA new year often inspires new habits, including financial ones. If you want to put yourself on a path to build wealth throughout the year, then consider these 25 steps, all of which are designed to help you rein in spending and work toward greater financial security. They include both offensive moves, like saving more, as well as defensive ones, like protecting yourself from identity thieves.1. Set your goals early and share them.Sharing financial goals with friends – and even strangers through social media – can help you articulate just what those goals are and also hold you accountable. Indeed, research on goal-setting suggests that making public statements about goals helps people commit to them, whether they be money or health related. As 2016 kicks off, consider sharing your goals on Facebook, Twitter or a social goal-setting site like Linkagoal.If you’re stuck, flipping through images can help inspire and focus goal-setting, says Ellen Rogin, a financial services professional and co-author of “Picture Your Prosperity: Smart Money Moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality.” She encourages people to flip through motivational images such as beaches and sailboats when planning their retirement. This exercise is especially useful for partners to make sure they’re on the same page. continue reading » 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Venice has introduced entrance fees for tourists

first_imgThe goal of this measure is for tourists to bear the high costs of maintaining a popular tourist destination built on water as well as one of the responses to mass tourism that is literally destroying Venice. Also, this measure mostly applies to tourists who come for one day and do not pay the sojourn tax because they do not spend the night, which is most true for guests from cruise ships. The City Council of Venice on Saturday made a decision on charging the entrance to Venice for tourists, for all tourists, both for day tourists and for those who spend the night.  By the way, over 30 million tourists visit Venice every yearcenter_img The ticket will cost from 2,50 to 10 euros per person, depending on the travel season and with some exceptions such as a ticket for students, people who travel briefly to Venice, etc.last_img read more

Online grocery shopping to drive e-commerce growth as PSBB reimposed: Experts

first_imgThe platform saw spike in demand in the second quarter this year, he added.“Every time the government announces a new regulation on PSBB measures, we see an uptick in demand, but then it goes down. This is because people are adapting to the new normal and they are not as panicked as before,” he said during the webinar.  David said that HappyFresh saw its first big spike in demand at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in April. The company has since adapted to cater to the growing need, such as by hiring more personal shoppers and increasing its stocks.“More and more people are relying on e-grocery platforms, but the more important thing is how to make it a permanent habit once the pandemic is over,” he added.Read also: Online groceries thrive as customers avoid supermarketA survey by management consulting company Redseer in August found that more than half of Indonesian respondents said their spending on e-grocery platforms had increased during the pandemic, while up to 60 percent said they would continue to buy groceries online in the future.“Online grocery platforms will continue to see good growth, even as other categories such as fashion and electronics start to bounce back in the second half of the year,” the firm’s Southeast Asia partner Roshan Raj Behera told The Jakarta Post on Sept. 7.In May, Redseer calculated that the gross merchandise value (GMV) of e-grocery platforms would grow 400 percent this year, while beauty and personal care would grow 80 percent, fashion 40 percent and electronics 20 percent.The firm also predicted that Indonesia’s e-commerce GMV would reach US$40 billion this year, surpassing India’s e-commerce GMV.Similarly, a survey by Facebook and Bain & Company revealed that consumers in Southeast Asia were buying groceries online almost three times more often this year compared to 2019. The study indicated that online grocery platforms were enjoying the highest level of penetration in the online retail market, with other categories such as fashion and personal care growing 1.4 times on average.Last year, only 20 percent of respondents in Indonesia said they bought groceries online, with that number rising to 31 percent this year, the survey showed. Meanwhile, Myanmar had the highest percentage of respondents who said they bought groceries online at 40 percent.Topics : “I believe the demand for groceries and food items will still be high,” he said during a webinar hosted by MarkPlus on Sept. 11. “So, this is an opportunity for sellers to tap into the growing sector.”Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced at a press conference on Sunday that the capital would return to full-scale PSBB on Monday, albeit with several relaxations, after months of “transitional PSBB”, amid a continued rise in COVID-19 cases. The measures will remain in place for two weeks and could be extended.During the PSBB period, schools, tourist sites, recreational areas and public parks, among other areas, will be closed. Meanwhile, traditional markets and malls will be allowed to operate at 50 percent visitor capacity, but restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to provide takeaway and delivery orders, Anies said.E-groceries platform HappyFresh marketing vice president David Liem said the reinforcement of PSBB measures would lead to a surge in the demand on the platform. The rise in popularity of online shopping, particularly online grocery shopping, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the enforcement of large scale social restrictions (PSBB) is predicted to be the driving force of growth in the e-commerce sector in Indonesia and Southeast Asia this year, experts have said.Indonesia E-commerce Association (IdEA) chairman Bima Laga said the use of e-commerce platforms to shop would increase again as Jakarta entered another phase of PSBB on Monday.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgSPF Beheer, Swiss Life, Mercer, Woodford IM, Jupiter, Aegon AM, VAM GroupSPF Beheer – The provider for the €15bn railways scheme SPF has appointed Justus van Halewijn as its new CIO as of 1 February. He is to succeed Marcel Andringa, who has started as an executive trustee for asset management at the €38bn metal scheme PME in September. During the past two years, Van Halewijn has been head of investment management at Achmea, the department managing the insurer’s €40bn in assets. Prior to that, he was head of investment strategy research at asset manager Blue Sky Group for nine years.Swiss Life – Simon Heim has been named head of Swiss Life’s employee benefits legal practice, where he will continue to focus on Swiss regulatory matters. Heim previously worked as a pensions lawyer and consultant at Towers Watson.Mercer – Ben Gunnee has been named UK head of fiduciary management, starting next year. Reporting to European head of fiduciary management Michael Dempsey, the new role is a promotion for Gunnee, who currently heads up the Middle East investment business. He was previously a director of the Mercer Sentinel Group. Woodford Investment Management – Gavin St John-Heath and Simon Osborne have been appointed chief risk and operations officer and head of compliance, respectively. St John-Heath will join from BlueQuant Capital Management early next year, having also worked at Petronas Energy Trading. Osborne, meanwhile, joins from Nuveen Investments and has also worked at PIMCO, in both its London office and California headquarters.Jupiter – Stephen Mitchell has been appointed head of strategy for global equities. He will join from Caledonia Investments, where he has worked since 2011. Prior to this, he worked at Fleming & Co and JP Morgan Asset Management.Aegon Asset Management – The asset manager has appointed Thurstan Robinson as global head of communications and marketing. Based at Aegon Asset Management’s headquarters in The Hague, he joins from Aegon Global Pensions, where he was responsible for media relations.VAM Group – Stephan Kevan has been named group marketing director. He most recently worked at NinetyEast Financial as chief marketing officer and has also worked at old Mutual and Barclays Wealth.last_img read more

VALUE YOUR VOTE 2017: Abortion

first_imgThe good news is that abortions are at the lowest rate since 1990. But some political parties want to ‘decriminalise’ abortion and consequently diminish safeguards that exist for vulnerable women. Decriminalisation will pave the way for late term and partial birth abortions, and ‘gendercide’ (abortion based on the sex of the unborn child, usually targeting female babies). Terminations could be possible up-to-birth, and not only because of ‘severe foetal abnormality’. Women’s health and the rights of the unborn child would be threatened. Coercion to have an abortion is a major issue and the current law goes some way to putting safeguards around that. A sound law should not leave women exposed to harms such as those recently witnessed in the US trial of Kermit Gosnell who operated a dangerous legal abortion facility resulting in a client’s death. A good law should promote informed consent and complete information about abortion and related risks, and provide women with independent pregnancy counselling. Abortions can harm women – a fact acknowledged by half of New Zealanders according to a survey in 2017. The abortion rate will continue to drop as knowledge of the prenatal development of the unborn child increases, and as an increasingly pro-life younger generation become parents themselves. The ‘bunch of cells’ argument which has driven the ‘right-to-abortion’ argument has now been exposed as simply poor science.(click on image/s to download PDF)last_img read more

Eduardo Camavinga on Liverpool radar

first_imgRennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is now being followed by Liverpool. Barca are considering bolstering their midfield with the €50m-rated Camavinga but could face competition for his signature from Liverpool. Read Also:Manchester City set eyes on Eduardo Camavinga’s progress Camavinga has emerged this season as one of the hottest teenage transfer properties in Europe this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sport says Liverpool have joined Barcelona and host of clubs in pursuit of teenager Camavinga. Manchester United and Arsenal have already been alerted by the 17-year-old’s form since becoming a regular in Ligue 1.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink PineappleA Lot More People Should See Hanna’s Fantastic Bread MasterpiecesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Largest Cities In The Worldlast_img read more