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Election coverage amid political tension

first_img Receive email alerts IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq Related documents 130419_cp_kurdistan-2.pdfPDF – 135.35 KB Recent violations of freedom of information in Iraqi KurdistanOn 16 April, the satellite TV station Cira was prevented from covering a Yazidi festivity in Lalesh, in Dohuk province, which is controlled by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), one of the two parties that dominate the Kurdistan Regional Government.Cira, which broadcasts from Europe, has recently begun broadcasting programmes about the Yazidi, an ethnoreligious minority.Mahmoud Yasin Kurdi, a young journalist, was arrested by three men in a military vehicle in Erbil on 15 April and was interrogated by members of the Asayesh (intelligence services) before being released three hours later. Kurdi is known for being a supporter of a former leader of the opposition Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) and for criticizing the Kurdistan Regional Government, especially the KDP.KNN, a satellite TV station that supports the opposition party Goran, was jammed on 15 April, forcing it to switch to broadcasting via Nilesat using a different name. News April 19, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Election coverage amid political tension News Read in Arabic (بالعربية)The central government in Baghdad decided that nationwide local elections scheduled for 20 April should be postponed for at least six months in some areas because of an increase in violence but the authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan are going ahead with the polling as planned in the three provinces they govern – Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk.Nonetheless, on the eve of this symbolically important and historic election, relations between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government are very tense for various reasons, including a wrangle about Kirkuk’s constitutional status, and some Kurdish towns even envisage not holding the elections for security reasons.Fearing further deterioration, Reporters Without Borders urges the region’s authorities to do everything possible to guarantee the safety of journalists and allow them to work freely. At the same time, Reporters Without Borders reminds all those who provide news and information that their credibility depends on their neutrality and independence. They are supposed to act as watchdogs of the political process, not participants (see the Kurdish-language version of the Handbook for Journalists during Elections). Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Help by sharing this information Xabir TV, a station affiliated to the KIU, was denied access to the University of Zakho on 14 April during a ceremony to mark the Anfal (a massacre of Kurds by Saddam Hussein in 1988). The TV station’s journalists were told they did not have the required authorization although they had obtained the university’s permission to cover the event the day before.When four journalists working for the newspaper Hawlati and the TV stations KNN and Speda went to cover a demonstration in Rania on 8 April by Pershmergas (former Kurdish fighters) demanding payment of salary, they were accosted by the demonstrators and their equipment was seized.Awat Xayrwla, a journalist with the TV station NRT, was attacked by a senior member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan while covering the opening of a hospital in Chamchamal (in Sulaymaniyah province) by the health minister at the start of April. The PUK is Iraqi Kurdistan’s other main ruling party. Organisation to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more News December 28, 2020 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan RSF_en News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

India

first_img News RSF_en An increasingly connected population The Internet is experiencing impressive growth in India. By 2014, the country should have nearly 300 million netizens, as compared to about 100 million in late 2011. Wireless Internet, especially mobile phone Internet, is spreading as quickly as the price of smartphones is dropping. This trend has led authorities to more closely monitor what is happening on the Web. According to the Google Transparency website, which logs the Internet content removal requests that Google receives from governments, Indian officials have asked Google multiple times (67 to be exact, between July and December 2010) to remove 282 content items (namely videos critical of politicians) from YouTube and several blogs. Google allegedly complied with 22% of the requests.Netizen loses her lifeEven the most influential netizens are not safe from a physical attack. On August 16, Shehla Masood, a Right to Information (RTI) blogger and activist, was shot dead in front of her home in Bhopal (in central India) while on her way to a demonstration in support of Anna Hazare, a civil society leader and anti-corruption campaigner who had been arrested earlier that day. Reporters Without Borders has asked the Indian authorities not to let this crime go unpunished.Authorities pressure Web hosting service providersSeveral meetings were held throughout 2011 between Indian Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal and sector representatives. The New York Times reported that the Minister wanted hosting companies and Internet service providers to prescreen user content conveyed by their services and banish those that “threaten India’s unity, integrity, defense, security and sovereignty, its relations with foreign governments or the public order.” Apparently the companies flatly refused to comply because of the volume of data that would have to be processed. Later, in an interview granted to the NDTV network, Kapil Sibal denied having ever made such a request.The authorities have already clamped down on several mainly file-sharing and streaming websites without any ruling on the illegality of such actions. Anti-corruption cartoonist Aseem Trivedi saw his website, “Cartoons Against Corruption,” which features humorous anti-corruption drawings suspended by his hosting company in late 2011. The cartoonist has since transferred his drawings to a new site.Weary of trying to convince companies to self-regulate, the Indian government decided to resort to legislative and legal means to achieve its goals.Dangerous legislationThe “IT Rules 2011,” which pose a threat to online free expression, were adopted in April 2011 as a supplement to the 2000 Information Technology Act (ITA) amended in 2008. These regulations notably require Internet companies to remove any content that is deemed objectionable, particularly if its nature is “defamatory,” “hateful,” “harmful to minors,” or “infringes copyright” within 36 hours of being notified by the authorities, or face prosecution. This has turned technical intermediaries into Web censorship police informants. Also, although some content categories are justifiably objectionable, other more vague or subjective definitions could jeopardize informational content. The companies concerned have strongly criticized the rules. The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) found that these would impede the development of India’s social networks: “The rules seem to step on the statutory side, biased towards the complainant. Even before a case is filed in court, the website has to take down the content. It might harm freedom of speech on the Internet.” Some sector companies have pointed out the risks of self-censorship and reduced the free flow of information. The IT Rules also impose on cybercafé owners drastic regulations that violate personal data privacy and place a presumption-of-guilt burden on all Indian netizens: they must photograph their customers, follow instructions on how their cafés should be set up so that all computer screens are in plain sight, keep copies of client IDs and their browsing histories for one year, and forward these data to the government every month. This new legislation has allowed individuals to institute civil and criminal proceedings against some 20 Web companies.Legal proceedings likely to create dangerous precedentsWithin the context of such legal proceedings, Reporters Without Borders has called on the judiciary not to hold technical intermediairies liable for content published by third parties on their platforms.One of civil proceeding concerns 21 Internet firms (including Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Youtube, Blogspot, the social network Orkut and the Exbii forum) accused of hosting “offensive” content. It was initiated by Mufti Aizaz Arshad Kazmi on grounds that these companies hosted content disrespectful of religious beliefs. On December 23, 2011, a New Delhi civil court had ordered that all “obscene” content be removed by February 6, 2012. At the hearing, Justice Suresh Kait had even threatened to block, “like in China,” any recalcitrant Web platforms that refused to install a content-screening system. The Indian affiliates of Google and Facebook complied with the Indian court’s injunctions and removed the incriminating content from their Indian Internet domains. Facebook’s parent company, on the other hand, stated that it could not comply with the Indian court’s demands since its servers are based in the United States. Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google also asked that the allegations against their services be withdrawn since they are not liable for content hosted on their Indian servers. On February 6, the judge asked the 22 firms to submit within 15 days a report detailing what steps they had taken to block “offensive” content. In addition to this civil case, criminal charges were filed on December 23, 2011 by journalist Vinay Rai against the directors of these same Internet companies. He alleges that these companies are hosting content critical of religion and politicians that is “offensive” and likely to disrupt law and order. The New Delhi High Court, to which Google and Facebook had appealed the case, refused to dismiss the charges. Google India argued that as a Google Inc. distributor and subsidiary, it cannot control all content posted on Google, Youtube, Orkut, and Blogger in India. During arguments, Google pointed out that controlling or filtering the massive number of documents passing through its servers would be humanly impossible. For example, 48 hours of video is posted on YouTube every minute. During the February 14 and 15 hearings, the defense raised several thorny points that weakened the charges brought against the Internet companies. The “notice-and-take-down” process provided for under IT Rules, according to which the hosting company must remove the content as soon as it is notified to do so by the authorities, had not been complied with. The accused Internet companies had received no request from the competent authorities to remove the content since the plaintiff, Vinay Rai, had submitted the matter directly to a criminal court. The companies’ lawyers also invoked Section 79 of the IT Act, which stipulates that no ISP can be held liable for objectionable content posted via its servers by third parties if the former can prove that it had no knowledge of such content, or that it had taken the necessary steps to prevent such infraction. However, the lawyer representing the New Delhi police argued that since the companies had been informed by the government’s Department of Information Technology that some content on their servers was “offensive,” the exemption under Section 79 did not apply. The judge called on the Department to provide documentary proof of this allegation.Lawyers for Google and Facebook objected that the Indian government could not constitute a civil party in litigation between private parties. Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the impact of such an intrusion by the state into legal proceedings, which threatens the independence of the courts.Is this purely a coincidence? On February 13, 2012, The Wall Street Journal revealed that an investigation had been opened to determine whether the Indian affiliates of Google and Yahoo! had violated India’s foreign exchange laws.Ongoing arm-wrestling between the government and Internet companiesSince platforms and technical intermediaries are claiming that they cannot comply because their servers are not based in India, the authorities have announced that they would require them to have a physical location on Indian soil. Foreign companies offering email services, including Yahoo! and Gmail, are now expected to route all emails exchanged through their websites via local servers. The Indian press reported that during a meeting in the office of India’s Minister of the Interior, the Department of Information Technologies was instructed to notify these firms of the new directive as soon as possible. For the moment, Yahoo! is routing emails via servers based in India only for online accounts registered in India. Emails sent by accounts registered abroad (addresses ending in yahoo.fr, for example), however, are routed through servers based abroad, which means that Indian security services cannot inspect them without first making a formal request to the government of the country concerned.Indian security services also supposedly contacted mobile phone operators to ask them to set up a client surveillance system, according to The Economic Times of India. Some mobile phone operators are also suspected of having collaborated with these services. The United States government is looking into the alleged hacking of email accounts belonging to U.S. Congress committee members. Smartphones and VoIP under close surveillance?For months, the authorities have been pressuring BlackBerry smartphone manufacturer RIM (Research In Motion), as well as Google and Skype, to give them access to communications exchanged by their users. India’s Ministry of the Interior, which is responsible for national security, is trying to gain real-time access to all communications routed through the Indian network, including Internet telephony (VoIP) services. During a January 2012 meeting at the Telecommunications Ministry, the security services voiced their desire to gain access to the encrypted communications exchanged via the BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES). RIM insists that it does not have access to the encryption keys used by BES clients. To accomplish this, the authorities plan to negotiate directly with the 5,000 companies using BES in India, so that they can contact the companies concerned and demand their own encryption key.In view of its treatment of Internet sector – particularly foreign – companies, India seems engaged on a course of increasingly tight surveillance, which constitutes a threat not only to individual liberties, but also to innovation and trade. India’s Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal affirmed in February 2012 that India will never censor social media. It is to be hoped that these promises will be kept. News to go further Ever since the 2008 Bombay attacks, the authorities have been intensifying their Internet surveillance and pressure on technical service providers while publicly denying censorship accusations. The national security policy of the world’s largest democracy is undermining online freedom of expression and Internet users’ privacy. IndiaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on India Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Help by sharing this information June 10, 2021 Find out more News IndiaAsia – Pacific In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival March 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation News March 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 India RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19last_img read more

First African Methodist Episcopal Church: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarships

first_imgFaith & Youth First African Methodist Episcopal Church: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarships Published on Monday, February 20, 2012 | 6:10 pm The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Pasadena-Altadena Chapter 2012 Scholarship Applications are here!  The Eta Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is sponsoring 6 scholarships valued at a minimum of $1500 each for graduating seniors going to college. The application form can be downloaded at www.aka-elo.weebly.com.Scholarship Applications must be submitted on or before the 1st of March, 2012.First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1700 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 798-0503 or visit www.famepasadena.org. Herbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

‘We are heartbroken’

first_img By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Alabama State Troopers work the scene a fatal accident on US Hwy. 231 South in Troy, Ala., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. The wreck claimed the lives of two Pike Liberal Arts School students. (Photo/Wendy Ward)Tragedy struck the Pike Liberal Arts School family Wednesday morning when two students lost their lives in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 231 South of Troy.Brooke Lee Ledford 14, and Jami Alexis Pierce, 15, were killed when the truck in which they were riding crashed into an 18-wheeler just north of the Walnut Creek bridge.Jesse Alexander Pierce, 17, the driver of the truck and a PLAS junior, was injured in the accident and transported to Troy Regional Medical Center. Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Ceil Sikes, PLAS headmaster, could hardly find words to express the sadness and sorrow that enveloped the school. She fought back tears as she struggled to put words to the loss.“We are heartbroken and truly devastated over the loss of these two young ladies,” Sikes said. “We are family and are leaning on the support and prayers of each other and the community to see us through. Lexi and Brooke will always have a place in our hearts and we’ll have such sweet and fond memories of them.”Alabama State Trooper spokesman Kevin Cook said the crash occurred when Pierce’s 1997 GMC Sierra hit an ice patch that had formed on the bridge. The teen, who had been driving under the posted speed limit, lost control of the vehicle. It traveled into the southbound lanes and collided with a 2004 International tractor-trailer driven by David Steven Blankenship, 49, of Greensboro. Published 8:08 pm Wednesday, December 15, 2010 And, we need and covet the prayers of the community for the families of Brooke, Lexi and Alex.”Sikes asked for special prayers for Alex’s recovery and healing.“Alex is a fine young man and Lexi and Brooke were wonderful young ladies,” she said. “Lexi was always happy and smiling. She always had a kind word for everybody. She was a good student and a member of our volleyball team and received a certificate at the sports banquet on Tuesday night. We loved having her as a part of our family.”Sikes said Brooke was new to PLAS this year.“We were excited to have Brooke at PLAS. She fit right in to her new environment and was enjoying the family atmosphere. She had become a part of our family,” Sikes said. “Lexi and Brooke were a part of us and this is such a tragedy, such a loss, so heartbreaking.”As the news spread, parents rushed to the school to comfort their children and to take them home.Exams that were schedule for Wednesday were cancelled and school was dismissed for grades 7-12.“We were all so heartbroken and being in that state of mind, exams ….there will be time for that later,” Sikes said.The elementary grades continued on schedule but school for all grades was cancelled today and Friday. “We won’t be back in school until January, after the holidays,” Sikes said.Riverview Baptist Church is the church home of the three students and the church opened its doors Wednesday morning for those who wanted to come to pray.Judith Hughes of Brundidge was traveling south on Highway 231 and saw the accident happen.“Just before I got to the bridge (Walnut Creek), I saw this green truck fishtail on the bridge. It was coming toward me and I wasn’t sure the driver could get control so I moved over in the right lane,” Hughes said. “I still thought the truck might hit me but it kept fishtailing.”Hughes said she looked in the rearview mirror and saw the tractor-trailer in the right lane behind her.“It all happened so fast, I didn’t seen the impact but I heard it,” she said. “The semi turned toward the north and I thought it was going to flip but it didn’t. I saw the smoke and I knew it was bad. When I could, I pulled over and called 911 but somebody had already called because they knew.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like Riley’s bills: Four down, three to go MONTGOMERY. (AP) — Gov. Bob Riley has won passage of four ethics bills designed to change how the Alabama Legislature… read more The three teens, who were not wearing seatbelts, were ejected from the vehicle. The two girls were declared dead at the scene.The outpouring of love and concern was almost immediate as news of the tragedy spread.“Even though the teachers were devastated, they were marvelous in helping the students begin to cope,” Sikes said. “We had counselors available and ministers from all the churches were here to pray with the students. We held on to each other and held each other up.Sikes said because there is such a feeling of love and caring throughout the PLAS family the students and teachers found a measure of strength in togetherness. Skip By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day ‘We are heartbroken’ Print Article Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Memorial service for singer Aretha Franklin held in Detroit

first_imgBill Pugliano/Getty Images(DETROIT) — A memorial service honoring the late Aretha Franklin was held in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday.The “Queen of Soul” died on Aug. 16 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.Outside the New Bethel Baptist Church, where the service was held, some signed boards at a memorial paying tribute to the singer.Those inside the church listened to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, as he spoke about Franklin’s life and her dedication to music.The New Bethel Baptist Church was where Franklin’s late father, Rev. C.L. Franklin was a minister and where Franklin began to let the world hear her sing.A mural of Franklin was painted on a wall down the street from the church.Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be held Aug 31.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Letters

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s lettersEquality must be driven from top I read the article ‘Public sector leaders fail to achieve equality targets’(News, 4 June) with interest. Councils were at the forefront of best practice on diversity in the 1980sand 1990s. However, equality issues and policies were then sidelined, as theywere seen as being political correctness gone mad that did not add value to thebusiness. The Race Relations (Amendment) Act will put equality firmly back on theagenda and local authorities will have to invest in equality proofing theirpolicies, procedures and systems. Ealing Council has recognised that these changes need to be drivers from thetop. I have just been appointed executive director for diversity and talent. I am a member of the corporate board with responsibility for drivingdiversity in employment and service delivery. This is a unique post that givesa very strong and positive message of the value of diversity. We have also just launched our race equality scheme. I agree with FrancescaOkosi, president of Socpo, that leadership is the key. The agenda must bedriven from the top but we also need to make people accountable for deliveringon diversity. Local authorities affect the lives of ordinary people in theprovision of basic services. It is critical that these are delivered to meetthe needs of a diverse community without unfair discrimination. Minna Nathoo Executive director of diversity and talent, Ealing Council A dog for life, but not an employer Jonas Ridderstrale’s belief that if you can love a pet, you can love your employer,confused Michael Keating (Letters, 11 June). He didn’t know whether to laugh orcry. A dog by the name of Ash came to stay with me six years ago. In that time, Ihave worked for three different companies. While the dog may be for life,employers rarely are. This does not mean a relationship above that of a commercial one cannotexist between employer and employee. When the concept of a job for life died,some organisations with strategic HR functions recognised the need to replacethe old relationship with a new one. Out went a life of serfdom with a carriageclock as a leaving present and in came concepts such as continuous development,personal growth through coaching, mutual respect and so on. When I look back at my last four employment relationships I regard two ofthem as fondly as a cat that lived with me 10 years ago. However, the other twoare more akin to my relationships with girlfriends as a teenager – I thoughtthe relationship was going somewhere but they never kept their end of thebargain and eventually we parted somewhat acrimoniously, both blaming theother. Strategic HR is about developing the relationship between the people thatmake the business work and the other stakeholders. It is not about blindteenage puppy love, but it must go deeper than a simple commercial relationshipor it will fail. Companies who rushed to outsource in the last few years have found to theircost that a simple commercial relationship is not sufficient to ride out theinevitable storms that strike any corporate venture. If your people are more concerned with their own worth in the labour marketthan keeping the business afloat, they will take to the lifeboat at the firstsign of trouble. David Pepper (currently looking for new employment relationship, or goldfish) Via e-mail Wimbledon fever is just not on The approach of companies to the World Cup is further evidence of reasonswhy there are so few women reaching the top level of management in Britain. It is clear evidence of a male-orientated work culture that will take yearsto break. There are more women in the workplace than men and not all areinterested in the World Cup. I look forward to workplace bosses allowing stafftime off to watch other events on television, for example, when Tim Henmanplays the Wimbledon semi-finals or the Chelsea Flower Show, but then againthese are not activities that male bosses are likely to want to watch. Equalityin the workplace seems a long way off. Nigel Hunt MCIPD Via e-mail LettersOn 25 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

QBO modulation of traveling planetary waves during northern winter

first_imgThis study analyzes geopotential height data from the ERA-40 and ERA-Interim reanalyses for the period of 1958–2009 to provide some new insights on the stratospheric Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO) modulation of traveling planetary waves during Northern Hemisphere (NH) winter. In the stratosphere, the zonal wave number 1–3 waves with periods of 22.5–30 days and 45–60 days are found to be significantly stronger at midlatitudes when the QBO at 50 hPa is in its westerly phase than when it is in its easterly phase. The modulation is stronger for eastward propagating and standing waves and weaker for westward propagating waves. A QBO modulation of 11–13 day planetary waves is also found but the effect is dominated by post-satellite data. In the troposphere, significant QBO modulation is only detected in westward propagating waves at zonal wave number 2 with periods of 22.5–30 days in early winter (Oct-Dec). Consistent results in the stratosphere are obtained using the temperature data from SABER/TIMED. The SABER data also show that the QBO effect on the eastward propagating 23-day waves extends into the mesosphere (∼70 km) for wave number 1 and only up to the stratopause (∼45 km) for wave numbers 2 and 3. We suggest that the 22.5–30 day planetary waves are secondary waves generated by a nonlinear coupling between zonal-mean intraseasonal oscillations (ISO) and the well-known 16-day planetary waves. The QBO modulation of those planetary waves is due to a QBO-ISO interaction. Further studies are needed to prove this hypothesis.last_img read more

Brexit has hit wealthier second stepper market hardest, says developer

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Brexit has hit wealthier second stepper market hardest, says developer previous nextLand & New HomesBrexit has hit wealthier second stepper market hardest, says developerCrest Nicholson executive says perfect storm of Brexit and government tax changes have hit discretionary buyers at higher price points, but first time buyers are still buying.Nigel Lewis11th September 20190439 Views The property market is softening and transactions are struggling because Brexit and other factors including Stamp Duty have hit ‘discretionary movers’ hardest, a leading developer has claimed.Scott Black, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration says many second-step vendors in the UK are ‘waiting to see’ what happens next with Brexit and that this is particularly true at the higher price points.“At the moment I think a lot of people with more expensive homes looking to trade up from four to five bedrooms are looking at the risk and the £50,000 Stamp Duty bill and spending it on an extension instead,” he says.“All that, and the fact that they’ve got to sell their home first before moving, is a problem and it’s why part-exchange services are doing well at the moment.“The most active part of the market are the first time buyers – they’re still really keen to move and despite Brexit don’t see it as a risky move particularly if they’re buying via Help to Buy.”Investor drop-offHe also claims that demand from investors has ‘definitely dropped off’ by up to 50% and, at some sales sites, disappeared altogether following the tax hikes introduced by the government since 2015.Black made his comment while visiting his company’s latest development, Campbell Wharf in Milton Keynes, where he says local and international demand has helped the site buck the trends seen elsewhere in the market.When completed the site will include over 300 apartments and 50 houses overlooking a canal.Brexit Crest Nicholson September 11, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Construction Progresses on New Roller Coasters at Castaway Cove

first_imgGaleforce A vew of the new attraction from 10th St. It is perhaps the most gawked spot in Ocean City.Over the past few months, thousands of people stop momentarily during their Boardwalk strolls to check out the progress on construction of the new roller coasters at Playland’s Castaway Cove.Typical of the gapers were Ocean City “snowbirds” Dennis and RuthAnn Murray who had just arrived back in town from their winter residence in Palm Coast, Florida.“We are always looking for things to entice our children and grandchildren to come visit us,” said Dennis, as he snapped photos on his smart phone. “My grandkids will love it.”The “it” Murray referred to is actually two different coasters, the Gale Force, which soars 125 feet above the Boardwalk and the smaller Wild Waves which is adjacent to the larger coaster. The cars of each attraction will come within inches of the other, adding a value to coaster-riding thrill seekers.Dennis and RuthAnn Murray of Ocean City were checking out construction of the new Gale Force coaster on Wednesday.Castaway Cove was abuzz with construction activity Wednesday as owner Scott Simpson and his staff, construction crews, and engineers scurried about in an effort to see the project through. Simpson was in meetings and unable to speak with OCNJDaily when a reporter showed up, but he graciously asked Jerry Tuller of the Logan, Utah-based coaster manufacturer S&S Worldwide to answer questions about the attractions.He estimated Gale Force could be completed in six to eight weeks. A German firm will soon be on sight to complete the ride’s programming. “After that is done, things usually go pretty fast,” he said.Gale Force will carry 12 passengers at a time in ‘stadium seating” tiered rows of four. The ride features a 100-degree drop, a 180-degree twisting climb and numerous loops, rolls and dives. Riders will reach a top speed of 64 miles per hour.The Gale Force is unique in numerous respects, Tuller said.“Usually, these rides are more spread out over a larger area,” he said of the Gale Force. “This one has been designed to best utilize the available footprint.” The coaster is reportedly tucked into a space 220 ft long and just 40 feet wide.That means the ride goes more veritical than horizontal.Simpson has said he has been working on the coaster’s design for more than three years.“I have seen (coasters) on much larger footprints with less track than (Gale Force),” Tuller said.Another unique feature is the manner in which riders will be propelled to its highest level.”(On a conventional coaster) the cars are on a chain and dragged to the top. On this one, the riders will be launched. Instead of being dragged, they are being shot.”Gale Force is a United Nations of coasters. Its blue track is from Italy, its silver frame from China, its magnet system and programming German. The concrete footings are being installed by a local contractor. The combined efforts will add up to an attraction never before seen in Ocean City or the South Jersey Shore.At present, Tuller said his firm is overseeing the wiring of the coaster. Next, the loading platform, essentially the “train station” of the ride will be installed on the 10th St. side of the property.  Younger riders will have a chance to experience the coaster as well, with its height requirement of just 48 inches.In the meantime, Ocean City residents will keep on gawking at the construction site.last_img read more

Mayor’s Update: May 26

first_imgDear Friends,Another season is here. We “unlocked the ocean” this afternoon and local business persons took the first official swim of the summer. The Memorial Beach Challenge goes off tomorrow morning, and KC and the Sunshine Band will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier on Sunday evening. Already, the beach and boardwalk are filling up as residents and guests get ready for the weekend.But I want to remind everybody that Memorial Day is more than just a holiday and a start to summer fun. It’s a time to remember and to reflect on the ultimate sacrifices made by so many service members and their families. They gave their lives so all of us might live in freedom.I encourage you all to attend our annual Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. Monday (May 29) at Veterans Memorial Park. Ocean City has always respected the men and women of our military, and the event is always well-attended. This year’s keynote speaker will be Luke Walsh, an Eagle Scout and Ocean City High School graduate who flew more than 90 helicopter missions from a base in Afghanistan.I hope to see you all there on Monday. In the event of rain, the ceremony will move across the street to the Ocean City Tabernacle.Just quick reminder that this is the time of year when wildlife of all kinds – including red foxes – become very active in Ocean City. For the health and safety of both the animals and yourself, never feed wildlife. Healthy populations of many species have always co-existed with humans in Ocean City. Providing wild animals with food does not help them.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more