Guatemala Navy, US Coast Guard intercept record cocaine haul

first_img View post tag: US Coast Guard Photo: Photo: Guatemalan defense ministry The Guatemalan Navy, working with the US Coast Guard, intercepted the largest cocaine shipment in Guatemala’s history some 300 nautical miles off its coast.According to a Guatemalan Armed Forces statement on May 8, the narcotics were intercepted aboard a Tanzania-flagged cargo ship.Following the operation, the vessel was berthed at the Puerto Quetzal port where Guatemalan and US agents have so far discovered over 3 tons of cocaine. It was noted that the inspection is ongoing meaning the final figure could still rise.Nine Peruvians, two Ecuadorians and two Colombians were arrested following the operation. View post tag: Guatemala Navycenter_img View post tag: Narcotics Share this articlelast_img read more

Fair Access body demands Oxford mentoring for 11 year-olds

first_imgThe debate over applications to Oxbridge has flared up again after a government proposal suggested that potential state-school candidates should be identified at age 11.According to the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), students who showed potential at primary school level would then be mentored throughout their education. According to Sir Martin Harris, Director of OFFA, such a move would help maintained-sector students to compete for a place.Sir Martin is responsible for ensuring equal access to further education for pupils from less privileged backgrounds. He explained that talented state-school students would have similar chances of success in applying as grammar school children in the 1950s.However James Lamming, OUSU’s Access and Admissions Officer, defended Oxford’s record. He said, “Oxford continues to work hard on widening access, but measuring its success against government benchmarks that are based on a flawed methodology, which assumes every successful student would want to apply to Oxford, can be misleading.“I disagree there is a social bias in the admissions procedures: all tutors want to teach the very best students whatever their background. The key to increasing access is by increasing applications.  To do this we need to tackle the misconceptions that discourage many students from applying, and provide extra support to talented students that have been let down by the school system.”A spokesperson for the University explained the systems currently in place to encourage maintained-sector students to apply. They said, “There are various sustained programmes that Oxford University runs for students from under-represented backgrounds, such as the four-year ambassador scheme and the Black Boys Can Scheme.“Oxford regularly runs events with schools to enrich schools’ curricula and raise aspirations. Examples include the Christmas lectures and a forthcoming visit by Banbury School for a master class in English literature.”The proposal is indicative of the concerns about social mobility in Britain. Oxford has been criticised for failing to reach government targets regarding the proportion of state-school students studying at Oxford.In a recent Telegraph article, John Denham, the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, accused Oxford and Cambridge of social bias leading to a huge waste of talent.A report by the Sutton Trust charity, published earlier this month, contradicted Denham’s statement. Instead it emphasised that many state school students were simply not choosing to apply to Oxford.by Rob Pomfretlast_img read more

Oxford student survives storm

first_imgOne Worcester student had a different kind of tree in their house this Christmas.Eleanor Wilkinson, a third-year classicist, was awoken on the 13th December by a huge beech tree falling through the roof during a storm. She described a “deafening crash which shook the whole house.”The tree fell into her parents’ bedroom, landing on the side of the bed where Wilkinson’s mother usually slept. She was away on the night but her father was taken to hospital, having suffered severe damage to his ear.The family were moved out of their home while surveyors were stabilising it with scaffolding, though they eventually did return. Having found the house cramped and stressful, however, she decided to return to Oxford early.Wilkinson told Cherwell that it had been “a terrifying experience.” She stated, “It was all fairly surreal and I felt quite shaken up for a week or so.” The incident has also affected her Oxford work, as the student has since been unable to access her books and has taken time out to help clean-up the house.Despite the negatives, the Worcester student said that she was grateful that there were no more severe injuries, and that her mother was away in London, stating: “I hate to imagine how much worse it could have been had this not been the case”. She even found a positive from the incident and its subsequent reporting in The Sun, posting a link on Facebook remarking, “it isn’t everyday you pose for the Sun in your pyjamas.”last_img read more

Class of 2017 Bring USI Alumni To More Than 40,000

first_imgClass of 2017 Bring USI Alumni To More Than 40,000The University of Southern Indiana will hold five Spring Commencement ceremonies over two days, April 28 and 29, in the Physical Activities Center (PAC) on the USI campus.The Graduate Ceremony for master and doctoral degree candidates from all of USI’s colleges will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 28. On Saturday, April 29, the undergraduate ceremony for the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education will begin at 9 a.m.; the College of Nursing and Health Professions at noon; Romain College of Business and Outreach and Engagement at 3 p.m., and the College of Liberal Arts at 6 p.m.1488 students are eligible to participate. Of those, 26 graduate summa cum laude, 133 magna cum laude and 160 cum laude. 50 graduates are University Honors Scholars – students who have successfully completed the Honors Program – and can be recognized by the white honor cords worn with their regalia. Members of the graduating Class of 2017 will join the USI Alumni Association, which, following Spring Commencement, will number more than 40,000 alumni across Indiana, the United States and the world.Speakers at each Commencement ceremony will be USI alumni who have excelled in their professional lives.Friday, April 28The speaker for the Graduate Ceremony is Amy Jo Sheeley ’01 ’05 M’06, practice administrator for St. Vincent Medical Group – Evansville OB/GYN. Sheeley completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001, a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy in 2005 and a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2006, all from USI.Also at the Graduate Ceremony, the honorary Doctor of Laws degree will be presented to Linda E. White, president and CEO of Deaconess Health System, who is celebrated for her commitment to innovative learning experiences and dedication to quality health care.Saturday, April 29The 2017 Commencement speaker for the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education ceremony is Dr. Hans R. Schneider ’01, senior project manager for Bartlett Cocke General Contractors’ Austin Self-Perform and Warranty Division. Schneider received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology from USI in 2001. Also at the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education Commencement ceremony, Evan K. Stieler will receive the President’s Medal, the highest honor the University presents to a graduate. Stieler is graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology, has served as a member of the USI Board of Trustees and plans to complete a Master of Business Administration degree while attending medical school to study orthopedic medicine.Joshua F. Bowman ’09 will address graduates at the College of Nursing and Health Professions Ceremony. Bowman earned a bachelor’s degree in health services and administration from USI in 2009 and currently is health facility administrator for Bethel Manor and an adjunct instructor at USI.Nitin V. Naidu ’00 is the speaker for the 2017 Romain College of Business and Outreach and Engagement ceremony. Naidu, who received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from USI, is the creator and founder of the Spice Box food truck and restaurants in Indianapolis.The 2017 Commencement speaker for the College of Liberal Arts is Dr. Jennifer C. Wright ‘03. Wright completed bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology at USI and is currently branch chief of Customer Value Assessment and program manager of Voice of the Customer with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.Guests of graduates participating in all five ceremonies will require tickets to attend. For more information about all ceremonies, as well as links to other Commencement information, go to USI.edu/commencement.Live video of each ceremony will be streamed in the University Center East Conference Center (Rooms 2217-2220). You also can view ceremonies via a livestream online. Instructions are available at USI.edu/live-streaFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Pruning tips

first_imgLearn to prune ornamentals and fruit trees through an upcoming course offered on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Ga. The one-day course will be offered Feb. 17 and Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Research and Education Garden on Ellis Road.In addition to proper pruning techniques, participants will learn what equipment to use, when, where and how to prune certain plants and techniques for creating a professional looking landscape. Participants will also learn pest prevention through pruning.Taught by UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences horticulturists Bodie Pennisi and Bob Westerfield, the class will consist of both indoor lectures and outside, hands-on demonstrations.The cost of the course is $49, which includes lunch and break refreshments. Pre-registration is required by calling (770) 229-3458.last_img read more

CU-supported candidates win Tuesday across six states

first_img continue reading » More than 25 credit union-supported candidates in six states won their primary elections Tuesday. Primaries were held in Georgia, Maine, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina and West Virginia.Candidates were supported by the state League and the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), CUNA’s federal political action committee.As of June 10, credit union supported candidates across the country have been successful in 199 races. CUNA’s elections page is updated after each primary and contains a complete list of CULAC-supported candidates and results. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Credit union trade groups endorse CFPB advisory opinion plan; consumer groups oppose it

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposal to allow financial services providers and trade groups to apply for advisory opinions would help bring more certainty to the regulatory process, credit union trade groups said last week.A coalition of consumer groups warned that the proposal would circumvent the regulatory process that is designed to protect consumers.In announcing the proposal in June, the CFPB said that the proposal, if adopted, would focus primarily on clarifying agency rules. “Under the program, parties will be able to request interpretive guidance, in the form of an [advisory opinion] to resolve such regulatory uncertainty,” the agency said.The proposal also would allow trade groups or outside counsel to submit a request on behalf of a group of clients or members without those entities being named.last_img read more

Vestal woman dead after being struck by a vehicle

first_imgAfter an investigation, authorities say Nellie L. Smith of Vestal, 87, was attempting to cross the Union Center Highway when she was struck by a vehicle. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the incident happened around noon on Saturday. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene. The investigation is still ongoing. An official press release added the driver of that vehicle was a 74-year-old woman from Endicott. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — New York State Police say a woman is dead after being struck by a vehicle in the town of Union.last_img

Papuk Nature Park was visited by more than 10.000 visitors this year

first_imgJudging by the number of visitors who decided to visit the Papuk Nature Park this year, then we can say that Papuk has become perhaps the most desirable continental destination. Thus, 2017 with a little more than 7 visitors was the most visited so far, but 000 will surely set a new record because so far Papuk and Jankovac Forest Park have been visited by more than 2018 visitors.This week, Sara Horak from Daruvar also visited the Jankovac Park Forest, thus becoming the ten thousandth visitor to the pearls of Slavonia – Jankovac. “Following the activities of the Park on social networks, I decided to visit Jankovac for the first time, whose beauty really intrigued me. I am pleasantly surprised by the welcome and in the end I can only say that I will recommend Papuk to anyone who wants to spend their vacation in untouched nature.Said Sara Horak.The director of Papuk Nature Park, Alen Jurenac, presented a gift to the ten thousandth visitor, emphasizing that it is obvious that Papuk is becoming an increasingly important destination for many tourists who discover its beauties. “The ten thousandth visitor who was welcomed in the Jankovac Forest Park is an indicator of how protected areas can significantly contribute to tourism and the development of the local areas in which they are located. The park has places for everyone who wants to come and enjoy nature, and it is up to the Park administration to provide the infrastructure and offer that will balance the interest of visitors and the protection of nature. That is why investments in visitor infrastructure and expansion of content and offer are important. ”said Alen Jurenac, director of the Park.The strongest tourist asset of the park, Jankovac Forest Park, this year again attracts the largest number of visitors, of which the largest share is domestic guests, and most of them are school excursions. In order to standardize the status of visitors, the payment of individual tickets has been introduced since the beginning of this year, and only for the area of ​​the Jankovac Forest Park, and the ticket price is a symbolic 10,00 kuna.Related news:PAPUK RECEIVES FIRST ACCOMMODATION CAPACITIES, DUBOKA CAMP-REST OPENEDPAPUK NATURE PARK THE FIRST CROATIAN GEOPARK UNDER UNESCO PROTECTIONlast_img read more

Why real estate often resists economic downturns

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51WHILE some pundits are predicting a recession by Christmas, a new report says that a downturn is not always doom and gloom.At least for some of those in the property market.Simon Pressley from Propertyology says “Australian real estate is safe as houses”, and that even during significant economic shocks it has proven to be resilient, with some markets even experiencing an upswing in house values.“The research confirmed that the property markets of various locations in Australia produced growth as high as 20 per cent during our last national recession (1990-91) and during the Global Financial Crisis as well (2008-09),” Mr Pressley said.“For as far back as property data takes us, there’s never been a single year when property markets didn’t do well in many locations — never.”Propertyology managing director Simon PressleyAustralia is staring down the barrel of what is called a “technical recession” or a per-capita recession, where the rate of economic growth fails to keep up with population growth.In other words, a recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth in GDP.While that sounds dire, Mr Pressley said that since 1985 every individual state and territory had been through a technical recession at least three times, however, property prices did not stagnate.He pointed to New South Wales which has experienced a recession four times in the past three decades, according to the research.PROPERTYOLOGY Why Australian real estate prices still rise during recessions“While we all remember Sydney’s 2013-2017 property boom where property prices increased by 70 per cent, most have forgotten that New South Wales’ economy produced three out of four quarters of declining GDP in 2012-13,” Mr Pressley said.Mr Pressley said Australia’s last recession started in the fourth quarter of 1990 and continued for 12 months.Despite this, property prices strengthened in both capital city and regional locations at the same time, he said.PROPERTYOLOGY Why Australian real estate prices still rise during recessionsIn the 1991 national recession year, there were mild real estate price declines in Sydney (0.7 per cent), Melbourne (2.3 per cent) and Perth (one per cent), the research found.On the other hand, other capital cities such as Brisbane (6.8 per cent) and Hobart (4.3 per cent) produced quite solid growth in their median house prices.“There is much, much more to Australian real estate than eight capital cities, because the research showed that spectacular growth in 1991 median house prices occurred in Rockhampton and Shoalhaven (both 20 per cent), Goondiwindi (19 per cent), Kempsey (18 per cent), and Newcastle (17 per cent),” Mr Pressley said.“Meanwhile, Mackay (17 per cent) and Tamworth (15 per cent) were also outstanding and Toowoomba, Margaret River, Wagga Wagga and Hervey Bay each had 13 per cent growth in 1991.”Mr Pressley said that while a technical recession within the next twelve months was looking more likely, that didn’t mean that the nation’s overall economy or its property markets were on the nose generally.But what about the southeast, and Queensland overall?More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoRay White New Farm Matt Lancashire remembers the last big downturn — the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 — well.Matt Lancashire Pic Annette Dew“I started in 2006 and sold a house in New Farm under the hammer for $670,000 … the following year, in October, I sold an identical one across the road for $1.8 million,” he said.“On March 8, 2008, I sold a property for $2.4 million at auction and then by October 2008, an identical house next door went for $1.87 million.“The credit crunch hit and there were a few fire sales … but the good thing about inner Brisbane is that most people just cut back on their luxuries and held on to property and about 18 months later we were seeing good prices being achieved again.”Mr Lancashire said the boost to the First Home Buyers Grant, which was also extended to established properties at the time, probably saved the local market.“Suddenly I went from selling $2 million properties to entry-level houses,” he said.Looking ahead, Mr Lancashire said there was little doubt house prices nationally were seeing a “price correction”, but there were still plenty of willing buyers and sellers in Brisbane.He also said the length of time owners tended to hold on to properties in Brisbane meant most were able to weather any downturn.“We did $40.5 million in sales over 30 transactions last month, and have already had $20 million this month which is awesome,” he said. “We are also seeing a lot of interstate and overseas migration … I alone sold to eight interstate or overseas buyers last quarter and I have a team of 34.”The suburbs of Paddington and Petrie Terrace are seen with the Brisbane CBD skyline in Brisbane, Tuesday, January 15, 2019. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVINGMr Pressley said the resources sector in Queensland was also showing signs of recovery and there had been a number of projects announced by the government and private enterprise.“If we end up in a recession it will be 100 per cent self-inflicted stupidity,” he said. “If the credit supply improves to what it was two years ago, and we have seen some loosening up already, then Brisbane could, in all reality, be heading towards double digit price growth within a few years … many of the underlying fundamentals (for growth) remain.”last_img read more