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New order: North West powers up

first_imgThe crane-filled skyline has been a symbol of Manchester’s thriving development activity over the past two decades, and the city’s reputation has flourished both nationally and internationally. But all good things come to an end and now Bernstein is handing the mantle over, not to one but two people.Where Bernstein juggled two roles, heading up the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) as well as the council, these will now be split, with Wakefield Council’s Joanne Roney taking over as head of the council and Stockport’s Eamonn Boylan taking the helm at the GMCA.Changes are afoot in Manchester – Source: Shutterstock/Daniel KayBoth face significant challenges. As the city’s property industry players attest, when Roney crosses the Pennines to take on her new role, she will be expected to not only support the delivery of a number of major projects, but also to ensure infrastructure keeps pace with the city’s growth, residential provision is improved and the city’s public services continue to be reformed.Meanwhile, top of Boylan’s to-do list will be the organisation of the mayoral election and development of a statutory planning framework for the whole of Greater Manchester. In an interview with Property Week, he explains why he is such a big believer in the northern powerhouse. A good thing too, as both he and Roney prepare to power its agenda on.Mia Hunt is Property Week’s market reports editorlast_img read more

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Seafarers’ Wages Payment During Piracy Discussed at ILO Meetings

first_imgA meeting of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Working Group of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 3 to 5, to examine issues related to the protection of seafarers’ wages when they are held captive on or off the ship as a result of piracy of armed robbery against ships.The meeting of the STC, established under the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) which covers minimum working and living standards for seafarers, brought together over 150 representatives from governments, employers’ organisations and seafarers’ associations, officials from ILO, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and civil society organisations.The Working Group was assigned an additional task – to consider recommendations on improvements to the process for preparing proposals for amendments to the Code of the MLC, 2006.The group prepared proposals and produced reports for the third meeting of the STC taking place in April 2018. The final report of the Working Group includes three different proposals to the next STC related to the protection of seafarers’ wages during piracy or armed robbery against ships.Under the proposals from the discussion’s outcome, it has been determined that seafarers are entitled to wages during piracy incidents. Shipowners’ obligations toward seafarers should continue until they are released or until the date of death if they die while in captivity. Shipowners should continue to remit allotments to persons nominated by the seafarer. In addition, seafarers cannot be fired while held captive.The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) participated in the meeting on behalf of the Maritime Employers’ Group.Speaking at the meeting, Eleni Antoniadou, IMCA’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Adviser, welcomed the discussions and expressed IMCA’s appreciation for previous amendments to the MLC (that came into force as of 18 January 2017), which protect abandoned seafarers, and provide financial security for compensation to seafarers and their families in cases of seafarers’ death or long-term disability.The Maritime Employers’ Group demonstrated that there was no need to consider the establishment of an additional financial security system to address cases of non-payment of wages during piracy or armed robbery, on the grounds that financial security in cases of abandonment already exists and covers instances of non-payment of wages.IMCA expressed its support for establishing “a clear and efficient process” at ILO for proposing amendments to the MLC, as this would provide transparency, avoid overlapping regulation, and also ensure proportionate measures on issues that arise. The current lack of a robust amendment process has led to matters such as the piracy wages being discussed for potential regulation, even though there is no solid data on which to base such regulation, according to IMCA.“We are delighted that the Convention has been ratified by 82 Members. However, we would still like to see the Convention ratified in many more countries to reach the original objective of ratification in line with MARPOL, SOLAS and STCW, and we offer our continued support to the Office to encourage such ratifications,” Antoniadou further said.last_img read more

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Public money for shovel-ready projects

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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Dominica expresses support for successful US & North Korea Summit

first_img 73 Views   no discussions (Press Release) Roseau, Dominica (May 17, 2018) – The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica has taken the opportunity of the credentialing of His Excellency Kim Byung-yun as the Republic of Korea’s Ambassadorto Dominica to signal its strong support for the on-going peace process on the Korean Peninsular and forthe planned Summit between the Presidents of the United States of America and of the DemocraticPeople’s Republic of Korea.During talks with the Ambassador who had earlier presented his credentials to President Charles AngeloSavarin, Minister for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Hon. Francine Baron noted that though Dominica wasfar from the Korean Peninsula, the peaceful resolution of the Korean conflict was in the interest of theRepublic of Korea – a strong partner of Dominica – as well as the entire international community.Minister Baron expressed the hope that the upcoming summit between the Presidents of the UnitedStates of America and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, would accelerate the peace process andresult in the eventual denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and ultimately in the formal cessation ofthe Korean war. Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica expresses support for successful US & North Korea Summit by: – May 18, 2018center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Sports facilities placed on ‘restricted’ access

first_imgForeign travel has also been suspendedfor all athletes, coaches, officials and employees to lower the risk ofcontracting the illness or spreading it locally. Athletes coming back to the countryfrom competitions will be received at the airport by PSC personnel and willeither be assisted to their plane, bus or boat ride to their respectiveresidences. They may also opt to take a 14-day “preventive rest and monitoring”at the RMSC North Tower under the watch of the medical team of the agency. “This shall be in effect for a month,from March 14 to April 14,” an advisory signed by PSC Officer-in-chargeCommissioner Celia Kiram said. The agency has also advised the publicthat work is suspended on Friday (March 13) to give way to sanitation effortsto be undertaken by the PSC operations department. “Only those who get an endorsement toproceed from Olympics Chef de Mission Nonong Araneta will be allowed to traveloverseas,” said Ramirez. MANILA – With the World HealthOrganization (WHO) declaring the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a globalpandemic, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Thursday placed its twomajor facilities – Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila andPhilsports Complex in Pasig – on “restricted access” to ensure the safety ofits national athletes, employees and the public. The same advisory also informed thatall bookings and reservations for the use of its facilities are revoked or cancelled.It also reiterated a previous announcement that PSC projects, programs andevents including those sponsored and organized in cooperation with NSAs or LGUsare indefinitely postponed.center_img “We have to be proactive in thissituation and take these hard decisions,” PSC chairman William Ramirez saidwhile addressing the commission’s management committee. Except for those still preparing forqualifying competitions for the Tokyo Olympics, Ramirez said all nationalathletes and members of the junior team have been requested to go home as alldormitories need to be vacated as part of the agency’s prevention plan. National sports associations, underwhose supervision athletes train, would have more information to give a goodassessment and advise better on whether to proceed. PSC Chief of Staff Marc Edward Velascodisclosed that the agency’s Medical and Scientific Athletes Services will issueself-quarantine guidelines for athletes and employees. The PSC on Thursday called anemergency meeting with officials of NSAs with athletes still billeted in itsdormitories to advise them of the new directives. Officials from boxing,weightlifting, Muay Thai, athletics, fencing and Paralympics attended themeeting presided over by Kiram. (PNA)last_img read more

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Ranking the Top Ten WWE Tag Teams

first_img Related TopicsAnderson & GallowsEnzo & CassThe AscensionThe ClubThe New DayThe Uso’sThe VaudevillainsWWE Tag Team Rankings WWE, Stamford – In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the recent ratings, you haven’t. The WWE tag team division is starting to heat up. Here below is a breakdown of the top ten teams in order of ranking to challenge for The New Days WWE Tag Team Titles.10 – The Ascension. While not currently healthy, this team did destroy through the competition in NXT before coming to the main roster and failing miserably. If they can get their mojo back, watch out because they do have the look. Perhaps the next push won’t fall flat. 9 – The Lucha Dragons. If they don’t split up in the draft, expect a push out of them if Kalisto can remain healthy and avoid surgery. The WWE creative team has proven they will get behind him.8 – The Dudley Boyz. It’s hard to rate the 9 time former WWE Tag champs this low, but they have not won a single match since returning, and have been getting beat on a regular basis. The brand split screams a D-Von retirement and a singles run for “Bully Ray”. 7 – Tyler Breeze & Fandango. These guys remind me a current version of the Beverly Brothers, mixed in with just a touch of Well Dunn. Whatever the case, I wouldn’t expect much.6 – The Golden Truth. The WWE tried this once before with Goldust & Booker T in the early 2000’s. Can they strike “Gold” again?5 – The Shining Stars. Carlito would be proud of his younger brothers as they continue to survive horrible gimmicks but still perform great on the microphone and in the ring. I just hope, this one gets the proper push because they can and will go far. It is in their blood to perform!4 – USO’s. A team the fans refuse to boo, even when teamed up with Roman Reigns. Despite the crowds love for them, they haven’t been winning much as of late, since their Wrestlemania conquest.3 – Enzo & Cass – EXCELLENT! When you talk “New Era”, you need to start with these two when talking tag teams. This team can absolutely bring it. Great in the ring, better on the microphone!2 – The Vaudevillains. I personally love this gimmick and see long lasting star power for this team despite their loss at WWE Extreme Rules. Just give them some time and they will continue to impress.1 – The Club. They are the number one contender by a long shot and a real threat to take the title away from the New Day. With the hype behind them already, I’d be stunned if they don’t walk away with the tag titles by the WWE MITB pay per view. Vince McKeelast_img read more

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Source: Cavs Championship Parade Route Planned

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede Related TopicsCavsCavs paradecenter_img CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers title parade on Wednesday is coming quickly – and news is coming out of the parade route and information.A source with knowledge of the parade has given the details to NEOSI as to the time and the route.The parade will start at 11am, and is set to end at Mall C Downtown – with a 1 hour program to start at 1:30pm.The program may be moved to First Energy Stadium, the home of the Browns the source says.The source also says the city is expecting about 800,000 for the event.The Cavs beat the Warriors for their first NBA title Sunday night in Oakland.The route will be Ontario to Carnegie to East 9th.Here’s a picture of the route released by the city of Clevelandlast_img read more

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Water main ruptures, damages street

first_img Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comA 16 inch water pipe ruptured, causing damage to a recently reopened stretch of Sunset Drive on the north end of South Padre Island Monday.The rupture occurred while a Time Warner Cable (TWC) employee was attempting to bore underneath the street to lay cable, said Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) Director of Operations Victor Valdez Tuesday.The resulting 15 foot long crack in the PVC pipe caused water to flood the street from Tropical Drive to Padre Boulevard, according to a statement released by the City. “Extensive damage including cracking and cave-ins to the street and sidewalk has resulted from the wash-out related to the rupture,” the statement reads.Water service was disrupted to customers as far away as eight blocks from the rupture, Valdez said.“The first call came in about 4:30 p.m. My guys went out there as soon as they got the call and they started trying to close valves,” Valdez said. Service wasn’t restored until just before midnight. Repair work continued into the next day as LMWD crews worked to fill holes in the street, he said.The street had recently reopened after being closed for a repaving project which started in June. Officials say a single TWC employee was working on installing cable when the incident occurred.The water district provides information on underground pipe locations upon request. To find out where they’re located prior to digging, customers can call (956)943-2626, Valdez said. “We’ll go out there and spot their water and their sewer. For all their other utilities, of course, they have to dial the Texas 811 number,” he said.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedConstruction Ahead: Water district to replace valves, waterlineBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Residents on the south side of Port Isabel are in for some disruptions to their water service as the Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) works to replace several valves and a water line along parts of Garcia Street to Adams Street and South…October 7, 2016In “News”P.I. to look into traffic slowdowns, potholesBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Between summertime traffic clogging Highway 100 and potholes slowing down cars on side streets, driving in Port Isabel can be a difficult task. Driving woes were one of the issues the Port Isabel City Commission discussed during its regular meeting Tuesday. During public…June 26, 2015In “News”The Latest: Hurricane HarveyRolling updates on Hurricane Harvey By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Friday, 4:15 p.m. The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway is open once again, reports TxDOT. Too, the City of Port Isabel has shut down its Emergency Operations Center and has resumed normal City functions. The City has also closed…August 25, 2017In “News”last_img read more

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Three More Argonauts Selected in MLB Draft

first_imgThree More Argonauts Selected in MLB Draft NEW YORK, N.Y. – NCAA Division II champion West Florida continued to have a presence on the third and final day of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, as three more Argonauts were selected.  Left-handed pitcher Ben Hawkins and shortstop Brandon Brewer were selected in the 36th round, and right fielder Greg Pron went in the 42nd round.  UWF boasted five draftees this year, surpassing the school’s previous single season best of one.Hawkins (Rome, Ga./Wallace State CC-Hanceville), a junior southpaw, was drafted by the Washington Nationals with the 1,087th overall pick in the 36th round.  The starter had a fantastic 2011 in his first year at West Florida, posting a record of 11-3 with an ERA of 2.91.  The left-hander struck out 101 batters in just 86.2 innings pitched, marking the fourth highest single season total for an Argonaut.Brewer (Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS), the Argonauts’ starting shortstop for four seasons, was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as the 1.095th overall pick.  The senior had a breakout year offensively in 2011, hitting .390 with a .508 on-base percentage, 55 runs scored and 20 stolen bases.  The All-American was also a two-time South Region gold glove winner, finishing as the school’s all-time leader in assists with 664.  Brewer also finished his UWF career fourth in school history in hits (230), second in runs (169), third in RBIs (122), eighth in doubles (34), fourth in total bases (289), sixth in stolen bases (58), first in walks (140) and first in sacrifice bunts (37).Pron (Daphne, Ala./Daphne HS), also a four-year starter at UWF, was drafted by the New York Mets in the 42nd round as the 1,272nd overall pick.  Pron had one of the best single seasons in UWF history in 2011, batting .423 with 10 home runs, 69 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.  The first team All-American holds numerous career records at West Florida, including hits (291), RBIs (187), total bases (413) and stolen bases (77).  In 2011, the senior also set UWF single season records in hits (93), RBIs (69) and total bases (149).  Pron was an impressive defensive outfielder, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage as a senior and earning South Region gold glove honors.UWF’s two players selected on the second day of the 2011 MLB Draft on Tuesday were center fielder Dustin Lawley and right-handed pitcher Daniel Vargas-Vila.  Lawley went in the 19th round to the Mets, while Vargas-Vila was a 28th round selection by the Angels.Prior to this year, 12 players from UWF had been selected in the MLB draft, including one each in 2009 and 2010.  UWF can now boast 17 total draftees in school history.  The Argonauts have had 35 total players sign professional contracts entering 2011, including Mark Ettles, who pitched one season in the majors for the San Diego Padres in 1993.Former Argonauts John Church and Kevin Johnson are currently making their way through the minor leagues.  Church was drafted in the 23rd round in 2009 by the Mets, and he is currently pitching for the St. Lucie Mets of the Class A Advanced Florida State League.  Johnson, a 20th round pick by Angels in 2010 and a Pensacola native, recently made the move up to the Inland Empire 66ers of the Class A Advanced California League.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Shortstop Brandon Brewer was selected in the 36th round by the Angels (Photo by Bill Stockland) last_img read more

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Champs WI face tough hurdle in T20 defence

first_imgLONDON (CMC): Defending champions West Indies will open the defence of their title against New Zealand in the highly anticipated edition of next year’s men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. In the fixtures released yesterday by the International Cricket Council, the Caribbean side was installed in tough Group 1 alongside the likes of World number-one side Pakistan, powerhouses Australia, and two yet-to-be-determined qualifying teams. Group 2 is headed by powerful India and includes England, South Africa, and Phil Simmons’s Afghanistan, along with two other teams from the qualifiers. Twelve teams will contest the Super 12 first round, with the eight automatic qualifiers joined by four teams from the qualifiers, which will be contested from October 18-23 in Group A and B. The tournament proper will run from October 24 to November 15, 2020, in eight cities and 13 venues, with the Sydney Cricket Ground hosting the opener between Australia and Pakistan on October 24 and the Melbourne Cricket Ground staging the grand final. West Indies take on the Black Caps in Melbourne on October 25 before clashing with the hosts in Perth three days later. The two-time champions then take on one of the qualifying teams in Perth on October 29 before travelling to Adelaide to face Pakistan on November 3. Meanwhile, the women’s tournament is set to be staged again as a stand-alone event. It will be held in Australia earlier in 2020, from February 21 to March 8, with the final carded for International Women’s Day. Like the men’s tournament, games will be played in eight cities and 13 venues, with the opener set for Sydney between Australia and India and the final scheduled for Melbourne. West Indies have been installed in Group B alongside England, South Africa, Pakistan, and one other yet-to-be-determined qualifier, while Group A comprises four-time champions Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, and another qualifier. West Indies won the 2016 edition but failed in their title defence when the tournament was staged in the Caribbean last November as a stand-alone event for the first time, bowing out in the semi-finals.last_img read more

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