The Netherlands put Croatia on the ‘orange list’ of countries

first_imgThe warning applies not only to Croatia, but also to Sweden, Bulgaria and Romania. Although self-isolation is not mandatory, 14-day self-isolation upon return to the country is strongly recommended for Dutch citizens. According to certain landlords and agencies, cancellations of guest reservations from the Netherlands were recorded last night. Croatia has been on the Dutch orange list of countries since Tuesday night due to an increase in coronavirus cases, according to the page of the Dutch government.last_img

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Biden accuses ‘toxic’ Trump of fanning US unrest

first_imgTopics : Kenosha flashpoint On Tuesday, Trump will promote his own perspective on what’s wrong in America’s cities by visiting Kenosha.The city, in one of the most significant swing states of the electoral map, has been in turmoil since the shooting by a white police officer of an African-American man in front of his children during an arrest this month.A microcosm of the racial and ideological tensions of the Trump era, Kenosha has seen Black Lives Matter protests, riots, and the arrival of armed, white vigilantes, culminating in an incident where a 17-year-old militia enthusiast, Kyle Rittenhouse, allegedly shot dead two people at the protest and badly injured another. Democrats and police reform advocates see Kenosha as a symbol of institutional racism leading to deadly encounters between officers and black suspects. They see Rittenhouse, a Trump supporter, as emblematic of right-wing militias that are increasingly brazen about brandishing weaponry in political settings and attempting to act as amateur law enforcers. Trump, however, is making clear he comes with a different priority: countering what he has repeatedly described as the “anarchy” in Democratic-led cities.He will “meet with local law enforcement and some business owners and he’ll survey the damage” from the unrest, spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters.Trump described his desire “to see the people that did such a good job for me,” referring to law enforcement units that quelled the rioting.Trump also declined to condemn the killings that Rittenhouse, who was in the streets with a rifle, is suspected of. Trump called this “an interesting situation” and said the teenager seen in video footage of the killings — allegedly Rittenhouse — was reacting because he was attacked.The White House said there were no plans for Trump to meet while in Kenosha with the family of the black man shot by the police officer, Jacob Blake.Although Biden has talked by telephone with the Blake family, Trump also ruled this out, saying the relatives wanted a family lawyer to be in on the call.”That’s inappropriate,” he said, without explaining further.Trump said he had instead had a “great talk” with “the pastor,” whom he called “a wonderful man.”Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr, said Trump’s comment mystified him.”We don’t have a family pastor,” he told CNN. “I don’t know who he talked to, I don’t care.”Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has asked Trump not to visit, out of fear of greater tensions.Trump responded that his trip “could increase love and respect for our country.” With Trump exalting in the shift of debate from his widely panned handling of the coronavirus pandemic to his favored theme of crime, Biden risks losing the momentum that has put him ahead in the polls for the November 3 vote.But the 77-year-old Democrat punched back, branding Trump’s presidency “a toxic presence in our nation.””Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames rather than fighting the flames,” Biden said.”The incumbent president is incapable of telling us the truth, incapable of facing the facts and incapable of healing.”  Joe Biden on Monday accused President Donald Trump of stoking violence after a week of deadly unrest catapulted law and order to the top of the political agenda barely two months before the US election.The stakes for Biden’s speech in Pittsburgh, in the swing state of Pennsylvania, could not have been higher a day before Trump heads to the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, to deliver his dueling vision on the upheaval.Emerging from months of Covid-19 travel restrictions, Biden finds himself suddenly on the defensive, mocked by Trump as weak in the face of events combining leftist anti-racism protests, riots, deadly shootings and right-wing vigilante actions in Kenosha and in Portland, Oregon. While Trump has spent much of the past week warning voters they “won’t be safe” in Biden’s America, the Democrat sought to turn tables on the Republican in his 22-minute speech — delivered in a mostly empty hall due to coronavirus concerns — with the question: “Do you really feel safer under Donald Trump?”Trump “can’t stop the violence, because for years he has fomented it,” Biden charged.Trump “may believe mouthing the words ‘law and order’ makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is.”Biden, who has been accused by Republicans of insufficiently denouncing violence by leftist anti-racism protesters, tried to set this to rest.”Looting is not protesting, setting fires is not protesting,” he said.”None of this is protesting. It’s lawlessness, plain and simple, and those who do it should be prosecuted.”At a White House press conference, Trump still complained that Biden “mostly seemed to blame the police and law enforcement,” not leftist radicals.last_img read more

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MPs call for auto-enrolment review, halt to CDC legislation

first_imgOn the imminent changes to the DC market that see the ending of compulsory annutisation at retirement, the committee said it would take time for the industry to understand consumer behaviour.It said the recommended pensions commission should assess the impact of the Budget flexibilities on default investment strategies, and consider whether a default decumulation option were required for savers making poor decisions.The recommendation tied in with a proposal by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), which called for savers to be defaulted into a secure retirement income system if no active decisions are made.MPs also said the commission should assess the impact of the reforms on the suitability and accessibility of retirement products, and recommend market interventions where it was not working in savers’ best interest.On CDC, a policy from junior coalition pensions minister Steve Webb, MPs called for a halt on diverting any resources until auto-enrolment is complete and the DC market operating effectively.MPs said the independent commission should review auto-enrolment, including making recommendations on minimum contributions and defining adequacy of retirement income and how the policy should be assessed as a success.The committee said using opt-out rates to measure success would not be meaningful in the long term.As a policy, auto-enrolment was born from a similar independent commission set up by the previous Labour government in 2002.Dame Anne Begg, Labour MP and chair of the committee, said good progress had been made on auto-enrolment but that current reforms had not benefited from the same careful approach as the 2002 commission.“There is much more to be done,” Begg said.“A new independent pension commission would be able to identify any emerging risks and explore with stakeholders how these can best be addressed.“[It] is needed to provide coherence in pensions policy and to build public confidence and long-term stability in the system.”The committee also reiterated a 2013 call for regulation to be managed by a single body rather than TPR managing trust-based schemes and the FCA insurance-based schemes.It said, given the changes to the DC market and a growing divergence between trust and insurance contract regulation, a single body would provide a “clear focus” on retirement savings.Webb supported a similar call and suggested the current set-up of government was inadequate for pensions and long-term care solutions. A UK parliamentary committee charged with scrutinising pensions policy has recommended the government create an independent commission to review a range of legislation after the upcoming general election.The cross-party committee recommended the commission review several aspects of government policy including the impact of the changes to the defined contribution (DC) market and auto-enrolment.It also said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) should not divert resources towards developing collective DC (CDC) or shared-risk schemes – a flagship policy for the current pensions minister.The committee said pensions regulation should be managed by a single body – not the current split between The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – and criticised the government for sluggish progress on automatic transfers of DC pots.last_img read more

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$2.9 Million in Lake Ontario Flood Relief Funds

first_imgGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the awarding of $2.9 million in Lake Ontario Flood Relief funds to local governments in Wayne, Orleans, Niagara, Cayuga, and Jefferson counties dedicated to restoration resiliency and recovery efforts following last year’s flooding.“The Lake Ontario shoreline experienced historic and damaging flooding last year, and we continue to stand with New Yorkers whose communities are still recovering,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding supports our mission to build back stronger and smarter and help every impacted town and resident get back on their feet.”The funding is part of the State’s $95 million commitment to the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence Seaway Shorelines. The recovery program started with an initial $45 million commitment for aid to residents, small businesses, and municipalities affected by the flood.It was supplemented with two $5 million grants from the State and Municipal Facilities Program to bolster previous relief and provide necessary financial assistance to recovery efforts. The Fiscal Year 2019 State Budget recently signed by Governor Cuomo included an additional $40 million for the recovery program.RuthAnne Visnauskas, Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal, said: “This funding is essential to our Lake Ontario communities in supporting their efforts to recover from last year’s flooding. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership, our shoreline communities are building back stronger than ever before.”The projects supported by the funding include shoreline reconstruction and stabilization, reimbursement for emergency repairs during the flooding, and seawall reconstruction.last_img read more

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Dearborn County crash kills one, injures another

first_imgDearborn County, In. — A fiery crash on State Road near Nowlin Avenue killed one person and injured another Thursday.Police responded to the scene around 2:45 p.m. and discovered the flaming crash involving two vehicles, and a semi-truck.There has been little information released by authorities. State Road 1 remains closed between Nowlin Avenue and Georgetown Road.last_img

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Deadline approaches for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program enrollment

first_imgBrookville, In. — Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Richard Fordyce reminded producers today that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.“Any agricultural producer that has eligible land should review the benefits of this program,” said Fordyce.  “It removes from production marginal, erodible land and, in doing so, improves water quality, increases wildlife habitat and provides more opportunities for recreational activities, including fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing.”For this year’s signup, limited priority practices are available for continuous enrollment. They include grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. View a full list of practices.FSA will use updated soil rental rates to make annual rental payments, reflecting current values. It will not offer incentive payments as part of the new signup.USDA will not open a general signup this year, however, a one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants with expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less.CRP GrasslandsAdditionally, FSA established new ranking criteria for CRP grasslands. To guarantee all CRP grasslands offers are treated equally, applicants who previously applied (prior to the current sign-up period) will be asked to reapply using the new ranking criteria.last_img read more

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Priority to develop female football in Essequibo

first_img… says executive memberBy Elroy StephneyESSEQUIBO is set to benefit from the resuscitation of female football in the Region. Speaking to Chronicle Sport, executive member of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Maxine Stewart, who also serves as an executive member of the Essequibo Football Association (EFA), confirmed that female football will be a priority for the local administration since it is also a mandate from the GFF to develop female football in all regions.She expressed great optimism of having a wide cross section of females being involved in the sport and according to her “the EFA will ensure that the necessary mechanisms are put in place to encourage, support and sustain the drive to have female football thrive in the region”.Ms Stewart further stated that “moves are already in place to form clubs within various districts” while acknowledging “that same was already done in Dartmouth and Henrietta”.The EFA executive disclosed that the concentration will be on training at the Under-17 level with sessions already commencing at the Anna Regina Community Centre (ARCC) ground in the afternoons.GFF and EFA executive member Maxine StewartIt was also revealed that Travis Bowen and Ranzolin Durga, technical directors assigned by GFF, are working with the female players and will generally develop football across the region, including hinterland districts.Meanwhile Stewart, who remains committed towards realising success in football in Essequibo, is appealing to all stakeholders including the Government and Private Sector to cooperate in realising that dream through continued sponsorship, mentorship, better facilities and training opportunities.The veteran administrator remains one of the highly driven individuals in Essequibo whose love and passion for football is unquestionable.In this regard, she was impressed and happy with the large attendance of approximately 65 young footballers who participated in a recently held coaching clinic in Dartmouth.“Essequibo has an abundance of raw talent, and we want to harness them into becoming the final product,” she emphasised.Further, the forthright campaigner was also pleased with the grassroots academy where the GFF and the EFA are partnering to capture talent across the Essequibo Coast and Pomeroon. The players with potentials must be given the opportunity and exposure to be involved in formal training, with prospects towards possible selection in the future.While the sport remains popular, “getting the structure right is what is required in order for our footballers to excel,” Stewart added.In this regard, the champion female football enthusiast is prepared to trot the extra mile to fulfil the dreams of countless footballers in the county, and in particular to give prominence to female football in Essequibo.last_img read more

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Radicals, Team Mohamed Bikes invade Giftland Mall

first_imgRACING fans were treated to their first taste of the SR3 Radicals this weekend when Calvin Ming’s car was put on display at the Giftland Mall.Freshly imported from Barbados, the Ming’s Products and Services (MPS) Radical was taken there as part of a build up to the November 11 and 12 event.According to Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) President, Rameez Mohamed, the event also serves to introduce the public to one of the feature events of the day.“The SR3 Radicals are already receiving a great deal of interest from those people whoTeam Mohamed Enterprise’s Bikes (GT Ridez Photo)have never seen the car live before. We think that it was a great idea to have it out here.”“Also, a lot of people have never had the chance to be in the pit before and witness some of the team Mohamed’s Enterprise bikes before, so we’ve got those on display as well.”“We really like the reception we are getting here for this meeting and we anticipate a big turnout. A lot of the big names are coming, Roger Mayers out of Barbados, Franklyn Boodhram out of Trinidad and of course our own Kristian Jeffrey.”Meanwhile, with one week to go, the club has produced a twenty-seven event program which will spread out over two days of racing.The first day, November 11, will see qualification commencing from 10:00hrs with racing action occurring from 14:00hrs. Several of the local groups as well as the first radical demonstration will take place there.The following day, the Sunday, will see the CMRC event as well as several exhibitions, including a professional drifting display by two Trinidadians.On Saturday, tickets will cost $1000 for adults and $500 for kids above 12 years. Children under -12 will be admitted free. On Sunday, adult tickets will cost $2000, kids 18-12, $1000 and kids under-12 free.last_img read more

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Boys basketball Lakers beat Phoenix, 52-38

first_img Tags: boys basketballCazenoviaChittenango Though parked just outside the state Class B rankings with an 11-3 record, the Cazenovia boys basketball team is on the short list of title contenders.With a big game looming next Wednesday against its namesakes from Skaneateles after a week’s rest, the Lakers hosted Phoenix last Tuesday at Buckley Gym and, helped by a big third quarter, beat the Firebirds 52-38.Neither team had separated until Cazenovia, leading 26-25 at halftime, proceeded to bash Phoenix in an 18-4 run through that third period, never to get caught.Alex Moesch and Ryan Romagnoli each hit on three 3-pointers as Moesch got 17 points and Romagnoli had 13 points. Keegan Bailey also finished with 13 points as Ty Freyer had six points.Chittenango nearly got its best win of the season last Tuesday against Marcellus, leading for long stretches before the Mustangs rallied late to beat the Bears 62-53.Ignoring its own 3-9 mark, Chittenango steadily built a 31-25 halftime advantage, and still led going into the fourth quarter before Marcellus finally went in front thanks to a well-balanced attack.Bryce Bishop still led all scorers with 17 points, most of it from five 3-pointers. Alex Lum had 12 points, with Tyrus Kelly earning 12 points.But the Mustangs had four players reach double figures as Matt Kershaw,with 16 points, set the pace, Luke Ingianni getting 12 points as Jared Sammon had 11 points and Cory Cangemi 10 points.Those struggles continued on Thursday night as Chittenango fell to Westhill 66-30, never able to get to double-digit points in any single quarter against a much-improved Warriors defense.Kyle Manwaring still earned 11 points overall, but no one else had more than Kelly’s total of five points. On Westhill’s side, Zach Brown had 15 points, with James Kelley getting 14 points and Elliott Rouse adding 10 points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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Class brings Penny Harvest to local school

first_imgUSC students in POSC 323: “Civic Engagement and Leadership” are making a difference -— one penny at a time.Beginning early this semester, students in political science professor Ann Crigler’s  class aimed to bring Penny Harvest, a program that encourages students to save pennies for community investment, to elementary schools throughout Los Angeles.Penny Harvest, a program within the educational non-profit organization Common Cents, is the largest child philanthropy program in the United States. Since the program’s inception in 1991, children between the ages of four and 14 have been collecting pennies and turning them into grants for their communities — the sum of which now total approximately $8.1 million.It was through the efforts of the students in POSC 323 that Penny Harvest was able to make its way to the West Coast. According to Vanessa Villanueva, a junior majoring in political science and a teaching assistant for the class, the goal for the class has been to replicate the successes that Penny Harvest has enjoyed on the East Coast.“What we’re trying to do is make that same program in New York and bring it over here,” Villanueva said.The students in the class split into four committees: funding, communication, partnership and evaluations. Each committee was in charge of various aspects of implementing the program into local schools ranging from fundraising to grant research.Sacred Heart, a K-8 charter school in Los Angeles, was the first school at which the USC students were able to implement the program. Students from the class were able to visit the school and introduce the program to the children.Olivia Diamond, a junior majoring in public relations, said bringing a program like Penny Harvest across the country to Los Angeles was an exciting experience.“It was really unique to get to start a nonprofit in Los Angeles that already exists in New York but hasn’t yet been brought to the West Coast,” Diamond said. “They’ve done it in some other cities, but it’s cool to start it in such a big metropolitan area.”The children taking part in the Penny Harvest program were given the task of collecting pennies from their local communities and then deciding where they would like to best allocate their funds. To Villanueva, Penny Harvest’s primary goal is to teach youth about community engagement and basic investment skills.“What’s great about the Penny Harvest program is that it teaches kids that what they have to do is that they have to research the community around them to see which organizations they want to give the money they raise to,” Villanueva said. “They interview people from homeless shelters and that sort of thing to see who they want the money to go to.”Vanessa Estrada, a senior majoring in communications, sees the primary goal of the class as to emphasizing the pivotal role that youth can play in civic engagement.“The goal of Penny Harvest isn’t just raising money,” Estrada said. “What makes it different from any other fundraiser is that … it’s student run. The students decide and vote on where to give the money so we’re giving the students the tools to decide.”One of the main challenges the class faced was implementing the program into schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District.“There was supposed to be another charter school and some LAUSD schools,” Villanueva said. “But we probably won’t start until next semester because of bureaucracy concerning LAUSD. Right now, it’s just Sacred Heart.”Though bypassing bureaucratic hurdles was a challenge for the pilot program, Diamond said it was not an impossible feat.“It was hard at first because, for example, LAUSD made it difficult to get into the public schools fast enough for it to work this year,” Diamond said. “But we have got into a charter school and we started a mini Penny Harvest on the USC campus to kind of get the ball rolling this year.”The group that participated in “Mini Harvest” -— where the group sought pennies from students in residence halls -— raised $362.33, with residents in Webb Tower raising the most funds.One of the main takeaways of the project, according to Villanueva, is that youth can have an impact on their communities, regardless of their age.“Not only does it teach the kids to be more aware of their community, but it also empowers them to help their community,” Villanueva said. “It teaches that kids are not a burden to society, but rather they are an asset to society and that’s the great thing about this program.”Looking to the future, the class hopes to expand the program throughout Los Angeles and pass on what they’ve learned to civic engagement classes to follow.“Hopefully we’re going to try to get the communities around the schools we are working in to know so that everyone sees how interesting and unique it is to get these kids so civically engaged at a young age,” Diamond said.The group plans to expand the program to five schools next semester.last_img read more

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