The state leases former tourist resorts

first_imgThe Ministry of State Property has announced a public call for bids for the lease of real estate, more precisely the lease of former tourist resorts.Former resorts are located in Gradac, Rab, Biograd na Moru and Slano and Igrane. Although the real estate is in a very bad condition and needs a complete renovation, at least according to the photos shown, but as it is a lease of real estate for a period of 30 years, there is certainly enough time to return the investment.The deadline for submitting bids is December 10, 2018, and you can see all the details and a photo presentation of the resort in the attachment.Attachment: PUBLIC INVITATION FOR SUBMISSION OF BIDS FOR LEASE OF REAL ESTATElast_img read more

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Australian state bans recorder recitals, school choirs

first_imgChildren will be banned from playing the recorder and singing in school choirs across Australia’s most populous state in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus, authorities said Monday.With infections hitting several Sydney schools, authorities in New South Wales moved to prohibit choirs and wind ensembles from Wednesday.”All group singing and/or other chanting activities, as well as the use of wind instruments in group settings, are not permitted,” the local education authority said. That includes the recorder — a gateway to instrument playing for many small children — while dancing will also be off-limits.”School formals, dances, graduation or other social events are not permitted,” the New South Wales education department added.Although public schools in Sydney and the rest of New South Wales have reopened after initial lockdowns, authorities said the new measures would help them operate in the “safest ways possible”.Australia is currently battling to contain a number of coronavirus outbreaks after months of near-zero local transmission.  Read also: New Zealand’s COVID-19 outbreak grows, as Australian cases easeThe country’s second-largest city, Melbourne, is in lockdown and still reporting hundreds of new cases daily, although the number is decreasing. Many of Melbourne’s infections have been linked to aged care homes — where death rates are rising following a peak in cases over the last two weeks.Australia has recorded more than 23,000 cases of COVID-19 and 421 fatalities so far in the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Applauds Sens. Casey and Toomey For Successful Criminal Justice Reform Bill

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Applauds Sens. Casey and Toomey For Successful Criminal Justice Reform Bill Criminal Justice Reform,  National Issues,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today issued a statement thanking Sens. Casey and Toomey for their votes toward the overwhelming passage of the First Step Act for criminal justice reform:“The passage of the First Step Act in the Senate shows the significant bi-partisan support for this much-needed criminal justice reform. I thank senators Casey and Toomey for their votes in support of this legislation that could make a difference in the lives of the many Pennsylvanians incarcerated in federal prisons with overly punitive sentences. And I encourage the House to pass this when they vote tomorrow.“The wide and varied support for this bill is encouraging. With these positive steps to reform the criminal justice system on the federal level, Pennsylvania can learn and hopefully follow suit with progress on reforms pending in our General Assembly.”Of note, Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to pass Clean Slate legislation. Gov. Wolf signed the Clean Slate legislation in June and has called for more meaningful criminal justice reform including passage of the second round of Justice Reinvestment Initiative or JRI2, bail and pre-trial reforms, Post-Conviction Relief Act expansion, probation and parole revocation and resentencing, and indigent defensecenter_img December 19, 2018last_img read more

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Brexit roundup: MPs to explore UK financial services’ post-EU future

first_imgA cross-party committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into the future of the UK’s financial services after the country has left the EU.The Treasury Select Committee – made up of members of the UK’s lower house of parliament – will examine what the government’s financial services priorities should be when it negotiates the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU and other countries.The inquiry will also consider whether the UK should maintain the current regulatory barriers that apply to third countries.Nicky Morgan, chair of the committee, said: “London is the world’s premier financial centre, and many of us want to keep it that way.” Headquarters of the CSSF, Luxembourg’s financial regulatorThe Luxembourg financial services regulator, the CSSF, has issued a reminder that fund management responsibilities could still be delegated to the UK in the event of the latter leaving the EU without a withdrawal deal, if companies fulfil certain conditions.The CSSF said it was working towards the required co-operation with the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) being in place by 29 March in the event of such a “no deal” Brexit.The regulator also reminded Luxembourg firms and investment funds passporting activities into the UK that a temporary permissions regime had been operating since 7 January.Firms and investment funds notifying the FCA under this regime would be authorised to continue existing regulated business within the scope of their current permissions in the UK for a limited period after 29 March while seeking full FCA authorisation.The regime also allowed inbound marketing of EU funds in the UK to continue temporarily.According to Luxembourg for Finance, a public-private partnership established to develop the Duchy’s financial centre, the country’s regulators granted 80 new licences for banks, management companies, alternative asset managers, insurers and investment firms in 2018.This included several financial institutions that had publicly announced their decision to relocate some activities because of Brexit.The agency said 47 financial institutions had publicly disclosed Brexit relocation plans involving Luxembourg, half of which were asset managers.M&G and Columbia Threadneedle are among those who have announced plans to transfer assets to Luxembourg. Others have opted for Dublin. She added: “Brexit will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the financial services sector, including the insurance, retail banking and asset management sectors, in the UK, the EU, and potentially the rest of the world.”The inquiry will weigh up the pros and cons of different possible future relationships with the EU – convergence, equivalence, or divergence.“We’ll also seek to conclude whether it would be in the long-term interests of the UK to align closely with EU financial rules, or to forgo financial services trade with the EU and pursue trade with other third countries,” said Morgan.The committee would also consider “the opportunities outside Brexit”, such as fintech, she added.There is no set deadline for submitting written evidence to the inquiry.  Luxembourg regulator issues Brexit delegation reminderlast_img read more

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It has been renovated, but this art deco Hawthorne bungalow still has soul

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Of the renovations, Mrs Lane described them as “timeless”, with their focus on retaining as much of the old world charm as possible while updating the home with modern inclusions.The bungalow sits on a leafy 1335sq m corner block, with gardens by Steve Clegg Designs,Character features of the home include a rendered exterior with gabled, terracotta tiled roofing, leadlight glass panes, high ceilings, ornate cornices and polished timber. 119 VIRGINIA AVENUE HAWTHORNEOne of Karen Lane’s fondest memories of their Hawthorne home was watching her three daughters swinging from the giant poinciana tree and creating there own secret hideaways in the garden.“That would be my favourite memory, the girls playing their imaginary games,” she said. The first stage of the renovations involved adding an extension which included a parents’ retreat and a large open living area. The kitchen was also redone and a terrace with polished concrete floors was added.During stage two of the renovations the original bathroom and sleepout were transformed into a pavilion-style bathroom.Mrs Lane said the terrace, which has its own pizza oven, was her favourite spot in the house, and had hosted many family events over the years. In the home’s centre is a spacious lounge room that adjoins a music room and formal dining room. But with those girls now adults, it is time to move on after 17 years, a prospect that Mrs Lane and her husband are doing with a heavy heart.The couple bought the sprawling property in 2002, with the 1930s California bungalow-style house undergoing two renovations.center_img “When we first saw it, it needed work,” she said. “We renovated it over two stages, but what I have always loved about this house is that it is full of surprises.“You can’t really tell just how big the property is until you walk through the front gate and the house still has a lot of its character and soul.” Mrs Lane said the home was close to good schools, amenities, Hawthorne Park and the ferry terminal.“Leaving this suburb, this space, it is the unknown for us,” she said. “We are not sure how we will go downsizing and not having that space, privacy and greenery that we are used to. “But it would suit a family with young children, or even an older couple downsizing from a bigger block, say from Brookfield, who want a garden.“It will be tough to leave.” Three other bedrooms can be found toward the front of the home, while a fifth room can beused as a fifth bedroom or study.Other features include a third fireplace in the formal lounge room, an alarm system, a 7000L water tank, irrigation system, city glimpses, and ducted airconditioning. Marking the transition from the original build into the modern extension is a split-level staircase that leads from the central corridor down to the kitchen, which has timber cabinetry, stone benchtops, stainless-steel appliances, an island benchtop and a breakfast bar.The oversized outdoor terrace can be accessed via sliding doors, and includes a built-in barbecue, bar fridge and the woodfired pizza oven with flume that doubles as an external fireplace. This area overlooks the saltwater swimming pool and lawn, and benefits from breezes all year round.Also at the back of the house is the parents’ retreat, which includes a sitting room with a gas fireplace, a sound system, a built-in bookcase and a bay window overlooking the rear of the property. There is also a master bedroom with an in-built corner lounge, wraparound walk-in robe and an ensuite with a double basin vanity and double shower.last_img read more

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Local Trooper And K-9 Named Top Overall Team

first_imgSenior Trooper Chris Richey and his K-9 partner were named top overall team at a recent competition.A local Indiana State Police officer and his K-9 were top dog at a recent competition.Senior Trooper Chris Richey of Versailles and his partner, Rayner, were recently named “Top Overall K-9 Team” after a two day competition in Tennessee. Richey and Rayner competed against 25 other law enforcement groups from the Midwest and were in categories of patrol and narcotics.Richey and Rayner finished first in patrol and second in narcotics, making them the top overall team.The Patrol Competition was judged on tactics, officer safety, proper K-9 deployment, speed, and accuracy while the Narcotics Competition was judged on accuracy, speed and overall effectiveness of the team.“Although this was a competition it was also a time to network with other agencies and K-9 handlers from other parts of the country,” Trooper Richey said. “It was a great venue to learn other officer’s tactics and hopefully pass on to younger officers what I have learned during my 8 years as a K-9 handler.”Richey and Rayner has been team since October 2012.last_img read more

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James Russell Graves

first_imgJames Russell Graves 78, of Modesto, California, died peacefully in the morning of May 6, 2018.James was born February 24, 1940 in Aurora, Indiana to Glenn and Mary Graves.He graduated from Madison High School, in Madison, Indiana in 1957 and excelled in basketball where he received a scholarship to the University of Colorado. He moved to Modesto, CA. in 1962 and worked for E & J Gallo Wines in Modesto, CA for over 30 years. After retiring with Gallo Wines he went to work for Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. in San Jose, CA as Vice President of Operations. James loved to travel and his favorite destinations were Germany and Japan where he frequently traveled over the years and made lifelong friends with many. He enjoyed working in his garden and especially loved his collection of rare and beautiful Bonsai’s. He was President of the Stockton Bonsai Club for many years.James is preceded in death by daughter Kathy Graves who passed in 1972. He is survived by his daughter Karen Ramsey, son, Kevin Graves (LeAnn), 5 grandchildren, step-daughter Cheryl Kelly (Pat), and cousins Larry and Janet Giffin.A viewing will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Graveside burial will be held at River View Cemetery at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tommy Beatley officiating.Contributions may be made charity of donor’s choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Special thanks to James caregivers, Rowena, Nenita and Amy.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Batesville Fire & Rescue Adds Three Firefighters

first_imgBatesville, IN—Fire Chief Todd Schutte is pleased to announce Batesville Fire & Rescue has hired three full-time firefighters/EMT’s.Firefighter Michael Orlando, 21, of Manchester, has experience working as a part-time EMT with several agencies including Batesville, Cheviot, Delhi, and Lawrenceburg Speedway.Chris Decker, 29, of Batesville, began his firefighting career as a cadet with Sunman Rural Fire Department and has spent the past several years in the Air Force as a firefighter.Lucas Garvey, 21, of Sunman, has been a member of Sunman Rural Fire Department and Rescue 20 since he was 18 years old.The firefighters successfully completed an extensive hiring process and have the necessary Firefighter II and EMT-B certifications.last_img read more

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McCoy still needs two for landmark

first_img McCoy was narrowly denied in the opening novice hurdle on Flemenson by the Hadden Frost-ridden Rydon Pynes, while his mount in the following race, Keen Eye, never looked like taking a hand in the finish at any stage. His third ride of the afternoon, Well Hello There, travelled extremely well for much of the three-mile handicap chase but a bad blunder just before the home straight cost him any chance of victory and he was ultimately well beaten. Press Association Tony McCoy will have to wait until Chepstow on Wednesday at the earliest for his 4,000th winner after drawing a blank with three rides at Exeter to remain on the 3,998 mark.center_img The 18-times champion jockey has two booked rides at the Welsh venue on Wednesday – the Rebecca Curtis-trained El Macca in the R.A.B.I. Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle and Jonjo O’Neill’s Mission Complete, who could be appropriately named should he land the NFU Mutual Supports R.A.B.I. Handicap Hurdle. last_img read more

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Gerrard ready for final farewell

first_img “It’ll be a tough game for us away at Stoke but we go there and we want to finish the season strongly. “I always believe it’s a good sign of the team if they can keep going to the very end and that’ll be our ambition against Stoke.” While the contract dispute with Sterling is likely to rumble on throughout the summer the club were at least able to tie down another promising youngster to a long-term deal this week. Jordon Ibe, a year younger than Sterling, enjoyed his first-team breakthrough in the second half of the season after returning from a loan spell at Derby. He is hoping to make greater strides next season. “To be honest, the number-one target for me is to get goals and try to stay in the team. They’re the two main goals for me,” he told LFCTV. “I need to keep playing well, getting goals and making the gaffer happy. I’ve got to help the team win games and then hopefully I can secure it (my place) in the new season. “To win medals – that’s the number one thing for me. I want to help us get back into the Champions League and try to win that one day. “We were close last year to the league title, so that is another aim – as well as the FA Cup.” Headlines about Raheem Sterling’s contract issues and the prospect of Liverpool losing a star player this summer have deflected attention from the departure of one of the club’s true greats. There was, quite correctly, great fanfare surrounding Steven Gerrard’s final match at Anfield last week but Sunday’s trip to Stoke will be the midfielder’s 710th and final appearance for the Reds. Having got through the emotionally-charged send-off in front of his home fans, manager Brendan Rodgers has no doubts about the 34-year-old’s ability to handle his final curtain call at the Britannia Stadium. Press Association “He’ll be very able,” said the Reds boss. “I’m sure for Steven it’s been a huge relief. Leading into your last game at Anfield, which has been his home for 17 years, there was probably a whole load of emotion. “Unfortunately our performance level wasn’t what we expected (they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace) but I think the crowd and the supporters recognised the moment and gave him a great send-off. “So I’m sure for him it’s a huge sigh of relief and he has worked well this week concentrating on Sunday’s game.” A disappointing campaign will come to an end with Liverpool playing for nothing more than the security of fifth place and a Europa League spot. It will be of little consolation after the minimum target set in pre-season was a top-four slot. “I’ve said at the beginning of the season (the aim) is to finish as high as we possibly can,” said Rodgers. “That is the aim for the game. Our season doesn’t finish until the whistle blows on Sunday. last_img read more

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