The appeal, launched in Geneva with Jean Max Bellerive, Haiti’s Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, will also help authorities better cope with natural disasters, such as hurricanes and the flooding that hit last month and caused severe damage to agriculture.The appeal aims to reinforce the Government’s capacity to meet needs for humanitarian and development assistance and to improve governance, the UN said in a press release.“The appeal also aims to reduce vulnerability among the population and to ensure that authorities are better prepared in the event of natural disasters,” said Joel Boutroue, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for the UN Stabilization Mission for Haiti (MINUSTAH).As well as being the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti – with a population of 8.4 million – ranks 153 out of 177 countries worldwide according to the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) social indicators. More than half of all Haitians live below the extreme poverty line of $1 per day, while nearly three quarters – more than 6.2 million people – live below the poverty line of $2 per day.Male life expectancy is only 52 years, and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world. Haiti also has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the area: 4 to 5 per cent of the population is infected with HIV.The projects in the appeal focus on political governance, economic recovery and access to basic services. The largest appealing organization is the UNDP, followed by the World Food Programme (WFP), World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organisation (WHO/PAHO), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).In a separate press release, the FAO said its share of the overall appeal – amounting to around $14 million – would allow the agency to continue its work in improving agriculture and disaster management.“Our activities will continue in five major areas: distribution of seeds, tools and fertilizers; vegetable production in urban areas; animal vaccination; rehabilitation of small infrastructure such as water tanks, irrigation systems, and weirs; riverbank protection; and disaster management and mitigation, including soil protection and seed stocks,” said FAO expert Fernanda Guerrieri.In another development, MINUSTAH announced today that its Brazilian troops have helped to construct a new road to Cité Soleil. The $300,000 project, realized through cooperation between the mission and the Haitian Government, involved Brazilian engineers removing thousands of metric tons of garbage from the area, bringing in heavy construction equipment, and then paving the road. read more

Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) will open its doors to a number of students from 8 – 11 October. The event will include a presentation on automotive research and development and will give an insight of vehicle project development. Guests will also be given a tour of the test building and offered an overview on the types of careers available at NTCE.VenueCranfield Technology Park, Moulsoe Road, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0DBOrganiserFay PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

“If we can get people fired up, it’ll get bigger,” says Virginia Reh, in the props and scenery room for Brock’s Dramatic Arts department, of Canadian musical theatre.Canadian musical theatre is a little like Canadian film and Canadian writing. It takes place in our own backyard, but our brightest stars are often hidden from public consciousness.Virginia Reh is on a mission to change that.An assistant professor of Dramatic Arts, Reh is the driving force behind an upcoming conference called Lyric CANADA 2010 from Oct. 21 to 23. David Vivian, associate professor and director of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, is also an organizer.With the conference, Reh hopes to push Canadian musicals and opera into the minds of academics and the general public. That way, she said, more people will write about it. More people will study it. And most importantly, more people will know that it exists.Most people associate the term “musical theatre” with the lavish, multimillion-dollar American and European productions shown in Toronto, Reh said. But Canada has a rich and varied musical theatre scene that is understudied and underappreciated. Its talents include artists such as Ted Baerg, a renowned London, Ont.-based opera singer who will present a paper at the conference.“There are hundreds of musicals in Canada, and there are two books written about Canadian musical theatre,” Reh said. “I’m hoping this is the beginning of an ongoing dialogue. I’m a woman on a musical crusade.”Lyric CANADA is held in conjunction with the Shaw Festival. Its daytime program will be at Brock. Its evening showcases will be held in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The conference’s 30 paper presentations and 10 showcases are open to the public.The keynote speaker will be Stewart Wallace, a New York-based composer of operas such as Harvey Milk and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. Jim Betts, composer, lyricist and librettist from projects such as Colours in the Storm and Thin Ice, will give the plenary speech “Why Canadians Can’t Write musicals (And Why Almost No One Else Can, Either).” Sarah Schlesinger, a lyricist and librettist who chairs the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program at New York’s Tisch School of Arts, is also a plenary speaker. She’ll speak about nurturing the development of future writers of musical theatre.The presentations will not look like typical academic fare, Reh said. Many will use performance and audio-visual materials. She encourages the public to come out and learn about a little-known art form — the Canadian musical.“Don’t be afraid of it,” she said. “There’s lots of interesting stuff happening, and you may learn something you didn’t know about musicals and opera.”Reh grew up in New York City and recalls being enthralled by her first trip to a musical. She saw Mary Martin as Peter Pan, and when she went home, she pretended to be Peter Pan flying around her room. She’d like Canadian kids to have the same experience with homegrown culture.“This is my passion,” she said.Tickets to the presentations and showcases are available through the Centre for the Arts box office at 905-688-5550 x3257 or 1-866-617-3257.Related links:• Lyric CANADA 2010• Virginia Reh bio• David Vivian bio read more

This editorial, written by Brock History professor John Sainsbury, originally appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on Jan. 28.**Hosni Mubarak has demonstrated remarkable survival skills during his long presidency. But he’s now likely facing the humiliation of becoming the first Egyptian president to be driven from power by a popular uprising.John SainsburyGamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt’s second president, died in office in 1970, his spirit broken by his country’s shattering defeat at the hands of Israel in the Six-Day War and by the collapse of his vision of pan-Arab unity. Yet such was Nasser’s charisma that, even after his death, he retained iconic status with the Egyptian masses and for many throughout the Arab world. They worshipped him as an agent of social equality and as someone who had withstood the neo-colonialist bullying of Britain and France.His successor, Anwar Sadat, could never aspire to Nasser’s popularity, but he exceeded expectations with his bold statecraft. After declaring victory in the October war of 1973 (even as Israeli troops were surrounding the bulk of the Egyptian army), he launched a remarkable diplomatic reversal, bringing Egypt closer to the United States and signing a peace treaty with Israel.His policy infuriated diehard Nasserites and Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood, but his success in reclaiming the Sinai from Israel helped to mollify public opinion. Until Sadat was felled by an assassin’s bullet in 1981, he retained a firm grip on the levers of power.And so to Mubarak, Sadat’s successor. I had small glimpses (no more) into the character of his regime when I lived in Egypt from 1984 to 1989, working as a history professor at the American University in Cairo. Like many observers, I puzzled over these questions: Was Egypt a working democracy with a powerful presidency (something equivalent, say, to France under the Fifth Republic when Charles de Gaulle was at the helm) or was it a police state, its so-called parliamentary institutions no more than a fig-leaf over what in reality was one-man rule?The signals were ambiguous. On the one hand, the secret police were everywhere, and one quickly learned to recognize them. On the other hand, Egyptians, or at least those I met, hardly seemed cowed or intimidated.Jokes about Mubarak circulated freely, and without apparent recrimination. He was called ” la vache qui rit” because of his odd resemblance to the Laughing Cow on the cheese label. Fun was made of his supposed lack of brain-power.After he visited Indira Gandhi, a joke made the rounds that he was sporting a red jewel in the middle of his forehead. Asked why, he explained that he and Indira had enjoyed a long conversation, at the end of which Indira had tapped his head and said: “Hosni, you’re really lacking something up there.”With the benefit of hindsight, the jokes seem to me now less a product of free speech, and more a brave attempt to find respite in humour from the intrusions of an increasingly oppressive regime.Ominously, even in its early years, the regime was provoking more violent responses. In 1986, there was a co-ordinated mutiny by low-ranking members of the Central Security Force, bedraggled conscripts assigned to guard embassies and other public buildings. They burst out of their barracks near the Pyramids, looting and burning shops, even killing some tourists who stood in their path. The insurrection was squashed with brutal efficiency by troops of the regular Egyptian army.The origins of the 1986 mutiny have never been made clear. Quite possibly, a disgruntled government minister engineered it as an attempted coup d’etat. But now Mubarak is facing the challenge, not of a palace revolution, but of a people’s revolution. Middle-class intellectuals are joining ranks with ordinary Egyptians, frustrated by unrelenting poverty. The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic groups are poised to make their move. Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has returned. The support of the army for Mubarak is no longer guaranteed.In fairness to Mubarak, not all the problems he faces are of his own making. He was burdened with the expectation that Sadat’s diplomatic reversal would bring prosperity in its wake — something that has never really happened despite massive American subsidies.Yet Mubarak is to a large extent the author of his own misfortune. Whatever democratic instincts he might have had at his accession have long since disappeared.The most recent presidential election was a gruesome farce, with Mubarak’s only opponent subsequently imprisoned on a trumped-up charge. Mubarak’s blatant promotion of his corrupt sons is straight from the Saddam Hussein playbook.The question is not if the regime will tumble but when. In the meantime, the Laughing Cow is laughing no more. read more

A Brock Master of Sustainability student in the running for a nationwide photo contest needs the support of the University community to claim the top prize.Dana Harris is one of 20 researchers across Canada who are vying for the People’s Choice Award in the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Science Exposed contest.Dana Harris’ submission to the NSERC Science Exposed competition features cells of the jack pine tree.Her submission, titled “Exploring the Jack Pine Tight Knit Family Tree,” shows phases of stained developing xylem cells that are found in a wood sample cored from the outermost part of a jack pine tree in the Northwest Territories, where she is from.Voting for the People’s Choice Award, which began when finalists were announced this spring, closes Sunday, Sept. 16.Visitors to the Science Exposed website must register to vote for their favourite photo.The image that receives the most votes from the public will win the People’s Choice Award. Only one form can be submitted per person per email for the duration of the contest.NSERC’s Science Exposed contest showcases images of Canadian scientific research from all fields. The contest is open to faculty and student researchers in post-secondary institutions and researchers in public and private research centres. read more

first_imgREMEMBER THE BIG Freeze of 2010? Of course you do — it was three years ago… There was transport chaos as people struggled to make it home for Christmas: flights were cancelled, the road network was clogged, and on Christmas Day the country’s coldest December temperature ever was recorded in Mayo — minus 17.5 degrees.Up in Blessington, Co Wicklow, however, one group of hardy locals were determined not to let something as mundane as life-endangering weather conditions interfere with their tradition of taking a dip in the lake before settling down to dinner:Christmas Day at Dublin’s most famous swimming spot, the Forty Foot, now sees people queuing to get in and queuing to get out of the water. Yellow bellies, all. Bathing at the Poulaphouca Resevoir in Blessington is less subscribed. The lake is 600 metres above sea level and filled with icy bogwater run down off the Wicklow mountains. The ‘beach’ features mud, rocks and a long shallow stretch to wade through before (and after) you get to swimming depth.The chilly custom started in the early 70s when one of the locals turned up at Christmas drinks with a towel over his shoulders and wet hair claiming to have just had a dip.  He was blagging, but the idea took hold and the swim now gets 20-30 shivering, gibbering attendees a year. Wetsuits are frowned upon. Hot whiskey flasks, hot water bottles welcome.Breaking a hole in the ice was a first, but the long walk over dry powdery snow to carve out a swimming hole was way more pleasant than stumbling numbly over sharp, slippy stones. — The Anonymous Blessington Batherlast_img read more

first_img By Fora Staff Image: Department of Foreign Affairs Jun 17th 2017, 1:00 PM 54 Comments Short URL Share34 Tweet Email1 ‘We’ll have nothing’: After 65 years, one of Donegal’s most famous butchers is closing McGettigans Butchers has won numerous awards and was visited by Prince Charles. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:center_img Take me to Fora 31,256 Views ONE OF DONEGAL’S best-known businesses is set to close as a result of falling sales, more than half a century after it opened.M McGettigan & Sons butchers is a landmark in Donegal town, where it has traded since 1952. The store was even visited by Prince Charles last year, who was eager to sample the sausages that were named as the best in Europe in 2012.The shop employs seven people and is run by brothers Ernan and Diarmuid McGettigan, who took over from their father in 1980.However, the butchers has struggled to compete with low-cost rivals and has now been forced to close as sales fell.Speaking to Fora, Ernan McGettigan said that the business is set to formally close its doors on Saturday.“We’re closing because our turnover has consistently dropped over the last four or five years,” he said. “There’s competition from multinationals, particularly German multinationals.“Small businesses are being interfered with by them and we’re the next ones that have to go. Our father started the business, which is the hardest part about this. We’ve tried everything, we’ve cut costs as much as we can.”He added: “We’ve tried to produce products of quality, unfortunately it’s all about the price.“There’s very little loyalty left to small businesses who employ local people. Everyone is a number now, it’s all about productivity, get in and out.”The most recent accounts for the firm behind the butcher, for the year to the end of October, 2015, show it made a slender loss that year, pushing it more than €150,000 into the red for the long-term.MemoriesMcGettigan said that he will have many fond memories of his time in business, particularly the visit from Prince Charles. Ernan and Diarmuid with Prince Charles Source: Department of Foreign Affairs“We’re the only shop premises in Donegal that he stood inside. It was a great honour,” he said. “We will have the memories, and most have been good, but the stress (of trying to keep the butchers open) is unbelievable.“Dermot and I are self-employed so we will end up with nothing from Saturday on. If you’re self-employed in this country there are no support mechanisms if things go wrong.”McGettigan said that he and his brother will take time to talk to their family to try to decide their next move.“I think we could make a business with our sausages, but I’m 60, Diarmuid is 59, we should be thinking about retiring rather than starting another business,” he said.“But we have mortgages to pay so I would never say never.”McGettigan thanked the shop’s employees and its customers, “particularly the customers who stuck with us to the end”.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Department of Foreign Affairs Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 1:00 PM Read: From September only VHI customers will be able to use VHI SwiftCare Clinics>Read: Ryanair’s chair resigned from Uber’s board after a sexist remark about women>last_img read more

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Manchester City are an example for every club to follow and admits they’ve still got a lot of work ahead of them to be title challengers.The Blues will head to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to take on City knowing that victory will likely be a must if they are to maintain their top-four spot in the Premier League.But Pep Guardiola’s side will also be determined to take all three points after retaking the lead in the standings from Liverpool on goal difference following Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Everton.Speaking ahead to this weekend, however, Guardiola made a surprise announcement by suggesting that Chelsea could still be title contenders despite them trailing City by 12 points.Although Sarri doubts Chelsea will challenge for the league crown anytime soon and added it will take time for them to match the likes of City and Liverpool.“I don’t think so, not at the moment. We will be able to fight for the top four this season, no more,” said Sarri on the club website.“We can win something of course, but in the Premier League, there is a fight between Liverpool and Man City. In my opinion, Man City are the best team in Europe. They are an example for every club.“We need to work. Guardiola is in the third season in the Premier League, Klopp in the fourth or fifth, but we need to work. I don’t know another way.“We need only to work and try to reduce the gap.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The former Napoli coach was happy with the way Chelsea responded to their 4-0 defeat at Bournemouth by thrashing Huddersfield Town 5-0 last weekend.“In the last match, we reacted very well. After the match against Huddersfield I was happy with the result, but especially the performance,” added Sarri.“We know very well we need consistency. I hope our version on Sunday will be the best.”The City and Chelsea match will begin at 5:00 PM (CET) on Sunday.A Sunday double-header in Manchester, let’s make it 2/2! 💪👊 @ChelseaFCW— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 7, 2019last_img read more

first_img Related Items:#Bahamascrimeupdate, #DelanceCartwright, #magneticmedianews, #SeyonWilliams Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 15, 2017 – Nassau – Two more homicides and three guns confiscated are among the cases keeping police busy as they try to bust up crime.   Police are looking for suspects in a shooting where two women and a man were struck; that man was initially in serious condition at hospital but on Saturday he died.   The shooting happened on Walnut Street last Friday around 10pm.A Honda Odyssey reportedly pulled up to the car with the three people, fired into that vehicle and sped off.  The women were treated and released, but the man remained at hospital in serious condition and is now yet another murder victim for the country and is identified as Delance Cartwright.An update from Bimini in the murder probe there revealed that two guns were also collected from the residence in South Bimini where two men were arguing and fighting, when one was shot and later died at the local clinic.  The men are reportedly brothers.  A media report names the 21 year old man killed on Saturday in Bimini as Seyon Williams.In two days – Thursday and Friday last week – Police got three more guns off the streets of Nassau.  On Thursday around 1pm on Inagua Way and Beldock Avenue a mobile unit intercepted a Honda Civic and after  search of that car, a Ruger pistol with 16 rounds of ammunition was found; a man was taken into custody for the offense.Then on Friday around 7pm, the Selective Enforcement Team or SET was on routine patrol when on Trelawney Gardens Road they approached two suspect men, the pair fled on foot and got away but not before allegedly dropping a .40 Smith and Wesson pistol.The SET was on routine patrol later Friday, 9:30pm when on Ida Street they saw a man standing on the side of the street, he dropped something which was later found to be, a 9mm pistol with four live rounds of ammunition.  That man tried to get away, but was caught by officers.#MagneticMediaNews#SeyonWilliams#DelanceCartwright#Bahamascrimeupdatelast_img read more

first_imgInter Milan’s boss Luciano Spalletti explained the situation surrounding the future of Ivan Perisic after his side’s narrow 1-0 loss to Torino.Torino secured three points thanks to Armando Izzo’s header which extended Inter’s winless run in their two Serie A games of 2019.However, reports of Perisic’s exit that was later confirmed by director Beppe Marotta changed the atmosphere prior to kick-off.“It’s quite simple. Players can say what they want, but they are employees, they have signed contracts and in order to leave, they need someone willing to pay for them,” the Coach told Football Italia.“You can’t leave for free and with your salary paid by someone else. If, as Marotta said, he doesn’t want to play, then clearly he’ll be left out. That’s not a problem for me.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Someone who cannot contribute to the team has to stay out.”Benching Perisic was also one of the reasons for the change in formation to 3-5-2 against Walter Mazzarri’s Torino.“I changed the wingers with two strikers, because I didn’t have many wingers at my disposal. Perisic is indisposed, we risked Matteo Politano at the end because he wasn’t well, while Keita is out.“We made a different choice, based on physicality and not losing individual duels, so we could create chances for the front two. We got a couple of situations wrong, then when Toro clammed up after the goal, it became more difficult.“Now we’ve got to get the team back in order based on the tactical principles we ha. We need everyone to do their job, because we were too sluggish in the tackles.”last_img read more

first_img WWE TV and Movies 3:45 Share your voice The world of pro wrestling: explained Now playing: Watch this: Originally published March 19 and updated as new information is revealed.  19 Kofi Kingston (pictured) will face Daniel Bryan for the WWE championship at Wrestlemania on April 7. WWE WWE Wrestlemania 35 is finally here. And by “here” I mean it’s literally happening right now! Head hear for all the results so far.This is the biggest wrestling event of the year and if you’re not a hardcore fan, it’s actually a great time to start watching, as the company goes all out for Wrestlemania. This will mark the first time ever that a women’s match will main event Wrestlemania, as Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey defends here title in a triple threat match against Beck Lynch and Charlotte Flair.  This will be the culmination of a months long feud that started late last year and has seen the trio not only have verbal battles in the ring, but fights in parking lots and–most excitingly–on Twitter. Seriously, the Twitter game from these three is half the reason I’m so exited for this match.  Comments Tags Ronda: Wrestling isn’t re…Me:— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) April 2, 2019 We’ll also see WWE Champion Daniel Bryan defend his title against fan favorite Kofi Kingston. A few months ago no one could have predicted this match would make the Wrestlemania card, but after Kofi’s last minute replacement due to another wrestler’s injury, the fan community’s support for Kofi Kingston has grown to meteoric heights. He’s always been well-liked, as one-third of the ultra-popular tag team, The New Day, but his popularity in the last few months has really hit the stratosphere. So much so that the term “Kofimania” has become a popular WWE hashtag as of late, Check out the specific start times as well as the full match card below. Start times WWE Wrestlemania 35 takes place in New Jersey today, April 7. The main card starts at 4 p.m. PT. If you’re a WWE Network subscriber — at $9.99 per month, but free for one month for new subscribers — you can watch it live for free. Otherwise you’ll need to contact your local cable provider and pay a separate fee to watch. The Kickoff Show will likely start at 2 p.m. PT on WWE’s YouTube channel and the WWE Network.  db-titleRonda Rousey (pictured) will defend her Raw Women’s title against Beck Lynch and Charlotte Flair in the main event. WWE Match card Raw Women’s Championship and Smackdown Women’s Championship match: Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (winner takes all match)WWE Championship match: Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi KingstonUniversal Championship match: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth RollinsIntercontinental Championship match: Finn Balor vs. Boddy Lashley United States Championship match: Samoa Joe vs. Rey MysterioSmackdown Tag Team Championship match: Usos vs. The Bar vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev (fatal 4-way match)Women’s Tag Team Championship match: Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka vs. Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs. The IIconicsRaw Tag Team Championship match: The Revival vs. Zack Ryder and Curt HawkinsRoman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyreBatista vs. Triple H (no-holds-barred match)Randy Orton vs. AJ StylesShane McMahon vs. The Miz (falls count anywhere match)Kurt Angle vs. Baron CorbinKickoff showWWE Cruiserweight Championship match: Buddy Murphy vs. Tony NeseAndre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (entrants so far: Braun Strowman, Michael Che, Colin Jost, Andrade, Apollo Crews, Titus O’Neil, Tyler Breeze, Jinder Mahal, No Way Jose, Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Doado, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Heath Slater, Rhyno, Viktor, Konnor, Mustafa Ali, Shelton Benjamin, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Otis, Tucker, EC3)Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royal (confirmed entrants so far: Asuka, Carmella, Naomi, Lana, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mickie James, Zelina Vega) WWE Network app The WWE Network app is available on Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple TV, iOS and Android. last_img read more

first_imgAbout 30 Juneau residents attended a recent meeting about USDA’s Rural Development housing programs. Under the new Farm Bill, potential home buyers in the capital city now qualify for loans under the programs. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Residents of the capital city now qualify for “rural” federal housing loans from the Department of Agriculture after Congress raised the population cap for communities to qualify.The loans make home ownership more accessible in a city that lists affordable housing as one of its top issues.Download AudioMae and Kaelen Delcastillo are married with two children. Mae says they’ve been renting in Juneau for three years and pay about $1,500 a month for a two-bedroom apartment.“It is a bit expensive,” she says. “So we are looking, of course, trying to purchase a home or build our own house.”Mae and Kaelen are both in their 30s. She works at the registrar’s office at the university. He’s a janitor at the Federal Building. They’re hoping to buy a three-bedroom home for about $300,000Kaelen says the thought of putting a 10 percent down payment on a house is terrifying.“To put that much down and to not have any buying power is kind of scary,” he says.But Kaelen is feeling better about buying a home after learning about USDA’s Rural Development housing programs, which he now qualifies for as a Juneau resident.“I know Juneau is the capital city and villages look at Juneau as the big city. But if you look across the country at capital cities, most of them are in rural areas and they’re rural communities,” says Keith Perkins, director of USDA Rural Development in Southeast Alaska, based in Sitka.“So Juneau kind of fits that mold,” Perkins says. “And Juneau really is a rural community by national standards.”Depending on certain criteria, Rural Development housing programs can offer terms like 100 percent financing, long-term repayment plans, subsidized interest rates and no down payment.Juneau Economic Development Council Executive Director Brian Holst says many capital city residents have difficulty finding affordable housing. He says there isn’t enough housing in Juneau to meet demand.“Many of our builders build homes that are hard for lower-income people to purchase, because there aren’t a lot of programs out there that allow for those lower-cost homes to be accessed by our working class,” Holst says.Builder Russ McDougal of MAC’s Design & Construction says USDA’s housing programs could help alleviate that problem. The maximum loan amount for a Juneau resident under the programs is $322,600.“That’s a tough market to build in and it’s not impossible, but it means that you’re going to have to have a builder that’s interested in targeting that market,” McDougal says. “And I think that we’ll see that because of this program, there will be builders that will take advantage of that and move that way.”McDougal remembers a time when many houses were being built in Juneau.“When I graduated high school in 1976, I went to work for a contractor here that was building around Melvin Park. I believe they built about 80 the year that I worked for them,” McDougal says.Land in the center of the Mendenhall Valley was flat and easy to develop.“Those new homes were selling in the neighborhood of $50,000 for a two-bedroom house with a garage on its own lot,” McDougal says.A 2012 Juneau Housing Needs Assessment indicates the average price of a single-family unattached home is close to $380,000.USDA Rural Development loan technician Marsha Lysons says she’s already received calls from Juneau residents about the loans and anticipates a lot more interest.“Just talking to other lenders and other Realtors and people here in Juneau that, yeah, we’re expecting a large number of phone calls next week,” Lysons says.Mae and Kaelen Delcastillo say they’ll surely be among those interested callers.last_img read more

first_imgPakistani authorities have barred a US diplomat involved in a fatal traffic accident from leaving the country, forcing an American military aircraft flown in for his departure to leave without him, local media reported on Saturday.The move came a day after Pakistan said it would restrict the movements of all American diplomats in the country in response to Washington’s similar restrictions on Pakistani embassy diplomats.A spokesman for the US embassy in Islamabad declined to comment on the media reports, and a US State Department spokesperson in Washington would neither confirm nor deny them.“For the privacy and security of those involved, we cannot disclose the diplomat’s current location,” the State Department spokesperson said.Pakistan is a crucial link to supplying American troops fighting the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan. But Washington has long believed it actually shelters the Taliban’s leaders, and president Donald Trump has cut off military aid in an effort to pressure Pakistan.The latest blow to relations came on Saturday, when Pakistani authorities banned a US military attache from leaving as planned, Pakistan’s The Nation and Express Tribune newspapers reported.A day earlier, an Islamabad court had ruled his diplomatic immunity may not apply in the 7 April traffic accident in which the US attache’s vehicle hit a motorcycle, killing the 22-year-old driver, both papers reported.As a result, a US Air Force C130 flown in to Pakistan’s Nur Khan air base outside Islamabad was forced to leave without him on Friday, Geo TV and the two newspapers reported.Separately, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said it would apply travel restrictions to all US diplomatic staff similar to those applied by Washington, according to a notification sent to the US Embassy on Friday and obtained by Reuters.The new US rules require diplomats to obtain permission to travel more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from their stations, the local Dawn newspaper reported.The US State Department on Saturday confirmed the new restrictions on its employees in Pakistan but declined further comment.“We are in regular communication with our Pakistani counterparts. We do not discuss details of diplomatic conversations,” the spokesperson said.US-Pakistani relations have deteriorated significantly since the beginning of the year, when Trump abruptly announced in a tweet a cutoff of military aid, which he said treated the United States with “nothing but lies and deceit” for 15 years.last_img read more

first_img Flanked by Guatemalan national police, semis with bulldozers attempt to enter the El Tambor mine site near San José del Golfo, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (Courtesy of Antonio Reyes Romero)Efforts at negotiation between the protesters and KCA have broken down on multiple occasions. “We have had talks with the national [dialogue council] and with the president,” Romero said. “The government wants us to accept mineral exploitation, but the level of arsenic [in the water] is at a maximum.”Opponents, who total about 45,000 people, hail from villages and communities in a 20-square-kilometer area around the mine. They have claimed the KCA donates to Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina’s ruling Patriot Party, something a KCA representative, Ryan Adams, denied.KCA uses a carrot-and-stick approach to try and get its way in Guatemala, critics allege. Adams admits to being in regular communication with the president, who is in charge of appointing the ministers of mines, the interior and defense. KCA also has threatened to sue Guatemala for an untold sum of money if the mine fails to move forward. According to Adams, the lawsuit and political fallout would be too costly for Pérez Molina to stomach.The mine is expected to produce as much as 52,000 tons of gold each year, VICE’s Giles Clarke reported.According to Romero, the PNC “are helping the company to intimidate the residents” of San José del Golfo in the hopes of breaking the protest.“It’s like the government and the companies are a bus,” Romero said. “And this bus doesn’t serve us. It’s a bus we can get on, but we can’t stop it. If the bus falls off a cliff, there’s always a new bus. None of the political parties help, … they’re all mercantile enterprises of people who want power.” La Puya protesters, including women, elderly farmers and church representatives, watch as police patrols pass by on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Benjamin Reeves/The Tico TimesKCA began ramping up pressure against protesters last Wednesday. Trucks carrying bulldozers arrived Wednesday morning, with the intent of entering the mining site. Demonstrators blocked the road to prevent their entry, and a PNC force soon arrived, eventually growing to up to 300 armed officers. In response, the La Puya protesters put out a call for help, and residents of the surrounding villages flocked to the site as church bells rang. At the end of the day, 800 protesters had peacefully turned away KCA’s machinery and the PNC force.“The resistance is totally allowed,” Prudencio Rodríguez, a Catholic priest from the town of Durano-Chinautla said. “The resistance has the particularity of nonviolence and a language that … doesn’t cause more damage than necessary. The language is so much more effective than in the past.”KCA’s Adams claimed that the company did not contact the PNC or army for assistance in opening the mine, and he accused demonstrators of calling in the police.However, police officers who arrived at San José del Golfo were not local, but instead came from the capital. A Guatemalan police pickup truck drives through a protesters camp outside San José del Golfo, Guatemala, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. Benjamin Reeve/The Tico TimesAt the same time the PNC force sought to overwhelm the protesters, two truckloads of soldiers were unloaded in the center of San José del Golfo. An army spokesman later said that soldiers hadn’t set foot in the town and were only passing through for “recreation.” When pressed about why police officers and soldiers spent the day walking up and down the main street, the spokesman said it was common for soldiers to assist police on patrol.On Thursday, the elevated police presence in San José del Golfo could still be seen. A PNC spokesman at the local station claimed there were only 10 officers in the town, yet 14 were visible on the main street, four had driven through the protest site multiple times in a pickup, and another 24 ran a checkpoint at the entrance to the town.“You can say that the programs of the police are incomplete. They don’t control the crime and violence around the country, [they only control] the good people,” Rodríguez said. Guatemalan Civilian National Police officers stand along the road leading up to the La Puya protest site, 28 kilometers northeast of Guatemala City, on Wednesday, April 9. (Courtesy of Antonio Reyes Romero)Benjamin Reeves is a freelance journalist based in Antigua, Guatemala. Follow him on Twitter and on his blog. Facebook Comments SAN JOSÉ DEL GOLFO, Guatemala – An uncomfortable tension filled the air in the village of San José del Golfo, 28 kilometers northeast of Guatemala City, last Thursday. Driving through the streets, pairs of armed Civil National Police (PNC) could be seen standing “guard” at a fried chicken restaurant, in front of the public health center, and near a block of well-kept homes with flower gardens.The police arrived in the village last Wednesday morning, along with the army, to try and break the La Puya protest, which for two years has prevented the construction of Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ (KCA) massive El Tambor gold and silver mine. 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first_imgMarket intelligence: CAPA Executive Chairman Peter Harbison More than 120 airline staff from around Australia gathered in Sydney’s ParkRoyal Hotel this week for the annual 2011 Star Alliance Conference.Attendees were updated on current and planned activities by the world’s leading alliance – which now counts 27 members – with this year’s keynote address delivered by Nanci Cheberenchick, Star Alliance Director, Sales & Marketing, The Americas and Asia Pacific.Peter Harbison, Executive Chairman of aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services company CAPA, also addressed the conference with a wide ranging presentation entitled “Alliances, Asia and an outburst of LCC’s”.The conference ended with the announcement of the 2011 ‘Star of the Year’ winners, each of the whom had scored top marks after completing 10 Star Alliance training modules during the past 12 months.This year’s winners included Caroline Sydney (SAS), Robin Kim (Asiana), Gina Kang (Asiana), Stephanie Constance (South African Airways), Julia Kim (Asiana), Kirren Trendoren (THAI), Stella Hwang (Asiana) and Hager Obeng (South African Airways). Source = Star Alliance On fire: One of the highlights of this year’s conference was a Star Alliance Trivia Quiz, won by the egg-heads ‘Team Hot’ – (from l to r) Greg McKeon (South African Airways), Merliee Lewis (Lufthansa), Anca Sbenghe (SWISS), Carolina Da Costa (TAM), Neil Westaway (Air Canada), Nitaya Ruckittana (Thai), Adam Warren (SQ). Star of the Year: Star Alliance Corporate Business Manager Australia, Brian Garside and Star Alliance Regional Director Americas and Asia, Nanci Cheberenchick (right), congratulate one of 2011’s Star of the Year winners, Caroline Sydney (SAS Passengers Sales Agent) .last_img read more

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