Police upbeat over reform

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Police upbeat over reformOn 7 May 2002 in Police, Personnel Today Police officers could soon benefit from a cut in overtime and improvedwork-life balance after plans to radically reform police pay and conditionswere agreed last week. Under the package of measures, which the Police Federation is to recommendto its members, forces will aim to reduce overtime over the next three years by15 per cent, with forces that meet their targets rewarded with extra officers. Officers could also qualify for competency-based payments of up to £1,002 aswell as special priority bonuses, of between £500 and £5,000, for those in themost difficult jobs. Police would receive an additional £402 on their basicsalary, with the pay scale altered to allow faster progression to the toplevels. Mike Brown, head of employment at Kent constabulary and secretary of theCIPD police forum, welcomed the provisional agreement to cut overtime and helpofficers improve their work-life balance. “We have seen the benefits of a more flexible approach to policeconditions of service, rather than statutory regulations, and we will continueto contribute towards this process,” said Brown. “The reformproposals seek to provide greater flexibility and wide-ranging changes to theway police officers will be employed and rewarded. Working within the policeservice, we welcome this.” The agreement was finally reached following conciliation talks between theHome Office and the Police Federation, which had been deadlocked since thebeginning of the year over the Government’s plans to modernise the force. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

General Election

first_img With the clock ticking towards the 7th May, this is a good time to reflect on what we’ve achieved in this parliament.In 2010 we inherited a broken housing market: builders couldn’t build, lenders wouldn’t lend and buyers couldn’t buy. Housebuilding starts were at their lowest for any peacetime year since the 1920s and a generation of hardworking young people – who could have rightly expected to take their first step on the property ladder – were locked out of homeownership.Great progress has been made but the challenge remains considerable.”Fast forward to today and the landscape is very different. The numbers of first-time buyers has hit a seven-year high; planning permission has been granted on 240,000 new homes in the year to October, and housebuilding starts are at their highest since 2007.LONG-TERM STRATEGYAnd this turnaround didn’t happen by accident – it required a longterm economic plan to restore confidence to the market and get the country building again.Above all that meant security. Firm action to tackle the deficit – keeping interest rates at their record low, ensuring mortgages remained affordable and encouraging business investment.We’ve supported the aspirations of hard-working people. Help to Buy is enabling homeowners to purchase with a fraction of the deposit they would normally require, and leading developers say they are building more homes as a result. Since the launch of the scheme, housebuilding starts have risen by 20 per cent while 77,000 people have been helped through Help to Buy.Years of the last Government’s top-down housing targets had pitted communities against developers and built nothing but resentment. We radically reformed the planning system to put local people back in control.The result? Support for new housebuilding rose sharply from 28 per cent in 2010 to 47 per cent in 2013.Unlike the previous administration, we have invested in every area of the housing market, including billions for an affordable housing programme, which has delivered nearly 217,000 homes since 2010.Rather than resorting to the lazy consensus of the past, which relied largely on grants funded by the hard-earned money of taxpayers, we have unlocked billions of pounds in private investment to supplement public funding.A particularly innovative example of this is our range of Guarantee schemes, which use the Government’s strong economic record to act as guarantor so housing associations and others can access billions of pounds from institutional investors such as pension funds, at far more affordable interest rates, which they can then reinvest in building more homes.BUILD TO RENTAnd our efforts are not just confined to helping homeowners, or delivering more affordable homes: we’re also working to create a bigger, better private rented sector, with £1billion through our Build to Rent fund to develop homes specifically for private rent, and encouraging more professional landlords into the market.I’m proud of what we’ve achieved in the last five years, and especially of turning around the construction industry, which was brought to its knees by the economic crash in 2008. As an industry that lost a quarter of a million jobs in the downturn it is great to see it recruiting new workers at the fastest rate for a decade.THE FUTURESo now it’s time to look to the future, and how we can meet the challenge facing us – maintaining this momentum. If buyers can buy, builders will build – so we’ve extended the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme to 2020, helping thousands more aspiring homeowners to move in to new homes.And already we’ve set out plans to deliver 275,000 new affordable homes between 2015 and 2020, meaning affordable housebuilding will reach the fastest rate for two decades.At the same time we also need to make sure there’s land available for homes to be built, whilst maintaining protection for the Green Belt.We’re well on track to have released enough surplus public sector land for 100,000 homes, with plans to go even further after 2015 and release enough for 150,000 homes. And the Chancellor has set a clear target to have outlined planning permission on 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites by 2020.Great progress has been made, but we are not complacent – the challenge remains considerable. That’s why we will stay true to the principles that put us on the road to economic recovery, so we can support the aspirations of hardworking people, and build the homes this country needs.new homes build-to-rent first-time buyers March 11, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » General Election previous nextHousing MarketGeneral ElectionHousing Minister Brandon Lewis sets out Conservative plans.PROPERTYdrum11th March 20150550 Viewslast_img read more

Passionate pursuits

first_img Read Full Story Pedro Lamothe-Molina, Ph.D. ’17, hopes to continue researching infectious diseases while taking care of patients and racing the occasional triathlonIn 1996, Pedro Lamothe-Molina applied to medical school in his hometown of Mexico City. He easily met all the academic requirements. But when school officials met him for an interview in person, they decided they couldn’t accept him—because he was 12.“I did include my birthday on the application, but I guess they didn’t notice it,” said Lamothe-Molina.He did eventually get his medical degree from Facultad Mexicana de Medicina, Universidad La Salle and this month, Lamothe-Molina will receive a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His focus at Harvard Chan has been on understanding the immune response to HIV — in particular, why some people are better than others at fending off the virus.Home-schooled by his father and several tutors, Lamothe-Molina wanted to study medicine so he could become a doctor like his father and grandfather before him. When that didn’t pan out, Lamothe-Molina decided that engineering would be a good alternative, since he’d always loved math and its applications. Undeterred by his medical school rejection, Lamothe-Molina applied to and was accepted at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.While in school, Lamothe-Molina focused on engineering projects related to biology. For one project, he designed an electronic device that could measure and record patients’ vital signs. His invention was selected as one of the top 20 in a worldwide competition.last_img read more

Power Outage Reported In Celoron, West Ellicott

first_imgStock Image.CELORON – Power is out in parts of the Village of Celoron and West Ellicott Monday morning.The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Communications Coordinator Becky Robbins says the outage was caused by a tree limb bringing down wires on Dunham Avenue in the Village.Crews are working to restore power, though no time estimate has been given.A wind advisory is issued for Chautauqua County from 4 p.m. Monday to 1 a.m. Tuesday. Winds from the west at 30 to 40 mph are expected.Gusts could reach 45 to 50 mph at times. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

New Study Finds Growing Need For Apartments, Co-ops & Condos On Long Island

first_img“The challenge for the region is that our economic competitiveness is at stake, and yet individual communities will decide which of these various zoning changes to embrace,” said Douzinas. “That necessitates a region-wide discussion to build a broad consensus around what is best for Long Island, and this report is an important step in building that discussion.”“We really can have a bright future for this region but we need to stay focused on these things,” said Kevin Long, president and CEO of the LIA and co-vice chairman of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. He noted that increasing multifamily housing dovetails with other efforts to improve the Island’s transportation infrastructure and create more high-paying jobs in the bio-tech industries starting to grow here.In Valley Stream, the report noted that rents are unaffordable for many residents despite the surge in high-end, transit-oriented, mixed-use developments. The report recommended establishing a minimum unit size of 850-square feet, increasing maximum lot coverage to 60 percent and increasing the maximum building height from three stories to four stories. These changes would facilitate almost 800 new units of “more affordable, multifamily housing” in the village’s downtown.For Hicksville, the HR&A and RPA suggested rezoning several commercial zones as multifamily residential zones, imposing 50-percent lot coverage and establishing new minimum unit sizes. In turn, this hamlet could then have about 1,900 new units.Regarding Babylon, the researchers looked at seven potential sites. They recommended doubling allowable density to 20-to-24 units per acre, establishing a building height limit of three stories, and increasing lot coverage to 50 percent. These zoning changes, described as minor, could provide room for more than 200 new units.Among the presenters at the LIA’s event was David Sabatino, owner of Sip This!, a coffee shop in Valley Stream, who works on Long Island projects for the Regional Plan Association.“This spoke to me in several different ways,” he said. “As a small business owner I need foot traffic. I need people living downtown, living near the train station, and I need people investing in my community. As a single family homeowner I need new development and expansion of the tax base to help preserve the things I love about my community.”He admitted that the zoning changes might be a hard sell.“It’s a different thinking for Long Island, but it’s something we really need to consider,” he said.Lawrence C. Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, found the new report both “encouraging and discouraging.”“It was encouraging because it produces more data that makes the case that smart, forward-thinking people have been making on Long Island,” he said. “It shows that there’s incredible potential for economic growth and empowering individuals. But it’s discouraging because when you step back and say, ‘Well, okay, what is it going to take to get this done?’“It doesn’t really matter that both county executives, the heads of both county legislatures, the heads of more than half the towns are all on the same page,” he continued. “This is a war of attrition like World War I. It has to be done one village zoning board at a time, which means you’ve got to do the work with the civics and the small business people and the political class and bring them together in ways that we’ve only seen in a relative handful of places.”But those behind the report remain optimistic.“What we’ve heard this morning,” Douzinas told the audience, “is, ‘Hey, things are changing and things could even be quite different, and it wouldn’t even cost that much.’ It means doing things differently, which we know is not so easy on Long Island…But look at what the results would be!” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Mind the gap—that’s the message from the Long Island Index’s latest report on the enormous difference between the multifamily housing that currently exists and what our region will need to accommodate all the people who want to live here in the future.A project of the nonprofit Rauch Foundation, the report estimated that LI could gain up to 158,000 households over the next 15 years but only develop 64,000 new housing units, leaving a gap of 94,000 units. If left unaddressed, this shortage could adversely affect the Island’s economy and its quality of life, the authors of the report said.“I just want to emphasize that affordable housing is one of the critical pieces that Long Island needs to move into the 21st century,” said Nancy Rauch Douzinas, president of the Rauch Foundation. “I don’t think we’ve done it yet, but other places have done it. Long Island should be a choice for young people [who want to live here]… Now is the time for action on this issue.”The research was conducted by the Regional Plan Association and HR&A Advisors, Inc., both groups based in Manhattan. Under their definition, multifamily housing means any building with three or more attached residential units and includes both rentals and owner-occupied residences such as co-ops and condos. The researchers did not deal with the issue of illegal apartments since it would be so hard to quantify.The report, titled “Long Island’s Needs for Multifamily Housing: Measuring How Much We Are Planning to Build vs. How Much we Need for Long Island’s Future,” was released on Tuesday at a presentation in Melville hosted by the Long Island Association (LIA), a regional business group.According to the researchers, one reason LI’s housing costs are so high is that residential construction has been relatively stagnant, lagging behind northern New Jersey, which “has built significantly more housing over the past 35 years than nearby regions.” As a result, its housing stock is more affordable for young workers and they’ve been drawn away from the Island and the Hudson Valley. From 1990 to 2014, Long Island’s population between the ages of 18 and 34 dropped 16 percent. Researchers said that 72 percent of young Long Islanders say they are “likely to leave the area by 2020.”One possible explanation for that pending exodus is that multifamily housing production is not keeping up with the residents’ changing preferences, the report asserted, noting that “in only five years, nearly one-third of Long Island residents expect to live in multifamily housing, a significant shift from the proportion of residents currently living in such units.” According to the 2015 Long Island Index Survey, 82 percent of LI’s households live in single family dwellings and 17 percent live in multifamily housing. Five years from now, 67 percent said they expect to live in single family homes and 30 percent expect to live in multifamily units.The report asserted that “most Americans would like to live in walkable mixed-use communities, where amenities, services and their jobs are a short commute away. Younger households have traditionally driven this demand, but baby boomers’ preferences are beginning to change.”Three case studies included in the report—focusing on Valley Stream, Hicksville and Babylon—show that what the Long Island Index calls “modest changes in zoning regulations” could encourage enough multifamily housing construction to fill the gap. But therein lies the rub.72 percent of young Long Islanders say they are likely to leave the area by 2020.last_img read more

Identical Twin Puppies: First Documented Set Born To Irish Wolfhound

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The first documented set of identical twin puppies were born to an Irish wolfhound in South Africa, according to a paper authored by an international team of veterinarians and recently published in the journal Reproduction in Domestic Animals.News of the unprecedented birth resonated throughout global media and social media outlets Thursday, with dog lovers worldwide rejoicing at the announcement and sharing photos of the adorably cute pups. The historic discovery came amid a routine caesarean section of a 4-year-old female Irish wolfhound, the journal’s case report explains. The soon-to-be legendary mother had previously given birth to a litter of 10 puppies, the last five of which were delivered through a similar procedure. When the surgeon “noticed a bulge” near the base of the momma pooch’s uterus, it continues, he made several incisions to investigate. That’s when the magic happened.Related: What Is The Most Popular Dog Name On Long Island?“Via a longitudinal incision into the body of the uterus, one foetus (Twin A) was delivered from this section of the uterus,” the journal explains. “A second foetus (Twin B) was immediately noticed within the same chorionic bag. Without rupturing either pup’s umbilical cord, the second pup and the placenta were delivered from the uterus.”“Both pups’ umbilical cords, which were similar in length to the rest of the litter’s, attached to the same placenta.”Five more “live, normal puppies” were also delivered, with different placentae, it adds.Although reported in humans, armadillos, horses, cows, pigs, and in extremely rare cases, mice, the sharing of the same placenta by two embryos—called “monozygotic twinning”—“has not previously been genetically confirmed in the dog,” declares the study, adding that genetic profiling ultimately confirmed identical DNA profiles, a first in canines. “To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of monozygotic twinning in the dog confirmed using DNA profiling,” it declares. The study was authored by KGM De Cramer of Rant en Dal Animal Hospital in Mogale City, South Africa, JO Nothling of the Department of Production Animal Studies and the faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria, and CJ Joone of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine at the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences at James Cooke University in Townsville Australia. Whatever the intriguing science behind it all, one thing’s definitive: These miracle puppies are two wildly whiskered cutesy adorable poochies, and have captured hearts and imaginations around the world!Identical twin puppies were born to a 4-year-old Irish wolfhound, a medical journal declares. (All Photos Credit: Kurt de Cramer)last_img read more

Leading hoteliers in the black: Plava Laguna, Maistra and Valamar Riviera in the first six months achieved growth by all indicators

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to the end of June, 6,4 million arrivals (+ 12%) and 25,4 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia. (+ 10%). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 5,5 million arrivals (+ 12%) and 22,2 million overnight stays (+ 10%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 10% and in overnight stays by 11%.During the six months, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (7,4 million), while in the Split-Dalmatia County 4,5 million overnight stays were realized, ie 4,3 million overnight stays in Kvarner. They are followed by Zadar and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties with 2,6 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin county with 1,4 million overnight stays, Zagreb with 1 million overnight stays and Lika-Senj county with 681.000 overnight stays. At the national level, during the first six months, most overnight stays came from Germany (5,1 million), Austria (2,3 million), Slovenia (2,3 million), the United Kingdom (1,4 million) and Poland (1,3). , 9,2 million), and looking at the accommodation segment, most overnight stays were realized in hotels (6,5 million) and in household facilities (4,6 million) and camps (XNUMX million). Top destinations in the first six months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Zagreb, Poreč, Split, Umag, Medulin, Mali Lošinj, Zadar and Tar.In line with the growth of arrivals and overnight stays, our leading hoteliers, Maistra, Plava Laguna and Valamar Riviera, also achieved excellent results. Blue Lagoon  in the year of the largest capital investment in recent history, in the first six months it shifted the plan by 2 percent. U the first six months Blue Lagoon realized 836 thousand overnight stays in hotels and apartments which is 2,7% above the planned, ie 548 thousand overnight stays in camps, which is 26,3% above the plan. Considering all types of accommodation capacities, Plava Laguna realized 2018 million overnight stays in the first six months of 1.38, which is increase compared to the plan by 10% and 2% above last year’s values ​​by analyzing comparable accommodation capacities. Based on the reasoned physical filling, Plava Laguna generated HRK 324,8 million in operating revenues in the observed half-year period, which is last year’s achievement. “Given the derived capital projects whose effects will intensify in the next,  for the tourism industry, in the most significant quarter Plava Laguna expects growth of all operational indicators compared to the previous year”, They say from the Blue Lagoon.  By the way, with the beginning of the season in 2018, Plava laguna completed the largest investments in its facilities so far, in the total amount of almost HRK 487 million.Maistra achieves 13% night growthMaistra achieved 13 percent more overnight stays than in the first half of 2017 and eight percent higher sales of accommodation capacities, with an increase in the average price of five percent. Operating income from regular operations is also 13 percent higher. The tourist part of the Adris Group is intensively investing in the renovation and increasing the quality of existing products, Adris points out, adding that the construction of the Park Hotel is underway, and significant investments in camps have continued. “For the most part, investments are made in the supporting infrastructure and raising the quality of the common contents of the camps. The result of these investments is a nine percent increase in the number of occupied units in the camps, with an average price increase of 11 percent. ” They pointed out from Adris and added that the current booking is 11 percent better compared to last year, and confirms the positive growth trends in the number of overnight stays, with an increase in the average price.By the way, Maistra’s total investments in 2018 are estimated at more than HRK 500 million. It is also important to point out that the demanding process of business integration of HUP dd into the tourism part of the Group has begun with the aim of using operational synergies and economies of scale. The formation of a unique business system is a prerequisite for the creation of a leading national tourism company positioned in three growing and internationally recognizable destinations – Rovinj, Dubrovnik and Zagreb.Valamar Riviera achieved growth by all indicators In the first six months of this year, Valamar Riviera achieved exceptional growth by all indicators. In the first half of the year, Valamar’s total revenues amounted to HRK 648 million, which is 13% more than the revenues generated in the same period last year. “Double-digit revenue growth is primarily the result of a 9% increase in overnight stays and an average price increase of 5%. Efficiency improved and operating profit (EBITDA) grew 17% in the first six months, or faster than revenue. “They point out from Valamar Riviera and add that the growth of business in the pre-season continued for the fourth consecutive year and for the first time more than 2 million overnight stays were realized in the first six months of the year. This season, too, Valamar successfully implemented a strong investment cycle worth more than HRK 700 million, and the Supervisory Boards of Valamar Riviera and Imperial gave prior approval for the investment cycle in 2019 in the total amount of HRK 752 million. Valamar is in the process of successful privatization and an offer to take over the shares of Hotel Makarska, in which they acquired 2018% of the shares of Makarska hoteliers by July 55,45. Also, the restructuring plan for the bankrupt Helios Faros is being considered, for which Valamar Riviera and PBZ Croatia osiguranje for the management of pension funds have jointly submitted an offer for investment and recapitalization.Last week, Valamar Riviera announced the acquisition of the Petersbühel 4 * hotel in Obertauern, Austria, the first step in the internationalization of business as one of the key strategic development goals in the coming period. RELATED NEWS:BLUE LAGOON OPENED RESORT PARK IN POREČVALAMAR RIVIERA CELEBRATES 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPERATIONS AND CEREMONIALLY OPENED A NEW ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING IN POREČlast_img read more

Census 2016: Home ownership on the slide, renting on the rise in Queensland

first_imgHome ownership in Queensland continues to decline but more people are renting, according to 2016 census.HOME ownership rates in Queensland have continued to decline and more of us are renting, but fewer households are in mortgage stress.Data from the 2016 census, released this morning by the Bureau of Statistics, shows a slight decline in the number of Queenslanders owning their home outright, with only 28.5 per cent having paid off their mortgage.That is down from 29 per cent in the 2011 census.Nationally, 31 per cent of Australians have paid off their home – down from 32.1 per cent in 2011. Census 2016: Queensland population booms in Buderim, Surfers Paradise and Caloundra Surprise Queensland dwelling results as Census 2016 is released The proportion of Queenslanders with a mortgage has also dropped slightly to 33.7 per cent from 34.5 per cent five years ago.But there’s been a shift towards renting, with 34.2 per cent of us now paying a landlord, up from 33.2 per cent in 2011, and higher than the national average of nearly 31 per cent.Household income has improved in Queensland, with 19.5 per cent of us taking home gross earnings of less than $650 a week.That’s a marked drop from 22.8 per cent five years ago.And more Queenslanders are earning over $3000 a week – 14.4 per cent compared to 10.2 per cent in 2011. In good news for homeowners, the median monthly home loan repayment in the state has dropped $117 to $1733.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoFewer Queensland households are in mortgage stress than five years ago, with only 6.4 per cent of households needing 30 per cent or more of their income to pay off their home.That’s down from 9.7 per cent in the previous census when official interest rates were 4.75 per cent, versus 1.5 per cent now.And it’s better than the national average of 7.2 per cent. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE A common measure of mortgage stress is whether households are spending more than 30 per cent of their monthly income on home loan repayments.Rents are on the rise though, with the median weekly rent in Queensland now $330, compared with $300 five years ago.More Queenslanders are under rental stress, with 12.8 per cent of households requiring 30 per cent or more of their income to pay the rent.That’s up from 11.9 per cent in 2011 and greater than the national average of 11.5 per cent.In good news, household income has improved in Queensland, with 19.5 per cent of us taking home gross earnings of less than $650 a week.That’s a marked drop from 22.8 per cent five years ago.And more Queenslanders are earning over $3000 a week — 14.4 per cent compared to 10.2 per cent in 2011.last_img read more

Sydney Roosters star player Luke Keary has put his Camp Hill home on the market

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoLuke Keary’s property is for sale. The home is at Camp Hill.The home is listed with marketing agent Glenn Bool of Place Estate Agents, who is certain of a quick sale.“We had big numbers through the first open,” said Mr Bool. “It’s a quintessential inner-city family home with good separation in an immaculate condition.“It’s not going to last long on the market.”Mr Bool added that the location was a big draw card.“Everything is at your fingertips,” he said. The rugby league player and his wife, who were previously planning on calling Brisbane home, now intend on making Sydney their fixture for the time being. “We thought about moving to Brisbane, but things change,” Mr Keary said. RELATED NEWS: JAMES MALONEY BUYS IN PENRITH HEARTLAND“I’ve just signed a new contract in Sydney, so we’ll be there for the next three to four years at least.“We’ve decided we need a bigger place down there, and with the market performing well in Camp Hill, it seems like the right time to sell.” Sydney Roosters player Luke Keary. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)SYDNEY Roosters player Luke Keary is selling his Camp Hill investment property in a bid to secure a new home down south.Keary, who purchased 89 Samuel St, Camp Hill in early 2015, has listed the two-storey home for offers over $745,000.The median house price in the area is currently at $882,250.center_img Inside the home.Mr Bool said there had already been a lot of interest from families.“There’s a school right across the road,” said Mr Bool. “We’ve had a number of inquiries from parents from the signage, even before the property was listed online.”The two-storey home, which sits on 754sq m of inner-city land has multiple living areas, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double lock-up garage. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:28Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: Location, location, location01:29 last_img read more

UN Observers: ”Burundi presidential election not credible”

first_imgMENUB observes the electoral process in Burundi, before, during and after the electionsWhile the 21 July election in Burundi that won President Pierre Nkurunziza a controversial third term was relatively peaceful and conducted adequately, the overall environment was ‘not conducive’ for an inclusive, free and credible electoral process.This is accordning to an assessment by  the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in the country (MENUB)This was the main conclusion of MENUB’s preliminary findings on the conduct of the presidential polls in Burundi, which took place after two postponements in an environment of “profound mistrust” between opposing political camps.The decision of the incumbent President to run for another term precipitated a deep political and socioeconomic crisis, the mission said.“The Constitutional Court’s ruling on the admissibility of the President’s candidature for a third mandate did not solve the wider political problem of presidential term limits in Burundi, but rather exacerbated further controversy, protests and tensions,” the Mission explained in a statement issued today.Freedoms of expression, assembly and association, essential conditions for the effective exercise of the right to vote, remained severely impaired. “Violence, although observed in a less intense degree than during the period preceding the 29 June [legislative and communal] elections, remained an unfortunate feature of the entire process.”The various dialogue efforts, including the most recent initiative under the leadership of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and the East African Community (EAC), remained inconclusive, stated MENUB.“Also, the parties did not reach agreement on a consensual electoral calendar. Nevertheless, on election day, Burundians in most places went peacefully to the polls to cast their ballots.”Out of the eight presidential candidates, four declared that they would withdraw from the race. However, their names remained on the ballot, pointed out the Mission.It also found that media freedom remained severely restricted. “Private and independent media outlets that were destroyed during the failed coup did not reopen, despite national and international appeals to the Burundian government to enable media to operate. State-owned media did not provide balanced media coverage to all presidential candidates.”The Commission ¨¦lectorale nationale ind¨¦pendante (CENI) conducted adequate logistical preparations for the presidential elections and polling activities in the observed polling sites largely followed procedures, the UN observers noted.But tabulation at the observed municipal and provincial locations was carried out expeditiously, albeit in a disorganized manner, they said.In conclusion, MENUB reiterated the Secretary-General’s call “for the cessation of all forms of violence respect of basic human rights and resumption of dialogue.”last_img read more