Developer linked to embattled Chicago alderman indicted

CHICAGO — Federal authorities have accused a real estate developer of steering legal work to a powerful Chicago alderman in exchange for a permit and financing for a redevelopment project.The Chicago Tribune reports that 48-year-old Charles Cui, of Lake Forest, is charged in an indictment made public Friday with bribery, official misconduct and making a false statement to the FBI. Alderman Ed Burke isn’t named in the indictment, but it describes him by his titles.The 75-year-old Burke was indicted this year on charges alleging that he tried to shake down a restaurant owner who wanted to build in his ward. Burke denies wrongdoing.When reached by the Chicago Sun-Times , Cui referred a reporter to his attorney but hung up after being asked who that was.Cui is a managing partner of a company that owned property on Chicago’s northwest side.The Associated Press read more

In wake of Mumbai attacks Ban reaffirms role of UN in countering

Mr. Ban spoke by telephone this morning with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, conveying his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and the wounded in the Mumbai attacks.Media reports say at least 172 people died in the attacks in India’s commercial capital and largest city, which began on the evening of 26 November. The terrorists struck a series of sites across the city, including a major railway station, two luxury hotels, a café, a cinema and a Jewish centre.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that he and Mr. Singh agreed it was critical to bring the perpetrators of the attacks to justice and “that all should fully cooperate in this effort.”Mr. Ban and the Security Council both issued statements last week in the immediate wake of the attacks condemning the events.Today’s statement noted that “while commending the courage and resilience shown by the Government and people of India, the Secretary-General reaffirmed his condemnation of terrorism and his determination to provide a lead role for the United Nations in dealing with this global menace.” 2 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed his determination for the United Nations to play a lead role in dealing with the menace of terrorism as he stressed the need to bring the perpetrators of last week’s coordinated deadly attacks in Mumbai to justice. read more

Indonesia shows proof Australia paid boat with Lankans

He said the boat had hit a reef and been stranded off Landu island, and if it had been high tide it would have been too dangerous for the local villagers to rescue the asylum seekers.In other revelations, the police officers told Fairfax Media the asylum seeker boat was intercepted by the navy warship HMAS Wollongong and an Australian customs boat in international waters. “The money is now being kept as evidence that this was not a made-up story,” said General Endang. “This is very unexpected. If it happened in Indonesia it would constitute a bribe.”General Endang said he had now handed the police investigation report to the National Police headquarters in Jakarta.“It is now up to HQ what to do next. It is out of our jurisdiction.” Indonesian police have shown the money they claim Australia paid people smugglers to turn a boat with 65 people, including around 54 Sri Lankans, away from Australia and towards Indonesia.Photographs of thousands of US dollars handed over to six people smugglers, which Indonesian police say is proof of bribery by Australian officials, have been provided to Fairfax Media, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. General Endang said the alleged payments could trigger a new kind of crime, where people smuggling syndicates would put fake asylum seekers on a boat in order to extract money from the Australian government. “We have given you the evidence,” said General Endang Sunjaya, the police chief of Nusa Tenggara Timur province. “It’s now up to you and other organisations to demand an answer from the Australian government.” And in a blistering attack, the head of the people smuggling division of Nusa Tenggara Timur province, Ibrahim, said sending 65 asylum seekers back to Indonesia on two boats with just a drum of fuel each was akin to “a suicide mission”, asking: “Where is the humanity?” However, they say the payments to the six crew allegedly made by an Australian official, Agus, took place on Andika near Greenhill Island in the Northern Territory. This could potentially make the payments subject to Australian law.General Endang said the six crew members had all sworn under oath they received about $US5000 ($A6460) from an Australian official to return to Indonesia. Their accounts were corroborated by asylum seekers who were separately interrogated.“We believe the payments happened,” said General Endang. “They all said the same thing: they were paid by Australian officials to return to Indonesia.” General Endang showed Fairfax Media the photographs of the cash, but they were provided for publication from another source.Mr Ibrahim, who interrogated the crew members until 2am on Saturday morning, said the captain, Yohanis Humiang, initially refused to return to Indonesia because the crew would not be paid by a people-smuggling agent until the boat reached New Zealand.The crew had been told they would be paid between 100 and 150 million rupiah ($A10,000 and $A15,000) when the 65 asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka landed in New Zealand.The revelation sheds light on a possible motivation for the controversial alleged payments by Australia to six people smugglers.Mr Ibrahim said the Andika had just passed Timor-Leste when it was intercepted.The crew members claimed Andika was blocked in international waters by HMAS Wollongong 92 and an Australian customs ship in a stand-off lasting several hours.Mr Yohanis, an experienced sailor, said Australian authorities could not arrest them because they were in international waters.He insisted Andika could make it to New Zealand, a journey he calculated would take 22 days from Pelabuhan Ratu in Indonesia to New Zealand if they travelled at a speed of eight knots.However, Australian officials said they were heading into bad weather and would be in danger if they proceeded.Eventually the crew agreed to be escorted to Greenhill Island in the Northern Territory, a two-day journey in which the Andika was sandwiched between the two Australian ships.Mr Ibrahim said it was here, on board the HMAS Wollongong, that the deal was struck.“Yohanis and the crew were insisting on continuing their journey to New Zealand or they wouldn’t get paid,” he said.Following negotiations with Agus, the crew reportedly agreed to a $US5000 payment each if they returned to Indonesian, he said.“The money was given with one condition: they go back to Indonesia, use the money for business and never do that kind of work ever again,” Mr Ibrahim said.He said the crew and Agus also agreed the Australian ships would guide the Andika back to the Java Sea so they could return to Pelabuhan Ratu.Once the agreement was reached the crew members returned to the Andika, he said, and Agus followed in a speed boat. He handed the crew their money in envelopes on the Andika, he said, an exchange that was witnessed by some of the asylum seekers.Nazmul Hassan, a Bangladeshi, told Fairfax Media he saw the captain put money in his pocket.Mr Hassan said the crew initially told Australian officials they couldn’t go back to Indonesia because they could be jailed for people smuggling.But he said after the meeting, Yohanis told them: “We have to go back. Australia want to pay for us.”“After the meeting, everyone looked happy and they agreed to the proposal,” Mr Hassan said.However, Mr Ibrahim said the Australians reneged on part of their deal and instead of taking the Andika to the Java Sea they went to Ashmore Reef.The asylum seekers were then transferred to the HMAS Wollongong and customs ship for two days.However, instead of returning them to the Andika, the asylum seekers were then transferred to two wooden boats, Jasmine and Kanak.Each boat was supplied with a drum of fuel (200 litres), limited food and water and a laminated google map of Rote island in Indonesia.Mr Ibrahim said: “Yohanis protested, ‘That was not the deal’; 200 litres isn’t sufficient to even reach Rote island.“But Agus said, ‘Agreement off, they have to head to Rote island.’”The two boats were released at the Indonesian border.“The immigrants then fought with the crew. They wanted to continue to New Zealand,” Mr Ibrahim said.Several hours later the Jasmine ran out of fuel. The asylum seekers transferred to the Kanak, which hit a reef near Landu island, in West Rote, where they were rescued by villagers.Village chief Semuel Messak told Fairfax Media he had asked his wife to cook for the people.“The police officer asked me, ‘Will it cost you a lot to feed all these people?’ I said, ‘It’s my money. If I let these people go looking cold and hungry, God will not see me in a good light.’”Mr Ibrahim is incredulous that a wealthy country such as Australia would push back boats with desperate asylum seekers to Indonesia, a country many considered Third World.He said Indonesia was doing its bit to fight people smuggling, with those found guilty facing sentences of 15 years’ jail.“We always co-operate with Australia, we process the arrests,” he said. “Despite everything, this happens. Why can’t Australians deal with [asylum seekers] like they are supposed to?“They are humans, they have problems with their country. Why can’t Australia either deport them or detain them until they are accepted by other countries the way Indonesia does?” read more

Restaurant Brands reports US257M Q2 profit beats expectations as sales rise

TORONTO — Restaurant Brands International Inc., the owner of Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeyes restaurants, says earnings rose in the second quarter to beat expectations as global sales across its brands grew eight per cent.The company, which reports in US dollars, says it had net income of $257 million, or 55 cents per share, in the quarter ending June 30, compared with earnings of $313 million, or 66 cents per share, last year.Adjusted net income came in at $331 million, or 71 cents per share, compared with earnings of $313 million or 66 cents per share last year.Analysts had expected adjusted earnings of $296 million, or 65 cents per share, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.The company’s revenue of $1.4 billion for the quarter was largely in line with expectations of $1.383 billion, and were up from $1.343 billion in the same quarter last year.Restaurant Brands continues to expand internationally including with new partnerships for Popeyes in China and Spain, and Tim Hortons in Thailand. Companies in this story: (TSX:RBI)The Canadian Press read more

Four Directions new location prompts some concern over access

Four Directions has a new location that will offer more services under one roof, but some members of the North Central community are concerned it could be harder to access for residents.Four Directions is a community health centre that offers a range of services such as primary care, immunization clinics, addictions counselling, as well as parenting and Indigenous cultural programs.Previously located at 3510 5th Ave., Four Directions has now moved to 1504 Albert St. Services began operating out of that location on Monday.The move is part of the Ministry of Health’s Connected Care strategy. Funded by $19 million in federal dollars, the initiative is meant to improve access to team-based community health services and primary health care for patients best served in a home or community setting.In a Facebook post announcing the change on Aug. 19, Four Directions said the new location would offer better teamwork for staff, better access and more services in one location.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Laveena Tratch, a primary health care director in Regina, said North Central residents previously had to access services that were spread out over six to seven different locations. For example, a patient would go to Four Directions’ old location to see a public health nurse, but would have to go to 1080 Winnipeg St. to see a midwife, or head to 1056 Albert St. to access primary care services and the Aboriginal home care team.“So by being able to bring these services together, not only do they just have to go to one location to have that done, but it also allows the care providers to be able to work together together to deliver seamless care for the clients,” said Tratch.A new service the location will have next month is a primary health care nurse, who will offer care for people with chronic conditions.Despite the promise of consolidating services, some community members wonder if the new location will prove to be a barrier.Murray Giesbrecht, executive director of the North Central Community Association, said Four Directions’ old location was centrally located in the community, but described the new space as being “on the fringe of North Central.”Giesbrecht said ease of access is key for a health centre located in a lower income area, where people often struggle with transportation.“As it is with a lot of communities that are underprivileged or struggle economically, having a health centre within walking distance is very important,” said Giesbrecht.“If you have a health centre in your community, you don’t have a vehicle, maybe you can’t even afford to take the bus. But when it’s -30 C out, if it’s three or four blocks away you may be able to manage that.”Dan Lindsay did outreach work in the North Central area and sees his doctor at Four Directions. He said many clients couldn’t afford a bus passes and would walk. Lindsay said the new location will be harder to get to for pedestrians, especially in the winter.“We’re talking -38 C … with ice and snow-covered sidewalks, taking a kid in a stroller and two kids tagging along to get to the doctor,” said Lindsay.Lindsay lamented that Four Directions never ended up becoming part of the North Central Shared Facility. The name was later changed to the mamaweyatitan centre, which opened in 2017.According to a 2008 Leader-Post article, Four Directions was one of the services that had been proposed to be located in the centre.“That was supposed to be the heart and soul of North Central, with 4D (Four Directions) there,” said Lindsay.Tratch said the health authority was aware of geographic concerns over the move, but said those same obstacles were faced at Four Directions’ old location.“We do understand that there’s challenges there. Many of the community that surrounds this new centre as well, they would be challenged to get to the previous Four Directions,” said Tratch.Tratch said the health authority engaged with community members and clients about the relocation. She said 96 per cent of clients of Four Directions and the Albert Street location who were surveyed said transportation was not a concern.Tratch said Four Directions’ new home is located along a major bus route. For clients who can’t afford access to transportation, Four Directions provides assistance. Depending on the program they are seeking, Tratch said clients may have access to bus tickets, taxi vouchers or staff who provide transport.“When it comes to challenges with transportation we will be working with our clients, just as we always have, to ensure that that is not a barrier for them to receive service from us,” said Tratch.mmelnychuk@postmedia.com read more

Conservatives want public sector unions to bid on Ontario government work

TORONTO – The Progressive Conservatives want to force Ontario’s public sector unions to compete for contracts to provide government services in order to save taxpayers money.Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says unions should bid against private companies to provide various government services, with the province’s new financial accountability office determining which areas should be open to competition.In the legislature, Hudak accused Premier Kathleen Wynne of being in the pocket of public sector unions, which he said were rewarded for supporting the Liberals.He said the Liberals “are on the side of the special interests who are getting rich off these fat contracts.”Wynne mocked Hudak’s claim that contracting out provincial services would save money as “magical thinking,” and said he had no proof to back it up.Hudak says the Conservatives would not contract out police, health or teaching services, but would look at competitive bids for things such as email hosting, transportation, food and laundry services in jails and even employment training. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Conservatives want public sector unions to bid on Ontario government work by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 19, 2014 11:45 am MDT read more

SD Supreme Court denies ABC bid to avoid pink slime trial

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 5:03 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SD Supreme Court denies ABC bid to avoid ‘pink slime’ trial PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Supreme Court has rejected a move by ABC to avoid trial in a defamation lawsuit over the television network’s reports on a beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime.”The high court denied the petition on Monday. The network and correspondent Jim Avila had asked the state Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s order denying summary judgment.A spokeswoman for ABC declined to comment.Beef Products Inc., based in Dakota Dunes, sued in 2012. The company says ABC’s multiple reports misled consumers into believing its lean, finely textured beef product was unsafe and led to plant closures and layoffs.The company praised the high court’s decision and said it looks forward to presenting its case to a jury. A trial is scheduled to start in June. read more

Week in Brussels – week ending Friday 02 October 2015

DOWNLOAD1.     ACEA – CV registrations: +11.8% over eight months2.     Conclusions of the Competitiveness Council3.     Capital Markets Union – Action Plan launched4.     Hollande and Merkel join forces to push for eurozone integration5.     Euro zone inflation turns negative6.     EU and China sign a key partnership on 5G7.     Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Ohio State track and field turning focus to future after Jesse Owens

Junior distance runner Nicole Hilton jumps a fence during the 3000-meter steeplechase as part of the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 19 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Hilton won the race.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsUnder sunny skies, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams stood tall at the Jesse Owens Track Classic.Leading the way for the Buckeyes at the two-day meet was the women’s 4×100-meter relay team of sprinters sophomore Aliyah Everson, redshirt-junior Chesna Sykes, senior Alycia Prior and redshirt-senior Ashlee Abraham, who scampered to a time of 44.56 seconds. The result is a season-best time for the squad and the best in the Big Ten this year.Several individual events also scored high, as junior distance runner Nicole Hilton won the 3000-meter steeplechase under the lights Friday with a time of 10:37.78. Saturday afternoon, senior sprinter and jumper Adenike Pedro claimed the long jump title with a personal-best jump of 6.13 meters. Senior jumper Bianca Walton jumped 12.31 meters in the triple jump, earning her second place. In the 100-meter dash, Abraham ran 11.65 seconds putting her in the runner-up position. Finally, junior mid-distance runner Katie Borchers finished third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:11.56Women’s associate head coach Rosalind Joseph was excited by the outcome of the meet and how each of the players built on the foundations they had coming in to the meet.“Everybody was aggressive,” Joseph said. “Everyone came out to get something done. We asked them all to take something away from this meet that we can fine tune.”Pedro agreed with Joseph that the meet helped identify what needs to get done in the next few weeks in practice as the team prepares for the conference meet, scheduled for May 16-18 in West Lafayette, Ind.“There’s always something to improve on,” Pedro said. “From now on, every day in practice I know I have to work hard because there is somebody else out there who is working just as hard as me.”This meet proved to be an emotional one for Pedro — it was the last time she will compete in Columbus wearing the Scarlet and Gray.“(This is the) last home meet, I knew I had to go out there and give it my best,” Pedro said. “I’m just glad we all came out as a team and fought hard and fought together.”Joseph said the women’s team immediately turned the focus back to practice and where each athlete can improve for next week.“We aren’t trying to change a bunch of things or add a bunch of things,” Joseph said. “We are just fine tuning. There are a lot of things to fine tune, but at the same time I think this meet really helped us identify what they were.”In the men’s 4×100-meter relay, sprinters redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson, junior Nick Batcha, junior Timothy Faust and senior Brandon Blackwell were victorious and ran their fastest time this season of 40.14 seconds. The time earned them a Top 30 performance nationally.The men’s 4×400-meter relay had similar results. The relay, ran by sophomore Armand Austin, senior sprinter and hurdler Jordan Rispress, redshirt-senior Javon Walker and freshman LaMar Bruton, won with a time of 3:10.40.Rispress also ran a personal-best time in the 400-meter hurdles of 51.51, earning him first place. Walker finished second in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore distance runner Jordan Redd finished third in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Finally, two Buckeye runners placed Top 5 in the 1500-meter run. Redshirt-sophomore distance runner Josh Sabo placed second and graduate senior Andy Arnold finished fourth.Women’s coach Karen Dennis said while many athletes have made their way back to the track after injuries, they are still focused on getting everyone 100 percent healthy.“There are things that are going well, but we have to continue to get people healthy, and in a better competitive posture for the future,” Dennis said.Looking head, the men’s team is slated to compete Friday and Saturday at the Ole Miss Open in Oxford, Miss., and the women’s team is set to compete Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Drake Relays. read more

Anger as rail firm removes platform information before trains leave  to stop

first_imgThameslink has defended its controversial move, with its spokesman telling the Mail: “Despite warnings and posters asking passengers not to run, this still happens. Passengers will run to try and catch a train that is shown as departing within a minute. There have been accidents as a result of this.” But the information blackout, just as people are hurrying for their train, has caused confusion and frustration among commuters. Clive Page posted on a Thameslink Passenger Panel website: “This seems exceedingly stupid. It means that accurate information on departures can only be obtained by using one’s smartphone.”Is it really safer to have passengers passing up and down staircases and escalators looking at their screens than to have the information made properly public so that they can take it all in before they leave the concourse?” Passengers have reacted angrily at a rail company’s decision to remove platform and departure time details from information screens before a train is due to leave – to stop people running to catch it.Govia Thameslink Railway, whose franchises include Thameslink and Southern, says it clears details of a train’s departure time and its platform two minutes before it is due to leave. They said it is to stop passengers running to catch their train. The information has sometimes been removed before a train has even arrived at the station. This ‘health and safety’ policy is also used by Network Rail and other train operators, and it is reportedly to stop people running dangerously through train stations and along platforms. Samantha Leighton wrote: “Information is hidden when there is more than enough time to make the train safely.” CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway Charles Horton and Rail Minister Claire Perry at Blackfriars Station  CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway Charles Horton and Rail Minister Claire Perry at Blackfriars Station Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

NY governor grants Caribbean nationals clemency

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNY governor reaffirms commitment to protecting Caribbean immigrants’ rightsJuly 7, 2017In “latest news”Letter: Community shocked at immigration raids in ‘Little Guyana’, NYCFebruary 21, 2017In “Letters”Bomb explodes in New York – officials say it was a terrorist actSeptember 18, 2016In “World” NY Governor Andrew CuomoNEW YORK, United States (CMC) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has granted pardons to several Caribbean nationals, including five Jamaicans, convicted of minor drug and other offenses and saving them from possible deportation under the Donald Trump administration’s tough policy on immigrants.Cuomo said he was granting clemency to 29 immigrants “who have demonstrated substantial evidence of rehabilitation and a commitment to community crime reduction.“While President Trump shuts down the federal government over his obsession with keeping immigrants out, New York stands strong in our support for immigrant communities,” said Cuomo, adding “these actions will help keep immigrant families together and take a critical step toward a more just, more fair and more compassionate New York.”Five Jamaicans, a Trinidadian, one Haitian and six nationals from the Dominican Republic were among those granted pardons.The governor said the pardons are in recognition of the immigrants’ “rehabilitative efforts and to remove the barriers that their criminal records present to their immigration status.“Some are facing deportation, while others wish to be able to participate in their communities as citizens of the country they call home. In each case, a pardon will make immigration-related relief possible, if not automatic,” he said.Cuomo said Jamaican Olive Ferguson, 75, was convicted of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in 1991 and that “she has been crime-free ever since”.He said Ferguson is “an active member of her church. She has remained crime-free for 27 years. A pardon will minimise her risk of deportation.”Jamaican Rohan Hylton, 47, was convicted of a similar offence in 1992 as well as criminal possession of marijuana in 2001 and 2003.Cuomo said Hylton came to the United States over 30 years ago with his family “to escape political persecution.“As a father and dedicated family man, he now lives and works in Queens. A pardon will allow him to apply for discretionary relief from his deportation order. He has not been convicted of any misdemeanours or felonies for 12 years.”Cuomo said another Jamaican, Kerrone Kay-Marie Parks, 33, was convicted in 2013 on drug related charges.“She is a domestic violence survivor, a mother of three children on the honour roll, and currently volunteers full-time at a nursing home. She has remained crime-free for five years.”Jamaican Jeremy Grant, 58, was also convicted of drug related charges in 2005 “when an individual in a group he was a member of sold drugs to an undercover cop and the entire group was convicted in Manhattan,” the New York governor said.He said Grant “has been in prolonged removal proceedings since 2006,” and “has remained crime-free for 13 years.“A pardon would remove the barriers to apply for a green card renewal, and prevent him from being deported and losing his access to necessary medical treatment,” Cuomo said.He said Grant’s compatriot, Trevor Elliot, 67, was convicted of drugs in the early 1990s and has worked at a non-profit that provides social services for the youth and as an elder care provider.“A pardon would allow Mr Elliot to apply for citizenship. He has maintained a crime-free lifestyle for 10 years.”Trinidadian Anthony Khan, 66, was convicted of a drug offence in 1980 when he accompanied an acquaintance to sell a controlled substance and was arrested as part of a sting operation in the Bronx.Cuomo said Khan, who migrated to the United States in 1971, is “an active church goer and a husband and father, who has worked with the Taxi and Limousine Commission for 35 years.”He has remained crime-free for 37 years, the governor said. Haitian Reginald Castel, 45, was convicted of assault in 1999 and Cuomo said Castel, who came to the United States at the age of eight, is married with four children and was deported without notice in September 2017.“A pardon will allow Mr Castel to apply for re-entry to the United States and re-unite with his family. He has remained crime free for 19 years.”Alisa Wellek, executive director of New York’s Immigrant Defence Project, said that in pardoning immigrant New Yorkers who face deportation, despite years of contributing to the community, Cuomo “has used a powerful tool to restore dignity to people for whom punishment will otherwise never end, simply because they were not born here.“We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor’s office and our Immigrant Clemency Project to provide immigrant New Yorkers with a fighting chance to remain with their families in the face of Trump’s hateful agenda,” she said.Cuomo had last year announced a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s policy of forced family separation on the US southern border.To protect Caribbean and other immigrants from overly aggressive deportation tactics increasingly utilised by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, the governor also issued executive orders to prohibit ICE arrests in New York state facilities without a warrant. read more

Bradken looks to acquire Austin Engineering

first_imgAustralia-headquartered mining castings and heavy engineering group, Bradken Ltd, has made “a non-binding and indicative proposal” to the Board of Austin Engineering Board to acquire all of the ordinary shares in Austin that it does not currently own – 78.5%. Bradken said it has noted the initial view of the Austin board “that it is willing to engage in discussions with Bradken in relation to its proposal. Austin is an important global player in the mining wear parts, buckets, tyre handlers, attachments and truck body markets – with key assets including Westech Engineering in Wyoming. Bradken said that the approach was made prior to Austin’s recently announced capital raising and on the basis of a number of assumptions including full year earnings for Austin being in line with consensus forecasts. Bradken has noted the revised profit outlook for Austin provided as part of the capital raising, which is below previous market consensus at the lower end. Bradken also notes Austin’s expectation that 80% of full year earnings will be achieved in the second half of 2014. Bradken’s Proposal is subject to a number of conditions including satisfactory completion of due diligence, regulatory approvals, and unanimous recommendation of the Proposal by the Board of Austin.last_img read more

Green Party leader says Dublin is in the transport dark ages

first_imgEAMON RYAN HAS accused Dublin City Council of “keeping Dublin in the transport dark ages”.Ryan said that the council’s response to leaked National Transport Authority (NTA) plans is “shockingly conservative”.The Green Party leader said that the council’s response shows “all that is wrong with our local government”.The NTA document on the future of Dublin’s traffic and transport was reported on in The Irish Times on Wednesday and suggested a number of changes to traffic flows in the capital.However, Ryan says that the fact that private cars are such a big part of the plan highlights mismanagement at council level and called on the NTA to release the full document.“For once we had some transport experts willing to imagine what the city might be like if we designed it for people rather than for cars.  The instinctive and immediate reaction from the officials that such plans would be unworkable, shows up the woeful management of our city.Their own transport plans don’t even work.  The first sign of economic recovery is going to be gridlock on the M50.  Their failure to deliver a better transport system for Dublin is the greatest threat to the economic viability of our city.Speaking at a recent meeting of the council’s transport strategic policy committee, head of technical services Brendan O’Brien said that the council were aiming to make the city more friendly to both cyclists and public transport.Read: Plans to reduce services in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann contractsRead: Irish Rail to use shorter DART trains off-peak to save on fuellast_img read more

8 things that make Irish women completely irresistible

first_imgNiall Carson/PA ArchiveEven ‘with the lads’.4. The love of a good bargain FOLLOWING THE totally unsurprising news that Irish men are the second most attractive in the world, it is time to turn our attention to the ladies of Ireland.They, of course, are among the globe’s most irresistibly attractive. Here’s why:1. Their pale, ivory-white skinImgur2. And the way it changes shortly before any ‘occasion’uberfriendship.comIrish women: the chameleons of Europe.3. Unparalleled ability to have the craic PA/YouTubeWhich dovetails perfectly with Irish men’s obsession with their mammies. Thus rendering all Irish women irresistible.Also, ladies?You ALL have lovely bottoms.8 things that make Irish men almost unbearably attractive>7 moments that make you feel like a king on an economy flight> ImgurNOTHING is better than a good bargain. “I don’t really need it but it was marked down from €60 to €25. Sure I’ll get wear out of it sometime.”5. Total inability to accept a compliment FRANCOIS MORI/AP“This old thing?” “Oh no, my sister is much prettier.” “You must be joking, my legs are like giant Californian redwoods.” Etc.We love you for it though.6. ‘Passionate’ temperamentfanpop.comLoved and feared by men in equal measure. And often at the same time.7. Mysteriously low body temperatureImgurAnd consequent love of “layers”, blankets, hot water bottles and bed socks.Combined with a willingness to wear the most impractical clothing out in lashing rain because it’s new and you’re determined to get a wear out of it.8. Universal ability to turn into a Mammy at a moment’s noticelast_img read more

Independents drop three points in latest opinion poll

first_img 101 Comments Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 6:20 PM Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland 16,865 Views Independents drop three points in latest opinion poll The poll indicates an increase in support for Fianna Fáil to 28% – its strongest lead over Fine Gael in over a year. http://jrnl.ie/3366144 Fianna Fáil: 28% (up two)Fine Gael: 24% (no change)Sinn Féin: 18% (up one)Independents: 10% (down three)Labour: 6% (no change)Social Democrats: 4% (up one)Solidarity-PBP: 4% (no change)Green Party: 3% (down one)Ind Alliance: 2% (down one)Renua: 1% (up one) Short URLcenter_img A NEW POLL has indicated that support for Independent politicians has fallen by almost a quarter to 10%.The latest Sunday Business Post/Red C poll indicates that support for both independents and the Independent Alliance is down by three and one percentage point respectively.Fianna Fáil’s support rose by two points to 28% giving it a four-point lead over Fine Gael – its strongest lead over Fine Gael in over a year.There were no great changes to other political parties’ support. The results in full are: By Gráinne Ní Aodha Apr 29th 2017, 6:20 PM Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland The poll was taken between last Monday and Friday, during which time the National Maternity Hospital controversy was rumbling on.Support for independent politicians surged in the aftermath of the financial downturn and during years of austerity, while support for political parties fell in the last election.That trend towards independents seems to have been reversed in this poll, which can of course be wide of the mark.Read: Fine Gael back on top as latest opinion poll shows seven point surgeRead: There’s a small bit of good news for Labour in the latest opinion poll Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Another big name booked for RAW next week in New Orleans

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Daniel Bryan Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next In addition to Daniel Bryan being booked for next week’s 1/12 WWE RAW taping in New Orleans, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is also scheduled to appear. WWE has yet to officially promote Bryan or Lesnar for the taping.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhen Does WrestleMania 35 Start?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:53/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:49 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabiacenter_img WhatsApp John Oliver Takes On The WWE Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Triple H WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Videos Articles Facebooklast_img read more

Brock Lesnar on RAW next Monday Two title matches now set for

first_img Bobby Lashley Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt being advertised for Title Match at Hell In A Cell PPV Pinterest Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match WhatsApp Brock Lesnar Videos Articles Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Paul Heyman Brock Lesnar on RAW next MondayIt was announced on Monday night that WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman would be returning to WWE television on RAW next week on April 23.This will be Heyman and Lesnar’s first appearance since WrestleMania 34, where Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns to retain the WWE Universal Championship.Lesnar defends the Universal Championship against Reigns next Friday inside a steel cage at the Greatest Royal Rumble event from Saudi Arabia.Two title matches now set for Greatest Royal RumbleAlso following RAW last night, two more championship matches are now officially set for next week’s Greatest Royal Rumble special airing live from Saudi Arabia.This includes Jeff Hardy defending the WWE United States Championship against Jinder Mahal, while Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt will face The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) in a tag team match to crown new RAW Tag Team Champions.The #RAW #TagTeamTitles will be on the line in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when @MATTHARDYBRAND & @WWEBrayWyatt battle @WWECesaro & @WWESheamus at @WWE Greatest Royal Rumble! #WWEGRR pic.twitter.com/Vh8ObqlcEu— WWE (@WWE) April 17, 2018 Now Playing Up Next Watch every episode of Firefly Funhouse, Top 10 Greatest Kings of the Ring Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Twitter Google+ Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

BlueWhale addicted college student held in Bbaria

first_imgBlue WhalePolice detained a college student, who was allegedly involved in the deadly Blue Whale Games, from his home at Jinodpur village in Nabinagar upazila of Brahmanbaria on Saturday midnight, reports UNB.Mushfiqur Rahman Emon, 16, who obtained GPA-5 in SSC, is studying at a college in Dhaka, said Aslam Sikdar, officer-in-charge of Nabinagar Police Station.Being informed that the student cut his hands with blade at one stage of playing Blue-Whale Games, police rushed in and took him to police custody, said the OC.Later, he was handed over to his mother on Sunday noon, the police official added.last_img read more

Massachusetts SingleFamily Home Sales Drop in May

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Massachusetts single family home sales decreased for the fourth straight month continuing the recent downward trend for the Bay State, according to a report released this week by the Warren Group.A total of 4,482 single-family homes were sold in May compared with 4,820 in May 2013. Year-to-date sales also dropped by 3.8 percent, with 15,467 homes sold compared to 16,073 during the same period last year.Still, there is reason to be optimistic about the market’s future prospects in the state.”Single-family sales volume is still slipping. Most of these May closings went under agreement in March at the start of the spring selling season, and we’ll see sales reach their peak in July,” said Timothy M. Warren Jr., CEO of the Warren Group. “Low inventory and lingering winter weather in March may have depressed the number of sales, but the rising median price tells me that the market is recovering nicely.”The median sales price of single-family homes statewide increased by 4.7 percent in May to $340,000 compared with $324,600 in May 2013. May marked the 20th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases.Condominium sales are the bright spot in the market. They remained strong in May, with a total of 2,146 transactions completed compared with 2,015 in May 2013. Condo sales have been on the uptick for 11 consecutive months. Year-to-date sales were also up by 9.3 percent, with 7,166 sales completed during the first five months of this year compared with 6,557 during the same period last year.Condo prices increased by 8.47 percent in May, with the median selling price coming in at $320,000 compared with $295,000 in May 2013. The median sales price for condos has been increasing for sixteen consecutive months.”Condominiums are the strongest part of the market these days. The current median price of $320,000 is the highest of any month in history, proving that smaller spaces, care-free maintenance and urban living are popular these days,” Warren said. June 27, 2014 459 Views center_img Home Prices Home Sales The Warren Group 2014-06-27 Derek Templeton Massachusetts Single-Family Home Sales Drop in Maylast_img read more

Thirtyfive lucky clients of Travel Associates bu

first_imgThirty-five lucky clients of Travel Associates’ businesses in South Australia got a tantalising taste of Italy this week as Trafalgar and TV Chef Adam Swanson created a local version of an Italian Culinary Adventure. Travel Associates and Trafalgar were promoting the excitingitinerary, and with Adam guiding the tour to Italy, clients will be sure toimmerse themselves in “La Dolce Vita.” It was a tantalising and magical day where activitiesstarted in the markets at Lucia’s for a coffee (Lucia’s is an Adelaideinstitution). Then Adam did a short tour around some of the stalls forvarious tastings, followed by a trip to the Barossa Valley, visiting Adam’srestaurant, Barossa Cucina.  Here a few lucky participants helped makepizzas, and the whole group enjoyed the taste sensations that make up greatItalian food, washed down with Italian wine. For the full package details please visit https://www.travelassociates.com ItalyTrafalgarTravel Associateslast_img read more