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Iran has temporarily freed 85,000 prisoners, including political ones, amid coronavirus

first_imgTopics : Iran has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, a spokesman for its judiciary said on Tuesday, in response to the coronavirus epidemic.”Some 50% of those released are security-related prisoners … Also in the jails we have taken precautionary measures to confront the outbreak,” said Gholamhossein Esmaili.On March 10, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran said he had asked Tehran to free all political prisoners temporarily from its overcrowded and disease-ridden jails to help stem the spread of coronavirus. Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus has reached 853 and a total of 14,991 people have been confirmed infected across the country, one of the worst national outbreaks outside China, where the new virus originated.Esmaili did not elaborate on when those released would have to return to jail.Javaid Rehman, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said earlier in March that Iranian prisoners have been infected with coronavirus. last_img read more

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Why buying big blocks can be financial gold for families

first_imgMore 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 agoConstruction supervisor Paul Toye and general manager David Afrin from SmartStart by Hayman Homes on site at Waterlea, celebrating the first home being under construction.Mr Keath said the estate had been designed around the shortage of large lots within the new housing market with purchasers unable to buy up to 800sq m in this price range anywhere else.“We predict that capital appreciation on these bigger blocks should be stronger in coming years as blocks of this size become harder to find across Brisbane and surrounds,” he said.Mr Keath said there were five main advantages to having a big block:1. Privacy — with room and trees you can create your own private space. “With effective tree planting and creative landscape and design, you can ‘insulate’ your home from roadways an other properties,” Mr Keath said.2. Potential for capital growth — larger blocks of land appreciate more over the longer term because of their scarcity. “It is simple economics that anything rare is worth more,” Mr Keath said.3. Better landscaping — larger frontages give way to more creativity in your landscaping, leading to better street appeal. “A great garden, some nice trees and creative design of the facade of a home on a big block, not only lifts the value of your property, but when every home in the street and neighbourhood does the same it lifts the look, feel and value of the whole estate.”4. Build how you want, and expand as you grow — if money is an issue then with a big block you can start out by building your basic home and then expand as you go.5. Explore your costs upfront — with plenty of room to move you can easily build your home on a large lot to take advantage of the sun, allow for shade, strategically plant trees and capture breezes. Mr Keath said to explore your costs upfront by making sure your design would capture these cost savings.Waterlea will eventually have 1500 lots, a primary school and a range of shopping options and amenities.With a projected population of 4,500 residents, eight neighbourhood villages are planned and will be connected by parks, hiking and bike trails. Large blocks are the way to make money with Waterlea Walloon one of the few estates offering an average size block of 738sq m.BIG blocks are in demand as families realise there are not only lifestyle gains to be made but also financial gold.According to Oliver Hume Queensland managing director Brinton Keath the site you choose is not just a lifestyle investment, but also financial.“One of the biggest factors in determining how much value you can extract from your land is the size,” Mr Keath said.“With prices continually rising in south east Queensland we have seen the average size of blocks decrease, making larger blocks, those greater than 600sq m, increasingly rare.”Waterlea at Walloon has average block sizes of 738sq m with prices starting from $161,000, this compares to nearby estates with average lot sizes of 547sq m or larger masterplanned communities with average sizes of 400sq m.Hayman Homes has recently started construction on the first home in the estate, with Waterlea located just west of Ipswich’s CBD.last_img read more

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Peek inside the Gold Coast’s most expensive rentals

first_img26901/2 Ephraim Island Pde, Paradise Point is on the market at $1750 a week. Picture: realestate.com.auLJ Hooker Mudgeeraba business development manager Jessica Cummings said tenants were attracted to the lifestyle on offer. “I’ve had a few people rent for the Commonwealth Games, people in events management, but I’ve also had a lot of farmers who have been moving from central Queensland,” she said. “I’ve also rented to a few celebrities.” 40-42 The Peninsula, Sovereign Islands is on the rental market at $2500 a week. Picture: realestate.com.auMost expensive rentals on the market on the Gold CoastSource: REAAmalfi Drive, Isle of Capri — $300055-57 Rankin Pde, Main Beach — $2500166 Chesterfield Drive, Bonogin — $250010-12 Forest Ridge Drive, Bonogin — $250040-42 The Peninsula, Sovereign Islands — $25001662 Riverside Drive, Hope Island — $220026901/2 Ephraim Island Pde, Paradise Point, $1750 This Amalfi Drive, Surfers Paradise property is being rented out at $3000 a week.Mr Martens said demand for luxury rentals was still strong despite winter being a typically quieter period.“In the past three weeks we’ve leased four properties over $2500 a week,” he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“I leased the Oracle penthouse for $3000 a week a few weeks ago — those people were downsizing from a house and were from interstate.” Rent out this Bonogin property for $2500 a week.“We have had enquiries from Hollywood A listers who were interested in leasing these types of properties so I guess you could say it is living like a movie star,” he said. center_img “There’s not many permanent rentals in Queensland for more than $3000,” Harcourts Coastal’s Brent Martens said of the Amalfi Drive property. Picture Mike BatterhamHarcourts Coastal business development manager Brent Martens described the five-bedroom, six-bathroom Isle of Capri mansion as one of the Coast’s finest homes. “There’s not many permanent rentals in Queensland for more than $3000,” he said.“Amalfi is an absolute luxury build on the main river with no expense spared on fittings and furnishings. It has its own gym and wine cellar and is a secure private residence.” Harcourts Coastal’s Brent Martens with one of the most expensive permanent rentals in Qld. Picture Mike BatterhamONE of the Gold Coast’s most expensive rentals is back on the market at $3000 a week.The furnished riverfront Surfers Paradise property offers a Hollywood lifestyle with a pool, gym, sauna, media room and plenty of space to entertain. last_img read more

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NOS and NYK Sign CTV MoU for Japanese Market

first_imgNYK and NOG, the parent company of Northern Offshore Service AB (NOS), will start a joint study of a new CTV service to contribute to the success of offshore wind projects in Japan. Japan’s government has since identified eleven areas as potentially suitable for the development of offshore wind farms. As reported earlier, NYK has also signed an MoU with Van Oord to jointly own and operate offshore wind installation vessels under the Japanese flag. Sweden’s Northern Offshore Group AB (NOG) and Japanese shipping company NYK have agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a crew transfer vessel (CTV) business for offshore wind projects in Japan. The shipping major plans to find a partner for the cable-laying segment.center_img In April 2019, a new law intended to facilitate the development of offshore wind projects off Japan became effective, and demand within the offshore wind power generation market is expected to expand. Source: NYK NOS and NYK will discuss the optimized design, ownership, and operation of a CTV so that crews can have safe access to wind power generation facilities off Japan even when sea conditions are harsh, NYK said. In the future, the two companies will also discuss the possibility of collaborating in overseas businesses.last_img read more

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More signatures required in ‘End Cervical Cancer Now’ petition

first_img Sharing is caring! 29 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyleLocalNews More signatures required in ‘End Cervical Cancer Now’ petition by: – February 20, 2014 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share President of the Dominica Cancer Society, Kathleen Cornelius signing the e-petition at the launching in June, 2013The Dominica Cancer Society has made another appeal for more signatures on an ‘End Cervical Cancer’ online petition, which aims to provide more affordable funding for cervical screening within the Caribbean region.Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths among Caribbean women. Statistics reveal that 31, 700 women in Latin America and the Caribbean die from cervical cancer annually. The e-petition, launched here on June 11, 2013 by the Dominica Cancer Society but organized by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, can be accessed here. “It is a death that can be avoided; it is a death that we all can help minimize within the region so we really want to encourage persons to sign our e-petition,” president of the Dominica Cancer Society, Kathleen Cornelius said.The goal is to obtain one million signatures from across the Caribbean which will be sent to Caribbean governments for additional support and funding for cancer treatment. So far they have obtained fifteen thousand signatures throughout the region.“We are really asking persons to make an extra effort to go on and sign that e-petition. By just signing on you may just save a life and the life you save may be your own,” Cornelius said.Through the online petition, they hope to influence legislation and make cervical cancer screening free throughout the Americas.“We heard two weeks ago that we have a cancer tsunami which seems to be building up throughout the region, let us help reduce that tsunami,” Cornelius urged.World Health Organization (WHO) scientists reported earlier this month that the globe is facing a “tidal wave” of cancer and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered.They predict that the number of cancer cases will reach 24 million a year by 2035, but half could be prevented.WHO’s World Cancer Report 2014 said the major sources of preventable cancer included:• Smoking• Infections• Alcohol• Obesity and inactivity• Radiation, both from the sun and medical scans• Air pollution and other environmental factors• Delayed parenthood, having fewer children and not breastfeeding.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Win Season Opening 3-Way Meet

first_imgThe Batesville High School Girl’s Swim team opened their season winning seven events helping them earn the top spot in a triangular meet against South Dearborn and Switzerland County. Batesville scored 137 points while South Dearborn and Switzerland County scored 106 and 50, respectively.The women opened the meet finishing first and second in the 200 medley relay. Freshman Sonja Gaulin took first place in the 200-freestyle (2:28.57) and 100-freestyle (1:10.22). Junior Kate Poltrack also won two events including the 50 (29.85) and 500 (6:36.41). Event winning performances were capped off by the 200 Free Relay team and an individual win from Senior Audra Brewer in the 100 (1:20.49) Breaststroke.Girls Swimming returns to action with a meet at New Castle Thursday evening.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.last_img read more

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Gerrard concern for Reds

first_img Even if that is the case it still gives manager Brendan Rodgers a headache as he would have wanted his influential captain to be available against one of their top-four rivals. The real worry for Rodgers will be how long Gerrard is expected to be sidelined for as after the December 21 visit of Cardiff his side have to play at Manchester City and Chelsea in the space of 72 hours. With striker Daniel Sturridge already ruled out with a sprained ankle until mid-January, Gerrard’s absence would place an even greater burden on Luis Suarez. Not that the Uruguay international will mind as he has been the key player all season – and he missed the first five league matches. Suarez maintained his two-goal advantage over Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero as the Premier League’s leading scorer by taking his tally to 14 with an 81st-minute header against the Hammers. He may yet find his total is increased as his shot from distance three minutes later deflected off defender Joey O’Brien and past Jussi Jaaskelainen – an effort the dubious goals panel will have to adjudicate on. The panel may also be called upon to rule on Liverpool’s second as Mamadou Sakho was credited with the goal from Gerrard’s free-kick, only for Martin Skrtel to later lay claim to the final touch. That may have been offset by his own goal at the other end, when he turned in Matt Jarvis’ header to make it 2-1 and hand West Ham their best spell of the match. The Reds captain limped off 10 minutes into the second half of the 4-1 win over West Ham and will have scans in the next couple of days which will almost certainly rule him out of next weekend’s trip to Tottenham. Fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson left Anfield with a protective boot on his right foot after a tackle from Kevin Nolan which saw the Hammers skipper sent off late on – but the England international is optimistic he will be fine for the game at White Hart Lane. Liverpool face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Steven Gerrard’s hamstring injury which could not have come at a worse time just ahead of the busy festive programme. Suarez, who had a hand in the opening goal when Jaaskelainen pushed his angled shot into Guy Demel and it rebounded past the Hammers goalkeeper, had the final say however and now, more than ever, Liverpool’s Champions League fate appears to lie with him. His goal – or goals – made victory safe at Anfield and assured the Reds of a return to second place after Manchester City and Chelsea both slipped up. With almost half the season gone and Liverpool averaging two points a game the omens point towards a top-four finish. Rodgers, however, refuses to look that far ahead. “We just keep going. It is each game at a time. It was always going to be difficult from the first game,” he said. “These were games that were tough for us last year but give credit to the players for making it more straightforward. “It was a good day for us. Other (rivals’) results were good and that is what you need to exploit and we have certainly done that. “We had 29 attempts and we could have easily doubled the four goals we scored.” Skrtel’s own goal made it just one clean sheet in their last 12 league matches but Rodgers brushed aside that one blemish. “We’re not perfect. We are a team that is still growing and evolving,” he added. “It was unfortunate with the (own) goal but I am more focused on the positives. “We are scoring goals. We will always want to improve and have that mentality not to concede but it was a good victory for us.” West Ham have taken four points from their last five matches and are just three points above the relegation zone and host bottom side Sunderland next weekend without Nolan. “We’re all struggling at the minute, but what we can’t afford to is lose our confidence and our determination to do the right things,” said Allardyce. The Hammers boss added on West Ham TV: “It’s not so long ago – a week – that we had a magnificent performance together to beat Fulham. “This time of year the chances to put things right and win come thick and fast because the games come around and points are won and lost very quickly. “My problem now lies with the limited amount of players I have available to me next weekend.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Guardiola is the best manager  in the world, says Klopp

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has hailed Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as the best manager in the world as the Premier League rivals gear up for Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at Anfield.Leaders Liverpool have a six-point advantage over the defending champions and the match is a crucial one for both sides.The build-up has been coloured by Guardiola saying Liverpool’s Sadio Mane sometimes dived and then backtracking.Klopp, who has taken a dig at City’s “tactical fouling”, drew a line under the verbal sparring on Thursday in an interview with Sky Sports television. “We constantly get asked questions and sometimes we say what is in that second in our mind without thinking about anything else, that we are in public, that there is a camera,” said the German.“I couldn’t have more respect for Pep Guardiola, that’s how it is. I’ve known him for so long, for me still it’s a big thing to be his contender. “For me he’s the best manager in the world and we have the chance to win against his team which is very difficult but possible. That’s enough for me.”Klopp dismissed a suggestion that the match was as much one Liverpool could not afford to lose as must win. “For me, it’s a 100% want-to-win game — 100% with all I have,” he said. “We want to win and we try everything to make that happen, which is difficult enough. And then after that we will see how the situation is and use that situation.“But it’s a big one, we know that. The whole world will be watching that game, I would 100%, everybody I know will, so it’s a massive one.” Champions League winners Liverpool lost at Manchester City last season after a goalless draw at Anfield and were beaten to the title by a single point.“Last year’s performance of City at Liverpool was probably the biggest show of respect I ever got, that one of my teams ever got, because they played different to what they usually do,” said Klopp. “I expect a tight game. How exactly it will be, I don’t know.”last_img read more

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Enugu Govt Denies Sacking of Rangers Coach, Amapakabo

first_imgHe stated that Amapakabo was only suspended by the state government based on the club’s recent run of poor performance which was also evident in their home match, last Sunday, against Zesco United Football Club of Zambia. The match had ended 2 – 2 despite Rangers earlier taking a two-goal lead.Noting that a sack letter could not have been issued to the coach without the state government’s consent, the commissioner said, “the general manager has no right to sack a coach, and Enugu State government cannot take an abnormal action”.He informed journalists that Chukwuma Agbo is presently the chief coach of the club, adding that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is interested in the welfare of the club and will do everything possible to restore its glory.Amapakabo, at the end of last season became the beautiful bride of many prominent clubs both within and outside the country, but chose to remain with the Enugu side whom he piloted to break the long standing jinx of Enugu Rangers trophy drought by wining the Nigeria league.However the club as been a shadow of itself with poor run so far in the league and also dropped from CAF Champions League cadre to the Confederation Cup in which they are in the verge of been eliminated following a 2-2 home draw with visiting Zesco United of Zambia.Not even the three-match ultimatum handed to him during the poor run could change the fortune of the team following one home draw and two losses making just one point out of nine.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In a twist of fate, the Enugu State Government has debunked reports in the media suggesting that Rangers International FC coach, Mr. Imama Amapakabo, has been sacked.The Commissioner for Youths and Sports in the state, Mr. Charles Ndukwe, made this clarification to journalists at the end of the State Executive Council meeting held at Government House, Enugu wednesday.last_img read more

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Syracuse using its ‘core values’ to reach peak performance on and off the ice

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2017 at 11:40 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Last year, when the team needed motivation, Syracuse adopted the motto ‘BTC.’ When games or practices got tough, it was used as something to rally around and bring the team together.Over time, BTC took on four meanings, changing based on where in the season SU was, how it was being used in and how the team was playing at the time.The first meaning of BTC was ‘build the cathedral,’ denoting that players’ acceptance of their roles would add up to a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Then it became ‘be the change.’ By playoff time, it transitioned to ‘break the cycle,’ because the Orange had lost in the College Hockey America championship game in each of the previous two years. But last year, the cycle wasn’t broken, and Syracuse finished second in the conference for the third consecutive season. The fourth meaning, though, has been forgotten by SU’s players.“I don’t really remember, to be honest with you,” senior Megan Quinn said. “I guess that explains how well it worked out for us, right?”With conference play underway, Syracuse (4-7-2, 3-0-1 College Hockey America) has changed from its once familiar acronym, and adopted a new phrase instead: “core values.” It stands for a group of three main principles that the team strives to achieve. Syracuse believes that if it can build passion, character and discipline on and off the ice, it’ll reach “peak performance” in games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange wants to prove that core values is not just a saying — that it will achieve its set standards. The players think that if they incorporate the chosen ideals into their everyday lives, the performance on the ice will follow suit.Anna Henderson | Contributing Digital Design EditorOne of the ways SU has chosen to practice its values is by working with Dr. Mark Randall, a sports psychologist. With Randall, who has also worked with the Syracuse women’s basketball team, the Orange has focused on the minutiae in life that can be altered.“Having these little things that we follow,” sophomore Logan Hicks said, “he’s helped us come together with the coaches and try to get behind something bigger than ourselves.”Over the summer, head coach Paul Flanagan gave the team a long list of values to pick from. Each player chose their favorite 20 words, a number that was eventually trimmed to 10, seven and finally, three words. Once down to three each, the players voted on which were their favorite, and the three with the most votes were chosen as the core values for the year.As opposed to past seasons, when the teams’ mottos have been more specific, Syracuse believes that the generality of this year’s phrase will lead to sustained success.“We’ve never really bought into certain things,” goalie Abbey Miller said. “It was confusing to have set expectations. I think it’ll help us out in the end.”Along with Randall, the Orange coaches have stressed that to accomplish the values and success on the ice, changes must be made in every aspect of the players’ lives. Increased focus during practice and in the weight room, changes in nutrition and sleep schedule, and better decision-making on campus and in their social lives will result in that success, Flanagan said. Whether it’s a Tuesday afternoon practice or a Saturday night conference game, the need for discipline, passion and character doesn’t change.Syracuse is reminded every day of what they have to do to be successful, thanks to Randall and Flanagan. But even during player-to-player exchanges in practice, Stephanie Grossi said the values are always present.“Just bringing them in to every part of our lives and living them,” the senior said, “so it’s not just a saying on the wall, but is really brought off the wall into our lives.”So far, the team has focused on achieving its chosen core values. But to really succeed this season, it can’t stop at just that. The success in improving its character, passion and discipline must translate into success on the ice, Flanagan said.Or else, for the second straight season, the Orange’s team motto could be forgotten.“After a while, you can throw those words out,” said Flanagan. “You can talk about a lot, but we have to have something tangible. We’re trying to hit on all three and fire on all cylinders, so hopefully, it’ll come through.” Commentslast_img read more