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Erdogan says Turkey needs new constitution

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a surprise development, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken of the need to draft a new and “civilian” constitution for Turkey.  During a televised speech following a Cabinet meeting Monday, Erdogan recalled that the country’s last two constitutions _ enacted in 1961 and 1982 _ were drafted following military coups, and contained “indelible” traces of the “military tutelage.”  Erdogan said the new constitution should be a “civilian” one but did not elaborate.  In 2018, Turkey transitioned from a parliamentary system to an executive presidential system that concentrated most powers in the hands of the president. The transition came following a referendum that amended several articles of the 1982 Constitution.last_img

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Mugabe signs law to ban mass lay-offs

first_imgPresident Muhammudu Buhari signs 8 new bills into law The new law compels employers to give notice to workers representatives and a state board before any redundancies are processed.Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has signed a new law banning mass lay-offs following a spate of redundancies that unions say put 30 000 people out of work, local media reported on Friday.The Supreme Court ruled last month that employers could fire workers after giving them three months’ notice and an equivalent of three months’ salary.Several companies, including top mobile service provider Econet and the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, sacked many workers to tackle huge wage bills and rising operational costs.The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions tried to stage protests in Harare two weeks ago, but police banned the event and briefly arrested union leaders.Labour unions say more than 30 000 workers have been forced out of jobs in just a few weeks.The new law compels employers to give notice to workers’ representatives and a government board before any redundancies are processed.Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a downward spiral for more than a decade amid slow growth, low liquidity and high unemployment.Many companies have closed, downsized or relocated to neighbouring countries.AFPRelated Mugabe to Visit Chinacenter_img President Mugabe effects law for introduction of new currencylast_img read more

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Perfect 10: Cristiano Ronaldo wins Portuguese footballer of the year for the tenth time…

first_imgAdvertisement ovrNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsdxeWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ek7t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 92xWould you ever consider trying this?😱73slw0Can your students do this? 🌚kae5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance in Portuguese football continues, as the superstar has been named his country’s Player of the Year for a record 10th time. Showing no signs to slow down even at 34, he is still an iconic figure in world football and remains the standout performer in his homeland over the last decade. Only Simao and Pepe have pipped Ronaldo to the prestigious award, across the last 12 years.Advertisement The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was a nominee for the latest award along with City’s Bernardo Silva, Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, and Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Neves the midfield duo from Sporting and Wolves respectively. However, Ronaldo clinched the honour following his Serie A title with Juventus and the UEFA Nations League trophy with Portugal.Advertisement While accepting his award, Ronaldo said: “This world is so fast, with the social media, the press, it’s been wild. It’s been an extremely complicated year on a personal level. Don’t let anyone pull you down.”The former Real Madrid winger took his talismanic presence to Turin from Madrid, netting 28 times with 10 assists for his new side in 2018-19, as he looks forward for another achievement in a long-running battle with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi for global dominance. The greatest players of this generation have been nominated once again for the 2019 FIFA Best Award and Ballon d’Or along with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who already has bagged UEFA’s Player of the Year trophy.[Credit TW/@FIFAcom] Advertisementlast_img read more

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Highlands Seeks to Guide Mobile Park Redevelopment

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |HIGHLANDS – From its vantage point above the shoreline, the Shadow Lawn Mobile Village property provides a scenic view overlooking Sandy Hook Bay.Ten of its 13 acres are considered developable property and the site has attracted some proposals in the past that have not panned out.Now, the Borough is hoping to finally exert some control over the future of one of its last open tracts in town. Borough administrator Kim Gonzales said residents can expect the adoption of an ordinance for a final redevelopment plan in the beginning of January.Shadow Lawn is located on Ocean Boulevard between State Route 36 and the Eastpointe Condominium complex in the western portion of town, near the top of a steep cliff that rises 120 feet above the water. There are about 120 mobile home units on site.In December 2016, the Borough adopted a resolution to launch an investigation into the property to determine if it met the statutory criteria for an “Area in Need of Redevelopment.” The Land Use Board agreed it did and the tract was designated as such this March.Concerns with the Shadow Lawn site, including criminal activity and improper building and development standards, attracted the Borough’s attention two years ago.“The Borough had such great concerns over the property at that time that they had to move forward and force the (property owner’s) hand,” Gonzales said in a Nov. 18 interview with The Two River Times.Though the property is owned by Highlander Development Group, officially labeling the site as “in need” requires the ownership group to either sell the property, hire a developer of its own, or comply with a development plan proposed by the Borough.“But at the same time, we are working with the owner. We do have meetings and conversations, and it’s a give and take to a certain degree. But overall the Council and Land Use Board do have authority over the development of the property,” Gonzales said.In 2009, Highlander Development Group came to the Land Use Board with a development plan for the construction of three high-rise residential buildings with 282 units, a swimming pool, clubhouse and a multistory parking garage. Though the plan was approved in 2010, a lawsuit brought against the Borough and the development company by resident Pauline Jennings resulted in four years of litigation. Jennings won her case in Superior Court and the site plan application was squashed.Now deemed an “in need” area, the Borough can move forward with a redevelopment effort without pushback.According to Gonzales, residents of the mobile village live there on a month-to-month lease. When the project progresses, Highlander Development Group will provide tenants withe relocation funds.According to the plan, the objective of labeling the land is to rezone the location for mixed-use rehabilitation, making way for a multitude of residential and commercial opportunities on the site.The redevelopment plan calls for responsible development of the tract in a way that will “capitalize on the unique topography and geographical location,” while minimizing hazards posed by landslides and protecting critical environmental resources.Sloping terrains in the Bayshore region, like some of the grounds at the Shadow Lawn property, are susceptible to rainfall-induced shallow landslides, and are being actively monitored by the United States Geological Survey for slope movement, rainfall, soil moisture and other hazardous conditions that could potentially destabilize the slopes. The tract is composed of slump block and portions of it are at risk for these types of landslides, Gonzales said.The plan also aims to stimulate the local economy by encouraging mixed-use developments, as well as single-family residences that could attract families and bolster foot traffic in the downtown business district.Additionally, Gonzales expects the rehabilitation of the area to positively impact the Borough’s Housing Element and Fair Share Plan. The plan states that the site, if it were to be developed with multifamily housing – including 15 percent set aside for rental units and 20 percent set aside for for-sale dwellings – could potentially produce between 16 and 25 affordable housing units.Based on a preliminary report issued by the Superior Court’s appointed Regional Master, Richard Reading, Highlands must provide 55 affordable housing units to meet its Round 3 (1999-2025) fair share obligation.That unmet need number is preliminary, as Gonzales said the Borough has a Superior Court date set for January to determine what the final obligation count will be.This article was first published in the Nov. 22-27, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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FX Garneau knocks Wayling, Heat off medal podium

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsBeing the top seed or early favourite guarantees nothing in sport.Mount Sentinel grad Kendra Wayling and her UBC Okanagan Heat teammates found out the hard way as the B.C. Champs finished out of the medals at the Canadian College Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Championships in the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre of the UNB Saint John Campus.The Heat, ranked first in the eight-team tournament after winning the B.C. College Athletic Association title earlier this season, fell 3-1 to FX Garneau Élans of Quebec City in the bronze medal game Saturday to place fourth at the eight-team college women’s championships.The Élans won the best-of-five match 25-21, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22.Mount Royal Cougars of Calgary won the gold medal by narrowly defeating Vancouver Island Mariners of Nanaimo 3-2.The Mariners gained some revenge against the Heat Friday, knocking UBC Okanagan off 3-2 to in semi final play. Vancouver Island won the final game 15-11.The loss dropped UBC Okanagan into the consolation side of the tournament. The Heat defeated Toronto’s Humber College 3-0 to advance into the bronze medal game.The 2011 CCAA Women’s Championship concludes the first season in Kelowna for the 21-year-old from Castlegar.Wayling came to the Central Okanagan University after taking a season away from school to rehab an injury knee suffered playing in Idaho for Coeur d’ Alene College.During the Grade 12 campaign, the 5’9” middle player led the Cats not only to the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball title, but also the B.C. High School A Girl’s Basketball crown.Wayling won the two high school titles with sister Katie who attends Palm Beach State College, located 60 miles north of Miami in Lake Worth, [email protected]last_img read more