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Halifax Bank of Scotland rocked by trio’s defection

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KPU commissioner restored to position after Jokowi revokes decree on her dismissal

first_imgEvi had sent the new decree to relevant parties such as the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP), the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and the Home Ministry.She will return to her original position in the KPU as the coordinator of the technical division, Arief said.”There has not been any change in relation to her tasks. So, for now Bu Evi will return as the coordinator of the technical division,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.Jokowi issued Presidential Decree No. 34/2020 on Evi’s dismissal in late March after the DKPP dismissed her for allegedly falsifying the 2019 regional election results in West Kalimantan. Evi Novida Ginting Manik officially returned to her position as General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner on Monday after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo revoked a presidential decree regarding her dismissal.”We conducted a meeting and decided to allow Bu Evi to return as a KPU member for the 2017-2022 term starting from [Monday],” KPU chairman Arief Budiman said.Arief said Jokowi had issued on Aug. 11 Presidential Decree No. 80/P/2020 to revoke his previous decree approving Evi’s permanent dismissal from the commission. Evi filed a lawsuit with the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) in March against Jokowi’s decree. The court ruled in her favor in July, ordering the President to revoke the decree, rehabilitate Evi’s name and restore her position at the KPU.The PTUN judges cited “serious juridical defects” by the DKPP in the decision-making process in Evi’s dismissal, arguing that she had not been afforded her right of defense as the council had not questioned Evi prior to issuing the ruling.On Aug. 7, presidential expert staff member Dini Shanti Purwono said Jokowi respected the ruling and would not file an appeal.“The President will issue another decree to revoke a decree stipulating Evi Novida’s dismissal as a KPU commissioner,” Dini said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Help Luzerne County Turn Old Industrial Site into Recreational Area

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of new funding through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) for Pittston to assess a former industrial site in Luzerne County.“Communities across the commonwealth continue to invest in neighborhoods that will promote a sense of community while preserving public health and safety,” said Gov. Wolf. “The county is making significant strides to ensure safety for the residents of the City of Pittston both now and in the future.”The property located on Benedict Street in the City of Pittston has been an industrial site since the early 1900s. Most recently, it was a powder-coating operation and warehouse. The property was acquired as part of the Luzerne County Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program in 2017. The program acquired properties damaged by flooding in 2011.The ISRP grant will provide $15,000 for preparation of the work plan and project guidance documents, project management, site survey, geophysical survey, sensitive receptor survey, subsurface investigation, vapor intrusion evaluation, laboratory analysis and report preparation. Once the site is assessed, the city intends to maintain the property as open space and as a possible location for recreational fields. The total project cost is $20,000.“Governor Wolf, Secretary Davin, and Secretary McDonnell have all recognized the importance of remediating old industrial sites for a better purpose,” said Senator John Yudichak. “With the funding from the Industrial Sites Reuse Program, the city of Pittston will be able to do the work necessary to bring this property back into use for residents to enjoy.”“This project is a win-win for everyone,” said Pittston City Manager, Joseph Moskovitz. “The property owner was able to relocate out of the floodplain, the city will address an environmental concern, and city residents will have open space available for recreational endeavors.”The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.“Renovating this site will require important environmental cleanup efforts to ensure that the space is safe,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This funding will allow the city to properly clean up the site and make it a natural open space that the community may be able to enjoy for years to come.”For more information about the Industrial Sites Reuse Program or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Help Luzerne County Turn Old Industrial Site into Recreational Areacenter_img November 01, 2019last_img read more

Tangier city residents in Morocco hold demonstrations over high utility prices

first_imgResidents in Morocco’s northern city of Tangier are protesting over high prices for water and electricity.This is after authorities and the company running the services proposed measures to calm unrest against what protesters see as high prices and administrative mismanagement.Water, waste water and electricity businesses in the cities of Tangier and neighboring Tetouan have since 2002 been operated by Amendis.That’s an affiliate of France’s Veolia Environment.Redal, another Veolia subsidiary is operating in the capital Rabat.The protesters believe services would improve if a public company takes over.Many cafes and stores in the city switched off their lights and lit candles in support of the protest.last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Get Wins Over Lady Trojans

first_imgThe St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball team took to the floor Tuesday night against St. Nicholas at St. Nicholas.  The team had an impressive effort and continued to improve.  The Cardinals were victorious with a score of 28 to 4.They improved their record to 3-3.  Scoring for the Cardinals were Maria Voegle with 1 point, Lucy Abplanalp and Kenzie Maple with 2 points each, Isabel Raab with 4 points, and Veronica King with 19 points.  The highlight of the game was that now all girls on the 5th Grade team have scored in a game.The 5th Grade Lady Cardinals are back in action again Thursday February 8, 2018 against Greendale at Central Elementary.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Rob King.The 6th Grade St Louis Lady Cardinals came away with another victory on Tuesday evening, taking down the Lady Trojans of St Nicholas, on their home court, by a score of 14-4.Balanced scoring and another strong defensive performance allowed the Cardinals to hold the Trojans scoreless in the 2nd half.The Cardinals will look to get their 6th win of the season on the road this Thursday as they travel to Greendale to take on the Bengals.  Currently, the St Louis 6th grade Lady Cardinals have a record of 5-1.    Go Cardinals!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Andy Saner.last_img read more

Sue Batta

first_imgSusan M. “Sue” Batta, 60, of Sunman, IN passed away Friday, September 20, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Sue had a beautiful voice and shared this gift as a cantor at All Saints Parish. She loved crafting and card-making, and built a business with her artistic abilities. Sue showed how greatly she cared for others by helping organize the Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Pax Christi Ministry at All Saints Parish.Sue will be greatly missed by her husband, George, with whom she just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on September 9th. Her loving touch will also be missed by her four children Christy (Travis) Stratton of Indianapolis, IN; Andy (Jordan) Batta of Broomfield, CO; Michael (Laura) Batta of Liberty Township, OH; and Emily (Ryan) Hartnett of Harrison, OH. Sue also leaves behind seven grandchildren – Connor, Aubrey, and Luke Stratton; Cora and Colin Batta; Liliana and Charlotte Batta – all who will dearly miss their Mamaw. Sue is survived by her mother Carolyn Lamppert, her brother Steve Lamppert, and her sister Sandy Hammond. She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Lamppert.Sue’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 25 at All Saints Parish (Parish Life Center, St. Joseph Campus) from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Rosary will begin at 9:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Parish (St. Joseph Campus) at noon, immediately followed by burial. Memorials can be made to Sunman Walking Warriors, the American Cancer Society, or All Saints Parish. To offer condolences please go to www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com.last_img read more

Alice McGuire

first_imgAlice May McGuire, 67, of Rexville passed away at 7am, Friday, July 10, 2020 at her home. She was born at home in Franklin, Ohio on November 2, 1952 the daughter of J. T. and Barbara Gross McGuire. Survivors include three sisters Linda (John) Walston and Marilyn McGuire of Rexville, and Kim (Jim) White of Versailles; 4 nieces and one nephew along with several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Alice was a homemaker and a member of the Rt. 46 Pentecostal Church at St. Leon. She was an excellent cook, especially known for her cornbread. She enjoyed following the Cincinnati Reds, watching game shows on TV, watching NASCAR, and was a big fan of driver Jimmy Johnson. Funeral services for Alice will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Vernon Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in the Rodney Cemetery in Decatur County. Visitation will be on Tuesday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Fiji power past Ireland

first_img Winger Akuila Uate, whose last trip to England was with Australia for the 2011 Four Nations Series, scored two tries in Fiji’s 30-14 win over the Irish in the semi-final qualifier on the Gold Coast in 2008 and went one better on Monday night with a hat-trick. But the foundations for the Bati’s 32-14 victory was laid by a dominant pack which thrilled the bulk of the sell-out crowd of 8,872 in Rochdale, which boasts the biggest Fijiian expatriate community outside London. That gave Aston’s men the encouragement they needed and they could have drawn level had second rower Dave Allen managed to take Scott Grix’s pass in a try-scoring position. The chance was lost and Ireland were unable to take advantage of the sin-binning of replacement Eloni Vunakece for persistent infringements six minutes before the interval. Naiqama stretched Fiji’s lead to 12-4 on the stroke of half-time with a penalty and there was no way back for Ireland when second rower Tariq Sims went over for a third try after Grix had failed to take Aaron Groom’s high kick. The floodgates opened as Uate completed his hat-trick and loose forward Korbin Sims also touched down and Naiqama took his goal tally to four from seven attempts. Ireland lost Grix with a leg injury that could see him miss out on the clash with England on his home ground, but they produced a late flurry that gave the scoreline some respect. Winger Damien Blanch went over at the corner four minutes from the end and, in the final move of the match, Hassan forced his way over for a richly-deserved try to which Pat Richards added the goal. Fiji effectively ended Ireland’s World Cup dream for the second time after out-muscling them in a bruising Group A match at a packed Spotland. Press Association The Fijians’ display sent out a message to both England and Australia, whose coaches Steve McNamara and Tim Sheens were in the crowd, that they will be no pushovers in the remaining group games. Ireland, the 500-1 tournament outsiders, were in touch at half-time when they trailed 12-4 but they conceded four second-half tries to suffer an emphatic defeat and will now need to beat England in Huddersfield on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. The deeply-religious Fijians went into a huddle before kick-off to sing a hymn but there was nothing angelic about their play as they tore into the Irish from the kick-off. The physical onslaught was led by the Sims brothers, who made up half the starting pack and laid the platform for the quicksilver backs to show their pace and class with two tries in a four-minute spell. Uate produced a strong finish to open the scoring on nine minutes and Ireland had barely recovered when full-back Kevin Naiqama beat two flat-footed defenders to cross for a second. Centre Wes Naiqama converted his brother’s try and the Fijians would have been further ahead had veteran skipper Petero Civoniceva managed to get the ball down but he was held on his back over the line. The Pacific Islanders threatened to run away with the game at that stage but the introduction of Manly Sea Eagles forward James Hassan for his debut injected some much-needed resolve into the Irish ranks. Indiscipline then crept into the Fijians’ play and Ireland took advantage to pull back a try through second rower Tyrone McCarthy on 23 minutes. last_img read more

Penney pleased with home tie

first_imgMunster head coach Rob Penney said securing a home Heineken Cup quarter-final was ‘massive’ for his team as they coasted to a 38-6 bonus-point win over Edinburgh at Thomond Park. “One of the things we spoke about was our magnificent supporters who follow us around Europe and everywhere we go,” said the New Zealander. “For the lads, it was a small reward for them to be able to come and watch us here at home, for the season ticket holders to be able to come and watch them play at Thomond Park. “As a cauldron it is a very difficult place for any team to come and play. To have that opportunity to play one more European Cup game on our home ground is great – wonderful reward for the lads’ efforts.” Penney was admittedly pleased with the manner in which his side refused to get distracted by the fact they knew a bonus-point victory was what was required before today’s round six clash with the Scots. “We were really focused on getting the job done in a really professional way, which was a great sign. “You shouldn’t underestimate Edinburgh for a start. But I was really excited about the potential for us to get Edinburgh on a firm track and the proof is in the pudding. “Knowing what was needed beforehand could have been a distraction. It is a great credit to the lads that they just went about their task and focused on being in one moment at a time and just doing the job. “It is very easy to get anxious if the points are not coming when you know a bonus-point win is what is required to get a special outcome. “It was nice for us to know as a group. The one pleasing thing is that we did not get distracted by it.” Meanwhile, Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons said the sin-binning of their flanker Cornell du Preez on the stroke of half-time was a major moment in the game. “That was a big decision. That had a major influence at that particular point,” insisted Solomons, whose side were hoping to win through to the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals. “Munster got a try (from Conor Murray) coming out of half-time which put them up 19-6. Then the game starts to get beyond you and later on again we had another yellow card (for Geoff Cross) which made it very, very difficult. “Munster are a good team and when you make mistakes and you turn over ball or are down to 14 men, they are going to take advantage. “Those 10 minutes were a key factor and once those 10 minutes were gone, the game was pretty much gone as well.” Having led 12-6 at the break, Penney’s charges went on to dominate the second half with tries from Conor Murray, captain Peter O’Mahony – allied to closing scores from Simon Zebo and Felix Jones – ensuring they will host a last-eight date in Limerick in early April. Penney said he was pleased for Munster’s supporters that their 15th quarter-final appearance in 16 seasons would be at Thomond Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

USC among top fundraising universities

first_imgFor the fourth year running, USC has placed in the top three institutions nationwide for fundraising. USC maintained its third- place position behind fundraising powerhouses Harvard University and Stanford University, which placed first and second, respectively. Alongside USC, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and Yale University also rounded out the the top 10. The top 10 included mostly private schools like USC, with only two public schools, The University of California San Francisco and University of Washington. UCLA finished just outside the top 10 at No. 12. Combined, the top 10 schools collected almost a third of every dollar donated to U.S. colleges in 2016. Across the nation, donations to universities have kept up with the raising rate of inflation in 2016, reaching a combined $41 billion in donations, a growth of about 1.7 percent from the 2015 total. In total, the survey reports that USC raised more than $1 billion in gifts and new pledges in 2016, with nearly $667 million of them in cash. This marks an important benchmark on President C.L. Max Nikias’s Campaign For USC fundraising initiative, now in its sixth year, which has nearly reached its $6 billion fundraising goal to advance academic opportunities at USC as well as expand the University’s role as a positive impact on the global and local community. So far, the campaign has raised $5.89 billion from more than 300,000 donors.“USC’s fundraising momentum keeps building, confirming how much our community of supporters believe in the exciting growth at the university,” said Albert R. Checcio, USC’s senior vice president for university advancement, to USC News.last_img read more