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Abdel-Karim Salam attacked

first_img Swissinfo correspondent Abdel-Karim Salam was the victim of a particularly violent attack while covering a sit-in outside Sanaa university and had to be hospitalized. RSF_en News Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information February 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abdel-Karim Salam attackedlast_img

Council appoints Marrero as city manager

first_imgLocal NewsGovernment WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Twitter By admin – May 8, 2018 Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Michael Marrero, interim Odessa city manager. The Odessa City Council appointed Michael Marrero as city manager in a unanimous vote on Tuesday, more than seven months after tapping Marrero to temporarily fill the city’s top administrative role following the ouster of his predecessor.Marrero, who has worked for the city for more than 20 years, described the appointment as a “tremendous honor.” He assumes his position after a tumultuous year and as the city pursues major projects including efforts to redevelop downtown Odessa, improve the city’s drinking water supply and plan for growth in a booming economy. “What I really want to say to the public is that I look forward to working with the City Council and the staff of the City of Odessa and the citizens to move our city forward,” Marrero said. “There’s a lot of great things happening in our community, a lot of real positive things. I don’t want to dwell on the negative. I want to dwell on that that will move us forward.” Marrero will also seek to hire two assistant city managers, filling other top administrative positions that are vacant. The decision to hire Marrero came after the City Council met behind closed doors for more than 90 minutes. Marrero met with them and the City Council gave him a performance evaluation.“Michael has just done a super job from that time that he has come in as the interim,” District 2 Councilman Dewey Bryant said. “He has kept the glue on this city.”The City Council members approved a salary for Marrero of $238,000, not including benefits. That’s more than his predecessor. Former city manager Richard Morton’s salary was about $223,000 when he was fired by a majority of three council members after 15 years, a tenure more than twice as long as the industry standard.Marrero’s appointment had been expected, after the City Council declined to consider other candidates for the post.District 5 Councilman Filiberto Gonzales, who moved to appoint Marrero, praised his “excellent work” on behalf of the City Council since the fall. The City Council also gave a performance review to Interim City Attorney Gary Landers, whose performance the elected officials have lauded, during the closed-door meeting. Landers assumed the post in March after his predecessor Larry Long was allowed to retire following a sexual harassment complaint corroborated by the city.But Landers is not seeking a permanent appointment. He works for the Austin-based Bojorquez Law Firm, which specializes in municipal law. The City Council in February approved paying the firm more than $25,000 a month for legal services. The City Council also discussed a pending complaint against Long and the way the board handles complaints against top city appointees such as the city manager and the city attorney.Once the City Council emerged from the private meeting, the elected officials unanimously voted to give authority to the interim city attorney to resolve the pending complaint about Long. That complaint stemmed from a complaint by an assistant city attorney who alleged unequal pay based on gender. The City Council’s vote on Tuesday authorized budget adjustments to resolve the complaint, but the elected officials did not cite a specific cost.In the future, complaints against top appointees will no longer be reviewed by a personnel subcommittee comprised of only two City Council members before they are considered by the full board at a publicly-posted meeting. With the Long case, a majority of the City Council said they were not provided with HR findings corroborating the account of his accuser for months. The city attorney will be tasked with reviewing and investigating future complaints against appointees. If a complaint involves the attorney, then those duties will fall to the city manager. They could hire outside help.Another matter the City Council discussed in private involved real estate but the elected officials took no action and did not specify the property that the conversation involved.Tuesday was the City Council’s first closed-door meeting since the elected officials committed to reforms in a March settlement of a lawsuit filed last year by the Odessa American alleging violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act. The Tuesday meeting was recorded, per the settlement, which goes beyond what the law requires.The city will also keep the audio recording of the closed meetings and future meetings for at least two years, allowing a judge to examine the records if future lawsuits allege violations of the open meetings act.IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE CITY COUNCIL:>>Discussed in a pre-meeting briefing session Open Meetings Act training, the transportation master plan and council agenda items.>>Approved minutes from the April 24 City Council meeting and May 1 finance committee meeting.>>Approved accepting donations from First United Pentecostal Church to Odessa Fire/Rescue and the Odessa Police Department.>>Approved for the second and final time an ordinance temporarily lowering the speed limit on University Boulevard to 30 miles per hour during construction on the thoroughfare, which is being widened.>>Approved for the first timean ordinance renewing a gas franchise with Atmos Energy Corporation.>>Approved for the second and final time a request by Shihab Diais for original zoning of Retail-One on more than four acres northwest of the intersection of North Faudree Road and Windchase Street.>>Approved for second and final time an ordinance incorporating the City of Odessa’s current gas and electricity franchises into the “Business Regulations” chapter of the City Code.>>Approved for the second and final timean ordinance amending the City Code to change the name of the “Subdivision Requirements” chapter to the “Development Regulations” chapter and adding a new article codifying regulations already in effect that relate to streets, alleys, water, sewer and drainage improvements standards and requirements.>>Approved renewal of an annual contract with Fox Scientific for laboratory supplies used in routine water and waste analysis that is expected to cost $60,000.>>Approved an industrial agreement with Ryan Jones for development of an RV park on more than 2 acres of land located south of JBS Parkway.>>Approved a $450,000 bid award to Willis Electric for installing traffic signals at the intersection of Dawn Avenue and Yukon Road and another at Faudree Road and Dorado Avenue. 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Crowded areas must be avoided ‘for next six months at least’

first_img Google+ Google+ By News Highland – February 16, 2021 Facebook Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleCalls for comprehensive visitor management plan for Malin HeadNext articleOne mass vaccination centre for Donegal ‘offensive’ News Highland Crowded areas must be avoided ‘for next six months at least’ WhatsApp People will have to avoid crowded areas for at least the next six months according to the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.No new deaths were reported last night – the first time that’s happened since December 21st, while 821 new cases were detected – 29 of the new cases were in Donegal.23 people with Covid-19 were being treated in LUh with 4 in ICU.Dr Ronan Glynn says some significant restrictions will have to remain in place for the foreseeable future to continue to drive down cases.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/glynn7am-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Portals remain ‘valuable lead generators’, says housebuilders

first_imgWith more househunters than ever now searching for their next home typically looking online on one of the major property portals, it is not just crucial that estate agent maintain an online presence that goes beyond simply listing properties on their own website. Senior housebuilders have concluded that they should be listing homes on the portals too.A recent gathering of senior professionals from the UK new home building industry raised a healthy debate about the future of portals and online content accessibility for new homes available to consumers.Thirteen senior figures, representing 80 per cent of new homes currently being developed or in the pipeline in the UK and with an estimated portfolio value of £1 billion, concluded that portals are still valuable lead generators. It was agreed that portals serve as a critical central resource of whole market offerings in one place for consumers who are not necessarily brand loyal when it comes to a new home purchase.The London Lunch was hosted at The Ivy by New Home Finder and facilitated by Dave Bexon (left), Group Sales and Marketing Director of Redrow Homes. It was attended by Redrow Homes, Bovis, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Linden, Kier Living, Miller and Strata with representation also from residential agent Carter Jonas and media firms Space and Time and Amplifi.Bexon commented, “I enjoyed the debate enormously and in particular the opportunity to exchange ideas with old friends and peers across the industry.  Portals are old school now but do have a place. The future will undoubtedly be about creating and sharing in addition to seeking and finding and New Home Finder should be applauded in opening the debate and our minds to the possibilities.”Martin Hoyle, CEO of New Home Finder, said, “The discussion gave us an extremely valuable insight into the thoughts and visions of highly accomplished marketeers in the new housebuilding industry. New Home Finder has been borne out of demand for a dedicated new homes portal that can deliver tangible results for both the developer and consumer and, as we roll out the proposition to a national platform, we must take heed of what the industry experts are predicting.”When it comes to listing new homes online, Zoopla is currently the number one portal in the UK for national consumer brand awareness, according to a new study by Harris Interactive, on behalf of the Zoopla Property Group (ZPG).The research, conducted in mid-October by questioning thousands of  consumers across the UK, revealed that Zoopla’s national spontaneous brand awareness amongst all adults stood at 38 per cent versus 35 per cent for Rightmove and 2 per cent for OnTheMarket.“The levels of national awareness of the leading portals as household brands known by over three quarters of all UK adults is the result of many years and hundreds of millions of pounds of marketing investment,” said Lawrence Hall of ZPG (right).housebuilders Spanish housebuilding industry New Home Finder new homes online content accessibility portals property portals the future of portals 2015-11-11The Negotiator Related articles “Millions have been thrown against the top portals for years with no effect”30th April 2021 Rightmove property listing lands estate agency in NIMBY hot water29th April 2021 OTM or Boomin? Agents won’t pay for four portals, warns industry leader28th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Home » News » Marketing » Portals remain ‘valuable lead generators’, says housebuilders Portals remain ‘valuable lead generators’, says housebuilders11th November 20150564 Viewslast_img read more

“Absolute shambles”: students prepared to take Ruskin College to court

first_imgStudents are prepared to take Ruskin College court over thedifficulties many faced in trying to obtain their degree results.   At the time, the UCU said in a press release: “UCU iscalling for the immediate reinstatement of Dr Lee Humber and for the boguscharges against Lee to be dropped.” The latest in a series of controversies facing the college, studentsfrom almost every course suffered months of uncertainty after completing theirfinal exams. Speaking to the Oxford Mail, 22-year-old Aaron Miles saidthe college told BA Social and Political Studies students that their resultswould be delayed for “a small amount of time” in July. A rally was organised in April following the suspension ofDr Lee Humber, the UCU’s representative at Ruskin College. A controversial year, Ruskin College faced accusations of“victimisation” following several disciplinary and redundancy threats directedat members of the University and College Union (UCU) earlier this year. A statement from Ruskin College said a “small number ofstudents” final results had been delayed after the resignation of the externalexaminers appointed by the Open University. “New examiners have now beenappointed and final results will be available shortly.” “As it turns out, the results in question have never arrivedand we fear they never will. This is the same for most of the students who leftin 2019.” “We have not been made aware of any students whose places onmasters courses have been affected by delays to marks; in this circumstance wewould expect to be contacted by the relevant institution whereby this mattercould easily be resolved.” Last month, the entire social work department of the collegealso resigned after four tutors were made redundant. “Our students are our primary concern and we have been inregular contact with them over the summer. We will continue to support themmoving forward.”last_img read more

Press release: Mobile and Broadband Boost for UK Consumers

first_img World-class digital infrastructure: Building world-class digital infrastructure for the UK, reflecting the conclusions of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review Furthering the interests of telecoms consumers: Safeguarding the interests of telecoms consumers, including the vulnerable and less engaged, by ensuring they are better informed and protected Secure and resilient telecoms infrastructure: Ensuring the UK’s telecoms networks and services are secure and resilient Postal services: Protecting a universal postal service and making sure industry and Ofcom to work together to secure the long-term sustainability of the sector Ofcom’s planned 700 MHz spectrum auction to materially improve mobile coverage across the UK, particularly in rural areas and on the UK’s major roads Tackling the “loyalty penalty” which sees loyal customers who do not shop around typically pay higher prices than more savvy consumers. The combined effect of the loyalty penalty incurred by customers of broadband and mobile is £1.3 billion per year. Ofcom should address this, and Government will consider new legislation if the regulator believes it does not have sufficient powers. Examining the costs and benefits of options to introduce mobile roaming in rural areas in a bid to improve consumer choice and tackle partial not-spots (areas where at least one operator is present, but all four are not) Ensuring that regulation supports investment in reliable, gigabit-capable broadband networks across the country The measures will be instrumental in helping to deliver the Government’s commitment to nationwide full fibre broadband coverage by 2033 and increasing geographic mobile coverage to 95% of the UK by 2022.Consumers rely more than ever on fixed and mobile connectivity in their everyday lives. However, concerns around mobile coverage, availability of high speed, reliable broadband, and unfair business practices in some areas, has led to lower customer satisfaction than in other sectors.In a consultation being published today, Government has set out its strategic priorities for Ofcom which will improve digital infrastructure and customer satisfaction, including: The Government has set out clear, ambitious targets for the availability of new digital networks in the UK. Those targets include: Making gigabit-capable networks available to 15 million premises by 2025, with nationwide coverage by 2033; increasing geographic mobile coverage to 95% of the UK by 2022 to address ‘not-spots’ and improving the connectivity on the UK’s main roads and railways; and becoming a world leader in the next generation of 5G mobile technology, with deployment to the majority of the country by 2027. The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) set out the changes that need to be made to the UK telecoms market and policy framework to help secure world-class digital infrastructure. The review’s conclusions support the UK Digital Strategy’s ambition for this country to be the world’s best place to start and grow a digital business. They also underpin the UK’s modern Industrial Strategy, which set out four Grand Challenges in areas where the UK can lead the global technological revolution. The FTIR’s recommendations form the basis of this Statement of Strategic Priorities (SSP) for telecommunications and the management of radio spectrum. The SSP also sets out the Government’s strategic priorities and outcomes in relation to safeguarding the interests of telecoms consumers, the security and resilience of telecoms networks, and postal services. In relation to consumers, the Government is determined to work with Ofcom, industry and other stakeholders to improve the quality of consumer experience in the sector. The power for the Government to designate an SSP for telecommunications, spectrum and post was introduced in the Digital Economy Act 2017. This is the first time the Government is exercising this power. Ofcom must have regard to the statement when exercising its regulatory functions. The introduction of this power brings the legislative framework for Ofcom into line with other sectors such as energy and water, where the Government also has the power to designate a Statement of Strategic Priorities. If Ofcom is unable to consider regulatory options that would contribute to achieving the strategic priorities set out in this SSP due to the existing statutory framework, the Government will consider legislation to allow it to do so. The consultation closes on Wednesday 27 March 2019.NOTES TO EDITORScenter_img As the UK’s telecoms regulator, Ofcom has a critical role in realising our shared connectivity aspirations for the UK. As well as ensuring the necessary improvements to broadband and mobile services, consumers must also be protected. I urge Ofcom to tackle harmful business practices and remove barriers to switching. DCMS Secretary of State, Jeremy Wright, said: As set out in the Digital Economy Act in 2017, Ofcom will be required to take account of the Government’s new Statement of Strategic Priorities (SSP) when carrying out its regulatory duties. This will bring the legislative framework for Ofcom into line with other sectors such as energy and water for the first time.The SSP follows the publication of the Government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) in July 2018 and reflects the conclusions of that review. The FTIR set out a national, long-term strategy for digital infrastructure in the UK, with the aim of securing world-class connectivity that is gigabit-capable, reliable, secure and widely available.The SSP sets out Government priorities in four areas that Ofcom will now have to take into account in their work going forward:last_img read more

Nirvana’s MTV “Unplugged” Special Aired On This Day In 1993 [Watch]

first_imgMTV Unplugged will go down in music history as one of the best live performance shows of its generation. Over the course of its run, there were so many incredible performances from a myriad of musical acts. The high point of the shows run was definitely between 1991-1997, which included sets from 10,000 Maniacs, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stone Temple Pilots, Eric Clapton, and one of Alice In Chains‘ final performances as a band.One of the most memorable airings of Unplugged series, without a doubt, was when Kurt Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates took to the stage on November 18th, 1993 to record a performance for the ages, which aired just one month later on December 16th. The days leading up to the performance didn’t go without their fair share of issues, with Cobain being beyond tense and nervous to perform a completely acoustic show (he demanded the use of effects pedals), as well arguing with MTV personnel as to the overall direction of the show and the band’s choice on having members of the Meat Puppets join them on stage.Despite the issues, and Cobain’s clearly fragile state of mind during that time period (remember, this was roughly six months before his untimely death), the one-take, no frills performance was one of the most stripped down performances in the history of Unplugged, while also being one of its most impressive airings as well. The group opened up with “About A Girl”, the only number performed from the band’s 1989 debut album Bleach and chose a setlist that strayed from their more commercial hits, outside of “Come As You Are” from 1991’s Nevermind.Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl were joined by guest including future Foo Fighter Pat Smear (acoustic guitar), Lori Goldston (cello), and both Chris and Kirk Curtwood of The Meat Puppets on acoustic bass and guitar, respectively; the latter of which performed three of their own tracks, including “Plateau,” “Oh, Me,” and “Lake Of Fire.”The rest of the performance includes a gritty, yet beautiful take on David Bowie‘s “The Man Who Sold The World,” and the originals “Polly,” “Dumb,” and “All Apologies,” among others. Take a listen to the full airing below:Setlist: Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged SpecialAbout a GirlCome as You AreJesus Doesn’t Want Me for a Sunbeam (Eugene Kelly, Frances McKee)The Man Who Sold the World (David Bowie)Pennyroyal TeaDumbPollyOn a PlainSomething in the WayPlateau (Curt Kirkwood)Oh, Me (Kirkwood)Lake of Fire (Kirkwood)All ApologiesWhere Did You Sleep Last Night (Traditional; arranged by Lead Belly)last_img read more

Sunset Boulevard Star Michael Xavier Is Broadway.com’s Next Vlogger

first_img Sunset Boulevard Are you ready for your close-up? Broadway.com’s next vlog is bringing you right into Norma Desmond’s mansion. Mark your calendars for Let’s Have Lunch: Backstage at Sunset Boulevard with Michael Xavier, which starts on January 19.The vlog begins as Xavier and his co-stars, including Tony winner Glenn Close, approach their first performance at the Palace Theatre on February 2. Expect him to capture some backstage hijinks, the glitz and glam of opening night and all the fancy headwear.Two-time Olivier nominee Xavier reprises his performance as struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis from last year’s production with the English National Opera. His additional U.K. stage credits include Assassins, The Pajama Game, Love Story, Into the Woods and The Phantom of the Opera.Let’s Have Lunch will run every Thursday for eight weeks. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 25, 2017center_img View Comments Michael Xavier in ‘Sunset Boulevard'(Photo: Richard Hubert Smith)last_img read more

Lawyer gives up kidney so a friend’s dad can live

first_img‘It shows to the community the kind of lawyers we have in The Florida Bar’ Jan Pudlow Senior Editor St. Louis Cardinals short-stop David Eckstein is a clutch hitter who often keeps his team in the running.And his dad, 60-year-old Whitey Eckstein is back in the game of life after a Florida lawyer gave him her kidney.That Florida lawyer is 32-year-old Lori Vaughan, senior counsel in Foley & Lardner’s Tampa office, specializing in business reorganization.When she learned she would be a compatible kidney donor for Eckstein, and went through the six months of extensive tests, Vaughan’s generous donation has totally reorganized Whitey Eckstein’s life.Before, his painful routine involved three or four hours of hemodialysis three times a week. Too much fluid in his body caused congestive heart failure more than once, including a month before the August 19 surgery.Now Whitey Eckstein, of Sanford, is living life fully — cheering on son David from the stands.He calls Vaughan the hero who gave him back his life.“Every time I see him, he gives me a big hug,” said Vaughan, who became friends with Whitey’s other children, Ken and Christine Eckstein, while they were all in law school at the University of Florida.“I got a call from Patricia, his wife, telling me, ‘Lori, I have to thank you. He is out living his life.”Kidney transplants are nothing new in the Eckstein family. Ken, Christine, and another sister, Susan, all had kidney transplants. Susan’s donor was her mother. Christine and Ken received kidneys from cadavers, and Ken jokes he was a 21-year-old with a 50-year-old’s kidney when his wait for a kidney ended 14 years ago.“It’s a senior citizen now. If I can get benefits, I’m all for it,” Ken jokes.But his father’s desperate need for a kidney was no laughing matter. Without a new kidney, he was going to die.“I became extremely close to Whitey and Patricia. They treat me like one of their own children, and they are like a second family to me,” Vaughan said. “I always knew Ken and his two sisters had to have transplants. I knew what the family had gone through.”Everyone who had volunteered to donate a kidney to Whitey was unable to donate for one reason or another. So Vaughn told Ken and Christine she was the same blood type as their father and she would be willing to go through the six-month screening and testing process.“After I found out I was compatible, you think to yourself, ‘If it’s a go, will I go through with it?’ It wasn’t a difficult decision. Surgery is the worst part. Afterwards your remaining kidney compensates for the other kidney. You can lead a normal life. I thought to myself, ‘It’s very little discomfort for me to go through to help Whitey live,’” Vaughan said.It helped to have an understanding boss, Foley & Lardner partner Mark Wolfson, who is chair of The Florida Bar’s Business Law Section.“Lori is such a quality person, and I don’t say that about everybody,” Wolfson said. “It shows to the community the kind of lawyers we have in The Florida Bar.. . . You want to do everything you can in your power to make her life easier and make her situation better. It was the most unselfish act you could do, to donate an organ to someone who is not even in your family.”What Wolfson agreed to do to make Vaughan’s life easier was subtract on an annualized basis the billable hours requirement and allow her to work from home until she got her strength back.“Lori is so good at what she does, she will make it up quickly and probably won’t even need some of that time because of her work ethic,” Wolfson said.Vaughan feels great now and wants to share her story to encourage others to sign an organ donation form and realize the great gifts you can give, even after your death.And there’s another message tucked in her story.“When you hear the lawyer jokes, most people are kidding. But there is sometimes this attitude that lawyers don’t have a heart,” Vaughan said. “Yes, we are humans just like everyone else. We are not perfect, but we try our best.” Lawyer gives up kidney so a friend’s dad can live Lawyer gives up kidney so a friend’s dad can livecenter_img November 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Firestorm on Facebook creates a nightmare for credit union

first_imgAn ugly situation with an Alabama credit union illustrates why having a social media policy signed by all employees is absolutely essential.An employee of MAX Credit Union is accused of publishing Facebook posts that expose private banking dirt about one of the institution’s members.Around March 12, posts allegedly written by the employee reportedly surfaced on a Facebook group called “Prattville-Millbrook Montgomery Black List” (no record of this group can be verified by The Financial Brand). The posts apparently reveal privileged and private financial information about a MAX Credit Union member, namely that the member had a negative balance and was incurring overdrafts. The posts, which had an air of vindictiveness, were signed with hashtags #perksofmynewjob and #iknoweveryonesdirt.From media reports covering the story, it does not appear that ultra-sensitive information such as account numbers or social security numbers were divulged.On Friday, March 13, a post on the MAX Facebook page accused one of the credit union’s employees of the alleged privacy breach, stating she had seen screenshots as evidence. It took a few days for the story to gain steam, but it caught fire with fuel from a local TV station. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more