The UN Force Will Remain in Haiti, President Martelly Says

first_imgBy Dialogo September 15, 2011 The UN mission in Haiti will remain in place until “a national force can take over,” Haitian President Michel Martelly said on September 13. The president also affirmed to the press that the departure of the international soldiers and police can only take place when the country is able to replace them. “MINUSTAH is working for the people of Haiti (…) we need order and peace in order to make progress on our economic development,” he said, noting that a new security plan will be drawn up if Parliament approves his choice for prime minister. The mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) expires on October 15, at which time the Security Council will consider its future.last_img

Huntington Ups Meter Price to Fix Parking Woes

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Huntington village’s Main Street and New York Avenue will now have $1-an-hour metered parking to promote turnover so more people can park. (Photo credit: Town of Huntington)The Huntington Town Board tried Tuesday to address the growing issue of a lack of available parking in one of Long Island’s busiest downtowns, but many who attended the public hearing said the new parking regulations don’t go far enough.The five-member panel unanimously approved two resolutions that increased metered parking along New York Avenue and Main Street in Huntington village from 25-cents hourly to $1-an-hour, doubled metered parking rates to 50-cents hourly in some surrounding streets and increased the rate at East Northport train station parking lot.  They also shifted the time period in which meters on those streets charge drivers to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. instead of the current 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sundays.While they additionally increased the metered parking limit from two hours to three, officials said that they hope the new rates will create more turnover and open up more opportunities for other drivers to park, while also decreasing the amount of time drivers spend searching for an available spot.“We are living in an area where people want to be,” Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone told more than 100 local merchants and residents who were on hand for the afternoon vote.Still, most residents and business owners said the measures won’t alleviate the problem. Many who spoke publicly said prospective customers regularly complain about parking, and some, according to one restaurant owner, cancel reservations because of frustration over searching for an open space.Petrone said a town subcommittee is currently looking into the feasibility of building a parking structure nearby, which appears to have the backing of many community members who spoke before the board. The subcommittee’s recommendation isn’t expected for several months.“More parking brings more business,” said Billii Roberti, a former book store owner in the village who closed down her business after only two years. Speaking outside the hearing, Roberti said other issues compounded the problem which led to her closing the store, but she noted, parking “certainly didn’t help.”“All my customers complain,” said a man who identified himself as the owner of Scorpios, a Greek restaurant on New York Avenue.“We need to work together to figure out the answer to this,” added Chris Mitchell, another business owner.The resolutions adopted Tuesday were part of a recommendation from the Huntington Village Parking Study, which was released last summer and was commissioned by a consortium that included the town, the Town of Huntington Economic Development Corp., the Huntington Village Business Improvement District, the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and Paramount Theater.A town spokesman said the new parking meter rates are expected to apply in a month to six weeks, once new centralized Muni Meter are installed to replace the old meters currently posted at each parking space. Violators are issued a warning for their first offense, but a second offense incurs a $25 fine with $50 fines for each thereafter. The municipal parking lots behind the shops will still be free, the spokesman said.last_img read more

Even 6-figure families are often strapped for cash, study says

first_img continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Americans don’t always do such a great job of saving money, but when we think about those with minimal or nonexistent savings, we often imagine low-income families struggling to make ends meet. It’s therefore somewhat shocking to learn that nearly 25% of households earning $100,000 to $150,000 a year claim they couldn’t come up with $2,000 in a month’s time.In a study published by The Brookings Institution, participants were asked whether they’d be able to come up with $2,000 within 30 days for an unexpected expense. Across all income levels, over 25% of respondents admitted that they could not come up with that much money, while another 19% claimed they could do so only if they sold off possessions or took out payday loans. In other words, nearly 50% of Americans on the whole are considered, as the study puts it, “financially fragile.” And while we might expect lower earners to fall into this category, the fact that so many six-figure families aren’t saving means their money management skills just aren’t up to par.Those who earn more often spend moreA big part of the problem is that higher earners tend to fall into the trap of taking their healthy incomes as an invitation to spend more. Higher earners are more likely to get approved for substantial mortgages and other loans than those who earn less,  so many make the mistake of spending first and saving second (or not at all). The Brookings study authors admit that while the percentage of cash-strapped six-figure families is perhaps higher than it should be, the numbers are less surprising when we consider the high costs of living in desirable neighborhoods, housing prices, and child care expenses.last_img read more

10 internal factors that determine lending success

first_imgMarket conditions are a contributor to the number of loan applications that you receive, but ultimately, your staff and solutions are what make a great lending partnership between members and your credit union. There are several factors within your control that can help your lending process become more efficient, effective, and successful. Here are 10 factors to consider when refining your credit union’s lending process.The Ability of your Lending Staff: Your lending staff is only as good as the training you give them. Make sure they are well-prepared to meet with members, analyze their financial situation, and provide the best options to meet their needs. Also, consider using incentives for your lending staff. Working toward a goal will give your staff the drive they need to go the extra mile, and in return, they might get commission or an extra day of vacation time. Not only will this motivate your staff, but it will promote a better manager-employee relationship, and improve the quality of member services as well. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Organizational Design: Goals and expectations are a key factor to communicate with your staff. Managers need to communicate with their lending team and outline clear expectations. This sets the credit union up for success and eliminates awkward conversations regarding lending performance at the end of the quarter. Staff can’t meet organizational goals if they don’t know they exist, so make sure lending goals are communicated early on, and promote an open dialogue to discuss tactics that will help them reach their best potential.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

24 is Returning to Fox without Jack Bauer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hawkins played iconic rapper Dr. Dre in the acclaimed hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton, which many observers feel was snubbed out of an Oscar nomination. He’s also appeared in AMC’s cult favorite The Walking Dead as the character Heath.24 fans are accustomed to new characters because of the show’s high death count since the series began in 2001. But it’s unclear how fans will respond to someone other than Bauer saving the day. Sutherland reprised the role of Jack Bauer in 2014 when Fox produced 24: Live Another Day, a 12-episode event molded after previous seasons. Legacy will also run as a 12-episode series.The cast may be different but several people instrumental in the series’ success in previous seasons have signed on to the project. Serving as executive producers will be Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto and Evan Katz.Much like previous seasons, the reboot will cover one full day but will likely jump around to complete the 24-hour cycle.While the show inspired a huge following, it also became part of the political discourse as it was criticized for its unapologetic use of torture on terror subjects. Torture was such a staple on the show that after a while it lost its shock value.The move by Fox to revive the show—again—is just the latest in a growing library of popular shows that have gone off air only to return. Also coming back to Fox is Prison Break, which had a four-season run. And, after a 13-year television hiatus, The X-Files returned Sunday for a six-episode event. Fox has found its new Jack.Corey Hawkins of Straight Outta Compton and The Walking Dead fame will star in Fox’s reboot of the hit thriller 24, the network announced.For fans who haven’t kept up with 24 news since its miniseries event in 2014, Fox revealed it was rebooting the series with all new characters but will retain the same pulse-pounding, hour-to-hour format it made famous. But Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland since the show’s inception, will be on the sidelines.The new series will be called 24: Legacy.The man tasked with disrupting the next fictitious terror plot on US soil is Hawkins, who will play a military hero named Eric Carter.center_img Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Tips to effectively complete those ‘rainy day’ projects

first_imgThey say to first pick out a single room, not the whole house. Another tip is to have a few boxes set aside labled “KEEP, DISCARD, DONATE, or RECYCLE.” If it’s a larger room maybe start by doing a corner of it or half of it, if you pick too big of a space to clean your probably going to get overwhelmed and just not do it. 12 News spoke to Chris Wurth, the owner of Decluttering Chaos LLC, about their process for cleaning out those rooms that have been put off for another day. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — If you’re stuck inside the house and have been running out of things to do this might be the opportune time to complete those “rainy day” projects you’ve been sitting on.center_img They say to go around the room in a clockwise manor an find anything that may have fallen behind stands or really just any clutter you wont need. If you do little steps at a time you’ll start to see results and feel better as you go through de-cluttering your house. “First thing your going to want to do is first go through with a garbage can and pick up anything you know your not going to need, anything garbage like soda cans or bottles or anything like that.” Said Wurth.last_img read more

Vinkovci Autumns have proudly preserved and nurtured Croatian traditional culture and heritage for 54 years

first_imgVinkovci Autumns are a stage of original traditional Croatian folklore, where about 8000 participants will perform. The theme of this year’s Vinkovci Autumns is “Three Dear Words to Us”, referring to Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem. Pride and pride of Slavonia Children’s Vinkovci Autumn is a guarantee of the survival of the event, as well as traditional culture and heritage. From an early age, children live, appreciate and respect the tradition of their parents, grandparents, and thus lay the foundations for the survival of the entire event in the future. A link that is extremely important. This year, 14 children will perform at the Children’s Vinkovci Autumns (September 15 and 3.000) “shocks and shocks ”, with over 60 children’s folklore groups. The Vinkovci Autumn event has been successfully preserving and nurturing Croatian traditional culture and heritage for 54 years, and this year, from 13 to 22 September, they bring the best display of Slavonian tradition that they keep from oblivion. This prestigious and well-known folklore, tourist, economic and cultural event in the town on Bosut attracts about 100 thousand visitors. In order to show what they have learned and practiced during the year, and how worthy heirs of older guardians of traditional heritage, young folklorists from all counties of Croatia, but also the diaspora, come to Vinkovci Autumn where two days are dedicated only to them. Small Vinkovci Autumns, as this two-day event of small folklorists is called, are held on Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, and are the largest such event and are similar to those “big” Vinkovci Autumns because children’s folklore groups perform at stage in the Main Tent, and like the older folklorists, all participants dressed in festive folk costumes of their place will parade on Sunday morning through the streets of Vinkovci – everything is like in the “big” parade except that there are small folklorists, small folk costumes, small horsemen and carriages, little majorettes, little daughters-in-law who poke as well as the older ones and the little Shocks with a dandy crooked shocking cap who look up to their grandparents. Since 1970 as part of the event Vinkovci Autumn, small folklorists also have their place, who in cultural and artistic societies, learning from the elderly, nurture and preserve from oblivion, most often, the very rich heritage of their place.center_img Children’s Vinkovci Autumns as a guarantee of the survival of the event Photo: Vinkovci Autumns The most spectacular event will follow on the last day when 75 KUDs and folklore groups from the country and the diaspora, 30 horse-drawn carriages and about 50 riders, or almost 4500 participants in the parade, will pass through the city streets in a ceremonial parade of participants and a horse-drawn carriage show. Find out more about Vinkovci Autumns HERE In addition to the rich traditional and cultural program that is the backbone of this event, there is a rich gastronomic program: from a rich gastronomic offer of Slavonian specialties, souvenirs, various accompanying program, wine town, craft beer festival, conferences to various concerts every day. last_img read more

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Architect’s advice on renovation leads to ultra-modern beach abode

first_img39 Dutton Street Coolangatta The couple said they took the advice of an architect to build something that would last and knocked the house down.“In the end it was too big of a deal to renovate and we calculated it would be more affordable to rebuild,” Mr Grace said. Armed with a specific set of plans and with the help of architect Pat Twohill this Coolangatta home was transformed into an ultra-modern beach house. 39 Dutton Street CoolangattaA STONES throw from the beach, is this ultra-modern house that captures ocean views in its three level design.But, according to the owners, it wasn’t part of the plan.This three-bedroom home was six years in the making for homeowners Brian and Penny Grace who always had plans to renovate. “My wife Penny and I originally bought the place to renovate, but after six years of living in the house and really getting to know the place, we realised it was going to be a very big job,” Mr Grace said. 39 Dutton Street Coolangatta“The architect’s drafts were exactly what we wanted and more, and we didn’t do much drafting or changing at all.”The open plan living and dining areas feature an extensive use of glass and stacker doors open the area up to create seamless indoor outdoor living.The Alfresco area has a large balcony and an outdoor kitchen including a sound system and roll-down blinds. 39 Dutton Street CoolangattaThe staircase is complemented with Brushbox timber and leads up to the living area with a study nook. Mr Grace said the kitchen and living room is the most used space in the house.“You can sit there, have dinner and watch the ocean,” he said.“The home is only 400m from the beach so if we aren’t at home we are walking to the beach to fish or swim.” Other highlights of the property are remote entry gates and tinted windows to the Northern side of the home. A garden shed and small vegie garden are included. 39 Dutton St, Coolangatta 3 3 4Price: $1.475 millionFeatures: Outdoor sound system, bath tub and water tankArea: 253sq mAgent: Gavin Keith RBR Property Consultants, CoolangattaInspections: By appointment 39 Dutton Street CoolangattaMr Grace said his only requests for the new house was that it had to be north facing with an open outlook to the ocean and have space for at least four cars in the garage. “I can fit my caravan in the garage as well as all the bikes and our cars, the architect really got the element of space right,” The father-of-three said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“There is also a lot of glass throughout the house which captures the ocean perfectly.last_img read more

Lady Trojans Freshman Volleyball Team Remains Unbeaten

first_imgEC Freshman won in two: 25-11, 25-12.We mixed it up a little this evening to give girls an opportunity to play different roles – specifically in the back row – and they adjusted pretty well. We had two successful back-row attacks, which was something we have previously struggled with and been working on.We have improved at transitioning and reading the opponents. We struggled at times at having solid approaches and attacks, however our setters made smart decisions in relation to placing the ball as we progressed through the match.Campbell and Johnson led in kills; Dudley, Fledderman, and Langefeld placed the ball well, and you can see that Hoog is continually improving her strength and speed of her attack. We had no errors on serve receive and 80% of our digs were playable.The defensive specialists are relatively consistent at ensuring we get a good start to each play, and nothing else would be possible without their technique and leadership (which we are continuing to develop) in the back row.We are down to our last two matches. Freshman are 13-0. Next match is at Franklin County at 5pm on Tuesday, October 7th.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Rachel James.last_img read more