Regus achieves goal with SW1square deal

first_imgRegus is planning to open a luxury serviced office centre at MEPC’s former headquarters in St James’s Square, London.Mark Dixon’s serviced office company is understood to be in advanced negotiations to take the Grade II-listed 12 St James’s Square, totalling 4,645 sq m (50,000 sq ft). Letting agent Knight Frank is quoting £538.20/sq m (£50/sq ft) on the building’s best floors.If the deal completes, Regus will achieve its long-standing aim of securing an office in the square. In October 1997, Regus came agonisingly close to taking space at Grand Metropolitan’s former HQ at 20 St James’s Square. However, the building’s landlords – French institutions GAN and UAP – pulled the plug shortly before the deal was due to be signed, stating that its terms were not compatible with Grand Met’s lease.A deal on number 12 will be one of the first for Regus’ new property director, Chris Boulton. He joined Regus last August from CB Hillier Parker, where he was head of West End office agency.According to one agent: ‘Chris has been very active since he joined Regus – knocking on lots of doors.’ MEPC moved from 12 St James’s Square to Nations House on Wigmore Street in April 1998.MEPC and Regus were unavailable for comment. Knight Frank refused to comment.Meanwhile, joint landlords MEPC and Asticus have completed the letting of 90 Long Acre in Covent Garden this week.US investment bank Capital International has taken 973 sq m (10,472 sq ft), paying £484/sq m (£45/sq ft). Liquor marketing consultancy Camus International has taken 137 sq m (1,480 sq ft) at £280/sq m (£26/sq ft).Nelson Bakewell acted for Capital International; Adams Burnett represented Campus International. Saxon Law and Richard Ellis acted for MEPC.last_img read more

After months-long trial, schizophrenic Bogor woman absolved of blasphemy charge

first_imgRead also: Bogor blasphemy trial: ‘Mentally ill’ defendant did not know about dog ban in mosqueProsecutors indicted Suzethe under Article 156a of the Criminal Code on blasphemy and demanded that she be sentenced to eight months in jail.Alfonsus said that, as of Wednesday afternoon, the prosecutors had yet to appeal the court’s verdict, which gave Suzethe’s family time to focus on her health.With monthly check-ups, Suzethe is still undergoing outpatient treatment at Marzoeki Mahdi Hospital and she takes medicine to help manage her schizophrenia. (hol) Alfonsus said that ever since the case first commenced last September, everyone involved, including the prosecutors and investigators, were aware of Suzethe’s mental health conditions.“From her gestures, the way she speaks, we all can see that she is suffering,” he said. “But the case was pursued because there was pressure from certain groups of people.”The case started after a video of Suzethe entering Al-Munawaroh Mosque in Sentul, Bogor regency, went viral last year.Believing that her husband was marrying another woman inside the mosque, she stormed inside with her pet dog and wearing her shoes ─ shocking members of the mosque congregation and sparking anger among some Muslims, who regard dogs as impure and do not allow footwear inside mosques. Topics :center_img Suzethe Margareth, a schizophrenic woman who was charged with blasphemy last year, walked free on Wednesday after a panel of the judges at the Cibinong District Court in Bogor, West Java, absolved her of all charges because of her mental health.“Thank you to everyone, [to] journalists, NGOs and the panel of the judges that made a just decision because the fact is that [Suzethe] is ill,” Suzethe’s lawyer, Alfonsus Atu Kota, told reporters on Wednesday after the hearing.Read also: Prosecutors demand 8 months for schizophrenic woman accused of blasphemylast_img read more

Townsville land values drop by 2.1 per cent

first_imgRESIDENTIAL land values in Townsville have dropped by an average of 2.1 per cent with the city’s northern suburbs hardest hit, new figures reveal.While land values remained unchanged in most Townsville suburbs, a significant to moderate decline was recorded across 10 suburbs, eight of which are located along the Northern Beaches.Recording an annual drop of 10.2 per cent, Burdell showed the largest decline in median land value followed by Rollingstone (9.8 per cent), Wulguru (8.8 per cent), Shaw (4.9 per cent), Mount Low (4.8 per cent) and Deeragun (3.9 per cent).On the lower spectrum were Bushland Beach with a decline of 1.8 per cent, Toomulla (1 per cent), Kelso (0.9 per cent) and Bohle Plains (0.8 per cent), all of which contributed to Townsville’s new median land value of $143,000, down from $146,000.The figures are contained in the State Government’s annual land valuations report and will take effect for calculation of local government rates, state land tax and state land rental purposes from June 30.Valuer-General Neil Bray said land values had generally remained steady compared with last year, with some reductions in the city’s outer suburbs. “The reduction in Townsville’s overall land value reflects the city’s high unemployment and industry downturns due to slowing mining activity and limited activity in multi-unit markets,” he said.“However, residential values have generally held steady with some minor to moderate decreases in outer areas while commercial and industrial land stagnated with minor decreases across some areas.“Some localities, such as parts of Burdell, Deeragun and Mount Low, reflected moderate to significant decreases in median values due to market resistance to sites with building difficulties because of topography, with the median value of residential land in Burdell falling from $152,000 to $137,000.”Across North Queensland, Collinsville reported the largest fall in median land valuation, a 54.8 per cent drop from $21,000 in 2016 to $9500.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Housing Industry Association regional director North Queensland Robert Harding said while the reduction in land value was bad news for sellers, it was an opportunity for buyers and builders. “The largest cost of building is the land component as well as government taxes,” he said.“So it’s not necessarily the actual house itself. Whenever we see land values drop, it generally benefits our building industry as everything that goes into building becomes more affordable so this drop is certainly welcomed by all of us.” Valuation notices will be issued to landowners this week.Landowners who believe their valuation to be incorrect, and can provide supporting information, can lodge an objection by May 8.last_img read more

CTO to tackle aviation issues with regional ministries

first_img 37 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (17 Dec, 2012) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will lead a mission in the New Year to meet with top ministerial officials and technical personnel in its member countries to seek their assistance in the advancement of better intra-regional air links to help boost tourism in the region.This was one of several recommendations coming out of the inaugural meeting of the CTO Aviation Task Force which took place at the regional tourism development agency’s headquarters in Barbados recently.The recently appointed CTO Chairman, the USVI Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, reported a successful inaugural meeting which discussed the cost of intra-regional travel, the economic impact of the declines in travel, improving the ease of passenger movement, and launching actions to improve the efficiency of Caribbean aviation. The meeting was jointly chaired by Commissioner Nicholson-Doty and CTO past chairman Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International Transport of St. Kitts and Nevis.“We had an excellent first meeting and we are confident that CTO’s leadership in this area will be critical to reviving growth in intra-regional travel which has declined seriously in recent years,” the CTO chairman said.The Aviation Committee discussed the San Juan Accord – a memorandum on the regional air transport sector that was agreed by CTO members in 2007 – as well as other important issues such as minimum revenue guarantees, communication among regional carriers, “open skies” agreements, government taxes and fees, fuel costs, visa restrictions, passenger security-screening arrangements, airlift capacity and the dependency of local hotels on the intra-regional market.Another key item addressed was American Eagle’s possible departure from the San Juan hub in 2013 and both the opportunities and challenges this presents, especially for destinations in the Eastern Caribbean which depend on this commuter service.Among other recommendations, the Committee proposed a meeting between airline and airport operators within the first few weeks of the New Year and a region-wide meeting of transportation ministers and commissioners in the first quarter of 2013.The composition of the Committee reflects technical, regulatory and policy-making experience and has public/private sector representation from tourism professionals, accommodations, airlines, airports and aviation consultants.Press releaseCaribbean Tourism Organization LifestyleTravel CTO to tackle aviation issues with regional ministries by: – December 18, 2012center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Driver Escapes Serious Injury After Crash On Coonhunters Road

first_imgA local driver was not seriously injured after her vehicle struck a utility pole Wednesday (Image: Batesville Police)A local driver avoided serious injury after an accident that shut down a portion of Coonhunters Road Wednesday afternoon.Batesville Police received a 911 call from a witness around 12:30 p.m.Dawn Spurlock, of Batesville, was driving south near C.R. 1350 N when she lost control of her blue Chevrolet suburban and hit a ditch.Crash investigators say she over corrected and went left of center striking a utility pole. The vehicle came to rest on the driver’s side against a tree.Spurlock, who police say was not seriously injured, was transported to Margaret Mary Health for a medical evaluation.The road was shut down following the accident due to live wires on the roadway.Investigating officer Jamie Straber was assisted on the scene by Batesville Fire & EMS.last_img read more

Childhood Experiences Shape Our Futures – For Better And Worse

first_imgParent divorce27.4%25.0% Treated unfairly because of race/ethnicity4.1%3.7% Parent served time in jail10.4%8.2% Lived with anyone who was mentally ill, suicidal, or severely depressed9.2%7.8% The good news is that the earlier we can identify a child’s ACEs score, the sooner we can connect them to services to prevent, reverse, or heal the effects. Both physicians and educators are building systems to screen and respond to ACEs.In many cases, positive childhood experiences can mitigate the stressful or traumatic events. All children need adults that support, trust and love them. Caring adults, whether parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches or mentors, are key to helping children build long-term resilience. Find more information about ACEs from the following resources: Indiana Youth Institute ACEs Data Brief Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration American Academy of Pediatrics.By Tami Silverman, President & CEO, Indiana Youth Institute Parent death5.3%3.3% Indianapolis, In. — For many of us, it is easy to see how our childhood experiences influence our adult choices, behaviors, and preferences. Perhaps you like basketball because all the kids on your street played together after school. Or you learned to cook by helping a beloved grandparent make special family meals. Years spent in a scouting program can create a lasting love of exploration. Examples of positive experiences are endless and unique to each of us.In the same way, stressful or traumatic childhood events also have lasting impact. The importance of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or “ACEs”, was first discovered 20 years ago as a result of a large-scale research study led by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The resulting ACEs screening tool established a way to gauge the cumulative effect of different types of childhood abuse, neglect or stressful events.While adverse childhood experiences are very common, as the number of ACEs experienced by a child increase, so does that child’s risk for chronic disease as an adult. Unfortunately, as documented in the Indiana Youth Institute’s September data brief, Hoosier youth have a higher prevalence than their peers nationally in eight of out nine ACEs as measured by the National Survey of Children’s Health.center_img Victim or witness of neighborhood violence5.9%3.9% Lived with anyone who had a problem with alcohol or drugs9.6%9.0% Somewhat or very hard to get by on family’s income23.6%25.4% Witnessed domestic violence7.5%5.7% Adverse Childhood ExperiencesIndianaUnited Stateslast_img read more

Princeton’s Western Showdown features four IMCA divisions

first_imgPRINCETON, Minn. – Four IMCA sanctioned divisions run at Princeton Speedway’s Western Showdown special this weekend.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified features on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 pay $1,000 to win, a minimum of $100 to start and are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $500 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $125 to win both nights.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance points, but no lo­cal track points, will be awarded at the fourth annual special.Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both days. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $7 for students ages 7-17 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $17 for minors ages 5-17.More information is available by calling 320 201-0124 and at the website.last_img read more

Man City’s Guardiola warned over conduct in Liverpool match

first_imgLondon: England’s Football Association formally has warned Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola over his conduct during the club’s 2-1 win over Liverpool.At one point during Thursday’s contest, the Spaniard threw his scarf to the ground and shouted at fourth official Martin Atkinson.This is Guardiola’s first official warning of the season. An accumulation of four warnings usually leads to a suspension, reports Efe news.The victory at the Etihad lifted defending champions City to second in the Premier League, 4 points behind leaders Liverpool. IANSAlso Read: I will be Mancunian for rest of my life: Pep Guardiolalast_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgCommissioner Roger Goodell mapped out several phases of protocols in a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The first phase to deal with the coronavirus pandemic would involve a limited number of non-player personnel. That number initially would be 50% of the non-player employees and up to a total of 75 on any single day being approved to be at the facility. But state or local regulations could require a lower number.The individual clubs would decide which employees could return to the facility and when, once the buildings reopen. No players would be permitted in the facility except to continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that were underway when facilities were ordered closed in late March.Goodell noted that the league is actively working on the next phase of reopening, which will involve both more staffers and players. He said the players’ union is also being consulted on these steps.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:The NBA says some players can voluntarily work out at their team practice facilities starting on Friday, with some very specific conditions and only in places where local and state governments have signed off on such openings. But it’s unclear how many — if any — players will be back on the floor when the league ban gets lifted. Some teams aren’t ready to welcome players back immediately, and many teams aren’t allowed to open yet to because of local rules. Associated Press Shay spent the last five years as an assistant to Forbes, who left to take over the Wake Forest basketball program. The Buccaneers went 130-43 during that time for the program’s best record over a five-year stretch in school history.ETSU set a single-season record for victories this past season, going 30-4 and winning the Southern Conference’s regular-season and tournament titles.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-UCONN-OLLIENCAA rejects former UConn coach’s appeal over violationsHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An NCAA panel has rejected an appeal by former UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, who sought to overturn findings that he violated ethical conduct rules while leading the Huskies. — All but one of the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference have indicated they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester, a step widely believed to be needed to resume football and other sports. South Carolina and Tennessee today became the latest schools in the nation’s top football conference to announce their plans, joining Alabama, LSU and others. Vanderbilt hasn’t announced its plans for the fall.— The Big 12 has become the first Power Five conference to say it will hold its football media days virtually. About 500 media members are usually credentialed to attend Big 12 media days, which were scheduled to be held July 21-22 at AT&T Stadium near Dallas.— Four MLS teams allowed players to use team training fields for individual workouts on Wednesday. Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami let players in for vigorously controlled voluntary workouts on the first day they were permitted by the league. Nashville, Real Salt Lake, LAFC and Houston are among the league’s 26 teams that plan to start Thursday, with more lined up next week.— The NCAA has approved a waiver that will allow schools to spend below the minimum level on athletic scholarships required to compete in Division I. The Division I Council Coordination Committee approved two other blanket waivers Wednesday that had been requested by several conferences in recent weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Basketball and football players will be allowed to participate in summer athletic activities without being enrolled in school.— Fans will be allowed to enter baseball stadiums Friday for games in Taiwan for the first time this season. It’s part of a gradual easing of restrictions amid the pandemic. The China Professional Baseball League said up to 1,000 people would be permitted to enter ballparks after an agreement between the league and Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center. The move gives the Wildcats a veteran 7-footer after the team’s entire starting lineup declared for the NBA draft.Sarr is a 255-pounder from France who was the Demon Deacons’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer last season. He announced his decision to play for the Wildcats on social media. He also called former Demon Deacons coach Danny Manning and his staff “family.” Manning was fired last month and replaced by Steve Forbes.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-EAST TENNESSEE STATEETSU picks Shay to replace ForbesJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State has filled the loss of men’s basketball coach Steve Forbes by promoting Jason Shay to the post. May 6, 2020 — Belgium’s prime minister says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the pandemic. The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the decision by the national security council. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.— The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, a month and a half after it was suspended because of the outbreak. The president of the Turkish soccer federation says he hopes to finish the season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August. The games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.NFL-TITANS-JOSEPHTitans agree to terms with veteran CB Johnathan JosephNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph as they continue to revamp their secondary. Update on the latest sportscenter_img Auditor Shad White said his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, plus a commitment that Favre will repay the other $600,000 in installments over the next few months. Favre’s effort to repay the money came two days after White released an audit of spending by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The audit showed Favre had been paid by Mississippi Community Education Center, a nonprofit group whose former leader has been indicted in a welfare embezzlement scheme.The audit was released months after a former Human Services director and five other people were indicted on state charges of embezzling about $4 million. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial in what White has called one of Mississippi’s largest public corruption cases in decades.HORSE RACING-HALL OF FAMETrainer Mark Casse among 7 elected to Racing Hall of FameSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Trainer Mark Casse, jockey Darrel McHargue, thoroughbred Wise Dan, and owner George D. Widener, Jr. have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Also elected were racehorse Tom Bowling, owner Alice Headley Chandler, and J. Keene Daingerfield, Jr., a trainer who became one of the most respected stewards in the sport.The induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The museum is monitoring state and health regulations in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The two-time Pro Bowl selection spent the last nine seasons with the Houston Texans after beginning his career with a five-year stint in Cincinnati.The 2006 first-round draft pick from South Carolina has 750 tackles and 31 interceptions in his 14-year career.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-KENTUCKY-SARREx-Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr transferring to KentuckyLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Former Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr says he’s transferring to Kentucky. The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee ruled Ollie failed to prove that information he presented alleging witnesses against him lied outweighed the information that supported the violation findings.In July 2019, the NCAA Committee on Infractions placed the UConn program on two years of probation and sanctioned Ollie individually for numerous violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.MISSISSIPPI WELFARE MISSPENDINGAuditor: Favre received welfare money for no-show speechesJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up. — A person with knowledge of negotiations tells The Associated Press the Maryland Jockey Club and NBC Sports have set aside three possible dates for the running of the Preakness. The NBC affiliate in Baltimore reported the Preakness will be run Oct. 3. The person tells the AP that is one of the three possible dates, along with one each in July and August. The Preakness was originally set for May 16 as the second jewel of the Triple Crown. The uncertain timeline allows for the possibility of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont being run out of order.— The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country. Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that tournament organizers have “modeled everything.” He says the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year. He says the “best-case scenario at this point” is having an Australian Open with only Australian fans. Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time in 75 years, the French Open has been moved from May to September, and a decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected next month.— Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) has been given the go-ahead to resume its top two soccer divisions this month. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) announced a loosening of a range of containment measures Wednesday after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped. Matches in the two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart. The earliest the league can resume is May 16.— Soccer players in Spain have returned to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players for Barcelona, Real (ray-AL’) Madrid, Atlético Madrid and other clubs started preparing for the return to training this week. They are all expected to be tested for COVID-19 and should be cleared to practice once the results are back. Most clubs are expected to resume practicing by the end of the week.— The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL has plan in place for opening team facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15.last_img read more

Organisers Confirm Record Application for Accreditation

first_img2018 ACCESS/ LAGOS CITY MARATHONAbout 1000 Nigerian and international media practitioners have applied for media accreditation for the coverage of the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.According to Head, Communications and Media of the race, Olukayode Thomas, this is a new record as only 300 applied for accreditation at the first edition, while a little over 400 applied for accreditation in 2017. Thomas revealed that the accreditation for athletics reporters would be distributed on Wednesday, while the others can pick up their accreditation on Thursday at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.Thomas also confirmed that there would be a media seminar for athletics reporters on Wednesday,“Marathon is a new culture here, most of our reporters are used to short distances and field events, so the core stakeholders: the organisers, the sponsors, and the athletics reporters need to have a good understanding of what we are doing and how we can make the work of the reporters easier.’’Speakers at the seminar include the Executive Chairman Lagos State Sports Commission, Kwenku Tandoh, Project Consultant Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Bukola Olopade, General Manager Marathon, Yusuf Alli, President, Guild of Sports Editors, Tony Ubani, a representative of both the medical and security committee, a speaker from Kenya and representative of athletics reporters.Thomas said the seminar was strictly for athletics reporters.“ I am also using this medium to appeal to others journalists who will be covering this marathon but does not have the culture of marathon to please study the media guide and respect the dos and don’ts especially movement in areas where athletes are running or recover area. For this edition, we have a standard media workstation with internet facilities, journalists are advised to stay within the media station, all the winners and officials they intend to interview will come to the media workstation,’’ said ThomasShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more