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Chautauqua County Executive Pushes Businesses To Plan For Life After COVID-19

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PexelsMAYVILLE – Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel is urging county businesses to look to the future and develop plans on how they will reopen after COVID-19.“Thanks to the great efforts of the Chautauqua County Health Department and the tremendous cooperation of our residents, the infection rate of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County continues to remain low,” said Wendel. “We should remain optimistic when we really look at our current situation.”“As we continue to reduce the infection rate in our County and abide by social distancing measures, I believe we need a plan for the future and to urge New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow us to gradually reopen our County’s communities and economy,” said Wendel. “In a concerted effort with Senator Borrello and Assemblyman Goodell’s regional plan for reopening this is an effort to be proactive. I will be sending a letter to our businesses throughout our County asking them to look at their operations and preemptively develop plans on how they would operate once the Governor decides we can reopen. These plans would include the implementation of necessary protocols to still protect businesses’ employees and customers from the spread of COVID-19.”Wendel says that the county will be committed to: Assessing its community readiness based on local data and indicators;Developing industry specific plans for the step-by-step easing of community mitigation measures;Requiring compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s  COVID-19 guidance for all businesses;Continuing to focus on safety for employees and customers including social distancing, the use of face coverings or other protective equipment as appropriate for the industry; cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces; and not working when ill;Continuing robust COVID-19 public health surveillance and response work through robust isolation and quarantine measures, contact tracing of cases, health education, and increasing mitigation measures as necessary;Focusing on low risk business sectors first, such as manufacturing, professionals, office staff; andPhasing in other business sections as the situation continues to improve.“As we plan for the eventual reopening of our communities, I can assure you that we will continue our COVID-19 surveillance and response work,” said Christine Schuyler, County Director of Health and Human Services. “In the event that monitoring shows increased transmission of COVID-19 or a strain on our public health or healthcare systems at any step of loosening community mitigation measures, I will advise of the need to tighten mitigation measures as appropriate.”Businesses are asked to submit their reopening plans electronically to New York State Senator George Borrello at borrello@nysenate.gov, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell at goodella@nyassembly.gov ; and CCHEALTH@co.chautauqua.ny.us, fax to (716) 753-4640 or mail to Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health; HRC Building, 7 N. Erie Street; Mayville, NY 14757.As of Wednesday, Chautauqua County has two active COVID-19 cases, both of which are in mandatory isolation. Officials say there are no COVID-19 hospitalizations and only one new lab confirmed case in Chautauqua County in the last six days. In addition, they say there’s been a dramatic drop in the number of people who are in quarantine and isolation.Officials add over 600 people who have been tested, with 96 percent testing negative; and Chautauqua County has one of the lowest positive test percentages (4 percent) in the entire State of New York.“These statistics provide some good news for Chautauqua County,” said Wendel. “They show we are on the right track to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our County and can provide residents with some reassurance that the social distancing efforts they are taking are working. However, it is important that we do not let our preventive efforts fall to the wayside now. We all still need to remain diligent and focused on continuing to minimize the spread of COVID-19.”Residents are reminded to continue to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. It is also important for individuals to practice appropriate respiratory hygiene by not touching their faces, washing their hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and staying home when they are sick.Healthcare providers should also continue to refer individuals with COVID-19 symptoms for testing. This includes hospitalized patients, nursing home and adult care facility residents, healthcare workers, individuals with chronic health conditions, individuals who are immunocompromised, and other essential workers.Throughout the pandemic, officials say there’s been 28 confirmed cases, including one new case of a female in her 20’s; 23 recovered cases, three deaths, 43 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored. Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors; and 620 negative test results to date.“Thanks to the great efforts of the Chautauqua County Health Department and the tremendous cooperation of our residents, the infection rate of COVID-19 in Chautauqua County continues to remain low,” said Wendel. “We should remain optimistic when we really look at our current situation.”last_img read more

Pre-Broadway Dates Set for Frozen

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first_img‘Frozen'(Photo: Walt Disney Pictures) Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 View Comments Ready to let it go, Denver? We now have the dates for the Colorado world premiere of the Broadway-bound Frozen. Disney Theatricals’ out-of-town tryout will take place from August 17, 2017 through October 1 at the Buell Theatre. Directed by Michael Grandage and designed by Christopher Oram, the new musical based on Disney’s Oscar-winning musical is scheduled to bow on the Great White Way in spring 2018 at the St. James Theatre (which will have a new back wall).Frozen follows two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, whose relationship is put to the test when Elsa’s magical ice powers are unleashed during a power anthem that you’re still singing under your breath. Also in the mix are a strapping iceman, his reindeer, a fast-talking snowman and a too-good-to-be-true prince. We probably didn’t need to explain that to you.The tuner will feature music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the creators of the film score, and a book by Jennifer Lee, the film’s screenwriter and director (with Chris Buck). Frozen won 2014 Oscars for Best Song (“Let It Go”) and Best Animated Feature.center_img Frozen Related Showslast_img read more

The February Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live

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first_imgDEPARTMENTSTHE DIRTFreesoloist Austin Howell survives a near-death fall and keeps climbing.QUICK HITSLance wins a trail race—people get pissed • Chimney Rock expands • Former Olympian runs sub-five mile for 40th consecutive yearFLASHPOINTCut the carbs? Crank up the workout intensity? Juicy detox cure? 5 common fitness myths debunked.THE GOODSAdventure runner Phil Phelan’s go-to gear for multiday treks.TRAIL MIXFast Hands and Hard Truths: New albums from Larry Keel and Malcom Holcombe.FEATURESTAKING BACK THE GAULEY“Once I got out on the Gauley, my hands shook with each pull through the water, and in the opening rapids, I had trouble rallying the power that I needed to steer myself.”TRAIL HEROESThere aren’t many large black women lining up at the starting line of 62-mile ultras. That hasn’t stopped Mirna Valerio, a Georgia teacher and coach who is shattering stereotypes. Meet Mirna and four other inspiring trail runners from the Blue Ridge.BLUE RIDGE BUCKET LISTMake 2016 the year of no excuses. Check out these 41 regional events that are sure to make your quads crumble, your forearms scream, and your sides cramp. If you live here or play here, these are the must-dos.THE WAY FORWARDUltrarunning legend and multiple national champion Anne Riddle reflects on what the trail has taught her.APRÈS SKINo two words excite snowsports aficionado Graham Averill more than après ski, roughly translated from the French: ‘I drank too much champagne and fell in the hot tub while still wearing my ski boots.’DITCH THE GPSAdventurer Devon O’neil gets lost to find himself.last_img read more

Brazilian Army Trains 86 Jungle Warriors

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first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo October 10, 2017 On September 20th, 86 students in the Jungle Operations Course (COS, per its Portuguese acronym) finally earned the diploma that certifies them as “jungle warriors.” The graduation took place at the Jungle Warfare Training Center (CIGS, per its Portuguese acronym) in Manaus following 10 weeks of activities. This group of warriors included members of the Brazilian Armed Forces, Military Police professionals, and even partner nation service members. Known for the rigorous requirements the course places on its students, there were 115 service members registered when it began on July 10th. The daily difficulties faced over the length of the course were the cause of these dropouts. “We had a success rate of 73 percent in this edition of the course. That was a very good average,” Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) Lieutenant Colonel Alexandre Amorim de Andrade, the chief of the Training Division at CIGS, said. “That rate has been going up because trainee selection has been getting better,” he acknowledged. COS takes place twice a year: once in the first semester and again in the second. Only members of the military serving in units based in the Amazon jungle may apply, but foreign service members from nations with which Brazil maintains friendly relations may also apply. To do so, they undergo physical tests in swimming, running, rope climbing, and obstacle courses at their home duty stations. Later, they undergo medical testing at CIGS headquarters and repeat the same tests as before while also being tested on their military knowledge one week before the start of the course. Once accepted, they each remove their name, rank, and badge from their uniforms. In place of those items, they each get a hat with a numbered white card on it. Over the next two and a half months, their number will be their new name. “This is to show that all of the students are the same. There isn’t any hierarchy among the students,” EB Captain Rafael Cristofari, who was first in his class and serves as an operations officer for the Amapá Border Command and the 34th Jungle Infantry Battalion, stated. Attrition Lt. Col. Amorim said that the voluntary withdrawals were due to some service members’ physical limitations and their technical limitations as well. Others stopped due to emotional issues, such as homesickness, and there was one student who was unable to continue because he broke his collarbone and could no longer carry his rucksack. There was yet a third reason: lack of technical success. “To measure success, ongoing assessments are made throughout the course. So, the soldier has to meet a minimum standard of expectations relating to their jungle warfare abilities. If they don’t meet that standard, they may be dropped,” Lt. Col. Amorim added. That decision is made after the matter has been discussed by the course’s teacher council. Capt. Cristofari said that he had been determined to make it through to the end of the course. The thought of dropping out never crossed his mind. Instead, for him, the hardest thing to overcome wasn’t the exhausting activities or the lack of sleep but being away from his family. “That’s what weighs most on you, especially for service members who are married with children,” the jungle warrior confessed. During the 10-week training, COS students can have contact with the outside only by phone during their recess periods, which occur during the transitions from one phase of the course to another. The recess periods vary from 12 to 36 hours and mainly serve as time for service members to wash their uniforms and maintain their gear. After the activities have finished, the instructors also allow for shorter breaks of up to 24 hours, when needed. From simple to complex COS training is structured in three phases. The first is called Life in the Jungle and lasts a week and a half, during which time the student is introduced to the main features of the Amazon environment. The goal of this initial stage is to develop jungle survival skills. Next comes the Special Techniques phase. For two and a half weeks, the students learn techniques, tactics, and procedures linked to orienteering, swimming, and firing, which are the skills needed for carrying out a jungle operation. “The swimming part is very important because, in the Amazon, the troops travel extensively along rivers,” Capt. Cristofari underscored. Orienteering is the ability to locate oneself and move from point to point, taking into account the special characteristics of the jungle where there are no clear points of reference, which requires the student to rely on the aid of a map and a compass. In the jungle, the distance from which you can locate a target is much closer than in other environments, Capt. Cristofari said. “In an environment like a desert forest, for example, the troops are able to see a target 500 meters away. In the jungle, it’s all covered in vegetation, and the troops are only able to see targets up to about 20 meters away,” he explained. Thus, these characteristics are worked on with the students so that they can learn how to use their weaponry in the best way. The culmination of the course is in the third phase, which is focused on conducting six weeks of operations. It begins with simpler training events related to reconnaissance patrols and then advances to more complex missions, covering all those that are in the curriculum for the Amazon region, especially on stretches of the border. “These are mock situations that the students will later experience when they return to their squads,” Lt. Col. Amorim stated. International interest COS has developed a good reputation abroad, and, for many years, CIGS has been receiving foreign service members who train together with the Brazilians. Meanwhile, a training geared exclusively to foreigners was created in 2016: the International Jungle Operations Traineeship. Now, the traineeship is being renamed the International Jungle Operations Course (CIOS, per its Portuguese acronym) and runs for five weeks, from October 9th to November 17th, instead of four, as in 2016. Lt. Col. Amorim said that the Amazon Military Command has invited 35 nations to participate in CIOS. The United States and Peru have already confirmed that they have sent service members there.last_img read more

Proposed board actions

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first_img Proposed board actions July 1, 2006 Regular News Proposed board actionscenter_img Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 1.60, the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar hereby publishes this notice of intent to consider or take final action at its July 28 meeting in Orlando on the following items. These matters are additionally governed by Rule 1-12.1, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, where applicable. Most amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that are finally acted upon by the board must still be formally presented to the Supreme Court of Florida, with further notice and opportunity to be heard, before they are officially approved and become effective. To receive a full copy of the text of any of these proposed amendments call (850) 561-5751 — reference any requested proposal by its title or item number and date of this publication. RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR Chapter 1 General Subchapter 1-3 Membership 1. Rule 1-3.6 Delinquent Members Summary: Within subdivisions (e) and (f), changes the period of time for the effective date of delinquencies from 90 days to 30 days. 2. Rule 1-3.8 Right to Inventory Summary: Within subdivision (e) re designation of an inventory attorney, adds exception for Florida practitioners who practice law as an employee of a governmental entity. 3. Rule 1-3.11 Appearance by Non-Florida Lawyer in Arbitration Proceeding in Florida. Summary: Within subdivision (e) re content of verified statement for leave to appear, deletes requirement that non-Florida lawyers supply their social security number to The Florida Bar; adds requirement that such lawyers otherwise provide The Florida Bar with appropriate attorney or bar numbers from those states in which they are eligible to practice law. Chapter 3 Rules of Discipline Subchapter 3-5 Types of Discipline 4. Rule 3-5.1 Generally Summary: Consistent with proposed changes within rule 3-7.9(d), adds language within subdivisions (e) and (f) – re suspension and disbarment – to clarify that such disciplinary actions shall include, unless waived or modified by the court on motion of the respondent showing good cause, a prohibition on the lawyer accepting new business from the date of the order of discipline, effective 30 days thereafter and until such term of discipline has expired. Subchapter 3-7 Procedures 5. Rule 3-7.9 Consent Judgment Summary: Consistent with proposed changes within rule 3-5.1(e) and (f), adds language within subdivision (d) – re content of conditional pleas – to clarify that all such pleas agreeing to suspension or disbarment shall include, unless waived or modified by the court on motion of the respondent showing good cause, a prohibition on the lawyer accepting new business from the date of the order of discipline, effective 30 days thereafter and until such term of discipline has expired. 6. Rule 3-7.11 General Rules of Procedure Summary: Creates new subdivision (i), re proceedings after disbarment, authorizing by consent or court order: the audit of a respondent’s trust, operating, or personal bank accounts; the respondent’s provision of an affidavit re personal and business finances; or the respondent’s maintenance of a current mailing address for a stated period of time. Chapter 5 Rules Regulating Trust Accounts Subchapter 5-1 Generally 7. Rule 5-1.2 Minimum Trust Accounting Procedures Summary: Within subdivision (c), adds clarifying edits to confirm that a lawyer or law firm’s authorization that a bank or savings and loan association notify The Florida Bar of various trust account irregularities shall occur at the time the account is opened, and that such account irregularities include overdrawing an account and dishonoring a trust check; within subdivision (e), adds disbarment as an additional cause to order an audit of a trust account. Chapter 14 Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Subchapter 14-4 Institution of Proceedings 8. Rule 14-4.1 Arbitration Proceedings Summary: Within subdivisions (a) & (b) revises text for clarity; adds new subdivisions (c) – (e) authorizing referrals by intake counsel or bar counsel, grievance committees, and the board of governors, to conform fee arbitration procedures with those applicable to grievance mediation. BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION AND EDUCATION POLICIES 9. BLSE Policy 1.01 Administration Summary: Within subdivision (a)(3), adds “character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism” to update qualifications for certification in language pertaining to BLSE responsibility in the promulgation of rules and policies; within subdivision (b), adds provision for waiver of policy by two-thirds vote of BLSE members present during a regularly scheduled meeting.last_img read more

CUNA shares TCPA concerns with Energy, Commerce subcommittee

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first_img continue reading » CUNA wrote to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday to request consideration of issues CUNA has raised with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as the subcommittee conducts a markup. CUNA filed a petition seeking TCPA relief last month, and it was issued for comment by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week.“We ask you to consider these issues as the Subcommittee marks-up legislation to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to reauthorize appropriations for the FCC, to provide for certain procedural changes to the rules of the Commission to maximize opportunities for public participation and efficient decision making, and for other purposes,” wrote CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle.CUNA’s petition requests the FCC issue a declaratory ruling that wireless informational calls to credit union member-owners with whom the credit union has an established business relationship, or where the call or text is in fact free, be exempt from the TCPA’s prior express consent requirement for autodialed and artificial or prerecorded voice calls. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tayshia Adams’ ‘Bachelorette’ Suitor Peter Tests Positive for COVID

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first_imgGiannikopoulos went on to share an important message to the people who “pretend [COVID-19] does not exist,” writing, “In moments like this, lean against each other for support and positivity. Although my symptoms are evident, I am going to fight this and win. I understand so many lives have been impacted and my heart goes out to every single person affected. It’s okay to be nervous, anxious, and feeling uncertain, but just remember we are all in it together.”The travel enthusiast was one of the four suitors who arrived at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California, during Tuesday’s episode of The Bachelorette as Tayshia Adams took over for Clare Crawley, who got engaged to Dale Moss within the first two weeks of production and ended her time as the lead.Tayshia Adams Bachelorette Contestant Peter Giannikopoulos Tests Positive for Coronavirus Then Gets Into Car AccidentTayshia Adams and Peter Giannikopoulos ABC/Craig Sjodin“I couldn’t have asked for, like, a better group of men,” the former phlebotomist, 30, exclusively told Us Weekly on Monday, November 9. “I’ve always said that I want an older, more mature man that has depth, and all of these guys have exactly that. It was, like, perfect.”- Advertisement – The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDC, WHO, and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Back-to-back stressors. Peter Giannikopoulos, one of the new contestants on The Bachelorette, announced that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after filming wrapped — and got into a car accident just moments later.“The past 24 hours have truly been some of the hardest in my life,” the real estate adviser, 32, wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, November 10. “Yesterday I tested positive for Covid and have begun two week quarantine. I am going through a lot of emotions at the moment with so many thoughts in my head as to how this happened. I felt lousy for a few days but didn’t believe I would contract the virus when I have been wearing a mask in public, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and following social distancing protocol during work. This is an example no matter who we are or what we do, we are all vulnerable.”- Advertisement – Alongside a shirtless selfie in bed that showed a large cut on his nose, Giannikopoulos continued, “As if the positive news wasn’t bad enough, while driving home from the clinic my anxiety started to get the best of me. As a result of the anxiety, I lost consciousness behind the wheel and my car went off road through a guard rail and hit a pole. The air bag deployed, driver side door was wedged in, broken glass everywhere, and I was 5ft away from smashing into a building.”The Everett, Massachusetts, native briefly lost consciousness and woke up “to people shouting for help” as he slowly began to realize what had happened.“I was in a deep daze and confusion,” he wrote. “I didn’t know where I was, how I got there, or what happened. Luckily I came out of it with only a small gash on my nose. Truly a blessing as I am a firm believer I had angels watching over me.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

British virus death toll now world’s third-highest

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first_img“They don’t represent a sudden surge in the number of deaths,” he told reporters.According to an AFP tally from official sources at 1300 GMT on Wednesday, Britain has now leapfrogged the tolls in France and Spain and is the second-worst affected country in Europe, behind Italy’s 27,359 deaths. The United States has the world’s worst death toll with 58,355. ‘Relief and joy’ Britain shut non-essential shops and services, and ordered people to stay at home except to shop for groceries and medicines, on March 27.A review of the measures is expected on May 7, amid dire warnings about the economic impact and indications of frustration at the continued confinement.Johnson held a lunchtime telephone call with the leader of the main opposition Labor party, Keir Starmer who has called for more clarity on the lockdown exit plan.Starmer earlier joined well-wishers in congratulating Johnson on becoming a father again, particularly after his recent experience. Symonds also displayed COVID-19 symptoms but was not tested.”Whatever differences we have in this house, as human beings we all recognize the anxiety the prime minister and Carrie must have gone through in these past few weeks,” he told parliament.”I really hope this brings them incredible relief and joy.”Johnson had to spend three nights in intensive care, and later admitted his illness “could have gone either way”.He was present for the birth at an unnamed NHS hospital in London and would be taking some paternity leave later in the year, his spokesman said.Johnson has at least five other children, including four with his second wife, Marina Wheeler, from whom he split in 2018.He also had a daughter as a result of an extra-marital affair while he was mayor of London, according to a 2013 court case. The rare good news was soured however by the additional 4,419 deaths in the overall coronavirus death toll, just as Johnson, who returned to work on Monday, is under pressure to ease a month-long lockdown.Until now, Britain had reported only deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in hospital but there has been mounting concern about high numbers of unreported victims in the wider community.On Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics said deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending April 17 were running at roughly double the five-year average and were the highest weekly total since 1993.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday said there were an additional 3,811 deaths included in the outbreak since the start of March, on top of figures from the last 24 hours. Second peak Britain has widened its testing regime for COVID-19 to care homes, the over-65s and people unable to work from home, as part of increased measures to curb the outbreak.A total of 85 frontline workers in the state-run National Health Service (NHS) have died from the coronavirus, and 23 in social care, according to the government.There remain questions about the provision of personal protective equipment to medics and others dealing with patients, and the availability of testing. Raab, who has deputized for Johnson during his illness and recovery, warned the government is not yet ready to ease lockdown restrictions.”This issue of a second spike and the need to avoid it, it’s not a theoretical risk,” he said.”Having relaxed restrictions in Germany over the last week, they’ve seen a rise in the transmission rate of coronavirus.”We’re in a delicate and dangerous moment. We’re coming through the peak, but we’re not there yet.”center_img Britain’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped to 26,097 on Wednesday — the second-highest in Europe behind Italy and third-highest in the world — as the government took into account fatalities outside hospital, including care homes, for the first time.The increase came after surprise news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had become a father again at age 55, several months earlier than expected, and just weeks after he was taken to hospital with COVID-19.Downing Street announced that his partner, Carrie Symonds, 32, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, prompting messages of congratulation from across the political spectrum at home and abroad. Topics :last_img read more

North Korea suspends military action plans against South Korea

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first_imgTopics : North Korea has decided to suspend military action plans against South Korea, the official KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday, as a report suggested North Korean troops were taking down loudspeakers recently reinstalled at the fortified border.Political tensions between the rival Koreas had been rising over Pyongyang’s objections to plans by defector-led groups in the South to send propaganda leaflets into the North. Stalled negotiations regarding economic sanctions imposed because of the North’s nuclear weapons program had also fuelled tensions.It was not immediately clear why North Korea had softened its position, which came after it blew up a liaison office last week and cut off communication hotlines with the South. The ministry also confirmed reports that a number of official North Korea propaganda websites had removed some articles critical of South Korea, though the spokesman said it was unclear why.Rollercoaster of tensionsKim Jong Un’s decision to suspend the unspecified military actions may represent a reprieve from weeks of increasingly provocative moves by North Korea.Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, warned last week of retaliatory measures against South Korea that could involve the military, without elaborating.The General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) later said it had been studying an “action plan” that included sending troops into joint tourism and economic zones, reoccupying border guard posts that had been abandoned under the 2018 pact, taking steps to “turn the front line into a fortress,” and supporting plans for the North to send its own propaganda leaflets into the South.Jenny Town, with the U.S.-based North Korea-monitoring website 38 North, said anti-South Korea rhetoric from the North over the past week had left room for flexibility, but it was still unclear where the latest moves will lead.”Overall, it doesn’t appear that the North has necessarily wanted to be overly provocative,” she said. “While it seems set on reversing the measures taken in the inter-Korean agreements -in a dramatic fashion – so far, the rhetoric has already been milder since the demolition of the liaison office.”The KCNA report sent shares of South Korea’s defense-related firms, which have risen during the heightened tensions, into a tailspin early on Wednesday. Victek Co Ltd, Speco and Firstec Co Ltd tumbled more than 20% each, while the benchmark KOSPI and junior KOSDAQ was trading up 1.3% and 0.9%, respectively, as of 0032 GMT. center_img North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over a video conference meeting of the ruling party’s Central Military Commission on Tuesday, where members “took stock of the prevailing situation” before deciding to suspend the military plans, the report said, without elaborating.The committee also discussed documents outlining measures for “further bolstering the war deterrent of the country,” KCNA reported.North Korea’s military was seen removing about 10 loudspeakers near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Wednesday, just days after they were seen reinstalling around 20 of the devices, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing unnamed military sources. About 40 such systems were taken down after the two Koreas signed an accord in 2018 to cease “all hostile acts”.A spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles relations with the North, said it is monitoring the situation and had no change in its stance that inter-Korean agreements should be kept.last_img read more

Luxe trio take pride of place in Taringa

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first_imgThey are close to a number of river walks, public transport, parks and playgrounds, shops, cafes and dining options. “The homes will be crafted from a beautiful blend of traditional Queensland materials such as oak floors, spotted gum timbers on the balconies and stone finishes for the kitchens and bathrooms, balanced with modern textures and colour schemes and solar power to reduce energy costs,” he said.“In addition to the design we have created, buyers are able to tailor their fixtures, finishes and even some aspects of the layout to suit their lifestyle thanks to our in-house interior design service. “They can also access our custom joinery package to allow them to create a special place for their family heirlooms and artworks.”The new luxury homes will be built at 41, 43 and 45 Ellerslie Crescent, with construction starting within days. The original character home, with wraparound balcony, will be saved, relocated to another part of the site with city views, and put up for sale. Mr Ansell said he was open to renovating the house for its new owner.He said the project had not yet been publicly launched, but they had already received plenty of interest from their existing client database.“I don’t expect them to be on the market for long,” he said.Stage two of the development will involve the construction of 23 luxury townhomes on the site of about 4200sq m, with those designs expected to be launched in February. A render showing the living room in one of the three luxury homes by Velocity Property Group.JUST three luxury homes will be built in one of Taringa’s most exclusive locations. Capitalising on sweeping city views, the three and four bedroom homes, built over three levels, are situated in an elevated, north-facing position on Ellerslie Crescent. Velocity Property Group will build just three city-view homes at Taringa.Each boasts city views from two levels, and will feature commanding master bedroom enclaves, huge designer chef’s kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, spacious media rooms, plenty of storage, an in-ground pool and an optional internal lift. The three-home project is a departure from the usual offerings by developer, Velocity Property Group, which is known for its penthouses, apartments and town homes. Velocity Property Group managing director Brendon Ansell said that the land and its position led to the creation of the spectacular homes.“These three homes have been designed as modern classics for growing families or downsizers seeking modernity, with thoughtfully planned spaces that are both beautiful and functional to balance the home’s generous proportions with practical living,” he said. “We have designed luxury, boutique town homes and apartments on the land directly behind these homes, which will be released soon, so these three homes represent a unique opportunity for buyers to experience brand new privacy, quality and luxury in individual-title homes only 5km from the Brisbane CBD.”The homes, designed by HAL Architects, are priced from $1.665m to $1.75m and are sized from approximately 450sq m to 520sq m. center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agolast_img read more