Press release: Higher than average fines netted for iIlegal fishing

first_imgElliot Everton, 28, of Clifton Road, Ashbourne, and 56-year-old Charlie Bevan, of Woodrows, Telford, were both charged with fishing without a rod licence.Both cases were proven in their absence, at Northampton Magistrates Court on Monday 4 March 2019. Everton was fined £440, and ordered to pay £127.47 costs with a £44 victim surcharge. Bevan was fined £660, and ordered to pay £127.47 costs and a £66 victim surcharge.An annual fishing licence costs just £30. Money from fishing licence sales is invested in England’s fisheries and is used to fund a wide range of projects to improve facilities for anglers including; protecting stocks from illegal fishing, pollution and disease, restoring fish stocks through re-stocking, eradicating invasive species and fish habitat improvements. Fishing licence money is also used to fund the Angling Trust to provide information about fishing, to encourage participation in the sport and to manage a voluntary bailiff scheme.Children under 13 fish for free. Anyone aged 13 to 16 also fish for free, but they do need to have a valid Environment Agency fishing licence. Anyone over 16 must pay for an Environment Agency fishing licence to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in England.Anyone witnessing illegal fishing can report it directly to the Environment Agency hotline, 0800 80 70 60. Information on illegal fishing and environmental crime can also be reported anonymously to Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111, or alternatively use the online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.last_img read more

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Why the Iowa caucus matters and how it works

first_imgIowa will host the first major vote of the 2020 presidential election cycle at the Iowa caucus Monday, Feb. 3. The results of the caucus will likely determine the party nominations, and coverage of the event will let voters across America know where candidates stand on crucial issues.The Observer has two reporters at the caucus. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to see the reporting Editor-in-Chief Kelli Smith and videographer Gretchen Hopkirk are doing from the field.This democratic caucus is unlike other state caucuses and primaries, where ballots are cast in secret. Iowa’s caucus allows for lively discussions and debates.The Des Moines Register reported that only “45% of likely caucusgoers said that they could be persuaded to support someone else. 13% said that they had not yet picked a favorite candidate.” This leaves over half of the caucusgoers open to persuasion by the candidates. The candidates use the caucus as an opportunity to finalize their campaigns and to convince Iowans and the American public to give their support.Historically, the Iowa caucus became famous accidentally, due to a venue error in 1972 and Jimmy Carter’s underdog win in 1976. According to The New York Times, after seeing two long-shot candidates solidifying their win in Iowa, other candidates — like George H. W. Bush — were inspired by McGovern and Carter, making Iowa’s caucus a determining factor in the presidential election cycle for years to come.The caucus starts with the candidates stating their running platforms. After, the candidates stand in designated areas in the room, and the caucusgoers then physically move to one of the areas to confirm their support for that presidential candidate. Caucusgoers can also stand in an uncommitted space if they choose not to vote.Next, caucus organizers tally the votes. All candidates that do not have 15% of the total participants in their group are eliminated from the caucus. Individuals from an unviable group (their candidate had less than 15%) now have the opportunity to join a viable group or the uncommitted group.The caucus organizers count a second time. Now, candidates with a viable number of individuals win delegates.The Iowa Democratic Party determines the “number of state delegate equivalents per candidate at all the caucus locations,” according to The Washington Post.The democratic candidate with the most state delegates and thus DNC delegates wins, improving his or her chance to become the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election.The Iowa Democratic Party made a new rule this election season to increase transparency after the 2016 presidential election. According to The Washington Post, the American public is allowed access to the raw vote totals and the delegate allocations for the first time. By doing this, the Iowa Democratic Party intends to prevent disinformation.Tags: 2020 election, American Politics, Democratic Debates, Iowa Caucus, presidential debates, Presidential electionlast_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: Great White Way Celebrates Highest-Grossing Thanksgiving Weekend

first_imgWhat goes really well with turkey? Showtunes and dramatic monologues. The Great White Way celebrated its highest grossing and best-attended Thanksgiving week in recorded history. 36 Broadway shows brought in a total of $34,121,642. While Wicked claimed the top spot (the tuner played a special nine-performance week), fellow perennial hits The Lion King and Aladdin broke box office records at their respective homes. Other shows that saw exceptional boosts over the holiday weekend include Cinderella, which broke the $1 million mark for the first time since April, as well as A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which both had T-day to thank for their highest-grossing week yet. FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Wicked ($2,432,132)** 2. The Lion King ($2,422,719) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,875,135) 4. Aladdin ($1,759,955) 5. Matilda ($1,454,493) Source: The Broadway League UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Disgraced ($412,694) 4. Rock of Ages ($360,759) 3. Honeymoon in Vegas ($351,277)* 2. This Is Our Youth ($341,572) 1. Love Letters ($309,103)*** *Number based on eight preview performances **Number based on nine regular performances ***Number based on seven regular performances FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.61%) 2. The River (101.10%) 3. The Elephant Man (100.44%)* 4. Matilda (100.06%) 5. The Lion King (100.01%) Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending November 30: UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. The Last Ship (59.47%) 4. This Is Our Youth (58.64%) 3. Side Show (55.64%) 2. Honeymoon in Vegas (54.86%) 1. Love Letters (53.21%) View Commentslast_img read more

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Culturalist Challenge! Who Is Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2015?

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. People Magazine named David Beckham as 2015’s Sexiest Man Alive, but the question we really care about is: Who is Broadway’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2015? We know it’s a toughie, but we have faith that you will vote with your heart as you rank your picks on Culturalist. Before you freak out, please remember we are only considering people who are currently on Broadway! Head to Culturalist to let the hunk-ranking begin! Broadway.com Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip kicked off this new challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

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8 Vanlife Essentials from the Live Outside and Play Road Team

first_imgThe Live Outside and Play Road Team has been on the road for three years. They’ve had some time to test out their favorite gear. Take a look at this video for their top picks from over the summer. There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Leki, Big Agnes, Stio, Roofnest, and Franklin County, VA. For more info on our sponsors, check out the post, “Live Outside and Play is Back!” last_img read more

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Colombia’s War College Names New Director

first_imgBy Colombian War College January 09, 2017 Major General Nicacio de Jesús Martínez Espinel, former commander of the Omega Joint Task Force, was named director of the Colombian War College (ESDEGUE, for its Spanish acronym) during a military ceremony chaired by General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán, commander general of the Armed Forces. Maj. Gen. Martínez Espinel, an officer in the Cavalry arm of the Colombian Army, graduated from the “José María Córdova” Military School of Cadets as a second lieutenant on December 1, 1981. He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security and Defense from ESDEGUE, with specializations in University Teaching from the Military Education Center; Human Resources Management from Sergio Arboleda University; and Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law from the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga. He also holds the titles of logistics administrator and business manager from the Logistics School and the Cooperative University of Colombia, respectively. Gen. Martínez Espinel speaks Portuguese and took an English course at the Inter-American Defense College in Washington, D.C. He also took advanced courses in weapons refinement with the Brazilian Army, and a Ranger Course at the Colombian Army Ranger School in Tolemaida, among others. He has held many notable positions, among them commander of the Omega Joint Task Force, Colombian Army chief of Education and Doctrine, and director of Instruction and Training, commander of the Army’s 5th Division, commander of the 4th and 7th Brigades, director of Army Intelligence and Counterintelligence, commander of the Mechanized Cavalry Group No. 2, commander of the Rural Special Forces No. 3 Battalion, and commander of the Counter-guerrilla Battalion. A highly decorated officer, he has received the Order of Boyacá at the grade of Grand Officer, the National Order of Merit “Antonio Nariño”, the Order of Military Merit “José María Córdova,” the Medal for Distinguished Services to Public Order for the third time, the Order of Merit “Colonel Guillermo Ferguson”, and the Military Medal for Services to Military Intelligence “Guardian of the Country” for the fourth time. He also has received four international distinctions: the Order of Military Merit from the Brazilian Army, the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, the U.S. Southern Command Medal, and the Inter-American Defense Board Medal. In his acceptance speech, Maj. Gen. Martínez expressed his satisfaction at taking on the responsibility for the office of the highest superior education institution of the Colombian Armed Forces. He also thanked the high command for their trust in assigning him the position previously held by Major General Juan Carlos Salazar Salazar, who is now the new Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces. He said he would continue his legacy. “His work internationalizing the academy through cooperation among institutions at the hemispheric and global levels, the construction of Historic Memory, and research for the development of the Fifth Revision and Innovation Committee has created and contributed valuable input for consolidating our victory,” he stated. He also said that it is his “duty to continue building understanding, creating new knowledge, and applying it to new issues in the community to contribute to its development and well being.” Meanwhile, in his farewell speech, Major Gen. Salazar said, “In honor of our heroes that have given their lives for the homeland, and the anonymous work of the men and women of the Armed Forces and the Police, a historic moment has arrived, a time to begin a change, and we are moving forward both optimistically and realistically to build the society that we all yearn for.” He stressed that the military victory achieved through respect for democracy, the Constitution, and the rule of law derives from the fulfillment of their constitutional mission. “Specifically, here, at ESDEGUE, we generate an important flow of contributions to that victory which opens the way to building the future,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Build diversity, equity, and inclusion into your workplace environment through universal design

first_imgFor two days in late September, the Filene Research Institute brought credit union industry leaders and partners together with university academics to “connect the dots” between diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in credit union HR and marketing. As part of Momentum’s ongoing research into delivering the best employee experiences in the credit union workplace, we spent some time at the event contemplating how credit unions can approach workplace design with diversity, equity and inclusion in mind. We did this through a concept known as Universal Design – an approach to design that creates spaces that are useable and accessible to as many people as possible with little need to make special adaptations.One speaker shared a story about accessibility in her office space that illustrates the idea of Universal Design. Her office building has an employee gathering place, a central hub of activity and connection that was intended to be an inclusive space. When a new wheelchair using employee joined the team it was quickly apparent that he couldn’t access the space without asking for assistance. For him, a space that was intended to help employees build stronger relationships, relax, and celebrate became a place that highlighted his disability and made him feel different. It was off-limits to him. When the speaker brought the issue to her facilities department, she was met with a shrug and an explanation that “the space is built to code.”But for credit unions, with their mission of improving the lives of the people and communities they serve, there is little excuse for a bureaucratic approach to their office design. Universal Design puts users at the heart of the design process, asking them how their environments can support a great experience for all. Inclusion is never an afterthought, and the result are office spaces that are more welcoming and inclusive, that have given thought to accommodating various needs in an efficient, effective, and subtle way. Universal Design isn’t just about considering physical disabilities – it also considers other important differences in all users, in areas such as gender, age, culture, developmental disorders, even differing perspectives and states of mind.One particular challenge to delivering a great office environment is in balancing the need for workers to complete both cognitive, focused work and social, collaborative work in an environment that is comfortable for workers who may identify as being particularly introverted or extroverted. Recent data from our workplace research partner, Leesman, shows that only 26.6% of credit union workers are satisfied with the noise level in their workplace. A Universal Design solution to a problem like this could result in a work environment where employees have more mobility within their office building, and the ability to select work settings that are more comfortable for them. The result would be less stress for introverts, more opportunities for expression for extroverts, and zero unnecessary attention drawn to either group.One interesting point of debate that the Filene audience and speakers worked through was whether diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives should be pursued by credit unions primarily by building a bottom-line business case, or if diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives should be pursued more for ethical and moral reasons. While acknowledging the business case, University of Texas business professor Sekou Bermiss warned the group of what could be lost by reducing the topic to the narrow purpose of pursuing a business return. This comment brought me back to the wheelchair user who wanted to connect with his colleagues in the credit union’s central hub but couldn’t because the facilities department had taken a code-minimum approach to their workplace’s design. Credit Unions, with their community-oriented missions, have the opportunity to deliver a great experience for their entire employee team, and one way to do this is through Universal Design. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Alguard Mark Alguard is the President and Director of Client Strategy at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive.  Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Detailslast_img read more

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Adopted strategy for tourism development in the municipality of Vižinada-Visinada

first_imgAt the last session of the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Vižinada-Visinada, the Strategic Plan for the Development of Tourism in the Municipality of Vižinada-Visinada in the period from 2018-2025 was adopted. years. “The tourism development strategy aims to define guidelines for future development with concrete measures, aimed at increasing the number of visitors by raising the quality of content, creating a new tourist offer and connecting all stakeholders, which would increase the overall benefits for the entire destination”Said Mayor Marko Ferenac, emphasizing that the focus was on quality, not quantity. Numerous citizens, craftsmen, family farms, ie persons who are in any way connected with the tourist activity in the area of ​​the municipality of Vižinada-Visinada, were involved in the development of the strategy, and it was developed by the company Key Consulting doo from Poreč. Also, the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the said document was adopted, which showed that it will not have significant impacts on the components of the environment. Unfortunately, for now the tourism development strategy in the municipality of Vižinada-Visinada is not publicly available, but we sincerely hope that it will see the light of day for the general public, so that everyone can align with it and be aware of the direction in which Vižinada-Visinada will develop as a tourist destination. Photo: TZ Vižinadalast_img read more

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Baffled by extra pay for weather work

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe current dysfunction in Washington is surely enough for all of us to question the mental capacity of some of our leaders, not the least of which is our president. That said, I now have to question the mental capacity of our elected officials here in Schenectady.Why would anybody in their right minds agree to pay our fine sanitation workers an additional $2 per hour from December to March? In my research, I have yet to find any other public or private entity that increases pay based on weather. When a person applies for a job picking up our trash, are they not aware that it gets cold in the winter? What happens if the temperature reaches 62, as it did a few weeks ago? Does the employee then forego the additional $2? Are they paid the additional $2 for the four holidays during this period, or for sick time used, or for vacation time taken? This is opening the proverbial Pandora’s Box. Who’s next to request weather pay? Our code enforcement folks? Our traffic department who may want to forgo issuing tickets from December to March? Mr. Mayor and city council, what were you thinking in approving such an indefensible contract concession?My wonderful Gazette delivery lady is out at 4 a.m. every morning doing what she agreed to do, deliver the paper whatever the temperature, without being paid extra because it’s cold.Next time we have an election, let’s screen the candidates to ensure that their brains function with some modicum of intelligence.James BrodieSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentslast_img read more

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Human Rights Watch urges police to release journalist charged with defamation in South Kalimantan

first_imgThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the South Kalimantan Police to drop a defamation charge against a blogger who published articles about a land dispute between the indigenous Dayak ethnic group and a palm oil company owned by businessman Syamsudin Andi Irsyad aka Haji Isam, in the province.Blogger Diantara Putra Sumedi, who is also the former editor-in-chief of local media platform banjarhits.id, has reportedly been detained since May 4 following the filing of a defamation report by a person named Sukirman, who claims to be a representative of the Dayak people.According to a statement issued by the HRW, Diantara published an article in November last year on the land dispute, in which Sukirman was quoted as saying that he planned to file a lawsuit against the palm oil company. Sukirman denied mentioning a plan to file a lawsuit and filed a police report against banjarhits.id and Kumparan, a Jakarta-based media platform that sponsored and provided the platform for Diantara’s articles. The Jhonlin Group followed up by filing a report with the police. The company also filed a complaint with the Press Council.The council issued a statement on Feb. 5 that censured Diantara for publishing unverified stories. It also ordered Kumparan to provide space for the company to respond, as the stories were deemed unethical and racially insensitive for creating tension between the Dayak and Bugis ethnic group, of which the Jhonlin Group’s founder is a descendent of.Kumparan responded by taking down the stories on Feb. 11 and terminating its collaboration with Banjar Hits. However, Kumparan reported that Jhonlin Group did not use its right to respond. Read also: South Kalimantan journalist dies while being detained on defamation chargesOn May 4, the South Kalimantan Police detained Diantara and charged him for reportedly  committing defamation. If found guilty, Diantara could face a maximum punishment of six years in prison. A police spokesperson said Diantara had been detained over concerns he might publish more stories about the land dispute. The human rights organization slammed the police’s decision to detain Diantara, saying criminal charges for alleged defamation were “disproportionate punishment and frequently abused by the police.””Threatening a writer with prison time for criminal defamation has a chilling effect on freedom of speech for all journalists,” HRW senior researcher Andreas Harsono said in a statement, adding that civil defamation was a more proportionate response to such allegations.According to the rights group’s analysis, the country’s criminal defamation laws contain vague language that allowed “retaliation against journalists and others” who reported allegations of corruption, fraud or misconduct against powerful interests, among other things.The HRW highlighted other cases in which journalists and human rights defenders covering or defending parties in land disputes had been arrested under various laws, in addition to criminal defamation.Another South Kalimantan-based reporter, M. Yusuf, was detained in 2018 for allegedly inciting hate speech against a Jhonlin Group subsidiary. He died five weeks later while in police custody.Yusuf’s wife, Arvaidah, claimed the police had ignored her pleas for medical care for her husband, as Yusuf had stomach and cardiovascular illnesses. Her request for Yusuf’s release on account of his medical condition was also rejected.“The police and aggrieved companies should stop bringing criminal defamation charges to intimidate, detain or prosecute journalists and other people exercising their freedom of speech,” Andreas said.He added that such defamation cases should be taken to the Press Council and only be taken to the police if the petitioners were dissatisfied with the council’s decision, as stipulated in a 2017 memorandum of understanding between the council and the force, Andreas went on to say. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

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