Turkish court refuses to free philanthropist, merges cases

first_imgISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has again rejected a request for businessman and human rights defender Osman Kavala’s release from jail, despite a European Court of Human Rights ruling that called for his freedom. On Friday, the court in Istanbul also ruled to merge two proceedings against Kavala.  The 63-year-old was on trial accused of espionage and attempting to overthrow the government in connection with a failed coup in 2016. Last year, he was acquitted of terrorism-related charges for allegedly organizing and financing mass anti-government protests that erupted in 2013. But a higher court later overturned the acquittal, paving the way for a re-trial. He will now be tried in connection with the failed coup and the mass protests.last_img read more

Can the Upper Bald River Gorge Finally Be Protected?

first_imgIt’s Now or Never. By Pat ByingtonLast February, I traveled to Tennessee to see Bald River Falls, one of the most visited waterfalls in the region. Visually spectacular at over 80 feet high, Bald River Falls is the gateway to the Bald River Wilderness Area.It was a rainy and chilly 33 degrees, the bridges were freezing over, and to my surprise on that late February afternoon, the Tellico River, alongside the Bald River, was teeming with kayakers. Slowly passing by people in wetsuits, carrying their kayaks, I peered at the cars and license plates on the side of the road: Pennsylvania, New York, Iowa, Texas, Colorado and Oregon. These people were serious whitewater enthusiasts and the reason they had chosen to be in rural Tennessee on a wet and bone-chilling weekend in the middle of winter was because of the Tellico River’s clean and clear rushing waters.It’s not just the kayakers who have discovered this outdoor paradise. Throughout the year, fly fishers, hunters, horseback riders, hikers, backpackers, and thousands of windshield tourists journey to Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest. Along with year round recreational opportunities, outdoor related businesses from local sandwich shops to outdoor manufacturers (one of the largest maker of kayaks in the world is Jackson Kayaks in Sparta, Tenn.) are locating near protected lands and rivers in Tennesee. The outdoor recreation industry in Tennessee alone generates $8.2 billion in consumer spending each year and creates 83,000 jobs.An entrepreneur once told me that every successful business needs a “special sauce,” that extra “something” that separates a place, product or business apart from all the others.For Tennessee’s wilderness areas, clean and clear water is the ‘special sauce’.And the reason the surrounding streams, creeks and rivers are so clean and clear is because the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 1984 made it so.It was signed by President Ronald Reagan. Three decades later, Reagan would be proud of the bill he signed into law, but I imagine he would say today the job is not finished.Back in 1984, one of Reagan’s closest friends and allies in the South, Governor Lamar Alexander, was also a champion of the original Tennessee Wilderness Act. Today, Senators Alexander and Bob Corker have introduced a new Tennessee Wilderness Act three times in the past four years.Upon passage, this bill will permanently protect the headwaters of the Upper Bald River by designating one new wilderness area, The Upper Bald River Wilderness, and by adding additional acreage to five others in the Cherokee National Forest, assuring kayakers, fishermen, hunters, local businesses and future generations will forever have clean and clear water.This month, Congress will have its last chance to pass the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013. If you care about the outdoors, if you care about the local economy, and if you care about clean and clear water, now more than ever, your member of Congress needs to hear from you. Tell them that you support the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013. Tell them that they should support Tennessee’s senators and finish the job.And then, read them President Reagan’s own words: “I just have to believe that with love for our natural heritage and a firm resolve to preserve it with wisdom and care, we can and will give the American land to our children, not impaired, but enhanced. And in doing this, we’ll honor the great and loving God who gave us this land in the first place.”–Pat Byington is the Executive Director of Wild South.last_img read more

A First For All

first_imgSpirits were high this past weekend and music filled the streets. Roanoke, VA harnessed hundred of runners from all over the country eager to tackle one of the US’s most challenging races, the Blue Ridge Marathon. In conjunction, the Down By Downtown music festival gave runners and non-runners alike the option to tap their feet in 6 different venues and listen to over 50 different bands perform.Early Saturday morning, April 16th, runner after runner made their way past the Blue Ridge Outdoors booth. Reluctantly glancing at the steep, unforgiving hills that surround Roanoke, racers approached the starting line. Looking forward to kicking off a group hike that Live Outside and Play and Walkabout Outfitter had been planning for weeks in advance, I myself was anxious to experience the terrain. With the ringing of the starting pistol still echoing in my ear, our first eager participant approached the BRO booth. Soon, 23 people had arrived._MG_4762Our route to the top of Mill Mountain would, we later found, weave right through the racing action. Cowbells and loud cheers rang out from locations all over the city. From busy streets through intersections filled with spectators, pavement soon turned to trail and only the faintest of cheering could be heard. The morning sun began to feel warm as we climbed further away from the crowds below.IMG_1968IMG_1888 IMG_1890Multiple participants on the hike were experiencing Roanoke’s hiking trails for the first time, having lived there their entire lives. One family in particular made all my efforts worth the while. I dropped back from my middle position in the long single file line that climbed the narrow trail, and filed in suit all the way in the back for a chance to speak with them. In doing so I could hear the excitement in their voices and see their wide eyes processing the tranquility they had found.It’s always uplifting to see the wide eyes of a person who just stepped onto a hiking trail for the first time. Although surprising to hear of such a thing, I find great joy in providing somebody with such a rewarding experience. The quiet of the forest and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet reminded me how important and monumental hiking has been in my life. I can’t imagine life without walking in the woods.IMG_1922 IMG_1910 IMG_1906 IMG_1924Reaching the top of Mill Mountain, though urban, was as far in the backcountry as these folks had ever been. Peering out over the city, I couldn’t help but smile. Who knows what this short walk in the woods had done for that mother and her two kids. Perhaps I was able to introduce them to something life-changing, confidence-building, maybe the quiet was exactly what they needed. However it affected them, that day they stood proudly soaking in the beauty of their hometown.IMG_1976– Adam R. Stay up-to-date with all-things Live Outside and Play by following our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds! Coming soon to a mountain town near you.last_img read more

Letters to the Press, March ’13

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [colored_box color=”grey”]There is no excuse such as saying there was too much snow because private lots paid to private companies were ALL down to blacktop. No one is blaming workers who were following orders. We are saying that something was terribly wrong with how this was handled by many higher ups.People always complain about high taxes, but I’m not seeing enough complaining now. This was and is a mess. People lost work days and money due to incompetence.Erin Killeen via Facebook[/colored_box][colored_box color=”blue”]Long Islanders should see where their tax dollars are going! Long Island roads are dangerous, nothing is being done!@PeachyPink1719 via Twitter[/colored_box][colored_box color=”grey”]They never learn. [Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine] said the weather report wasn’t certain. He left on Wed. when they had already predicted a foot.@Surfcomic via Twitter[/colored_box][colored_box color=”blue”]I got an IDEA, Don’t go on vacation when a storm is forecast!!! Stop playing the blame game. Let’s face it, you F__ked up!!!! Now step down and get people in there who can get the job done. if not, get new ones!!!! As children we are taught not to lie, but our politicians seem to be the biggest liars and slanderers!!! Don’t trust any of them!!!!!Peter Devlin via Facebook[/colored_box][colored_box color=”grey”]Unconscionable. Korea is preparing for world domination and we can’t even get our streets plowed!Jackie Bowers Riker via Facebook[/colored_box][colored_box color=”blue”]Living only five minutes from the Long Island Sound was an integral part of my adolescence. My family spent countless hours on and around the Sound fishing, boating and picnicking. The Sound is also a crucial part of the economy as it supports many jobs. Unfortunately, we are not doing our best to make sure it is protected. Too many of the wetlands and small streams that feed the Sound do not have the essential Clean Water Act protections, leaving them at risk for dumping and development. By not protecting all tributaries and wetlands in the CWA we are putting other, larger bodies of water like the Sound, at risk, too. I made the decision to vote for President Obama because I believe in his commitment to protecting clean water. Now that the election is over it is time for the President to step up and restore the CWA, once and for all.Kimberly Cooper, Clean Water Intern, Environment New York via Email[/colored_box][colored_box color=”grey”]Banks give banks a bad name.Katherine Struven Navarra via Facebook[/colored_box][colored_box color=”blue”]Let me get this straight: After a couple of years of collecting a government paycheck, Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota, Sheriff Vincent DeMarco and Clerk Judith Pascale decide that the people they serve no longer have the right to restrict them to three terms in office and then—without shame—use their campaign money in an attempt to overturn the 1993 referendum enacting term limits.They claim that they are actually NYS officials and the fact that they serve a county function, receive county salaries and are elected by county residents is just a coincidence.After the Suffolk legislature hires a politically connected patsy for its defense, it mysteriously refuses to appeal the judge’s decision that overturned a 20-year-old referendum, laughably citing “budget” constraints.During all this, Albany and the Cuomo administration are nowhere to be found. The U.S. Justice Department refuses to intervene. Not one political leader voices any concern. Then, as if on cue, both major parties cross-endorse the Gang of Three, thereby making the election process a farce.Now, it seems we are no longer being governed. We are being ruled. And Suffolk County has become the banana republic it has always strived to become. Now, I get it.Peter Nichols, Melville via Email[/colored_box][colored_box color=”grey”]Thanks for all you do with #TheBestofLongIsland@PaulPannone via Twitter[/colored_box]last_img read more

Body Found in Vehicle Fire at Jones Beach

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A dead body was found in a vehicle that was found on fire at Jones Beach State Park over the weekend, officials said.New York State Parks Police officers and Wantagh Fire Department firefighters responded to the blaze in the parking lot of the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater at 5 p.m. Friday, officials said.After the flames were extinguished, an unidentified person was found in the vehicle.The body was taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the person’s identity and cause of death.Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fire.last_img read more

4 steps to relieve money stress

first_img 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details There’s a plethora of reasons that a person can feel stressed about money like being behind on bills or living paycheck to paycheck, and even if you are surviving just knowing that you owe money can cause you stress. It’s a situation that many people have found themselves in at one point or another, so even though you may feel alone in the moment you certainly aren’t.  While you might not be able to make the problem go away immediately, you can control your response to it.1. Change your languageThis is more than just a cliché – choosing to speak positively about a situation can improve your outlook and make you feel empowered. Instead of saying “I want to save more” try saying “I will spend less.”2. Stay in the presentMany people focus on the worst case when it comes to money, particularly if we are feeling overwhelmed or down. Try reminding yourself to take it one step at a time and not get upset over things that may or may not happen.3. Take a mental breakWhen you feel yourself starting to feel stress, take a walk, play with your kids or pet, or watch your favorite TV show. A break allows you to regain composure and control.4. Choose to build wealthMake your focus on achieving financial freedom, it will give you more joy that any material object ever could. When you feel yourself wanting to make an impulse buy think of all choices you will be giving yourself down the road by saving 10% now.last_img read more

Tapping to pay is about to be even easier for U.S. consumers

first_imgMillions of Chase customers in the U.S. will soon be able to speed through checkout with a tap of a contactless Visa card. While contactless payment technology has been widely used in places like Canada, the U.K. and Australia, it’s new for most American consumers. What do they need to know to take advantage of this convenient and secure way to pay?1. It’s fast and easy A single, simple tap with a contactless-enabled Visa card, mobile phone, smart watch or other wearable device is all it takes to make a payment. All these forms of payment use short-range wireless technology, known as Near Field Communication, to initiate fast, secure transactions between the card or device and the checkout terminal.2. It’s widely accepted in the U.S. Customers can tap their card or device to pay where they see the Contactless Symbol at a checkout terminal. More than 50 percent of all in-person Visa transactions happen at a contactless-enabled merchant in the U.S. The numbers rise at high-transaction volume merchants with low average purchase amounts where the speed and convenience of tapping to pay can save valuable time. According to AT Kearney, 79 percent of quick service restaurants, 77 percent of drug stores and pharmacies and 61 percent of food and grocery stores in the U.S. employ the technology. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Kimia Farma upbeat about booking profit despite pandemic

first_imgPardiman, however, did not elaborate on the company’s profit projection for this year.The company recorded Rp 12.72 billion in losses in 2019, compared to Rp 491.5 billion in profit a year earlier, due a 119.16 percent increase in finance costs.It booked Rp 48.57 billion in profit in the first half of this year, a 1.7 percent increase from Rp 47.7 billion last year, its financial report shows.Its net sales also increased slightly by 3.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the year’s first half to Rp 4.68 trillion, from the January to June period of 2019, despite the blow dealt to the economy by the pandemic. Publicly listed pharmaceutical firm PT Kimia Farma is aiming to make up for last year’s losses despite the COVID-19 pandemic, after recording a promising financial performance in this year’s first half.The company’s finance director Pardiman said on Wednesday that the company had prepared several strategies to book a profit this year, including conducting retail transformation, optimizing its supply chain and diversifying its products and portfolios, among other measures.“The strategy was proven in the first quarter of this year when we managed to book Rp 160 billion [US$10.8 million] and we believe this will continue through to the end of the year,” he said during an online public expose, referring to the company’s operating income in the year’s first quarter. The company’s optimism also seems to be supported by the fact it has seen an increase in sales of COVID-19 related products, like medicines and health supplements, during the pandemic.“However, [sales of] products not related to the coronavirus, such as cosmetics, declined by around 30 percent compared to a year prior and that will continue to pose a challenge for us,” president director Verdi Budidarmo said.The company’s generic medicine sales saw the highest jump of 10 percent yoy to Rp 739 billion in the first half of the year, while over-the-counter medicine and cosmetics sales nosedived 17.8 percent yoy, its report shows.Given that the pandemic has yet to show signs of slowing down, business development director Imam Fathorrahman said the company would continue to develop products that could help prevent COVID-19. The company plans to distribute a vaccine candidate that is currently being developed by state pharmaceutical firm Bio Farma, in cooperation with Sinovac Biotech of China.Read also: Indonesia teams up with global manufacturers in vaccine huntAt the same time, Kimia Farma will also develop products for degenerative illnesses that have been included in the company’s product development roadmap this year, as ailments like cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease continue to increase both domestically and globally.It will also continue its organic expansion plans this year by allocating Rp 547 billion in capital expenditure (capex) sourced from its own internal funding, said Pardiman.“We have used about 54 percent of the capex to develop our pharmacy, clinic and laboratory chain, our medicine production and our raw material plant in Cikarang [in West Java],” he said.The raw material plant, which has been in operation since 2019, was established under a joint venture with South Korea’s Sungwun Pharmacopia Co Ltd in 2016, and is also aimed at reducing Kimia Farma’s dependency on imported raw materials.Verdi said the country’s pharmaceutical industry was still heavily dependent on imported raw materials from China, India and many other countries.He expects the plant to reduce the firm’s raw material imports by 2.72 percent this year.“We hope this will continue, as we aim to further reduce our raw material imports by 23.82 percent by 2024,” said Verdi.Kimia Farma also plans to diversify its products and portfolio this year through inorganic growth. Verdi said the diversification would be achieved through strategic partnerships with other companies rather than through acquisitions.“These partnerships include developing products that relate to our core pharmaceutical business, both for COVID-19 products and non-COVID-19 products,” he said.Meanwhile, Pardiman said the company was committed to reducing its accounts receivable, including Rp 1.13 trillion from the government, to help reduce its short-term loans.Kimia Farma’s shares, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code KAEF, were up by 7.21 percent to Rp 2,380 apiece as of 1:42 p.m. on Thursday.Topics :last_img read more

Arsene Wenger fires warning to Nicolas Pepe after his slow start at Arsenal

first_imgArsene Wenger fires warning to Nicolas Pepe after his slow start at Arsenal Pepe has scored one goal for Arsenal since his £72m move (Getty Images)‘He’s not yet completely adapted and you have to give him some time.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He looks a little bit to be playing not with the freedom he did in France at the moment.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I see some characteristics of his game, especially off the ball, that don’t happen at the moment.‘On the other hand, I must say we have good young players who can play on the flanks, [and] that he will have a fight to keep his position.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Oct 2019 8:33 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsene Wenger has spoken out on Nicolas Pepe’s slow start at Arsenal (AMA/Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has warned Nicolas Pepe that he risks losing his place at Arsenal if he doesn’t show signs of improvement.The 24-year-old has struggled to make an impact since his £72 million arrival from Lille in the summer, scoring just one goal in 10 appearances for the Gunners.Wenger admits he supports Arsenal’s decision to sign Pepe but feels the winger must start to deliver due to the strong competition for places in Unai Emery’s attack.‘I like the player and I thought it was a good decision [to sign him],’ Wenger told Omnisport.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

VNU scheme to transfer assets to Aegon in buyout

first_imgThe scheme added that, by joining Aegon, it would also avoid a situation in which it can no longer find capable board members.At Aegon, all participants and pensioners will receive an inflation compensation based on the European consumer index.As the pension fund’s coverage ratio stood at 127.4% at the end of September, the scheme had sufficient assets to also grant part of the indexation in arrears.The pension fund’s active participants continue to accrue new pensions rights with another provider as of 1 January.The scheme nor the employer could be contacted for further details. The €630m Dutch pension fund VNU said it will transfer all its pension assets and accrued pension rights to insurer Aegon in a buyout, adding that it will liquidate subsequently.It said this way it wanted to secure accrued pension rights as well as inflation compensation for its approximately 5,200 workers, deferred participants and pensioners.VNU, the pension fund of publishing company Nielsen, had already placed €440m of its liabilities with Aegon, but still paid inflation compensation from its remaining assets.On its website, it explained that there is a possibility that it will not be able to keep on granting indexation, and that a buyout will eliminate this risk. Since 2009, the scheme could not pay full indexation during a couple of years.last_img read more