Allsop: why we had to cancel the auction

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Stockholm Declaration pathway toward 2030 global goals on road safety

first_imgDelegates of 140 countries have adopted the Stockholm Declaration as the final outcome document of the Third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety: Achieving Global Goals 2030, which was held in Stockholm and ended on Thursday.The declaration aims to strengthen the commitment to achieve global goals by 2030 and emphasize countries’ shared responsibility.“Reaffirm our commitment to the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda, recognizing the synergies between the SDG [Sustainable Development Goal] policy areas, as well as the need to work in an integrated manner for mutual benefits,” the declaration’s first of 18 point reads. Swedish Infrastructure Minister Tomas Eneroth said the Stockholm Declaration had forward-looking elements, in that it focused on action and how countries could reach their 2030 targets. The declaration clearly connected road safety to the Agenda 2030, and there was an interdependence between the SDGs and road safety, he went on.Read also: UN calls on nations to make roads safer “Road safety is directly and indirectly connected to several other SDGs and targets, and when we work to ensure road safety, we also contribute to development, equity, gender equality, the fight against climate change as well as creating sustainable cities for all citizens and road users,” Eneroth told journalists on the sidelines of the conference.               The Stockholm Declaration was built on the Moscow Declaration (of 2009) and Brasilia Declaration (of 2015) and prior UN General Assembly and World Health Assembly resolutions, the minister further explained. Some of the declaration’s recommendations were based on input from an independent academic expert group. “We recognize our shared responsibility and call on member states to contribute to reducing road traffic deaths by at least 50 percent from 2020 to 2030,” the declaration further says.Last week, the Swiss government decided to expand its ambition during a meeting in Sweden to reduce road traffic deaths by 50 percent to 2030 and, citing this as an example, Eneroth said he hoped other countries would follow suit.“At least 50 percent […]. If we are serious about halving the number of deaths on our roads by 2030, we need a holistic perspective and include road safety and a safe system approach as an integral element of land use street design, transportation system planning and governance,” he said.According to official data, road traffic injuries rank eighth among the leading causes of death globally and are the number-one killer of people aged between 5 and 29 years. More than 1.35 million people die and up to 50 million are severely injured in road accidents every year. According to the World Bank, reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by half could add 7 – 22 percent to per-capita gross domestic product in five selected low- and middle-income countries over the next 24 years.As a safe system approach, Vision Zero – a multinational road traffic safety project to achieve a highway system with no fatalities or serious injuries from road traffic – has been implemented in Sweden for 15 years after its first introduction in the 1930s. It had reduced fatalities in the country by 80 percent during, Eneroth said.Looking at Sweden’s experience in road safety, Eneroth said, human error would always be a factor, but technology could be a determining factor in whether accidents would claim human lives. “We need to encourage and incentivize the development, application and deployment of existing and future technology and other innovations to improve all aspects of road safety from prevention to emergency response and trauma care,” the minister said.There are some well-known and proven behavioral road safety measures that could save hundreds of thousands of lives annually; unfortunately, many of these measures are still not being implemented in most countries. “We need to focus on speed management, including the strengthening of law enforcement to prevent speeding and mandate a maximum road travel speed of 30 kilometers [per hour] in areas where vulnerable road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and public transportation users — and vehicles mix in a frequent and planned manner,” Eneroth asserted.During the two-day conference, delegates had programs with plenary discussions where they had ministers and senior officials discussing the lessons learned from A Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020, which will expire at the end of this year, and setting priorities for the next 10 years. On Wednesday, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a doubling of its support for global road safety, committing another US$240 million from 2020 to 2025 to save 600,000 more lives and prevent 22 million injuries in low- and middle-income countries around the world.To delegates, Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter of the late Nelson Mandela, shared her experience as a global advocate and campaigner on road safety since the start of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety in 2011.The World Health Organization’s director for social determinants of health, Etienne Krug, said there had been progress in the prevention of traffic deaths and injuries in Southeast Asian countries, such as progress on some legislative issues in the Philippines and Cambodia. Taiwan and India also showed some achievements.“There is progress, but the road is still very long. We need much more enforcement of existing legislation; continue to improve the laws. We also need to make progress on the quality of vehicles,” Krug said.Topics :last_img read more

China’s top lawmakers to discuss Hong Kong security law this week

first_imgChina moved closer Thursday to passing a controversial national security law for Hong Kong that has raised international concerns it will end the financial hub’s limited freedoms.China’s rubber-stamp parliament endorsed the planned legislation last month as the Communist Party seeks to put an end to a pro-democracy movement that has rocked the semi-autonomous city since last year. The draft law was submitted on Thursday to the country’s top lawmaking body, the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, which meets until Saturday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Stronger language The business hub has been convulsed by a year of huge and often violent rallies that began with an eventually aborted criminal extradition bill but morphed into a popular call for democracy and police accountability.Beijing says the new national security law is needed to end the political unrest and restore stability. Xinhua said the draft law “clearly outlines” the four acts prohibited by the controversial law — secession, subversion of state power, terrorist activities and collusion with foreign and external forces to endanger national security — as well as their criminal penalties.The wording of the draft appears to have become stronger than the proposal revealed at last month’s parliamentary meetings, criminalizing “collusion with foreign and external forces” instead of “foreign and external interference in Hong Kong affairs”.According to the draft proposal, the law will also allow mainland security organs to openly establish a presence in Hong Kong, but the scope of their enforcement powers is yet to be revealed.The city’s sole representative to Beijing’s top lawmaking body, Tam Yiu-chung, said on Wednesday that the law could allow for extraditions to the mainland — exactly the topic which triggered last year’s protests.Vice Premier Liu He sought on Thursday to reassure the concerns of the business community, saying that the central government will adhere to One Country, Two Systems and “effectively protect the rights and interests of enterprises and investors in Hong Kong.” Topics :center_img The Group of Seven foreign ministers on Wednesday urged China to reconsider the proposed law, saying they had “grave concerns” it threatens Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms.In response, senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi said at a high-level meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hawaii that Beijing’s “determination” to introduce the law was “unwavering”, according to a statement.”China resolutely opposes the words and deeds of the US side interfering in Hong Kong affairs and resolutely opposes the statement made by the G7 foreign ministers on Hong Kong-related issues,” Yang saidUnder a “One Country, Two Systems” agreement before Britain handed the territory back to China, Beijing agreed to let Hong Kong maintain certain liberties and autonomy until 2047 — including legislative and judicial independence and freedom of speech.last_img read more

Arsenal to give Mikel Arteta limited funds in January transfer window

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 4:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Arteta watched Man City beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (BPI/REX)However, the report claims that Arteta will be given a bigger budget to work with next summer as he will be looking to address several weaknesses in the Gunners’ squad.Arsenal already face the prospect of losing their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the end of the season when his contract will have just one year left to run.And Arteta is also likely to address Arsenal’s leaky defence which has already conceded 27 goals in 17 Premier League matches this season.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 CityArteta has reportedly been offered a three-and-a-half-year contract by Arsenal, while City are demanding a £1 million compensation fee for the Spaniard.Pep Guardiola has also given his approval to Arteta after appointing him as his assistant at City in 2016.Meanwhile, Arsenal are also reportedly close to completing a deal for City’s talent-spotter Sam Fagbemi.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 Mikel Arteta is set to become Arsenal’s new manager (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal’s hierarchy have warned Mikel Arteta that he will be given limited funds to work with in the January transfer window, according to reports.Metro.co.uk understands that Arsenal expect to reach an agreement with Arteta this week after holding talks with the 37-year-old following Manchester City’s 3-0 win over the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.And the Spaniard immediately faces a difficult task as Arsenal have registered just one win in their last 12 games and are seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League.During the meeting with Arsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham and contract negotiator Huss Fahmy at his home which concluded in the early hours of Monday morning, Arteta reportedly discussed potential transfer targets along with the direction he wants the team to move in.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut according to The Sun, Arteta has already been told by Arsenal chiefs that he will have ‘limited funds’ to work with next month. Arsenal to give Mikel Arteta limited funds in January transfer window Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Ilmarinen sees opportunities in ‘underdeveloped’ Finnish infrastructure

first_imgIlmarinen hopes to benefit from Finland’s underdeveloped infrastructure market as it shifts its investment strategy towards greater exposure to real assets and private equity, according to its CIO.The €31bn mutual pension insurer’s deputy chief executive and CIO Timo Ritakallio told IPE that, as part of the shift in strategy by 2020, it would also be considering a larger number of infrastructure co-investments.He noted that Ilmarinen had already acted as co-investor in a motorway under construction in Finland.The financial details of the €425m E18 road project, from Kotka to Koskenkylä, were agreed in late 2011, and the project is jointly owned by Ilmarinen and Meridiam Infrastructure. “I see us making more of these infrastructure investments,” he said, “not only to invest into infrastructure funds, but also to make co-investments with other infrastructure funds.”Asked about the possibility of investing in public private partnerships (PPPs) in Nordic neighbour Denmark following a report on PPPs by five of the country’s larger pension funds, he said it was “possible” and pointed towards its success with the E18.Ritakallio was positive about the opportunities for infrastructure investment in Ilmarinen’s domestic market.“In Finland, we see a lot of opportunities to make infrastructure investments,” he said.“The reason is that the whole market is still underdeveloped, and, therefore, we see opportunities to be had here.”The CIO has told IPE the shift in asset allocation will see the mutual lower its domestic equity exposure to as little as 20% by the end of the decade.For more on Ilmarinen’s investment approach, see the November issue of IPElast_img read more

Calamvale home sells under the hammer for $988,800

first_imgThe home at 52 Sheldon St, Calamvale, sold for $988,800.A TWO-LEVEL Calamvale home sold under the hammer at a highly competitive auction late last month as the market continues to perform strongly.Nine registered bidders fought it out for the 52 Sheldon St home, with LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills sales agent Jackson Chow saying there were “many bids”.The home eventually sold for $988,800, more than $300,000 above the suburb’s median house price. The bedroom at 52 Sheldon St, Calamvale.Upstairs is another living space, three bedrooms and a bathroom, as well as the master suite.Mr Chow said the buyers were a family who loved the location of the home.The residence is located behind Calamvale Central shopping centre and has a bus stop nearby.“The bus stop was important so the kids can take the bus to school,” Mr Chow said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02 The home at 52 Sheldon St, Calamvale, was popular among bidders.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019According to CoreLogic data, the median for Calamvale is $680,445.The home is on an elevated 600sq m block and has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.The bottom floor has an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area, another separate living space, a laundry, bathroom, bedroom and double lockup garage.last_img read more

Cairns homes blend outdoor and indoor living spaces for families

first_imgThis home entertainment room will fit the whole family for movie night.Mr Quaid said the property wasn’t just for the immediate family either. The large entertaining area also allows for get-togethers and sleep overs. “This is an ideal home for a larger family or those that like to entertain, with five full size bedrooms in addition to a generous rumpus room to the front,” he said. “With good separation though it means that whether you have younger or older children, or a mix, everyone has their own space and privacy.”He said the owners of the property were sad to let go of this one-of-a-kind home, but hoped it would change hands to another family that would enjoy it as much as they had. “The current owners have found it an amazing place for their children to grow and there will no doubt be tears when they say goodbye,” he said. The stunning family home, built on 758m² of land, is nestled in the leafy green Panguna Valley Estate, a spot that Mr Quaid described as in high demand. “Panguna Valley Estate has been one of the most sought-after residential communities on the Northern Beaches for the past decade and more, offering larger lots, privacy, family friendly parks and paths and of course the benefit of being surrounded by nature – with many lots either backing onto forest or enjoying the leafy outlook,” he said. “As new construction leans towards smaller allotments, we see the value of communities like this only improving.”56 Leonard St is for sale for $780,000. Inspections are by appointment only by calling Tom Quaid on 0400 773 444 or Quaid Real Estate on 4050 1412. Light flows into the home to combine indoor and outdoor living spaces.He said open plan living and plenty of glass windows and walls made this home perfect for merging indoor and outdoor living. “A modern home built to a high standard, like much of the surrounding area, 56 Leonard Street nonetheless stands out for its exceptional use of space, with wide open-plan living areas and natural transition between indoor and outdoor entertaining, stepping from cool tiles to timber decking and out to the privately positioned pool,” he said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoHe said watchful parents could keep an eye on their kids from the home’s many vantage points, as glass doors surrounded the main indoor living area. “Glass bi-fold doors run the length of the main living area and effectively bring the outside in, and vice versa with the undercover patio letting you either entertain in style or provide a great spot to relax and watch as the kids play in the pool or in the cubby house.” 56 Leonard St, Kewarra Beach is on the market for $780,000BLENDING indoor and outdoor living spaces is a growing priority for families moving to Cairns. Quaid Real Estate sales manager Tom Quaid said 56 Leonard St in Kewarra Beach’s Panguna Valley Estate embodied that philosophy. The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home has space for a large family and visitors and provides a spacious outdoor entertaining space. Mr Quaid said families were increasingly looking for homes in Cairns that would allow for an easy blend of outdoor and indoor living options for parents and play options for kids. “Most of the time people that move to Cairns are here for the climate and the lifestyle – we may as well make the most of it,” he said. last_img read more

Greensburg woman arrested after traffic stop

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg woman was arrested on multiple drug-related charges after a traffic stop last week.Angela Arnett, 51, was stopped by the Indiana State Police on State Road 3, near County Road 300 North because of a non-working tail light.Police say, as the trooper was talking with Arnett, he noticed an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle and he asked her to step out of the vehicle.According to police, while Arnett was exiting the vehicle, a pipe containing burnt plant residue fell from her pant leg, and she attempted to kick it out of the way.This resulted in a search of the vehicle.During the search, police found a straw containing powder residue which tested positive for methamphetamine.Arnett was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Paraphernalia.last_img read more

More support for Kennard’s Memorial Post-Emancipation horse race meet

first_imgTHE Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club yesterday received tangible support from two business entities for its upcoming Post-Emancipation Day horse race meet, which is scheduled for Sunday at the club’s Bush Lot, Corentyne facility.At separate functions, representatives of the two entities – Ganesh’s Parts & General Store under the BKT Tyres of Robb Street and KSM Investments Inc. of Good Hope on the East Coast of Demerara – finalised the partnership with Justice Cecil Kennard, the honorary president of the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club.Ron Mohammed sales representative of Ganesh’s Parts & General Store handed over the complete package for the E and Lower race.In a brief comment, proprietor Roop Persaud said what a pleasure it was to be associated with the Kennard’s Memorial Turf Club again.He said that this time the company is sponsoring under the BKT Tyres, which, according to him, is a quality agricultural and off-road product.Director Khaimwattie Panchu hands over the cheque and trophy to Justice Cecil Kennard.Meanwhile, Khaimwattie Panchu, Director of KSM Investments Inc., moments before presenting the first prizes and winner’s trophy for the L Non-winners, said that the company is pleased to be on board, adding that this is not the first time the company has supported the turf club.She, however, confirmed the company’s future support towards the promotion of horse racing locally.Kennard said he is pleased with the support he has received from the business entities over the years, since sponsorship is absolutely necessary for the successful promotion of any sporting event.Those of us who are involved in the administration of sport, whether it be cricket, horse racing or what’s not, we need sponsorship to ensure our events are successful,” Kennard explained. He thanked both businesses for their support.Kennard confirmed that over 60 horses have been entered for the grand one-day meet, and that the track at Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne, Berbice is in fine condition, despite some rain over the past few days.The activity has attracted some of the country’s top thoroughbreds to compete for millions in cash and trophies from 12:00hrs.The annual event has been one of the country’s traditions over the years and this year’s meet is being considered as one of the biggest in recent times.In excess of $4M in prizes will be up for grabs on the seven-race card with the feature E and Lower one-mile event having a $700 000 prize for the winner.In the co-feature H and Lower race, West Indies-bred non-winners and Guyana-bred Open, the winning steed will take home $240 000 for its owner.Other races carded on the provisional programme are: L Class non-winners ($120 000), J and K Lower ($180 000), L non-winners for 2018-2019 ($140 000), Two-year-old Guyana-bred ($200 000), and L Open ($160 000).The races will be run under the Rules of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority.last_img read more

Radisson death ruled a suicide

first_imgAccording to the USC Department of Public Safety, Tuesday’s death at the Radisson has been ruled a suicide.The deceased has been identified as a 39-year-old white male, DPS Capt. David Carlisle said, but LAPD has not released the victim’s name, awaiting notification of next of kin.The man fell from the seventh floor of the hotel and landed by the Radisson’s outdoor pool, Carlisle said.Though the incident does not appear to have a connection to USC, Carlisle said authorities are still investigating to be sure.The area by the Radisson pool was designated as a crime scene Tuesday, but the pool was open for use again today.According to Mike Juliani, a freshman who lives in the Radisson, LAPD was investigating at the scene past midnight Wednesday morning and DPS officers were stationed at the end of student-occupied hallways to make sure students didn’t interfere with the investigation.Sarah Benzel, another freshman resident of the Radisson, said that the caution tape was removed from the crime scene Wednesday morning.last_img read more