first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP) — More than 70 homes have been lost in a wildfire burning in hills outside Australia’s western city of Perth. It is expected to continue burning for days and residents are remaining on high alert. The fire had razed more than 22,200 acres of farm and woodland by early Wednesday. A pandemic lockdown in Perth and its surrounds was lifted for those communities in the fire’s path so people could evacuate. State fire commissioner Darren Klemm said conditions would remain difficult for firefighters with no rain forecast until Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgLegislature approves judicial pay raises Legislature approves judicial pay raises Florida’s trial court judges, facing crowded dockets in many parts of the state according to workload studies, won’t be getting any help in the form of new judges from the legislature this year. But they will be getting considerably better paid for their troubles. In a budget being passed as this News went to press, state lawmakers in their final days approved 11 and 12 percent raises respectively for circuit and county court judges. Appellate judges and Supreme Court justices got smaller pay boosts. At the same time, the new budget had no money for the 43 new circuit and county court judges certified by the Supreme Court as needed this year to deal with rising caseloads. The court had used a new “delphi” workload measuring system at the request of the legislature which indicated the court had been underestimating judicial workloads. It resulted in the largest certification request in recent years. The pay raises were part of a last minute budget compromise between Senate President Toni Jennings, R-Orlando, and House Speaker John Thrasher, R-Orange Park, made public on May 2, three days before the end of the 2000 Regular Session. It was passed later that day. Under the budget, Supreme Court justices will get a raise from $145,083 to $150,000 annually, or 3.4 percent. District court of appeal judges will see their pay go from $130,576 to $138,500, or 6.1 percent. At the trial court level, circuit judges will see their pay rise from $117,010 to $130,000, or an 11.1 percent hike. County court judges will go from $104,018 to $117,000. Legislators passed the initial budget on May 2, and were required to give it final approval May 5, after this News went to press. Changes in the final review were considered extremely unlikely. The judicial salary hikes go into effect October 1. May 15, 2000 Regular Newslast_img read more

first_img“If I’m going to research something and teach something, then this is really a bridge between cultures and languages,” said Kirschen. “The language was traditionally written in Hebrew-based characters. To your ear, you might say, ‘This sounds somewhat familiar, but not exactly my Spanish.’ If you’re looking at it in writing, you’d say, ‘There’s no way this is any type of Spanish,'” said Bryan Kirschen, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Binghamton University. (WBNG) — You may confuse Ladino for Spanish at first, but it’s a language of it’s own with Jewish and Spanish origins. Kirschen says people from Canada, Argentina, Turkey, Japan, and other countries tuned in to learn. Not only was Kirschen teaching a new language, but a new culture and perspective. Kirschen partnered with the Sephardic Jewish Brotherhood of America, which hosts free digital courses. He developed a five-week course, thinking it would generate a little interest. The response, was much more. center_img “Nearly 500 unique users logged on. Even though it was a beginner’s course, there were people who did speak the language and they wanted to see what was going on, and they wanted to see the interest in their language,” said Kirschen. If you’ve never heard of Ladino, you’re not alone. Kirschen says it’s an endangered language, and many native speakers are reaching elderly ages. So, with plenty of time in quarantine, Kirschen decided to pass on some of his knowledge about the language. “There’s not just one way of being Latino, there’s not just one way of being Jewish. There’s not one way to speak, whether it’s English, Spanish, or this Judeo-Spanish I’m talking about.”last_img read more

first_img He went on: “I remember speaking to Robin van Persie last year, and Theo Walcott before, and they said they had experienced the same thing. “They said if it happens to me, don’t get frustrated. “But I can’t complain with the way the season has gone. There is still a long way to go in the season and I could be a crucial part of that at some time. “I’ve just got to make sure I’m mentally ready and physically ready to help the team. Obviously we’ve got a tough run-in to make sure we get the top four.” Oxlade-Chamberlain added: “The boss (Wenger) has got his reasons for what he does. He’s a very wise man, a brilliant manager, and I’m sure he has got good reasons. “All I can do is keep working hard and, when I do get chances, make sure I’m doing well, and be a positive player in the team.” Press Association Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed words of advice from Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott helped him overcome the frustration of not playing as regularly as he wanted at Arsenal this season.center_img The midfielder, currently preparing for England’s vital World Cup qualifier in Montenegro on Tuesday, admits he wanted to play more games during his second campaign of senior football. But the 19-year-old also understands Gunners boss Arsene Wenger’s desire to carefully nurture his younger players, and said: “My season hasn’t progressed in a way as much as I would have wanted to because I always want to play. But I also understand the manager, in Arsene, will protect his younger players.” last_img read more

first_imgClonmel’s Dean Gardiner says he’ll be aiming to use his experience to win gold at the inaugural European Games in June. The Tipp man has been included in the Irish Team to travel to Baku next month alongside a total of 63 athletes who will take part in the competition across 14 different sports.Dean Gardiner will compete in the super-heavyweight division and he says his hard training is paying off. The games will get underway on the 12th June.last_img

first_imgThe Chelsea boss picked up the award after leading his side to the title.Meanwhile, Eden Hazard was voted as the Premier League’s Player of the Season.The Chelsea forward has also won the PFA player of the year, and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards this season.last_img

first_imgCabinet has made no decision to impose any “travel ban” on graduates and students of the University of Guyana (UG) who have defaulted on their repayment of student loans.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeFinance Minister Winston JordanThe matter was raised on Wednesday at the level of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Affairs when Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and Citizenship Minister Winston Felix appeared to testify before the Committee.Finance Minister Winston Jordan on Saturday last announced that all information on recalcitrant borrowers would be placed at immigration points in an effort to enforce the ban.He had explained that the decision was taken by Cabinet after the forensic audit, conducted by accounting firm HLB, R Seebarran and Co, into the UG Student Loan Agency revealed that from the year 1994 to May 2015, some 17,567 or 69.4 per cent of 25,335 student loans were deemed delinquent after students did not honour their debt.People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Nigel Dharamlall queried what he called unconfirmed reports that the Finance Minister had indicated that in order to recoup monies owed to UG, ports of entry and exit would be monitored.The query was posed to Minister Felix who holds the substantive portfolio for the migration sector, who in turn told the Committee that the proposal by Jordan was nothing new.Jordan had made the announcement at the commissioning of the new Student Loan Building at the University of Guyana.Felix told the Committee, chaired by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, “as far as I know, this is nothing new…All I can tell you, is if you know you study at Government’s expense and now you want to go outside, in your contractual arrangement it says what you must do if you want to travel.”Minister Felix was, however, confronted with the supposition that there could have been some misinterpretation of the Finance Minister’s assertion, since according to Teixeira, travel restrictions are provided for bonded students, but there was now talk of a “travel ban”.Teixeira was adamant that had Minister Jordan been misinterpreted then the onus was on him or Government to present a clarification to the public since his announcement has caused a significant level of uneasiness across the country.“If the news media is misrepresenting what the Minister said, then Government has to correct it,” said Teixeira.She informed the Committee that imposing a travel ban on students was completely different to enforcing restrictions on bonded students.According to Felix, “All I am going to say that in terms of execution, that has not reached me as yet.”He was speaking to the fact that as Minister with responsibility for migration, he has not been formally made aware of any such decision by Government or presented with an execution plan.“I will be waiting to see what the Honourable Minister (Jordan) really intends…I don’t know where that statement came from,” said Felix.The Minister of Citizenship was adamant that no such directive has been circulated within the official Government circles, specifically the Cabinet (Council of Ministers).Foreign Affairs Minister Greenidge, at this point, made it clear that media reports sometimes use language very ‘loosely”.According to Greenidge, “I am not aware that Cabinet made any such decision.” He suggested too that the words “travel ban” might have been inadvertently used.He subsequently explained to several concerned employees at Parliament Building—all of whom were concerned over the proposal—that a ban could not be put in place since that would be unconstitutional.Over the weekend, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall had also reacted to the announcement by Minister Jordan, calling it unconstitutional.Nandlall had told Guyana Times instituting a travel restriction for UG students with outstanding loan debts was a decision made on the premise of overwhelming incompetence and a blatant violation of constitutional rights.Nandlall argued that the travel ban went against all existing laws, and pointed out that one wrong could not be corrected by another.“Any first-year law student would know that the Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana; that the Constitution confers upon every citizen certain fundamental rights and freedoms, including the freedom of movement, which includes the right to leave and enter Guyana. Every first-year law student would also know that a person cannot lose these fundamental rights and freedoms if they breach a contract, even a contract with the State,” the Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) asserted.He contended that the principle applied even if the contract provided as a penalty for non-payment a travel restriction.“That contractual term would be unenforceable because one cannot “contract away” one’s constitutional rights. In any event, these loan agreements contain no provision in relation to prohibiting the borrower from leaving the country…. Different pieces of legislation specifically provide how and in what circumstances a person can be prohibited from leaving the jurisdiction,” he explained. UG student loans…says no such decision made by Cabinetlast_img read more