Panama: Officials find explosives on seized North Korea ship

first_img PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panamanian officials said they’ve found more explosives aboard the North Korea-flagged ship it seized on July 15 for transporting undeclared weapons from Cuba. Authorities discovered a type of rocket-propelled grenade that could destroy a tank when they opened a box on the Chong Chon Gang. The other boxes remained unopened because officials were concerned about what they contained, according to Javier Caraballo, the country’s counter-narcotics prosecutor. Ammunition for grenade launchers and other munitions already had been seized during a prior search. [La Prensa (Panama), 11/08/2013; La Estrella (Panama), 11/08/2013] By Dialogo August 12, 2013last_img

What you need to know about tax-prep software

first_imgby: Kay BellAre you prepared to spend more than a full day filling out your tax return? That’s the IRS’ estimate of how long it will take the average taxpayer to complete Form 1040.Sure, that includes the time it takes to pull together and sort through all your necessary tax receipts and records, learn about the Form 1040, decipher its instructions, copy the completed form and send it in. But even discounting these ancillary duties, the IRS figures it still will take around four hours just to fill out this most popular income tax return.And if you have additional schedules or tax credits to file, you might be measuring your tax time by the calendar instead of the clock.Don’t want to spend that much time with your 1040? Then tax-preparation software may be the answer. These packages promise to save you time and money by putting tax law and the forms you need at your fingertips. And some tax-prep devotees contend they can even save your sanity during tax season.If you decide this year to join the millions who do taxes on a computer instead of paper, here are some ways to make the process go more smoothly. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Transit-Oriented Growth Is No Universal Cure-All for Villages on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York On the North Shore, the Village of Bayville is looking to keep young professionals on Long Island, and so it plans to allow additional apartments in its downtown business district to attract them.On the South Shore, the Village of Lindenhurst is seeking to reinvigorate its downtown, and so it is working with the Lindenhurst Economic Development Committee to explore its growth options.Bayville’s residents reportedly aren’t happy with even the prospect of additional growth. Lindenhurst’s villagers seem more open to the idea of future development, but are cautiously optimistic.Although these two villages differ in size and background, they both want to take a similar approach to revitalization: transit-oriented development. The question is not about their similarity but their difference, and whether the same approach makes sense for each community.Bayville is a small beachfront village with more than 6,700 residents living within its 1.4-square miles. It takes more than an hour to reach the community from New York City via the Long Island Rail Road and a cab ride. Its relative isolation and the cyclical nature of its local economy make it hard to envision Bayville as a transit-oriented destination, let alone a vital hub. After all, Halloween only comes once a year and even its Bayville Adventure Park has to adapt to the seasons to stay viable.Understandably, citing a commercial property vacancy rate of 40 percent, Bayville’s Mayor Paul Rupp wants to reduce blight, but his approach to doing so—letting new apartment buildings contain up to nine units in the business district—highlights the lack of cohesive planning guidance that Nassau County provides each little municipality within its domain. Left on their own, these village officials too often spout the faulty concepts of Brain Drain, and a new inductee into the Hall of Buzzwords, Revitalization. Given that census figures don’t exactly support the notion of a mass exodus of 20-somethings, it is a faulty foundation on which to build policy upon—especially when it comes to the legitimate concern of nurturing the next generation of suburbia.From a planning perspective, placing apartments on the storm-vulnerable spit of land occupied by Bayville, which is already limited in both LIRR and road access, is not only a bad application of the “cool downtown” cliché, it is also irresponsible.Instead of trying to reinvent itself, Bayville should further embrace its identity. The village should maximize its assets, revel in its seasonality, and in this instance, grasp the sentiment shared by its residents. A cohesive business district isn’t the worst idea, but shoehorning additional density into a tight space in order to lure those ever elusive “young professionals” certainly is.Though Lindenhurst has around 27,000 residents within the village limits and another 11,500 people living to its north, it is similar to Bayville in certain regards. Both waterfront communities are roughly an hour or so from Penn Station. But what Bayville has in isolation, Lindenhurst shares with many South Shore communities directly east and west of it: being another stop along the well-used Babylon branch of the LIRR.Bayville’s residents are reportedly protesting the mere notion of growth, and in response the village board has postponed the vote on the mayor’s apartment-zoning proposals until next month. Lindenhurst’s Economic Development Committee is issuing surveys and taking stock of the community’s existing assets. Those actions signify a respect not only for the village residents, but for the urban planning process, which is fueled by public input, as a whole.Bayville has limited transportation options both in and out of the village thanks to Mother Nature, but Lindenhurst is constrained by the man-made suburbia that surrounds the municipality. Pursuing growth in Lindenhurst isn’t so much a question of whether it’s possible—as it is in Bayville—but whether the area’s overburdened transportation network can adequately handle it.Given the different challenges facing each community, is transit-oriented growth appropriate?Every small village on Long Island seems to want to emulate the sterling example of the Village of Patchogue, which revitalized its downtown, but without considering the unique factors that made that revitalization possible as well as the impacts that the sought-after success can bring.Could Bayville or Lindenhurst handle the consequences of copying Patchogue’s success? Rapid growth raises questions like where to place suddenly much-needed additional parking capacity, how to fill the vacant new developments and its accompanying retail frontage, and just as important, how to compete with other downtowns trying to follow the same model? What’s going to make this place unique? Until the village officials can answer these issues with data-backed studies, they’re taking a risk by plunging into the unknown.Rich Murdocco writes on Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco will be contributing regularly to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

For the first time, a representative of the landlord was elected to the Tourist Board of the Zadar Tourist Board

first_imgIn addition to the members of the Assembly and the Tourist Board of the Zadar Tourist Board, members of the Zadar County Tourist Board were elected from among the members of the Tourist Board, Messrs. Ivica Katic, Miljenko Rajic and Josip Djurin.  Along with the mayor, who in accordance with the Law holds the position of President of the Tourist Board, the newly elected members of the Assembly of the Zadar Tourist Board in the term 2020-2024. years are as follows:  Klaudio Grdović  – private landlord,  Grgo Peronja  – private landlord,  Lozivka Župan  – private landlord,  Hrvoje Šestan  – Hotels Zadar dd,  Danijela Stanic Halapija  – Intermod doo- hotel Pinija,  Toni Šimac  Doo,  Allen Barjašić  – Borik dd,  Lovre Lovrenčić  Ltd., Punta Skala doo Goran Sremec  Ltd., Punta Skala doo Tomislav Fain  – Terra Travel Ltd. Melita Surać  – Spar Croatia doo,  Dario Ćoza  – Crodux derivati ​​dva doo,  Luka  Ramic – Crodux derivati ​​dva doo,  Josip Klišmanić  – Zadar Airport doo,  Miljenko Rajic  – Agram Yachting doo  Branimir Peša  – OTP banka dd,  Ivan Rajić  Doo , Interigre doo | Ante Rados  – Jadrolinija,  Jelka Milosevic  – Beta doo Considering that the total share of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in the city of Zadar in private accommodation is as much as 51%, for the purpose of more active involvement of renters in the work of the Tourist Board, the President of the Family Accommodation Expert Group sir Klaudio Grdović. According to the adopted Agenda, the newly elected members of the Assembly of the Zadar Tourist Board voted on the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly, membership of the City of Zadar as a voluntary member in the Zadar Tourist Board and a proposal to amend the Work Program with financial plan for 2020.center_img In accordance with the new Law on Tourist Boards and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism, which entered into force on January 1, 2020, the Electoral Assembly of the Zadar Tourist Board was held today in the Great Hall of the City of Zadar, chaired by the Mayor of Zadar Branko Dukić. From 2020 to 2024, nineteen members of the Zadar Tourist Board were confirmed. At the same time, a new convocation of the Tourist Council was appointed for a term of the same duration. Travel agencies will be represented by Ms. over the next four years Mirjana Šarin from the company Mia Trade doo The current members of the Council are representatives of hoteliers, gentlemen Jasna Čurković i Hrvoje Šestan, trade representative Mr Mario Božulić, transport activities are represented by Mr. Slobodan Erslan, the representative of the caterer is a gentleman Dubravko Milin, and a representative of culture Mr. Renato Švorinić. last_img read more

Arsenal set asking price for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Inter Milan prepare transfer swoop

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal set asking price for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Inter Milan prepare transfer swoop Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Feb 2020 11:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.3kShares Comment Arsenal may sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have set a £70million asking price for star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.Aubameyang, 30, has been one of the Gunners’ most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.The Gabon international has netted an impressive 57 goals in 92 appearances for Arsenal and was named the club’s new captain in December following Granit Xhaka’s sacking.Despite his influence at the Emirates, Aubameyang has been strongly linked with a departure from Arsenal this summer, with his current contract set to expire in 2021.ADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners are struggling to agree terms with the forward over a new deal and may be tempted to cash in at the end of the season rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementInter Milan are the latest club to express interest in signing Aubameyang and the Daily Express say Arsenal have responded by placing a £70m price-tag on his head.Last week, Arsenal legend Paul Merson urged his former club to keep hold of Aubameyang, even if it means losing him on a free transfer in the summer of 2021. Mikel Arteta is reluctant to lose the Gabon international (Picture: Getty)‘If I was Arsenal I would keep him and tell him to give us what they can next season, get us back in the Champions League and then you can go for free,’ he told Sky Sports.‘It’s hard to buy goals and this guy is a natural goal-scorer. It’s hard to buy that.’Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, revealed on Friday that the club’s planning for the summer transfer window had already begun.‘We have to plan and we need to know the direction we want to head in and we need to bear in mind different scenarios,’ Arteta said.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 have to tell the club what we need, where we think we can improve and where we want to end.‘And if we all end with the same thing, we put a plan together to try and execute it and make the process as short as possible.’Arsenal are currently tenth in the Premier League – ten points adrift of the top four – and face Newcastle United on Sunday.MORE: What Man City’s Champions League ban means for Arsenal and ChelseaMORE: Ian Wright slams ‘delusional’ Unai Emery in lengthy rant over Arsenal commentslast_img read more