Norway bows to criticism and re-appoints judge for full term

first_imgNorway’s government — a mix of conservatives and populists — had argued the 67-year-old should retire when he turns 70, the mandatory age for judges working in Norway.Critics point out there is no age limit in EFTA’s own rules. They also said the government appeared to be punishing Christiansen, after the three-judge court ruled against Oslo in a series of controversial cases ranging from the sale of alcohol to the free movement of people.Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed the decision, saying Norway wanted “to serve the best interests of the Court.”Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are members of the EFTA Court. Each county has one permanent judge on the court which oversees the countries’ access to the EU single market and rules on their application of EU laws. Also On POLITICO ‘Norway-style’ Brexit plan impossible, Oslo tells Scotland By Esther King Norway has moved to defuse accusations it sought to punish one of its judges at a European court by shortening his term.In a confidential decision Friday, the countries that are part of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) re-appointed judge Per Christiansen for the mandatory six-year term, revoking a December agreement pushed by Norway that he should only serve three years.The abbreviated term provoked complaints from senior judges and academics in Norway, who said the government was undermining the court’s independence and setting a bad example for authoritarian regimes across Europe. The trade bloc’s regulator opened an investigation to assess whether curtailing Christiansen’s time on the bench was in line with European law.last_img read more

RecSports supports students’ New Years Resolutions

first_imgNew Year’s resolutions can be notoriously difficult to maintain throughout the full 365 days of the year, especially when the goals involve personal fitness and exercise. Although she lacked success in keeping up with past resolutions, junior Colleen Bailey said this year would be different. “I make similar resolutions to be better about exercising and to improve my fitness every year, but I’m really serious about it this year,” she said. “My most tangible goal right now is to run the Holy Half Marathon, so I’ll do whatever it takes to get myself to that point.” Jennie Phillips, RecSports Assistant Director of Fitness and Fitness Facilities, said students like Bailey with New Year’s fitness resolutions need look no further than RecSports for assistance in meeting their health and exercise goals. She said RecSports offers students free consultations with RecSports staff for fitness equipment orientation, body composition and blood pressure exams. She said students could also participate in fitness classes, cross-country skiing and various special events sponsored by RecSports throughout the year. According to the RecSports annual facility usage report, 94 percent of the undergraduate student body used the Rolfs Aquatic Center (RAC), the Rolfs Sports Recreation Center (RSRC) or the Rockne Memorial at least once during the 2010-2011 school year. Phillips said this percentage remained relatively consistent, although RSRC fitness room usage tended to peak in the winter months. “February is typically our busiest month throughout the year,” Phillips said. “I assume some of it is due to New Year’s resolutions and spring break preparation, but it’s also partly due to the winter weather.” She also recommended writing down goals and scheduling ahead for exercise sessions, in addition to participating in enjoyable activities. “Play basketball, ice skate, cross-country ski, take a fitness class — whatever works best for you. I would recommend cross-training, or doing different activities, over the course of a week or even a day,” she said. Junior Mike Butler said he and a group of friends were making a collective effort to be more active this year. “I just want to make an effort to get some physical exercise on a more consistent basis, even if it’s just going to play basketball with some friends,” he said. “We want to have some fun while staying active.” Although the New Year inspires students to improve personal health at the beginning of each year, Phillips said fitness goals should be made year-round. “If you need to make a resolution for the motivation, that’s great, but hopefully you’ll be motivated for other reasons as well, such as overall health, improved sleep, better immune system functioning, stress management and improved concentration,” she said. Students with questions about fitness can contact Phillips at [email protected], while general RecSports information is available at recsports.nd.edulast_img read more

Holy Cross reports four confirmed COVID-19 cases since reopening

first_imgThis report was updated Aug. 23 at 9:42 p.m.Two Holy Cross students have tested positive for COVID-19, College President Fr. David Tyson said in an email to the Holy Cross community Thursday.The students who tested positive have been placed in isolation, and individuals who were in close contact with the students are now in quarantine.“Team members will make daily calls with the students in isolation as well as those in quarantine, ensuring all needs are met such as meals and prescriptions,” Tyson said in the email.Tyson urged students to continue to abide by safety precautions.“We ask that you continue the daily health check, along with being mindful about physical distancing, wearing masks and practicing good hygiene to keep our campus healthy and safe,” Tyson said. “We will continue to use strict cleaning protocols to keep all areas of the campus sanitized.”Two additional Holy Cross College community members tested positive for COVID-19 College President Fr. David Tyson said in a Sunday email to the Holy Cross community, raising the total number of confirmed cases at Holy Cross since reopening to four.“They have been placed in supported isolation at this time, and their limited close contacts have been put in supported quarantine,” Tyson said.Tags: COVID-19, David Tyson, Holy Crosslast_img read more

Shopping

first_imgFrom malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.Jacksonville Mall375 Jacksonville MallJacksonville, NC 28546 910-353-2477www.shopjacksonvillemall.comJacksonville Mall features more than 70 specialty retailers, three department stores, a 16-screen movie theater and a number of dining choices.New Bern Farmers Market421 S. Front St.New Bern, NC 28560 252-633-0043www.newbernfarmersmarket.orgNew Bern Farmers Market has been bringing patrons the freshest produce, baked goods, handmade crafts plus other specialty items for the past 20-plus years. The market is open year-round Saturday and open Tuesday from April through December.New Bern Mall3134 Highway 17New Bern, NC 28562 252-633-2800www.newbernmall.comThe New Bern Mall offers 361,000 square feet of enclosed retail shopping and dining space. The mall features several department stores, apparel, jewelry and specialty stores.last_img read more

The latest big deals from Marcus & Millichap

first_imgThe Pavilions at San Tan HeightsMarcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, has announced the sale of The Pavilions at San Tan Heights, a 33,313-square foot retail property located in San Tan Valley, AZ. According to Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager of the firm’s Phoenix office. The property consists of all of the shop space adjacent to the Super WalMart in San Tan Valley, Pinal County, and sold for $12,000,000.Douglas R. Fielding, an investment specialist in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office, represented the original developer/Seller of the property on an off-market basis and the buyer who purchased via a 1031 tax deferred exchange.Pavilions At San Tan Heights is located at 1749 W Hunt Hwy in San Tan Valley, AZ.  It was originally constructed in 2008.Western MillworkMarcus & Millichap also announced the sale-leaseback of Western Millwork, a 53,642-square foot three property industrial portfolio located in Phoenix, AZ. According to Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager of the firm’s Phoenix office, the portfolio sold for $4,400,000.Ross Sanzari and Jay Krew, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the Seller.  The Buyer, AIC Ventures, was secured and also represented by Jay Krew and Ross Sanzari.Western Millwork is located at 2940-2920-2810 W Willetta St. in Phoenix, AZ.  According to Ross Sanzari, “This was a sale-leaseback transaction put together by Marcus & Millichap in which the Sellers were looking to divest a portion of their real estate portfolio to capitalize on the strong investor demand for a quality tenant in an excellent location.”  “In addition to the buyers securing a long term, quality client, they could purchase three strategically located buildings.  Combining that with favorable initial lease rates created a win-win for both parties,” added Jay Krew.Goodwill – 13 YrsMarcus & Millichap announced the sale of Goodwill – 13 Yrs, a 32,398-square foot net-leased property located in Mesa, AZ. According to Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager of the firm’s Phoenix office, the asset sold for $4,881,000.Jamie Medress and Mark Ruble, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a limited liability company. Goodwill – 13 Yrs is located at 2039 W Guadalupe Rd in Mesa, AZ. Raising Cane’sMarcus & Millichap announced the sale of Raising Cane’s, a 3,616-square foot net-leased property located in Casa Grande, AZ. According to Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager of the firm’s Phoenix office, the asset sold for $4,080,000.Jamie Medress and Mark Ruble, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a limited liability company.  The buyer, a partnership, was also secured and represented by Jamie Medress and Mark Ruble.Raising Cane’s is located at 2469 E Florence Blvd in Casa Grande, AZ. Yuma PlazaMarcus & Millichap announced the sale of Yuma Plaza NNN Shops, a 8,720-square foot retail property located in Yuma, AZ.According to Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager of the firm’s Phoenix office, the asset sold for $3,100,000 ($355 per square foot). Sanford Burstyn, in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office, marketed the property and represented the seller/developer and Matthew Porter in Marcus & Millichap’s Salt Lake City office represented the buyer. The Yuma Plaza, a jewel box occupied by Five Guys Burgers, Eyemart Express and Edward Jones is located directly across from Yuma Palms Regional Center, a development featuring a 1,000,000 square foot outdoor lifestyle center anchored by Target, Sam’s Club and Kohl’s. “Yuma Plaza is located in the submarket’s most successful shopping district and benefits from close proximity to the Yuma Palms Regional Center.” said Burstyn. In addition to Yuma Palms, the subject property benefits from neighboring tenants including Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, In & Out Burger and Freddy’s Custard.Sherwin WilliamsMarcus & Millichap announced the sale of Sherwin Williams – ASU Location, a 4,400-square foot net-leased property located in Tempe, AZ. According to Ryan Sarbinoff, regional manager of the firm’s Phoenix office, the asset sold for $2,988,600.Chris Lind, Jamie Medress and Mark Ruble, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, a limited liability company.  The sale received multiple offers and had an all cash buyer.Sherwin Williams – ASU Location is the brand’s newest prototype design building, located at 729 E Broadway Rd in Tempe, AZ. According to Chris Lind, “The property is a redevelopment of a long-standing c-store property and will serve the Arizona State University Student population, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods.”last_img read more

Psychological abuse by a male caregiver is a powerful predictor of hypersexuality in juvenile sex offenders

first_imgA study of incarcerated juvenile sex offenders suggests that psychological abuse in childhood may have uniquely damaging effects on mental health.The findings, which appears in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, shed light on the roots of hypersexuality, which has been found to be a predictor of recidivism.“I have been doing research on various aspects of sexual aggression for the last four decades. It is clear that primary prevention is the optimal intervention strategy for reducing sexual violence,” explained Raymond A. Knight, the corresponding author of the study and professor emeritus of human relations at Brandeis University. Share Pinterest “Consequently, in my laboratory we have been focusing on identifying the developmental antecedents of various risk factors for sexual aggression. Knowledge of such antecedents is essential for designing and implementing prevention strategies.”In the study, the researchers surveyed 307 male juveniles who were about 16 years old on average and had committed at least one serious sexual crime. The participants completed assessments of abuse and other adverse childhood experiences.The researchers found those who reported higher levels of psychological abuse by a male caregiver tended to also report more problematic and excessive sexual thoughts and behaviors. The same was true of those who reported more severe sexual abuse in childhood. “Psychological abuse, especially in this case of a father toward his son, is a powerful predictor of hypersexuality and indeed in other studies from our laboratory of other prequels to sexual and nonsexual violence. It requires enhanced research scrutiny to unpack the potential causal components it encompasses,” Knight told PsyPost.Like all research, the study includes some limitations.“This is a retrospective, not a prospective study. The youths are reporting recent past experiences and behavior. All the methodological problems with such a research strategy apply,” Knight explained.“Nonetheless, we have replicated these findings with an adult sample, indicating their cross-sample consistency. Prospective studies of psychological and sexual abuse aimed at unraveling the essential causal mechanisms involved in each and examining their consequences are essential.”The study, “The Relation of Childhood Abuse Experiences to Problematic Sexual Behaviors in Male Youths Who Have Sexually Offended“, was authored by Kathryn A. Davis and Raymond A. Knight. Share on Facebookcenter_img Email Share on Twitter LinkedInlast_img read more

Let’s get real: build to rent is best way to combat housing shortage

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ClassNK to Look Into 20,000 TEU Boxship Steel Safety

first_imgJapan’s classification society ClassNK is launching a joint research project to develop technical standards in order to clarify the brittle crack arrest parameter for steel plates exceeding 80mm in thickness, expected to be used on 20,000 TEU container ships.The project will be carried out as part of the ClassNK Joint R&D for Industry Program in collaboration with the Japanese Welding Engineering Society (JWES), steel manufacturers, shipbuilders, and neutral research institutes, and is scheduled to be completed in mid-2016.The preventative measures for brittle fracture are important with thicker steel especially in areas where higher stress occurs such as the upper deck and hatch side coaming of the cargo holds.Through this joint research, ClassNK aims to establish clearer evaluation methods to form the proposal for unified IACS requirements for brittle crack arrest steel exceeding 80mm for the benefit of the entire maritime industry.last_img read more

Have glass, won’t travel

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Read of the Week

first_imgDurban PoisonBen TrovatoMF BooksReview: Karen Watkins With his toxic wit, Ben Trovato had me smiling by page four and laughing out loud by page 12 of Durban Poison. This is not a book to read in public as it’s sure to provoke giggle envy.Named for a marijuana strain, Durban Poison is a collection of Trovato’s most recent columns. This latest book contains his “one-millionth word” since becoming a newspaper columnist in 1986. According to his intro (written in a dodgy bar on the edge of a wild peninsula on the southern tip of Africa), the words “hung-over” or “retarded” are likely to be this terrible, beautiful milestone, which he would have tattooed on his arm.In his usual style he shows no fear as he takes on non-PC topics and every conceivable subject in between. And yet he also turns the tables on himself, not always liking what he sees.Some stories are sure to resonate. Such as Trovato’s nightmare visits to the dentist. From his mother’s cry at spotting his first tooth, through wisdom teeth crumbling like Egyptian papyrus to Dr Aitken drilling without anaesthetic and a mouthful of fillings that blind whoever he is with. At one time he had elastic bands holding everything in place. “Now and again one would shoot from my mouth and hit someone in the eye. Friends started wearing safety goggles around me”. Mind you, it doesn’t help that he opened beer bottles with his incisors.Trovato describes Durban Poison as the perfect toilet book with each column taking the same time as a standard bowel movement. For me it’s the perfect bed-time book. Each column is laced with laughter and just the right length before eyelids droop.last_img read more