January 21, 2022

Basic Facts About Condo Housing Units Found In Modern Cities

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By Adrianna Noton

Condo housing units are normally situated in urban areas. These units are the preserve of people who like convenient lifestyles. All apartment units in a block will be managed by a home owners association. This association is supposed to hire workers who will maintain the outside environment of an apartment.

In any urban area, one will find very many apartments. This is normally because urban areas have shortage of land. In urban places, there is shortage of land yet at the same time there is high demand for houses. The high demand of houses in a city that has land shortage will be addressed by condos.

Condos are the choice of people who live in cities and want convenient lifestyles. Some of these people are college students, retirees and working people. Working people will prefer to live close to the cities where they are working so as to save transport costs.

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Since condos are located near to cities or inside cities, any working person who lives in an apartment will find it easy to operate to and from work. It is in fact possible to find an apartment close to the building which houses the offices of the company one works for. A person who has a monthly salary can purchase an apartment unit using a mortgage.

Retirees who have grown up children will find condos to be very appropriate. This is because in an apartment, one will not be required to carry out tasks such as mowing the lawn. However, in a suburban residence one will be required to mow the lawn and also to clean the verandas. Some retired couples who have suburban houses and all their children are grown up therefore they don’t stay at home normally prefer to sell their suburban houses. This is because two people staying in a big suburban house is a waste of resources. After selling such a house, a couple can move into a small apartment unit. The money obtained from the sale will be used to pay rent for a long time and the remainder will be invested.

A person who has spent all his working years working in a rural place will find moving to an urban apartment during retirement the best option if he wants to explore urban life. Urban life has many interesting twists and turns. Living in an urban place gives one the privilege to enjoy most government amenities. Urban life makes one to be more knowledgeable because one interacts with many variables in a day.

All condos have home owner association. This association is made up of all people who live in an apartment. The elected officials of this association will make sure that the outside environment of an apartment is kept clean all the time.

Condo lifestyle is the lifestyle in most cities. These housing units are popular because they are located close to cities. A working person will want to live close to the city so as to pay less for transport. A retiree will want to live near a city so as to enjoy urban amenities.

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IRA assets worth 30 million pounds investigated

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Thursday, October 6, 2005

The British Assets Recovery Agency is investigating £30 million / €44 million of assets believed to be owned by senior members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA or IRA), using information provided by the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau and British and Irish law enforcement agencies. The money is believed to represent a small fraction of the wealth obtained by the organisation. This move follows the recent decommissioning of IRA weapons. Most of the assets are believed to have been owned by the IRA chief of staff, Thomas Murphy and businessman Dermot Craven. Now that negotiations over weapons decommissioning are over, it is believed that other IRA members who have become rich through running protection rackets or other criminal activities may also be stripped of their illegal assests in the forthcoming weeks.

Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell said: “An Garda Síochána and the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and the Criminal Assets Bureau and the ARA are co-operating in every possible way to ensure that on this island those who have control of the proceeds of crime are deprived of those proceeds”. Businesses and organisations paying money towards protection rackets are hoping that the structure of the IRA will now begin to unravel.

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January 20, 2022

Highway bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses

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Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Interstate 35W Mississippi River eight-lane bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota has collapsed on both sides of the highway over the Mississippi River during rush hour.

Previous reports indicated at least nine people had died, but Minneapolis police revised this to four during a 7:30 a.m. (local time) press conference. Tim Dolan, the Minneapolis Police Chief later stated that “several [adding to the four] people are confirmed dead at the scene,” but would not elaborate on how many. At least 79 have been injured and at least 8 are still missing, still believed to be in the rubble.

The road was busy with bumper-to-bumper traffic in four lanes when the entire 1907 foot (581 m) steel arch bridge collapsed. At least 50 cars were traveling on the bridge, including a school bus. The Red Cross said that 60 children were aboard a school bus, and that ten of those were admitted to a hospital.

The entire length of the bridge over the river collapsed at 6:05 p.m. CDT (UTC-5). The bridge, built in 1967, cleared the water level by 64 feet; the deck surface and pavement were considerably higher.

Reports say that people may be trapped in the water. Further, “many voids may contain survivors, but we cannot search those voids until it’s safe,” said Jim Clack, Minneapolis Fire Chief, during a press conference.

“One has died from drowning,” said a doctor from the medical center during an 8:00 pm press conference, who also said that so far 22 are in “yellow condition” and at least six are in “critical condition.”

Minneapolis officials have stated during an earlier press conference that “people are being sent downtown and all survivors are off the bridge. We are seeking help from the Red Cross.” and “[…]at least 60 children are receiving trauma care some with severe injures, some with minor injuries.”

Most of the injured have been received by Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis for medical treatment. Area hospitals are requesting all off duty staff and all Minneapolis ambulances to report. Residents are being encouraged to stay away from the area to let emergency crews do their work.

It is not known what caused the collapse, but there was construction being performed on the bridge’s road surface which included the use of jackhammers and the FBI has ruled out terrorism.

“Although it is much too early to make any determination of the cause, we have no reason at this time to believe there is any nexus to terrorism,” said Paul McCabe, an FBI spokesman.

In 2001 a stress inspection was done and Minnesota Department of Transportation stated that the bridge “should not have any problems with fatigue cracking in the foreseeable future.”

Typically an eight-lane bridge, the bridge was reduced to four lanes (two in each direction) during the current construction. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) had just announced overnight lane reductions on the bridge to one lane in each direction for the late evening hours of July 31 and August 1.

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January 17, 2022

How India Entry Consultants Can Help You Set Up Your New Business Venture?

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Submitted by: Kriti Advisory

As we all are observing, India is growing as a big business hosting country, with many citizens turning into entrepreneurs. Not only in India, but people from outside & other countries are also taking business initiatives in India. India has now become a major business attraction for the investors and entrepreneurs all over the world. With its great business potential and improving economy, India is the most sought after business location. Many small and medium companies are being set up each day and the global biggies are also planning to open their development centers in India. So, how is the entire setup and expansion plan being carried out?

The corporate advisory services play a vital role in all the above operations. They provide professional advisory assistance and help the entrepreneurs take the right business initiative in a well-informed manner and at reduced costs too. The corporate advisory service providers in India provide various types of services such as India entry services, service tax services, corporate law services, registered office services, DOT licensing and IT/SEZ/EOU approvals and compliances.

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The India entry services prove to be very helpful for the global entrepreneurs. If you are planning to set up your business in India, then you will find great help regarding all the business initiatives by approaching the India entry consultants. The advisory services have a team of consultants who are always ready to help you in solving your corporate dilemmas. The consultants will guide you right from the business set up stage, up to the active implementation of all the business processes.

The India entry consultants will provide specific services to you such as exploring the market conditions in India regarding your particular business domain and sending the updated news to you, setting up the representative office, setting up the branch or the project office and registration of your company etc. They also deal with business matters like statutory and regulatory approvals and licenses, due diligence for the customers and the vendors and various post-entry services such as corporate compliance issues, accounting services and the legal issues.

Kriti Advisory Services, based in Delhi is one of the renowned corporate advisory services company having a well-managed team of highly qualified India entry consultants. If you are planning to set up your business in Delhi and need help regarding the issues of service tax in Delhi, then also you can approach Kriti Advisory Services to get reliable service at affordable costs.

The professionals deal with various matters related to service tax in Delhi such as registration of the business under the Service Tax Act, calculation and deposition of the service taxes, service tax audits, filing of returns and reimbursement of the service tax paid. The experienced professionals possess expertise in different business domains such as financial services industry, IT industry, manufacturing industry, retail business, transportation and logistics industry, media industries and the healthcare industries etc. If you are in search of help regarding your business operations, contact an experienced advisory service today.

About the Author: Anil Mahajan is a recognized Service Tax Consultant in Delhi and offers Due Diligence Services, Corporate Strategy Services and EOU Consultants to all big and small firms located in NCR, India.


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Iran moves finances out of Europe’s banks

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Iran, has decided to pull its finances out of European banks and into different foreign banks. A senior Iranian official stated that this is an attempt to pre-empt possible U.N. sanctions over its resumption of nuclear fuel enrichment activities.

Comments by Iran’s central bank governor Ebrahim Sheibani, carried on air by the ISNA student news agency, confirmed that Iran had started transferring funds.

“We transfer foreign reserves to wherever we see as expedient. On this issue, we have started transferring. We are doing that,” Sheibani told the ISNA agency.

Ebrahim Sheibani also told the agency that the assets were being moved to an “undisclosed” location.

It is unknown exactly how much money is involved or whether or not Iran’s investments in Europe would be affected by the move. Traders have said that they had already factored such a possibility into the market.

Gary Samore, an expert on Iran and vice president for international programs at the McArthur Foundation in Chicago, said “the move reflected concern by Tehran that the Europeans might take unilateral measures amid the crisis over its nuclear program.” He also added that its decision to pull its assets from Europe “makes sense in terms of preparing for the possibility that Europe might take some measure to impose some financial sanctions. I don’t know that it changes the diplomatic formula. The key issue is still the question of whether or not the Western group can engineer a formal referral to the Security Council.”

It is unclear if an asset freeze or other punishment is imminent in Iran, but it has happened before. The country’s assets in the United States have been frozen since Iranians seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held its staff hostage after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

An Italian court last year had ordered an Iranian bank account to be frozen at the request of U.S. plaintiffs who were seeking compensation for terrorist acts they believe were supported by the country (Iran).

Earlier the EU drafted a resolution that calls for referring Iran to the 15-nation council. But it is said to stop short of asking for punitive measures against Iran. The IAEA is expected to meet on February 2, 2006 to discuss Europe’s draft.

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January 16, 2022

U.S. House rejects Senate version of payroll tax cut

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives voted to effectively reject the Senate version of a bill, passed with bipartisan support, to extend a payroll tax cut two months past its year-end expiration date. The House voted instead to create a conference committee to settle differences between members of both bodies.

Although the tax cut extension itself has support among Republicans and Democrats, lawmakers disagree on how Congress should go about compensating for the cost of extending the cut and the policy changes it would entail.

During an appearance yesterday, President Obama condemned opposition to the Senate-passed version of the bill, accusing Republicans in the House of trying to negotiate on matters unrelated to the bill. Republicans, in response, say there is still time to negotiate the bill, insisting that lawmakers ought to concentrate on a year-long plan rather than a two-month extension. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, however, says he will not agree to negotiate the tax cut extension until the Senate-approved bill is passed by the House.

If the tax cut is not extended and instead expires on December 31, approximately 160 million Americans will be affected by the tax increase; President Obama insists the only way to prevent the tax hike beginning January 1 is for the House to pass the Senate bill. In response, House Speaker and Republican John Boehner wants Obama to “call on the Senate to return” to negotiate. The Senate, shortly after passing the bill, adjourned for the Holiday break.

Also included in the bill is a provision that would require President Obama to make a decision regarding the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to Texas.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi blamed the congressional year-end impasse on “Tea Party Republicans.” In a letter to President Obama, Speaker Boehner requested he galvanize the Senate to negotiate on the bill’s provisions, writing “The differences between the two different bills can be quickly reconciled to provide the American people the certainty of a full-year bill. There are still 11 days before the end of the year, and with so many Americans struggling, there is no reason they should be wasted. You have said many times that Congress must do its work before taking vacation”.

 This story has updates See U.S. Congress reaches deal on payroll tax cut extension, December 23, 2011 
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New Zealand runs low on 20 cent coins

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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand wrote to retails banks warning them that there will be a shortage on 20 cent coins (NZ$0.20) leading up to Christmas. They have now announced that they have distributed 4.75 million new twenty cent coins in the past week alone “…close to the number issued in a typical year.”

Ten million new coins are expected to arrive in the next few days.

The Reserve Bank is wondering where all the new coins went, just five weeks after the new design was first introduced. Brian Lang, currency manager for the Reserve Bank, said: “The pattern of demand for new coins has been markedly different to that for the old coins.” He suggests that people are keeping them in jars, like the old design coins.

Some stores are already unable to give out twenty cent coins as they don’t have any according to the Newmarket Business Association.

Mr Lang said: “To put this into perspective, by 30 November, the Bank had issued almost as many 20c coins (49.6m) as 10c coins (53.0m). In the past issue of 20 cent coins would normally have been about half the amount of 10 cent coins.”

The head of Newmarket Business Association, Cameron Brewer, said: “…the Reserve Bank told us that they’d done a lot of work and that everything was going to be just fine. Well here we are just five weeks into the new coins and only days away from the Christmas rush, and the country’s running out of its own currency.”

Mr Lang said: “The Bank has sufficient supplies of 10c and 50c coins for several years’ normal issues.”

“…tens of millions of the old 20 cent pieces sit idle because they are no longer legal tender,” Mr Brewer said referring to the old ‘silver’ coins that were used before the introduction of new coins.

The Reserve Bank still doesn’t know why the pattern of demand of twenty cent coins has changed.

“… such a staggering miscalculation by the Reserve Bank should never have happened,” Mr Brewer said.

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Purchasing Home Insurance In Lancaster, Pa

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byAlma Abell

Homeowners insurance provides valuable protection in more than one way. First and foremost insurance is there to protect your investment. Should your home be damaged or destroyed by a fire or storm, your insurance will provide the money you need to rebuild or repair the damage. If you have someone break into your home and steal possessions or vandalize your property, your homeowner’s policy will also assist with replacing lost items and cleaning up the mess.

Another important protection offered by insurance is liability. This is the part of the policy which protects you if someone is hurt on your property. Should someone be injured by falling down, bitten by your pet or through some other incident, your liability insurance ensures that your property and income are not at risk from a lawsuit.

You are required to have a homeowner’s policy as part of the terms of a mortgage. Lenders need to protect their investment, so they require the borrower to keep their property insured. Many will insist the insurance be included in an escrow account so they can be certain the payments are made and the insurance is kept current.

When purchasing insurance your agent will make certain the policy will not just cover your personal property and what is owed on your loan, but enough to rebuild the same structure. This is important because should the worst happen and your policy only cover the loan, you would be the proud owner of an empty lot.

If you are looking for a competitively priced policy for Home Insurance in Lancaster, PA contact Susquehanna Insurance Management Ltd. They offer home and auto policies as well as life insurance and motorcycle, boat and RV insurance. They have policies which will cover all of your personal needs. Should you also own a business, they provide commercial policies too.

Home Insurance in Lancaster, PA does not have to be confusing or expensive. Most policies are exceptionally affordable and many insurance companies can offer you valuable tips for lowering your premiums. Homeowners insurance is too important to go without, even if you are not required to have it. Do not let what is probably your largest investment go unprotected, get insurance today.

January 13, 2022

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to move into Kensington Palace, London

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

British media has reported that Prince William and his recently wedded wife, Kate, are to move their London residence into Kensington Palace, close to Hyde Park.

Two units in the Palace, labeled Apartments 8 and 9, were previously occupied by Prince Charles and Diana, William’s parents, when they married in 1981. Prince William and his brother Prince Harry went to nursery and school nearby. Diana also lived in Kensington Palace after her separation and divorce from Prince Charles.

However, the newlyweds will not live in Apartments 8 and 9, as they are currently being used as office space. They will instead live in a small apartment that was previously occupied by staff. The palace has undergone some renovations, including asbestos removal.

The couple is also set to choose one “housekeeper-dresser”, who will provide valet service for the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate will continue to buy her own clothes, and the new servant is not to be seen as a “stylist”. The position has been advertised internally within Buckingham Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to move within a few weeks, before they leave on a trip to Canada and the United States. The London residence is expected to be used only as a starter home for about a year. The couple will keep their permanent residence without personal staff in Anglesey, Wales, where William serves on the Royal Air Force as a search-and-rescue pilot. They will continue to run their Household Office at St James’s Palace.

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Surgeons reattach boy’s three severed limbs

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005A team of Australian surgeons yesterday reattached both hands and one foot to 10-year-old Perth boy, Terry Vo, after a brick wall which collapsed during a game of basketball fell on him, severing the limbs. The wall gave way while Terry performed a slam-dunk, during a game at a friend’s birthday party.

The boy was today awake and smiling, still in some pain but in good spirits and expected to make a full recovery, according to plastic surgeon, Mr Robert Love.

“What we have is parts that are very much alive so the reattached limbs are certainly pink, well perfused and are indeed moving,” Mr Love told reporters today.

“The fact that he is moving his fingers, and of course when he wakes up he will move both fingers and toes, is not a surprise,” Mr Love had said yesterday.

“The question is more the sensory return that he will get in the hand itself and the fine movements he will have in the fingers and the toes, and that will come with time, hopefully. We will assess that over the next 18 months to two years.

“I’m sure that he’ll enjoy a game of basketball in the future.”

The weight and force of the collapse, and the sharp brick edges, resulted in the three limbs being cut through about 7cm above the wrists and ankle.

Terry’s father Tan said of his only child, the injuries were terrible, “I was scared to look at him, a horrible thing.”

The hands and foot were placed in an ice-filled Esky and rushed to hospital with the boy, where three teams of medical experts were assembled, and he was given a blood transfusion after experiencing massive blood loss. Eight hours of complex micro-surgery on Saturday night were followed by a further two hours of skin grafts yesterday.

“What he will lose because it was such a large zone of traumatised skin and muscle and so on, he will lose some of the skin so he’ll certainly require lots of further surgery regardless of whether the skin survives,” said Mr Love said today.

The boy was kept unconscious under anaesthetic between the two procedures. In an interview yesterday, Mr Love explained why:

“He could have actually been woken up the next day. Because we were intending to take him back to theatre for a second look, to look at the traumatised skin flaps, to close more of his wounds and to do split skin grafting, it was felt the best thing to do would be to keep him stable and to keep him anaesthetised.”

Professor Wayne Morrison, director of the respected Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery and head of plastic and hand surgery at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital, said he believed the operation to be a world first.

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