Palestinians ask Europe to send monitors for elections

first_imgPalestinian election officials have invited the European Union to send observers to monitor upcoming elections planned for the Palestinian legislature and presidency. The elections are seen as an important step toward ending a rift that has left the Palestinians divided between rival governments since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority in 2007. Past attempts at reconciliation have repeatedly failed. But Sunday’s invitation to the European Union was a sign that the Palestinians are serious about holding what will be their first elections in over 15 years. An EU official confirmed the bloc’s readiness to “provide everything possible for the success of the electoral process.”last_img

Student body presidential candidates: Neil Joseph and Noemi Ventilla

first_imgWho are they: Neil Joseph, the presidential candidate, is a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, living in Stanford Hall. He studies political science and economics with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. Currently, Joseph serves as treasurer of the sophomore class and sits on the financial management board, which oversees spending for all campus clubs and student organizations.Noemi Ventilla hails from New York City and resides in Pasquerilla East Hall. The sophomore majors in political science and peace studies and serves as the current sophomore class president.Michael Yu I The Observer First priority: Continuing conversations with students, administrators and faculty. “If we were elected, from Wednesday until April 1 we would continue to meet with students directly because we realize that’s the best way to get good ideas and see what students want and need from student government,” Joseph said. Top priority: Joesph/Ventilla said their biggest overall goal would be ensuring that students have a say in big University  decisions in the future. They hope to establish communciation lines that will last beyond a single year and include more student voices in conversations about topics from Campus Crossroads to the P.E. program. Best idea: As sophomores, Joseph and Ventilla said they would leverage the two years they have left on campus to leave a long-term impact. Ventilla said she believes past administrations would have benefitted from the chance to serve two terms or at least remain on campus after the first term to accomplish long-term goals. After the 2015-16 term, they said they would consider either running for re-election or providing consultation to the next administration. Worst idea: When asked about plans for big issues facing campus such as sexual assault or diversity and inclusion, Joseph/Ventilla repeatedly brought up the new P.E. program as an opportunity to address these concerns in a classroom setting. While it’s true that the new structure of P.E. provides an opporunity to broaden the scope of required sexual assault prevention education for students, that alone cannot suffice as a plan to deal with the broader question of how to prevent and respond to incidents on campus.Most feasible: Joseph/Ventilla’s suggestions for improving the quad markets that began this year are specific and relatively simple. They would like to give student vendors a chance to sell items alongside the South Bend representatives, and their suggestion to use the markets as an opportunity for networking and engagement with South Bend businesses seems like a good step toward improving relations between Notre Dame and the community beyond.Least feasible: The pair admitted they “have heard from the administration that it’s not feasible” to change the dining hall setup, and yet they emphasized it as a major part of their platform. Adding take-out boxes to carry out dining hall food would be detrimental to the communal meal-sharing experience that is a hallmark of life on campus. Furthermore, the suggestion that leftover meal swipes be transformed into flex points seems highly unlikely. Notable quote: “Although we both come from a programming background, we have both been on the administrative and policy side of things too. That really informed our decision to run, because as much as we love the programming side, the changes we wanted to see and do were only possible on the policy side.” — VentillaFun facts: Joseph has visited the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Ventilla was born in Hungary before she moved to New York City as a child. Bottom line: Joseph and Ventilla have worked closely together on two class councils, and they make a very charismatic and compelling team. However, their proposals seem largely shortsighted and fail to take into account the bigger cultural and social issues that  students have come to expect action on. They have a keen sense of the potential for change on campus in the coming year but do not seem to have fully developed their big picture plans.last_img read more

Display homes open at Haven

first_imgThe Huntington display home by Ellis Developments at Haven.A HOUSE inspired by a Bali holiday will be one of two display homes officially opened to the public at Haven today.Doors will open at 10am at the estate by Ellis Developments at 3 Castleview Lane, Garbutt, and there will be a sausage sizzle, music, giveaways, financial advice and an art project to entertain the kids.The Bali-inspired Huntington display home will be open for inspection and has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a two-car garage, three outdoor living spaces and a swimming pool.The home was designed by interior designer Pam Ellis who said Bali helped to inspire the look and feel of the home.The Huntington display home by Ellis Developments at Haven.“I used muted tones to bring the sand and sea into the home,” she said.“For example, the internal doors are muted blue, the walls are sand coloured, and the front door is a dose of sunshine.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Following the Bali holiday theme, I used very neutral colours, with lots of texture. The coffee table was the hero piece for the living room, and everything else compliments that relaxed vibe.”Following feedback from clients that many display homes in Townsville are not affordable for the average buyer, Ellis Developments decided to build a display home that demonstrated a boutique home for under $400,000.The Tivoli Tre will also be opened to the public for the first time today. The home is unique and designed to suit the lot it sits on.It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a single-car garage and an additional secured parking space.It has raked ceilings over 3m high with windows showcasing views of Castle Hill. The quadruple stacked sliding doors open up to blend the indoor and outdoor living areas, while the large outdoor patio captures the easterly breezes.The Tivoli Tre display home by Ellis Developments at Haven.Haven new home consultant Tammy Baczynski said the home would appeal to budget-conscious young buyers who want to live close to the CBD.“We kept meeting younger clients with the same requests,” she said. “They were interested in a new build to lock in the First Home Buyers Grant but also wanted to stay close to the CBD while staying in the $350,000-$400,000 price range.“A few years ago, these same types of clients would be driven to buy an apartment in town.”last_img read more

Clarence Raymond Goble

first_imgClarence Raymond Goble, 78, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Thursday February 20, 2020.He was born October 10, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio son of the late Leonard Goble and Elizabeth (Lang) Goble.Ray worked as an Engineer for General Electric, retiring after over 41 years of service.He was a long time member of St. John Lutheran Church, Aurora, where he also served as a Trustee.Ray loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed woodworking. He loved being outdoors, and he had an impeccable yard and garden. Weeds were his enemy. Ray loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and he will be greatly missed.Ray is survived by his loving spouse of 24 years, Karen Goble (Singhoff), children, Terri (Mychal) Sheffield, Mike (Vicky) Goble, and Tracy Goble; grandchildren, Jessie (Nate) Frees, Ian (Katarzyna) Sisson, Valerie Goins, Jenna (Michael) Thompson, Vicky Goins, Vincent Goins, and Garrett Schultz; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Margaret (Ray) Bryant, Betty (Ronnie) Hyatt.He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Larry Goble.Friends will be received Monday, February 24, 2020, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the St. John Lutheran Church Aurora, 220 Mechanic St., Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church on Tuesday at 10:00 am with Pastor Ronald Stephens officiating.Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.Contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Jones pens new United deal

first_imgEngland defender Phil Jones has signed a new deal with Manchester United, the Premier League club have announced. After the new contract was announced, Jones, 23, said on the club’s official website: “I am delighted to have signed a new deal. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far and am looking forward to continuing my development as a player. “This a great club to be part of and I cannot wait to start the new campaign. I would like to thank the manager, coaching staff and fans for their continued support.” Red Devils’ manager Louis van Gaal has been impressed with Jones’ professionalism since he took the reins at the club in May last year. “We are delighted that Phil has signed a new contract,” Van Gaal said. “He is a talented footballer with great versatility and can play in a number of positions. “Phil is a relatively young defender who is developing all the time. He missed some of last season due to injury but I was impressed by his professionalism and attitude during those periods.” Jones has 17 senior England caps and has also represented his county at Under-19 and Under-21 level. He started his career at Blackburn and progressed to their senior side from the academy in 2009 before spending two more years at Ewood Park before switching to Old Trafford. Reports continue to link United with a move for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, but the club were unavailable for comment when contacted by Press Association Sport on Monday night amid claims they had tabled a bid for the Spain international. Press Associationcenter_img Jones, who joined the club from Blackburn in 2011, will now stay at Old Trafford until at least June 2019. Manchester United announced the new deal on their official Twitter page, saying: ” We’re pleased to announce @PhilJones4 has signed a new contract, keeping him at #mufc until at least June 2019.” last_img read more