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Prostitution in post-lockdown Greece is ‘Russian roulette’

first_img“I tried to sleep as much as possible in order to forget my hunger during these three months,” said Bella, who has a child, as another woman cleaned and ventilated her room for the next client.A list of strict hygiene and safety rules were announced by the Greek authorities to protect clients and the workers, who are more exposed to the risk of infection than those in almost any other profession.But the measures are unrealistic, the women told AFP.”They are ridiculous,” said Dimitra Kanellopoulou, president of Greece’s sex workers’ association. A central Athens brothel was buzzing with clients on a recent hot July afternoon, and its Venezuelan workers were relieved to have the business.Sex workers there have had a steady stream of customers since mid-June, when they were allowed to reopen their doors after a three-month ban to control the spread of coronavirus.While most Greeks are social distancing and keeping their contacts to a minimum, many prostitutes have little choice but to return to work. “They tell you not to have a handshake in the waiting room, and then you go inside the room and everything happens,” she said. “What is the point?”Sex workers are advised to “ensure distance” and avoid “face-to-face contact”, while wearing a face mask “could be introduced as part of a game”, the rules suggest.”It’s a joke. How is a girl going to please a customer with a mask on? Should she put a zipper in the mask?” wondered Katerina, who runs another brothel in downtown Athens.She laid a new paper sheet on one bed, which she said would be destroyed immediately once the client entered the room.The list of measures also includes an obligation to keep all clients’ contact details in a sealed envelope for four weeks for tracking and tracing.Sheets of blank white paper are taped on the sofas in the waiting room to remind clients to keep their distance.One client entered the building wearing a mask around his neck, a reminder that the pandemic is not over.”Our job is basically Russian roulette. You put yourself and your family in danger, but either way you would starve,” said Anna Kouroupou, a transgender woman who heads Red Umbrella Athens, an initiative supporting sex workers.”This is probably the worst time ever for the profession,” she said.”Things were really bad when AIDS broke out, but back then after a few months we knew that wearing a condom would keep us safe. Now there is no way to protect ourselves,” she added.The pandemic has laid bare the legal limbo in which brothels operate in Greece, where the majority of them have been left without state aid.Under Greek law, in order for a brothel to operate legally it should be at least 200 meters from public spaces such as hospitals, parks, churches, schools and stadiums.In a dense city, that restriction makes virtually any existing brothel illegal. According to Red Umbrella Athens more than 600 brothels operate illegally in Greece.”There is basically no building that meets the requirements of the law throughout Athens,” said Dimitrios Moraitis, a lawyer for the sex workers’ association. “There are more than 100,000 people working in the sector and only those with an active cash register and a licence to operate were able to get financial aid from the state, and this is less than 10 percent of total,” he said.Making matters worse, as part of the protection measures Greek authorities suggest that clients use credit cards to pay for services — an impossible request for establishments operating illegally.In what could be seen as a silver lining from the pandemic, officials at the Ministry of Civil Protection and the municipalities have said that they are beginning to register illegal brothels with the aim of making them legal through legislative amendments.In the meantime, many women have been forced to break the rules in order to feed their families, working illegally in the streets without any protection.To support prostitutes working in the open, Red Umbrella Athens has raised around 7,000 euros ($7,900) in supermarket coupons, and distributes hydroalcoholic gel and tissues to the women.”I’m not afraid of the pandemic, I’m more afraid of the possibility of a new lockdown,” said Linda as she prepared to start her shift.Topics :last_img read more

Australia’s best growth suburbs

first_imgWhat the data tells usUnsurprisingly, NSW tops the charts for annual growth in the two-and-three-bedroom unit market, claiming seven out of the top ten growth suburbs.Three bedroom units in Sydney had the best average annual growth rate of 14.9%, according to RP Data provided to realestate.com.au.With a median price of $2.2 million for three bedroom units, and a rental yield of 3.5%, Sydney might not be within your price range. But for those with the cash to spend the potential growth could be attractive.Brompton, in South Australia, was second with 13.8% growth. Three bedroom units in the northern Adelaide suburb have a median selling price of $425,000 and boast an average rental yield of 5.1%.Rounding out the top three is the coastal NSW city of West Wollongong, with an annual growth rate of 13.7% for two bedroom units – which fetch an average sale price of $428,000.Read more: The New Year’s resolutions of a property investorDo your researchFinancial adviser and mortgage broker Bruce Brammall says there are a number of factors to consider when looking to invest, including growth rate vs rental yield.He says those entering the market later – such as retirees – tend to look for higher rental yields, while younger investors tend to take stronger growth suburbs in to account for the longer term.Brammall says higher yielding properties are often in regional areas while high growth suburbs tend to be concentrated in major metropolitan areas.“High growth suburbs tend to have lower yields and higher yield suburbs tend to have lower growth. Not always, but as a rough investment rule that’s the case,” he says.He said suburbs with record rates of growth may also experience a cooling, while other suburbs with lower growth rates could catch up.“We’re talking about historical growth. That is absolutely no indication of the coming period.”Brammall advises anyone investing that it’s ideally a long-term commitment of at least 10 years and usually longer.Read more: How to: Use auction results to be a smarter buyerTop 3 growth suburbs state by state ACTMawson (2bd units) – 5.2%Lyneham (3bd) – 3.8%Holt (3bd) – 3.6%Research the latest investment data for ACTNSWSydney (3bd) – 14.9%West Wollongong (2bd) – 13.7%Redfern (3bd) – 13.6%Research the latest investment data for NSWNTDriver (2bd) – 6.6%Parap (2bd) – 6.2%Rapid Creek (2bd) – 4.9%Research the latest investment data for NTQLDClontarf (3bd) – 11.2%East Toowoomba (3bd) – 7.7%More from newsWhat 300k buys you around Australia31 Oct 2013Up-and-coming suburbs set to boom20 Apr 2015Wilsonton (2bd) – 6.1%Research the latest investment data for QLDSABrompton (3bd) – 13.8%Wayville (2bd) – 10.2%Unley (2bd) – 6.9%Research the latest investment data for SATASBattery Point (2bd) – 8.6%Launceston (2bd) – 3.7%Claremont (2bd) – 3.2%Research the latest investment data for TASVICDromana (2bd) – 11.1%Altona North (2bd) – 9.1%Geelong (2bd) – 9.1%Research the latest investment data for VICWAEast Victoria Park (2bd) – 6.4%Claremont (3bd) – 6.2%North Fremantle (2bd) – 6.0%Research the latest investment data for WARead more: Essential guide to property depreciation calculators**Data source: realestate.com.au/investAnnual growth rate is calculated as the compound annual growth rate in median price, comparing the median price of property sales in the preceding 12 months with to the median price of properties sold in the same 12 month period five years ago. This is limited to suburbs which have had at least 10 properties sold in both periods for a given property type/bedroom configuration. Australia’s booming property market continues to impress, with many inner-city suburbs experiencing huge growth in the past year.With the RBA cutting interest rates to a record low in February, you might now be thinking about purchasing an investment property.For many, securing a small unit in a good location could be a good first step to becoming a property investor.With that in mind we took a look at the growth experienced in two and three bedroom units during the past 12 months.last_img read more

VIDEO Dredging Trench for Wind Farm by Herbosch-Kiere

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Herbosch-Kiere nv, a company specialized in river, port, coastal and offshore projects, has just released this beautiful video of their barge Gaverland, taken during the dredging and backfilling works on a 350m trench in the shallow nearshore tidal zone at Courance beach in France. The project is for the installation of two High Voltage Export Cables from the Saint-Nazaire wind farm.The wind farm is an offshore wind project being developed in the Loire-Atlantique region in France.It is owned by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a joint venture formed in May 2016 between EDF Renewables (50%) and its subsidiary Enbridge (50%).last_img read more

QUIET DIPLOMACY: Opposition wants airport scandal taken out the public domain

first_img Share Share 79 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img NewsRegional QUIET DIPLOMACY: Opposition wants airport scandal taken out the public domain by: – March 31, 2011 Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Former deputy prime minister Mia Mottley Wednesday called for the issue regarding claims made by a Jamaican national that she was sexually and verbally abused by Barbadian customs and immigration officials last week to be taken out of the public domain.Mottley, who also served as attorney general, said that neither Barbados nor Jamaica “can benefit from the inflaming of national passions on both sides – nor indeed can our economies”.Her statement comes as a delegation from Jamaica is due here on Wednesday to conduct a probe into the allegations by Shanquie Myrie, 20, that she had been subjected to sexual and verbal abuse at the hands of the authorities at the Grantley Adams International airportJamaica has also requested that the issue of the treatment of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals at border entry ports be placed on the agenda of the Working Group on Free Movement, which is scheduled to meet from April 4 to 7.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh told Parliament that his ministry “is aware that Miss Myrie has contacted legal services to defend her rights, vis-a-vis the Barbadian authorities,” but he said “that is a second parallel track with which the Ministry will collaborate”.In her statement, Mottley, who is now an Opposition legislator, said the Barbados Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart “needs to take control of the issue and put a fair, transparent and independent investigative process in place that is acceptable to all parties and agreed upon by both governments.“In this way, all parties will be bound to the outcome of the process. The failure to put this kind of process in place has already led to the threat of an action before an International Human Rights Body. This will only serve to tarnish Barbados’ reputation even if, after years of hearings, the allegations are not proven.”Mottley said that all government officials in both countries need to pause and stop talking and recalled that the late Barbados prime minister David Thompson had advocated that there should be no shouting matches across the Caribbean Sea by Caribbean Leaders.“It seems as though that approach to diplomacy on which the Governments of Barbados, up until now, have properly relied has now died with him.”Mottley said that Barbados has had to deal with challenges in the past with allegations of improper treatment by its officials “but what is absent in this situation now is the public confidence in our leadership of this matter”She said past government leaders would have dealt with the situation in a manner that would have stopped the forced all intervened to stop the rhetoric.“Prime Minister Stuart cannot postpone decisive and independent action on this matter any longer as both our national interests and the welfare of our people are at stake. He must abandon the philosophy of not making errors by postponing decision-making.“…as Barbadians we can no longer bury our heads in the sand to the perception that others have of us that Barbados does not treat its Caribbean brothers and sisters and people of African descent fairly and with respect.“I do not have all of the facts.  But if this is the perception of us, we need to deal with it -if not our social and economic well being as a people will be affected as we warned when Government’s recent Immigration Policy was introduced two years ago,” she said, adding “if  we are being wrongly accused in the region, then we must correct that perception.“If there is truth to the perception, then we must deal with the problems that are at the core of the allegations,” she added.Source: Cana Newslast_img read more

Coolie Calihan Jr. age, 78

first_imgCoolie Calihan Jr., age 78, of Metamora, Indiana died Monday, October 3, 2016 at his residence in Metamora.Born December 29, 1937 in Letcher County, Kentucky he was the son of the late Coolie Calihan Sr. & Versie (Lewis) Calihan. He was a veteran of the United States Army. On April 17, 1959 he and the former Patricia D. Shelton were united in marriage, and she preceded him in death on October 9, 2012.He was retired from Dresser Industries in Connersville, Indiana. He also owned & operated school buses for the Franklin County Community School Corporation for over 15 years.Coolie was a member of the Scipio United Baptist Church as well as the Connersville Bluegrass Association. In his leisure time he enjoyed singing & playing bluegrass and gospel music, but most of all he loved his family and cherished time spent together with them. His life was an inspiration to many, as he touched the hearts of all who knew him.Survivors include seven daughters, Tammie (Howard) May, Rhonda (Rick) Abshear, Donna Hildebrand, Kathy Cone, Angie (Kevin) Westerfeld, Jenny (Ronnie) Jolliff, Beth (Link) Laird, all of Franklin County, Indiana; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Faye Hofer of Brookville, Indiana, Sadie Wells of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and Brenda Ross of Brookville, Indiana; two brothers, Joe Calihan of Blooming Grove, Indiana and Odell Calihan of Everton, Indiana.In addition to his parents and wife, Patricia, he was greeted in heaven by three sisters, Delores Fields, Pat Mays, and Freida Smith; a brother, Stanley Calihan; and a son-in-law, Kenny Hildebrand.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Rob Edwards will officiate the Funeral Services on Thursday, October 6, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to Cure PSP or the American Cancer Society for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Calihan family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Varsity Letter in Fishing?

first_imgThe next high school sport may be fishing.  No, I am not making this up.  When we were visiting the grandkids in Minnesota, we saw a TV report about beginning fishing as a high school sport.  The governor of Minnesota is an avid fisherman and is pushing the idea.  Wisconsin is also considering adding fishing to their athletic program.According to a Web report, Illinois is the first state to actually implement it.  Dave Gannaway, a member of the Illinois High School Association, brought this new sport to the attention of the Athletic Board.  The Illinois Bass Federation jumped on board along with several other organizations and offered to provide boats and instruction.Missouri had a state-wide vote on the interest of adding fishing.  They are thinking in terms of making it an extra-curricular activity similar to band, drama, or cheerleading.  Whether it is a sport or an extra-curricular activity, it is a way to involve non-traditional athletes.last_img read more

Martens is no. 1 in URSS lidlifter at 81

first_imgOnce in front, Jake Martens was not challenged in the race to the checkers for the United Rebel Sprint Series lidlifter at 81 Speedway. (Photo by Darrin McKim) PARK CITY, Kan. (April 5) – After taking the lead on lap five, Jake Martens never looked back to capture the season opener for the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing Friday at 81 Speedway. Shouse and Adam Guillion swapped the lead back and forth as Martens pulled closer. Entering turns three and four after another early restart, Martens dived low in turns three and four to take the lead and set sail away from the field. By lap eight, Martens had opened up a half-stretch lead over Guillion and kept the distance until the features final caution flag fell on lap 14. On the final restart, there was no stopping Martens as not even encountering slower cars on lap 20 could deny the Oklahoma veteran from claiming the URSS season opener and finally capture a feature victory atop 81 Speedway after years of trying.center_img Guillion settled for second while Shouse came home third. Wayne Johnson earned the Keizer Wheels hard charger award by advancing 10 positions. Buddy Tubbs and Andy Shouse started on the front row for the 25-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature with Tubbs taking the lead as the green flag fell. Tubbs’ lead would be short lived, however, as he would bring out the features first caution when he spun in turn two. Feature results – 1. Jake Martens; 2. Adam Guillion; 3. Andy Shouse; 4. Ty Williams; 5. Wayne Johnson; 6. Tracey Hill; 7. Brandon Anderson; 8. Zach Blurton; 9. Steven Richardson; 10. Tanner Conn; 11. Jed Werner; 12. Kade Hagans; 13; Cale Cozad; 14. Brian Herbert; 15. Aaron Plous­sard; 16. Dalton Webb; 17. Kirby Kyles; 18. Cody Hays; 19. Jeremy Huish; 20. Jordan Knight; 21. Cody Lampe; 22. Buddy Tubbs.last_img read more

Hours at Arsenal before Emery was sacked

first_imgRelatedPosts Gunners, Reds battle for Community Shield glory Arsenal sign Brazil winger Willian on three-year contract Arsenal, Chelsea clash in 134th FA Cup final A number of senior figures behind the scenes at Arsenal are reportedly due to hold a “crisis meeting” over the future of Unai Emery. While Arsenal’s form in the Premier League has come under intense scrutiny, their 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League has heaped further pressure on the Gunners boss. With the north Londoners having failed to win any of their last seven matches in all competitions, Sky Sports News suggests that the 48-year-old is on the brink of an exit from the Emirates Stadium. The report claimed that a meeting will be held on Friday morning to discuss whether Emery should be removed from his position with immediate effect. As the final whistle went on Thursday evening, the club’s home ground are almost empty, while banners calling for the departure of Emery had been displayed throughout the match. Arsenal must now decide whether to part company with Emery or allow him one final chance to get his team back on track at Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.Tags: Arsenal FCUnai Emerylast_img read more

Ireland beat Scotland to clinch tri-series after 24-run victory in Dubai

first_imgIRELAND clinched victory in the triangular one-day series in Dubai after beating Scotland by 24 runs in a high-scoring contest yesterday.Paul Stirling top-scored with 74 for the Irish as Niall O’Brien hit 51.Andrew Balbirnie (47), Kevin O’Brien (46), Simi Singh (45) and Gary Wilson (40 not out) also piled on the runs as Ireland reached 331-5.Michael Jones (74), Michael Leask (59) and Calum MacLeod (58) passed 50 but the Scots ultimately fell short.Ireland’s target always looked out of reach despite Scotland’s brave chase with George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy and Peter Chase all taking two wickets.Scotland still have two games to play against hosts the United Arab Emirates but the Irish have already secured the series after winning all four of their games.Captain William Porterfield was the only Irish batsman to fail, as Stirling’s 117-partnership with Andrew Balbirnie gave their innings a strong foundation.Stirling hit 10 fours as he reached his 15th ODI half-century before he and Balbirnie fell in quick succession.Singh and Niall O’Brien shared a 97-run fourth-wicket stand, with Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wilson later putting on 85 for the sixth wicket.Kevin O’Brien’s innings included four sixes as the Irish added 103 in their last 10 overs.Scotland’s Jones hit his second successive half-century but despite some late big hitting from Leask and MacLeod, the Irish always looked in control.The sides are using the series as preparations for the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in March. (BBC Sport)last_img read more