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La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo returns as Real Madrid aim to put pressure on leaders FC Barcelona

first_imgReal Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will return to action against Real Betis on Wednesday after serving a five-match suspension, as the champions look to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona.Ronaldo was sent off during the Spanish Super Cup win over Barcelona on August 13 and banned for five matches after pushing the referee, meaning he is yet to feature in the league this season.The Portuguese hitman struck twice in his only appearance since the incident, a comfortable 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League last Wednesday.Youngster Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale struck for a weakened Madrid on Sunday as they beat Real Sociedad 3-1, but as well as Ronaldo, Marcelo and Toni Kroos are expected to return after suspension and injury respectively.Despite the impressive display against a previously unbeaten Real Sociedad, Ronaldo’s return will be vital for Madrid as they look to take advantage of a soft fixture schedule over the next two months to push rivals Barcelona.The Catalans, who face Eibar on Tuesday, sit top of the table and are four points ahead of Madrid who are in fourth place.Barcelona were rocked by Ousmane Dembele’s injury during their 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday, with the French winger set to miss around four months with a ruptured hamstring.Madrid’s home clash with Betis marks the start of a run of league fixtures which, on paper, they should win, including home games against Espanyol, Eibar and Las Palmas.”If we carry on like this we can do a lot of damage,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane after his side’s win in the Basque Country.advertisement”We’re back on track but we’ve got to keep going because there’s another game on Wednesday.”Mid-table Betis have not beaten Madrid in the league at the Bernabeu in 19 years and only five times in 51 attempts.If they are to defeat them on Wednesday, they will need experienced winger Joaquin, 36, and summer signing Andres Guardado, 30, to continue their excellent form.”They are like kids in a school yard, they give it back to the guy that gives it back to them,” Betis coach Quique Setien said of the midfielders.”(Guardado) is a footballer I can’t describe, extraordinary. He has enormous quality and an enormous work rate. Just like Joaquin, they are reference points for the team.”last_img read more

Government Saves $150 Million through ESEEP

first_img He was speaking at the Award of Prizes for the ‘Energy Matters Competition’ on February 2 at the Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) showroom in Kingston. ESEEP aims to promote private-sector investment in the energy sector by updating the regulatory framework, preparing projects for investment decisions and increasing the contribution of renewable energy in electricity. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government realised savings of $150 million last year through the Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project (ESEEP). Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government realised savings of $150 million last year through the Energy Security and Efficiency Enhancement Project (ESEEP).“That frees up money for other social programmes and to offset other expenses of the Government,” the Minister said.He was speaking at the Award of Prizes for the ‘Energy Matters Competition’ on February 2 at the Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) showroom in Kingston.The Minister pointed out that the country is immediately seeing the results of the project, “where we practise more energy-efficiency techniques”.“We want to encourage more Jamaicans to practise energy conservation and efficiency,” Dr. Wheatley implored.ESEEP aims to promote private-sector investment in the energy sector by updating the regulatory framework, preparing projects for investment decisions and increasing the contribution of renewable energy in electricity.Additionally, the project seeks to improve energy efficiency and security in key areas of the economy, including implementation of fuel diversification, as well as strengthen institutional and technical capacities in the Ministry’s energy division for policy and strategy formulation, investment planning, programme implementation and sector regulation.Meanwhile, Managing Director of Appliance Traders Limited, Danville Walker, said the company is pleased to partner with the Government on an initiative that promises to put Jamaica on a path to greater energy sustainability and efficiency.“The Ministry has a thrust to reduce the country’s energy footprint with the use of inverter technology, such as those used in the appliances our winners received today, solar and other forms of renewable energy,” he said.The competition ran from November 17 to January 31, 2018, and is part of the Government’s public education thrust to increase public awareness about ESEEP and other energy-related developments in Jamaica, and to foster an appreciation of the energy conservation and diversification programmes that are being implemented under Jamaica’s Energy Vision 2030 Plan.Winners received weekly prizes of a $10,000 Jamaica Public Service (JPS) gift certificate and monthly prizes of an inverter refrigerator and two inverter microwave ovens donated by ATL.Grand prize winners for the month of January, Albert Chin, who won an inverter refrigerator; and Annmarie Tulloch and Savasha Savage, who won inverter microwaves, were randomly selected from persons providing the correct answer to energy-related questions online.last_img read more

DHT Holdings Expands VLCC Fleet

first_imgzoom Cruide oil tanker company DHT Holdings, Inc. announced that it has acquired a very large crude carrier (VLCC) built in 2004 at Daewoo for USD 49.0 million.The vessel will be delivered during the second quarter of 2014 and will be named DHT Condor.The company said that it will finance the acquisition with cash at hand.“DHT considers this an attractive addition to its fleet and will continue to pursue investment opportunities and grow the company,” DHT said.Press Release, May 7, 2014, Image: Wikimedialast_img

Rotterdam Dockers Protest amid Job Loss Fears

first_imgzoom Dockers at the Port of Rotterdam’s ECT terminal refused to unload a vessel on Sunday as a sign of protest amid job loss fears, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said.The vessel Alsvin was loaded at the newly opened Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) in what was believed to be a test operation and forwarded to the ECT terminal for discharging.The dockers had voiced concerns about the impacts of automation and overcapacity on all existing terminals in the port and its workforce.According to cargo handling data collected by members, the opening of the new automated terminals APMT Maasvlakte 2 and Rotterdam Gateway (RGW) could cut as many as 1,000 jobs if shipping lines move their business to the new terminals in the coming years.The ITF  and the FNV Bondgenoten trade union had urged repeatedly for urgent dialogue on the future of the port of Rotterdam.“Rotterdam is a giant among the world’ ports and should be a model of good industrial relations. It is notable that all the operators there bar one have signed agreements with the union representing its workers. This is despite many previous warnings and widespread concern about the port’s future,” said ITF President, Paddy Crumlin, commenting on the recent protest.  “We urge all parties, and that includes not just all operators and port authorities, but also the shipping lines, to get together to defuse this situation and reach an agreed settlement to ensure the dispute does not escalate more widely.”last_img read more

Civil Servants Involved in Evacuation Excused From Work

first_imgProvincial government employees affected by fire evacuation this weekend and have difficulty coming to work Monday, June 16, are not required to show up for work. “This has been a very difficult weekend for all citizens in the area of the fire and we are hopeful that there will soon be relief for residents, firefighters and volunteers,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister of Human Resources. Employees should contact their manager as soon as it is convenient.last_img

New premier soon in Saskatchewan Alberta trade meeting delayed

first_imgEDMONTON – Next week’s meeting between Saskatchewan and Alberta to discuss trade issues is on hold.An Alberta government spokesman says Saskatchewan has asked for an extension given that the governing party is picking a new leader this weekend to replace Premier Brad Wall.The meeting was to take place on Wednesday, but the two sides hadn’t settled on a place.They had agreed to meet in Lloydminster, on the provincial boundary, but Wall’s government later asked that it be moved to Medicine Hat in southern Alberta, which is closer to Regina.The meeting grew out of a dispute between the two provinces in December when Saskatchewan banned vehicles with Alberta licence plates at its job sites.Saskatchewan said it was in response to similar rules at Alberta sites, but never provided any proof, and earlier this week it dropped the ban.Jean Marc-Prevost, spokesman for Alberta’s Economic Development Department, said Saskatchewan wants the meeting held sometime after a new Saskatchewan Party leader is chosen and a new cabinet is in place.“We’ve asked them to set a date as soon as possible – and to honour the invitation from the Lloydminster Heavy Construction Association who offered to host us,” said Prevost.“We want to improve our trade corridors and harmonize regulations with our neighbours, so products from our provinces get to market faster.”last_img read more

Taylor opens new wastewater lift station

first_img“We appreciate the joint effort between the Province and the Government of Canada to help rebuild our critical infrastructure,” said Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser. “To receive approximately a million dollars for our rural community is a tremendous support for our sewer infrastructure. This funding will help the future needs of our community, and I want to thank the Province and the federal government for this significant contribution.” The lift station has a pumping capacity of around 22 litres per minute. The station, which has been operational since February, pumps an average of 320 cubic metres of wastewater per day. The project is the third of four phases of the District’s sewer upgrades.“The Government of Canada is very proud to have contributed to the construction of this new lift station for the District of Taylor,” said Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi. “We are committed to investing in infrastructure that helps build cleaner, stronger and more sustainable communities. This project is an impressive example of a system that will better serve residents while supporting future growth and protecting the environment for years to come.” “The safe movement and treatment of wastewater is not something people always want to talk about, but it is essential for the health and wellbeing of communities,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson. Thanks to this partnership between all levels of government, people in Taylor have a new, efficient lift station that will improve the way they treat wastewater in their community for years to come.” TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon for a new $1.2 million wastewater lift station facility.Lift Station 3 was funded by contributions from both the federal and provincial governments, as well as from the District itself. Taylor contributed just over $400,000 towards the facility’s cost. The Province pitched in $386,100, while the feds’ contribution was $585,000. Taylor’s new lift station. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

Mattala Airport to reopen to bring Chinese planes

“There are so many Chinese companies which have come to Sri Lanka. There are a number of Chinese hotels too. And the Chinese traffic to Sri Lanka has increased over the last couple of years.”China has become the biggest source of tourists to Sri Lanka in recent months, and the new government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena is now doing more to attract a larger crowd. Hotels are being prepared with more facilities for tourists and safety of the travelers is also being ensured.However, Amaratunga said that there was room for further expansion in improving facilities and the government was aiming to do so. The minister also dismissed recent reports stating that Chinese travelers spent less money in the island nation than western tourists, adding that Chinese travelers were one of the leading sources of foreign exchange in the island nation.With Sri Lanka’s tourism industry once being heavily scarred by civil conflict, the government is now aiming to attract more than 2.5 million tourists by 2016 and is set to launch fresh campaigns in many parts of the world.“If all our programs go as planned I think we can go well above the 2.5 million mark, as we have mended our ties with the international community,” Amaratunga said. (Colombo Gazette) “Firstly, we are trying to open the Mattala Airport and make it more feasible for Chinese planes to land and bring in more chartered planes from China,” Amaratunga told Xinhua in an exclusive interview. “We are also addressing the safety issue of our tourists as we have received a lot of complaints of harassment, especially in the beach bound areas. We have to control that. This government is very keen to ensure the safety of all our tourists who are arriving in Sri Lanka.”The government which was sworn into power after the ruling United National Party won the parliamentary election last month will also launch fresh advertising campaigns in China this year.The government has remained firm that China would not be neglected and would continue to remain amongst its “priority markets.” Tourism Minister John Amaratunga has said the Government hopes to reopen the Mattala Airport and make it more feasible for Chinese planes to land.He said that Sri Lanka is aiming to become the best tourist hub in South East Asia and will look to attract more than 2.5 million tourists by 2016,. Amaratunga who was sworn into Sri Lanka’s national government last week, said that Sri Lanka was looking at expanding its tourist arrivals, especially from China and would make the island nation more tourist oriented. Mattala Rajapakse Airport is situated on the country’s southern coast of Hambantota and is the country’s second-largest international airport.“We are giving the fullest encouragement to the Chinese government and the Chinese people to come and visit Sri Lanka. And we want to assure and ensure their safety,” the minister said. “We have to get more oriented with the Chinese language. We must also have Chinese menus in the smaller places because when tourists arrive here they would not want to be confined only to the five star hotels,” he said. read more

Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of settlement

Purdue Pharma, the company that made billions selling the prescription painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy in White Plains, New York, days after reaching a tentative settlement with many of the state and local governments suing it over the toll of opioids.The filing was anticipated before and after the tentative deal, which could be worth up to $12 billion over time, was struck.“This settlement framework avoids wasting hundreds of millions of dollars and years on protracted litigation,” Steve Miller, chairman of Purdue’s board of directors, said in a statement, “and instead will provide billions of dollars and critical resources to communities across the country trying to cope with the opioid crisis. We will continue to work with state attorneys general and other plaintiff representatives to finalize and implement this agreement as quickly as possible.”But legal battles still lie ahead for Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue, which is spending millions on legal costs as it defends itself in lawsuits from 2,600 government and other entities. About half the states have not signed onto the proposal. And several of them plan to object to the settlement in bankruptcy court and to continue litigation in other courts against members of the Sackler family, which owns the company. The family agreed to pay at least $3 billion in the settlement plus contribute the company itself, which is to be reformed with its future profits going to the company’s creditors.In a statement, the families of late company owners Mortimer and Raymond Sackler said they have “deep compassion for the victims of the opioid crisis” and believe the settlement framework “is an historic step toward providing critical resources that address a tragic public health situation.”Objections came over the amount of the deal, which some officials say will not reach close to the $12 billion mark, and because it means the company won’t be found liable by a jury or judge.Purdue chairman Miller said the company has not admitted wrongdoing and does not intend to. “The alternative is to not settle but instead to resume the litigation,” he said on a conference call with reporters. “The resumption of litigation would rapidly diminish all the resources of the company and would be lose-lose-lose all the way around. Whatever people might wish for is not on the table now.”Because so many states balked at the settlement, it could complicate the bankruptcy process. The Sackler family members said they’re still trying to get more states to sign on.“We are hopeful that in time, those parties who are not yet supportive will ultimately shift their focus to the critical resources that the settlement provides to people and problems that need them,” they said.Key issues that could be decided include whether the suits against the Sacklers in state courts will be able to move ahead, and what will happen to the company itself. Under the tentative settlement deal, it would continue to operate, but with profits used to pay for the settlement. Another option could be for a judge to order it be sold.Court filings assert that members of the Sackler family were paid more than $4 billion by Purdue from 2007 to 2018. Much of the family’s fortune is believed to be held outside the U.S., which could complicate lawsuits against the family over opioids.A court filing by the New York Attorney General’s office on Friday contended that Sackler family members used Swiss and other hidden accounts to transfer $1 billion to themselves. The discovery of the transfers bolsters several states’ claims that family members worked to shield its wealth because of the growing legal threats against them and Purdue.The Sacklers have given money to cultural institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Tate Modern.Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press read more

SeaWorld suit alleges California commission overreached in banning captive orca breeding

FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2006, file photo, people watch through glass as a killer whale swims by in a display tank at SeaWorld in San Diego. SeaWorld filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, challenging a California commission’s ruling that bans the company from breeding captive killer whales at its San Diego park. (AP Photo/Chris Park, File) SeaWorld suit alleges California commission overreached in banning captive orca breeding by The Associated Press Posted Dec 29, 2015 6:58 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 30, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN DIEGO – A California commission was overreaching when it banned the breeding of captive killer whales at a $100 million planned exhibit at San Diego’s SeaWorld, the park claimed in a lawsuit.The suit filed Tuesday in San Diego County Superior Court asserts that the park’s treatment of its whales is subject to federal law and not the decisions of the California Coastal Commission, which must approve major new building developments in coastal cities.The commission endorsed the orca tank expansion known as “Blue World,” but in a surprising and serious blow to the park included a ban on breeding at the planned facility and prohibitions on the sale, trade or transfer of the whales.“This last-minute ‘no breeding or transfer’ condition is unprecedented,” SeaWorld said in the lawsuit, which claims the commission’s action is illegal because it has no jurisdiction over the orcas.“The orcas are not, in any way, part of the coastal or marine environment,” the lawsuit says. “All of SeaWorld’s activities with respect to the care, breeding and transportation of orcas occur onshore in the orca pools and not in the marine environment and are specifically governed by federal law.”Noaki Schwartz, spokeswoman for the Coastal Commission, said the agency could not comment on the particulars of the lawsuit, but the commission said in a statement that it “stands by its decision in October to protect killer whales.”People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the main group opposing the project, said in a statement Tuesday that the commission was within its rights and made the correct decision.“It’s clear that the company’s primary intention in pursuing the Blue World Project was to breed more orcas to confine to tanks,” PETA said in a statement.SeaWorld said in October that it would challenge the decision and that it had hired attorneys to examine it but did not give specifics before filing the lawsuit Tuesday.Last month, the Orlando, Florida-based company said it would end theatrical orca shows at the San Diego park after visitors at the tourist attraction made it clear they prefer seeing killer whales act naturally rather than doing tricks.The shows will continue at the company’s Orlando and San Antonio parks, which are not affected by the breeding ban. read more

Clashes in northwestern Central African Republic cause renewed displacement – UN

With skirmishes between ex-Séléka and anti-Balaka elements leaving some 20,000 people displaced in town and thousands more on major roads in the region, he told reporters in Geneva today that an inter-agency assessment mission has been deployed to visit Batangafo early next week. “Additionally, clashes on 4 August again affected the humanitarian situation and hindered humanitarian access to those people,” reported Mr. Laerke. Anti-balaka and Séléka have been embroiled in fighting since the latter were ousted from power in January 2014 – with inter-communal retaliatory attacks continuing to fuel the conflict.The fighting has left over half the population – 2.5 million people – in need of humanitarian assistance with an estimated 527,000 people still internally displaced, including 102,000 internally displaced persons in the capital, Bangui. Mr. Laerke quoted CAR’s Senior Humanitarian Coordinator Claire Bourgeois, who issued a statement saying: “We call on all parties involved in the fighting to respect the civilian population and humanitarian agencies trying to help them.”Ms. Bourgeois also called for a return to peace in line with the spirit of the recent Brazzaville ceasefire accord. read more

UN deplores ISILs barbaric murder of Japanese journalist

A statement to the press issued by the 15-member Council earlier today said that this crime “heinous and cowardly crime” is, yet again, a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists and others face every day in Syria.It also demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people, added the Council.Mr. Goto’s beheading was confirmed by the group in a video message released on Saturday, 31 January. Last week, the terror group released a video depicting the murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa. In a separate statement issued last night, the Secretary-General also condemned the “barbaric” murder of Kenji Goto, saying that his death underscores the violence that so many have been subjected to in Iraq and Syria. Mr. Ban expressed deepest condolences to Mr. Goto’s family, as well as the people and Government of Japan. He reiterated his call for unconditional release of all hostages held by Daesh and others. Like the UN chief, Security Council members expressed their deep sympathy to Mr. Goto’s family and to the people of Japan. The members underlined the need to bring perpetrators of acts of terrorism to justice. Those responsible for the killing of Kenji Goto must be held accountable, they stressed, urging all States to cooperate with Japan. ISIL must be defeated and the violence and hatred it espouses stamped out, Council members stressed, emphasizing that such “acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them but rather stiffen their resolve.” The Security Council demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other groups associated with Al-Qaida. They also recalled that, in accordance with international humanitarian law, journalists, media professionals and associated personnel engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are considered as civilians and shall be respected and protected as such. They also recalled that ISIL is included on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and is thus subject to the asset freeze and arms embargo in resolution 2161 (2014). Any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to the group, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.Members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation. read more

All efforts must be made to ensure peaceful elections for GuineaBissau Security

Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for the Department of Peacekeeping Affairs and Department of Peacekeeping Operations, commended the West African nation for “the successful holding of the legislative elections on 10 March,” despite delays due to political clashes.With 75 days left until the presidential poll, the political process remains fraught with questions of legitimacy, Ms. Ketia said.  “There is a general feeling of mistrust among national stakeholders surrounding the electoral process,” which must be addressed “to ensure a peaceful and consensual process,” she emphasized. The peaceful March election come in the wake of a political crisis simmering in the country since 2015, when then President José Mário Vaz replaced the Government of Prime Minister Domingos Simões Pereira, who came to power in 2014. Since then, there have been seven different heads of Government. Speaking to UN News in March from the capital city of Bissau, one voter summed up national concerns in just three words: “Work, education, and health,” Saido Embalo said. “Those are our main problems”.Ms. Ketia noted that since then, Government had made progress in key areas including “achievement of gender parity and the appointment of some highly qualified youth in the new Cabinet”, as well as the adoption of an emergency plan of relief in the “education, health, infrastructure and public services sectors.” The Assistant-Secretary General encouraged international donors to help ensure plans for the presidential election are realized on 24 November. The United Nations is “working closely” with authorities and electoral bodies to adjust and finalize the budget, last calculated at $5.3 million, she said.“Time is of the essence,” Ms. Keita urged the Council, underscoring that international contributions “will be instrumental in ensuring the crucial elections move forward. “All efforts must be made to ensure the timely holding of an inclusive, credible and peaceful presidential election,” Ms. Ketia concluded. “Both the “Government and the international community should abide by their commitments to provide resources for the election.” read more

Judge Rules Clippers Sale to Steve Ballmer Legit Ending

Donald Sterling, for all his defiance, still lost his team.A judge has ruled that Shelly Sterling had the legal standing to decide matters of the family trust on her husband’s behalf, clearing the way for former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who offered $2 billion for the franchise, to officially take over the team.Shelly Sterling burst into tears when Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas announced the decision.“This is going to be a good thing for the city, for the league for my family and for all of us,” she said outside the courthouse. “Come see the Clippers next year.”Chris Paul, the team’s star guard and coach Doc Rivers said they were considering sitting out if Donald Sterling maintained ownership. Sterling became an embattled figure when phone recordings of him making racially charged comments were released by his girlfriend.The sale of the Clippers to Ballmer went through on May 29 and was made possible because Donald Sterling was found to be “mentally incapacitated.” According to the terms of the family trust, this gave Shelly Sterling the authority to make decisions on the trust’s assets — most notably the Clippers — without also getting Donald Sterling’s signature.But Donald Sterling sued in probate court, arguing that the neurological exam was conducted under false pretenses and does not accurately describe his mental state.The sale window to Ballmer was supposed to close on July 15, but it was extended until August 15 so the trial could finish. Had the judge ruled in favor of Donald Sterling, the window could have expired, forcing the NBA to go through the termination process it was prepared to use until the sale to Ballmer happened.Were that to succeed, the league would have controlled the team and auctioned it to the highest bidder. But there was a risk that Donald Sterling wouldn’t officially be out of the picture by the start of the season, which is why players suggested they might boycott next season if a favorable ruling didn’t happen.The trial began in early July, despite attempts by Donald Sterling’s legal team to delay the start. The trial was supposed to focus mostly on the legality of Shelly Sterling’s decision and whether the mental incapacity diagnosis was appropriate, but it eventually veered into other topics, most notably the value of the team should Donald Sterling remain owner.While Donald Sterling can still sue for monetary damages, he will not be able to appeal the judge’s ruling on ownership as the court ruled 1310(b) was not just for life and death cases, making it a clean sweep for Shelly Sterling.The judge said the issue of the 1310(b) provision was the hardest issue to decide on, but found it does not apply to just life and death cases as Donald Sterling had argued. The judge said the trust would lose $400 million if the provision wasn’t used and said he believed the “death spiral” theory of interim Clippers CEO Richard Parsons.Donald Sterling can still sue the trust for monetary damages, but he would essentially be suing himself. As part of an earlier deal with Shelly Sterling, the NBA is indemnified in any lawsuit. read more

Could controversial power lines go underground The government wants to find out

first_imgUpdated 17:52COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER Pat Rabbitte has announced that an independent commission is to examine whether high voltage power lines can be placed underground in a bid to quell public concern over the erection of large pylons in parts of rural Ireland.An independent commission, chaired by former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness, will investigate the possibility of placing electricity power lines underground as opposed to on large pylons across parts of the countryside in the west, south and east of the country.These plans have been met with strong resistance in recent months by local opposition groups, some of whom have committed to running on their opposition to overhead lines in May’s local elections.The independent commission will include experts such as the former chairman of An Bord Snip Nua Colm McCarthy, the ESRI’s John FitzGerald, Professor Keith Bell from the University of Strathclyde, and Karen Foley from UCD.Under the plans announced today the independent commission will examine the Grid Link and Grid West projects and the potential of placing high voltage power lines underground.The government says that the study on undergrounding will be required to be similar to overhead options for the two projects for comparative purposes. A statement said the final reports of both options will be published side-by-side before the next stage of public consultation is held.The process is likely to take around 18 months with Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte saying this puts the issue of Eirgrid applying for planning permission beyond the original 2016 deadline it had set.“I’d be surprised if we had reports by the end of the year,” he said today.Following the announcement, Eirgrid also announced it would conduct its own “comprehensive underground analysis” of the two projects and said it will work with the independent expert panel to review all options before moving to the next stage of development.The company also pledged to address concerns about tourism and agriculture.“This major and important infrastructure programme is vital to the economy and we must do everything we can to address the concerns of communities and gain their support and trust.” said EirGrid Chairman John O’Connor.The company’s plans to overhaul the State’s electricity transmission network with a €3.2 billion investment programme called Grid25 will see the construction of 800 kilometres of new power lines and the upgrading 2,000 kilometres of existing lines – doubling the size of the electricity grid.But the plans for projects running from Cork to Kildare via Wexford (Grid Link) and from Mayo to Roscommon (Grid West) have been the subject of huge controversy and opposition from local groups who are against overhead pylons.Rabbitte added that the cost of the panel would be borne by Eirgrid and denied that he was bowing to political pressure ahead of May’s local elections or that any intervention by the Taoiseach or Tánaiste’s had led to the establishment of the commission. He has also committed to take questions on Grid 25 policy issues in the Dáil.It’s also been announced that Environment Minister Phil Hogan will engage “expert assistance” on the potential health effects of the electro-magnetic fields emanating from pylons.Currently Eirgrid is still working through the substantial number of submissions it received in relation to the Grid Link project as part of the public consultation, a process likely to continue until July. First published 16:41Explainer: What’s happening with electricity pylons and why is it such a big issue?last_img read more

Gardaí appeal for help finding missing teenager Courtney Twomey

first_imgGardaí appeal for help finding missing teenager Courtney Twomey The 17-year-old was last seen at around 9.45pm last night. Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Garda Press OfficeGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for information regarding the whereabouts of 17-year-old Courtney Twomey, who is missing from Kells, Co Kilkenny.Courtney was last seen at around 9.45pm last night. She is described as being 5′ 1″ in height, brown eyes and long brown hair.When last seen she was wearing navy leggings, navy puffa jacket with a fur collar, white runners and carrying a backpack.Anyone who has seen Courtney or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Thomastown Garda Station on 056 7754150, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: ‘They’re pretending to be a police service’: PSNI strongly condemns recent Belfast shootingsRead: Woman in her 70s killed after car goes into a ditch Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 8:25 PM 1 Comment Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 14,227 Views Jan 18th 2017, 8:25 PM last_img read more

Yaya Toure leaves Olympiakos after just 3 months

first_imgOlympiakos have announced that Yaya Toure has left the club after just three monthsThe Ivorian midfielder ended his eight-year association with Manchester City in the summer and chose to rejoin Olympiakos in September.Toure had previously spent the 2005/05 campaign with the Greek club, but his second spell failed to live up to expectations with just four appearances to his name – two of which came as a substitute.Now the former Barcelona star’s contract with Olympiakos has been terminated by mutual agreement.Official: Yaya Toure joins Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai Andrew Smyth – July 4, 2019 Manchester City legend Yaya Toure has returned to football with Chinese second-tier side Qingdao Huanghai following a seven-month spell on the sidelines.“Olympiakos and Yaya Toure would like to announce to the fans that they have mutually agreed to end their cooperation,” read a statement on the club website.“Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiakos will always be open for him. Our paths will surely cross again.”Toure managed 79 goals and 50 assists in 316 appearances for City in an eight-year spell.He won three Premier League titles, three EFL Cups and an FA Cup after a successful three years at Barcelona.last_img read more

Miller suspended one game for altercation against Clippers

first_imgLooks like two streaks were snapped Sunday for the Blazers.They’re only happy about one of them. Andre Miller has been suspended for one game for “making excessive and unnecessary contact with Blake Griffin of the Clippers,” announced Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations, on Monday. The suspension will end Miller’s 632 consecutive-games-played streak, which is the longest among active players. What Jackson meant by “unnecessary contact” was Miller waiting for Griffin to get set on offense, then taking off on a full sprint from half court and barreling the Clippers’ power forward into the ground midway through the fourth quarter. Griffin, known for his generally stoic disposition, grew irate after the football-like hit and started jawing Miller’s way. Yet no foul was called. Somehow, someway, none of the three referees on the court saw the collision. But that didn’t stop the NBA from reviewing the film the next day, then assessing Miller with a Flagrant Foul, Penalty two. Not that the point guard was particularly remorseful. “I actually wanted to get him harder. But he knew it was coming, because he got me good — actually a couple of times,” Miller told the Oregonian after the game, making reference to being pushed in the back. “I just remember getting hit pretty hard under the basket, so an opportunity was there. If I got a flagrant foul, cool. But I’m surprised they didn’t even see it. But there’s an opportunity there, you have to send a message.”last_img read more

Turnit Offers Free Digital Newsstand–And Says It Will Remain Free

first_imgWithin 90 days Turnit also plans to let publishers sell advertising across the platform. Advertisers will be able log in, select titles based on keyword or demographic criteria and purchase full-page ads. While the newsstand will remain free, Turnit is “still figuring out the revenue model” for the advertising program, according to Ahmad.”We want to keep the platform as cost-free as possible,” says Ahmad. “Any component we launch on Turnit will be free, there are no plans for a free introductory level and then charging for additional services.” Ahmad claims “hundreds of magazines” are using Turnit, including titles from Vietnam and Bali. Magazines interested in participating most go through an approval process. Canadian publisher Quarto Communications offers two of its magazines–Cottage Life and explore-on Turnit and uses the digital editions as a renewal incentive for print readers. “We had an existing relationship with Evolusent (for web development) and they asked us to be one of the beta testers,” says general manager Terry Sellwood, who is also a past chair of Magazines Canada. “It’s seamless to me, I’d just love to see an iPad app on Turnit. We’re also on Zinio and the biggest difference to me is Zinio is on the iPad and Turnit isn’t.” Evolusent Inc.–owner of Lifestyle Magazine as well as several different companies offering new media content and commerce services–is beta testing Turnit, a free digital newsstand for magazine publishers. “We’ve tried putting magazines out on the Internet and most options had a cost component that for smaller publishers can quickly become cost-prohibitive,” says Evolusent president and CEO Kaleem Ahmad. “As a tech company ourselves, we thought why don’t we build our own platform and put it out for free to the publishing community?” Publishers supply Turnit with a PDF of the print edition that is indexed for search and automatically converted for PCs and mobile devices. The analytics engine is being upgraded and Turnit will roll out a multi-device port in the next 30 days. Turnit is transitioning to an HTL5 platform. The company also plans to offer mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android-based devices. “Publishers can provide free, controlled circulation magazines or they can set up subscription plans,” says Ahmad. last_img read more

BNP rejects Digital Security Act

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at a programme in a city hotel on Monday. Photo: UNBHours after president Abdul Hamid signed the Digital Security Bill, BNP on Monday announced not to accept such a ‘black’ law, reports UNB.”We don’t accept today’s law (Digital Security Law). In fact, we don’t accept any law of this government as those were passed in a parliament which has no legitimacy,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Speaking at a views-exchange meeting, he further said, “This parliament doesn’t represent people as it is an illegal parliament.”BNP arranged the programme titled ‘Digital Security Act’ at a city hotel. Journalists from different media outlets and some representatives from different embassies, including the USA, the UK, the EU, Canada, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Palestine, Turkey and Vietnam, joined the programme.Former president of the National Press Club Shawkat Mahmud presented the keynote paper at the programme.Fakhrul branded the government as ‘hypocrite’ saying it assured the Editors Council of taking steps for amending ‘controversial’ sections of the Digital Security Bill, but it was made law without any amendment. “Even, the government didn’t talk to any anybody over the act.”He alleged that the government has enacted the ‘black’ law as its safeguard so that media cannot publish any reports on its corruption.Earlier in the day, president Abdul Hamid has assented to the Digital Security Bill passed in the 22nd session of the current parliament, making it a law.The Digital Security Bill, 2018′ was passed to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and Bangabandhu, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data.Fakhrul called upon the government to release BNP chief Khaleda Zia from jail before the time runs out as only she can help overcome the current situation. “There’s no alternative to freeing Khaleda Zia to overcome the current crisis.”He also urged the government to engage in talks to find out ways to hold a fair and acceptable election in a peaceful manner so that people can exercise their right to franchise.The BNP leader warned the government that it will not be able to hang onto power for a long time by holding people hostage at gunpoint.Fakhrul called upon the BNP leaders and activists not to be frustrated and get ready for carrying their struggle. “There’s no reason to get frustrated. I see the light of hope. We’ll continue our struggle until our all demands are met, our chairperson is freed and people get rid of misrule.”About the national unity, he said they have started working for forging a national unity. “People had got united before we took the initiative for forging the unity to remove the current regime.”The BNP leader said now all the political parties, individuals and organisations are taking about holding the election under a non-party neutral administration by dissolving parliament.He said over 4,500 ‘fictitious’ cases were filed over the last one month while around 25,00,000 people were made accused in around 90,000 cases over the last 10 years. “People’s unity is the only way to overcome this situation. We’ll achieve the victory by forging the people’s unity.”BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the Digital Security Act was framed from a Baksal concept to establish unwritten one-party rule. “What could be blacker than this law? Even, I think, there’s no such law in any monarchy, let alone democracy.”He said the current ‘fascist’ regime formulated the law to ensure its security and gag the voice of the media, politicians and the common people who use the social media. “I would like to say that the consequences of such efforts won’t be good.”last_img read more