10 months agoBarcelona interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Lara

first_imgBarcelona interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Laraby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Lara.Lara is currently a free agent after his deal expired on January 1.Diario de Seville says Barcelona are keeping tabs on the situation as the player is a teammate of Miranda and Abel Ruiz with Spain U21. However there are many teams from all over Europe in the running for the promising youngster.Lara made his first team debut last season under Joaquin Caparros, who is now Sevilla’s football director. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Jim Harbaugh Asked A Recruit To Play For Michigan The Same Way The Recruit Asked His Date To Prom

first_imgJim Harbaugh with a weird sign.New Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is getting rather creative in his attempts to land four-star defensive tackle recruit Boss Tagaloa. Harbaugh, who really seems to be embracing social media the past few months, found a photo of Tagaloa asking his date to prom. Harbaugh then copied the format to ask Tagaloa to play for Michigan. You can’t make this stuff up.Prom with this butt head @_BT75 pic.twitter.com/H98oPqJXah— Sof (@sofmorales13) March 11, 2015I usually don’t tweet things like this, so forgive me but this is just really too funny not to! haha #ImDone pic.twitter.com/Muk5ZcVYzd— Boss Tagaloa (@_BT75) March 14, 2015We have no idea if this is going to work, but it’s clear that he’s got Tagaloa’s attention. Sometimes bizarre tactics like this can be the difference.last_img read more

‘Bale has never wanted to leave Real Madrid’

first_imgGareth Bale has “never wanted to leave Real Madrid”, claims his agent Jonathan Barnett, with “jealousy” having led to “really unpleasant” campaigns against the Welshman.Recent windows have seen plenty of transfer talk sparked around the 29-year-old forward.He helped to fuel those fires at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, with Bale admitting that he would be weighing up his options on the back of a fourth Champions League triumph. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In the end, Cristiano Ronaldo was the one to depart the Santiago Bernabeu, with his move to Juventus intended to clear the path for Bale to step up as Madrid talisman.That has not happened during another injury-hit campaign, but Barnett insists there has never been any suggestion that his client would be looking for a move.He told Madridista Real: “Bale’s always felt an important part of this team.“Like I said before, Bale’s never wanted to leave Real Madrid. He’s really happy at the club and the club are happy with Bale.“The truth is we’re tired of the stupid stories and lies.”Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2018-19Barnett does concede that “last season was a bit difficult” for Bale, but he insists that the intention has always been to prove his worth to those who have sought to write him off.“Gareth’s always been respectful with the fans and at moments some fans have been angry with him, maybe unfairly,” added the Wales international’s representative.“But currently the fans have realised that they were wrong, he’s a superstar, a player at the heights of Real Madrid.”Questions of his form and fitness have followed Bale around throughout his time in Spain.He has, however, taken in 213 appearances for Madrid and netted 99 goals.The most recent of those came against Espanyol on Sunday, with his latest return from injury seeing him offer another timely reminder of his talent to those who continue to doubt him.“He’s suffered campaigns against him, the treatment he’s received from some sections of the press has been really unpleasant,” said Barnett.“I think that jealousy could be the motive behind these campaigns in various sections of the media against Bale.”Bale may get the chance to reach a century of goals for Madrid on Thursday when they take in the second leg of a Copa del Rey quarter-final clash with Girona.last_img read more

Brighton sign £20m Brentford star Maupay

first_imgBrighton have completed the signing of striker Neal Maupay from Brentford for a reported £20 million ($24m).The 22-year-old has agreed to a four-year contract with the Seagulls after impressing in the Championship.The attacker had been linked with a move to several Premier League clubs this summer, including a reunion with former manager Dean Smith at Aston Villa. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Frenchman netted 25 goals in 43 games for Brentford last season and has previously played for Ligue 1 clubs Nice and Saint Etienne.However, Maupay has not featured for Brentford in any of this summer’s pre-season friendlies and was not in the Bees’ 18-man squad who played Birmingham City on Saturday.Upon announcing the signing, manager Graham Potter told the club’s official website: “Neal is a talented striker, with good strength and pace, and he is a goalscorer.”He will add an extra dimension to our existing forward options, and we are delighted to have completed the transfer. “The club has been monitoring Neal and has been aware of his ability for some time. Separately I was also aware of his obvious ability at Swansea and came up against him in the Championship last season.”His record in the Championship has been exceptional, with 41 goals across the last two seasons, and now his challenge is to transfer that to the Premier League.”The striker himself expressed his delight at finally completing the move to Brighton.“It’s a dream of mine to play in the Premier League, and once I had met the manager and found out that the club was interested in me, I had a good feeling straight away,” he said.“It’s a team that fits in well with me, and like them, I want to improve. I managed to do that when I arrived in England with Brentford, and now it’s time for me to work twice as hard because it is the best league in the world. “I know it will be tough, but I am really excited and I have that desire to work hard for this club.”Maupay is Brighton’s fourth signing since last season, following Adam Webster, Leandro Trossard and Matt Clarke to the south coast. The Seagulls begin their 2019-20 campaign with a trip to Watford on Saturday.last_img read more

Felixstowe Makes Room for One More Mega Ship

first_imgzoom Britain’s Port of Felixstowe will now be able to accommodate two of the world’s largest containerships simultaneously with the latest extension of Berth 9, which has been officially put in operation today.This 190-metre extension increases significant capability of the port which has already handled more than eighty ships of 18,000+TEU in 2015.The quay length of the port’s newest terminal is now 920 metres, and the total quay length in the port nearly 4,000 metres.Dr Therese Coffey MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, who officially opened the extension, said:“Felixstowe was the first port in the UK to handle these vessels and this latest development will help ensure UK exports reach overseas markets in the most efficient way possible.”Coffey added that with the increasing proportion of UK trade moving on containerships the ports are in need of such facilities.Port of Felixstowe has acquired three new ship-to-shore gantry cranes to work on the extended terminal. The cranes are capable of working vessels with containers stacked 10-high, and 24-wide, on deck. There are now 10 cranes on Berths 8 and 9 and 36 in the port as a whole.“The Berth 9 Extension represents the latest phase of development at the Port of Felixstowe. Our programme of continued investment has ensured that the UK remains a destination for direct calls by the latest generation of mega-ships,” Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of HPH Europe division, said.The Port of Felixstowe is the largest container port in the UK, handling 44% of all UK container traffic.last_img read more

201011 Annual Report Released

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation(NSGC)released its 2010-11 Annual Report today, July 12, outlining its business results by balancing economic and social mandates. Highlights include a $141.6 million payment to the province, $6.6 million spent on research, treatment and education and $4 million in funding for amateur sport through the Support4Sport program. The payment to the province is 2.9 per cent lower than the previous last year but 8.4 per cent higher than budgeted due to the success of the national draw game, Lotto Max. “Despite the slight decline, the year went well,” said acting president and CEO, Stephen MacDonald. “We delivered $11 million more to the province than budgeted.” One-hundred per cent of gaming industry profits are directed back to Nova Scotia communities to support important government programs and services. The gaming industry accounts for about 650 direct jobs in Nova Scotia and supports over 1,400 retail establishments, many of them small businesses in rural Nova Scotia. This year, retailers earned more than $39 million in lottery commissions. “Our network of retailers makes significant economic contributions across the province,” said Mr. MacDonald. “As part of their lottery business, each of these 1,400 businesses also agrees to complete annual responsible gambling retailer training. It is one more step in ensuring we have a socially responsible gaming industry in Nova Scotia.” The Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation’s Annual Report is available at www.nsgc.ca.last_img read more

Complaint filed against Arvind Kejriwals wife for allegedly having two voter IDs

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khuranna Monday filed a complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s wife Sunita Kejriwal before a Delhi court for allegedly having two voter identity cards. While one identity card is from Uttra Pradesh’s Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency, the another is from Chandni Chowk, Khuranna alleged in his petition. The complainant alleged, “In complete disregard to the electoral processes and norms and in order to wrongfully give advantage to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), in which her husband is the national convener, the accused is deliberately and intentionally maintaining her name in the electoral roll at two different places.” Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles Khuranna has sought directions to the Delhi police to investigate offences under sections 17 and 31 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, besides other sections. Section 17 of the RPA provides that no person is entitled to be enrolled as a voter in more than one constituency and its violation is a criminal offence punishable with maximum one year imprisonment. Section 31 of the Act makes false declaration in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of voter rolls punishable with up to one year in prison.last_img read more

Flexibility partnerships knowledge key to mediating conflicts – UN official

21 April 2009To boost its ability to prevent and limit bloodshed, the United Nations must have flexible funding, regional partnerships and accessible information for mediation, the Organization’s political chief said today. “Mediation is a Charter activity of the United Nations and must be carried out with the highest degree of professionalism, transparency and preparation to promote peace and security,” B. Lynne Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council at the start of an open debate.In a recent report, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the world body’s mediation capacity has been hampered by a limited number of experienced mediators and a lack of sufficient financial resources.In his presentation, Mr. Pascoe described recent efforts of his Department of Political Affairs (DPA) to put in place the expertise, financial resources partnerships and knowledge-base needed to reverse that situation.“These are part of a conscious effort to reshape the Department of Political Affairs into a more action- and field-oriented operation that can move more quickly and at an earlier stage to help prevent conflicts from spreading and to deliver faster and more reliable support to peace processes,” he said.In that context, he underlined the strengthening of Regional Divisions and the creation of a Mediation Support Unit (MSU), which had been complemented by a standby team of mediation experts, ready to deploy to negotiations around the world.At the end of the day-long meeting which heard from dozens of speakers, the Council adopted a presidential statement in which it recognized “the importance of mediation, to be launched at the earliest possible phases of conflicts, as well as in the implementation phases of signed peace agreements.”In the statement read out by Ambassador Claude Heller of Mexico, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the 15-member body stressed that “the principal responsibility for the peaceful settlement of disputes rests with the parties to the conflict and that it is only through their full participation and genuine commitment to resolve the conflict including its underlying causes, that peace can be achieved and sustained.”The Council also welcomed the Secretary-General’s mediation efforts and the work of DPA, underscoring that “mediation support efforts should be responsive to the demands of fast-moving peace processes.”In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Pascoe said that DPA had recently provided mediation support to over 20 peace processes, including reconciliation talks in Somalia that led up to the October 2008 Djibouti Agreement and national political dialogue in the Central African Republic (CAR).It also deployed facilitators for discussions on technical issues in the ongoing Cyprus talks, including property and power-sharing matters, and is supporting Mr. Ban’s representative in Nepal in implementation of the peace agreement there, Mr. Pascoe said.In Iraq, DPA is supporting the Special Representative with mediation expertise on internal boundaries, Kirkuk, water-sharing and the constitution, and has supported peacekeeping missions in Darfur and Kosovo, among others, in mediation efforts.Flexible funding in all these efforts is crucial, he said, noting that the establishment of a mediation start-up budget, funded by donors, has allowed mediation teams and envoys to be sent recently to Madagascar, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).The Department was increasing its partnership with regional organizations such as the African and European Unions, and looked forward to working together more, sharing expertise, developing joint training opportunities and creating a geographically diverse roster of mediation experts.It will need to work closely with partners, he said, to further develop a web-based repository of information on mediation called “UN Peacemaker,” which already has over 800 documents, more than 300 peace agreements and 15 operational guidance notes, with another 22 in development. read more

Manufacturers committed to ELV Directive

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is today reaffirming its commitment to the End of Life Vehicles Directive following criticism of the government’s ‘own marque’ approach to vehicle recycling by the Environment Select Committee.The Select Committee report claimed use of the ‘own marque scheme’ will do nothing to prevent the problem of car dumping in the run up to 2007.‘We must be clear about the difference between the problem of abandoned vehicles in the short term and the obligations placed on motor manufacturers by the Directive come 2007’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘UK manufacturers fully accept their responsibility to produce recyclable cars, to pay for their disposal and to ensure treatment facilities are easily accessible to consumers. But until 2007 nothing has changed: it remains the last owner’s responsibility to dispose of their car responsibly, as they would do with any other consumer product.On the issue of abandoned cars Macgowan added, ‘The accuracy of DVLA data is key to pursuing those irresponsible owners who fail to act properly. Only when the authorities can target this anti-social behaviour, will the problem start to abate’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

MST acquires MISOM Technologies – more digitisation and IoT

first_imgMST Global has entered into an agreement to acquire MISOM Technologies (MISOM), based in Tucson, Arizona, for an undisclosed fee. The move is a significant step in the progression of MST’s global digital transformation strategy.MISOM is a software technology company with foundations in big data, mine automation services and analytics for the mining industry. MISOM’s flagship solution, FARA, brings together Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, a tablet-based mobile app and digitisation concepts, such as big data and gamification, to create innovative and affordable digitisation of forms and asset management systems (AMS) for both underground and open pit mining.   MISOM will continue to provide data warehousing and analytics services which complement FARA’s ability to use third-party data from other vendors’ FMS solutions and equipment vendor monitoring solutions.MST Global Chief Executive Officer, Haydn Roberts said, “The acquisition aligns with MST’s strategy of bringing digitisation and IoT to mining, tunnelling and construction. The innovative team at MISOM will play a key role as MST further advances these solutions, providing customers with increased safety, improved productivity and operational intelligence capabilities. FARA is unique in that it uses off-the-shelf smart devices to create a configurable mobile platform for workers and equipment for either surface or underground environments.  The technology has the potential to be truly disruptive, taking technology which was previously cost prohibitive, and creating a simpler, more accessible solution, at a lower cost than current proprietary systems on the market. Finally, MISOM enables MST to offer a true IoT enabled solution that delivers on the promise of digitisation for its customers.”MISOM founder, Sean Dessurault: “MISOM creates a platform and a support model to help mines create highly innovative and affordable systems that can improve safety and productivity. This fits perfectly with MST’s wide reach in the underground market and their latest version IMPACT solution.  MST’s ambition to also support the surface market is timely due to the radical shift in technology through LTE which will now rewrite surface wireless making FARA a low-cost, low-infrastructure Fleet Management System (FMS) option for mines of any size, including quarries. The entire MISOM team is looking forward to working with MST, especially MST’s highly experienced global executive leadership team.”He will continue with MST in an innovation and product leadership role going forward.The MISOM product suite will fit well amongst MST’s current software and hardware solutions, including the IMPACT network suite and new FUSION platform. It further cements MST’s continuing leadership in bringing bench-mark technologies to market for mining.last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS is 249 Too Cheap

first_imgAs we learned doing that big history of portable gaming story yesterday, price is often a deciding factor in the never-ending console wars. It’s something that has won plenty of battles for Nintendo on a number of systems, like the Game Boy, which stayed on top of the portable gaming heap for what seemed like forever. At first glance, $249 seems a bit pricey for the Nintendo 3DS, particularly given what the company has charged for portables in the past. Given the system’s pretty advanced feature set, however, it actually seems pretty decent. You’ve got 3D gaming, Internet access via WiFi, 3D image capture, and a lot more. This is shaping up to be a pretty rad little device.The question then, I suppose, is: is $249 too cheap? A few analysts think so. Says Wedbush Securities’ Michael Pachter, “I’m impressed that they had the confidence to charge $249; I think that they’re going to regret it.” Pachter reasons that the price will lead to sell outs in stores, leading to eBay sales of $500 a piece.Perhaps, but Nintendo has long been known for its aggressive pricing, giving players more bang for their buck than, say a Sony or Microsoft. Sell outs would be unfortunate, certainly, but they didn’t seem to do too much to the Wii’s momentum–in fact, if anything, they made that console a hotter commodity.Nintendo is making the right decision by pricing this thing as low as possible.last_img read more

Ubisofts Child of Light might be the next great RPG

first_imgAmidst a flurry of first person shooters, racing games, and yet another Assasin’s Creed, Ubisoft has managed to schedule a few really interesting titles for the coming year. If you haven’t been drawn in by the hacker action of Watch Dogs, it looks like the upcoming Child of Light might be the RPG you’ve been looking for in the next generation of games.Ubisoft’s UbiArt project, which was originally created to show off how you can bring things that look hand drawn into video games, seems to have been given a new lease on life recently. The recently released Rayman Legends game was the first we’d heard about UbiArt in a long time, showing off colorful backgrounds and fun artwork that was well suited to the Rayman franchise. A recent trailer hints at a new game being developed at Ubisoft that will also be using this art style, only instead of the hand drawn look we’ve now got impressively beautiful watercolors. It’s an RPG called Child of Light, and so far it’s hard to find something not to like about the game.Maybe it’s the hauntingly beautiful music combined with the dark but colorful watercolor scenes, or maybe it’s the fairy princess child in tattered clothes battling with massive swords and magic, but something about this trailer has us hooked. The design looks simple and elegant, and what little we saw of the combat and puzzle system looked great. The fairly-tale style storytelling is an interesting twist to this style of game, making it seem like you’re not really playing the character so much as experiencing what has already happened. It’s dark and mysterious and adorable, which all comes together into a really fun looking RPG.If you head to the Child of Light website, you’ll find more of the same art. The site is a long horizontal page that you have to slowly experience by moving the glowing ball from point to point. As you go through the site, you learn a little more about the game. This has the potential to be the next great RPG, and it looks like Ubisoft will have it available on almost everything, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.last_img read more

The cold snap is over It will be a balmy 13 degrees

first_img Source: Met Éireann/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3122122 Becoming milder as southerly winds freshen. Rain in the west by morning, slowly spreading countrywide but patchy further east. Highs 12or13C— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 5, 2016 RECENT WEEKS HAVE been very cold, but Ireland is going to be a lot warmer today with highest temperatures set to reach 12 or 13 degrees.There’ll be plenty of rain about, but the unseasonably warm weather will persist until this evening, and will remain for the next few days.Wet and foggy conditions will be found throughout the country this morning but temperatures will remain in the low teens, according to Met Éireann.They do point out, however, that outbreaks of rain will develop in western coastal counties which will become more widespread throughout the day. 12,395 Views By Sean Murray The cold snap is over: It will be a balmy 13 degrees today And it could get even warmer tomorrow. 7 Comments Met Éireann said: “Very misty and damp again tonight with occasional rain. Temperatures falling no lower than 9 or 10 degrees.Little change tomorrow with low cloud and poor visisbility; further outbreaks of rain through the day also. Highest temperatures of 13 to 15 degrees in fresh southerly winds.Read: It’s going to be foggy AND freezing across the country this morningRead: Much of the country is waking up to very cold conditions this morningcenter_img Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Share65 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 8:01 AM Short URL Dec 6th 2016, 8:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Turkey votes in pivotal test for Erdogan against charismatic and crowdpulling rival

first_img Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 2:05 PM Share11 Tweet Email 9 Comments 7,565 Views By AFP Turkey votes in pivotal test for Erdogan against charismatic and crowd-pulling rival Critics accuse Erdogan of trampling on civil liberties and displaying autocratic behaviour. Jun 24th 2018, 2:05 PM TURKS ARE VOTING in dual parliamentary and presidential polls seen as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s toughest election test, with the opposition revitalised and his popularity at risk from growing economic troubles.Over 56 million eligible voters were for the first time casting ballots in both elections, with Erdogan looking for a first round knockout and an overall majority for his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to extend his 15 year grip on power.But both these goals are in doubt in the face of an energetic campaign by the secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Muharrem Ince, who has rivalled Erdogan’s charisma and crowd-pulling on the campaign trail, and a strong opposition alliance in the legislative polls. Muharrem Ince, casts his vote at a polling station at Saffet Cam Middle School in his hometown Yalova Source: Depo Photos/ABACA“I hope for the best for our nation,” said Ince as he cast his ballot in his native port town of Yalova south of Istanbul, vowing to spend the night at the headquarters of Turkey’s election authority in Ankara to ensure a fair count.Voting in Istanbul along with his son-in-law and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Erdogan said he expected turnout to be strong in an indication of “how mature democracy is in Turkey”.The CHP said it had recorded violations in particular in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa. But Erdogan insisted there was no major problem. In a later tweet, Ince vowed to protect every vote “with my life”.‘Far tighter than expected’ Erdogan has overseen historic change in Turkey since his Islamic-rooted ruling party first came to power in 2002 after years of secular domination. But critics accuse the Turkish strongman, 64, of trampling on civil liberties and displaying autocratic behaviour.He remains the favourite to hold on to the presidency – even if he needs a second round on 8 July – but the outcome is likely to be much tighter than he expected when calling the snap polls one-and-a-half years ahead of schedule.Although Erdogan dominated airtime on a pliant mainstream media, Ince finished his campaign with eye-catching mass rallies, including a mega meeting in Istanbul attended by hundreds of thousands. Muharrem Ince attends a mass rally in Istanbul Source: Can Erok“Even if the odds are on the incumbent’s side, the race is likely to be far tighter than many expected,” said Ilke Toygur, analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute and adjunct professor at University Carlos III in Madrid.The stakes in this election are particularly high as the new president will be the first to enjoy enhanced powers under a new constitution agreed in an April 2017 referendum strongly backed by Erdogan.As he cast his vote, Erdogan said the changes marked a “democratic revolution”, although his opponents regard the most recent phase of his rule differently. Turkey’s President Erdogan shakes hands with supporters after casting his ballot Source: Lefteris PitarakisThe president had for the last two years ruled under a state of emergency imposed in the wake of the 2016 failed coup, with tens of thousands arrested in an unprecedented crackdown which cranked up tensions with the West.Erdogan, whose mastery of political rhetoric is acknowledged even by critics, has won a dozen elections but is now fighting against the backdrop of increasing economic woes.Inflation has zoomed well into double digits – with popular concern over sharp rises in staples like potatoes and onions – while the Turkish lira has lost some 25% in value against the US dollar this year.“At each election, I come with hope. But this year I have a lot more faith, but we’ll see,” said voter Hulya Ozdemiral as she cast her ballot in Istanbul.‘For Turkey’s future’The votes of Turkey’s Kurdish minority will be especially crucial in the parliamentary poll. If the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) wins seats by polling over the 10% minimum threshold, the AKP will struggle to keep its overall majority.But in a situation labelled as blatant unfairness by activists, the HDP’s presidential candidate Selahattin Demirtas has campaigned from a prison cell after his November 2016 arrest on charges of links to outlawed Kurdish militants.After casting his ballot in his jail in the northwestern region of Edirne, Demirtas wrote on Twitter: “I wish that everyone uses their vote for the sake of the future and democracy of the country”.Voting already closed last week for Turkish citizens resident abroad, with just under 1.5 million out of just over three million registered voters casting their ballot, a turnout of just under 49%.High security is in place across the country, with 38,480 police officers on duty in Istanbul alone. As is customary in Turkey on polling days, sales of alcohol in shops are also prohibited.Polling stations were due to close at 3pm Irish time, with the first results expected late in the evening.- © AFP 2018  http://jrnl.ie/4089164 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Musical Legend KBs Latest Save The Bays Release Das What Real Bahamians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 07 Mar 2016 – Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, the musical artist who delivers tough messages to catchy rhythm and rhyme, released his latest Youtube salvo yesterday, taking aim at the government for threatening to replace important land use legislation with a weaker act that he fears fails to protect land or life. The song ‘Das What Real Bahamians Do’, written, performed and produced by ‘KB’, is the latest in a litany of the musician’s lyrics for the environmental movement Save The Bays and like the others, it puts the conscience of a country on notice.“Past songs like ‘Hold dey feet to da fire’ were important because they set the tone, making the point that people need to ask for and demand accountability,” said KB. “But today’s release dealing with the Planning and Subdivision Act was far more challenging. How do you make land use rights and responsibilities sexy? How do make the need for an environmental impact assessment for all developments something people relate to, make it fun, and translate the importance of the right to public consultation into a language that makes people care?”The Act has been a priority issue for Save The Bays, the grass roots environmental organization that has nearly 20,000 followers and friends on Facebook. Environmental attorney and consultant Romi Ferreira, a director of Save The Bays, has been spreading the message of the need to keep the 2010 legislation, speaking to Rotary and other civic organisations, appearing on radio talk shows, at public forums and in paid ‘Say No to PSA’ radio and print ads.“This bill, the 2015 Planning and Subdivision Act that would replace the 2010 Act that we all fought so hard for and was agreed upon, an Act that was passed unanimously, takes away the rights of Bahamians,” said Ferreira. “It takes away the right to be consulted. It is the legitimate expectation of a community to be consulted, to express its opinions and concerns and for those opinions and concerns to be considered before a decision is rendered that will alter that community’s future.”Under the proposed legislation, basic rights of public consultation would vanish and the decision to require an environmental impact assessment would be in the hands of a Cabinet Minister for developments of more than 100 lots despite The Bahamas having signed on to a global agreement to the contrary. The 100-lot scenario, says Ferreira, would only encourage developers to build in phases, 99 lots at a time.While Ferreira looks at the proposed legislation through the eyes of a senior lawyer who has taken environmental and public consultation cases all the way to the Privy Council in London, KB is hoping to get the message across in a way that touches a nerve with a beat that people can’t get out of their heads.“I don’ get it,” sings KB. “I don’t understand, why the government does give away our land…Y’all voted yes on the PSA, now ‘dat y’all in power, you wanna’ take it way…You shouldn’t change the rules when they don’t suit you, you shouldn’t change the law just for the few.”Save The Bays, which sponsors the music with a message and the production of videos appealing to tens of thousands of viewers, has picked up the pace for public online involvement of the environmental movement while partnering with several organisations that have long track records in environmental resource management. A petition to keep the 2010 Planning and Subdivision Act is on its website at www.savethebays.bs and a separate petition calling for Freedom of Information legislation and an environmental protection act along with other measures has already attracted nearly 7,000 signatures. Environmentalist warns of a third possible Rubis leak Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Gov’t urged to deal swiftly with Clifton oil pollution Related Items:KB, kirkland bodie, Save The Bays Government ‘jumped the gun’ over Rubis leak riskslast_img read more

Taking an overseas job adds an average of 21000 to a workers

first_imgThe average individual taking an overseas job adds $21,000 (£15,995.70) to their annual salary when they move, according to research commissioned by HSBC Expat.The survey of 22,318 expatriates from 163 countries and territories, carried out by YouGov in March and April 2018, revealed that 45% of respondents were receiving more money for doing the same work abroad, while 28% had moved for a promotion.Switzerland is at the top of the list for the biggest pay packets, with an average salary increase of $61,000 (£46,463.70) and the highest average annual expat salary at $202,865 (£154,394.47). The USA is second, with an annual average of $185,119 (£140,888.52), and Hong Kong third with $178,706 (£136,007.78).China is in fourth place, with the average salary jumping from $134,093 (£102,054.16) in 2016 to $172,678 (£131,420.05) this year.John Goddard, head of HSBC Expat, said: “While a move overseas can often mean a rise in disposable income, it also brings complexity. Seeking advice before you move to set up a bank account in your new destination, finding the best way to transfer money internationally and making the most of any additional savings can help you focus on your career and settle more quickly in your new home.”The UK and USA were voted the best places to get ahead in your career. Those working an overseas job in the UK are also the most likely to pick up new skills, according to the survey. However, while workplaces in the US and UK were deemed by respondents to be the most likely to stretch expats intellectually, more than two-fifths found the fast-paced working environments stressful.Thailand came top of the ranks for contentment, with 53% of expats in the country saying the working culture has made them happier. International workers in New Zealand and Bahrain are most likely to cite a shorter commuting journey than at home.Goddard said: “A taste of life in a new location can be the key to unlocking your creative potential, finding the work-life balance you’ve been craving, or taking your career in a new direction. However, too many expats spend their first months abroad stressed because they didn’t get their finances in order before moving.”last_img read more

Fayetteville Explores Potential of Expanding Shared Services with Ft Bragg

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Fayetteville, N.C., is talking with officials at Fort Bragg about the possibility of providing the post a range of municipal services. The initiative — which would take advantage of the authority enacted in the fiscal 2013 defense authorization bill allowing installations and their host communities to enter into intergovernmental support agreements (IGSAs) for base support services — comes as the Army has directed installations to trim their contracting budgets by 5 percent  each year for the next six years, reports the Fayetteville Observer.“There are millions of dollars involved here folks,” City Councilman Bill Crisp said during a council work session Monday. “And we might want to cash in on some of it. I’m serious. Our transit system could run the bus service on Fort Bragg. There are any number of things we can do, not simply cutting grass. Maintenance on housing and all that stuff,” Crisp said.City staff have been cleaning the Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville under an IGSA reached several years ago. The post is considering a variety of categories of contracted work they could obtain from the city, including environmental programs, recreational programs, safety and security, and public works services, said Deputy City Manager Kristoff Bauer.The public-public partnerships have the potential to benefit both parties, he said.“Everything we do to make Fort Bragg efficient and effective protects us when someone talks about taking base operations and moving them somewhere else,” Bauer said. “Secondly, if we can take a current operation and enlarge it, we can perhaps have additional specialization, additional economies of scale and spread some of our fixed costs over a larger base, so we can reduce our costs to our other customers.”Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwoodlast_img read more

Food Bank Needs More Space to Meet Higher Demand

first_imgJudy Brown volunteers every Saturday at the Southeast Alaska Food Bank. She says they quickly run out of meats and cheeses after opening at 8:30 a.m. (Photo by Kevin Reagan, KTOO-Juneau) Download AudioThe Southeast Alaska Food Bank  has doubled its inventory in recent years and is lacking the freezer space to preserve it all. The nonprofit hopes to expand its facilities on city-owned land to build additional storage.It’s 9:15 on a Saturday morning and the shelves at the Southeast Alaska Food Bank are pretty bare. When the facility opened 45 minutes ago there were rows of chicken, cheese, soup and sandwiches — now all that’s mostly left is sour cream and a few loaves of bread.Volunteer Judy Brown helps a man fill a box with packages of Oreo cookies. She says there’s no limit on how much an individual can take from the food bank.“I just want to be fair,” Brown says, “I don’t want to see anyone not get anything.”She says today’s supply is lighter than usual, so she asks visitors to take things sparingly.The Southeast Alaska Food Bank allows any individual to visit on Saturday morning to take perishable goods such as milk, meat and cheese. The nonprofit gives its canned foods to local charities. (Photo by Kevin Reagan/ KTOO)About 90 individuals visit the bank this morning and have walked out with roughly 2,700 pounds of food. The majority of it is locally donated from Walmart, Fred Meyer and Rainbow Foods.Food bank manager Darren Adams says the amount of supply coming in-and-out has doubled in recent years.“Once upon a time on a busy Saturday we would get 15 or 20 people showing up here to get food. When the economy started getting worse and worse, we started seeing more people and we had to move things around to accommodate that number of people,” Adams says.The increased demand has led to plans for an expansion of the food bank by a quarter acre on a plot of city-owned land along Crazy Horse Drive.Adams says the expansion would allow for the installation of walk-in freezers to store more meat — an item always first to go on a Saturday.The added land would also permit the construction of a 1,840 square foot storage facility on the north side of the existing building.Adams estimates the cost of the project to be minimal for the organization, but says the process is still very much in the “talking” phase.Community planner Sarah Bronstein of Scheinberg Associates is helping the food bank navigate the complex process of getting the project off the ground.“We will be just sort of looking over the shoulder of the city and making sure things are moving forward,” Bronstein says.The Juneau Assembly needs to approve any changes to the food bank’s lease. Bronstein says it’s usually a three-month process, but does not foresee any hesitation from the Assembly.“Part of the reason the city leases to the food bank is because it’s such a critical service that the food bank provides to the community,” Bronstein says.The food bank also distributes nonperishable goods throughout the week to community partners such as The Glory Hole and the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau. Adams says roughly 25 percent of their supply is donated from individuals like the students of Floyd Dryden Middle School, who collected 1,140 pounds of food for the organization this past month.“We live in a very generous community,” Adams says. “It never ceases to amaze me how willing people are wanting to step up and collect food for us.”The city’s Planning Commission reviewed and approved the project at their Tuesday meeting. It now goes to the Assembly Lands and Resources Committee, which will decide whether to bring it before the full Juneau Assembly for approval.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Navjot Singh Sidhu to return to The Kapil Sharma Show

first_imgKapil Sharma and Navjot Singh SidhuTwitterThere’s no denying that Navjot Singh Sidhu was one of the most essential part of The Kapil Sharma Show. From his shero-shayari to his genuine laughter to his bonding with Kapil Sharma to his anecdotes, Sidhu has never failed to entertain and keep the audience thoroughly engaged throughout the show. But the show’s charm was lost in the misdt of a social media rainstorm against Sidhu over his comment on the dastardly Pulwama attack and the latter’s position was filled by Archana Puran Singh as his replacement as the co-host of the show. Since then, The Kapil Sharma Show has been experiencing ups and downs in its TRP rating.It was reported that the show’s producer Salman Khan along with the channel have been waiting for matters to calm down so that they can bring Sidhu back on the show. The channel had reportedly asked Kapil Sharma and his team to refrain from commenting on the controversy. But, after a long silence of weeks, Kapil has finally opened up about Sidhu’s return to The Kapil Sharma Show as the co-host and when he will be joining the team once again.Kapil recently attended HT Most Stylish Awards 2019 and also interacted with the media talking about his style statements, his style icon and his upcoming projects. During the interaction, when Kapil was asked to comment on Sidhu’s return, he said that “Sidhu paaji is currently busy with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. I had spoken to him regarding his return to the show. So I feel that till this elections campaigning is going on, I don’t there’s any chance for him to come back on the show. But after the elections, Sidhu’s return is inevitable.”Going by Kapil’s words, it looks like Sidhu will soon entertain the audience with his witty banter with Kapil and floor his guests with his shero-shayari and an explosion of his inimitable laughter.Take a look what Kapil Sharma said about Navjot Singh Sidhu’s return.last_img read more

Next Two International Space Station Crew Members Discuss Upcoming Mission

first_img 00:00 /01:17 Listen Terry Virts, NASA | FlickrU.S. astronaut Terry Virts tweeted his followers this image in 2015 after completing a series of spacewalks with his partner astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore to prepare the International Space Station for upcoming U.S. commercial spacecraft currently in development. Virts commented on the tweet: “Mission Accomplished – 3 #spacewalks, 800′ of cable, 4 antennas, 3 laser reflectors, 1 greased robotic arm.” Share NASA astronaut Jack Fischer is set to blast off on his first trip into space from the cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in March. Joining him is veteran cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency.Fischer says some of the mission involves some commercial vehicles that will dock with the ISS, and that could involve spacewalks, or EVAs: “We have two SpaceX vehicles that will hopefully be up there during that time, one orbital vehicle that will be coming. Four or five EVAs — that still depends on the vehicle traffic. and we also have one Russian EVA to test out a new suit.”   This will be the fifth flight for Yurchikhin. “I was enough big boy when in 1973 the Soviet Union and the United States begun this ‘one team exploring together’”, he says.   American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have been living and working together in Earth orbit since the mid-70’s, in the Apollo-Soyuz programs. Fischer says as usual, there will be lots of scientific experiments. “We’re at about 210 experiments right now. That’ll probably go up to about 300 during the six months that we’re on orbit”, says Fischer.   The astronaut adds that these missions are crucial for everything from expanding medicines to new production techniques, and they’re essential in creating a thriving commercial space industry.center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more